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Industry Advisory Panel: Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: E8-5186
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Department of State
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe”
Document Number: E8-5185
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-14
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 objects to be included in the exhibition ``Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe,'' 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, from on or about July 1, 2008, until on or about September 21, 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: E8-5041
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, announces an open competition for three assistance awards to administer components of the Office's Teacher Exchange Program in Fiscal Year 2009. Public and private non-profit organizations or consortia of eligible organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to cooperate with the Bureau in the administration of the teacher exchange programs as categorized below. To facilitate effective communication between ECA's Teacher Exchange Branch (ECA/A/S/X) and the organization(s) cooperating on these programs, applicant organizations should have offices and staffs located in Washington, DC at the time of application. In recent years, the Bureau has expanded and diversified its programming for teachers consistent with the Bureau's emphasis on younger and disadvantaged, non-elite populations and with the influence teachers can have on these populations in school classrooms in the U.S. and around the world. This Request for Grant Proposals is part of an effort to add synergies to the Bureau's engagement with primary and secondary school educators and to present a range of teacher program opportunities to potential applicant organizations, which may submit proposals to administer and implement one, two, or all three pairs of the following FY 2009 Teacher Exchange Programs as outlined below: Pair A: the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchanges and the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching; Pair B: the International Leaders in Education Program and the Teaching Excellence Awards Program; and/or Pair C: the Educational Seminars and the Teachers of Critical Languages Program. Details about these program components are provided under the Funding Opportunity Description section of this document and in the Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) document associated with this solicitation. Proposals should reflect a vision for the program, interpreting the goals of the Fulbright-Hays Act and the Teacher Exchange Program with creativity, as well as providing innovative ideas and recommendations. The cooperating organization(s) will have responsibility for program administration, which includes the following broad categories: program planning and management; placement; orientation; enrichment activities; participant supervision and support services; fiscal management and budgeting; and program reporting and evaluation. Proposals should include schedules and timelines for notifying ECA, overseas partners, and grantees of placements, travel arrangements and cross-cultural and school information in a timely manner. Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Teacher exchange participants in the U.S. and abroad should be identified through open, merit-based competitions. Although the amount that will be available to support these programs in FY 2009 has not yet been determined, for planning purposes the total amount of funding that may be available to cover administrative and program costs of these programs will be up to $13,875,000. The amounts listed for each program are provided to enable applicant organizations to prepare budgets for planning purposes, and are subject to change. More specific information for each program is provided below and in the Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) document. All awards are pending availability of FY 2009 funds.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: English Language Teaching (ELT) Materials Development Project and English Language Educators Summer Institute
Document Number: E8-5040
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Department of State
The Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the English Language Teaching (ELT) Materials Development Project and English Language Educators Summer Institute in July 2009. U.S. public and private universities, colleges, community colleges and other organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to provide the following: (1) The development of English language materials suitable to Office of English Language Programs' goals and (2) the design and administration of a three-week professional development program for assessing English language teaching materials for possible adoption into English language teaching programs overseas. For the ELT Materials Development Project, the recipient will develop English Language Teaching materials (print, audio, and online) to become part of the collection of the Office of English Language Programs for use overseas. These should reflect current academic best practices and educational priorities. More detailed information about the ELT materials to be developed under this cooperative agreement is detailed in the Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI). For the English Language Educators Summer Institute to take place in 2009, the recipient will design and administer a three-week professional development program for experienced secondary school and university English language teachers drawn from countries served by U.S. Department of State Regional English Language Officers based overseas. The focus of the English Language Educators Summer Institute is to familiarize participants with the newly authored materials (created as part of this cooperative agreement), selected Office of English Language Program publications, U.S. student-centered teaching methods, various materials illustrating U.S. society, culture and diversity, and the role of materials in the language classroom. The exchange experience should also give participants an in-depth experience of American life and culture and contribute to mutual understanding between participants' countries and the United States. The program should include both a theoretical component, provided through professional development seminars in an academic setting, and a practical component, provided through hands on experience assessing and working with selected titles from the Office of English Language Programs. Participants should also create or adapt English language teaching materials suitable for their local context. Applicant organizations should have a demonstrated ability to conduct a substantive academic program, develop English language materials, and manage logistical and administrative aspects of the program.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan”
Document Number: E8-4659
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
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 ``Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan,'' 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 Philadelphia Museum of Art, from on or about April 26, 2008, until on or about July 20, 2008; Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas, from on or about June 6, 2009, to on or about August 16, 2009; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, from on or about December 4, 2009, to on or about January 10, 2010; the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, from on or about January 30, 2010, to on or about April 11, 2010; 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: “Wiener Werkstatte Jewelry”
Document Number: E8-4655
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
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 ``Wiener Werkstatte Jewelry'', 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 Neue Gallerie New York, New York, New York, from on or about March 27, 2008, until on or about June 30, 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.
