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Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 11892 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 44 / Wednesday, March 5, 2008 / Notices River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. The facility is located on State Route 0191, approximately one mile north of the S.R.0191/Newfoundland exit off I–84 in Sterling Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. 15. Upper Makefield Township D– 2007–24 CP–1. An application for approval of a ground water withdrawal project to supply up to 8.43 mg/30 days of water to the applicant’s public water supply distribution system from new Wells HH1, HH2, HH4, GTW1 and GTW2. The project is located in the Brunswick and Lockatong formations in the Houghs Creek and Delaware River watersheds in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The site is located within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is designated as Special Protection Waters. 16. Upper Makefield Township D– 2007–25 CP–1. An application for the approval of the new 20,000 gpd Gray Tract WWTP. The WWTP will serve approximately 96 age-restricted dwellings and 14 existing homes and is proposed to discharge to an unnamed tributary of Hough’s Creek, which is tributary to the Delaware River. The facility is located in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is designated as Special Protection Waters. 17. Congoleum Corporation D–2007– 35–1. An application to discharge an average of 122,000 gallons per day of non-contact cooling and storm water from the applicant’s tile floor manufacturing facility. The discharge is to a Hamilton Township municipal storm sewer, which discharges to Hamilton Ditch and Miry Run, tributaries to the Delaware River. The facility is located in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. 18. U.S. Silica—Port Elizabeth Mine D–2007–37–1. An application for approval of a surface water withdrawal project to supply up to 288 mg/30 days of water from surface water Intake No. 1 for sand and gravel processing and up to 0.778 mg/30 days from one well used for sanitary supply at the facility. The project is located in the Maurice River Watershed in Mauricetown Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey. 19. Franconia Sewer Authority D– 2007–41 CP–1. An application for approval of the construction of a new 0.15 mgd Franconia Sewer Authority WWTP, pump station and appurtenances. The new WWTP will serve the new Souderton Area High VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:03 Mar 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 School and sanitary waste from Smithfield Beef Group (formerly Moyer Packing Company). The WWTP will discharge to the Skippack Creek, a tributary to the Perkiomen Creek, which is a tributary to the Schuylkill River. The facility will be located in Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 20. Pocono Manor Investors, L.P. D– 2007–44–1. An application for approval of a surface water withdrawal project to supply up to 0.72 mg/30 days of water to the applicant’s irrigation system from Intake No. 1 and to limit the existing withdrawal from all intakes to 0.72 mg/ 30 days. The project is located on Indian Run, a tributary to Pocono Creek in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is designated as Special Protection Waters. 21. Congoleum Corporation, D–2005– 25–2. Approval is requested for corrections to the effluent table in section A.4.d. of Docket D–2005–25–1 issued on March 1, 2006 for an industrial discharge of non-contact cooling water and stormwater from Congoleum Plant No. 2. The effluent table incorrectly listed limits for four parameters for which DRBC lacked applicable requirements: Bromodichlorormethane, Chloroform, Chlorine Produced Oxidants and Chronic Toxicity. The Executive Director subsequently issued corrected Docket D–2005–25–2, in which the state limits are listed for these parameters, pending ratification by the Commission. The discharge is made to the Hamilton Township storm sewer, which discharges to Pond Run, a tributary of the Assunpink Creek. The facility is located in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. 22. Borough of South Coatesville, D– 74–39 CP–2. Approval is requested for corrections to the effluent table in section A.4.d. of Docket D–74–39-CP–2 issued on July 18, 2007 for the rerate of the South Coatesville Wastewater Treatment Plant. The effluent table incorrectly listed a Commission limit for Dissolved Oxygen that is inapplicable to the South Coatesville Borough facility. The Executive Director subsequently issued corrected Docket D–74–39 CP–2, in which the applicable state limit is listed for this parameter, pending ratification by the Commission. The facility is located on the border between South Coatesville Borough and Modena Borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The discharge is to the West Brandywine Creek. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In addition, the Commission’s 1:30 p.m. business meeting will include adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s December 12, 2007 business meeting; announcements of upcoming advisory committee meetings and other events; a report by the Executive Director; a report by the Commission’s General Counsel; consideration of a resolution for the minutes authorizing the Executive Director to engage an engineering firm to oversee lighting and HVAC improvements to the Commission’s West Trenton office building; a resolution to adopt the Commission’s annual budget for the Fiscal Year ending 2009 (July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009); and an opportunity for public dialogue. The hearing on the proposed budget took place on December 12, 2007. Draft dockets scheduled for public hearing on March 12, 2008 are posted on the Commission’s Web site, http:// www.drbc.net, where they can be accessed through the Notice of Commission Meeting and Public Hearing. Additional documents relating to the dockets and other items may be examined at the Commission’s offices. Please contact William Muszynski at 609–883–9500, extension 221, with any docket-related questions. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the informational meeting, conference session or hearings should contact the commission secretary directly at 609–883–9500 ext. 203 or through the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) at 711, to discuss how the Commission can accommodate your needs. Dated: February 28, 2008. Pamela M. Bush, Commission Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–4217 Filed 3–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6360–01–P ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Proposed Guidance on Voluntary Voting System Guidelines United States Election Assistance Commission. ACTION: Notice of 60 day extension of public comment period for TGDC draft recommendations of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) (Pub. L. 107–252, October 29, 2002) established the U.S. Election E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 44 / Wednesday, March 5, 2008 / Notices Assistance Commission (EAC). Section 202 of HAVA directs the EAC to adopt voluntary voting system guidelines (WSG) and to provide for the testing, certification, decertification, and recertification of voting system hardware and software. The VVSG provides specifications and standards against which voting systems can be tested to determine if they provide basic functionality, accessibility, and security capabilities. Section 221 of HAVA mandates the creation of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to assist the EAC in developing its voluntary voting system guidance. The TGDC has recommended standards to the EAC. These recommended standards were submitted by the TGDC to the EAC’s Executive Director pursuant to section 221 of HAVA. As part of its development process the EAC is seeking public comment on the TGDC’s recommended standards. The EAC encourages the public to offer specific and detailed comments on all aspects and sections of the requirements. The EAC is particularly interested in receiving comments on three distinct issues: (1) The concept of Software Independence and the corresponding requirements for Independent Voter Verifiable Records and the Innovation class; (2) Open Ended Vulnerability Testing; and (3) The usability and accessibility benchmarks developed for this iteration of the VVSG. All three of these concepts are new to the VVSG and could have a substantial impact on the cost of implementation and on the security and accessibility of voting systems. The purpose of this notice is to extend the public comment period an additional sixty days. The EAC is currently in the process of conducting a series of roundtable discussions regarding the TGDC recommended guidelines. The first of these roundtables occurred on December 13, 2007 in Austin, TX and involved a group of computer security scientists from around the United States. The next roundtable was conducted on February 29, 2008 in Washington, DC and involved Voting System Manufacturers. The EAC is currently planning to conduct additional roundtables involving usability/accessibility professionals, election officials, and voting integrity advocates in March, April and May of 2008. The purpose of extending the public comment period is to allow the public the opportunity to continue to comment on the proposed standards including the ideas presented VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:03 Mar 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 at the roundtables the EAC is conducting. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Prior to the passage of HAVA, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the 2002 Voting System Standards (VSS). HAVA mandated that the EAC update the VSS. In December of 2005 the EAC adopted the 2005 VVSG. The 2005 VVSG used many of the same requirements as the 2002 VSS but it expanded the security, accessibility, and usability sections. On March 29, 2006, the TGDC held its first meeting to discuss the next iteration of the VVSG. Since that time, the TGDC has held numerous public meetings and subcommittee conference calls to create a set of draft guidelines for recommendation to the EAC (all TGDC meeting materials can be found at www.vote.nist.gov). On August 17, 2007, the TGDC voted to complete final edits of their recommendations and submit them to the Executive Director of the EAC. The EAC received the draft guidelines from the TGDC on August 31, 2007. The recommended guidelines currently consist of an Introduction and three distinct Parts. The Introduction is an overview of the requirements and explanations of new or expanded materials. Part 1 contains the equipment requirements including upgraded requirements for security and new usability benchmarks for voting machines. Part 2 details the documentation requirements for both the manufacturers and the Voting System Test Laboratories (VSTL). Part 2 also includes a section on the submission of the Technical Data Package and requirements for full system user documentation. Part 3 contains the testing requirements for voting machines. This includes new material on open ended vulnerability testing and new benchmarks for performance testing. In addition to the introduction and the three parts, the guidelines contain (1) An appendix for ‘‘definitions of words with special meaning’’ specific to the requirements and (2) an appendix detailing all references and end notes. Now that the TGDC has submitted its draft recommendations to the EAC for publication in the Federal Register, the EAC will begin its review and development