Department of State December 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Exchange Visitor Program-Secondary School Students
Document Number: E9-30837
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-29
Agency: Department of State
On December 23, 2009 the State Department published in the Federal Register a proposed rule titled Exchange Visitor Program Secondary School Students. The Department revised existing regulations to provide greater specificity and clarity to sponsors of the Secondary School Student category with respect to the execution of sponsor oversight responsibilities under the exchange visitor program. This rule is being withdrawn because it was submitted prior to OMB completing review. The proposed rule is withdrawn in its entirety.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for Proposed San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross Border Facility
Document Number: E9-30688
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-29
Agency: Department of State
On October 2, 2009, the Department of State published in the Federal Register (74 FR 50997) a Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit for an International Pedestrian Bridge on the U.S.- Mexico Border near San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. This notice requested comment on Otay-Tijuana Venture, L.L.C.'s application for a Presidential permit to authorize the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new international pedestrian bridge called the San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross Border Facility (CBF) on the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The Department now gives notice of the availability of, and requests comment on, the draft environmental assessment (EA) that the project sponsor prepared under the Department's guidance.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-4048, Projected Sales of Major Weapons in Support of Section 25(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act; OMB Control Number 1405-0156
Document Number: E9-30685
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-29
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for 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.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP): International Sports Programming Initiative
Document Number: E9-30667
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-29
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 reach out to youth and promote mutual understanding by increasing the professional capacity of those who design and manage youth sports programs in select countries in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, the Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere. The focus of all programs must be on reaching out to both male and female youth ages 7- 17 and/or their coaches/administrators. Programs designed to train elite athletes or coaches will not be considered. Eligible countries and territories in each region are: Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia; East Asia and the Pacific: Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Australia, and New Zealand; Near East and North Africa: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, West Bank/Gaza, and Israel; South and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Bangladesh; Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Turkey, and France (Marseille) NOTE: Programs submitted for France MUST focus on the culturally diverse southern part of the country, specifically the region around Marseille. During the two-way exchange, participants selected for the U.S. portion must come from the Marseille area and be representative of the multi- cultural population. The in-country portion must take place in the Marseille region.; and the Western Hemisphere: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Barbados, Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Exchange Visitor Program-Secondary School Students
Document Number: E9-30274
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-23
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is proposing to amend and improve the Exchange Visitor Program regulations by providing greater specificity and clarity to sponsors of the Secondary School Student category with respect to the execution of sponsor oversight responsibilities under the exchange visitor programs. This section of the regulations governs Department designated exchange visitor programs under which foreign secondary school students (ages 15-18\1/2\) are afforded the opportunity to study in the United States at an accredited public or private secondary school for an academic semester or an academic year while living with an American host family or residing at an accredited U.S. boarding school. Specifically, the Department is proposing to amend existing regulations regarding the screening, selection, school enrollment, orientation, and monitoring of overall quality assurance on behalf of student participants; and the screening, selection, orientation, and quality assurance monitoring of host families. This program is recognized as one of the Department's most valued exchange initiatives. The Department believes, however, that the lack of sufficient specificity in the regulations or lack of suitable, minimum industry standards may have contributed to the placement of students with unacceptable, or poorly screened, host families thereby putting at risk the health, safety and well-being of this most vulnerable group of exchange visitors. The Department also recognizes that local coordinators, who serve as representatives (employees or volunteers) of the Secondary School Student sponsors and who have responsibility for obtaining school enrollment and locating and recruiting host families, are the critical link to a successful exchange program. Local coordinators exercise a degree of independent judgment when determining whether a potential host family is capable of providing a comfortable and nurturing home environment for a Secondary School Student, whether that family is an appropriate match for the student, and whether they have adequate financial resources to undertake hosting obligations. Accordingly, the Department proposes the adoption of an annual testing and certification program for all local and regional coordinators that will entail, inter alia, specifying more clearly the Department's regulatory requirements as well as all sponsoring organization specific training required by the organization for whom the local and regional coordinators work.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age”
Document Number: E9-29819
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-15
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 ``Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,'' 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 Field Museum, Chicago, IL, from on or about March 5, 2010, until on or about September 6, 2010; at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ, from on or about October 16, 2010, until on or about January 9, 2011; at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, from on or about February 19, 2011, until on or about May 30, 2011; at the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO, from on or about November 25, 2011, until on or about April 15, 2012; at the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK, from on or about May 26, 2012, until on or about September 3, 2012; at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA, from on or about October 13, 2012, until on or about January 13, 2013; at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO, from on or about February 15, 2013, until on or about May 27, 2013; at the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA, from on or about July 4, 2013, until on or about October 6, 2013; 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.
Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
Document Number: E9-29722
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-14
Agency: Department of State
This rule amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for nonimmigrant visa application and border crossing card processing fees. The rule raises from $131 to $140 the fee charged for the processing of an application for most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (Machine-Readable Visas or MRVs) and adult Border Crossing Cards (BCCs). The rule also provides new application fees for certain categories of petition-based nonimmigrant visas and treaty trader and investor visas (all of which are also MRVs). Finally, the rule increases the $13 BCC fee charged to Mexican citizen minors who apply in Mexico, and whose parent or guardian already has a BCC or is applying for one, by raising that fee to $14 by virtue of a congressionally mandated surcharge that goes into effect this year. The Department of State is adjusting the fees to ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet the costs of providing consular services in light of an independent cost of service study's findings that the U.S. Government is not fully covering its costs for the processing of these visas under the current cost structure.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century”
Document Number: E9-29719
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-14
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 objects to be included in the exhibition ``Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century,'' 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, from on or about April 11, 2010, until on or about June 28, 2010; the Art Institute of Chicago, from on or about July 24, 2010, until on or about October 3, 2010; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, from on or about November 6, 2010, until on or about January 30, 2011; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, from on or about February 16, 2011, until on or about May 15, 2011, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Portrait of a Lady”
Document Number: E9-29717
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-14
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 ``Portrait of a Lady,'' 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 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, from on or about January 1, 2010, until on or about December 31, 2011, 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: “Renoir in the 20th Century”
Document Number: E9-29716
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-14
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 objects to be included in the exhibition ``Renoir in the 20th Century,'' 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 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Ca, from on or about February 14, 2010, until on or about May 9, 2010; at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, from on or about June 12, 2010, to on or about September 5, 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: “Rachel Whiteread: Drawings”
Document Number: E9-29574
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-11
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 ``Rachel Whiteread: Drawings,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, from on or about January 31, 2010, until on or about May 2, 2010; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, from on or about May 28, 2010, until on or about August 15, 2010, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Open Competition for the Professional Fellows Program
Document Number: E9-29538
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-11
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/PE/C) announces an open competition for grants to conduct a Professional Fellows Program in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere.
Review of Unused Presidential Permit: Laredo, Texas International Railroad Bridge
Document Number: E9-29335
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-11
Agency: Department of State
More than 14 years ago, the Department of State issued to the Union Pacific Railroad/Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, a Presidential permit for an international rail bridge at Laredo, Texas. To date, the permit remains unused. The Department and other Federal agencies are currently evaluating whether to revoke, modify, or retain as written this long-unused permit given the change of circumstances in the project area, development of nearby projects, inaction by the permittee, and apparent lack of interest in pursuing the corresponding projects in Mexico. The review is not a judgment regarding either the need for a new bridge or the merits of Union Pacific Railroad/Missouri Pacific Railroad Company's (UP) plan, but rather represents a recognition that the project for which this permit was issued has gone unimplemented longer than similar projects and, due to the passage of time, may no longer be viable. UP provided a project status update, which is included in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Document Number: E9-29484
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-10
Agency: Department of State
The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition to administer the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 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 for the purpose of administering a scholarship program for academic study by U.S. undergraduate students outside the United States.
State-71, Post Capabilities Database
Document Number: E9-29452
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-10
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State proposes to create a system of records, Post Capabilities Database, State-71, pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A-130, Appendix I. The Department's report was filed with the Office of Management and Budget on November 25, 2009.
