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10–9(b) of the Phlx By-Laws and replace the Federal Register. Phlx filed available for inspection and copying at
it with the phrase ‘‘external auditors,’’ Amendment No. 3 to replace the term the principal office of Phlx. All
which would broaden the scope of the ‘‘independent director’’ in the proposed comments received will be posted
Audit Committee’s oversight. rule text with the term ‘‘Independent without change; the Commission does
Governor,’’ to delete references in the not edit personal identifying
III. Discussion and Commission
description section of the proposal to an information from submissions. You
Findings
increase in the size of the Audit should submit only information that
After careful review, the Commission Committee to a maximum of five you wish to make available publicly. All
finds that the proposed rule change, as persons, and to make clarifying changes submissions should refer to File
amended, is consistent with the and corrections to the proposed rule’s Number SR–Phlx–2004–37 and should
requirements of the Act and the rules text. The Commission believes that the be submitted on or before March 23,
and regulations thereunder applicable to proposed changes in Amendment No. 3 2006.
a self-regulatory organization.8 In clarify the composition of the Audit
particular, the Commission believes that Committee and make minor, clarifying V. Conclusion
the proposed rule change, as amended, corrections to the proposal’s rule text, It is therefore ordered, pursuant to
is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the but raise no new issues of regulatory Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,11 that the
Act 9 in that it is designed to perfect the concern. For these reasons, the proposed rule change (File No. SR–
mechanism of a free and open market Commission finds good cause for Phlx–2004–37), as amended by
and a national market system and, in accelerating approval of Amendment Amendment No. 1, be, and it hereby is,
general, to protect investors and the No. 3. approved, and that Amendment No. 3 to
public interest. the proposed rule change be, and hereby
The Commission notes that the IV. Solicitation of Comments
is, approved on an accelerated basis.
proposed rule change would require Interested persons are invited to
every member of the Audit Committee For the Commission, by the Division of
submit written data, views, and
Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated
to be an ‘‘Independent Governor,’’ as arguments concerning the foregoing, authority.12
such term is defined in the proposal, including whether Amendment No. 3 is
Nancy M. Morris,
and also would require the Exchange’s consistent with the Act. Comments may
Board to determine the independence of be submitted by any of the following Secretary.
such Governor upon his or her methods: [FR Doc. E6–2961 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am]
nomination to the Audit Committee and BILLING CODE 8010–01–P
thereafter no less frequently than Electronic Comments
annually and as often as necessary in • Use the Commission’s Internet
light of the Governor’s circumstances. comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The Commission believes that the rules/sro.shtml); or
• Send an e-mail to rule- [Public Notice 5334]
Exchange’s proposed definition of
Independent Governor is designed to comments@sec.gov. Please include File
Bureau of Educational and Cultural
provide parameters for ensuring that Number SR–Phlx–2004–37 on the
Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant
disinterested, objective Governors serve subject line.
Proposals: Youth Leadership Program:
on the Audit Committee.10 Moreover, Paper Comments Linking Individuals, Knowledge and
the definition of Independent Governor Culture (LINC)
and the requirement that the Exchange • Send paper comments in triplicate
periodically assess the independence of to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Announcement Type: New Grant.
Audit Committee members should help Securities and Exchange Commission, Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/
enhance the independence and integrity 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC PE/C/PY–06–25.
of the Audit Committee. The 20549–1090. Catalog of Federal Domestic
Commission also believes that the All submissions should refer to File Assistance Number: 00.000.
Phlx’s proposed revisions to the Audit Number SR–Phlx–2004–37. This file Key Dates: Application Deadline:
Committee’s functions should help number should be included on the April 27, 2006.
strengthen the Audit Committee’s subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Executive Summary: The Youth
oversight of the Exchange’s audit Commission process and review your Programs Division, Office of Citizen
matters. comments more efficiently, please use Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational
The Commission finds good cause for only one method. The Commission will and Cultural Affairs, announces an open
approving proposed Amendment No. 3 post all comments on the Commission’s competition for LINC projects under the
before the 30th day after the date of Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ Youth Leadership Program. Public and
publication of notice of filing hereof in rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the private non-profit organizations meeting
submission, all subsequent the provisions described in Internal
8 The Commission has considered the proposed
amendments, all written statements Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C.
rule’s impact on efficiency, competition and capital with respect to the proposed rule
formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to
9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). change that are filed with the implement projects for youth in the
10 The Commission notes that the SRO Commission, and all written United States and specified countries
Governance Proposal also proposed specific communications relating to the around the world. These projects will
circumstances that would preclude a determination proposed rule change between the involve an educational and cultural
that a director is independent, which the Exchange
has not incorporated in this proposal. The
Commission and any person, other than exploration of one of three themes and
Commission notes, however, that the Exchange those that may be withheld from the will promote mutual understanding
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would be required to conform its definition of public in accordance with the through reciprocal exchanges of three-
‘‘Independent Governor,’’ as well as any other provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be
related rules, to any rules that the Commission may
to six-weeks each.
adopt in the future with respect to the governance
available for inspection and copying in
of national securities exchanges and the the Commission’s Public Reference 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
independence of their directors. Room. Copies of such filing also will be 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12).

