General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan; Reestablish
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of reestablishment.
SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has reestablished the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Andrew Rhorer, Senior Coordinator, National Poultry Improvement Plan, VS, APHIS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 200, Conyers, GA 30094-5104; (770) 922-3496.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (Committee) is to maintain and ensure industry involvement in Federal administration of matters pertaining to poultry health.
The Committee Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson shall be elected by the Committee from among its members. There are seven members on the Committee. This Committee differs somewhat from other advisory committees in the selection process and composition of its membership. The poultry industry elects the members of the Committee. The members represent six geographic areas with one member-at-large. The membership is not subject to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's review. A formal request for nominations for membership is published in the Federal Register.
Public Comment for Enhancement of the Initial Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), DOC.
ACTION: Notice of opportunity for written public comment.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the opportunity for the public to comment on the First Annual Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Development Plan, available on October 15, 2004 at http://www.ocean.us.
Comments are due not later than close of business on Monday, November 1, 2004 and should be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Ms. Kristine Stump; Ocean.US; 2300 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 1350; Arlington, VA 22201.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding this Notice, please contact Ms. Kristine Stump, Ocean.US Telephone: (703) 588-0855. E-mail: email@example.com.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Ocean.US is the national office for the integrated and sustained ocean observing system. Ocean.US has conducted several workshops and has completed a draft of the preliminary First Annual IOOS Development Plan, which, along with reports of the workshops, can be reviewed at http://www.ocean.us. IOOS will be a sustained network of sensors on buoys, ships, satellites, underwater vehicles, and other platforms that routinely supply the data and information needed for rapid detection and timely predictions of changes in our nation's coastal waters and on the high seas. An initial IOOS consisting of existing systems has been identified, and needs for enhancements have been submitted by stakeholders. The First Annual IOOS Implementation Conference, convened August 31-September 2, 2004, allowed stakeholders to review and prioritize IOOS enhancements. Results of the conference may be obtained by contacting Ms. Kristine Stump (firstname.lastname@example.org).
National Security Education Board Meeting
AGENCY: National Defense University, DOD.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of a forthcoming meeting of the National Security Education Board. The purpose of the meeting is to review and make recommendations to the Secretary concerning requirements established by the David L. Boren National Security Education Act, Title VIII of Public Law 102-183, as amended.
DATES: October 29, 2004.
ADDRESSES: The Crystal City Marriott Hotel, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Edmond J. Collier, Deputy Director for Programs, National Security Education Program, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1210, Rosslyn P.O. Box 20010, Arlington, Virginia 22209-2248; (703) 696-1991. Electronic mail address: email@example.com
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board meeting is open to the public.
Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education
AGENCY: National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE), U.S. Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (the Council) and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend. This notice also describes the functions of the Council. Notice of the Council's meetings is required under Section 10 (a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and by the Council's charter.
Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the Federal Interagency Plan and the tasks outlined for implementation. Other topics will include Council subcommittee reports on Indian education research, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) updates, and planning for the consultation sessions as identified in Executive Order (E.O.) 13336.
Date and Time: October 26, 2004--9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 North Second Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Moran Room, 2nd Floor.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Garcia, Group Leader, Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: 202-260-1454. Fax: 202-260-7779.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council advises the Secretary of Education concerning the funding and administration (including the development of regulations, and administrative policies and practices) of any program, including any program established under Title VII, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to which the Secretary has jurisdiction and that includes Indian children or adults as participants or that may benefit Indian children or adults. The Council submits to the Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of the Council, including any recommendations that the Council considers appropriate for the improvement of Federal education programs that include Indian children or adults as participations or that may benefit Indian children or adults, and recommendations concerning the funding of any such program. The Council also makes recommendations to the Secretary for filling the position of the Director of Indian Education whenever a vacancy occurs.
The purpose of E.O. 13336, dated April 30, 2004, is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native students in meeting the challenging student academic standards of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110) in a manner that is consistent with tribal traditions, languages, and cultures. The E.O. establishes a Federal Interagency Working Group on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (Working Group) to oversee the implementation and the Working Group may consult with representatives of NACIE.
The general public is welcome to attend the October 26, 2004 meeting. Individuals who need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format) should notify Bernard Garcia at 202-260-1454 by October 15, 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.
