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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 13-17 December 2004


Public Meeting With All Interested Parties to Comment on the Activities of the Resource Conservation and Development Program

AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of comment period.

SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will solicit comments on the activities of the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program. Section 2504 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-171) requires that the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NAR&DC), evaluate the RC&D Program to determine whether it is effectively meeting the needs of, and purposes identified by, States, units of governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and councils participating in, or served by, the program. The Secretary of Agriculture, acting through NRCS, will conduct this evaluation, and submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate, a report describing the results of the evaluation, together with any recommendations of the Secretary for continuing, terminating, or modifying the program by June 30, 2005.

As part of this evaluation, NRCS is conducting an open comment period for all interested parties to solicit comments on the activities of the program. Comments will be solicited on, and should be limited to, the following topics: (1) RC&D Program effectiveness in meeting the needs of the States, units of government, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and RC&D councils served by the program; (2) RC&D
Program effectiveness in developing community leadership conservation; (3) RC&D Program elements that best serve regional conservation and development needs; (4) RC&D Program elements that can be strengthened to better serve regional conservation and development needs.

DATES: Effective Dates: The comment period will be open from December 8, 2004, through January 31, 2004. Written comments also may be submitted, no later than January 31, 2005, to Terry D'Addio, National RC&D Program Manager, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6013, South Building, Washington, DC 20250.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry D'Addio, Natural Resources Conservation Service, telephone: (202) 720-0557; fax: (202) 690-0639, e-mail: terry.d'addio@usda.gov.



National Sea Grant Review Panel

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

ACTION: Notice of Solicitation for Sea Grant Review Panelists.

SUMMARY: This notice responds to the National Sea Grant College Program Act, at 33 U.S.C. 1128, which requires the Secretary of Commerce to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the Sea Grant Review Panel. This advisory committee provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program.

DATES: Resumes should be sent to the address specified and must be received by 30 days from publication.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Francis M. Schuler, Executive Director; National Sea Grant College Program; 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11716; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Francis M. Schuler of the National Sea Grant College Program at the address given above; telephone (301) 713-2445 or fax number (301) 713-1031.


Guidelines for Producing the Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Products

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

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The United States Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is announcing the Guidelines for Producing the CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Products, which are described in the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The synthesis and assessment products are intended to provide useful information for a variety of users about key climate change topics. The products include reports, data sets, and evaluations of the uses and limits of climate information for decisionmaking.

ADDRESSES: The CCSP website is at: http://www.climatescience.gov. The finalized guidelines areavailable on the CCSP web site at: http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap-guidelines.htm.The draft guidelines and a collation of comments submitted are available on the CCSP web site at:
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap-guidelines-29mar2004.pdf and

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sandy MacCracken, U.S. Climate Change Science Program, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20006, 1-202-419-3483 (voice), 1-202-223-3065 (fax), smaccrac@usgcrp.gov (e-mail).


Request for Technical Input--U.S.-China Workshop on Standards and Conformity Assessment

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

ACTION: Request for workshop recommendations.

SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites interested parties to submit recommendations for focus areas in a US-China Workshop on Standards and Conformity Assessment. Recommendations should include general policy issues and specific sectors and topics where information exchange about the U.S. and Chinese systems of standards development, conformity assessment, and metrology may facilitate trade. The prospective workshop is tentatively scheduled as a two or three day program to be held in late August or early September 2005. This notice is not an invitation for proposals to fund grants, contracts or cooperative agreements of any kind. NIST will consider recommendations based upon which workshop focus areas would be most useful to intended audiences.

DATES: Recommendations must be submitted to NIST no later than 5 p.m., EST, January 15, 2005.

ADDRESSES: All recommendations must be submitted to Dr. Ajit Jillavenkatesa via e-mail (ajit.jilla@nist.gov) or by mail to 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ajit Jillavenkatesa (301) 975-5089, ajit.jilla@nist.gov.



Coastal Engineering Research Board; Meeting

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: 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: Coastal Engineering Research Board (CERB).
Date of Meeting: 6-7 January 2005.
Place: Hyatt Regency DFW, DFW Airport, Texas.
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (6 January 2005). 8 a.m. to 12 noon (7 January 2005).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be addressed to Colonel James R. Rowan, Executive Secretary, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180-6199.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Agenda: An Executive Session of the Board will meet to discuss action items from past meetings and ongoing initiatives.
This meeting is open to the public, but since seating capacity of the meeting room is limited, advance notice of intent to attend, although not required, is requested in order to assure adequate arrangements for those wishing to attend.



