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Federal Register Summary for week of 4 March

    Agriculture

  • Implementation of Revised Lacey Act Provisions

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for information.


    SUMMARY: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to expand its protections to a broader range of plant species, extended its reach to encompass products, including timber, that derive from illegally harvested plants, and require that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The Act also requires us to review the implementation of the declaration requirements, and to provide public notice and opportunity for comment while conducting the review. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that we are conducting the required review and to request comments on the implementation of the declaration requirements.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 14, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2008-0119 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0119, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0119.

    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. George Balady, Staff Officer, Quarantine Policy Analysis and Support, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8295.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4357.htm

  • Commerce

  • Gulf Spill Restoration Planning; Public Scoping Meetings for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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

    ACTION: Notice; public scoping meetings.


    SUMMARY: In a February 17, 2011, Federal Register notice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced in a notice of intent that it, on behalf of the Trustee Council, will begin restoration scoping and preparation of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that began on April 20, 2010, Mississippi Canyon Block 252 ("the Oil Spill''). The notice announced NOAA's intent to hold public scoping meetings in eleven (11) locations in the five Gulf of Mexico States and in Washington, DC, but it did not include meeting details. The meeting details for these locations are available now.

    The purpose of the Gulf Spill Restoration Planning PEIS is to identify restoration types and establish a programmatic framework and procedures that will enable the Trustees to expedite the selection and implementation of restoration projects to compensate the public and the environment for loss of natural resources and services from the Oil Spill.

    DATES: All public scoping meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. (local time) and doors will open at 6:30 p.m., except in Grand Isle, Houma, and Morgan City, Louisiana, which will start at 6:30 p.m. and open doors at 5:30 p.m. For scoping meetings dates and locations see Scoping Meetings under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    ADDRESSES: Written scoping comments on suggested restoration types should be sent to: NOAA Restoration Center, Attn: DWH PEIS Comments, 263 13th Avenue South, Suite 166, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Electronic comments are strongly encouraged, and can be submitted to http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. All written comments must be received by the close of the scoping process to be considered. Scoping will close 90 days after the February 17, 2011 NOI, on Tuesday, May 18, 2011. A public announcement will be provided in a future Federal Register document to remind the public at the end of the scoping period.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    NOAA--Brian Hostetter at 888.547.0174 or by e-mail at gulfspillcomments@noaa.gov;

    DOI--Robin Renn by e-mail at Robin_Renn@fws.gov;

    AL-- Will Gunter by e-mail at William.Gunter@dcnr.alabama.gov;

    FL--Lee Edminston or Gil McRae by e-mail at Lee.Edminston@dep.state.fl.us or Gil.McRae@myfwc.com;

    LA--Karolien Debusschere by e-mail at karolien.debusschere@la.gov;

    MS--Richard Harrell by e-mail at Richard_Harrell@deq.state.ms.us;

    TX--Don Pitts by e-mail at Don.Pitts@tpwd.state.tx.us.

    To be added to the Oil Spill PEIS mailing list, please visit: www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4540.htm

  • National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations and Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for nominations to the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice requests nominations of qualified individuals for the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC) and advises the public of an upcoming meeting of the NCADAC, pending final approval of its members. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations received will be evaluated and, if appropriate to the overall composition of the committee, accepted. The NCADAC will meet on April 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; April 5, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and April 6, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    DATES: Nominations Deadline: Nominations must be received by March 16, 2011.

    Public Comment Deadline: Public comments must be received by the NCADAC Designated Federal Official (DFO) by 12 p.m. on March 31, 2011, to provide sufficient time for distribution to the members prior to the meeting. Written comments received after 12 p.m. on March 31, 2011, will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    NCADAC Meeting Date, Time and Location: The NCADAC will meet April 4-6, 2011, at the following times: April 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; April 5, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and April 6, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The location will be in the metro Washington, DC, area and will be announced at http://globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/notices. The meeting may have limited seating capacity; seats are available on a first come-first served basis. For more information about the meeting, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: Responses to this request for nominations must be submitted electronically at http://globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/ notices. Any member of the public who wishes to submit oral or written comments should contact: Dr. Kandis Wyatt, the NCADAC Designated Federal Official (DFO), NESDIS, SSMC1 Room 8330, 1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (240) 429-0512, e- mail: Kandis.Wyatt@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning the meeting should contact: Dr. Kandis Wyatt, the NCADAC Designated Federal Official (DFO), NESDIS, SSMC1 Room 8330, 1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (240) 429-0512, e-mail: Kandis.Wyatt@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4562.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of Open Meeting

    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 Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 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 at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20036.

