Department of State June 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Visas: Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended
Document Number: E6-10270
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-30
Agency: Department of State
This rule expands guidance to consular offices for the review of nonimmigrant visa issuances and refusals contained at 22 CFR 41.113(i) (new) and 22 CFR 41.121(c), respectively, to specify who should conduct the reviews, the types of cases to be reviewed, and the goals of the reviews.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Community College Summit Initiative Program
Document Number: E6-10196
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-28
Agency: Department of State
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for assistance awards to administer the Community College Summit Initiative Program, which will support international undergraduate students at accredited U.S. community colleges. The Bureau is launching this initiative to build on the achievements of the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education that was convened by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Education in January 2006. The Program will provide quality educational programs, professional development, employment skills and a first-hand understanding of American society to underserved, non-elite international students, particularly women and students in their early/ mid-twenties from selected priority countries who already have work experience. Projected participating countries include Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. Community college consortia or associations of community colleges meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 501(c) may submit proposals to cooperate with the Bureau in the administration and implementation of the 2006 Community College Summit Initiative Program. The total amount of funding available for all program and administrative costs will be $3 million. Applicants may apply to administer the entire program or a portion thereof, proportionate to the program being proposed. Please indicate the number of participants that can be accommodated at the funding level for which you are applying, based on detailed calculations of program and administrative costs. In order to maximize the number of international student participants under this program, it is the Bureau's expectation that significant institutional and private sector funding and cost sharing will be made available by cooperating institutions to help defray the cost of the scholarships.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: 06-5869
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-28
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces a series of International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) meetings to prepare for the September 2006 meetings of the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) Study Groups 1 and 2. The International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare for the September 2006 meetings of ITU-D Study Groups 1 and 2. Meetings are scheduled for Thursday afternoons, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., on July 13 and 27, and August 3, 10, and 17. All meetings will be held in Room 2533A of the Department of State Harry S Truman Building. A conference bridge will be available for those outside the Washington Metro area. These meetings are open to the public. Particulars on conference bridges is available from the secretariat minardje@state.gov, telephone (202) 647-3234.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA); Request for Grant Proposals: Study of the United States Institute for Korean Undergraduate Student Leaders
Document Number: E6-10110
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-27
Agency: Department of State
The Branch for the Study of the United States, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of the ``Study of the United States Institute for Korean Undergraduate Student Leaders'' to take place over the course of six weeks beginning in January 2007. The Institute is intended to provide a group of 15-18 highly motivated undergraduate students with an integrated and imaginatively designed academic and educational travel program that will give them a deeper understanding of U.S. politics, culture and society, while at the same time enhancing their leadership skills. Funding for this program is pending availability of FY-2007 funds.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-158, Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant; OMB Control Number 1405-0144
Document Number: E6-10016
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-26
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant. OMB Control Number: 1405-0144. Type of Request: Extension of Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Office. Form Number: DS-158. Respondents: Applicants for F, J, and M nonimmigrant visas. Estimated Number of Respondents: 700,000 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 700,000 per year. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burden: 700,000 hours per year. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefit.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “New Photography 2006: Jonathan Monk, Barbara Probst, and Jules Spinatsch”
Document Number: E6-9962
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-23
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: 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, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``New Photography 2006: Jonathan Monk, Barbara Probst, and Jules Spinatsch ,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, from on or about September 22, 2006, until on or about January 8, 2007, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930”
Document Number: E6-9961
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-23
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: 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, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Cultural Center of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, from on or about July 21, 2006, until on or about October 15, 2006, at the Ukrainian Museum, New York, New York, from on or about November 4, 2006, until on or about March 15, 2007, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Holy Image Hallowed Ground: Icon From Sinai”
