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Federal Register Summary for week of 1 May

    Commerce

  • General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission; Meeting Announcement

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a meeting of the General Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) on May 18, 2009. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on May 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or until business is concluded), Pacific time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Large Conference Room (Room 370) at NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 3333 North Torrey Pines Court, La Jolla, California, 92037-1023. Please notify Heidi Taylor (See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) prior to May 13, 2009, of your plans to attend the meeting, or interest in teleconference option.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Taylor, Southwest Region, NMFS at heidi.taylor@noaa.gov, or at (562) 980-4039.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-9824.htm

  • Professional Research Experience Program (PREP); Availability of Funds

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that the Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is soliciting applications for financial assistance from accredited colleges and universities to enable those institutions to provide laboratory experiences and financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates at the NIST, Boulder Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado.

    DATES: All applications, paper and electronic, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on May 28, 2009. Applications received after this deadline will not be reviewed or considered.

    Important: All applicants, both electronic and paper, should be aware that adequate time must be factored into applicants' schedules for delivery of the proposal. Electronic applicants are advised that volume on Grants.gov is currently extremely heavy, and if Grants.gov is unable to accept proposals electronically in a timely fashion, applicants are encouraged to exercise their option to submit proposals in paper format. Paper applicants should allow adequate time to ensure a paper proposal will be received on time, taking into account that guaranteed overnight carriers are not always able to fulfill their guarantees.

    ADDRESSES: Proposals may be submitted to PREP as follows:

    For electronic submission--Electronic proposals may be uploaded to http://www.grants.gov.

    For paper submission--Send to Ms. Rosemary O'Connor, Administrative Coordinator for PREP, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Division 104.01, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305-3328.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For complete information about this program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, read the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (FFO) at http://www.grants.gov. A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling (301) 975-5718. Program questions should be addressed to Ms. Rosemary O'Connor, Administrative Coordinator for PREP, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Division 104.01, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305-3328, Tel: (303) 497-5238, E-mail: rosemary.oconnor@boulder.nist.gov. The PREP Web site is: http://www.boulder.nist.gov/bdprepo.htm. All grants related administration questions concerning this program should be directed to Hope Snowden, NIST Grants and Agreements Management Division at (301) 975-6002 or hope snowden@nist.gov, or for assistance with using Grants.gov, contact support@grants.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-9650.htm

  • Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for: Monday, May 18, 2009, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at SSMC 3, Room 4527, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-10059.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference and Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two meetings of the SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC): A public teleconference and a face-to-face meeting to review the Agency's draft supporting analysis for the proposed revised Total Coliform Rule.

    DATES: The SAB will hold the public teleconference on May 20, 2009 that will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Time). A face-to-face meeting will be held on June 9, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) and will continue on June 10, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The telephone conference will be conducted by phone only. The June 9-10, 2009 face-to-face meeting will be held at the Ritz- Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning this public teleconference or meeting should contact Dr. Sue Shallal, 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) 343-9977; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at shallal.suhair@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-10068.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for the Review of Technical Guidance on Nutrient Criteria Development

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting nominations of non-EPA experts to augment the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) for the review of EPA's draft Technical Guidance on Empirical Approaches for Numeric Nutrient Criteria Development.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 18, 2009 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9995; by fax at (202) 233-0643 or via e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov.

    General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Any inquiry concerning EPA's Technical Guidance on Empirical Approaches for Numeric Nutrient Criteria Development should be directed to Ms. Ifeyinwa Davis of EPA's Office of Water (OW) at davis.ifeyinwa@epa.gov or (202) 566- 1096.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-9570.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Consultation Meeting of the Working Group on Strengthening the Biosecurity of the United States

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the Working Group on Strengthening the Biosecurity of the United States will be holding a public consultation meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The Working Group on Strengthening the Biosecurity of the United States will hold a public consultation meeting on May 13, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT and May 14, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: The Hyatt Regency-Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone (301) 657-1234.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Kwinn, PhD, Office of Medicine, Science and Public Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street, SW., Room 5123, Washington, DC 20201; phone: 202-260-0666; fax: 202-205-8508; e-mail address: biosecurity.workgroup@hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-10008.htm

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on Monday, May 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Addresses: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Carlos Pe[ntilde]a, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (HF-33), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-6687, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512603. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The Science Board will hear about and discuss updates from the following subcommittees: (1) The review of each Center's projects within scientific priority areas, (2) the review of research at the Center for Veterinary Medicine, and (3) the review of FDA's scientific information technology infrastructure modernization initiatives. The Science Board will also hear updates on rapid detection of Salmonella in foods and the handling of biospecimens used for genomic and proteomic analyses.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-9643.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment (AC/ GPA)-(13853).

    Date and Time: June 18, 2009, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 19, 2009, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 555II. If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF building, please contact Joyce Grainger (jgrainge@nsf.gov) for a visitor's badge.

    Contact: Ms. Joyce Grainger, BFA/BD, National Science Foundation, jgrainge@nsf.gov. Telephone: 703-292-4481.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director regarding the Foundation's performance as it relates to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

    Agenda: Presentations and discussion of topics regarding the assessment of accomplishments of NSF awards as they relate to three strategic outcome goals stated in the National Science Foundation's 2006-2011 Strategic Plan: Discovery, Learning, and Research Infrastructure.

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Welcome and Introductions; Charge to the Committee; and overview presentations on Foundation-wide issues in the context of performance assessment. The Committee, in subgroups, will analyze and assess accomplishments under the Discovery, Learning, and Research Infrastructure strategic outcome goals.

    Friday, June 19, 2009

    The NSF Director and/or Deputy Director will meet with the Committee. The Committee reconvenes as a Committee of the Whole to hear progress reports from the strategic goals' subgroups, discuss findings and conclusions, make recommendations, and complete preparation of the final report to NSF.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-10024.htm

  • State

  • 2009 Revised Exchange Visitor Skills List

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice of Revised Exchange Visitor Skills List.


    SUMMARY: The Exchange Visitor Skills List is a list of specialized knowledge and skills that are deemed necessary for the development of an exchange visitor's home country. It is used by Consular Officers to determine whether an exchange visitor applying for a J-visa is subject to Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended.

    DATES: The Exchange Visitor Skills List is effective on June 28, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcia Pryce, Deputy Chief, or Ann Kavalou, Waiver Review Officer; Waiver Review Division, SA-1, Room L 603, Visa Office, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, 2401 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20522-0106. Telephone 202-663-2800.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-9657.htm

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