Notice of Action, 76657-76658 [2013-30072]

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DATES: The transition to the FD–ID system will occur with the release of January 2014 data, scheduled for release Wednesday, February 19, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinhagen, Producer Price Index, Bureau of Labor Statistics, telephone number 202–691–7709 (this is not a toll-free number), or by email to: weinhagen.jonathan@bls.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To expand the scope of coverage for the Producer SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76657 Price Index (PPI), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has developed an aggregation system that includes price changes for domestic goods, services, and construction sold to final demand and intermediate demand. The transition to the FD–ID system is the culmination of a long-standing PPI objective to improve the SOP aggregation system by incorporating PPIs for services, construction, government purchases, and exports. In comparison to the SOP system, the FD– ID system more than doubles current PPI coverage of the United States economy in its primary aggregate indexes to over 75 percent of in-scope domestic production. The FD–ID system was introduced as a set of experimental indexes in January 2011. Nearly all new FD–ID goods, services, and construction indexes provide historical data back to either November 2009 or April 2010, while the indexes for goods that correspond with the historical SOP indexes go back to the 1970s or earlier. To assist with the transition to the FD–ID system, PPI has been providing a version of the PPI news release based on the FD–ID model, starting with the publication of July 2013 data in August 2013. This document will be labeled ‘‘Experimental’’ through the December release in January 2014 and is being posted to the PPI Experimental FD–ID Aggregation System Web page (http:// www.bls.gov/ppi/ experimentalaggregation.htm) about two weeks after each month’s regular PPI release. That Web page also contains detailed methodological information for the FD–ID aggregation system. With the publication of January 2014 data in February 2014, the FD–ID version of the PPI news release will become the official news release document of record. A Federal Register Notice requesting comments pertaining to the FD–ID aggregation system was posted in the Federal Register Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Federal Register Volume 76, Number 95 (Tuesday, May 17, 2011), [Notices], [Pages 28467–28469], [FR Doc No: 2011–12042.] The FD–ID system will highlight the index for final demand, which measures price changes for goods, services, and construction sold to final demand: personal consumption, capital investment, government purchases, and exports. The composition of products in the final demand price index differs from that of the finished goods index in two major respects. First, it includes government purchases and exports. Second, it includes services and construction, which are not reflected in finished goods. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 76658 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / Notices The FD–ID system also includes two separate parallel treatments of intermediate demand: price changes for goods, services, and construction sold to business as inputs to production, excluding capital investment. The first treatment, intermediate demand by commodity type, measures price changes based on similarity of product and includes aggregate indexes for processed goods for intermediate demand, unprocessed goods for intermediate demand, and services for intermediate demand. The second treatment, intermediate demand by production flow, is a stagebased system of price indexes, where price changes for goods, services, and construction can be studied as they move through the production chain of the economy to final demand. This treatment includes four stages of intermediate demand, which were established to maximize forward flow of production through the economy, while minimizing backflow of production. These FD–ID indexes are constructed using PPI commodity indexes for goods, services, and construction, where products are assigned to various categories according to buyer type and commodity type. A product purchased by different classes of buyers is assigned to multiple FD–ID aggregates, with unique weights allocated to each aggregate based on the product’s sales value to each buyer type. Signed at Washington, DC, this 9th day of December 2013. Kimberley Hill, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. 2013–30072 Filed 12–17–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION [MCC FR 13–08] Report on the Selection of Eligible Countries for Fiscal Year 2014 Millennium Challenge Corporation. ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. This report is provided in accordance with section 608(d)(1) of the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003, Public Law 108–199, Division D, (the ‘‘Act’’), 22 U.S.C. 7708(d)(1). SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:27 Dec 17, 2013 Jkt 232001 Dated: December 13, 2013. Melvin F. Williams, Jr., VP/General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Millennium Challenge Corporation. 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The Act also requires the submission of reports to appropriate congressional committees and the publication of notices in the Federal Register that identify, among other things: The countries that are ‘‘candidate countries’’ for MCA assistance during fiscal year 2014 (‘‘FY14’’) based on their per-capita income levels and their eligibility to receive assistance under U.S. law, and countries that would be candidate countries but for specified legal prohibitions on assistance (section 608(a) of the Act (22 U.S.C. 7707(a))); The criteria and methodology that the Board of Directors of MCC (the ‘‘Board’’) will use to measure and evaluate the policy performance of the ‘‘candidate countries’’ consistent with the requirements of section 607 of the Act in order to select ‘‘MCA eligible countries’’ from among the ‘‘candidate countries’’ (section 608(b) of the Act (22 U.S.C. 7707(b))); and The list of countries determined by the Board to be ‘‘MCA eligible countries’’ for FY14, with justification for eligibility determination and selection for compact negotiation, including with which of the MCA eligible countries the Board will seek to enter into MCA compacts (section 608(d) of the Act (22 U.S.C. 7707(d))). 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Two other countries currently developing compact proposals, Benin and Sierra Leone, were not put up for a vote. The Board discussed the fact that those two countries did not pass MCC’s control of corruption indicator, which is a hard hurdle for passing the scorecard, and did not put them to a vote on reselection. Guatemala and Nepal were reselected as eligible for threshold assistance. Criteria In accordance with the Act and with the ‘‘Report on the Criteria and Methodology for Determining the Eligibility of Candidate Countries for Millennium Challenge Account Assistance in Fiscal Year 2014’’ formally submitted to Congress on September 19, 2013, selection was based primarily on a country’s overall performance in three broad policy categories: Ruling Justly, Encouraging Economic Freedom, and Investing in People. 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[FR Doc No: 2013-30072]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Notice of Action

