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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 4-8 October 2004

AGRICULTURE

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the Foreign Animal Disease Surveillance Program.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 7, 2004.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
EDOCKET: Go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once you have entered EDOCKET, click on the "View Open APHIS Dockets" link to locate this document.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send four copies of your comment (an original and three copies) to Docket No. 04-096-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700
River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. 04-096-1.
E-mail: Address your comment to regulations@aphis.usda.gov. Your comment must be contained in the body of your message; do not send attached files. Please include your name and address in your message and "Docket No. 04-096-1" on the subject line.
Agency Web Site: Go to http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/cominst.html for a form you can use to submit an e-mail comment through the APHIS Web site.
Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.
Other Information: You may view APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names of groups and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding the Foreign Animal Disease Surveillance Program, contact Dr. Aida Boghossian, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Emergency Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 41, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5776. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 734-7477.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Title: Foreign Animal Disease/Emerging Disease Investigation (FAD/EDI) Database.
OMB Number: 0579-0071.
Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection.

Abstract: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), among other things, administers regulations intended to prevent foreign diseases of livestock or poultry from being introduced into the United States, conducts surveillance for the early detection of such foreign animal diseases, and conducts eradication programs if such foreign diseases are detected.
Through our Foreign Animal Disease Surveillance Program, APHIS compiles essential epidemiological and diagnostic data that are used to define foreign animal diseases and their risk factors. When a potential foreign animal disease incident is reported, APHIS dispatches a foreign animal disease veterinary diagnostician to the site to conduct an investigation.
The diagnostician obtains vital epidemiologic data by conducting field investigations, including sample collection, and by interviewing the owner or manager of the premises being investigated.
These important data include such items as the number of sick or dead animals on the premises, the results of necropsy examinations, vaccination information on the animals in the flock or herd, biosecurity practices at the site, whether any animals were recently moved out of the herd or flock, whether any new animals were recently introduced into the herd or flock, and detailed geographic data concerning premises location.

Government diagnosticians record this information on Veterinary Services (VS) Form 12-27, which is available electronically, allowing epidemiological and diagnostic information to be collected and transmitted more easily and quickly. The owner/manager of the premises being investigated assists in this process by verbally providing information to the diagnostician.
We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us:
(1) Evaluate 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;
(2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 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, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.978947368 hours per response.
Respondents: Government diagnosticians; owners/managers of premises.
Estimated annual number of respondents: 635.
Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 3.889763779.
Estimated annual number of responses: 2,470.
Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 2,418 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.)
All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/E4-2553.htm

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information
collection associated with regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms and products.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 6, 2004.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
EDOCKET: Go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once you have entered EDOCKET, click on the "View Open APHIS Dockets" link to locate this document.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send four copies of your comment (an original and three copies) to Docket No. 04-100-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700
River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. 04-100-1.
E-mail: Address your comment to regulations@aphis.usda.gov. Your comment must be contained in the body of your message; do not send attached files. Please include your name and address in your message and "Docket No. 04-100-1" on the subject line.
Agency Web Site: Go to http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/cominst.html for a form you can use to submit an e-mail comment through the APHIS Web site.
Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.
Other Information: You may view APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names of groups and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations governing the introduction of genetically engineered organisms and products, contact Mr. Steven M. Bennett, Management Analyst, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5672. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 734-7477.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Title: 7 CFR Part 340; Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering.
OMB Number: 0579-0085.
Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/E4-2523.htm


COMMERCE

International Whaling Commission; Intersessional Revised Management Scheme Working Group Meeting; Nominations

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

ACTION: Request for nominations.

SUMMARY: This notice is a call for nominees for one non-federal position to the U.S. Delegation to the November 2004 International Whaling Commission (IWC) intersessional Revised Management Scheme (RMS) Working Group meeting.

DATES: All nominations for the U.S. Delegation to the IWC intersessional RMS Working Group meeting must be received by October 22, 2004.

ADDRESSES: All nominations for the U.S. Delegation to the IWC intersessional RMS Working Group meeting should be addressed to Rolland Schmitten, U.S. Commissioner to the IWC, and sent via post to: Cheri McCarty, 13708, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Prospective Congressional advisors to the delegation should contact the Department of State directly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri McCarty, 301-713-2322, Ext. 114.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce is charged with the responsibility of discharging the obligations of the United States under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946. The U.S. Commissioner has primary responsibility for the preparation and negotiation of U.S. positions on international issues concerning whaling and for all matters involving the IWC. He is staffed by the Department of Commerce and assisted by the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, the Marine Mammal Commission, and by other agencies. The non-federal representative selected as a result of this nomination process is responsible for providing input and recommendations to the U.S. IWC Commissioner representing the positions of non-governmental organizations.