    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 March 9 at 5 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 March 1, 2011 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after March 1, 2011 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) SAB Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group Report on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning; (2) Discussion of NOAA and SAB Activities on Ocean Policy and Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning; (3) SAB Data Archive and Access Requirements Working Group Report; (4) Update of the SAB Working Group Subcommittee; (5) NOAA Response to the SAB Recommendations on Implementing Integrated Ecosystem Assessments; (6) NOAA Response to the SAB Recommendations on Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, the Ecosystem Approach to Management and Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning; (7) NOAA Response to the SAB Recommendations on Oceans and Human Health; (8) Presentation on NOAA's Space Weather Program; (9) Connecting Climate and Ecosystems: Progress and Challenges and (10) Updates from SAB 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.

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  • Education

  • Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs; Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY)

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305E, 84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324C. SUMMARY: The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute's FY 2012 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, title I of Public Law 107-279. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

    Competitions in this Notice: The Institute will conduct nine research competitions in FY 2012 through two of its National Education Centers.

    The Institute's National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold five competitions: two competitions for education research; one competition for education research training; one competition for research on statistical and research methodology in education; and one competition for evaluation of State and local education programs and policies.

    The Institute's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold four competitions: two competitions for special education research, one competition for special education research training, and one competition for special education research and development centers.

    NCER Competitions

    • Education Research. Under the two education research competitions, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research topics:
    • Reading and Writing
    • Mathematics and Science Education
    • Cognition and Student Learning
    • Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
    • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning
    • Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership
    • Early Learning Programs and Policies
    • English Learners
    • Postsecondary and Adult Education
    • Education Technology
    • Education Research Training. Under the education research training competition, NCER will consider only applications for the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences.
    • Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education. Under the research on statistical and research methodology in education competition, NCER will consider only applications that address research on statistical and research methodology in education.
    • Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies. Under the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies competition, NCER will consider only applications that address the evaluation of State and local education programs and policies.

    NCSER Competitions

    Special Education Research. Under the two special education research competitions, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following special education research topics:

    • Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education
    • Reading, Writing, and Language Development
    • Mathematics and Science Education
    • Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning
    • Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students
    • Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education
    • Professional Development for Teachers and Related Services Providers
    • Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Technology for Special Education
    • Families of Children with Disabilities
    • Special Education Research Training. Under the special education research training competition, NCSER will consider only applications for the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education.

    Special Education Research and Development Centers. Under the special education research and development centers competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address the following research topics:

    • Interventions for Families of Students with Autism
    • Spectrum Disorders
    • Interventions for Families of Students with Emotional and
    • Behavioral Disorders

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4821.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the release of the draft report titled, "Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments'' (EPA/600/R-11/ 011) and a 45-day public comment period for the report. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

    This draft report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential impacts of global change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this draft report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations.

    The public comment period and the external peer review are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer reviewers for their consideration prior to the finalization of their review comments. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    The draft document and EPA's peer review charge are available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: The 45-day public comment period begins February 28, 2011, and ends April 14, 2011. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by April 14, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The draft "Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessments home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments.'' The EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone: 1-800-490-9198; facsimile: 301-604- 3408; e-mail: nscep@bps-lmit.com. Please provide your name, your mailing address, the title, and the EPA number of the requested publication.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Chris Weaver, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8621; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: weaver.chris@epa.gov.

