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Federal Register Summary for week of 24 July

    Agency for International Development

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; One Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Meeting; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the one hundred and fifty-seventh meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 29, 2009 at the National Press Club located at 529 14th St., NW., Washington, DC. The venue will be the Holeman Lounge which is located on the 13th floor of the National Press Club. "Higher Education: A Critical Partner in Global Agricultural Development" continues to be the central theme of BIFAD's initiatives and the July meeting.

    Dr. Robert Easter, Chairman of BIFAD, will preside over the proceedings. Dr. Easter is Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Food security, including the broadly emerging issues surrounding climate change, and the role of universities in partnership with USAID to achieve critical short and long-term development objectives is the focus of the Board's Agenda as set for the 157th meeting. The 157th meeting continues to build toward the establishment of a special strategic partnership between USAID and the university community and the launching of a university "Brain Trust." Underpinning these initiatives the Board's discussion incorporates the results from its second Conference of Deans (COD II) which was held in Washington, DC on June 28 and 29, 2009. The COD II's theme was "Building a Global Food Security Strategy: The Role of Higher Education in US International Development."

    BIFAD's morning session will begin with a panel discussion, "BIFAD's Conference of Deans II: Perspectives on Food Security and the Role of Universities." University recommendations and USAID perspectives from the COD II will be presented. A second panel will compliment the first session with the discussion, "Partners in Development: Business, Cooperatives and NGOs." At mid-morning congressional staff will provide updates on directions and funding implications of the Lugar-Casey and McCollum Agriculture Bills. Particular attention will be directed to the HECTARE component of the legislation. Congressional presenters will be Connie Veillette, Senior Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Relation Committee and Peter Frosch, Legislative Director, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Time will be made available for questions from the public attending.

    After the morning break the Board will hear commentary from the university community on "USAID's Agricultural Development Plans for Afghanistan." Several university perspectives will be presented.

    Following an executive luncheon (closed to the public) the Board will continue discussion with an emphasis on agricultural innovation and responses to the impending climate change, particularly from an agro-ecological perspective. This will be highlighted in a special panel presentation, "Climate Proofing Agriculture: Lessons from the System of Rice Intensification." The presentation will be led by Norman Uphoff, Program Leader for Sustainable Rice Intensification, Cornell University. USDA's response will be provided by Carol Kramer- LeBlanc, Director, Sustainable Development Program, USDA/CREES.

    Shifting to a regional focus, USAID's Latin American Bureau will present to the Board key aspects of its trade-led strategy for agricultural diversification to promote agriculture and food security, "Optimizing the Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Benefits of CAFTA-DR." This USAID presentation will be delivered by a representative from the Office of Sustainable Development, Bureau for Latin America.

    Operational and management issues pertaining to the Board and linked to implementation of Title XII will be covered through several reports. First, the Board's sub-committee, Strategic Partnership for Agricultural Research and Education (SPARE), will report on its February 2009 meeting held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Topics to be covered are SPARE's discussion on the Casey-Lugar Bill, specifically on how the Agency could implement the HECTARE portion of the legislation, and issues related to scaling-up agricultural programming in view of the Agency's increased efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The concluding report will be an update from USAID's Office of Acquisitions and Assistance (OAA) on USAID's rule regarding the use of key subcontractors by prime contractors; particularly with regard to universities as subcontractors.

    The Board meeting is open to the public. The Board welcomes open dialogue to promote greater focus on critical issues facing USAID, the role of universities in development, and applications of U.S. scientific, technical and institutional capabilities to international agriculture. Note on Public Comments: Due to time constraints public comments to the Board will be limited to two (2) minutes to accommodate as many as possible. The comments must be submitted ahead of the meeting and they must be in writing.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Dr. Ronald S. Senykoff, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD. Write him in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Office of Development Partners, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 6.7-153, Washington, DC, 20523-2110 or telephone him at (202) 712-0218 or fax (202) 216-3124.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17273.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Solicitation for Members of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership, extension of application deadline.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 11 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is extended to August 15, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, completed Form AD-755, and any letters of support must be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 3858 South Building, Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Hunter, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 3858 South Building, Washington, DC 20250-0321 telephone: 202-720-8408; fax: 202-720-6199; e-mail: Karen.hunter@ars.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17298.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Education. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen should expect to serve until February 2011.

