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Federal Register Summary for week of 27 March

    Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Smith-Lever 3(d) Extension Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program

    AGENCY: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: Section 7403 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246) (FCEA) amended section 3(d) of the Smith-Lever Act (7 U.S.C. 343(d)) to provide the opportunity for 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State University to compete for section 3(d) funds. Section 7417 of FCEA also provided the University of the District of Columbia the opportunity to compete for section 3(d) funds. The Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program (EIPM-CS) is among the Extension programs funded under this authority. By this notice, CSREES is designated to act on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture in soliciting public comment from interested persons regarding the future design and implementation of this program.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time. All comments not otherwise presented or submitted for the record at the meeting must be submitted by close of business Wednesday, April 29, 2009, to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the St. Helens Meeting Room, Doubletree Hotel Portland, 1000 N.E. Multnomah, Portland, Oregon 97232, phone--800-996-0510 (toll-free in USA); 503-281-6111 (outside USA). You may submit comments, identified by CSREES-2008-0005, by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: newEIPM@csrees.usda.gov. Include CSREES-2008-0005 in the subject line of the message. Fax: (202) 401-4888. Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to newEIPM; Plant and Animal Systems Unit, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2220, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2220. Hand Delivery/Courier: EIPM; Plant and Animal Systems Unit, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3472, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and the identifier CSREES-2008-0005. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Ley, (202) 401-6195 (phone), (202) 401-4888 (fax), or newEIPM@csrees.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6193.htm

  • Commerce

  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; Regional Fishery Management Councils; Operations

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes changes to the regulations that address the operations and administration of regional fishery management councils (Councils). The regulatory changes are needed to implement amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) that, among other things, govern the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), expand the role of the Councils' Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), require that SSC members disclose their financial interests, and provide for training of Council members and staff. Additionally, the proposed rule would make changes to the regulations requiring Councils to provide procedures for proposed regulations, clarifying restrictions on lobbying, and clarifying timing in the Council member nomination process. The proposed rule would also make technical and minor corrections to the regulations unrelated to the most recent Magnuson-Stevens Act amendments.

    DATES: Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. e.d.t. on July 6, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by "RIN 0648-AW18," by any one of the following methods: Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. Fax: 301-713-1175. Mail: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please mark the outside of the envelope "Council Operations." Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter n/a in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe pdf file formats only. Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this proposed rule may be submitted to the Office of Sustainable Fisheries at the mailing address or fax number specified above and by e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395-7285.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Chappell, at 301-713-2337.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6896.htm

  • Education

  • Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Education Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010; Notice Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs

    Agency: Department of Education

    Action: Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010


    Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305C, 84.305D, 84.305E, 84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324C.

    Summary: The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute's FY 2010 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, title I of Public Law 107-279. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

    Competitions in this Notice: The Institute will conduct 11 research competitions in FY 2010 through two of its National Education Centers.

    The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold seven competitions: two competitions for education research; one competition for education research training; one competition for education research and development centers; one competition for research on statistical and research methodology in education; and two competitions for evaluation of State and local education programs and policies.

    The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold four competitions: Two competitions for special education research, one competition for special education research training, and one competition for special education research and development centers.

    NCER Competitions

    Education Research. Under the two education research competitions, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research topics: Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Science Education, Cognition and Student Learning, Teacher Quality--Reading and Writing, Teacher Quality--Mathematics and Science Education, Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning, Education Leadership, Education Policy, Finance, and Systems, Early Childhood Programs and Policies, Middle and High School Reform, Interventions for Struggling Adolescent and Adult Readers and Writers, English Language Learners, Postsecondary Education, and Education Technology

    Education Research Training. Under the education research training competition, NCER will consider only applications for Postdoctoral Research Training.

    Education Research and Development Centers. Under the education research and development centers competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research topics:

    Scaling Up Effective Schools

    Mathematics Standards and Assessments

    Cognition and Mathematics Instruction

    Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education. Under the research on statistical and research methodology in education competition, NCER will consider only applications that address research on statistical and research methodology in education.

    Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies. Under the two evaluations of State and local education programs and policies competitions, NCER will consider only applications that address the evaluation of State and local education programs and policies.

    NCSER Competitions

    Special Education Research. Under the two special education research competitions, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following special education research topics:

    Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

    Reading, Writing, and Language Development

    Mathematics and Science Education

    Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning

    Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students

    Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education

    Teacher Quality

    Related Services

    Special Education Systems, Finance, and Policies

    Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Special Education Research Training. Under the special education research training competition, NCSER will consider only applications for Postdoctoral Research Training.

