Department of State November 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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 This rule is being withdrawn because it was submitted to OMB for formal significance designation; however, it was published prior to that determination being made.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designation was that it is significant and they would like to formally review it, OMB has requested the rule to be withdrawn in its entirety.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
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E7-23166
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of State
Issuance of a Presidential Permit Authorizing the Greater Yuma Port Authority To Construct, Operate, and Maintain a Livestock Border Crossing Near San Luis, Arizona, at the International Boundary Between the United States and Mexico
Document Number: E7-23085
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has issued a Presidential permit, effective November 16, 2007, authorizing the Greater Yuma Port Authority to construct, operate, and maintain a livestock border crossing near San Luis, Arizona, at the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. In making this determination, the Department consulted with other federal agencies, as required by Executive Order 11423, as amended.
Renewal of International Security Advisory Board Charter
Document Number: E7-22752
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
Agency: Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: 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: E7-22659
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-20
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for grants that support exchanges and build relationships between U.S. non- profit organizations and civil society and cultural groups in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere. Pending availability of funds, it is anticipated that approximately $5,000,000 or more will be available to support this competition. ECA/PE/C expects to fund approximately 15-20 projects under this competition in FY 2008. U.S. public and non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals that support the goals of The Professional Exchange Program. Projects should promote mutual understanding and partnerships between key professional and cultural groups in the United States and counterpart groups in other countries through multi-phased exchanges taking place over one to two years. Proposals should encourage citizen engagement in current issues, with a particular focus on youth and those who influence them, and promote the development of democratic societies and institutions, with a view toward creating a more stable world. To the fullest extent possible, programs should be two-way exchanges supporting roughly equal numbers of participants from the U.S. and foreign countries. Proposed projects should transform institutional and individual understanding of key issues, foster dialogue, share expertise, and develop capacity. Through these people-to-people exchanges, the Bureau seeks to break down stereotypes that divide peoples, to promote good governance and economic growth, to contribute to conflict prevention and management, and to build respect for cultural expression and identity in the world. Projects should be structured to allow American professionals and their international counterparts in eligible countries to develop a common dialogue for dealing with shared challenges and concerns. Projects should include current or potential leaders who will effect positive change in their communities. Exchange participants may include community leaders, elected and professional government officials, religious leaders, educators, and proponents of democratic ideals and institutions, including for example, the media and judiciary, or others who influence the way in which different communities approach these issues. The Bureau is especially interested in engaging socially and economically diverse groups that may not have had extensive contact with counterpart institutions in the United States and particularly seeks proposals that engage educators or other groups that directly influence youth in innovative ways. Applicants may not submit proposals that address more than one region or that include countries not eligible under a specific theme designated in the RFGP. Proposals that do so will be declared technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process. For the purposes of this competition, eligible regions are Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. No guarantee is made or implied that grants will be awarded in all themes and for all countries listed.
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs: Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; Notifications to the Congress of Proposed Commercial Export Licenses
Document Number: E7-22564
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State has forwarded the attached Notifications of Proposed Export Licenses to the Congress on the dates indicated pursuant to sections 36(c) and 36(d) and in compliance with section 36(f) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776).
Industry Advisory Panel: Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: E7-22562
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of State
Passports
Document Number: E7-22461
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of State
This rule reorganizes, restructures, and updates passport regulations in order to make them easier for users to access information, to better reflect current practice and changes in statutory authority, and to remove outdated provisions. In general, the revisions do not mark a departure from current policy. Rather, the Department's intent is to bring greater clarity to current passport policy and practice and to present it in a less cumbersome way.
Department of State Acquisition Regulation
Document Number: E7-22460
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of State
This proposed rule will add a contract clause to implement the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors; Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS PUB) Number 201, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors; and associated OMB guidance M-05-24 (August 5, 2005).
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: Assorted Paintings by Gerome and Dahl
Document Number: E7-22448
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-16
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 exhibited include four paintings by Jean-Leon Gerome and three paintings by Johan Christian Dahl, 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 seven exhibit objects at the Nineteenth-Century European Paintings and Sculpture Galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, from on or about December 3, 2007, until on or about December 3, 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.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-22193
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-14
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions for working party meetings of the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) and for the meeting of the Permanent Executive Committee of Organization of American States Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (COM/CITEL). The ITAC will meet to prepare for the OECD December 2007 meetings of the Working Parties on the Information Economy (WPIE) and Communication and Information Services Policy (CISP) on November 29, 2007, at the Harry S Truman building (Main State) of the Department of State, room 5804, 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time. A conference bridge will be provided. Meeting details will be posted on the mailing list iccp- ps@eblist.state.gov. People desiring to participate on this list may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov. The ITAC will meet to prepare for the COM/CITEL December 2007 meeting on November 27, 2007, 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time at a location in the Washington Metro Area. A conference bridge will be provided if requested. Meeting details will be posted on the mailing list pcci- citel@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.
Privacy Act of 1974: New System of Records
Document Number: Z7-20797
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-13
Agency: Department of State, Office of Personnel Management, Personnel Management Office, Agencies and Commissions
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Projects 86: Gert & Uwe Tobias”
Document Number: E7-22152
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-13
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 ``Projects 86: Gert & Uwe Tobias,'' 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 November 28, 2007, until on or about February 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.