process. This is a four phase plan: Phase I—EAC will submit the TGDC’s draft document to the Federal Register and provide a public comment feature on http://www.eac.gov. The public comment period will last for 180 days and all comments will be made available for public review. This public comment period is not required by law, however the EAC thought it was SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The comment period which originally ended March 5, 2008, is now extended to May 5, 2008. All comments must be received on or before 4 p.m. on this day. Submission of Comments: The EAC provides two means of submission of comments: (1) On-line electronic comment form at http://www.eac.gov, and (2) by mail to Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Comments, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave, NW., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. Commenters are encouraged to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt and consideration. In order to allow efficient and effective review of comments the EAC requests that: (1) Comments should refer to the specific section that is the subject of the comment. (2) Comments regarding a term that is included or that should be added to the ‘‘Appendix A: Definitions of Words with Special Meanings’’ should reference the term, part, and section number to which the comment refers. (3) General comments regarding the entire document or comments that refer to more than one section should be made as specifically as possible so that EAC can clearly understand to which portion(s) of the documents the comment refers. (4) To the extent that a comment suggests a change in the wording of a requirement or section of the guidelines, please provide proposed language for the suggested change. To Obtain a Copy of the TGDC Draft Recommendations of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines: Due to the fact that the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines are more than 550 pages in length, the entire draft document has not been attached to this notice. A complete copy of the TGDC draft recommendations of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines is available from the EAC in electronic format. An electronic copy can be downloaded in PDF format or read in HTML version on EAC’s Web site, http://www.eac.gov. In order to obtain a paper copy of the TGDC draft recommendations please mail a written request to Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Comments, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave, NW., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Masterson, Phone (202) 566– 3100, e-mail votingsystemstandards@eac.gov. DATES: 11893 E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 11894 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 44 / Wednesday, March 5, 2008 / Notices extremely important to receive public input before proceeding with the process. During this public comment period the EAC will conduct public hearings regarding the TGDC’s draft recommendations. The TDGC draft is currently available at http:// www.eac.gov. Phase II—EAC will collect and review all public comments submitted on the TGDC draft. After consideration of all public comments, the EAC will then perform an internal review. Phase III—Based upon public comment and internal review of the TGDC document, the EAC will develop and publish its draft version in the Federal Register. The public will have another 120 days to comment on the EAC draft version. EAC will conduct public hearings to discuss its draft version. Phase IV—EAC will collect and review all comments submitted and make final modifications. The final version of the VVSG will be adopted by vote of the Commission at a public meeting and then published in the Federal Register. Thomas R. Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. [FR Doc. E8–4238 Filed 3–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–KF–M DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Hanford Department of Energy. Notice of Open Meeting. AGENCY: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Hanford. 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. DATES: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Friday, April 4, 2008, 8:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach, Portland, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217, Phone: (503) 978–4586, Fax: (503) 735–4847. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erik Olds, Federal Coordinator, Department of Energy Richland Operations Office, 2440 Stevens Drive, P.O. Box 450, H6– 60, Richland, WA 99352; Phone: (509) 372–8656; or E-mail: Theodore_E_Erik_Olds@orp.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:03 Mar 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations to DOE in the areas of environmental restoration, waste management, and related activities. Tentative Agenda: • Hanford’s Fiscal Year 2009–2010 Budget • Hanford’s Central Plateau Waste Site Cleanup 200 PW–1, 3, 6 Proposed Plan • Board letter to DOE on Groundwater 200 ZP–1 operable unit • Letter to DOE on the technology working group • Hanford 200 Area white paper written by the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology • Configuration Control of Critical Assumptions • Office of River Protection’s Integrated System Plan • Uniform Safety Systems throughout Hanford • Update on Waste Management Conference held on February 24–28, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona • Committee Updates including: Tank Waste Committee; River and Plateau Committee; Health, Safety and Environmental Protection Committee; Public Involvement Committee; and Budgets and Contracts Committee Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact Erik Olds’ office at the address or telephone number listed above. Requests