Department of State 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Card Format Passport; Changes to Passport Fee Schedule
Document Number: E7-25422
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-31
Agency: Department of State
This rule finalizes the proposed rule published on October 17, 2006, and implements certain provisions of Section 7209 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). The IRTPA provides that United States citizens and nonimmigrant aliens may enter the United States 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 United States to present a passport or other document or combination of documents that are deemed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be sufficient to denote identity and citizenship. The legislation also requires that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State seek to facilitate the frequent travel of those living in border communities. This final rule takes into account the amendment to section 7209 by the 2007 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act calling for the availability of a passport card for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The Administration's proposal to address the remainder of the legislative requirements in section 7209, called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), is being addressed in separate rulemakings.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria”
Document Number: E7-25421
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-31
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 ``Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria'', 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 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, from on or about February 24, 2008, until on or about June 1, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or 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: “The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting, 1830-1925”
Document Number: E7-25419
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-31
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 ``The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting, 1830-1925'', 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 Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, from on or about February 7, 2008, until on or about April 27, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-25418
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-31
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces a meeting of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions for the February 2008 meeting of the working groups of the International Telecommunication Union Council. The ITAC will meet to prepare advice for the U.S. on positions for the February 2008 meeting of the working groups of the International Telecommunication Union Council on Wednesday January 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. EST at a location in the Washington, DC, metro area. Meeting details and detailed agendas will be posted on the mailing list itac@eblist.state.gov. People desiring to participate on this list may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov. The meeting is open to the public.
Visas: Documentation of Non-immigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act
Document Number: E7-25417
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-31
Agency: Department of State
This rule amends 22 CFR Part 41 in order to reflect increased security measures requiring fingerprinting and name checks of all visa applicants, with certain narrow exceptions, and to be consistent with an amendment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services including the cost of such checks in fees for non-immigrant and immigrant visas and border crossing cards.
U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Notice of Open Advisory Committee Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: E7-25072
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-27
Agency: Department of State
The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO will meet via telephone conference on Monday, January 7, 2008, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of the teleconference meeting is to consider the recommendations of the Commission's National Committee for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The U.S. National Committee for the IOC was asked to provide recommendations on the UNESCO study related to the Future of the IOC (for more information see IOC Circulars 2247 and 2249 http://ioc3.unesco.org/ cl/letters/CL%202247e.pdf and http://ioc3.unesco.org/cl/letters/ CL%202249e.pdf). The call will also be an opportunity to provide an update on recent and upcoming Commission and UNESCO activities. The Commission will accept brief oral comments during a portion of this conference call. This public comment period will last 15 minutes, and comments are limited to two minutes per person. Members of the public who wish to present oral comments or to listen to the conference call must make arrangements with the Executive Secretariat of the National Commission by January 4, 2008. For more information or to arrange to participate in the teleconference meeting, contact Alex Zemek, Deputy Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, Washington, DC 20037. Telephone: (202) 663-0026; Fax: (202) 663-0035; e-mail: DCUNESCO@state.gov.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914-1939”
Document Number: E7-25070
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-27
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 ``Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 19141939,'' 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 Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, from on or about January 30, 2008, until on or about June 1, 2008, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, from on or about September 23, 2008, until on or about December 7, 2008, The Wolfsonian at Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, from on or about January 1, 2009, until on or about April 1, 2009, and at possible additional exhibitions or 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: “Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani”
Document Number: E7-25067
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-27
Agency: Department of State
On October 11, 2007, notice was published on page 57987 of the Federal Register (volume 72, number 196) of determinations made by the Department of State pertaining to the exhibition ``Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani.'' The referenced notice is corrected as to two additional objects to be included in the exhibition. 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 additional objects to be included in the exhibition ``Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani'', imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The additional objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the additional exhibit objects at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York, New York, from on or about March 10, 2008 until on or about June 1, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
State-36 Security Records
Document Number: E7-24956
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-26
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State proposes to alter an existing system of records, STATE-36, pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C.(r)), 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 12-12-2007. It is proposed that the current system will retain the name ``Security Records.'' It is also proposed that due to the expanded scope of the current system, the altered system description will include revisions and/or additions to the following sections: System Location; Categories of Individuals covered by the System; Authority for Maintenance of the System; and Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users and Purposes of such Uses. Changes to the existing system description are proposed in order to reflect more accurately the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's record- keeping system, the Authority establishing its existence and responsibilities, and the uses and users of the system. Any persons interested in commenting on the altered 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 20522-8001. 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. The altered system description, ``Security Records, State-36,'' will read as set forth below.
