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Federal Register Summary for week of 9 May

    Agriculture

  • Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, Agricultural Research Service.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: The meeting dates are May 28, 2008, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 29, 2008, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Waugh Auditorium, USDA Economic Research Service, Third Floor, South Tower, 1800 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 720-3817.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9768.htm

  • Commerce

  • Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction Meeting

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR or Committee), will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The primary purpose of this meeting is to review the Committee's draft report to the NIST Director. The draft report will be posted on the NEHRP Web site at http://nehrp.gov/. Interested members of the public will be able to participate in the meeting from remote locations by calling into a central phone number.

    DATES: The ACEHR will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The meeting will be open to the public. Interested parties may participate in the meeting from their remote location.

    ADDRESSES: Questions regarding the meeting should be sent to National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8630, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8630. For instructions on how to participate in the meeting, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jack Hayes, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8630, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8630. Dr. Hayes' e-mail address is jack.hayes@nist.gov and his phone number is (301) 975-5640.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9958.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Spring 2008 Regulatory Agenda

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda and semiannual regulatory agenda.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the semiannual regulatory agenda online (the E-Agenda) at www.reginfo.gov (and also at www.regulations.gov) to update the public about:

  • Regulations and major policies currently under development,

  • Reviews of existing regulations and major policies, and

  • Rules and major policymakings completed or canceled since the last agenda.

    Definitions:

    "E-Agenda,'' "online regulatory agenda,'' and "semiannual regulatory agenda'' all refer to the same comprehensive collection of information that used to be published in the Federal Register, but which now are only available through an online database.

    "Regulatory Flexibility Agenda'' refers to a document that contains information about regulations that may have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. This will continue to be published in the Federal Register because of a requirement of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    "Unified Regulatory Agenda'' refers to the collection of all agencies' agendas with an introduction prepared by the Regulatory Information Service Center.

    "Regulatory Agenda preamble'' refers to the document you are reading now. It appears as part of the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and introduces both the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and the E-Agenda.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions or comments about a particular action, please get in touch with the agency contact listed in each agenda entry. If you have general questions about the semiannual regulatory agenda please contact: Phil Schwartz (schwartz.philip@epa.gov; 202-564-6564) or Caryn Muellerleile (muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; 202-564-2855); if you have general questions about the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda, contact Joan Rogers (rogers.joanb@epa.gov; 202-564-6568). If you have questions about EPA's Action Development Process, you may contact Caryn, Joan, or Phil.

    TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA MAILING LIST: If you would like to receive an e-mail with a link to new semiannual regulatory agendas as soon as they are published, please send an e-mail message with your name and address to: nscep@bps-lmit.com and put "E-Regulatory Agenda: Electronic Copy'' in the subject line.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/ua080505/ua080512.txt

Health and Human Services

  • Notice of a Meeting of an NIH Blue Ribbon Panel

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health

    Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research; Notice of a Meeting of an NIH Blue Ribbon Panel

    There will be a meeting of the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel to advise on the Risk Assessment of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University Medical Center. The meeting will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008, at The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of State Office Buildings, State House, Gardner Auditorium, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Discussions will include the charge to the Panel and the process and framework for deliberations. There will also be time allotted on the agenda for public comment. Sign up for public comment will begin at approximately 8 a.m. on May 16, 2008. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, anyone may file written comments using the address below.

    To file written comments or for further information concerning this meeting contact Ms. Laurie Lewallen, Advisory Committee Coordinator, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Mail Stop Code 7985, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985, 301-496-9838, lewallla@od.nih.gov

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed above in advance of the meeting. Any interested person may file written comments with the panel by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    An agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted on the agency's Web site: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/acd/index.htm.

    Background information may be obtained by contacting NIH OBA by e- mail oba@od.nih.gov

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-10011.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered Wildlife and Plants; Permits

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of application to amend permit; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), invite the public to comment on the following application to amend an existing permit to conduct certain activities with endangered species.

    DATES: We must receive your written data or comments by June 9, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Program Manager, Endangered Species, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 911 NE. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Grant Canterbury, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at the above address or by telephone (503-231-2063) or fax (503-231-6243).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-10233.htm

  • National Foundation on Art and Humanities

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services-Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

    AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services, NFAH.

    ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Planning and Review Act, the Institute of Museum and Library Services publishes this regulatory agenda describing agency regulations under development or review.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy E. Weiss, General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street NW., Washington, DC 20036; e-mail: nweiss@imls.gov, or call (202) 653-4640.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/ua080505/ua080514.txt

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Extend a Current Information Collection: Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments.

    SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), and as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is inviting the general public or other Federal agencies to comment on this proposed continuing information collection. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will publish periodic summaries of the proposed projects.

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Foundation, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Foundation's estimate of the burden 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 those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by July 7, 2008 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to address below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 295, Arlington, Virginia 22230; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title of Collection: Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9783.htm

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