Document Number: E6-9960
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-23
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: 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, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Holy Image Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The J. Paul Getty Trust, from on or about November 14, 2006, until on or about March 4, 2007, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption; Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000; Consular Officer Procedures in Convention Cases
Document Number: E6-9596
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-22
Agency: Department of State
This proposed rule amends U.S. Department of State regulations to provide for intercountry adoptions that will occur pursuant to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (hereinafter the ``Convention'') and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (hereinafter the ``IAA'') This proposed rule addresses consular officer processing of immigration petitions, visas, and Convention certificates in cases of children immigrating to the United States in connection with an adoption subject to the Convention.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-9757
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-21
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces an International Telecommunication Advisory Committee meeting to prepare for a meeting of the Organization of American States Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Conference Preparatory Committee. The International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare for the July 10-12 meeting of the CITEL Conference Preparatory Committee in Costa Rica. The preparatory meeting will be held in the Washington, DC Metro area on July 6, 2006 2-4 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to advise the Department of State on proposed Inter-American Positions to be taken by CITEL at the next International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference. A conference bridge will be available for those outside the Washington Metro area. The International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare for CITEL PCC.I (Telecommunication) on August 8 and 24, 2006 10 a.m.-noon in Washington, DC at a location to be determined. These meetings are open to the public. Particulars on meeting location and times, and information on conference bridges is available from the secretariat minardje@state.gov, telephone 202-647-3234.
Update on Current Universal Postal Union Issues
Document Number: E6-9595
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-19
Agency: Department of State
Intercountry Adoption-Issuance of Hague Convention Certificates and Declarations in Convention Adoption Cases
Document Number: E6-9507
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-16
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (the Department) is proposing new regulations to implement the certification and declaration provisions of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention) and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (the IAA) with respect to adoption and custody proceedings taking place in the United States. This proposed regulation would govern the application process for Hague Convention Certificates and Hague Convention Declarations in cases involving emigration of a child from the United States. It would also establish a process for seeking certification, for purposes of Article 23 of the Convention, that an adoption done in the United States following a grant of custody in a Convention country of origin was done in accordance with the Convention.
Rule Title: Department of State Acquisition Regulation
Document Number: E6-9502
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-16
Agency: Department of State
This rule makes final a proposed rule issued on December 22, 2004, with several revisions. It revises the DOSAR to formalize Department policy regarding the application of the Small Business Act to contracts awarded by domestic contracting activities where contract performance takes place overseas; and, revises the coverage regarding Defense Base Act insurance. The final rule also contains several miscellaneous amendments and corrections not published on December 22, 2004, as outlined below. The Department received public comments from three sources on the proposed rule, which are discussed below.
Nomenclature Changes Reflecting Creation of Department of Homeland Security
Document Number: E6-8165
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-15
Agency: Department of State
This rule makes technical nomenclature changes to Title 22 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 40, 41, and 42 to properly reflect the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its assumption of the functions of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). This rule also reflects changes to form numbers on various visa-related forms. Because the amendments are entirely technical, the State Department is not providing an opportunity for public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act ``good cause'' exemption.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-2029, Application for Consular Report of Birth of a Citizen of the United States of America, OMB Control No.1405-0011
Document Number: E6-9134
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America. OMB Control Number: 1405-0011. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Originating Office: Consular Affairs, Office of Overseas Citizen Services (CA/OCS). Form Number: DS-2029. Respondents: Parents or legal guardians of United States citizen children born overseas. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52,000 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 52,000. Average Hours per Response: 20 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 17,333. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Voluntary.
Au Pair Exchange Programs
Document Number: E6-8958
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-08
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (Department) adopts as final certain proposed amendments to existing au pair regulations. These changes will permit au pair sponsors to request a one-time extension of six, nine, or 12 months beyond an au pair participant's original 12-month period of program participation).