New and Revised Conservation and Management Measures and Resolutions for Antarctic Marine Living Resources Under the Auspices of CCAMLR
Document Number: E7-24312
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of State
At its Twenty-Sixth Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, from October 22 to November 2, 2007, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), of which the United States is a member, adopted conservation and management measures and resolutions, pending countries' approval, pertaining to fishing in the CCAMLR Convention Area. All the measures were agreed upon in accordance with Article IX of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Measures adopted restrict overall catches of certain species of finfish, squid, krill and crabs, restrict fishing in certain areas, restrict use of certain fishing gear, specify implementation and inspection obligations supporting the Catch Documentation Scheme of Contracting Parties, and promote compliance with CCAMLR measures by non-Contracting Party vessels. This notice includes the full text of the new and revised conservation measures adopted at the Twenty-Sixth meeting of CCAMLR. This notice also includes a listing of conservation measures that carry over from last year without change. The full text of these measures was published in the Federal Register on January 29, 2007. NMFS suggests that the public view these measures along with the measures contained in this Federal notice for a complete listing of all the measures adopted by CCAMLR at its recent meeting. The full text of all the measures adopted by CCAMLR can also be found on CCAMLR's Web sitehttp://www.ccamlr.org. This notice, therefore, together with the U.S. regulations referenced under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, provides a comprehensive register of all current U.S. obligations under CCAMLR.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Color of Life”
Document Number: E7-24733
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-20
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 ``The Color of Life'', 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 Museum at the Getty Villa, Malibu, California, from on or about March 6, 2008, until on or about June 23, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or 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: “Treasures from the Holy Land”
Document Number: E7-24732
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-20
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 ``Treasures from the Holy Land'', 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 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, from on or about February 9, 2008, until on or about August 10, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or 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: “Color Chart: Reinventing Color”
Document Number: E7-24731
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-20
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 ``Color Chart: Reinventing Color'', 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, NY, from on or about March 2, 2008, until on or about May 12, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Rule Title: Exchange Visitor Program-Sanctions and Terminations
Document Number: E7-24650
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-20
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (Department) published a Proposed Rule regarding sponsor sanctions and program terminations, together with a request for comments, on May 31, 2007. A total of 49 comments were submitted, reviewed and evaluated. The Department herewith adopts the Proposed Rule, with minor edits, as a Final Rule.
Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
Document Number: E7-24646
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-20
Agency: Department of State
This rule amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services. Specifically, it raises from $100 to $131 the fee charged for the processing of an application for a nonimmigrant visa (MRV) and Border Crossing Card (BCC) and increases the immigrant visa fee by $20.00. The Department of State is adjusting the fees as an emergency measure to ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet the costs of processing non-immigrant and immigrant visas in light of increased security measures put in place since 2004 and fee collection mandates on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Regarding Dual and Third Country Nationals
Document Number: E7-24651
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-19
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the text of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to allow access to defense articles and services for dual and third country nationals of certain countries through revisions in procedures for technical assistance agreements and manufacturing licensing agreements. This regulatory change will reduce the burden on exporters of defense articles and on foreign parties to the agreements by reducing the number of individual Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA's) which must be executed and maintained on file.
Termination of Statutory Debarment and Reinstatement of Eligibility To Apply for Export/Retransfer Authorizations Pursuant to Section 38(g)(4) of the Arms Export Control Act, for Rotair Industries, Inc. (Rotair)
Document Number: E7-24637
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-19
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State has terminated the statutory debarment against Rotair pursuant to section 38(g)(4) of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778(g)(4)).
