Request for Nominations to the EPA Human Studies Review Board, 29164-29166 [E7-10066]

Download as PDF 29164 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 100 / Thursday, May 24, 2007 / Notices Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval? There is a decrease of 621 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. EPA’s original estimate included many ‘‘onetime’’ costs (e.g., time spent gaining familiarity with the applicable rules) that are not expected to be recurring. The burden estimate for the next three years does not include these ‘‘one-time’’ costs, and therefore the burden estimate has decreased. What Is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR? EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Dated: May 17, 2007. Richard Albright, Director, Office of Air, Waste and Toxics. [FR Doc. E7–10065 Filed 5–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–ORD–2007–0430; FRL–8318–2] Request for Nominations to the EPA Human Studies Review Board Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) is soliciting nominations of qualified individuals in the area of human health risk assessment to serve on the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB). The HSRB is a Federal advisory committee, operating in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 9, providing advice, information, and recommendations to EPA on issues related to scientific and ethical aspects of human subjects research. DATES: Nominations should be submitted to EPA no later than June 25, 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:52 May 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 Submit your nominations (‘‘comments’’), identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2007–0430, by one of the following methods: Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov. Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3304, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2007– 0430. Deliveries are only accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your nominations to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2007– 0430. EPA’s policy is that all nominations received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the nomination includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http:// www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your nomination. If you send an e-mail nomination directly to EPA, without going through http:// www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the nomination that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit a nomination electronically, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your nomination and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your nomination due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider it. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket, EPA/DC, Room 3334, EPA West, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566–1752. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul I. Lewis, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–8381, fax number: (202) 564–2070, e-mail: lewis.paul@epa.gov. I. General Information A. Does This Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to persons who conduct or assess human studies, especially studies on substances regulated by EPA or to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How Can I Access Electronic Copies of This Document and Other Related Information? In addition to using regulations.gov, you may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at http:// www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. C. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Nomination for EPA? You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your nomination: 1. Providing as much supporting information as possible about the nominee, including contact information. 2. Make sure to submit your nomination by the deadline in this document. E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 100 / Thursday, May 24, 2007 / Notices 3. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date and Federal Register citation. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 2, 2005, the President signed into law the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, Pub. L. 109–54 (Appropriations Act), which provided appropriated funds for the Environmental Protection Agency and other Federal departments and agencies. The Appropriations Act, among other points, addressed intentional dosing human toxicity studies for pesticides and directed the Agency to establish an independent Human Subjects Review Board to review such studies. On February 6, 2006 the Agency published a final rule for protections for subjects in human research (71 FR 6138) that called for creating a new, independent Human Studies Review Board and described its responsibilities in the following language: The Human Studies Review Board shall comment on the scientific and ethical aspects of research proposals and reports of completed research with human subjects submitted by EPA for its review and on request, advise EPA on ways to strengthen its programs for protection of human subjects of research. 40 CFR 26.1603(b) A charter for the Human Studies Review Board dated February 21, 2006 was issued in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 9(c) stating that the HSRB will: Provide advice, information and recommendations on issues related to scientific and ethical aspects of human subjects research. The major objectives are to provide advice and recommendations on: (a) Research proposals and protocols; (b) reports of completed research with human subjects; and (c) how to strengthen EPA’s programs for protection of human subjects. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES This notice requests nominations of candidates to serve as a member of the HSRB in the area of Human Health Risk Assessment. General information concerning the HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations Any interested person or organization may nominate individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for the HSRB. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:52 May 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 solicitation of nominees to encourage a broad pool of expertise. Nominees should be experts who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to be capable of providing expert comments on the ethical and/or scientific issues that may be considered by the HSRB. EPA is seeking nominees who are nationally recognized experts in human health risk assessment, specifically expertise in epidemiology, exposure analysis, public health and/or human subject research regulations. All nominations should include: (1) A current curriculum vitae (C.V.) which provides the nominee’s educational background, qualifications, leadership positions in national associations or professional publications, relevant research experience and publications; and (2) a summary of the above in a biographical sketch (‘‘biosketch’’) of no more than one page. The qualifications of nominees received in reply to this notice will be assessed in terms of the specific expertise sought for the HSRB. Qualified nominees who agree to be considered further will be included in a smaller subset (known as the ‘‘Short List’’). This Short List consisting of nominee’s name and biosketch will be posted for public comment on the OSA Web site http:// www.epa.gov/osa/index.htm. The public will be requested to provide relevant information or other documentation on nominees that OSA should consider in evaluating the candidates. Public comments will be accepted for 14 calendar days on the Short List. Board members will be selected from the Short List. Short List candidates not selected for HSRB membership may be considered for future HSRB membership as vacancies become available or as HSRB consultants for future HSRB meetings. The Agency estimates posting the names of Short List candidates sometime in late July. However, please be advised that this is an approximate time frame and the date could change. Thus, if you have any questions concerning