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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 22-24 November 2004


Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture; Nominations

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

SUMMARY: The Agricultural Research Service is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The charge for the AC21 is two-fold: To examine the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and USDA; and to provide guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the application of biotechnology in agriculture.

DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or before December 23, 2004.

ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Forms may also be submitted by fax to (202) 690-4265.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be addressed to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, telephone (202) 720-3817; fax (202) 690-4265; e-mail mschechtman@ars.usda.gov. To obtain form AD-755 ONLY please contact Dianne Harmon, Office of Pest Management Policy, telephone (202) 720-4074, fax (202) 720-3191; e-mail dharmon@ars.usda.gov.


Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. II, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

DATES: December 9-10, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first day and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second day. 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: Waugh Auditorium, USDA Economic Research Service, Third Floor, South Tower, 1800 M St., NW., Washington, DC 20036. 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 and Independence Avenues, 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 mschechtman@ars.usda.gov.


General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan; Meeting

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: We are giving notice of a meeting of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

DATES: The meeting will be held on January 26, 2005, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room C108, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW., Atlanta, GA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Andrew R. Rhorer, Senior Coordinator, National Poultry Improvement Plan, VS, APHIS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 101, Conyers, GA 30094, (770) 922-3496.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The General Conference Committee (the Committee) of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), representing cooperating State agencies and poultry industry members, serves an essential function by acting as liaison between the poultry industry and the Department in matters pertaining to poultry health. In addition, the committee assists the Department in planning, organizing, and conducting the NPIP Biennial Conference.

Topics for discussion at the upcoming meeting include:
1. H5/H7 low pathogenic avian influenza program for commercial layers, broilers, and turkeys;
2. Compartmentalization of notifiable avian influenza free zones;
3. National animal identification program for poultry; and
4. Cleaning, disinfection, and bird disposal costs for commercial poultry flocks.
The meeting will be open to the public. However, due to time constraints, the public will not be allowed to participate in the discussions during the meeting. Written statements on meeting topics may be filed with the Committee before or after the meeting by sending them to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Written statements may also be filed at the meeting. Please refer to Docket No. 04-117-1 when submitting your statements.
This notice of meeting is given pursuant to section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.



Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of partially closed meeting.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet Tuesday, December 7, 2004, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Director of NIST; who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Institute, its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include an update on NIST's activities; a preview of a new NIST overview; a VCAT member's presentation on managing organizations with remote sites; an update on outreach strategy; an update on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program; and updates from the Fall Senior Management Board Strategy Retreat. Two laboratory tours are scheduled. Discussions scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. and to end at 9 a.m. on December 7, on the NIST budget and planning information will be closed. Agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NIST Web site. All visitors to the National Institute of Standards and Technology site will have to pre-register to be admitted. Please submit your name, time of arrival, e-mail address and phone number to Carolyn Peters no later than Thursday, December 2, 2004, and she will provide you with instructions for admittance. Mrs. Peter's e-mail address is carolyn.peters@nist.gov and her phone number is (301) 975-5607.

DATES: The meeting will convene on December 7 at 8:15 a.m. and will adjourn at 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Employees Lounge, Administration Building, at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Please note admittance instructions under SUMMARY paragraph.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn J. Peters, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1000, telephone number (301) 975-5607.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Assistant Secretary for Administration, with the concurrence of the General Counsel, formally determined on December 24, 2003, that portions of the meeting of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology which deal with discussion of sensitive budget and planning information that would cause harm to third parties if publicly shared be closed in accordance with section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2.


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Marine Sanctuary Permits

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 24, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to John Armor, National Marine Sanctuary Program, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway (N/ORM6), Silver Spring, MD 20910 (or via the Internet at John.Armor@noaa.gov).



Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Removal of Obsolete Research and Development Contracting Procedures

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: DoD has issued a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to delete obsolete procedures for research and development contracting. This rule is a result of a transformation initiative undertaken by DoD to dramatically change the purpose and content of the DFARS.