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-24633
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-19
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions for the February 2008 meeting of the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-D). The ITAC will meet as the ITAC-D to prepare advice for the U.S. on positions for the February 2008 meeting of the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-D) on the Thursdays of January 17, 24, and 31, all 2-4 p.m. at the Harry S. Truman Building (Main State), 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC room 5804. Meeting details and detailed agendas will be posted on the mailing list itac-d@eblist.state.gov. People desiring to participate on this list may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov. The meetings are open to the public.
Additional Designation of Entities Pursuant to Executive Order 13382
Document Number: 07-6138
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-19
Agency: Department of State
Pursuant to the authority in section 1(ii) of Executive Order 13382, ``Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters'', the Assistant Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, has determined that two Iranian entities, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) and Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), have engaged, or attempted to engage, in activities or transactions that have materially contributed to, or pose a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions”
Document Number: E7-24495
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-18
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 ``Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions,'' 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, from on or about February 11, 2008, until on or about May 11, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Deposit of Instrument of Ratification by the United States of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
Document Number: E7-24494
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-18
Agency: Department of State
On December 12, 2007, the United States deposited its instrument of ratification for the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation with Respect to Intercountry Adoption (the Convention). In accordance with the terms of the Convention, the Convention will enter into force with respect to the United States on April 1, 2008. The United States signed the Convention on March 31, 1994 and the President transmitted it to the Senate for its advice and consent on June 11, 1998. (S. Treaty Doc. 105-51 at III (1998)). On September 20, 2000, the Senate gave its advice and consent to the ratification of the Convention, subject to certain declarations, and on October 6, 2000, Congress enacted the implementing legislation for the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, Public Law 106-279, 42 U.S.C. 14901- 14952 (the IAA). The President signed the instrument of ratification on November 16, 2007.
Overseas Schools Advisory Council Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E7-24490
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-18
Agency: Department of State
Amendment to the International Arms Traffic in Arms Regulations: UN Embargoed Countries
Document Number: E7-24352
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-18
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the text of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Exports and Sales Prohibited by United Nations Security Council Embargoes, to add a list of the countries subject to such United Nations embargoes.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Parmigianino's Antea: A Beautiful Artifice”
Document Number: E7-24285
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-14
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 object to be included in the exhibition ``Parmigianino's Antea: A Beautiful Artifice,'' 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 Frick Collection, New York, NY, from on or about January 29, 2008, until on or about April 27, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Document Number: E7-24188
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-13
Agency: Department of State
The Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Global Connections and Exchange program. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to administer the Global Connections and Exchange program in (1) Afghanistan and/or (2) the Palestinian Territories, West Bank only. The Bureau will award one grant for each program. The grantee organizations and/or their partners will select overseas schools and provide them with access to the Internet and related training to develop collaborative partnerships with U.S. schools. Thematic online projects will enhance mutual understanding as they encourage learning, research and free expression among participating schools. All Global Connections and Exchange activities will be undertaken in regular and consistent consultation with the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem respectively. Please note that all Global Connections Exchange activities in the Palestinian Territories must be carried out according to all relevant laws and policies regarding assistance to the Palestinian Authority, and to the West Bank and Gaza; organizations should consult with PASJerusalem before entering into any formal arrangements or agreements with Palestinian organizations or institutions.
Voluntary Disclosures
Document Number: E7-24069
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-13
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the Voluntary Disclosure provisions of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) by imposing a 60-calendar day deadline after the initial notification to submit a full disclosure, in order to ensure timely submissions; and by clarifying what identifying information should be provided, as well as who should sign the voluntary disclosure in cases of a major violation, a systemic pattern of violations, or in the absence of an effective compliance program, in order to improve the government's ability to assess and respond to the national security and foreign policy consequences of any export violation. These amendments will provide integrity to the voluntary disclosure process, but involve only minor changes to the current voluntary disclosure process.
