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

Intensive Summer Language Institutes
Document Number: E6-18280
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for projects to provide foreign language instruction overseas for American undergraduate and graduate students in the summer of 2007 in support of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). Public and private non-profit organizations, or consortia of such organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3), may submit proposals to implement six-to ten-week summer institutes overseas for a minimum total of 365 participants in countries where Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian and the Indic, Persian, and Turkic language families are widely spoken. These summer institutes should offer U.S. undergraduate and graduate students structured classroom instruction and less formal interactive learning opportunities through a comprehensive exchange experience that primarily emphasizes language learning. Proposals from applicant organizations should clearly indicate the building of new, additional institutional language-teaching capacity overseas for these summer institutesthis program is designed to develop additional language study opportunities for U.S. students.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-18269
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces several meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC). The International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare advice on proposed U.S. contributions to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Organization of American States Inter- American Telecommunication Commission (COM/CITEL) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 2-4 p.m. eastern time in the Washington DC metro area. The International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare advice on proposed U.S. contributions to Study Group 17 (Security, languages and telecommunication software) of the International Telecommunication Union's Telecommunication Standardization Sector on Tuesday November 14, 2006 from 10-noon eastern time by conference call. The International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet to prepare advice on proposed U.S. contributions to the Committee on Information Services and Policy (CISP) and Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) meetings of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on November 16 and 30, 2006 10:30 a.m.-noon eastern time in room 2533A in the Harry S Truman State Department building. These meetings are open to the public, and conference bridges may be available. Further information may be obtained from the Secretariat minardje@state.gov, telephone 202-647-3234.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-3052, Nonimmigrant V Visa Application, OMB Control Number 1405-0128
Document Number: E6-18032
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-27
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: Nonimmigrant V Visa Application. OMB Control Number: 1405-0128. Type of Request: Extension of Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Visa Services (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-3052. Respondents: Applicants for a 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 application. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain Benefit.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
Document Number: E6-17977
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-26
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) will submit proposals to recruit and select English-speaking high school students in Iraq and conduct month-long projects in the United States for student groups that focus on leadership development and civic education.
STATE-72 Identity Management System (IDMS)
Document Number: E6-17973
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-26
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State proposes to create a new system of records, STATE-72, pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), and Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A-130, Appendix I. The Department's report was filed with the Office of Management and Budget on October 23, 2006. It is proposed that the new system will be named ``Identity Management System.'' This system description is proposed in order to support the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's (DS) administration of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 Program that directs the use of a common identification credential for both logical and physical access to federally controlled facilities and information systems. The system description will reflect the DS personal identity verification (PIV) card record-keeping system, and Department of State identification card issuance activities and operations. Any persons interested in commenting on this new system of records may do so by submitting comments in writing to Margaret P. Grafeld, Director; Office of Information Programs and Services; A/ISS/IPS; Department of State, SA-2; Washington, DC 20522-8100. This system of records will be effective 40 days from the date of publication, unless we receive comments that will result in a contrary determination. This new system description, ``Identity Management System, State- 72,'' will read as set forth below.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Study of the United States Institutes on American Civilization, Journalism and Media, and for Secondary Educators
Document Number: E6-17970
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-26
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 three Study of the United States Institutes to take place over the course of six weeks beginning in June 2007. These institutes should provide a multinational group of experienced educators with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values and institutions. Two of these institutes will be for groups of 18 university level faculty each, one with a focus on American Civilization, the other on Journalism and Media. The third institute will be a general survey course on the study of the United States, for a group of 30 secondary educators. Prospective applicants may only submit proposals to host one institute listed under this competition.
List of September 20, 2006, of Participating Countries and Entities (Hereinafter Known as “Participants”) under the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of July 29, 2003
Document Number: E6-17894
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-25
Agency: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State
In accordance with sections 3 and 6 of the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of July 29, 2003, the Department of State is identifying all the Participants eligible for trade in rough diamonds under the Act, and their respective Importing and Exporting Authorities, and revising the previously published list of October 26, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 206) 61875-6 to include New Zealand.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Conduct Scoping Meetings and Notice of Floodplain and Wetland Involvement; Transcanada Keystone Pipeline; Correction
Document Number: E6-17792
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: Department of State
On October 11, 2006, Notice was published in the Federal Register (volume 71, number 196, 59849-58951) pertaining to the reporting of ``Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Conduct Scoping Meetings and Notice of Floodplain and Wetland Involvement; Transcanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P.'' The referenced notice is hereby corrected to change two dates on page 59849 from the 28th to the 26th, so that the current two lines that read ``October 28, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., Clark, South Dakota'' and ``October 28, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., Seward, Nebraska'' instead reads ``October 26, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., Clark, South Dakota'' and ``October 26, 2006, 7 to 10 p.m., Seward, Nebraska'', respectively.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History”
Document Number: E6-17782
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
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 ``El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History,'' 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 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Museum, New York, New York, from on or about November 17, 2006, until on or about March 28, 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.
