Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979; Correction
On December 14, 2007, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published notice of the Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (72 FR 71166). That Notice included three incorrect procurement threshold values due to inadvertent calculation errors. This notice provides the corrected thresholds. Now, therefore, I, Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out the trade agreement obligations of the United States under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO/GPA), Chapter 15 of the United States- Australia Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Australia FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Bahrain FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Chile FTA), Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central American-United States (DR- CAFTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Morocco FTA), and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Singapore FTA), do hereby determine, effective on January 1, 2008, for the calendar years 2008-2009, the following thresholds shall apply and replace those set out in the Determination published on December 14, 2007 (72 FR 71166): $7,443,000for the procurement of construction services by all entities listed in the WTO/GPA, U.S.-Australia FTA, U.S.-Chile FTA, DR- CAFTA, U.S.-Morocco FTA, and the U.S.-Singapore FTA. $528,000for the procurement of goods and services by sub-central entities listed in the WTO/GPA, U.S.-Australia FTA, U.S.-Chile FTA, DR- CAFTA, U.S.-Morocco FTA, and the U.S.-Singapore FTA. $595,000for the procurement of goods and services by entities listed in U.S. Annex 3 of the WTO/GPA; List B in Annex 15-A of the U.S.-Australia FTA; List B in Annex 9-A, Section 3 of the U.S.-Bahrain FTA; List B in Annex 9.1, Section C of the U.S.-Chile FTA; List B in Annex 9.1, Section C of the DR-CAFTA; List B in Annex 9.1, Section C of the U.S.-Morocco FTA; and Annex 13A, Section C of the U.S.-Singapore FTA.
Paperwork Reduction Act; Notice of Intent To Collect; Comment Request
This action proposes the collection of drug control information from federal, state, and local governments.
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
In accordance with relevant provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of its determination of the trade surplus in certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Chile, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. As described below, the level of a country's trade surplus in these goods relates to the quantity of sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products for which the United States grants preferential tariff treatment under (i) the United StatesChile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA), in the case of Chile; (ii) the United StatesMorocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA), in the case of Morocco; and (iii) the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), in the case of the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Dates and Place: January 8, 2008, Washington, DC. The meeting will be held in Room 100 at the Keck Center of the National Academies at 500 5th St. NW., Washington DC. Type of Meeting: Open. Further details on the meeting agenda will be posted on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/ pcast.html. Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on Tuesday January 8, 2008, at approximately 9 a.m. The co-chairs of the PCAST subcommittee on nanotechnology are tentatively scheduled to lead a discussion on the findings of the PCAST review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The PCAST also is tentatively scheduled to convene two panels. The first panel will address approaches and barriers to research partnerships among universities and the private sector. The second panel will address policy issues associated with realizing the benefits of personalized medicine. This session will end at approximately 4 p.m. Additional information and the final agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http:// www.ostp.gov/PCAST/pcast.html. Public Comments: There will be time allocated for the public to speak on the above agenda items. This public comment time is designed for substantive commentary on PCAST's work topics, not for business marketing purposes. Please submit a request for the opportunity to make a public comment five (5) days in advance of the meeting. The time for public comments will be limited to no more than 5 minutes per person. Written comments are also welcome at any time following the meeting. Please notify Dr. Celia Merzbacher, PCAST Executive Director, at (202) 456-7116, or fax your request/comments to (202) 456-6021.
Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979
Executive Order 12260 requires the United States Trade Representative to set the U.S. dollar thresholds for application of Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.), which implements U.S. trade agreement obligations, including those under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement, Chapter 15 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Australia FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States- Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Bahrain FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Chile FTA), Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central American-United States (DR-CAFTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (U.S.- Morocco FTA), Chapter 10 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Singapore FTA). These obligations apply to covered procurements valued at or above specified U.S. dollar thresholds. Now, therefore, I, Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out U.S. trade agreement obligations under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, Chapter 15 of the U.S.- Australia FTA, Chapter 9 of the U.S.-Bahrain FTA, Chapter 9 of the U.S.-Chile FTA, Chapter 9 of DR-CAFTA, Chapter 9 of the U.S.-Morocco FTA, Chapter 10 of NAFTA, and Chapter 13 of the U.S.-Singapore FTA, do hereby determine, effective on January 1, 2008: For the calendar years 2008-2009, the thresholds are as follows:
Leadership Conference on Medical Education in Substance Abuse
A conference of leaders in the field of medical education and healthcare policy will be held on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington, DC on Capitol Hill, New Jersey Ave., NW., and Washington DC, starting at 8 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. The overall objectives of the Leadership Conference are to advance widespread use of screening and brief intervention procedures designed to identify and promote behavioral change in populations engaged in risky, problematic substance use, or that have a diagnosis of abuse/ addiction. Abuse of illicit drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs adversely affects the health of millions of Americans. Wide-spread implementation of screening and brief intervention procedures can have a major, positive impact on public health. The specific conference objectives are: (1) To share with medical educators and other contributors to improving in public health, the positive benefits of screening and brief interventions; (2) To devise strategies to implement and sustain Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) procedures for substance abuse in various healthcare settings; (3) To promote adoption and use of new reimbursable healthcare procedural codes (screening and brief intervention) and examine cost-effectiveness of implementing the codes; (4) To address best practices for performing these procedures in various healthcare settings; (5) To identify challenges to implementation of these procedures in various healthcare settings and conceptualize strategies to address these challenges; (6) To generate business models for the procedures applicable to specific heath care environments; (7) To address training and educational needs for the medical community and devise efficient methods for widespread dissemination of these practices. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting should telephone ONDCP's Leadership Conference on Medical Education telephone line at (202) 395-6750 to arrange building access.
Draft Joint Report on the Review of the Application of European Union and United States Regulatory Impact Assessment Guidelines on the Analysis of Impacts on International Trade and Investment
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the Draft Joint Report on the Review of the Application of European Union (EU) and United States (U.S.) Regulatory Impact Assessment Guidelines on the Analysis of Impacts on International Trade and Investment. The full Draft Report is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/regpol.html#opp. This joint draft report was prepared by the Secretariat General of the European Commission and the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) as part of an EC-OMB dialogue on methodological issues for consideration at the November 9th, 2007 meeting in Washington, DC of the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council.
Financial Reporting for Grants and Cooperative Agreements: Federal Financial Report (FFR)
The Office of Management and Budget is consolidating and replacing four existing financial reporting forms (SF-269, SF-269A, SF- 272, and SF-272A) with a single Federal Financial Report (FFR). The purpose of the FFR is to give recipients of grants and cooperative agreements a standard format for reporting the financial status of their grants and cooperative agreements (hereby referred to collectively as awards). Federal awarding agencies developed the FFR as part of their implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107).
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings Regarding U.S. Domestic Support for Agricultural Products
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on November 8, 2007, Brazil requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') regarding U.S. domestic support measures for agricultural products. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS365/13. USTR is also providing notice that on the same date, Canada made a revised request for the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the WTO Agreement in a similar dispute. Canada's request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS357/12. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in these disputes.
Information Collection; Request for Public Comments
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on a renewal of an information collection with revisions that would affect two types of entities: (1) The reports of auditors to auditees concerning audit results, audit findings, and questioned costs, and (2) reports from auditees to the Federal Government providing information about the auditees, the awards they administer, and the audit results. These collection efforts are required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501, et seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.'' Included as part of this information collection is the Data Collection Form (SF-SAC). The changes being proposed are to modify the data elements collected on the SF-SAC to update the internal control terminology and related definitions used in OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,'' the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Accountability Office. The current Form SF-SAC is being used for audit periods ending in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. A revised Form SF-SAC will be used for audit periods ending in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Additionally, OMB is interested in receiving comments on the requirement to submit the Data Collection Form (SF-SAC) and the single audit reporting packages electronically. Currently, more than 87% of the SF-SAC are filed electronically. Electronic submission would streamline the submission process, reduce the administrative burden and satisfy the Bureau of Census to fully comply with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (Pub. L. 105-277).
2007 List of Designated Federal Entities and Federal Entities
As required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended (IG Act), this notice provides a list of Designated Federal Entities and Federal Entities.
