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Federal Register Summary for week of 6 May

    Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held May 24-26, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040; 305-809-4700.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713-2239 x-120; e-mail: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-06/html/2011-11147.htm

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the DOC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).

    The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined below.

    Date and Time: The meeting is scheduled for: Friday, May 20, from 1-5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access will be available at a location to be determined. Please check the National Climate Assessment Web site for this information at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development 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.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10896.htm

  • NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Strategic Plan FY 2011-FY 2015

    AGENCY: Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of publication and availability of the office of Ocean Exploration and Research Strategic Plan FY2011-FY2015.


    SUMMARY: NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is electronically publishing the OER Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2015. The strategic plan is published to meet the requirement for program direction under Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The OER Strategic Plan describes the vision, mission, goals, core activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Electronic copies of the OER Strategic Plan and Public Law 111-11 Chapter XII are available and may be obtained from http://www.regulations.gov or from the OER Web site at http://explore.noaa.gov/OERPlan.

    If you need further information, please contact: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), Attn: OER Plan Questions, 1315 East-West Highway-R/OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    Executive Summary of the OER 2011-2015 Strategic Plan

    The ocean is important to humanity and is still mostly unknown. Current methods of studying its interior, boundaries, processes, resources, and changes are slow and expensive, causing management decisions to be made from relatively uninformed and incomplete knowledge. NOAA formed OER to explicitly address these issues, accelerate the pace of discoveries, and increase our understanding of the ocean.

    OER supports a continuum of ocean science that makes discoveries via exploration and research, and transitions the new knowledge and capabilities to the rest of NOAA, and the national and international science, technology, and ocean management communities. OER integrates science, education, and outreach to raise awareness and increase ocean science literacy.

    OER discoveries and activities help address issues such as the causes and consequences of natural events and human activities (e.g., climate change, ocean acidification), establishing the baseline in order to assess changes in biodiversity, marine life and other natural resources or habitats, understanding the dynamics of complex ecosystems, and improving the ability to model and predict future state of ocean and Great Lakes ecosystems.

    This plan is centered on four cornerstone goals: Exploration, research, advanced undersea technology development, and education and outreach. OER enables discovery through the interdisciplinary efforts of ocean scientists. NOAA mission-related discoveries are transitioned to focused research (Exploration to Research = E2R) sponsored by OER and by other agencies and programs with ocean-related missions. Subsequent research-to-application and technology-to-application transitions (Research to Application = R2A) are the ultimate goal of OER activities and will strengthen science, education, and awareness of the ocean role in the life and health of our planet, and will result in improved societal understanding and management of the ocean.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-06/html/2011-11146.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Lead (Pb)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a document titled, "First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Lead'' (EPA/600/R-10/075A). This draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead (Pb).

    EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register Notice). The draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any timely public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising the document.

    DATES: The public comment period begins May 6, 2011, and ends July 5, 2011. Comments must be received on or before July 5, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The "First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Lead'' will be available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD-ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. Debbie Wales by phone (919-541-4731), fax (919-541-5078), or e-mail (wales.deborah@epa.gov) to request either of these, and please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Lead'' (EPA/ 600/R-10/075A) to facilitate processing of your request.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dr. Ellen Kirrane, NCEA; telephone: 919-541-1340; facsimile: 919-541-2985; or e-mail: kirrane.ellen@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-06/html/2011-11140.htm

  • EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) are publishing for public comment proposed guidance that describes how the agencies will identify waters protected by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (Clean Water Act or CWA or Act) and implement the Supreme Court's decisions on this topic (i.e., Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) (531 U.S. 159 (2001)) and Rapanos v. United States (547 U.S. 715 (2006)) (Rapanos)). The agencies believe that under this proposed guidance the number of waters identified as protected by the Clean Water Act will increase compared to current practice and this improvement will aid in protecting the Nation's public health and aquatic resources.

    The proposed guidance is consistent with the principles established by the Supreme Court cases and is supported by the agencies' scientific understanding of how waterbodies and watersheds function.

    In addition, the agencies believe that when the revised guidance is finalized and goes into effect, it will improve CWA program predictability and clarity regarding the scope of "waters of the United States'' protected under the Act and that this improvement will have benefits for both the government and regulated parties. When finalized, this guidance would supersede previously issued guidance on this matter. This guidance will apply to all CWA programs, including section 303 water quality standards, section 311 oil spill prevention and response, section 401 water quality certification, section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, and section 404 permits for discharges of dredged or fill material. The agencies seek public comment on all aspects of the proposed guidance, including interpretations and scientific underpinnings.

