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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 12-16 July 2004

AGRICULTURE

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program

AGENCY: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) proposes to revise administrative provisions for the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants Program. The revisions would relax constraints that are causing grantees to return unexpended funds to CSREES and provide support to the training of students awarded Fellowships from grants of the Program.

DATES: Submit comments on or before August 11, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted by first-class mail to: Policy and Program Liaison Staff, Office of Extramural Programs, USDA-CSREES, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2299, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299. Electronic comments should be submitted via e-mail to: .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey L. Gilmore, Ph.D.; Director, Higher Education Programs; phone: (202) 720-1973; fax: (202) 720-2030; e-mail: .

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Secretary's Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases; Meeting

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. II), we are giving notice of a meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases.

DATES: The meeting will be held on August 4 and 5, 2004, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Conference Center at the USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD.

Written statements on the meeting topic may be sent to Dr. Joseph Annelli, Director Outreach/Liaison, Emergency Management, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 41, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Joseph Annelli, Director Outreach/Liaison, Emergency Management, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 41, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8073.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases (the Committee) advises the Secretary of Agriculture on actions necessary to prevent the introduction of foreign diseases of livestock and poultry into the United States. In addition, the Committee advises the Secretary on contingency planning and on maintaining a state of preparedness to deal with these diseases, if introduced.

The Committee will meet in Riverdale, MD, on August 4-5, 2004, to discuss issues related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and the national animal identification system.

The meeting will be open to the public, and any member of the public may file a written statement. However, due to the time constraints, only Committee members will be allowed to participate in the Committee's discussions.

You may file written statements on meeting topics with the Committee before or after the meeting. You may also file written statements at the time of the meeting. Please refer to Docket No. 04-069-1 when submitting your statements.

Parking and Security Procedures

Please note that a fee of $2.25 is required to enter the parking lot at the USDA Center. The machine accepts $1 bills and quarters.

Upon entering the building, visitors should inform security personnel that they are attending the Advisory Committee Meeting on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases. Identification is required. Visitor badges must be worn at all times while inside the building.

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COMMERCE



Access to Tissue Specimen Samples from the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank

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

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: NMFS is issuing a final rule that provides the criteria and procedures necessary to access tissue samples archived in the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank (NMMTB). These samples are available to the scientific community, contributors, and principal investigators for research that is consistent with the goals of the NMMTB and the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP).

DATES: This final rule is effective August 12, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the MMHSRP and the NMMTB Specimen Access Protocol can be obtained by writing to Dr. Teri Rowles, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, MMHSRP, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and can also be obtained from the MMHSRP Web site listed under the electronic Access portion of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Teri Rowles, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, 301-713-2322 ext 178.

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U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Prospectus

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for public comment.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce the availability of the Prospectus (Prospectus) for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Synthesis and Assessment Product addressing the CCSP Topic: "Temperature trends in the lower atmosphere-steps for understanding and reconciling differences'' for public comment. This Prospectus describes plans for scoping, drafting, reviewing, producing, and disseminating the final synthesis and assessment product for the listed CCSP Topic.

DATES: Comments must be received by August 12, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The Prospectus is posted on the CCSP Program Office web site. The address to access the Prospectus is: http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap1-1/sap1-1prospectus-draft.pdf.

Detailed instructions for making comments on the Prospectus are provided on the CCSP web site; http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap1-1/sap1-1prospectus-draft.htm. Please insure that submitted comments are prepared in accordance with these instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard H. Moss, Ph.D., Director, Climate Change Science Program Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone: (202) 419-3476.

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Hydrographic Services Review Panel; Meeting

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was established by the Secretary of Commerce and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice.

DATES: The meeting will be held Thursday, July 29, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The times and agenda topics may be subject to change. Refer to the web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel, 1605 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain Roger Parsons, Designated Federal Official, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. Phone: (301) 713-2770, Fax: (301) 713-4019; e-mail: or visit the NOAA HSRP Web site at http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm.

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EDUCATION

National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Assessment Governing Board; Education.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting and closed meetings.

SUMMARY: The notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 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 July 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: August 5-August 7, 2004.

Times:

August 5: Committee Meetings: Assessment Development Committee: closed session--9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP 12th Grade Participation: open session--2:30 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.

