Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Paducah
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Paducah. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Iowa; Clean Air Mercury Rule
EPA is taking final action to approve the State Plan submitted by Iowa on August 15, 2006, and updates to rules submitted on April 26, 2007. The plan addresses the requirements of EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), promulgated on May 18, 2005, and subsequently revised on June 9, 2006. EPA has determined that the submitted State Plan fully meets the CAMR requirements for Iowa. CAMR requires States to regulate emissions of mercury (Hg) from large coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs). CAMR establishes State budgets for annual EGU Hg emissions and requires States to submit State Plans to ensure that annual EGU Hg emissions will not exceed the applicable State budget. States have the flexibility to choose which control measures to adopt to achieve the budgets, including participating in the EPA-administered CAMR cap-and-trade program. In the State Plan that EPA is approving today, Iowa has met the CAMR requirements by electing to participate in the EPA trading program.
Change in Publication Format of Patent and Trademark Office Notices and Changes in Display of Patent and Trademark Office Notices in Electronic Official Gazette
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is discontinuing the separate weekly publication in paper form of Patent and Trademark Office notices, and the annual publication in paper form of the consolidated listing of notices pertaining to USPTO practices and procedures. In addition, notice is hereby given that the weekly electronic Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark OfficePatents (the eOG:P) will display the Patent and Trademark Office notices with volume/page numbers, and the last weekly eOG:P of each calendar year will include the annual publication of consolidated notices pertaining to USPTO practices and procedures.
Maximizing the Public Health Benefit of Adverse Event Collection Throughout a Product's Marketed Life Cycle; Public Workshop; Request for Comments
The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are announcing a public workshop entitled ``Maximizing the Public Health Benefit of Adverse Event Collection Throughout a Product's Marketed Life Cycle.'' The purpose of the public workshop is to solicit information and views from interested persons on research approaches and methods associated with the best ways to assess the public health benefit of collecting and reporting all adverse events (AEs). The input from this workshop will be used to publish a request for information to determine the types of outside organizations that would be interested in, and have the capability to conduct, the research described in this paragraph, followed by a request for proposal (RFP).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina; Redesignation of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone
EPA is taking final action to approve a request submitted on June 7, 2007, from the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), to redesignate the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'', or ``standard''). The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-hour ozone area is comprised of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person and Wake Counties in their entireties, and Baldwin, Center, New Hope and Williams Townships in Chatham County in North Carolina (hereafter referred to as the ``Triangle Area''). EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that North Carolina has demonstrated that the Triangle Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that the Triangle Area has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. Additionally, EPA is approving a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) including the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Triangle Area that contains the new subarea 2008 and 2017 motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX), and an insignificance determination for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribution from motor vehicle emissions to the 8-hour ozone pollution in the entire Triangle Area. Through this action, EPA is also finding the new subarea 2008 and 2017 NOX MVEBs, and the VOC insignificance determination, adequate for the purposes of transportation conformity. The above described actions were proposed for public comment on October 3, 2007; no comments were received. EPA is also making corrections to inadvertent errors made in the proposed rulemaking published on October 3, 2007, (72 FR 56312) to Tables 1, 6, and 7.
Office of Science; Notice of Renewal of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee
Pursuant to Section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and in accordance with Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 102-3.65, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee has been renewed for a two-year period beginning December 14, 2007. The Committee will provide advice to the Director, Office of Science, on the Biological and Environmental Research Program managed by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. The Secretary of Energy has determined that renewal of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee is essential to the conduct of the Department's business and is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed by law upon the Department of Energy. The Committee will continue to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463), the General Services Administration Final Rule on Federal Advisory Committee Management, and other directives and instructions issued in implementation of those acts.
State-36 Security Records
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State proposes to alter an existing system of records, STATE-36, pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C.(r)), and Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A-130, Appendix I. The Department's report was filed with the Office of Management and Budget on 12-12-2007. It is proposed that the current system will retain the name ``Security Records.'' It is also proposed that due to the expanded scope of the current system, the altered system description will include revisions and/or additions to the following sections: System Location; Categories of Individuals covered by the System; Authority for Maintenance of the System; and Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users and Purposes of such Uses. Changes to the existing system description are proposed in order to reflect more accurately the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's record- keeping system, the Authority establishing its existence and responsibilities, and the uses and users of the system. Any persons interested in commenting on the altered system of records may do so by submitting comments in writing to Margaret P. Grafeld, Director; Office of Information Programs and Services; A/ISS/IPS; Department of State, SA-2; Washington, DC 20522-8001. This system of records will be effective 40 days from the date of publication, unless we receive comments that will result in a contrary determination. The altered system description, ``Security Records, State-36,'' will read as set forth below.
