Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Notice of Solicitation
AGENCY: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership to the Forestry Research Advisory Council.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces solicitation for nominations to fill nine anticipated vacancies on the Forestry Research Advisory Council. The terms of nine members expire December 31, 2004. Nominations for a three-year appointment for all nine positions are sought.
DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 16, 2004.
ADDRESSES: The address for hand-delivered nominations or nominations submitted using an express mail or overnight courier service is: Office of the Forestry Research Advisory Council; Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 3213 Waterfront Center; 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024; fax: (202) 401-1706. Nominations sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be sent to the following address: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Office of the Forestry Research Advisory Council; Mail Stop 2210; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2210.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catalino A. Blanche, Designated Federal Officer, Forestry Research Advisory Council; Office of the Forestry Research Advisory Council; Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Mail Stop 2210; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2210; telephone: (202) 401-4190; fax: (202) 401-1706; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Dr. Hao Tran, Staff Assistant, Research and Development, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; telephone: (202) 205-1293; fax: (202) 205-1530; e-mail: email@example.com.
Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee
AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of partially closed meeting.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet Tuesday, November 30, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the Director of NIST; who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, education, and management consulting. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Advanced Technology Program (ATP), its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include an ATP and competition update, ATP/Offsite Comments, Funding Gaps: A Perspective from Partners and an open discussion. A discussion scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and to end at 3 p.m. on November 30, 2004, on ATP budget issues will be closed. Agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. All visitors to the National Institute of Standards and Technology site will have to pre-register to be admitted. Please submit your name, time of arrival, e-mail address and phone number to Carolyn Peters no later than Tuesday, November 23, 2004, and she will provide you with instructions for admittance. Ms. Peters's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is (301) 975-5607.
DATES: The meeting will convene Tuesday, November 30, 2004, at 8 a.m. and will adjourn at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2004.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Administration Building, Lecture Room B, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899. Please note admittance instructions under SUMMARY paragraph.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn J. Peters, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1000, telephone number (301) 975-5607.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Assistant Secretary for Administration, with the concurrence of the General Counsel, formally determined on December 24, 2003, that portions of the meeting of the Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee which involve discussion of proposed funding of the Advanced Technology Program may be closed in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B), because that portion will divulge matters the premature disclosure of which would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency actions.
National Sea Grant Review Panel
AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; correction.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce published a document in the Federal Register of November 3, 2004, concerning the National Sea Grant Review Panel's notice of public meeting. The document contained an incorrect meeting location.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Francis M. Schuler, 301-713-2445.
In the Federal Register of November 3, 2004, in FR Doc. 04-24538, on page 64033, in the first column, correct the ADDRESSES caption to read: On November 17th, The Churchill Hotel, 1914 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC 20009. On November 18th, Sea Grant Association Office, 1201 New York Avenue, Northwest, 4th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC 20005.
Notice of Availability for Public Comment on Proposed Data Management and Communications Standards for U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
AGENCY: National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
SUMMARY: Notice of availability is hereby given for a 30-day public comment period on proposed Data Management and Communications (DMAC) standards for the initial implementation of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The proposed standards are contained in the draft Ocean.US Data Management and Communications Plan for Research and Operational Integrated Ocean Observing Systems--I. Interoperable Data Discovery, Access, and Archive (May 2004). The Plan, developed by the Ocean.US office under the auspices of the inter-agency National Ocean Research Leadership Council's (NORLC) Ocean Observations Executive Committee (EXCOM), provides guidance to ocean and coastal data providers regarding data documentation (metadata) and discovery, data transport, Internet-enabled data browsing, and data archiving of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System. The Plan provides additional recommendations regarding the incorporation of marine data buoy observations into IOOS by way of establishing cooperative arrangement(s) with the NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). Review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the proposed standards are hereby solicited. All substantive comments received during the review period will be considered by a broadly based, expert panel convened by Ocean.US for that purpose. The final Plan will subsequently be announced in the Federal Register, and the standards contained therein shall be adopted for the initial implementation of IOOS. Any subsequently proposed modifications or additions to these standards shall be subject to public review and comment as described herein.
