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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 19-23 July 2004

COMMERCE

Integrated Ocean Observation System; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given to those interested of a public meeting on the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), in New York, New York. The meeting is focused on the needs and questions from the maritime navigational services community as a participant/user in IOOS, but will address IOOS development and implementation and NOAA's role and responsibilities as part of IOOS. Attendees are asked to register for the meeting on-line no later than Monday July 26, 2004, with the National Ocean Service (see Supplementary Information, below).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, (212) 977-4000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Szabados, Director, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, , (301) 713-2981.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to public participation. Morning sessions are briefings about IOOS. The afternoon sessions beginning at 1:30 p.m. will be for comments, issues and concerns, with interactive, facilitated discussions, including time for direct verbal comments or questions from the public. Each individual or group making a verbal comment will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments may be submitted on-line or at the meeting. Approximately 75 seats will be available for the public. Seats will be available on a first-come, first served basis. To assist in the management of the meeting, all participants are asked to register for the meeting on the NOAA/NOS Web site, found at: http://www8.nos.noaa.gov/ioos/ no later than close of business July 26, 2004.

Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include discussion on the following topics: (1) Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS); (2) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) contribution to the IOOS National Backbone; (3) IOOS Recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy; and, (4) IOOS Regional Associations stakeholder outreach.

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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of meetings of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) from August 10 through August 12, 2004.

DATES: The meetings are scheduled as follows:
August 10, 2004, 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
August 11, 2004, 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
August 12, 2004, 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Westmark Baranof Hotel, 127 N Franklin, Juneau, AK. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to MAFAC, Office of Constituent Services, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, 9508, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Bryant, Designated Federal Official; telephone: (301) 713-2379 ext. 171.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As required by section 10(a) (2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (1982), notice is hereby given of meetings of MAFAC. MAFAC was established by the Secretary of Commerce (the "Secretary'') on February 17, 1972, to advise the Secretary on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the National Marine Fisheries Service (the "Agency''). The Committee is composed of leaders in commercial, recreational, environmental, academic, state, tribal, and consumer interests from the nation's coastal regions.

Matters To Be Considered

August 10, 2004

General overview and updates on agency activities including Individual Fishing Quota initiatives, Recreational Fisheries Draft Strategic plan, and implementation status of the National Bycatch
Reduction Plan, National Sea Grant Program, and collaborative Projects. Discussions will include participation from Sea Grant.

August 11, 2004

MAFAC will review and discuss the agency's initiative to modify National Standard One Guidelines under the Sustainable Fisheries Act. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to discussing the development of Marine Aquaculture policy.

August 12, 2004

The committee will make final reports to NOAA Fisheries prepare for the next meeting in 2005, and adjourn.

Time will be set aside for public comment on agenda items.

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EDUCATION

Regional Advisory Committees; Request for Nomination of Members

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

What Is the Purpose of This Notice?

The purpose of this notice is to give the public the opportunity to nominate candidates for positions on 10 regional advisory committees that will be chartered by the Secretary.

What Is the Role of the Regional Advisory Committees?

Section 206 of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 ("the Act'') requires the establishment of the committees to advise the Secretary on the educational needs of each of 10 geographic regions. The committees will conduct educational needs assessments in their respective regions, and will submit reports on the assessment results to the Secretary. The educational needs identified by the committees will be considered by the Secretary in establishing priorities for a new program of comprehensive centers described in section 203 of the Act and for regional educational laboratories authorized in section 174 of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The comprehensive centers and regional educational laboratories will provide technical assistance to State educational agencies, school districts and schools to help them implement the goals and programs of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, and use the best research and proven practices in their school improvement efforts.

How Will the Regional Advisory Committees Assess Educational Needs?

Each regional advisory committee will conduct a variety of activities, including virtual meetings, to obtain information from individuals, agencies and organizations in the region regarding the region's educational needs and how those needs would be most effectively addressed. Governors, chief State school officers and State staff, school district educators, public and charter school administrators, teachers and parents, regional education service providers, researchers, and business representatives would be among those asked to participate in the assessment.