DATES: Effective November 22, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thaddeus Godlewski, Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone (703) 602-2022; facsimile (703) 602-0350. Please cite DFARS Case 2003-D058.



EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office, Request for Nominations of Experts for the Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study (CHEERS) Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: Requesting the nomination of experts for the Science Advisory Board (SAB) CHEERS Review Panel.

DATES: December 17, 2004--Deadline for submitting nomination of experts.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Postal Address--U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. For FedEx or courier deliveries: 1025 F Street, NW., Room 3603, Mail Code: 1400F, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Suhair Shallal, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9977, by fax at (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at shallal.suhair@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.



Information Regarding the H-1B Numerical Limitation for Fiscal Year 2005

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: This notice explains how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will process H-1B petitions for new employment for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 now that it is clear that the demand for H-1B workers will exceed the statutory numerical limit (the cap) for H-1B nonimmigrant aliens for FY 2005. This notice is published so that the public will understand the procedure for processing H-1B petitions now that the cap is reached, as this procedure may affect the hiring decisions of some prospective H-1B petitioners. These procedures are intended to minimize confusion and the burden on employers who use the H-1B program.

DATES: This notice is effective November 23, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin J. Cummings, Business and Trade Services Branch/Program and Regulation Development, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 305-3175.


Homeland Security Advisory Council

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.

SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will hold a meeting for purposes of (1) receiving reports from Senior Advisory Committees; (2) receiving briefings from DHS staff on Departmental initiatives; and (3) holding roundtable deliberations and discussions among HSAC members.

DATES: The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will hold its next meeting in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, December 14, 2004.

ADDRESSES: This meeting will be partially closed; the open portions of the meeting for purposes of (1) above will be held at the Westin Horton Plaza Hotel Library, 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The closed portions of the meeting, for purposes of (2) and (3) above will be held at the Westin Horton Plaza Hotel Harbor Room, 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

You may submit comments, identified by DHS-2004-0023, by one of the following methods:

EPA Federal Partner EDOCKET Web site: http://www.epa.gov/feddocket. Follow instructions for submitting comments on the Web site. The Department of Homeland Security has joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) online public docket and comment system on its Partner Electronic Docket System (Partner EDOCKET). The Department of Homeland Security and its agencies (excluding the United States Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration) will use the EPA
Federal Partner EDOCKET system. The USCG and TSA [legacy Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies] will continue to use the DOT Docket Management System until full migration to the electronic rulemaking federal docket management system in 2005.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

E-mail: HSAC@dhs.gov. Include docket number in the subject line of the message.
Fax: (202) 772-9718.

Mail: Mike Miron, Homeland Security Advisory Council, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket, including any personal information provided.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket You may also access the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information concerning the meeting, please contact Rich Davis, Jeff Gaynor, Mike Miron, or Candice Stoltz of the HSAC staff via email at HSAC@dhs.gov, or via phone at 202-692-4283.



Geological Survey

Request for Public Comments on Extension of Existing Information Collection To Be Submitted to OMB for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

The proposal for the information collection described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Copies of the proposed collection of information may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed below. Comments on the proposal should be made within 60 days to the Bureau Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, telephone (703) 648-7313.

As required by OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), the U.S. Geological Survey solicits specific public comments as to:

1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions on the bureaus, including whether the information will have practical utility;
2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used:
3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
4. How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.

Title: North American Amphibian Monitoring Program.

Current OMB Approval Number: 1028-0078.

Summary: The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) is a long-term, large-scale anuran (frog and toad) monitoring program to track the status and trends of eastern and central. Volunteers conduct calling surveys three to four times per year, depending on the regional species assemblage. Volunteers listen for 5 minutes at 10 stops along the route. Data are submitted electronically via the Internet or on hard copy. These data will be used to estimate population trends at various geographic scales and assist with documenting species distribution. NAAMP Web site is: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/.

Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 400.

Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 3600 hours.

Affected Public: Primarily U.S. residents.