Fine Arts Committee Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E7-22143
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-13
Agency: Department of State
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-22140
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-13
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions for meeting of the Advisory and Study Groups of the International Telecommunication UnionTelecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). The ITAC will meet as the ITAC-T to prepare for the ITU-T December 2007 Advisory Group meeting on November 14 and 19, 2007, in the Washington, DC metro area. Both meetings are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern Time. A conference bridge will be provided. Meeting details will be posted on the mailing list itac-t@state.gov. People desiring to participate on this list may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov. The ITAC will meet as the ITAC Study Group B to prepare for the January 2008 meeting of ITU-T Study Groups 11, 13, and 19 hosted by COMTECH Telecommunications Corporation in Chantilly, Virginia. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on December 14, 2007. A conference bridge will be provided. Meeting details will be posted on the mailing list sgb@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.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant Proposals: Future Leaders Exchange Civic Education Workshop
Document Number: E7-21942
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-08
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 conduct of a spring 2008 Civic Education workshop for students participating in the academic year Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. The goal of the workshop is to broaden the participants' knowledge and understanding of the democratic concepts that are integral to a civil society and provide them with tools they can take home to utilize as future leaders of their countries. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in IRS regulation 26 CFR 1.501(c) may submit proposals to develop and conduct a one-week workshop in Washington, DC, in Spring 2008 on elements of a civil society. The workshop should include approximately 110 high school students from 11 Eurasian countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) who are attending school in the United States during the 2007/08 academic year. Workshop participants will be selected through an essay contest from among a group of 1,100 students who are participating in the academic year component of the Division's Future Leaders Exchange program. Proposals should maximize cost-sharing through other private sector support as well as institutional direct funding contributions.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-1998, Foreign Service Officer Test Registration Form, OMB Control Number 1405-0008
Document Number: E7-21940
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-08
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: Foreign Service Officer Test Registration Form. OMB Control Number: 1405-0008. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Human Resources, HR/REE/BEX. Form Number: DS-1998E. Respondents: Registrants for the Foreign Service Officer Test. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 20,000. Average Hours Per Response: 3 hours. Total Estimated Burden: 60,000 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Department of State Form DS-1504; Request for Customs Clearance of Merchandise; OMB Control Number 1405-0104
Document Number: E7-21858
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-07
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: Request for Customs Clearance of Merchandise. OMB Control Number: 1405-0104. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: DS/OFM/VTC/TC. Form Number: DS-1504. Respondents: Eligible foreign diplomatic or consular missions, certain foreign government organizations, and designated international organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 350. Estimated Number of Responses: 7,800. Average Hours Per Response: 30 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 3,900 hours. Frequency: On Occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-60, Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name, OMB Control Number 1405-0133
Document Number: E7-21857
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-07
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 preceding submission to OMB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name. OMB Control Number: 1405-0133. Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, CA/PPT/FO/ FC. Form Number: DS-60. Respondents: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 202,920 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 202,920 per year. Average Hours Per Response: 15 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 50,730. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-10, Birth Affidavit, OMB Control Number 1405-0132
Document Number: E7-21855
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-07
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 preceding submission to OMB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Birth Affidavit. OMB Control Number: 1405-0132. Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, CA/PPT/FO/ FC. Form Number: DS-10. Respondents: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 154,850 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 154,850 per year. Average Hours Per Response: 15 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 38,713. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Rhytons From Nysa”
Document Number: E7-21715
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-05
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 ``Rhytons from Nysa'', 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 December 17, 2007, until on or about December 3, 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-Sanctions and Terminations
Document Number: E7-21522
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department is amending 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 Final Rule eliminates 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.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Algeria Youth Leadership Program
Document Number: E7-21562
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-01
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 Algeria Youth Leadership 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 high school students in Algeria, and conduct a program in Algeria and the United States approximately six weeks in length that will focus on themes of leadership development, respecting diversity, and civic education.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: International Sports Programming Initiative
Document Number: E7-21561
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-01
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the International Sports Programming Initiative. 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 for projects designed to enhance and improve the infrastructure of youth sports programs in select countries in Africa, East Asia, the Near East and North Africa, South Asia and the Western Hemisphere. The focus of all programs must be on reaching out to youth ages 8-18. Programs designed to train elite athletes will not be considered. Eligible countries are: Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal or the trans-Sahara for a Francophone regional project (eligible countries included in this regional project must include one country from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as well as one country from Chad, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania and Chad); for East Asia: China, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam; for the Near East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Yemen; for South Asia: Bangladesh, India; for the Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela. For countries that are not designated in the RFGP or that address more than one country unless specifically noted, will be deemed technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process. For the purposes of this competition, eligible regions are Africa, East Asia, the Near East, North Africa, South Asia and the Western Hemisphere. No guarantee is made or implied that grants will be awarded in all themes or for all countries listed.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: The Future Leaders Exchange Program: Host Family and School Placement
Document Number: E7-21551
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-01
Agency: Department of State
The Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the placement component of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) 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 recruit and select host families and schools for high school students between the ages of 15 and 17 from countries of the former Soviet Union, hereafter referred to as Eurasia. This solicitation and the activities to which it refers, applies only to FLEX students from the following Eurasian countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. In addition to identifying schools and screening, selecting, and orienting families, organizations will be responsible for: (1) Providing English language enhancement activities for a small percentage of students who are specially identified; (2) orienting all students at the local level; (3) providing support services for students; (4) arranging enhancement activities and skill-building opportunities; (5) assessing student performance and progress; (6) providing mid-year programming and re-entry training; and (7) evaluating project success. Preference will be given to those organizations that offer participants opportunities to develop leadership skills and raise their awareness of tolerance and social justice through community activities and networks. The award of grants and the number of students who will participate is subject to the availability of funding in fiscal year 2008.
Exchange Visitor Program-Fees and Charges for Exchange Visitor Program Services
Document Number: E7-21472
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-01
Agency: Department of State
On June 22, 2007, the Department of State published a Proposed Rule to revise its regulations regarding fees and charges for Exchange Visitor Program services. These proposed regulations are adopted without change. The fees permit the Department to recoup the cost of providing such Exchange Visitor Program services.