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Health Services Research and Development Service Merit Review Board; 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 Health Services Research and Development Service Merit Review Board will be held August 31-September 2, 2010, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Various subcommittees of the Board will meet. Each subcommittee meeting of the Board will be open to the public the first day for approximately one half-hour from 8 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. to cover administrative matters and to discuss the general status of the program. The remaining portion of the meetings will be closed. The closed portion of each meeting will involve discussion, examination, reference to, and oral review of the research proposals and critiques.

The purpose of the Board is to review research and development applications involving the measurement and evaluation of health care services, the testing of new methods of health care delivery and management, and nursing research. Applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit. Recommendations regarding funding are submitted to the Chief Research and Development Officer.

On August 31, the subcommittee on Nursing Research Initiative will convene from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Career Development Award will convene from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On September 1, the Career Development Award will continue from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and six subcommittees on Health Services Research (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) will convene from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On September 2, the subcommittee on Health Services Research 7 for Pilot Proposal Review will convene from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During the closed portion of each meeting, discussion and recommendations will include qualifications of the 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 would likely compromise significantly the implementation of proposed agency action regarding such research projects). As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing portions of each meeting is in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B).

Those who plan to attend the open session should contact Mrs. Kristy Benton-Grover, Scientific Merit Review Program Manager (124R), Health Services Research and Development Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, or e-mail at at least 5 days before the meeting. For further information, please call (202) 461-1521.

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By Direction of the Secretary.

Dated: July 6, 2010.

Vivian Drake,

Acting Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2010-16857 Filed 7-9-10; 8:45 am]