Establishment of Expedited Trade Mission Procedures, 23505 [2015-09802]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 81 / Tuesday, April 28, 2015 / Notices Missions Program, Phone: (202) 482– 2054, Email: Frank.Spector@trade.gov. Frank Spector, Acting Director, Trade Missions Program. [FR Doc. 2015–09800 Filed 4–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Establishment of Expedited Trade Mission Procedures International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is establishing new procedures for Expedited Trade Missions. When the Secretary approves a Decision Memo justifying the use of expedited procedures, the Department of Commerce will endeavor to conduct recruitment and selection for the mission within 2–3 weeks. Applicants should be aware that mission statements for Expedited Trade Missions will NOT be notified in the Federal Register. Instead, they will be posted online at: http://www.export.gov/trademissions/ eg_main_023185.asp. Applicants should also be aware that deadlines for applying for Expedited Trade Missions will be extremely short. The procedures for selecting participants for Expedited Trade Missions will be compressed. All interested parties that meet the conditions of participation are encouraged to apply, and all applicants will be evaluated on an equal basis with respect to the participation criteria. DATES: Expedited Trade Mission procedures are established as of April 28, 2015. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Commerce endeavors to plan trade missions as far in advance as is feasible. However, in certain circumstances it is in the Department’s interest, and consistent with its priorities, to lead a trade mission on an expedited basis, contingent on the availability of Departmental resources. The Department is establishing new procedures for Expedited Trade Missions that will allow it, upon the approval of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary or Under Secretary of International Trade, to lead trade missions on an expedited basis. When the Secretary, Deputy Secretary or Under Secretary of International Trade approves a Decision Memo justifying asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Apr 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 the use of expedited procedures, the Department will endeavor to conduct recruitment and selection for the mission within 2–3 weeks. The mission statements for Expedited Trade Missions will only be posted on the Web site above. The mission statement will include the conditions of participation and the participation criteria for the Expedited Trade Mission. Any party interested in participating is encouraged to apply if it meets the conditions of participation. All applicants will be evaluated on an equal basis with respect to the participation criteria. The deadline to apply for an Expedited Trade Mission may be extremely short, potentially as little as 5 business days from the date the mission statement is posted. Short deadlines are needed to allow for recruitment and selection to be completed within 2–3 weeks. In most cases, as specified in the mission statement, applications received after the indicated deadline will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. The selection process for Expedited Trade Missions will not differ substantively from other trade missions, but will be compressed. The Department will endeavor to complete selection within 5 business days after the application deadline. Applicants for Expedited Trade Missions will be informed promptly whether or not they have been selected. The timing for Expedited Trade Missions is expected to be extremely compressed. We encourage those selected for an Expedited Trade Mission to begin making arrangements to participate immediately. Business or entry visas may be required to participate on the mission. Applying for and obtaining such visas will be the responsibility of the mission participant. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are not included in the participation fee. However, the Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Spector, Acting Director, Trade Missions Program, Phone: (202) 482– 2054, Email: Frank.Spector@trade.gov. Frank Spector, Acting Director, Trade Missions Program. 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SUMMARY: Kari Reidy, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 4800, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899–4800, telephone number (301) 975–4919, email kari.reidy@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MEP Advisory Board (Board) is authorized under section 3003(d) of the America COMPETES Act (Pub. L. 110–69); codified at 15 U.S.C. 278k(e), as amended, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. The Board is composed of 10 members, appointed by the Director of NIST. Hollings MEP is a unique program, consisting of centers across the United States and Puerto Rico with partnerships at the state, federal, and local levels. The Board provides a forum for input and guidance from Hollings MEP program stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of tools and services focused on supporting and growing the U.S. manufacturing industry, provides advice on MEP programs, plans, and policies, assesses the soundness of MEP plans and strategies, and assesses current performance against MEP program plans. Background information on the Board is available at http://www.nist.gov/mep/ about/advisory-board.cfm. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 81 (Tuesday, April 28, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Page 23505]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-09802]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Establishment of Expedited Trade Mission Procedures

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, is establishing new procedures for Expedited Trade 
Missions. When the Secretary approves a Decision Memo justifying the 
use of expedited procedures, the Department of Commerce will endeavor 
to conduct recruitment and selection for the mission within 2-3 weeks. 
Applicants should be aware that mission statements for Expedited Trade 
Missions will NOT be notified in the Federal Register. Instead, they 
will be posted online at: http://www.export.gov/trademissions/eg_main_023185.asp.
    Applicants should also be aware that deadlines for applying for 
Expedited Trade Missions will be extremely short. The procedures for 
selecting participants for Expedited Trade Missions will be compressed. 
All interested parties that meet the conditions of participation are 
encouraged to apply, and all applicants will be evaluated on an equal 
basis with respect to the participation criteria.

DATES: Expedited Trade Mission procedures are established as of April 
28, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Commerce endeavors to plan 
trade missions as far in advance as is feasible. However, in certain 
circumstances it is in the Department's interest, and consistent with 
its priorities, to lead a trade mission on an expedited basis, 
contingent on the availability of Departmental resources.
    The Department is establishing new procedures for Expedited Trade 
Missions that will allow it, upon the approval of the Secretary, Deputy 
Secretary or Under Secretary of International Trade, to lead trade 
missions on an expedited basis. When the Secretary, Deputy Secretary or 
Under Secretary of International Trade approves a Decision Memo 
justifying the use of expedited procedures, the Department will 
endeavor to conduct recruitment and selection for the mission within 2-
3 weeks.
    The mission statements for Expedited Trade Missions will only be 
posted on the Web site above. The mission statement will include the 
conditions of participation and the participation criteria for the 
Expedited Trade Mission. Any party interested in participating is 
encouraged to apply if it meets the conditions of participation. All 
applicants will be evaluated on an equal basis with respect to the 
participation criteria.
    The deadline to apply for an Expedited Trade Mission may be 
extremely short, potentially as little as 5 business days from the date 
the mission statement is posted. Short deadlines are needed to allow 
for recruitment and selection to be completed within 2-3 weeks. In most 
cases, as specified in the mission statement, applications received 
after the indicated deadline will be considered only if space and 
scheduling constraints permit.
    The selection process for Expedited Trade Missions will not differ 
substantively from other trade missions, but will be compressed. The 
Department will endeavor to complete selection within 5 business days 
after the application deadline. Applicants for Expedited Trade Missions 
will be informed promptly whether or not they have been selected.
    The timing for Expedited Trade Missions is expected to be extremely 
compressed. We encourage those selected for an Expedited Trade Mission 
to begin making arrangements to participate immediately. Business or 
entry visas may be required to participate on the mission. Applying for 
and obtaining such visas will be the responsibility of the mission 
participant. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such 
visas are not included in the participation fee. However, the 
Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on 
the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Spector, Acting Director, Trade 
Missions Program, Phone: (202) 482-2054, Email: 
Frank.Spector@trade.gov.

Frank Spector,
Acting Director, Trade Missions Program.
[FR Doc. 2015-09802 Filed 4-27-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P