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I. Funding Opportunity Description will be subject to U.S. Department of competency: (1) Provision of programs
Purpose: The Bureau of Educational State travel advisories. aimed at achieving the goals and themes
Sub-Saharan Africa: Mozambique, outlined in this document; (2) age-
and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the
Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, appropriate programming for the target
Public Affairs Sections (PAS) of U.S.
Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon audience; and (3) experience in working
missions overseas are supporting the East Asia and Pacific: China,
participation of youth in intensive, with the proposed partner country or
Malaysia, Thailand countries. U.S. applicant organizations
substantive exchanges through the LINC North Africa and Middle East:
(Linking Individuals, Knowledge, and need to have the necessary capacity in
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, the partner country, with either its own
Culture) Program. This program is Oman, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza offices or a partner institution. The
designed to foster mutual understanding South Asia: Bangladesh, India requisite capacity of both the U.S.
between youth participants (ages 15–17) Each theme has specific aims, as organization and its overseas partner
from the United States and from outlined below. Applicants should includes the ability to recruit and select
countries around the world through identify their own specific objectives participants, organize substantive
three to six week reciprocal exchange and measurable outcomes based on exchange activities, provide follow-on
projects that enhance the participants’ these program goals and the project activities, and handle the logistical and
knowledge of their host country’s specifications provided in this financial arrangements.
history, culture, and system of solicitation. Participants will be engaged For the purposes of this solicitation,
government. Through these people-to- in a variety of activities such as reciprocity means a two-way exchange:
people exchanges, the Bureau seeks to workshops, community and/or school- A delegation traveling from the partner
break down stereotypes that divide based programs, cultural activities, country (or countries) to the United
peoples, promote good governance, seminars and other activities designed States and a delegation traveling from
contribute to conflict prevention and to achieve the projects’ stated goals and the United States to the partner country
management, and build respect for objectives. Opportunities for (or countries). The delegations do not
cultural expression and identity in a participants to interact with American have to be exactly equal in size or in
world that is experiencing rapid youth and adult educators will be their duration of stay (as long as the stay
globalization. included as much as possible. is between three and six weeks), though
The overarching goals of the LINC Grants will support the travel of significant deviations from full
Program are: foreign students to the United States reciprocity must be justified. Of key
(1) To develop a sense of civic and Americans to the overseas partner importance is the reciprocity of the
responsibility and commitment to countries. The minimum duration of learning experience for the American
community development among youth; stay is three weeks, but longer stays (up and foreign participants. Applicants are
(2) To foster relationships among to six weeks) are possible under these instructed to treat the exchange and
youth from different ethnic, religious, grants. During the exchanges, the follow-on activities in each country
and national groups; students will participate in activities with equal importance, with active
(3) To engage youth in building designed to teach them about learning on both sides, and challenging,
bridges of understanding and respect community life, citizen participation, interesting, goal-oriented educational
between the people of the United States and the culture of the host country in activities for both delegations.
and the people of other countries; and addition to the thematic program Themes: Applicants should select one
(4) To develop a cadre of alumni with activities. The program will introduce of these three themes for its program
the skills and knowledge to transform the visitors to the community—its offering and clearly indicate how
their communities and countries. leaders and institutions and the ways program activities will support the
Projects will also be designed to foster citizens participate in local government theme as described below. They are not
dialogue and joint activities around one and the resolution of societal in any order of priority. Woven
of three themes: (1) Responsible problems—and will include educational throughout the program activities
Governance and Citizen Activism in excursions that serve to enhance the should be guidance and training that
Civil Society; (2) Using Arts and Culture visitors’ understanding of the history, help the youth participants develop
for Inter-community Leadership culture, political institutions, ethnic leadership skills including, for example,
Dialogue; and (3) Science and diversity, and environment of the influential public speaking, team-
Technology. Proposals that target region. ECA requires participation in a building, critical thinking, and goal-
themes not listed below will be deemed community service project. Participants setting, so that they are prepared to take
technically ineligible. ECA will accept should also have opportunities to give action with what they have learned.
