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HR/REE-Office of Recruitment, Examination, and Employment; 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-3091, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program, OMB #1405-0143

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Notice of request for public comments.


The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment in the Federal Register preceding submission to OMB. This process is conducted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

The following summarizes the information collection proposal to be submitted to OMB:

Title of Information Collection: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program.

OMB Control Number: 1405-0143.

Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection.

Originating Office: HR/REE.

Form Number: DS-3091.

Respondents: U.S. Citizens: University Graduate and Undergraduate Students.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 500.

Estimated Number of Responses: 500.

Average Hours per Response: 5.

Total Estimated Burden: 2,500.

Frequency: Annual.

Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain a Benefit.


The Department will accept comments for up to 60 days from June 6, 2008.


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  • E-mail:
  • Mail: Department of State, Pickering Program Office, 2401 E Street, NW., SA-1, RmH518, Washington, DC 20522.
  • Fax: 202-261-8841 Attn: Pickering Program.
  • Persons with access to the internet may also view this notice and provide comments by going to the Web site at:​index.cfm.
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Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests of the proposed information collection and supporting documents, to Stedman Howard, Department of State, 2401 E Street, NW., 5H, Washington, DC 20522, who may be reached on 202-261-8950.

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We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department of State to:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency.
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
  • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of technology.

Abstract: The Department of State collects this information to identify qualified candidates for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Program.

Methodology: Applications are accepted online.

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Dated: March 24, 2008.

Ruben Torres,

U.S. Department of State.

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[FR Doc. E8-7232 Filed 4-4-08; 8:45 am]