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Federal Register Summary for week of 15 October

    Agriculture

  • Information Collection; Research Data Archive Use Tracking

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the currently approved information collection, Research Data Archive Use Tracking.

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before December 13, 2010 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to USDA Forest Service, Dave Rugg, 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI 53726- 2366. Comments also may be submitted via e-mail to: drugg@fs.fed.us.

    The public may inspect comments received at Forest Service--Forest Products Laboratory, 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 608- 231-9234 to facilitate entry to the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Rugg, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 608-231-9234. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Research Data Archive Use Tracking.

    OMB Number: 0596-0210.

    Expiration Date of Approval: 04/30/2011.

    Type of Request: Extension with no Revision.

    Abstract: The Forest Service Research and Development (FS R&D) group has created a data archive to store and disseminate data collected in the course of its scientific research. Preparing data sets for the archive requires significant effort from researchers. The Forest Service has an obligation to encourage ethical use of archived FS R&D data sets and needs to know how others are using the archived data sets. This information assists FS R&D personnel in evaluating the research program. Information about the use of the products of a scientist's research is of significant importance in scientist performance evaluations.

    When a member of the public requests a copy of a data set, FS R&D will collect the following information: Name; affiliation; contact information (including e-mail address); Statement of Intended Use; and Data Use Agreement. The Data Use Agreement and associated information collection closely follow the data access structure used by the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research network. FS R&D managers believe that this structure provides a sound balance between meeting obligations to its scientific staff and ease-of-access by the research community. The Statement of Intended Use will not determine access to a particular data set. A form at the archive web site will collect the information and the data set author will use the Data Use Agreements to describe the impact of research accomplishments prior to performance appraisals.

    The collection of Data Use Agreements will be evaluated by the data archiving program to identify opportunities for improving the archive's function and offerings. The FS R&D communications office will use the agreements to assist in assessing the effectiveness of FS R&D research and technology transfer.

    The FS R&D data archive is a new activity and participation is voluntary. This information collection is a critical component in the campaign to encourage Forest Service scientists to deposit their research data in the archive system. Sharing research data is very useful to the broader research community and sharing of well documented FS R&D data sets via the archive will be impossible without this information collection.

    Estimate of Annual Burden: 10-15 minutes per respondent.

    Type of Respondents: Scientists, particularly in fields studying natural resources; resource specialists in nonprofits and other government agencies.

    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 200.

    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 50 hours.

    Comment Is Invited: Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the 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 respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request toward Office of Management and Budget approval.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25861.htm

  • Commerce

  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a joint meeting of its Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee & Socioeconomic Panel.

    DATES: The Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee & Socioeconomic Panel meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 and conclude by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Karen Burns, Ecosystem Management Specialist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25890.htm

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Santa Barbara, California.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, 633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, California.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kara Schwenke, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3100 x162, Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: kara.schwenke@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-26002.htm

  • Notice of Availability for Public Comment on the Interagency Ocean Observation; Committee Proposed Certification Design Process

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program publishes this notice on behalf of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) to announce a 60-day public comment period for the proposed certification design process mandated by the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act). The IOOC will use the proposed process to develop certification standards for non-federal assets, including regional information coordination entities, to establish eligibility for integration into the Integrated Ocean Observing System (System).

    DATES: Written, faxed or e-mailed comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. eastern standard time on November 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The IOOC proposed certification design process and additional background material is available for review from the IOOC Web site URL: http://www.iooc.us or the IOOS Program Web site URL: http://www.ioos.gov. For the public unable to access the Internet, printed copies can be requested by contacting the IOOC Support Office at the address below. The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to certification@iooc.us. If you are unable to access the Internet, comments may be submitted via fax or regular mail. Faxed comments should be sent to 202-332-8887 with Attn: IOOC Support Office. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Attention: IOOC Support Office, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this notice, please contact the IOOC Support Office, telephone: 202-787- 1622; E-mail: certification@iooc.us or the IOOS Program Office, telephone 301-427-2442.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-26003.htm

  • Defense

  • Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following committee meeting:

    Name of Committee: Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB).

    Topic: The EAB will discuss national considerations related to ecosystem restoration through integrated water resources management with emphasis on long-term recovery in the Gulf of Mexico, sea level rise in south Florida, and progress and status of South Florida ecosystem restoration.

    Date of Meeting: October 29, 2010.