    DATES: Applications are due by August 21, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Completed applications should be sent to the same address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Capps, 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940, (831) 647-4206, nicole.capps@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17162.htm

  • Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan Regulations

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to amend the regulations implementing the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan (HPTRP) to address the increased incidental mortality and serious injury of the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy stock of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in gillnet fisheries throughout the stock's U.S. range.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be received by 5 p.m. EST on August 20, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted on this proposed rule, identified by RIN 0648-AW51, by any one of the following methods:

    (1) Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Mail: Mary Colligan, Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, NMFS, Northeast Region, Protected Resources Division, 55 Great Republic Drive, Suite 04-400, Gloucester, MA 01930, ATTN: HPTRP Proposed Rule.

    (3) Facsimile (fax) to: 978-281-9394, ATTN: HPTRP Proposed Rule.

    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.

    Copies of the draft HPTRP Environmental Assessment (EA) and Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (RIR/ IRFA) prepared for this proposed rule may be obtained from the HPTRP Web site (http://www.nero.noaa.gov/hptrp) or by writing to Amanda Johnson, NMFS, Northeast Region, Protected Resources Division, 55 Great Republic Drive, Suite 04-400, Gloucester, MA 01930.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Johnson, NMFS, Northeast Region, 978-282-8463, amanda.johnson@noaa.gov; or Melissa Andersen, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 301-713-2322, melissa.andersen@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17190.htm

  • Energy

  • Notice of Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment as a Member of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice.

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    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5
    U.S.C. App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nominations
    for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and
    Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    DATES: Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is
    August 20, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of
    support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. E-mail to laura.neal@ee.doe.gov or theibel@bcs-hq.com.

    2. Facsimile to 202-586-1640, Attn: Laura Neal.

    3. Overnight delivery service to the Designated Federal Official
    for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
    U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-2E, 1000 Independence Avenue,
    SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Neal, Designated Federal
    Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
    Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW.,
    Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-0937; E-mail: laura.neal@ee.doe.gov or
    T.J. Heibel at (410) 997-7778 ext. 223; E-mail: theibel@bcs-hq.com.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17161.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee Meeting--August 6, 2009

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.

    DATES: The meeting (a teleconference call) will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. The meeting may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to one business day before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Participation in the conference call will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the call from Lorelei Kowalski, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0519, by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: Send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0519.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0519.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), Executive Committee Meeting--August 6, 2009 Docket, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0519.

    Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009- 0519.

    Note: This is not a mailing address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2009-0519. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), Executive Committee Meeting--August 6, 2009 Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer via mail at: Lorelei Kowalski, Mail Code 8104-R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-3408; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via e-mail at: kowalski.lorelei@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17276.htm

  • Flexible Approaches to Environmental Measurement--The Evolution of the Performance Approach

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Assuring the quality of environmental measurements is essential to the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's or the Agency's) environmental programs, both regulatory and voluntary. In an October 6, 1997, Notice of Intent (FRL- 5903-2), the Agency outlined a "Performance Based Measurement System (PBMS)" concept which was expected to "have the overall effect of improving data quality and encouraging advancement of analytical technologies." EPA has recently revisited the 1997 concept, gauged the Agency's progress towards achieving its goals, and redefined steps needed to ensure continued progress.

    The Agency has determined that while specifying performance criteria in a manner that is independent of methods, techniques, or instruments may be possible, developing a single protocol for the validation of these measurements that could be applied to all measurements, including measurements made with techniques yet to be invented, may not be possible. Accordingly, EPA is introducing principles that reflect flexible approaches to environmental measurement. These principles capture the Agency's experience of the past ten years, set the stage for future progress in improving data quality, and encourage the advancement of environmental measurement technologies.

    Key goals for this flexible approach are as follows: Increased emphasis on flexibility when choosing sampling and analytical approaches to meet regulatory requirements for measurements; development of processes for validation to confirm measurements meet quality requirements; increased collaboration with stakeholders to develop validation processes for new measurement technology; and timely assessment of new or modified technologies, methods, and procedures.

    The purpose of this notice is to provide the public with an up-to- date communication on the Agency's progress to Flexible Measurement-- The Evolution of the Performance Approach.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific information regarding this notice, contact Lara Autry, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, E243-05, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone number: 919-541-5544; fax number: 919-541-4261; e-mail address: autry.lara@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17402.htm

  • Proposed Stipulated Injunction Involving Pesticides and Eleven Species Listed as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act; Notice of Availability; Reopening of Comment Period

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of July 1, 2009, announcing the availability of a proposed Stipulated Injunction that would establish a series of deadlines for the Agency to make "effects determinations" and initiate consultation, as appropriate, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for certain pesticides in regard to one or more of 11 species found in the greater San Francisco Bay area that are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed Stipulated Injunction, if entered by the Court, would resolve a lawsuit brought against EPA by the Center for Biological Diversity in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The July 1, 2009 notice provided a 15-day comment period which closed on July 16, 2009. This document reopens the comment period for 30 days.

