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Federal Register Summary for the Week of April 26-30 2004

EDUCATION

National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Assessment Governing Board; Education
ACTION: Notice of open meeting and partially closed meetings.

SUMMARY: The notice sets for the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. This document is intended to notify members of the general public of their opportunity to attend. Individuals who will need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202-357-6938 or at no later than April 30, 2004. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

DATES: May 13-May 15, 2004.

Times

May 13
Committee Meetings:
Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP 12th Grade Participation and Motivation: Open session--12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Executive Committee: Open session--4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; closed session--5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
May 14
Full Board: Open session--8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Committee Meetings:
Assessment Development Committee: Open session--10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology: Open session--10:15 am. to 12:30 p.m.
Full Board: Closed session--12:30 p.m. to1:30 p.m.; open session--1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 15
Nominations Committee: Closed session--7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Full Board: Open session--9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 825, Washington, DC, 2002-4233, telephone: (202) 357-6938.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Assessment Governing Board is established under section 412 of the National Education Statistics Act of 1994, as amended.

The Board is established to formulate policy guidelines for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Board's responsibilities include selecting subject areas to be assessed, developing assessment objectives, developing appropriate student achievement levels for each grade and subject tested, developing guidelines for reporting and disseminating results, and developing standards and procedures for interstate and national comparisons.

On May 13, the Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP 12th Grade Participation and Motivation will meet in open session from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet in open session on May 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The committee will then meet in closed session from 5 p.m. to
6 p.m. to discuss independent cost estimates for contracts related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This part of the meeting must be conducted in closed session because public disclosure of this information would likely have an adverse financial effect on the NAEP program. The discussion of this information would be likely to significantly impede implementation of a proposed agency action if conducted in open session. Such matters are protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of title 5 U.S.C.

On May 14, the full Board will meet in open session from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The Board will approve the agenda, hear the Executive Director's report; receive an update on the work of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) from the Commissioner of NCES, Robert Lerner; and hear a report on issues and options for the NAEP 12th Grade World History Assessment.

From 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 14, the Board's standing committees--the Assessment Development Committee; the Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology; and the Reporting and Dissemination Committee--will meet in open session.

The full Board will meet in closed session on May 14, 2004, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to receive a report on the NAEP 2002 Special Study of Oral Reading at Grade 4. This part of the meeting must be conducted in closed session because the results of this study are under development and have not been released to the public. Premature disclosure of the information would significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action if conducted in open session. Such matters are protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of title 5 U.S.C.

The full Board will meet in open session on May 14 from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the Board will discuss the NAEP 2009 Draft Reading Framework. This will be followed by a report to the Board from Charles Smith, Executive Director, NAGB, on NAEP Inclusion and Accommodation Issues from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., after which the May 14 session of the Board meeting will adjourn.

On May 15, the Nominations Committee will meet in closed session from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to review nominations for Board membership. This discussion pertains solely to internal personnel rules and practices of an agency and will disclose information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. As such, the discussions are protected by exemptions 2 and 6 of section 552b(c) of title 5 U.S.C.

Thereafter, the full Board will meet in open session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Board will discuss the recommendations of the NAEP 12th Grade Commission from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Board actions on policies and Committee reports are scheduled to take place between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., when the May 15, 2004, session of the Board meeting will adjourn.

A final agenda of the May 13-15, 2004 Board meeting can be accessed after May 3, 2004, at http://www.nagb.org. Detailed minutes of the meeting, including summaries of the activities of the closed sessions and related matters that are informative to the public and consistent with the policy of section 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) will be available to the public within 14 days of the meeting. Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available for public inspection at the U.S.
Department of Education, National Assessment Governing Board, Suite 825, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern standard time.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Science Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public telephone conference meeting to discuss the review of two draft SAB reports.

DATES: May 18, 2004. A public telephone conference meeting of the SAB's review committee will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m (Eastern Time) on May 18, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The telephone conference for these reviews will be held by telephone only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding the telephone conference may contact Mr. Thomas O. Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board via phone (202) 343-9982) or e-mail at
, or Dr. Anthony Maciorowski, Associate Director for Science, U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board via phone ((202) 343-9983) or e-mail at .

The SAB Mailing address is: U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at:
http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (a) Background on the Air Toxics Research Strategy Report Quality Review Committee (QRC) Meeting: The Air Toxics Research Strategy Report QRC Telephone Conference Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to allow the members of the QRC to conduct a public review and discussion of the report.

