Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evaluation Division Focus Group Discussions, 64179-64180 [2019-25134]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10951] Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition—Determinations: ‘‘Masterpieces of Hellenistic Metalwork’’ Exhibition Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that certain objects to be exhibited in the exhibition ‘‘Masterpieces of Hellenistic Metalwork,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California, from on or about December 2, 2019, until on or about December 2, 2024, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chi D. Tran, Paralegal Specialist, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6471; email: section2459@state.gov). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, L/ PD, SA–5, Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522–0505. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The foregoing determinations were made pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236–3 of August 28, 2000. SUMMARY: Marie Therese Porter Royce, Assistant Secretary, Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2019–25086 Filed 11–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10953] Commission on Unalienable Rights; Notice of Open Meeting The Commission on Unalienable Rights (‘‘Commission’’) will meet from 1:15 until 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Department of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Nov 19, 2019 Jkt 250001 State in Washington, DC. Participants are asked to use the 23rd Street entrance of the Harry S. Truman Building to gain access to the meeting. The meeting will be directed by the Chair of the Commission and Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Mary Ann Glendon. The Commission serves the U.S. government in a solely advisory capacity and provides advice concerning principles related to human rights. The December 11 meeting will focus on international legal commitments concerning human rights that the United States has entered since World War II. This meeting is open to the public. Entry to the building is controlled. To obtain pre-clearance for entry, members of the public planning to attend must, no later than December 2, provide their full name and email address to the RSVP email address at RSVPCommission@state.gov. NonDepartment of State attendees should also provide date of birth and identifying data (driver’s license or passport number). Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made at the same time as the notification. Late requests will be considered but might not be possible to fulfill. This information is being collected pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2651a and 22 U.S.C. 4802 for the purpose of screening and pre-clearing participants to enter the host venue at the U.S. Department of State, in line with standard security procedures for events of this size. The Department of State will use this information consistent with the routine uses set forth in the System of Records Notices for Protocol Records (State-33) and Security Records (State-36). See https://www.state.gov/system-ofrecords-notices-privacy-office/. Provision of this information is voluntary, but failure to provide accurate information may impede your ability to register for the event. Email addresses are collected for purposes of notification should the meeting be postponed or cancelled due to weather or other exigencies. Please see https://www.state.gov/ commission-on-unalienable-rights for the commissioners’ biographies, readahead materials (if available), and Commission-related documents. To communicate with the Commission, the public may submit materials in advance of the meeting to commission@state.gov, or mail to: U.S. Department of State, ATTN: Duncan Walker, HST 7312, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520. In addition, there will be microphones in the audience for questions and comments during the PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64179 Q&A portion of the meeting, as well as a table to leave written documents with the Commission. For additional information, contact Duncan Walker, Policy Planning Staff, at (202) 647–2236, or walkerdh3@ state.gov. Duncan H. Walker, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of State. [FR Doc. 2019–25175 Filed 11–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–10–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10944] Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evaluation Division Focus Group Discussions ACTION: Notice of meetings. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Evaluation Division invites current and potential award recipients to participate in an initiative aimed at refining ECA’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system. The Division plans to host Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) designed to provide an opportunity for current and prospective ECA award recipients to offer input regarding program indicators and corresponding data collection questions as part of a broader effort to create a performance monitoring system that will provide reliable, easily-accessible data. For more detailed information on this initiative, please watch the following webinar: https://youtu.be/kzvHwXkmLJ8. Persons interested in attending a FGD must denote their interest by Friday, November 22nd using the following link: https://bit.ly/2MKUKQt. After the close of registration, the Division will reach out to schedule participation in the FGDs. Please note that if the Evaluation Division receives a significant level of interest, it may randomly select attendees—while those not selected will be provided a link to upload the information they would like to have considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and requests for additional information regarding the FGDs or ECA’s M&E initiative may be sent to Natalie Donahue, Chief of Evaluation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at ecaevaluation@state.gov no later than Friday, November 22nd. The Evaluation Division will post responses to questions on its website (https:// eca.state.gov/impact/eca-evaluationdivision/learning) by Tuesday, December 3rd. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 64180 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2019 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Evaluation Division began development of an enhanced performance monitoring system to enable ECA leadership, program offices, and award recipients to better assess program performance and respond quickly to requests for information. The Evaluation Division would like to ascertain insights from current and potential award recipients as to what indicators should be considered, and any data collection questions that could be particularly useful in measuring the outcomes of exchange programs. Please note that participation in this initiative is voluntary and will not impact current awards or future selection or funding decisions. For those who would like to offer input for the initiative but do not register in time or are unable to attend a FGD, ideas for possible indicators and/ or data collection questions may be submitted via email to ecaevaluation@ state.gov through Friday, December 20th. Aleisha Woodward, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2019–25134 Filed 11–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2019–0001] Results of the 2019 Annual Generalized System of Preferences Review Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the results of the 2019 annual Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) review with respect to: Products considered for removal from the list of eligible products for certain beneficiary countries; decisions related to competitive need limitations (CNLs), including petitions for waivers of CNLs; and requests to reinstate/ redesignate products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain countries. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Claudia Chlebek, Director for GSP at (202) 395–2974 or claudia.m.chlebek@ ustr.eop.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Nov 19, 2019 Jkt 250001 A. Background The GSP program provides for the duty-free treatment of designated articles when imported from beneficiary developing countries. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.), as amended, and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. Each year, USTR leads the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) in reviewing the list of products eligible for GSP benefits and, after completing this process, which includes public hearings, provides recommendations to the President on appropriate actions based on statutory criteria, including exclusions from duty-free treatment of products from certain countries when they have reached the statutory CNL thresholds. The GSP statute (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)) establishes CNLs as a basis for withdrawing duty-free treatment. The statute provides that when the President determines that a GSP beneficiary has exported to the United States during any calendar year a quantity of an eligible article that either is (1) greater than a specified amount ($185 million for 2018), or (2) exceeds 50 percent of the appraised value of the total U.S. imports of that article, the President ‘‘shall, not later than November 1 of the next calendar year, terminate the duty-free treatment for that article’’ from that beneficiary, unless a waiver is granted.1 Under 19 U.S.C. 2463(d), the President may waive either CNL if, before November 1 of the calendar year following the year in which imports exceeded CNLs, the President (1) receives advice from the U.S. International Trade Commission on whether any industry in the United States is ‘‘likely to be adversely affected by such waiver’’; (2) determines, based on certain statutory considerations,2 that such a waiver is in the national economic interest; and (3) publishes that determination in the Federal Register. The statute further provides in 19 U.S.C. 2363(c)(2)(F) that the President may disregard the 50 percent CNL if total imports of an article did not exceed a de minimis amount ($24 million in 2018), or if the product was 1 CNLs do not apply to least-developed or subSaharan African beneficiary countries (19 U.S.C. 2463(c)(2)(D)). 2 These include the general statutory considerations for granting duty-free treatment for any article from any beneficiary under 19 U.S.C. 2461, as well as the country eligibility criteria set forth in 19 U.S.C. 2462(c). PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 not produced in the United States in any of the three preceding calendar years. B. Results of the 2019 Annual GSP Review In the 2019 annual GSP review, the TPSC reviewed (1) petitions to remove the GSP eligibility of 2 products; (2) 3 petitions to redesignate products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain beneficiary countries; (3) petitions to waive CNLs for 2 products from beneficiary countries; and (4) 27 products eligible for 1 year de minimis waivers of CNLs. Presidential Proclamation 9955 of October 25, 2019, implements the President’s decisions regarding the 2019 annual GSP review, including CNL waivers and product redesignations. These modifications to the GSP program, implemented by Presidential Proclamation 9955, became effective on November 1, 2019. This notice provides a summary of the results of the 2019 annual GSP review. You also can view the results, comprising five lists, at https://www.regulations.gov using docket number USTR–2019–0001, under ‘‘Supporting and Related Materials’’ and on the USTR website at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/ gsp/Results_of_the_2019_GSP_Annual_ Product_Review.pdf. As described in List I, the President denied the two petitions to remove Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) resin (HTS 3907.61.00 and HTS 3907.69.00) from GSP eligibility for Pakistan. Qualifying products from Pakistan will continue to enter the United States duty-free. As described in List II, the President granted a petition to redesignate freshcut orchids (HTS 0603.13.00) from Thailand to GSP. In addition, the President granted a petition to redesignate bamboo plywood (HTS 4412.10.05) and certain tropical hardwood plywood (HTS 4412.31.4155 (pre-November 1, 2019) and HTS 4412.31.45 (post November 1, 2019)) from Indonesia to GSP. Qualifying products, therefore, now enter the United States duty-free. As described in List III, one product from North Macedonia exceeded the CNLs, for which no petition was received, and now enters the United States at the NTR duty rate. This product is motor vehicles with diesel engine for 16 or more passengers (HTS 8702.10.31). As described in List IV, the President granted a petition for a CNL waiver for plastic spectacle lenses (HTS 9001.50.00) from Thailand; qualifying products will continue to enter the E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 224 (Wednesday, November 20, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64179-64180]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-25134]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 10944]