A summary of the activities of the meeting and other related materials that are informative to the public will be available to the public within 14 days after the meeting. Records are kept of all Council proceedings and are available for public inspection at the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 5C141, Washington, DC 20202.
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, (National Advisory Committee); Meeting
AGENCY: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Department of Education.
What Is the Purpose of This Notice?
The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations before the Committee. This notice also presents the proposed agenda and informs the public of its opportunity to attend this meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
When and Where Will the Meeting Take Place?
We will hold the public meeting on December 13, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m., on December 14, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m., and on December 15, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. in Salon I at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, Virginia 22202. You may call the hotel on (703) 415-5000 to inquire about rooms.
What Assistance Will Be Provided to Individuals With Disabilities?
The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting (e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format), notify the contact person listed in this notice at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although we will attempt to meet a request received after that date, we may not be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or service because of insufficient time to arrange it.
Who Is the Contact Person for the Meeting?
Please contact Ms. Bonnie LeBold, the Executive Director of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, if you have questions about the meeting. You may contact her at the U.S. Department of Education, room 7007, MS 7592, 1990 K St., NW., Washington, DC 20006, telephone: (202) 219-7009, fax: (202) 219-7008, e-mail: Bonnie.LeBold@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
What Is the Authority for the National Advisory Committee?
The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity is established under Section 114 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c.
What Are the Functions of the National Advisory Committee?
The Committee advises the Secretary of Education about:
The establishment and enforcement of the criteria for recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2 of part H of Title IV, HEA.
The recognition of specific accrediting agencies or associations.
The preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations.
The eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education under Title IV, HEA.
The development of standards and criteria for specific categories of vocational training institutions and institutions of higher education for which there are no recognized accrediting agencies, associations, or State agencies in order to establish the interim eligibility of those institutions to participate in Federally funded programs.
The relationship between: (1) accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions, and (2) state licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions.
Any other advisory functions relating to accreditation and institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe.
What Items Will Be on the Agenda for Discussion at the Meeting?
Agenda topics will include the review of agencies that have submitted petitions for renewal of recognition, agencies that have submitted interim reports, an agency that has submitted a progress report and requested an expansion of scope of recognition, and a Federal agency seeking degree-granting authority.
Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office Notification of Upcoming Meeting of the Regional Vulnerability Assessment Advisory Panel
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA) Advisory Panel. The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice to EPA on the ReVA Methods for Multi-Scale Decision-Making.
DATES: The SAB ReVA Advisory Panel will meet starting Tuesday October 26, 2004 at 9 a.m., and adjourn at approximately 4 p.m. (eastern time) Wednesday October 27, 2004.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting of the Panel will be held at the Science Advisory Board Conference Center located at 1025 F Street, NW., Suite 3705, Washington, DC 20004.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public meeting may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9995, fax at (202) 233-0643, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Summary: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, Notice is hereby given that the Panel will hold a public meeting to provide advice to the EPA on the Agency's Regional Vulnerability Assessment Methods for Multi-Scale Decision-Making. The dates and times for the meeting are provided above.
Background: Background on the meeting described in this notice was provided in a Federal Register Notice published on July 30, 2004 (69 FR 45706-45707). The SAB Staff Office has determined that the advisory on the Regional Vulnerability Assessment Methods for Multi-Scale Decision-Making will be conducted by the SAB's Ecological Processes and Effects Committee augmented with experts in decision science and environmental decision-making, landscape ecology, analysis of land use change, ecology and the use of geographic information system technology to analyze environmental stressors and effects, and environmental statistics. A roster of Panel members, their biosketches, and the meeting agenda will be posted on the SAB Web site prior to the meeting.
