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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 February

    Agriculture

  • Healthy Forests Reserve Program

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule; Reopening public comments.


    SUMMARY: On January 14, 2009, NRCS published in the Federal Register a proposed rule for the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) with a public comment period closing on February 13, 2009. The proposed rule included changes to address amendments to HFRP associated with enactment of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. NRCS is hereby reopening the public comment period for the HFRP proposed rule and amending the closing date to March 20, 2009.

    DATES: Comments to the HFRP proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on January 14, 2009 (74 FR 1954) must be received on or before March 20, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may send comments using any of the following methods: Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending comments electronically. NRCS Web site: Go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov and follow the instructions for sending comments electronically. Mail: Easements Programs Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Healthy Forests Reserve Program Comments, P.O. 2890, Room 6819-S, Washington, DC 20013. Fax: 1-202-720-4265. Hand Delivery: Room 6819-S of the USDA South Office Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please ask the guard at the entrance to the South Office Building to call 202-720-4527 in order to be escorted into the building. This proposed rule may be accessed via Internet. Users can access the NRCS homepage at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/; select Farm Bill link from the menu; select the Proposed Rule link from beneath the Rules Index title. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3354.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2009; Amendment

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability; amendment.


    SUMMARY: NOAA publishes this notice to amend the solicitation "NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program," which was originally announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Due to technical difficulties, potential applicants may have experienced problems when attempting to submit applications for the "NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program," solicitation (73 FR 76341) through Grants.gov. This notice announces that the B-WET Program will accept applications from applicants who were unsuccessful in submitting their application through Grants.gov during the original solicitation period.

    DATES: Applicants will be required to provide documentation of the problem and appropriate paper application materials to the B-WET National Coordinator by 5:00 PM ET, February 27, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: B-WET National Coordinator, NOAA Office of Education, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 6863, Washington, DC 20230. Please note: Because hard copies of applications submitted via the US Postal Service can take up to 4 weeks to reach this office, applicants are advised to submit their applications via expedited shipping methods (e.g., Airborne Express, DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3605.htm

  • Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST)

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; issuance of a letter of authorization.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a 1-year letter of authorization (LOA) has been issued to the U.S Navy (Navy) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the Navy's Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST) activities conducted off the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. These activities are considered military readiness activities pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2004 (NDAA).

    DATES: Effective January 22, 2009, through January 21, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The LOA and supporting documentation are available by writing to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225, by telephoning one of the contacts listed here (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3413.htm

  • Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy Training in the Southern California Range Complex

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; issuance of a letter of authorization.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a 1-year letter of authorization (LOA) has been issued to the U.S Navy (Navy) for the incidental take of marine mammals during training, maintenance, and research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities conducted within the Navy's Southern California (SOCAL) Range Complex. These activities are considered military readiness activities pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2004 (NDAA).

    DATES: Effective January 22, 2009, through January 21, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The LOA and supporting documentation are available by writing to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225, by telephoning one of the contacts listed here (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3436.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, March 9, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, March 10, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/ meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held both days at the Hilton Washington DC/Silver Spring, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by March 4, 2009 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after March 4, 2009, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Final Report from the Social Science Working Group; (2) SAB Strategic Planning Session: Transition and Beyond; (3) SAB Recommendations on Options for a National Climate Service; (4) NOAA Response to Engaging NOAA's Constituents: A Report from the NOAA Science Advisory Board''; (5) NOAA Response to the SAB ReportFire Weather Research: A Burning Agenda for NOAA''; (6) NOAA Response to the SAB Recommendations on High Performance Computing; and (7) SAB Census of Marine Life Subcommittee Update.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3186.htm

  • Defense

  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This Notice is published in accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463). The topic of the meeting on March 11-12, 2009 is to review new start and continuing research and development projects requesting Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program funds in excess of $1M. This meeting is open to the public. Any interested person may attend, appear before, or file statements with the Scientific Advisory Board at the time and in the manner permitted by the Board.

    DATES: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, March 12, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: SERDP Office Conference Center, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 804, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3506.htm

  • Economic Development Administration

  • Solicitation of Applications for the FY 2009 University Center Economic Development Program Competition in EDA's Atlanta and Seattle Regional Offices

    AGENCY: Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: EDA is soliciting competitive applications from accredited institutions of higher education and from consortia of accredited institutions of higher education for FY 2009 University Center Economic Development Program funding in the geographic areas served by its Atlanta and Seattle regional offices. EDA's mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Institutions of higher education have many assets and are able to establish and operate University Centers in partnership with EDA. These EDA-sponsored University Centers conduct research; provide technical assistance to tribal entities, local governments, and public and private sector organizations; and undertake other activities with the goal of enhancing regional economic development by promoting a favorable business environment to attract private capital investment and higher-skill, higher-wage jobs.

    DATES: The closing date and time for receipt of applications for funding under the FY 2009 University Center Economic Development Program competition is April 21, 2009 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time for applicants in the Atlanta regional office's service area and 5 p.m. Pacific Time for applicants in the Seattle regional office's service area. The Atlanta regional office will hold an informational teleconference for prospective applicants on March 4, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The Seattle regional office will hold its informational teleconference call on March 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. For instructions regarding these teleconferences, please see the information provided below under ``Informational Teleconferences.''

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3658.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review ``The Ecological Significance of Atrazine Effects on Primary Producers in Surface Water Streams in the Corn and Sorghum Growing Region of the United States (Part II).''

    DATES: The meeting will be held on May 12-15, 2009, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by May 4, 2009, and requests for oral comments be submitted by May 8, 2009. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after May 4, 2009, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before March 6, 2009. Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202. Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0104, by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3502.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Analysis of Comments and Implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS

    ACTION: Notice.


    Background

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires investigators funded by the NIH to submit, or have submitted for them, an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to the National Library of Medicine's digital archive, PubMed Central, to be posted publicly within 12 months after the official date of publication. Congress required the NIH to implement this funding limitation in Division G, Title II, Section 218 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 ("Section 218"). The Policy is intended to advance science, provide public access to the published results of NIH-funded research, and improve human health.

    The current Public Access Policy is the culmination of years of effort and community interaction. Prior to passage of Section 218, the NIH undertook extraordinary public outreach concerning the issue of public access to the published results of NIH-funded research. These outreach efforts included a review of over six thousand public comments and the establishment of an independent advisory group to review NIH's implementation of a voluntary Public Access Policy. Additionally, as part of the process to implement Section 218 in a transparent and participatory manner, the NIH formally sought public input through an open meeting and a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment. This open meeting occurred on March 20, 2008, and was designed to ensure that a discussion of stakeholder issues could occur. The feedback from the open meeting helped define questions for an RFI, which was published on the NIH Web site on March 28, 2008 and in the Federal Register on March 31, 2008 (73 FR 16881-16895). The RFI was designed to seek input on the NIH Public Access Policy, as it was revised to incorporate Section 218, and the responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning it. The RFI was open for sixty days following publication in the Federal Register, from March 28 to May 31, 2008.

    (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3442.htm)[http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3442.htm]

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting


    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    Agency Holding Meeting: National Science Board.

    Date and Time: Monday, February 23, 2009, at 8 a.m.; and Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 8 a.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    Status: Some portions open, some portions closed

    Open Sessions

    February 23, 2009

    8 a.m.-8:05 a.m. 8:05 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

    February 24, 2009

    8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. 10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Closed Sessions

    February 23, 2009

    2:15 p.m.-4 p.m. 4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    February 24, 2009

    11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 1:30 p.m.-1:40 p.m. 1:40 p.m.-2 p.m.

    Agency Contact: Dr. Robert E. Webber, rwebber@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3298.htm

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