The focus of the discussion will be on whether: (i) The original charge questions to the review panel have been adequately addressed, (ii) there are any technical errors or omissions in the report or issues that are inadequately dealt with in the report, (iii) the report is clear and logical, and (iv) any conclusions drawn, or recommendations provided, are supported by the body of information in the review report. The outcome of the QRC review will be one of the following: (i) Recommend SAB approval of the report, (ii) return the report to the review panel for further work, (iii) reject the work of the review panel and request a reconsideration and a revised report in
the future, or (iv) recommend that the SAB constitute an entirely new review panel.

(b) Background on the Environmental Economics Research Strategy Report QRC Meeting: The Environmental Economics Research Strategy Report QRC Telephone Conference Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to allow the members of the QRC to conduct a public review and discussion of the report. The focus of the discussion and the possible outcomes are the same as described in section (a), above.

Availability of Review Material for the Board Meeting: Documents that are the subject of this meeting are available on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/.


Procedures for Providing Public Comment: It is the policy of the SAB Staff Office to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The SAB Staff Office expects that public statements presented at SAB meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group requesting an oral presentation at a telephone conference call meeting will usually be limited to no more than three minutes per speaker and no more than
fifteen minutes total. Interested parties should contact the DFO noted above in writing via e-mail at least one week prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the public speaker list for the meeting. Speakers should provide an electronic copy of their comments for distribution to interested parties and participants in the meeting.

Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated), written comments should be received in the SAB Staff Office at least one week prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the committee for their consideration.

Comments should be supplied to the DFO at the address/contact information above in the following formats: One hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, or Rich Text files (in IBM-PC/Windows 95/98 format)).

Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access these meetings, should contact the DFO at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-9560.htm


Science Advisory Board; Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Review Panel; Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the addition of more experts to its Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Review Panel (Panel) and is hereby soliciting nominations for additions to this Panel.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 18, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Request for Nominations may contact Ms. Kathleen White, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office, at telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9878; or via e-mail at: . General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background information about the SAB, the Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Program, and the formation of this Panel was published in the Federal Register, 67 FR 79079-81 (December 27, 2002). At that time, the SAB solicited nominations for the full Panel which met in 2003.

The SAB would now like to add two or three experts to augment the existing Panel in the areas of control systems and technology and/or ecological research. Experience reviewing articles for peer reviewed journals and/or service as an editor of a peer reviewed journal is highly desirable. Updated information about EPA's Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) program can be found at: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/staa/index.html.

Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Nominations should be submitted in electronic format through the Form for Nominating Individuals to Panels of the EPA Science Advisory Board provided on the SAB Web site. The form can be accessed through a link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site, http://www.epa.gov/sab. To be considered, all nominations must include the information required on that form. Anyone who is unable to submit nominations via this form should contact the DFO, indicated above.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

NASA Advisory Council, Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee Meeting

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee.

DATES: Thursday, May 20, 2004, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, May 21, 2003 from 8 a.m. until 12 Noon.

ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Room 6H46, Washington, DC 20546.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Louis Ostrach, Code UF, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0870.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of the meeting room. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

--Review Recommendations
--Program Overview
--Advisory Committee Restructuring
--Division Reports
--International Space Station Utilization Update

Attendees will be requested to sign a register and to comply with NASA security requirements, including the presentation of a valid picture ID, before receiving an access badge. Foreign nationals attending this meeting will be required to provide the following information: Full name; gender; date/place of birth; citizenship; visa/green card information (number, type, expiration date); employer/affiliation information (name of institution, address, county, phone);
and title/position of attendee. To expedite admittance, attendees can provide identifying information in advance by contacting Dr. Louis Ostrach via e-mail at or by telephone at (202) 358-0870. Persons with disabilities who require assistance should indicate this. It is imperative that the meeting be held on this date to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.

R. Andrew Falcon, Advisory Committee Management Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

National Science Foundation, National Science Board and its Subdivisions.

DATE AND TIME: April 30, 2004: 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

PLACE: Room 130, The National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb.

CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: Michael P. Crosby, Executive Officer, NSB (703) 292-7000.

STATUS: This meeting will be open to the public.

MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Friday, April 30, 2004: Planning Discussion to Establish a Process for Reassessment of Current Prioritization of Board-Approved Large Facility Projects.

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National Science Board and Its Subdivisions; Sunshine Act Meetings

AGENCY: National Science Board; National Science Foundation
ACTION: Notice of Meetings

DATE AND TIME: May 3, 4, 2004.
May 3, 2004: 8 a.m.--4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:
8 a.m.-11 a.m.--Open Session
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.--Open Session
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.--Open Session
12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m.--Closed Session
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.--Closed Session
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.--Open Session
1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.--Closed Session
2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.--Closed Session
3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.--Open Session
May 4: 8:30 a.m.--3 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.--Open Session
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.--Closed Session
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--Open Session
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.--Closed Session
1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.--Closed Session
1:15 p.m.-3 p.m.--Open Session

PLACE: The National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, VA 22230, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NSF Information Center (703) 292-5111.