Models of Exemplary, Effective, and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools proposes a priority, definitions, requirements, and selection criteria under the Models of Exemplary, Effective, and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses grant competition. The Assistant Deputy Secretary may use the priority, definitions, requirements, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2008 and later years. The Assistant Deputy Secretary intends to use the priority, definitions, requirements, and selection criteria to identify exemplary, effective, and promising campus-based alcohol or other drug abuse prevention programs and to disseminate information about exemplary and effective programs to other colleges and universities where similar efforts may be adopted.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
NMFS, in consultation with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on salmon bycatch reduction measures in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The proposed action would replace the current Chinook and Chum Salmon Savings Areas in the BSAI with new regulatory closures, salmon bycatch limits, or a combination of both. These management measures could incorporate current or new bycatch reduction methods. The scope of the EIS will be to determine the impacts to the human environment resulting from these salmon bycatch reduction measures. NMFS will accept written comments from the public to determine the issues of concern and the appropriate range of management alternatives for analysis in the EIS.
Small Business Size Standards: Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is granting a waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule for Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing (X-Ray Equipment and Supplies). The basis for waiver is that no small business manufacturers are supplying this class of product to the Federal government. The effect of a waiver would be to allow otherwise qualified regular dealers to supply the products of any domestic manufacturer on a Federal contract set aside for small businesses; service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses or SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska
NMFS, in consultation with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), announces its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on revisions to Steller sea lion protection measures, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The proposed action is to revise the Steller sea lion protection measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish fisheries. The scope of the SEIS will be to determine the impacts to the human environment resulting from modifications to the existing protection measures. NMFS will accept written comments from the public to determine the issues of concern and the appropriate range of management alternatives to be addressed in the SEIS.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery; Regulatory Amendment to Adopt Fishing Gear Standards for the NE Multispecies Regular B Day-At-Sea (DAS) Program and the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock Special Access Program (SAP)
NMFS amends the regulations governing minimum performance standards of fishing gear proposed for use in both the NE multispecies Regular B DAS Program and the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock SAP. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) may request the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) approve additional gear types for use in these programs if they meet the standard. The purpose of this rule is to provide greater flexibility to fishermen participating in these programs.
Federal Student Aid Programs (Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program)
We are extending the actions taken by the Secretary pursuant to the HEROES Act of 2003, as announced in a notice published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2003 (68 FR 69312), and extended in a notice published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2005 (70 FR 61037).
Disaster Declaration # 11124 and # 11125; Washington Disaster Number WA-00015
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Washington (FEMA1734DR ) , dated 12/09/2007. Incident: Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides. Incident Period: 12/01/2007 and continuing. Effective Date: 12/15/2007. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 02/07/2008. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 09/09/2008.
Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed for the HSI Program authorized by Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, in FY 2007 to make new Individual Development grant awards in FY 2008. The Secretary takes this action because a significant number of high-quality applications remain on last year's grant slate. The Administration has requested $94,914,000 for the HSI program for FY 2008, of which we intend to use an estimated $13,408,000 for new awards. The actual level of funding for the FY 2008 program, if any, depends on final Congressional action. No Cooperative Development grant awards will be made from the FY 2008 appropriation for this program. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (CCRAA) has provided $100 million for grants to Hispanic-serving institutions for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) and articulation programs in each of the FYs 2008 and 2009. Further information about the criteria and priorities applicable to these awards and the Secretary's plans for conducting the FY 2008 competition under the CCRAA, including workshops, will be forthcoming.
Marine Mammals; File No. 473-1700
Notice is hereby given that Janice Straley, University of Alaska, 1332 Seward Ave, Sitka, Alaska 99835, has requested an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 473-1700-01.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-23; Introduction
This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-23. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
Marine Mammals; File No. 10080
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Kathryn A. Ono, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, has been issued a permit to conduct research on marine mammals.
Oregon Disaster Number OR-00023
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of OREGON (FEMA-1733-DR), dated 12/09/ 2007. Incident: Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides. Incident Period: 12/01/2007 and continuing.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-23; Small Entity Compliance Guide
This document is issued under the joint authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-23 which amend the FAR. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-23 which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http:/ /www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-016, Performance-Based Payments
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement recommendations to change the regulations related to performance-based payments.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-019, Contracts With Religious Entities
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have adopted as final, without change, an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 11246, as amended, Equal Employment Opportunity, to incorporate the exemption for religious entities prescribed in E.O. 13279.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-030, Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) have agreed on an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require use of Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) when acquiring personal computer products such as desktops, notebooks (also known as laptops), and monitors pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order 13423, ``Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.''
