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Federal Register Summary for week of 4 February

    Commerce

  • Request for Comments on the Strategy for American Innovation

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for information.


    SUMMARY: The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 directs the Department of Commerce (DOC), in consultation with the National Economic Council (NEC), to deliver to Congress a study by January 4, 2011 on our nation's innovative capacity and international competitiveness. Section 604, Public Law No: 111-358. To assist with that effort, the DOC is initiating a series of public engagements, seeking input on a range of policy matters that can affect our innovativeness and competitiveness. The subject area is quite broad. As a starting point, DOC publishes this Notice and Request for Information (RFI) to obtain comment on the Administration's Innovation Strategy (see http://www.Commerce.gov/competes for a link to the report). This strategy document summarizes policy initiatives that aim to improve our national innovation system, and thereby accelerate our economic growth by increasing the international competitiveness of American businesses and workers. This RFI provides an opportunity for interested parties to discuss those initiatives. In the coming months, DOC will create additional opportunities for the public to comment on a range of related topics, such as those specifically identified in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act but not mentioned in the Strategy.

    DATES: Comments must be postmarked or submitted by no later than April 1, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by "Innovation Strategy RFI'' by any of the following methods: E-mail: competitiveness@doc.gov. Mail: Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., HCHB Room 4852, Washington, DC 20230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sabrina L. Montes, E-mail: SMontes@doc.gov. Telephone: 202-482- 6495.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2558.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Revisions to EPA's Rule on Protections for Subjects in Human Research Involving Pesticides

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: EPA proposes to amend the portions of its rules for the protection of human subjects of research applying to third parties who conduct or support research with pesticides involving intentional exposure of human subjects and to persons who submit the results of human research with pesticides to EPA. The proposed amendments would broaden the applicability of the rules to cover human testing with pesticides submitted to EPA under any regulatory statute it administers. They would also disallow participation in third-party pesticide studies by subjects who cannot consent for themselves. Finally the proposed amendments would identify specific considerations to be addressed in EPA science and ethics reviews of proposed and completed human research with pesticides, drawn from the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). In seeking comments on these proposed amendments, EPA does not imply that the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the "Common Rule''), which governs research with human subjects conducted or supported by EPA and many other Federal departments and agencies, is inadequate. Indeed, the amendments proposed here would make no changes to the Common Rule or EPA's codification of the Common Rule. Rather, EPA is proposing these amendments to other portions of its regulation as a result of a settlement agreement, and is now seeking comment on these proposed amendments. The settlement agreement makes clear that EPA retains full discretion concerning what amendments are proposed, and what, if any, amendments are finalized. Furthermore, no research has been identified that is outside the scope of EPA's current rule, but that would be within the scope of these proposed amendments. EPA seeks comments on the need for and value of the proposed changes.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0785, by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP- 2010-0785. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e- mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., 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 either 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 hours of operation of this Docket Facility are 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/2011/2011-1629.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)

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

    Times and Dates:

    9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., March 2, 2011

    8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 3, 2011

    Place: CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Building 19, Room 232, Auditorium B, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Online Registration Required: In order to expedite the security clearance process at the CDC Roybal Campus located on Clifton Road, all CLIAC attendees are required to register for the meeting online at least 14 days in advance at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/cliac/default.aspx by clicking the "Register for a Meeting'' link and completing all forms according to the instructions given. Please complete all the required fields before submitting your registration and submit no later than February 16, 2011.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 100 people.

    Purpose: This Committee is charged with providing scientific and technical advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Assistant Secretary for Health; the Director, CDC; the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), regarding the need for, and the nature of, revisions to the standards under which clinical laboratories are regulated; the impact on medical and laboratory practice of proposed revisions to the standards; and the modification of the standards to accommodate technological advances.

    Matters To Be Discussed: The agenda will include agency updates from CDC, CMS, and FDA; presentations and discussions addressing activities of the Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce; the National Institutes of Health Genetic Test Registry design and responses from testing laboratories; current testing practices and oversight of cytogenetic and cytogenomic testing; ongoing studies evaluating laboratory practices; and strategies for developing evidence-based methods for laboratory medicine quality improvement.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Providing Oral or Written Comments: It is the policy of CLIAC to accept written public comments and provide a brief period for oral public comments whenever possible.

    Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group requesting to make an oral presentation will be limited to a total time of five minutes (unless otherwise indicated). Speakers must also submit their comments in writing for inclusion in the meeting's Summary Report. To assure adequate time is scheduled for public comments, individuals or groups planning to make an oral presentation should, when possible, notify the contact person below at least one week prior to the meeting date.

    Written Comments: CLIAC accepts written comments until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated) for individuals or groups unable to attend the meeting. However, the comments should be received at least one week prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the Committee for their consideration and public distribution. Written comments and one hard copy with original signature should be provided to the contact person below. In addition, written comments will be included in the meeting's Summary Report.

    Contact Person for Additional Information: Nancy Anderson, Chief, Laboratory Practice Standards Branch, Division of Laboratory Science and Standards, Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office (LSPPPO), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop F-11, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; telephone (404) 498-2741; fax (404) 498-2219; or via e-mail at Nancy.Anderson@cdc.hhs.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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1999.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: February 16-17, 2011.

    Open: February 16, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: February 16, 2011, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: February 17, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Gwen W. Collman, PhD, Interim Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, 615 Davis Drive, KEY615/3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-4980, collman@niehs.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/c-agenda.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to technical difficulties associated with electronic formatting.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos.: 93.115, Biometry and Risk Estimation--Health Risks from Environmental Exposures; 93.142, NIEHS Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training; 93.143, NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances--Basic Research and Education; 93.894, Resources and Manpower Development in the Environmental Health Sciences; 93.113, Biological Responses to Environmental Health Hazards; 93.114, Applied Toxicological Research and Testing, National Institutes of Health, HHS.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2394.htm

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director

    Amended Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a change in the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), February 10, 2011, 8:30 a.m., National Institutes of Health, Building, 31, Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892 which was published in the Federal Register on January 21, 2011, 76 FR3918.

    The meeting is canceled until further notice.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2022.htm

  • Interior

  • Availability of the Policy on Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities of the Department of the Interior

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: We, the Department of the Interior, announce the availability of the Policy on Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities of the Department of the Interior established in the Departmental Manual 305 DM 3.

    ADDRESSES: You can obtain copies of the Policy on Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities of the Department of the Interior by contacting Alan D. Thornhill, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 5438, Washington, DC 20240-0002, 202-208-6249, or by visiting our Web site at http://elips.doi.gov/app_dm/index.cfm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan D. Thornhill, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 5438, Washington, DC 20240-0002, 202-208-6249.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2366.htm

  • Meeting Announcements: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) will also meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council: Meeting is March 9, 2011, 10:30 a.m. through 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than March 1, 2011.

    Advisory Group: Meeting is March 10, 2011, 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than March 1, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., North Penthouse, Room 7000 A and B, Washington, DC 20240. The Advisory Group meeting will be held at the Melrose Hotel, 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Johnson, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by e-mail at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2305.htm

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