Availability of Meeting Materials: The meeting agenda and the charge to the SAB panel will be posted on the SAB Web site prior to the meeting. Meeting materials also include: (1) The EPA document, Regional Vulnerability Assessment for the Mid-Atlantic Region: Evaluation of Integration Methods and Assessments Results; (2) the EPA document, The U.S. EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program--A Research Strategy for 2001-2006; and (3) four Internet Web sites with versions of the ReVA Web-based Environmental Decision Toolkit (EDT). Copies of these materials may be obtained by contacting Dr. Betsy Smith, EPA Office of Research and Development, by telephone: 919-541-0626, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Procedures for Providing Public Comments: It is the policy of the EPA SAB to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The SAB Staff Office expects that public statements presented at the ReVA panel meeting will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements. Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group requesting an oral presentation at a face-to-face meeting will be limited to a total time of ten minutes (unless otherwise indicated). Interested parties should contact the DFO in writing (e-mail, fax or mail--see contact information above) by close of business October 21, 2004 in order to be placed on the public speaker list for the meeting. Speakers should bring at least 35 copies of their comments and presentation slides for distribution to the participants and public at the meeting. Written Comments: Although the SAB Staff Office accepts written comments until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated), written comments should be received in the SAB Staff Office at least seven business days prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the panel for their consideration. Comments should be supplied to the DFO at the address/contact information noted above in the following formats: One hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). Those providing written comments and who attend the meeting are also asked to bring 35 copies of their comments for public distribution.
Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access the public meetings listed above should contact the DFO at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate
arrangements can be made.
Stimulating Innovation in Medical Technologies; Public Meeting
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a public meeting to weigh new ideas and promote new solutions to encourage innovation in health care and to speed the development of effective new medical technologies, such as drug and biological products and medical devices. A high level task force has been formed within HHS and is charged with issuing a report this year on appropriate steps that can be taken across HHS to speed the development and availability of new medical technologies. The purpose of this public meeting is to obtain input from interested persons on what steps HHS can take to create or enhance coordination across HHS agencies in order to stimulate the development of new technologies. HHS will consider presentations made at the public meeting and comments submitted to the docket before and after the meeting when developing the report.
Dates: The public meeting will be held on Monday, November 8, 2004, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Submit electronic requests to speak by October 29, 2004 (see Registration and Request for Presentations). Submit written or electronic comments by November 15, 2004, to the Division of Dockets Management (see Addresses).
Location: The public meeting will be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, rm. 800, 200 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20201.
Addresses: Submit written comments concerning this document to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Contact: Nancy Stanisic, Food and Drug Administration, rm. 9-64, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-827-1660, FAX: 301-443-9718, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. or Tom Kuchenberg, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20201, 202-205-8644.
Registration and Request for Presentations: Send registration information and requests to speak electronically (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone, fax number, and presentation abstract, as well as requests to make oral presentations and approximate amount of time requested to make the presentation, to Nancy Stanisic (see Contact) by October 29, 2004. Registration is required to attend the meeting. Seating is limited to 120 people. If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Nancy Stanisic by October 29, 2004.
Transcripts: Transcripts of the meeting may be requested in writing from the Freedom of Information Office (HFI-35), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 12A-16, Rockville, MD 20857, approximately 15 working days after the meeting at a cost of 10 cents per page. Transcripts of the public meeting will also be available for review at the Division of Dockets Managment (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
During the past decade, an increased awareness of medical technology innovation and its promise and progress has revealed critical problems in the path from discovery through development to delivery. This spring, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson appointed a top-level task force to present new ideas on how HHS can coordinate its efforts to help stimulate medical innovation. The task force members include: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Director, Julie Gerberding; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Administrator, Mark B. McClellan; Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Lester M. Crawford; and National Institutes of Health, Director, Elias A. Zerhouni. Commissioner Crawford will serve as the task force's Chair.
Secretary Thompson asked the task force to look for opportunities across HHS to promote speedier access to new innovative medical technologies that can improve people's health and save lives. He asked the task force to report to him by the end of the year on ways that better coordination across HHS could streamline the way we do business and make safe, effective medical technologies more quickly and readily available to Americans.
On May 24, 2004, a Federal Register notice (69 FR 29544) was published asking for comments on how to stimulate innovation in medical technologies, such as drug and biological products and medical devices. Comments have been received and are being evaluated and condensed into material suitable for a report. On November 8, 2004, we will not only focus on opportunities presented at the public meeting, but those promising ideas that HHS has already received and plans to highlight. The ideas will be posted 1 week before the public meeting in the electronic docket (Docket No. 2004S-0233) located at http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/04S-0233.htm
II. Registration and Presentations
Registration is required to attend the meeting. Seating is limited to 120 people and will be on a first come, first served basis. If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please inform Nancy L. Stanisic by October 29, 2004.
If you wish to present information at the public meeting, submit your electronic request and an abstract of your presentation by close of business on October 29, 2004, to Nancy Stanisic (see Contact).
