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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 30 January-3 February 2006


Office of Environmental Management; Environmental Management Advisory Board Renewal

Pursuant to Section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), and in accordance with Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 102-3.65(a), and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Environmental Management Advisory Board (Board) is being renewed for a two-year period beginning on January 17, 2006. The Board will provide advice and recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM).

The Board provides the Assistant Secretary for EM with information and strategic advice on a broad range of corporate issues affecting the EM program. It recommends options to resolve difficult issues faced in the EM program including, but not limited to: Project management and oversight activities; cost/benefit analyses; program performance; contracts and acquisition strategies; human capital management; and site end states activities. Consensus recommendations to the DOE from the Board on programmatic nationwide resolution of numerous difficult issues will help achieve the DOE's objective of the safe and efficient cleanup of its contaminated sites. Additionally, the renewal of the Environmental Management Advisory Board has been determined to be essential to the conduct of the DOE's business and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the DOE by law and agreement. The Board will operate in accordance with the provisions of the FACA, and rules and regulations issued in implementation of that Act. Further information regarding this Advisory Board may be obtained from Ms. Terri Lamb at (202) 586-9007.



Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates and Agenda

ACTION: Notice of teleconference meetings.

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, will have teleconference meetings on January 18, 2006 at 1 p.m. E.T.; February 15, 2006 at 1 p.m. E.T.; March 15, 2006 at 1 p.m. E.T.; April 19, 2006 at 1 p.m. E.T.; and May 17, 2006 at 1 p.m. E.T. to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Expanding the number of laboratories seeking National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) accreditation; (2) homeland security issues affecting the laboratory community; (3) ELAB support to the Agency's Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM); (4) implementing the performance approach; (5) increasing state participation in NELAC; and (6) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their next face-to-face meeting on January 30, 2006 at the Westin Chicago River North in Chicago, Illinois from 9:30-12 C.T. and an open forum session on January 31, 2006 also at the Westin Chicago River North in Chicago, Illinois at 5:30 p.m. C.T.

Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Autry, DFO, U.S. EPA (E243-05), 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, faxed to (919) 541-4261, or e-mailed to . Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Autry at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. The number of lines for the teleconferences, however, are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Preference will be given to a group wishing to attend over a request from an individual. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lara P. Autry at the number above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Lara P. Autry, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.



National Institutes of Health

National Center for Research Resources; Notice of Closed Meeting

Pursuant to Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the following meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Name of Committee: National Center for Research Resources Special Emphasis Panel; Biotechnology SEP.

Date: February 23, 2006.

Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

Place: National Institutes of Health, One Democracy Plaza, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

Contact Person: Guo Zhang, PhD, MPH, Scientific Review Administrator, Office of Review, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 1064, Bethesda, MD 20892-796. 301-435-0812. .



Fish and Wildlife Service

Regulations To Implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to implement the Captive Wildlife Safety Act (CWSA). The CWSA amends the Lacey Act by making it illegal to import, export, buy, sell, transport, receive, or acquire, in interstate or foreign commerce, live lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, or cougars, or any hybrid combination of any of these species, unless certain exceptions are met.

DATES: Submit comments on this proposed rule or on the proposed information collection in this proposed rule by March 2, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments and materials concerning this proposed rule should be sent to: Special Agent in Charge, Branch of Investigations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), 4401 North Fairfax Drive, MS: LE-3000, Arlington, Virginia 22203, or via fax to: (703) 358-2271. Comments and materials may be hand-delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, OLE, 4501 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 3000, Arlington, VA, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may also submit comments, identified by RIN 1018-AT69, to the Federal eRulemaking portal at: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Send any comments on the information collection contained in this proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-6566 (fax) or (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); (703) 358-2269 (fax); or (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Garlick, Special Agent in Charge, Branch of Investigations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, OLE, at (703) 358-1949.



National Science Board; Workshop on Hurricane Science and Engineering

Date and Time: February 7, 2006, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (MT).

Place: National Center for Atmospheric Research, Center Green Campus, Boulder, Colorado.

Contact Information: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb) for updated Agenda. NSB Office: Mrs. Susan E. Fannoney (703) 292-7000.

Status: This Workshop will be open to the public.

Provisional Agenda

Toward a National Agenda for Hurricane Science and Engineering

Workshop 2: The Research Community
8 a.m. Welcoming Remarks Dr. Warren M. Washington, Chairman, National Science Board
8:05 a.m. Motivation, Purpose and Goals Drs. Kelvin K. Droegemeier and Ken Ford, National Science Board Members and co-Chairs of Board Task Force on Hurricane Science and Engineering
8:20 a.m. Process and Logistics for NSB Workshops Dr. Michael Crosby, Executive Officer, National Science Board
8:30 a.m. Panel Session I: Physical, Biological and Ecological Sciences
9:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Panel Session II: Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
11:15 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
11:45 a.m. Break
1 p.m. Panel Session III: Engineering and Infrastructure
2 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
2:30 p.m. Break-Out Groups (Sessions I, II, III)
4 p.m. Break-Out Group Reports and Discussion 5 p.m. Summary and Next Steps
5:15 p.m. Adjourn


National Science Board; Hearing on 21st Century Education in Science, Mathematics and Technology

Date and Time: February 10, 2006, 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (MT).

Place: University of Colorado, University Memorial Center, Room 235 (Student Union), Boulder, Colorado.

Contact Information: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb) for updated Agenda and information on Webcast. NSB Office: Mrs. Susan E. Fannoney (703) 292-7000.

Status: This Hearing will be open to the public.

Provisional Agenda

12:30 p.m. Welcome Warren M. Washington, Chairman, National Science Board, Senior Scientist and Section Head, National Center for Atmospheric Research
12:35 p.m. Opening Remarks Steven C. Beering, National Science Board, President Emeritus, Purdue University
12:45 p.m. Congressional Commentary and Discussion Congressman Mark Udall, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Committee on Science
1 p.m. Panelist Commentary Susan Windels , Colorado General Assembly, Chair, Senate Education Committee Randy Dehoff, Colorado Department of Education, Colorado State Board of Education John Evans, Colorado General Assembly, Senate Education Committee Keith King, Colorado General Assembly, House Education Committee
1:35 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
1:45 p.m. Panelist Commentary Cindy Stevenson, Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools Cindy Moss, K-12 Science Coordinator, Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Schools Terry Joyner, Chief Academic Officer, Cincinnati Public Schools Timothy McCollum, 7-12 Science Teacher, Charleston Middle School
2:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
2:25 p.m. Panelist Commentary Michael Barnett, Senior Physicist and Educator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Joseph Heppert, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas Thomas Smith, Professor of Chemistry and Microsystems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology Karin Wiburg, Associate Dean for Research, New Mexico State University
2:55 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
3:05 p.m. Break
3:20 p.m. Panelist Commentary Shirley Malcom, Head, Directorate for Education, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dennis Bartels, President, TERC Science and Math Learning Leon Lederman, Fermilab Director Emeritus and Chairman, Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science Judith Opert Sandler, Vice President, Education Development Center, Inc.
3:50 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
4 p.m. Panelist Commentary Ruth David, President and CEO, Analytic Services, Inc. James Von Her, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Zyvex Corp. Della Williams, President and CEO, Williams-Pyro, Inc. Robin Willner, Vice President, Global Community Relations, IBM Corp. Michael Miravalle, President and CEO, Dolphin Technology, Inc.
4:35 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
4:45 p.m. Comments from the Audience.
6 p.m. Closing Remarks Dr. Beering


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