Notice of Information Collection Under Emergency Review: DS-7646, U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, New OMB 1405-xxxx
Document Number: E8-4653
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the emergency review procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship. OMB Control Number: None. Type of Request: Emergency Review. Originating Office: Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Office of UNESCO Affairs, Executive Secretariat U.S. National Commission for UNESCO (IO/UNESCO). Form Number: DS-7646. Respondents: U.S. college and university students applying for fellowship. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Estimated Number of Responses: 100. Average Hours per Response: 10. Total Estimated Burden: 1000 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Emergency review and approval of this collection has been requested from OMB by April 1, 2008. If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days. Comments should be directed to the Department of State Desk Officer in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC 20503. Fax number 202-395- 6974. During the first 60 days of the emergency approval period, a regular review of this information collection is also being undertaken. The agency requests written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information. Comments will be accepted until 60 days from the date that this notice is published in the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: E-mail: dcunesco@state.gov. Mail (paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, Office of UNESCO Affairs, 2121 Virginia Avenue, NW., Suite 6200, Washington, DC 20037. Fax: (202) 663-0035. You must include the DS form number (DS-7646), information collection title, and OMB control number in any correspondence.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Ateliers Jean Prouvé”
Document Number: E8-4528
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
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 objects to be included in the exhibition ``Ateliers Jean Prouv[eacute]'', 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, from on or about April 25, 2008, until on or about April 25, 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.
30-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: E8-4526
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
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: 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: 7800. Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 3900 hours. Frequency: On Occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS 4053, Department of State Mentor-Protégé Program Application, OMB 1405-0161
Document Number: E8-4524
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
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: Department of State Mentor-Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Program Application. OMB Control Number: OMB 1405-0161. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Administration, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business UtilizationA/SDBU. Form Number: DS-4053. Respondents: Small and large for-profit companies planning to team together in an official mentor-prot[eacute]g[eacute] capacity to improve the likelihood of winning DOS contracts. Estimated Number of Respondents: 14 respondents per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 14 per year. Average Hours per Response: 14 hours. Total Estimated Burden: 21 hours. Frequency: On Occasion. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain Benefit.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-4071, Export Declaration of Defense Technical Data or Services; OMB Control Number 1405-0157.