proposals for either multiple-country or presentations on their countries and The program delivery should be
single-country projects. cultures in community forums. After the primarily interactive activities, practical
Applicants should present a rationale exchanges, well-organized follow-on experiences, and other hands-on
for a multiple-country application, and activities for alumni are an essential opportunities to learn about the
describe how participants from the program component. Homestays will be fundamentals of a civil society,
various countries will interact with one the norm, although participants may community service, tolerance and
another. In general ECA will be looking spend a modest portion of their time as respect for diversity, and building
to fund a geographically and a group in a hotel or dormitory setting. leadership skills. The activities could
thematically diverse group of projects, Note: Delegations should have adults include a mix of workshops,
but makes no guarantee that grants will travel with them. These adults may be simulations and role-playing, team-
be awarded for specific countries or in project staff, teachers, or chaperones. building exercises, a volunteer service
all themes. All should be considered exchange project, leadership training exercises,
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The Department requests proposals participants for program planning and meetings, classroom visits, site visits,
only with the partner countries budgetary purposes. training, and social time among peers.
identified in the list below. Since the Applicants must demonstrate their Many of these should be planned in
exchanges under this program are capacity for conducting projects of this conjunction with participation in school
reciprocal, programs for these countries nature, focusing on three areas of and community activities in a way that

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is mutually educational for the differences, strengthening (3) Science and Technology
exchange participants and their communication, and mitigating conflict. Projects on the theme of science and
American hosts/peers. All programming The arts and humanities have always technology will promote international
should include American participants served as an effective venue through cooperation in the areas of scientific
wherever possible. Cultural and which the quality of relationships can research while introducing exchange
recreational activities will balance the be better understood and improved by participants to their peers in other
schedule. facilitating and increasing interactions countries. This theme encompasses
Programs may consist of components between communities in numerous science, technology, engineering, and
that are part of an already existing situations and settings—communal, mathematics, and specifically includes
activity, such as participation of economic, personal, political, and
exchange participants in a pre- the conduct of science, that is, the
social. development of critical inquiry skills,
established camp or workshop. If this is Projects for this theme should provide
proposed, however, it needs to fulfill all innovation, scientific method, and
artistic and cultural forums, rooted in experimentation.
of the stated objectives or do so in the humanities, for youth to
conjunction with other activities Participants should be advanced
communicate and work with one students with a demonstrated interest in
scheduled just for these delegations. another, as well as explore what makes science and technology and a desire to
(1) Responsible Governance and Citizen the arts unique in each of the project’s pursue a career in an associated field.
Activism in Civil Society participating countries. Teenagers The exchange activities will enable
representing diverse communities will them to explore these fields in depth
ECA welcomes projects that provide
participate in arts and humanities and to develop their skills of scientific
an intensive experience in educating
programs, through both in-school and investigation, including critical
participants on the rights and
out-of-school enrichment projects, thinking, problem solving, and complex
responsibilities of a citizen in a civil
designed to bridge cultural and social communication.
society. Activities will provide
differences, to foster creative interaction In addition to encouraging individual
participants with a theoretical review of
among youth, and to develop skills development, program activities will
civic education that is then followed up
necessary for personal, academic and also involve participants in discussions
with practical, hands-on experiences to
future professional leadership in their on the role of science and technology in
apply lessons learned to real-life
communities. Examples of projects must promoting democratic values, economic
situations. Project activities may include
be collaborative in nature and may and social development, and the
case studies, training in project
include dance, music, theater, and education necessary to provide adequate
planning, reviewing how to identify
visual art projects that creatively bring workforce development.
community issues and exploring ways
participants of diverse backgrounds Activities may include participation
that they can be addressed through
together in the goal of fostering mutual in science competitions and fairs, as
public policy and through citizen
understanding, developing leadership well as visits to museums and meetings
action.
Projects should demonstrate for youth skills, and modeling positive behavior with representatives of the scientific
the principles of fair and transparent for their peers through the arts. In the community. Applicants may wish to
governance responsive to its citizenry process, participants will have the include e-learning components in their
and should promote dialogue among chance to share experiences and views proposed projects.
youth on this theme. Projects must be while acquiring listening, Guidelines: Grant periods should
culturally sensitive and address specific communication, and negotiation skills begin on or about August 15, 2006. The
needs of the partner country or that allow them to explore differences grant period may be between 12 and 18
countries. Individual projects might and commonalities, build trust, address months in duration.
have the young participants explore divisive issues, develop empathy and The program responsibilities of the
ways that a country’s government, understanding for one another, and grant recipient for each project include
academic institutions, media, and non- create long-term bonds. recruitment and selection of exchange
governmental organizations can In addition to creative arts and participants, preparation for the
encourage and support the involvement humanities collaborative activities, the exchanges, the program activities during
of its citizenry, increase citizen trust, program will include meetings with the exchanges, and follow-on activities
and expand the democratic process. community members and government after the exchanges. These
All activities should relate to officials. Topics such as the essential responsibilities are detailed in the
demonstrating citizen participation in attributes of leadership, teambuilding, Project Objectives, Goals, and
governance and in addressing societal and effective communication and Implementation (POGI) document.
concerns, such as rule of law, ecological problem-solving skills should be Programs must comply with J–1 visa
awareness, small business interlinked with other activities. regulations. Please refer to the
entrepreneurship, and tolerance. Proposals must demonstrate strong Solicitation Package for further
Participants should have a chance to see expertise in the target country and local information.
leaders in action. community(ies) to address effectively
the sensitive and competing interests of II. Award Information
(2) Using Arts and Culture for Inter- target populations. Applicants should Type of Award: Grant Agreement.
community Leadership Dialogue demonstrate their knowledge of the Fiscal Year Funds: 2006.