must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Deputy Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comment will be provided a maximum of five minutes to present their comments. Minutes: Minutes will be available by writing or calling Erik Olds’ office at the address or phone number listed above. Minutes will also be available at the following Web site: http:// www.hanford.gov/ ?page=413&parent=397. Issued at Washington, DC on February 26, 2008. Rachel Samuel, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. E8–4216 Filed 3–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee; Correction Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of open meeting correction. AGENCY: The Department of Energy published a notice of open meeting announcing a meeting of the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee, 73 FR 8863. In FR Doc. E8–2891, published on Friday, February 15, 2008, page 8863, under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, third column, second line, remove ‘‘onshore unconventional’’ and add in its place ‘‘ultra-deepwater’’. Issued in Washington, DC on February 29, 2008. Rachel Samuel, Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 08–948 Filed 2–29–08; 11:10 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of International Regimes and Agreements; Proposed Subsequent Arrangement Department of Energy. Notice of Proposed Subsequent Arrangement. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice is being issued under the authority of Section 131 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2160). The Department is providing notice of a proposed ‘‘subsequent arrangement’’ under the Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy between the United States and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Norway for Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. This subsequent arrangement concerns a request for a three-year extension of the current programmatic approval for retransfer of U.S.-obligated irradiated fuel rods between Studsvik Nuclear AB, Sweden and the Institutt for Energiteknikk, Norway. The rods are being transferred for irradiation service, tests and examination, and will be returned to Sweden for further test and disposal. 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ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION


Proposed Guidance on Voluntary Voting System Guidelines

AGENCY: United States Election Assistance Commission.

ACTION: Notice of 60 day extension of public comment period for TGDC 
draft recommendations of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines and request 
for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) (Pub. L. 107-252, 
October 29, 2002) established the U.S. Election

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Assistance Commission (EAC). Section 202 of HAVA directs the EAC to 
adopt voluntary voting system guidelines (WSG) and to provide for the 
testing, certification, decertification, and recertification of voting 
system hardware and software. The VVSG provides specifications and 
standards against which voting systems can be tested to determine if 
they provide basic functionality, accessibility, and security 
capabilities. Section 221 of HAVA mandates the creation of the 
Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to assist the EAC in 
developing its voluntary voting system guidance. The TGDC has 
recommended standards to the EAC. These recommended standards were 
submitted by the TGDC to the EAC's Executive Director pursuant to 
section 221 of HAVA.
    As part of its development process the EAC is seeking public 
comment on the TGDC's recommended standards. The EAC encourages the 
public to offer specific and detailed comments on all aspects and 
sections of the requirements. The EAC is particularly interested in 
receiving comments on three distinct issues:
    (1) The concept of Software Independence and the corresponding 
requirements for Independent Voter Verifiable Records and the 
Innovation class;
    (2) Open Ended Vulnerability Testing; and
    (3) The usability and accessibility benchmarks developed for this 
iteration of the VVSG.
    All three of these concepts are new to the VVSG and could have a 
substantial impact on the cost of implementation and on the security 
and accessibility of voting systems.
    The purpose of this notice is to extend the public comment period 
an additional sixty days. The EAC is currently in the process of 
conducting a series of roundtable discussions regarding the TGDC 
recommended guidelines. The first of these roundtables occurred on 
December 13, 2007 in Austin, TX and involved a group of computer 
security scientists from around the United States. The next roundtable 
was conducted on February 29, 2008 in Washington, DC and involved 
Voting System Manufacturers. The EAC is currently planning to conduct 
additional roundtables involving usability/accessibility professionals, 
election officials, and voting integrity advocates in March, April and 
May of 2008. The purpose of extending the public comment period is to 
allow the public the opportunity to continue to comment on the proposed 
standards including the ideas presented at the roundtables the EAC is 
conducting.

DATES: The comment period which originally ended March 5, 2008, is now 
extended to May 5, 2008. All comments must be received on or before 4 
p.m. on this day.
    Submission of Comments: The EAC provides two means of submission of 
comments: (1) On-line electronic comment form at http://www.eac.gov, 
and (2) by mail to Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Comments, U.S. 
Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave, NW., Suite 1100, 
Washington, DC 20005. Commenters are encouraged to submit comments 
electronically to ensure timely receipt and consideration.
