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Federal Register Summary for the Week of May 3-7 2004

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Institutes of Health

Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Graduate Student Training Programs Application

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Graduate Partnerships Program/OIR/OD, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: Graduate Student Training Programs Application. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension. Form Number: 0925-0501. Expiration Date: June 30, 2005. Need and Use of Information Collection: The information gathered in the Graduate Student Training Programs application will enable the identification and evaluation of graduate students interested in performing their dissertation research in the NIH Intramural Research Program laboratories (NIH-IRP). Modeling university applications for admission into graduate programs, the Graduate Student Training Program application contains several sections that will aid the NIH admission committee's identification and evaluation of each graduate student. Specific areas required to evaluate a candidate include the following: contact information, citizenship status, identification of programs to which the student wishes to apply, students' graduate university information and undergraduate university information, standardized examination scores, references and letters of recommendation, proposed NIH advisor information, University advisor information, research interests, career goals, and proposed research in NIH IRP. Ethnicity and gender are additional optional information used to evaluate the GPP recruiting abilities and compliance with federal regulations. Frequency of Response: Once. Affected Public: Individuals. Type of Respondents: Students pursuing an advanced degree, Ph.D., and would like to perform their dissertation research in the NIH Intramural Research Program laboratories.

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Dr. Patty McCarthy, Program Coordinator, Graduate Partnerships Program, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Drive, Building 10/Room 1C129, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-1153, or call 301-594-
9603 or e-mail your request, including your address to: .

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-10147.htm


HOMELAND SECURITY

Directorate of Science and Technology; Notice of Meeting of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology; Department of Homeland Security.
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) will meet in a partially closed session in New York, NY on May 20 & 21, 2004.

DATES: The HSSTAC will meet in closed session on May 20, 2004, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on May 21, 2004 from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. HSSTAC will meet in open session on May 21, 2004 from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Wilson, Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate of Science and Technology, Washington, DC 20528; telephone (202) 205-5041; e-mail .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The HSSTAC will meet for purposes of: (1) Receiving
briefings and examining initiatives and activities sponsored by the Directorate of Science and Technology; (2) receiving briefings on specific portfolios and activities from among the complement of the Directorate's portfolios and activities; (3) receiving a briefing on challenges for the Department; and (4) receiving status reports from HSSTAC subcommittees and discussing future committee actions. This meeting will be partially closed in compliance with Section 10(d) of
FACA and Subsection (c) of 5 U.S.C. 552b, the Government in the Sunshine Act. The open portions of the meeting for purposes of (3) and (4) above will be held in the Environmental Measurement Laboratory from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 21, 2004. The Environmental Measurement Laboratory is located at 201 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014. The closed portions of the meeting, for purposes of (1) and (2) above will be held at various locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 20, 2004, and from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 21, 2004.

Public Attendance: Due to meeting space capacity restrictions, the maximum amount of public attendees will be twenty-five. Members of the public will be registered to attend the public session on a first-come, first-served basis per the procedures that follow. Any member of the public who wishes to attend the public session must provide his or her name, affiliation, social security number, and date of birth no later than 5 p.m. e.s.t., Monday, May 10, 2004. Please provide the required information to Craig Wilson via e-mail at , or via phone at (202) 205-5041. Persons with disabilities who require special assistance should indicate so in their admittance request. Photo identification will be required for entry into the public session, and everyone in attendance must be present and seated by 12:30 p.m. on May 21, 2004.

Basis for Closure: In accordance with section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), the Under Secretary for Science and Technology has issued a determination that portions of this HSSTAC meeting will concern matters sensitive to homeland security within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1)(a), (c)(7) and (c)(9)(B) and that, accordingly, these portions of the meeting will be closed to the public.

Public Comments: Members of the public who wish to file a written statement with the HSSTAC may do so by mail to Craig Wilson at the following address: Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate of Science and Technology, Washington, DC 20528. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to or via fax at (202) 772-9916.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-10226.htm


INTERIOR

Geological Survey

Request for Public Comments on Guidelines for Providing Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data in Response to Security Concerns

AGENCY: Geological Survey, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability.

SUMMARY: The guidelines provide procedures to identify sensitive information content of geospatial data sets. Should such content be identified, the guidelines help organizations decide what access to provide to such data and still protect sensitive information content. The geospatial data community's use of a common, standardized approach to identify data sets that have sensitive content and to restrict such information will increase the effectiveness of individual organization's actions.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 2, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The proposed guidelines are available through http://www.fgdc.gov/fgdc/homeland/index.html. All comments concerning these proposed guidelines should be submitted by electronic mail to or by postal mail to FGDC HSWG Guidelines Review, 511 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Domaratz, Co-chair, Federal Geographic Data Committee Homeland Security Working Group, 703-648-4434

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Many public, private, and non-profit organizations originate and publicly distribute geospatial data sets. It is conceivable that the content of some of these data sets could prove useful to an adversary of the United States. The guidelines help organizations decide on reasonable access to sensitive data and avoid unnecessary restrictions. They do so by helping organizations identify content that might be sensitive. They then guide organizations to take appropriate actions by evaluating the sensitive content in the context of other available information, the benefits lost by restricting data access, and the options for restricting data.

Additional instructions for comment accompany the guidelines. The working group will use the comments to improve the guidelines and to plan ways to encourage their adoption. It will summarize major or recurring themes from the comments and the working group's responses,
and post the information through the working group's home page at http://www.fgdc.gov/fgdc/homeland/index.html.

The Federal Geographic Data Committee will issue the guidelines under the authority provided by U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 to establish procedures necessary and sufficient to carry out interagency coordination and the implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The U.S. Geological survey, which houses the committee's secretariat, provides this notice on behalf of the committee.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-9956.htm


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection;
Comment Request; Correction

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) published a document in the Federal Register of April 12, 2004, concerning request for comments on a proposed information collection. The document contained an incorrect title for the information collection.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send e-mail to . Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Correction

In the Federal Register of April 12, 2004, in FR Doc. 04-8174, on page 12941, first column, correct the title of the information collection to read: Monitoring for the National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-10142.htm


STATE

30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-117, Application To Determine Returning Resident Status; OMB Control Number 1405-0091

AGENCY: Department of State.
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments should be submitted to OMB within 30 days of the publication of this notice.
The following summarizes the information collection proposal submitted to OMB:
Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (CA/VO).
Title of Information Collection: Application to Determine Returning Resident Status.
Frequency: On occasion. Once per respondent.
Form Number: DS-117.
Respondents: Aliens applying for special immigrant classification as a returning resident.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 875 per year.
Average Hours Per Response: 30 minutes.
Total Estimated Burden: 438 hours per year.
Public comments are being solicited to permit the agency to:
Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility.
Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the proposed information collection and supporting documents may be obtained from Brendan Mullarkey of the Office of Visa Services, U.S. Department of State, 2401 E St. NW., RM L-703, Washington, DC 20520, who may be reached on 202-663-1166. Public comments and questions should be directed to the State Department Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC 20530, who may be reached on 202-395-7860.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-10217.htm

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