Solicitation of Nominations, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, 65771 [E6-19029]

Download as PDF 65771 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 217 Thursday, November 9, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Solicitation of Nominations, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA. SUMMARY: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App., the Agricultural Research Service is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The charge for the AC21 is two-fold: to examine the longterm impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and USDA; and to provide guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the application of biotechnology in agriculture. DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or before December 11, 2006. ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 720–3817. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AC21 members serve terms of up to 2 years, with terms for around half of the Committee members expiring in any given year. Nominations are being sought for open Committee seats. The terms of 12 members of the AC21 will expire in early 2006. The AC21 Charter allows for flexibility to appoint up to a total of 17 members. Members can be reappointed to serve up to 6 consecutive years. Equal opportunity practices, in sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Nov 08, 2006 Jkt 211001 line with USDA policies, will be followed in all membership appointments to the Committee. To ensure that recommendations of the Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Nominees of the AC21 should have recognized expertise in one or more of the following areas: recombinant-DNA (rDNA) research and applications using plants; rDNA research and applications using animals; rDNA research and applications using microbes; food science; silviculture and related forest science; fisheries science; ecology; veterinary medicine; the broad range of farming or agricultural practices; weed science; plant pathology; biodiversity; applicable laws and regulations relevant to agricultural biotechnology policy; risk assessment; consumer advocacy and public attitudes; public health/ epidemiology; ethics, including bioethics; human medicine; biotechnology industry activities and structure; intellectual property rights systems; and international trade. Members will be selected by the Secretary of Agriculture in order to achieve a balanced representation of viewpoints to address effectively USDA biotechnology policy issues under consideration. Over the next two years, it is expected that the AC21 will complete work on a project related to biotechnology coexistence issues, begin work related to transgenic animal technologies, and, if time permits, begin work on additional topics under the Committee’s charge. Nominations for AC21 membership must be in writing and provide the appropriate background documents required by USDA policy, including background disclosure form AD–755. All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section. Forms may also be submitted by fax to (202) 690–4265. To obtain form AD–755 ONLY, please contact Debra Lindsay, Office of Pest Management Policy, telephone (202) 720–4074, fax (202) 720–3191; e-mail Debra.lindsay@ars.usda.gov. The AC21 meets in Washington, DC, up to four (4) times per year. The PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 function of the AC21 is solely advisory. Members of the AC21 and its subcommittees serve without pay, but with reimbursement of travel expenses and per diem for attendance at AC21 and subcommittee functions for those AC21 members who require assistance in order to attend the meetings. While away from home or their regular place of business, those members will be eligible for travel expenses paid by the Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at the same rate as a person employed intermittently in the government service is allowed under Section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code. Submitting Nominations: Nominations should be typed and include the following: 1. A brief summary of no more than two (2) pages explaining the nominee’s suitability to serve on the AC21. ´ ´ 2. A resume or curriculum vitae. 3. A completed copy of form AD–755. All nominations must be postmarked no later than December 11, 2006. Dated: November 2, 2006. Jeremy Stump, Senior Advisor for International and Homeland Security Affairs and Biotechnology. [FR Doc. E6–19029 Filed 11–8–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting Agricultural Research Service, Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Meeting. AGENCY: 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: The meeting dates are December 14, 2006, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and December 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: Room 107A, USDA Jamie L. Whitten Building, 12th Street and E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Research Service


 Solicitation of Nominations, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology 
and 21st Century Agriculture

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, Office of the Under Secretary, 
Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App., the Agricultural Research Service 
is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of 
the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century 
Agriculture (AC21). The charge for the AC21 is two-fold: to examine the 
long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture 
system and USDA; and to provide guidance to USDA on pressing individual 
issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the 
application of biotechnology in agriculture.

DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or 
before December 11, 2006.

ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be sent to Michael 
Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy 
Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th and 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 
720-3817.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AC21 members serve terms of up to 2 years, 
with terms for around half of the Committee members expiring in any 
given year. Nominations are being sought for open Committee seats. The 
terms of 12 members of the AC21 will expire in early 2006. The AC21 
Charter allows for flexibility to appoint up to a total of 17 members. 
Members can be reappointed to serve up to 6 consecutive years. Equal 
opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed in 
all membership appointments to the Committee. To ensure that 
recommendations of the Committee take into account the needs of the 
diverse groups served by the Department, membership shall include, to 
the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to 
represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
    Nominees of the AC21 should have recognized expertise in one or 
more of the following areas: recombinant-DNA (rDNA) research and 
applications using plants; rDNA research and applications using 
animals; rDNA research and applications using microbes; food science; 
silviculture and related forest science; fisheries science; ecology; 
veterinary medicine; the broad range of farming or agricultural 
practices; weed science; plant pathology; biodiversity; applicable laws 
and regulations relevant to agricultural biotechnology policy; risk 
assessment; consumer advocacy and public attitudes; public health/
epidemiology; ethics, including bioethics; human medicine; 
biotechnology industry activities and structure; intellectual property 
rights systems; and international trade. Members will be selected by 
the Secretary of Agriculture in order to achieve a balanced 
representation of viewpoints to address effectively USDA biotechnology 
policy issues under consideration. Over the next two years, it is 
expected that the AC21 will complete work on a project related to 
biotechnology coexistence issues, begin work related to transgenic 
animal technologies, and, if time permits, begin work on additional 
topics under the Committee's charge.
    Nominations for AC21 membership must be in writing and provide the 
appropriate background documents required by USDA policy, including 
background disclosure form AD-755. All nomination materials should be 
sent to Michael Schechtman at the address listed in the ADDRESSES 
section. Forms may also be submitted by fax to (202) 690-4265. To 
obtain form AD-755 ONLY, please contact Debra Lindsay, Office of Pest 
Management Policy, telephone (202) 720-4074, fax (202) 720-3191; e-mail 
Debra.lindsay@ars.usda.gov.
    The AC21 meets in Washington, DC, up to four (4) times per year. 
The function of the AC21 is solely advisory. Members of the AC21 and 
its subcommittees serve without pay, but with reimbursement of travel 
expenses and per diem for attendance at AC21 and subcommittee functions 
for those AC21 members who require assistance in order to attend the 
meetings. While away from home or their regular place of business, 
those members will be eligible for travel expenses paid by the Office 
of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA, 
including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at the same rate as a person 
employed intermittently in the government service is allowed under 
Section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code.
    Submitting Nominations: Nominations should be typed and include the 
following:
    1. A brief summary of no more than two (2) pages explaining the 
nominee's suitability to serve on the AC21.
    2. A resume or curriculum vitae.
    3. A completed copy of form AD-755.
    All nominations must be postmarked no later than December 11, 2006.

    Dated: November 2, 2006.
Jeremy Stump,
Senior Advisor for International and Homeland Security Affairs and 
Biotechnology.
 [FR Doc. E6-19029 Filed 11-8-06; 8:45 am]
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