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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 13-17 September 2004

DEFENSE

Estuary Habitat Restoration Council; Open Meeting

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with section 105(h) of the Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, (Title I, Pub. L. 106-457), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council. The meeting is open to the public.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be in room 3M60/70, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ellen Cummings, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC 20314-1000, (202) 761-4750; or Ms. Cynthia Garman-Squier, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Washington, DC (703) 695-6791.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Estuary Habitat Restoration Council consists of representatives of five agencies. These are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Agriculture, and Army. Among the duties of the Council is development of a national estuary restoration strategy designed in part to meet the goal of restoring one million acres by 2010.
Agenda topics will include election of a Council Chairperson, update on the National Estuary Restoration Inventory, reports on the Federal Symposium on Coastal Habitat Restoration and ongoing projects, and discussion of proposed focus areas for the future.

Current security measures require that persons interested in attending the meeting must pre-register with us before 2 p.m. October 4, 2004. Please contact Ellen Cummings to pre-register. When leaving a voice mail message please provide the name of the individual attending, the company or agency represented, and a telephone number, in case there are any questions. The public should enter on the "G'' Street side of the GAO building. All attendees are required to show photo identification and must be escorted to the meeting room by Corps personnel. Attendee's bags and other possessions are subject to being searched. All attendees arriving between one-half hour before and one-half hour after 10:00 a.m. will be escorted to the hearing. Those who are not pre-registered and/or arriving later than the allotted time will be unable to attend the public meeting.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-20955.htm


HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Institutes of Health

Enhanced Public Access to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Information

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: With this notice, NIH announces and seeks public comments regarding its plans to facilitate enhanced public access to NIH health-related research information. The NIH intends to request that its grantees and supported Principal Investigators provide the NIH with electronic copies of all final version manuscripts upon acceptance for publication if the research was supported in whole or in part by NIH funding. This would include all research grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, as well as National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowships. We define final manuscript as the author's version resulting after all modifications due to the peer review process. Submission of the final manuscript will provide NIH-supported investigators with an alternate means by which they will meet and fulfill the requirement of the provision of one copy of each publication in the annual or final progress reports. Submission of the electronic versions of final manuscripts will be monitored as part of the annual grant progress review and close-out process.

The NIH considers final manuscripts to be an important record of the research funded by the Government and will archive these manuscripts and any appropriate supplementary information in PubMed Central (PMC), NIH's digital repository for biomedical research. Six months after an NIH-supported research study's publication-or sooner if the publisher agrees-the manuscript will be made available freely to the public through PMC. If the publisher requests, the author's final version of the publication will be replaced in the PMC archive by the final publisher's copy with an appropriate link to the publisher's electronic database.

As with NIH's DNA sequence and genetics databases, this digital archive in PMC is expected to be fully searchable to enhance retrieval and can be shared with other international digital repositories to maximize archiving and to provide widespread access to this information. It is anticipated that investigators applying for new and competing renewal support from the NIH will utilize this resource by providing links in their applications to their PubMed archived information. This practice will increase the efficiency of the application and review process.

The NIH trusts that the up-to-six-month delay to public archiving in PMC recommended by the policy will not result in unreasonable or disproportionate charges to grantees. As with all other costs, NIH expects its grantees to be careful stewards of Federal funds and to carefully manage these resources. We will carefully monitor requested budgets and other costing information and would consider options to ensure that grantees' budgets are not unduly affected by this policy. Background: The NIH is dedicated to improving the health of Americans by conducting and funding biomedical research that will help prevent, detect, treat, and reduce the burdens of disease and disability. In order to achieve these goals, it is essential to ensure that scientific information arising from NIH-funded research is available in a timely fashion to other scientists, health care providers, students, teachers, and the many millions of Americans searching the Web to obtain credible health-related information. The NIH's mission includes a long-standing commitment to share and support public access to the results and accomplishments of the activities that it funds.

Establishing a comprehensive, searchable electronic resource of NIH-funded research results and providing free access to all, is perhaps the most fundamental way to collect and disseminate this information. The NIH must balance this need with the ability of journals and publishers to preserve their critical role in the peer review, editing, and scientific quality control process. The economic and business implications of any changes to the current paradigm must be considered as the NIH weighs options to ensure public access to the results of studies funded with public support without compromising the quality of the information being provided. The NIH has established and intends to maintain a dialogue with publishers, investigators, and representatives from scientific associations and the public to ensure the success of this initiative.

Request for Comments: The NIH encourages comments concerning its intentions to enhance public access to NIH-funded health-related research information as outlined in this notice. Comments on short-term impacts and suggestions for mitigating these are especially welcome. Persons, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on NIH's intentions should direct their comments to the following NIH Web site: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/public_access/add.htm. As an alternative, comments may be submitted by e-mail to PublicAccess@nih.gov or sent by mail to the following address: NIH Public Access Comments, National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 350, Bethesda, MD 20892-7963.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 16, 2004.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-21097.htm


INTERIOR

Invasive Species Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is Co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. The purpose of a meeting on October 13-15, 2004, is to convene the full Advisory Committee; and to discuss implementation of action items outlined in the National Invasive Species Management Plan, which was finalized on January 18, 2001.

DATES: Meeting of Invasive Species Advisory Committee: 8 a.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2004 (ISAC Orientation); 8:30 a.m., Thursday, October 14, 2004; and 8 a.m., Friday, October 15, 2004 (Actual Meeting).

ADDRESSES: National Conservation Training Center, 968 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Both the orientation and actual meeting will be held in Room 170--Instructional West Building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Analyst; Phone: (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-21003.htm


MORRIS K. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOUNDATION

AGENCY: U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Morris K.
Udall Foundation.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR) Advisory Committee, of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, has postponed the Committee's teleconference previously noticed and scheduled for September 15, 2004, to October 7, 2004. The call will occur from 2 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m. eastern daylight time on October 7, 2004. Members of the public may participate in the call by dialing 1-800-930-9002 and entering a passcode: 8072291.

During this teleconference, the Committee will discuss: the Committee's first draft report, next steps for the Committee and planning for future Committee work. The draft report by the Committee can be viewed at http://www.ecr.gov/necrac/reports.htm.

Members of the public may make oral comments on the teleconference or submit written comments. In general, each individual or group making an oral presentation will be limited to five minutes, and total oral comment time will be limited to one-half hour at the end of the call.

Written comments may be submitted by mail or by e-mail to gargus@ecr.gov. Written comments received in the U.S. Institute office far enough in advance of a meeting may be provided to the Committee prior to the meeting; comments received too near the meeting date to allow for distribution will normally be provided to the Committee at the meeting. Comments submitted during or after the meeting will be accepted but may not be provided to the Committee until after that meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who desires further information concerning the teleconference or wishes to submit oral or written comments should contact Tina Gargus, Special Projects Coordinator, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701; phone (520) 670-5299, fax (520) 670-5530, or e-mail at gargus@ecr.gov. Requests to make oral comments must be in writing (or by e-mail) to Ms. Gargus and be received no later than 5 p.m. mountain standard time on Friday, October 1, 2004. Copies of the draft meeting agenda may be obtained from Ms. Gargus at the address, phone and e-mail address listed above.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-20880.htm


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