Certification Pursuant to Section 7045(a)(4)(B) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (DIV. J, Pub. L. 115-31), 57812-57813 [2017-26427]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 57812 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 234 / Thursday, December 7, 2017 / Notices Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (Div. J, Pub. L. 115–31), I hereby certify that the central government of El Salvador is taking effective steps, which are in addition to those steps taken since the certification and report submitted during the prior year, to: • Work cooperatively with an autonomous, publicly accountable entity to provide oversight of the Plan; • Combat corruption, including investigating and prosecuting current and former government officials credibly alleged to be corrupt; • Implement reforms, policies, and programs to improve transparency and strengthen public institutions, including increasing the capacity and independence of the judiciary and the Office of the Attorney General; • Implement a policy to ensure that local communities, civil society organizations (including indigenous and other marginalized groups), and local governments are consulted in the design, and participate in the implementation and evaluation of, activities of the Plan that affect such communities, organizations, and governments; • Counter the activities of criminal gangs, drug traffickers, and organized crime; • Investigate and prosecute in the civilian justice system government personnel, including military and police personnel, who are credibly alleged to have violated human rights, and ensure that such personnel are cooperating in such cases; • Cooperate with commissions against corruption and impunity and with regional human rights entities; • Support programs to reduce poverty, expand education and vocational training for at-risk youth, create jobs, and promote equitable economic growth particularly in areas contributing to large numbers of migrants; • Implement a plan that includes goals, benchmarks and timelines to create a professional, accountable civilian police force and end the role of the military in internal policing, and make such plan available to the Department of State; • Protect the right of political opposition parties, journalists, trade unionists, human rights defenders, and other civil society activists to operate without interference; • Increase government revenues, including by implementing tax reforms and strengthening customs agencies; and • Resolve commercial disputes, including the confiscation of real VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Dec 06, 2017 Jkt 244001 property, between United States entities and such government. This certification shall be published in the Federal Register and, along with the accompanying Memorandum of Justification, shall be reported to Congress. Dated: November 29, 2017. Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State. [FR Doc. 2017–26428 Filed 12–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–29–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10224] Overseas Schools Advisory Council Notice of Meeting The Overseas Schools Advisory Council, Department of State, will hold its Annual Committee Meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in Conference Room 1105, Department of State Building, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public and will last until approximately 12:00 p.m. The Overseas Schools Advisory Council works closely with the U.S. business community in improving those American-sponsored schools overseas that are assisted by the Department of State and attended by dependents of U.S. government employees, and the children of employees of U.S. corporations and foundations abroad. This meeting will deal with issues related to the work and the support provided by the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to the Americansponsored overseas schools. There will be a report and discussion about the status of the Council-sponsored projects: Child Protection Project and Special Needs Project. The Regional Education Officers in the Office of Overseas Schools will make presentations on the activities and initiatives in the American-sponsored overseas schools. Members of the public may attend the meeting and join in the discussion, subject to the instructions of the Chair. Admittance of public members will be limited to the seating available. Access to the State Department is controlled, and individual building passes are required for all attendees. Persons who plan to attend should advise the office of Mr. Thomas Shearer, Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools, telephone 202–261–8200, prior to January 11, 2018. Each visitor will be asked to provide his/her date of birth and either driver’s license or passport number at the time of registration and PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 attendance, and must carry a valid photo ID to the meeting. Personal data is requested pursuant to Public Law 99–399 (Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986), as amended; Public Law 107–56 (USA PATRIOT Act); and Executive Order 13356. The purpose of the collection is to validate the identity of individuals who enter Department facilities. The data will be entered into the Visitor Access Control System (VACS–D) database. Please see the Security Records System of Records Notice (State-36) at https:// www.state.gov/documents/organization/ 242611.pdf for additional information. Any requests for