Research and Demonstration Projects for Indian Health
The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the award of a cooperative agreement to the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) for demonstration project for urban Indian health care education, consultation, health care data dissemination, training, and technical assistance to determine the unmet health care needs of urban Indians and to assist the Secretary in assessing the health status and health care of urban Indians. The project is for a three year project period effective September 1, 2005 to August 31, 2008. Annual funding for the project is $417,000. The award is issued under the authority of the Public Health Service Act, Section 301 and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, Sections 503, 504, and 511, and is listed under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93-933. The specific objectives of the project are: 1. NCUIH will keep the Urban Indian health programs and the IHS informed of items of interest pertaining to the health status and unmet needs of urban Indians and the federal budget process by reviewing activities that have taken place in regard to Indian health care. 2. To disseminate information relative to Title V, local Urban Indian health issues, training opportunities, research instruments, data, budget, NCUIH activities and various forms of technical assistance to the Urban Indian health programs, keeping IHS informed of activities taking place. 3. To disseminate information and respond to all inquiries relative to Title V, local Urban Indian health issues, training opportunities, research instruments, data, budget, NCUIH activities and will issue a quarterly newsletter and develop a web page. 4. To coordinate meetings for the Urban Indian health programs to provide training, technical assistance, and/or updated information addressing the health care needs of Urban Indians. Reporting Requirements: 1. Monthly Activity Report: The organization will provide to the IHS program office a monthly report detailing activities performed for the organization. These activity reports will include: Trip reports for travel in connection to the organization Information on meetings attended by NCUIH regarding Indian health care education activities, and any documentation provided by NCUIH at these meetings Information relative to health status and health care needs of urban Indians in urban centers 2. Program Progress Report: Program progress reports are required semi-annually. These reports will include brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, reasons for slippage (if applicable), and other pertinent information as required. A final report is to be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period. 3. Financial Status Report: Financial status reports are required semi-annually. Standard Form 269 (long form) will be used for financial reporting. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period. 4. Financial Audit: A financial audit, conducted by an independent auditor will be completed annually for each year within the project period (three). Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may result in suspension or termination of the active cooperative agreement, withholding of payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit required reports may result in the imposition of special award provisions, or cause other eligible projects or activities involving the grantee organization not to be funded. Justification for Single Source: This project has been awarded on a non-competitive single source basis. NCUIH is the only nationwide Indian organization that is specifically established to address the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas with membership consisting of Urban Indian health organizations funded under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 93-437, as amended, and under authority 25 U.S.C. 1652. Furthermore, it is the only nationwide organization for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives supporting the growth of the Urban Indian health care delivery system. Use of Cooperative Agreement: A cooperative agreement has been awarded because of anticipated substantial Programmatic involvement by IHS staff in the project. Substantial programmatic involvement is as follows: 1. IHS staff will participate in the Board of Director meetings. Purposes will be to present the IHS prospectus on current health care issues affecting the Urban Indian people and allow IHS the opportunity to hear the continuing unmet needs of Urban Indians. 2. IHS staff may, at the request of NCUIH, participate on study groups and may recommend topics for consideration. 3. IHS will be involved in the selection and approval process for hiring key personnel. Key personnel are the Executive Director, the Office Administrator, and may include the hiring of major consultants. NCUIH must submit the Executive Director and Office Administrator selection criteria to IHS for approval when there becomes a change in staffing.; 4. IHS will be involved in meetings held by NCUIH. Contacts: For program information, contact Ms. Danielle Steward, Program Specialist, Office of Urban Indian Health Programs, Office of the Director, Indian Health Service, Reyes Building, 801 Thompson Avenue, Rockville, MD, 20852, (301) 443-4680. For grants management information, contact Lois Hodge, Grants Management Officer, Division of Grants Operations, Reyes Building, 801 Thompson Avenue, Rockville, MD, 20852, (301) 443-5204.