Deaths and Estates
Document Number: E6-17591
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is proposing to update and amend its regulations on deaths and estates in 22 CFR part 72. The existing regulations were originally issued in 1957. They needed to be redrafted in plain language and changed to reflect changes in State Department statutory authority and current practice. Sections 234 and 235 of the James W. Nance and Meg Donovan Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 made some changes to consular officer and State Department responsibilities with respect to the deaths and personal estates of United States citizens and non-citizen nationals abroad that must be reflected in the regulations.
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E6-17693
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-23
Agency: Department of State
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E6-17692
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-23
Agency: Department of State
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-5090e, Human Rights Abuses Reporting Site; OMB No. 1405-0175
Document Number: E6-17339
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
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: Human Rights Abuses Reporting Site. OMB Control Number: 1405-0175. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Office of Cuban Affairs (WHA/CCA). Form Number: DS-5090e, Human Rights Abuses Reporting Site. Respondents: Victims of human rights abuses in Cuba. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,300 annually. Estimated Number of Responses: 7,300 annually. Average Hours Per Response: 15 minutes per response. Total Estimated Burden: 1,825 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. DATE(S): The Department will accept comments from the public up to 60 days from October 18, 2006.
Establishment of the Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion
Document Number: E6-17338
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Department of State
The Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion was established in March 2006 to advise the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development on the consideration of issues related to democracy promotion in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance. The Secretary of State will appoint the members of the committee, which will consist of up to 20 non-government members. The committee will follow the procedures prescribed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Meetings will be open to the public unless a determination is made in accordance with the FACA Section 10(d) and 5 U.S.C. 522b(c)(1) and (4) that a meeting or a portion of the meeting should be closed to the public. Notice of each meeting will be provided in the Federal Register at least 15 days prior to the meeting date. For further information, contact Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and External Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at (202) 647-3904.
Card Format Passport; Changes to Passport Fee Schedule
Document Number: E6-17237
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Department of State
Section 7209 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), Public Law 108-458, 118 Stat. 3638 (Dec. 17, 2004), provides that U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens may enter the U.S. only with passports or such alternative documents as the Secretary of Homeland Security may designate as satisfactorily establishing identity and citizenship. The statute requires that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, develop and implement a plan to require virtually all travelers entering the U.S. to present a passport, other document, or combination of documents, that are ``deemed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be sufficient to denote identity and citizenship. Section 7209 expressly limits the waiver of documentation requirements for U.S. citizens under section 215 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)\1\ and eliminates the waiver of documentation requirements for categories of individuals for whom documentation requirements have previously been waived (citizens of Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda) under section 212 (d)(4) (B) of the INA.\2\ U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda will be required to comply with the new document requirements of section 7209.\3\ The legislation also requires that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State seek to facilitate the frequent travel of those living in border communities. This proposed rule addresses the travel facilitation requirement of this legislation. The administration's proposal to address the remainder of the legislative requirements as set forth in section 7209, called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), is being addressed in separate rulemakings.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Masterpieces of Russian Art”
Document Number: E6-17234
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-17
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 ``Masterpieces of Russian Art'', 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 Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, from on or about October 20, 2006 until on or about December 30, 2006, 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: “Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World”
Document Number: E6-16937
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Department of State
On September 15, 2006, Notice was published on page 54548 of the Federal Register (volume 71, number 179) of the determinations made by the Department of State pertaining to the exhibit, ``Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World.'' The referenced notice is corrected as to an additional object to be included in the exhibition. 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 an additional object to be included in the exhibition ``Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The additional object is imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit object at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, from on or about November 2, 2006, until on or about January 21, 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.
