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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 12-16 December 2005

AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Research Service

Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

DATES: January 5-6, 2006, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 5 and 8 am to 4 pm on January 6. Written requests to make oral presentations at the meeting must be received by the contact person identified herein at least three business days before the meeting.

ADDRESSES: Room 107A, USDA Jamie L. Whitten Building, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Members of the public should enter the building through the Jefferson Drive entrance. Requests to make oral presentations at the meeting may be sent to the contact person at USDA, Office of the Deputy Secretary, 202 B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, Telephone (202) 720-3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; E-mail .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7165.htm


Forest Service

Forestry Research Advisory Council

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council will meet in Arlington, Virginia, January 12-13, 2006. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging issues in forestry research.

DATES: The meeting will be held January 12-13, 2006. On January 12 the meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, and on January 13 from 8:30-noon.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crystal City Marriott near Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Individuals who wish to speak at the meeting or to propose agenda items must send their names and proposals to Daina Apple, Designated Federal Officer, Forestry Research Advisory Council, USDA Forest Service Research and Development, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington DC 20250-1120. Individuals also may fax their names and proposed agenda items to (202) 205-1530.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Apple, Forest Service Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, (202) 205-1665.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7416.htm


COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Financial Assistance To Establish New Cooperative Science Centers Under NOAA's Educational Partnership Program (EPP) With Minority Serving Institutions in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Environmental Sciences, Living Marine Resources Science and Management, and Remote Sensing Technology at Minority Serving Institutions.

AGENCY: Office of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability of funds and solicitation for proposals for these funds.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA's Educational Partnership Program is soliciting new accredited post secondary minority serving institutions (MSI)--Cooperative Science Center proposals. These Centers are to establish partnerships between the accredited post secondary MSIs and NOAA. The partnership goal is to expand the institution's training and research capabilities and supporting program development. The developed programs will support NOAA's mission. The Cooperative Centers must establish in the NOAA core science areas: Atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences; living marine resources science and management; and remote sensing technology. The EPP/MSI is a competitive program designed to strengthen and enhance the research and training capabilities and to support the development of programs directly related to NOAA's mission at MSIs. The EPP is designed to enhance NOAA's capability to increase environmental literacy by establishing partnerships with academia, the private sector, and other Federal, State, Tribal and local agencies. Thus, the funding opportunity is intended to engage the MSI academic community in training and collaborative research across the spectrum of atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences, living marine resources science and management, and remote sensing technology in support of NOAA's mission.

DATES: Applications must be received by NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) no later than 2 p.m. (eastern standard time), February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Applications submitted in response to this announcement are strongly encouraged to submit through the Grants.gov Web site. Electronic access to the Full Funding Opportunity Announcement for this program is available via the Grants.gov Web site: http://www.grants.gov.
The announcement will also be available at the NOAA EPP Web site http://epp.noaa.gov or by contacting the program officials identified below. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. If Internet access is unavailable, paper applications (a signed original and two copies) may be submitted to the Educational Partnership Program at the following address: NOAA/OAR/EPP, 1315 East West Highway, Room 10600, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. No facsimile applications will be accepted. Institutions are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent to NOAA/EPP within 30 days of this announcement to aid in planning the review processes.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via e-mail to or . Information should include a general description of the Center proposal and participating institutions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline J. Rousseau, Program Director at 301-713-9437 ext. 124 or . The alternative contact is Meka E. Laster at 301-713-9437 ext. 147 or .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7395.htm


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Request for Proposals for Fiscal Year 2006-NOAA Educational Partnership Program With Minority Serving Institutions: Environmental Entrepreneurship Program

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of availability of funds.

SUMMARY: NOAA's Environmental Entrepreneurship Program is soliciting proposals that support environmental revitalization projects. Projects should engage students at MSIs in hands-on training and experiential learning opportunities in the application of NOAA science and business acumen. The program's objective is to increase the number of students proficient in environmental business enterprises. For the purposes of this program, Environmental Business Enterprises is defined as applying skills and techniques in the development and operations of businesses that resolve environmental degradation in local communities. The process involves engaging students in the application of business skills and best management science techniques that will enable students to gain practical experience in resolving environmental degradation in their local communities. Students are expected to learn how to transform business concepts into innovative products or services that support environmental business enterprises. This is achieved through community-based collaborative processes. It is expected that three cooperative agreement awards will be funded in fiscal year 2006. Eligible MSIs may apply for a maximum of $200,000, on a competitive basis, to support environmental revitalization projects, for a two or three-year period. The total funding available is $600,000, subject to Congressional appropriation. The program's vision is an increased number of students at MSIs proficient in environmental business enterprises that advance DOC/NOAA's mission. Successful programs will build the institution's capacity to train students in developing and operating businesses in local communities where there is a need to sustain or revitalize naturally depleted environments.

