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Notice of opportunity for appointment to serve as a District Export Council member.
The Department of Commerce is currently seeking nominations of individuals for consideration for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to serve as members of one of the 60 District Export Councils (DECs) nationwide. DECs are closely affiliated with the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS), and play a key role in the planning and coordination of export activities for their communities.
Nominations for individuals to a DEC must be received by the local USEAC Director by close of business on July 15, 2011.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Please contact the Director of your local USEAC for more information on DECs and the nomination process. You may identify your local USEAC by entering your zip code online at http://www.buyusa.gov/home/us.html. For general program information, contact Daniel O'Brien, National DEC Liaison, CS, at (202) 482-1376.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
As lead organizations serving the international business community, and working together with USEACs, the mission of the DECs is to facilitate the development of an effective local export assistance network, support the expansion of export opportunities for local U.S. companies, serve as a communication link between the business community and CS, and assist in coordinating the activities of trade assistance partners to leverage available resources.
Selection Process: Each DEC has a target membership of 30. Approximately half of the positions are open on each DEC for the four-year term from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2015. The local USEAC Director receives nominations for membership, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce in consultation with the local DEC Executive Committee. After ensuring that nominees meet the membership criteria (described below) and after completion of a vetting process, the Secretary selects nominees for appointment to local DECs. DEC members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce.
Membership Criteria: Individuals appointed to a DEC become part of a select corps of trade experts dedicated to providing international trade leadership and guidance to the local business community and assistance to the Department of Commerce on export development issues. Appointment is based upon an individual's international trade leadership in the local community, ability to influence the local environment for exporting, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to DEC activities. Members include exporters, export service providers and others whose profession supports U.S. export promotion efforts. DEC member appointments are made without regard to political affiliation. DEC membership is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States. As representatives of the local exporting community, DEC Members must reside in, or conduct the majority of their work in, the territory that the DEC covers. DEC membership is not open to registered Federal lobbyists, Federal government employees (other than USEAC Directors), or individuals representing foreign governments.Start Signature
Dated: May 26, 2011.
Acting DAF of Office of Domestic Operations.
[FR Doc. 2011-13711 Filed 6-1-11; 8:45 am]
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