[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 164 (Thursday, August 23, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50987-50988]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20773]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, Request for 
Nominations

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Environmental 
Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration 
(ITA) is requesting nominations for memberships on the Environmental 
Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC). The ETTAC was 
established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., 
and pursuant to Section 2313(c) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988, 
as amended, 15 U.S.C. 4728(c). ETTAC was first chartered on May 31, 
1994. ETTAC advises the Environmental Trade Working Group (ETWG) of the 
Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), through the Secretary of 
Commerce in his capacity as Chairman of the TPCC. ETTAC advises on the 
development and administration of programs to expand U.S. exports of 
environmental technologies, goods, and services and products that 
comply with United States environmental, safety, and related 
requirements. The Department of Commerce anticipates rechartering ETTAC 
for a new two-year term in October 2012, and is seeking nominations for 
membership on the ETTAC for the new charter term.

DATES: All applications for immediate consideration for appointment 
must be received on or before midnight EDT on September 21, 2012. After 
that date, ITA will continue to accept applications under this notice 
for a period of up to two years from the deadline to fill any vacancies 
that may arise.

ADDRESSES: Please send nominations by post, email, or fax to the 
attention of Todd DeLelle, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Ave. NW., Room 4053, Washington, DC 20230; phone 202-482-
4877; email todd.delelle@trade.gov; fax 202-482-5665.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd DeLelle, Office of Energy & 
Environmental Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 4053, 
Washington, DC 20230; phone 202-482-4877; email todd.delelle@trade.gov; 
fax 202-482-5665.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce invites 
nominations to ETTAC for appointments for a two-year term beginning in 
the fall of 2012. The ETTAC was most recently rechartered on October 
25, 2010, and the ETTAC's new charter term is anticipated to begin in 
fall 2012. Members will be selected in accordance with applicable 
Department of Commerce Guidelines based upon their ability to advise 
the Secretary of Commerce on the development and administration of 
programs to expand U.S. exports of environmental technologies, goods, 
and services and products that comply with United States environmental, 
safety, and related requirements, as articulated in ETTAC's Charter, 
which is available on the Internet at http://www.environment.ita.doc.gov under the tab: Advisory Committee. The 
ETTAC shall advise on matters including: trade policy development and 
negotiations relating to U.S. environmental technologies exports; the 
effect of U.S. Government policies, regulations and programs, and 
foreign government policies' and practices on the export of U.S. 
environmental products, technologies, and services; the competitiveness 
of U.S. industry and its ability to compete for environmental 
technologies, products and services opportunities in international 
markets; the identification of priority environmental technologies, 
products and service markets with high immediate returns for U.S. 
exports; strategies to increase private sector awareness and effective 
use of U.S. Government export promotion programs; the development of 
complementary industry and trade association export promotion programs; 
and the development of U.S. Government programs to encourage producers 
of environmental

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technologies, products and services to enter new foreign markets.
    The Secretary of Commerce will appoint up to 35 members to the 
ETTAC. The members shall be selected in a manner that ensures that the 
ETTAC is balanced in terms of product and service lines and reflects 
the diversity of this sector, including in terms of geographic location 
and company size. Members of the ETTAC shall be drawn from U.S. 
environmental technologies manufacturing and services companies, U.S. 
trade associations, and U.S. private sector organizations involved in 
the promotion of environmental technologies, products, and services. 
The ETTAC shall include at least one individual representing each of 
the following:
    1. Environmental businesses, including small businesses;
    2. Trade associations in the environmental sector;
    3. Private sector organizations involved in the promotion of 
environmental exports, including products that comply with U.S. 
environmental, safety, and related requirements;
    4. States (as defined in 15 U.S.C. 4721(j)(5)) and associations 
representing the States; and
    5. Other appropriate interested members of the public, including 
labor representatives.
    Candidates should be senior executive-level representatives from 
U.S. environmental technology companies, trade associations, and non-
profit organizations. Applicants must have experience in exporting 
environmental technologies products and services; ITA particularly 
seeks applicants with experience in one or more of the following 
sectors:
    (1) Air pollution control and monitoring technologies;
    (2) Analytic devices and services;
    (3) Environmental engineering and consulting services;
    (4) Financial services relevant to the environmental sector;
    (5) Process and pollution prevention technologies;
    (6) Solid and hazardous waste management technologies; and
    (7) Water and wastewater treatment technologies.
    Members serve in a representative capacity, expressing the views 
and interests of a U.S. company or organization as well as its 
particular sector; they are, therefore, not Special Government 
Employees. For purposes of ETTAC eligibility, a U.S. company is defined 
as a firm incorporated in the United States (or an unincorporated firm 
with its principal place of business in the United States) that is at 
least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. persons. For purposes of 
ETTAC eligibility, a U.S. organization is defined as an organization 
established in the United States that is controlled by U.S. persons, as 
determined based on its board of directors (or comparable governing 
body), membership, and funding sources, as applicable.
    All members must be U.S. citizens. Federally registered lobbyists 
are not eligible for appointment, nor are individuals registered as a 
foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
    ETTAC members are not be compensated for their services or 
reimbursed for their travel expenses. The ETTAC shall, to the extent 
practicable, meet approximately three times a year. Most ETTAC meetings 
are held in Washington, DC.
    All appointments are made without regard to political affiliation. 
Members shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for a two year 
term. Self-nominations will be accepted. If you are interested in being 
nominated to become a member of ETTAC, please provide the following 
information (2 pages maximum):
    (1) Name;
    (2) Title;
    (3) Work phone, fax, and email address;
    (4) A sponsor letter from the applicant on his or her entity's 
letterhead or, if the applicant is to represent an entity other than 
his or her employer, a letter from the entity to be represented, 
containing a brief statement of why the applicant should be considered 
for membership on the ETTAC. This letter should include the name and 
address of entity to be represented by the applicant, including Web 
site address, and address the applicant's experience in exporting 
environmental technologies products and services;
    (5) Short biography of nominee, including information demonstrating 
knowledge and experience relevant to the work of the ETTAC;
    (6) Brief description of the entity to be represented, including, 
as applicable, its business activities, company size (number of 
employees and annual sales), and export markets served; and
    (7) An affirmative statement that:
    (a) The applicant is a U.S. citizen;
    (b) The applicant is not a federally-registered lobbyist, and that 
the applicant understands that if appointed, the applicant will not be 
allowed to continue to serve as an ETTAC member if the applicant 
becomes a federally-registered lobbyist;
    (c) The applicant is not required to register as a foreign agent 
under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended;
    (d) The applicant meets all ETTAC eligibility requirements, 
including that the applicant represents a U.S. company or U.S. 
organization.
    Please do not send company or trade association brochures or any 
other information.
    Nominees selected to serve on the ETTAC will be notified.

Edward A. O'Malley,
Director, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries.
[FR Doc. 2012-20773 Filed 8-22-12; 8:45 am]
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