    Special Education Research and Development Centers. Under the special education research and development centers competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following research topics:

    Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students with Mathematics Difficulties

    Assessment and Accountability

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9501 et seq.

    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. In addition, 34 CFR part 75 is applicable, except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 75.210, 75.211, 75.217, 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 75.230.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only.

    For Further Information Contact: The contact person associated with a particular research competition is listed in the chart at the end of this notice and in the RFA package. The date on which applications will be available, the deadline for transmittal of applications, the estimated range of awards, and the project period are also listed in the chart and in the RFA package that will be posted at the following Web sites: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/programs.html.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6320.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates, and Agenda

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Teleconference Meetings


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, will have teleconference meetings on April 15, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET; May 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET; June 17, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET; and July 15, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Expanding the number of laboratories seeking National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) accreditation; (2) proficiency testing; (3) ELAB support to the Agency's Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM); (4) implementing the performance approach; and (5) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their next face-to-face meeting on August 10, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio in San Antonio, TX at 9 a.m. (CT). Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Autry, DFO, U.S. EPA (E243-05),109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, faxed to (919) 541-4261, or e-mailed to autry.lara@epa.gov. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Autry at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lara P. Autry at the number above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Lara P. Autry, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6612.htm

  • Notice of Availability for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Strategic Plan for Evaluating the Toxicity of Chemicals

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of document availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final document The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Strategic Plan for Evaluating the Toxicity of Chemicals (EPA 100/K-09/001). The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to serve as a blueprint for EPA in incorporating advances in molecular biology and computational sciences into toxicity testing and risk assessment practices across the Agency. The Strategic Plan is centered on three interrelated components: (1) Toxicity pathways identification and use of this information in screening and prioritization of chemicals for further testing, (2) the use of toxicity pathways information in risk assessment, and (3) the institutional transition necessary to implement such practices across EPA. This Strategic Plan describes an ambitious and substantive improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of the process by which environmental pollutants are evaluated for toxicity and risk. A workgroup of EPA's Science Policy Council oversaw the development of this document, incorporating input obtained from an external peer review.

    ADDRESSES: The final document is available electronically through the EPA Office of the Science Advisor's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/ osa/spc/toxicitytesting/. A limited number of paper copies will be available from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone 1-800-490-9198 or 513-489-8190; facsimile 301-604-3408; e-mail NSCEP@bps-lmit.com. Please provide your name and mailing addresses and the title and EPA number (as given above) of the requested publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Kramer, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8497; fax number: (202) 564-2070, e-mail: kramer.melissa@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6683.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB to: discuss EPA's long range strategic research directions, discuss the FY 2010 EPA research budget, and plan for future SAB activities including the SAB's plan for conducting a study and delivering advice on strengthening science assessments at the EPA.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) and Friday, April 24, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203; phone (703) 717-6200.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the teleconference meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 343-9982; fax (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at miller.tom@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6256.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Ensuring Responsible Spending of Recovery Act Funds

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    My Administration is committed to ensuring that public funds are expended responsibly and in a transparent manner. Last month, I signed into law the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," Public Law 111-5 (the "Recovery Act" or "Act"), an investment package designed to provide a necessary boost to our economy in these difficult times and to create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class. The Recovery Act is designed to stimulate the economy through measures that, among other things, modernize the Nation's infrastructure, jump start American energy independence, expand high-quality educational opportunities, preserve and improve access to affordable health care, provide middle-class tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. It is not intended to fund projects for special interests.

    In implementing the Recovery Act, we have undertaken unprecedented efforts to ensure the responsible distribution of funds for the Act's purposes and to provide public transparency and accountability of expenditures. We must not allow Recovery Act funds to be distributed on the basis of factors other than the merits of proposed projects or in response to improper influence or pressure. We must also empower executive department and agency officials to exercise their available discretion and judgment to help ensure that Recovery Act funds are expended for projects that further the job creation, economic recovery, and other purposes of the Recovery Act and are not used for imprudent projects.

    To these ends, I hereby direct that for any further commitments, obligations, or expenditures of funds under the Recovery Act, the head of each executive department or agency shall immediately take all necessary steps, to the extent consistent with the Act and other applicable law, to comply with this memorandum.

