[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 172 (Wednesday, September 7, 2005)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-17654]



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Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Assistant Administrator; 
Evaluation of NOAA's Response to the August 6, 2004 Research Review 
Report; Notice

Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 172 / Wednesday, September 7, 2005 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Assistant Administrator; 
Evaluation of NOAA's Response to the August 6, 2004 Research Review 
Report

AGENCY: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research publishes this 
notice to announce the availability for public comment of the Science 
Advisory Board's (SAB) draft report on the evaluation of NOAA's 
response to the Research Review Report. ``The Evaluation of NOAA's 
Response to the Research Review Report'' can be found at: http://
www.sab.NOAA.gov/reports/reports.html.

DATES: Comments on this draft document must be submitted by October 7, 
2005.

ADDRESSES: The draft report on the evaluation of NOAA's response to the 
Science Advisory Board's Research Review Report will be available on 
the SAB Web site at http://www.sab.NOAA.gov/reports/reports.html on 
September 7, 2005.
    The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to 
research.review@noaa.gov For commenters who do not have access to a 
computer, comments may be submitted in writing to: NOAA Research, 
Science Advisory Board (SAB), c/o Ms. M. Whitcomb, Silver Spring Metro 
Center Bldg 3 Room 11419, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 
Maryland 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. M. Whitcomb, Silver Spring Metro 
Center Bldg 3 Room 11419, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 
Maryland 20910 (phone 301-713-2454 x173), during normal business hours 
of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, or visit the 
SAB Web site at: http://www.sab.NOAA.gov/reports/reports.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research (OAR) publishes this notice to announce the availability of a 
draft report that evaluates NOAA's response to the August 6, 2004 
Research Review Report. The SAB will post the draft report on ``The 
Evaluation of NOAA's Response to the Research Review Report'', for 
public comment on September 7, 2005. The Science Advisory Board is 
seeking public comment from all interested parties. This draft report 
is being issued for comment only and is not intended for interim use. 
Suggested changes will be incorporated, where appropriate, in the final 
report being submitted to the NOAA Administrator.
    NOAA asked the SAB to appoint an external panel to review progress 
in implementing recommendations from the Research Review Report. On 
August 16 and 17, a five person review panel met in Silver Spring, 
Maryland, to evaluate the progress made. This panel is tasked with 
evaluating the NOAA response to the August 2004 report's findings and 
recommendations. The panel is also tasked with providing additional 
recommendations to the Administrator to improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the NOAA research organization. This review panel will 
be disbanded once its final report to the NOAA Science Advisory Board 
is issued.
    The draft report will be posted on the SAB Web site on September 7, 
2005 for public comment. Public comments may be submitted for 30 days, 
from September 7, 2005 to October 7, 2005.
    NOAA welcomes all comments on the content of the report. We request 
comments on any inconsistencies perceived within the report, and 
possible omissions of important topics or issues. For any shortcoming 
noted within the draft report, please propose specific remedies.
    The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to 
research.review@noaa.gov.
    Please follow these instructions for preparing and submitting 
comments. Using the format guidance described below will facilitate the 
processing of reviewer comments and assure that all comments are 
appropriately considered. Please provide background information about 
yourself on the first page of your comments: your name(s), 
organization(s), area(s) of expertise, mailing address(es), telephone 
and fax numbers, email address(es). Overview comments should follow 
your background information and should be numbered. Comments that are 
specific to particular pages, paragraphs, or lines should follow any 
overview comments and should identify the page numbers to which they 
apply. Please number all pages (on the upper right hand of each page) 
and print identifying information at the top of each page. Comments may 
also be submitted in writing to: NOAA Research, Science Advisory Board 
(SAB), c/o Ms. M. Whitcomb, Silver Spring Metro Center Bldg 3 Room 
11419, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    Dated: August 31, 2005.
Louisa Koch,
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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