Department of Defense (DoD).
Notice of meeting.
The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards (“the Panel”) will take place.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Administrative Working Meeting)
12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Open Session)
Friday, February 7, 2014
7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Administrative Working Meeting)
Defense Health Headquarters (DHHQ), Pavilion Salon C, 7700 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Virginia 22042 (escort required; see guidance in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, “Public's Accessibility to the Meeting.”)
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
The Director is Ms. Christine Bader, 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042, (703) 681-6653, Fax: (703) 681-9539, firstname.lastname@example.org. For meeting information, please contact Ms. Camille Gaviola, 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042, email@example.com, (703) 681-6686, Fax: (703) 681-9539.
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This meeting is being held under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150.
Purpose of the Meeting
At this meeting, the Panel will address the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2011 (Pub. L. 111-383), Section 2852(b) requirement to provide the Secretary of Defense independent advice and recommendations regarding a construction standard for military medical centers to provide a single standard of care, as set forth below:
a. Reviewing the unified military medical construction standards to determine the standards consistency with industry practices and benchmarks for world class medical construction;
b. Reviewing ongoing construction programs within the DoD to ensure medical construction standards are uniformly applied across applicable military centers;
c. Assessing the DoD approach to planning and programming facility improvements with specific emphasis on facility selection criteria and proportional assessment system; and facility programming responsibilities between the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Secretaries of the Military Departments;
d. Assessing whether the Comprehensive Master Plan for the National Capital Region Medical (“the Master Plan”), dated April 2010, is adequate to fulfill statutory requirements, as required by section 2714 of the Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (division B of Pub. L. 111-84; 123 Stat. 2656), to ensure that the facilities and organizational structure described in the Master Plan result in world class military medical centers in the National Capital Region; and
e. Making recommendations regarding any adjustments of the Master Plan that are needed to ensure the provision of world class military medical centers and delivery system in the National Capital Region.
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165 and subject to availability of space, the Panel meeting is open to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 6, 2014. On February 6, 2014, the Panel will receive briefings from the Department to include an overview of the unified military medical construction standards and ongoing construction programs. Additionally, the Panel will receive a briefing on the Comprehensive Master Plan for the National Capital Region Medical.
Availability of Materials for the Meeting
A copy of the agenda or any updates to the agenda for the February 6-7, 2014 meeting, as well as any other materials presented in the meeting, may be obtained at the meeting.
Public's Accessibility to the Meeting
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165 and subject to availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Seating is limited and is on a first-come basis. All members of the public who wish to attend the public meeting must contact Ms. Camille Gaviola at the number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014 to register and make arrangements for a DHHQ escort, if necessary. Public attendees requiring escort should arrive at the DHHQ Visitor's Entrance with sufficient time to complete security screening no later than 12:00 p.m. on February 6. To complete security screening, please come prepared to present two forms of identification and one must be a picture identification card.
Individuals requiring special accommodations to access the public meeting should contact Ms. Camille Gaviola at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Any member of the public wishing to provide comments to the Panel may do so in accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the procedures described in this notice.
Individuals desiring to provide comments to the Panel may do so by submitting a written statement to the Director (see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section). Written statements should address the following details: the issue, discussion, and a recommended course of action. Supporting documentation may also be included, as needed, to establish the appropriate historical context and to provide any necessary background information.
If the written statement is not received at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting, the Director may choose to postpone consideration of the statement until the next open meeting.
The Director will review all timely submissions with the Panel Chairperson and ensure they are provided to members of the Panel before the meeting that is subject to this notice. After reviewing the written comments, the President and the Director may choose to invite the submitter to orally present Start Printed Page 3187their issue during an open portion of this meeting or at a future meeting. The Director, in consultation with the Panel Chairperson, may allot time for members of the public to present their issues for review and discussion by the Panel.
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Dated: January 14, 2014.
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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