Office of the Secretary; Defense Science Board
The Defense Science Board Task Force on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) will meet in closed session on September 13, 2005, at Strategic Analysis, Inc., 3601 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. The Task Force will explore methods and techniques to significantly reduce the effects of IEDs on U.S. and coalition forces in operations such as are currently being conducted in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Task Force should examine ways to counter the use as well as mitigate the consequences of IEDs. The Task Force should examine ways to counter the use as well as mitigate the consequences of IEDs.
Site-Specific Invasive Plant Treatment Project-Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of proposed invasive plant treatments. The Proposed Action is to apply a combination of herbicide, manual and mechanical methods to control known invasive plants within approximately 2,687 acres over 114 treatment areas on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington. The Proposed Action would also establish criteria for responding to infestations that cannot be predicted. This notice revises the Notice to Intent to prepare an EIS announced in the Federal Register on February 23, 2004. Four national forests were combined for analysis in the 2004 NOI; currently, the Forest Service intends to prepare the three separate site-specific statements: One for the Olympic National Forest, one for the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and the northern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington, and one for the Mount Hood National Forest and the southern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon. The project has been refined partly in response to comments received during the initial scoping period.
Plumas National Forest; Beckwourth Ranger District, California; Freeman Project
The USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health, improve bald eagle habitat, cost effectively support the local communities, improve aspen stands, provide access needed to meet other project objectives and reduce transportation system impacts on the west side of Lake Davis near Portola, CA.
Site-Specific Invasive Plant Treatment Project-Olympic National Forest, Washington
The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of proposed invasive plant treatments. The Proposed Action is to apply a combination of herbicide, mechanical and manual treatments to control known invasive plants within approximately 3,830 acres in 99 treatment areas on the Olympic National Forest in Washington. The Proposed Action would also establish criteria for responding to infestations that cannot be predicted. This notice revises the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS announced in the Federal Register on February 23, 2004. Four national forests were combined for analysis in the 2004 NOI. Currently, the Forest Service intends to prepare three separate site-specific statements: one for the Olympic National Forest, one for the Gifford- Pinchot National Forest and the northern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington, and one for the Mount Hood National Forest and the southern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon. The project has been refined partly in response to comments received during the initial scoping period.
Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Modified or Altered System
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, we are proposing to modify or alter an SOR, ``Health, Medical and Billing Records (formerly known as the Health and Medical Records Systems),'' System No. 09-17-0001. We propose to include contract health service records, as an additional category of individuals covered by the system, which consists of medical records to eligible American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people that supplements the health care resources available with the purchase of medical care and services that are not available within the IHS direct care system which may include, but not limited to, basic and specialty health care services from local and community health care providers, including hospital care, physician services, outpatient care, laboratory, dental, radiology, pharmacy, and transportation services. Under the Purpose of the system, we propose to include several new purposes that are in line with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule provisions which were incorporated into the published IHS Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) and to include debt collection activities. We are proposing to modify/alter/delete several published routine uses, as explained, to accommodate for program and statutory changes as indicated: Number 1 is modified/altered by separating the medical treatment, payment and health care operations into two separate routine uses 1 and 2 to include payment, billing, third-party reimbursement and debt collection activities; numbers 3, 4 and 11 are to include business associate agreement language to comply with HIPAA Privacy standards and renumbered as 5, 6 and 12 respectively; number 5 is to include a special requirement notice for sensitive protected health information (PHI) such as alcohol/drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, STD or mental health patient information and renumbered as 7; number 6 is to reflect changes in research disclosures to comply with HIPAA Privacy standards and renumbered as 8; number 7 is to include various cases of abuses, neglect, sexual assault and domestic violence and emphasis on meeting the requirements of 42 CFR part 2 and renumbered as 9; number 8 is to clarify the disclosures regarding suspected cases of child abuse and renumbered as 10; number 9 is modified to include legal proceedings related to administrative claims and the inclusive provision of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Office of General Counsel (OGC) representation in litigation matters and renumbered as 11; number 10 is modified to include business associate agreement language to comply with HIPAA Privacy standards and is renumbered as 5; numbers 12 and 16 are modified and incorporated into one proposed routine use 13 with minor edits; number 14 is modified to reflect the permitted use/ disclosure requirements of 45 CFR 164.502(g) and remains as 14; number 15 is modified with some minor edits to reflect current changes to enable efficient administration of health care operations and planning and delivery of patient medical care and renumbered as 18; and number 16 is being deleted and incorporated into the proposed routine use 13. We propose to add 10 new routine uses to provide disclosures of records when all requirements are met: number 2, to provide disclosure for third-part reimbursement, fiscal intermediary functions and debt collection activities; number 3, to provide disclosures to state Medicaid agencies or other entities acting pursuant to a contract with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for fraud and abuse control efforts to the extent required by law or under an agreement between IHS and respective state Medicaid agency or other entities; number 16, to an individual having authority to act on behalf of an incompetent individual concerning health care decisions to the extent permitted under 45 CFR 164.502(g); number 17, information may be used or disclosed from an IHS facility directory unless the individual objects to the disclosure and may provide the religious affiliation only to members of the clergy; number 18, information may be disclosed to a relative, a close personal friend, or any other person identified by the individual that is directly relevant to that person's involvement with their care or payment for health care and may be used or disclosed to notify family member, personal representative, or other person responsible for the individual's care, of their location, general condition or death; number 20, to provide records to Federal and non-Federal protection and advocacy organizations for investigating incidents of abuse and neglect of individuals with development disabilities as defined in 42 U.S.C. 10801-10805(a)(4) and 42 CFR 51.41-46 to the extent authorized by law and the conditions of 45 CFR 1386.22(a)(2) are met; number 21, disclosure to a correctional institution or a law enforcement official, during the period of time the individual is either an inmate or is otherwise in lawful custody, for the provision of health care to the individual or for health and safety purposes; number 22, disclosure to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for validation of Social Security Number(s) (SSNs) purposes only; number 23, disclosure of relevant health care information may be made to funeral director or representatives of funeral homes to allow for necessary arrangements; number 24, disclosure to a public or private covered entity that is authorized by law or charter to assist in disaster relief efforts. Routine use previously numbered 13 is deleted as being no longer applicable to the system. Routine uses previously numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 15 have been renumbered as 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 19 respectively. The security classification previously reported as ``None'' will remain. We have modified the language in the routine uses to provide clarification to IHS' intention to disclose individual-specific information contained in this system. The routine uses will then be prioritized and reordered according to their usage. We will also take the opportunity to update any sections of the system notice to provide clarity on the changing environment to include for digital records and the initiative of transitioning from a paper-based record to a computerized-based or electronic medical record.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
The FTC is seeking public comments on its proposal to extend through December 31, 2008 the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Fuel Rating Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2005.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Reinstatement of Existing Collection; Comment Request
The FTC intends to conduct a survey of consumers to advance its understanding of the incidence of identity theft (``ID Theft'') and to allow the FTC to better serve the people who experience it and the law enforcement agencies that investigate and prosecute it. The survey is a follow-up to the FTC's ID Theft Survey conducted in March 2003 and released in September 2003. Before gathering this information, the FTC is seeking public comments on its proposed consumer research. Comments will be considered before the FTC submits a request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.
Flight 93 National Memorial Advisory Commission
This notice sets forth the date of the September 7, 2005 meeting of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission.
The Transportation Plan/ Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Grand Teton National Park, WY
The National Park Service published a Notice of Availability on June 6, 2005 (70 FR 107) for the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Transportation Plan, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The public comment period was to expire on August 1, 2005. This notice extends the public comment period until August 25, 2005.
