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Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
Document Number: E8-30651
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board has approved the first quarter 2009 rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The first quarter 2009 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.022. The first quarter 2009 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.467. The first quarter 2009 RCAF-5 is 0.442.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0043
Document Number: E8-30650
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Office
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is announcing that the information collection request for the title described below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden and cost for 30 CFR 800, Bonding and insurance requirements for surface coal mining and reclamation operations under regulatory programs.
Petition for Preemption of California Regulations on Meal Breaks and Rest Breaks for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers; Rejection for Failure To Meet Threshold Requirement
Document Number: E8-30646
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the rejection of a petition for preemption of California laws and regulations requiring employers to provide employees with meal and rest breaks. The petition does not satisfy the threshold requirement for preemption under 49 U.S.C. 31141(c) because the provisions at issue are not ``laws and regulations on commercial motor vehicle safety,'' but rather laws and regulations applied generally to California employers.
RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-30645
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee.
Seventh Meeting, RTCA Special Committee 216: Aeronautical System Security
Document Number: E8-30644
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 216: Aeronautical Systems Security.
Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study; Benton, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties, Washington INT-FES 08-65
Document Number: E8-30642
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared a combined Final Planning Report and Environmental Impact Statement (Final PR/EIS) on the Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study (Storage Study). The cooperating agencies on this study are the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), Yakima County, the U.S. Department of the Army: Yakima Training Center and the Seattle District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Department of Energy: Office of River Protection. The purpose of the Storage Study is to evaluate alternatives that would create additional water storage for the Yakima River Basin and assess their potential to supply the water needed for ecosystem aquatic habitat, basin-wide agriculture, and municipal demands. The need for the study is based on the existing finite water supply and limited storage capability of the Yakima River Basin in low water years. This finite supply and limited storage capacity do not meet the water supply demands in all years and result in significant adverse impact to the Yakima River Basin's economy, which is agriculture-based, and to the basin's aquatic habitat, specifically, anadromous fisheries. The study seeks to identify means of increasing water storage available, including storage of Columbia River water, for purposes of improving anadromous fish habitat and meeting irrigation and municipal water supply needs.
Personnel Parachute Assemblies TSO-C23d
Document Number: E8-30638
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Minimum Performance Standard for Personnel Parachute Assemblies and Components contained in technical standard order (TSO)- C23d, dated June 1, 1994, is re-activated.
Pipeline Safety: Polyamide-11 (PA-11) Plastic Pipe Design Pressures
Document Number: E8-30637
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends the design factor and design pressure limits for natural gas pipelines made from new Polyamide-11 (PA-11) thermoplastic pipe. Together, these two changes in the regulations allow pipeline operators to operate certain pipelines constructed of new PA-11 pipe at higher operating pressures than is currently allowed for other plastic pipe materials.
Proposed Establishment of Low Altitude Area Navigation Route (T-Route); Rockford, IL
Document Number: E8-30636
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish a low altitude Area Navigation (RNAV) route, designated T-265, in the Chicago/Rockford International Airport, IL, terminal area. T-routes are low altitude Air Traffic Service routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft that have instrument flight rules (IFR) approved Global Positioning System (GPS)/ Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. This action would enhance safety and improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace in the Chicago/Rockford International Airport, IL, terminal area west of Chicago, IL.
Office of Small Business Utilization; Small Business Advisory Committee; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Small Business Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
Document Number: E8-30634
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The General Services Administration (GSA) is announcing a public meeting of the GSA Small Business Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (the Subcommittee).
