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    Agriculture

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Juneau, Alaska. Attendees may also participate via webinar and conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). Additional information relating to the Committee, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.

    DATES: The meetings will be held in-person and via webinar/conference call on the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AKST

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AKST

    Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. AKST

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Centennial Hall Convention Center, 101 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska. For anyone who would like to attend via webinar and/or conference call, please visit the Web site listed above or contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service Washington Office--Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW., Mail Stop 1104, Washington, DC 20250- 1104. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chalonda Jasper, Committee Coordinator, by phone at 202-260-9400, or by email at cjasper@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-10/html/2015-14146.htm

  • Notice of Intent To Revise a Currently Approved Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to revise a currently approved information collection entitled, "Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).''

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by August 17, 2015, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov; Fax: 202-720-0857; Mail: Office of Information Technology (OIT), NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2216.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, Records Officer; email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Reporting Requirements for Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).

    OMB Number: 0524-0048.

    Expiration Date of Current Approval: January 31, 2018.

    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection.

    Abstract: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), NIFA administers several competitive, peer-reviewed research, education, and extension programs, under which awards of a high-priority are made. These programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.); Competitive, special, and facilities research grants (7 U.S.C. 450i) and other legislative authorities. NIFA also administers several formula funded research programs. The programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a-1-582a-7); the Hatch Act of 1887, as amended (7 U.S.C. 4361a-361i); Section 1445 of Public Law 95-113, the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3222); and Section 1433 of Subtitle E (Sections 1429-1439), Title XIV of Public Law 95-113, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3191-3201).

    The purpose of this revision is to collect two new pieces of information as part of REEport: (1) Demographic data on grant participants, and (2) additional lines on the REEport Financial Report for "Non-Federal Funds'' used on projects funded by NIFA.

    Demographic Data: NIFA proposes to collect the following data as approved in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). NIFA is being asked by other Federal Government entities for information regarding the demographics of grantee participants in research, higher education, and extension, including Project Directors, Co-Project Directors, Students, etc. Demographic data (i.e., gender, ethnicity, race, and disability status) should be provided directly by significant contributors, with the understanding that submission of such data is voluntary. There are no adverse consequences if the data are not provided. Confidentiality of demographic data will be in accordance with agency's policy and practices for complying with the requirements of the Privacy Act.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/html/2015-14416.htm

  • Commerce

  • Pacific Whiting; Advisory Panel; Joint Management Committee

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS is soliciting nominations for appointments to the United States Advisory Panel (AP) and the Joint Management Committee (JMC) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Pacific Whiting Treaty). Nominations are being sought to fill six positions on the AP beginning on September 16, 2015, and one position on the JMC starting November 1, 2015. Terms are 4 years, and appointees will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the terms.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by July 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations by any of the following methods:

    Email: whiting.nominations.wcr@noaa.gov.

    Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Frank Lockhart.

    Mail: William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Lockhart, (206) 526-6142 or Miako Ushio, (206) 526-4644

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-08/html/2015-13894.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Chemical Safety Advisory Committee; Establishment of a Federal Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), we are giving notice that EPA recently established the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC). The purpose of the CSAC is to provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). The major objective is to provide advice and recommendations on: The scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. EPA has determined that this federal advisory committee is necessary and in the public interest and will assist the EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities. Copies of the CSAC charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress. EPA invites the public to nominate experts to be considered for the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0233, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPPT Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Bailey, (7201M), Office of Science Coordination and Policy (OSCP), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001, email address: bailey.laura@epa.gov, telephone number: (202) 564-8450.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/html/2015-14331.htm

  • Interior

  • Reopening of Nomination Period for Members of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior published a notice inviting nominations for non-Federal members of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (Committee). The closing date for nominations was June 1, 2015. This Federal Register Notice reopens the nomination and comment period for 30 days. If you have already submitted information to be considered for appointment to the Committee you do not have to resubmit it.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by July 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-08/html/2015-13859.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (1173).

    Dates/Time: June 24, 2015 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; June 25, 2015 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Vickie Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to June 18, 2015.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Joan Burrelli, Acting CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone Numbers: 703-292-8040/Email: jburrell@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the Acting CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    NSF Executive Liaison Report

    Discussions:

    • Leadership Panel Discussion: NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for
    • Diversity in Engineering and Science)
    • NSF Broadening Participation Framework for Action
    • Thematic Focus of Women and Girls in STEM
    • Reports of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • 2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress
    • Updates from the Federal Liaisons

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-09/html/2015-14036.htm

  • Commerce

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC) consisting of eight Regional Fishery Management Council (RFMC) chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors and its subcommittees in June 2015. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils, including: Budget issues, MSA reauthorization, National Standard 1, Bycatch Strategy, Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) catches, NEPA, allocation working group report, Council Operational Guidelines, recreational fishery issues, habitat working group report, enforcement activities, other topics of concern to the RFMC, and decisions and follow-up activities.

    DATES: The meeting will be held June 22-25, 2015. Registration for the meeting will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday June 22, 2015. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and recess at 5:15 p.m. or when business is complete. The meeting will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 and recess at 5:30 p.m. or when business is complete. The meeting will reconvene on the final day at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015 and adjourn by 12 noon or when business is complete.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040; telephone: (305) 296-8100.

    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Douglas Gregory, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348-1630; fax: (813) 348-1711; email: doug.gregory@gulfcouncil.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-01/html/2015-13087.htm

  • Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancy openings on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) pending late October 2015. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re- appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill upcoming vacancies being created by term limits.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before July 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Jennifer Lukens, Executive Director, MAFAC, Office of Policy, NMFS F-14553, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lukens, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: jennifer.lukens@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-04/html/2015-13593.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Oceans Month, 2015

    This summer, millions of Americans will take in the beauty and natural splendor of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. As destinations for recreation and tourism, these bodies of water rejuvenate our spirit and cultivate a love of our great outdoors. And no matter where you live or who you are, a healthy and thriving ocean is essential to all people all year. Our marine environments contribute to our food supply, bolster our economy, strengthen our national defense, and support important scientific research and innovation. They are some of humanity's greatest treasures and central to who we are as a people. During National Oceans Month, we celebrate these life- sustaining ecosystems, and we reaffirm our vital role as stewards of our planet.

    Ensuring the long-term health, resilience, and productivity of our marine environments requires us to act to protect and preserve them in the face of a range of threats. Climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise, and these effects can harm coral reefs and force certain species to migrate. Carbon pollution is being absorbed by our oceans, causing them to acidify and changing entire ecosystems. And illegal fishing continues to threaten our global and economic security, as well as the sustainability of our world's fisheries.

    My Administration is committed to doing all we can to combat these threats and leave our children and grandchildren clean and vibrant oceans. As part of my National Ocean Policy, we are creating a coordinated, science-based approach to managing our coasts and oceans, and we are focused on implementing specific, on-the-ground actions to improve our ocean economy and bolster ocean health. We continue to make meaningful progress toward ending overfishing, and the Federal Government is partnering with State, local, and tribal leaders to promote marine conservation. As President, I continue to use my authority to preserve our most precious ecosystems, including last year when I expanded the largest marine reserve in the world-- ensuring more of our pristine tropical marine environments are off limits to commercial resource extraction.

    We are heirs to a vast expanse of oceans and waterways that have sustained our ancestors for centuries. As caretakers of our planet, we share an obligation to protect these magnificent ecosystems for generations to come. This month, let us work to do our part and recommit to leading the way toward a safer, cleaner, more stable world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-03/html/2015-13752.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Teleconferences and a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting and three teleconferences of the SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel to conduct a review of the EPA draft report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources, (May, 2015 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-15/047).

    DATES: The public teleconferences will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the following dates: Wednesday September 30, 2015; Thursday October 1, 2015; and Monday October 19, 2015. The public face- to-face meeting will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday October 29, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday October 30, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The October 28 through 30, 2015 public meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW., Washington, DC 20005. Teleconference lines also will be available for members of the public unable to attend in person.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding these public meetings may contact Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone: (202) 564-2134 or email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. The SAB mailing address is: U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, including information concerning the SAB meeting and teleconferences announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Technical Contact for EPA's Draft Report: Any technical questions concerning EPA's draft report should be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Frithsen, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 8601P, Washington, DC 20460, telephone (703) 347-8623 or via email at frithsen.jeff@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-05/html/2015-13674.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) and Request for Suggested Meeting Topics for CLIAC

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on CLIAC and soliciting suggestions for topics to be considered for future Committee deliberation. CLIAC provides scientific and technical advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS; the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The advice and guidance pertain to general issues related to improvement in clinical laboratory quality and laboratory medicine. In addition, the Committee provides advice and guidance on specific questions related to possible revision of the CLIA standards. Examples include providing guidance on studies designed to improve safety, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, equity, and patient-centeredness of laboratory services; revisions to the standards under which clinical laboratories are regulated; the impact of proposed revisions to the standards on medical and laboratory practice; and the modification of the standards and provision of non-regulatory guidelines to accommodate technological advances, such as new test methods and the electronic transmission of laboratory information.

    CLIAC consists of 20 members and represents a diverse membership across laboratory specialties, professional roles (laboratory management, technical specialists, physicians, nurses) and practice settings (academic, clinical, public health), and includes a consumer representative. In addition, the Committee includes three ex officio members (or designees), including the Director, CDC; the Administrator, CMS; and the Commissioner, FDA. A nonvoting representative from the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) serves as the industry liaison. The Designated Federal Official (DFO) or their designee and the Executive Secretary are present at all meetings to ensure meetings are within applicable statutory, regulatory and HHS General Administration manual directives.

    Request for Candidates: Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to accomplishing CLIAC's objectives. Nominees will be selected by the HHS Secretary or designee from authorities knowledgeable across the fields of microbiology (including bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology), immunology (including histocompatibility), chemistry, hematology, pathology (including histopathology and cytology), or genetic testing (including cytogenetics); representatives from the fields of medical technology, public health, and clinical practice; and consumer representatives. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that Committee membership be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the committee's function. Consideration is given on the basis of geographic, ethnic and gender representation. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government. Current participation on federal workgroups or prior experience serving on a federal advisory committee does not disqualify a candidate; however, HHS policy is to avoid excessive individual service on advisory committees and multiple committee memberships. Committee members are Special Government Employees, requiring the filing of financial disclosure reports at the beginning and annually during their terms. CDC reviews potential candidates for CLIAC membership each fall, and provides a slate of nominees for consideration to the Secretary of HHS for final selection. HHS notifies selected candidates of their appointment near the start of the term in July, or as soon as the HHS selection process is completed. Note that the need for different expertise and individuals to maintain the appropriate demographic balance varies from year to year and a candidate who is not selected in one year may be reconsidered in a subsequent year.

    Candidates should submit the following items for nomination consideration. The deadline for receipt of materials is September 15, 2015:

    Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address).

    Letter(s) of recommendation from person(s) not employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Request for Suggested Meeting Topics: Consideration of topics for meeting agendas begins approximately four months prior to each meeting. The agendas are developed by CDC in collaboration with CMS, FDA, and the CLIAC Chair. Topics within the scope of the Committee's charge are selected and questions for CLIAC deliberation are developed to align with the agenda. The agenda is published in the Federal Register not less than 15 days before the meeting date and is posted on the CLIAC Web site (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/cliac/default.aspx). Suggested meeting topics are invited at any time for consideration at future meetings.

    Candidate suggestions and potential meeting topics may be submitted by:

    Email in care of the CLIAC Secretariat at CLIAC@cdc.gov.

    U.S. Postal Service: Attention: CLIAC Secretariat, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop F-11, Atlanta, GA 30329.

    Contact Person for Additional Information: Nancy Anderson, Chief, Laboratory Practice Standards Branch, Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Office of Public Health Scientific Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop F-11, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4018; telephone (404) 498-2741; or via email at NAnderson@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-02/html/2015-13313.htm

  • Interior

  • Call for Nominations to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is seeking nominations to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee established under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Geographic Data Committee related to management of Federal geospatial programs, development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906. The Committee reviews and comments on geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum for views of non-Federal stakeholders in the geospatial community.

    DATES: Nominations to participate on this Committee must be received by July 17, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations electronically to ngacnominations@fgdc.gov, or by mail to John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, 909 First Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations. Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee's qualifications, including information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a potential member. Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from employers, associations, professional organizations, and/or other organizations that indicate support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, USGS (206-220-4621). Additional information about the NGAC and the nomination process is posted on the NGAC Web page at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-05/html/2015-13758.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Wildlife and Sport Fish Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; revision and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) published a notice on May 11, 2015, announcing our intention to ask the Office of Management to renew approval for the information collection (IC) described below. We are revising that notice to: (1) Provide the estimated date for States to begin entering information into the new electronic system (Wildlife Tracking and Reporting Actions for the Conservation of Species); (2) revise the burden for reporting the information; and (3) extend the comment period. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by July 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this IC to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include "1018-0109" in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-358-2482 (telephone).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-01/html/2015-13089.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Nanotechnology-Related Public Webinars

    AGENCY: National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of public webinars.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold webinars periodically to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community. Topics covered may include announcements of new National Nanotechnology Initiative activities, discussions of technical subjects, introductions to resources available for specific areas such as education or sensors development, or other areas of potential interest to the nanotechnology community. The first webinar will be held June 25, 2015, to promote resources available on the newly developed Sensors Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) Web Portal (www.nano.gov/SensorsNSIPortal).

    DATES: The NNCO will hold multiple webinars between the publication of this Notice and December 31, 2015. The first webinar will be held on June 25, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: These free, web-based events are open to the public. For current information about the webinars, please visit www.nano.gov/PublicWebinars. Many webinars will be broadcast via AdobeConnect, which requires the installation of a free plug-in on a computer or of a free app on a mobile device.

    Submitting Questions: Some webinars may include question-and-answer segments in which questions of interest may be submitted to webinar@nnco.nano.gov beginning one week prior to the event through the close of the webinar. During the question-and-answer segments of the webinars, submitted questions will be considered in the order received and may be posted on the NNI Web site (www.nano.gov). A moderator will identify relevant questions and pose them to the speaker(s). Due to time constraints, not all questions may be addressed during the webinars. The moderator reserves the right to group similar questions and to skip questions, as appropriate. The Public Webinar page on nano.gov (www.nano.gov/PublicWebinars) will indicate which webinars will include question-and-answer segments.