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service, an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development and/or Agency, invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 250, Subpart M, ``Unitization.''
Clinical Trial Design for Community-Acquired Pneumonia; Public Workshop
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop, cosponsored with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), regarding scientific issues in clinical trial design for community-acquired pneumonia. This public workshop is intended to provide information for and to gain perspective from health care providers, academia, and industry on various aspects of antimicrobial drug development for community-acquired pneumonia, including diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia, effect of antimicrobial treatment for community-acquired pneumonia, endpoints for trials of community- acquired pneumonia, and statistical issues in analysis of results of trials in community-acquired pneumonia. The input from this public workshop will help in developing topics for further discussion. Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on January 17, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on January 18, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: The public workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kennedy Room, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301- 589-0800. Seating is limited and available only on a first-come, first- served basis. Contact Person: Chris Moser or Lori Benner, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Antimicrobial Products, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, rm. 6413, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-0767, or 301-796-0849. Registration: There is no registration fee for the public workshop. Space is limited; therefore, interested parties are encouraged to register early. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register electronically, e-mail registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone, and fax number) to CAPwkshp@fda.hhs.gov by January 9, 2008. Persons without access to the Internet can call 301-796-1300 to register. Persons needing a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify Chris Moser or Lori Benner (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.
WYOMING: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Nerd Gas Company, LLC for competitive oil and gas lease WYW157577 for land in Uinta County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law.
WYOMING: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease
Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2-3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Gasconade Oil Co. for competitive oil and gas lease WYW155501 for land in Lincoln County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law.
This gives notice of OPM decisions granting authority to make appointments under Schedules A, B, and C in the excepted service as required by 5 CFR 6.6 and 213.103.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in North Carolina
This notice announces actions taken by FHWA that are final agency actions within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139 (I)(1). These final agency actions relate to a proposed highway project, U.S. 64 ImprovementsAsheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina from just east of SR 1424 (Stutts Road) to U.S. 64 east of U.S. 64/Presnell Street, where the Record of Decision (ROD) identifies Alternative 29 as the selected alternative, as it is the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA). The Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was approved and published by FHWA in March, 2007 and a ROD was issued on December 6, 2007. FHWA selects Alternative 29 in the ROD based on public and resource agency input, including the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Selecting Alternative 29 is in the best overall public interest because it was identified as the LEDPA, it avoids controversial and serious neighborhood impacts of other alternative analyzed, has the fourth fewest number of stream crossings, affects the smallest area of wetlands, has the fourth lowest noise receiver impacts of the nine alternatives considered, is supported by local governments including the city of Asheboro, and is supported by many citizens.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Model Avro 146-RJ Airplanes
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from service history of incidents and accidents involving transport category turbojet airplanes without leading edge high lift devices, that shows that even small amounts of frost, ice, snow, or slush on the wing leading edges or forward upper wing surfaces can cause an adverse change in the stall speeds, stall characteristics, and the protection provided by the stall protection system. This proposed AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to include a new cold weather operations limitation. We are proposing this AD to prevent possible loss of control on takeoff resulting from even small amounts of frost, ice, snow, or slush on the wing leading edges or forward upper wing surfaces. The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition.
Notice of Intent To Grant Partially Exclusive Patent License; Elemental Wireless, LLC
The Department of the Navy herby gives notice of its intent to grant to Elemental Wireless, LLC., a revocable, nonassignable, partially exclusive license in the United States to practice the Government-Owned inventions described in U.S. Patent Numbers 5,528,612 entitled ``Laser with Multiple Gain Elements'', issue date June 18, 1996// U.S. Patent Number 5,530,711 entitled ``Low threshold diode- pumped tunable dye laser'', issue date June 25, 1996// U.S. Patent Number 5,541,946 entitled ``Laser with multiple gain elements pumped by a single excitation source'', issue date July 30, 1996// U.S. Patent Number 6,759,303 entitled ``Complementary vertical bipolar junction transistors fabricated of silicon-on-sapphire utilizing wide base PNP transistors'', issue date July 6, 2004.
