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Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board; Notice of Meetings

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, that the subcommittees of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates indicated below:

Career Development Award ProgramAugust 6, 2013VHA National Conference Center.
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic RehabilitationAugust 6-7, 2013VHA National Conference Center.
Psychological Health and Social ReintegrationAugust 6-7, 2013VHA National Conference Center.
Regenerative MedicineAugust 7, 2013Department of Education.
Sensory Systems/CommunicationAugust 7, 2013VHA National Conference Center.
Aging and Neurodegenerative DiseaseAugust 8, 2013VHA National Conference Center.
Career Development Award ProgramAugust 8, 2013VHA National Conference Center.
Spinal Cord InjuryAugust 8, 2013* VA Central Office.
Research Career ScientistsAugust 10, 2013* VA Central Office.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/OrthoticsAugust 13, 2013Department of Education.
Brain Injury: TBI and StrokeAugust 14-15, 2013Department of Education.

The addresses of the meeting sites are:

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202.

VA Central Office, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20002. (* Teleconference)

VHA National Conference Center, 2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

The purpose of the Board is to review rehabilitation research and development applications and advise the Director, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, and the Chief Research and Development Officer on the scientific and technical merit, the mission relevance, and the protection of human and animal subjects.

The subcommittee meetings will be open to the public for approximately one-half hour at the start of each meeting to cover administrative matters and to discuss the general status of the program. The remaining portion of each subcommittee meeting will be closed to the public for the discussion, examination, reference to, and oral review of the research applications and critiques. During the closed potion of each subcommittee 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 the meeting is in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B).

No oral comments will be accepted from the public for either portion of the meetings. Those who plan to attend the open portion of a subcommittee meeting should contact Tiffany Asqueri, Designated Federal Officer, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, at Department of Veterans Affairs (10P9R), 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, or email Written comments may be submitted to Ms. Benton-Grover at the same address and email. For further information, please call Mrs. Asqueri at (202) 443-5757.

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Dated: August 12, 2013.

By Direction of the Secretary.

Vivian Drake,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2013-19912 Filed 8-15-13; 8:45 am]