Domestic Mail Service Offered to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia
This final rule revises the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]), by returning the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to ``mail treated as domestic'' status. Collect on Delivery (COD), Delivery Confirmation, Signature Confirmation, and electronic return receipt options will not be offered to FSM and RMI. Also, Express Mail service will be offered but without a guarantee. This decision was a result of high-level discussions with the RMI and the FSM and consultation with the U.S. Department of State. An additional final rule is being published to remove all references to these countries from the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM).
International Mail Service to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia Reverted to Domestic Mail Service
The Postal Service is amending the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]) to remove references to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. Mail to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia is no longer treated as international mail.
Adjustment of Rates and Terms for Preexisting Subscription and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services
The Copyright Royalty Judges are publishing for comment proposed regulations that set the rates and terms for the use of sound recordings by preexisting subscription services for the period January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2012.
Notice of Charter Renewal for the Youth Advisory Committee
This notice is published in accordance with Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Pub. L. 92-463). Following consultation with the U.S. General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Chairperson of the National Council on Disability (NCD) is renewing the charter for the Youth Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Youth Advisory Committee is to provide input into NCD activities consistent with the values and goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; Capital Adequacy-Basel Accord
The Farm Credit Administration (FCA or we) is considering possible modifications to our risk-based capital rules for Farm Credit System institutions (FCS or System) that are similar to the standardized approach delineated in the New Basel Capital Accord. We are seeking comments to facilitate the development of a proposed rule that would enhance our regulatory capital framework and more closely align minimum capital requirements with risks taken by System institutions. We are also withdrawing our previously published ANPRM.
Premium Fuel Purchases for Government Owned and Leased Vehicles Due to Market Shortages in Parts of California Affected by Wildfires
The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued Bulletin B-16 which provides a deviation for executive agencies to purchase premium fuel for Government owned and leased vehicles when lower grade fuels are not available due to market shortages in parts of California affected by wildfires. FMR Bulletin B-16 became effective on October 24, 2007 and will remain effective until January 24, 2008, unless extended or rescinded by GSA. This bulletin and all FMR bulletins are located at gsa.gov/bulletin.
Minnesota Disaster Number MN-00011
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Minnesota (FEMA-1717-DR), dated 08/23/ 2007. Incident: Severe Storms and Flooding. Incident Period: 08/18/2007 through 08/31/2007.
California Disaster # CA-00074
This is a Notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of California (FEMA-1731-DR), dated 10/24/2007. Incident: Wildfires. Incident Period: 10/21/2007 and continuing.
New York Disaster Number NY-00053
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of New York (FEMA-1724-DR), dated 08/31/ 2007. Incident: Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornado Incident Period: 08/08/2007. Dates: Effective Date: 10/22/2007. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 11/16/2007. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 06/02/2008.
Small Business Size Standards: Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering granting a request for a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing. According to the request, no small business manufacturers supply these classes of products to the Federal government. If granted, the waiver would allow otherwise qualified regular dealers to supply the products of any domestic manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses; service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses or SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program.
Small Business Size Standards; Fuel Oil Dealers Industries
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to change the small business size standard for the Heating Oil Dealers industry (North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 454311)) from $11.5 million in average annual receipts to 50 employees, and the size standard for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Bottled Gas) Dealers industry (NAICS code 454312) from $6.5 million in average annual receipts to 50 employees. Large and fluctuating increases in the prices of heating oil and propane over the past several years indicate that a more stable measure of firm size based on number of employees rather than receipts is needed for these two industries.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The FTC is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through November 30, 2010 the current OMB clearance for the information collection requirements contained in the Commission's Rule Concerning Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions. The clearance is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2007. The FTC is also seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through December 31, 2010 the current OMB clearances for the information collection requirements contained in the Commission's Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms and the Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures Rule. Those clearances are scheduled to expire on December 31, 2007.
Federal Credit Union Bylaws
NCUA is issuing a rule reincorporating the Federal Credit Union (FCU) Bylaws into NCUA regulations. This change clarifies NCUA's ability to use a range of enforcement authorities, in appropriate cases, to enforce the FCU Bylaws. In addition, NCUA is adding a bylaw provision on director succession, an issue it has previously addressed in legal opinions, and is revising the introduction to the Bylaws to conform it to these changes.
Sodium Hexametaphosphate From China
The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping investigation No. 731-TA-1110 (Final) under section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)) (the Act) to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of less-than-fair-value imports from China of sodium hexametaphosphate, provided for in subheading 2835.39.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C (19 CFR part 207).
