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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 18-22 July 2005


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Additional Restrictions

ACTION: Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.

SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations concerning the importation of animals and animal products to prohibit or restrict the importation of birds, poultry, and unprocessed birds and poultry products from regions that have reported the presence of the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza and to establish additional permit and quarantine requirements for U.S. origin pet birds and performing or theatrical birds and poultry returning to the United States. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 into the United States.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The interim rule became effective on February 4, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Karen A. James-Preston, Director, National Center for Import and Export, Technical Trade Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8172.



Gulf of Mexico Program Joint Policy Review Board and Management Committee Meeting

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the joint Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) Policy Review Board (PRB) and Management Committee (MC).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, August 10, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 315 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 525-1993.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloria D. Car, Designated Federal Officer, Gulf of Mexico Program Office, Mail Code EPA/GMPO, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000 at (228) 688-2421.




OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET Request for Information Relating to Research Awards

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: Request for information relating to the use of multiple Principal Investigators (PIs) on awards made under Federal research and research-related programs.

SUMMARY: Many areas of today's research require multi-disciplinary teams in which the intellectual leadership of the project is shared among two or more individuals. To facilitate this team approach through recognition of the contributions of the team leadership members, OSTP issued a memorandum to all Federal research agencies on January 4, 2005, requiring them to formally allow more than one PI on individual research awards. The Federal agencies are now seeking input from the research community--scientists, research administrators, and organizations that represent components of the scientific research community--on how best to implement this policy. The current Request for Information (RFI) poses a series of questions around core elements that may comprise each agency's implementation plan. These elements include: (1) Statement of what constitutes a PI; (2) designation of contact PI; (3) application instructions for listing more than one PI; (4) PIs at different institutions; (5) access to award and review information, and (6) access to public data systems.

DATES: Comments must be received by September 16, 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 . 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. Please include ``Multiple Principal Investigators'' in the subject line of the e-mail message, and your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address in the text of the e-mail message. Please also include the full body of your comments in the test of the e-mail message and as an attachment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 ; telephone 202-456-6131; FAX 202-456-6027.



Office of Research and Development; Proposed Federally Funded Research and Development Center; Notice No. 3

AGENCY: Office of National Laboratories, Directorate of Science and Technology, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects to sponsor a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to address the need for scientific research to better anticipate, prevent, and mitigate the consequences of biological attacks. The proposed FFRDC will be the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) which is a critical component in the overarching Homeland Security national biodefense complex. The NBACC will both coordinate biodefense research activities among various Federal agencies and to execute its own research plan. Also required will be technical and program management capabilities to facilitate operation of the NBACC facility. This is the third of three notices which must be published over a 90 day period in order to advise the public of the agency's intention to sponsor an FFRDC.

DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before August 4, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments must be identified by DHS-2005-0052 and may be submitted by one of the following methods: EPA Federal Partner EDOCKET Web site: http://www.epa.gov/feddocket. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Web site.



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