    Registration: Registration is required for every webinar and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will open approximately two weeks prior to each event and will be capped at 200 participants or as space limitations dictate. Individuals planning to attend the webinar can find registration information at www.nano.gov/PublicWebinars.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stacey Standridge, 703-292-8103, sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-03/html/2015-13178.htm

  • Commerce

  • Request for Information Regarding Online Platforms To Promote Federal Science and Technology Facilities, Products, and Services

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; Request for Information (RFI)


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other member laboratories of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) offer a variety of specialized scientific and technical facilities, products, and services to the public, including access to instrumentation, reference materials, software, and calibrations. Access to such services is provided in a variety of ways, and may require the payment of fees or other costs and/or an application or agreement. NIST and other members of the FLC request information from the public regarding recommendations for online platforms that can broaden awareness and make it easier for the public to search for, locate, learn about, and obtain access to these facilities, products, and services. The information received in response to this RFI will be provided by NIST to various interagency groups for consideration and used to publicize various federal facilities and resources.

    DATES: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 29, 2015. Written comments in response to the RFI should be submitted according to the instructions in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Submissions received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic comments regarding the RFI should be addressed to Dr. Courtney Silverthorn by email to courtney.silverthorn@nist.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Courtney Silverthorn, Senior Interagency Policy Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Technology Partnerships Office, 100 Bureau Drive MS 2200, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 301-975-4189, or by email to courtney.silverthorn@nist.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-28/html/2015-12839.htm

  • Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings and hearings.


    SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its 119th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and its 163rd Council meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. The Council will also convene meetings of the Pelagic and International Standing Committee, Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee (FDCRC), Hawaii Standing Committee, and Executive and Budget Standing Committee.

    DATES: The meetings will be held from June 9, 2015 through June 18, 2015. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates, times and agendas.

    ADDRESSES: The 119th SSC, Pelagic and International Standing Committee, FDCRC, Hawaii Standing Committee, and Executive and Budget Standing Committee will be held at the Council office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813; phone: (808) 522-8220. The 163rd Council meeting and the Fishers Forum will be held at the Harbor View Center, Pier 38, 1129 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817; phone: (808) 983-1200. Background documents will be available from, and written comments should be sent to, Mr. Edwin Ebisui, Chair, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813; phone: (808) 522-8220 or fax: (808) 522-8226.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; phone: (808) 522-8220.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-26/html/2015-12638.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Applied Research Center, 301 Gateway Drive, Garden Room, Aiken, SC 29808.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; seab@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-28/html/2015-12893.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Proposal To Mitigate Exposure to Bees From Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA is seeking comment on a proposal to adopt mandatory pesticide label restrictions to protect managed bees under contract pollination services from foliar application of pesticides that are acutely toxic to bees on a contact exposure basis. These label restrictions would prohibit applications of pesticide products, which are acutely toxic to bees, during bloom when bees are known to be present under contract. EPA is also seeking comment on a proposal to rely on efforts made by states and tribes to reduce pesticide exposures through development of locally-based measures, specifically through managed pollinator protection plans. These plans would include local and customizable mitigation measures to address certain scenarios that can result in exposure to pollinators. EPA intends to monitor the success of these plans in deciding whether further label restrictions are warranted.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Goodis, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8157; email address: goodis.michael@epa.gov, or Marietta Echeverria, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-8578; email address: echeverria.marietta@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-29/html/2015-12989.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Comments on the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Public Access Plan to Federally Funded Research: Publications and Data

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby requesting public comment on the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Public Access Plan for Federally Funded Research: Publications and Data. The document is available to the public via http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/science/Pages/AccessPlan.aspx. The public comment period will end 30 days after posting in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit comments via email to Lorian Smith at lorian.smith@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-27/html/2015-12561.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; NSF's Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Portfolio of Programs Survey; Proposed Information Collection Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request establishment and clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for no longer than three years.

    A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    DATES: Submit comments before July 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling (703) 292-7556.

    Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All submissions received must include the agency name and collection name identified above for this information collection. Commenters are strongly encouraged to transmit their comments electronically via email. Comments, including any personal information provided become a matter of public record. They will be summarized and/ or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling (703) 292-7556. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-29/html/2015-13041.htm

  • Commerce

  • FY 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to announce the policies and application procedures for the FY 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Awards made under this program will support eligible entities as they develop or implement activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

    Funds will be available to support activities that: (1) Identify and address priority data, information, and capacity gaps; (2) develop tools, as needed, to inform sound, science-based decisions, which support regional efforts to plan for a resilient ocean and coastal economy; (3) acquire and integrate socioeconomic information with physical and biological information to improve the assessment of risk and vulnerability for planning and decision making; (4) understand how hazards and changing ocean conditions affect coastal economies, including existing and emerging sectors that depend on the ocean and coasts; (5) develop the information and approaches needed for improved risk communication, and the necessary tools, technical assistance and training tailored toward enhanced resilience to weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions; (6) evaluate the costs, benefits, and tradeoffs of systems-based development or redevelopment approaches that incorporate both natural defenses and hard structural solutions; or (7) support the development of sustainable recovery, redevelopment, and adaptation plans and implement programs and projects that incentivize rebuilding and development approaches which reduce risk and increase resilience.

    See the full FY 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), located on Grants.gov, as described in the ADDRESSES section, for a complete description of program goals and how applications will be evaluated. Note that this funding opportunity is one of two competitions being administered by NOAA to build coastal resilience. The companion competition, the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants program, is being administered by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to strengthen the resilience of communities, protected resources and fisheries.

    DATES: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or received by www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 24, 2015. See also Section IV.C and F of the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants FFO.

    ADDRESSES: Application packages for proposals are available through the apply function on Grants.gov by searching for Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324. If an applicant does not have Internet access, application packages shall be requested from Lisa Warr, 1305 East-West Hwy, N/OCM6, Silver Spring, MD 20910; or contact her at 301-563-1153 or via email to Lisa.S.Warr@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For administrative or technical questions regarding this announcement, contact Lisa Warr, Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East-West Hwy, N/OCM6, Silver Spring, MD 20910; or contact her at 301-563-1153 or via email to Lisa.S.Warr@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-18/html/2015-11956.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations of Experts to the Science and Information Subcommittee of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the formation of a new Science and Information Subcommittee (SIS) of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (the Board) and requests nominations of experts to be considered for appointment to the SIS. The SIS will assist the Board in providing ongoing advice on Great Lakes "adaptive management," the process of learning from past decisions to make more effective future Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) decisions. The SIS may provide other recommendations, as requested by the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) and for the benefit of the IATF. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may be used in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted within June 19, 2015 per instructions below.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line "SIS Nomination 2014" to cestaric.rita@epa.gov. You may also submit nominations by mail to: Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604; email address: cestaric.rita@epa.gov; telephone number: (312) 886-6815. General information concerning Great Lakes restoration and protection and the Advisory Board can be found at http://www.glri.us.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-20/html/2015-12259.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: June 11-12, 2015.

    Time: June 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: NIH Director's Report, ACD Working Group reports.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Time: June 12, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: NIH IC Director Reports and other business of the committee.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4272, woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should be submitted electronically to woodgs@od.nih.gov by close of business June 10, 2015, and include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://acd.od.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-22/html/2015-12389.htm

  • Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a meeting scheduled by the Deputy Director for Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the Chairpersons of the Boards of Scientific Counselors. The Boards of Scientific Counselors are advisory groups to the Scientific Directors of the Intramural Research Programs at the NIH. This meeting will take place on June 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the NIH, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, Building 31, 6th Floor, Room 6. The agenda for the meeting is a discussion of policies and procedures that apply to the regular review of NIH intramural scientists and their work.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should contact Ms. Margaret McBurney at the Office of Intramural Research, NIH, Building 1, Room 160, Telephone: (301) 496- 1921, FAX Number: (301) 402-4273, or email mmcburney@od.nih.gov in advance of the meeting.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-18/html/2015-11822.htm

  • Interior

  • 2015 Second Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to reopen the request for public nominations for certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. The RACs covered by this request for nominations are identified below. The BLM will accept public nominations for 30 days after the publication of this notice.

    DATE: All nominations must be received no later than June 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of BLM State Offices accepting nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Purdy, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, WO-630, Division of Regulatory Affairs, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003-3503; 202-912-7635.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-21/html/2015-12358.htm

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments

    AGENCY: Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Framework Agreement for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) have prepared a Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (Draft Phase IV ERP/EA) describing and proposing a suite of early restoration projects intended to continue the process of restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred on or about April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Draft Phase IV ERP/EA proposes 10 early restoration projects that are consistent with the early restoration program alternatives selected in the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Phase III ERP/PEIS). The Draft Phase IV ERP/EA also includes a notice of change and supporting analysis for one Phase III Early Restoration Project, "Enhancement of Franklin County Parks and Boat Ramps--Eastpoint Fishing Pier Improvements." The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft Phase IV ERP/EA and to seek public comments on the 10 proposed early restoration projects and supporting analysis.

    DATES: Comments Due Date: We will consider public comments received on or before June 19, 2015.

    Public Meetings: The Trustees have scheduled a series of public meetings to facilitate public review and comment on the Draft Phase IV ERP/EA. Both written and verbal comments will be taken at each public meeting. The Trustees will hold an open house for each meeting followed by a formal meeting. Each public meeting will include a presentation of the Draft Phase IV ERP/EA.

    ADDRESSES:

    Obtaining Documents: You may download the Draft Phase IV ERP/EA at: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Draft Phase IV ERP/EA (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also view the document at any of the public facilities listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the Draft Phase IV ERP/EA by one of following methods:

    Via the Web: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    Via U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado, at nanciann_regalado@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-20/html/2015-11945.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; National Initiative To Understand and Connect Americans and Nature

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by July 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include "1018-New" in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-358-2482 (telephone).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-19/html/2015-12052.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal/Award; Information-NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Request for comment notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The primary purpose of this revision is to implement NSF's new Public Access Policy, as well as to revise the PAPPG to incorporate a number of other policy-related changes.

    The draft NSF PAPPG is now available for your review and consideration on the NSF Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/.

    To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document to identify significant changes. A brief comment explanation of the change also is provided.

    NSF is particularly interested in public comment on the policy changes that are identified in the PAPPG. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    In addition to the type of comments identified above, comments also are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by July 20, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov. The draft NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide may be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-19/html/2015-12086.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 7 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

    DATES: Applications are due by June 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Michael Murray, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, University of California Santa Barbara, Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155, Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-6155; (805) 893-6418; email Michael.Murray@noaa.gov; or download application from http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/council_news.html.

    Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shelley DuPuy, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 621-5151 extension 106; email Shelley.DuPuy@noaa.gov; or download application from http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/advisorycouncil/councilnews.html.

    Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Becky Shortland, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; (912) 598-2381; email Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov; or download application from http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/council_news.html.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/ONMS/Shannon Lyday, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725-5905; email Shannon.Lyday@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/councilappaccepting.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Katherine Van Dam, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591-7350; email Katherine.VanDam@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, P.O. Box 4318 Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799; (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov.

    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Elizabeth Stokes, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate MA 02066; (781) 545-8026 extension 201; email elizabeth.stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/management/sac/sachome.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-15/html/2015-11630.htm

  • FY 15 Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability.


    SUMMARY: The principal objective of the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program is to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to: (1) Strengthen the resilience of our marine or coastal ecosystems to decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather; and (2) support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources. See the full Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), located on Grants.gov as described in the ADDRESSES section, for a complete description of program goals and how applications will be evaluated. Note that this funding opportunity is one of two competitions being administered by NOAA to build coastal resilience. The companion competition, the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program, is being administered by NOAA's National Ocean Service to support implementation of actions that directly build resilience of U.S. coastal communities using regional approaches. The Regional Coastal Resilience Grants FFO is expected to be posted in May 2015, and may be found on www.Grants.gov.

    DATES: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or received by www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 2, 2015. Use of a delivery service must be documented with a receipt. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted. In addition, applicants are advised that they must provide approval from the State Governor as evidenced by a letter or other form of documented correspondence for the proposed project by July 31, 2015. Before awards are made, NOAA will verify that correspondence from the State Governor has been received. See also Section III.C of the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants FFO.

    ADDRESSES: Complete application packages, including required Federal forms and instructions, can be found on www.Grants.gov by searching for Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004410. If a prospective applicant is having difficulty downloading the application forms from www.Grants.gov, contact www.Grants.gov Customer Support at 1-800-518-4726 or Grants.gov">support@Grants.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact Melanie Gange at (301) 427-8664, or by email at Melanie.Gange@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-15/html/2015-11769.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Vaccine Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) will hold a meeting on June 9-10, 2015. The meeting is open to the public. However, pre- registration is required for both public attendance and public comment. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or participate in the public comment session should register at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac. Participants may also register by emailing nvpo@hhs.gov or by calling 202-690-5566 and providing their name, organization, and email address.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on June 9-10, 2015. The meeting times and agenda will be posted on the NVAC Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac as soon as they become available.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.

    The meeting can also be accessed through a live webcast the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings/index.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715-H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: nvpo@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-13/html/2015-11476.htm

  • National Cancer Institute; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of the Joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA).

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. The open session will be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting Web site (http://videocast.nih.gov).

    A portion of the National Cancer Advisory Board meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Advisory Board Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research.

    Open: June 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion on Global Cancer Research.

    Place: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

    Contact Person: Edward L. Trimble, M.D., Executive Secretary, NCAB Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 3W562, Bethesda, MD 20892, (240) 276-5796, trimblet@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Advisory Board and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors.

    Open: June 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors; NCI Board of Scientific Advisors Concepts Review, NCI Director's report, and presentations.

    Closed: June 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of NCAB grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Room 10, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Paulette S. Gray, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W444, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-276-6340, grayp@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: NCAB: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ncab/ncab.htm, or BSA: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/bsa/bsa.htm where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-15/html/2015-11704.htm

  • Request for Nominations on the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that any industry organizations interested in participating in the selection of a nonvoting industry representative to serve on the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) notify FDA in writing. FDA is also requesting nominations for a nonvoting industry representative(s) to serve on the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies effective with this notice.

    DATES: Any industry organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent industry interests must send a letter stating that interest to the FDA by June 10, 2015, (see sections I and II of this document for further details). Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by June 10, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: All statements of interest from interested industry organizations interested in participating in the selection process of nonvoting industry representative nomination should be sent to Sujata Vijh (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). All nominations for nonvoting industry representatives may be submitted electronically by accessing the FDA Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Information about becoming a member of an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sujata Vijh, Division of Scientific Advisors and Consultants, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 6128, Silver Spring, MD 20993- 0002, 240-402-7107, FAX: 301-595-1307, email: Sujata.vijh@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-11/html/2015-11258.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Business and Operations Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Business and Operations Advisory Committee (9556).