Notice of Intent To Amend the Charter of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy
Document Number: E6-8957
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-08
Agency: Department of State
Pursuant to section 9(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the general authority of the Secretary and the Department of State, as derived from the President's constitutional authority and as set forth in sections 2656 and 2651a of Title 22 of the United States Code and other relevant statutes, this is a notice of intent to amend the charter established for the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy. The Advisory Committee is to provide private sector expertise related to transformational diplomacy and other institutional challenges facing the Department of State, in particular as they concern the effective structuring, leadership and management of a global diplomacy enterprise. Members of the Advisory Committee may include private sector individuals, including former U.S. Government officials. All meetings of this Committee will be published ahead of time in the Federal Register. Additionally, the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy is essential to the conduct of Department of State business, and is in the public interest. Further information regarding this committee may be obtained from Madelyn S. Marchessault, Office of Management Policy, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, phone (202) 647-1068.
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Meeting Notice
Document Number: E6-8730
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Department of State
Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E6-8729
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Department of State
The Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation will meet in the Department of State, Annex 1, 2401 E Street, NW., Washington, DC, June 19-20, 2006, in Conference Room 316. Prior notification and a valid government-issued photo ID (such as driver's license, passport, U.S. government or military ID) are required for entrance into the building. Members of the public planning to attend must notify Chris Tudda, Office of the Historian (202-663- 3054) no later than June 12, 2006 to provide date of birth, valid government-issued photo ID (such as driver's license, passport, U.S. government ID number/agency or military ID number/branch), and relevant telephone numbers. If you cannot provide one of the enumerated forms of ID, please consult Chris Tudda for acceptable alternative forms of picture identification. The Committee will meet in open session from 1:30 p.m. through 3 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2006, in Room 1105 to discuss declassification and transfer of Department of State records to the National Archives and Records Administration and the status of the Foreign Relations series. The remainder of the Committee's sessions from 3:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2006, and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2006, will be closed in accordance with Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463). The agenda calls for discussions of agency declassification decisions concerning the Foreign Relations series and other declassification issues. These are matters not subject to public disclosure under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) and the public interest requires that such activities be withheld from disclosure. Questions concerning the meeting should be directed to Marc J. Susser, Executive Secretary, Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, Department of State, Office of the Historian, Washington, DC 20520, telephone (202) 663-1123, (e-mail history@state.gov).
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-3052, Nonimmigrant V Visa Application, OMB Control Number 1405-0128
Document Number: E6-8520
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Nonimmigrant V Visa Application. OMB Control Number: 1405-0128. Type of Request: Extension of Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Consular Affairs, Office of Visa Services (CA/VO/L/R). Form Number: DS-3052. Respondents: Applicants for V nonimmigrant visa. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500. Estimated Number of Responses: 1,500. Average Hours Per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burden: 1,500 hours. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefit.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Bridget Riley's Blaze I”
Document Number: E6-8519
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: 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, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the art object to be included in the exhibition ``Bridget Riley's Blaze I'', imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The object is imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit object at The Metropolitan Museum's Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, from on or about June 14, 2006, until on or about April 10, 2008, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen”
Document Number: E6-8518
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: 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, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, from on or about August 31, 2006, until on or about December 31, 2006, and at the David and Alfred Smart Museum, University of Chicago, from on or about February 1, 2007, until on or about May 20, 2007, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Overseas Schools Advisory Council Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E6-8516
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of State
Exchange Visitor Program-Training and Internship: Supplemental-Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-7002, Training/Internship Placement Plan, OMB Control Number 1405-XXXX.
Document Number: E6-8515
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of State
In a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on April 7, 2006 (71 FR 17778) regarding proposed revisions to its training/internship programs administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Department of State stated that the proposed rule contained a collection of information requirement for Purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department further stated that it would be submitted to OMB for review and be the subject of a separate Federal Register notice and request for public comment. Accordingly, the Department has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Training/Internship Placement Plan. OMB Control Number: 1405-XXXX. Type of Request: New Collection. Originating Office: Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. Form Number: DS-7002. Respondents: Exchange Visitor Program designated sponsors for foreign nationals who wish to participate in structured training or internship programs offered by U.S. businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 160 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 30,000 per year. Average Hours per Response: 60 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 30,000 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.