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 23, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and opened to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Federal Regulatory Review
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is developing a set of recommendations to the President for a new Executive Order on Federal Regulatory Review, and invites public comments on how to improve the process and principles governing regulation.
Notice of Correction to U.S. Note 1 Subchapter XXI of Chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
This notice makes rectifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to reflect that Peru remains a designated beneficiary country for purposes of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) and that the President has suspended Bolivia's designation as beneficiary country for the purposes of the ATPDEA.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Grants, Loans and Other Incentives
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on December 19, 2008, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States requested consultations regarding certain measures offering grants, loans, and other incentives to enterprises in China. That request may be found at http:// www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS387/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Certain Country of Origin Labeling Requirements
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that the United States received requests for consultations under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning certain mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements from Canada in a letter dated December 1, 2008 and from Mexico in a letter dated December 17, 2008. Those requests may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in documents designated as WT/DS384/1 for Canada and WT/DS386/1 for Mexico. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in these disputes.
Recommendations From the Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Standards Review Committee to the Office of Management and Budget Concerning Changes to the 2000 Standards for Defining Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas
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) requests public comment on the recommendations it has received from the Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Standards Review Committee for changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards. The committee's report and recommendations, which are published in their entirety in the Appendix, follow from study of the 2000 standards, published by OMB in the December 27, 2000 Federal Register (65 FR 82227-82238). The committee's work is a key element in OMB's review that will culminate in publication of the 2010 statistical area standards for the next decade. (Decisions on changes to the metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards will not affect the collection, tabulation, and publication of data from the 2010 Census and other current Federal data collections for geographic areas such as states, counties, county subdivisions, and municipalities.) Request for Comments: OMB is seeking comments only on the specific recommendations of the committee for revising the 2000 standards. In addition, OMB would welcome comments on the wording of the recommended 2010 standards to help ensure their clarity and understandability. 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 notice is available on the Internet from the OMB Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg/ 2009.aspx. Federal Register notices are also available electronically from the U.S. Government Printing Office Web site at http:// www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.
Notice of Correction to General Notes 11(a) and 11(d) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
This notice makes a rectification to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to reflect that Peru remains a designated beneficiary country for purposes of the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act.
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.
Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on the renewal without change of four (4) standard forms: SF-269, Financial Status Report (Long Form); SF-269A, Financial Status Report (Short Form); SF-272, Federal Cash Transactions Report; and SF-272A, Federal Cash Transactions Report. OMB anticipates that this will be the last renewal of these forms. By no later than October 1, 2009, each federal agency must transition from the SF-269, SF-269A, SF-272, and SF-272A to the Federal Financial Report (FFR), by requiring recipients to use the FFR for all financial reports submitted after the date it makes the transition. In making the transition, an agency would incorporate the requirement to use the FFR into terms and conditions of new and ongoing grant and cooperative agreement awards, State plans, and/or program regulations that specify financial reporting requirements.