What Is the Composition of Each Regional Advisory Committee?

Each committee will reflect a balanced representation of the States in the region and will not have more than one representative from each State educational agency in the region. In addition, the total number of local educational agency representatives, parents, and practicing educators will be greater than the total number of State educational agency representatives, higher education representatives, business representatives and researchers on the committee. The committees will vary in size but, on average, may have about 12 members.

What States Are Included in Each Region?
The 10 regions are the same geographic regions served by the regional educational laboratories and include the following States and entities:
Region 1: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Region 2: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
Region 3: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah
Region 4: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
Region 5: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands
Region 6: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC
Region 7: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming
Region 8: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Region 9: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
Region 10: Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau

Who Is Eligible To Be Nominated?
You may nominate:
1. State educational agency representatives
2. Local educational agency (both rural and urban) representatives
3. Representatives of institutions of higher education, including individuals representing university-based education research and university-based research in subjects other than education.
4. Parents.
5. Practicing educators, including classroom teachers, principals, administrators, school board members, and other local school officials.
6. Business representatives.
7. Researchers.

How Long Will Members of the Regional Advisory Committees Serve?

Members will serve for up to six months. The Secretary will dissolve each committee after the committee submits its needs assessment report. The report is due to the Secretary not later than 6 months after the committee is first convened.

How Can I Nominate Someone?

The nominator must submit for each nominee the following information to the U.S. Department of Education:
1. A resume of 5 pages or less that highlights relevant educational and professional experiences; and
2. A cover page that lists (a) the nominee's name, position, organization or group affiliation, mailing address, phone number(s), fax number, e-mail address and the State represented, and (b) the name,
position, organization or group affiliation, mailing address, phone number(s) fax number and e-mail address of the person making the nomination.

Send the nomination materials electronically to or by mail to Enid Simmons, US Department of Education, School Support and Technology Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3E303, Washington, DC 20202-6400. Telephone: 202-708-9499.

When Must Nominations Be Received?

All nominations must be received no later than 30 days from the date of the publication of this Notice, midnight Eastern Standard Time. If the 30th day falls on a weekend or a Federal holiday, the deadline will be the next working day.

How Can I Get Additional Information?

If you have questions about the nomination process or about the regional advisory committees, please send them electronically to or by mail to Enid Simmons, U.S. Department of Education, School Support and Technology Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3E303, Washington, DC 20202-6400. Telephone: 202-708-9499.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: On August 24-25, August 26-27, and September 9-10, 2004, the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will hold three separate meetings to consider and review three fumigant bystander exposure models. This particular notice announces the August 24-25 meeting at which the SAP will review the Probabilistic Exposure and Risk model for FUMigants (PERFUM) using iodomethane as a case study. On August 26-27, the SAP will review the Fumigant Exposure Modeling System (FEMS) using metam sodium as a case study. On September 9-10, the SAP will review the SOil Fumigant Exposure Assessment system (SOFEA(copyright)) using telone as a case study. Additional details about the August 24-25 meeting are provided below. Separate notices are available for each of the other meetings that provide additional details specific to those meetings.

DATES: The meeting will be held on August 24-25 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m, eastern time.

Comments: For the deadlines for the submission of requests to present oral comments and the submission of written comments, see Unit I.E. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations: Nominations of scientific experts to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 6, 2004.

Special seating: Requests for special seating arrangements should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202. The telephone number for the Holiday Inn National Airport is (703) 684-7200.

