Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Meeting, Northwest Forest Plan
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC), Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP), has scheduled an educational field trip on August 17, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Yreka, California. The purpose of the field trip is to have the committee learn more about fire-prone systems and how they affect local communities. The IAC will be given an update on the work of the Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) Fire-Prone Systems subcommittee, as well as other RIEC subcommittee efforts. These topics are based on key findings and trends from the April 19-20, 2005, Science and the Northwest Forest Plan, Knowledge Gained Over a Decade conference and advice received from the IAC on April 21, 2005. Due to travel limitations, the field trip is open to committee members only. Written comments may be submitted for the meeting record.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to Kath Collier, Management Analyst, Regional Ecosystem Office, 333 SW. First Avenue, PO Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208 (telephone: 503-808-2165).
Notice of Availability of and Request for Comments on Green Paper Concerning Restriction Practice
AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
ACTION: Extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is conducting a study of its restriction practice as part of its 21st Century Strategic Plan to transform the USPTO into a quality focused, highly productive, responsive organization supporting a market-driven intellectual property system. The USPTO prepared a "Green Paper'' describing and evaluating four options to reform restriction practice suggested by various members of the public, and published a notice on June 6, 2005, at 70 FR 32761 seeking public comment on the Green Paper. The USPTO is extending the period for public comment until September 14, 2005.
DATES: Comment Deadline Date: To be ensured of consideration, written comments on the Green Paper must be received on or before September 14, 2005. No public hearing will be held.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet addressed to: . Comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450, or by facsimile to (571) 273-7735, marked to the attention of Robert A. Clarke. Although comments may be submitted by mail or facsimile, the Office prefers to receive comments via the Internet. If comments are submitted by mail, the Office prefers that the comments be submitted on a DOS formatted 3 1/2 disk accompanied by a paper copy. Comments may also be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. See the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site (http://www.regulations.gov) for additional instructions on providing comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. The Green Paper is available on the USPTO's Internet Web site (http://www.uspto.gov). The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, located in Madison East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia, and will be available through anonymous file transfer protocol (ftp) via the Internet (address: http://www.uspto.gov). Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert A. Clarke, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272-7735, by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450, or by facsimile to (571) 273-7735, marked to the attention of Robert A. Clarke, or preferably via e-mail addressed to: .
Science Advisory Board; Notice of Meeting; Notice
AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.
Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, August 8, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, August 9, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below may be subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.
Place: The meeting will be held both days at the NOAA Northwest Fishery Science Center, Main Auditorium, 2725 Montlake Blvd. East, Seattle, Washington.
Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30-minute public comment period on August 8 from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments (at least 35 copies) should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by August 2, 2005, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after August 2 will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) NOAA Priorities for an Ecosystem Approach to Management; (2) Approval of NOAA Cooperative Institute Reviews; (3) Safe Sanctuaries 2005: A NOAA Emergency Response Exercise and Example of Strategic Disaster Planning; (4) NOAA's Role in Open Ocean Aquaculture: Legislation and Research; (5) Update on the NOAA Annual Guidance Memo; (6) Update from SAB Climate and Ecosystem Research Working Groups; Status on NOAA's Plan to Strengthen the Tsunami Warning Program; (7) Salmon Recovery from Summit to Sea--Lessons from Puget Sound; (8) Response to 1999 SAB Recommendations on salmon recovery science; (9) NOAA Fisheries Science Centers' Salmon & General Science Needs; (10) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles(AUVs) and Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROA) Activities at NOAA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Morgan Gopnik, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11117, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-9121, Fax: 301-713-0163, E-mail: ); or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.
Partnerships in the Provision of Environmental Information
AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to clarify its internal Policy on Partnerships in the Provision of Environmental Information, issued December 1, 2004. This clarification is intended to address apparent misunderstanding regarding the intent of the policy with respect to the role played by the private sector in the environmental information enterprise as a whole.
DATES: To be sure that your comments are considered, we must receive them by 12 p.m., e.s.t., November 2, 2005.
ADDRESSES: The proposed clarification to the policy is available electronically at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/partnershippolicy. Comments
are requested electronically; please send comments to . Requests for hard copies or comments in letter form should be sent to Partnership Policy, Room 11426, 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3283.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Sokich 301-713-0258. .
