Department of Defense 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2012-31429
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated July 21, 1996.
36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2012-31420
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated July 21, 1996.
Defense Business Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2012-31378
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR Sec. 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Defense Business Board (DBB).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-31355
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Defense Contract Audit Agency is amending a system of records notice in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-31354
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) is deleting a system of records in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-31353
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
The Department of the Air Force proposes to alter a system of records notice in its existing inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-31352
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
The Department of the Air Force is deleting a system of records notice in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-31351
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
Establishment of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2012-31222
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 2166(e), the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the Department of Defense gives notice that it is establishing the charter for the Vietnam War Commemoration Advisory Committee (hereafter referred to as ``the Committee''). The Committee shall provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the Director of Administration and Management (DA&M), independent advice and recommendations on the Department of Defense's (DoD) program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Committee shall report to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the DA&M. The DA&M may act upon the Committee's advice and recommendations. The Committee shall be composed of no more than 20 members, who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense. These members shall represent Vietnam Veterans, their families, and the American public. Candidates for the Committee shall be selected from the Military Services (both retired veterans and active members who served during the Vietnam era), the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Intelligence Community. In addition, candidates from nongovernmental organizations that support veterans or that contribute to the public's understanding of the Vietnam War shall be selected. The Secretary of Defense may approve the appointment of Committee members for a three-year term of service; however, no member, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service. This same term of service limitation also applies to any DoD-authorized subcommittees. The Secretary of Defense, through the DA&M, may appoint additional experts and consultants to provide advice to the Committee as subject matter experts. These subject matter experts may be regular government officers/employees or individuals appointed under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109; however, subject matter experts shall not participate in the Committee's deliberations and shall not have Committee voting rights. Each Committee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. The Department, when necessary and consistent with the Committee's mission and DoD policies and procedures, may establish Subcommittees, task groups, or working groups to support the Committee. Establishment of Subcommittees will be based upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Committee's sponsor. These Subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered Committee, and shall report all of their recommendations and advice solely to the Committee for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the chartered Committee; nor can any Subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the DoD or any Federal officers or employees. All Subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as the Committee members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint Subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a Committee member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service on the Subcommittee of three years; however, no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the Subcommittee, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense. Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time government employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as special government employees, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem for official Committee-related travel, Subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. Each Subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the Government in the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2012-31092
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is making technical amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to provide needed editorial changes.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Definition of Cost or Pricing Data (DFARS Case 2011-D040)
Document Number: 2012-31088
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to update the text to reflect the distinction between ``certified cost or pricing data'' and ``data other than certified cost or pricing data.'' The DFARS changes are necessary to ensure consistency with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) which had been amended to clarify the distinction between those terms, as well as the requirements for the submission of cost or pricing data.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Contracting Activity Updates (DFARS Case 2012-D045)
Document Number: 2012-31086
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to revise the definitions of ``contracting activity'' and ``departments and agencies'' found at DFARS subpart 202.101.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: New Qualifying Country-Poland (DFARS Case 2012-D049)
Document Number: 2012-31083
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-31
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to add Poland as a qualifying country.
Defense Legal Policy Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2012-31006
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-26
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces the following federal advisory committee meeting of the Defense Legal Policy Board.
Notice of Intent to Grant an Exclusive License of the United States; Patent No. 6,569,807
Document Number: 2012-30849
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
In accordance with 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i), announcement is made of a prospective exclusive license of the following U.S. Patent No. 6,569,807, entitled ``Mycoherbicidal compositions and methods of preparing and using the same'', which issued on May 27, 2003, all reissues, reexaminations, and patent term extensions of this patent, and any international equivalents thereof to Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Intent To Prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Development of a Long-Term Sediment Management Plan of the Mount St. Helens Sediment Retention Structure in the North Fork Toutle River
Document Number: 2012-30847
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, intends to prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) to assess impacts associated with alternatives for the long-term management of the existing Mount St. Helens (MSH) Sediment Retention Structure (SRS) located at river mile 13.2 of the North Fork Toutle River. The MSH SRS is a single-purpose structure constructed in 1987- 1989 to trap and control downstream movement of volcanic sediments eroding from the debris avalanche of Mount St. Helens. The purpose of the long-term management of the existing MSH SRS is to continue to provide flood damage reduction benefits to downstream communities along the Cowlitz River including Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, and Lexington, Washington.