The nature and quality of diversity of the community and explain Approximate Total Funding:
relationships between communities are how the population is in need of and $900,000.
critical determinants of sustainable will benefit from this program Approximate Number of Awards: 4 to
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democratic and civil societies promoting inter-community dialogue. 8.


throughout the world. Moving from Proposals to send or receive touring Floor of Award Range: $50,000.
relationships based on mistrust to those performance groups (bands, choirs, Ceiling of Award Range: $250,000.
rooted in mutual recognition and trust drama troupes, etc.) are not eligible for Anticipated Award Date: August 15,
is a key factor in bridging social this competition. 2006.

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Anticipated Project Completion Date: 301 4th Street, SW., Room 568, organization received nonprofit status
12–18 months after start date, to be Washington, DC 20547, (202) 453–8148, from the IRS within the past four years,
specified by applicant based on project Fax (202) 203–7529, E-mail: you must submit the necessary
plan. ShubairDM@state.gov to request a documentation to verify nonprofit status
Additional Information: Pending Solicitation Package. Please refer to the as directed in the PSI document. Failure
successful implementation of the Program Title and the Funding to do so will cause your proposal to be
projects and the availability of funds in Opportunity Number (ECA/PE/C/PY– declared technically ineligible.
subsequent fiscal years, ECA reserves 05–25) located at the top of this IV.3d. Please take into consideration
the right to renew grants for up to two announcement when making your the following information when
additional fiscal years before openly request. preparing your proposal narrative:
competing grants under this program The Solicitation Package contains the IV.3d.1 Adherence To All Regulations
again. Project Objectives, Goals and Governing The J Visa. The Office of
Implementation (POGI) document and Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of
III. Eligibility Information Proposal Submission Instruction (PSI) Educational and Cultural Affairs is the
III.1. Eligible applicants: Applications document, which consists of required official program sponsor of the exchange
may be submitted by public and private application forms, and standard program covered by this RFGP, and an
non-profit organizations meeting the guidelines for proposal preparation. employee of the Bureau will be the
provisions described in Internal Please specify Bureau Program Officer ‘‘Responsible Officer’’ for the program
Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. David Shubair and refer to the Funding under the terms of 22 CFR part 62,
501(c)(3). Opportunity Number located at the top which covers the administration of the
III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: of this announcement on all other Exchange Visitor Program (J visa
There is no minimum or maximum inquiries and correspondence. program). Under the terms of 22 CFR
percentage required for this IV.2. To Download a Solicitation part 62, organizations receiving grants
competition. However, the Bureau Package Via Internet: The entire under this RFGP will be third parties
encourages applicants to provide Solicitation Package may be ‘‘cooperating with or assisting the
maximum levels of cost sharing and downloaded from the Bureau’s website sponsor in the conduct of the sponsor’s
funding in support of its programs. at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ program.’’ The actions of grantee
When cost sharing is offered, it is rfgps/menu.htm. Please read all program organizations shall be
understood and agreed that the information before downloading. ‘‘imputed to the sponsor in evaluating
applicant must provide the amount of IV.3. Content and Form of the sponsor’s compliance with’’ 22 CFR
cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal Submission: Applicants must follow all part 62. Therefore, the Bureau expects
and later included in an approved grant instructions in the Solicitation Package. that any organization receiving a grant
agreement. Cost sharing may be in the The original and eight copies of the under this competition will render all
form of allowable direct or indirect application should be sent per the assistance necessary to enable the
costs. For accountability, you must instructions under IV.3e. ‘‘Submission Bureau to fully comply with 22 CFR
maintain written records to support all Dates and Times section’’ below. part 62 et seq.
IV.3a. You are required to have a Dun The Bureau of Educational and
costs that are claimed as your
and Bradstreet Data Universal Cultural Affairs places great emphasis
contribution, as well as costs to be paid
Numbering System (DUNS) number to on the secure and proper administration
by the Federal government. Such
apply for a grant or cooperative of Exchange Visitor (J visa) Programs
records are subject to audit. The basis
agreement from the U.S. Government. and adherence by grantee program
for determining the value of cash and
This number is a nine-digit organizations and program participants
in-kind contributions must be in
identification number, which uniquely to all regulations governing the J visa
accordance with OMB Circular A–110,
identifies business entities. Obtaining a program status. Therefore, proposals
(Revised), Subpart C.23—Cost Sharing
DUNS number is easy and there is no should explicitly state in writing that
and Matching. In the event you do not
charge. To obtain a DUNS number, the applicant is prepared to assist the
provide the minimum amount of cost
access http:// Bureau in meeting all requirements
sharing as stipulated in the approved
www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1– governing the administration of
budget, ECA’s contribution will be
866–705–5711. Please ensure that your Exchange Visitor Programs as set forth
reduced in like proportion.
