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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 20-23 December 2004

AGRICULTURE

National Arboretum

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service; Research, Education, and Economics; USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks comments on a proposed rule change that would modify the rules of conduct at the United States National Arboretum (USNA) and the schedule of fees to be charged for certain uses of the facilities, grounds, and services at the USNA.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 18, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Address all correspondence to Thomas S. Elias, Director, U.S. National Arboretum, Beltsville Area, Agricultural Research Service, 3501 New York Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dana Laster, Administrative and Marketing Manager, U.S. National Arboretum, Beltsville Area, ARS, 3501 New York Avenue, NE., Washington, DC 20002; (202) 245-4539.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-27394.htm


Draft Guideline on Target Animal Safety: Examination of Live Veterinary Vaccines in Target Animals for Absence of Reversion to Virulence (VICH Topic GL41)

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.

SUMMARY: A draft guideline titled "Target Animal Safety: Examination of Live Veterinary Vaccines in Target Animals for Absence of Reversion to Virulence'' has been developed by the International Cooperation on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH). The draft guideline is intended to establish criteria and requirements for the conduct of studies that examine the potential for reversion to or increase in virulence of live veterinary vaccines in target animals. Because the draft guideline applies, in part, to veterinary biological products regulated by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act, we are requesting comments on its provisions so that we may include any relevant input on the draft in the Agency's comments to the VICH Steering Committee.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 22, 2005.

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. 04-129-1, 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. 04-129-1.

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. 04-129-1'' on the subject line.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for locating this docket and submitting comments.

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.

You may request a copy of the draft guideline by writing to Dr. Donna M. Gatewood, Center for Veterinary Biologics, VS, APHIS, 510 South 17th Street, Suite 104, Ames, IA 50010, or by calling (515) 232-5785. The draft guideline is also available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/cvb/pel/notices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Albert P. Morgan, Chief of Operational Support, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 148, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8245.

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ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 74th Meeting in Arlington, VA on January 18-19, 2005. The Business Session open to the public will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday,
January 18, the Agenda items include:
(1) Call to order and approval of the Agenda.
(2) Approval of the Minutes of the 73rd Meeting.
(3) Reports from Congressional Liaisons.
(4) Agency Reports.
The focus of the Meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic. Presentations include a review of the research needs for civil infrastructure in Alaska.
The Business Session will reconvene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2005. An Executive Session will follow adjournment of the Business Session.
Any person planning to attend this meeting who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters must inform the Commission in advance of those needs.
Contact Person for More Information: Dr. Garrett W. Brass, Executive Director, Arctic Research Commission, (703) 525-0111 or TDD (703) 306-0090.

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DEFENSE

Meeting of the Ocean Research Advisory Panel

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION: Notice of open meetings.

SUMMARY: The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) will meet to discuss National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) activities. All sessions of the meetings will remain open to the public.

DATES: The meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, January 6, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In order to maintain the meetings time schedules, members of the public will be limited in their time to speak to the Panel. Members of the public should submit their comments one week in advance of the meetings to the meeting Point of Contact.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, 1201 New York Ave, NW., Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Melbourne G. Briscoe, Office of Naval Research, 800 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22217-5660, telephone (703) 696-4120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice of open meetings is provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss NOPP activities. The meetings will include discussions on ocean observations, current and future NOPP activities, and other current issues in the ocean sciences community.

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EDUCATION

Higher Education Programs

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY: The proposed regulations will remove all references to points in the selection criteria the Department of Education (Department) uses to evaluate applications submitted under the higher education discretionary grant programs. We are proposing this action because the current point assignments are outdated and do not permit sufficient flexibility to establish important program objectives. Taking this action will allow us that flexibility and ensure grant awards are made to high quality applicants.
The proposed regulations also would remove the requirement that in competitions for grants under the Partnership and Teacher-Recruitment components of the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program, the Secretary hold a two-stage competition in which applicants must submit a pre-application and a full application. The current structure has not proven effective in producing high quality applications for this program. Removing the requirement for a pre-application will reduce burden on applicants and the Department and allow both to target their resources on the full application stage.

There are some amendments in the proposed regulations that are purely technical corrections to the regulations.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before January 21, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments about these proposed regulations to Lorraine Kennedy, U.S. Department of Education, PO Box 33553, Washington, DC 20033 or by e-mail at the following address:
DiscretionaryGrantcomments@ed.gov. You may also send your comments to us through the Internet at the U.S. Government Web site: http://www.regulations.gov.

