Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Taiwan: Request for Public Comment
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify trading partners that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, the USTR is required to determine which of these trading partners should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies or practices that are the basis of a trading partner's identification as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. On April 25, 2008, USTR announced the results of the 2008 Special 301 Review and stated that an Out-of-Cycle Review of Taiwan would be conducted this year. Pursuant to this Out-of-Cycle Review, USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning acts, policies, and practices regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property protection and enforcement in Taiwan.
Drug-Free Communities Support Program National Evaluation and STOP Act Program National Evaluation; Proposed Information Collection; Notice of 60-Day Public Comment Period
In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is publishing the following summary of proposed information collections for public comment. This notice also includes a summary of proposed information collection for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) Program, which will fund current and past DFC grantees. The STOP program will be evaluated based on the same data already being collected for the ONDCP DFC program. No additional data will be required of respondents. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the programs' functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy is requesting OMB review and approval of this information collection. Written comments and/or recommendations will be accepted from the public if received by the individuals designated below within 60 days from the date of publication. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection. Title: Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program National Evaluation; Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) Program National Evaluation. Use: 1. The DFC Support Program is an integral component of the National Drug Control Strategy and a requirement of Healthy People 2010. The DFC has two primary goals: (1) Reduce substance abuse among youth by addressing local risk and protective factors to minimize the likelihood of subsequent substance abuse in the community; and (2) support community anti-drug coalitions in becoming self-sufficient by establishing, strengthening, and fostering collaboration among public and private nonprofit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to prevent and reduce substance abuse. A National Evaluation of the DFC Support Program commenced in September 2004 to assess the program's implementation and effectiveness. The major purpose of the DFC Support Program National Evaluation is to design and implement a rigorous evaluation and to support an effective grant monitoring and tracking system. The National Evaluation will make use of two separate collection instruments to gather information. The Monitoring and Tracking Questionnaire (online tool) will serve as a semi-annual report for DFC grantees and will provide information for ONDCP, SAMHSA and the National Evaluation. The Typology Classification Questionnaire will be used on an annual basis to classify respondents into a coalition typology developed by the evaluation contractor and will provide information for ONDCP and the National Evaluation. Frequency: Semi-annually and annually. Affected Public: Anti-Drug Coalitions. Type of Respondents: Directors of Anti-Drug Coalitions or their designees. 2. The purpose of the STOP Act program is to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in communities throughout the United States. It was created to strengthen collaboration among communities, the Federal Government, and State, local and tribal governments; to enhance intergovernmental cooperation and coordination on the issue of alcohol use among youth; to serve as a catalyst for increased citizen participation and greater collaboration among all sectors and organizations of a community that first demonstrates a long-term commitment to reducing alcohol use among youth; and to disseminate to communities timely information regarding state-of-the-art practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth. The statutory authority for this program limits eligibility to domestic public and private nonprofit entities that are currently grantee organizations receiving or having received grant funds under the Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC). STOP Act grants are authorized under the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 290bb-25b), Section 519B. The National Evaluation will make use of one collection instrument to gather information. The Monitoring and Tracking Questionnaire (online tool) will serve as a semi-annual report for STOP Act grantees and will provide information for SAMHSA. Frequency: Semi-annually. Affected Public: Current or prior Drug Free Communities Anti-Drug Coalitions. Type of Respondents: Directors or their designees. Estimated annual burden is as follows:
Public Availability of Fiscal Year 2007 Agency Inventories Under the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act
The Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, Public Law 105-270, requires agencies to develop inventories each year of activities performed by their employees that are not inherently governmentali.e., inventories of commercial activities. The FAIR Act further requires OMB to review the inventories in consultation with the agencies and publish a notice of public availability in the Federal Register after the consultation process is completed. In accordance with the FAIR Act, OMB is publishing this notice to announce the availability of inventories from the agencies listed below. These inventories identify both commercial activities and activities that are inherently governmental. This is the second and final release of the FAIR Act inventories for FY 2007. Interested parties who disagree with the agency's initial judgment may challenge the inclusion or the omission of an activity on the list of activities that are not inherently governmental within 30 working days and, if not satisfied with this review, may appeal to a higher level within the agency. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has made available a FAIR Act User's Guide through its Internet site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/procurement/fair-index.html. This User's Guide will help interested parties review FY 2007 FAIR Act inventories.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of the Results of the 2007 Annual Product and Country Practices Reviews
This notice announces: (1) The disposition of the product petitions accepted for review in the 2007 GSP Annual Product Review; (2) the results of the 2007 de minimis Waiver and Redesignation Reviews; (3) the results of the 2007 Competitive Need Limitation (CNL) Waiver Revocation Review; and (4) the results of the 2007 Country Practices Review.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request for the Review of a Revised Information Collection: Form DPRS-2809
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a revised information collection. DPRS 2809, Request to Change Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Enrollment, is used by former spouses and Temporary Continuation of Coverage recipients who are eligible to elect, cancel, or change health benefits enrollment during open season. Approximately 27,000 DPRS-2809 forms are completed annually. We estimate it takes approximately 45 minutes to complete the forms. The annual burden is 20,250 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Mary Beth Smith-Toomey on (202) 606-8358, FAX (202) 418-3251 or via E-mail to MaryBeth.Smith- Toomey@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request.