DUNS number is included in the in 22 CFR part 62. If your organization
III.3. Other Eligibility Requirements:
appropriate box of the SF–424 form that has experience as a designated
Grants awarded to eligible organizations
is part of the formal application Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor, the
with less than four years of experience
package. applicant should discuss their record of
in conducting international exchange
IV.3b. All proposals must contain an compliance with 22 CFR 62 et seq.,
programs will be limited to $60,000.
executive summary, proposal narrative including the oversight of their
IV. Application and Submission and budget. Responsible Officers and Alternate
Information: Please Refer to the Solicitation Responsible Officers, screening and
Package. It contains the mandatory selection of program participants,
Note: Please read the complete Federal Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) provision of pre-arrival information and
Register announcement before sending document and the Project Objectives, orientation to participants, monitoring
inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the Goals and Implementation (POGI) of participants, proper maintenance and
RFGP deadline has passed, Bureau staff may document for additional formatting and
not discuss this competition with applicants
security of forms, record-keeping,
until the proposal review process has been
technical requirements. reporting and other requirements.
IV.3c. You must have nonprofit status The Office of Citizen Exchanges of
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completed.
with the IRS at the time of application. ECA will be responsible for issuing DS–
IV.1 Contact Information to Request If your organization is a private 2019 forms to participants in this
an Application Package: Please contact nonprofit which has not received a grant program.
the Youth Programs Division, ECA/PE/ or cooperative agreement from ECA in A copy of the complete regulations
C/PY, U.S. Department of State, SA–44, the past three years, or if your governing the administration of

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Exchange Visitor (J) programs is Successful monitoring and evaluation Overall, the quality of your
available at http://exchanges.state.gov depend heavily on setting clear goals monitoring and evaluation plan will be
or from: United States Department of and outcomes at the outset of a program. judged on how well it (1) specifies
State, Office of Exchange Coordination Your evaluation plan should include a intended outcomes; (2) gives clear
and Designation, ECA/EC/ECD–SA–44, description of your project’s objectives, descriptions of how each outcome will
Room 734, 301 4th Street, SW., your anticipated project outcomes, and be measured; (3) identifies when
Washington, DC 20547, Telephone: how and when you intend to measure particular outcomes will be measured;
(202) 203–5029, FAX: (202) 453–8640. these outcomes (performance and (4) provides a clear description of
IV.3d.2 Diversity, Freedom and indicators). The more that outcomes are the data collection strategies for each
Democracy Guidelines. Pursuant to the ‘‘smart’’ (specific, measurable, outcome (i.e., surveys, interviews, or
Bureau’s authorizing legislation, attainable, results-oriented, and placed focus groups). (Please note that
programs must maintain a non-political in a reasonable time frame), the easier evaluation plans that deal only with the
character and should be balanced and it will be to conduct the evaluation. You first level of outcomes [satisfaction] will
representative of the diversity of should also show how your project be deemed less competitive under the
American political, social, and cultural objectives link to the goals of the present evaluation criteria.)
life. ‘‘Diversity’’ should be interpreted program described in this RFGP. Grantees will be required to provide
in the broadest sense and encompass Your monitoring and evaluation plan reports analyzing their evaluation
differences including, but not limited to should clearly distinguish between findings to the Bureau in their regular
ethnicity, race, gender, religion, program outputs and outcomes. Outputs program reports. All data collected,
geographic location, socio-economic are products and services delivered, including survey responses and contact
status, and physical challenges. often stated as an amount. Output information, must be maintained for a
Applicants are strongly encouraged to information is important to show the minimum of three years and provided to
adhere to the advancement of this scope or size of project activities, but it the Bureau upon request.
cannot substitute for information about IV.3e. Budget Guidelines. Please take
principle both in program
progress towards outcomes or the the following information into
administration and in program content.
results achieved. Examples of outputs consideration when preparing your
Please refer to the review criteria under
include the number of people trained or budget:
the ‘Support for Diversity’ section for IV.3e.1. Applicants must submit a
specific suggestions on incorporating the number of seminars conducted.
comprehensive budget for the entire
diversity into your proposal. Public Law Outcomes, in contrast, represent
program. Grant requests must not be less
104–319 provides that ‘‘in carrying out specific results a project is intended to than $50,000 nor greater than $250,000.
