[Federal Register: March 02, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 40)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the
Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade; Reestablishment
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture
(Secretary), in coordination with the United States Trade Representative (USTR),
intends to reestablish the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for
Trade and the six existing Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATAC) for
Trade. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is requesting nominations for
persons to serve on these seven committees.
DATES: Written nominations must be received by FAS before the close of business on March 31, 2005.
ADDRESSES: Nominations must be
hand-delivered (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.) to the Legislative Affairs
Office, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Room 5929-S, 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW., Mail Stop 1001, Washington, DC 20250-1001.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries or comments regarding the reestablishment of these committee also may be sent by electronic mail to LegAffairs@fas.usda.gov, or by fax to (202) 720-5936. The Legislative Affairs Office may be reached by telephone at (202) 720-7645, with inquiries directed to Joan Hurst.
The APAC and the ATACs are authorized by sections 135(c)(1) and (2) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Pub. L. 93-618, 19 U.S.C. 2155). The purpose of these committees is to advise the Secretary and the USTR concerning agricultural trade policy. The committees are intended to
ensure that representative elements of the private sector have an opportunity to express their views to the U.S. government.
Rechartering of Existing Committees
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act 5 U.S.C. App. II), FAS gives notice that the Secretary and the USTR intend to reestablish the APAC and the following six ATACs:
In 1974, Congress established a private sector advisory committee system to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The private sector advisory committee system currently consists of three tiers:
The establishment and renewal of such committees is in the public interest in connection with the duties of the USDA imposed by the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.
Committee Membership Information
All committee members are appointed by the Secretary and the USTR, and serve at the discretion of the Secretary and the USTR.
General Committee Information
Congress, and the USTR.
Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade
The APAC is composed of a broad spectrum of agricultural interests. The APAC provides advice concerning the following:
Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade
The ATACs provide advice and information regarding trade issues that affect both domestic and foreign production in the commodities of the respective sector, drawing upon the technical competence and experience of the members. There will be six ATACs, one for each of the following sectors:
Nominations and Appointment of Members
Nominations for APAC and ATAC membership are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the recommendations of the committees take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
Members must have expertise and knowledge of agricultural trade as it relates to policy and commodity specific products. No person, company, producer, farm organization, trade association, or other entity has a right to membership on a committee. In making appointments, every effort will be made to maintain balanced representation on the committees: representation from producers, farm
and commodity organizations, processors, traders, and consumers. Geographical balance on each committee will also be sought.
Nominations: Nominating a person to serve on any of the committees requires submission of a current resume for the nominee and the following form:
AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information), available on the Internet at http://www.fas.usda.gov/admin/ad755.pdf
In addition, FAS encourages the submission of the optional form AD-1086 (Applicant for Advisory Committees Supplemental Sheet), available on the Internet at http://www.fas.usda.gov/admin/ad1086.pdf. Forms may also be requested by sending an e-mail to LegAffairs@fas.usda.gov., or by phone at (202) 720-7645.
Foreign Firms: Persons who are employed by
firms that are 50 percent plus one share foreign-owned must state the extent to
which the organization or interest to be represented by the nominee is owned by
non-U.S. citizens, organizations, or interests. If the nominee is to represent
an entity or corporation with 10 percent or greater non-U.S. ownership, the
nominee must demonstrate at the time of nomination that this ownership interest
does not constitute control and will not adversely affect his or her ability to
serve as an advisor on the U.S. agriculture advisory committee for trade.
Issued at Washington, DC, this 11th day of February, 2005.
A. Ellen Terpstra,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service
[FR Doc. 05-4051 Filed 3-1-05; 8:45 am]