36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2012-30810
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated July 21, 1996.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30743
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30742
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-30741
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Defense Contract Audit Agency is amending a system of records notice in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-64; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: 2012-30593
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rule appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-64, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding this rule by referring to FAC 2005-64, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts
Document Number: 2012-30592
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement an Executive order for nondisplacement of qualified workers under service contracts, as implemented in Department of Labor regulations.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-64; Introduction
Document Number: 2012-30590
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-21
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-64. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30663
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30662
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30661
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30660
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30659
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30658
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Renewal of the Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction
Document Number: 2012-30655
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the Department of Defense gives notice that it is renewing the charter for the Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction (hereinafter referred to as ``the Board''). The Board has been determined to be in the public interest. The Board is a non-discretionary federal advisory committee that shall provide review and oversight of the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program and make such recommendations on modifications in the mission, procedures, and administration of the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program as it considers appropriate as a result of the audits conducted under the authority of Section 601(c)(3)(A) of Title VI of Public Law 108-183. The Board shall: a. Conduct periodic, random audits of dose reconstructions under the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program and of decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs on claims for service connection of radiogenic diseases; b. Assist the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in communicating to veterans information on the mission, procedures, and evidentiary requirements of the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program; c. Carry out such other activities with respect to the review and oversight of the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program as the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall jointly specify; d. Make recommendations on modifications to the mission and procedures of the Dose Reconstruction Program as the Board considers appropriate as a result of the audits conducted pursuant to paragraph (a) above; e. Any additional actions the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs jointly determine are required to ensure that the quality assurance and quality control mechanisms of the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program are adequate and sufficient for purpose of the program; and f. Any additional actions the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs jointly determine are required to ensure that the mechanisms of the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program for communication and interaction with veterans are adequate and sufficient for the program. The Board, pursuant to Section 601(c)(2) of Title VI of Public Law 108-183, shall be comprised of: a. At least one expert in historical dose reconstruction of the type conducted under the Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program. b. At least one expert in radiation health matters. c. At least one expert in risk communications matters. d. A representative of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and a representative of the Department of Veterans Affairs. e. At least three veterans, including at least one Veteran who is a member of an atomic veterans group. The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs will jointly approve the appointment of Board members, and according to DoD policy the appointments will be renewed on an annual basis. Board members, who are not full-time or permanent part-time federal officers or employees shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and serve as special Government employees members. Each member of the Board is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. With the exception of travel and per diem for official travel, Board members shall serve without compensation. Board members, with the approval of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, may serve a term of service on the Board of one-to-four years; however, no member, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the Board, to include its subcommittees. The Department, when necessary and consistent with the Board's mission and DoD policies/procedures, may establish subcommittees, task forces, or working groups to support the Board. Establishment of subcommittees will be based upon written determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Board's sponsor. Such subcommittees or work groups shall not work independently of the Board, and shall report all their recommendations and advice solely to the Board for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees, task forces, or working groups have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the chartered Board; nor can any subcommittee or its members update or report, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the Board; nor can any subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the DoD or any Federal officers or employees. All subcommittee members shall be jointly appointed by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs according to governing DoD policies/procedures, even if the member in question is already a Board member. Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time Government employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and serve as special Government employee members, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veteran Affairs on an annual basis. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, may serve a term of service on the subcommittee of one-to-four years; however, no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the subcommittee, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. With the exception of travel and per diem, subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. Each subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. All subcommittees, task forces, working groups shall operate under the provisions of the FACA, the Government in the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/ procedures. Currently, DoD has approved the following permanent subcommittees to the Board to meet the requirements of Public Law 108-163. a. The Subcommittee on DTRA Dose Reconstruction Procedures shall be composed of no more than four members and is responsible for reviewing and recommending improvements to the dose reconstruction process. The estimated number of meetings is two per year. b. The Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs (VA) Claims Adjudication Procedures shall be composed of no more than four members and deals directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the process for handling Atomic Veterans claims. The estimated number of meetings is two per year. c. The Subcommittee on Quality Management and VA Process Integration with DTRA Nuclear Test Personnel Review Program shall be composed of no more than four members and deals with quality issues with DTRA's nuclear test personnel review and VA in its claims adjudication process for Atomic Veterans. The estimate number of meetings is two per year. d. The Subcommittee on Communication and Outreach shall be composed of no more than four members and deals with veteran outreach and communication programs. The estimated number of meetings is two per year.