August 6: Full Board: open session--8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Committee Meetings: Assessment Development Committee: open session--10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology; open sessison--10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Reporting and Dissemination Committee: open session--10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

August 7: Full Board: open session--8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: The St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, National Assessment Government Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 825, Washington, DC, 20002-4233, 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.

The Assessment Development Committee will meet in closed session on August 5 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to review secure test items for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2006 assessments in U.S. History and Civics, and the NAEP 2007 Reading Assessment. The meeting must be conducted in closed session as disclosure of proposed test items from the NAEP assessments would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP program, and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of title 5 U.S.C.

On August 5, the Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP 12th Grade Participation and Motivation will meet in open session from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Execution Committee will meet in open session on August 5 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 government 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 and will provide an advantage to potential bidders attending the meeting. 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 August 6, the full Board will meet in open session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Board will approve the agenda; recognize departing Board members; 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 discuss NAEP inclusion and accommodation issues.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on August 6, 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.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., Board members will receive an ethics briefing from staff of the Office of General Counsel. This will be followed by Board discussion and action on the NAEP 2009 Reading
Framework from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Board will then receive a briefing on models for describing "readiness'' for postsecondary education from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., after which the August 6 session of the Board meeting will adjourn.

On August 7, the full Board will meet in open session from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. At 8:15 a.m., the Board will receive a briefing on pre-conference sessions that took place at the Large-Scale Assessment Conference. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., the Board will discuss NAEP Reporting Guidelines. This item will be followed by a presentation on student ``readiness'' for postsecondary options from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Board will discuss issues related to 12th Grade NAEP. Board actions on policies and Committee reports are scheduled to take place between 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Board members will elect the Vice Chair from 11:45 to 12 noon, upon which the August 7, 2004, session of the Board meeting will adjourn.

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 Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Health Committee and the Integrated Human Exposure Committee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public meeting of the SAB Environmental Health Committee and the Integrated Human Exposure Committee.

DATES: July 26, 2004. Monday, July 26, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The public meeting of the committees will be held at the SAB Conference Center located at the Woodies Building, 1025 F Street, NW., Room 3705, Washington, DC, 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public meeting may contact Dr. Sue Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9977, fax at (202) 233-0643, by e-mail at , or by mail at U.S. EPA SAB (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB and the meeting location may be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

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Notice of Two Open Meetings of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold two open meetings. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities.

First, a meeting of the full board will be held to discuss progress with work products under EFAB's current strategic action agenda and develop an action agenda to direct the Board's ongoing and new
activities through FY 2005. Topics of discussion include financial assurance mechanisms; innovative environmental financing tools; non-point source (watershed) financing; useful life financing of water
facilities; and joint operations of the drinking water and wastewater state revolving loan funds.

The second meeting will be a workshop to address affordability issues. The purpose of the workshop is to explore U.S. water and wastewater affordability problems and solutions, particularly those that affect lower income groups. The Board will collect information, ideas, and recommendations from a group of expert panelists who will share their perspective on affordability issues.

Both meetings are open to the public, however; seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend either meeting must register in advance, no later than Wednesday, August 4, 2004.

DATES: Full Board Meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2004, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and August 17, 2004, from 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Affordability Workshop is scheduled for August 18, 2004, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Omni San Francisco Hotel, 500 California St., Telegraph Hill Room, San Francisco, CA 94104.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To register for the meeting or get further information, please contact Alecia Crichlow, U.S. EPA, (202) 564-5188 or .

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Forum on Public Access to Federal Rulemaking Through the Internet; Announcement of Public Meetings and Request for Comment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The eRulemaking Initiative, a federal government-wide effort, will hold a series of public meetings and an online dialogue to obtain public input on its major projects.

The Initiative will use information technology to expand public understanding and involvement in the rulemaking process by providing an easy and consistent way for the public to search, view, and comment on proposed federal regulations online. It is comprised of three major parts. In January 2003, an inter-agency team launched http://www.regulations.gov, the first component of the Initiative. This Web site allows the public to search, view, and download all rulemaking documents published in the Federal Register. It also allows the public to submit comments on proposed regulations currently open for comment.

The second part of the Initiative is the development of a full-featured electronic docket management system that will provide the public with online access to the broad set of documents routinely included in regulatory and non-regulatory dockets (e.g., Federal Register notices; technical, scientific, and legal analyses; and public comments). It will continue to provide the public with the same capabilities as Regulations.gov and will ultimately replace existing electronic and paper-based docket systems. The federal docket system will include additional features, such as full-text and Boolean search capabilities, e-mail notification, data export, and reporting and tracking functions.