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  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB to consider a draft report commenting on the President's requested FY 2012 budget for EPA research and to discuss SAB plans to provide advice on Office of Research and Development (ORD) strategic research directions.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Umstead Hotel, Cary, North Carolina.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564- 2218, fax (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

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  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for Ballast Water

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC). The SAB EPEC, augmented with other experts, will discuss their draft advisory report about the effectiveness of shipboard ballast water treatment processes and ways to improve future assessments of ballast water treatment systems to minimize the impacts of invasive species in vessel ballast water discharge.

    DATES: The teleconference dates are Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting may contact Ms. Iris Goodman, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Ms. Goodman 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) 564-2164 fax, (202) 265-2098; or e- mail at goodman.iris@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4503.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations; CASAC Mercury Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of experts to serve on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) panel to conduct an independent review of EPA's Mercury Technical Support Document.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by March 21, 2011 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2188; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee can be found at the EPA CASAC Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4374.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee (NBAS)

    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 aforementioned subcommittee:

    Time and Date: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., March 21, 2011.

    Place: Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30329, Telephone: (404) 712-6000.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 75 people. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment periods. The public comment period is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

    Purpose: As a subcommittee to the CDC's Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), the NBAS will provide counsel to the CDC and the Federal government through the ACD regarding a broad range of human health surveillance issues arising from the development and implementation of a roadmap for the human health component of a national biosurveillance system.

    Matters to be Discussed: Agenda items will include the subcommittee's discussion, deliberation, and vote on the proposed report for enhancing the nation's biosurveillance capability.

    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Pamela Diaz, M.D., Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC--NBAS, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S E-97, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone: (404) 498-0476. E-mail: pdiaz@cdc.gov. For security reasons, members of the public interested in attending the meeting should contact Mark Byers, Telephone: (404) 498-0481, E-mail: mbyers@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is March 10, 2011.

    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.

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  • Request for Comments on Human Subjects Protections in Scientific Studies

    AGENCY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on the Federal and international standards for protecting the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies supported by the Federal Government.

    DATES: To assure consideration, comments must be received by May 2, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on this topic may submit comments by e-mail to info@bioethics.gov or by mail to the following address: Public Commentary, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3963. E-mail: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4658.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for Human Research Protections.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold its twenty-fourth 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.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, Washington, DC 20201.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections, or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-6900, fax: 240-453-6909; e-mail address: Julia.Gorey@hhs.gov.

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  • Interior

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meeting

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of a meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Review Committee will meet on November 8-9, 2011, in Reno, NV, in room 103 of the National Judicial College. The National Judicial College is located on the upper campus of the University of Nevada-Reno, and is sited west of the intersection of Evans Avenue and Jodi Drive, just north of the Education building and south of the Applied Research Facility.

    The agenda for this meeting will include the presentation, discussion, and adoption (conditional or otherwise) of the draft Review Committee Report to the Congress for 2011; appointment of the subcommittee to draft the Review Committee's Report to the Congress for 2012, and discussion of the scope of the Report; National NAGPRA Program reports; and the selection of the date and site for the spring 2013 meeting. In addition, the agenda may include requests to the Review Committee for a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior, as required by law, in order to effect the agreed-upon disposition of Native American human remains determined to be culturally unidentifiable; presentations by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and the public; requests to the Review Committee, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(3), for review and findings of fact related to the identity or cultural affiliation of human remains or other cultural items, or the return of such items; and the hearing of disputes among parties convened by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(4). The agenda for this meeting will be posted on or before October 11, 2011, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.

    The Review Committee is soliciting presentations by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and Federal agencies on the progress made, and any barriers encountered, in implementing NAGPRA. The Review Committee also will consider other presentations by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and the public. A presentation request must, at minimum, include an abstract of the presentation and contact information for the presenter(s). Presentation requests must be received by August 23, 2011.

    The Review Committee will consider requests for a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior, as required by law, in order to effect the agreed-upon disposition of Native American human remains determined to be culturally unidentifiable (CUI). A CUI disposition request must include the appropriate, completed form posted on the National NAGPRA Program Web site and, as applicable, the ancillary materials noted on the form. To access and download the appropriate form--either the form for CUI with a "tribal land'' or "aboriginal land'' provenience or the form for CUI without a "tribal land'' or "aboriginal land'' provenience--go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra, and then click on "Request for CUI Disposition Form.'' CUI disposition requests must be received by August 16, 2011.