Document Number: E8-4511
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
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: 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: 30 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 5,000 hours. Frequency: On Occasion. Obligation to Respond: Mandatory.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Antonio Lopez Garcia”
Document Number: E8-4414
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
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 ``Antonio Lopez Garcia'', 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, Massachusetts, from on or about April 13, 2008, until on or about July 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) Request for Grant Proposals: Ngwang Choepel Fellows Program
Document Number: E8-4413
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Citizen Exchanges welcomes proposals in an open competition for the Ngwang Choepel Fellows program that focus on the themes of Cultural Preservation and Economic Self- sufficiency. The Office seeks proposals that train and assist Tibetans living in Tibetan communities in China by providing professional experience and exposure to American society and culture through internships, workshops and other learning activities hosted by U.S. institutions. The experiences will also provide Americans the opportunity to learn about Tibetan culture and the social and economic challenges that Tibetans face today. Applicants may propose programming for Tibetans who travel to the United States and/or for Americans who travel to Tibet. Programs designed for participants from Tibet should not be simply academic in nature, but should provide practical, hands-on experience in U.S. public or private sector settings that may be adapted to an individual's institution upon return home. Proposals may combine elements of professional enrichment, job shadowing and internships appropriate to the language ability and interests of the participants. Americans who travel to Tibet will be expected to participate in activities that further the goals and objectives of the Tibet Policy Act of 2002, as described below. Applicants should ensure that their proposals comply with the Tibet Policy Act of 2002, particularly that their projects promote in all stages the active participation of Tibetans. Section 616(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003 (Pub. L. 107-228) defines the Tibet Project Principles: (d) Tibet Project PrinciplesProjects in Tibet supported by international financial institutions, other international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the United States entities referred to in subsection (c), should (1) Be implemented only after conducting a thorough assessment of the needs of the Tibetan people through field visits and interviews; (2) Be preceded by cultural and environmental impact assessments; (3) Foster self- sufficiency and self-reliance of Tibetans; (4) Promote accountability of the development agencies to the Tibetan people and active participation of Tibetans in all project stages; (5) Respect Tibetan culture, traditions, and the Tibetan knowledge and wisdom about their landscape and survival techniques; (6) Be subject to on-site monitoring by the development agencies to ensure that the intended target group benefits; (7) Be implemented by development agencies prepared to use Tibetan as the working language of the projects; (8) Neither provide incentive for, nor facilitate the migration and settlement of, non- Tibetans into Tibet; and (9) Neither provide incentive for, nor facilitate the transfer of ownership of, Tibetan land or natural resources to non-Tibetans.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and National Interest Determination and the Programmatic Agreement for the Proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Project
Document Number: E8-4020
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-03
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces the availability of the Record of Decision and National Interest Determination and the Programmatic Agreement for the Proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Project. On April 19, 2006, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP (``Keystone'') filed an application with the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of facilities at the border of the United States and Canada for the transport of crude oil between the United States and Canada across the international boundary. Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004, as amended, delegates to the Secretary of State the President's authority to receive applications for permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of facilities, including pipelines, for the exportation or importation of petroleum, petroleum products, coal, or other fuels at the border of the United States and to issue or deny such Presidential Permits upon a national interest determination. The Executive Order directs the Secretary of State to refer the application and pertinent information to, and to request the views of, the heads of certain agencies before issuing a Permit and authorizes the Secretary to consult with other interested federal and state officials, as appropriate. The functions assigned to the Secretary have been further delegated within the Department of State to, inter alia, the Deputy Secretary of State and the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (``NEPA''), 42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f, the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, and the Department's regulations for the implementation of NEPA, 22 CFR part 161, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the issuance of a Presidential Permit for the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the pipeline was prepared by Entrix, Inc., a contractor selected by the Department of State. The Department of State published in the Federal Register a Notification of Receipt of the Keystone Application for a permit on August 8, 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 47861). That notification solicited public comment on the application for a 30-day period. Thereafter, the Department published in the Federal Register a Notification of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 59849). The Department's Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS and request for public comment was published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2007 (72 FR 44908-02), seeking comments by September 24, 2007. The Department received public comments in response to its notice and has taken them into account in making its determination on the Keystone application. As required by Executive Order 13337, the Keystone pipeline application and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement were transmitted to federal agencies for their review and comment on August 6, 2007. The Department of State received no objections from