The intersessional RMS Working Group meeting will be held November 29-December 1, 2004, in Borgholm, Sweden.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22482.htm

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Papers Addressing Scientific Issues in the Risk Assessment of Metals

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announces the availability of five scientific papers on metals risk assessment. The papers include: (1) Issue Paper on the Environmental Chemistry of Metals; (2) Issue Paper on Metal Exposure Assessment; (3) Issue Paper on the Ecological Effects of Metals; (4) Issue Paper on the Human Health Effects of Metals; and (5) Issue Paper on the Bioavailability and Bioaccumulation of Metals. Development of these papers was led by Eastern Research Group Inc., a contractor to EPA. These papers will inform EPA's continuing discussion of practices and methods for the risk assessment of metals.

DATES: The scientific papers will be available on or about October 4, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The issue papers are available primarily via the Internet on the Risk Assessment Forum's Web page http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/raf/recordisplay.cfm?deid=86119. A limited number of paper copies will be available from the EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone: 1-800-490-9198 or 513-489-8190; facsimile: 513-489-8695. Please provide your name and mailing address and the title and EPA number of the requested publication, "Papers Addressing Scientific Issues in the Risk Assessment of Metals" (EPA/630/R-04/118).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dr. William P. Wood, Executive Director, Risk Assessment Forum, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development; telephone: (202) 564-3361; facsimile: (202) 565-0062; or e-mail: risk.forum@epa.gov@epa.govrisk.forum@epa.gov@epa.gov..

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22254.htm


The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group; Working Committee on Water Quality and Pesticide Disposal; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Water Quality and Pesticide Disposal (WC/WQ&PD) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on October 25, 2004, and ending October 26, 2004. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, October 25, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, October 26, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Georgia A. McDuffie, Field and External Affairs Division, (7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 605-0195; fax number: (703) 308-1850; e-mail address:mcduffie.georgia@epa.gov or Philip H. Gray, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 1249, Hardwick, VT 05843-1249; telephone number: (802) 472-6956; fax number: (802) 472-6957; e-mail address:aapco@plainfield.bypass.com.

Does this Action Apply to Me?

You may be potentially affected by this action if you are interested in SFIREG information exchange relationship with EPA regarding important issues related to human health, environmental exposure to pesticides, and insight into EPA's decision-making process. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings and participate as appropriate. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to those persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22489.htm

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Foreign Quarantine

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Amendment of February 4, 2004, order to embargo bird and bird products imported from Malaysia.

SUMMARY: On February 4, 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order immediately banning the import of all birds (Class: Aves) from specified Southeast Asian countries, subject to limited exemptions for pet birds and certain bird-derived products. CDC took this step because birds from these countries potentially can infect humans with avian influenza (Influenza A (H5N1)). The February 4 order complemented a similar action taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). On March 10, 2004, CDC lifted the embargo of birds and bird products from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region because of the documented public health and animal health measures taken by Hong Kong officials to prevent spread of the outbreak within Hong Kong and the absence of avian influenza cases in Hong Kong's domestic and wild bird populations. APHIS took a similar action. CDC and APHIS are now imposing an embargo on birds and bird products from Malaysia because of the documented cases of Influenza A (H5N1) in poultry in Malaysia. All other portions of the February 4, 2004, order and March 10, 2004, amendment remain in effect until further notice.

DATES: This action is effective on September 28, 2004 and will remain in effect until further notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Arguin, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop C-14, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30330, telephone, 404-498-1600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On August 19, 2004, the Office of International Epizootics (OIE), an international organization that reports the occurrence of animal diseases detected worldwide, listed Malaysia among the countries in which an outbreak of avian influenza was occurring. According to the OIE emergency report, there was a laboratory-confirmed report of H5N1 influenza virus on one farm in Malaysia at Kelantan State, Tumpat district, Pasir Pekan village. The initial flock of village chickens consisted of 60 birds of mixed ages, reared free range. Within a 1-km radius of the affected flock there are another 103 village chickens, 62 birds of mixed species and 8 ducks (173 birds total). On September 9, 2004, OIE reported a second laboratory-confirmed occurrence of H5N1 influenza in a flock of birds located in an area 5 kilometers from the previously infected flock. The susceptible avian population within the village included 1,608 chickens, 68 bantam chickens, 4 turkeys, 93 ducks, 9 geese, 60 quail, and 193 other species (2,035 birds total).