Notice of Request for Addditional Information
Document Number: E8-30633
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Maritime Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Policy on Payment System Risk; Daylight Overdraft Posting Rules
Document Number: E8-30628
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
The Board has decided not to pursue at this time its proposal to change the posting time to 8:30 a.m. for commercial and government automated clearinghouse (ACH) debit transfers that are processed by the Federal Reserve Banks' (Reserve Banks) FedACH service. (All times are eastern time.) The proposal would have aligned the posting time for ACH debit transfers with the posting time for ACH credit transfers, which are currently posted at 8:30 a.m. on the settlement date. Commercial and government ACH debit transfers processed by the Reserve Banks' FedACH service will continue to be posted at 11 a.m., while commercial and government ACH credit transfers will continue to be posted at 8:30 a.m. The credit and debit accounting entries associated with ACH credit transfers and ACH debit transfers are posted simultaneously at the appointed posting time. In line with this decision, the Board will not move the posting time for Treasury Tax and Loan (TT&L) investments associated with Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) ACH debit transfers. These transactions will continue to be posted at 11 a.m. The Board will reconsider the proposal in the future.
Policy on Payment System Risk
Document Number: E8-30627
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has adopted revisions to part II of its Policy on Payment System Risk (PSR) that are designed to improve intraday liquidity management and payment flows for the banking system, while also helping to mitigate credit exposures of the Federal Reserve Banks (Reserve Banks) from daylight overdrafts. The adopted changes to the PSR policy are substantially the same as those proposed for comment, including a new approach that explicitly recognizes the role of the central bank in providing intraday balances and credit to healthy depository institutions, a zero fee for collateralized daylight overdrafts, a 50 basis point (annual rate) charge for uncollateralized daylight overdrafts, and a biweekly daylight overdraft fee waiver of $150. The implementation of the changes will take place between the fourth quarter of 2010 and first quarter of 2011. A specific date will be announced by the Board at least 90 days in advance. The Board also approved for foreign banking organizations (FBO) an interim policy change related to the calculation of the deductible amount from daylight overdraft fees under the existing policy and early implementation of the proposed streamlined procedure for maximum daylight overdraft capacity (max cap). The interim policy change for the deductible and streamlined max cap procedure will be effective on March 26, 2009. In addition, the Board endorsed a four-prong strategy, which includes these policy changes, through which the Federal Reserve and industry will address related intraday liquidity, operational, and credit risks in the wholesale payment system.
Appointments to Performance Review Board for Senior Executive Service
Document Number: E8-30626
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Agencies and Commissions
The Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) has announced the following appointments to the Committee Performance Review Board. The following individuals are appointed as members of the Committee Performance Review Board responsible for making recommendations to the appointing and awarding authorities on performance appraisal ratings and performance awards for Senior Executive Service employees: Perry E. Anthony, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education. James E. House, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Department of Agriculture. Paul M. Laird, Assistant Director, Industries, Education and Vocational Training and Chief Operating Officer/FPI, Department of Justice. All appointments are made pursuant to Section 4314 of Chapter 43 of Title 5 of the United States Code.
Fee Adjustment for Testing, Evaluation, and Approval of Mining Products
Document Number: E8-30623
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice describes MSHA's revised fee schedule for testing, evaluating, and approving mining products as permitted by 30 CFR 5.50. MSHA charges applicants a fee to cover its costs associated with testing and evaluating equipment and materials manufactured for use in the mining industry. The new fee schedule, effective January 1, 2009, is based on MSHA's direct and indirect costs for providing services during fiscal year (FY) 2008.
In the Matter of Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits and Products Containing Same; Notice of Investigation
Document Number: E8-30620
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on November 20, 2008, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Qimonda AG of Munich, Germany. A supplement to the complaint was filed on December 11, 2008. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain semiconductor integrated circuits and products containing same that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,213,670; 5,646,434; 5,851,899; 6,103,456; 6,495,918; 6,593,240; and 6,714,055. The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337. The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Amendment Application
Document Number: E8-30618
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Washington Gas Light Company; Notice of Compliance Filing
Document Number: E8-30617
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Calpine Texas Pipeline, L.P.; Notice of Offer of Settlement and Notice of Shortened Comment Period
Document Number: E8-30616
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB
Document Number: E8-30615
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Affairs Bureau
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Bureau of Indian Affairs is submitting three information collections to the Office of Management and Budget for renewal. The collections are the Student Transportation Form, 1076-0134; Data Elements for Student Enrollment in Bureau-funded schools, 1076-0122; and Application for Admission to Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), 1076-0114. We are requesting a renewal of clearance and requesting comments on this information collection. These collections help fulfill the trust responsibility of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and support the educational efforts for Native American students from elementary through post-secondary.
Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-30614
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), a program office within the Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is soliciting nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The activities of this Committee are governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Management support for the activities of this Committee is the responsibility of the NVPO. Consistent with the National Vaccine Plan, the Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Health in his capacity as the Director of the National Vaccine Program, on matters related to the Program's responsibilities. Specifically, the Committee studies and recommends ways to encourage the availability of an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccination products in the United States; recommends research priorities and other measures to enhance the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The Committee also advises the Assistant Secretary for Health in the implementation of Sections 2102 and 2103 of the PHS Act; and identifies annually the most important areas of government and non-government cooperation that should be considered in implementing Sections 2102 and 2103 of the PHS Act.
Accounting and Periodic Reporting Rules
Document Number: E8-30613
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is adopting final rules on accounting practices, an assumed Federal income tax, and periodic reporting for the Postal Service's theoretical competitive products enterprise. The rules incorporate several changes based on consideration of comments filed in response to an earlier proposal. Adoption of the rules will promote several statutory goals, including transparency and accountability.
Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs); Nationwide
Document Number: E8-30612
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This notice requests individuals interested in serving on an Area Maritime Security Committee in any Captain of the Port Zone, nationwide, to submit their applications for membership to their local Captain of the Port. These committees advise the Secretary of DHS, through the Coast Guard, on matters relating to maritime security in their geographic area.
Product Change-Priority Mail Contract 4 Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: E8-30611
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Priority Mail Contract 4 to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3).
Product Change-Priority Mail Contract 2 Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: E8-30610
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Priority Mail Contract 2 to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3).
Product Change-Parcel Return Service Contract 1 Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: E8-30609
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Parcel Return Service Contract 1 to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3).
Energy Conservation Program: Data Collection and Estimated Future Unit Sales of Five Lamp Types
Document Number: E8-30608
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) is informing the public of its collection of historical data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide a benchmark estimate future unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter resistant lamps). Relating to this activity, DOE prepared and is making available on its Web site: (1) a report that summarizes the methodology and presents the benchmark estimate of future unit sales for the five lamp types and (2) the spreadsheet model used to generate that estimate based on their respective historical annual growth rates. Both the report and the spreadsheet are available at: http:// www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliancestandards/residential /five lamptypes.html.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Comment Request, Continuum of Care Homelessness Assistance Grant Application
Document Number: E8-30607
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program
Document Number: E8-30606
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request, State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Document Number: E8-30605
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Recommended Best Importer Practices To Enhance the Safety of Imported Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment
Document Number: E8-30603
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides guidance concerning best practices to be followed by importers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment to reduce the likelihood of importing products that contain defects related to motor vehicle safety or do not comply with applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: E8-30601
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Notice To Rescind a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement: State Route 374, From State Route 13 to State Route 76 in Clarksville, Montgomery County, TN
Document Number: E8-30577
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Notice of Intent published on November 12, 1996, at 61 FR 58094, to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed State Route 374, from State Route 13 to State Route 76 in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, is being rescinded.
Product Change-Express Mail Contract 2 Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: E8-30576
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Express Mail Contract 2 to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3).
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
Document Number: E8-30575
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the commercial Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. These actions, which are authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), are intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
Product Change-Express Mail & Priority Mail Contract 1 Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: E8-30573
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Express Mail & Priority Mail Contract 1 to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3).
Product Change-Priority Mail Contract 3 Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: E8-30572
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Priority Mail Contract 3 to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3).
