AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service.
ACTION: Notice Soliciting Nominations for Membership on the National
Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting
nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on
Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). There are 7 vacancies.
Advisory Committee members serve a two-year term, renewable for two
USDA is seeking NACMCF members with scientific expertise in the
fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical,
and predictive), toxicology, risk assessment, infectious disease,
biostatistics, and other related sciences. USDA is seeking nominations
for NACMCF from persons in academia, industry, State governments, and
the Federal Government, as well as all other interested persons with
the required experience. Please note that federally registered
lobbyists cannot be considered for USDA advisory committee membership.
USDA is also seeking nominations for one individual affiliated with
a consumer group to serve on the NACMCF. This member will serve as a
representative member to provide a consumer viewpoint. This member will
not be required to have a scientific background and will not be subject
to conflict of interest review.
Members can serve on only one USDA advisory committee at a time.
All nominees will undergo a USDA background check.
With the exception of the consumer representative member, any
member who is not a Federal government employee will be appointed to
serve as a non-compensated special government employee (SGE). SGEs will
be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards
of ethical conduct.
Nominations for membership on the NACMCF must be addressed to the
Secretary of USDA and accompanied by a cover letter announcing the
nomination, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a completed USDA Advisory
Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755 available
online at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. A nomination
may be a self-nomination or a nomination on behalf of someone else. The
resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and
should include educational background, expertise, and a list of select
publications, if available. For submissions received that are more than
five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be
DATES: All materials must be received by August 7, 2014.
ADDRESSES: Nomination packages can be sent by mail to: Tom Vilsack,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue
SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: National Advisory Committee on
Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas-Sharp, Advisory
Committee Specialist, by telephone at 202-690-6620 or by email
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested
persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by
either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web
site (http://www.regulations.gov) provides the ability to type short
comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a
file for lengthier comments. Follow the online instructions at that
site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD-ROMS and hand or
courier delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS Docket Room,
Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-
3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2014-0017. Comments
received in response to this docket will be made available for public
inspection and posted without change, including any personal
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go
to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8-
164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as
well as background information used by FSIS in developing this
document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket
Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.