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; Statutory Debarment Under the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations
Document Number: E7-24068
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-12
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State has imposed statutory debarment pursuant to Sec. 127.7(c) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (``ITAR'') (22 CFR Parts 120 to 130) on persons convicted of violating or conspiring to violate Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, (``AECA'') (22 U.S.C. 2778).
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The World of 1607”
Document Number: E7-23988
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
Agency: Department of State
On March 7, 2007, notice was published on page 10289 of the Federal Register (volume 72, number 44) of determinations made by the Department of State pertaining to the Exhibit, ``The World of 1607.'' The referenced notice is corrected as to additional objects 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 the objects to be included in the exhibition ``The World of 1607'', 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 Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, Virginia, from on or about January 1, 2008, until on or about April 25, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Exchange Visitor Program-Au Pair Requirements
Document Number: E7-23883
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-10
Agency: Department of State
As a component of its Public Diplomacy and people to people exchanges, the Department of State oversees the Au pair Program whereby foreign nationals are afforded the opportunity to live with an American host family and participate directly in the home life of the host family. All au pair participants provide child care services to the host family and attend a U.S. post-secondary educational institution. Au pair participants provide up to forty-five hours of child care services per week and pursue not less than six semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent during their year of program participation. Some au pairs participate in the EduCare program. These au pairs provide up to thirty hours of child care services per week and pursue not less than twelve semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent during their year of program participation. Approximately 15,000 foreign nationals begin participation in this program each year. In February 2004, the Department announced a pilot program whereby Department designated au pair sponsors could request the extension of program participation beyond the original 12-month maximum period afforded au pair participants. In June of 2006, following a review of the two-year pilot program, the Department amended program regulations to permit designated sponsors to submit requests to the Department for consideration of program extensions for six, nine or 12 month durations for first-year au pair participants beyond the maximum duration of participation allowed under the existing regulations. As the au pair program enters its twentieth year of operation, the Department has been asked to consider amending the age eligibility requirement for au pair participants by increasing the age limitation from 26 to 30. Further, the Department has been asked to consider permitting foreign nationals who previously participated in the au pair program to repeat program participation. The Department hereby solicits comments from the general public and other interested parties regarding these two issues. This certification will be published in the Federal Register.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, OMB 1405-XXXX
Document Number: E7-23814
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-07
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 Visa Electronic Application. OMB Control Number: None. Type of Request: New Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Services (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-160. Respondents: All nonimmigrant visa applicants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,300,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 12,300,000. Average Hours Per Response: 75 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 153,750,000 hours. Frequency: Once per visa application. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain Benefit.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Dancer: Degas, Forain, and Toulouse-Lautrec”
Document Number: 07-5981
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-07
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 object to be included in the exhibition ``The Dancer: Degas, Forain, and Toulouse- Lautrec'', 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 Portland Art Museum, from on or about February 2, 2008, until on or about May 11, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: 07-5971
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-07
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions on the restructuring of the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R). The ITAC will meet as the ITAC-R ``National Committee'' to prepare advice for the U.S. on the structure and chairs of new ITAC-R study groups, and Chairs for the ITU-R working parties, study groups, etc. on December 20, 2007, at the offices of the Boeing Company, 1200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 10 a.m.-Noon, Eastern Standard Time. Meeting details will be posted on the mailing list itac-r@eblist.state.gov. People desiring to participate on this list may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov. The meetings are open to the public.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan”
Document Number: E7-23679
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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 ``The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan,'' 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 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, from on or about February 24, 2008, until on or about May 23, 2008, the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, New York, from on or about September 18, 2008, until on or about January 5, 2009, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, from on or about February 1, 2009, until on or about May 31, 2009, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Youth Leadership and Teacher Professional Development Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina
Document Number: E7-23675
