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Agencies are not required to take public comment on non-regulatory policies and guidance, but it is considered a "best practice" to do so. If you are concerned about the manner in which the NPS plans to implement the benefits sharing policy, here's your chance to express your views.


By the way, the benefits-sharing policy can be found here:





Ellen Paul

Executive Director

The Ornithological Council

Email: ellen.paul@verizon.net

"Providing Scientific Information about Birds"




Federal Register Volume 77, Number 246 (Friday, December 21, 2012)


[Page 75655]








National Park Service


Notice of Availability of Draft Director's Order 77-10

Concerning National Park Service Policies and Procedures Governing

Benefits Sharing


AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.


ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.




SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to adopt a

Director's Order setting forth policies and procedures that guide NPS

practices to implement benefits sharing in accordance with the National

Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 (16 U.S.C. 5935(d)) that

authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into negotiations

with the research community and private industry for equitable,

efficient benefits-sharing arrangements. Benefits sharing occurs when

NPS receives monetary or other benefits from a discovery or invention

with a commercial application resulting from research originating under

an NPS Scientific Research and Collecting Permit, or other permit or



DATES: Written comments will be accepted until January 22, 2013.




ADDRESSES: Draft Director's Order 77-10 is available on the

Internet at http://www.nps.gov/applications/npspolicy/DOrders.cfm where

readers may comment on the draft. In lieu of the above preferred

process, requests for paper copies of and written comments on the draft

Director's Order should be sent to Ann Hitchcock, Senior Advisor for

Scientific Collections, 1201 Eye Street NW., (Room 1247), Washington,

DC 20005. We will not accept comments by fax, e-mail, or in any other

way other than those specified above.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Hitchcock at (202) 354-2271 or

John G. Dennis at (202) 513-7174.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Draft Director's Order 77-10

addresses benefits sharing stemming from research results derived from

NPS-permitted research and the relationship between NPS benefits

sharing and NPS technology transfer activities under authority of the

Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and related legislation (15

U.S.C. 3710 et seq.). This Order clarifies National Park Service

Management Policies 2006 4.2.4, defines NPS benefits sharing, lists

fundamental benefits-sharing principles, describes basic benefits-

sharing procedures, addresses related ethics and confidentiality,

assigns responsibilities for administering benefits sharing, and

outlines reporting requirements.


Public Availability of Comments


Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or

other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be

aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying

information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you may

ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying

information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be

able to do so.

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