programs of educational and cultural achieve and is usually measured as an There are no specific country
exchange in countries whose people do extent of change. Findings on outputs allocations. The Bureau anticipates
not fully enjoy freedom and and outcomes should both be reported, awarding multiple grants; the exact
democracy,’’ the Bureau ‘‘shall take but the focus should be on outcomes. number of grants will be based on the
appropriate steps to provide We encourage you to assess the number, quality, and regional diversity
opportunities for participation in such following four levels of outcomes, as of the submitted proposals. The Bureau
programs to human rights and they relate to the program goals set out reserves the right to reduce, revise, or
democracy leaders of such countries.’’ in the RFGP (listed here in increasing increase proposal budgets in accordance
Public Law 106—113 requires that the order of importance): with the needs of the program and the
governments of the countries described 1. Participant satisfaction with the availability of funds. Proposal budgets
above do not have inappropriate program and exchange experience. must include a summary budget as well
influence in the selection process. 2. Participant learning, such as as breakdowns reflecting both
Proposals should reflect advancement of increased knowledge, aptitude, skills, administrative and program budgets.
these goals in their program contents, to and changed understanding and Applicants may provide separate sub-
the full extent deemed feasible. attitude. Learning includes both budgets for each program component,
IV.3d.3. Program Monitoring and substantive (subject-specific) learning phase, location, or activity to provide
Evaluation. Proposals must include a and mutual understanding. clarification.
plan to monitor and evaluate the 3. Participant behavior, concrete Please refer to the Solicitation
project’s success, both as the activities actions to apply knowledge in work or Package (both the POGI and the PSI) for
unfold and at the end of the program. community; greater participation and complete budget guidelines and
The Bureau recommends that your responsibility in civic organizations; formatting instructions.
proposal include a draft survey interpretation and explanation of IV.3f. Submission Dates and Times:
questionnaire or other technique plus a experiences and new knowledge gained; Application Deadline Date: Thursday,
description of a methodology to use to continued contacts between April 27, 2006.
link outcomes to original project participants, community members, and Explanation of Deadlines: Due to
objectives. The Bureau expects that the others. heightened security measures, proposal
grantee will track participants or 4. Institutional changes, such as submissions must be sent via a
partners and be able to respond to key increased collaboration and nationally recognized overnight delivery
evaluation questions, including partnerships, policy reforms, new service (i.e., DHL, Federal Express, UPS,
satisfaction with the program, learning programming, and organizational Airborne Express, or U.S. Postal Service
as a result of the program, changes in improvements. Express Overnight Mail, etc.) and be
behavior as a result of the program, and shipped no later than the above
effects of the program on institutions Please note: Consideration should be given deadline. The delivery services used by
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to the appropriate timing of data collection


(institutions in which participants work for each level of outcome. For example,
applicants must have in-place,
or partner institutions). The evaluation satisfaction is usually captured as a short- centralized shipping identification and
plan should include indicators that term outcome, whereas behavior and tracking systems that may be accessed
measure gains in mutual understanding institutional changes are normally via the Internet and delivery people
as well as substantive knowledge. considered longer-term outcomes. who are identifiable by commonly

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recognized uniforms and delivery ineligible if they do not fully adhere to Grants-in-Aid to State and Local
vehicles. Proposals shipped on or before the guidelines stated herein and in the Governments.
the above deadline but received at ECA Solicitation Package. All eligible OMB Circular No. A–133, Audits of
more than seven days after the deadline proposals will be reviewed by the States, Local Government, and Non-
will be ineligible for further program office, as well as the Public profit Organizations.
consideration under this competition. Diplomacy section overseas, where Please reference the following
Proposals shipped after the established appropriate. Eligible proposals will be websites for additional information:
deadlines are ineligible for subject to compliance with Federal and http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants.
consideration under this competition. It Bureau regulations and guidelines and http://exchanges.state.gov/education/
is each applicant’s responsibility to forwarded to Bureau grant panels for grantsdiv/terms.htm#articleI.
ensure that each package is marked with advisory review. Proposals may also be VI.3. Reporting Requirements: You
a legible tracking number and to reviewed by the Office of the Legal must provide ECA with a hard copy
monitor/confirm delivery to ECA via the Adviser or by other Department original plus one copy of the following
Internet. ECA will not notify you upon elements. Final funding decisions are at reports:
receipt of application. Delivery of the discretion of the Department of (1) A final program and financial
proposal packages may not be made via State’s Assistant Secretary for report no more than 90 days after the
local courier service or in person for this Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final expiration of the award;
competition. Faxed documents will not technical authority for grants resides (2) Interim reports, as required in the
be accepted at any time. Only proposals with the Bureau’s Grants Officer. Bureau grant agreement.
