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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; U.S. Government Trade Event Information Request

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The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506 (2) (A)).


Written comments must be submitted on or before September 2, 2003.


Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

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Request for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Stephen Madden, International Trade Administration, Advocacy Center, (202) 482-3896 or

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I. Abstract

The International Trade Administration's Advocacy Center marshals federal resources to assist U.S. firms competing for foreign government procurements worldwide. The Advocacy Center is under the umbrella of the Trade Promotion Coordination Committee (TPCC), which is chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and includes 19 federal agencies involved in export promotion. The mission of the Advocacy Center is to promote U.S. exports and create U.S. jobs and coordinate U.S. Government (USG) advocacy among the TPCC. The purpose of the questionnaire is to collect the necessary information to make an evaluation as to whether a firm qualifies for senior-level USG support, in the form of attendance at an event including witnessing a commercial agreement signing. The event could be a company sponsored activity or a foreign or USG sponsored event to highlight a commercial trade success for more than one firm. Without this information we will be unable to determine if a U.S. firm is eligible for USG support for the firm's role in the event.

II. Method of Collection

Form ITA-4136P is sent to U.S. firms that request USG advocacy assistance.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0625-0238.

Form Number: ITA-4136P.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business or other-for-profit organizations.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 50.

Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 50.

Estimated Total Annual Costs: $1,750.

IV. Request for Comments

Comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or forms of information technology.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

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Dated: June 25, 2003.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-16638 Filed 7-1-03; 8:45 am]