    Date/Time: May 27, 2015; 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST).

    May 28, 2015; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230; Stafford I, Room 1235.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Joan Miller, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-8200.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice concerning issues related to the oversight, integrity, development and enhancement of NSF's business operations.

    Agenda

    May 27, 2015

    Welcome/Introductions; Discussion with Chief Operating Officer; NSF Relocation-Business Process Planning; iTRAK Implementation- Business Process Impact; Operational Change Experiences; Committee Discussion.

    May 28, 2015

    BFA/OIRM Updates; Documentation of BOAC Recommendations; Briefing on the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Study of NSF's Use of Cooperative Agreements to Support Large Scale Investments in Science and Technology; Meeting Wrap-Up.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-14/html/2015-11576.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Public Meeting of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Public Meeting of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Science and Technology Policy will hold a public meeting on July 22, 2015, for interested stakeholders to discuss implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The purpose of the meeting is to inform and engage stakeholders; collect feedback about resources needed to effectively implement the policy; and discuss stakeholder experiences, challenges, and innovative practices.

    DATES: July 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, Building 10, Lipsett Auditorium. Meeting information and updates will be posted http://www.phe.gov.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to space limitations. Registration will open on May 15, 2015. Individuals planning to attend the workshop should register online at www.PHE.gov/DURCworkshop.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this notice, please email DURC@ostp.gov. Additional information about the workshop, including the agenda, is posted at http://www.phe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-14/html/2015-11683.htm

  • Commerce

  • NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Science Plan

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Response to comments and release of final science plan.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the availability of response to comments and release of the final science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program.

    ADDRESSES: The final science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program will be available at http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/science-plan. Inquiries about the plan may be addressed to Becky Allee at NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Gulf of Mexico Division, Bldg. 1100, Rm. 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Becky Allee (becky.allee@noaa.gov, 228-688-1701).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/html/2015-10453.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; NOAA Restoration Center Performance Progress Report

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The draft revised information collection form and guidance not yet approved by OMB can be reviewed at http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/programs/crp.html.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 7, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Julia Royster, Office of Habitat Conservation, Restoration Center, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 20910, (301) 427-8686, or Julia.Royster@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-08/html/2015-11046.htm

  • Energy

  • Wave Energy Prize

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of the Wave Energy Prize.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the availability of the Wave Energy Prize and of DOE's responses to public comments on the draft Prize Rules and Prize Terms and Conditions. The prize is designed to achieve game-changing performance enhancements to wave energy conversion (WEC) devices, establishing a pathway to sweeping cost reductions on a commercial scale. The prize consists of three phases--design, build, and test and evaluation. Prize purses to the winner(s): Grand Prize ($1,500,000), 2nd Place Finisher ($500,000), and 3rd Place Finisher ($250,000).

    DATES: DOE launches the Wave Energy Prize and opens the Prize for public registration on May 1, 2015. The Winner(s) of the Prize, if any, is expected to be announced by the end of 2016. All dates are subject to change.

    ADDRESSES: Interested persons can register for the Wave Energy Prize at waveenergyprize.org on the "Register'' page. The final Prize Rules, the final Prize Terms and Conditions, and DOE's responses to public comments on the draft Prize Rules and Prize Terms and Conditions, can all be found are found under the "Rules'' tab of the "About'' page. Please submit questions and comments to: waveenergyprize.org">info@waveenergyprize.org.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit questions and comments to: waveenergyprize.org">info@waveenergyprize.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/html/2015-10409.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    DATES: The NEJAC meeting will convene Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; and will reconvene on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All noted times are Pacific Standard Time.

    One public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2015, starting at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by 6:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on Monday, May 11, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the McMillin Event Center at the National Training Center, located at 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC1601A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/html/2015-10366.htm

  • Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) covering FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Offices at 230 S. Clark St., 16th Floor, Fort Dearborn and Lake Michigan Conference Rooms, Chicago, Illinois. Meeting attendees must use the visitor's entrance located at 230 S. Clark St. For security reasons, attendees must provide their full name at least three working days in advance by contacting Rita Cestaric at cestaric.rita@epa.gov or Taylor Fiscus at fiscus.taylor@epa.gov. Attendees must be pre- registered for the meeting as only registered attendees will be permitted to enter the building. All attendees must show a valid photo ID to enter the building. For those unable to attend in person, this meeting will also be available telephonically. The teleconference number is (877) 744-6030 and the conference ID number is 28629925.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at cestaric.rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://glri.us/public.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-05/html/2015-10489.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, (BSC) National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Times and Dates: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., EDT, June 3, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m., EDT, June 4, 2015.

    Place: CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30341.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 60 people.

    Purpose: The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and by delegation, the Director, CDC and Administrator, NCEH/ ATSDR, are authorized under Section 301 (42 U.S.C. 241) and Section 311 (42 U.S.C. 243) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, to: (1) Conduct, encourage, cooperate with, and assist other appropriate public authorities, scientific institutions, and scientists in the conduct of research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and studies relating to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of physical and mental diseases and other impairments; (2) assist states and their political subdivisions in the prevention of infectious diseases and other preventable conditions and in the promotion of health and well being; and (3) train state and local personnel in health work. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC and Administrator, ATSDR; and the Director, NCEH/ ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agency's mission to protect and promote people's health. The board provides advice and guidance that will assist NCEH/ATSDR in ensuring scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results. The board also provides guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Matters for Discussion: The agenda items for the BSC Meeting will include NCEH/ATSDR Office of the Director updates; CDC/ATSDR Activities on Household Air Pollution and Cleaner Cookstoves; NCEH/ ATSDR Program Responses to BSC Guidance and Action Items; At the Intersection of Public Health and Health Care: CDC's National Asthma Control Program; Environmental Health Services: Vessel Sanitation Program, Model Aquatic Health Code; Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program; NCEH/ATSDR Emergency Management Activities; Environmental Health Tracking Program; Advances in Laboratory Methods--Molecular Newborn Screening Tests; and updates from the National Institute for Environmental Health Services, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Supplemental Information: The public comment period is scheduled on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 2:45 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., and on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

    Contact Person for More Information: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop F- 61, Chamblee, Georgia 30345; Telephone 770/488-0575 or 770/488-0577, Fax: 770/488-3377; Email: smalcom@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is May 27, 2015.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-05/html/2015-10414.htm

  • National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations for public members.


    SUMMARY: 42 U.S.C. 299c establishes a National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (the Council). The Council is to advise the Secretary of HHS (Secretary) and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on matters related to activities of the Agency to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

    Seven current members' terms will expire in November 2015. To fill these positions, we are seeking individuals who are distinguished in: (1) The conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; (2) the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; (3) the practice of medicine; (4) other health professions; (5) representing the private health care sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; (6) the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, (7) representing the interests of patients and consumers of health care. 42 U.S.C. 299c(c)(2). Individuals are particularly sought with experience and success in activities specified in the summary above.

    DATES: Nominations should be received on or before 60 days after date of publication.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Karen Brooks, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room 3006, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Nominations may also be emailed to Karen.Brooks@ahrq.hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, AHRQ, at (301) 427- 1456.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-07/html/2015-10983.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Information: Public Input on the Sustained Assessment Process of the U.S. National Climate Assessment

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has a legal mandate to conduct a National Climate Assessment (NCA) not less frequently than every four years. Under its current decadal strategic plan (http://go.usa.gov/3qGU4), USGCRP is building sustained assessment capacity to support the Nation's ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to global change impacts and vulnerabilities. The recent Third NCA process and resulting 2014 Report (http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/) provide a foundation for subsequent activities and reports under the sustained assessment process. More broadly, climate assessments increasingly involve participation and leadership by state, local, and tribal governments as well as the private sector. Noting these developments in the climate assessment landscape, USGCRP seeks ideas about (1) what scientific information on climate change, impacts, and responses would be of most value to inform future assessment activities; (2) how to effectively communicate climate change assessment information; and (3) what mechanisms could be used to more effectively connect to other assessment-related efforts. Public responses to these questions will be evaluated and, if appropriate, used to inform the structure and content of USGCRP's sustained National Climate Assessment process. Updates on the sustained assessment will be posted on the NCA Web site (http://assessment.globalchange.gov) as they are available.

    DATES: Comments will be accepted through June 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments from the public will be accepted electronically at http://www.globalchange.gov/notices. Instructions for submitting are on the Web site. Submitters may enter text and/or upload files in response to the three questions listed above.

    If you are unable to submit comments electronically, you may submit comments by mail to: Attn: Emily Cloyd, U.S. Global Change Research Program, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions. Responses to this RFI may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. OSTP therefore requests that no business proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Therese Cloyd, (202) 223-6262, ecloyd@usgcrp.gov, U.S. Global Change Research Program.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/html/2015-10352.htm

  • Agriculture

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence

    ACTION: Notice; reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for issues and proposals discussed during the workshop on agricultural coexistence that was held on March 12-13, 2015. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES: The comment period for the notice published on February 3, 2015 (80 FR 5729) and extended in a notice published on March 30, 2015 (80 FR 16621) is reopened. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 11, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Any comments we receive may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Tadle, Program Analyst, Planning, Evaluation, and Decision Support, PPD, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 120, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3140; Michael.A.Tadle@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-28/html/2015-09845.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation.

    DATES: May 20, 2015 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 21, 2015 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 22, 2015 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-30/html/2015-10084.htm

  • Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Thursday, May 22, 2015--9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), Kavli Auditorium, Building 51 (Kavli Building), 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025-7015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-30/html/2015-10083.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Full SFIREG; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on June 1, 2015, and ending June 2, 2015. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably 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 EPA. One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.) 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA., First Floor, South Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Kendall, Field and External Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5561; fax number: (703) 305-5884; email address: kendall.ron@epa.gov. or Amy Bamber, SFIREG Executive Secretary, at aapco-sfireg@comcast.net.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-29/html/2015-09887.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered SAB to discuss information provided in the agency's Fall 2014 regulatory agenda and to review the draft SAB report on the EPA's approach to develop preliminary bi-national phosphorous objectives and loading targets for Lake Erie.

    DATES: The public teleconference for the Chartered SAB will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

    Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-4885 or at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the teleconferences announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-27/html/2015-09756.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and six SAB committees described in this notice. Appointments are anticipated to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 27, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may submit a paper copy to the Designated Federal Officers for the committees, as identified below. General inquiries regarding the work of the SAB or SAB committees may also be directed to the designated DFOs.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-27/html/2015-09782.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its twenty-first meeting on May 27, 2015. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the role of deliberation and deliberative methods to engage the public and inform debate in bioethics, and how to integrate pubic dialogue into the bioethics conversation; bioethics education as a forum for fostering deliberative skills, and preparing students to participate in public dialogue in bioethics; goals and methods of bioethics education; and integrating bioethics education across a range of professional disciplines and educational levels.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: University of Pennsylvania Henry Jordan Medical Education Center, 5th Floor Lobby, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-01/html/2015-10205.htm

  • Interior

  • Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council). The Council provides advice about wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that benefit wildlife resources; encourage partnership among the public, the sporting conservation organizations, the States, Native American tribes, and the Federal Government; and benefit recreational hunting.

    DATES: Meeting: Tuesday June 9, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday June 10, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Alaska daylight time). For deadlines and directions on registering to attend, requesting reasonable accommodations, submitting written material, and giving an oral presentation, please see "Public Input" under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center, Ski Hill Road, Soldotna, Alaska 99669.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, Council Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone (703) 358-2639; or email joshua_winchell@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-29/html/2015-09972.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

    Dates: June 19, 2015; 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Place: Teleconference: (203) 607-6048 (participant code 6083852).

    Type of Meeting: Open Teleconference.

    Contact Person: Diane Pataki, National Science Foundation, Suite 655, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Email: dpataki@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To discuss finalization of draft Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education document the group is currently working on and how it will be rolled out.

    Agenda

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Discuss and refine draft of the Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education document.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-01/html/2015-10182.htm

  • Sunshine Act 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 of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    AGENCY: National Science Board, NSF.

    DATE AND TIME: May 5, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and May 6, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT).

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-30/html/2015-10252.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Tacoma, Washington.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7265, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/html/2015-09313.htm

  • Energy

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (#1119).

    Date/Time: May 19, 2015; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., May 20, 2015; 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 375, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Operated assisted teleconference is available for this meeting. Call 800-857-3133 with password EHR AC MEET and you will be connected to the audio portion of the meeting.

    To attend the meeting in person, all visitors must contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (ehr_ac@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    Meeting materials and minutes will also be available on the EHR Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp.

    Type of Meeting: Open, Teleconference.

    Contact Person: Keaven M. Stevenson, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 805, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8600, kstevens@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-20/html/2015-08966.htm

  • Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton at Mark Center, Walnut Conference Room, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-24/html/2015-09564.htm

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: May 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-20/html/2015-08981.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations to the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) advisory committee.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates with expertise in the area of human health risk assessment (hygienist) or in environmental epidemiology with expertise in exposure analysis to be considered for appointment to its Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) advisory committee. The anticipated vacancy will be filled by September 1, 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register document may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Submit nominations by May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations by May 15, 2015, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0239, by any of the following methods:

    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    USPS Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand or Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3304, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0239. Deliveries are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Downing, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2468, fax number: (202) 564-2070, email: downing.jim@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-24/html/2015-09620.htm

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 14-15, 2015. In addition, EPA is announcing meetings on May 13, 2015, of the following PPDC Workgroups: Integrated Pest Management, Comparative Safety Statements, 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies, and Public Health. These meetings provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides.

    DATES: Meeting: The PPDC meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, May 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Work Group Meetings: On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, PPDC Work Group meetings are scheduled as follows: Integrated Pest Management Work Group, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Comparative Safety Statements Work Group, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Public Health Work Group, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: A draft agenda will be posted on or before April 30, 2015.

    Accommodations requests: To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The PPDC Meeting and PPDC Work Group meetings will be held at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The PPDC meeting will be held in the lobby-level Conference Center. The PPDC Work Group meetings will be held as follows: Integrated Pest Management Work Group and the Comparative Safety Statements Work Group in the lobby-level Conference Center; 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group in the fourth floor conference room number N4850-70; and Public Health Work Group in the seventh floor conference room number PYS7100.

