Trade Policy Staff Committee; Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment on Interim Environmental Review of United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), seeks comment on the interim environmental review of the proposed U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The interim environmental review is available at https://www.ustr.gov/TradeSectors/Environment/EnvironmentalRev iews/ SectionIndex.html. Copies of the review will also be sent to interested members of the public by mail upon request.
Acquisition Advisory Panel; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Acquisition Advisory Panel
The Office of Management and Budget announces two meetings of the Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP or ``Panel'') established in accordance with the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003.
Publication of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy Letter 05-01, Developing and Managing the Acquisition Workforce
In accordance with section 37(b)(3) of the OFPP Act, as amended (41 U.S.C. 433(b)(3)), the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy is authorized to issue policies to promote uniform implementation of a program to develop the federal acquisition workforce. OFPP is publishing Policy Letter 05-01, Developing and Managing the Acquisition Workforce, which more broadly defines the acquisition workforce and more closely aligns civilian and defense acquisition workforce requirements. This Policy Letter applies to all executive agencies, except those subject to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) (10 U.S.C. 1741-46). OFPP Policy Letter 05-01 supersedes and rescinds OFPP Policy Letter 92-3, Procurement Professionalism Program PolicyTraining for Contracting Personnel, and Policy Letter 97-01, Procurement System Education, Training and Experience Requirements for Acquisition Personnel.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities-Selected Customs Matters
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on March 21, 2005, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), a the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (``DSB'') established a dispute settlement panel at the request of the United States regarding (a) the non-uniform administration by the European Communities of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and administrative rulings pertaining to the classification and valuation of products for customs purposes, and to requirements, restrictions or prohibitions on imports, and (b) the failure of the European Communities to institute judicial, arbitral or administrative tribunals or procedures for the purpose, inter alia, of the prompt review and correction of administrative action relating to customs matters. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding the American JOBS Creation Act of 2004
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that the Dispute Settlement Body (``DSB'') of the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') has established at the request of the European Communities (``EC'') a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''). That request may be found at https:// www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS108/29. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Office of E-Government and Information Technology: Notice of Draft Agency Implementation Guidance for Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12
The Office of Management and Budget requests comments on the draft department and agency implementation guidance on Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12(HSPD-12). The guidance is posted at https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/infopoltech.html.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Addendum Notice Regarding Competitive Need Limitations in the 2004 Annual Review
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a notice on February 25, 2005, to announce the product petitions that were accepted for further review in the 2004 GSP Annual Review, and set forth the schedule for comment and public hearing on these petitions, for requesting participation in the hearing, and for submitting pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs. This addendum is to inform the public of the addition of several self-initiated competitive need limitation (CNL) waiver requests and sets forth a schedule for public participation.
Compliance Assistance Resources and Points of Contact Available to Small Businesses
In accordance with the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing a ``list of the compliance assistance resources available to small businesses'' and a list of the points of contacts in agencies ``to act as a liaison between the agency and small business concerns'' with respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork. This information is posted on the OMB Web site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/inforeg/infocoll.html.