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Federal Register Summary for week of 10 September

    Agriculture

  • Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-Formula Federal Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions and Specific Administrative Provisions

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing program-specific administrative provisions for the following Federal assistance programs: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) as subpart G; the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI); and the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program (406), to supplement the Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions for these programs. Section 7406 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA or the "2008 Farm Bill'') amended section 2(b) of the Act of August 4, 1965, Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act, to authorize the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is authorized under section 1672B of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act), as amended by FCEA. The Integrated Research, Education, and Extension, Competitive Grants Program is authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, as amended by FCEA.

    DATES: This interim rule becomes effective on September 9, 2010. The Agency must receive comments on or before November 8, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0524-AA58, by any of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: RFP-OEP@nifa.usda.gov. Include Regulatory Information Number (RIN) number 0524-AA58 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-7752.

    Mail: paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2299; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 2258, Waterfront Centre; 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and the RIN for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Danus, Chief, Policy and Oversight Branch, Office of Extramural Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2299, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299; Voice: 202-205- 5667; Fax: 202-401-7752; E-mail: edanus@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22387.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Wilderness Month, 2010

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    For centuries, the American spirit of exploration and discovery has led us to experience the majesty of our Nation's wilderness. From raging rivers to serene prairies, from mountain peaks slicing the skyline to forests teeming with life, our Nation's landscapes have provided wonder, inspiration, and strength to all Americans. Many sites continue to hold historical, cultural, and religious significance for Indian tribes, the original stewards of this continent. We must continue to preserve and protect these scenic places and the life that inhabits them so they may be rediscovered and appreciated by generations to come.

    As we celebrate America's abundance of diverse lands, remarkable wildlife, and untamed beauty during National Wilderness Month, we also look back on our rich history of conservation. It was over 100 years ago that President Theodore Roosevelt marveled at the stark grandeur of the Grand Canyon and declared, ''the ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.'' Since that time, administrations have worked across party lines to defend America's breathtaking natural sites. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act in 1964, and many Presidents have since added new places to this great network of protected lands so that millions of acres of forests, monuments, and parks will be preserved for our children and grandchildren.

    Following in the footsteps of my predecessors, I signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act last year to restore and protect more of our cherished wild spaces. In April of this year, I established the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a community-based 21st century conservation agenda that can also spur job creation in the tourism and recreation industries. My Administration will continue to work closely with our State, local, and tribal partners to connect Americans with the great outdoors.

    This month, we renew our pledge to build upon the legacy of our forebears. Together, we must ensure that future generations can experience the tran- quility and grandeur of America's natural places. As we resolve to meet this responsibility, let us also reflect on the ways in which our lives have been enriched by the gift of the American wilderness.

    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 September 2010 as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22430.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Cell and Gene Therapy Clinical Trials in Pediatric Populations; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.

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    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is announcing a public workshop entitled "Cell and Gene Therapy Clinical Trials in Pediatric Populations.'' The purpose of the workshop is to gather information from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), gene and cellular therapy clinical researchers, and other stakeholders regarding best practices related to cell and gene therapy clinical trials in pediatric populations, as well as challenges and considerations in the review of these clinical trials.

    Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on November 2, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Bernadette Kawaley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-43), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, 301-827-2000, FAX 301-827- 3079; email: CBERTraining@fda.hhs.gov (Subject line: Pediatrics Ethics Workshop).

    Registration: Email, mail or fax your registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone and fax numbers) to the contact person by October 1, 2010. There is no registration fee for the public workshop. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. Registration on the day of the public workshop will be provided on a space available basis beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Bernadette Kawaley (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22168.htm

  • Request for Nominations for AHRQ Study Section Members

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

    ACTION: Request for nominations for public members.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, see 42 U.S.C. 299c-1, and AHRQ's grant and contract regulations, 42 CFR part 67, applications submitted to AHRQ will be evaluated using the AHRQ peer review process to ensure a fair, equitable, and unbiased evaluation of their scientific and technical merit. The initial peer review of grant applications involves an assessment conducted by panels of experts established to include pertinent scientific disciplines and medical specialty areas. The confidential part of the peer review meetings devoted to critical evaluations will be closed meetings in accordance with section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2).