Reexportation of Controlled Substances
The Controlled Substances Export Reform Act of 2005 amended the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to provide authority for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to authorize the export of controlled substances from the United States to another country for subsequent export from that country to a second country, if certain conditions and safeguards are satisfied. DEA is amending its regulations to implement the new legislation.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold meetings of its LAP Program Exploratory Workgroup in North Charleston, SC.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will hold a public meeting regarding Amendment 15 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
Agency Emergency Processing Under the Office of Management and Budget Review; Certification to Accompany Drug, Biological Product, and Device Applications or Submissions; Correction
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is correcting a notice that appeared in the Federal Register of December 12, 2007 (72 FR 70599). The document announced that a proposed collection of information had been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency processing under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The document was published with an error. This document corrects that error.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Enrollment Dates for the Ports of Hilo, HI; International Falls, MN; Ontonagon, MI; Morehead City, NC; Huntington, WV; and Port Canaveral, FL
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issues this notice of the dates for the beginning of the initial enrollment for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) for the Ports of Hilo, HI; International Falls, MN; Ontonagon, MI; Morehead City, NC; Huntington, WV; and Port Canaveral, FL.
Reasonable Charges for Medical Care or Services; 2008 Calendar Year Update
Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), section 17.01 sets forth the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations concerning ``reasonable charges'' for medical care or services provided or furnished by VA to a veteran for: (1) A non- service-connected disability for which the veteran is entitled to care or the payment of expenses for care under a health plan contract; (2) a non-service-connected disability incurred incident to the veteran's employment and covered under a worker's compensation law or plan that provides reimbursement or indemnification for such care and services; or (3) a non-service-connected disability incurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident in a State that requires automobile accident reparations insurance. The regulations include methodologies for establishing billed amounts for the following types of charges: Acute inpatient facility charges; skilled nursing facility and sub-acute inpatient facility charges; partial hospitalization facility charges; outpatient facility charges; physician and other professional charges, including professional charges for anesthesia services and dental services; pathology and laboratory charges; observation care facility charges; ambulance and other emergency transportation charges; and charges for durable medical equipment, drugs, injectables, and other medical services, items, and supplies identified by Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II codes. The regulations also provide that data for calculating actual charge amounts at individual VA facilities based on these methodologies will either be published as a notice in the Federal Register or will be posted on the Internet site of the Veterans Health Administration Chief Business Office, currently at http://www.va.gov/cbo, under ``Charge Data.'' Certain charges are hereby updated as described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. These changes are effective January 1, 2008. In circumstances when charges for medical care or services provided or furnished at VA expense, by either VA or non-VA providers, have not been established under other provisions or regulations, the method for determining VA's charges is set forth at 38 CFR 17.101(a)(8).
DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.; Filing of Color Additive Petition; Correction
The Food and Drug Administration is correcting a notice that appeared in the Federal Register of December 4, 2007 (72 FR 68166). The document announced that DSM Nutritional Products, Inc., has filed a petition proposing that the color additive regulations be amended to provide for the safe use of astaxanthin dimethyldisuccinate as a color additive in the feed of salmonid fish to enhance the color of their flesh.
U.S. Munitions Import List and Import Restrictions Applicable to Certain Countries (2005R-5P)
This final rule conforms the regulations in 27 CFR Part 447 to the revised International Traffic in Arms Regulations by amending the list of countries from which the importation of defense articles into the United States is proscribed by adding Afghanistan and removing South Africa and some of the states composing the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan). The rule also removes the arms embargo against the countries of Serbia and Montenegro. It also clarifies an outdated reference in the regulations to Zaire, currently known as the ``Democratic Republic of the Congo,'' and makes a miscellaneous technical amendment to the regulations.
Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting
The Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting is providing notice that it will hold a public meeting on Friday, January 11, 2008, in the Multipurpose Room, Room L-006, at the Commission's main offices, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be open to the public. The meeting will be webcast on the Commission's Web site at http://www.sec.gov. The public is invited to submit written statements for the meeting. The agenda for the meeting includes: (1) Discussion and deliberation of a Committee progress report with concrete proposals and conceptual approaches based on the Committee's work to date in the areas of substantive complexity, standard setting, audit process and compliance and delivery of financial information; (2) a decision to use the Committee progress report as the basis for a report to be published for public comment; and (3) a discussion of next steps and planning for the next meeting.
Homeland Security Advisory Council
The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will meet for purposes of reviewing recommendations from the Administration Transition Task Force and HSAC subgroups. In addition, the HSAC will receive briefings from Secretary Michael Chertoff and other DHS officials. The meeting will be partially closed.