Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request, 46465-46468 [2014-18728]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices and 16 years or older. Interested students will submit a job shadowing application package, and designation of their top three choices for the job shadowing experience to include but not limited to biomedical, chemistry, computer science, engineering, meteorology, and physics. Interested students will also identify two science, math, or technology teachers associated with their current school of enrollment to submit recommendation forms. Students may request a shadowing opportunity for a period of 1–5 days. This information collection renewal includes updates to the application package for clarity and comprehensibility, and transitions from a paper submittal process to an electronic submittal process. II. Method of Collection Electronic. III. Data Title: Kennedy Educational Experiences program (KEEP). OMB Number: 2700–0135. Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information collection with change. Affected Public: Individuals. Estimated Number of Respondents: 60. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 30.6. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Respondents: $0. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of NASA, including whether the information collected has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of NASA’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection. They will also become a matter of public record. Frances Teel, NASA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–18790 Filed 8–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD Sunshine Act Meetings: August 2014 TIME AND DATES: All meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5; Wednesday, August 6; Thursday, August 7; Tuesday, August 12; Wednesday, August 13; Thursday, August 14; Tuesday, August 19; Wednesday, August 20; Thursday, August 21; Tuesday, August 26; Wednesday, August 27; Thursday, August 28. PLACE: Board Agenda Room, No. 11820, 1099 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20570. STATUS: Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Pursuant to § 102.139(a) of the Board’s Rules and Regulations, the Board or a panel thereof will consider ‘‘the issuance of a subpoena, the Board’s participation in a civil action or proceeding or an arbitration, or the initiation, conduct, or disposition . . . of particular representation or unfair labor practice proceedings under section 8, 9, or 10 of the [National Labor Relations] Act, or any court proceedings collateral or ancillary thereto.’’ See also 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(10). CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Henry Breiteneicher, Associate Executive Secretary, (202) 273–2917. Dated: August 6, 2014. William B. Cowen, Solicitor. [FR Doc. 2014–18923 Filed 8–6–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7545–01–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request National Science Foundation. Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request. AGENCY: ACTION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), and as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is inviting the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on this proposed continuing information collection. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 20244 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46465 and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. DATES: Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received by OMB within 30 days of publication in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of NSF, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of NSF’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725—17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling (703) 292–7556. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, NSF Reports Clearance Officer at (703) 292–7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays). An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: National Science Foundation Science Honorary Awards E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 46466 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices OMB Control No.: 3145–0035. Abstract: The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers several honorary awards, among them the President’s National Medal of Science, the Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Board (NSB) Vannevar Bush Award, the NSB Public Service Award, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. In 2003, to comply with E-government requirements, the nomination processes were converted to electronic submission through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) FastLane system or via other electronic systems as described in the individual nomination process. Individuals can now prepare nominations and references through www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. Firsttime users must register on the Fastlane Web site using the link found in the upper right-hand corner above the ‘‘Log In’’ box before accessing any of the honorary award categories. The nominations for PAESMEM also may be submitted via www.grants.gov. Nominations and applications are submitted on the PAEMST portal at www.PAEMST.org. Use of the Information: The Foundation has the following honorary award programs: • President’s National Medal of Science. Statutory authority for the President’s National Medal of Science is contained in 42 U.S.C. 1881 (Pub. L. 86– 209), which established the award and stated that ‘‘(t)he President shall . . . award the Medal on the recommendations received from the National Academy of Sciences or on the basis of such other information and evidence as . . . appropriate.’’ Subsequently, Executive Order 10961 specified procedures for the Award by establishing a National Medal of Science Committee which would ‘‘receive recommendations made by any other nationally representative scientific or engineering organization.’’ On the basis of these recommendations, the Committee was directed to select its candidates and to forward its recommendations to the President. In 1962, to comply with these directives, the Committee initiated a solicitation form letter to invite these nominations. In 1979, the Committee initiated a nomination form as an attachment to the solicitation letter. A slightly modified version of the nomination form was used in 1980. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 The Committee has established the following considerations for selection of candidates: a. The impact of an individual’s body of work on the current state of his or her field of science or engineering; b. Whether the individual’s achievements are of an unusually significant nature in relation to the potential effects on the development of thought in his or her field of science or engineering; c. Whether the nominee has demonstrated unusually distinguished service in the general advancement of science and/or engineering for the Nation, especially when accompanied by substantial contributions to the content of science; d. The recognition of the nominee by peers within his or her community, and whether s/he is recognized for substantial impact in fields in addition to his/her discipline; e. If the nominee has made contributions to innovation and industry; f. Whether the nominee has demonstrated sustained influence on education through publications, teaching activities, outreach, mentoring, etc., and; g. Whether the nominee’s contributions have created significant positive impact for the Nation. In 2003, the Committee changed the active period of eligibility to three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, candidates must be renominated with a new nomination package for them to be considered by the Committee. Narratives are now restricted to three pages of text, as stipulated in the guidelines at: https://www.fastlane.nsf. gov/honawards/medalHome.do. • Alan T. Waterman Award. Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 (42 U.S.C. 1881a (Pub. L. 94–86) and authorized NSF to ‘‘establish the Alan T. Waterman Award for research or advanced study in any of the sciences or engineering’’ to mark the 25th anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice. The Alan T. Waterman Award Committee was established by NSF to comply with the directive contained in PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public Law 94–86. The Committee solicits nominations from members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, scientific and technical organizations, and any other source, public or private, as appropriate. In 1976, the Committee initiated a form letter to solicit these nominations. In 1980, a nomination form was used which standardized the nomination procedures, allowed for more effective Committee review, and permitted better staff work in a short period of time. On the basis of its review, the Committee forwards its recommendation to the Director, NSF, and the National Science Board (NSB). Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than seven years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field. • Vannevar Bush Award. The NSB established the Vannevar Bush Award in 1980 to honor Dr. Bush’s unique contributions to public service. The award recognizes an individual who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding ‘‘contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the Nation.’’ The NSB ad hoc Committee on Honorary Awards annually solicits nominations from science, engineering and educational societies. A candidate must be a senior stateperson who is an American citizen and meets two or more of the following criteria: 1. Distinguished himself/herself through public service activities in science and technology. 2. Pioneered the exploration, charting, and settlement of new frontiers in science, technology, education, and public service. 3. Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have inspired others to distinguished careers in science and technology. 4. Contributed to the welfare of the Nation and mankind through activities in science and technology. 5. Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have helped mold the history of advancements in the Nation’s science, technology, and education. Nominations must include a narrative description about the nominee, a curriculum vitae (without publications), and a brief citation summarizing the E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices nominee’s scientific or technological contributions to our national welfare in promotion of the progress of science. Nominations must also include two reference letters, submitted separate from the nomination through www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. Nominations remain active for three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, candidates must be renominated with a new nomination for them to be considered by the selection committee. • NSB Public Service Award. The NSB Public Service Award Committee was established in November 1996. This annual award recognizes people and organizations that have increased the public understanding of science or engineering. The award is given to an individual and to a group (company, corporation, or organization), but not to members of the U.S. Government. Eligibility includes any individual or group (company, corporation, or organization) that has increased the public understanding of science or engineering. Members of the U.S. Government are not eligible for consideration. Candidates for the individual and group (company, corporation, or organization) award must have made contributions to public service in areas other than research, and should meet one or more of the following criteria: 1. Increased the public’s understanding of the processes of science and engineering through scientific discovery, innovation and its communication to the public. 