    The Review Committee will consider requests, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(3), for review and findings of fact related to the identity or cultural affiliation of human remains or other cultural items, or the return of such items, where consensus among affected parties is unclear or uncertain. A request for findings of fact must include the completed form posted on the National NAGPRA Program Web site and, as applicable, the ancillary materials noted on the form. To access and download the form, go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra, and then click on "Request for Findings of Fact (Not a Dispute) Form.'' Requests for findings of fact must be received by July 19, 2011.

    The Review Committee will consider requests, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(4), to convene parties and facilitate a dispute, where consensus clearly has not been reached among affected parties regarding the identity or cultural affiliation of human remains or other cultural items, or the return of such items. A request to convene parties and facilitate a dispute must include the completed form posted on the National NAGPRA Program Web site and, as applicable, the ancillary materials noted on the form. To access and download the form, go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra, and then click on "Request to Convene Parties and Facilitate a Dispute Form.'' Requests to convene parties and facilitate a dispute must be received by July 1, 2011.

    A submission of 10 pages or less may be made in one of two ways: 1. Electronically (preferred). Electronic submissions are to be sent to: David_Tarler@nps.gov. 2. By mail. Mailed submissions are to be sent to: Designated Federal Officer, NAGPRA Review Committee, National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program, 1201 Eye Street, NW., 8th Floor (2253), Washington, DC 20005.

    A submission of more than 10 pages may be made in one of two ways: 1. By mail, on a single compact disc (preferred). 2. By mail, in hard copy, with 14 copies of the submission.

    Documents submitted are subject to posting on the National NAGPRA Program Web site prior to the meeting. Items produced at the meeting are subject to posting after the meeting.

    Information about NAGPRA, the Review Committee, and Review Committee meetings is available on the National NAGPRA Program Web site, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra. For the Review Committee's meeting procedures, click on "Review Committee,'' then click on "Procedures.'' Meeting minutes may be accessed by going to the Web site; then clicking on "Review Committee;'' and then clicking on "Meeting Minutes.'' Approximately fourteen weeks after each Review Committee meeting, the meeting transcript is posted for a limited time on the National NAGPRA Program Web site.

    The Review Committee was established in Section 8 of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3006. Review Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Review Committee is responsible for monitoring the NAGPRA inventory and identification process; reviewing and making findings related to the identity or cultural affiliation of cultural items, or the return of such items; facilitating the resolution of disputes; compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human remains that are in the possession or control of each Federal agency and museum, and recommending specific actions for developing a process for disposition of such human remains; consulting with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and museums on matters affecting such tribes or organizations lying within the scope of work of the Committee; consulting with the Secretary of the Interior on the development of regulations to carry out NAGPRA; and making recommendations regarding future care of repatriated cultural items. The Review Committee's work is carried out during the course of meetings that are open to the public.

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4959.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Notice of Delegation of Authority

    In accordance with Section 1863(e)(2) of the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, the National Science Board (Board) hereby gives notice in regards to a delegation of authority provided to the Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), as follows:

    Per resolution adopted unanimously at the National Science Board meeting on February 16, 2011, the Board revised its earlier award- approval delegation to the NSF Director by increasing the award threshold requiring Board approval from "1 percent or more of the awarding Directorate's or Office's prior year current plan or $3 million--whichever is greater''--to the greater of either 1 percent or more of the awarding Directorate's or Office's prior year current plan or 0.1 percent or more of the prior year total NSF budget.

    The Board also added a provision to the delegation to highlight existing NSF policy requiring the NSF Director to make no award from the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account without the prior approval of the Board, as required by law.

    Finally, the Board clarified a previous delegation by making clear that in the case of procurements requiring Board approval, when the Board approves or authorizes the Director to make an award and no amount is specified in the Board resolution, the Director may subsequently amend the award to change the expiration date of the award and/or to commit additional sums not to exceed the lesser of 10 million dollars or 20 percent of the contract ceiling award amount.

    Point of contact is: Jennie Moehlmann, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292- 7000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4856.htm