[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 113 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 34883-34884]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14225]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Minority Business Development Agency

15 CFR Part 1400

[Docket No. 120517080-2132-02]


Petition for Inclusion of the Arab-American Community in the 
Groups Eligible for MBDA Services

AGENCY: Minority Business Development Agency, Commerce.

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ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments; 
amendment.

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SUMMARY: On May 30, 2012, the Minority Business Development Agency 
(MBDA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for 
comments regarding a petition received on January 11, 2012 from the 
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) requesting formal 
designation of Arab-Americans as a minority group that is socially or 
economically disadvantaged pursuant to 15 CFR part 1400. The Notice 
includes a thirty-day comment deadline of June 29, 2012, but also 
states that MBDA will make a decision on the petition no later than 
June 27, 2012.
    Due to the complexity of the subject matter, the Department finds 
that it is not practicable to complete an in depth review of the issues 
involved in the petition, give adequate consideration to all comments, 
and make a reasoned determination on the petition by June 27, 2012. 
Therefore, the Department has determined that it is necessary to extend 
the time in which it will make its decision on the petition until July 
30, 2012. This extension will not prejudice the petitioner. The 
deadline for the comments on the petition remains unchanged, and 
continues to be June 29, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this 
Notice, contact Josephine Arnold, Minority Business Development Agency, 
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 5053, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 
482-2332, and jarnold@mbda.gov.

David Hinson,
National Director, Minority Business Development Agency.
[FR Doc. 2012-14225 Filed 6-11-12; 8:45 am]
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