[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 234 (Wednesday, December 5, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 72254]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29431]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Minority Business Development Agency

15 CFR Part 1400

[Docket No. 121130667-2667-01]


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 Agency (MBDA) 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 as a group eligible for MBDA's services 
from November 30, 2012 to March 1, 2013.

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) 
482-5461.

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. 
MBDA has published several notices in the Federal Register to extend 
the date for making a decision on the merits of the petition. On 
September 4, 2012, MBDA published an amendment to extend the deadline 
for the decision until November 30, 2012. The Agency has determined 
that an additional ninety (90) day period for consideration of the 
policy implications associated with the petition is necessary. 
Therefore, the Agency has determined that the time in which it will 
make its decision on the petition will be on or before March 1, 2013. 
This extension will not prejudice the petitioner.

Minority Business Development Agency.
David Hinson,
National Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-29431 Filed 12-4-12; 8:45 am]
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