DATES: Written comments on the proposed standards must be received no later than 5 p.m. eastern standard time, on December 10, 2004. Written comments should be sent to: Ocean.US, Attention: Ms. Rosalind E. Cohen, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 1350, Arlington, VA 22201. Comments may also
be sent via e-mail to the following address: Rosalind.E.Cohen@noaa.gov, or by FAX to (703) 588-0872. The Plan is available on-line to interested parties from the Office of Ocean.US Web site at the following URL: http://dmac.ocean.us/dacsc/imp_plan.jsp. In addition, copies of the Plan may be obtained by contacting Ocean.US at the above Ocean.US address.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this notice, please contact Rosalind E. Cohen, Office of Ocean.US, telephone: (703) 588-0854. E-mail: Rosalind.E.Cohen@noaa.gov.
Notice of Availability of the Final Reserve Operations Plan for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve
AGENCY: National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Notice; correction.
SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announcement of the availability of the Final Reserve Operations (ROP) Plan for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (Reserve) appeared in the Federal Register dated October 15, 2004 (69 FR 199), pages 61205-61207. The document contained an incorrect point of contact for information. In addition, the ROP is not yet available.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vicki Wedell, 301-713-3125, extension 137.
In the Federal Register of October 15, 2004, in FR Doc. 04-23165, on page 61205, in the second column, correct the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT caption to read:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malia Chow, (808) 397-2660, email@example.com.
In the same notice, on page 61205, in the second column, add a DATES caption to read:
DATES: The date of the release of the final ROP for distribution to the public will be announced when available in the Federal Register.
Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board; Meeting
AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.
ACTION: Notice; cancellation.
SUMMARY: The Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board meeting scheduled for November 19, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 4, 2004 (69 FR 64282), has been cancelled.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Norman Edwards, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC 20314-1000; Ph: 202-761-1934.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: None.
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS); Addition of New Tracking Feature to the Public Web Site
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice; Addition of Chemical Assessment Tracking System to the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Public Web site.
SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is releasing a new on-line resource, ``IRIS Track'', which will provide information on the progress of chemical assessments underway in the IRIS program. The IRIS Track system is designed to provide greater transparency to the public regarding the status of IRIS assessments in progress. The IRIS Track is set to go live on November 10, 2004. IRIS Track will display major milestone dates for IRIS assessment development and review. It will enable IRIS users to monitor current milestone status and view projected dates for future milestones for each chemical assessment in progress. The system will be kept continually up to date. IRIS Track will be accessible by anyone with access to the Internet from the IRIS home page at http://www.epa.gov/iris.
ADDRESSES: The address for the IRIS Hotline is 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005 (Mail Code 28221T) EPA-West Building.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on IRIS Track, contact Rick Johnson, IRIS Staff, National Center for Environmental Assessment (mail code 8601D), Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC 20460, or call (202) 564-3291, or
send electronic mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: IRIS is an on-line database of EPA's consensus positions on the potential health effects that may result from human exposure to various chemicals found in the environment. EPA adds new chemical assessments to IRIS and updates existing assessments on an on-going basis. EPA publishes an annual agenda of chemical assessments underway in the IRIS program in the Federal Register. (See, for example, 69 FR 5971, February 9, 2004.) Assessments generally require two or more years to complete. During this period, IRIS users often request status information from the Agency. The IRIS Track system was developed to inform the public of the status of each assessment from start to completion.
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation; Notice of Public Meeting
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA).
SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on December 6, 2004, and ending December 7, 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, December 6, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, December 7, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army/Navy Dr., 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 20460-001; telephone number: (703) 605-0195; fax number: (703) 308-1850; e-mail address: email@example.com or Philip H. Gray, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 1249, Hardwick, VT 05843-1249; telephone number: (802) 472-6956; fax (802) 472-6957; e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates, and Agenda
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of teleconference meetings.
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, will have teleconference meetings on November 17, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.t.; December 15, 2004, at 1 p.m. e.t.; January 19, 2005, at 1 p.m. e.t.; February 15, 2005, at 1 p.m. e.t.; and March 16, 2005, at 1 p.m. e.t. to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: What actions can be taken to expand the number of laboratories seeking accreditation under the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) program; homeland security issues affecting the laboratory community; ELAB support to the Agency's Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM); what needs to be done to facilitate the implementation of the use of a performance approach in environmental monitoring; increasing state participation in NELAC; and follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their next, public face-to-face meeting on February 2, 2005, at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 8:30-11:30 a.m. e.t.
Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring issues are encouraged and should be sent to the ELAB Designated Federal Official, Ms. Lara P. Autry, U.S. EPA (E243-05), 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, faxed to (919) 541-4261, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls and attend the face-to-face meetings. Time permitting, the public will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during current and previous ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Autry at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. The number of lines available for the teleconferences, however, are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Preference will be given to a group wishing to attend over a request from an individual.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Meeting of the Science Advisory Board
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a meeting of the chartered SAB to hold discussions with EPA about the Agency's science program in preparation for its upcoming advisory about the EPA science and budget request for FY 2006.
DATES: A public face-to-face meeting of the SAB will be held from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 30, 2004.
ADDRESSES: The SAB meeting will be held at the Washington Terrace Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning this meeting should contact Mr. Tom Miller, Designated Federal Officer, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 343-9982; Fax (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the meetings announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Science Advisory Board Workshop on Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and Information Technology
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) is conducting a workshop on nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology. The workshop is open to the public, however, seating for the public will be limited and available on a first-come basis only to those who pre-register (see Workshop Registration below).
DATES: The SAB workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2004, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and adjourning no later than 1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2004.
ADDRESSES: The SAB workshop will be held at Washington Terrace Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning this workshop should contact Ms. Vickie Richardson, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 343-9978; Fax (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at email@example.com. General information about the EPA Science Advisory Board, may be found on the SAB Web site (http://www.epa.gov/sab).
Workshop Registration--Members of the public wishing to attend must pre-register no later than 12 noon Eastern Time on Friday November 26, 2004. Please pre-register via e-mail or fax to Ms. Vickie Richardson (see above information), providing your name, title, organization, mailing address, phone and e-mail.
Public Meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics on December 2-3, 2004
AGENCY: The President's Council on Bioethics, HHS.
SUMMARY: The President's Council on Bioethics (Leon R. Kass, M.D., chairman) will hold its nineteenth meeting, at which, among other things, it will continue its discussion of ethical issues relating to the treatment of the aged, and end-of-life care. Subjects discussed at past Council meetings (though not on the agenda for the present one) include: cloning, stem cell research, embryo research, assisted reproduction, reproductive genetics, IVF, ICSI, PGD, sex selection, inheritable genetic modification, patentability of human organisms, aging retardation, lifespan-extension, and organ procurement for transplantation. Publications issued by the Council to date include: Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry (July 2002); Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness (October 2003); Being Human: Readings from the President's Council on Bioethics (December 2003); Monitoring Stem Cell Research (January 2004), and Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies (March 2004).
DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, December 2, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET; and Friday, December 3, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.
ADDRESSES: The Stephen Decatur House, 1610 H Street, NW., Washington, DC 20002. Phone 202-842-0920.
Agenda: The meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.bioethics.gov.
Public Comments: The Council encourages public input, either in person or in writing. At this meeting, interested members of the public may address the Council, beginning at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, December 3. Comments are limited to no more than five minutes per speaker or organization. As a courtesy, please inform Ms. Diane Gianelli, Director of Communications, in advance of your intention to make a public statement, and give your name and affiliation. To submit a written statement, mail or e-mail it to Ms. Gianelli at one of the addresses given below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Diane Gianelli, Director of Communications, The President's Council on Bioethics, Suite 700, 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: 202/296-4669. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.bioethics.gov.
Advisory Committees; Filing of Annual Reports
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing, as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, that the agency has filed with the Library of Congress the annual reports of those FDA advisory committees that held closed meetings during fiscal year 2004.
ADDRESSES: Copies are available from the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-6860.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa L. Green, Committee Management Officer, Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff (HF-4), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1220.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 13 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2) and 21 CFR 14.60(c), FDA has filed with the Library of Congress the annual reports for the following FDA advisory committees through September 30, 2004:Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Biological Response Modifiers Advisory Committee
Blood Products Advisory Committee
Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee
Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee
Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee
Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Medical Devices Advisory Committee (consisting of reports for the Dental Products Panel; Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel; Ophthalmic Devices Panel; Radiological Devices Panel)
Annual reports are available for public inspections between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following locations:
1. The Library of Congress, Madison Bldg., Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE., rm. 133, Washington, DC; and
2. The Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Scientific Counselors Board; Notice of Meeting
The Program Peer Review Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):
In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), NCEH/ATSDR announces the following subcommittee meeting:
Name: Program Peer Review Subcommittee (PPRS).
