[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 196 (Tuesday, October 11, 2011)]
[Page 62871]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-26151]



President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a 
partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on 
Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the 
Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.

DATES: November 2, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 
12th Street NW., Ballroom Salon A, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting 
agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is 
available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A 
live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are 
expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The 
archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. 
Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, 
PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006. 
Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is 
available on a first-come, first-served basis.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The President's Council of Advisors on 
Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation's 
leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment 
the science and technology advice available to him from inside the 
White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies. 
See the Executive Order at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. PCAST 
is consulted about and provides analyses and recommendations concerning 
a wide range of issues where understandings from the domains of 
science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices 
before the President. PCAST is administered by the Office of Science 
and Technology Policy (OSTP). PCAST is co-chaired by Dr. John P. 
Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and 
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of 
the President, The White House; and Dr. Eric S. Lander, President, 
Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 
    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed.
    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors 
on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session 
on November 2, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is 
tentatively scheduled to hear from speakers who will provide an 
overview of two reports--one on innovation and job creation, and 
another on government-held spectrum. In addition, several agencies will 
update PCAST on the implementation status of the recommendations it 
made in its report on nanotechnology. PCAST will also receive an update 
on the status of several of its studies. Additional information and the 
agenda, including any changes that arise, will be posted at the PCAST 
Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.
    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of 
approximately 1 hour with the President on November 2, 2011, which must 
take place in the White House for the President's scheduling 
convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting 
will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is 
likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest 
of national defense or foreign policy under 5 USC 552b(c)(1).
    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written 
public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments 
whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented 
at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or 
written statements.
    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on 
November 2, 2011 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on 
the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public 
comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's 
work, not for business marketing purposes.
    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the 
meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on 
October 24, 2011. Phone or e-mail reservations will not be accepted. To 
accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments 
will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public 
comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is 
space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from 
among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments 
may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are 
requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for 
distribution to the PCAST members.
    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the 
date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST no 
later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on October 17, 2011, so that the 
comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the 
meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit 
comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled ``Connect with PCAST.''
    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of 
FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as 
public documents and will be made available for public inspection, 
including being posted on the PCAST Web site.
    Meeting Accomodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation 
to access this public meeting should contact Dr. Stine at least ten 
business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can 
be made.

Ted Wackler,
Deputy Chief of Staff.
[FR Doc. 2011-26151 Filed 10-7-11; 8:45 am]