Removal of 6 CFR Chapter X
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), the White House, is removing its Freedom of Information Act regulations currently published at 6 CFR Chapter X. This action is being taken because, pursuant to provisions of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-53), PCLOB as it is currently constituted will be abolished no later than January 30, 2008 and replaced with a new independent agency within the Executive Branch. This new independent agency will be responsible for promulgating its own regulations.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA'') provides for the establishment of a roster of individuals to serve on binational panels convened to review final determinations in antidumping or countervailing duty (``AD/CVD'') proceedings and amendments to AD/CVD statutes of a NAFTA Party. The United States annually renews its selections for the Chapter 19 roster. Applications are invited from eligible individuals wishing to be included on the roster for the period April 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009.
FY 2008 Cost of Outpatient Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Services Furnished by Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facilities; Certain Rates Regarding Recovery From Tortiously Liable Third Persons
By virtue of the authority vested in the President by section 2(a) of Pub. L. 87-603 (76 Stat. 593; 42 U.S.C. 2652), and delegated to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget by the President through Executive Order No. 11541 of July 1, 1970, the rates referenced below are hereby established. These rates are for use in connection with the recovery from tortiously liable third persons for the cost of outpatient medical, dental and pharmacy services furnished by military treatment facilities through the Department of Defense (DoD). The rates have been established in accordance with the requirements of OMB Circular A-25, requiring reimbursement of the full cost of all services provided. The outpatient medical and dental rates referenced are effective upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will remain in effect until further notice. Pharmacy rates are updated periodically. The inpatient rates, published on December 9, 2002, remain in effect until further notice. A full analysis of the rates is posted at the DoD's Uniform Business Office Web Site: http:// www.tricare.mil/ocfo/docs/CY07%20Reimbursement%20Rates11.pdf. The rates can be found at: http://www.tricare.mil/ocfo/mcfs/ubo/mhs rates.cfm.
Request for Comments Concerning Compliance With Telecommunications Trade Agreements
Pursuant to section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (19 U.S.C. 3106) (``section 1377''), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is reviewing and requests comments on: The operation, effectiveness, and implementation of and compliance with the following agreements regarding telecommunications products and services of the United States: the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') Agreement; the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA''); U.S. free trade agreements (``FTAs'') with Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Morocco, and Singapore; the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR''); and any other FTA or telecommunications trade agreement coming into force on or before January 1, 2008. The USTR will conclude the review by March 31, 2008.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Laws, Regulations and Methodology for Calculating Dumping Margins (“Zeroing”)
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that pursuant to a request of the European Communities, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') has established a compliance panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning the dispute United StatesLaws, Regulations and Methodology for Calculating Dumping Margins (``zeroing'')Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the European Communities. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS294/25. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Trafficking in Persons: Grants and Cooperative Agreements
The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is establishing a government-wide award term for agencies to include in grants and cooperative agreements as part of their implementation of paragraph (g) of section 106 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended (22 U.S.C. 7104). In each award under which funding is provided to a private entity, the statute requires the awarding agency to include a condition authorizing termination of the award if the recipient or a subrecipient engages in certain activities related to trafficking in persons.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the United States has requested, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body establish a dispute settlement panel to review the U.S. claims concerning: (1) Certain measures that restrict trading rights with respect to imported films for theatrical release, audiovisual home entertainment products (e.g., video cassettes and DVDs), sound recordings, and publications (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, and electronic publications); (2) certain measures that restrict market access for, or discriminate against, foreign suppliers of distribution services for publications, foreign suppliers of audiovisual services (including distribution services) for audiovisual home entertainment products, and foreign suppliers of sound recording distribution services; (3) certain measures that provide less favorable distribution opportunities for imported films for theatrical release than for like domestic films; and (4) certain measures that provide less favorable opportunities for foreign suppliers of sound recording distribution services and for the distribution of imported sound recordings than are provided to like service suppliers and like products. The panel request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS363/5. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
The National Environmental Policy Act and Collaboration
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has published ``Collaboration in NEPAA Handbook for NEPA Practitioners.'' Designed to assist Federal agencies in more effective use of collaboration throughout the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the handbook is a product of an interagency work group. Public comments were solicited and the handbook was finalized after considering the comments received. ``Collaboration in NEPA'' is available from CEQ and can be accessed at http://www.NEPA.gov under the heading ``Current Developments.''