Federal Register: December 5, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 235)
DOCID: fr21no08-23 FR Doc E8-27724
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agricultural Research Service
DOCUMENT ACTION: Solicitation of Nominations, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.
Agricultural Research Service
DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or before December 22, 2008.
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App., the Agricultural Research Service is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The charge for the AC21 is twofold: to examine the longterm impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and USDA; and to provide guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the application of biotechnology in agriculture.
Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture; Solicitation of Nominations; Correction,
Nominations are being sought for open Committee seats. There are currently 20 members on the AC21 and the committee's Charter allows for flexibility to appoint up to a total of 25 members. AC21 members serve terms of up to 2 years, with terms for around half of the Committee members generally expiring in most years. Members can be reappointed to serve up to 6 consecutive years. Because the AC21 will have been in existence for 6 years in early 2008 and because of staggered appointments for committee members, the terms of 13 current members of the AC21, including the AC21 Chair, will expire at that time. Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed in all membership appointments to the Committee. To ensure that recommendations of the Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
Nominees of the AC21 should have recognized expertise in one or
more of the following areas: recombinantDNA (rDNA) research and
applications using plants; rDNA research and applications using
animals; rDNA research and applications using microbes; food science;
silviculture and related forest science; fisheries science; ecology;
veterinary medicine; the broad range of farming or agricultural
practices; weed science; plant pathology; biodiversity; applicable laws
and regulations relevant to agricultural biotechnology policy; risk
assessment; consumer advocacy and public attitudes; public health/
epidemiology; ethics, including bioethics; human medicine;
biotechnology industry activities and structure; intellectual property
rights systems; and international trade. Members will be selected by
the incoming Secretary of Agriculture in order to achieve a balanced
representation of viewpoints to address effectively USDA biotechnology
policy issues under consideration. Background information regarding the
work of the AC21, including reports already developed by the Committee,
is available on the USDA Web site at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/ !ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_
1OB?navid=BIOTECH&parentnav=AGRICULTURE&navtype=RT. Over the next two years, it is expected that the AC21 will undertake work specifically related to transgenic animal technologies, and, if time permits, begin work on additional topics under the Committee's charge.
Nominations for AC21 membership must be in writing and provide the appropriate background documents required by USDA policy, including background disclosure form AD755. All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section. Forms may also be submitted by fax to (202) 6904265. To obtain form AD755 ONLY, please contact Dianne Fowler, Office of Pest Management Policy, telephone (202) 7204074, fax (202) 7203191; email Dianne.email@example.com.
The AC21 meets in Washington, DC, up to four (4) times per year. The function of the AC21 is solely advisory. Members of the AC21 and its subcommittees serve without pay, but with reimbursement of travel expenses and per diem for attendance at AC21 and subcommittee functions for those AC21 members who require assistance in order to attend the meetings. While away from home or their regular place of business, those members will be eligible for travel expenses paid by the Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at the same rate as a person employed intermittently in the government service is allowed under Section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code.
Submitting Nominations: Nominations should be typed and include the following:
1. A brief summary of no more than two (2) pages explaining the nominee's suitability to serve on the AC21.
2. A resume or curriculum vitae.
3. A completed copy of form AD755.
All nominations must be post marked no later than [the date set forth above].
Dated: November 13, 2008.
Deputy Chief of Staff.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 7203817.