Meetings of the United States-Chile Environment Affairs Council and the United States-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: 06-8662
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that, as set forth in Chapter 19 (Environment) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the United States and Chile intend to hold the third meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the ``Council'') and the second meeting of the United States-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation (the ``Commission'') in Santiago, Chile on October 23-24, 2006. A public information session will be held for members of the public on October 23, at 3:30 p.m., in the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Teatinos 180, Conference Room, 17th floor. The purpose of the Council and Commission meetings is detailed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The meeting agendas will include an evaluation of the eight cooperative projects outlined in the FTA's Environment Chapter and the 2005-2006 Work Program and a proposed 2007-2008 Work Program pursuant to the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement (``the ECA''). The Department of State and USTR invite interested agencies, organizations, and members of the public to submit written comments or suggestions regarding agenda items. In preparing comments, we encourage submitters to refer to: The FTA's Environment Chapter including Annex 19.3, and the Final Environment Review of the FTA, available at: http:// www.ustr.gov/TradeAgreements/Bilateral/ChileFTA/Section Index.html. The ECA, available at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/tr/. Joint Declaration and Project Reports from the 2005 Council meeting at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/tr/2005/index.htm.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Conduct Scoping Meetings and Notice of Floodplain and Wetland Involvement; Transcanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P.
Document Number: E6-16807
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Department of State
TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. has applied to the United States Department of State for a Presidential Permit for the proposed construction, connection, operation, or maintenance, at the border of the United States of facilities for the importation of petroleum from a foreign country. The Department of State receives and considers applications for Presidential Permits for such energy-related pipelines pursuant to authority delegated to it by the President under Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004 (69 FR 25299). To issue a Permit, the Department of State must find that issuance would serve the national interest. It consults extensively with concerned Federal and State agencies, and invites public comment in arriving at its determination. With respect to the application submitted by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P., the Department of State has concluded that the issuance of the Presidential Permit would constitute a major Federal action that may have a significant impact upon the environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). For this reason, Department of State intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to address reasonably foreseeable impacts from the proposed action and alternatives, to include the proposed Cushing extension. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to inform the public about the proposed action, announce plans for scoping meetings, invite public participation in the scoping process, and solicit public comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the EIS. As the proposed project may involve an action in a floodplain or wetland, the EIS will include a floodplain and wetlands assessment and floodplain statement of findings.
Transitional Application Deadline for Adoption Service Providers Applying for Accreditation, Temporary Accreditation, or Approval Under the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000
Document Number: E6-16502
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-05
Agency: Department of State
Pursuant to the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (the IAA), the Department of State (the Department) is the Central Authority for the United States for implementation of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention). Under the Convention and the IAA, once the Convention enters into force for the United States, agencies and persons that seek to provide adoption services must generally be accredited, temporarily accredited, approved, or otherwise exempt. The United States intends to ratify the Convention once the necessary preparations for its implementation in the United States have been made. In this public notice, the Department is announcing the transitional application deadline (TAD). In order for an agency or person to be accredited or approved as of the time the Convention enters into force for the United States or for an agency to be temporarily accredited, an agency or person must submit an application and the required fee(s) on or before the TAD to an accrediting entity with jurisdiction to evaluate its application. The Department has designated two accrediting entities. They are: The Council on Accreditation (COA) and Colorado's Department of Human Services. The TAD is November 17, 2006. See 22 CFR part 96.19 for further information on the TAD. Agencies or persons that do not seek to be accredited or approved by the time the Convention enters into force for the United States may submit an application and the required fee(s) to an accrediting entity with jurisdiction to evaluate its application at any time after the TAD. Agencies seeking temporary accreditation must apply by the TAD.
Passport Procedures-Amendment to Restriction of Passports Regulation
Document Number: E6-16387
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-04
Agency: Department of State
This final rule amends part 51 at Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations to change a ground of denying, revoking or canceling a passport. The final rule amends the existing regulation at section 51.70(a) in Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations which requires the Secretary of State to deny a passport to a person who has been certified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to be in arrears of child support by an amount exceeding $5000 by changing it to $2500 in accordance with Section 7303 of Public Law 109-171, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Partial Lifting of Arms Embargo Against Haiti
Document Number: E6-16386
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-04
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to reflect modifications to the U.S. arms embargo against Haiti. The embargo is revised to permit exports of defense articles and services that are destined for security units under the command of the Government of Haiti, or under the command of the United Nations (UN) and UN- authorized missions, and to allow exports of personal protective clothing, including flak jackets and helmets, for use by personnel from the United Nations and other international organizations, representatives of the media, and development workers and associated personnel.