The Department of Veterans Affairs gives notice under the Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the subcommittees of the Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as indicated below:
|Research Centers A||June 14, 2006||VA Central Office.|
|Research Centers B||June 28, 2006||Henley Park Hotel.|
The addresses of the meetings are: VA Central Office, 1722 Eye Street, NW., Washington, DC. Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Washington, DC.
The purpose of the Merit Review Board is to provide advice on the specific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of center-based research proposals submitted for VA merit review consideration. Proposals submitted for review by the Board involve a range of medical specialties within the general areas of biomedical, behavioral and clinical science research.
The subcommittee meetings will be open to the public for approximately one hour at the start of each meeting to discuss the general status of the program. The remaining portion of each subcommittee meeting will be closed to the public for the review discussion and evaluation of initial and renewal projects.
The closed portion of the meetings involves discussion, examination, reference to staff and consultant critiques of research protocols. During this portion of the subcommittee meetings, discussion and recommendations will deal with qualifications of personnel conducting the studies, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, as well as research information, the premature disclosure of which could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action regarding such research projects.
As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended, closing portions of these subcommittee meetings is in accordance with 5 U.S.C., 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B). Those who plan to attend or would like to obtain a copy of minutes of the subcommittee meetings and rosters of the members of the subcommittees should contact LeRoy G. Frey, PhD, Chief, Program Review (121F), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 at (202) 254-0288.Start Signature
Dated: May 25, 2006.
By direction of the Secretary.
E. Philip Riggin,
Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 06-5026 Filed 6-1-06; 8:45 am]
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