    Section 1. Ensuring Merit-Based Decisionmaking for Grants and Other Forms of Federal Financial Assistance Under the Recovery Act. (a) Executive departments and agencies shall develop transparent, merit-based selection criteria that will guide their available discretion in committing, obligating, or expending funds under the Recovery Act for grants and other forms of Federal financial assistance. Such criteria shall be consistent with legal requirements, may be tailored to the particular funding activity, and shall be formulated to ensure that the funding furthers the job creation, economic recovery, and other purposes of the Recovery Act. To this end, merit-based selection criteria shall be designed to support particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding that have, to the greatest extent, a demonstrated or potential ability to: (i) deliver programmatic results; (ii) achieve economic stimulus by optimizing economic activity and the number of jobs created or saved in relation to the Federal dollars obligated; (iii) achieve long-term public benefits by, for example, investing in technological advances in science and health to increase economic efficiency and improve quality of life; investing in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; fostering energy independence; or improving educational quality; and (iv) satisfy the Recovery Act's transparency and accountability objectives.

    (b) No considerations contained in oral or written communications from any person or entity concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding shall supersede or supplant consideration by executive departments and agencies of such projects, applications, or applicants for funding pursuant to applicable merit-based criteria.

    Sec. 2. Avoiding Funding of Imprudent Projects. (a) Funds under the Recovery Act shall not be committed, obligated, or expended by any executive department or agency, and shall not be used by any State or local governmental or private grantee or awardee, to support projects of the type described in section 1604 of Division A of the Recovery Act, which states that "[n]one of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool."

    (b) In exercising their available discretion to commit, obligate, or expend funds under the Recovery Act for grants and other forms of Federal financial assistance, executive departments and agencies, to the extent permitted by law, shall not approve or otherwise support funding for projects that are similar to those described in section 1604 of Division A of the Recovery Act.

    (c) In exercising their available discretion to commit, obligate, or expend funds under the Recovery Act for grants and other forms of Federal financial assistance, executive departments and agencies, to the extent permitted by law, shall not approve or otherwise support any project, application, or applicant for funding that is imprudent or that does not further the job creation, economic recovery, and other purposes of the Act. To this end, executive departments and agencies shall exercise their available discretion to decline approving or otherwise supporting particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding unless the department or agency has affirmatively determined, in advance, that the project, application, or applicant has a demonstrated or potential ability to: (i) deliver programmatic results; (ii) achieve economic stimulus by optimizing economic activity and the number of jobs created or saved in relation to the Federal dollars obligated; (iii) achieve long-term public benefits by, for example, investing in technological advances in science and health to increase economic efficiency and improve quality of life; investing in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; fostering energy independence; or improving educational quality; or (iv) satisfy the Recovery Act's transparency and accountability objectives.

    (d) Where executive departments or agencies lack discretion under the Recovery Act to refuse funding for projects similar to those described in section 1604 of Division A of the Act, or other projects that the executive department or agency deems imprudent or as not furthering the job creation, economic recovery, or other purposes of the Act, the department or agency shall consult immediately with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about the project and its funding requirements. Where legally permissible, the department or agency shall:

    (i) delay funding of the project for 30 days, or the longest period permitted by law if less than 30 days, in order to ensure adequate opportunity for public scrutiny of the project prior to commitment of funds; and

    (ii) publish a description of the proposed project (or project plan) and its funding requirements on the agency's recovery website as soon as practicable before or after commitment, obligation, or expenditure of funds for the project.

    (e) Executive departments and agencies, including their respective Offices of Inspector General, shall monitor compliance with the prohibition in section 1604 of Division A of the Recovery Act, referenced in paragraph (a) above, by contractors, grantees, and other recipients of Federal financial assistance (recipients). If a department or agency believes that a recipient has not complied with section 1604, then the department or agency shall (i) promptly notify the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; and (ii) take appropriate corrective action that may include, but not be limited to, disallowing or otherwise recovering improperly spent amounts, imposing additional requirements on the recipient to ensure compliance with section 1604 (and other applicable prohibitions and obligations), initiating a proceeding for administrative civil penalties, and initiating a proceeding for suspension and debarment.

    Sec. 3. Ensuring Transparency of Registered Lobbyist Communications. (a) An executive department or agency official shall not consider the view of a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq., concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding under the Recovery Act unless such views are in writing.

