Notice of Draft Document Available for Public Comment
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of the following draft document available for public comment entitled ``Preventing Occupational Exposures to Lead and Noise at Indoor Firing Ranges.'' The draft document and instructions for submitting comments can be found at http:// www.cdc.gov/niosh/review/public/-128/. Comments should be provided to the NIOSH Docket Number above. Public Comment Period: April 17, 2008 through June 30, 2008. Status: Written comments may be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Mailstop C- 34, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226. All material submitted to the Agency should reference NIOSH Docket number 128 and must be submitted by June 30, 2008, to be considered by the Agency. All electronic comments should be formatted as Microsoft Word. All information received in response to this notice will be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, Room 111, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226. After the comment period has closed, comments may be accessed electronically at http://www.cdc.gov/NIOSH under the link to the NIOSH docket. As appropriate, NIOSH will post comments with the commenters' names, affiliations, and other information, on the Internet. Background: This Alert is intended to address the concerns of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies about occupational exposures of their officers to lead and noise during firearms training and qualifications. The Alert describes the health effects that can occur from occupational exposures to lead and noise at indoor firing ranges and recommends steps that firing range operators, employers, and workers should take to minimize the health risk to workers and shooters. This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law. Contact Person for Technical Information: Chucri (Chuck) A. Kardous, Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Research Engineer, Division of Applied Research and Technology, CDC/NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, C27, Cincinnati, Ohio 45225, Phone: 513-533-8146, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference: Web address for this document: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ review/public/128/.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reinstatement of Generic Clearance for Partners and Customers Satisfaction Surveys
In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information or to obtain a copy of the information collection plans, call the CSR Director of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation on 301-435- 1133. Proposed Collection: Title: Reinstatement of Generic Clearance for Voluntary Partners and Customers Satisfaction Surveys: Reinstatement: The information collected in these surveys will be used by the Center for Scientific Review management and personnel: (1) To assess the quality of the modified operations and processes now used by CSR to review grant applications; (2) To assess the quality of service provided by CSR to our customers; (3) To enable identification of the most promising biomedical research that will have the greatest impact on improving public health by using a peer review process that is fair, unbiased from outside influence, timely, and (4) To develop new modes of operation based on customer need and customer feedback about the efficacy of implemented modifications. These surveys, which will be both quantitative and qualitative, are designed to assess the quality of services we provide to our major external customers. Customers include the research scientists who submit applications for grant funding to NIH. Those grant applications are reviewed and ranked by the grant scientific peer review study groups' members and chairs. These surveys will almost certainly lead to quality improvement activities that will enhance and/or streamline CSR's operations. Our partners include current grant scientific peer review study groups' members and chairs. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Scientific peer review study groups' members and chairs, grant applicants, other members of the research community. Type of Respondents: Adult scientific professionals.
Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing
The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society
The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS) is updating its study priorities. SACGHS requests suggestions on possible new topics for the Committee to address.
Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing
The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.
Office of Global Health Affairs; Regulation on the Organizational Integrity of Entities Implementing Leadership Act Programs and Activities
The Office of Global Health Affairs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to obtain input from stakeholders and other interested parties regarding the separation that must exist between a recipient of HHS funds to implement HIV/AIDS programs and activities under the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 (the ``Leadership Act''), Public Law No. 108-25 (May 27, 2003), and an affiliate organization that engages in activities that are not consistent with a policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking, as required under Section 301(f) of the Leadership Act. The proposed rule provides additional information on the policy requirement expressed in this law for entities that receive grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (``HHS'') to implement programs or projects under the authority of the Leadership Act. Specifically, it describes the legal, financial, and organizational separation that must exist between these recipients of HHS HIV/AIDS funds and an affiliate organization that engages in activities that are not consistent with a policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking.
Use of Materials Derived From Cattle in Human Food and Cosmetics
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its regulations on the use of materials derived from cattle in human food and cosmetics. In these regulations, FDA has designated certain materials from cattle as ``prohibited cattle materials'' and has banned the use of such materials in human food, including dietary supplements, and in cosmetics. Prohibited cattle materials include specified risk materials (SRMs), the small intestine of all cattle unless the distal ileum is removed, material from nonambulatory disabled cattle, material from cattle not inspected and passed for human consumption, or mechanically separated (MS) (Beef). Specified risk materials include the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older, and the tonsils and distal ileum of the small intestine of all cattle. FDA is amending its regulations so that FDA may designate a country as not subject to certain bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-related restrictions applicable to FDA regulated human food and cosmetics. A country seeking to be so designated must send a written request to the Director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, including information about the country's BSE case history, risk factors, measures to prevent the introduction and transmission of BSE, and any other relevant information.
Medicare Program; Modification to the Weighting Methodology Used To Calculate the Low-Income Benchmark Amount; Correction
This document corrects mathematical errors that appeared in the impact analysis accompanying the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on April 3, 2008 entitled, ``Modification to the Weighting Methodology Used to Calculate the Low-Income Benchmark Amount.''
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Assessing the Impact of the Patient Safety Improvement Corps (PSIC) Training Program.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Draft OIG Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities
This Federal Register proposed notice seeks the comments of interested parties on a draft supplemental compliance program guidance (CPG) for nursing facilities developed by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). When OIG publishes the final version of this guidance, it will supplement OIG's prior CPG for nursing facilities issued in 2000. This proposed notice contains new compliance recommendations and an expanded discussion of risk areas. The proposed notice takes into account Medicare and Medicaid nursing facility payment systems and regulations, evolving industry practices, current enforcement priorities (including the Government's heightened focus on quality of care), and lessons learned in the area of nursing facility compliance. When published, the final supplemental CPG will provide voluntary guidelines to assist nursing facilities in identifying significant risk areas and in evaluating and, as necessary, refining ongoing compliance efforts.
Privacy Act of 1974, New OIG Privacy Act System of Records: Litigation Files
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is proposing a new system of records, entitled Litigation Files, Administrative Complaints, and Personnel Actions, HHS/OS/OIG/OCIG (09-90-0077). This proposed notice is in accordance with the Privacy Act requirement that agencies publish their systems of records in the Federal Register when there is a revision, change, or addition. This new system will replicate the existing system of records, entitled Litigation Files, Administrative Complaints, and Adverse Personnel Actions, HHS/OS/OGC (09-90-0064), to reflect that responsibility for providing legal services to the Inspector General has transferred to OIG's Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG). The existing Litigation Files system of records (09-90-0064) remains with the Department's Office of General Counsel and will be unchanged. This notice specifically covers that portion of the records that transferred to, or have been since created and maintained by, OCIG. The Litigation Files, Administrative Complaints, and Personnel Actions, HHS/OS/OIG/ OCIG system of records will be maintained for the purposes of representing OIG and its components in court cases and administrative proceedings, in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.).
Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability
The Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability (ACBSA). ACBSA is a Federal advisory committee in the Department of Health and Human Services. Management support for the activities of this Committee is the responsibility of the OPHS. The qualified individuals will be nominated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for consideration of appointment as members of the ACBSA. Members of the Committee, including the Chair, are appointed by the Secretary. Members are invited to serve on the Committee for overlapping four-year terms.
Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE); Privacy Act of 1974; Amended System of Records
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is publishing notice of amendment of its system of records, entitled ``Federal Case Registry of Child Support Orders'' (FCR), 09-80-0202, last published at 69 FR 46550 on August 3, 2004. The amendment adds four routine uses; new categories of records; and clarifying information and technical amendments.