The last part of the eRulemaking Initiative is the development of an online workspace containing a variety of tools and templates to assist in the development, review, and publication of federal regulations and the analysis of public comments. Such tools will be available to federal regulation writers and the public and may include databases, collaboration applications, and content categorization software.

The Environmental Protection Agency, as managing partner of the eRulemaking Initiative, will convene a series of public meetings to solicit feedback on the usability and features of the Regulations.gov Web site, the planned government-wide electronic federal docket management system, and the online rulewriter toolbox. Comments received will be considered during the development and/or enhancements of these systems. In addition to these public meetings, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, in partnership with the eRulemaking Program Office, will host an online national dialogue to
solicit additional public input.

Individuals planning to attend the public meetings or participate in the online dialogue should contact the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for the location of the meeting. Please register no later than one week before the event.

DATES: Public meetings are scheduled to be held on the following dates:
1. August 2, 2004; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., San Francisco, CA.
2. August 3, 2004; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Chicago, IL.
3. August 9, 2004; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm., Cambridge, MA.
4. August 9, 2004; 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., Online Dialogue.
5. August 12, 2004; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Washington, DC.
Should a meeting be rescheduled, registrants will be notified via e-mail.
Comments must be received on or before August 16, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. OEI-2004-0002, by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. Agency Web site: http://www.epa.gov/edocket. EDOCKET,

EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: OEI Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

Hand Delivery: OEI Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. OEI-2004-0002. EPA's policy is that all comments received during the open comment period will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at: http://www.epa.gov/edocket, 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 EDOCKET or Regulations.gov.

The EPA EDOCKET and the federal Regulations.gov Web sites are ``anonymous access'' systems, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. 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 may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the EDOCKET index at: http://www.epa.gov/edocket. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in EDOCKET or in hard copy at the OEI Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 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 OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin Tensuan, eRulemaking Program Branch, Collection Strategies Division (Mail Code 2822V), Office of Environmental Information (OEI), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 632-0338; fax number: (202) 632-0349; e-mail address: .

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.

SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 69 FR 19240, with a correction notice for the title of the program at 69 FR 25145, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street, NW, oom 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 295, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send e-mail to . Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (703) 292-7556.

NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
supplementary information:

Title: The Evaluation of NDF's Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) Program.

OMB Control Number: 3145-NEW.

1. Abstract

This document has been prepared to support the clearance of data collection instruments to be used in the evaluation of the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program. The goals for the program are to (1) ensure that all K-12 students have access to, are prepared for, and are encouraged to participate and succeed in challenging curricula and advanced mathematics and science courses; (2) enhance the quality, quantity, and diversity of the K-12 mathematics and science teacher workforce; and (3) develop evidence-based outcomes that contribute to our understanding of how students effectively learn mathematics and science. The motivational force for realizing these goals is the formation of partnerships between institutions of higher education (IHEs) and K-12 school districts. The role of IHE content faculty is the cornerstone of this intervention. In fact, it is the rigorous involvement of science, mathematics, and engineering faculty--and the expectation that both IHEs and K-12 school systems will be transformed--that distinguishes MSP from other education reform efforts.

The components of the overall MSP portfolio include active projects whose initial awards were made in prior MSP competitions, as well as those to be awarded in the current MSP competition: (1) Comprehensive Partnerships that implement change in mathematics and/or science educational practices in both higher education institutions and in schools and school districts, resulting in improved student achievement across the K-12 continuum; (2) Targeted Partnerships that focus on improved K-12 student achievement in a narrower grade range or disciplinary focus within mathematics or science; (3) Institute Partnerships: Teacher Institutes for the 21st Century that focus on the development of mathematics and science teachers as school- and district-based intellectual leaders and master teachers; and (4) Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects that build and enhance largescale research and evaluation capacity for all MSP awardees and provide them with tools and assistance in the implementation and evaluation of their work.

The MSP online monitoring system, comprised of four web-based surveys, will collect a common core of data about each component of MSP. The web application for MSP will be developed with a modular design that incorporates templates and self-contained code modules for rapid development and ease of modification. A downloadable version will also be available for respondents who prefer a paper version that they can mail or fax to Westat. Information from the system will be used to document the Partnerships' annual progress toward meeting the Key features of MSP projects, such as developing partnerships between IHEs and local school districts, increasing teacher quality, quantity, and diversity, providing challenging courses and curricula, utilizing evidence-based design and outcome measures, and implementing institutional change and sustainability.