federal agencies regarding the issuance of a permit. The Department published a notice of the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register on January 11, 2008 (73 FR 2027). Concurrently, the Department took steps to comply with its obligations under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. On February 15, 2008, Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte signed a Programmatic Agreement with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the applicant, all seven state historic preservation officials, and consulting federal agencies. Native American tribes were also invited to sign as concurring parties under the ACHP's guidelines. The purpose of the Programmatic Agreement is to take into account the effect of the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project on historic properties and to satisfy all responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Consistent with its authority under Executive Order 13337, the Department reviewed all of the available information and documentation, including comments submitted by federal and state agencies and the public. On February 23, 2008, the Secretary's Delegate, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Reuben Jeffery III, signed the Record of Decision and National Interest Determination, which states that issuance of the Presidential Permit for the Keystone Pipeline Project would serve the national interest. Accordingly, the Department proposes to issue the Presidential Permit to Keystone subject to certain terms and conditions. Executive Order 13337 requires that Secretaries or Heads of certain agencies be notified of the Department's proposed determination concerning issuance of the Presidential Permit. Any agency required to be consulted under Section 1(g) of the Order that disagrees with the proposed determination may notify the Secretary of State within 15 days of this notice that it disagrees with the determination and request that the Secretary refer the application to the President. If no disagreement and request for referral is registered within the prescribed period, the Presidential Permit will be signed and issued to Keystone. On February 25, the Department notified all agencies of its intent to issue the Permit as required under Section 1(g) of the order. For Further Information Contact: The Record of Decision and National Interest Determination, the Programmatic Agreement, the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline application for a Presidential Permit, including associated maps and drawings, the Final EIS and other project information is available for viewing and download at the project Web site: http://www.keystonepipeline.state.gov. For information on the proposed project contact Elizabeth Orlando, OES/ENV Room 2657, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, or by telephone (202) 647- 4284, or by fax at (202) 647-5947. U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, or by telephone (202) 647-4284, or by fax at (202) 647-5947.
Visas: Documentation of immigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended
Document Number: E8-3941
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of State
This rule revises the procedure for notifying the beneficiary of an immigrant visa petition of the termination of the immigrant visa registration because of the failure of the beneficiary to pursue the application within a specified time, by providing that such notification will be made by National Visa Center directly to the beneficiary.
Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services
Document Number: E8-3939
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of State
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Department of State gives notice of the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services. This Committee has been formed in fulfillment of the provisions of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 109-435) and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Public input: Any member of the public interested in providing public input to the meeting should contact Mr. Chris Wood, whose contact information is listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Each individual providing oral input is requested to limit his or her comments to five minutes. Requests to be added to the speaker list must be received in writing (letter, e-mail or fax) prior to the close of business on March 18, 2008; written comments from members of the public for distribution at this meeting must reach Mr. Wood by letter, e-mail or fax by this same date.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-3815
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare for meetings of International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) technical Study Groups Sixteen (Multimedia terminals, systems and applications), and Seventeen (Security, languages and telecommunication software); an ITAC meeting to begin preparation of advice on the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA 08) and other related meetings of the ITU; and meetings in preparation for a meeting of the Organization of American States Inter- American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Permanent Consultative Committee II (PCC.II) (Radiocommunication including Broadcasting). The ITAC will meet to begin preparation of advice for the government on the ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA 08) and related meetings such as the Telecommunication Sector Advisory Group (TSAG), various groups meeting on the International Telecommunication Regulations, cybersecurity, and other subjects relevant to the ITU-T for the coming 12 months. The meeting will be held on Monday afternoon March 17, 2008 2-4 p.m. EST hosted by AT&T, 1120 20th Street, 10th floor, Washington, DC. The ITAC will hold further meetings with similar agendas on April 24, May 12, and June 17. Federal Register notices will be published for each of these meetings with the specific agenda and meeting details, at the appropriate time. The ITAC will meet to prepare advice on submission of contributions to CITEL PCC.II on March 25, April 1 and April 8, 2008, 2-4 p.m. at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC. The ITAC will meet to prepare advice on submission of contributions to ITU-T SG17 on March 20, 2008, 10 a.m. to noon EST, by conference call. Call in information is either +1 210 839-8500 or 1 888 455-9640, passcode 52902. The ITAC will meet to prepare advice on submission of contributions to ITU-T SG16 on April 24, 2008 beginning at 10 a.m. EST, by conference call. People desiring to participate in this meeting should call either +1 210 839-8500 or 1 888 455-9640, passcode 52902. All these meetings are open to the public as seating capacity allows. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments at these meetings. People desiring further information on these meetings may apply to the secretariat at minardje@state.gov.
