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Federal Register Summary for week of 26 November

    Commerce

  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a public meeting of the Louisiana/Mississippi Habitat Protection Advisory Panel (AP).

    DATES: The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 and conclude no later than 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062; telephone: (504) 467-5611.

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Rester, Habitat Support Specialist, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; telephone: (228) 875-5912.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29691.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Announcement of New Membership and Notice of Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice that a public meeting of the new membership to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is scheduled for December 14 and 15, 2010. A draft agenda is under development that will include reports from and discussions about current issues from the following PPDC work groups: 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies; Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Process Improvements; Comparative Safety Statements for Pesticide Product Labeling; and Public Health Work Group. Discussion topics will also cover spray drift, current Endangered Species Act issues, and brief program updates on current regulatory topics. PPDC work group meetings are also being scheduled and are open to the public. The 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group is holding a workshop on 21st Century Science and Integrated Testing and Assessment Strategies: Transitioning Research to Regulatory Practice on December 13, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will also be available via webinar. A brochure and agenda regarding this Workshop and information and instructions for participating in the webinar is found at: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/ppdc/testing/index.html. The PPDC PRIA Process Improvements Work Group will meet on December 13, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information about this work group meeting can be found on EPA's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc.

    DATES: The PPDC meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, December 15, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Conference Center on the lobby level at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's location at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. This location is approximately one mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margie Fehrenbach, Office of Pesticide Programs (7501P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-4775; fax number: (703) 308-4776; e-mail address: fehrenbach.margie@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29624.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for the Review of a Draft Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline: Pathogenic Microorganisms in Food and Water

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations for technical experts to form an SAB panel to review a draft interagency Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline: Pathogenic Microorganisms in Food and Water (the Guideline) which provides a flexible framework for conducting microbial risk assessment that may be applied by different agencies with various statutory authorities.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by December 15, 2010 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-4885, by fax at (202) 565-2098, or via e-mail at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29637.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • American Education Week, 2010

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Education is essential to our success as both a people and a Nation. During American Education Week, we rededicate ourselves to providing a complete and competitive education for every student, from cradle through career.

    In an increasingly interconnected world, our leadership and prosperity depend on the standard and quality of education that we establish for our students. In order to maintain our Nation's role as the world's engine of discovery and innovation, my Administration is committed to ensuring that America has the best- educated citizenry in the world.

    To foster the next generation of great American leaders, we must continue to invest in education at all levels, work with States and districts to improve our educational system, and encourage reforms that ensure the development of our students and teachers. We have also set a goal of once again having the highest proportion of college graduates of any country across the globe by the year 2020.

    Educators and school employees must also strive to provide our students with the tools needed to access a fulfilling and prosperous future. Students are able to reach for their dreams when teachers, parents, and communities support their efforts and insist upon excellence.

    Education has always been central to ensuring opportunity, and to instilling in all our citizens the defining American values of freedom, equality, and respect for one another. Our Nation's schools can give students the tools, skills, and knowledge to participate fully in our democracy, and to succeed in college, career, and life. This week, let us reaffirm the importance of education and recognize that we all share in the responsibility to educate our students.

    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 November 14 through November 20, 2010, as American Education Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week by supporting their local schools through appropriate activities, events, and programs designed to help create opportunities for every school and student in America.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29516.htm

  • Health and Human Services

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

    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 subcommittee:

    Time and Date: 2 p.m.--3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, January 4, 2011.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period. A public comment period is tentatively scheduled from 3 p.m.--3:15 p.m. To participate in the teleconference, please dial 1-877-928-1204 and enter conference code 4305992.

    Purpose: The ES will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners.

    Matter to be Discussed: The ES will discuss a strategy for addressing its charge to provide a preliminary overview to the ACD on ethical issues related to non-communicable disease prevention and control and an ethics framework to guide CDC programs and activities.

    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, Ph.D., Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC--ES, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone (404) 639-4690. E- mail: dbarrett@cdc.gov.

    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/2010/2010-29774.htm

  • Interior

  • Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Scientific Committee (SC)

    AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Vacancies and Request for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: BOEMRE seeks interested and qualified individuals to serve on its OCS SC during the period of June 24, 2011 through June 23, 2014. The initial 3-year term may be renewed for up to one additional term. The OCS SC is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to advise the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the BOEMRE on the appropriateness, feasibility, and scientific value of the OCS Environmental Studies Program (ESP) and environmental aspects of the offshore energy and marine minerals programs. The ESP, initiated to support the U.S. Department of the Interior's offshore oil and gas leasing program and authorized by the OCS Lands Act as amended (Section 20), is administered by the BOEMRE. The program covers a wide range of field and laboratory studies in biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography, as well as studies of the social and economic impacts of OCS energy and marine minerals development. Currently, the work is conducted through award of competitive contracts and interagency and cooperative agreements. The OCS SC reviews the relevance of the information being produced by the ESP and may recommend changes in its scope, direction, and emphasis.

    The OCS SC comprises distinguished scientists in appropriate disciplines of the biological, physical, chemical, and socioeconomic sciences. Currently, the OCS SC has 15 vacancies in the following disciplines: Biological oceanography/marine biology; social science; marine archaeology; and physical oceanography. The selections are based on maintaining disciplinary expertise in all areas of research, as well as geographic balance. Demonstrated knowledge of the scientific issues related to OCS oil and gas development or renewable energy is essential. The Secretary of the Interior makes selections on the basis of these factors.

    Ethics Responsibilities of Members

    Members are appointed as special Government employees and are subject to the financial disclosure provisions of the Ethics in Government Act and 5 CFR part 2634, which includes completing a confidential financial disclosure report. Materials are provided to members that will explain their ethical obligations. Consistent with the ethics requirements, members must endeavor to avoid any actions that would cause the public to question the integrity of the Committee's operations, activities, or advice. Members are subject to all other ethics regulations that are imposed upon them by an organization other than the Federal government. This would include those imposed by the University for which they work or those imposed by a professional organization (such as the Hippocratic Oath for physicians, etc.)

    The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils.

    Interested individuals should email a letter of interest and resum[eacute] no later then December 17, 2010, to Ms. Phyllis Clark at Phyllis.Clark@boemre.gov. If you prefer, you may send them to Ms. Clark at BOEMRE, Offshore Energy and Minerals Management, 381 Elden Street, Mail Stop 4041, Herndon, Virginia 20170. She may be reached by telephone at (703) 787-1716.

    Authority: Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C., Appendix I, and the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-63, Revised.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29642.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National Science Board.

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 8 a.m.; and Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 8 a.m.

    PLACE: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Call 703-292-7000 or e-mail NationalScienceBrd@nsf.gov and leave your name and place of business to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.

    STATUS: Some portions open, some portions closed.

    Updates: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Dana Topousis, dtopousi@nsf.gov, (703) 292- 7750.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29629.htm

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