[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 67 (Friday, April 6, 2012)]
[Page 20852]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8333]



U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review; Notice of 

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 
as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following 

    Name: U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review, 
    Date/Time: April 20, 2012.
    Open Session: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Closed Session: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 
1235, Arlington, VA 22230.
    Type of Meeting: Partially Open.
    Contact Person: Sue LaFratta, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). 
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 
22230. (703) 292-8030.
    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.
    Purpose of Meeting: The Panel will conduct an independent review 
of the current U.S. Antarctic Program to ensure the nation is 
pursuing the best twenty-year trajectory for conducting science and 
diplomacy in Antarctica--one that is environmentally sound, safe, 
innovative, affordable, sustainable, and consistent with the 
Antarctic Treaty.
    Agenda: Present the Panel with additional programmatic 
information related to opportunities and challenges for Antarctic 
research and research support; discussion of findings and 
recommendations; planning for final report.
    Reason for Closing: One session of the meeting is closed to the 
public because the Committee will review and discuss confidential 
commercial information and/or privileged intellectual property that 
if disclosed could harm the commercial interest of a submitter. The 
panel discussion could lead to premature disclosure of information 
that could significantly frustrate the Agency's implementation of 
proposed actions. Therefore this session is properly closed under 
exemptions 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (4) and (9)(B) of the Government in the 
Sunshine Act.

     Dated: April 3, 2012.
Susanne Bolton,
Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-8333 Filed 4-5-12; 8:45 am]