30-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: E8-3369
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
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: 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.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-573, DS-574, DS-575, and DS-576, Overseas Schools Grant Request Automated Submissions Program (GRASP), OMB Control No. 1405-0036
Document Number: E8-3361
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
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: Overseas Schools Grant Request Automated Submissions Program (GRASP). OMB Control Number: OMB Control No. 1405-0036. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Administration, A/OPR/OS. Form Number: DS-573, DS-574, DS-575, and DS-576. Respondents: Recipients of grants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 194. Estimated Number of Responses:194. Average Hours Per Response: 90 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 291 hours. Frequency: Annually. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain a benefit.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III”
Document Number: E8-3344
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
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 Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III'', 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 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, from on or about April 20, 2008, until on or about July 27, 2008; at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, from on or about August 21, 2008, until on or about November 9, 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.
Presidential Determination Concerning Waiver of Section 1083 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 With Respect to Iraq
Document Number: E8-3248
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of State
On January 28, 2008, the President issued Presidential Determination 2008-9. Presidential Determination 2008-9 waives the application of all provisions of section 1083 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA) with respect to Iraq. Section 1083 amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which establishes a framework for lawsuits against foreign countries and their agencies and instrumentalities under U.S. law. Pursuant to section 1083(d)(1) the President may waive any provision of this section with respect to Iraq, insofar as that provision may, in the President's determination, affect Iraq or any agency or instrumentality thereof, if the President determines that the waiver is in the national security interest of the United States; the waiver will promote the reconstruction of, the consolidation of democracy in, and the relations of the United States with, Iraq; and Iraq continues to be a reliable ally of the United States and partner in combating acts of international terrorism. Pursuant to section 1083(d)(3), a waiver by the President under section 1083(d)(1) shall cease to be effective 30 days after it is made unless the President has notified Congress in writing of the basis for the waiver as determined by the President under section 1083(d)(1). Presidential Determination 2008-9 directs the Department of State to notify Congress of the President's determination and waiver and the accompanying memorandum of justification. On February 4, 2008, the Department of State transmitted to Congress Presidential Determination 2008-9 and the accompanying memorandum of justification.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Notice: Amendment to Original RFGP (Community College Initiative for Egypt)
Document Number: E8-3156
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
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 Thursday, January 31, 2008 (FR Volume 73, Number 21): Section III.1. ``Eligible applicants'' is revised as follows: Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) that are consortia of accredited U.S. community colleges, or other combinations of multiple community college campuses. Consortia must designate a lead institution to receive and administer the award. The due date for this competition is revised from April 7, 2008 to April 21, 2008. All other terms and conditions remain the same.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-2654
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces a meeting of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA 08). The ITAC will meet to prepare advice for the U.S. on preparations for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA 08) including positions on cybersecurity, study program restructuring, and leadership on Tuesday afternoon February 26, 2008 2- 4 p.m. EST 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.
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-2649
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Department of State
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form-# DS-1950, Department of State Application for Employment, OMB Control #-Number 1405-0139
Document Number: E8-2570
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. We are conducting this process in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Department of State Application for Employment OMB Control Number: 1405-0139 Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection Originating Office: Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Recruitment, Examination, Employment (HR/REE) Form Number: DS-1950 Respondents: U.S. Citizens seeking entry into certain Department of State Foreign Service positions and individuals, sophomore through graduate level college and university students, seeking participation in the Department's student programs. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,000 Estimated Number of Responses: 20,000 Average Hours Per Response: 1/2 hour Total Estimated Burden: 10,000 Frequency: On occasion Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain a benefit
Defense Trade Advisory Group; Notice of Membership
Document Number: E8-2495
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-11
Agency: Department of State
Visas: Documentation of Immigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended
Document Number: E8-2463
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-11
Agency: Department of State
This rule revises the photo requirement as part of the application process for a Diversity Immigrant Visa, to require that the photo be in color. Color photographs enhance facial recognition and reduce the opportunity for fraud.