The government of Malaysia has instituted a number of control measures, including depopulation of poultry and birds within a one-kilometer radius of the infective flock; quarantine and clinical surveillance within a 10-kilometer radius of the inflected flock; and restrictions on the movement of birds and their products to other states within Malaysia.

Introduction of influenza A (H5N1)-infected birds into the United States could lead to outbreaks of disease in the human population, a significant public health threat. Banning the importation of all avian species from affected countries, including Malaysia, is an effective means of limiting this threat. CDC is therefore taking this action to reduce the chance of introduction or spread of influenza A (H5N1).

Immediate Action

Therefore, pursuant to 42 CFR 71.32(b), the February 4, 2004, order is amended to add Malaysia to the list of countries subject to that order's embargo of birds and products derived from birds (including hatching eggs). All other portions of the February 4, 2004 order (69 FR 7165, Feb. 13, 2004) and the March 10, 2004 amendment (69 FR 12975, Mar. 19, 2004) shall remain in effect until further notice.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22258.htm

Request for Nominations for Voting Members of a Public Advisory Committee and Subcommittees

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Food Advisory Committee (the Parent Committee) and certain subcommittees of the Food Advisory Committee in FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies and those that will or may occur through June 30, 2005.

FDA has special interest in ensuring that women, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are adequately represented on advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of qualified candidates from these groups.

DATES: Because scheduled vacancies occur on various dates throughout the year, no cutoff date is established for the receipt of nominations. However, when possible, nominations should be received at least 6 months before the date of scheduled vacancies for each year, as indicated in this document.

ADDRESSES: Send all nominations and curricula vitae to Carolyn Jeletic Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-6), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 301-436-2397, FAX: 301-436-2633, e-mail: Carolyn.Jeletic@cfsan.fda.gov.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22498.htm


Clinical Pharmacology Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science; Notice of Meeting

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

Name of Committee: Clinical Pharmacology Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science.

General Function of the Subcommittee: To provide advice and recommendations to the agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

Date and Time: The meeting will be held on November 3, 2004, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on November 4, 2004, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee Conference Room, rm. 1066, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD.

Contact Person: Hilda Scharen, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-21), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane (for express delivery, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1093), Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-7001, FAX 301-827-6776, e-mail: SCHARENH@cder.fda.gov or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572) in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512539. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting.

Agenda: On November 3, 2004, the subcommittee will: (1) Receive topic updates for ongoing FDA activities previously presented to the subcommittee; (2) discuss and provide comments on the evidence for updating labels of approved drugs to include integrating pharmacogenetic, pharmacokinetic, and prognostic biomarkers for the purpose of optimizing therapeutic response and reducing risks of toxicity; and (3) discuss and provide comments on metabolism- and transporter-based drug-drug interactions included as recommendations in a draft guidance for industry being prepared by FDA. On November 4, 2004, the subcommittee will discuss and provide comments on a new critical path project related to general aspects of the transition of biomarkers to surrogate endpoints, with a focus on planning and process, rather than on specific biomarkers or surrogate endpoints.

Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the subcommittee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person by October 25, 2004. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on November 3, 2004, and between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on November 4, 2004. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person before October 25, 2004, and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation.

Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Hilda Scharen at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22214.htm

Radioactive Drugs for Certain Research Uses; Public Meeting

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting to discuss the use of certain radioactive drugs for research purposes without an investigational new drug application (IND) under the conditions set forth in FDA regulations (typically, use of radioactive drugs to determine drug disposition in the body). We are seeking public input on the potential need to modify the conditions under which these radioactive drugs are studied in light of the scientific and technological developments since we adopted the regulations in 1975.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on November 16, 2004, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Submit electronic requests to speak plus a presentation abstract by October 19, 2004, to Maria R. Walsh. Submit final presentations and requests for special accommodations (due to disability) by November 2, 2004, to Maria R. Walsh. Submit written or electronic comments by January 16, 2005, to Division of Dockets Management.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the CDER Advisory Committee Conference Room, rm. 1066, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.
You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. 2004N-0432, 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: fdadockets@oc.fda.gov. Include Docket No. 2004N-
0432 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 (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket No. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/default.htm, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the "Comments" heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/default.htm and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the "Search" box and follow the prompts, or go to the Division of Dockets Management, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Transcripts of the public meeting will be available for review at the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) and on the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria R. Walsh, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-103), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-3139, FAX 301-480-3761, e-mail: walsh@cder.fda.gov.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22354.htm