2. Encouraged others to help raise the public understanding of science and technology. 3. Promoted the engagement of scientists and engineers in public outreach and scientific literacy. 4. Contributed to the development of broad science and engineering policy and its support. 5. Influenced and encouraged the next generation of scientists+ and engineers. 6. Achieved broad recognition outside the nominee’s area of specialization. 7. Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population. Nominations must include a summary of the candidate’s activities as they relate to the selection criteria; the nominator’s name, address and telephone number; the name, address, and telephone number of the nominee; and the candidate’s vita, if appropriate (no more than three pages). The selection committee recommends the most outstanding candidate(s) for each category to the NSB, which approves the awardees. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 Nominations remain active for a period of three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, candidates must be renominated with a new nomination for them to be considered by the selection committee. • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program In 1996, the White House, through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), established the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program. The program, administered on behalf of the White House by the National Science Foundation, seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts or programs designed to enhance the participation of groups (women, minorities and persons with disabilities as well as groups from low socioeconomic regions) underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering. The awardees will serve as exemplars to their colleagues and will be leaders in the national effort to more fully develop the Nation’s human resources in science, mathematics and engineering. This award is managed at NSF by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The award will be made to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents based on the following: (1) An individual who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained mentoring and effective guidance to a significant number of early career STEM professionals, students at the K–12, undergraduate, or graduate education level or (2) to an organization that, through its programming, has enabled a substantial number of students underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering to successfully pursue and complete the relevant degree programs as well as mentoring of early career STEM professionals. Nominees must have served in a mentoring role for at least five years. Nominations are reviewed for impact, significance of the mentoring activity and quality of the mentoring activity. Nominations for organizational awards must demonstrate rigorous evaluation and/or assessment during the five-year period of the mentoring activity. Award Ceremony The awardees are hosted for two days in Washington, DC, for celebratory activities. Recipients of the PAESMEM award receive a monetary award in the PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46467 amount of $10,000 from NSF and a commemorative Presidential certificate. If scheduling permits, the President meets with the mentors for a photo opportunity at the White House. The Director of OSTP and the Director of NSF present the awards to the mentors at an awards ceremony. • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1983, this program authorizes the President to bestow 108 awards, assuming there are qualified applicants. In even-numbered years, nominations are accepted for elementary teachers (grades K–6); in odd-numbered years, secondary teachers (grades 7–12) are nominated. This award is managed at NSF by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). Nomination Criteria A teacher may be nominated by a principal, another teacher, students, members of the community, or the general public. Self-nominations are allowed. Awardees must be either U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents. A Nominee must meet the following criteria to apply: • Be highly qualified as deemed by their states, districts, or schools; • Teach in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the four U.S. territories, including the Department of Defense Schools (DoDEA). • Hold a degree or appropriate credentials in the category for which they are applying. • Be a full-time employee of the school or school district. • Have at least 5 years of mathematics or science teaching (including computer science) experience prior to application. • Teach mathematics or science at the kindergarten through 6th grade level or at the 7th through 12th grade level in a public or private school. • Not have received the national PAEMST award in any prior competition or category. Application Process • Applicants complete a 12-page written document on five dimensions of outstanding teaching (content knowledge, pedagogy, assessment, leadership and professional development) and submit a video of one E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 46468 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices class. Three letters of reference including one from a school official are required, along with a resume or biographical sketch. • The applicant has a 7-month period (October to May) to complete applications and submit them for state review. The nomination period is from October to April. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Review of Nominations • State coordinators convene state selection committees of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics and science educators, and past awardees to select up to five mathematics and five science finalists for recognition at the state level and for submission to NSF. To ensure consistency, state selection committees review their applications using the same criteria and scoring information that was approved by OSTP. • NSF (EHR) convenes a National Selection Committee of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics and science educators, and past awardees that review the application packets of the state finalists and make recommendations to NSF. NSF reviews these recommendations and recommends one awardee in both mathematics and science for all eligible jurisdictions, when possible, to OSTP. Alternatively, NSF may recommend two awardees from a discipline in a jurisdiction, when warranted. Award Ceremony The awardees are hosted for 3–4 days in Washington, DC, for a variety of professional development sessions and celebratory activities. Each awardee receives a citation signed by the President and $10,000 from NSF. If scheduling permits, the President meets the teachers for a photo opportunity at the White House. The Director of OSTP and the Director of NSF present the citations to the teachers at an awards ceremony. Awardees also have the opportunity to meet their congressional representatives and education representatives from other federal agencies. Estimate of Burden: These are annual award programs with application deadlines varying according to the program. Public burden also may vary according to program; however, across all the programs, it is estimated that each submission will average 19 hours per respondent. If the nominator is thoroughly familiar with the disciplinary background of the nominee, time spent to complete the nomination may be considerably reduced. Respondents: Individuals, businesses or other for-profit organizations, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 universities, non-profit institutions, and Federal and State governments. Estimated Number of Responses per Award: 1782 responses, broken down as follows: For the President’s National Medal of Science, 80; for the Alan T. Waterman Award, 70; for the Vannevar Bush Award, 12; for the Public Service Award, 20; for the PAESMEM, 200; and 1400 for the PAEMST. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 41,080 hours, broken down by 1,600 hours for the President’s National Medal of Science (20 hours per 80 respondents); 1,400 hours for the Alan T. Waterman Award (20 hours per 70 respondents); 180 hours for the Vannevar Bush Award (15 hours per 12 respondents); 300 hours for the Public Service Award (15 hours per 20 respondents); 4,000 hours for the PAESMEM (20 hours per 200 respondents); and 33,600 hours for the PAEMST (24 hours per 1400 respondents). Frequency of Responses: Annually. Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: August 4, 2014. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2014–18728 Filed 8–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION a notice of permit applications received to conduct activities regulated under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978. NSF has published regulations under the Antarctic Conservation Act at Title 45 Part 670 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the required notice of permit applications received. DATES: Interested parties are invited to submit written data, comments, or views with respect to this permit application by September 8, 2014. This application may be inspected by interested parties at the Permit Office, address below. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Permit Office, Room 755, Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Li Ling Hamady, ACA Permit Officer, at the above address or ACApermits@ nsf.gov or (703) 292–7149. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The National Science Foundation, as directed by the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Public Law 95–541), as amended by the Antarctic Science, Tourism and Conservation Act of 1996, has developed regulations for the establishment of a permit system for various activities in Antarctica and designation of certain animals and certain geographic areas a requiring special protection. The regulations establish such a permit system to designate Antarctic Specially Protected Areas. Application Details 1. Applicant Permit Application: 2015–005 Matthew Lazzara 1225 W Dayton St Madison, WI 53706 Activity for Which Permit is Requested ASPA Entry; The applicant wishes to enter Cape Hallett ASPA to retrieve data collected at an already installed weather station and to perform minor maintenance and updates to the station. Location Notice of Permit Applications Received under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (P.L. 95–541) National Science Foundation ACTION: Notice of Permit Applications Received under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, Public Law 95–541. AGENCY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 ASPA 106 Cape Hallett, Northern Victoria Land, Ross Sea Dates November 10–November 20, 2014 Nadene G. Kennedy, Polar Coordination Specialist, Division of Polar Programs. [FR Doc. 2014–18780 Filed 8–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1