Time and Date: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., November 29, 2004.
Place: The teleconference will originate at the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta, Georgia. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details on accessing the teleconference.
Status: Open to the public, teleconference access limited only by availability of telephone ports.
Purpose: Under the charge of the Board of Scientific counselors (BSC), NCEH/ATSDR the Program Peer Review Subcommittee establishes and monitors working groups of technical experts that perform program peer reviews of National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The Subcommittee, working with the NCEH/ATSDR, Office of Sciences (OS), will establish schedule and process for program peer reviews, nominate working group members, reviews summary reports and recommendations, and report back to the BSC. The OS will establish agency policy for program peer review and directly support each working group by collating program documents, and organizing the working groups review and site visit. Each NCEH/ATSDR program eligible for review will be reviewed every 5 years according to CDC/ATSDR policy.
Matters to be Discussed: The teleconference agenda will include discussions to develop screening methodology to prioritize program reviews using background information; to establish methodology to perform the NCEH/ATSDR program reviews; to establish workgroups to perform the program reviews; and to establish a schedule for program review.
Supplementary Information: This conference call is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To participate in the teleconference, please dial (877) 315-6535 and enter conference code 383520.
For Further Information Contact: Drue Barrett, PhD, Executive Secretary, PRRS, NCEH/ATSDR, M/S E-28, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 498-0003.
The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2006) Visa Program
ACTION: Notice of Registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.
This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV 2006 Program. This notice is issued pursuant to 22 CFR 42.33(b)(3) which implements sections 201(a)(3), 201(e), 203(c) and 204(a)(1)(G) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, (8 U.S.C. 1151, 1153, and 1154(a)(1)(G)).Instructions for the 2006 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2006). The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants'' (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
The annual DV program makes permanent residence visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated random lottery drawing. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to citizens of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years. Within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.
For DV-2006, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because they sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years (the term "country'' in this notice includes countries, economies and other jurisdictions explicitly listed in this notice): Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.
Application Submission Dates
Entries for the DV-2006 Diversity Visa Lottery must be submitted electronically between noon (EST) on Friday, November 5, 2004 and noon (EST) on Friday, January 7, 2005. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period beginning noon November 5, 2004. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in delays. No entries will be accepted after noon (EST) on January 7, 2005.
Requirements for Entry
Applicant must be a native of one of the countries listed. See "List of Countries by Region Whose Natives Qualify.''
In most cases this means the country in which the applicant was born. However, there are two other ways a person may be able to qualify. First, if a person was born in a county whose natives are ineligible but his/her spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible, such person can claim the spouse's country of birth provided both the applicant and spouse are issued visas and enter the U.S. simultaneously. Second, if a person was born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but neither of his/her parents was born there or resided there at the time of his/her birth, such person may claim nativity in one of the parents' country of birth if it is a country whose natives qualify for the DV-2006 program.
Applicants must meet either the education OR training requirement of the DV program.
An applicant must have EITHER a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience.
If the applicant cannot meet these requirements, he/she should NOT submit an entry to the DV program.
Notice of Release of Appendix 3 To Draft Strategic Plan for U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System and Extension of Public Comment Period
ACTION: Notice of release and extension of public comment period.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the release of the Appendix 3 to the Draft Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System and extension of the public comment period by the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO). This draft plan was prepared to address the effective use of Earth observation systems to benefit humankind, and Appendix 3 provides a summary of the state of the current observation systems addressed in the plan.
DATES AND ADDRESSES: The Draft Strategic Plan was made available for public review on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, and can be accessed electronically at http://iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov/draftstrategicplan.
Appendix 3 to this document, along with the associated Technical Reference Documents will be available at http://iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov on
Wednesday, November 10, 2004. In order to provide time to review Appendix 3, the comment period has been extended to no later that the close of business on Tuesday, November 30, 2004. Comments on the
Technical Reference Documents do not have a close date, as they are continually being updated. Only electronic (e-mail) comments will be accepted, and should be sent to: IWGEOcomments@noaa.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Carla Sullivan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Telephone: (202) 482-5921. E-mail: