Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government


Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.
ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in theFederal Register.
DATES: Monday, October 15, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone (301) 903-9817; fax (301) 903-5051 or The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Committee's Web site:

Purpose of the Meeting:To provide advice on a continuing basis to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the development and implementation of the Biological and Environmental Research Program.

Tentative Agenda Topics

• Report from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research

• News from the Biological Systems Science and Climate and Environmental Sciences Divisions

• Discussion of charge on the development and use of new tools mentioned in the BERAC “Long Term Vision” report

• Updates on the Bioenergy Research Centers and the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison

• Workshop updates

• New Business

• Public Comment

Public Participation:The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact David Thomassen at the address or telephone number listed above. You must make your request for an oral statement at least five business days before the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chairperson of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Public comment will follow the 10-minute rule.

Minutes:The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying within 45 days at the BERAC Web site:

Issued in Washington, DC on August 30, 2012. LaTanya R. Butler, Acting Deputy Committee Management Officer.