[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 238 (Monday, December 13, 2010)]
[Pages 77679-77680]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31229]



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

AGENCY: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 
Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 
12th Street, NW., Room Junior Ballrooms 2-3, 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, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:15 
p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is 
tentatively scheduled to hear presentations on agriculture research and 
development, the National Science Foundation, synthetic biology, 
national security, and international affairs. PCAST members will also 
discuss reports they are developing on the topics of advanced 
manufacturing and biodiversity preservation and ecosystem 
sustainability. Additional information and the agenda 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 January 7, 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 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, 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 
Wednesday, December 22, 2010. 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 at 
least two weeks prior to each meeting date, December 22, 2010, so that 
the comments may be made available to the

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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 
    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.

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 is 
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 [email protected], (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 who directly advise the President. See 
the Executive Order at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. 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; 
and Dr. Eric S. Lander, President, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
    Meeting Accommodations: 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. 2010-31229 Filed 12-10-10; 8:45 am]