    In order to allow efficient and effective review of comments the 
EAC requests that:
    (1) Comments should refer to the specific section that is the 
subject of the comment.
    (2) Comments regarding a term that is included or that should be 
added to the ``Appendix A: Definitions of Words with Special Meanings'' 
should reference the term, part, and section number to which the 
comment refers.
    (3) General comments regarding the entire document or comments that 
refer to more than one section should be made as specifically as 
possible so that EAC can clearly understand to which portion(s) of the 
documents the comment refers.
    (4) To the extent that a comment suggests a change in the wording 
of a requirement or section of the guidelines, please provide proposed 
language for the suggested change.
    To Obtain a Copy of the TGDC Draft Recommendations of the Voluntary 
Voting System Guidelines: Due to the fact that the Voluntary Voting 
System Guidelines are more than 550 pages in length, the entire draft 
document has not been attached to this notice. A complete copy of the 
TGDC draft recommendations of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines is 
available from the EAC in electronic format. An electronic copy can be 
downloaded in PDF format or read in HTML version on EAC's Web site, 
http://www.eac.gov. In order to obtain a paper copy of the TGDC draft 
recommendations please mail a written request to Voluntary Voting 
System Guidelines Comments, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1225 
New York Ave, NW., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Masterson, Phone (202) 566-
3100, e-mail votingsystemstandards@eac.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Prior to the passage of HAVA, the Federal 
Election Commission (FEC) published the 2002 Voting System Standards 
(VSS). HAVA mandated that the EAC update the VSS. In December of 2005 
the EAC adopted the 2005 VVSG. The 2005 VVSG used many of the same 
requirements as the 2002 VSS but it expanded the security, 
accessibility, and usability sections. On March 29, 2006, the TGDC held 
its first meeting to discuss the next iteration of the VVSG. Since that 
time, the TGDC has held numerous public meetings and subcommittee 
conference calls to create a set of draft guidelines for recommendation 
to the EAC (all TGDC meeting materials can be found at 
www.vote.nist.gov). On August 17, 2007, the TGDC voted to complete 
final edits of their recommendations and submit them to the Executive 
Director of the EAC. The EAC received the draft guidelines from the 
TGDC on August 31, 2007.
    The recommended guidelines currently consist of an Introduction and 
three distinct Parts. The Introduction is an overview of the 
requirements and explanations of new or expanded materials. Part 1 
contains the equipment requirements including upgraded requirements for 
security and new usability benchmarks for voting machines. Part 2 
details the documentation requirements for both the manufacturers and 
the Voting System Test Laboratories (VSTL). Part 2 also includes a 
section on the submission of the Technical Data Package and 
requirements for full system user documentation. Part 3 contains the 
testing requirements for voting machines. This includes new material on 
open ended vulnerability testing and new benchmarks for performance 
testing. In addition to the introduction and the three parts, the 
guidelines contain (1) An appendix for ``definitions of words with 
special meaning'' specific to the requirements and (2) an appendix 
detailing all references and end notes.
    Now that the TGDC has submitted its draft recommendations to the 
EAC for publication in the Federal Register, the EAC will begin its 
review and development process. This is a four phase plan:
    Phase I--EAC will submit the TGDC's draft document to the Federal 
Register and provide a public comment feature on http://www.eac.gov. 
The public comment period will last for 180 days and all comments will 
be made available for public review. This public comment period is not 
required by law, however the EAC thought it was

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extremely important to receive public input before proceeding with the 
process. During this public comment period the EAC will conduct public 
hearings regarding the TGDC's draft recommendations. The TDGC draft is 
currently available at http://www.eac.gov.
    Phase II--EAC will collect and review all public comments submitted 
on the TGDC draft. After consideration of all public comments, the EAC 
will then perform an internal review.
    Phase III--Based upon public comment and internal review of the 
TGDC document, the EAC will develop and publish its draft version in 
the Federal Register. The public will have another 120 days to comment 
on the EAC draft version. EAC will conduct public hearings to discuss 
its draft version.
    Phase IV--EAC will collect and review all comments submitted and 
make final modifications. The final version of the VVSG will be adopted 
by vote of the Commission at a public meeting and then published in the 
Federal Register.

Thomas R. Wilkey,
Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
[FR Doc. E8-4238 Filed 3-4-08; 8:45 am]
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