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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 25-29 January 2005


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

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: February 7-8, 2005, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. 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: Williamsburg Room (Room 104A), Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. 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 Independence Avenue, 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The eighth meeting of the AC21 has been scheduled for February 7-8, 2004. The AC21 consists of 18 members representing the biotechnology industry, the seed industry, international plant genetics research, farmers, food manufacturers, commodity processors and shippers, environmental and consumer groups, and academic researchers. In addition, representatives from the Departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, and State, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative serve as "ex officio'' members.

The AC21 will discuss, with the intent of finalizing, a draft report on the issue of the proliferation of traceability and mandatory labeling regimes for biotechnology-derived products in other countries, the implications of those regimes, and what industry is doing to attempt to address those requirements for products shipped to those countries. The AC21 will further discuss how best to present this report to the Secretary of Agriculture. The AC21 at this meeting will also consider its other wide-ranging report examining the impacts of agricultural biotechnology on American agriculture and USDA over the next 5 to 10 years. In particular, the AC21 will review portions of the report, in various stages of development, drafted by various work groups, specifically the two introductory report chapters; key definitions; potential issues to consider; and preparing for the future. In this review, the AC21 will provide comments and suggestions for how the Committee and work groups can develop the report and move it toward completion. The AC21 will seek to achieve consensus on the contents of the report.

Background information regarding the work of the AC21 will be available on the USDA Web site at http://www.usda.gov/agencies/biotech/ac21.html. On February 7, 2005, if time permits, reasonable provision will be made for oral presentations of no more than five minutes each in duration.

The meeting will be open to the public, but space is limited. If you would like to attend the meetings, you must register by contacting Ms. Dianne Harmon at (202) 720-4074, by fax at (202) 720-3191 or by e-mail at dharmon@ars.usda.gov at least 5 days prior to the meeting.

Please provide your name, title, business affiliation, address, and telephone and fax numbers when you register. If you require a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation due to disability, please indicate those needs at the time of registration.



National Ocean Service; Final Criteria and Data Fields for an Inventory of Existing Marine Managed Areas and Response to Comments

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

ACTION: Notice of final criteria and data fields for building an Inventory of Marine Managed Areas and response to comments on draft criteria.

SUMMARY: NOAA and the Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior (DOI), on July 23, 2003, jointly proposed criteria, definitions, and data fields that will be used in development of an Inventory of U.S. Marine Managed Areas (MMAs). The MMA Inventory will provide information that will lead to the fulfillment of requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This action provides the final criteria and data fields that will be used to develop and complete the MMA Inventory and summarizes and responds to comments received on the notice of July 23rd. This will allow the completion of Phase I, development of the MMA Inventory, to be followed by the development of criteria for and the List of MPAs (Phase II) called for in E.O. 13158.

DATES: Effective on January 25, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph A. Uravitch, Director, National Marine Protected Areas Center, NOAA, (301) 713-3100, x195.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access: This Federal Register document also is accessible via the internet at the Office of the Federal Register's Web site at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html


External Review of NOAA's Ecosystem Research and Science Enterprise

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

ACTION: Notice of solicitation for members of a NOAA ecosystem research and science enterprise review panel.

SUMMARY: The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has requested the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to conduct an external review of NOAA's ecosystem research and science enterprise. The SAB is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Under Secretary on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB is forming an external panel to review and draft recommendations on the appropriateness of the mix of scientific activities conducted and/or sponsored by NOAA to its mission and on the organization of NOAA's ecosystem research and science enterprise.

Nominations to the panel are being solicited herein. The intent is to select from the nominees. However, the SAB retains the prerogative to name people to the review team that were not nominated if it deems it necessary to achieve the desired balance. Once selected, the SAB will post the review panel, with abridged resumes, at: http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Doc/Documents.html

DATES: Nominations should be sent to the address specified and must be received by February 17, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted electronically to Dr. Michael Uhart (Michael.Uhart@noaa.gov) or mailed to Dr. Michael Uhart, Executive Director, SAB, NOAA, Rm. 11142, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Uhart: (301) 713-9121, ext. 159.