Freedom of Information Act
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is issuing a final rule to update its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations. USTR last made changes to its FOIA regulations in 1975. Since that time the information relating to USTR has changed and there have been several changes to the FOIA, which needed to be reflected in the regulations.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Initiation of a Review To Consider the Designation of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as a Beneficiary Developing Country Under the GSP
This notice announces the initiation of a review to consider designating the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as a beneficiary developing country (BDC) for purposes of the GSP program, and solicits public comments on whether Vietnam meets certain eligibility criteria for designation as a BDC. Comments are due by Monday, August 4, 2008, and must be submitted in accordance with the requirements set out below.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Measures Related to Zeroing and Sunset Reviews
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that pursuant to a request of Japan, the Dispute Settlement Body (``DSB'') 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 StatesMeasures Relating to Zeroing and Sunset Reviews; Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by Japan. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS322/27. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities-Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on May 28, 2008, in accordance with the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (``DSU''), the United States requested consultations with the European Communities (``EC'') and its member States regarding the tariff treatment accorded to set- top boxes with a communication function, flat panel displays, ``input or output units,'' and facsimile machines. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS375/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Public Availability of Fiscal Year 2007 Agency Inventories Under the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act
The Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, Public Law 105-270, requires agencies to develop inventories each year of activities performed by their employees that are not inherently governmentali.e., inventories of commercial activities. The FAIR Act further requires OMB to review the inventories in consultation with the agencies and publish a notice of public availability in the Federal Register after the consultation process is completed. In accordance with the FAIR Act, OMB is publishing this notice to announce the availability of inventories from the agencies listed below. These inventories identify both commercial activities and activities that are inherently governmental. This is the first release of the FAIR Act inventories for FY 2007. Interested parties who disagree with the agency's initial judgment may present a challenge to the agency regarding the inclusion or the omission of an activity on the list of activities that are not inherently governmental within 30 working days and, if not satisfied with this review, may appeal to a higher level within the agency. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has made available a FAIR Act User's Guide through its Internet site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/procurement/fair-index.html. This User's Guide will help interested parties review FY 2007 FAIR Act inventories.
OMB Circular A-133 Information Collection under OMB Review
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, as amended (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that an information collection request was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for processing under 5 CFR 1320.10. The first notice of this information collection request, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, was published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2007 [72 FR 68608]. The information collection request involves two proposed information collections from two types of entities: (1) Reports from 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.'' Circular A-133's information collection requirements apply to approximately 36,000 States, local governments, and non-profit organizations on an annual basis.
Amending Federal Financial Assistance-Related Forms To Include Universal Identifier
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a memorandum authorizing each Federal agency to add a field for the applicant's Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to application forms for types of Federal financial assistance that are subject to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-282, ``the Transparency Act''). The OMB memorandum broadens the effect of a policy issued in 2003, which authorized agencies to include a DUNS number field in applications for grants and cooperative agreements. It broadens the 2003 policy to other forms of Federal financial assistance subject to the Transparency Act, including loans and subawards. The additional authority is needed in order for agencies to implement the requirements of the Transparency Act.