Evaluation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Document Number: E8-2360
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Department of State
The U.S. State Department, in its role as coordinator for the U.S. Government's role in the IPCC, requests public comment on the activities and process of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in order to facilitate the U.S. Government's effort to assess and enhance the IPCC's high-level of scientific credibility and relevance for the evolving needs of decision-maker. The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The IPCC's role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open, and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical, and socio-economic literature produced worldwide. Consistent with this role, the IPCC does not conduct research, nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. In order to fulfill this role, the IPCC produces comprehensive assessment reports at regular intervals of the state of knowledge with respect to climate change science; impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; and mitigation. The most recent of these, the Fourth Assessment Report, was completed in November 2007. The First Assessment Report was completed in 1990, the Second Assessment Report in 1995, and the Third Assessment Report in 2001. These reports have been widely used as key references for the state of knowledge on climate change, including in international climate discussions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The IPCC also issues periodic Special Reports on specific aspects of climate change. The most recent of these, on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, was released in 2005. The United States has played a leading role in the IPCC since its inception, through official contributions and key leadership positions in IPCC report development, as well as through the contributions of many U.S. scientist and experts to the reports themselves. All IPCC reports are developed in a manner that conforms to the IPCC Principles and Procedures, which were developed by participating governments of the IPCC. Consistent with these principles and procedures, IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant scientific, technical, and socio-economic factors. Efforts are currently underway within the IPCC to initiate a dialogue regarding the scope and nature of IPCC activities in the coming years. In order to inform these discussions, the State Department is requesting public comment regarding aspects of the IPCC products and the processes used to develop them.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Gilbert & George”
Document Number: E8-2272
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-07
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 an object to be included in the exhibition ``Gilbert & George'', imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The object is imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit object at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, from on or about February 16, 2008, until on or about May 18, 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: E8-2268
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-07
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Academic Exchange Programs, European and Eurasian Programs Branch (ECA/A/E/EUR) announces an open competition for a five-week Summer Institute for European Student Leaders. Accredited, post-secondary educational institutions in the United States may submit proposals to administer the program. The Summer Institute for European Student Leaders will offer a group of twenty young Europeans from a broad range of ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to learn about the United States and build leadership skills during a five-week program on an American campus. The Fulbright Commissions in Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will recruit participants who are first- or second-year undergraduate students or recent high school graduates who will enter university in fall 2008. The goals of the Institute are to promote study and learning about the United States, leadership development, and civic engagement through academic coursework and participatory activities that will serve the participants in their academic and professional careers and to promote mutual understanding between the United States and their home countries. ECA anticipates that program dates will be for the approximate period of July 13-August 16, 2008.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of the First Emperor”
Document Number: E8-2159
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
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 ``Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of the First Emperor'', 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 Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, from on or about May 18, 2008, until on or about October 12, 2008; at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, from on or about November 15, 2008, until on or about April 26, 2009; at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston, Texas, from on or about May 18, 2009, until on or about September 27, 2009; and at the National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, from on or about November 19, 2009, until on or about March 31, 2010; 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.
Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit to Construct, Operate, and Maintain a New Border Crossing Facility on the U.S.-Canada Border at Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario
Document Number: E8-2080
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State hereby gives notice that, on January 15, 2008, it received an application for a Presidential Permit to authorize the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new border crossing facility on the U.S.-Canada border at Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ontario. The proposed new crossing, a vehicular bridge across the Niagara River, would be approximately one and one half miles north of the existing Peace Bridge across the Niagara River and would connect to existing roads via an interchange with State Route 198 (Scajaquada Expressway) leading to Interstate Route 190 (I-190, the Niagara Section of the New York State Thruway). The application was filed by the Ambassador Niagara Signature Bridge Group (ANSBG). According to the application, ANSBG is an unincorporated unit of the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC), a Michigan corporation. As stated in the application, DIBC, along with a related Canadian corporation, the Canadian Transit Company (CTC), own and operate the Ambassador Bridge across the Detroit River, connecting Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario and DIBC and CTC are ultimately owned by Manuel J. and Matthew T. Maroun. The Department of State's jurisdiction over this application is based upon Executive Order 11423 of August 16, 1968, as amended, and the International Bridge Act of 1972, 33 U.S.C. 535, et seq. As provided in E.O. 11423, the Department is circulating this application to relevant Federal and State agencies for review and comment. Under E.O. 11423 and the International Bridge Act, the Department has the responsibility to determine, taking into account input from these agencies and other interested stakeholders, whether this proposed border crossing is in the U.S. national interest.