If you want to comment on the information collection requirements, you must send your comments to the Office of Management and Budget at the address listed in the Paperwork Reduction Act section of this preamble. You may also send a copy of these comments to the Department representative named in this section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Kennedy, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8018, Washington, DC 20006-8544. Telephone: (202) 502-7762. Pamela Maimer, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8014, Washington, DC 20006-8544. Telephone: (202) 502-7704.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Invitation To Comment

We invite you to submit comments regarding these proposed regulations.
We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of reducing regulatory burden that might result from these proposed regulations. Please let us know of any further opportunities we should take to reduce potential costs or increase potential benefits while preserving the effective and efficient administration of the program.

During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments about these proposed regulations in room 8054, 1990 K Street, NW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record
On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for these proposed regulations. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact one of the individuals listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Notice of Availability and Opportunity To Provide Comment on the Framework for Inorganic Metals Risk Assessment (External Review Draft)(ORD-2004-0017)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Availability and Public Comment Period.

SUMMARY: EPA is today announcing the availability of the draft Framework for Inorganic Metals Risk Assessment and the beginning of the public comment period on the draft document. This draft document will be peer reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board at a public meeting that will be announced in a separate Federal Register notice.

DATES: Comments should be received by Tuesday, January 18, 2005.

ADDRESSES:
Document Availability

The Framework for Inorganic Metals Risk Assessment (External Review Draft, November 2004, EPA/630/P-04068c) will be available on or about December 20, 2004, on the Internet at http://cfpub2.epa.gov/ncea/raf/recordisplay.cfm?deid=88903. A limited number of paper copies will be available from the EPA's Technical Information Staff, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), Mail Code 8623D, Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-564-3261; facsimile: 202-565-0050. Please provide your name and mailing address and the title and EPA number of the requested publication.

Submitting Comments

One of three methods may be chosen to submit comments. First, comments may be submitted through EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. EPA Dockets is available at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/. Once in the system, select "Submit Comments,''
then key in the appropriate Docket Identification Number (ORD-2004-0017). Second, comments may be submitted via e-mail to "ORD.Docket@epa.gov.'' Third, paper copies of comments may be submitted (in duplicate if possible) to the Docket at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Office of Research and Development Docket (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please refer to Docket Identification Number ORD-2004-0017 in e-mail and in paper correspondence. Acknowledgments will not be sent for electronic or paper comment submissions. Persons providing information or comments should not submit personal information (such as medical data or home address), Confidential Business Information, or information protected by copyright because all comments will be made available for public viewing.

Viewing Comments

EPA intends to make all comments received in response to this Federal Register notice available via Internet (http://www.epa.gov/edocket/), including documents originally submitted in paper format. To view comments select "Quick Search,'' then key in the appropriate Docket Number (ORD-2004-0017). Alternatively you may visit the EPA Office of Environmental Information(OEI) Docket in the Headquarters EPA Docket Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West Building, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752; facsimile: (202) 566-1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov. Visitors to the Public Reading Room are required to show photographic identification and sign the Agency's visitor log. There may be a reasonable fee for copying docket materials, as provided in 40 CFR part 2.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. William P. Wood, Risk Assessment Forum (Mail Code 8601D), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone 202-564-3361, or send electronic mail inquiries to risk.forum@epa.gov.

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Advisory Committees; Tentative Schedule of Meetings for 2005

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a tentative schedule of forthcoming meetings of its public advisory committees for 2005. During 1991, at the request of the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner), the Institute of Medicine (the IOM) conducted a study of the use of FDA's advisory committees. In its final report, one of the IOM's recommendations was for the agency to publish an annual tentative schedule of its meetings in the Federal Register. This publication implements the IOM's recommendation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa L. Green, Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff (HF-4), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1220.

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National Institutes of Health

National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meeting

Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

The portions of the meeting devoted to the review and evaluation of journals for potential indexing by the National Library of Medicine will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(9)(B), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. Premature disclosure of the titles of the journals as potential titles to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine, the discussions, and the presence of individuals associated with these publications could significantly frustrate the review and evaluation of individual journals.

Name of Committee: Literature Selection Technical Review Committee.

Date: February 10-11, 2005.

Open: February 10, 2005, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Agenda: Administrative reports and program discussions.

Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894.

Closed: February 10, 2005, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agenda: To review and evaluate journals as potential titles to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894.

Closed: February 11, 2005, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Agenda: To review and evaluate journals as potential titles to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Board Room, 2nd Floor, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894.

Contact Person: Sheldon Kotzin, MLS, Chief, Bibliographic Services Division, Division of Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bldg 38A/Room 4N419, Bethesda, MD 20894.

Any interested person may file written comments with the Committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and, when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance into the building by non-government employees. Persons without a government I.D. will need to show a photo I.D. and sign in at the security desk upon entering the building.

(Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.879, Medical Library Assistance, National Institutes of Health, HHS)

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National Institutes of Health

National Center for Research Resources; Notice of Meeting

Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Research Resources Council.

The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and/or contact proposals and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications and/or contract proposals, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Name of Committee: National Advisory Research Resources Council.

Date: January 19, 2005.

Open: 8:30 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

Agenda: Report of Center Director and other issues.

Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, 6th flr., Conf. Rm. 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Closed: 2 p.m. to Adjournment.

Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications and/or proposals.

Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, 6th flr., Conf. Rm. 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Contact Person: Louise E. Ramm, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 3B11, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-6023.

Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance into the building by non-government employees. Persons without a government I.D. will need to show a photo I.D. and sign-in at the security desk upon entering the building.
Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/newspub/minutes.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-27956.htm


HOMELAND SECURITY

Expansion of the Basic Pilot Program to All 50 States and the District of Columbia; Providing Web-Based Access

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) currently operates a pilot program (the Basic Pilot Program) which allows employers to get automated confirmation of a newly hired employee's work authorization after an Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) has been completed. This pilot program is offered to employers in six states. USCIS has been directed by Congress to expand it to all 50 states and the District of Columbia by December 1, 2004. This notice announces the expansion of the Basic Pilot Program to all 50 states. This notice also announces that the USCIS is offering Web-Based Access for the Basic Pilot Program to all employers volunteering to participate in the Basic Pilot Program.

DATES: The expansion of the Basic Pilot Program to all 50 States and the District of Columbia is effective December 1, 2004. The Web-Based Access method became available to current and new users beginning July 6, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Phyllis A. Lancaster, Assistant Director, SAVE Program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, ULLICO Building, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20529, Telephone (202) 514-2317.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-27702.htm


NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Meeting Notice

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will convene a tele-conference meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI) on January 18, 2005. The topic of discussion will be ``Update to Medical Event Criteria Definition.'' During this discussion, an ACMUI subcommittee will forward to the full ACMUI its recommendations regarding revision of the medical event criteria definition in Pt. 35. NRC staff is seeking the ACMUI's recommendations on this issue, as well as any recommendations on communicating associated risks to the public.

DATES: The tele-conference meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m Eastern Standard Time.

Public Participation: Any member of the public who wishes to participate in the tele-conference discussion may contact Angela R. McIntosh using the contact information below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela R. McIntosh, telephone (301) 415-5030; e-mail arm@nrc.gov of the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

Conduct of the Meeting: Leon S. Malmud, M.D., will chair the meeting. Dr. Malmud will conduct the meeting in a manner that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. The following procedures apply to public participation in the meeting:
1. Persons who wish to provide a written statement should submit a reproducible copy to Angela McIntosh, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Two White Flint North, Mail Stop T8F5, Washington, DC
20555-0001. Hard copy submittals must be postmarked by January 12, 2005, and electronic submittals must be submitted by January 14, 2005. Any submittal must pertain to the topic on the agenda for the meeting.
2. Questions from members of the public will be permitted during the meeting, at the discretion of the Chairman.
3. The transcript and written comments will be available for inspection on NRC's Web site (http://www.nrc.gov) and at the NRC Public Document Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-2738, telephone (800) 397-4209, on or about March 18, 2005. Minutes of the meeting will be available on or about February 1, 2005.
This meeting will be held in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (primarily Section 161a); the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App); and the Commission's regulations in Title 10, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, part 7.

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WHITE HOUSE

Executive Order 13366--Committee on Ocean Policy

Executive Order 13366 of December 17, 2004

Committee on Ocean Policy

By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the United
States to:

(a) coordinate the activities of executive
departments and agencies regarding ocean-related
matters in an integrated and effective manner to
advance the environmental, economic, and security
interests of present and future generations of
Americans; and
(b) facilitate, as appropriate, coordination and
consultation regarding ocean-related matters among
Federal, State, tribal, local governments, the private
sector, foreign governments, and international
organizations.