posting of Short List candidates on the OSA Web site, please consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For the HSRB, a balanced panel is characterized by inclusion of members who possess the necessary domains of knowledge, the relevant technical perspectives, and the collective breadth of experience to adequately address the Agency’s charge. Interested candidates who are employees of a federal department or agency (other than EPA) or are members of another federal advisory committee are eligible to serve on the HSRB, and their nominations are PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29165 welcome. Other factors that will be considered include: Availability to participate in the Board’s scheduled meetings, absence of any conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a lack of impartiality, independence with respect to the matters under review, and public comments in response to the Short List. Though financial conflicts of interest or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, lack of independence, or bias may lead to nonselection, the absence of such concerns does not ensure that a candidate will be selected to serve on the HSRB. Numerous qualified candidates are likely to be identified. Selection decisions will involve careful weighing of a number of factors including, but not limited to, the candidates’ areas of expertise and professional qualifications, and responses to the Short List in achieving an overall balance of different perspectives on the Board. People who are hired to serve on the Board are subject to the provisions of 5 CFR part 2634, Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, as supplemented by the EPA in 5 CFR part 6401. In anticipation of this requirement, each nominee will be asked to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Form 3110–48 [5–02]). This form seeks information regarding the candidate’s financial interests, the candidate’s employment, stocks, and bonds, and where applicable, sources of research support. However, this form is confidential and will not be disclosed to the public. The EPA will evaluate the candidate’s financial disclosure form to assess whether there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of a lack of impartiality, or any prior involvement with the development of the documents under consideration, including previous scientific peer review, before the candidate is considered further for service on the HSRB. Candidates selected from the Short List will be appointed to the HSRB. HSRB members are to perform several activities including reviewing extensive background materials between meetings of the Board, preparing draft responses to Agency charge questions, attending Board meetings, participating in the discussion and deliberations at these meetings, drafting assigned sections of meeting reports, and reviewing and helping to finalize Board reports. Nominations should be submitted by one of the methods listed under ADDRESSES. E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 29166 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 100 / Thursday, May 24, 2007 / Notices The Agency will consider all nominations for HSRB membership that are received on or before June 25, 2007. However, final selection of members is a discretionary function of the Agency and will be announced on the OSA Web site http://www.epa.gov/osa/index.htm soon after comments are received on the Short List. Dated: May 18, 2007. George M. Gray, Science Advisor. [FR Doc. E7–10066 Filed 5–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices, Acquisition of Shares of Bank or Bank Holding Companies; Correction This notice corrects a notice (FR Doc. E7–9649) published on page 28490 of the issue for Monday, May 21, 2007. Under the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago heading, the entry for Audrey G. Savage, Monticello, Iowa, is revised to read as follows: A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Burl Thornton, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690–1414: 1. Audrey G. Savage, Monticello, Iowa, indivudually and as trustee of the Audrey G. Savage Revocable Inter Vivos Trust; to acquire control of Family Merchants Bancorporation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and thereby indirectly acquire control of Family Merchants Bank, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Comments on this application must be received by June 4, 2007. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 21, 2007. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E7–10068 Filed 5–23–07; 8:45 am] owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below. The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center website at www.ffiec.gov/nic/. Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than June 18, 2007. A. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Jacqueline G. King, Community Affairs Officer) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480-0291: 1. Sauk Centre Financial Services Inc., and First National Bank of Sauk Centre Retirement Savings & Employee Stock Ownership Plan and Trust, both of Sauk Centre, Minnesota; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Lake Country State Bank, Long Prairie, Minnesota. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 21, 2007. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E7–10069 Filed 5–23–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–S BILLING CODE 6210–01–S training of federal program and project managers. The purpose of this certification program is to establish the competencies, training, and experience requirements for program and project managers in civilian agencies. The FAC–P/PM focuses on essential competencies needed for program and project managers; the program does not include functional or technical competencies, such as those for information technology, or agencyspecific competencies. The certification requirements will be accepted by, at minimum, all civilian agencies as evidence that an employee meets the core competencies, training and experience requirements. The FAC–P/PM is a new program announced by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) on April 25, 2007. At this vendor meeting, FAI will present its approach for partnering with vendors on this initiative. DATES: The meeting will be held June 13, 2007, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at OPM’s Auditorium located at 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415. Register by email at marialhernandez@sra.com, or call (703) 284–6988. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Training developers, vendors with CommercialOff-The- Shelf (COTS) training products, vendors with capabilities related to the full Instructional System Design (ISD) methodologies, professional associations, educational institutions and acquisition training experts. FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Maria Hernandez, by phone at 703–284–6988 or by e-mail at marialhernandez@sra.com Dated: May 17, 2007. Otis Langford, Program Manager, FAI. [FR Doc. E7–10083 Filed 5–23–07; 8:45 am] Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION BILLING CODE 6820–61–S FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Federal Acquisition Institute Vendor Meeting DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies AGENCY: Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, GSA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. Office of the Secretary VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:52 May 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 SUMMARY: The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) will hold a vendor meeting to provide information on the recently announced Federal Acquisition Certification in Program/Project Management (FAC–P/PM) to include program details, target timeline, and opportunities for vendors to support the PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [Document Identifier: OS–0990–0275; 30– Day Notice] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Secretary, HHS. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-ORD-2007-0430; FRL-8318-2]


