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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 26-30 September 2005

AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary

Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. This meeting is open to the general public.

DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet October 18-20, 2005. The public may file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024-4299. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: Mail/Hand-delivery: National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 344-A, Jamie L. Whitten Building; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2255; Fax: (202) 720-6199; E-mail: .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Hanfman, Executive Director,
National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, (202) 720-3684.

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EDUCATION



A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education; Notice of Establishment

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of establishment of A National Dialogue: The Secretary
of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education announces her intention to establish A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education (Commission). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463 as amended; 5 U.S.C.A. Appendix 2) will govern the Commission. Purpose: The Secretary has determined that the establishment of this Commission is necessary and in the public's interest. Today, higher education in the United States encompasses a wide array of educational opportunities and programs. Students attend institutions of higher education offering programs that range from baccalaureate and advanced degrees to occupational training of less than one year. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, has benefited millions of students by making higher education more affordable as well as by ensuring its quality. As we look to the future, it is imperative that we maintain a system of higher education that meets the needs of our diverse population, and in particular the needs of traditionally underserved communities; provides enhanced opportunities for lifelong learning; and addresses the economic and workforce needs of the country.

In particular, the country is encountering a significant change to its economic structure, resulting in unmet workforce needs. This is particularly true with respect to highly skilled workers and in the fields of mathematics and science. The need is clear and unavoidable: only 68 out of 100 entering 9th graders graduate from high school on time. Yet, 80 percent of our fastest-growing jobs will require some higher education. As the need for highly skilled workers continues to grow, institutions of higher education must assess whether they are providing the necessary coursework and incentives that will enable American students to compete in the new global economy. The purpose of this Commission is to consider how best to improve our system of higher education, to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to meet our future workforce needs and are able to participate fully in the changing economy. To accomplish this purpose, the Commission shall consider Federal, State, local, and institutional roles in higher education and analyze whether the current goals of higher education are appropriate and achievable. By August 1, 2006, the Commission will provide its written recommendations to the Secretary. The Commission will be composed of no more than 20 representatives appointed by the Secretary from the public and private sectors, as well as up to 5 ex officio members from the Department of Education and other Federal agencies. These representatives shall include former or current public and private college presidents, and may also include former elected officials, representatives of Fortune 500 corporations, the financial services industry, for-profit education companies, nonprofit education foundations, higher education researchers, and other such group representatives as the Secretary deems appropriate. As representatives, the members will speak for the groups of persons they represent, drawing on their personal experiences as members of these groups with respect to these issues.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Oldham, Executive Director, A
National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205-5233.

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A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education

AGENCY: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, (Commission). The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.

DATES: Monday, October 17, 2005. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Commission will meet in Washington, DC at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Oldham, Executive Director, A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205-5233.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY



Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS)

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS) to discuss a draft advisory and initial committee work on methods for valuing the protection of ecological systems and services.

DATES: October 25-26, 2005. A public meeting of the C-VPESS will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (eastern time) on October 25, 2005 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (eastern time) on October 26, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the SAB Conference Center, 1025 F Street, NW., Suite 3700, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public wishing further information regarding the SAB C-VPESS meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at: 202-343-9981 or e-mail at: . The SAB mailing address is: U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meetings announced in this notice, may be found in the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Proposal Review Panel in Earth 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: Earth Sciences Proposal Review Panel (1569).

Date & Time: October 20-21, 2005, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Place: UNAVCO Inc., 6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, CO 80301.

Type of Meeting: Part-Open — (see Agenda below).

Contact Person: Mr. Russell Kelz, Program Director, Instrumentation & Facilities Program, Division of Earth Sciences, National Sciences Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8558.

Purpose of Meeting: To carry out review of UNAVCO management and leadership as stipulated in cooperative agreement EAR-0321760.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Contractor Re-Certification of Program Compliance

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: This proposed rule is to amend the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to include a requirement for NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contractors to complete a re-certification of program compliance prior to final payment. This requirement is being established to facilitate the Government's ability to hold contractors accountable for compliance with Federal statute, regulation, and program requirements as outlined in the Office of Inspector General's Management Alert Memorandum dated April 28, 2004. As part of its continuing effort to reduce the paperwork and respondent burden, NASA invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on this proposed rule and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before November 29, 2005 to be considered in formulation of the final rule.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments, identified by RIN number 2700-AD17 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Comments may also be submitted to Marilyn J. Seppi, NASA, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division, Washington, DC 20546. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to: . Comments on the information collection should be directed to Ms. Kathy Shaeffer, Acting NASA Reports Officer, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Mail Suite 6M70, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1230, e-mail: .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marilyn J. Seppi, NASA, Office of
Procurement, Contract Management Division, (703) 553-2551, e-mail: . Requests for additional information regarding the information collection should be directed to Ms. Kathy Shaeffer, Acting NASA Reports Officer, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Mail Suite 6M70, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1230, .

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