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Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request.

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SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), and as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the National Science Foundation 
(NSF) is inviting the general public and other Federal agencies to 
comment on this proposed continuing information collection. This is the 
second notice for public comment; the first was published in the 
Federal Register at 79 FR 20244 and no comments were received. NSF is 
forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this 
second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

DATES: Comments regarding these information collections are best 
assured of having their full effect if received by OMB within 30 days 
of publication in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding (a) whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
NSF, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) 
the accuracy of NSF's estimate of burden including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; or (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for 
National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street NW., Room 10235, 
Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance 
Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 
1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. 
Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling (703) 292-7556.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, NSF Reports 
Clearance Officer at (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 
which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year 
(including Federal holidays).
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB 
control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to 
respond to the collection of information that such persons are not 
required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title of Collection: National Science Foundation Science Honorary 
Awards

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    OMB Control No.: 3145-0035.
    Abstract: The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers several 
honorary awards, among them the President's National Medal of Science, 
the Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Board (NSB) Vannevar 
Bush Award, the NSB Public Service Award, the Presidential Awards for 
Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 
program, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and 
Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.
    In 2003, to comply with E-government requirements, the nomination 
processes were converted to electronic submission through the National 
Science Foundation's (NSF) FastLane system or via other electronic 
systems as described in the individual nomination process. Individuals 
can now prepare nominations and references through 
www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. First-time users must register on the 
Fastlane Web site using the link found in the upper right-hand corner 
above the ``Log In'' box before accessing any of the honorary award 
categories. The nominations for PAESMEM also may be submitted via 
www.grants.gov. Nominations and applications are submitted on the 
PAEMST portal at www.PAEMST.org.
    Use of the Information: The Foundation has the following honorary 
award programs:
     President's National Medal of Science. Statutory authority 
for the President's National Medal of Science is contained in 42 U.S.C. 
1881 (Pub. L. 86-209), which established the award and stated that 
``(t)he President shall . . . award the Medal on the recommendations 
received from the National Academy of Sciences or on the basis of such 
other information and evidence as . . . appropriate.''
    Subsequently, Executive Order 10961 specified procedures for the 
Award by establishing a National Medal of Science Committee which would 
``receive recommendations made by any other nationally representative 
scientific or engineering organization.'' On the basis of these 
recommendations, the Committee was directed to select its candidates 
and to forward its recommendations to the President.
    In 1962, to comply with these directives, the Committee initiated a 
solicitation form letter to invite these nominations. In 1979, the 
Committee initiated a nomination form as an attachment to the 
solicitation letter. A slightly modified version of the nomination form 
was used in 1980.
    The Committee has established the following considerations for 
selection of candidates:
    a. The impact of an individual's body of work on the current state 
of his or her field of science or engineering;
    b. Whether the individual's achievements are of an unusually 
significant nature in relation to the potential effects on the 
development of thought in his or her field of science or engineering;
    c. Whether the nominee has demonstrated unusually distinguished 
service in the general advancement of science and/or engineering for 
the Nation, especially when accompanied by substantial contributions to 
the content of science;
    d. The recognition of the nominee by peers within his or her 
community, and whether s/he is recognized for substantial impact in 
fields in addition to his/her discipline;
    e. If the nominee has made contributions to innovation and 
industry;
    f. Whether the nominee has demonstrated sustained influence on 
education through publications, teaching activities, outreach, 
mentoring, etc., and;
    g. Whether the nominee's contributions have created significant 
positive impact for the Nation.
    In 2003, the Committee changed the active period of eligibility to 
three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, 
candidates must be renominated with a new nomination package for them 
to be considered by the Committee.
    Narratives are now restricted to three pages of text, as stipulated 
in the guidelines at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/medalHome.do.
     Alan T. Waterman Award. Congress established the Alan T. 
Waterman Award in August 1975 (42 U.S.C. 1881a (Pub. L. 94-86) and 
authorized NSF to ``establish the Alan T. Waterman Award for research 
or advanced study in any of the sciences or engineering'' to mark the 
25th anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its 
first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young 
researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF. In 
addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a 
five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the 
mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social, or 
other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.
    The Alan T. Waterman Award Committee was established by NSF to 
comply with the directive contained in Public Law 94-86. The Committee 
solicits nominations from members of the National Academy of Sciences, 
National Academy of Engineering, scientific and technical 
organizations, and any other source, public or private, as appropriate.
    In 1976, the Committee initiated a form letter to solicit these 
nominations. In 1980, a nomination form was used which standardized the 
nomination procedures, allowed for more effective Committee review, and 
permitted better staff work in a short period of time. On the basis of 
its review, the Committee forwards its recommendation to the Director, 
NSF, and the National Science Board (NSB).
    Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 
35 years of age or younger or not more than seven years beyond receipt 
of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are 
nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual 
achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient 
quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include 
originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field.
     Vannevar Bush Award. The NSB established the Vannevar Bush 
Award in 1980 to honor Dr. Bush's unique contributions to public 
service. The award recognizes an individual who, through public service 
activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding 
``contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the Nation.''
    The NSB ad hoc Committee on Honorary Awards annually solicits 
nominations from science, engineering and educational societies. A 
candidate must be a senior stateperson who is an American citizen and 
meets two or more of the following criteria:
    1. Distinguished himself/herself through public service activities 
in science and technology.
    2. Pioneered the exploration, charting, and settlement of new 
frontiers in science, technology, education, and public service.
    3. Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have inspired others 
to distinguished careers in science and technology.
    4. Contributed to the welfare of the Nation and mankind through 
activities in science and technology.
    5. Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have helped mold the 
history of advancements in the Nation's science, technology, and 
education.
    Nominations must include a narrative description about the nominee, 
a curriculum vitae (without publications), and a brief citation 
summarizing the