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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 Youth Leadership and Teacher Professional Development Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct a three-to four-week program in the United States focusing on leadership and civic education. The 21 participants will be secondary school students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-3035, J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application, OMB Control Number 1405-0135
Document Number: E7-23672
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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: J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application. OMB Control Number: 1405-0135. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau Of Consular Affairs, Department of State (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-3035. Respondents: J Visa holders applying for a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 10,000. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burden: 10,000 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data, OMB Control Number 1405-0102
Document Number: E7-23670
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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 30 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: Refugee Biographic Data. OMB Control Number: 1405-0102. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, PRM/A. Form Number: N/A. Respondents: Refugee applicants for the U.S. Resettlement Program. Estimated Number of Respondents: 70,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 70,000. Average Hours Per Response: One-half hour. Total Estimated Burden: 35,000 hours. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain a Benefit.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-4071, Export Declaration of Defense Technical Data or Services; OMB Control Number 1405-0157
Document Number: E7-23668
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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 comments 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: Export Declaration of Defense Technical Data or Services. OMB Control Number: 1405-0157. Type of Request: Extension of Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, PM/DDTC. Form Number: DS-4071. Respondents: Business and Nonprofit Organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 10,000. Average Hours Per Response: 15 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 2,500 hours. Frequency: On Occasion. Obligation to Respond: Mandatory.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status; Form DS-2019, OMB No. 1405-0119
Document Number: E7-23667
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. OMB Control Number: OMB No. 1405-0119. Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Office of Exchange Coordination and DesignationECA/EC/AG and ECA/EC/PS. Form Number: Form DS-2019. Respondents: U.S. Department of State designated sponsors. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,460. Estimated Number of Responses: 350,000 annually. Average Hours Per Response: 45 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 262,500 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Diplomacy Evaluation Office: Performance Measurement, Evaluation and Public Diplomacy Program Surveys, OMB Control No. 1405-0158
Document Number: 07-5967
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
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: Public Diplomacy Evaluation Office: Performance Measurement, Evaluation and Public Diplomacy Program Surveys. OMB Control Number: 1405-0158. Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Public Diplomacy Evaluation Office (PDEO). Form Number: None. Respondents: Respondents of program assessments and/or program monitoring of public diplomacy activities under the collection may include program applicants, participants, alumni, administrators, and hosts or grantee organizations involved in the programs that PDEO is assessing or evaluating. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25,131. Estimated Number of Responses: 25,131. Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 12,565 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Voluntary.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges; Amendment to Original RFGP (Open Competition Seeking Professional Exchange Programs in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere)
Document Number: E7-23405
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Department of State
The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, announces revisions to the original RFGP announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 (Federal Register Volume 72, Number 223). The due date for this competition is revised from February 15, 2007 to February 15, 2008. All other terms and conditions remain the same.
Termination of Statutory Debarment and Reinstatement of Eligibility To Apply for Export/Retransfer Authorizations Pursuant to Section 38(g)(4) of the Arms Export Control Act, for Morris Rothenberg & Son, Inc. (d/b/a ROTHCO)
Document Number: E7-23305
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State has terminated the statutory debarment against Morris Rothenberg & Son, Inc. (d/b/a ROTHCO) pursuant to section 38(g)(4) of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778(g)(4)).
Exchange Visitor Programs-Sanctions and Terminations
Document Number: E7-23172
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of State
On November 2, 2007, the State Department published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled Exchange Visitor Programs Sanctions and Terminations. The Department amended its regulations to add to and modify the existing actions for which the Department may sanction a sponsor. The change in the regulations will streamline the review process to offer sanctioned sponsors the procedural due process rights equal to those that the Administrative Procedure Act guarantees. In addition, the Rule eliminated summary suspension and modifies program suspension to halt the activities of a sponsor that has committed a serious act of omission or commission which has or could have the effect of endangering the health, safety, or welfare of an exchange visitor, or damage the national security interests of the United States. This rule is being withdrawn because it was submitted to OMB for formal significance designation; however, it was published prior to that determination being made. Since OMB's designation was that it is significant and they would like to formally review it, OMB has requested the rule to be withdrawn in its entirety.
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E7-23167
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of State