The request to participate should contain the following information: (1) Presenter's name; (2) address; (3) telephone number; (4) e-mail address; (5) affiliation, if any; (6) abstract of the presentation; and (7) approximate amount of time requested for the presentation.
We request that persons and groups having similar interests consolidate their comments and present them through a single representative. We will allocate the time available for the meeting among the persons who request to present. Because of limited time, we will accept only one presenter per organization. We reserve the right to deny requests if the proposed topic is not germane. After reviewing the requests to present and the abstracts, we will schedule each appearance and notify each participant by e-mail or telephone of the time allotted to the person and the approximate time the person's presentation is scheduled to begin. Presenters planning to use electronic presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) must send them to us by close of business on November 4, 2004. Presenters who do not meet this deadline may provide handouts of their presentations at the meeting.
After the meeting, the schedule and presentations will be placed on file in the Division of Dockets Management (see Addresses) under the docket number listed in the heading of this document.
Interested persons may submit written or electronic comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see Addresses). You must submit two copies of comments identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. The received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Approximately 30 days after the public meeting, you can examine a transcript of the meeting on the Internet at http://www.fda.gov./ohrms/dockets/default.htm or at the Division of Dockets Management (see Addresses) Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. You may also request a copy of the transcript from the Freedom of Information Office (HFI-35), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 12A-16, Rockville, MD 20857, at a cost of 10 cents per page or on CD at a cost of $14.25 each.
Adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to Appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American Free Trade Agreement
AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This final rule adopts without substantive change a proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service). This final rule amends the Department of Homeland Security's (Department's) regulations by adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to Appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and by modifying the licensure requirements for Canadian citizens seeking admission to the United States as "trade NAFTA'' (TN) nonimmigrant aliens. These amendments reflect the agreements made among the three parties to the NAFTA and will facilitate travel to and business in the United States. On March 1, 2003, the Service transferred from the Department of Justice to the Department, pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296). Accordingly, the Service's adjudication function transferred to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department.
DATES: This final rule is effective November 12, 2004.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Howie, Staff Officer, Business and Trade Services Branch, Program and Regulations Development, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 425 I Street, NW., ULLICO Building, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20536, telephone (202) 514-3228.
What Is NAFTA?
On December 17, 1992, the United States, Canada and Mexico signed NAFTA. NAFTA entered into force on January 1, 1994, creating one of the largest trading areas in the world. Besides trade, NAFTA allows for the temporary entry of qualified business persons from each of the parties to the agreement. NAFTA is comprised of 22 chapters. Chapter 16 of NAFTA is entitled "Temporary Entry of Business Persons,'' and in addition to reflecting the preferential trading relationship between the parties to the agreement, it reflects the member nations' desire to facilitate temporary entry on a reciprocal basis. It also establishes procedures for temporary entry, addresses the need to ensure border security and seeks to protect the domestic labor force in the member nations.
Who Is a TN Nonimmigrant Alien?
A TN nonimmigrant alien is a citizen of Canada or Mexico who seeks admission to the United States, under the provisions of Section D of Annex 1603 of NAFTA, to engage in business activities at a professional level as provided for in the Annex. NAFTA parties have agreed that 63 occupations qualify as professions. These occupations are listed in the Appendix 1603.D.1 to Annex 1603 to the NAFTA found in 8 CFR 214.6(c). Canadian and Mexican citizens seeking to engage in occupations not included in Appendix 1603.D.1 to Annex 1603 are not eligible for classification as TN nonimmigrants.
What Changes Were Proposed in the Proposed Rule?
