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Executive Office of the President; 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:

Cancellation and Announcement of a Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Management and Budget is issuing this notice to advise the public that the January 19, 2006 public meeting of the Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP or “Panel”) established in accordance with the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) of 2003 has been cancelled and replaced with a January 31, 2006 public meeting.

DATES:

The meeting being cancelled by this notice is the January 19, 2006 meeting and a new meeting is announced for January 31, 2006, beginning at 9 a.m. eastern time and ending no later than 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The January 31, 2006 meeting will be held at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Basement auditorium, 801 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20434. The public is asked to pre-register one week in advance for all 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 this notice or the Panel itself, or to pre-register for the meeting, should contact 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 Anne Terry, AAP Senior 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 the 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 the January 31, 2006 meeting. The Panel has been extended from one year to 18 months by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. Therefore, additional public meetings are anticipated and will be announced in the Federal Register.

January 31, 2006 Meeting. The preliminary recommendations of one or more selected working groups, established at the February 28, 2005 and May 17, 2005 public meetings of the AAP (see http://www.acqnet.gov/​aap for a list of working groups), will be discussed by the full Panel during this meeting. The Panel may also hear from some additional invited speakers. The Panel welcomes oral public comments at this meeting and has reserved one hour for this purpose. Members of the public wishing to address the Panel during the meeting must contact Anne Terry, in writing, as soon as possible to reserve time (see contact information above).

(b) Posting of Draft Reports and Preliminary Findings and Recommendations: Members of the public are encouraged to regularly visit the Panel's Web site at http://www.acqnet.gov/​aap for draft reports (under “Working Group Reports”) and preliminary findings and recommendations (under “Meeting Materials” or “Meeting Minutes”). Currently, the working groups are staggering the posting of various sections of their draft reports.

(c) Availability of Materials for the Meetings: Please see the Panel's Web site for any available materials, including draft agendas and minutes (http://www.acqnet.gov/​aap). Questions/issues of particular interest to the Panel are also available to the public on this web site on its front page, including “Questions for Government Buying Agencies,” “Questions for Contractors that Sell Commercial Goods or Services to the Government,” “Questions for Commercial Organizations,” and an issue raised by one Panel member regarding the rules of interpretation and performance of contracts and liabilities of the parties entitled “Proposal for Public Comment.” The Panel encourages the public to address any of these questions/issues when presenting either oral public comments or written statements to the Panel.

(d) Procedures for Providing Public Comments: It is the policy of the Panel to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. 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. Because Panel members may ask questions, reserved times will be approximate. Interested parties must contact 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 this 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.

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Laura Auletta,

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

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[FR Doc. 06-258 Filed 1-11-06; 8:45 am]

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