    (b) Upon the scheduling of, and again at the outset of, any oral communication (in-person or telephonic) with any person or entity concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding under the Recovery Act, an executive department or agency official shall inquire whether any of the individuals or parties appearing or communicating concerning such particular project, application, or applicant is a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. If so, the lobbyist may not attend or participate in the telephonic or in-person contact, but may submit a communication in writing.

    (c) All written communications from a registered lobbyist concerning the commitment, obligation, or expenditure of funds under the Recovery Act for particular projects, applications, or applicants shall be posted publicly by the receiving agency or governmental entity on its recovery website within 3 business days after receipt of such communication.

    (d) An executive department or agency official may communicate orally with registered lobbyists concerning general Recovery Act policy issues; provided, however, that such oral communications shall not extend to or touch upon particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding, and further that the official must contemporaneously or immediately thereafter document in writing: (i) the date and time of the contact on policy issues; (ii) the names of the registered lobbyists and the official(s) between whom the contact took place; and (iii) a short description of the substance of the communication. This writing must be posted publicly by the executive department or agency on its recovery website within 3 business days of the communication.

    (e) Upon the scheduling of, and again at the outset of, any oral communications with any person or entity concerning general Recovery Act policy issues, an executive department or agency official shall inquire whether any of the individuals or parties appearing or communicating concerning such issues is a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. If so, the official shall comply with paragraph (d) above.

    Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) The Director of OMB shall assist and, as appropriate, issue guidance to the heads of executive departments and agencies to carry out their responsibilities under this memorandum. Within 60 days of the date of this memorandum, the Director of OMB shall review the implementation of this memorandum by executive departments and agencies and shall forward to me any recommendations for modifications or revisions to this memorandum.

    (b) This memorandum does not apply to tax-related provisions in Division B of the Recovery Act.

    (c) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i) authority granted by law or Executive Order to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (d) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and all OMB implementing guidance, and shall be subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (e) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    Sec. 5. Publication. The Director of OMB is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

                    (Presidential Sig.)
    
                THE WHITE HOUSE,
    
                    Washington, March 20, 2009
    

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6754.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Agency: Centers for Disease Control

    Action: Notice of Meeting


    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), CDC announces the following meeting for the aforementioned subcommittee.

    Time and Date: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., April 7, 2009.

    Place: This meeting will be held by conference call. The call in number is (866) 919-3560 and enter passcode: 4168828.

    Status: Open to the public. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period which is tentatively scheduled from 2 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

    Purpose: The Ethics Subcommittee will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners.

    Matters To Be Discussed: The agenda items will include discussion of ethical considerations relating to the use of travel restrictions for the control of communicable diseases, ethics guidance for public health emergency preparedness and response.

    This notice is published less than 15 days before the meeting due to administrative delays.

    Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, PhD, Designated Federal Officer, Ethics Subcommittee, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone 404-639-4690. E-mail: dbarrett@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6566.htm

  • National Center for Research Resources; Notice of Meeting

    Agency: National Institutes of Health

    Action: Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Research Resources Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, 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 below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and/or contract proposals and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications and/or contract proposals, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Research Resources Council.

    Date: May 28, 2009.

    Open: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Agenda: Report of the Director, NCRR and other Council business.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications and/or proposals.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Louise E. Ramm, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 3B11, Bethesda, MD 20892. 301-496-6023. louiser@ncrr.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee 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.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/aboutus/advisorycouncil/, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6599.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Agency: National Institutes of Health

    Action: Notice of a Meeting


    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

    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 below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

    Date: April 16, 2009.

    Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To address the NIH's implementation plans associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call)

    Contact Person: Penny W. Burgoon, PhD, Senior Assistant to the Deputy Director, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 1 Center Drive, Building 1, Room 109, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-451-5870, burgoonp@od.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/acd.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6472.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Determination of Significant Portion of the Range of Marine and Estuarine Areas of the Southwestern Washington/Columbia River Distinct Population Segment of Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On July 5, 2002, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), published a withdrawal of the proposed rule to list the Southwestern Washington/Columbia River distinct population segment (DPS) of the coastal cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). As a result of litigation, we are now reconsidering our withdrawal of the proposed rule with specific regard to the question of whether the marine and estuarine areas may constitute a significant portion of the range of the Southwestern Washington/Columbia River DPS of coastal cutthroat trout, and if so, whether that portion is threatened or endangered. We hereby notify the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, and any other interested party of our request for information, data, or comments on the marine and estuarine areas of the Southwestern Washington/Columbia River DPS of coastal cutthroat trout, with particular regard to whether these areas constitute a significant portion of the range of the DPS under the Act, and if so, whether the subspecies is threatened or endangered in those areas.