Privacy Act; Systems of Records; State-65, Speaker/Specialist Program Records
Document Number: E9-29451
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-10
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State proposes to alter an existing system of records, Speaker/Specialist Program Records, State-65, pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A-130, Appendix I. The Department's report was filed with the Office of Management and Budget on November 25, 2009. It is proposed that the current system will retain the name ``Speaker/ Specialist Program Records.'' It is also proposed the altered system description will include revisions and/or additions to the following sections: Categories of Records in the System, Purpose, Authority for Maintenance of the System, Routine Uses of Records Maintenance in the System, Safeguards and Retrievability as well as other administrative updates.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-2028, Overseas Schools Grant Status Report OMB 1405-0033
Document Number: E9-29450
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-10
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Office of Academic Exchanges
Document Number: E9-29449
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-10
Agency: Department of State
The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, announces revisions to a RFGP announced in the Federal Register on November 5, 2009 (Federal Register Volume 74, Number 213):
Review of Unused Presidential Permit: Mission (Texas) International Bridge
Document Number: E9-29344
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-09
Agency: Department of State
More than 30 years ago, the Department of State issued to the City of Mission, Texas, a Presidential permit for an international rail and vehicular bridge. To date, the permit remains unused. The Department and other federal agencies are currently evaluating whether to revoke, modify, or retain as written this long-unused permit given the change of circumstances in the project area, development of nearby projects, inaction by the permittee, and apparent lack of interest in pursuing the corresponding projects in Mexico. The review is not a judgment regarding either the need for a new bridge or the merits of Mission's plan, but rather represents a recognition that the project for which this permit was issued has gone unimplemented longer than similar projects and, due to the passage of time, may no longer be viable. The City of Mission provided a project status update, which is included in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Review of Unused Presidential Permit: Port of Brownsville (Texas) International Bridges
Document Number: E9-29342
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-09
Agency: Department of State
More than 12 years ago, the Department of State issued to the Brownsville Navigation District, a Presidential permit for two new international bridges, one for vehicular traffic and one for railroad traffic, between Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. To date, the permit remains unused. The Department and other federal agencies are currently evaluating whether to revoke, modify, or retain as written this long-unused permit given the change of circumstances in the project area, development of nearby projects, inaction by the permittee, and apparent lack of interest in pursuing the corresponding projects in Mexico. The review is not a judgment regarding either the need for a new bridge or the merits of the Brownsville Navigation District's plan, but rather represents a recognition that the project for which this permit was issued has gone unimplemented longer than similar projects and, due to the passage of time, may no longer be viable. The Brownsville Navigation District provided a project status update, which is included in the Supplementary Information section below.
Meetings of the United States-Chile Environment Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: E9-28877
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-03
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that the United States and Chile intend to hold the fifth meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the ``Council'') and the third meeting of the Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation (the ``Commission'') in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2010. These bodies were created pursuant to Chapter 19 (Environment) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Article II of the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA), respectively. A public information session will be held on January 20th, at 2 p.m., in room 1107 at the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520. If you would like to attend the session, please send the following information to Jacqueline
Suggestions for 2009-2011 Work Program for Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation Established Pursuant to the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement
Document Number: E9-28876
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-03
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is soliciting ideas and suggestions for environmental cooperation projects between the United States and Chile. The United States and Chile are in the process of developing a 2009-2011 Work Program pursuant to the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA) signed in June 2003. The ECA outlines broad areas for environmental cooperation with the objective of establishing a framework for cooperation between the United States and Chile to promote the conservation and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and degradation of natural resources and ecosystems, and the rational use of natural resources, in support of sustainable development. In addition, in the Environment Chapter of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) (Chapter 19), ``[t]he Parties recognize the importance of strengthening capacity to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in concert with strengthening trade and investment relations between them [and] agree to undertake cooperative environmental activities.'' (U.S.-Chile FTA, Article 19.5(1)). The main areas of cooperation under the 2009- 2011 Work Program are: (1) Strengthening the effective implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations; (2) encouraging the development and adoption of sound environmental practices and technologies, particularly in business enterprises; (3) promoting the sustainable development and management of environmental resources, including wild fauna and flora, protected wild areas, and other ecologically important ecosystems; and (4) civil society participation in the environmental decision-making process and environmental education. During 2009-2011, the United States and Chile intend to continue to build upon the cooperative work initiated in the 2007-2008 Work Program, and to continue to follow up on the themes reflected in the environment chapter of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Policy on Review Time for License Applications
Document Number: E9-28875
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-03
Agency: Department of State
U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E9-28762
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-01
Agency: Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: Host Family and School Placement
Document Number: E9-28761
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-01
Agency: Department of State
The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program seeks to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by providing secondary school students from the region the opportunity to live in American society for an academic year. In turn, these students will expose U.S. citizens to the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of people in Eurasia. Organizations are invited to submit proposals to identify host schools; vet, select, and monitor host families; and place and monitor a portion of the students participating in the FLEX program during the 2010-11 academic year. Pending availability of funds, an FY-2010 grant will provide the monies required to recruit and screen host families; secure school placements; conduct student and host family orientations; provide cultural and educational enrichment activities; handle all counseling and programmatic issues; and evaluate program implementation.