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nominee's scientific or technological contributions to our national 
welfare in promotion of the progress of science. Nominations must also 
include two reference letters, submitted separate from the nomination 
through www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. Nominations remain active for 
three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, 
candidates must be renominated with a new nomination for them to be 
considered by the selection committee.
     NSB Public Service Award. The NSB Public Service Award 
Committee was established in November 1996. This annual award 
recognizes people and organizations that have increased the public 
understanding of science or engineering. The award is given to an 
individual and to a group (company, corporation, or organization), but 
not to members of the U.S. Government.
    Eligibility includes any individual or group (company, corporation, 
or organization) that has increased the public understanding of science 
or engineering. Members of the U.S. Government are not eligible for 
consideration.
    Candidates for the individual and group (company, corporation, or 
organization) award must have made contributions to public service in 
areas other than research, and should meet one or more of the following 
criteria:
    1. Increased the public's understanding of the processes of science 
and engineering through scientific discovery, innovation and its 
communication to the public.
    2. Encouraged others to help raise the public understanding of 
science and technology.
    3. Promoted the engagement of scientists and engineers in public 
outreach and scientific literacy.
    4. Contributed to the development of broad science and engineering 
policy and its support.
    5. Influenced and encouraged the next generation of scientists+ and 
engineers.
    6. Achieved broad recognition outside the nominee's area of 
specialization.
    7. Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad 
segments of the population.
    Nominations must include a summary of the candidate's activities as 
they relate to the selection criteria; the nominator's name, address 
and telephone number; the name, address, and telephone number of the 
nominee; and the candidate's vita, if appropriate (no more than three 
pages).
    The selection committee recommends the most outstanding 
candidate(s) for each category to the NSB, which approves the awardees.
    Nominations remain active for a period of three years, including 
the year of nomination. After that time, candidates must be renominated 
with a new nomination for them to be considered by the selection 
committee.
     Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics 
and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program
    In 1996, the White House, through the National Science and 
Technology Council (NSTC) and the Office of Science and Technology 
Policy (OSTP), established the Presidential Awards for Excellence in 
Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) program. The 
program, administered on behalf of the White House by the National 
Science Foundation, seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts or 
programs designed to enhance the participation of groups (women, 
minorities and persons with disabilities as well as groups from low 
socioeconomic regions) underrepresented in science, mathematics and 
engineering. The awardees will serve as exemplars to their colleagues 
and will be leaders in the national effort to more fully develop the 
Nation's human resources in science, mathematics and engineering. This 
award is managed at NSF by the Directorate for Education and Human 
Resources (EHR).
    The award will be made to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents 
based on the following: (1) An individual who has demonstrated 
outstanding and sustained mentoring and effective guidance to a 
significant number of early career STEM professionals, students at the 
K-12, undergraduate, or graduate education level or (2) to an 
organization that, through its programming, has enabled a substantial 
number of students underrepresented in science, mathematics and 
engineering to successfully pursue and complete the relevant degree 
programs as well as mentoring of early career STEM professionals. 
Nominees must have served in a mentoring role for at least five years. 
Nominations are reviewed for impact, significance of the mentoring 
activity and quality of the mentoring activity. Nominations for 
organizational awards must demonstrate rigorous evaluation and/or 
assessment during the five-year period of the mentoring activity.

Award Ceremony

    The awardees are hosted for two days in Washington, DC, for 
celebratory activities. Recipients of the PAESMEM award receive a 
monetary award in the amount of $10,000 from NSF and a commemorative 
Presidential certificate. If scheduling permits, the President meets 
with the mentors for a photo opportunity at the White House. The 
Director of OSTP and the Director of NSF present the awards to the 
mentors at an awards ceremony.
     Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and 
Science Teaching
    The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science 
Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten 
through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for 
outstanding teaching in the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1983, 
this program authorizes the President to bestow 108 awards, assuming 
there are qualified applicants. In even-numbered years, nominations are 
accepted for elementary teachers (grades K-6); in odd-numbered years, 
secondary teachers (grades 7-12) are nominated. This award is managed 
at NSF by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).