INTERIOR

Geological Survey

Request for Public Comments on Extension of Existing Information Collection To Be Submitted to OMB for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

The proposal for the information collection described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Copies of the proposed collection of information may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed below. Comments on the proposal should be made within 60 days to the Bureau Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192, telephone (703) 648-7313.
As required by OMB regualtions at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), the U.S. Geological Survey solicits specific public comments as to:
1. Whether the collection of information is necessary faor the proper performance of the functions on the bureaus, including whether the information will have practical utility;
2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
4. How 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 forms of information technology.
Title: North American Breeding Bird Survey.
Current OMB Approval Number: 1028-0079.
Summary: The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a long-term, large-scale avian monitoring program that was initiated in 1966 to track the status and trends of continental bird populations. Each spring, interested volunteers conduct 3-minute point counts of birds along roadsides across the United States. Data can be submitted electronically via the Internet or on hard copy. These data provide an index of population abundance that can be used to estimate population trends and relative abundances at various geographic scales. Declining population trends act as an early warning system to galvanize reserach to determine the causes of these declines and reverse them before populations reach critically low levels. The BBS currently lprovides population trend estimates for 420 bird species and raw data for more than 650 species via the web.
Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 2500.
Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 12,500 hours.
Affected Public: Primarily U.S. residents.
For Further Information Contact: To obtain copies of the survey, contact the Bureau clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192,
telephone (703) 648-7313.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22180.htm

National Preservation Technology and Training Board: Meeting

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), the Preservation Technology and Training Board will meet October 18, 2004, in the 3rd floor Conference Room of the Main Building at Ellis Island National Monument, New York, NY. The public can access the Island via the Circle Line Ferry, departing from Battery Park in Manhattan, NY, or Liberty State Park, NJ. Those wishing to be present for the beginning of the meeting should plan to take the 8:30 a.m. ferry from either location. Ferry schedules can be confirmed online prior to the meeting at http://www.circleline.com. Notification of this meeting may appear in the Federal Register less than 15 calendar days prior to the meeting date due to difficulties in arranging the meeting venue.

DATES: The meeting at Ellis Island National Monument, New York, NY, is scheduled for October 18, 2004. The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end no later than 5:15 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Persons wishing more information concerning the meeting, or who wish to submit written statements, may contact Mr. de Teel Patterson Tiller, Deputy Associate Director, Cultural Resources, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW-3128 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208-7625. Increased security in the Washington, DC, area may cause delays in the delivery of U.S. Mail to government offices. In addition to mail or commercial delivery, please fax a copy of the written submission to Mr. Tiller at (202) 273-3237.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board was established by Congress to provide leadership, policy advice, and professional oversight to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), as required under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470).

The Board meeting's agenda will include NCPTT operations, budget, and program development; NCPTT business and strategic plans; Preservation Technology and Training grants; the Heritage Education program; and PTT Board workgroup reports.

The Board meeting is open to the public. Facilities and space for accommodating members of the public are limited, however, and persons will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Any member of the public may file a written statement concerning the matters to be discussed.

Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection no later than 90 days after the meeting at the office of the Deputy Associate Director, Cultural Resources, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW-3128 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208-7625.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-22571.htm

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

Committee Management; Notice of Renewal

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

ACTION: Notice.

Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2; 20 U.S.C. 5601-5609.SUMMARY: This notice is published in accordance with section 9(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-463). The executive director of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation has determined that the renewal of the National ECR Advisory Committee is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) by 20 U.S.C. 5601 et seq. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

Name of Committee: National ECR Advisory Committee.
Purpose and Objective: The committee will provide advice to the director of the U.S. Institute and to the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Foundation regarding future program directions, including the U.S. Institute's role in connection with the implementation of Section 101 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4331).

