National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice provides the schedule and a summary of the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (Board). The notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This notice is published less than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting due to unexpected delays in finalizing arrangements for the meeting.
Date and Time: July 14, 2004, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ADDRESSES: St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 530-3600.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald Fischer, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006-8544; telephone (202) 502-7500; e-mail .
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education is established under section 742 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1138a). The Board is authorized to advise the Director of the Fund and the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education on (1) priorities for the improvement of postsecondary education, including recommendations for the improvement of postsecondary education and for the evaluation, dissemination, and adaptation of demonstrated improvements in postsecondary educational practice; and (2) the operation of the Fund, including advice on planning documents, guidelines, and procedures for grant competitions prepared by the Fund.
On Monday, July 14, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Board will meet in open session. The proposed agenda for the meeting will include discussions of the Fund's programs and special initiatives. A special presentation will be made on a US-Brazil Consortia Program project. A special topic of discussion will be Congressionally directed grants.
Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available for public inspection at the office of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, 6th Floor, 1990 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006-8544 from the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office of Science; Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
AGENCY: Department of Energy.
ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
DATES: Thursday, August 5, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, August 6, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The Doubletree Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Talamini; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U. S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20585; telephone: (301) 903-4563.
Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice and guidance with respect to the basic energy sciences research program.
Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include discussions of the following:
News from the Office of Science
News from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences
Report on BESAC Committee of Visitors for the Scientific User Facilities Division
Report of BESAC Subcommittee on Theory and Computation in Basic Energy Sciences
Highlights of the Nanoscale Research Centers (NSRC) Directors' Meeting
Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact Karen Talamini at 301-903-6594 (fax) or (e-mail). You must make your request for an oral statement at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chairperson of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Public comment will follow the 10-minute rule.
Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying within 30 days at the Freedom of Information Public Reading Room, 1E-190, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board Second Generation Model Advisory Panel
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces the formation of a new advisory panel known as the SAB Second Generation Model (SGM) Advisory Panel, and is soliciting nominations for members of the Panel.
DATES: Nominations should be submitted by July 30, 2004, per the instructions below.
ADDRESSES: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9867; via e-mail at or at the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB can be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Dr. Holly Stallworth at (202) 343-9867.
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates, and Agenda
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of teleconference and face-to-face meetings.
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) will have teleconference meetings on August 18, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.d.t.; September 15, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.d.t.; October 20, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.d.t.; November 17, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.d.t.; and December 15, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.d.t. in addition to a face-to-face meeting on July 19, 2004, at 9 a.m. e.d.t. at the Wyndham Washington, DC, on 1400 M Street, NW., to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed include: Laboratory participation; nvironmental monitoring issues; homeland security; follow-up on draft language on ELAB's past recommendations on EPA reference methods; performance based measurement systems; and outreach. Written comments on NELAP laboratory accreditation and the NELAC standards are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Autry, DFO, US EPA (E243-05), 4930 Old Page Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, faxed to (919) 541-4261, or e-mailed to . Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls or attend the face-to-face meeting, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Autry at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information or logistics regarding the hotel for the face-to-face meeting. The number of lines for the teleconferences, however, are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Preference will be given to a group wishing to attend over a request from an individual.
Notification of an Upcoming Closed Meeting of the Science Advisory Board's Scientific and Technology Achievement of Awards Subcommittee--Closed Meeting
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a closed meeting of the Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Subcommittee to recommend to the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) the recipients of the Agency's 2004 Scientific and Technological Achievement Cash Awards.
DATES: August 10-12, 2004.
ADDRESSES: This closed meeting will take place at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Science Advisory Board Conference Center, 1025 F Street, NW., Washington, DC.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding this announcement may contact Ms. Kathleen White, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone: (202) 343-9878 or e-mail at: .
The SAB Mailing address is: US EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found in the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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 Advisory Committee meeting.
Name: Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC.
Time and Date: 8:30 a.m.--4 p.m., August 5, 2004.
Place: Holiday Inn Select/Decatur, 130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.
Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 75 people.
Purpose: The committee will provide advice to the CDC Director on strategic and other broad issues facing CDC.
Matters To Be Discussed: Agenda items will include discussion of the CDC Futures Initiative and updates on CDC priorities with discussions of program activities including updates on CDC scientific and programmatic activities.
Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.
Contact Person for More Information: Robert Delaney, Executive Secretary, Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D-14, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone 404/639-7000.
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 CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Institutional Review Boards; Registration Requirements
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to require institutional review boards (IRBs) to register at a site maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The registration information would include contact information, the number of active protocols involving FDA-regulated products reviewed in the previous calendar year, and a description of the types of FDA-regulated products involved in the protocols reviewed. The proposed IRB registration requirements would make it easier for FDA to inspect IRBs and to convey information to IRBs.
DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on this proposed rule by October 4, 2004. Submit written comments on the information collection provisions by August 5, 2004. See section III of this document for the proposed effective date of any final rule based on this document.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. 2004N-0242, by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Agency Web site: http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the agency Web site.
E-mail: . Include Docket No. 2004N-0242 in the subject line of your e-mail message. FAX: 301-827-6870.
Mail/Hand delivery/Courier [For paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions]: Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket No. 2004N-0242 for this rulemaking. All comments received willbe posted without change to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see section IX of this document. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments and/or the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. You may submit comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the following method:
FAX: 202-395-6974. OMB is still experiencing significant delay in the regular mail, including first class and express mail, and messenger deliveries are not being accepted. To ensure that comments on
the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Fumie Yokota, Desk Officer for FDA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Philip L. Chao, Office of Policy and Planning (HF-23), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-0587.
National Institutes of Health
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Career Survey of Science-Oriented Scholars
SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship (OLRS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below.
This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on February 3, 2004, pages 7235-7236, and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The NIH may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
(1) Title: Career Survey of Science-Oriented Scholars (CSSOS).
(2) Focus group of current and former participants in the Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) at NIH.
Type of Information Collection Request: NEW.
Need and Use of Information Collection: This survey and focus group are part of a comprehensive evaluation of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP), the purpose of which is to evaluate the success of the UGSP in achieving its intermediate goal of keeping scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds on track to eventually become tenured research scientists at the NIH. The CSSOS will collection information on undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate education and training; employment history, experiences with the NIH; career status and goals, and demographic data. The protocol for the focus groups will address the program application process; experiences during the school year, particularly relations with college mentors; experience during the summer internship; experiences during years spent in payback; perceptions of program effects; career plans; and potential program improvements. Such information can be used to gauge whether the program is meeting the expectations of program managers and how the program could be improved in the future. It will be used to address the outcome and impact study questions related to short- and long-term retention, both at NIH and in research generally.
In addition to informing OLRS about the effectiveness of the UGSP program, the results of the evaluation will become the basis for recommendations on how the program could be modified to improve outcomes. Indeed, some of the findings may be useful to the Office of the Director, NIH, in terms of human resources policy in particular and NIH policy generally. Also, the information collection will help our Nation's leaders in setting policies to ensure a solid infrastructure for biomedical research. Encouraging the Nation's brightest minds to pursue careers in biomedical research, both in public service such as NIH and in private laboratories, is critical to this effort.
Frequency of Response: One-time data collection.
Affected Public: Individuals.
Type of Respondents: Current and former NIH UGSP finalist applicants and scholars. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $6,687. There are no capital costs, operating costs, and/or maintenance costs to report.
Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited, particularly with respect to one or more of the following points: (1) 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) 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) Ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to 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.
Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, shall be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Dr. Alfred C. Johnson, Director, Undergraduate Scholarship Program, NIH, 2 Center Drive, Room 2E30, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0230, or call toll-free number (800) 528-7689 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 30 days of the date of this publication.
AGENCY: Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.
ACTION: Final rule: Correction.
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register of July 1, 2004 (69 FR 39814), a final rule which amended the DHS regulations to provide for the collection of a fee to be paid by certain aliens who are seeking status as F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3 nonimmigrant students or as J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors. The final rule contained an error that is corrected in this document.
DATES: This correction is effective September 1, 2004.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill Drury, Director Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, 800 K Street, NW., Room 1000, Washington, DC 20536, telephone (202) 305-2346.
Need for Correction
As published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2004 (69 FR 39814), the final rule amending parts 103, 214, and 299 contains an error that is in need of correction.
Correction of Publication
Accordingly, the publication on July 1, 2004 (69 FR 39814), of the final rule that was the subject of FR Doc. 04-14961 is corrected as follows:
PART 214--NONIMMIGRANT CLASSES
Sec. 214.13 [Corrected]
1. On page 39825, in the second column, paragraph (b)(3) beginning on the fourth line, the date "May 31, 2004'' should read ``August 31, 2004''
NASA Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee, Space Station Utilization Advisory Subcommittee; Meeting
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the NASA Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee, Space Station Utilization Advisory Subcommittee (SSUAS).
DATES: Wednesday, July 28, 2004, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 29, 2004, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, July 30, 2004, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
ADDRESSES: Center for Advanced Space Studies, 3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Donald A. Thomas, Code U, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, TX 77058, (281) 483-7211.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of the room. The agenda for the meeting will include the following topics:
- Status on U.S. Vision for Space Exploration and its relationship to Research on International Space Station
- Program Reports from the Office of Biological and Physical Research and the International Space Station Program
- International Space Station Payload Operations
It is imperative that the meeting be held on this date to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants. Visitors will be requested to sign a visitor's register.