Department of State December 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates-Visa Services Fee Changes
Document Number: 2014-30710
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for visa fees. More specifically, the rule amends the Border Crossing Card fee paid by a Mexican citizen under age 15 whose parent or guardian has applied or is applying for a border crossing card (the ``reduced Border Crossing Card fee''). The Department of State is increasing the fee in light of the passage of the Emergency Afghan Allies Extension Act of 2014, which added a $1 surcharge to the fees for Machine Readable Visa (MRV) and Border Crossing Card (BCC) application processing. The Department must raise the reduced Border Crossing Card fee by $1, for a total fee of $17, to continue to collect the legislatively mandated fee amount of $13 and all applicable surcharges.
Immigration Policy
Document Number: 2014-30641
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Department of State
On November 21, 2014, the President issued a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on the subject of modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa system for the 21st century. The Memorandum directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, in consultation with various other Cabinet secretaries and the White House, to make recommendations to streamline and improve the Nation's legal immigration system. Such efforts should focus on reducing Government costs, improving services for applicants, reducing burdens on employers, and combatting waste, fraud, and abuse in the system, while safeguarding the interests of American workers. This notice solicits public input to inform the development of those recommendations.
Provision of Certain Temporary and Limited Sanctions Relief in Order To Implement the Joint Plan of Action of November 24, 2013 Between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as Extended Through June 30, 2015
Document Number: 2014-30569
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Department of State
On November 24, 2013, the United States and its partners in the P5+1France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, and Germany reached an initial understanding with Iran, outlined in a Joint Plan of Action (JPOA),that halts progress on its nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects. In return, the P5+1 committed to provide limited, temporary, and targeted sanctions relief to Iran. The JPOA was renewed by mutual consent of the P5+1 and Iran on July 19, 2014, and again on November 24, 2014, extending the temporary sanctions relief provided under the JPOA to cover the period beginning on November 24, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015 (the Extended JPOA Period), in order to continue negotiations aimed at achieving a long- term comprehensive solution to ensure that Iran's nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. This Notice outlines the U.S. Government (USG) actions taken to implement the sanctions relief aspects of this understanding.
Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Foreign Persons, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement
Document Number: 2014-30564
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Department of State
A determination has been made that a number of foreign persons have engaged in activities that warrant the imposition of measures pursuant to Section 3 of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act. The Act provides for penalties on entities and individuals for the transfer to or acquisition from Iran since January 1, 1999; the transfer to or acquisition from Syria since January 1, 2005; or the transfer to or acquisition from North Korea since January 1, 2006, of goods, services, or technology controlled under multilateral control lists (Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group, Chemical Weapons Convention, Nuclear Suppliers Group, Wassenaar Arrangement) or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or cruise or ballistic missile systems. The latter category includes (a) items of the same kind as those on multilateral lists but falling below the control list parameters when it is determined that such items have the potential of making a material contribution to WMD or cruise or ballistic missile systems, (b) items on U.S. national control lists for WMD/missile reasons that are not on multilateral lists, and (c) other items with the potential of making such a material contribution when added through case-by-case decisions.
Request for Nominations of Experts for Consideration as Authors and/or Editors for the Sixth United Nations Environment Programme Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6)
Document Number: 2014-30561
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Department of State
Governments, along with other stakeholder groups, have been invited to nominate experts to participate in the GEO-6 assessment. The Department of State is coordinating the recommendation of experts to the United Nations Environment Programme for GEO-6. The purpose of GEO- 6 is to provide a comprehensive, integrated, and scientifically credible global environmental assessment to support decision-making processes. Candidates may be nominated directly at http:// hqweb.unep.org/dewa/dewa_mvc_vb/form/ Default.aspx?param1=geo6¶m2=berlin. For nominations to be considered within the U.S. government nomination process, they must also be submitted electronically to the United States Department of State, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues (matuszakjm@state.gov and lathamme@state.gov), which is coordinating the U.S. government nomination process.
Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: United States Munitions List Category XI (Military Electronics), Correction, and Other Changes
Document Number: 2014-30232
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of July 1, 2014 (79 FR 37536) and making other, minor changes.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Training/Internship Placement Plan
Document Number: 2014-30238
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980”
Document Number: 2014-30235
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-24
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 ``Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980,'' 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 March 29, 2015, until on or about July 19, 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.
Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Document Number: 2014-28697
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-19
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Endowment for the Arts, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Commerce, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Executive Office of the President, Management and Budget Office, National Drug Control Policy Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Health and Human Services
This joint interim final rule implements for all Federal award-making agencies the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule is necessary in order to incorporate into regulation and thus bring into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.
Updated Call for Reviewers of the World Ocean Assessment
Document Number: 2014-29676
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-18
Agency: Department of State
Overseas Schools Advisory Council Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2014-29598
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-17
Agency: Department of State
Request for Information for the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
Document Number: 2014-29472
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (``the Department'') requests written information to assist in reporting on the degree to which the United States and foreign governments comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons (``minimum standards'') that are prescribed by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, (Div. A, Pub. L. 106-386) as amended (``TVPA''). This information will assist in the preparation of the Trafficking in Persons Report (``TIP Report'') that the Department submits annually to the U.S. Congress on governments' level of compliance with the minimum standards. Foreign governments that do not comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so may be subject to restrictions on nonhumanitarian, nontrade-related foreign assistance from the United States, as defined by the TVPA. Submissions must be made in writing to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State by January 20, 2015. Please refer to the Addresses, Scope of Interest, and Information Sought sections of this Notice for additional instructions on submission requirements.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence”
Document Number: 2014-29312
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-15
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), E.O. 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 ``Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence,'' 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 February 1, 2015, until on or about May 3, 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.
Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Visiting Masterpiece: Gustav Klimt's Adam and Eve”
Document Number: 2014-29275
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-15
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), E.O. 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 object to be included in the exhibition ``Visiting Masterpiece: Gustav Klimt's Adam and Eve,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are 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 imported object at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, from on or about January 17, 2015, until on or about April 27, 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.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Artworks from Europe's Greatest Dynasty”
Document Number: 2014-29274
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-15
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), E.O. 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 ``The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Artworks from Europe's Greatest Dynasty,'' 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 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, from on or about February 15, 2015, until on or about May 10, 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas, from on or about June 14, 2015, to on or about September 13, 2015, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, from on or about October 18, 2015, to on or about January 17, 2016, 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: “Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time” Exhibition
Document Number: 2014-29273
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-15
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), E.O. 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 ``Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time,'' 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 Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, New York, from on or about February 26, 2015, until on or about June 16, 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.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Björk” Exhibition
Document Number: 2014-29272
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-15
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. 236-3 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 ``Bj[ouml]rk,'' 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 March 8, 2015, until on or about June 7, 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.
Third International Conference on Financing for Development
Document Number: 2014-28970
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-10
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State invites the public, including non- governmental and civil society organizations, think tanks, educational institutions, private sector companies, and other interested persons, to submit written input on U.S. goals and objectives for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.
Determination by the Secretary of State Relating to Iran Sanctions
Document Number: 2014-28520
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-04
Agency: Department of State
This notice is to inform the public that the Secretary of State determined on November 20, 2014, pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(D) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA) (Pub. L. 112-81), as amended, that as of November 20, 2014, each of the following purchasers of oil from Iran has qualified for the 180-day exception outlined in section 1245(d)(4)(D): Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa. The Secretary of State last made exception determinations under Section 1245(d)(4)(D) of the NDAA regarding these purchasers on May 27, 2014.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Man Ray-Human Equations: A Journey From Mathematics to Shakespeare” Exhibition
Document Number: 2014-28455
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-03
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 ``Man RayHuman Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare,'' 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 Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, from on or about February 7, 2015, until on or about May 10, 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.
International Telecommunication Advisory Committee; Solicitation of Membership
Document Number: 2014-28411
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Department of State
The U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (``the Coordinator''), in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, is accepting applications for membership on the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC).
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-4131 ADVANCE NOTIFICATION FORM: Tourist and Other Non-Governmental Activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area, 1405-0181
Document Number: 2014-28407
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
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: ADVANCE NOTIFICATION FORM: Tourist and Other Non-Governmental Activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area. OMB Control Number: 1405-0181. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs (OES/OPA). Form Number: DS-4131. Respondents: Operators of Antarctic expeditions organized in or proceeding from the United States. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25. Estimated Number of Responses: 25. Average Hours Per Response: 10.5. Total Estimated Burden: Approx. 260 hours. Frequency: On occasion. Obligation to Respond: Voluntary.