Balanced Membership Plan: The committee will consist of a maximum of 30 members representing a balanced cross-section of viewpoints concerning environmental issues and the field of environmental conflict resolution. Among the interests represented will be environmental advocates, resource users, affected communities, state and/or local governments, tribes, federal environmental and resource management agencies, the conflict resolution and legal communities, and academic institutions.

Duration: The committee's duration began October 2, 2002, and is being renewed through April 30, 2005.

Responsible Officials: The designated federal officer is Dr. Kirk Emerson, director of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701, telephone 520 670-5299.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).
Dates: October 20, 2004, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., October 21, 2004 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Dr. Margaret Cavanaugh, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone: (703) 292-8500.
Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.
Agenda:

October 20
Update on recent NSF environmental activities.
Report on NSF-DOE Water workshop.
Discussion of ACERE document on strategies for Complex Environmental Systems research and education and occasional papers.
AC-ERE task group meetings.October 21
AC-ERE task group reports.
Meeting with the Acting Director.
Presentation on "MIT-CC Partnership".
Panel on NSF Diversity Programs.

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Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).
Dates/Time: October 25, 2004, 8:30 a.m.--5:30 p.m. and October 26, 2004, 8:30 a.m.--2 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235 S, Arlington, VA 22230.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and Executive Liaison, CEOSE, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.
Telephone: (703) 292-8040.
Minutes: May be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.
Agenda:

Monday, October 25, 2004

Welcome by the CEOSE Chair.
Introduction of New Members.
Review of the CEOSE Meeting Agenda.
Discussions:
CEOSE Meetings Held at Little Big Horn and Chief Dull Knife Colleges in Montana;
Meeting with Dr. Ardent L. Bement, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation.
Congressionally Required Ten-Year Reports Prepared by CEOSE Members.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair.
Presentations:
Response to Action items in the CEOSE Meeting Minutes;
Report on Mentoring Workshop;
Reports on NSF Advisory Committees;
Changes in SESTAT;
Data on Persons with Disabilities.
Discussions:
Plans for the CEOSE 2004 Biennial Report to Congress;
Recommendations by CEOSE;
Dates for Future CEOSE Meetings.

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Advisory Committee for Geosciences; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public law 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: Advisory Committee for Geosciences (1755).
Dates/Times: October 27, 2004, 2-5:30 p.m., October 28, 2004 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., October 29, 2004, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Dr. Thomas Spence, Directorate for Geosciences,
National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230, phone 703-292-8500.
Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for research, education, and human resources development in the geosciences.
Agenda:

Day 1
Directorate Activity Reports
Meeting with NSF Deputy Director
Day 2
Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Activities
Division Subcommittee Meeting and Reports
Day 3
Education and Diversity Subcommittee Meeting
Committee of Visitors Reports
Intersessional Activities

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Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Advisory Committee (MPSAC), 66.
Date/Time: November 3, 2004, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; November 4, 2004, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; November 5, 2004, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 375.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Dr. Morris L. Aizenman, Senior Science Associate, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Room 1005, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington,
VA 22230. (703) 292-8807.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations concerning NSF science and education activities within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
Agenda:

Briefing to new members about NSF and Directorate.
Update on current status of Directorate.
Overview of Facilities.
Meeting with Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee.
Report on CyberScience and Theory Workshops.
Meeting of MPSAC with Divisions within MPS Directorate.
Discussion of MPS Long-term Planning Activities.

Summary Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

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Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:
Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).
Date/Time: November 3, 2004: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 4, 2004: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: November 3, 2004: National Science Foundation Headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard--Room 375, Arlington, VA 22230; November 4, 2004: Prince George's County Community College, 301 Largo Road--Kent Hall, Largo, Maryland 20774.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: James Colby, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-5331. If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the
individual listed above so your name may be added to the building access list.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's education and human resources programming.
Agenda: November 3, 2004
Welcome by the Chair
NSF Assistant Director's Report
Update on the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
Discussion of Broadening Participation
Visit with NSF Acting Director, Arden L. Bement
Discussion and approval of Committee of Visitor Reports for five programs (Urban Systemic Initiative, Rural Systemic Initiative, Tribal Colleges and Universities, NATO PostDoc Fellowships, and Centers for Learning and Teaching)
Joint Meeting with NSF Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
November 4, 2004
Site Visit to Prince George's County Community College

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