    EPA's Potomac Yard South Bldg. is approximately 1 mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dea Zimmerman, Office of Pesticide Programs (LC-8J), Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604; telephone number: (312) 353-6344; email address: zimmerman.dea@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-23/html/2015-09478.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Earth Day, 2015

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Forty-five years ago, millions of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day in cities across our Nation. Having borne witness to years of environmental neglect, these ordinary citizens gathered in the streets, in parks, and on college campuses to demand change and commit to leaving a healthier planet for the next generation. Faced with contaminated rivers and polluted cities, they stood up, spoke out, and fought for air, water, and wildlife protections. Their voices galvanized a movement--leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act-- and ignited a spirit of stewardship that continues to drive us to meet the challenges of our time.

    Today, our planet faces new challenges, but none pose a greater threat to future generations than climate change. Science tells us the earth is warming--last year was the planet's warmest on record, and 14 of the 15 warmest recorded years have come in the first 15 years of this century--and human activity is the primary driver of the rapid warming of the past half- century. Climate change will have profound impacts on all humankind, and many Americans are already feeling the effects. The costs of more severe weather disasters can be measured in lost lives and livelihoods and in billions of dollars of emergency services, and the costs will only increase with time. Firefighters are braving longer wildfire seasons; farmers are confronting adverse growing conditions; and our children and most vulnerable populations are experiencing a range of climate-related health effects.

    As a Nation, we must act before it is too late. That is why my Administration has taken a series of ambitious steps to combat climate change and protect our planet for our children and grandchildren. As part of my Climate Action Plan, we have proposed the first-ever carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. We have also partnered with communities to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that we can no longer avoid. And I have protected more than 260 million additional acres of public lands and waters, safeguarding the natural bounty of our planet for ages to come.

    The United States is committed to our role as a global leader in the fight against climate change, and last year, we jointly announced with China ambitious but achievable new targets for reducing greenhouse gases. I am also ensuring that our Federal Government leads by example by working to reduce Federal greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. My Administration will continue to engage with key stakeholders at home and abroad who share our hope for a cleaner world.

    Protecting our planet will also require us to change the way we use energy, and my energy strategy recognizes this critical need. My Administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history, and today the United States generates more renewable energy than ever before--we harness 3 times as much wind power as we did when I took office and solar electricity generation has increased 20-fold. Mayors, Governors, and business leaders across the country are taking steps to deploy clean energy, boost energy efficiency, and create more sustainable communities and supply chains. We are promoting energy efficiency in our buildings and cars and working to ensure our Nation is a leader in the energy sources of tomorrow.

    As caretakers of our planet, we all have an obligation to combat climate change and protect our earth for the next generation. The decisions we make today and in the years ahead will have a profound impact on the world we leave behind, and we must each do our part. We can reduce the energy used in our homes and offices; we can help protect our resources by recycling as part of our everyday routine; and we can raise our voices to support policies like the ones my Administration has put forth to protect our environment while strengthening our economy. On Earth Day, let us join with communities around the world, and as one people-- who share one planet--let us recommit to meeting the test of our time and continuing our work to build a cleaner, safer, more stable world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2015, as Earth Day. I encourage all Americans to participate in programs and activities that will protect our environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable future.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-24/html/2015-09727.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Comments on Deliberation and Bioethics Education

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on deliberation and bioethics education.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, comments must be received by July 20, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered only as time permits.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on this topic may submit comments by email to info@bioethics.gov or by mail to the following address: Public Commentary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: hillary.viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/html/2015-09172.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-day Comment Request; STAR METRICS® (Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science) (OD)

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2015, page 6522 and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of Extramural Research (OER), National Institutes of Health (NIH), may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

    Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments or request more information on the proposed project contact: Dr. William Duval, Office of Planning, Analysis and Communication, OER, NIH, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 5166, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number (301) 435-8683, or Email your request, including your address to: William.Duval@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/html/2015-09366.htm

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Notice of a Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). Comprised of 30 nonfederal invasive species experts and stakeholders from across the nation, the purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues.

    Purpose of Meeting: To convene the full ISAC and to provide expert input and recommendations to NISC federal agencies and their partners on invasive species matters of national importance. While in session, ISAC will discuss the development of the next iteration of the National Invasive Species Management Plan, as well as ongoing progress under a variety of priority initiatives focused on invasive species early detection and rapid response (EDRR). The meeting agenda and supplemental materials are available on the NISC Web site at http://www.doi.gov/invasivespecies/isac/isac-meetings.cfm.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Wednesday, May 20, 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 21, 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, May 22, 2015; 8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Building SSMC4), 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The general session will be held in Room 4527.

    Note: All meeting participants and interested members of the public must be cleared through building security prior to being escorted to the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Specialist and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 208- 4122; Fax: (202) 208-4118, email: Kelsey_Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/html/2015-09054.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF), 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT. Open session: 5:00 to 5:40 p.m.; closed session: 5:40 to 6:00 p.m.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Open meeting subjects: Chairman's remarks; subcommittee member goals for May 2015 through May 2016; future directions for the subcommittee. Closed meeting subjects: approval of closed minutes of February 2015 subcommittee meeting; discussion of regional class research vessels.

    STATUS: Partly open, partly closed.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available for the open portion of the meeting. Members of the public must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. The point of contact for this meeting is Elise Lipkowitz, elipkowi@nsf.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-24/html/2015-09734.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) will meet via teleconference. The Committee is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II), and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-246). Additional information concerning the Committee, including the meeting agenda, supporting documents and minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on May 20, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The meeting is subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference. For anyone who would like to attend the teleconference, please visit the Web site listed in the SUMMARY section or contact Andrea Bedell-Loucks at abloucks@fs.fed.us for further details. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry staff, 202-205-1190. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-16/html/2015-08683.htm

  • Paleontological Resources Preservation

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) is implementing regulations under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 paleontological resources preservation subtitle (the Act). This rule provides for the preservation, management, and protection of paleontological resources on National Forest System lands (NFS), and insures that these resources are available for current and future generations to enjoy as part of America's national heritage. The rule addresses the management, collection, and curation of paleontological resources from NFS lands including management using scientific principles and expertise, collecting of resources with and without a permit, curation in an approved repository, maintaining confidentiality of specific locality data, and authorizing penalties for illegal collecting, sale, damaging, or otherwise altering or defacing paleontological resources.

    DATES: This rule is effective May 18, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Information on this final rule may be obtained via written request addressed to USDA Forest Service, Michael Fracasso, M&GM, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401. The Forest Service Paleontological Resources Preservation procedures are set out in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 291, and are available electronically via the World Wide Web/Internet at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Fracasso, Forest Service, at 303-275-5130, or mfracasso@fs.fed.us.

    Individuals who use telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-17/html/2015-08483.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of an upcoming meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. The meeting is being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to discuss matters of animal health.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 28 and 29, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. R.J. Cabrera, Designated Federal Officer, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 34, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone (301) 851-3478, email SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-14/html/2015-08603.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases, BSC, OID

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., EDT, May 6, 2015.

    Place: CDC, Global Communications Center, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Building 19, Auditorium B3, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Status: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available.

    Purpose: The BSC, OID, provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Director, CDC; the Director, OID; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, in the following areas: Strategies, goals, and priorities for programs; research within the national centers; and overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Matters for Discussion: The meeting will include a report from the Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group of the BSC, OID; brief updates on priority issues for CDC's infectious disease programs; and updates and discussions on CDC's Surveillance Strategy and the Global Health Security Agenda.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Robin Moseley, M.A.T., Designated Federal Officer, OID, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone: (404) 639-4461.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-14/html/2015-08518.htm

  • Request for Nomination for Industry Representatives and Participation From Industry Organizations on Public Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that any industry organizations interested in participating in the selection of nonvoting industry representatives to serve on its public advisory committees for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) notify FDA in writing. FDA is also requesting nominations for nonvoting industry representatives to serve on CDER's public advisory committees. A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies effective with this notice.

    DATES: Any industry organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent industry interests must send a letter stating that interest to FDA by May 15, 2015, (see sections I and II of this document for further details). Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: All statements of interest from interested industry organizations interested in participating in the selection process of nonvoting industry representative nominations should be sent to Cicely Reese (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). All nominations for nonvoting industry representatives may be submitted electronically by accessing the FDA Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Information about becoming a member of an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cicely Reese, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, Rm. 2417, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301- 796-9001, email: Cicely.Reese@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-15/html/2015-08620.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request of Recommendations for Membership for Directorate and Office Advisory Committees

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Recommendations should consist of the submitting person's or organization's name and affiliation, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual's curriculum vita, an expression of the individual's interest in serving, and the following recommended individual's contact information: Employment address, telephone number, FAX number, and email address. Self recommendations are accepted. If you would like to make a membership recommendation for any of the NSF scientific and technical Federal advisory committees, please send your recommendation to the appropriate committee contact person listed in the chart below.

    ADDRESSES: The mailing address for the National Science Foundation is 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Web links to individual committee information may be found on the NSF Web site: NSF Advisory Committees.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-16/html/2015-08714.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, which consists of 13 Federal and 13 ex-officio members. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic invasive species (AIS); to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, 2015, and on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, 801 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, (Telephone: 954-764-2233).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Norcutt, Acting Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by telephone at (703) 358-2398, or by email at Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-17/html/2015-08921.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Changes to Existing Conservation Program Regulations

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Act) made several nondiscretionary changes to NRCS conservation programs. These conservation programs have existing regulations that required adjustments. These adjustments include addressing the required review of operating procedures of the State Technical Committee, adding reference of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act program regulations, adding reference of RCPP to the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), expanding the definition of "acreage owned by Indian Tribes'' under HFRP, revising and simplifying the Regional Equity provision, and adjusting the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program to correspond with changes to payment provisions under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Additionally, the Secretary of Agriculture delegated to NRCS administrative responsibility for implementing the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), and internal NRCS administrative changes warrant updating the appropriate delegated official in the Technical Service Provider (TSP) provision. NRCS published an interim rule with a request for comments on August 1, 2014, to implement changes to these NRCS conservation program regulations that were either necessitated by enactment of the 2014 Act, or required to implement administrative streamlining improvements and clarifications. NRCS received six comments on the interim rule. In this document, NRCS issues a final rule to make permanent these changes and to incorporate two minor mandatory changes in two of the affected parts.

    DATES: This rule is effective April 9, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leslie Deavers, NRCS Farm Bill Coordinator, USDA, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013- 2890; telephone: (202) 720-4531; fax: (202) 720-2998; email: leslie.deavers@wdc.usda.gov, Attn: Farm Bill Program Inquiry.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Technology and Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center at: (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-09/html/2015-08008.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held April 28-30, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Andaz San Diego Hotel, 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-849-1234.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lukens, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: Jennifer.Lukens@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07947.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency; Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (doing business as The National Environmental Education Foundation or NEEF) was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization established to promote and support education and training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation promotes innovative environmental education and training programs such as environmental education for medical healthcare providers and broadcast meteorologists; it also develops partnerships with government and other organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, announces the following appointment to the National Environmental Education Foundation Board of Directors. The appointee is Ms. Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation, where she leads one of the nation's preeminent nonprofit organizations dedicated to STEM education.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice of Appointment, please contact Mr. Brian Bond, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Public Engagement, U.S. EPA 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning NEEF can be found on their Web site at: http://www.neefusa.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-09/html/2015-08214.htm

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Scientific Assessment for Public Comment

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing this document on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to announce the availability of the Draft Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment for a sixty-day public review. Comments will be carefully reviewed by the relevant chapter author teams. Following revision and further review, a revised draft will undergo final federal interagency clearance.

    DATES: Comments on this draft scientific assessment must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment is available at http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment where comments from the public will be accepted electronically. Comments may be submitted only online at this address; instructions for submitting are on this Web site.

    All comments received through this process will be considered by the relevant chapter authors without knowledge of the commenters' identities. When the final assessment is issued, the comments and the commenters' names, along with the authors' responses, will become part of the public record and made available on http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment. Information submitted by a commenter as part of the registration process (such as an email address) will NOT be disclosed publicly.

    The final USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment will be available at http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Crimmins, Coordinator for the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (6207-A), Washington, DC 20460 (telephone number: 202-343-9170 or email address: healthreport@usgcrp.gov) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/html/2015-07629.htm

  • Notice of Meeting of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held April 21 and 22, 2015 at the Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. The CHPAC was created to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.

    DATES: The CHPAC will meet April 21 and 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Berger, Office of Children's Health Protection, USEPA, MC 1107A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564-2191 or berger.martha@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-06876.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Food and Drug Administration Science Forum 2015; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled "FDA Science Forum 2015.'' The purpose of the public workshop is to highlight science conducted at the FDA by showcasing how scientific research informs regulatory decision making and to provide a forum for developing collaborations within FDA and with external organizations. The focus of the forum will be the eight FDA Regulatory Science priority areas (http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/RegulatoryScience/ucm267719.htm).

    Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on May 27, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and May 28, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Entrance for the public workshop participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm.

    Contact Person: Leslie Wheelock, Office of Scientific Professional Development, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, Rm. 4345, Silver Spring, MD, 301-796-4580, FAX: 301-847-8106, email: FDASciProDev@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: Submit your online registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone and email) by May 15, 2015 at: http://www.fda.gov/scienceresearch/aboutscienceresearchatfda/ucm429403.htm.

    There is no registration fee for the public workshop. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. There will be no onsite registration.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Leslie Wheelock (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.

    Webcast: Please be advised that as soon as possible after the Forum, a webcast and report of the public workshop will be accessible at: http://www.fda.gov/scienceresearch/aboutscienceresearchatfda/ucm429403.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-09/html/2015-08156.htm

  • Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy, Office of Biotechnology Activities; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: May 5, 2015.

    Time: 8:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m. Eastern.

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) NSABB's proposed framework for guiding risk and benefit assessments of gain- of-function (GOF) studies involving pathogens with pandemic potential; (2) overview of conducting the risk and benefit assessments; (3) planning for future NSABB deliberations on the GOF issue; and (4) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, 6th Floor Conference 10, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    Contact Person: Carolyn Mosby, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-5504, carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as legitimate biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public and will also be webcast as space will be limited. Persons planning to attend or view via the webcast may pre-register online using the link provided below or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Monica Barnette at 301- 650-8660). Online and telephone registration will close at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on May 4, 2015. After that time, attendees may register onsite on the day of the meeting. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    Please Note: The meeting agenda, proposed draft framework, and links to the online registration and webcast will be available at: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb/nsabb-meetings-and-conferences. Please check this Web site for updates.