Status: Part of this meeting will be closed to the public. Part of this meeting will be open to the public.

Matters To Be Considered:
Monday, May 3, 2004

Open
Committee on Programs & Plans, Session I (8 a.m.-11 a.m.) Room 1235
Report on Roadmap & MREFC Panel Process
Continuing Discussion:
--Setting Priorities for Large Research Facilities
--Process for Prioritization of Large Facility Projects
Ad Hoc Task Group on High Risk Research (11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) Room 1295
Discussion of Workshop Plans and White Paper
Subcommittee on Polar Issues (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Acting Chairman's Remarks
Approval of Minutes
OPP Director's Remarks
IceCube Neutrino Observatory
Polar Instrastructure
Environmental Protection and Remediation
Executive Committee (12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.) Room 1295
Approval of Minutes
Updates or New Business From Committee Members
Committee on Strategy & Budget (1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of March 2004 Minutes
Discussion of Planning & Strategy for
Transitioning ITR Priority Area
Discussion of NSF Responses to CSB Inquiries made March, 2004
NSF Long Range Planning
Committee on Programs and Plans, Session II (3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes, March 2004
NSB Information Item: Underground Laboratory
Updates:
--Subcommittee on Polar Issues
--Task Force on Long-Lived Data Collections
--Ad Hoc Working Group on High Risk Research

Closed
Subcommittee on Polar Issues (12 noon-12:30 p.m.) Room 1235
NSB Action Item
Committee on Strategy & Budget (1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Preliminary Discussion of FY 2006 Budget

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Open
Committee on Audit & Oversight (8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.) (Room 1235)
Approval of Memorandum of Discussion, March 2004
CFO Update
CIO Update
FY 2003 Merit Review Report
OIG Semiannual Report
Committee on Education and Human Resources (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) (Room 1235)
Approval of Minutes
Comments From the Chair
Report From S&E Indicators
Broadening Participation Workshop Revised
Findings and Recommendations
Report From EHR Assistant Director
Other Business
Plenary Session of the Board (1:15 p.m.-3 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Open Minutes From March, 2004
Closed Session Items for August, 2004
Chairman's Report, including
--NSB Meeting Calendar for 2005
Director's Report, including
--NSF Long-Range Planning
--Update on Smithsonian MOU
Committee Reports, including
--Executive Committee Report, 2003
--2003 Merit Review Report

Closed
Committee on Audit & Oversight (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) (Room 1235)
Pending OIG Investigation
Plenary Session of the Board (12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Executive Closed Minutes from March,
2004
Report of Nominating Committee
NSB Elections
Plenary Session of the Board (1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Closed Minutes from March, 2004
Award Actions
FY 2006 NSF Budget

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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

Revised Information Quality Bulletin on Peer Review

AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), is re-proposing its new guidance designed to realize the benefits of meaningful peer review of the most important science disseminated by the Federal Government. This Notice requests comment on the revised Bulletin, now entitled ``Revised Information Quality Bulletin on Peer Review.'' OMB originally requested comment on its ``Proposed Bulletin on Peer Review and Information Quality,'' published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2003. We received 187 comments during the public comment period, listened to discussion at a public workshop at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and carried out an interagency review. This process led to a substantially revised Bulletin, which incorporates many of the diverse perspectives and suggestions voiced during the comment period. The public comments are posted at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ inforeg/2003iq/iq--list.html. A summary of the public and agency comments, including responses by OMB and OSTP, is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/infopoltech.html#iq.
The revised Bulletin incorporates a number of changes:
Providing in the preamble, a more extensive discussion of why government-wide peer review guidance is needed;
Providing more discretion to federal agencies in determining what type of peer review mechanism is appropriate for specific information products;
Providing exemptions for time-sensitive medical, public health and safety information and other compelling circumstances;
Indicating in a savings clause that the guidance does not create any new rights for litigation against federal agencies;
Defining a more transparent process for public participation in peer review planning; and
Requiring the most rigorous form of peer review only for highly influential scientific assessments.

This Bulletin is part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by the Federal Government to the public. This Bulletin would be issued under the authority of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Pub. L. 106-554; H.R. 5658); 44 U.S.C. 3504(d)(1), 3506(a)(1)(B); Executive Order No. 12866, as amended. Part I of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below provides the Preamble to the Bulletin. Part II provides the text of the proposed bulletin.

DATES: Interested parties should submit comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget, at the address shown below on or before May 28, 2004.

To view the supplementary information and the revised bulletin, visit:

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-9572.htm.

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