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Federal Register Summary for week of 11 June

    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.


    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 9 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is July 9, 2010.

    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 321-A, Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Kelly, Acting Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 321-A, Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250-0321, telephone: 202-720-4421; fax: 202-720-6199; e-mail: david.kelly@ars.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13799.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). This will be the second meeting to be held in the calendar year 2010. Agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. All full Committee sessions will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held June 29 July 1, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Prospector Hotel, 375 Whittier Street in Juneau, AK 99801; 907-586-3737.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713-2239 x-120; e-mail: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14082.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts to Provide Scientific and Technical Advice Related to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of experts to serve on potential workgroups or panels to advise the Agency on scientific and technical issues related to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by June 24, 2010 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Request for Nominations may contact Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 343-9697; by fax at (202) 233- 0643; or via e-mail at sanzone.stephanie@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.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13858.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Great Outdoors Month, 2010

    Proclamation 8528 of May 28, 2010

    Great Outdoors Month, 2010

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    America's vast and varied outdoor spaces are a source of great national pride, and we have long strived to protect them for future generations. Our lands and waters provide countless opportunities for exploration, recreation, and reflection, whether in solitude or with family and friends. During Great Outdoors Month, we renew our enduring commitment to protect our natural landscapes, to enjoy them, and to promote active lifestyles for ourselves and our children.

    Our outdoor spaces include the farms, ranches, rivers, forests, and working lands that are integral to our culture and economy, as well as our National Parks, local parks, fishing holes, beaches, and other favorite spots that provide space for us to stay active and healthy. These places are especially important today, as an increasing number of Americans, especially children, fall into unhealthy sedentary lifestyles.

    This year, I launched the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to foster innovative, community-driven strategies to protect our natural spaces, and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. We are addressing the conservation challenges and opportunities of the 21st century through partnerships with ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, and conservationists; State, local, private, and tribal leaders; educational and service programs like AmeriCorps; and business representatives and other stakeholders. To learn how you can join this effort, visit: www.DOI.gov/AmericasGreatOutdoors.

    The America's Great Outdoors Initiative also builds upon Let's Move, First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to help our children eat more nutritious foods, lead healthier lives, and increase their physical activity. Exploring beyond the walls of their homes and schools will help inspire our children to move, run, play, and thrive. I encourage all Americans to visit www.LetsMove.gov to learn more.

    In these difficult economic times, renewing our commitment to our natural places will foster jobs in the tourism and recreation industries while conserving our great outdoors. Moreover, as Americans, we are responsible for protecting our heritage, including the raw beauty of our lands and waters. Together, let us rise to meet that responsibility and safeguard our cherished outdoor spaces for our children and grandchildren.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to continue our Nation's tradition of conserving our lands for future generations.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13666.htm

  • National Oceans Month, 2010

    Proclamation 8531 of May 28, 2010

    National Oceans Month, 2010

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Each year during National Oceans Month, we rededicate ourselves to protect the Earth's dominant feature and precious resource. In 2010, this annual observance falls at a time of environmental crisis, as we continue our relentless efforts to stop and contain the oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast region. The oil spill has already caused substantial damage to our coastline and its natural habitats, and negatively impacted the livelihoods of Gulf Coast small businesses and communities. The environmental and economic devastation to the Gulf Coast region requires our continuing efforts to reverse the damage to our coastlines and revitalize affected areas.

    As we respond to this disaster, we must not forget that our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes demand our constant attention. They have long been under considerable strain from pollution, overfishing, climate change, and other human activity. Last year, I established the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and charged it with developing a clear direction for meeting our environmental stewardship responsibilities. Our oceans face complex challenges, and we must take a comprehensive approach to ensure their sustained protection, maintenance, and restoration.

    The vitality and bounty of America's natural resources immeasurably impact our lives. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As we commemorate this special milestone, we are reminded by the ongoing Gulf Coast crisis that we still have much to do in order to safeguard our vast oceanic resources for generations to come. Forty years from now, when our children look back on this moment, let them say that we did not waiver, but rather seized this opportunity to fulfill our duty to protect the waters that sustain us.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to learn more about what they can do to protect, conserve, sustain, and enjoy our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13675.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Antibacterial Resistance and Diagnostic Device and Drug Development Research for Bacterial Diseases; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) regarding scientific and potential research issues in antibacterial drug resistance, rapid diagnostic device development for bacterial diseases, and antibacterial drug development. The workshop will address antibacterial drug resistance, mechanisms of resistance, epidemiology of resistance, and issues in the development of rapid diagnostic devices and antibacterial drugs for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial diseases. The input from this public workshop will help in developing topics for further discussion.

    Dates and Times: The public workshop will be held on July 26, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on July 27, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Seating is limited and available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Contact Persons: Chris Moser or Lori Benner, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Antimicrobial Products, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, rm. 6209, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-1300.