    Public Comments: Time will be allotted on the agenda for oral public comment, with individual presentations time-limited to facilitate broad input from multiple speakers. Any member of the public interested in presenting comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB should indicate so upon registration. Sign-ups for oral comments will be restricted to one per person or organization representative per comment period. In the event that time does not allow for all attendees interested in presenting oral comments to do so at the meeting, any interested person may file written comments with the Board via an email sent to nsabb@od.nih.gov or by regular mail sent to the Contact Person listed on this notice. In addition, any interested person may submit written comments to the NSABB at any time via either of these methods. Comments received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 28, 2015 will be relayed to the Board prior to the NSABB meeting. Written statements should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the professional affiliation of the interested person. Any written comments received after the deadline will be provided to the Board either before or after the meeting, depending on the volume of comments received and the time required to process them in accordance with privacy regulations and other applicable Federal policies.

    Please Note: In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-08/html/2015-07981.htm

  • Solicitation of Written Comments on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's Draft Report and Draft Recommendations for Consideration for Addressing the State of Vaccine Confidence in the United States

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) was established in 1987 to comply with Title XXI of the Public Health Service Act (Pub. L. 99-660) (Sec. 2105) (42 U.S. Code 300aa-5 (PDF-78 KB)). Its purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the Director of the National Vaccine Program on matters related to program responsibilities. The Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) has been designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the Director of the National Vaccine Program. The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NVPO provides leadership and fosters collaboration among the various federal agencies involved in vaccine and immunization activities. The NVPO also supports the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The NVAC advises and makes recommendations to the ASH in her capacity as the Director of National Vaccine Program on matters related to vaccine program responsibilities.

    Recognizing that immunizations are given across the lifespan and there are likely to be important differences in vaccine acceptance at different stages of life, in February of 2013 the National Vaccine Advisory Committee accepted an initial charge from the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) to report on how confidence in vaccines impacts the optimal use of recommended childhood vaccines in the United States, including reaching Healthy People 2020 immunization coverage targets. Focus of such a report may include understanding the determinants of vaccination acceptance among parents, what HHS should be doing to improve parental confidence in vaccine recommendations and how to best measure confidence in vaccine and vaccination to inform and evaluate interventions in the future.

    Through a series of teleconferences, electronic communications, presentations and public discussions during the NVAC meetings, a working group identified a number of draft recommendations to further understand and address issues of vaccine confidence in the United States.

    On behalf of NVAC, NVPO is soliciting public comment on the draft report and draft recommendations from a variety of stakeholders, including the general public, for consideration by the NVAC as they develop their final recommendations to the ASH. It is anticipated that the draft report and draft recommendations, as revised with consideration given to public comment and stakeholder input, will be presented to the NVAC for adoption in June 2015 at the quarterly NVAC meeting.

    DATES: Comments for consideration by the NVAC should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    1. The draft report and draft recommendations are available on the Web at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/subgroups/nvac-vaccine-confidence-wg.html.
    2. Electronic responses are preferred and may be addressed to: vcwg@hhs.gov.
    3. Written responses should be addressed to: National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 733G, Washington, DC 20201. Attn: Vaccine Confidence Working Group.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Vaccine Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services; telephone (202) 690-5566; fax (202) 690-4631; email: vcwg@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07778.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held as follows: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (All times Central Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: National Weather Center, Don Nickels Conference Room, 3rd Floor (NWC3910 A/B), 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, OK.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07820.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE & TIME: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for the May 2015 meetings of the National Science Board.

    STATUS: Open

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number.

    UPDATES & POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/html/2015-08066.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an open meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet April 27-29, 2015: April 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT; April 28, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT; and April 29, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the American Geophysical Union Conference Center, 2000 Florida Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009. Written comments from the public may be sent to: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 332A, Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Designated Federal Officer and Executive Director, or Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or email: michele.esch@usda.gov or Shirley.Morgan@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-03/html/2015-07603.htm

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Washington, DC. Attendees may also participate via webinar and conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). Additional information relating to the Committee, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.

    DATES: The meetings will be held in-person and via webinar/conference call on the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

    Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the USDA Forest Service, Office of International Programs, 1 Thomas Circle, Suite 400, Washington DC 20005. For anyone who would like to attend via webinar and/or conference call, please visit the Web site listed above or contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service Washington Office--Yates Building. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chalonda Jasper, Committee Coordinator, by phone at 202-260-9400, or by email at cjasper@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/html/2015-07442.htm

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We are extending the comment period for issues and proposals discussed during the workshop on agricultural coexistence that was held on March 12-13, 2015. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES: The comment period for the notice published on February 3, 2015 (80 FR 5729) is extended. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 10, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Any comments we receive may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Tadle, Program Analyst, Planning, Evaluation, and Decision Support, PPD, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 120, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3140; Michael.A.Tadle@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-30/html/2015-07210.htm

  • Commerce

  • Commerce Data Advisory Council Meeting

    AGENCY: Economic and Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA) is giving notice of a meeting of Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC). The CDAC will address areas such as data management practices; common, open data standards; policy issues related to privacy, latency, and consistency; effective models for public-private partnership; external uses of Commerce data; and, methods to build new feedback loops between the Department and data users. The CDAC will meet in a plenary session on April 23-24, 2015. Last-minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent giving advance public notice of schedule adjustments.

    DATES: April 23-24, 2015. On April 23, the meeting will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. and end at approximately 5:00 p.m. On April 24, the meeting will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Google Washington, DC, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Burton Reist, BReist@doc.gov Director of External Communication and DFO, CDAC, Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone (202) 482-3331.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-03/html/2015-07773.htm

  • Final Updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas and Response to Comments

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the final updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States and response to comments on Draft Updated Framework.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior (DOI) jointly propose an updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States (Framework). The Framework is required by Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This Framework provides overarching guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local governments and stakeholders to implement an effective National System of MPAs (National System) from existing sites, build management capacity among MPA programs, coordinate collaborative efforts to address common management issues and identify ecosystem-based gaps in the protection of significant natural and cultural resources for possible future action by the nation's MPA authorities. This document updates the previous version of the Framework, completed in November 2008, using experience gained implementing the National System and advice from the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and MPA programs.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Director, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 301-713-7265 or lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov.

    Copies of the updated Framework can be downloaded or viewed on the Internet at marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov. Copies can also be obtained through the contact person noted above.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-30/html/2015-07262.htm

  • Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council (Council). The meeting is open to the public, and participants may provide comments at the appropriate time during the meeting.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT. An opportunity for public comment will be provided on April 23, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Hubbard Hall Board Room of the National Geographic Society, 1146 16th Street NW., Washington, DC 20036.

    [FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gonzalo Cid, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7278, Fax: 301-713-0404; email: gonzalo.cid@noaa.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-01/html/2015-07245.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Title: Data Collection and Verification for the Marine Projected Areas Inventory.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0449.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Request: Regular (request for revision and extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 67.

    Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes.

    Burden Hours: 29.

    Needs and Uses: This request is for a revision and extension of an approved data collection effort to provide ocean managers, users and other interested parties with accurate, objective and useful information about the location, purpose, management and human uses of marine protected areas in the coastal and marine waters of the United States. To this end, NOAA's National Marine Protected Areas Center (MPA Center), part of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), proposes to continue and augment an ongoing effort to inventory all U.S. MPAs.

    The MPA Center was established under Executive Order 13158, which directs NOAA and the Department of the Interior to work collaboratively with state, federal, territorial and tribal partners to enhance ocean conservation and management throughout the nation's system of MPAs. The Marine Protected Areas Inventory--a publicly available, online, spatial database that provides detailed and unique information on MPAs nationwide--is fundamental to this goal. Required by Executive Order 13158, the Inventory provides access to data and summary products on over 1,600 MPA sites across different management programs and all levels of government. The MPA Inventory is accessible via the MPA Center's Web site, marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov.

    The MPA Inventory data collection continues the periodic and voluntary solicitation of site-specific descriptive data from all MPAs in the U.S. Typically, an individual MPA site would complete an online site data form once, and then update it if necessary to reflect changes in boundaries, regulations, management approaches, etc. The MPA Inventory is frequently used by ocean managers, users, scientists and others to better understand place-based management of U.S. waters.

    In addition to continuing to manage and share descriptive information on U.S. MPAs, the MPA Center proposes to contact State and Federal MPA managers to solicit and facilitate their participation in a voluntary survey about conditions and trends in recreational uses of their sites. Data addressing the nature, trends, drivers and implications of recreational uses will be collected from U.S. MPA managers electronically over a period of 6 weeks using an online survey instrument. Individual managers' responses will remain confidential and the results aggregated to illustrate meaningful general trends rather data specific to a single MPA. Important patterns and lessons learned from this data collection will be shared directly with MPA managers around the country to assist in their management of some of the nation's most treasured ocean and coastal areas.

    Affected Public: State, local and tribal governments.

    Frequency: On occasion and biannually.

    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-03/html/2015-07584.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of public teleconference meeting and public comment.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary discussion will focus on letters regarding the following topics: (1) Refinery Rule; (2) Clean Power Rule and (3) Title VI.

    There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the "REGISTRATION'' and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the teleconference meeting closes at Noon, Eastern Time on Monday, April 20, 2015. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period, or to submit written public comments, is also Noon, Monday, April 20, 2015.

    DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Teleconference Registration: Registrations will be processed at <http://nejac-teleconference-april2015.eventbrite.com> When registering for the teleconference, please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up.

    Public Comment Registration: If you would like to provide public comment you must register by stating that you wish to provide comment during the call. Any written comments should be submitted before the Monday, April 20, 2015, noon deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-03/html/2015-07776.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 4, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: General information about the CASAC is available at http://www.epa.gov/casac or by contacting Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the CASAC, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-2050 or by email at yeow.aaron@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-02/html/2015-07634.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., EDT, April 23, 2015.

    Place: CDC, Building 19, Auditorium B3, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space and phone lines available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 50 people. Advance registration for in-person participation is required by April 16, 2015. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period, which is tentatively scheduled from 2:35 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. This meeting will also be available by teleconference. Please dial (877) 930-8819 and enter code 1579739.

    Web links: Windows Media: http://wm.onlinevideoservice.com/CDC1.

    Flash: http://www.onlinevideoservice.com/clients/CDC/?mount=CDC3.

    If you are unable to connect using the link, copy and paste the link into your web browser. For technical support please call: (404) 639-3737.

    Purpose: The Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, shall advise the Secretary, HHS, and the Director, CDC, on policy and broad strategies that will enable CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. The committee recommends ways to prioritize CDC's activities, improve results, and address health disparities. It also provides guidance to help CDC work more effectively with its various private and public sector constituents to make health protection a practical reality.

    Matters for Discussion: The Advisory Committee to the Director will receive updates from the State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Subcommittee; the Health Disparities Subcommittee, the Global Workgroup, the Internal and External Laboratory Safety Workgroups, and the Public Health--Health Care Collaboration Workgroup, the Ebola response, global health security, recent viral outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance, as well as an update from the CDC Director.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Carmen Villar, MSW, Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S D-14, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone (404) 639-7158, Email: GHickman@cdc.gov. The deadline to register for in-person attendance at this meeting is April 16, 2015. To register, please send an email to GHickman@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-02/html/2015-07543.htm

  • Establishment of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Council Membership

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: Executive Order 13676, dated September 18, 2014, authorizes establishment of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The Advisory Council will be governed by provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces establishment of the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs and policies intended to support and evaluate the implementation of Executive Order 13676, including the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Strategy) and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Action Plan).

    This notice also will serve to announce that HHS is seeking nominations of individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment to the Advisory Council. Resumes or curricula vitae from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Council are currently being accepted.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than close business April 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations should be sent to: Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; Department of Health and Human Services; 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 715H; Washington, DC 20201. Nomination materials, including attachments, also may be submitted electronically to CARB@hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; Department of Health and Human Services; Telephone: (202) 260- 6638; Fax: (202) 690-4631; Email address: CARB@hhs.gov. The Advisory Council charter may be accessed online at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb. The charter includes detailed information about the Advisory Council's purpose, function, and structure.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-30/html/2015-07235.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council). The Council's purpose is to provide expertise and support to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. You may attend the meeting in person, or you may participate via telephone. At this time, we are inviting submissions of questions and information for consideration during the meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registering to Attend the Meeting: To attend the meeting in person, you must register by close of business on April 15, 2015. (You do not need to register to listen via phone.) Please submit your name, email address, and phone number to Mr. Cade London to complete the registration process (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Because there is limited seating available, registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public requesting reasonable accommodations, such as hearing interpreters, must contact Mr. London, in writing (preferably by email), no later than April 15, 2015.

    Submitting Questions or Information: If you want to provide us with questions and information to be considered during the meeting, your material must be received or postmarked on or before April 8, 2015. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8, 2015.

    Making an Oral Presentation at the Meeting: If you want to make an oral presentation at the meeting (in person or by phone), contact Mr. London no later than April 8, 2015 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of the Interior, South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.

    Meeting Call-In Numbers: Members of the public unable to attend the meeting in person may call in at 888-946-7612 (toll free) or 1-517-308- 9325 (toll) using the verbal passcode TRAFFIC. Members may register to give an oral presentation over the phone as well. For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Submitting Questions or Information: You may submit questions or information for consideration during the meeting by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019. Then click on the Search'' button. You may submit questions or information by clicking onComment Now!''

    2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ABHC; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will not accept email or faxes. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Submitting Public Comments section below for more information).

    Reviewing Comments Received by the Service: See Reviewing Public Comments in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Cade London, Special Assistant, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by email at cade_london@fws.gov (preferable method of contact); by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; by telephone at (703) 358-2584; or by fax at (703) 358-2276.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-02/html/2015-07546.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet for discussions on critical air quality issues relating to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public, and a draft agenda is included in this notice.

    DATES: The meeting will convene at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday and Thursday April 22-23, 2015. A public comment period will be held on the morning of April 23. The meeting will end at approximately noon on April 23.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Room 156/157 of the Plant Biotechnology building at the University of Tennessee, 2505 E. J. Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments should be directed to Dr. Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 1201 Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1000, Portland Oregon 97232; telephone: (503) 273-2424; fax: (503) 273-2401; or email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06617.htm

  • Commerce

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS[supreg]) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC.

    Dates and Times: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up- to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Alternate Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2453; Fax 301-427-2073; Email jessica.snowden@noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/advisorycommittee.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-06799.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 15 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 14 members representing state, local, and tribal governments. The committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on issues related to the CEC's draft Operational Plan and Budget for 2015-16, the CEC's draft Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, and to discuss additional trade and environment issues. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda, meeting materials, and general information about the NAC and GAC will be available at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.