Request for Nominations to the EPA Human Studies Review Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) 
Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) is soliciting nominations of 
qualified individuals in the area of human health risk assessment to 
serve on the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB). The HSRB is a Federal 
advisory committee, operating in accordance with the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA) 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 9, providing advice, 
information, and recommendations to EPA on issues related to scientific 
and ethical aspects of human subjects research.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted to EPA no later than June 25, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations (``comments''), identified by Docket 
ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2007-0430, by one of the following methods:
    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line 
instructions for submitting comments.
    E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.
    Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 
28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3304, EPA West 
Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, 
Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2007-0430. Deliveries are only 
accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of 
boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your nominations to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-
2007-0430. EPA's policy is that all nominations received will be 
included in the public docket without change and may be made available 
online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided, unless the nomination includes information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit 
information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through 
http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov 
Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not 
know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the 
body of your nomination. If you send an e-mail nomination directly to 
EPA, without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail 
address will be automatically captured and included as part of the 
nomination that is placed in the public docket and made available on 
the Internet. If you submit a nomination electronically, EPA recommends 
that you include your name and other contact information in the body of 
your nomination and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot 
read your nomination due to technical difficulties and cannot contact 
you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider it. Electronic 
files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of 
encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket, EPA/
DC, Room 3334, EPA West, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. 
The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the 
Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the 
ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul I. Lewis, Office of the Science 
Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
564-8381, fax number: (202) 564-2070, e-mail: lewis.paul@epa.gov.

I. General Information

A. Does This Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to persons who conduct or assess human studies, 
especially studies on substances regulated by EPA or to persons who are 
or may be required to conduct testing of substances under the Federal 
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also 
be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the 
specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any 
questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular 
entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.

B. How Can I Access Electronic Copies of This Document and Other 
Related Information?

    In addition to using regulations.gov, you may access this Federal 
Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the 
``Federal Register'' listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.

C. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Nomination for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your 
nomination:
    1. Providing as much supporting information as possible about the 
nominee, including contact information.
    2. Make sure to submit your nomination by the deadline in this 
document.

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    3. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket 
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page 
of your response. You may also provide the name, date and Federal 
Register citation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 2, 2005, the President signed into law the Department of 
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, 
Pub. L. 109-54 (Appropriations Act), which provided appropriated funds 
for the Environmental Protection Agency and other Federal departments 
and agencies. The Appropriations Act, among other points, addressed 
intentional dosing human toxicity studies for pesticides and directed 
the Agency to establish an independent Human Subjects Review Board to 
review such studies. On February 6, 2006 the Agency published a final 
rule for protections for subjects in human research (71 FR 6138) that 
called for creating a new, independent Human Studies Review Board and 
described its responsibilities in the following language:

    The Human Studies Review Board shall comment on the scientific 
and ethical aspects of research proposals and reports of completed 
research with human subjects submitted by EPA for its review and on 
request, advise EPA on ways to strengthen its programs for 
protection of human subjects of research. 40 CFR 26.1603(b)

    A charter for the Human Studies Review Board dated February 21, 
2006 was issued in accordance with the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 9(c) stating 
that the HSRB will:

Provide advice, information and recommendations on issues related to 
scientific and ethical aspects of human subjects research. The major 
objectives are to provide advice and recommendations on: (a) 
Research proposals and protocols; (b) reports of completed research 
with human subjects; and (c) how to strengthen EPA's programs for 
protection of human subjects.

