Department of State 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Sudan; Determination Under Presidential Proclamation
Document Number: 2020-28271
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of State
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: “Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964” Exhibition
Document Number: 2020-28165
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that certain objects being imported from abroad pursuant to agreements with their foreign owners or custodians for temporary display in the exhibition ``Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964'' at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, are of cultural significance, and, further, that their temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Call for Expert Reviewers To Submit Comments on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report.
Document Number: 2020-27969
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-18
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State, in cooperation with the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), requests expert review of the second-order draft of the IPCC Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report cycle (AR6), including the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM). The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) established the IPCC in 1988. As reflected in its governing documents, the role of the IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open, and transparent basis the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they may need to deal objectively with scientific, technical, and socio-economic factors relevant to the application of particular policies. The principles and procedures for the IPCC and its preparation of reports can be found at: https://www.ipcc.ch/site/ assets/uploads/2018/09/ipcc-principles.pdf and https://www.ipcc.ch/ site/assets/uploads/2018/09/ipcc-principles-appendix-a-final. pdf. In accordance with these procedures, IPCC documents undergo peer review by experts and governments. The purpose of these reviews is to ensure the reports present a comprehensive, objective, and balanced view of the subject matter they cover. As part of the U.S. government reviewstarting December 4, 2020 experts wishing to contribute to the U.S. government review are encouraged to register via the USGCRP Review and Comment System (https://review.globalchange.gov). Instructions and the second-order draft will be available for download via the system. In accordance with IPCC policy, drafts of the report are provided for review purposes only and are not to be cited or distributed. All technical comments received that are relevant to the text under review will be forwarded to the IPCC authors for their consideration. To be considered for inclusion in the U.S. government submission, comments must be received by January 8, 2021. Experts may choose to provide comments directly through the IPCC's expert review process, which occurs in parallel with the U.S. government review: https://apps.ipcc.ch/comments/ar6wg1/sod/. To avoid duplication, experts are requested to submit comments via either the USGCRP or IPCC review websites, not both. This notice will be published in the Federal Register.
Rescission of Determination Regarding Sudan
Document Number: 2020-27848
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-18
Agency: Department of State
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Request for Entry Into Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program
Document Number: 2020-27753
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-17
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2020-27636
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-16
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 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.
Notice of Department of State Sanctions Actions Pursuant to Executive Order 13846 of August 6, 2018, Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect to Iran
Document Number: 2020-27518
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-15
Agency: Department of State
The Secretary of State has imposed sanctions on 5 entities and 3 individuals pursuant to E.O. 13846, Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran.
Notice of Department of State Sanctions Actions Pursuant to Executive Order 13846 of August 6, 2018, Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect to Iran
Document Number: 2020-27517
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-15
Agency: Department of State
The Secretary of State imposed sanctions on six entities and five individuals pursuant to E.O. 13846, Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran; the Secretary of State subsequently terminated those sanctions imposed on one of the entities and one of the individuals.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Object Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: Exhibition of “Man on a Diving Board” Painting by Aksel Waldemar Johannessen
Document Number: 2020-27367
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-14
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that one object being imported from abroad pursuant to an agreement with its foreign owner or custodian for temporary exhibition within the Department of European Paintings of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is of cultural significance, and, further, that its temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Advance Notification Form: Tourist and Other Non-Governmental Activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area
Document Number: 2020-27358
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-14
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Notice of Department of State Sanctions Actions Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria
Document Number: 2020-27122
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Department of State
The Secretary of State has imposed sanctions on four individuals, Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria.
Notice of Department of State Sanctions Actions Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria
Document Number: 2020-27118
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Department of State
The Secretary of State has imposed sanctions on three individuals Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Notification of Temporary Suspension, Modification, or Exception to Regulations
Document Number: 2020-27024
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is issuing this document to inform the public of a second extension to certain temporary suspensions, modifications, and exceptions to certain provisions of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to provide for continued telework operations during the current SARS-COV2 public health emergency. This extension will terminate on June 30, 2021 unless otherwise extended in writing by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). This action is taken in order to ensure continuity of operations among members of the regulated community.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data
Document Number: 2020-26967
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-08
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Department of State TechWomen Evaluation Survey
Document Number: 2020-26926
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-08
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 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.
Publication, Coordination, and Reporting of International Agreements: Amendments
Document Number: 2020-26718
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-07
Agency: Department of State
The Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) is the official treaty series of the United States and serves as evidence of the treaties, and international agreements other than treaties, in all courts of law and equity of the United States, and in public offices of the federal government and of the states, without any need of further authentication. Certain international agreements may be exempted from publication in TIAS, if the Department of State provides notice in its regulations. With this proposed rule, the Department of State is proposing to update those regulations to clarify the scope of an existing exemption.