    In addition to this guidance, the agencies expect to propose revisions of existing regulations to further clarify which waters are subject to CWA jurisdiction, consistent with the Supreme Court's decisions. Public comment on any such revisions will be requested at the time they are proposed.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 1, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2011-0409 by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: owdocket@epa.gov. Include EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver your comments to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket's normal hours of operation, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011- 0409. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public 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 http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.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 directly to EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public 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 might not be able to consider your comment. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and ensure that electronic files are free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Some information, however, is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington DC 20460; telephone number 202-566-1783; e-mail address: CWAwaters@epa.gov. Mr. David Olson, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314; telephone number 202-761-4922; email address: david.b.olson@usace.army.mil.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10565.htm

  • Government Ethics

  • Government Employees Serving in Official Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations; Sector Unit Investment Trusts

    AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Government Ethics is issuing a proposed rule amendment that would permit Government employees to participate in particular matters affecting the financial interests of nonprofit organizations in which they serve in an official capacity, notwithstanding the employees' imputed financial interest. This document also proposes an amendment that would clarify that the existing exemptions for interests in the holdings of sector mutual funds also apply to interests in the holdings of sector unit investment trusts.

    DATES: Comments are invited and must be received on or before July 5, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, in writing, to OGE on this proposed rule, identified by RIN 3209-AA09, by any of the following methods:

    E-Mail: usoge@oge.gov. Include the reference "Proposed Rule Exemption and Amendment Under 18 U.S.C. 208(b)(2)'' in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-482-9237.

    Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of Government Ethics, Suite 500, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005-3917, Attention: Richard M. Thomas, Associate General Counsel.

    Instructions: All submissions must include OGE's agency name and the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), 3209-AA09, for this rulemaking.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard M. Thomas, Associate General Counsel, Office of Government Ethics; telephone: 202-482-9300; TTY: 800-877-8339; Fax: 202-482-9237.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-03/html/2011-10629.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Board Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the Agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of Agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 1503, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm; under the heading "Resources for You,'' click on "Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus.'' Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be Web cast. The link for the Web cast is available at https://collaboration.fda.gov/scienceboard.

    Contact Person: Martha Monser, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4286, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4627, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), and follow the prompts to the desired center or product area. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On May 20, 2011, the Science Board will discuss the report from the subcommittee's review of the Pharmacovigilance Program at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The Science Board will be provided with updates on FDA's nanotechnology research program plans and on FDA's activities in support of Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Science Board will also initiate the charge to the subcommittee for a science review of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before May 13, 2011. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before May 5, 2011. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by May 6, 2011.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Martha Monser, at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10763.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Rule To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Eastern United States, Initiation of Status Reviews for the Gray Wolf and for the Eastern Wolf

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule, initiation of status reviews.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or USFWS) are re-evaluating the listing of the Minnesota population of gray wolves (Canis lupus) and propose to revise it to conform to current statutory and policy requirements. We propose to identify the Minnesota population as a Western Great Lakes (WGL) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the gray wolf and to remove this DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We propose these actions because the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the WGL DPS does not meet the definitions of threatened or endangered under the Act.

    This proposed rule, if made final, would remove the currently designated critical habitat for the gray wolf in Minnesota and Michigan and the current special regulations for gray wolves in Minnesota. We also propose to revise the range of the gray wolf (the species C. lupus) by removing all or parts of 29 eastern states that we now recognize were not part of the historical range of the gray wolf. New information indicates that these areas should not have been included in the original listing of the gray wolf.

    In this proposed rule, we recognize recent taxonomic information indicating that the gray wolf subspecies Canis lupus lycaon should be elevated to the full species C. lycaon. Given that a complete status review of this newly recognized species has never been conducted, we are initiating a rangewide review of the conservation status of C. lycaon in the United States and Canada. This rule also constitutes the initiation of our five-year review of the status of gray wolves under section 4(c)(2) of the Act, as well as the initiation of status reviews specific to gray wolves in the Pacific Northwest and Mexican wolves in the Southwest United States and Mexico.

    DATES: Comment submission: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before July 5, 2011.

    Public hearings: We will hold two public hearings on this proposed rule scheduled on May 18, 2011 and on June 8, 2011. Informational meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., followed by the public hearings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Enter Keyword or ID box, enter FWS-R3-ES- 2011-0029, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel at the top of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Submit a Comment.''

    By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    Public hearings: We have scheduled an informational meeting followed by a public hearing in Ashland, Wisconsin, on May 18, 2011, at the Northern Great Lakes Center, 29270 County Highway G. We have scheduled an informational meeting followed by a public hearing in Augusta, Maine, on June 8, 2011, at the Augusta Civic Center, 16 Cony Street. See the Public Hearings section below for more details.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Ragan, 612-713-5350. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: GRAY WOLF QUESTIONS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota 55111-4056. Additional information is also available on our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-05/html/2011-9557.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reissuance of Final Rule To Identify the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: On April 15, 2011, President Obama signed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Appropriations Act, 2011. A section of that Appropriations Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to reissue within 60 days of enactment the final rule published on April 2, 2009, that identified the Northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolf (Canis lupus) as a distinct population segment (DPS) and to revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife by removing most of the gray wolves in the DPS. This rule complies with that directive.