Renewal of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2012-30654
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 1114, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b) (``the Sunshine Act''), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the Department of Defense (DoD) gives notice that it is renewing the charter for the Department of Defense Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Board of Actuaries (``the Board''). The Board is a non-discretionary Federal advisory committee that shall provide the Secretary of Defense with independent advice and recommendations related to actuarial matters associated with the Department of Defense Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund (``the Fund''). The Board, under the authority of FACA, shall provide independent advice and recommendations related to actuarial matters associated with the Fund and on matters referred by the Secretary of Defense, including those regarding: (a) Valuation of the Fund under 10 U.S.C. 1115(c); (b) Recommendations for such changes as in the Board's judgment are necessary to protect the public interest and maintain the Fund on a sound actuarial basis; and (c) Advise the Secretary of Defense on all actuarial matters necessary to make determinations in order to finance liabilities of the Fund on an actuarially sound basis. The Board shall report to the Secretary of Defense. The Board shall report annually on the actuarial status of the Fund, and the Board shall furnish its advice and opinion on matters referred to it by the Secretary. The Board shall report periodically, but not less than once every four years, to the President and the Congress on the status of the Fund and shall include recommendations for such changes as in the Board's judgment are necessary to protect the public interest and maintain the Fund on a sound actuarial basis. The Secretary of Defense, through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)), may act upon the Board's advice and recommendations. The Board shall be composed of three members who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense from among qualified professional actuaries who are members of the Society of Actuaries. The Board members shall serve for a term of 15 years; except those Board members appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the end of the term for which the predecessor was appointed, shall serve only until the end of such term. Board members may serve after the end of the term until a successor has taken office. Members of the Board shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense and their appointments shall be renewed on an annual basis according to DoD policies/procedures. Members of the Board who are not full-time or permanent part-time Federal employees shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and serve as special Government employees (SGEs) and shall, under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 1114(a)(3), serve with compensation, to include travel and per diem for official travel, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 5703. Each member of the Board is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. A member of the Board may be removed by the Secretary of Defense for misconduct or failure to perform functions vested in the Board and for no other reason. The chairperson of the Board shall be designated by the USD (P&R), on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. The Department, when necessary, and consistent with the Board's mission and DoD policies/procedures, may establish subcommittees, task groups, and working groups to support the Board. Establishment of subcommittees will be based upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense or the USD(P&R). Such subcommittees shall not work independently of the chartered Board, and shall report all of their recommendations and advice solely to the Board for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally, or in writing, on behalf of the Board; nor can any subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the DoD or any Federal officer or employees. The Secretary or the Deputy Secretary of Defense may approve the appointment of subcommittee members for one-to-four year terms of service; however, no member, unless authorized by the Secretary, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service. These individuals may come from the parent committee or may be new nominees, as recommended by the USD(P&R) and based upon the subject matters under consideration. Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time Government employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as SGEs, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem for official travel related to the Board or its subcommittees, subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. Each subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.