Nominations for Membership on Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP)

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) is soliciting nominations for new members.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted no later than Friday, February 25, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via e-mail to LT Cory Huyssoon, U.S. Navy, at huyssoc@onr.navy.mil. Contact telephone number, 703-696-4395.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Melbourne G. Briscoe, Office of Naval Research, 800 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22217-5660, telephone 703-696-4120.


Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs)

AGENCY: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment), DoD.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The Department of Defense (DoD) requests public comment on these proposed regulations regarding the scope, characteristics, composition, funding, establishment, operation, adjournment, and dissolution of Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs). DoD has proposed these regulations in response to 10 U.S.C. 2705(d)(2)(A), which requires the Secretary of Defense to prescribe regulations regarding RABs.

The propose of the RAB is to facilitate public participation in DoD environmental restoration activities and active and closing DoD installations and formerly used defense sites where local communities express interest in such activities. The proposed regulations are based on DoD's current policies for reestablishing and operating RABs, as well as DoD's experience over the past ten years in using RABs.

DATES: Comments on this proposed rule must be submitted on or before March 29, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments on this proposal should be sent to the following address: RAB Rule, P.O. Box 5413, McLean, VA 22103-5413.

The public must send the original, and (whenever possible) a 3.5-inch computer disk containing comments in a common word processing format such as Microsoft Word. Public comments will also be collected via the Defense Environmental Network and Information eXchange (DENIX), located at the following Web site: https://www.denix.osd.mil/rabruleTBD

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Patricia Ferrebee, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Management), at (703) 695-6107.



Board of Scientific Counselors, Human Health Subcommittee Meetings

ACTION: Notice of meetings.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), announces three meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Human Health Subcommittee.

DATES: Two teleconference call meetings will be held, the first on Tuesday, February 15, 2005, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., and the second on Thursday, February 24, 2005, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. A face-to-face meeting will be held beginning Monday, February 28, 2005 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), continuing on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and concluding on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). All times noted are Eastern Standard Time. Meetings may adjourn early if all business is completed.

ADDRESSES: Conference calls: Participation in the conference calls will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the teleconference meeting from Virginia Houk, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Face-to-Face Meeting: The face-to-face meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA Research Triangle Park (RTP) Campus (Room C-111A/B/C), located at 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711.

Document Availability

Draft agendas for the meetings are available from Virginia Houk, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Requests for the draft agendas will be accepted up to 2 business days prior to each conference call/meeting date. The draft agendas also can be viewed through EDOCKET, as provided in Unit I.A. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Any member of the public interested in making an oral presentation at one of the conference calls or at the face-to-face meeting may contact Virginia Houk, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Requests for making oral presentations will be accepted up to 2 business days prior to each conference call/meeting date. In general, each individual making an oral presentation will be limited to a total of three minutes.

Submitting Comments

Written comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I.B. of this section. Written comments will be accepted up to 2 business days prior to each conference call/meeting date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Virginia Houk, Designated Federal Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code B305-02, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27711; telephone (919) 541-2815; fax (919) 685-3250; e-mail houk.virginia@epa.gov.



Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).
Dates and Time: February 15, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and February 16, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235 S, Arlington, VA 22230.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and Executive Liaison, CEOSE, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Telephone: (703) 292-8040.
Minutes: May be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address.
Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Welcome by the CEOSE Chair
Review of CEOSE Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Broadening Participation in Chemistry--Dr. Arthur B. Ellis, Director of the Chemistry Division/National Science Foundation
Congressionally Required Decennial and Biennial Reports Prepared by CEOSE Members
Dialogue with Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director of the National Science Foundation

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair
Continuation of Unfinished Discussions of February 15, 2005
Response to Action Items in the CEOSE Meeting Minutes
Reports on NSF Advisory Committees
Plans for the Final Preparation and Distribution of the Single-
Volume Decennial and 2004 Biennial Report to Congress
Information on the Nomination of New Members
Refinement of Recommendations by CEOSE
Selection of Dates for Future CEOSE Meetings



Office of Federal Financial Management; Proposed Policy on Research and Research-Related Grant Terms and Conditions

AGENCY: Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM).

ACTION: Notice of proposed issuance of policy on terms and conditions for grants under Federal research and research-related programs.