Notice To Rescind a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement: North Second Street Connector Improvement, From Interstate 40 at North Second Street to U.S. 51/State Route 300, in Memphis, Shelby County, TN
Document Number: E8-30570
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Notice of Intent published on November 7, 2002, at 67 FR 67893, to prepare a Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed North Second Street Connector in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, is being rescinded.
Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Department of Homeland Security-Vulnerability Identification Self-Assessment Tool-Transportation (DHS-VISAT-T)
Document Number: E8-30569
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public comment on one currently approved Information Collection Request (ICR), OMB control number 1652-0037, abstracted below. TSA plans to submit the renewal request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The collection involves the voluntary submission of information regarding currently deployed security measures, through a self-assessment tool, from transportation sectors so that TSA can prioritize resources.
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; GSA Form 527, Contractor's Qualifications and Financial Information
Document Number: E8-30567
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the General Services Administration will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a renewal of a currently approved information collection requirement regarding GSA Form 527, Contractor's Qualifications and Financial Information. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
Eagle Crest Energy Company; Notice of Scoping Meetings and Site Visit
Document Number: E8-30564
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Northeast Utilities Service Company; NSTAR Electric Company; Notice of Filing
Document Number: E8-30562
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Public Service Company of New Mexico; Notice of Filing
Document Number: E8-30561
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Northwest Natural Gas Company; Notice of Petition for Rate Approval
Document Number: E8-30560
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel; Notification of Public Advisory Panel Meetings
Document Number: E8-30557
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel (MAS Panel), a Federal Advisory Committee, will hold public meetings on the following dates: Friday, January 30, 2009 and Monday February 2, 2009. GSA utilizes the MAS program to establish long-term Governmentwide contracts with responsible firms to provide Federal, State, and local government customers with access to a wide variety of commercial supplies (products) and services. The MAS Panel was established to develop advice and recommendations on MAS program pricing policies, provisions, and procedures in the context of current commercial pricing practices. The Panel will be developing recommendations for MAS program pricing provisions for the acquisition of (1) professional services; (2) products; (3) total solutions which consist of professional services and products; and (4) non professional services. In developing the recommendations, the Panel will, at a minimum, address these 5 questions for each of the 4 types of acquisitions envisioned above: (1) Where does competition take place?; (2) If competition takes place primarily at the task/delivery order level, does a fair and reasonable price determination at the MAS contract level really matter?; (3) If the Panel consensus is that competition is at the task order level, are the methods that GSA uses to determine fair and reasonable prices and maintain the price/discount relationship with the basis of award customer(s) adequate?; (4) If the current policy is not adequate, what are the recommendations to improve the policy/guidance; and (5) If fair and reasonable price determination at the MAS contract level is not beneficial and the fair and reasonable price determination is to be determined only at the task/delivery order level, then what is the GSA role? To that end, the Panel would like to hear from the many stakeholders of the MAS program. The MAS program stakeholders include, but are not limited to, ordering agency contracting officers, GSA contracting officers, schedule contract holders, Congress, program managers, the General Accountability Office, and Federal agency Inspector General Offices. The panel is particularly interested in stakeholder views as to how the issues discussed above may relate differently to the purchase of goods, services, or goods and services that are configured to propose an integrated solution to an agency's needs. Written comments may be submitted at any time in accordance with the guidance below. The meeting will be held at U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Acquisition Service, 2200 Crystal Drive, Room L1301, Arlington, VA 22202. The location is within walking distance of the Crystal City metro stop. The meeting start time is 9:00 a.m., and will adjourn no later than 5:00 p.m. For presentations before the Panel, the following guidance is provided: Oral comments: The Panel will no longer entertain oral presentations. Written Comments: Written comments must be received ten (10) business days prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be provided to the Panel for their consideration prior to the meeting. Comments should be supplied to Ms. Brooks at the address/contact information noted below in the following format: one hard copy with original signature and one electronic copy via email in Microsoft Word. Subsequent meeting dates, locations, and times will be published at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.