Establishment of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2012-30653
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of section 2852(b), of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2011 (Pub. L. 111-383), the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b) (``the Sunshine Act), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the DoD gives notice that it is establishing the charter for the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards (``the Panel''). The Panel, pursuant to section 2852(b), of the Ike Skelton NDAA for Fiscal Year 2011 (Pub. L. 111-383), is a non-discretionary Federal advisory committee established to provide the Secretary of Defense independent advice and recommendations regarding a construction standard for military medical centers to provide a single standard of care, as set forth below: a. Reviewing the unified military medical construction standards to determine the standards consistency with industry practices and benchmarks for world class medical construction; b. Reviewing ongoing construction programs within the DoD to ensure medical construction standards are uniformly applied across applicable military centers; c. Assessing the DoD approach to planning and programming facility improvements with specific emphasis on facility selection criteria and proportional assessment system; and facility programming responsibilities between the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Secretaries of the Military Departments; d. Assessing whether the Comprehensive Master Plan for the National Capital Region Medical (``the Master Plan''), dated April 2010, is adequate to fulfill statutory requirements, as required by section 2714 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (division B of Pub. L. 111-84; 123 Stat. 2656), to ensure that the facilities and organizational structure described in the Master Plan result in world class military medical centers in the National Capital Region; and e. Making recommendations regarding any adjustments of the Master Plan that are needed to ensure the provision of world class military medical centers and delivery system in the National Capital Region. The Panel, not later than 120 days after the first meeting, shall submit to the Secretary of Defense a written report containing an assessment of the adequacy of the plan to address the above items relating to the purpose of the Panel and the recommendations of the Panel to improve the Master Plan. Additional ReportsEach year until the Panel terminates, it shall submit, no later than February 1, an annual report to the Secretary of Defense on the Panel's findings and recommendations to address any identified deficiencies. The Panel or its members, with the Department's approval, may visit military treatment centers and military headquarters in connection with the official duties of the Panel. Such visits shall be undertaken through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) and in coordination with the appropriate Military Departments and installation commanders. The Panel is not established to provide advice on individual DoD procurements. No matter shall be assigned to the Panel for its consideration that would require any Panel members to participate personally and substantially in the conduct of any specific procurement or place him or her in the position of acting as a contracting or procurement official. The Panel reports to the Secretary of Defense. The USD(P&R), pursuant to DoD policy, may act upon the Panel's advice and recommendations. The Panel shall be comprised of no more than 14 members appointed by the Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of Defense shall appoint 10 members. Those members shall include medical facility design experts; military healthcare professionals; representatives of premier health care centers in the United States; and former retired senior military officers with joint operational and budgetary experience. The Chairman and ranking members of the Committees on the Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives may each designate one member of the Panel, for a total of four members. Individuals designated by the Chairman and ranking members of the Committees on the Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense. Panel members appointed by the Secretary of Defense shall be appointed for the duration of the Panel, with annual renewals of appointments. Panel members, who are not full-time or permanent part- time Federal officers or employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts or consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and serve as special Government employee (SGE) member. Each member of the Panel is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. With the exception of travel and per diem for travel related to the Panel, members of the Panel shall serve without compensation. Under the provisions of Public Law 111-383 Sec. 2852(b)(2)(D), any additional experts or consultants adviser called in for consultation on behalf of the Panel shall also be reimbursed for necessary travel expenses. The Secretary of Defense may appoint additional experts and consultants, with relevant expertise, to assist the Panel on an ad-hoc basis. These non-member experts and consultants, who do not count toward the Panel's total membership, shall be appointed to serve as SGEs under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109; however, these experts and consultants have no voting rights on the Panel and are prohibited from engaging in Panel deliberations. The Department, when necessary and consistent with the Panel's mission and DoD policies/procedures, may establish subcommittees, task groups, and working groups to support the Panel. Establishment of subcommittees will be based upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the USD(P&R). Such subcommittees shall not work independently of the Panel and shall report all of their recommendations and advice solely to the Panel for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the Panel; nor can any subcommittee or its members update or report directly to DoD or any Federal officers or employees. All subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as the Panel members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a Panel member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service for the life of the Panel with annual renewals; however, no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms of service on the subcommittee. Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time Government employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and serve as SGEs, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem for official travel related to the Panel or its subcommittees, subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. Each subcommittee operates under the provisions of FACA, the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.
Meeting of the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council (MFRC); Cancellation of Meeting and Rescheduling of Meeting
Document Number: 2012-30652
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
On November 27, 2012 (77 FR 70740), the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council (MFRC) announced a meeting to be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pentagon Conference Center B6. The meeting on January 31, 2013 has been cancelled. The meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Pentagon Conference Center B6.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Anti-Kickback Procedures
Document Number: 2012-30559
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-19
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning anti- kickback procedures. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), 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; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors
Document Number: 2012-30550
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-19
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the temporary policy provided by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Policy Memorandum M-12-16, dated July 11, 2012, by adding a new clause to provide for the accelerated payments to small business subcontractors.
Department of Defense Task Force on the Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2012-30522
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-19
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces (subsequently referred to as the Task Force) will take place.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Contract Funding-Limitation of Costs/Funds
Document Number: 2012-30514
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-19
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning limitation of costs/funds. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), 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; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Renewal of Department of Defense Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2012-30430
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-18
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 1781a, as amended, the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b) (``the Sunshine Act), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a), the Department of Defense (DoD) gives notice that it is renewing the charter for the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council (``the Council''). The Council is a non-discretionary federal advisory committee that shall review and make recommendations to the Secretary of Defense regarding the policy and plans required under 10 U.S.C. 1781b, monitor requirements for the support of military families readiness by the DoD, and evaluate and assess the effectiveness of the military family readiness programs and activities of the DoD. The Council, no later than February 1 of each year, shall submit a report on military family readiness. Each report, at a minimum shall include the following: (a) An assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the military family readiness programs and activities of the DoD during the preceding fiscal year in meeting the needs and requirements of military families; and (b) Recommendations on actions to be taken to improve the capability of the military family readiness programs and activities of the DoD to meet the needs and requirements of military families, including actions relating to the allocation of funding and other resources to and among such programs and activities. The annual report referenced above shall be submitted to the Secretary of Defense and the congressional defense committees. The DoD, through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)), shall provide support, as deemed necessary, for the Council's performance, and shall ensure compliance with the requirements of FACA, the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and established DoD policies/procedures. The Council, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1781a(b), as amended, shall be composed of 18 members, appointed as specified below: a. The USD (P&R), who shall serve as chair of the Council. The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, as approved by the Secretary of Defense, may, in the absence of the USD(P&R), serve as the Council's chair with all rights and privileges thereunto; b. One representative from each of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, each of whom shall be a member of the armed force to be represented; c. The Secretary of Defense has approved the following ex officio appointments for a two-year term of service with annual renewals: 1. Armythe Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management; 2. Navythe Chief of Naval Personnel; 3. Air Forcethe Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel; and 4. Marine Corpsthe Deputy Commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. d. One representative of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard, who may be a member of the National Guard; The Secretary of Defense, based upon the recommendation of the Chief, National Guard Bureau through the USD(P&R) shall appoint one individual to serve on the Council. If the Secretary appoints a person who is a full-time or permanent part-time federal officer or employee, then that individual shall be appointed as a regular Government member of the Council. If the Secretary appoints a person who is not a full- time or permanent part-time federal officer or employee or a member of the Army or Air National Guard, then that individual shall be appointed as an expert and consultant under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 to serve as a special Government employee (SGE). Representation on the Council shall rotate between the Army National Guard and Air National Guard every two years on a calendar year basis with annual renewals. e. One spouse or parent of a member of each of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, two of whom shall be the spouse or parent of an active component member and two of whom shall be the spouse or parent of a reserve component member. The Secretary of Defense shall appoint these individuals based upon the recommendation of the USD(P&R). Spouse or parent nominees of Regular Component members shall begin with the Army and Navy followed by the Air Force and Marine Corps. Spouse or parent nominees of Reserve Component members shall begin with the Air Force and Marine Corps followed by the Army and the Navy. A spouse or parent of a member of the Regular or Reserve Component appointed by the Secretary of Defense, unless he or she is a full-time or permanent part-time Federal officer or employee, shall be appointed to the Council as an expert and consultant under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and serve as a SGE. The term of service for these members shall be two years with annual renewals. f. Three individuals appointed by the Secretary of Defense from among representatives of military family organizations, including military family organizations of families of members of the regular components and families of members of the reserve components. For the period 2012-2015, the following military family organizations are invited to serve on the Council: The National Military Family Association, the American Red Cross, and the Blue Star Families. Individuals appointed by the Secretary of Defense from these three organizations who are not full-time or permanent part-time federal officers or employees shall be appointed as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 to serve as a SGE. The term of service shall be three years with annual renewals. g. The senior enlisted advisors from each of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, except that two of these members may instead be selected from among the spouses of the senior enlisted advisors. The Secretary of Defense shall appoint two Senior Enlisted Advisors beginning with the Navy and Marine Corps and followed by the Army and Air Force. The Secretary of Defense shall appoint two spouses of Senior Enlisted Advisors beginning with the Army and Air Force and followed by the Navy and Marine Corps. A spouse of a Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps appointed by the Secretary of Defense, unless he or she is a full-time or permanent part-time Federal officer or employee, shall be appointed to the Council as an expert and consultant under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and serve as a SGE. The term of service for Senior Enlisted Advisors shall be two years with annual renewals. The term of service for spouses of Senior Enlisted Advisors shall be either two years or until the conclusion of the Service member's tour of duty as Senior Enlisted Advisor during which the spouse was appointed to the Council, whichever is earlier, with annual renewals. h. The Director of the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (``the Director''). The Director is appointed as a regular Government (ex officio) member of the Council. The Director may send someone to attend a Council meeting if he or she is unable to attend; however, this person shall not engage in Council deliberations, vote on matters before the Council, or count toward a quorum. With the exception of travel and per diem for travel related to the Council, members of the Council shall serve without compensation. The Department, when necessary, and consistent with the Council's mission and DoD policies/procedures, may establish subcommittees, task groups, and working groups to support the Council. Establishment of subcommittees will be based upon a written determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense or the USD(P&R). Such subcommittees shall not work independently of the Council, and shall report all their recommendations and advice solely to the Council for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees have no authority to make decisions and recommendations, verbally or in writing, on behalf of the Council; nor can any subcommittee or its members update or report directly to the DoD or any Federal officers or employees. The Secretary of Defense shall appoint subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a Council member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service on the subcommittee of one-to-four years; however, no member, unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two consecutive terms of service. Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time Government employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as SGEs, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of per diem for official travel related to the Council or its subcommittees, subcommittee members shall serve without compensation. Each subcommittee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of the Government on the basis of his or her best judgment without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. All subcommittees operate under the provisions of FACA, the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.