    DATES: This action is effective May 5, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. It will also be available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Ecological Services Field Office, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601; telephone (406) 449-5225.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains, see http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/, or contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Ecological Services Field Office (see ADDRESSES) or telephone (406) 449-5225. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-05/html/2011-10860.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    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: May 9, 2011 at 8 a.m. through 6:15 p.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.

    Open Sessions

    8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 2:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Closed Sessions

    12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. 4:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

    Matters To Be Discussed

    May 9, 2011

    CSB Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF) Open Session: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Best Practices Update
    • Annual Portfolio Review Discussion
    • Progress on Mid-Scale Information

    SCF Closed Session 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

    • Future MREFC Projects

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) Open Session 2:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Discussion Item: CPP Program Portfolio Reviews
    • Discussion Item: Recompetition Policy Discussion
    • Information Item: Status Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory
    • Information Item: High Performance Computing Acquisition
    • Information Item: DataNet Program
    • Information Item: LIGO Science Results

    CPP Closed Session 4:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Information Item: EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement
    • Action Item: Support for IRIS
    • Action Item: Support for NSCL
    • Action Item: Support for OCI project

    Meeting Adjourns 6:15 p.m.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10845.htm

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    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: May 10, 2011 at 8 a.m. through May 11, 2011 at 3:15 p.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.

    Open Sessions (May 10, 2011)

    8 a.m.-8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Closed Session (May 10, 2011)

    10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

    Open Sessions (May 11, 2011)

    8 a.m.-9 a.m. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

    Closed Sessions (May 11, 2011)

    11 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

    Matters To Be Discussed

    May 10, 2011

    Open Session--Chairman's Introductory Remarks 8 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

    CPP Subcommittee on Polar Issues (SOPI)

    Open Session: 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • OPP Director's Remarks
    • Report on CTAM Camp
    • Update on Outreach Activities

    Committee on Audit and Oversight (A&O) Open Session 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • FY 2010 Merit Review Report
    • OIG Semi-Annual Report Transmittal
    • Inspector General's Update
    • FY 2011 Financial Statement Audit
    • Chief Financial Officer's Update
    • Human Resources Update

    A&O Closed Session 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Procurement Activities
    • Investigative Update

    Plenary Open Session: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

    • Presentation from Dr. Charles Vest, Vannevar Bush Award Recipient
    • Presentation from Dr. Casey Dunn, Alan T. Waterman Award Recipient

    Task Force on Merit Review (MR) Open Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Summary of Input from Stakeholder Groups
    • Discussion of Preliminary Task Force Recommendations

    Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) Open Session: 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Review of Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 Chapter Drafts
    • Discussion of Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 Companion Piece Topics

    May 11, 2011

    Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH) Open Session: 8 a.m.-9 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Discussion of CEH STEM Education Priority ``Action Items''
    • Strategic Planning for the NSF Education Portfolio
    • Discussion of CEH STEM Education Prospective Horizon "Action Items''

    CSB Task Force on Data Policies Open Session: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Discussion of March Workshop
    • Update on related activities from NSF CPP Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research (MS)

    Open Session: 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

    • Approval of Minutes
    • Summary of March 31, 2011 Discussion Group Meeting
    • Summary of April 19, 2011 Task Force Teleconference
    • Update on the Survey and June 5-7, 2011 Workshop Planning Committee on Strategy & Budget (CSB)

    Open Session 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Development and Approval Process of RFPs for Recompetitions
    • NSF FY 2011 and FY 2012 Budget Updates
    • Status of ARRA Funding

    CSB Closed Session 11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

    • FY 2013 Budget Development
    • Long Range Planning

    Plenary Open Session: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    • Presentation from Dr. Moira Gunn, Public Service Award Recipient, Individual
    • Presentation from Dr. Dennis Bartels for the Exploratorium, Public Service Award Recipient, Group

    Executive Committee Open Session: 1:15p.m.-1:30 p.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Approval of the Executive Committee Annual Report

    Plenary Executive Closed Session: 1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

    • Approval of Minutes
    • Election of Executive Committee Members
    • Board Office Personnel

    Plenary Closed Session: 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

    • Approval of Minutes
    • Awards and Agreements
    • Closed Committee Reports

    Plenary Open Session: 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

    • Approval of Minutes
    • Chairman's Report
    • Director's Report
    • Open Committee Reports

    Meeting Adjourns 3:15 p.m.

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