Sec. 2. Definition. For purposes of this order the term
"ocean-related matters'' means matters involving the
oceans, the Great Lakes, the coasts of the United
States (including its territories and possessions), and
related seabed, subsoil, and natural resources.

Sec. 3. Establishment of Committee on Ocean Policy.

(a) There is hereby established, as a part of the
Council on Environmental Quality and for administrative
purposes only, the Committee on Ocean Policy
(Committee).
(b) The Committee shall consist exclusively of the
following:

(i) the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, who shall be the
Chairman of the Committee;

(ii) the Secretaries of State, Defense, the Interior, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Commerce, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Director of the National Science Foundation, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;

(iii) the Assistants to the President for National Security Affairs, Homeland Security, Domestic Policy, and Economic Policy;

(iv) an employee of the United States designated by the Vice President; and

(v) such other officers or employees of the United States as the Chairman of the Committee may from time to time designate.

(c) The Chairman of the Committee, after coordination with the Assistants to the President for National Security Affairs and Homeland Security, shall regularly convene and preside at meetings of the Committee, determine its agenda, direct its work, and, as appropriate to deal with particular subject matters, establish and direct subcommittees of the Committee that shall consist exclusively of members of the Committee. The Committee shall coordinate its advice in a timely fashion.

(d) A member of the Committee may designate, to perform the Committee or subcommittee functions of the member, any person who is within such member's department, agency, or office and who is (i) an officer of the United States appointed by the President, (ii) a member of the Senior Executive Service or the Senior Intelligence Service, (iii) an officer or employee within the Executive Office of the President, or (iv) an employee of the Vice President.

(e) Consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Council on Environmental Quality shall provide the funding, including through the Office of Environmental Quality as permitted by law and as appropriate, and administrative support for the Committee necessary to implement this order.

Sec. 4. Functions of the Committee. To implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, the Committee shall:

(a) provide advice on establishment or
implementation of policies concerning ocean-related
matters to:

(i) the President; and

(ii) the heads of executive departments and agencies from time to time as appropriate;

(b) obtain information and advice concerning ocean-
related matters from:

(i) State, local, and tribal elected and appointed officials in a manner that seeks their individual advice and does not involve collective judgment or consensus advice or deliberation; and

(ii) representatives of private entities or other individuals in a manner that seeks their individual advice and does not involve collective judgment or consensus advice or deliberation;

(c) at the request of the head of any department or
agency who is a member of the Committee, unless the
Chairman of the Committee declines the request,
promptly review and provide advice on a policy or
policy implementation action on ocean-related matters
proposed by that department or agency;
(d) provide and obtain information and advice to
facilitate:

(i) development and implementation of common principles and goals for the conduct of governmental activities on ocean-related matters;

(ii) voluntary regional approaches with respect to ocean-related matters;

(iii) use of science in establishment of policy on ocean-related matters; and

(iv) collection, development, dissemination, and exchange of information on ocean-related matters; and

(e) ensure coordinated government development and
implementation of the ocean component of the Global
Earth Observation System of Systems.

Sec. 5. Cooperation. To the extent permitted by law and
applicable presidential guidance, executive departments
and agencies shall provide the Committee such
information, support, and assistance as the Committee,
through the Chairman, may request.

Sec. 6. Coordination. The Chairman of the Council on
Environmental Quality, the Assistant to the President
for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the
President for Homeland Security, and, with respect to
the interagency task force established by Executive
Order 13340 of May 18, 2004, the Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency, shall ensure
appropriate coordination of the activities of the
Committee under this order and other policy
coordination structures relating to ocean or maritime
issues pursuant to Presidential guidance.

Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order
shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to a executive department or agency or the head thereof; or

(ii) functions assigned by the President to the National Security Council or Homeland Security Council (including subordinate bodies) relating to matters affecting foreign affairs, national security, homeland security, or intelligence.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to
impair or otherwise affect the functions of the
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
relating to budget, administrative, or legislative
proposals.
(c) This order is intended only to improve the
internal management of the Federal Government and is
not intended to, and does not, create any right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law
or in equity by a party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, or entities, its officers or
employees, or any other person.

(Presidential Sig.)

THE WHITE HOUSE,

December 17, 2004.

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