Office of the Secretary
Document Number: 2012-30429
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-18
Agency: Department of Defense
Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Defense Audit Advisory Committee will be held.
36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification
Document Number: 2012-30428
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-18
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated July 21, 1996.
Information Collection; Notification of Ownership Changes
Document Number: 2012-30236
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-17
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning notification of ownership changes. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), 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; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission for OMB Review; Accident Prevention Plans and Recordkeeping
Document Number: 2012-30235
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-17
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning Accident Prevention Plans and Recordkeeping. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 77 FR 56645 on September 13, 2012. No comments were received. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary; 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; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Donlin Gold Project
Document Number: 2012-30198
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-14
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to identify and analyze the potential impacts associated with the proposed Donlin Gold Project, which would be an open pit, hardrock gold mine located 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek, Alaska. The Corps is the lead Federal agency; the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources will serve as cooperating agencies in developing the EIS. The Tribal governments of Crooked Creek, Chuathbaluk, and Napaimute have also indicated their intention to serve as cooperating agencies. The Corps will be evaluating a permit application for work and/or discharges of pollutants under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The EIS will be used as a basis for the permit decision in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Gregory Canyon Landfill Project, San Diego County, CA
Document Number: 2012-30197
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-14
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Regulatory Division) has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill Project in San Diego County, CA. The project proponent and landowner, Gregory Canyon, Ltd., requires authorization pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act to discharge fill material into waters of the U.S. associated with the construction of the proposed project.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive Patent License: Kismet Management Fund LLC
Document Number: 2012-30144
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
The Department of the Navy hereby gives notice of its intent to grant to Kismet Management Fund LLC, a revocable, nonassignable, exclusive license to practice throughout the United States, the Government-owned inventions described in U.S. Patent No. 7,051,098: System for Monitoring and Reporting Performance of Hosts and Applications and Selectively Configuring Applications in a Resource Management System//U.S. Patent No. 7,096,248: Program Control for Resource Management Architecture and Corresponding Programs//U.S. Patent No. 7,171,654: System Specification Language for Resource Management Architecture and Corresponding Programs//U.S. Patent No. 7,181,743: Resource Allocation Decision Function for Resource Management Architecture and Corresponding Programs//U.S. Patent No. 7,552,438: Resource Management Device.
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
Document Number: 2012-30140
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Navy
The Department of the Navy (DoN) is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (DAJAG) (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS CORONADO (LCS 4) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Production Surveillance and Reporting (OMB Control Number 0704-0250)
Document Number: 2012-30120
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-13
Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense
In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), DoD announces the proposed extension of a public information collection requirement and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. DoD invites comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved this information collection for use through March 31, 2013. DoD proposes that OMB extend its approval for use for an additional three years.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-30032
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-30030
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-13
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
The Department of the Air Force proposes to alter a system of records notice in its existing inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Bankruptcy (FAR subpart 42.9; 52.242-13)
Document Number: 2012-29909
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-11
Agency: Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning Bankruptcy. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary; 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; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.