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Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities Notice of Meeting

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2005 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 24, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., in Room 442, Export Import Bank, 811 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on matters of structural safety in the construction and remodeling of VA facilities and to recommend standards for use by VA in the construction and alteration of facilities as prescribed under Section 8105 of Title 38, United States Code.

On June 23, the Committee in workshop will review developments in the fields of fire safety issues and structural design as they relate to seismic and other natural hazards' impact on the safety of buildings. On June 24, the Committee in formal meeting will receive appropriate briefings/presentations on current seismic, natural hazards, and fire safety issues that are particularly relevant to facilities owned and leased by the Department. The Committee will also vote on appropriate safety recommendations for inclusion in VA's standards.

No time will be allocated for receiving oral presentations from the public. However, the Committee will accept written comments. Comments should be sent to Krishna K. Banga, Senior Structural Engineer, Facilities Quality Service, Office of Facilities Management (181A), Department of Veterans Affairs, 811 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Those wishing to attend should contact Mr. Banga at (202) 565-9370.

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Dated: May 26, 2005.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 05-11002 Filed 6-1-05; 8:45 am]