Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee; Committee on Technology; National Science and Technology Council
The Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee (ASTS) of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Technology will hold a public meeting to discuss development of the National Aeronautics Research and Development (R&D) Plan and a related aeronautics R&D Infrastructure Plan. Executive Order (E.O.) 13419 National Aeronautics Research and Developmentsigned December 20, 2006, calls for the development of these Plans within one year. The Plans are to be guided by the National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy that was prepared by the National Science and Technology Council and endorsed by E.O. 13419. Details on white papers requested for submission to the ASTS will also be given at the meeting.
Determination of Executive Compensation Benchmark Amount Pursuant to Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 435), as Amended
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is hereby publishing the attached memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies concerning the determination of the maximum benchmark compensation amount that will be allowable under government contracts during contractors' FY 2007$597,912. This determination is required under Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 435), as amended. The benchmark compensation amount applies equally to both defense and civilian procurement agencies.
The National Environmental Policy Act-Collaboration Handbook
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) used an interagency work group to develop a handbook to help NEPA practitioners improve the effectiveness of their NEPA processes through collaboration. The handbook focuses on collaboration in the context of the NEPA process, outlines general principles, presents useful steps, and provides information on methods of collaboration. CEQ invites comments on the proposed handbook, ``Collaboration in NEPAA Handbook for NEPA Practitioners,'' that is available from CEQ directly or at http:// www.NEPA.gov in the Current Developments section.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing on Potential Withdrawal of Tariff Concessions and Increase in Applied Duties in Response to European Union (EU) Enlargement
The United States is continuing to negotiate with the EU regarding the EU's provision of adequate and permanent compensation to the United States for an event that increased duties on U.S. imports to EU markets above WTO bound rates of duty. On January 1, 2007, as part of its enlargement process, the EU raised tariffs above bound rates on some imports into the countries of Romania and Bulgaria. If this issue is not resolved, the United States may seek to exercise its rights under Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994'') to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions and raise tariffs on select goods primarily supplied by the EU. The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) seeks public comment on the attached list of goods for which U.S. tariff concessions may be withdrawn and applied duties may be raised. The TPSC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, on the list.
Trade Policy Staff Committee: Seeking Resubmission of Any Comments from the Public Transmitted Prior to March 14, 2007 on the 2005 WTO Ministerial Decision on Duty-Free Quota-Free Market Access for the Least Developed Countries
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is advising the public of a technical malfunction in the e-mail address contained in the original notice requesting comments on considerations relating to the Decision that Members adopted at the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2005 on duty-free, quota-free (DFQF) market access for the least-developed countries (LDCs). The original notice was published on January 18, 2007 (Federal Register Volume 72, Number 11, pages 2316-2317). Any submission transmitted prior to March 14, 2007 was not received. The malfunction in the email address has been corrected and the TPSC is requesting the public to resubmit any written comments submitted prior to March 14, 2007.
Draft 2007 Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on its 2007 Draft Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations. The full Draft Report is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/regpol-reportscongress.html, and is divided into four chapters. Chapter I examines the costs and benefits of major Federal regulations issued in fiscal year 2006 and summarizes the costs and benefits of major regulations issued between September 1996 and 2006. It also discusses regulatory impacts on State, local, and tribal governments, small business, wages, and economic growth. Chapter II examines trends in regulation since OMB began to compile benefit and cost estimates records in 1981. Chapter III provides an update on implementation of the Information Quality Act, and Chapter IV summarizes agency compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 19, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and opened to the public from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations (CNLs); Invitation for Public Comment on CNL Waivers Subject to Potential Revocation Based on New Statutory Thresholds, Possible De Minimis
This notice is to inform the public of the availability of full 2006 calendar year import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Public comments are invited by 5 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2007, regarding possible de minimis CNL waivers with respect to particular articles and possible redesignations under the GSP program of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNLs. Additionally, public comments are invited by 5 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2007, regarding the potential revocation of CNL waivers that meet the new statutory thresholds set forth by section 503(d)(4)(B)(ii) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2463(d)(4)(B)(ii)), as amended by Public Law 109-432.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Certain Measures Granting Refunds, Reductions or Exemptions From Taxes and Other Payments
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on February 2, 2007, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested consultations regarding certain measures granting refunds, reductions or exemptions from taxes and other payments owed to the government by enterprises in China. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS358/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
The National Environmental Policy Act-Citizen's Guide
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) developed a Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This is a guide to help citizens and organizations who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal decision-making to effectively participate in federal agencies' environmental review process under NEPA. CEQ invites comments on the proposed ``A Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy ActHaving your Voice Heard'' that is available from CEQ or at www.NEPA.gov in the Current Developments section.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as Amended: Request for Public Comments Regarding Beneficiary Countries
In compliance with section 203(f) of the ATPA, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 3202(f)(2), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting the views of interested parties on whether the designated beneficiary countries are meeting the eligibility criteria under the ATPA., (See 19 U.S.C. 3203(b)(6)(B).) This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the Congress on the operation of the program.