reasonable accommodation should be made at the time of registration. All such requests will be considered, however, requests made after January 11th might not be possible to fill. All attendees must use the C Street entrance to the building. Thomas Shearer, Executive Secretary, Overseas Schools Advisory Council. [FR Doc. 2017–26366 Filed 12–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–24–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10221] Certification Pursuant to Section 7045(a)(4)(B) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (DIV. J, Pub. L. 115–31) By virtue of the authority vested in me as the Secretary of State, including pursuant to section 7045(a)(4)(B) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (Div. J, Pub. L. 115–31), I hereby certify that the central government of Honduras is taking effective steps, which are in addition to those steps taken since the certification and report submitted during the prior year, to: • Work cooperatively with an autonomous, publicly accountable entity to provide oversight of the Plan; • combat corruption, including investigating and prosecuting current and former government officials credibly alleged to be corrupt; • implement reforms, policies, and programs to improve transparency and strengthen public institutions, including increasing the capacity and independence of the judiciary and the Office of the Attorney General; • implement a policy to ensure that local communities, civil society organizations (including indigenous and E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 234 / Thursday, December 7, 2017 / Notices other marginalized groups), and local governments are consulted in the design, and participate in the implementation and evaluation of, activities of the plan that affect such communities, organizations, and governments; • counter the activities of criminal gangs, drug traffickers, and organized crime; • investigate and prosecute in the civilian justice system government personnel, including military and police personnel, who are credibly alleged to have violated human rights, and ensure that such personnel are cooperating in such cases; • cooperate with commissions against corruption and impunity and with regional human rights entities; • support programs to reduce poverty, expand education and vocational training for at-risk youth, create jobs, and promote equitable economic growth particularly in areas contributing to large numbers of migrants; • implement a plan that includes goals, benchmarks and timelines to create a professional, accountable civilian police force and end the role of the military in internal policing, and make such plan available to the Department of State; • protect the right of political opposition parties, journalists, trade unionists, human rights defenders, and other civil society activists to operate without interference; • increase government revenues, including by implementing tax reforms and strengthening customs agencies; and • resolve commercial disputes, including the confiscation of real property, between United States entities and such government. This certification shall be published in the Federal Register and, along with the accompanying Memorandum of Justification, shall be reported to Congress. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Dated: November 29, 2017. Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State. [FR Doc. 2017–26427 Filed 12–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–29–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Dec 06, 2017 Jkt 244001 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36128] Vicksburg Southern Railroad, L.L.C.— Lease and Operation Exemption— Kansas City Southern Railway Company Vicksburg Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (VSOR), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR. 1150.41 to continue to lease and operate from Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) approximately 21.7 miles 1 of rail line consisting of the following lines located in Mississippi: (1) KCS’s Redwood Branch, which is located between milepost 21.9, at the end of the line near Redwood, Miss., and milepost 220.3,2 north of KCS’s Vicksburg Yard, at Vicksburg, Miss; and (2) the portion of the Redwood Branch located between milepost 223.0, south of the connection with the KCS main line, and milepost 225.6.3 According to VSOR, it first entered into a lease agreement with KCS in 2005. See Vicksburg S. R.R.—Lease & Operation Exemption—Kan. City S. Ry., FD 34765 (STB served Jan. 13, 2006). VSOR states that it recently entered into an amended and restated lease agreement (Amended Agreement) to extend the term of the lease through March 1, 2027, and to change the mileposts of the leased line and remove track numbers and buildings, as noted. VSOR states that the Amended Agreement does not contain any provision that prohibits VSOR from interchanging traffic with a third party or limits VSOR’s ability to interchange with a third party. VSOR also certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of the transaction will not result in VSOR becoming a Class II or Class I rail carrier and further certifies that its projected annual revenues will not exceed $5 million. The transaction may be consummated on or after December 21, 2017, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption 1 By letter filed on November 30, 2017, VSOR corrected the length of the rail line from 21.5 miles to 21.7 miles. 