[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 233 (Monday, December 6, 2010)]
[Pages 75671-75672]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-30475]



Regional Advisory Committees

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and 
Secondary Education.

ACTION: Request for nominations to serve on the Regional Advisory 


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education (Secretary) invites interested 
parties to submit nominations for individuals to serve on the Regional 
Advisory Committees.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) will 
be established by the Secretary and governed by the provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended; 5 
U.S.C., Appendix). The Secretary is establishing ten RACs, one in each 
region served by the Regional Educational Laboratories, in order to 
collect information on the educational needs of each region. The RACs 
will seek input regarding the need for the technical assistance 
activities described in section 203 of the Educational Technical 
Assistance Act (ETAA) and how those needs would be most effectively 
addressed. In order to achieve this purpose, the RACs will seek input 
from chief executive officers of States; chief State school officers; 
educators, including teachers and administrators; local educational 
agencies; librarians; businesses; State educational agencies; parents; 
and other customers. Not later than six months after each RAC is 
convened, it will submit a report to the Secretary. Each report will 
identify the educational needs of the region and how those needs would 
be most effectively addressed. To the extent that he deems appropriate, 
the Secretary will consider these reports, and other relevant regional 
surveys of educational needs, in establishing priorities for the 
comprehensive centers.

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    Section 206(b) of the ETAA requires that the membership of each RAC 
contain a balanced representation of States in the region and include 
not more than one representative of each State educational agency 
located in the region. The membership of each RAC may include the 
following: Representatives of local educational agencies, both rural 
and urban; representatives of institutions of higher education, 
including those that represent university-based research on education 
and on subjects other than education; parents; practicing educators, 
including classroom teachers, principals, administrators, school board 
members, and other local school officials; representatives of business; 
and researchers. Each RAC will be composed of approximately 12 members.

Nomination Process

    Any interested person or organization may nominate one or more 
qualified individuals for membership. If you would like to nominate an 
individual or yourself for appointment to one of the RACs, please 
submit the following information to the Department's White House 
Liaison Office:
     A copy of the nominee's resume;
     A cover letter that provides the reason(s) for nominating 
the individual;
     Contact information for the nominee (name, title, home and 
business address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address); and
     Specify the groups the nominee may qualify to represent 
from the following categories (list all that apply):

[cir] State educational agency.
[cir] Local educational agency (LEA).
     Rural LEA.
     Urban LEA.
[cir] Practicing educator.
     Classroom teacher.
     School principal.
     Other school administrator.
     School board member.
     Other local school official.
[cir] Parent.
[cir] Institution of higher education.
     University-based education research.
     University-based research on subjects other than 
[cir] Business.
[cir] Researchers.

In addition, the cover letter must state that the nominee (if you are 
nominating someone other than yourself) has agreed to be nominated and 
is willing to serve on one of the RACs. Nominees will be appointed 
based on technical qualifications, professional experience, 
demonstrated knowledge of issues, and demonstrated experience, 
integrity, impartiality, and good judgment.
    The Secretary will appoint members for the life of the Committee, 
which will span approximately five months. The committee will meet 
approximately five times during this period. Any member appointed to 
fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the full term for 
which the member's predecessor was appointed will be appointed for the 
remainder of such term. Members will serve without compensation. 
However, members may receive reimbursement for travel expenses for 
attending Committee meetings, including per diem in lieu of 
subsistence, as authorized by the Federal travel regulations.
    Each RAC will be composed of both representatives of organizations 
or recognizable groups of persons and Special Government Employees 
(SGEs). SGE members will be chosen for their individual expertise, 
qualifications, and experience; they will provide advice and make 
recommendations based on their independent judgment and will not be 
speaking for or representing the views of any nongovernmental 
organization or recognizable group of persons.

DATES: Nominations for individuals to serve on the RACs must be 
submitted (postmarked, if sending by mail; submitted electronically; or 
received, if hand delivered) by January 5, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations, including attachments, by any of 
the following methods:
     Electronically: Send to: WhiteHouseLiaison@ed.gov (specify 
in the e-mail subject line, ``Regional Advisory Committee 
     Mail, express delivery, hand delivery, messenger, or 
courier service: Submit one copy of the documents listed above to the 
following address: U.S. Department of Education, White House Liaison 
Office, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 7C109, Washington, DC 20202, 
Attn: Karen Akins. Express mail or hand delivery is encouraged to 
ensure timely receipt of materials.
    For questions, contact Karen Akins, White House Liaison Office, at 
(202) 401-3677, at (202) 205-0723 (fax), or via e-mail at 

    Dated: November 29, 2010.
Arne Duncan,
Secretary of Education.
[FR Doc. 2010-30475 Filed 12-3-10; 8:45 am]