AGENCY: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of action.

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SUMMARY: Effective with the release of PPI data for January 2014 in 
February 2014, BLS will transition from the Stage of Processing (SOP) 
aggregation system to the Final Demand-Intermediate Demand (FD-ID) 
aggregation system. This shift will result in significant changes to 
the PPI news release, as well as other documents available from PPI, 
including the PPI Detailed Report and PPI Handbook of Methods.

DATES: The transition to the FD-ID system will occur with the release 
of January 2014 data, scheduled for release Wednesday, February 19, 
2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinhagen, Producer Price 
Index, Bureau of Labor Statistics, telephone number 202-691-7709 (this 
is not a toll-free number), or by email to: weinhagen.jonathan@bls.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To expand the scope of coverage for the 
Producer Price Index (PPI), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has 
developed an aggregation system that includes price changes for 
domestic goods, services, and construction sold to final demand and 
intermediate demand.
    The transition to the FD-ID system is the culmination of a long-
standing PPI objective to improve the SOP aggregation system by 
incorporating PPIs for services, construction, government purchases, 
and exports. In comparison to the SOP system, the FD-ID system more 
than doubles current PPI coverage of the United States economy in its 
primary aggregate indexes to over 75 percent of in-scope domestic 
production. The FD-ID system was introduced as a set of experimental 
indexes in January 2011. Nearly all new FD-ID goods, services, and 
construction indexes provide historical data back to either November 
2009 or April 2010, while the indexes for goods that correspond with 
the historical SOP indexes go back to the 1970s or earlier.
    To assist with the transition to the FD-ID system, PPI has been 
providing a version of the PPI news release based on the FD-ID model, 
starting with the publication of July 2013 data in August 2013. This 
document will be labeled ``Experimental'' through the December release 
in January 2014 and is being posted to the PPI Experimental FD-ID 
Aggregation System Web page (http://www.bls.gov/ppi/experimentalaggregation.htm) about two weeks after each month's regular 
PPI release. That Web page also contains detailed methodological 
information for the FD-ID aggregation system.
    With the publication of January 2014 data in February 2014, the FD-
ID version of the PPI news release will become the official news 
release document of record.
    A Federal Register Notice requesting comments pertaining to the FD-
ID aggregation system was posted in the Federal Register Tuesday, May 
17, 2011. Federal Register Volume 76, Number 95 (Tuesday, May 17, 
2011), [Notices], [Pages 28467-28469], [FR Doc No: 2011-12042.]
    The FD-ID system will highlight the index for final demand, which 
measures price changes for goods, services, and construction sold to 
final demand: personal consumption, capital investment, government 
purchases, and exports. The composition of products in the final demand 
price index differs from that of the finished goods index in two major 
respects. First, it includes government purchases and exports. Second, 
it includes services and construction, which are not reflected in 
finished goods.

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    The FD-ID system also includes two separate parallel treatments of 
intermediate demand: price changes for goods, services, and 
construction sold to business as inputs to production, excluding 
capital investment. The first treatment, intermediate demand by 
commodity type, measures price changes based on similarity of product 
and includes aggregate indexes for processed goods for intermediate 
demand, unprocessed goods for intermediate demand, and services for 
intermediate demand.
    The second treatment, intermediate demand by production flow, is a 
stage-based system of price indexes, where price changes for goods, 
services, and construction can be studied as they move through the 
production chain of the economy to final demand. This treatment 
includes four stages of intermediate demand, which were established to 
maximize forward flow of production through the economy, while 
minimizing backflow of production.
    These FD-ID indexes are constructed using PPI commodity indexes for 
goods, services, and construction, where products are assigned to 
various categories according to buyer type and commodity type. A 
product purchased by different classes of buyers is assigned to 
multiple FD-ID aggregates, with unique weights allocated to each 
aggregate based on the product's sales value to each buyer type.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 9th day of December 2013.
Kimberley Hill,
Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2013-30072 Filed 12-17-13; 8:45 am]
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