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Acquisition Advisory Panel; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Acquisition Advisory Panel

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AGENCY:

Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

ACTION:

Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meetings.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Management and Budget announces two meetings of the Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP or “Panel”) established in accordance with the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003.

DATES:

There are two meetings announced in this Federal Register Notice. A public meeting of the Panel will be held on May 17, 2005, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time and ending no later than 5 p.m. A second public meeting of the Panel will be held on May 23, 2005, beginning at 9:15 a.m. central time and ending no later than 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The May 17, 2005 meeting will be held at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Basement auditorium, 801 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20434. The May 23, 2005 meeting will be held in the Fritz G. Lanham Federal Bldg, 819 Taylor Street, Room 4A14H (Texas Room), Ft. Worth, TX 76102. The public is asked to pre-register one week in advance for both meetings due to security and/or seating limitations (see below for information on pre-registration).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Members of the public wishing further information concerning these meetings or the Acquisition Advisory Panel itself, or to pre-register for either meeting, should contact Ms. Laura Auletta, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at: laura.auletta@gsa.gov, phone/voice mail (202) 208-7279, or mail at: General Services Administration, 1800 F. Street, NW., Room 4006, Washington, DC 20405. Members of the public wishing to reserve speaking time must contact Ms. Anne Terry, AAP Staff Analyst, in writing at: anne.terry@gsa.gov, by fax at (202) 501-3341, or mail at the address given above for the DFO, no later than one week prior to the meeting at which they wish to speak.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

(a) Background

The purpose of the Panel is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Congress pursuant to Section 1423 of Start Printed Page 21256the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003. The Panel's statutory charter is to review Federal contracting laws, regulations, and governmentwide policies, including the use of commercial practices, performance-based contracting, performance of acquisition functions across agency lines of responsibility, and governmentwide contracts. Interested parties are invited to attend the meetings. Opportunity for public comments will be provided at both meetings. Additional time for oral public comments is expected at future public meetings to be announced in the Federal Register.

May 17, 2005 Meeting—The working groups, established at the February 28, 2005 public meeting of the AAP (see http://www.acqnet.gov/​aap for a list of working groups), will report any significant updates during this meeting, which may include any follow-up recommendations for additional working groups or other issues to be examined. The Panel also expects to hear from additional invited speakers from the public and private sectors who will address issues related to the Panel's statutory charter. In addition to working group reports and invited speakers, the Panel is also welcoming oral public comments at this meeting and has reserved an estimated two hours for this purpose. Members of the public wishing to address the Panel during either meeting must contact Ms. Anne Terry, in writing, as soon as possible to reserve time (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION above).

May 23, 2005 Meeting—The Panel plans to hear invited speakers, including those from the private sector, at this meeting. The Panel also welcomes oral public comments at this meeting and is reserving an estimated three hours for this purpose. Members of the public wishing to address the Panel during either meeting must contact Ms. Anne Terry, in writing, as soon as possible to reserve time (see contact information above).

(b) Availability of Materials for the Meetings

Please see the Acquisition Advisory Panel Web site for any available materials, including draft agendas, for these meetings (http://www.acqnet.gov/​aap). Questions/issues of particular interest to the Panel will also be made available to the public on this Web site. The Panel asks that the public address any of these questions/issues when presenting either oral public comments or written statements to the Panel. The public may also obtain copies of Initial Working Group Reports presented at the March 30, 2005 public meeting at the Panel's Web site under “Meeting Materials” at http://www.acqnet.gov/​aap for additional information on the Panel's areas of interest.

(c) Procedures for Providing Public Comments

It is the policy of the Acquisition Advisory Panel to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. To facilitate Panel discussions at its meetings, the Panel may not accept oral comments at all meetings. The Panel Staff expects that public statements presented at Panel meetings will be focused on the Panel's statutory charter and working group topics, and not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements, and that comments will be relevant to the issues under discussion.

Oral Comments: Speaking times will be confirmed by Panel staff on a “first-come/first-served” basis. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, oral public comments must be no longer than 10 minutes for the May 17th meeting and 15 minutes for the May 23rd meeting. Because Panel members may ask questions, reserved times will be approximate. Interested parties must contact Ms. Anne Terry, in writing (via mail, e-mail, or fax identified above for Ms. Terry) at least one week prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the public speaker list for the meeting. Oral requests for speaking time will not be taken. Speakers are requested to bring extra copies of their comments and presentation slides for distribution to the Panel at the meeting. Speakers wishing to use a Power Point presentation must e-mail the presentation to Ms. Terry one week in advance of the meeting.

Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated), written comments should be received by the Panel Staff at least one week prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the Panel for their consideration prior to the meeting. Written comments should be supplied to the DFO at the address/contact information given in the FR Notice in one of the following formats (Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, or Rich Text files, in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). Please note: Since the Panel operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, all public presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, up to and including being posted on the Panel's Web site.

(d) Meeting Accommodations

Individuals requiring special accommodation to access the public meetings listed above should contact Ms. Auletta at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Laura Auletta,

Designated Federal Officer (Executive Director), Acquisition Advisory Panel.

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[FR Doc. 05-8216 Filed 4-22-05; 8:45 am]

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