    Registration: Registration is free for the public workshop. Interested parties are encouraged to register early because space is limited. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register electronically, e-mail registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone, and fax number) to arworkshop@fda.hhs.gov. Persons without access to the Internet can call Chris Moser or Lori Benner at 301-796-1300 to register. Persons needing a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Christine Moser or Lori Benner (see Contact Persons) at least 7 days in advance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14048.htm

  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) DNA Samples: Guidelines for Proposals To Use Samples and Cost Schedule

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of periodic surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Examination surveys conducted since 1960 by NCHS have provided national estimates of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population. To add to the extensive amount of information collected for the purpose of describing the health of the population, DNA specimens were collected during three NHANES surveys. DNA is available in the form of crude lysates of cell lines derived from 7,159 participants enrolled in Phase II of NHANES III (1991-1994). In addition, DNA purified from whole blood is also available from 7,839 participants enrolled in the NHANES 1999-2002 and 4,615 participants enrolled in NHANES 2007-2008. All specimens (NHANES III, NHANES 1999-2002 and NHANES 2007-2008) were sent to the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) for processing. DNA samples from these specimens are being made available to the research community for genetic analyses.

    No funding is provided as part of this solicitation. NCHS will review proposals twice a year, in January and July. Proposals will be reviewed by a technical panel and by an internal Secondary Review Committee of senior CDC scientists. The Secondary Review Committee will perform a programmatic review based on the results of the technical review panel and consider the scientific and technical results from the first level of review, important programmatic considerations such as program priorities, program relevance, and other criteria germane to this announcement and to CDC. Projects approved by both reviews will be submitted to the NCHS Ethics Review Board for final approval.

    Approved projects that do not obtain funding on their own will be canceled. A more complete description of this program follows.

    DATES:

    Submission of Proposals: On January 1 and July 1 of each year.

    Scientific Review: 30 days after proposal submission date.

    Secondary Review: Approximately 30 days after Scientific review is complete.

    Ethics Review Board: Approximately 30 days after Secondary review is complete.

    Notification of approval: Approximately 30 days after ERB approval.

    Anticipated distribution of samples: Approximately 60 days after all approvals are obtained.

    Note: Timeframe may vary depending on the nature of the proposal and the results of each level of review. Unforeseen circumstances could result in a change to this schedule.

    ADDRESSES: To send comments and for information, contact: Geraldine McQuillan, PhD, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 4204, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Phone: 301-458-4371, Fax: 301-458-4028, E-Mail: NHANESgenetics@cdc.gov.

    Authority: Sections 301, 306 and 308 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241, 2421 and 242m).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13517.htm

  • Procedures and Costs for Use of the Research Data Center

    AGENCY: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    Authority: Section 306 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 242k) and Public Law 103-333.

    SUMMARY: This notice provides information about the Research Data Center (RDC) operated by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Research Data Center was established in 1998 to provide a mechanism whereby researchers can access detailed data files in a secure environment, without jeopardizing the confidentiality of respondents. Historically, the data files accessed in the RDC have consisted of NCHS survey data and vital statistics. RDC has recently begun accepting data files that were not produced from NCHS survey data. In order to assure that all data files are processed in a consistent manner, the original guidelines for accessing files in the RDC are being reviewed and revised as necessary. As part of the revision process, potential users are being given the opportunity to provide input on how the procedures of the RDC can best serve their research needs. This notice describes how to submit proposals requesting use of the data, mechanisms to access the RDC, requirements, use of outside data sets, costs for using the RDC, and other pertinent topics. We are seeking comments on these procedures and will post the final procedures on the NCHS Web site.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments concerning this notice to Peter Meyer, National Center for Health Statistics, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 4113, Hyattsville, MD 20782, or e-mail to pmeyer1@cdc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Meyer, telephone 301-458-4375.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13516.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; The STAR METRICS Program

    Summary: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Proposed Collection: Title: STAR METRICS.

    Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science. Type of Information Collection Request: NEW. Need and Use of Information Collection: The aim of STAR METRICS is twofold. The initial goal of STAR METRICS is to provide mechanisms that will allow participating universities and Federal agencies with a reliable and consistent means to account for the number of scientists and staff that are on research institution payrolls, supported by Federal funds. In subsequent generations of the program, it is hoped that STAR METRICS will allow for measurement of science impact on economic outcomes (such as job creation), on knowledge generation (such as citations and patents) as well as on social and health outcomes.

    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.

    Affected Public: Universities.

    Type of Respondents: University administrators.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.

    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 4.

    Average Burden Hours per Response: Reduced by 156; and

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: Reduced by 15,600.

    The annualized cost to respondents is estimated to be reduced by $780,000. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, MSC 0166, Building 1 Room 218, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number 301-496-9286 or E-mail your request, including your address to: Stefano.bertuzzi@nih.gov.

    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13736.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request establishment and clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by August 9, 2010 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 22230, or by e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13774.htm

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