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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 3-7 April 2006

AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Special Need Requests Under the Plant Protection Act

SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend our domestic quarantine regulations to establish a process by which a State or political subdivision of a State could request approval to impose prohibitions or restrictions on the movement in interstate commerce of specific articles that are in addition to the prohibitions and restrictions imposed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The Plant Protection Act provides that States or political subdivisions of States may make such special need requests, but there are currently no procedures in place for their submission or consideration. This action would establish a process by which States may make a special need request.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 5, 2006.

Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James Writer, Agriculturist, Invasive Species and Pest Management, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-7121.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-4840.htm

COMMERCE

Science on a Sphere Installation Cooperative Agreements

AGENCY: Office of Education (OEd), Office of the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (USEC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a request for applications from informal education institutions with interest in displaying NOAA's Science on a Sphere. Awards will be made as one-year cooperative agreements and will be issued in fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Funded projects will support informal education institutions in incorporating this data visualization technology and compatible environmental data products into public exhibits. The goal of this program is to build environmental literacy among the general public through increased use of NOAA or NOAA-related data and data products in informal education institutions. See NOAA's Education Plan for more details on this goal and strategy: (http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf). It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2006.

DATES: The deadline for full applications is 5 p.m., EDT May 5, 2006. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by June 30, 2006, and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie McDougall, telephone 202-482-0875; e-mail .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-4868.htm

NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research Plan Part II: Regional Priorities Draft

AGENCY: Coral Reef Conservation Program, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the availability of the Draft NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research Plan Part II: Regional Priorities for public comment. The Draft NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research Plan is being developed by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program to set priorities and guide NOAA-supported coral ecosystem research for fiscal years 2006 to 2010, including research conducted through extramural partners, grants, and contracts. The Draft NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research Plan covers all coral reef ecosystems under the jurisdiction of the United States and the Pacific Freely Associated States; and is written for a broad audience, including resource managers, scientists, policy makers, and the public.

DATES: Comments on this draft document must be submitted by May 8, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberly Puglise by mail at NOAA's Undersea Research Program, 1315 East-West highway R/NURP, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 or phone (301) 713-2427 ext. 199.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3339.htm

Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2006; Correction

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

SUMMARY: This notice corrects two errors contained in the notice of availability of funds published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2006. That notice announced two project competitions: the National Sea Grant College Program/Aquatic Invasive Species Program competition and the National Sea Grant College Program/Climate Program Office. This notice corrects an incorrect application deadline for the National Sea Grant College Program/Aquatic Invasive Species Program competition, and an incorrect Federal Opportunity Number listed for the National Sea Grant College Program/Climate Program Office competition.

DATES: Proposals for the National Sea Grant College Program/Aquatic Invasive Species Program competition must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time, April 24, 2006.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-4795.htm

EDUCATION

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

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming open 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 and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.

DATES: Thursday, May 18, 2006, and Friday, May 19, 2006.

Time: May 18, 2006: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; May 19, 2006: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Commission will meet in Washington, DC, at The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia 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, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-3510; telephone: (202) 401-0429.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3185.htm

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Environmental Protection Research Fellowships and Special Research Consultants for Environmental Protection

SUMMARY: The EPA is taking direct final action on the implementation of the EPA's statutory authority in Title II of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-54) that will allow the EPA to establish fellowships in environmental protection research, appoint fellows to conduct this research, and appoint special research consultants to advise on environmental protection research. Under an administrative provision of Public Law 109-54, the Administrator may, after consultation with the Office of Personnel Management, make up to five (5) appointments in any fiscal year from 2006 to 2011 for the Office of Research and Development. Appointees under this authority shall be employees of the EPA and will engage in activities related to scientific and engineering research that support EPA's mission to protect the environment and human health.

DATES: This rule is effective on June 5, 2006 without further notice, unless the EPA receives adverse comment by May 4, 2006. If we receive such comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OARM-2006-0249.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, please contact John O'Brien at (202) 564-7876, Office of Human Resources/Office of Administration and Resources Management, Mail Code 3631M, Room 1136 EPA-East, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; e-mail address: . You may also contact William Ocampo at (202) 564-0987 or Robert Stevens at (202) 564-5703, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code 8102R, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; e-mail addresses: and .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3204.htm

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