Requirements for Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Implementation
OMB proposes to issue guidance to agencies to establish requirements for federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients that are necessary for the implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-282, hereafter referred to as ``the Transparency Act'' or ``the Act''). An agency under the proposed guidance would require applicants other than individuals, with some specific exceptions, to have Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers and maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. The guidance also provides standard wording for an award term that each agency would include in its financial assistance awards. The award term would require recipients and subrecipients that are subject to the policy to have DUNS numbers, maintain current CCR registrations, and report subaward data that the implementation of the Transparency Act requires. This proposed implementation of the requirement for reporting of subawards under federal financial assistance awards parallels the Federal Acquisition Regulation implementation of that Transparency Act reporting requirement for subcontracts under federal procurement contracts (72 FR 51306, September 6, 2007).
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, June 9, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and opened to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)-Policy Committee's Recommendations for the 2010 SOC
Under the authority of the Budget and Accounting Procedures Act of 1950 (31 U.S.C. 1104(d)) and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3504(e)), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking public comment on the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee's (SOCPC) recommendations presented in this notice for revising the 2000 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for 2010. The SOC is designed to reflect the current occupational structure of the United States; it classifies all occupations in which work is performed for pay or profit. The SOC covers all jobs in the national economy, including occupations in the public, private, and military sectors. All Federal agencies that publish occupational data are required to use the SOC; State and local government agencies are strongly encouraged to use this national system to promote a common language for categorizing and analyzing occupations. In a prior Federal Register notice (71 FR 28536, May 16, 2006), OMB and the SOCPC requested comments on: (1) The Standard Occupational Classification principles, (2) corrections to the 2000 SOC Manual, (3) the intention to retain the current SOC Major Group structure, (4) changes to the existing detailed occupations, and (5) new detailed occupations to be added to the revised 2010 SOC. The classification principles, coding guidelines, and occupations recommended in this notice reflect the comments received in response to the May 16, 2006, notice and represent the SOCPC's final recommendations to OMB. OMB, in consultation with the SOCPC, will consider comments in response to this notice in making its final decisions for the 2010 SOC revision and will publish its decisions in the Federal Register. The SOCPC will then finish preparing the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification Manual for publication, including finalizing occupational definitions, assigning associated job titles, and developing a crosswalk to the 2000 SOC. Appendices: This notice includes three appendices in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Appendix A presents the SOCPC's recommended SOC Classification Principles and SOC Coding Guidelines. Appendix B provides a crosswalk between the occupation codes in the 2000 SOC and the recommended revised codes for the 2010 SOC. Appendix C provides a crosswalk between the recommended revised codes for the 2010 SOC and the 2000 SOC. Request for Comments: In addition to general comments on the SOCPC's recommendations, OMB welcomes comments specifically addressing: (1) The SOC Classification Principles and SOC Coding Guidelines recommended by the SOCPC (Appendix A); (2) their recommended changes to titles and codes of occupations from the 2000 SOC (Appendix B); (3) the SOCPC's recommended changes to the hierarchical structure of the SOC, including changes to major, minor, broad, and detailed occupation groups (Appendix C); and (4) the titles, placement, and codes of new occupations that the SOCPC is recommending be added in the revised 2010 SOC (Appendix C). All comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public, including by posting them on OMB's Web site. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. Electronic Availability: This document is available on the Internet from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/soc/home.htm. This Web page contains links to previous SOC Federal Register notices, and related documents, as well as the full SOCPC recommended 2010 SOC structure. To obtain this notice via e-mail, please send a message requesting the SOCPC recommendations Federal Register notice to email@example.com.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Initiation of the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review and Deadlines for Filing Petitions
This notice announces that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will receive petitions in 2008 to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This notice further determines that the deadline for submission of product petitions, other than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and country practice petitions for the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review is 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The deadline for submission of product petitions requesting CNL waivers is 5 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2008. The list of product petitions and country practice petitions accepted for review will be announced in the Federal Register at later dates.