    DATES: We will accept information received on or before April 23, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2008-0128; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. We will not accept e-mail or faxes. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the ``Public Comments'' section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Henson, Ph.D, State Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; telephone 503-231-6179; facsimile 503-231-6195. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-5890.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year reviews; availability of completed 5-year reviews.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, initiate 5-year reviews for 58 species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We request any new information on these species that may have a bearing on their classification as endangered or threatened (see Table 1 below). Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make a finding on whether these species are properly classified under the Act. We also indicate in this notice 42 5-year reviews we completed for species in California and Nevada in mid to late Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. Reviews we completed for 16 species in early FY 2008 were indicated in our previous initiation notice published in the Federal Register on March 5, 2008 (73 FR 11945).

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct these reviews, we must receive your information no later than May 26, 2009. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: For instructions on how to submit information and review the information that we receive on these species, see "Public Solicitation of New Information."

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For species-specific information, contact the appropriate person listed under "Public Solicitation of New Information." For contact information about completed 5-year reviews, see "Completed 5-Year Reviews." Individuals who are hearing- impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-5520.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Polar Programs; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Polar Programs (1130).

    Date/Time: May 4, 2009, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    May 5, 2009, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Sue LaFratta, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. (703) 292-8030.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To advise NSF on the impact of its policies, programs, and activities on the polar research community, to provide advice to the Director of OPP on issues related to long-range planning.

    Agenda: Staff presentations and discussion on opportunities and challenges for polar research, education and infrastructure; strategic planning; and planning for Arctic and Antarctic Committees of Visitors.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6211.htm

  • U.S. Chief Financial Officer Council; Grants Policy Committee

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

    U.S. Chief Financial Officer Council; Grants Policy Committee

    ACTION: Notice of open stakeholder Webcast meeting and publication of draft Implementation Plan.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open stakeholder Webcast meeting sponsored by the Grants Policy Committee (GPC) of the U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council.

    DATES: The GPC will hold a Webcast meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 2-3:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The Webcast will be broadcast live. Relevant meeting materials will be posted on http://www.GPC.gov in advance of the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The GPC April 21st Webcast meeting will be broadcast from and held in Room B-180 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410. Seating is limited--the first 50 people to respond, and receive confirmation of the response, can be part of the live audience. Both federal and non- federal employees must R.S.V.P. to reserve a seat by contacting Charisse Carney-Nunes at GPCWe bcast@nsf.gov. All who have reserved seating must arrive at the HUD building fifteen minutes prior to broadcast (arrive on the North side of the building). You must have a government-issued photo ID to gain access and will have to go through security screening. The GPC encourages non-Federal organizations staffs and members to attend the meeting in person or via Webcast. Overview: This Webcast will serve several purposes: (1) To update the public on the latest news of the GPC; (2) to discuss topics related to electronic data in the grants community and OMB's latest implementation guidelines regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (Recovery Act); and (3) to provide an overview of how Research.gov is implementing new government-wide post-award reporting standards including the Federal Financial Report (FFR) and the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Research.gov is the federal grants management consortium lead for research grants management, offering research information and a menu of grants management services for multiple federal research agencies in one place and providing transparency into federal research spending and results. Webcast presenters will be available for a question and answer period after the presentations. Further Information About the GPC Webcast: Questions on the Webcast should be directed to Charisse Carney-Nunes, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; e-mail, GPCWebcast@nsf.gov. Information and materials that pertain to this Webcast meeting, including the call-in telephone number and the agenda will be posted on the Grants Policy Committee's Web site at http:// www.GPC.gov on the ``Webcasts and Outreach'' page. The link to view the Webcast will be posted on this site, along with Webcast instructions. After the meeting, a link to its recording will be posted on http:// www.GPC.gov for at least 90 days. Comment Submission Information: You may submit webcast related questions in advance of the webcast to GPCWebcast@nsf.gov. You may also submit comments during the Webcast meeting via telephone or e-mail. The call-in telephone number, which may be used only DURING the live Webcast, is 202-708-0995. The e-mail address for comments, which should be used only DURING the Webcast is HUDTV@HUD.GOV. After the Webcast, you may submit comments via e-mail through the close of business on Friday, May 1, 2009. The e-mail address for comments before and after the Webcast is GPCWebcast@nsf.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-6743.htm