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Federal Register Summary for week of 2 July

    Agriculture

  • Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting is to review proposed CFLRP projects and make recommendations for project selection to the Secretary of Agriculture.

    DATES: The meeting will be held July 20-22, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Written comments should be sent to USDA Forest Service, Forest Management, Mailstop-1103, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1103. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to btimko@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to 202-205- 1045.

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service, Forest Management, 201 14th Street, SW., Yates Building, Washington, DC 20024-1103. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1688 to facilitate entry into the Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Timko, Deputy Director, Forest Management, 202-205-1688.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices 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 Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-16110.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk Officer for AgBeverlyOIRASubmission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395- 5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8958.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Title: NIFA Current Research Information System (CRIS).

    OMB Control Number: 0524-0042.

    Summary of Collection: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers several competitive, peer-reviewed research, education and extension programs, under which awards of a high-priority are made. These programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3101); the Smith-Lever Act; and other legislative authorities. The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is USDA's documentation and reporting system for ongoing research and education activities in agriculture, food science, human nutrition, and forestry. CRIS operates administratively under NIFA, but is a cooperative endeavor whereby information is collected on a project-by- project basis from many participant organizations, both federal and non-federal. Information is received from USDA agencies, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, the state land-grant colleges and universities, the institutions of 1890, state schools of forestry, cooperating schools of veterinary medicine, USDA grant recipients, and other cooperating institutions. The information is collected primarily via the Internet using CRIS Web forms.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15690.htm

  • Commerce

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board (SAB)

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 21, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held both days at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Education/Conservation Bldg., Room 1003-1004, Sarasota, Florida, Phone: 941-359-5700. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on July 21 at 2:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by July 13, 2010 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after July 13, 2010, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) NOAA activities in response to the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico; (2) Grand Scientific Challenges: Results From the NOAA Science Workshop; (3) NOAA Strategic Energy Review; (4) SAB discussion on its comments to the NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan; (5) SAB discussion on the current and future operation of its working groups; (6) Regional response to an ecological disaster- integrating Federal, State, academia and NGO science capabilities within a regional framework; (8) Strategies for Regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning--engaging other Federal and State partners, with the Gulf of Mexico as an example; (9) Regional Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico--applying regional education, outreach and extension capabilities around a unified science message; (10) Updates from SAB Standing Working Groups.

    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; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-16071.htm

  • Notice of Public Review and Comment Period on NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP)

    AGENCY: Office of Program Planning & Integration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan (Plan) sets the course for the agency's mission, a vision of the future, the societal outcomes that NOAA aims to help realize, and, consequently, the actions that the agency must take. The draft Plan lays the foundation for NOAA to play a leading Federal role in responding to the Nation's most urgent challenges, ranging from climate change, severe weather, and natural or human-induced disasters to declining biodiversity and threatened or degraded ocean and coastal resources. NOAA's draft strategy emerged from extensive consultations across the Nation with staff and stakeholders--the extended community of partners and collaborators in the public, private, and academic sectors who have a stake in NOAA's mission. During more than 20 regional stakeholder forums, a national forum in Washington, DC, and through web-based engagement and idea generation, NOAA gathered input that helped assess the greatest challenges facing our Nation and the highest priority goals for NOAA. NOAA invites comments on the Plan on its: mission statement; vision of the future; long-term strategic goals and five-year objectives; enterprise components and five-year objectives; and strategic partnerships.

    DATES: The public comment period is open from June 29, 2010, to August 10, 2010. Comments must be submitted by COB on August 10, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments via the following methods--

    NGSP Website (www.noaa.gov/ngsp).

    Mail: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Program Planning and Integration, 1315 East West Highway, Room 15749, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    Email comments to strategic.planning@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marla Trollan, NGSP Communications Director, at marla.trollan@noaa.gov or (302) 270-6288.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15768.htm

  • Education

  • Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow (TCT): Programs for Master's Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Critical Foreign Language Education; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.381B.