For Further Information Contact: To obtain copies of the survey, contact the Bureau clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, telephone (703) 648-7313.


Civil Implementation Working Group--U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy (CRSSP)

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: Open meeting of the CRSSP Implementation Working Group (IWG) to present and discuss progress and plans for assessing near-term civil requirements for remote sensing data.

DATE/TIME OF MEETING: December 14, 2004, 9-12 a.m.

PLACE: Visitors Center, USGS Headquarters, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be addressed to: Greg Snyder, CRSSP IWG Chair, USGS National Center Center MS 517, Reston VA 22091, gsnyder@usgs.gov or 703-648-5169.


Purpose of Public Meeting

This public meeting provides a forum for the remote sensing industry and other interested participants to be briefed on the progress and plans of the CRSSP near-term requirements collection and evaluation process and to discuss ways to improve its effectiveness.


On April 25, 2003, the president signed the U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy. The fundamental goal of this policy is to advance and protect U.S. national security and foreign policy nterests by maintaining the nation's leadership in remote sensing space activities, and by sustaining and enhancing the U.S. remote sensing industry. Doing so will also foster economic growth, contribute to environmental stewardship, and enable scientific and technological excellence. In support of this goal, the United States Government is directed to:
Rely to the maximum practical extent on U.S. commercial remote sensing space capabilities for filling imagery and geospatial needs for military, intelligence, foreign policy, and homeland security, and civil users;
Focus United States Government remote sensing space systems on meeting needs that can not be effectively, affordably, and reliably satisfied by commercial providers because of economic factors, civil mission needs, national security concerns, or foreign policy concerns;
Develop a long-term, sustainable relationship between the United States Government and the U.S. commercial remote sensing space industry;
Provide a timely and responsive regulatory environment for licensing the operations and exports of commercial remote sensing space systems; and
Enable U.S. industry to compete successfully as a provider of remote sensing space capabilities for foreign governments and foreign commercial users, while ensuring appropriate measures are implemented to protect national security and foreign policy.
The specific directives to civil agencies included:
Determine which needs for imagery and geospatial products and services can be reliably met by commercial remote sensing space capabilities;
Communicate current and projected needs to the commercial remote sensing space industry.
The policy also directs civil agencies to craft a plan for policy implementation. The plan, agreed to in December 2003, calls for shared responsibilities among civil agencies, close coordination with the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the formation of two groups; a senior steering committee (SSC) for policy guidance and an interagency policy implementation working group (IWG) for operational
support. The USGS administers these two groups and serves as the lead civil agency. The policy also identifies goals beyond the scope of the implementation plan that are being addressed by other interagency groups.

Proposed Agenda

The meeting will begin with presentations to provide an update on the CRSSP civil near-term requirements-collection process and planned reporting capabilities, followed by discussions of how to provide meaningful requirements information for industry planning and business decisions. Representatives from the CRSSP IWG will present the goals, accomplishments, plans and potential enhancements to the process.

Meeting Access

Directions to the USGS National Center can be accessed at http://www.usgs.gov/major_sites.html. After arriving at USGS follow signs to Visitors Parking and proceed to the Visitors Entrance. You will be required to show valid picture identification as you enter. A guard will point you to the Visitors Center.



Post-Employment Conflict of Interest Restrictions; Revision of Departmental Component Designations

AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

ACTION: Final rule; amendments.

SUMMARY: The Office of Government Ethics is revising the component designations of several departments, for purposes of the one-year post-employment conflict of interest restriction for senior employees, at 18 U.S.C. 207(c). OGE is adding several new component designations, revoking several existing component designations, and changing the names of others, based upon the recommendations of the departments concerned.

EFFECTIVE DATES: This final rule is effective November 23, 2004, except for the removals of certain designated components from appendix B to part 2641, as set forth in amendatory paragraph 3 below, which are effective on February 22, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: W. Gregg Burgess, Associate General Counsel, Office of Government Ethics; telephone: (202) 482-9300; TDD: (202) 482-9293; fax: (202) 482-9237.


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