Comments: Written comments may be submitted electronically (preferred), through hand delivery/courier, or by mail. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations, Requests to present oral comments, and Special seating: To submit nominations for ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting, requests for special seating arrangements, or requests to present oral comments, notify the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, your request must identify docket ID number OPP-2004-0240 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Knott, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-0103; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail addresses:

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FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: On August 24-25, 2004, August 26-27, 2004, and September 9-10, 2004, the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will hold three separate meetings to consider and review three fumigant bystander exposure models. This particular notice announces the August 26-27, 2004 meeting at which the SAP will review the Fumigant Exposure Monitoring System (FEMS) using metam sodium as a case study. On August 24-25, 2004, the SAP will review the Probabilistic Exposure and Risk model for FUMigants (PERFUM) using iodomethane as a case study. On September 9-10, 2004 the SAP will review the SOil Fumigant Exposure Assessment system (SOFEA(copyright)) using telone as a case study. Additional details about the August 26-27, 2004 meeting are provided below. Separate notices are available for each of the other meetings that provide additional details specific to those meetings.

DATES: The meeting will be held on August 26-27, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m, eastern time.

Comments: For the deadlines for the submission of requests to present oral comments and the submission of written comments, see Unit I.E. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations: Nominations of scientific experts to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 6, 2004.

Special seating: Requests for special seating arrangements should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202. The telephone number for the Holiday Inn National Airport is (703) 684-7200.

Comments: Written comments may be submitted electronically (preferred), through hand delivery/courier, or by mail. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations, Requests to present oral comments, and Special seating: To submit nominations for ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting, requests for special seating arrangements, or requests to present oral comments, notify the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, your request must identify docket ID number OPP-2004-0241 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Lewis, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) -564-8381; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail addresses: .

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FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: On August 24-25, 2004, August 26-27, 2004 and September 9-10, 2004, the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will hold three separate meetings to consider and review three fumigant bystander exposure models. This particular notice announces the September 9-10, 2004 meeting at which the SAP will review the SOil Fumigant Exposure Assessment system (SOFEA(copyright)) using telone as a case study. On August 24-25, 2004 the SAP will review the Probabilistic Exposure and Risk model for FUMigants (PERFUM) using iodomethane as a case study. On August 26-27, 2004 the SAP will review the Fumigant Exposure Modeling System (FEMS) using metam sodium as a case study. Additional details about the September 9-10, 2004 meeting are provided below. Separate notices are available for each of the other meetings that provide additional details specific to those meetings.

DATES: The meeting will be held on September 9-10 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m, eastern time.

Comments: For the deadlines for the submission of requests to present oral comments and the submission of written comments, see Unit I.E. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations: Nominations of scientific experts to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 6, 2004.

Special seating: Requests for special seating arrangements should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202 (703) 684-7200. The telephone number for the Holiday Inn National Airport is (703) 684-7200.

Comments: Written comments may be submitted electronically preferred), through hand delivery/courier, or by mail. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations, Requests to present oral comments, and Special seating: To submit nominations for ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting, requests for special seating arrangements, or requests to present oral comments, notify the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, your request must identify docket ID number OPP-2004-0242 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Bailey, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2045; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail addresses:

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HOMELAND SECURITY

Supplemental Information Regarding the H-1B Numerical Limitation for Fiscal Year 2004 Affecting F and J Nonimmigrants

AGENCY: Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: On February 25, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) published a notice in the Federal Register informing the public of the procedures DHS would follow as the fiscal year 2004 (FY 2004) numerical cap for the H-1B nonimmigrant category would be reached. This notice supplements that information and informs the public that as part of those H-1B cap procedures the Secretary of Homeland Security will exercise his authority to extend the status of certain F and J nonimmigrant students if DHS has received from their prospective employer a timely filed request for change of nonimmigrant status to that of an H-1B nonimmigrant no later than July 30, 2004 and the employment start date on the petition is no later than October 1, 2004.

DATES: This notice is effective July 23, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin J. Cummings, Business and Trade Services Branch/Program and Regulation Development, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 425 I Street, NW., ULLB 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20536, telephone (202) 305-3175.

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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 July 14, 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 July 14, 2004, in FR Doc. 04-15883, on page 42217, third column, correct the title of the information collection to read: Monitoring for the National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program.

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