    This notice requests nominations of candidates to serve as a member 
of the HSRB in the area of Human Health Risk Assessment. General 
information concerning the HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/.

Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations

    Any interested person or organization may nominate individuals to 
be considered as prospective candidates for the HSRB. Additional 
avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees 
to encourage a broad pool of expertise. Nominees should be experts who 
have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and 
experience, to be capable of providing expert comments on the ethical 
and/or scientific issues that may be considered by the HSRB. EPA is 
seeking nominees who are nationally recognized experts in human health 
risk assessment, specifically expertise in epidemiology, exposure 
analysis, public health and/or human subject research regulations. All 
nominations should include: (1) A current curriculum vitae (C.V.) which 
provides the nominee's educational background, qualifications, 
leadership positions in national associations or professional 
publications, relevant research experience and publications; and (2) a 
summary of the above in a biographical sketch (``biosketch'') of no 
more than one page.
    The qualifications of nominees received in reply to this notice 
will be assessed in terms of the specific expertise sought for the 
HSRB. Qualified nominees who agree to be considered further will be 
included in a smaller subset (known as the ``Short List''). This Short 
List consisting of nominee's name and biosketch will be posted for 
public comment on the OSA Web site http://www.epa.gov/osa/index.htm. 
The public will be requested to provide relevant information or other 
documentation on nominees that OSA should consider in evaluating the 
candidates. Public comments will be accepted for 14 calendar days on 
the Short List. Board members will be selected from the Short List. 
Short List candidates not selected for HSRB membership may be 
considered for future HSRB membership as vacancies become available or 
as HSRB consultants for future HSRB meetings. The Agency estimates 
posting the names of Short List candidates sometime in late July. 
However, please be advised that this is an approximate time frame and 
the date could change. Thus, if you have any questions concerning 
posting of Short List candidates on the OSA Web site, please consult 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    For the HSRB, a balanced panel is characterized by inclusion of 
members who possess the necessary domains of knowledge, the relevant 
technical perspectives, and the collective breadth of experience to 
adequately address the Agency's charge. Interested candidates who are 
employees of a federal department or agency (other than EPA) or are 
members of another federal advisory committee are eligible to serve on 
the HSRB, and their nominations are welcome. Other factors that will be 
considered include: Availability to participate in the Board's 
scheduled meetings, absence of any conflicts of interest and absence of 
an appearance of a lack of impartiality, independence with respect to 
the matters under review, and public comments in response to the Short 
List. Though financial conflicts of interest or the appearance of a 
lack of impartiality, lack of independence, or bias may lead to 
nonselection, the absence of such concerns does not ensure that a 
candidate will be selected to serve on the HSRB. Numerous qualified 
candidates are likely to be identified. Selection decisions will 
involve careful weighing of a number of factors including, but not 
limited to, the candidates' areas of expertise and professional 
qualifications, and responses to the Short List in achieving an overall 
balance of different perspectives on the Board.
    People who are hired to serve on the Board are subject to the 
provisions of 5 CFR part 2634, Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, 
as supplemented by the EPA in 5 CFR part 6401. In anticipation of this 
requirement, each nominee will be asked to submit a Confidential 
Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on 
Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA Form 3110-48 [5-02]). This form seeks information regarding the 
candidate's financial interests, the candidate's employment, stocks, 
and bonds, and where applicable, sources of research support. However, 
this form is confidential and will not be disclosed to the public. The 
EPA will evaluate the candidate's financial disclosure form to assess 
whether there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of a lack 
of impartiality, or any prior involvement with the development of the 
documents under consideration, including previous scientific peer 
review, before the candidate is considered further for service on the 
HSRB.
    Candidates selected from the Short List will be appointed to the 
HSRB. HSRB members are to perform several activities including 
reviewing extensive background materials between meetings of the Board, 
preparing draft responses to Agency charge questions, attending Board 
meetings, participating in the discussion and deliberations at these 
meetings, drafting assigned sections of meeting reports, and reviewing 
and helping to finalize Board reports.
    Nominations should be submitted by one of the methods listed under 
ADDRESSES.

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    The Agency will consider all nominations for HSRB membership that 
are received on or before June 25, 2007. However, final selection of 
members is a discretionary function of the Agency and will be announced 
on the OSA Web site http://www.epa.gov/osa/index.htm soon after 
comments are received on the Short List.

    Dated: May 18, 2007.
George M. Gray,
Science Advisor.
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