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognizes there has been some misunderstanding regarding the intent of its "Policy on Partnerships in the Provision of Environmental Information,'' issued December 1, 2004. The present policy does not adequately express NOAA's views of the critical role played by the private sector in the environmental information enterprise as a whole. NOAA is sensitive to the concerns and prerogatives of the private sector, and has no intent to displace it. We recognize that the public interest is served by the ability of private sector entities to provide diverse services to meet the varied needs of specific individuals, organizations and economic entities. At the same time, NOAA has a responsibility to help protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.
The present standard of NOAA conduct is contained in Section 4 of the policy which states that NOAA will give ``due consideration'' to the abilities of the private sector and academic communities to provide diverse services and act in the public interest when making decisions regarding NOAA information services. NOAA proposes clarifying section 4 to state that NOAA will "take advantage of existing capabilities and services of commercial and academic sectors to avoid duplication and competition in areas not related to the NOAA mission.''
The proposed clarification is intended to emphasize the statement in the present policy that NOAA will not haphazardly institute significant changes in existing information dissemination activities without first carefully considering the views and capabilities of the private sector. In that regard, it emphasizes that NOAA will endeavor to take advantage of capabilities and services that already exist in the commercial sector. NOAA is committed to open consultation with all who are affected by NOAA's services, including the private sector. The American Meteorological Society has established a new Commission to foster constructive discussion within the enterprise as a whole. NOAA will use this and other appropriate mechanisms to consult openly on these matters as we move forward.
In sum, NOAA will interpret and apply the policy to recognize the unique capabilities of the private sector in order to accomplish our shared goal of fostering a robust and successful environmental information enterprise.
Accordingly, NOAA seeks comment on the proposed change to Section 4, which would read as follows: 4. The nation benefits from government information disseminated both by Federal agencies and by diverse nonfederal parties, including commercial and not-for-profit entities. NOAA recognizes the government best serves the public interest by cooperating with private sector and academic and research entities to meet the varied needs of specific individuals, organizations, and economic entities. NOAA will take advantage of existing capabilities and services of commercial and academic sectors to avoid duplication and competition in areas not related to the NOAA mission. NOAA will give due consideration to these abilities and consider the effects of its decisions on the activities of these entities, in accordance with its responsibilities as an agency of the U.S. Government, to serve the public interest and advance the nation's environmental information enterprise as a whole.
For ease of comparison, the present Section 4 reads as follows: 4. NOAA recognizes the public interest is served by the ability of private sector entities and the academic and research community to provide diverse services to meet the varied needs of specific individuals, organizations, and economic entities. The nation benefits from government information disseminated both by Federal agencies and by diverse nonfederal parties, including commercial and not-for-profit entities. NOAA will give due consideration to these abilities, and consider the effects of its decisions on the activities of these entities, in accordance with its responsibilities as an agency of the U.S. Government, to serve the public interest and advance the nation's environmental information enterprise as a whole.
National Science Board and Its Subdivisions; Meetings
Date and Time: August 10-11, 2005.
August 10, 2005 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sessions:
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.--Open.
8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.--Open.
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.--Open.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--Open.
12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.--Open.
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.--Closed.
1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.--Open.
2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.--Closed.
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.--Open.
August 11, 2005 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sessions:
8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.--Open.
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.--Open.
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.--Closed.
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.--Open.
11 a.m.-12 noon--Closed.
12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.--Executive Closed.
12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.--Closed.
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.--Open.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Rooms 1235 and 1295, Arlington, VA 22230.
Public Meeting Attendance: All visitors must report to the NSF's visitor's desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.