Request for Information for the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report
Document Number: 2020-26576
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-02
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 meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons (``minimum standards'') that are prescribed by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, 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' concrete actions to meet the minimum standards. Foreign governments that do not meet 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 February 1, 2021. Please refer to the Addresses, Scope of Interest, and Information Sought sections of this Notice for additional instructions on submission requirements.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Request to Change End-User, End-Use and/or Destination of Hardware
Document Number: 2020-26372
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 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.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: PEPFAR Program Expenditures
Document Number: 2020-26071
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-25
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 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.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Passport Demand Forecasting Survey
Document Number: 2020-26068
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-25
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 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.
Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Foreign Persons, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement
Document Number: 2020-26000
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-25
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 foreign 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.
Visas: Visa Bond Pilot Program
Document Number: 2020-24223
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Department of State
This temporary final rule provides for a U.S. Department of State (Department) visa bond pilot program (Pilot Program) with specified parameters. The purpose of the Pilot Program is to assess the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to help assess the burden on government agencies and identify any practical challenges related to visa bonds. The Pilot Program does not aim to assess whether issuing visa bonds will be effective in reducing the number of aliens who overstay their temporary business visitor/ tourist (B-1/B-2) visa. Visa applicants potentially subject to the Pilot Program include aliens who: Are applying for visas as temporary visitors for business or pleasure (B-1/B-2); are from countries with high visa overstay rates; and already have been approved by DHS for an inadmissibility waiver. Because this is a visa bond program, aliens traveling under the Visa Waiver Program fall outside the scope of the Pilot Program, as those travelers do not apply for visas. The Pilot Program is designed to apply to nationals of specified countries with high overstay rates to serve as a diplomatic tool to encourage foreign governments to take all appropriate actions to ensure their nationals timely depart the United States after making temporary visits. The Pilot Program will run for six months. During that period, consular officers may require nonimmigrant visa applicants falling within the scope of the Pilot Program to post a bond in the amount of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 as a condition of visa issuance. The amount of the bond, should a bond be appropriate, will be determined by the consular officer based on the circumstances of the visa applicant.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental SIV Chief of Mission Application
Document Number: 2020-25811
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-23
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and implementing OMB guidance, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Intercountry Adoptions: Regulatory Changes to Accreditation and Approval Regulations in Intercountry Adoption
Document Number: 2020-24391
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (the Department) is proposing revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations to amend requirements for accreditation and authorization by the United States to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. This proposed rule amends regulations to provide clarification, updating, or other adaptation of familiar accreditation and approval standards for intercountry adoption. It includes long-awaited provisions for intercountry adoption by relatives. The new regulations simplify and streamline the process by limiting the number of adoption services the primary provider must provide and capitalizing on the adoptive family's understanding of local culture and institutions. It provides a comprehensive definition of relative to clarify the relationships that are encompassed in the amendments to the accreditation rule. Also featured in this proposed rule is a new focus on supporting children and families in the event their adoptive placement disrupts.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Object Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: “The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570” Exhibition
Document Number: 2020-25365
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-18
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that one object being imported from abroad pursuant to an agreement with its foreign owner or custodian for temporary display in the exhibition ``The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570'' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is of cultural significance, and, further, that its temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Being Imported for Exhibition-Determinations: “Goya's Graphic Imagination” Exhibition
Document Number: 2020-25364
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-18
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that certain objects being imported from abroad pursuant to agreements with their foreign owners or custodians for temporary display in the exhibition ``Goya's Graphic Imagination'' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, are of cultural significance, and, further, that their temporary exhibition or display within the United States as aforementioned is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Passports; Procedures for Passport Couriers
Document Number: 2020-24538
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-17
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (the Department) proposes regulations to continue a registration program and hand delivery procedures for courier companies used by applicants to transport their passport applications, and U.S. passports issued to them, to and from participating passport agencies. The purpose of these proposed rules is to continue the program that was established by policy, to maintain vigilance over the security of the passport application process, require companies to register with the Department prior to providing hand delivery services to certain applicants for U.S. passports, and to follow a uniform set of hand delivery procedures.
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-25122
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-13
Agency: Department of State
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: FLO Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) Application
Document Number: 2020-24893
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-10
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Individual, Corporate or Foundation, and Government Donor Letter Applications
Document Number: 2020-24775
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-09
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 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.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Special Immigrant Visa Biodata Form
Document Number: 2020-24600
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Notice of Department of State Public Guidance for the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act (PEESA)
Document Number: 2020-24579
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is issuing public guidance for PEESA on October 20, 2020 to take an expansive interpretation of the available authorities under PEESA by issuing clarifying public guidance and FAQs on the term ``provided those vessels for the construction of such a project'' under Section 7503(a)(1)(B) of PEESA.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Training/Internship Placement Plan
Document Number: 2020-24289
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. 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 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Request for Statements of Interest
Document Number: 2020-24211
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State announces a request for statements of interest (RSI) from qualified entities interested in seeking the Department's designation as an Accrediting Entity (AE) to accredit and approve U.S. agencies and persons that seek to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. The RSI is posted on the website of the Office of Children's Issues, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department State at adoption.state.gov.
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Renewal
Document Number: 2020-24209
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-02
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24091
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24089
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24086
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State
Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act
Document Number: 2020-24085
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-30
Agency: Department of State