[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 101 (Thursday, May 25, 2006)]
[Page 30115]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-4849]



Invitation for the Public To Provide Recommendations to the U.S. 
Arctic Research Commission Regarding Future Goals for U.S. Arctic 

AGENCY: Arctic Research Commission.

ACTION: Invitation for public comments and recommendations.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Arctic Research Commission is drafting its biennial 
report to the President an Congress on goals for the U.S. Arctic 
research program, due in January 2007. This notice is an invitation to 
the Arctic research community and the public at large to provide 
recommendations to the Commission for consideration in its ``Report on 
Goals and Objectives 2007.''
    Arctic research is conducted by 15 agencies of the United States 
government and is coordinated by the Interagency Arctic Research Policy 
Committee (IARPC) chaired by the National Science Foundation. Recent 
focus of U.S. Arctic research spans a number of goals and objectives 
including the study of Arctic climate change, geophysics, health of 
Arctic ecosystems, health of Arctic residents, assessment of Arctic 
resources, and studies of Arctic infrastructure. Under the Arctic 
Research and Policy Act of 1984, the seven citizen members of the U.S. 
Arctic Research Commission provide goals for that program which, if 
approved by the President, are incorporated into the nation's five year 
Arctic Research Plan. In its last report in 2005, submitted to the 
President and Congress, the Commission sought five broad research 
objectives for programs integrated across Federal agencies. The 
Commission also made specific recommendations to Federal agencies for 
work within their own programs, for international coordination of 
research and for investment in Arctic research infrastructure.
    The public is invited to participate in the Commission's 
formulation of its recommendations for the 2007 Goals Report. We invite 
your comments and recommendations regarding the future U.S. Arctic 
research program and the Arctic research priorities of the Federal 
agencies. Comments should be addressed to Kathy Farrow at the 
Commission offices by e-mail at k.farrow@arctic.gov (in the subject 
line please insert ``goals report'') or by fax 1-703-525-0114, and 
should be received at the Commission's Arlington, Virginia office by no 
later than 1 July 2006.
    The Commission will meet to hear public comment and invited 
testimony regarding the future U.S. Arctic research program on the 
following dates:

Barrow, Alaska: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, 27 June 2006 at the Inupiat 
Heritage Center.
Anchorage, Alaska: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, 29 June 2006 at the 
North Pacific Research Board, 1007 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, 

    Individuals wishing to address recommendations directly to the 
Commission while it is in session in Barrow or Anchorage should request 
a time slot from the Commission by e-mail or fax in advance of their 
desire to speak. They should include their name, address and telephone 
number. Speakers are limited to a maximum of five (5) minutes each. 
Written amplification of their public comments will be accepted at that 
time. Speaking period will be assigned on a first come, first served 
    Copies of the ``Report on Goals and Objectives 2005'' and other 
documents of the Commission may be found at http://www.arctic.gov.
    Any person planning to attend this meeting who requires special 
accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language 
interpreters, must inform the Commission in advance of those needs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Farrow, U.S. Arctic Research 
Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306-0090.

George B. Newton,
Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
[FR Doc. 06-4849 Filed 5-24-06; 8:45 am]