    DATES: Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA- HQ-OPP-2009-0481, must be received on or before August 17, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Follow the detailed instructions as provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of July 1, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arty Williams, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-7695; e-mail address: williams.arty@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17396.htm

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App., notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The purpose of ISAC is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. NISC is co- chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. NISC provides national leadership regarding invasive species issues. A meeting of ISAC will be held on August 11, 2009 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. EDT. Members of the public are invited to attend. A teleconference call-in number will be established. The purpose of this meeting is to convene the full ISAC to discuss, modify, and consider for adoption the ISAC position paper concerning the use of plant species that may be invasive in Federal biofuel programs. Meeting space is limited to fifteen individuals and the number of telephone call-in lines is limited to seventy. Members of the public that wish to attend this meeting or wish to access the teleconference lines are requested to contact Delpha Arnold at 202-513- 7243, Fax: (202) 371-1751, or e-mail Delpha_Arnold@ios.doi.gov to obtain the call-in number and access code. Requests for call-in numbers or to attend must be received before 4:30 p.m. EDT August 7, 2009. Attendance will be on a first come first served basis.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: August 11, 2009 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: National Invasive Species Council, 1201 Eye Street, NW., Suite 570-A; Washington, DC 20005. Members of the public must provide photo identification and be cleared through building security prior to being escorted to the meeting room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Dionigi, NISC Acting Executive Director, (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751, or e-mail Chris_Dionigi@ios.doi.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17469.htm

  • Migratory Bird Permits; Changes in the Regulations Governing Falconry

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published a final rule in the Federal Register on October 8, 2008, to revise our regulations governing falconry in the United States. With this action, we propose to make several changes to those regulations to correct inconsistencies and oversights and make the regulations clearer. Because a few of our changes are technically substantive, we are opening a comment period for this action.

    DATES: We must receive any comments by August 21, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either 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-R9-MB-2009-0002; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203-1610.

    We will not accept e-mail or faxed comments. 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: Dr. George T. Allen, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 703-358- 1825.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-16922.htm

  • Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) announces the reopening of the comment period on the proposed rules to manage winter visitation and recreational use in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2008.

    DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published on November 5, 2008 (73 FR 65784), is reopened. Comments must be received by September 8, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by Regulatory Information Number 1024-AD73 (RIN), by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Yellowstone National Park, Winter Use Proposed Rule, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone NP, WY 82190

    All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN. For additional information see "Public Comments" under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Sacklin, Management Assistant's Office, Headquarters Building, Yellowstone National Park, 307-344-2019 or at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17778.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Notice of Meeting

    OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY

    ACTION: Public Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

    DATES: August 6, 2009-August 7, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Washington, DC. On August 6, 2009, the meeting will be held in Room 100 of the Keck Center of the National Academies at 500 5th St., NW., Washington, DC. On August 7, 2009, the meeting will be held in the Truman Room of the White House Conference Center, 726 Jackson Place, Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed. Further details on the meeting agenda will be posted on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on August 6, 2009 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., when they will break for lunch. They will resume meeting in open session from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. On August 7, 2009, PCAST will meet in open session from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., when they will break for lunch. They will resume meeting in open session from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. During these open meetings, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations from representatives of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, including a panel of speakers on health information technology and comparative effectiveness research. In addition, PCAST will discuss possible studies it may conduct. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast.

    PCAST will conduct administrative work on August 6, 2009 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. This administrative work session is closed to the public under 41 CFR 102-3.40(b). Additionally, PCAST will have a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President, which must take place in the Oval Office or the Roosevelt Room of the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The precise time of this meeting has not yet been determined but will take place on August 7, 2009.

    Public Comments: There will be time allocated for the public to comment on the above agenda items in afternoon of August 6, 2009. This public comment period is designed for substantive commentary on PCAST's work topics, not for business marketing purposes.

    Members of the public wishing to reserve speaking time must contact Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006, or fax your request/comments to (202) 456-6021, at least five (5) business days in advance of the meeting. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to no more than five (5) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. Requests for public comment will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. Speakers are asked to bring extra copies of their comments and/or presentation for distribution to PCAST at the meeting.

    Written comments are also welcome at any time before or following the meeting. Written comments received at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting will be made available to the members before their meeting. Written comments received after that point may not be reviewed by the members until after the meeting takes place.

    Please note that because PCAST operates under FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding agenda, time, and location will be made available on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006, or fax your request/comments to (202) 456-6021 prior to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to access the White House Conference Center, you must indicate your plan to attend the meeting by 3 p.m. on August 5, 2009.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17905.htm