Contact Information: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb) for updated schedule. NSB Office: (703) 292-7000. Status: Part of this meeting will be closed to the public. Part of this meeting will be open to the public. Matters To Be Considered:
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Committee on Programs & Plans Subcommittee on Polar Issues (7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.) Room 1235
Chair's Remarks and Approval of Minutes
OPP Director's Report
South Pole Station Status Report
OPP Advisory Committee Study of Antarctic Resupply Options
Polar Icebreaker Availability
Preparations for the International Polar Year
Committee on Programs & Plans Task Force on Transformative Research (8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.) Room 1295
Approval of Minutes
Update on Workshop: August 12, 2005 at NSF
Discussion on possible Future Workshop Themes, Locations, and Dates
Education & Human Resources Subcommittee on S&E Indicators (8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
Discussion of Orange Book
Discussion of Draft Overview chapter
Science and Engineering Indicators 2006 cover
Discussion of Draft Companion Piece
Contractor Presentation on Indicators
Committee on Education & Human Resources (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
NSF Staff Presentations
Update on Math and Science Partnerships Program
NSF Integration of Research and education
House Roundtable on the S&T Workforce
NSB Commission on Education
NSB/EHR Committee's Contribution to Board's Vision for NSF
Subcommittee on Science and Engineering Indicators
Update on Engineering Education Workshop
Executive Committee (12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
Updates or New Business from Committee Members
Joint Session: Committee on Strategy and Budget and Committee on Programs and Plans (1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.) Room 1235
Centers and the NSF Portfolio
Funding Rates, Award Size and Duration
Committee on Programs & Plans (3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
Vision Task Force
Status of International Science Effort
Long-lived Digital Data Collections
Transformative Research Task Force
Subcommittee on Polar Issues
Process for Sending Information & Actions to CPP & NSB
Major Research Facilities:
Status of Facility Plan and Guide
Executive Committee (1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Candidate Sites for NSB Retreat/Off-Site Visit
Director's Items: Personnel Matters and Future Budgets
Committee on Programs & Plans (2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Rare Symmetry Violating Process (RSVP)
Maize Genome Sequencing
Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Committee on Programs & Plans (8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.) Room 1235
Committee on Audit & Oversight (8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
Report by NSF Advisory Committee on GPRA Performance Assessment
Discussion of NSF Vision Document: NSB Roles and Responsibilities
Discussion of Draft Report of NSF Merit Review System Review
NSB Policy Statement on Respective Roles of the OIG and NSF Management in the Pursuit and Settlement of Administrative
Status of Financial Audit Procurement
CFO Update on Plan To Address Reportable Conditions of FY 2004 Audit
Committee on Strategy and Budget (10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.) Room 1235
Chair's Remarks and Approval of Minutes
Discussion of Committee Input to Vision Task Force
Status of FY 2006 Budget Request to Congress
Committee on Audit & Oversight (10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) Room 1235
Committee on Strategy & Budget (11 a.m.-12 noon) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
Discussion of FY 2007 Budget Submission to OMB
Recommendations for FY 2007 Budget Submission
Plenary Session of the Board (12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.)
Executive Closed Session (12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Executive Closed Minutes
Closed Session (12:45 p.m.-1 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Closed Session Minutes
Awards and Agreements
Closed Committee Reports
Open Session (1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1235
Approval of Minutes
Resolution to Close September 2005
Report of ad hoc Vision Task Group
National Science Board; Workshop on Understanding Transformative Research Programs at the National Science Foundation; Sunshine Act Meeting
Date and Time: August 12, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (ET).
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Rooms 1235, 375 and 320, Arlington, VA 22230.
Publice Meeting Attendance: All visitors must report to the NSF's visitor's desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.
Contact Information: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb) for updated Agenda. NSB Office: (703) 292-7000.
Status: This Workshop will be open to the public.
Provisional Workshop Agenda
8:30 a.m.-8:50 a.m.--Introduction and Overview.
8:50 a.m.-9 a.m.--Welcoming Remarks.
9 a.m.-10 a.m.--Topic I: Exemplar Transformative Research Funded by NSF.
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.--Topic II: NSF Culture and Effect on Funding Potentially Transformative Research.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.--Topic III: NSF Mechanisms and Procedures for Supporting Potentially Transformative Research.
Rooms 375 and 320
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.--Breakout Session I: Enhancing the Ability of NSF To Identify and Nurture Potentially Transformative Research.
Role of Program Officers
Role of Committees of Visitors
Role of Advisory Committees
2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.--Breakout Session II: Improving NSF's Ability To Fund Potentially Transformative Research.
Inhibitors for Current Mechanisms
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.--Plenary Meeting for Breakout Sessions I and II.
5 p.m.-5:15 p.m.--Summaries of Discussions and Next Steps for the NSB Task Force on Transformative Research.