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Annual Certification of Shrimp-Harvesting Nations
Document Number: 2017-09164
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
Agency: Department of State
On May 1, 2017, the Department of State certified that 13 shrimp-harvesting nations and four fisheries have a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States governing the incidental taking of the relevant species of sea turtles in the course of commercial shrimp harvesting and that the particular fishing environments of 26 shrimp-harvesting nations, one economy, and three fisheries do not pose a threat of the incidental taking of covered sea turtles in the course of such harvesting.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Refugee Biographic Data
Document Number: 2017-08994
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-04
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 Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants
Document Number: 2017-08975
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-04
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the information collection request described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the emergency review procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The purpose of this notice is to allow for public comment from all interested individuals and organizations. Emergency review and approval of this collection has been requested from OMB by May 18. If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Nonimmigrant Visa Application
Document Number: 2017-08803
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-02
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.
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-08552
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of State
Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-08551
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of State
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) for Minors Who Are Nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras
Document Number: 2017-08430
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
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.
List of Participating Countries and Entities in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, Known as “Participants” for the Purposes of the Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-19) and Section 2 of Executive Order 13312 of July 29, 2003
Document Number: 2017-08385
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State is updating the list of Participants eligible for trade in rough diamonds under the Act, and their respective Importing and Exporting Authorities, revising the previously published list of May 18, 2015 to reflect the removal of the suspension of the Central African Republic and the removal of the self-suspension of Venezuela.
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” Exhibition
Document Number: 2017-08173
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
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. 257-1 of December 11, 2015), I hereby determine that certain objects to be included in the exhibition ``World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,'' 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 Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, from on or about August 25, 2017, until on or about March 24, 2018, at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, from on or about May 9, 2018, until on or about September 3, 2018, at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, from on or about October 21, 2018, until on or about February 10, 2019, 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.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Affidavit Regarding a Change of Name
Document Number: 2017-08081
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
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.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: J-1 Visa Waiver Recommendation Application
Document Number: 2017-07967
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-20
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 Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Armor Court” Exhibition
Document Number: 2017-07722
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
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. 257-1 of December 11, 2015), I hereby determine that certain objects to be included in the exhibition ``Armor Court,'' 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 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, from on or about April 28, 2017, until on or about April 18, 2020, 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: Annual Report-J-NONIMMIGRANT Exchange Visitor Program
Document Number: 2017-07653
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
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.
Overseas Schools Advisory Council
Document Number: 2017-07643
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of State
The State Department is renewing the charter of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council.
Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-07340
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-12
Agency: Department of State
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music” Exhibition
Document Number: 2017-06978
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-07
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985;), E.O. 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, 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. 257-1 of December 11, 2015), I hereby determine that objects to be included in the exhibition ``Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music,'' 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 Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, from on or about April 25, 2017, until on or about July 30, 2017, 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.
Plenary Meeting of the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group in Washington, DC
Document Number: 2017-06863
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Department of State
Delegates from the United States and Mexican governments, the states of California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico, and the Mexican states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas will participate in a plenary meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss operational matters involving existing and proposed international bridges and border crossings and their related infrastructure and to exchange technical information as well as views on policy. This meeting will include a public session on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This session will allow proponents of proposed bridges and border crossings and related projects to make presentations to the delegations and members of the public.
Request for Statements of Interest
Document Number: 2017-06862
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
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 Web site of the Office of Children's Issues, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department State at adoption.state.gov.
Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-06861
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Department of State
Notice of Availability of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Foreign Missions Center at the Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
Document Number: 2017-06789
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Department of State
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announces the availability of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) on the master plan for the long-term development of a Foreign Missions Center, under authorities of the Foreign Missions Act of 1982, on the site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in the District of Columbia. Actions evaluated in the master plan consist of assignment of federal land to foreign missions for the purpose of constructing and operating new chancery facilities. DOS has prepared this SDEIS on the alternatives considered for the master plan, consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, regulations developed by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR part 1500), and DOS regulations for implementing NEPA (22 CFR part 161). The master plan is intended to guide the development of a cohesive campus by establishing design and land-use planning principles for the construction of new buildings, roadways, open green space, and utilities, while minimizing environmental impacts. The SDEIS analyzes the potential impacts associated with a no action alternative and an action alternative that could potentially satisfy the purpose and need defined in the SDEIS and master plan. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was previously circulated publicly in February 2014. Subsequent to the publication of the DEIS, the total acreage of the land available for transfer from the Army to DOS was reduced from 43.5 to 31.7 acres through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015. Because of the change in the proposed action, DOS has prepared an SDEIS to describe the new preferred alternative, and evaluate any change in potential impacts from the reduction in size of the proposed action. In addition, the DOS is carrying out the Section 106 review process under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, through which it consults with interested parties on the potential effect of the proposed undertaking on identified historic properties.
Notice of Issuance of a Presidential Permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P.
Document Number: 2017-06646
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of State
The Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs issued a Presidential permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (``Keystone'') on March 23, 2017, authorizing Keystone to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canada border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil. In accordance with Executive Order 13337 (April 30, 2004) and the January 24, 2017 Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Under Secretary determined that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest.
Intercountry Adoptions
Document Number: 2017-06558
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State (Department) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on September 8, 2016, proposing to amend its regulations implementing the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000. 81 FR 62322. The Department hereby withdraws that action. The comments provided in response to the NPRM will be considered in drafting a new rule, which is expected to be published later this year.
Fine Arts Committee Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-06400
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-03
Agency: Department of State
Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard's Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820” Exhibition
Document Number: 2017-06354
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-31
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. 257-1 of December 11, 2015), I hereby determine that an object to be included in the exhibition ``The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard's Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820,'' 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 Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from on or about May 19, 2017, until on or about December 31, 2017, 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.
Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Foreign Persons, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement
Document Number: 2017-06225
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
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.
Imposition of Nonproliferation Measures Against Rosoboronexport, Including a Ban on U.S. Government Procurement
Document Number: 2017-06224
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-29
Agency: Department of State
A determination has been made that a foreign person has 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.