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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:

Research Career ScientistsFebruary 20, 2014* VA Central Office.
Aging & Neurodegenerative DiseaseFebruary 25, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Psychological Health & Social ReintegrationFebruary 25, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Regenerative MedicineFebruary 25, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Brain Injury: TBI & StrokeFebruary 25-26, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Sensory Systems/Communication DisordersFebruary 26, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Rehabilitation Engineering & Prosthetics/OrthoticsFebruary 27, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
VA-ORD Historically Black College and University Research Scientist Training ProgramFebruary 27, 2014* VA Central Office.
Career Development Award ProgramFebruary 27-28, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic RehabilitationFebruary 27-28, 2014VHA National Conference Center.
Spinal Cord InjuryMarch 3, 2014* VA Central Office.

The addresses of the meeting sites are:

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

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. Because some of the meetings will be in a Government building, anyone attending must be prepared to show a valid photo ID for checking in. Please allow 15 minutes before the meeting begins for this process. 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 Start Printed Page 7515applications and critiques. During the closed portion 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 or written 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 at least 5 days before the meeting. For further information, please call Mrs. Asqueri at (202) 443-5757.

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Dated: February 4, 2014.

Jeffrey M. Martin,

Office Manager, Regulation Policy and Management, Office of the General Counsel.

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[FR Doc. 2014-02628 Filed 2-6-14; 8:45 am]