Request for Nominations to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations to fill vacancies on its National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). The Agency seeks qualified senior-level decision makers from diverse sectors throughout the United States to be considered for appointments. EPA encourages interested applicants to send their resumes and qualifications as soon as possible. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to: Ms. Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601E), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

Background: NACEPT is a Federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established NACEPT in 1988 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues. NACEPT consists of a representative cross-section of EPA's partners, stakeholders, and constituents who provide timely advice and recommendations on environmental issues, and serve as a sounding board for new strategies that EPA is developing.

We anticipate the Council addressing issues related to environmental technology, environmental foresight, and collaborative approaches to environmental problems. NACEPT will provide advice in a timely manner and operate as a proactive and strategic body that will alert EPA to potential environmental challenges and issues that could impact the Agency's ability to protect public health and the environment, and options to address them.

Members are appointed by the Administrator of EPA for two year terms with the possibility of reappointment. The Council usually meets 3-4 times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Council in a voluntary capacity; however, EPA does provide reimbursement for travel expenses associated with official government business.

Potential candidates should possess the following qualifications:
Occupy a senior position within their organization.
Broad experience outside of their current position.
Experience dealing with public policy issues.
Membership in broad-based networks.
Extensive experience in the environmental field.
Recognized expert in the subject matter to be addressed by NACEPT.

EPA is seeking nominees for representation from all sectors, in particular federal, state, local and tribal agencies, academia, industry, environmental justice, and non-governmental organizations. Nominations for membership must include a resume and short biography describing the educational and professional qualifications of the nominee and the nominee's current business address and daytime telephone number.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal
Officer for NACEPT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601E), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 233-0061, e-mail: altieri.sonia@epa.gov.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Board of Scientific Counselors

In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announces the following committee meeting.
Name: Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), NCHS.
Times and Dates: 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m., January 27, 2005. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., January 28, 2005.
Place: NCHS Headquarters, 3311 Toledo Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782.
Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 100 people.
Purpose: This committee is charged with providing advice and making recommendations to the Secretary; the Director, CDC; and Director, NCHS, regarding the scientific and technical program goals and objectives, strategies, and priorities of NCHS.
Matters To Be Discussed: The agenda will include welcome remarks by the Director, NCHS; introductions of members and key NCHS staff; scientific presentations and discussions; and an open session for comments from the public.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Requests to make an oral presentation should be submitted in writing to the contact person listed below by close of business, January 14, 2005. All requests to make oral comments should contain the name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation of the presenter. Written comments should not exceed five single-spaced typed pages in length and should be received by the contact person listed below by close of business, January 14, 2005.
Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Weinzimer, Executive Secretary, NCHS, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 7108, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782, telephone (301) 458-4565, fax (301) 458-4021.
The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Procedures and Costs for Use of the Research Data Center; Amendment

In the notice document announcing the "Procedures and Costs for Use of the Research Data Center,'' appearing on page 67584 in the Federal Register issue of Thursday, November 18, 2004, the notice is amended to extend the comment period as follows:
On page 67584 under the DATES heading, change "December 9, 2004'', to ``March 1, 2005.''

All other information in the document remains unchanged.


Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold its fifth meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, January 31, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, February 1, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Radisson Hotel Old Town Alexandria, 901 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Schwetz, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Catherine Slatinshek, Executive Director, Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852; (301) 496-7005; fax: (301) 496-0527; email address: sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.


National Science Foundation

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation is publishing its fall 2004 regulatory agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866, "Regulatory Planning and Review'' (3 CFR 1993 Comp., p. 638); the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-602); and the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum for Regulatory Policy Officers at Executive Departments and Agencies and Managing and Executive Directors of Certain Agencies and Commissions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular item, call or write the individual identified as agency contact. General comments or inquiries about this agenda may be directed to Penelope C. Baker, Administrative Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8060.

Dated: October 18, 2004.



Cuban Assets Control Regulations, Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, and Iranian Transactions Regulations

AGENCY: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC'') of the U.S. Department of the Treasury is revising the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, and the Iranian
Transactions Regulations to add general licenses pertaining to certain publishing activities.

DATES: Effective Date: December 17, 2004. Comments may be submitted at any time.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Agency Web Site: http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/comment.html.
Fax: Chief of Records, 202/622-1657.

Mail: Chief of Records, ATTN: Request for Comments, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and the FR Doc. number that appears at the end of this document. Comments received will be posted without change to http://www.treas.gov/ofac, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ``Public Participation'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. To read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.treas.gov/ofac.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Policy Planning and Program Management, tel. 202/622-2500, Chief of Licensing, tel.: 202/622-2480, Chief of Compliance, tel. 202/622-2490, or Chief Counsel, tel.: 202/622-2410, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury,
Washington, DC 20220 (not toll free numbers).


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