    Dates:

    Applications Available: June 30, 2010.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 30, 2010.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the TCT program is to enable partnerships served by eligible recipients to develop and implement 2- or 3-year part-time master's degree programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language education for teachers in order to enhance the teachers' content knowledge and pedagogical skills; or to develop and implement programs for professionals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language education that lead to a master's degree in teaching that results in teacher certification.

    Priorities: Under this competition, we are particularly interested in applications that address the following two invitational priorities.

    Invitational Priorities: For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    These priorities are:

    Invitational Priority 1

    Under this program, applicants must demonstrate how their proposed projects will improve student achievement in mathematics, science, technology, engineering, or critical foreign languages and increase the number of students taking upper-level courses in such subjects. Under this priority, applicants are encouraged to work with their partner districts or the State educational agency to develop agreements to access student records containing data on assessments and course-taking in mathematics, science, technology, engineering, or critical foreign languages, as applicable, for students taught by teachers who receive master's degrees through programs supported by this grant, and to use this information to assess and improve the effectiveness of their projects in preparing teachers.

    Invitational Priority 2

    Under this program, applicants must demonstrate how teachers from schools determined by the partnership to be most in need will be encouraged to apply for and participate in the program. Under this priority, applicants proposing to develop two or three-year part-time master's programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or critical foreign language education to enhance the content knowledge of existing teachers are encouraged to describe how they would recruit teachers to participate in the program who are currently teaching these subjects in schools that have been identified by their State as a persistently lowest-achieving school, consistent with the final regulations for the School Improvement Grants program that were published in the Federal Register on January 21, 2010 (75 FR 3375).

    Definition

    The term "critical foreign language'' is defined in 20 U.S.C. 9802(b)(1) as a foreign language that the Secretary determines, in consultation with the heads of such Federal departments and agencies as the Secretary determines appropriate, is critical to the national security and economic competitiveness of the United States. The Secretary has determined that the following languages are critical foreign languages for purposes of this competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, and Turkish.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15922.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC). The SAB EPEC, augmented with other experts, will provide advice on technologies and systems to minimize the impacts of invasive species in vessel ballast water discharge.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Friday, July 30, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting must contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Armitage may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 564-2155; fax (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15896.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, July 23, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Eisenberg Conference Center, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, Coordinator of the Advisory Council, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (301) 427-1456. For press- related information, please contact Karen Migdail at (301) 427-1855.

    If sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed, please contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management on (301) 827-4840, no later than March 26, 2010. The agenda, roster, and minutes are available from Ms. Bonnie Campbell, Committee Management Officer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Ms. Campbell's phone number is (301) 427-1554.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15794.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold its twenty-third meeting. The meeting will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. and Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Phone: 703-521-1900.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; e-mail address: Julia.Gorey@hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15807.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Education and Public Outreach Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Education and Public Outreach Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.

    DATES: Monday, July 19, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Time).

    ADDRESS: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Von Karman Auditorium, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, LaCanada-Flintridge, CA 91011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This meeting will also take place telephonically and via WebEx. Any interested person should contact Ms. Erika G. Vick, Executive Secretary for the Education and Public Outreach Committee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC, at (202) 358-2209, prior to the day of the meeting to get further information about participating via teleconference and/or WebEx.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15952.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish an Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for no longer than three years.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by August 27, 2010 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

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

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title of Collection: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Follow-up Survey.

    OMB Number: 3145-NEW.

    Expiration Date of Approval: Not Applicable.

    Type of request: New.

    Abstract: The purpose of this study is to provide evidence on the impact of the GRPF on individuals' educational decision, career preparations, aspirations and progress, as well as professional productivity. This includes the study design and data collection as well as subsequent analysis and report writing. As part of NSF's commitment to graduate student education in the U.S., the GRFP seeks to promote and maintain advanced training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field by annually awarding roughly 1,000 fellowships to graduate student in research-based programs. As the first program evaluation since 2002, the GRFP evaluation comes on the heels of increased funding by NSF to supporting additional fellowship awards.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-15569.htm

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