    DATES: The National and Governmental Advisory Committees will hold an open meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, April 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, Conference Room B- 305, located in the William Jefferson Clinton North Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. Telephone: 202-564-2294. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first- come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06591.htm

  • National Environmental Education Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a series of teleconference meetings of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (the Act). 20 U.S.C. 5508(b).The purpose of this teleconference(s) is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.

    DATES: The National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold a public teleconference on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer, araujo.javier@epa.gov, 202-564-2642, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Education, William Jefferson Clinton North Room, 1426, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06581.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

    Executive Order 13693 of March 19, 2015

    Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) have been among our Nation's leaders as the United States works to build a clean energy economy that will sustain our prosperity and the health of our people and our environment for generations to come. Federal leadership in energy, environmental water, fleet, buildings, and acquisition management will continue to drive national greenhouse gas reductions and support preparations for the impacts of climate change. Through a combination of more efficient Federal operations such as those outlined in this Executive Order (order), we have the opportunity to reduce agency direct greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent over the next decade while at the same time fostering innovation, reducing spending, and strengthening the communities in which our Federal facilities operate.

    It therefore continues to be the policy of the United States that agencies shall increase efficiency and improve their environmental performance. Improved environmental performance will help us protect our planet for future generations and save taxpayer dollars through avoided energy costs and increased efficiency, while also making Federal facilities more resilient. To improve environmental performance and Federal sustainability, priority should first be placed on reducing energy use and cost, then on finding renewable or alternative energy solutions. Pursuing clean sources of energy will improve energy and water security, while ensuring that Federal facilities will continue to meet mission requirements and lead by example. Employing this strategy for the next decade calls for expanded and updated Federal environmental performance goals with a clear overarching objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Federal operations and the Federal supply chain.

    Sec. 2. Agency Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions. In implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, the head of each agency shall, within 90 days of the date of this order, propose to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) percentage reduction targets for agency-wide reductions of scope 1 and 2 and scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms by the end of fiscal year 2025 relative to a fiscal year 2008 baseline. Where appropriate, the target shall exclude direct emissions from excluded vehicles and equipment and from electric power produced and sold commercially to other parties as the primary business of the agency. The proposed targets shall be subject to the review and approval of the Chair of CEQ in coordination with the Director of OMB under section 4(b) of this order.

    Sec. 3. Sustainability Goals for Agencies. In implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order and to achieve the goals of section 2 of this order, the head of each agency shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified:

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-07016.htm

  • Interior

  • Opening of Nomination Period for Members of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Opening of Nomination Period.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is inviting nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science. This Federal Register Notice opens the nomination period for 60 days.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Lisa LaCivita, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, nccwsc@usgs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer for ACCCNRS, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-07082.htm

  • Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture seek nominations for individuals to be considered as members of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council). The Council provides advice about wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that (a) benefit wildlife resources; (b) encourage partnership among the public, sporting conservation organizations, States, Native American tribes, and the Federal Government; and (c) benefit recreational hunting. Nominations should describe and document the proposed nominee's qualifications for membership to the Council, and include a resume listing his or her full name, address, telephone, and fax number.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by April 27, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to Joshua Winchell, Designated Federal Officer and Coordinator, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, at address above, or by telephone at (703) 358-2639.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/html/2015-06914.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 42056, and no comment was received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    Comments: Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the NSF, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the NSF's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725 7th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    DATES: Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling 703- 292-7556. NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06518.htm

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirements to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 69883, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    Comments: Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

    It is not permissible for NSF to conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06672.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee; Meetings

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Meeting will meet in Washington, DC. The Committee is authorized under section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110- 246). Additional information concerning the Committee, including the meeting agenda, supporting documents and minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 15-16, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The meeting is subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the USDA Sidney R Yates Building, 201 14th St. SW., Pinchot Conference Room, Washington, DC. Members of the public should RSVP to facilitate entry into the Yates Building. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry Staff, by phone at 202-205-1190 or Laurie Schoonhoven, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Program Coordinator, Cooperative Forestry Staff, by phone at 202-205-0929.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-16/html/2015-05872.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Draft NOAA Education Strategic Plan

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

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to solicit comments on the draft NOAA Education Strategic Plan (Plan). NOAA received broad legislative authority from Congress through the America COMPETES Act (2007, 2010) to conduct, develop, support, promote, and coordinate formal and informal education activities at all levels to enhance public awareness and understanding of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric science and stewardship by the general public and other coastal stakeholders, including underrepresented groups in ocean and atmospheric science and policy careers. The revision of the Plan establishes the goals for NOAA education programs for the next twenty years with revisions to the Plan every five years. NOAA is seeking broad public review of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan, and encourages all stakeholders and users to review the Plan and provide comments. All comments received will be reviewed and considered in the final drafting of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan.

    DATES: Public comments on this document must be received on or before April 10, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The draft Plan will be available on the following Web site: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/leadership/edcouncil/education_plan.html.

    You may submit comments on this document, following the format guidance below, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Comments may be submitted via email to Education.Plan@noaa.gov. Include the identifier, "Education Plan Public Comment'' in the subject line.

    Mail: Marissa Jones, NOAA Office of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Include the identifier, "Education Plan Public Comment,'' on the envelope.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marissa Jones, Education Specialist, NOAA Office of Education, (202) 482-4592 Marissa.Jones@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-20/html/2015-06419.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Partially-Closed Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: March 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-16/html/2015-05945.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood; Institute Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health


    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee.

    Date: April 22, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of Programs.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, 9th Floor, Room 9100/9104, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: W. Keith Hoots, MD, Director, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Suite 9030, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-0080 hootswk@nhlbi.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-17/html/2015-05970.htm

  • Renewal of Charter for the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation

    AGENCY: Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT) is being rechartered. The effective date of the current charter was February 19, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Stroup, MBA, MPA, Executive Secretary, Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 17W65 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Phone: (301) 443-1127; fax: (301) 594-6095; email: PStroup@hrsa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-17/html/2015-06007.htm

  • Interior

  • Multistate Conservation Grant Program; Fiscal Year 2015 Priority List and Approval for Conservation Projects

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of receipt of priority list and approval of projects.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 priority list of wildlife and sport fish conservation projects from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). As required by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000, AFWA submits a list of projects to us each year to consider for funding under the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. We have reviewed the list and have awarded all the grants from the list.

    ADDRESSES: John C. Stremple, Multistate Conservation Grants Program Coordinator, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, Falls Church, VA 22041- 3808.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John C. Stremple, (703) 358-2156 (phone) or John_Stremple@fws.gov (email).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-18/html/2015-06097.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Task Force reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Friday, April 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 4U25 (Education Conference Room), 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Executive Secretary for the Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-18/html/2015-06232.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 1670, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725-17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to chines@nsf.gov. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton at (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-19/html/2015-06300.htm

  • Agriculture

  • National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice of a meeting of the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on March 17, 18, and 19, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Headquarters Building, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Joanne Garrett, Director, Operational Support Staff, WS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-4009.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/html/2015-05526.htm

  • Commerce

  • 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 Thursday April 16, 2015 from 9:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST and on Friday April 17, 2015 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. 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 times and agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW., Washington, DC 20008. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for directions to the meeting location.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on April 16 5:30-5:45 p.m. EST (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 two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by April 9, 2015, to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by April 9, 2015, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after April 9, 2015, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report from the Data Archive and Access Requirements Working Group on GOES-R Level 0 Data; (2) NOAA Response to the SAB Coastal Habitat Restoration Report; (3) SAB Strategy Discussion; (4) Updates from the NOAA Administrator and Chief Scientist; and (5) Working Group Updates.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459). Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-13/html/2015-05730.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton at Mark Center, Laurel Conference Room, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/html/2015-05529.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Improving EPA Regulations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public input on the agency's periodic retrospective review of its regulations. Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' and Executive Order 13610, "Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens,'' call on all federal agencies to conduct a retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned. The EPA is particularly seeking public input on how the agency can promote regulatory modernization through business-process streamlining, facilitated by improved technology.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA- 2011-0156, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. If you need to include CBI as part of your comment, please visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html for instructions. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on this document, please contact Nathaniel Jutras, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 1803A, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: (202) 564-0301; Fax: (202) 564-8601; Jutras.Nathaniel@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-09/html/2015-05303.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of Meeting of the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health

    National Library of Medicine


    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 9, 2015.

    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Review and Analysis of Systems.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Board Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: David J. Lipman, MD, Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Room 8N805, Bethesda, MD 20894, 301-435-5985, dlipman@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page:http://www.pubmed.central.nih.gov/about/nac/html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-10/html/2015-05448.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request Surveys and Interviews To Support an Evaluation of the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program (NCI)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health


    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on December 4, 2014, Vol. 79, Page 72004 and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

    Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments or request more information on the proposed project contact: Anthony Dickherber, NCI Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, 31 Center Drive, Rm10A33, Bethesda, MD 20892 or call non-toll-free number 301-547-9980 or Email your request, including your address to: dickherberaj@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-09/html/2015-05298.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences Notice of Meeting

    Agency: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (#1110).

    Date and Time:

    April 22, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. April 23, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203.

    If you plan to attend the joint session with the Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure on April 23, the meeting will take place at the NSF. Please contact Jacy Woodruff at jwoodruf@nsf.gov or Michelle Evans at mvevans@nsf.gov to obtain a visitor badge. All visitors to the NSF will be required to show photo ID to obtain a badge.

    The NSF is located at 4201 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Charles Liarakos, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 605, Arlington, VA 22230; Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: Agenda items will include graduate education in biology, biological research at the nexus of food, energy and water (INFEWS), the development of Bio Data in a joint session with the Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-13/html/2015-05729.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) will meet via teleconference. The Committee is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II), and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-246). Additional information concerning the Committee, including the meeting agenda, supporting documents and minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on March 17, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). The meeting is subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference. For anyone who would like to attend the teleconference, please visit the Web site listed in the SUMMARY section or contact Andrea Bedell-Loucks at abloucks@fs.fed.us for further details. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry staff, 202-205-1190. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/html/2015-05195.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by April 6, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725--17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720- 8681.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Colony Loss Surveys.

    OMB Control Number: 0535-NEW.

    Summary of Collection: The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) are to prepare and issue official State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, disposition and prices, economic statistics, and environmental statistics related to agriculture and to conduct the Census of Agriculture and its follow-on surveys. Pollinators (honeybees) are vital to the agricultural industry for producing food for the world's population. Ad hoc surveys showed a dramatic rise in the number of disappearances of honeybee colonies in North America in late 2006. The collapse or decline of honeybee colonies is significant economically because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by European honeybees. General authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S.C. Title 7, Section 2204.

    Need and Use of the Information: To collect critical information NASS will use two surveys which will complement its existing Bee and Honey Collection (0535-0153) that focuses on bee keepers with 5 or more colonies. The Colony Loss Quarterly Survey will be administered quarterly to a subsample of bee keepers responding to the annual Bee and Honey Inquiry. The Colony Loss Annual Survey will be administered to bee keepers with fewer than 5 colonies. The data collected will include state of colony residence, the commercial movement of colonies between states, newly added or replacement colonies, colony losses, and presence of colony stress factors, such as pests or parasites.

    Description of Respondents: Farmers and Beekeepers. Number of Respondents: 23,300. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Quarterly; One time. Total Burden Hours: 8,353.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/html/2015-05263.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the Draft Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 5-Year Review. The purpose of Atlantic HMS EFH 5-Year Review is to gather relevant new information and determine whether modifications to existing EFH descriptions and designations are warranted, in compliance with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations. If EFH modifications are warranted, an amendment to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) may be initiated.

    DATES: Written comments must be received by April 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Draft Atlantic HMS EFH 5-Year Review may also be obtained on the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/documents/2015draftefh_review.pdf.

    You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS- 2015-0037, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0037, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Peter Cooper, NMFS/SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, National Marine Fisheries Service, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper by phone at (301) 427- 8503.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/html/2015-05079.htm

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting via web conference call of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The web conference calls are open to the public, and participants can dial in to the calls. Participants who choose to use the web conferencing feature in addition to the audio will be able to view the presentations as they are being given.

    DATES: Members of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must register in advance by Friday, April 3, 2015.

    The meeting will be held Monday, April 6, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via web conference call. Register by contacting Gonzalo Cid at gonzalo.cid@noaa.gov or 301-713-7278. Webinar and teleconference capacity may be limited.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7265, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/html/2015-04246.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; Notice of Open Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 31, 2015--11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Room 8E- 089, Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone: (202) 586-3787; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/html/2015-04501.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board; Notification of a Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the Agency on the EPA ethical and scientific reviews of research with human subjects.

    DATES: This public meeting will be held on April 22-23, 2015, from approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 to approximately 4:45 p.m. eastern standard time and on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Comments may be submitted on or before noon (eastern standard time) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

    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 written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0145, by one of the following methods:

    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: The EPA Docket Center EPA/DC, ORD Docket, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is located in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room Number 3334 in the EPA WJC West, at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern standard time, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please call (202) 566-1744 or email the ORD Docket at ord.docket@epa.gov for instructions. Updates to Public Reading Room access are available on the Web site http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2015-0145. The Agency's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any electronic storage media you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to receive further information should contact Jim Downing at telephone number (202) 564-2468; fax: (202) 564-2070; email address: downing.jim@epa.gov; mailing address Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail code 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/hsrb.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/html/2015-05068.htm

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary discussion will focus on letters regarding the following topics: (1) Chemical Safety Policy; (2) Farmworker Protection Standards; (3) Refinery Rule; (4) Clean Power Rule and (5) Title VI.

    There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the "REGISTRATION'' and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the teleconference meeting closes at Noon, Eastern Time on Monday, March 16, 2015. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period, or to submit written public comments, is also Noon, Monday, March 16, 2015.

    DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registration: Registrations will be processed at http://nejac-teleconference-march2015.eventbrite.com. When registering, please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up. Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Monday, March 16, 2015, noon deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/html/2015-04471.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the 2015 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate students working on projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. NIBIB's mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The goals of the DEBUT Challenge are (1) to provide undergraduate students valuable experiences such as working in teams, identifying unmet clinical needs, and designing, building and debugging solutions for such open-ended problems; (2) to generate novel, innovative tools to improve healthcare, consistent with NIBIB's purpose to support research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to biomedical imaging and engineering and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications; and (3) to highlight and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of undergraduate students.

    DATES: The competition begins March 5, 2015. Submission Period: March 16, 2015 to May 29, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Judging Period: June 8, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Winners announced: August 21, 2015. Award ceremony: October 9, 2015, Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Tampa Florida.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: info@nibib.nih.gov or (301) 451-4792.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/html/2015-05092.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: March 16, 2015.