    AHRQ is seeking nominations to fill approximately 20 to 30 percent of its study section membership, across the following study sections: (1) Health System Research (HSR), (2) Health Care Technology and Decision Sciences (HCTDS), (3) Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER), and (4) Health Care Research Training (HCRT).

    The primary research foci and functions of these four study sections are described on the AHRQ Web site: http://www.AHRQ.qov/fund/peerrev/peerdesc.htm.

    Individuals from the health services research and health care community who could serve as peer reviewers on these study sections are sought to replace study section members whose terms have expired. In sending your nomination, please specify the nominee's professional/ scientific/technical expertise, affiliations and full contact information, if this information is available.

    Factors that will be considered in the selection of individuals to serve on study sections include: competence in a scientific, technical or clinical discipline or research specialty, particularly in health services research; fairness and evenhandedness in judgment and review; ability to work effectively in a group context; and commitment to complete work assignments.

    A diversity of perspectives is valuable to AHRQ's work. To help obtain a diversity of perspectives among nominees, AHRQ encourages nominations of women and members of minority populations. AHRQ also seeks broad geographic representation.

    DATES: AHRQ would like to receive your recommendations no later than Friday, October 1,2010.

    ADDRESSES: Please direct your correspondence to: Kishena C. Wadhwani, PhD., M.P.H., Director, Division of Scientific Review (DSR), Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations (OEREP), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 540 Gaither Road, Room 2032, Rockville, MD 20850, Phone: (301) 427-1556, Fax: (301) 427-1562, e-mail: Kishena.WadhwanjAHRQ hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kishena C. Wadhwani, PhD., M.P.H. (See ADDRESSES section.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22544.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program: Draft NITRD 2010 Strategic Plan

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

    ACTION: Notice, request for public comment.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The National Coordination Office (NCO) at nitrd-sp@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873. 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/2010/2010-22597.htm

  • Notice of Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

    ACTION: Notice of information collection.

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    Since 1998, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported interdisciplinary training of doctoral students across the nation through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program. NSF awards IGERT grants to institutions that develop innovative, interdisciplinary doctoral training programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Unlike traditional graduate research or teaching assistantships, IGERT provides doctoral students with unrestricted funds, including a living stipend plus tuition and fees. NSF intends to conduct an implementation evaluation of the program to learn what program elements are most effective in fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, research, and learning. Specifically, the evaluation will assess the program's perceived progress towards its three goals of fostering interdisciplinary education, recruiting and retaining a diverse population of graduate students, and catalyzing cultural change within institutions to better support interdisciplinary endeavors. Data from this collection will be used by NSF to respond to OMB and congressional inquiries, document best practices for training interdisciplinary scientists, and inform decisions about future project modifications.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22589.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • U.S. National Climate Assessment Objectives, Proposed Topics, and Next Steps

    ACTION: Notice of Publication of National Climate Assessment (NCA) Objectives, Proposed Topics, and Next Steps and Request for Public Comments.

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    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to enhance the value of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), a project of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, by engaging people who are interested in climate issues and requesting specific input on the outline for the next NCA synthesis report, to be delivered to Congress and published in June 2013. This notice refers to the NCA Objectives, Proposed Topics, and Next Steps (http://globalchange.gov/hat-we-do/assessment/notices). Public comments received on these documents will be evaluated and, if appropriate, used to inform the NCA structure and process. Updates on the NCA structure and process will be posted on the NCA Web site (http://globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment) as they are available. Comments will also be provided to the Federal Advisory Committee for the NCA, the "National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee,'' when it is constituted this fall. All comments will be collated and posted on the NCA Web site.

    Response Instructions: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Global Change Research Program are interested in comments on the NCA Objectives, Proposed Topics, and Next Steps. When submitting your response, please indicate the (1) Objectives, (2) Proposed Topics, or (3) Next Steps heading to which you are referring. Please be specific and concise.

    Responses to this request should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 8, 2010. Responses to this request must be submitted electronically at http://globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/notices.

    Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this request may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. Do not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this request should be sent to Emily Cloyd, U.S. Global Change Research Program Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone (202) 223-6262, Fax (202) 223-3064. Additional information regarding this request can be found at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/notices. Questions and responses may also be sent by mail (please allow additional time for processing) to the address above.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-22229.htm

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