    Place: The Westin Colonnade, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Thirty minutes will be set aside for public comment. Members of the public who wish to speak are asked to register prior to the start of the meeting. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Statements are limited to 3 minutes.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Rennie Sherman, Executive Secretary, rennie.h.sherman@usace.army.mil, 202-761-7771.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25988.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations to the National Advisory Committee for the Development of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Committee for the Development of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for Hazardous Substances (NAC/AEGL Committee).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by November 12, 2010 in order to ensure fullest consideration. It is anticipated that vacancies will be filled by March 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit all nominations to: Paul S. Tobin, Designated Federal Officer, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC 7403M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also e-mail nominations to: tobin.paul@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Paul S. Tobin, Designated Federal Officer; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8557; e-mail address: tobin.paul@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25567.htm

  • Revisions to EPA's Rule on Protections for Subjects in Human Research Involving Pesticides; Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture.


    SUMMARY: This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft proposed rule as required by section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As described in the Agency's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, the draft proposed rule would amend the portions of EPA's rules for the protection of human subjects of research that apply to third parties who conduct or support research for pesticides involving intentional exposure of human subjects, and to persons who submit the results of human research for pesticides to EPA. EPA agreed to propose these amendments as a result of a settlement agreement resolving a judicial challenge to the promulgation of these rules in 2006, and is now seeking comments on these draft proposed amendments from the Secretary of Agriculture. The draft proposed amendments would clarify the applicability of the rules to human testing for pesticides submitted to EPA under any statute, would disallow consent by a legally authorized representative of participants in pesticide studies who cannot consent for themselves, and would identify specific considerations to be addressed in EPA science and ethics reviews of proposed and completed human research for pesticides, based on the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences and on the Nuremberg Code.

    ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0785. All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available in http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Sherman, Immediate Office of the Director (7501P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-8401; fax number: (703) 308-4776; e- mail address: sherman.kelly@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25787.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the CDC announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., October 28, 2010.

    Place: CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Building 21, Rooms 1204 A/B, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 50 people. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period. The public comment period is tentatively scheduled for 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.

    Purpose: The committee will provide advice to the CDC Director on strategic and other broad issues facing CDC.

    Matters to be Discussed: The ACD, CDC will receive updates from the Global Workgroup; State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Workgroup; Surveillance and Epidemiology Workgroup; and the Policy Workgroup. The Ethics Subcommittee and National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee will provide updates on their current activities.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Carmen Villar, M.S.W., Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D- 14, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone 404/639-7000. E-mail: GHickman@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is October 25, 2010.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25703.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time: November 3, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 4, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, Room 555, Stafford II Annex, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203.

    Type of Meeting: OPEN*.

    *Visitors please report to the Information Center in NSF's North Lobby to receive your Visitor Badge and directions to the Stafford II Annex building next door to NSF's main building.

    Contact Person: James Colby, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-5331 jcolby@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    Agenda

    November 3, 2010 (Wednesday)

    Report from the NSF Acting Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources Strategic Vision Break-out Groups:

    Working Lunch Break-out Groups Report to Full Committee Visit with NSF Director and Deputy Director

    November 4, 2010 (Thursday)

    Receipt of Committee of Visitor Reports for:

    Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Program Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology Program Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Undergraduate Program Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

    Joint Meeting with Members of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee.

    Adjournment.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25823.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: October 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., October 26, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your access into the building, please contact the individual listed below prior to the meeting so that a visitor's badge may be prepared for you in advance.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, 703-292-8040; mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study NSF programs and policies and provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    Monday and Tuesday, October 25-26, 2010

    Opening Statements by the CEOSE Chairs

    Presentations and Discussions:

    • Expanding Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads
    • Reports from CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • Progress Report on Correcting the Multi-Race Coding Error in the Survey of Doctorate Recipients
    • The Process for Filling CEOSE Membership Vacancies
    • Appointment of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • Establishment of CEOSE Ad Hoc Subcommittees
    • An Update on Plans to Establish the Science of Broadening Participation Program
    • A Conversation with the Leader(s) of the National Science Foundation

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25525.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting; Notice of Meeting: Partially Closed Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    ACTION: Public notice.


    Summary: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed 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), 5 U.S.C., App.

    DATES: November 4, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 5th Street, NW., Room Keck 100, Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on November 4, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations on science and technology enterprise planning, national security, and international affairs. PCAST members will also discuss reports they are developing on the topics of advanced manufacturing and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.

    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President on November 4, 2010, which must take place in 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 date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been determined.

    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on November 4, 2010 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.

    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Phone or e-mail reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.

    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at least two weeks prior to each meeting date, October 20, 2010, so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled "Connect with PCAST.''

    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of 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 the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event will be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first- come, first-served basis.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-25766.htm