2 VSOR states that KCS agreed to extend the leased line from milepost 218.0 to milepost 220.3 to provide VSOR better access to KCS’s Vicksburg Yard. 3 VSOR states that the Amended Agreement no longer includes track numbers 418, 419, 429, 430, 431, 432, and (as indicated in VSOR’s November 30 letter) 433, and the locomotive facility buildings within the Vicksburg Yard. VSOR states that it intends to file for authority to discontinue its operations over those tracks. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57813 is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than December 14, 2017 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and ten copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36128, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Karl Morell, Karl Morell & Associates, 440 1st Street NW., Suite 440, Washington, DC 20001. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘WWW.STB.GOV.’’ Decided: December 4, 2017. By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Rena Laws-Byrum, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2017–26403 Filed 12–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY Webinar Meeting of the Regional Energy Resource Council Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). ACTION: Notice of webinar meeting. AGENCY: The TVA Regional Energy Resource Council (RERC) has scheduled a webinar meeting to discuss guiding principles that TVA should consider when designing wholesale rate changes and the mechanisms TVA should use to engage Valley stakeholders in discussions relating to wholesale rate changes. The RERC initiated discussions on these issues at its meeting on November 29, 2017, and intends to continue those discussions at this scheduled webinar meeting. The RERC was established to advise TVA on its energy resource activities and the priority to be placed among competing objectives and values. Notice of this webinar meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). DATES: The webinar meeting will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., EST. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted by webinar only. An individual requiring special accommodation for a disability, should let the contact below know at least a week in advance. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 234 (Thursday, December 7, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57812-57813]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-26427]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice: 10221]


Certification Pursuant to Section 7045(a)(4)(B) of the Department 
of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 
2017 (DIV. J, Pub. L. 115-31)

    By virtue of the authority vested in me as the Secretary of State, 
including pursuant to section 7045(a)(4)(B) of the Department of State, 
Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (Div. 
J, Pub. L. 115-31), I hereby certify that the central government of 
Honduras is taking effective steps, which are in addition to those 
steps taken since the certification and report submitted during the 
prior year, to:
     Work cooperatively with an autonomous, publicly 
accountable entity to provide oversight of the Plan;
     combat corruption, including investigating and prosecuting 
current and former government officials credibly alleged to be corrupt;
     implement reforms, policies, and programs to improve 
transparency and strengthen public institutions, including increasing 
the capacity and independence of the judiciary and the Office of the 
Attorney General;
     implement a policy to ensure that local communities, civil 
society organizations (including indigenous and

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other marginalized groups), and local governments are consulted in the 
design, and participate in the implementation and evaluation of, 
activities of the plan that affect such communities, organizations, and 
governments;
     counter the activities of criminal gangs, drug 
traffickers, and organized crime;
     investigate and prosecute in the civilian justice system 
government personnel, including military and police personnel, who are 
credibly alleged to have violated human rights, and ensure that such 
personnel are cooperating in such cases;
     cooperate with commissions against corruption and impunity 
and with regional human rights entities;
     support programs to reduce poverty, expand education and 
vocational training for at-risk youth, create jobs, and promote 
equitable economic growth particularly in areas contributing to large 
numbers of migrants;
     implement a plan that includes goals, benchmarks and 
timelines to create a professional, accountable civilian police force 
and end the role of the military in internal policing, and make such 
plan available to the Department of State;
     protect the right of political opposition parties, 
journalists, trade unionists, human rights defenders, and other civil 
society activists to operate without interference;
     increase government revenues, including by implementing 
tax reforms and strengthening customs agencies; and
     resolve commercial disputes, including the confiscation of 
real property, between United States entities and such government.
    This certification shall be published in the Federal Register and, 
along with the accompanying Memorandum of Justification, shall be 
reported to Congress.

    Dated: November 29, 2017.
Rex W. Tillerson,
Secretary of State.
[FR Doc. 2017-26427 Filed 12-6-17; 8:45 am]
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