Temporary Duty and Relocation Travel of Employees to Areas Impacted by the Wildfires in California
The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued FTR Bulletin 08-02. FTR Bulletin 08-02 informs agencies that certain provisions of the FTR governing the authorization of actual subsistence expenses for official travel (both TDY and relocation) are temporarily waived as a result of the Emergency Declaration signed by the President on October 23, 2007, in response to wildfires in parts of California. It is expected that finding lodging facilities and/or adequate meals in the affected areas may be difficult, and distances involved may be great resulting in increased costs for per diem expenses. FTR Bulletin 08-02 became effective on October 24, 2007 and will remain effective until January 24, 2008, unless extended or rescinded by GSA. This bulletin and all FTR bulletins are located at gsa.gov/bulletin.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB
SUMMARY: Background. Notice is hereby given of the final approval of proposed information collections by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) under OMB delegated authority, as per 5 CFR 1320.16 (OMB Regulations on Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public). Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB's public docket files. The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-541)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish notice of permit applications received to conduct activities regulated under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978. NSF has published regulations under the Antarctic Conservation Act at Title 45 Part 670 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the required notice of permit applications received.
Notice of Meeting
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) has scheduled its regular business meetings to take place in Washington, DC., Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13-14, 2007, at the times and location noted below.
Federal Travel Regulation; FTR Case 2007-305, Miscellaneous Amendments
This final rule updates the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by making miscellaneous changes, including editorial changes and corrections. These changes are necessary to improve the accuracy, interpretation, and readability of the FTR.
Lender Oversight Program
SBA is proposing a rule to incorporate SBA's risk-based lender oversight program into SBA regulations. Specifically, the proposed rule would establish the role and responsibilities of SBA's Office of Credit Risk Management within a new subpart of the business loan regulations. It would codify in SBA regulations SBA's process of risk-based oversight including: (i) Accounting and reporting requirements; (ii) off-site reviews/monitoring; (iii) on-site reviews and examinations; and iv) capital adequacy requirements. The proposed rule would also list the types of, grounds for, and procedures governing SBA enforcement actions within consolidated enforcement regulations for all 7(a) Lenders, Certified Development Companies, Microloan Intermediaries, and Non-Lending Technical Assistance Providers. This rule is necessary to provide coordinated and effective oversight of financial institutions that originate and manage SBA guaranteed loans.
Notice of Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) will meet on Wednesday, November 7, 2007. The meeting will be held in Room M09 in the Old Post Office Building, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW., Washington, DC at 9 a.m. The ACHP was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.) to advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy and to comment upon Federal, federally assisted, and federally licensed undertakings having an effect upon properties listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The ACHP's members are the Architect of the Capitol; the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Education, Veterans Affairs, and Transportation; the Administrator of the General Services Administration; the Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; a Governor; a Mayor; a Native American; and eight non-Federal members appointed by the President. The agenda for the meeting includes the following: Call To Order9 a.m. I. Chairman's Welcome. II. Preservation Awards Presentation. III. Native American Activities. A. Native American Advisory Group. B. Native American Program Report. IV. Implementation of ACHP Recommendations from the Preserve America Summit. A. Meeting with Lead Agency Policy Officials. B. Recommendations Implemented by the ACHP. C. Preserve America/Save America's Treasures Authorizing Legislation. V. Preservation Initiatives Committee. A. Legislative Update. B. Preserve America Update. C. Economic and Community Development Benefits of Heritage Tourism Project. VI. Federal Agency Programs Committee. A. Alternate Procedures of Corps of Engineers' Appendix C. B. National Park Service Programmatic Agreement. C. Federal Agency Partnerships. VII. Communications, Education, and Outreach Committee. A. 2008 Preserve America Presidential Award Nominations. B. Preserve America Video. VIII. Chairman's Report. A. ACHP Alumni Foundation. B. ACHP FY 2008 Funding and FY 2009 Budget Request. IX. Executive Director's Report. X. New Business. XI. Adjourn.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-014, SmartBUY
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Governmentwide Enterprise Software Licensing Program, also known as SmartBUY. This action is necessary to comply with Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-04-08, Maximizing Use of SmartBuy and Avoiding Duplication of Agency Activities with the President's 24 E-Gov Initiatives, dated February 25, 2004. By leveraging the Federal Government Enterprise Software Licensing Program, the Government will achieve the maximum cost savings and favorable terms and conditions for acquiring software and software maintenance. This rule impacts contracting officers and other acquisition officials responsible for reviewing the terms, conditions, and prices for the acquisition of commercial software and software maintenance.
Review of the Commission's Program Access Rules and Examination of Programming Tying Arrangements
In this document, the Commission seeks comment on revisions to the Commission's program access and retransmission consent rules and whether it may be appropriate to preclude the practice of programmers to tie desired programming with undesired programming. In the NPRM, the Commission also seeks comment on whether to revise its procedures for resolving program access complaints.
Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested
The Federal Communications Commission, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the information collection requirements contained in this document, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law No. 104-13. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Subject to the PRA, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Notice of Entering Into a Compact With the Government of Mongolia
In accordance with section 610(b)(2) of the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-199, Division D), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is publishing a summary and the complete text of the Millennium Challenge Compact between the United States of America, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Government of Mongolia. The President of the United States of America and the President of Mongolia executed the Compact documents on October 22, 2007.