    Open: March 16, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Gwen W Collman, Ph.D., Interim Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training, National Institutes of Health, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 615 Davis Dr., KEY615/3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-4980, collman@niehs.nih.gov.

    This is the open session rescheduled from February 18-19, 2015 meeting, which was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/index.cfm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/html/2015-04168.htm

  • Interior

  • Availability of Funds for Climate Change Adaptation and Coastal Management to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes

    AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has funding available for support of tribal climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. Any federally recognized tribe (or tribal organization whose application is supported by a tribal resolution) may submit an application for these funds. The BIA is mailing application packets to each tribal leader. Funds will be awarded under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA).

    DATES: Applications must be submitted by April 24, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: An application packet has been mailed to tribal leaders. Submit your ISDEAA contract proposal in accordance with the directions in the application packet to climate.funding@bia.gov or Ms. Helen Riggs, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Trust Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C St. NW., MS-4620, Washington, DC 20240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you do not receive an application packet or if you would like additional information on how to apply, please contact Helen Riggs, BIA Office of Trust Services, at helen.riggs@bia.gov or (202) 208-5770.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-03/html/2015-04306.htm

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Notice of Nomination Solicitation

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service is seeking nominations for three members of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the members from nominations submitted by national museum organizations and national scientific organizations.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by June 2, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Melanie O'Brien, Designated Federal Officer, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, National NAGPRA Program (2253), National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, or via email nagpra_dfo@nps.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/html/2015-04486.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (#25104).

    Date & Time: March 26-27, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford I, Suite 1235, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    To facilitate entry into the building, contact Diane Drew (ddrew@nsf.gov). Your request should be received on or prior to March 23, 2015.

    Virtual attendance will be supported. For detailed instructions, visit the meeting Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/events/eventsumm.jsp?preview=y&cntnid=133123.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Kelsey Cook, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Suite 1155, Arlington, Virginia 22230; 703-292-7490.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations and counsel on major goals and policies pertaining to international programs and activities.

    Agenda

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks--Minutes Overview of International and Integrative Activities/International Science and Engineering (IIA/ISE)--Realignment Status Public Access Leadership Pillar of the Strategic Framework ISE Strategic Directions Discussion with NSF Assistant Directors Meeting with France C[oacute]rdova, NSF Director, and Richard Buckius, NSF Chief Operating Officer Subcommittee Planning

    Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.

    Subcommittee Planning Overseas Offices Update from the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Update from the Committee on Environmental Research and Education Closing Remarks and Wrap Up

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/html/2015-05255.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, we are soliciting public comment regarding the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. The Act requires the biennial review and republication of the list of select agents and toxins and the revision of the list as necessary. Accordingly, we are soliciting public comment on the current list of select agents and toxins in our regulations and suggestions regarding any addition or reduction of the animal or plant pathogens currently on the list of select agents.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0095.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0095, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014- 0095 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Charles L. Divan, Unit Director, Agricultural Select Agent Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3300.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04180.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Notice To Extend the Comment Period for the Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Extension of Comment Period.


    SUMMARY: This notice extends the comment period for the proposed guidance published in the Federal Register on December 24, 2014, (79 FR 77802, Dec. 24, 2014). The comment period for the proposed guidance, which would have ended on February 23, 2015, is extended for 30 days.

    DATES: The comment period is extended to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 25, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The revised Draft Guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/nepa. Comments on the "Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews'' should be submitted in one of the following ways:

    1. Electronically at http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/submit-comments-revised-draft-guidance-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-climate-change-impacts;
    2. By email to GCC.guidance@ceq.eop.gov; or
    3. By regular mail to the Council on Environmental Quality, ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-23/html/2015-03606.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative covering (GLRI) FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Time, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be held by teleconference only. The teleconference number is: (877) 744-6030; Participant code: 83810127.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at Cestaric.Rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://www.glri.us under the "Public Engagement'' tab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-25/html/2015-03916.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the full meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Fishers Lane Conference Center, Terrace Level, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: SACHRP@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04120.htm

  • Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins; Biennial Review

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Subtitle A (Department of Health and Human Services) of Title II (Enhancing Controls on Dangerous Biological Agents and Toxins) of Public Law 107-188 (June 12, 2002) (the Bioterrorism Response Act), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has initiated the review of the HHS list of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. We are considering whether to propose amending the HHS list by removing six biological agents.

    DATES: Comments should be received on or before April 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), 0920-AA59 or Docket Number CDC-2015-0006 in the heading of this document by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Select Agent Program, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, ATTN: RIN 0920-AAxx.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN for this rulemaking. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Docket Access: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received or to download an electronic version of the ANPRM, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Comments will be available for public inspection Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 1600 Clifton Road NE., Atlanta, GA 30329. Please call ahead to 1-866-694-4867 and ask for a representative in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins to schedule your visit. Please be aware that comments and other submissions from members of the public are made available for public viewing without changes.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robbin Weyant, Director, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Telephone: (404) 718-2000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04169.htm

  • The 2015 Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation Science Symposium

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled: The 2015 Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation (ORSI) Science Symposium.

    The purpose of the public workshop is to increase scientific collaborations with government institutions, academia, industry and other stakeholders, working to improve science, training, and networking in accordance with the FDA mission of the advancement of regulatory science. This venue will also enhance knowledge and awareness of the FDA ORSI resources and provide guidance of its available services.

    Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus located at 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, Great Room, Silver Spring, MD 20903. Entrance for the public workshop participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm or contact us at 2015ORSIScienceSymposium@fda.hhs.gov.

    Contact Person: Diane Rose, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Bldg. 1, Rm. 4233, Silver Spring, MD 20993. 301-796- 9600, diane.rose@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: On-line registration is required (including name, title, affiliation, address, email, telephone and FAX numbers) by April 15, 2015. Those without Internet access should contact Diane Rose (see Contact Person) to register. There is no fee for the public workshop. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited to the first 300 registrants. Registration on the day of the public workshop will be provided on a space available basis from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. provided the 300-person registration limit has not been met. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-orsi-science-symposium-tickets-14591440391?utmcampaign=neweventemail&utmmedium=email&utmsource=ebemail&utmterm=viewmyeventbutton or email us at 2015ORSIScienceSymposium@fda.hhs.gov if you have additional questions. A lite breakfast and lunch are available for pre-purchase.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Diane Rose (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.

    Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop: This public workshop will also be Webcast. Persons interested in viewing the Webcast must register online or call us at 301-796-9600 by April 15, 2015. Early registration is recommended because Webcast lines are limited. Organizations are required to register all participants, but to view the Webcast using one connection per location. Webcast participants will be sent technical system requirements after registration and will be sent connection access information after April 23, 2015. If you have never attended a Connect Pro event before, test your connection at https://collaboration.fda.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. To get a quick overview of the Connect Pro program, visit http://inside.fda.gov:9003/ora/southwestregion/dallas/ucm234468.htm. (FDA has verified the Web site addresses in this document, but FDA is not responsible for any subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04123.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting Notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting via phone.

    DATES: Meeting via phone: March 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-24/html/2015-03728.htm

  • Commerce

  • Nominations to the Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Secretary of Commerce established three independent regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs) to provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues. NMFS has conducted a membership review of the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific SRGs and is soliciting nominations for new Members to fill vacancies on the Atlantic and Pacific SRGs. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in the areas specified below, be able to conduct thorough scientific reviews of marine mammal science, and be able to fulfill the necessary time commitments associated with a thorough review of documents and attendance at one annual meeting.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by March 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: SRGs.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8402, Shannon.Bettridge@noaa.gov; or Seth Sykora- Bodie, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8409, Seth.Sykora-Bodie@noaa.gov. Information about the SRGs is available via the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/group.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-18/html/2015-03196.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application and Reports for Scientific Research and Enhancement Permits under the Endangered Species Act

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Gary Rule, NOAA Fisheries, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd. Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, (503) 230-5424 or gary.rule@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-18/html/2015-03191.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an opportunity to comment on the proposed Interim Report of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The report will be posted to the Web site: http://energy.gov/labcommission on Friday, February 13, 2015.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on or before Friday, February 20, 2015. There will also be the opportunity to provide public comment in person at the Commission meeting on February 24, 2015 (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.).

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be:

    Emailed to: crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    Or mailed to: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    For those interested in providing public comment in person, the February 24th public meeting will take place at the Hilton at Mark Center, Birch Conference Room, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer; email crenel@hq.doe.gov; telephone (202) 586-3787.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-17/html/2015-03142.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Face-to-Face Meeting and a Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review EPA's Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources (November 2014). The SAB Staff Office also announces a public teleconference of the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review its draft report on EPA's document.

    DATES: The public face-to-face meeting will be held on March 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and March 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The teleconference will be held on May 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The face-to-face meeting will take place at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Convening Center A and B, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20052. The teleconference will be held by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public meeting or public teleconference may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564- 2073 or via email at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-19/html/2015-03452.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: March 10, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols and related data management activities. There will be a brief update on the proposed changes to the gene transfer protocol review process. For more information, please check the meeting agenda at OBA Meetings Page (available at the following URL: https://auth.osp.od.nih.gov/sites/default/files/RACMarchAgenda.pdf.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 35, Conference Room 620/630, 9000, Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Chris Nice, Program Assistant, Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-9838, nicelc@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/rdna/rdna.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    OMB's "Mandatory Information Requirements for Federal Assistance Program Announcements'' (45 FR 39592, June 11, 1980) requires a statement concerning the official government programs contained in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Normally NIH lists in its announcements the number and title of affected individual programs for the guidance of the public. Because the guidance in this notice covers virtually every NIH and Federal research program in which DNA recombinant molecule techniques could be used, it has been determined not to be cost effective or in the public interest to attempt to list these programs. Such a list would likely require several additional pages. In addition, NIH could not be certain that every Federal program would be included as many Federal agencies, as well as private organizations, both national and international, have elected to follow the NIH Guidelines. In lieu of the individual program listing, NIH invites readers to direct questions to the information address above about whether individual programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance are affected.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-20/html/2015-03495.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of Final Rules for the Gray Wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes in Compliance With Court Orders

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing this final rule to comply with court orders that reinstate the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), for the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes. Pursuant to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia court order dated September 23, 2014, this rule reinstates the April 2, 2009 (74 FR 15123), final rule regulating the gray wolf in the State of Wyoming as a nonessential experimental population. Gray wolves in Montana, Idaho, the eastern third of Washington and Oregon, and north-central Utah retain their delisted status and are not impacted by this final rule. In addition, pursuant to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia court order dated December 19, 2014, this rule reinstates the March 9, 1978 (43 FR 9607), final rule as it relates to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes including endangered status for gray wolves in all of Wisconsin and Michigan, the eastern half of North Dakota and South Dakota, the northern half of Iowa, the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, and the northwestern portion of Ohio; threatened status for gray wolves in Minnesota; critical habitat for gray wolves in Minnesota and Michigan; and the rule promulgated under section 4(d) of the ESA for gray wolves in Minnesota.

    DATES: This action is effective February 20, 2015. The September 23, 2014, court order reinstated the April 2, 2009, final rule designating the gray wolf in Wyoming as a nonessential experimental population immediately upon its filing. The court order regarding wolves in the western Great Lakes had legal effect immediately upon its filing on December 19, 2014. The Director has further determined, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d), that the Service has good cause to make this rule effective upon publication.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule is available:

    Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2014-0059;

    From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region Office, Ecological Services Division, 134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228; telephone 303-236-7400; or

    From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region Office, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437; telephone 612-713-5360.

    Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on wolves in Wyoming, contact Mike Jimenez, Northern Rocky Mountains Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 8135, Missoula, MT 59807; by telephone 307-330-5631. For information on wolves in the western Great Lakes, contact Laura Ragan, Regional Listing Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437; by telephone 612-713-5350. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-20/html/2015-03503.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Regulations

    AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure we are able to consider your comments, we must receive them on or before April 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., MS 2601, Washington, DC 20240 (mail); or madonna_baucum@nps.gov (email). Please reference OMB Control Number "1024-0144, NAGPRA'' in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie O'Brien, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005; or via phone at 202/354-2204; or via fax at 202/354-5179; or via email at Melanie_O'Brien@nps.gov.

    Title: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Regulations, 43 CFR part 10.

    Service Form Number: None.

    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection of information.

    Description of Respondents: Museums that receive Federal funds and have possession of or control over Native American cultural items.

    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-17/html/2015-03111.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Biological Control of Emerald Ash Borer

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a draft environmental assessment relative to the control of emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis. The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the field release of a parasitic wasp, Spathius galinae, into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of emerald ash borer infestations. We are making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 16, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0094.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0094, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014- 0094 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Shirley Wager-Pag[eacute], Assistant Director, Pest Permitting Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2323.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-12/html/2015-02914.htm

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 in the Association Multipurpose Room at the Association of Public and Land Grant University Offices, 1307 New York Avenue, Washington, DC. The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet. The link to the global live stream is on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.

    The central theme of this year's meeting will be Human and Institutional Capacity Development in Agricultural Innovation Systems. Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks. At this public meeting, the Board will address old and new business and hear updates from USAID, the university community, and other experts on how human and institutional capacity development can support agricultural innovation systems.

    Starting at 9:15 a.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a panel to inform BIFAD and the public of engagement of the USAID Bureau for Food Security on agriculture and nutrition dimensions of the global Ebola response. Presenters for this panel are Richard Greene, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security and Meredith Soule, Division Chief, Country Strategies and Implementation, Bureau for Food Security.

    Starting at 10:00 a.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a panel on the USAID/BIFAD/APLU Agricultural Exchange on Human and Institutional Capacity Development (AgExchange). BIFAD and USAID with support from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) held a three day facilitated online discussion from November 17-20, 2014 around the topic Feeding the World in 2050: How Human and Institutional Capacity Development Can Support Agricultural Innovation Systems. The AgExchange, facilitated by Cultural Practice, was well-attended and brought together various stakeholders from around the world. Deborah Rubin from Cultural Practice will summarize and present the results of the BIFAD/USAID/APLU AgExchange. Responding to these results will be Gretchen Neisler, Director for Global Connection in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Elon Gilbert, Vice Chairman, Rocky Mountain Biologicals, Inc.

    At 11:30 a.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a half-hour public comment period. At 12:00 p.m. BIFAD Chair Brady Deaton will make closing remarks and adjourn the public meeting.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Susan Owens, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2.09-067, Washington, DC 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-10/html/2015-02666.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 11 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

    DATES: Applications are due by March 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Michael Murray, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, University of California Santa Barbara, Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155; (805) 893- 6418; email Michael.Murray@noaa.gov; or download application from http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/council_news.html.

