Notice to solicit nominees.
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets twice annually to advise GIPSA on the programs and services it delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA). Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
GIPSA will consider nominations received by February 8, 2012.
Submit nominations for the Advisory Committee by completing form AD-755 and mail to:
- Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250 Attn: Grain Inspection Advisory Committee.
Form AD-755 may be obtained via USDA's Web site: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Terri L. Henry, telephone (202) 205-8281 or email Terri.L.Henry@usda.gov.
As required by section 21 of the USGSA (7 U.S.C. 87j), as amended, the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) established the Advisory Committee on September 29, 1981, to provide advice to the GIPSA Administrator on implementation of the USGSA. The current authority for the Advisory Committee expires on September 30, 2015. As specified in the USGSA, each member's term is 3 years and no member may serve successive terms.
The Advisory Committee consists of 15 members, appointed by the Secretary, who represent the interests of grain producers, processors, handlers, merchandisers, consumers, exporters, and scientists with expertise in research related to the policies in section 2 of the USGSA (7 U.S.C. 74). While members of the Advisory Committee serve without compensation, USDA reimburses them for travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, for travel away from their homes or regular places of business in performance of Advisory Committee service (see 5 U.S.C. 5703).
A list of current Advisory Committee members and other relevant information are available on the GIPSA Web site at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov. Under the section “I Want To * * * ” select “Learn about the Advisory Committee.”
GIPSA is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee to replace six members and four alternate members whose terms will expire March 31, 2012.
Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that recommendations of the Advisory Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
The final selection of Advisory Committee members and alternates is made by the Secretary.
Alan R. Christian,
Acting Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-87 Filed 1-6-12; 8:45 am]
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