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Evaluation Division 
Focus Group Discussions

ACTION: Notice of meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) 
Evaluation Division invites current and potential award recipients to 
participate in an initiative aimed at refining ECA's Monitoring and 
Evaluation (M&E) system. The Division plans to host Focus Group 
Discussions (FGDs) designed to provide an opportunity for current and 
prospective ECA award recipients to offer input regarding program 
indicators and corresponding data collection questions as part of a 
broader effort to create a performance monitoring system that will 
provide reliable, easily-accessible data. For more detailed information 
on this initiative, please watch the following webinar: https://youtu.be/kzvHwXkmLJ8. Persons interested in attending a FGD must denote 
their interest by Friday, November 22nd using the following link: 
https://bit.ly/2MKUKQt. After the close of registration, the Division 
will reach out to schedule participation in the FGDs. Please note that 
if the Evaluation Division receives a significant level of interest, it 
may randomly select attendees--while those not selected will be 
provided a link to upload the information they would like to have 
considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and requests for additional 
information regarding the FGDs or ECA's M&E initiative may be sent to 
Natalie Donahue, Chief of Evaluation, Bureau of Educational and 
Cultural Affairs at [email protected] no later than Friday, 
November 22nd. The Evaluation Division will post responses to questions 
on its website (https://eca.state.gov/impact/eca-evaluation-division/learning) by Tuesday, December 3rd.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: The Evaluation Division began development of an 
enhanced performance monitoring system to enable ECA leadership, 
program offices, and award recipients to better assess program 
performance and respond quickly to requests for information. The 
Evaluation Division would like to ascertain insights from current and 
potential award recipients as to what indicators should be considered, 
and any data collection questions that could be particularly useful in 
measuring the outcomes of exchange programs. Please note that 
participation in this initiative is voluntary and will not impact 
current awards or future selection or funding decisions. For those who 
would like to offer input for the initiative but do not register in 
time or are unable to attend a FGD, ideas for possible indicators and/
or data collection questions may be submitted via email to 
[email protected] through Friday, December 20th.

Aleisha Woodward,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Bureau of Educational and 
Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2019-25134 Filed 11-19-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4710-05-P