President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting, 72224-72225 [2011-30095]

Download as PDF 72224 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 22, 2011 / Notices Week of December 5, 2011—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 5, 2011. Week of December 12, 2011—Tentative 9 a.m. Briefing on NFPA 805 Fire Protection (Public Meeting) (Contact: Alex Klein, (301) 415–2822) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov. Week of December 19, 2011—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 19, 2011. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Week of December 26, 2011—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 26, 2011. * * * * * * The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. To verify the status of meetings, call (recording)—(301) 415–1292. 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If you no longer wish to receive it, or would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301) 415–1969), or send an email to darlene.wright@nrc.gov. Dated: November 17, 2011. Rochelle C. Bavol, Policy Coordinator, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–30239 Filed 11–18–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P 17:14 Nov 21, 2011 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting Office of Science and Technology Policy. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 VerDate Mar<15>2010 OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY Jkt 226001 This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a conference call of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. The purpose of this conference call is to discuss PCAST’s report on undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. DATES: The public conference call will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 (4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time (ET)). To receive the call-in information, attendees should register for the conference call on the PCAST Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 8, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/ pcast. Questions about the conference call should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456–6006. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies. See the Executive Order at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. PCAST is consulted about and provides analyses and recommendations concerning a wide range of issues where understandings from the domains of science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices before the President. PCAST is administered by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). PCAST is co-chaired by Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, The White House; and Dr. Eric S. Lander, President, Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of Meeting: Open. Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to hold a conference call in open session on December 12, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the conference call, PCAST will discuss its report on undergraduate STEM education. Additional information and the agenda, including any changes that arise, will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http:// whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements. The public comment period for this meeting will take place on December 12, 2011 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST’s work, not for business marketing purposes. Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/ pcast, no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 8, 2011. Phone or email reservations to be considered for the public speaker list will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 10 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee as described below. Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on December 7, 2011, so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/ pcast in the section entitled ‘‘Connect with PCAST.’’ Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 22, 2011 / Notices documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site. Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access this public meeting should contact Dr. Stine at least ten business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Ted Wackler, Deputy Chief of Staff, [FR Doc. 2011–30095 Filed 11–21–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549–0213. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Extension: Rule 17f–2; SEC File No. 270–233; OMB Control No. 3235–0223. Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 350l et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Rule 17f–2 (17 CFR 270.17f–2) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) (15 U.S.C. 80a–1) is entitled: ‘‘Custody of Investments by Registered Management Investment Company.’’ Rule 17f–2 establishes safeguards for arrangements in which a registered management investment company (‘‘fund’’) is deemed to maintain custody of its own assets, such as when the fund maintains its assets in a facility that provides safekeeping but not custodial services. The rule includes several recordkeeping or reporting requirements. The fund’s directors must prepare a resolution designating not more than five fund officers or responsible employees who may have access to the fund’s assets. The designated access persons (two or more of whom must act jointly when handling fund assets) must prepare a written notation providing certain information about each deposit or withdrawal of fund assets, and must transmit the notation to another officer or director designated by the directors. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Nov 21, 2011 Jkt 226001 Independent public accountants must verify the fund’s assets at least three times a year and two of the examinations must be unscheduled. The requirement that directors designate access persons is intended to ensure that directors evaluate the trustworthiness of insiders who handle fund assets. The requirements that access persons act jointly in handling fund assets, prepare a written notation of each transaction, and transmit the notation to another designated person are intended to reduce the risk of misappropriation of fund assets by access persons, and to ensure that adequate records are prepared, reviewed by a responsible third person, and available for examination by the Commission’s examination staff. The requirement that auditors verify fund assets without notice twice each year is intended to provide an additional deterrent to the misappropriation of fund assets and to detect any irregularities. The Commission staff estimates that each fund makes 974 responses and spends an average of 252 hours annually in complying with the rule’s requirements.1 Commission staff estimates that on an annual basis it takes: (i) 0.5 hours of fund accounting personnel at a total cost of $82.50 to draft director resolutions; 2 (ii) 0.5 hours of the fund’s board of directors at a total cost of $2,000 to adopt the resolution; (iii) 244 hours for the fund’s accounting personnel at a total cost of $60,388 to prepare written notations of transactions; 3 and (iv) 7 hours for the fund’s accounting personnel at a total cost of $1,155 to assist the independent public accountants when they perform verifications of fund assets.4 Approximately 243 funds rely upon rule 17f–2 annually.5 Thus, the total annual 1 The 971 responses are: 1 (one) response to draft and adopt the resolution and 973 notations. Estimates of the number of hours are based on conversations with individuals in the mutual fund industry. The actual number of hours may vary significantly depending on individual fund assets. 2 This estimate is based on the following calculation: 0.5 (burden hours per fund) × $165 (fund senior accountant’s hourly rate) = $82.50. 3 Respondents estimated that each fund makes 974 responses on an annual basis and spent a total of 0.25 hours per response. The fund personnel involved are Fund Payable Manager ($157 hourly rate), Fund Operations Manager ($331 hourly rate) and Fund Accounting Manager ($257 hourly rate). The weighted hourly rate of these personnel is $248. The estimated cost of preparing notations is based on the following calculation: 974 × 0.25 × $248 = $60,388. 4 This estimate is based on the following calculation: 7 × $165 (fund senior accountant hourly rate) = $1,155. 5 Based on a review of Form N–17f–2 filings for calendar years 2008–2010, each year approximately 243 funds file Form N–17f–2 with the Commission. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 72225 hour burden for rule 17f–2 is estimated to be 61,236 hours.6 Based on the total costs per fund listed above, the total cost of the Rule 17f–2’s collection of information requirements is estimated to be $15.5 million.7 The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules and forms. Complying with the collections of information required by rule 17f–2 is mandatory for those funds that maintain custody of their own assets. Responses will not be kept confidential. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi PavlikSimon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Dated: November 16, 2011. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–30072 Filed 11–21–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 6 This estimate is based on the following calculation: 243 (funds) × 252 (total annual hourly burden per fund) = 61,236 hours for rule. The annual burden for rule 17f–2 does not include time spent preparing Form N–17f–2. The burden for Form N–17f–2 is included in a separate collection of information. 7 This estimate is based on the following calculation: $63,625.50 (total annual cost per fund) × 243 funds = $15,460,997. E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 225 (Tuesday, November 22, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72224-72225]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-30095]


