[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 106 (Friday, June 1, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32641-32642]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13387]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Meetings of the National Biodefense Science Board

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the 
Secretary.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that 
the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a closed 
session under exemption 9(B) of the Government in Sunshine Act, 5 
U.S.C. 552b(c), in addition to a public meeting the following day.

DATES: The June 26, 2012, NBSB public meeting is tentatively scheduled 
from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closed session of the NBSB will take place 
on June 25, 2012, and is tentatively scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 
p.m. The agendas for both days are subject to change as priorities 
dictate. Please check the NBSB Web site for the most up-to-date 
information on these meetings.

ADDRESSES: The June 26, 2012, public meeting will be held at the 
Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 
20005. To attend by teleconference and/or Web cast, please refer to the 
NBSB Web site for further instructions at WWW.PHE.GOV/NBSB. Please log-
in/call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting to facilitate 
attendance. Pre-registration is optional for in-person attendance, 
however online access to the Web cast is required by June 21, 2012. 
Individuals who wish to attend the meeting in-person should send an 
email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with ``NBSB Registration'' in the subject line by 
June 21, 2012. The closed session will not be open to the public as 
stipulated under exemption 9(B) of the Government in Sunshine Act, 5 
U.S.C. section 552b(c).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The National Biodefense Science Board 
mailbox: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 319M of the Public 
Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d-7f) and section 222 of the Public 
Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a), the Department of Health and Human 
Services established the National Biodefense Science Board. The Board 
shall provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary on 
scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to the 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding current and 
future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological

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agents, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. The 
Board may also provide advice and guidance to the Secretary and/or the 
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on other 
matters related to public health emergency preparedness and response.
    Background: The June 26, 2012, public meeting will be dedicated to 
the introduction of two new tasks to the NBSB. The NBSB is being tasked 
to advise the HHS Secretary on the development of a national public 
health and healthcare situational awareness strategy and implementation 
plan. In addition, the NBSB, in collaboration with the Public Health 
Preparedness and Response--Board of Scientific Counselors, a Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention Federal Advisory Committee, is being 
tasked with identification and evaluation of the anticipated 
responsibilities of the Strategic National Stockpile for the year 2020. 
The NBSB continues to review and evaluate the 2012 Public Health 
Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and 
Implementation Plan (SIP). Therefore, the Board's deliberations on the 
PHEMCE SIP task are being conducted in closed sessions in accordance 
with provisions set forth under exemption 9(B) of the Government in 
Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), and with approval by the ASPR. For a 
full description for the basis for closing the meeting on June 25, 
2012, please see the previous meeting notice published at 77 FR 13129 
(2012).
    Availability of Materials: The meeting agenda and materials will be 
posted on the NBSB Web site at www.PHE.GOV/NBSB prior to the meeting.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Any member of the public 
providing oral comments at the meeting must sign-in at the registration 
desk and provide his/her name, address, and affiliation. All written 
comments must be received prior to June 21, 2012, and should be sent by 
email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with ``NBSB Public Comment'' as the subject line. 
Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as 
sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should 
email NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    Dated: May 25, 2012.
Nicole Lurie,
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
[FR Doc. 2012-13387 Filed 5-31-12; 8:45 am]
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