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-1952
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-04
Agency: Department of State
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-1950
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-04
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions for the March/April 2008 meeting of the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU- T) Study Group 3 (Tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues) and the April 2008 meeting of the Organization of American States Inter-American Telecommunication Commission Permanent Consultative Committee I (Telecommunication) (OAS/CITEL/PCC.I). The ITAC will meet to prepare advice for the U.S. on positions for the March/April 2008 meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 3 and related issues of the International Telecommunication Regulations on Tuesday afternoons February 19, March 4, 11, and 18, 2008 2-4PM EST in the Washington, DC metro area. Meeting details and detailed agendas will be posted on the mailing list sga@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 advice for the U.S. on positions for the April 2008 meeting of the OAS CITEL PCC.I on Thursday February 21, 2008 10AMnoon EST at a location in the Washington, DC metro area. We expect this meeting to be continued as necessary. Meeting details and detailed agenda will be posted on the mailing list pcc.i- 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.
Termination of Statutory Debarment Pursuant to Section 38(g)(4) of the Arms Export Control Act for Peter Appelbaum
Document Number: E8-1948
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-04
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State has terminated the statutory debarment against Peter Appelbaum pursuant to section 38(g)(4) of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778).
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: The Rhythm Road-American Music Abroad
Document Number: E8-1749
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-01
Agency: Department of State
The Cultural Programs Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to administer The Rhythm Road-American Music Abroad program. The program will consist of up to ten tours for a selected number of professional American artists in jazz, urban music, and American roots music (e.g. country-western, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, etc.) The musicians selected for this program must demonstrate high artistic ability and be conversant with the broader aspects of contemporary American society and culture. Tours will include workshops, master classes, and outreach activities, in addition to concerts. 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 Rhythm Road-American Music Abroad program: to promote mutual understanding and cross- cultural awareness. The tours accomplish this by providing an opportunity for international audiences to experience American musical life, highlighting our country's cultural history as well as the contemporary cultural scene, and allowing American performers to learn about life and culture in the foreign host countries. The Bureau is particularly interested in proposals for the administration of tours by jazz, urban, and American root music performers to countries with significant Muslim or underserved populations, and countries that engage youth and/or groups that influence youth. In the Western Hemisphere, we are also interested in proposals for projects that reach indigenous populations. No guarantee is made or implied that a grant will be awarded for tours to any particular region or that tours will be organized to any particular region. For this competition, all organizations must demonstrate a minimum of five years' experience successfully conducting international performing arts exchange programs in the music field to be eligible.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Community College Initiative for Egypt
Document Number: E8-1752
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Department of State
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for one or more assistance awards to administer the Community College Initiative for Egypt, which will support study by Egyptian undergraduate students at accredited U.S. community colleges. The multi-year program will bring a total of 1,000 students to U.S. community colleges from Egypt. The Initiative builds on the Community College Initiative announced at the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education, convened by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Education in January 2006. The Initiative will provide quality educational programs, professional development, employment skills and a deeper understanding of American society to underserved, non-elite Egyptian students, particularly women and students in their early and mid-twenties who already have some work experience. U.S. consortia of community colleges and other combinations of U.S. community college campuses meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to cooperate with the Bureau in the administration and implementation of the Fiscal Year 2008 Community College Initiative for Egypt. U.S. consortia and other combinations of U.S. community colleges must identify a lead institution to receive and administer the award. The total amount of funding available for all program and administrative costs will be approximately $15.5 million. Applicants may apply to administer the entire program or a portion thereof. Proposals should indicate the number of participants that can be accommodated at the funding level that is proposed, based on detailed calculations of program and administrative costs. In order to maximize the number of student participants under this program, it is the Bureau's expectation that significant institutional and private sector funding and cost-sharing will be made available by cooperating institutions.