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OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY


President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a 
conference call of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and 
Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice 
of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. The purpose of this conference call is to 
discuss PCAST's report on undergraduate science, technology, 
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

DATES: The public conference call will be held on Monday, December 12, 
2011 (4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time (ET)). To receive the call-in 
information, attendees should register for the conference call on the 
PCAST Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast no later than 12 
p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting 
agenda, time, and how to register for the meeting is available on the 
PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. Questions about 
the conference call should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST 
Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The President's Council of Advisors on 
Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation's 
leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment 
the science and technology advice available to him from inside the 
White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies. 
See the Executive Order at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. PCAST 
is consulted about and provides analyses and recommendations concerning 
a wide range of issues where understandings from the domains of 
science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices 
before the President. PCAST is administered by the Office of Science 
and Technology Policy (OSTP). PCAST is co-chaired by Dr. John P. 
Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and 
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of 
the President, The White House; and Dr. Eric S. Lander, President, 
Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 
Harvard.
    Type of Meeting: Open.
    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors 
on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to hold a conference 
call in open session on December 12, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    During the conference call, PCAST will discuss its report on 
undergraduate STEM education. Additional information and the agenda, 
including any changes that arise, will be posted at the PCAST Web site 
at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.
    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written 
public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments 
whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented 
at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or 
written statements.
    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on 
December 12, 2011 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on 
the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public 
comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's 
work, not for business marketing purposes.
    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the 
meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
on December 8, 2011. Phone or email reservations to be considered for 
the public speaker list will not be accepted. To accommodate as many 
speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to 
two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 10 
minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the 
agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who 
applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file 
written comments with the committee as described below.
    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the 
date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST no 
later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on December 7, 2011, so that the 
comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the 
meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit 
comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled ``Connect with PCAST.''
    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of 
FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as 
public

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documents and will be made available for public inspection, including 
being posted on the PCAST Web site.
    Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation 
to access this public meeting should contact Dr. Stine at least ten 
business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can 
be made.

Ted Wackler,
Deputy Chief of Staff,
[FR Doc. 2011-30095 Filed 11-21-11; 8:45 am]
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