[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 150 (Friday, August 3, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 46346]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18955]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Minority Business Development Agency

15 CFR Part 1400

[Docket No. 120517080-2284-03]


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

AGENCY: Minority Business Development Agency, Commerce.

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

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SUMMARY: The Minority Business Development Administration publishes 
this notice to extend the date on which it plans to make its decision 
on a petition from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 
requesting formal designation from July 30, 2012 to August 30, 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 included a thirty-day comment period that ended on June 29, 
2012, but also stated that MBDA will make a decision on the petition no 
later than June 27, 2012. On June 12, 2012, MBDA published a notice in 
the Federal Register extending the date for making its decision to July 
30, 2012. The Agency has determined that an additional thirty (30) day 
period for consideration of the issues addressed in the petition is 
necessary so that the agency can complete its independent review of the 
issues addressed in the petition and comments before making a decision. 
Therefore, the Agency has determined that the time in which it will 
make its decision on the petition will be no later than August 30, 
2012. This extension will not prejudice the petitioner.

Minority Business Development Agency.
David Hinson,
National Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-18955 Filed 8-2-12; 8:45 am]
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