Public Land Order No. 7644; Revocation of 4 Bureau of Reclamation Orders and 2 Public Land Orders; Idaho
This order revokes 4 Bureau of Reclamation Orders and 2 Public Land Orders in their entirety as they affect 6,785.75 acres of lands withdrawn for the Minidoka Reclamation Project. This order opens 2,767.04 acres of public lands to all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, and 4,018.71 acres of lands to such uses as may be authorized by law on National Forest System lands. This order also opens all of the lands to the mining laws.
Notice of Invitation-Coal Exploration License Application MTM 94825
Members of the public are hereby invited to participate with Spring Creek Coal Company in a program for the exploration of coal deposits owned by the United States of America in the following- described lands located in Big Horn County, Montana, encompassing 1917.50 acres:
Public Land Order No. 7643; Extension of Public Land Order No. 7464; Montana
This order extends Public Land Order No. 7464 for an additional 5-year period. This extension is necessary to continue to protect reclamation of the Zortman-Landusky mining area.
Alaska Native Claims Selection
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Mary's Igloo Native Corporation. The lands are located in Lot 2, U.S. Survey No. 604, Alaska, and T. 3 S., Rgs. 30, 31, and 32 W., Kateel River Meridian; T. 4 S., R. 32 W., Kateel River Meridian; and Ts. 3 and 4 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River, Alaska, in the vicinity of Mary's Igloo Alaska, and contains 18,915.33 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Nome Nugget.
Alaska Lands Conveyance
As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision directing conveyance of lands pursuant to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act will be issued to Shee Atika, Incorporated, for certain lands in T. 47 S., R. 66 E., Copper River Meridian, located in the vicinity of Sitka, Alaska, containing approximately 20 acres. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Ketchikan Daily News.
Privacy Act of 1974; Implementation
The Department of Justice is exempting the Privacy Act system of records entitled, ``Department of Justice Regional Data Exchange System (RDEX), DOJ-012,'' from subsections (c)(3) and (4); (d)(1), (2), (3), and (4); (e)(1), (2), (3), (5), and (8); and (g) of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2). The information in this system of records relates to matters of criminal law enforcement, and the exemption is necessary in order to avoid interference with law enforcement responsibilities and functions and to protect criminal law enforcement information. The system of records document was published in the Federal Register on July 11, 2005 at 70 FR 39790. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on July 11, 2005 at 39696.
Proposed Fair Market Rents for Fiscal Year 2006 for Housing Choice Voucher, Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy and Certain Other HUD Programs; Supplemental Notice on 50th Percentile Designation
Section 8(c)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (USHA) requires the Secretary to publish FMRs periodically, but not less than annually, to be effective on October 1 of each year. On June 2, 2005, HUD published a notice on proposed fair market rents (FMRs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006. In the June 2, 2005, notice, HUD advised that it would also publish a separate notice to identify any areas that may be newly eligible for 50th percentile FMRs as well as any areas that remain eligible or that are no longer eligible for 50th percentile FMRs, as provided in HUD's regulations. This notice provides this information. It identifies 24 areas eligible for 50th percentile FMRs, which consists of areas that remain eligible for 50th percentile FMRs plus areas that are newly eligible.
Revision of Fees for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Terminal Market Inspection Services
This proposed rule revises regulations governing the inspection and certification for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products by increasing by approximately 15 percent certain fees charged for the inspection of these products at destination markets. These revisions are necessary in order to recover, as nearly as practicable, the costs of performing inspection services at destination markets.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Tennessee River, Chattanooga, TN
The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulation governing the Chief John Ross Drawbridge, mile 464.1, across the Tennessee River at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Under the proposed rule, the drawbridge need not open for river traffic and may remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 8 a.m., December 1, 2005 until 8 a.m., July 1, 2006. This proposed rule would allow the drawbridge to be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position to allow major repair work to be performed on the bridge.
Oil, Gas, and Sulphur Operations and Leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Cost Recovery
MMS is changing some existing fees and implementing several new fees to offset MMS's costs of performing certain services relating to its minerals programs.