DATES: Full Proposals must be received by 2 p.m. (eastern standard time) February 13, 2006. Facsimile transmissions and electronic mail submission of proposals will not be accepted.

ADDRESSES: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications through the Grants.gov Web site. Electronic access to the full funding opportunity announcement for this program is available via the
Grants.gov Web site: http://www.grants.gov The announcement will also be available at the NOAA Web site http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/solindex.html or by contacting the program official identified below. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement.

If Internet access is unavailable, paper applications (a signed original and two copies) should be submitted by postal mail, commercial delivery service, or hand-delivery to the Educational Partnership Program at the following address: NOAA/EPP, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC III, Room 10600, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Facsimile and electronic mail submission of applications will not be accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Rousseau, Program Director at (301) 713-9437 extension 124 or .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7397.htm


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Financial Assistance To Administer NOAA's Educational Partnership Program (EPP) With Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Graduate Sciences Program

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of criteria to administer the EPP/MSI Graduate Sciences Program; and notice of availability of funds and solicitation for proposals for these funds.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA's Educational Partnership Program is soliciting not-for-profit organizations to administer its EPP Graduate Sciences Program. The goal of the Graduate Sciences Program is to provide college graduates who have received at least a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, science, economics, law, and engineering, entry-level employment and hands-on research and work experience at NOAA. The program's objective is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in the targeted areas integral to NOAA's mission. The goal of the NOAA EPP/MSI Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) is aimed primarily at increasing opportunities and available programs for students in NOAA related fields to pursue research and graduate level educational training in atmospheric, environmental, and oceanic sciences at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) when possible. All students are competitively selected for positions in NOAA offices and facilities. Participants must be U.S. citizens, have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, science, law, or engineering, and have, and maintain, a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher prior to and for the duration of their training. Prior to acceptance into the program, students must be enrolled in an accredited graduate school and obtain a letter of recommendation by a school official. This two-year program provides for formal periods of work, study, and structured classroom training programs in meteorology, hydrology, cartography, oceanography, ecology, remote sensing technology, environmental science and planning, marine science, fisheries biology, computer science, and environmental law.

GSP pays for tuition, books, lab fees, campus housing allowance, travel expenses, and salary during 16 weeks of NOAA work experience per year at a NOAA research facility. NOAA scientists are assigned as mentors to graduate scientists during the training period. The progress of the students is monitored throughout the academic year and during the intermittent career work experiences. Under the program, graduate students are required to present their research at conferences, scientific meetings and workshops, education and science forums, etc. The program requires that students participate in an orientation program at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, at the beginning of their appointment.

DATES: Applications must be received by NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) no later than 2 p.m. (eastern standard time), February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Applications submitted in response to this announcement are strongly encouraged to submit through the Grants.gov Web site. Electronic access to the full funding opportunity announcement for this program is available via the Grants.gov Web site: http://www.grants.gov. The announcement will also be available at the NOAA EPP Web site http://epp.noaa.gov or by contacting the program official identified below. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. Paper applications (a signed original and two copies) may also be submitted to the Educational Partnership Program at the following address: NOAA/EPP, 1315 East West Highway, Room 10703, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. No facsimile applications will be accepted. Institutions are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent to NOAA/EPP within 30 days of this announcement to aid in planning the review processes. Letters of Intent may be submitted via e-mail to . Information should include a general description of the program administration proposal.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chantell Haskins, Program Manager at (301) 713-9437 ext. 125 or .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7396.htm


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Financial Assistance To Administer NOAA's Educational Partnership Program (EPP) With Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Undergraduate Scholarship Program

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of criteria to administer the EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program; and notice of availability of funds and solicitation for proposals for these funds.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA's Educational Partnership Program is soliciting not-for-profit organizations to administer its Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The goal of the Undergraduate Scholarship Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in the targeted areas integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year; attend Minority Serving Institutions; majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering; and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, remote sensing technology, or environmental science disciplines. The Undergraduate Scholarship participants must be U.S. citizens and attend an MSI including Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal College and Universities, Alaska-Native Serving Institutions, and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions full-time, be pursuing studies in atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, physical science, oceanography, marine biology, photogrammetry, or physics. Participants must have, and maintain, a
minimum 3.0 grade point average.

DATES: Applications must be received by NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) no later than 2 p.m. (eastern standard time), February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Applications submitted in response to this announcement should be submitted through the Grants.gov Web site. Electronic access to the full funding opportunity announcement for this program is available via the Grants.gov Web site: http://www.grants.gov The announcement will also be available at the NOAA EPP Web site http://epp.noaa.gov or by contacting the program official identified below.

Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. Paper applications (a signed original and two copies) may also be submitted to the Educational Partnership Program at the following address: NOAA/EPP, 1315 East West Highway, Room 10703, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. No facsimile applications will be accepted. Institutions are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent to NOAA/EPP within 30 days of this announcement to aid in planning the review processes. Letters of Intent may be submitted via e-mail to . Information should include a general description of the program administration proposal.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chantell Haskins, Program Manager at (301) 713-9437 ext. 125 or .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7398.htm


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Prospectuses

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comments.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce the availability of draft Prospectuses for four of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Synthesis and Assessment Products (Products) for public comment. These draft Prospectuses address the following CCSP Topics: Product 1.3 Reanalysis of Historical Climate Data for Key Atmospheric Features:
Implications for Attribution of Causes of Observed Change;
Product 4.1 Coastal Elevation and Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise;
Product 5.1 Uses and Limitations of Observations, Data, Forecasts, and other Projections in Decision Support for Selected Sectors and Regions; and Product 5.3 Decision Support Experiments and Evaluations Using Seasonal to Interannual Forecasts and Observational Data.
After consideration of comments received on the draft Prospectuses, the final Prospectuses along with the comments received will be published on the CCSP Web site.

DATES: Comments must be received by January 30, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The draft Prospectuses are posted on the CCSP Program Office Web site. The Web addresses to access the draft Prospectuses are:

Product 1.3 (Reanalysis):
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap1-3/default.htmProduct
4.1 (Sea Level):
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap4-1/default.htm
Product 5.1 (Observations):
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap5-1/default.htmProduct
5.3 (Seasonal):
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap5-3/default.htm

Detailed instructions for making comments on the draft Prospectuses are provided with each Prospectus. Comments should be prepared in accordance with these instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard H. Moss, Ph.D., Director, Climate Change Science Program Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone: (202) 419-3476.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-24027.htm


DEFENSE

Department of the Army

Army Science Board; Notice of Open Meeting

In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following Committee Meeting:

Name of Committee: Army Science Board (ASB).
Date(s) of Meeting: 7-8 December 2005.
Time(s) of Meeting: 0700-1700, 7 December 2005, 0700-1700, 8 December 2005.
Place: Defense Acquisition University, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
1. Agenda: The Army Science Board FY06 Studies, will be holding a plenary meeting on 7 & 8 December 2005. The meeting will be held at the Defense Acquisition University in Ft. Belvoir, VA. The meeting will begin at 0700 hrs on the 7th and will end at approximately 1700 hrs on the 8th. For further information regarding ASB Force Aerial Systems Capability, please contact Mrs. Melanie McAnney by e-mail at or call (703)-604-7479.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-24114.htm


ENERGY

Office of Science; Notice of Renewal of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

ACTION: Notice of renewal.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and in accordance with Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 102-3.65, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee has been renewed for a two-year period beginning December 11, 2005. The Committee will provide advice to the Director, Office of Science, on the Biological and Environmental Research Program managed by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. The Secretary of Energy has determined that renewal of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee is essential to the conduct of the Department's business and is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed by law upon the Department of Energy. The Committee will continue to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the General Services Administration Final Rule on Federal Advisory Committee Management, and other directives and instructions issued in implementation of those acts.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Rachel Samuel at (202) 586-3279.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7437.htm


NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION



NASA Research Announcements--Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Publication Acknowledgement and Disclaimers

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This is a final rule amending the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to require for NASA Research Announcements: Submission of a small business subcontracting plan with any proposal having subcontracting possibilities that may result in the award of a contract whose value exceeds $5,000,000; and acknowledgement of NASA sponsorship and disclaimer of agency endorsement of results.

DATES: Effective Date: December 15, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Flynn, NASA Headquarters, Office of Procurement, Contract Management Division, (202) 358-0460, e-mail: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-23994.htm


NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Technical Amendments To Reflect the New Authorizing Legislation of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The Institute of Museum and Library Services proposes to amend grants regulations by removing outdated regulations and making certain technical amendments to reflect Congress' reauthorization of the Institute of Museum and Library Services under The Museum and Library Services Act of 2003. The proposed amendments also reorganize certain sections to provide greater clarity for agency applicants and grantees.
DATES: Comments are invited and must be received by no later than January 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Nancy E. Weiss, General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, NW., Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Submit electronic comments to . Telephone (202) 653-4787. Facsimile: (202) 653-4625.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy E. Weiss, General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, NW., Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036. E-mail: .Telephone: (202) 653-4787. Facsimile: (202) 653-4625.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-24007.htm

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