Nomination Criteria

    A teacher may be nominated by a principal, another teacher, 
students, members of the community, or the general public. Self-
nominations are allowed. Awardees must be either U.S. Citizens or U.S. 
Permanent Residents. A Nominee must meet the following criteria to 
apply:
     Be highly qualified as deemed by their states, districts, 
or schools;
     Teach in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, 
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the four U.S. territories, 
including the Department of Defense Schools (DoDEA).
     Hold a degree or appropriate credentials in the category 
for which they are applying.
     Be a full-time employee of the school or school district.
     Have at least 5 years of mathematics or science teaching 
(including computer science) experience prior to application.
     Teach mathematics or science at the kindergarten through 
6th grade level or at the 7th through 12th grade level in a public or 
private school.
     Not have received the national PAEMST award in any prior 
competition or category.

Application Process

     Applicants complete a 12-page written document on five 
dimensions of outstanding teaching (content knowledge, pedagogy, 
assessment, leadership and professional development) and submit a video 
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class. Three letters of reference including one from a school official 
are required, along with a resume or biographical sketch.
     The applicant has a 7-month period (October to May) to 
complete applications and submit them for state review. The nomination 
period is from October to April.

Review of Nominations

     State coordinators convene state selection committees of 
prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics and science 
educators, and past awardees to select up to five mathematics and five 
science finalists for recognition at the state level and for submission 
to NSF. To ensure consistency, state selection committees review their 
applications using the same criteria and scoring information that was 
approved by OSTP.
     NSF (EHR) convenes a National Selection Committee of 
prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics and science 
educators, and past awardees that review the application packets of the 
state finalists and make recommendations to NSF. NSF reviews these 
recommendations and recommends one awardee in both mathematics and 
science for all eligible jurisdictions, when possible, to OSTP. 
Alternatively, NSF may recommend two awardees from a discipline in a 
jurisdiction, when warranted.

Award Ceremony

    The awardees are hosted for 3-4 days in Washington, DC, for a 
variety of professional development sessions and celebratory 
activities. Each awardee receives a citation signed by the President 
and $10,000 from NSF. If scheduling permits, the President meets the 
teachers for a photo opportunity at the White House. The Director of 
OSTP and the Director of NSF present the citations to the teachers at 
an awards ceremony. Awardees also have the opportunity to meet their 
congressional representatives and education representatives from other 
federal agencies.
    Estimate of Burden: These are annual award programs with 
application deadlines varying according to the program. Public burden 
also may vary according to program; however, across all the programs, 
it is estimated that each submission will average 19 hours per 
respondent. If the nominator is thoroughly familiar with the 
disciplinary background of the nominee, time spent to complete the 
nomination may be considerably reduced.
    Respondents: Individuals, businesses or other for-profit 
organizations, universities, non-profit institutions, and Federal and 
State governments.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Award: 1782 responses, broken 
down as follows: For the President's National Medal of Science, 80; for 
the Alan T. Waterman Award, 70; for the Vannevar Bush Award, 12; for 
the Public Service Award, 20; for the PAESMEM, 200; and 1400 for the 
PAEMST.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 41,080 hours, broken 
down by 1,600 hours for the President's National Medal of Science (20 
hours per 80 respondents); 1,400 hours for the Alan T. Waterman Award 
(20 hours per 70 respondents); 180 hours for the Vannevar Bush Award 
(15 hours per 12 respondents); 300 hours for the Public Service Award 
(15 hours per 20 respondents); 4,000 hours for the PAESMEM (20 hours 
per 200 respondents); and 33,600 hours for the PAEMST (24 hours per 
1400 respondents).
    Frequency of Responses: Annually.
    Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; or (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Dated: August 4, 2014.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2014-18728 Filed 8-7-14; 8:45 am]
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