Department of State March 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
Document Number: 2012-7569
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Department of State
This rule amends the Schedule of Fees for consular services (Schedule) for nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, border crossing card application processing fees and immigrant visa application processing fees. The rule increases from $140 to $160 the fee charged for the processing of an application for most non-petition- based nonimmigrant visas (Machine-Readable Visas or MRVs) and Border Crossing Cards (BCCs) for Mexican citizens age 15 and over. The rule also provides amended application processing fees for certain categories of petition-based nonimmigrant visas and treaty trader and investor visas (all of which are also MRVs), as well as amended tiered application processing fees for immigrant visas. Finally, the rule increases from $14 to $15 the 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, based on a Congressionally mandated surcharge that took effect since the last adjustment to the Schedule of Fees. 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 the recent fee review's findings that the U.S. government is not fully covering its costs for the processing of these visas under the current fee structure.
Notice of U.S. Hosting of 2012-2013 United States-Mexico Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Meetings; Executive Order 11423, as Amended
Document Number: 2012-7352
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State hereby gives notice that the United States will host the 2012 series of U.S.-Mexico Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Meetings. The United States has not yet determined the actual dates and locations of the meetings, but expects to host one in summer 2012 and one in the fall/winter 2012, with a plenary session in early 2013. These binational meetings will typically include an open session for those members of the public who are registered to attend the event. The Department of State welcomes public participation in the public sessions. To request notification of the dates and locations of upcoming meetings, please provide your name and email address to the Office of Mexican Affairs' Border Affairs Unit via email at WHA- BorderAffairs@state.gov or by mail at WHA/MEXRoom 3908, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20520.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition
Document Number: 2012-7349
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective'' 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 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, from on or about May 16, 2012, until on or about September 3, 2012; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, from on or about October 14, 2012, until on or about January 6, 2013, 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 Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Decree Stele”
Document Number: 2012-7348
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the object to be included in the exhibition ``Decree Stele'' 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 Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA, from on or about April 25, 2012, until on or about March 30, 2015, 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.
Industry Advisory Panel: Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: 2012-7346
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Department of State
Notification of the Next CAFTA-DR Environmental Affairs Council Meeting and Request for Comments on the Meeting Agenda
Document Number: 2012-7254
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative are providing notice that the government parties to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) intend to hold the sixth meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council (Council) established under Chapter 17 of that agreement in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on April 12, 2012 at the Hilton Princess Hotel, 10 Calle y Ave. Circunvalaci[oacute]n, S.O. Col. Trejo. All interested persons are invited to attend a public session beginning at 2:30 p.m. on April 12. During the meeting, each Council Member will present their country's progress in implementing Chapter 17 obligations and on the impacts of environmental cooperation in their countries. The Council will also receive a presentation from the CAFTA-DR Secretariat for Environmental Matters (SEM) and discuss the Organization of American States Third Evaluation Report: Monitoring Progress of the Environmental Cooperation Agenda in the CAFTA-DR Countries. For the public session of the meeting, the Council will highlight issues from the above discussion elements with a particular focus on Chapter 17 obligations and environmental cooperation successes. All interested persons are invited to attend a public session where they will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss implementation of Chapter 17 and environmental cooperation with Council Members. In addition, the SEM will present on the citizen submission process established under Chapter 17. More information on the Council is included below under
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language”
Document Number: 2012-7044
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-23
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, and Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language,'' 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 May 6, 2012, until on or about August 27, 2012, 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.
Implementation of the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty Between the United States and the United Kingdom
Document Number: 2012-6825
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to implement the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom, and identify via a supplement the defense articles and defense services that may not be exported pursuant to the Treaty. This final rule implements only the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom. The final rule implementing the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and Australia will be published later in the year once that treaty enters into force. Additionally, the Department of State amends the section pertaining to the Canadian exemption to reference the new supplement, and, with regard to Congressional certification, the Department of State adds Israel to the list of countries and entities that have a shorter certification time period and a higher dollar value reporting threshold.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Joan Miró: the Ladder of Escape”
Document Number: 2012-6460
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-16
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, and Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Joan Mir[oacute]: the Ladder of Escape,'' 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 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC from on or about May 6, 2012, until on or about August 12, 2012, 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 Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography”
Document Number: 2012-6457
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-16
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, and Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography,'' 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 Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts from on or about March 27, 2012, until on or about July 31, 2012; the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine from on or about September 6, 2012 until on or about December 23, 2012; and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from February 4, 2012 until on or about April 28, 2013; 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.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Department of State Acquisition Regulation (DOSAR), OMB Control Number 1405-0050
Document Number: 2012-6052
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-13
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 Acquisition Regulation (DOSAR). OMB Control Number: 1405-0050. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Administration, Office of the Procurement Executive (A/OPE). Form Number: N/A. Respondents: Any business, other for-profit, individual, not-for-profit, or household organization wishing to receive Department of State contracts. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,466. Estimated Number of Responses: 9,316. Average Hours Per Response: Varies. Total Estimated Burden: 275,970 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Voluntary.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-158, Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant
Document Number: 2012-5125
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-02
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: Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant. OMB Control Number: 1405-0144. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: CA/VO/L/R. Form Number: DS-158. Respondents: Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 10,000. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burden: 10,000. Frequency: One time per visa application. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
Suggestions for Environmental Cooperation Pursuant to the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement
Document Number: 2012-5121
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department invites the public, including NGOs, educational institutions, private sector enterprises and other interested persons, to submit written comments or suggestions regarding items for inclusion in a new work program for implementing the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement, which was signed on June 17, 2003. We encourage submitters to refer to: (1) The U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement; (2) the U.S.-Chile 2009-2011 Work Program for Environmental Cooperation; (3) Chapter 19 (Environment) of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement; and (4) the Environmental Review of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement. These documents are available at http://www.state.gov/ e/oes/env/trade/chile/index.htm.