SUMMARY: The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), a streamlining initiative of ten Federal awarding offices and 92 academic and nonprofit research institutions, developed a core set of FDP terms and conditions that it has been using for several years for the implementation of OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations,'' (2 CFR part 215). The OSTP and OFFM request comment on making the FDP terms and conditions a government-wide standard, and broadening their use to all academic and nonprofit grantees, under Federal research and research-related programs.

The proposed policy directive also instructs Federal agencies to minimize the degree to which they supplement the core set with agency-specific, program-specific, or award-specific terms and conditions. The directive should therefore result in the near term in the use of more uniform terms and conditions for Federal research and research-related grants. In parallel with the establishment of this standard for research and research-related grants, an interagency group helping to implement the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107) will continue working toward the longer-term objective of standard award format and content for all Federal grants and cooperative agreements, including government-wide standard terms and conditions.

DATES: Comments must be received by February 28, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Beth Phillips, Office of Federal Financial Management, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; telephone (202) 395-3993; FAX (202) 395-3952; e-mail ephillip@omb.eop.gov. Due to potential delays in OMB's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on OMB Circular A-110 requirements, contact Beth Phillips at the addresses noted above. For information on the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee see the RBM Web site at http://rbm.nih.gov, or contact Geoff Grant at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; e-mail ggrant@ostp.eop.gov; telephone (202) 456-6131; FAX (202) 456-6027.



United States Climate Change Science Program

ACTION: Request expert review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage'' (SRCCS).

SUMMARY: In addition to periodic assessments of the science, impacts, and socio-economic aspects of climate change, the IPCC provides, on request, advice to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its bodies. The Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC expressed interest in carbon capture and storage by inviting the IPCC to prepare a Technical Paper on geological carbon storage technologies. The IPCC noted that a Technical Paper, which is limited in its scope to summarizing existing IPCC reports, would be difficult to produce using the very limited material overed in the IPCC Third Assessment Report. At its 20th session (February 2003), the IPCC decided to prepare a Special Report (which, like a full assessment report, covers all available literature) and approved an outline and schedule. Working Group III is overseeing preparation of this Special Report, which is being written by a team of over 100 authors under established IPCC rules and procedures.

The IPCC Secretariat has informed the U.S. Department of State that the second-order SRCCS draft is available for expert and Government review. The Climate Change Science Program Office (CCSPO) is coordinating the solicitation of comments by U.S. experts and stakeholders to inform development of an integrated set of U.S. Government comments on the report. Instructions on how to format comments are available at http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/ipcc/srccs-review.htm, as is the document itself. Comments must be sent to CCSPO by 23 February 2005 to be considered for inclusion in the U.S. Government collation.

Time and Date: Properly formatted comments should be sent to CCSPO at
srccs-USGreview@climatescience.gov by COB Wednesday, 23 February 2005.
Include report acronym and reviewer surname in e-mail subject title to facilitate processing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Dokken, U.S. Climate Change Science Program, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20006 (http://www.climatescience.gov).


Office of Oceans Affairs; New Conservation Measures for Antarctic Fishing Under the Auspices of CCAMLR

AGENCY: Office of Oceans Affairs, Department of State.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: At its Twenty-Third Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, from October 25 to November 5, 2004, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), of which the United States is a member, adopted conservation measures, pending countries' approval, pertaining to fishing in the CCAMLR Convention Area. All the measures were agreed upon in accordance with Article IX of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Measures adopted restrict overall catches of certain species of fish and crabs, restrict fishing in certain areas, specify implementation and inspection obligations supporting the Catch Documentation Scheme of Contracting Parties, and promote compliance with CCAMLR measures by non-Contracting Party vessels. This notice includes the full text of the conservation measures adopted at the Twenty-Third meeting of CCAMLR. For all of the conservation measures in force, see the CCAMLR Web site at http://www.ccamlr.org. This notice, therefore, together with the U.S. regulations referenced under the Supplementary Information, provides a comprehensive register of all current U.S. obligations under CCAMLR.

DATES: Persons wishing to comment on the measures or desiring more information should submit written comments by February 25, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hunter H. Cashdollar, Office of Oceans Affairs (OES/OA), Room 5805, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520; tel: (202) 647-3947; fax: (202) 647-9099; e-mail: cashdollarhh@state.gov.


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