[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 236 (Thursday, December 10, 2009)]
[Pages 65552-65553]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-29488]



President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    Notice of Meeting: Partially Closed Meeting of the President's 
Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

ACTION: Public notice.


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: January 7, 2010.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences 
building, 2100 C Street, NW., Lecture Room, Washington, DC.
    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 January 7, 2010 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 p.m. 
to 2 p.m.
    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is 
tentatively scheduled to hear presentations from representatives of the 
Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Energy, the 
Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, and the 
Department of Commerce, as well as an expert in healthcare policy. 
Speakers will address the following issues: Energy research, 
development, and demonstration; homeland security science and 
technology; agriculture research; science, technology, and innovation; 
and healthcare policy. Additional information and the agenda will be 
posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast.
    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of 
approximately 1 hour with the President on January 7, 2010, 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 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The 
precise date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been 
    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 
January 7, 2010 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the 
PCAST Web site [http://www.ostp.gov//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 
January meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://www.ostp.gov/pcast, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, 
December 30, 2009. Phone or email 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 35 copies of their oral comments for 
distribution to the participants and public at the meeting.
    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the 
date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at 
least two weeks prior to each meeting date 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://www.ostp.gov/pcast in the 
section entitled ``Connect with PCAST.''
    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of 

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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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Further Information: Information 
regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for 
the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the 
event will be available at http://www.ostp.gov//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 was established by Executive Order 13226 on 
September 30, 2001. The PCAST is an advisory group of the nation's 
leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and 
the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy 
recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, 
technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and 
forming policy that works for the American people. 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; 
Dr. Harold E. Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer 
Center; and Dr. Eric S. Lander, President and Director, Broad Institute 
of MIT and Harvard.
    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.

M. David Hodge,
Operations Manager.
[FR Doc. E9-29488 Filed 12-9-09; 8:45 am]