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Secretary's Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.


Notice of solicitation for membership.


We are giving notice that the Secretary has reestablished the Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases for a 2-year period. The Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this committee.


Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before January 7, 2008.


Nominations should be addressed to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Dr. Mark Teachman, Acting Director of Interagency Coordination, National Center for Animal Health Emergency Programs, VS, APHIS, USDA, 4700 River Road Unit 41, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8667.

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The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases (the Committee) advises the Secretary of Agriculture on actions necessary to keep foreign diseases of livestock and poultry from being introduced into the United States. In addition, the Committee advises the Secretary on contingency planning and on maintaining a state of preparedness to deal with these diseases, if introduced.

The Committee Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall be elected by the Committee from among its members.

In August 2007, we reestablished the Committee. We are now soliciting nominations from interested organizations and individuals. An organization may nominate individuals from within or outside its membership. The Secretary will select members to obtain the broadest possible representation on the Committee, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Start Printed Page 65560Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation 1041-1. Equal opportunity practices, in line with the USDA policies, will be followed in all appointments to the Committee. To ensure that the recommendations of the Committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department, membership should include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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Done in Washington, DC, this 14th day of November 2007.

Kevin Shea,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. E7-22739 Filed 11-20-07; 8:45 am]