submitted as stated above will be Grantees will be required to provide
Review Criteria
considered. Applications may not be reports analyzing their evaluation
submitted electronically at this time. The proposal review criteria are findings to the Bureau in their regular
Applicants must follow all outlined in the accompanying Project program reports. (Please refer to IV.
instructions in the Solicitation Package. Objectives, Goals, and Implementation Application and Submission
(POGI) document. Instructions (IV.3.d.3) above for Program
Important note: When preparing your
submission please make sure to include one VI. Award Administration Information Monitoring and Evaluation information.
extra copy of the completed SF–424 form and All data collected, including survey
VI.1a. Award Notices: Final awards
place it in an envelope addressed to ‘‘ECA/ responses and contact information, must
EX/PM’’. cannot be made until funds have been
be maintained for a minimum of three
appropriated by Congress, allocated and
The original, one fully-tabbed copy, years and provided to the Bureau upon
committed through internal Bureau
and seven copies of the application with request.
procedures. Successful applicants will
Tabs A–E (for a total of 9 copies, bound receive an Assistance Award Document All reports must be sent to the ECA
with large binder clips and a title page (AAD) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. Grants Officer and ECA Program Officer
with your organization name clearly The AAD and the original grant listed in the final assistance award
marked) should be sent to: U.S. proposal with subsequent modifications document.
Department of State, SA–44, Bureau of (if applicable) shall be the only binding Program Data Requirements:
Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ref.: authorizing document between the Organizations awarded grants will be
ECA/PE/C/PY–06–25, Program recipient and the U.S. Government. The required to maintain specific data on
Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534, AAD will be signed by an authorized program participants and activities in an
301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC Grants Officer, and mailed to the electronically accessible database format
20547. recipient’s responsible officer identified that can be shared with the Bureau as
Along with the Project Title, all in the application. required. As a minimum, the data must
applicants must enter the above Unsuccessful applicants will receive include the following:
Reference Number in Box 11 on the SF– notification of the results of the (1) Name, address, contact
424 contained in the mandatory application review from the ECA information and biographic sketch of all
Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) program office coordinating this persons who travel internationally on
of the solicitation document. competition. funds provided by the grant or who
IV.3g. Intergovernmental Review of VI.2 Administrative and National benefit from the grant funding but do
Applications: Executive Order 12372 Policy Requirements: Terms and not travel.
does not apply to this program. Conditions for the Administration of (2) Itineraries of international and
Applicants must also submit the ECA agreements include the following: domestic travel, providing dates of
executive summary, proposal narrative, Office of Management and Budget travel and cities in which any exchange
budget section, and any important Circular A–122, ‘‘Cost Principles for experiences take place. The ECA
appendices as e-mail attachments in Nonprofit Organizations.’’ Program Officer must receive final
Microsoft Word and Excel to the Office of Management and Budget schedules for in-country and U.S.
following e-mail address: Circular A–21, ‘‘Cost Principles for activities at least three working days
ShubairDM@state.gov. In the e-mail Educational Institutions.’’ prior to the official opening of the
message subject line, include the name OMB Circular A–87, ‘‘Cost Principles activity.
of the applicant organization and the for State, Local and Indian
VII. Agency Contacts
partner country(ies). The Bureau will Governments’’.
transmit these files electronically to the OMB Circular No. A–110 (Revised), For questions about this
Public Affairs Sections of the relevant Uniform Administrative Requirements announcement, contact: David Shubair,
U.S. embassies for review. for Grants and Agreements with Program Officer, Youth Programs
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Institutions of Higher Education, Division, ECA/PE/C/PY, Room 220, U.S.


V. Application Review Information Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Department of State, SA–44, 301 4th
V.1. Review Process. The Bureau will Organizations. Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20547,
review all proposals for technical OMB Circular No. A–102, Uniform (202) 453–8148, fax (202) 203–7529, e-
eligibility. Proposals will be deemed Administrative Requirements for mail: ShubairDM@state.gov.

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All correspondence with the Bureau Web site, http://www.uncitral.org, under Bagley of Washington, DC; Charles
concerning this RFGP should reference the Working Group III (Transport Law) ‘‘Tre’’ Evers of Florida; Jay T. Snyder of
the above title and number ECA/PE/C/ listings. Also available on that Web site New York; and Maria Sophia Aguirre of
PY–06–25. is the agenda for the April 2006 session Washington, DC.
Please read the complete Federal (paragraphs 26–29 of A/CN.9/WG.III/ Seating is limited. To attend the
Register announcement before sending WP.60). meeting and for more information,
inquiries or submitting proposals. Once The Study Group meeting is open to please contact Athena Katsoulos at (202)
the RFGP deadline has passed, Bureau the public up to the capacity of the 203–7880.
staff may not discuss this competition meeting room. Persons who wish to Dated: February 24, 2006.
with applicants until the proposal have their views considered are Athena Katsoulos,
review process has been completed. encouraged to submit written comments
Executive Director, ACPD, Department of
in advance of the meeting. Comments State.