2. Expected Respondents

The expected respondents are principal investigators of all projects; STEM and education faculty members and administrators who participated in MSP; school districts and IHEs that are partners in an
MSP project.

3. Burden on the Public

During the first year of data collection, Cohort 1 projects will be asked to report baseline data (i.e., for 2001-02) as well as two years of activity data (2002-2004). Cohort 2 will be asked to report for its baseline (2002-03) and one year of activity data (2003-04). The total elements for this first year collection are 45,344 burden hours for a maximum of 2,552 participants, assuming a 100% response rate. The average annual reporting burden is approximately 17.75 hours per respondent. The burden on the public is negligible because the study is limited to project participants that have received funding from the MSP Program.

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National Science Board Committee on Strategy and Budget; Sunshine Act Meeting

Date and Time: July 16, 2004 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Closed Session.
Place: The National Science Foundation, Stafford One Building, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.
Status: This meeting will be closed to the public.

Matters To Be Considered: Friday, July 16, 2004.
Closed Session (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
The National Science Board Committee on Strategy and Budget will discuss the NSF FY 2006 budget request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Wilkinson, Executive Secretary, CSB, (703) 292-7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb.

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Sunshine Act Meeting Notice

Agency Holding Meeting: National Science Foundation, National Science Board, Ad hoc Committee on NSB Nominees Class of 2006-2012.

Date and Time: July 15, 2004 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

Status: This meeting will be closed to the public.Matters to be Considered: Nominees for appointments as NSB members.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Executive Officer and NSB Office Director, (703) 292-7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb.

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OCEAN COMMISSION

Public Meeting

AGENCY: Commission on Ocean Policy.

ACTION: Announcement of public meeting.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy was established pursuant to the Oceans Act of 2000 to make recommendations to the President and Congress for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy. The meeting will be held to consider changes to the Commission's Preliminary Report and approval of a draft final report containing such recommendations.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2004, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., ET.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Polin Cohanne, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, 1120 20th Street, NW., Suite 200 N, Washington, DC 20036, 202-418-3442, .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting is being held pursuant to the requirements of Section 3(e)(1) and (2) of the Oceans Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-256). The agenda will include opening remarks by the Chairman of the Commission, Admiral James D. Watkins, U.S. Navy (Retired) and other Commissioners, a discussion of changes being proposed to the Commission's Preliminary Report as a result of comments received from Governors and non-gubernatorial stakeholders pursuant to Section 3(g) of Public Law 106-256, a public comment session, the consideration of a motion to approve a draft final report, and such other actions as deemed necessary to submit to Congress and the President a final report of the Commission's findings and recommendations regarding United States ocean policy. A more detailed agenda, including the specific time for the public comment period, will be posted on the Commission's Web site at http://www.oceancommission.gov closer to the date of the public meeting. Anyone interested in speaking during the public comment period should review the Guidelines for Public Comment at Meetings posted on the Commission website.

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STATE



Meetings of the U.S.-Chile Environment Affairs Council and the U.S.-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative are providing notice that, as set forth in Chapter 19 (Environment) of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the two governments intend to hold the first meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the "Council'') in Santiago on July 22, 2004. Immediately following this meeting, the U.S.-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation (the "Commission''), established under the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA), will hold its inaugural meeting. The purpose of the two meetings is detailed below under Supplementary Information. A joint public session will also be held in conjunction with these meetings. In this notice, the Department of State and USTR are requesting: (1) Written comments from the public regarding agenda items for the Council meeting; (2) written comments regarding the eight cooperative projects listed in Annex 19.3 of Chapter 19 (Environment) of the FTA; and (3) written suggestions for bilateral environmental cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Chile in the priority areaoutlined below under Supplementary Information. In preparing comments, the public is encouraged to refer to:

The environment chapter of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, available at: http://www.ustr.gov/new/fta/Chile/final/19.environment.PDF

The U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement, available at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/or/22185.htm; and

The Final Environment Review of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, available at: http://www.ustr.gov/environment/tpa/chile-environment.pdf.

DATES: To guarantee receipt in proper time for consideration prior to the meeting, comments are requested no later than July 20, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent by fax to (202) 647-5947 or 202-647-1052, by e-mail to .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Luke Ney, Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Policy, telephone 202-647-6867.

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