In the proposed rule published on December 19, 2000 at 65 FR 79320, the former Service proposed to add the occupation of actuary to the list of professions in Appendix 1603.D.1. In addition, the rule proposed to include plant pathologist to the Appendix 1603.D.1 as a footnote to the occupation of biologist. The former Service also proposed to change the licensure requirements for Canadian TN aliens applying for admission to the United States described at 8 CFR 214.6(e)(3)(ii)(F). The rule further proposed to remove 8 CFR 214.6(l), which relates to the transition period for Canadian citizens who were admitted to the United States under the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement that existed before the effective date of NAFTA. The former Service also proposed to change all references to the Northern Service Center to the Nebraska Service Center to reflect the center's current name. Finally, the former Service proposed to remove the term ``diplomas, or certificates'' from 8 CFR 214.6(d)(2)(ii) and at 8 CFR
214.6(e)(3)(ii) since these regulatory cites are inconsistent with the footnotes to the Appendix.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Northeast Regional Panel Meeting
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Northeast Regional Panel. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
DATES: The Northeast Regional Panel will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2004, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
ADDRESSES: The Northeast Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center, 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Phone 518-226-4700. Minutes of the meeting will be maintained in the office of Chief, Division of Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 322, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1622.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Tremblay, Northeast Panel Coordinator, Nature Source Communications, P.O. Box 3019, Boscawen, NH, 03303, 603-796-2615, or Everett Wilson, Chief, Division of Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 703-358-2148.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I), this notice announces meetings of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Northeast Regional Panel. The Task Force was established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The Northeast Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task Force in 2001 and is comprised of representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies and from private environmental and commercial interests.
The purpose of the Panel is to advise and make recommendations to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on issues relating to the Northeast region of the United States that includes: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Responsibilities of the Panel include: a. Identifying priorities for the Northeast Region with respect to aquatic nuisance species; b. Making recommendations to the Task Force regarding actions to carry out aquatic invasive species programs. c. Assisting the Task Force in coordinating Federal aquatic nuisance species program activities in the Northeast region; d. Coordinating, where possible, aquatic invasive species program activities in the Northeast region that are not conducted pursuant to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (as amended, 1996); e. Providing advice to public and private individuals and entities concerning methods of controlling aquatic nuisance species; and f. Submitting an annual report describing activities within the Western region related to aquatic nuisance species prevention, research, and control.
The Northeast Regional Panel will discuss several topics at this meeting including: updates from both the ANS Task Force and the National Invasive Species Council, and updates from other groups including State and Regional updates; committee break-out planning sessions and updates; New York State highlights; research priorities, progress on the rapid assessment, the New Hampshire outreach pilot program; the pet industry panel, and a feature on sea lamprey including management strategies in New York.
NASA Advisory Council, Education Advisory Committee; Meeting
AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a forthcoming meeting of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), Education Advisory Committee (EAC).
DATES: Monday, October 25, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Monday, October 25 at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA, Tuesday, October 26 at Ritz Carlton, 1401 South Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Katie Blanding, Office of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0402.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the capacity of the room. All visitors must bring a driver's license or government identification to the Visitor Lobby of JPL. Foreign visitors must bring their passport, alien registration number, and their date and place of birth. Additionally, the general public will need to be escorted to the meeting room. The agenda for the meeting includes the followingtopics:
--NASA Transformation Roadmapping Initiative
--Review of the Jet Propulsion Lab's (JPL) Education Program
--NASA's Integration Plan and Role of Education
--Office of Education Division Reports on: Milestones in the Educator Astronaut Program, Explorer Schools, Explorer Institutes, Science and Technology Scholarship Program, Technology & Products, Measurements, and a Single Database System.
It is imperative that the meeting be held on these dates to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants. Visitors to the meeting will be requested to sign a visitor's register.
Notice of Meeting; Advisory Committee for Polar Programs
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 Polar Programs (1130).
Date/Time: November 15, 2004, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November 16, 2004, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 595.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Altie Metcalf, Office of Polar Programs (OPP), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8030.
Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person list above.
Purpose of Meeting: To advise NSF on the impact of its policies, programs, and activities of the polar research community; to provide advice to the Director of OPP on issues related to long range
planning, and to form ad hoc subcommittees to carry out needed studies and tasks.
Agenda: Staff presentations on program updates; review of theCommittee of Visitors' report on the Polar Research Support Section; and discussions on International Polar Year.
Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; Notice of Meeting
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting.
Name: Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ACSBE) (1171).
Date and Time: November 4, 2004, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; November 5, 2004, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Place: The meeting will take place in Arlington, Virginia, exact location TBD; once known, the exact location of the meeting will be posed on SBE's Web site and you may also contact Patricia Vinson, (703)
292-8700 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Type of meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Mr. Frederic J. Wending, Executive Officer, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 905, Arlington, VA
22230, (703) 292-8741.
Summary Minutes: May be obtained from contact person listed above.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation on major goals and policies pertaining to Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate programs and activities.
Agenda: Discussion on issues, role and future direction of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.