VIII. Other Information
may be sent electronically to
[FR Doc. 06–1999 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am]
Notice: The terms and conditions carlsonmh@state.gov. Due to security
BILLING CODE 4710–11–P
published in this RFGP are binding and requirements, one of the following valid
may not be modified by any Bureau ID’s will be required for admittance:
representative. Explanatory information Any U.S. driver’s license with a photo, DEPARTMENT OF STATE
provided by the Bureau that contradicts a passport, or a U.S. government agency
published language will not be binding. ID. Also, anyone planning to attend this [Public Notice 5302]
Issuance of the RFGP does not meeting should provide their name,
constitute an award commitment on the affiliation and contact information in Shipping Coordinating Committee;
part of the Government. The Bureau advance to Mary Helen Carlson at 202– Notice of Meeting
reserves the right to reduce, revise, or 776–8420, or by e-mail at The Shipping Coordinating
increase proposal budgets in accordance carlsonmh@state.gov. Committee (SHC) will conduct an open
with the needs of the program and the meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March
David P. Stewart,
availability of funds. Awards made will 14, 2006, in Room 2415 of the United
be subject to periodic reporting and Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of the Legal
Adviser for Private International Law, States Coast Guard Headquarters
evaluation requirements per section VI.3 Building, 2100 Second Street SW.,
Department of State.
above. Washington, DC, 20593–0001. The
[FR Doc. 06–1998 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am]
Dated: February 24, 2006. BILLING CODE 4710–08–P
primary purpose of the meeting is to
C. Miller Crouch, prepare for the 10th session of the Sub-
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, DEPARTMENT OF STATE (BLG) to be held at the International
Department of State. Maritime Organization (IMO)
[Public Notice 5322] Headquarters in London, England from
[FR Doc. E6–2977 Filed 3–1–06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4710–05-P U.S. Advisory Commission on Public April 3 to April 8, 2006.
Diplomacy; Notice of Meeting The primary matters to be considered
include:
DEPARTMENT OF STATE The U.S. Advisory Commission on —Evaluation of safety and pollution
Public Diplomacy will hold a meeting hazards of chemicals and preparation
[Public Notice 5323]
March 16, 2006 in the conference room of consequential Amendments.
Secretary of State’s Advisory of the U.S. Department of State Foreign —Development of guidelines for
Committee on Private International Press Center in Washington, DC, Suite uniform implementation of the 2004
Law: Study Group on International 800, National Press Building, 529 14th Ballast Water Management
Transport Law: Meeting Notice Street, NW. The meeting will be from 9 Convention.
a.m. to 10 a.m. The Commissioners will —Requirements for protection of
There will be a public meeting of a discuss public diplomacy issues and personnel involved in the transport of
Study Group of the Secretary of State’s hear from experts on Latin America. cargoes containing toxic substances in
Advisory Committee on Private The Commission was reauthorized all types of tankers.
International Law on Monday, March pursuant to Public Law 109–108. (H.R. —Development of provisions for gas-
20, 2006, to consider the draft 2862, Science, State, Justice, Commerce, fuelled ships.
convention on the carriage of goods and Related agencies Appropriations —Amendments to resolution
[wholly or partly] [by sea], under Act, 2006). The U.S. Advisory MEPC.2(VI).
negotiation at the United Nations Commission on Public Diplomacy is a —Development of standards regarding
Commission on International Trade Law bipartisan Presidentially appointed rate of discharge for sewage.
(UNCITRAL). The meeting will be held panel created by Congress in 1948 to —Consideration of International
from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the offices of provide oversight of U.S. Government Association of Classification Societies
FedEx, 101 Constitution Avenue, NW., activities intended to understand, unified interpretations.
8th floor, Washington, DC 20001. inform and influence foreign publics. —Casualty analysis.
The purpose of the Study Group The Commission reports its findings —Safety aspects of ballast water
meeting is to assist the Departments of and recommendations to the President, management.
State and Transportation in preparing the Congress and the Secretary of State —Guidelines on equivalent methods to
for the next session of the UNCITRAL and the American people. Current reduce on-board NOX emission.
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Working Group on this draft instrument, Commission members include Barbara —Guidelines on other technological
to be held in New York from April 3 to M. Barrett of Arizona, who is the methods verifiable or enforceable to
13, 2006. The draft text of the Chairman; Harold Pachios of Maine; limit SOx emissions.
convention, document A/CN.9/WG.III/ Ambassador Penne Percy Korth of —Review of MARPOL Annex VI and the
WP.56, is available on UNCITRAL’s Washington, DC; Ambassador Elizabeth NOX Technical Code.

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