    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Beth Dieveney, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040; (305) 809-4700 extension 228; email Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov; or download application from http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html?s=sac.

    Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shelley DuPuy, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 621-5151 extension 106; email Shelley.DuPuy@noaa.gov; or download application from http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/advisorycouncil/councilnews.html.

    Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Becky Shortland, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; (912) 598- 2381; email Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov; or download application from http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/council_news.html.

    Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Leslie Abramson, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129; (415) 561-6622 extension 306; email Leslie.Abramson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/sac.html.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/ONMS/Shannon Lyday, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725-5905; email Shannon.Lyday@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/councilappaccepting.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591-7328; email Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov.

    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Erin Ovalle, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 99 Pacific Street, Building 455A, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 647-4206; email Erin.Ovalle@noaa.gov; or download application from http://montereybay.noaa.gov/sac/2014/recruit/14v2/141114covlet.html.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, P.O. Box 4318, Pago Pago, AS 96799 (Utulei, American Samoa); (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov/about/samoa.html.

    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council: Hoku Johnson, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ONMS/ PMNM, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725- 5800; email Hoku.Johnson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/council/.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Karlyn Langjahr, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 115 East Railroad Ave., Suite 101, Port Angeles, WA 98362; (360) 457-6622 extension 31; email Karlyn.Langjahr@noaa.gov; or download application from http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/sac_welcome.html.

    Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Jean Bauer, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, Michigan 49707; (989) 356-8805 extension 13; email Jean.Bauer@noaa.gov; or download application from http://thunderbay.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/html/2015-02792.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Request for Nominations to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The PPDC was chartered to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues concerning pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from pesticide use. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Environmental/public interest and animal rights groups; farm worker organizations; pesticide industry and trade associations; pesticide user, grower, and commodity groups; Federal/State/local and tribal governments; academia; and public health organizations. Vacancies are expected to be filled by early summer 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 16, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line "PPDC Membership 2015'' to zimmerman.dea@epa.gov. You may also submit nominations by mail to: Dea Zimmerman (LC-8J), PPDC Designated Federal Officer, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604. Non-electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dea Zimmerman, Designated Federal Officer for the PPDC, telephone number: (312) 353-6344; email address: zimmerman.dea@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/html/2015-03054.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of a Draft NIH Policy on Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information

    SUMMARY: On November 19, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a request for public comments in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on a draft policy to promote broad and responsible dissemination of information on clinical trials funded by the NIH through registration and submission of summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. See Guide notice NOT-OD-15-019 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-019.html. NIH is publishing this notice in order to inform readers of the Federal Register about the draft policy and the opportunity to comment.

    DATES: The deadline for receiving comments on the draft policy is no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: clinicaltrials.disseminationpolicy@mail.nih.gov.

    Fax: 301-496-9839.

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier: Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838, OCRBP-OSP@od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/html/2015-02994.htm

  • Agriculture

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence

    ACTION: Notice of workshop listening session and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a 2-day, invitation-only workshop on agricultural coexistence, the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity-preserved, and genetically engineered crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences. The objective of the workshop is to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss how to make coexistence achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders. Workshop participants will represent a broad range of interests and experience relating to agricultural coexistence. The public is invited to listen to or watch the workshop sessions via phone and/or Webcast, after which they will have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposals discussed.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on March 12-13, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comments on the workshop will be accepted from March 13, 2015, through March 27, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Call-in and Webcast information is available at the agricultural coexistence workshop Web page at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/!ut/p/a1/nVFNU4MwEP0tHjxmEkgk4Ug7foBKD9W25MJskyixFChEx57gem1aN3bzr739u1bLPEGywq-7Ds4W1dQDr0MchYL36fEj8ULFyQi8zBZxCtC6E0PyHoAOVMRGfnJ4sH3Zj3fhnekjhd3T2LJ04fZwFeY4mlqlzjCpxBU9guV3XlTOXy0m5baIXpIMctvWny8f52HcOdqaoS23ablBolNU4CxljRocaBYp6iCnOkdAAiAPVEBiujQcnxxOWfrl4dDyhkPATYCKUrPfAzy5JAry88KjkD3-yH4eDjPq0h3yHd78M-5m7oX9Ih2b2mKZHb1A2VTHxo!/?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphiscontentlibrary%2Fsaaboutaphis%2Fsastakeholders%2Fctcoexistencemeeting.

    You may submit comments following the workshop by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Tadle, Program Analyst, Planning, Evaluation, and Decision Support, PPD, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 120, Riverdale, MD 20737, (301) 851-3140; Michael.A.Tadle@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/html/2015-02035.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • 103rd Commission Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 103rd meeting in Washington, District of Columbia, on March 4-5, 2015. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 9:00 a.m.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 102nd meeting
    3. Commissioners and staff reports
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be on Arctic policy issues, and on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/html/2015-02346.htm

  • Commerce

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/ Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled Monday, March 2, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EST, and Tuesday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Northwest, Washington, DC 20005.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on Tuesday, March 3 at 9:15 a.m. EST (check agenda on Web site to confirm time.)

    The Board 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 three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by the Designated Federal Officer by Monday, February 23, 2015 to provide sufficient time for Board review. Written comments received after February 23, 2015 will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Elizabeth Rohring, Designated Federal Officer at 301-734-1082 by Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-05/html/2015-02339.htm

  • Energy

  • 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 the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Kuperberg, 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 301-903-3511; fax (301) 903-5051 or email: michael.kuperberg@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-02/html/2015-01935.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Technology Transfer; Notice of meetings

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Office of Intramural Research (OIR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host two webinars to enable public discussion of its proposal to reorganize the OIR Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). The proposal seeks to align authority and responsibility for the implementation and execution of patenting and licensing (P&L) functions within the NIH Institutes and Centers.

    DATES: The first webinar will be held on February 13th from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. The second webinar will be held on February 13th from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Members of the public wishing to join a webinar must register via the webinar link provided. Any interested person may also file written comments by sending an email to Deborah Kassilke, kassilked@mail.nih.gov by Tuesday, February 17th, 2015. The written comment should include the commenter's name and, when applicable, professional affiliation.

    ADDRESSES: Session 1: February 13, 2015 from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?MTID=m2a6eb40ebe096afad861f0b5e941f9bc.

    Session 2: February 13, 2015 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?MTID=m8c50a9e8b5454a39b4fa24d9df412fab.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Kassilke, kassilked@mail.nih.gov, 301-435-2950.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-02/html/2015-01964.htm

  • Interior

  • 2015 National Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. The BLM will accept public nominations for 45 days after the publication of this notice.

    DATES: All nominations must be received no later than March 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of BLM State Offices accepting nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chandra Little, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, WO-630, Division of Regulatory Affairs, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003-3503; 202-912-7403.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/html/2015-02034.htm

  • Proposed New Information Collection: OMB Control Number 1084- XXXX--Documenting, Managing and Preserving Department of the Interior Museum Collections Housed in Non-Federal Repositories

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of Acquisition and Property Management.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Acquisition and Property Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior announces a proposed programmatic public information collection and seeks public comments on the provisions thereof.

    DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection request, but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public comments should be submitted to OMB by March 5, 2015, in order to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Send your written comments by facsimile (202) 395-5806 or email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Department of the Interior Desk Officer (1085-XXXX). Also, please send a copy of your comments to Steven Floray, Office of Acquisition and Property Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., MS 4262-MIB, Washington, DC 20240, fax 202-513-7634, or by electronic mail to Steven_Floray@ios.doi.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information collection request, any explanatory information and related forms, contact Steven Floray via the information provided in the ADDRESSES section above. You may also review the information collection request online at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/html/2015-01880.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action.

    After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by April 7, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/html/2015-02386.htm

  • Commerce

  • Draft 2014 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2014 SARs.

    DATES: Comments must be received by April 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The 2014 draft SARs are available in electronic form via the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/draft.htm.

    Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Dee Allen, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE BIN 15700, Seattle, WA 98115-0070.

    Copies of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Regional SARs may be requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.

    Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037-1508.

    You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2014-0117, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

    NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8402, Shannon.Bettridge@noaa.gov; Dee Allen 206-526-4048, Dee.Allen@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska regional stock assessments; Gordon Waring, 508-495-2311, Gordon.Waring@noaa.gov, regarding Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean regional stock assessments; or Jim Carretta, 858-546-7171, Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov, regarding Pacific regional stock assessments.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/html/2015-01751.htm

  • Notice of Availability of the Draft NOAA Restoration Center Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the NOAA Restoration Center Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. Publication of this notice begins the public comment period for this Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS). The purpose of the DPEIS is to evaluate, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative programmatic approaches to coastal habitat restoration within the NOAA Restoration Center and other NOAA programs implementing similar habitat restoration activities.

    DATES: Interested parties should provide written comments by March 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Interested parties that wish to send comments may send an email to rc.compliance@noaa.gov. Interested parties that wish to send comments through regular mail may use the following mailing address: NOAA Restoration Center (F/HC3), ATTN: Restoration DPEIS Comments, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The NOAA Restoration Center Web site that contains information and updates relevant to this DPEIS can be found at: http://www.restoration.noaa.gov/environmentalcompliance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Gange at 301-427-8664 or via the following email address: rc.compliance@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/html/2015-01744.htm

  • Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.

    Time and Date: The meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 11836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. Members of the public will not be able to dial in to this meeting.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5-minute public comment period from 12:50-12:55 p.m. Eastern Standard 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 one minute. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by February 4 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after February 4, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on February 4, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-28/html/2015-01540.htm

  • Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Eight Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMCs) will convene a meeting of representatives of their respective Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) in Honolulu, HI.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on February 23, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., February 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and February 25, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel Garden Lanai, 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI 96814. Host Council: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/html/2015-01690.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton at Mark Center, Birch Conference Room, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email at: crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/html/2015-01679.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee: Additional Time to Nominate

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites public nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee to provide advice to the Chartered SAB regarding matters referred to the SAB that will have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than March 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may submit a paper copy to Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the committee, by email at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov or by telephone at 202-564-2067.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-26/html/2015-01276.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Executive Order 13689--Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic

    Executive Order 13689 of January 21, 2015

    Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to prepare the Nation for a changing Arctic and enhance coordination of national efforts in the Arctic, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The Arctic has critical long-term strategic, ecological, cultural, and economic value, and it is imperative that we continue to protect our national interests in the region, which include: national defense; sovereign rights and responsibilities; maritime safety; energy and economic benefits; environmental stewardship; promotion of science and research; and preservation of the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea as reflected in international law.

    Over the past 60 years, climate change has caused the Alaskan Arctic to warm twice as rapidly as the rest of the United States, and will continue to transform the Arctic as its consequences grow more severe. Over the past several decades, higher atmospheric temperatures have led to a steady and dramatic reduction in Arctic sea ice, widespread glacier retreat, increasing coastal erosion, more acidic oceans, earlier spring snowmelt, thawing permafrost, drier landscapes, and more extensive insect outbreaks and wildfires, thus changing the accessibility and natural features of this remote region. As a global leader, the United States has the responsibility to strengthen international cooperation to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, understand more fully and manage more effectively the adverse effects of climate change, protect life and property, develop and manage resources responsibly, enhance the quality of life of Arctic inhabitants, and serve as stewards for valuable and vulnerable ecosystems. In doing so, we must rely on science-based decisionmaking and respect the value and utility of the traditional knowledge of Alaska Native peoples. As the United States assumes the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, it is more important than ever that we have a coordinated national effort that takes advantage of our combined expertise and efforts in the Arctic region to promote our shared values and priorities.

    As the Arctic has changed, the number of Federal working groups created to address the growing strategic importance and accessibility of this critical region has increased. Although these groups have made significant progress and achieved important milestones, managing the broad range of interagency activity in the Arctic requires coordinated planning by the Federal Government, with input by partners and stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, and Alaska Native tribal government and similar Alaska Native organization, as well as private and nonprofit sector, efforts in the Arctic.

    Sec. 2. Arctic Executive Steering Committee. (a) Establishment. There is established an Arctic Executive Steering Committee (Steering Committee), which shall provide guidance to executive departments and agencies (agencies) and enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies and offices, and, where applicable, with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors.

    (b) Membership. The Steering Committee shall consist of:

    (i) the heads, or their designees, of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Domestic Policy Council, and the National Security Council;

    (ii) the Executive Officer of the Steering Committee, who shall be designated by the Chair of the Steering Committee (Chair); and

    (iii) the Deputy Secretary or equivalent officer from the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Energy, and Homeland Security; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Science Foundation; the Arctic Research Commission; and the Office of Management and Budget; the Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, or his or her designee; and other agencies or offices as determined appropriate by the Chair.

    (c) Administration.

    (i) The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, or his or her designee, shall be the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, or his or her designee, shall be the Vice Chair. Under the leadership of the Chair, the Steering Committee will meet quarterly, or as appropriate, to shape priorities, establish strategic direction, oversee implementation, and ensure coordination of Federal activities in the Arctic.

    (ii) The Steering Committee shall coordinate with existing working groups established by Executive Order or statute.

    (iii) As appropriate, the Chair of the Steering Committee may establish subcommittees and working groups, consisting of representatives from relevant agencies, to focus on specific key issues and assist in carrying out its responsibilities.

    (iv) Agencies shall provide administrative support and additional resources, as appropriate, to support their participation in the Steering Committee to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations. Each agency shall bear its own expenses for supporting its participation in the Steering Committee and associated working groups.

    (v) Each member of the Steering Committee shall provide the Executive Officer with a single point of contact for coordinating efforts with interagency partners, collaborating with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, and assisting in carrying out the functions and duties assigned by the Steering Committee.

    Sec. 3. Responsibilities of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee. The Steering Committee, in coordination with the heads of relevant agencies and under the direction of the Chair, shall:

    (a) provide guidance and coordinate efforts to implement the priorities, objectives, activities, and responsibilities identified in National Security Presidential Directive 66/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 25, Arctic Region Policy, the National Strategy for the Arctic Region and its Implementation Plan, and related agency plans; (b) provide guidance on prioritizing Federal activities, consistent with agency authorities, while the United States is Chair of the Arctic Council, including, where appropriate, recommendations for resources to use in carrying out those activities; and (c) establish a working group to provide a report to the Steering Committee by May 1, 2015, that:

    (i) identifies potential areas of overlap between and within agencies with respect to implementation of Arctic policy and strategic priorities and provides recommendations to increase coordination and reduce any duplication of effort, which may include ways to increase the effectiveness of existing groups; and

    (ii) provides recommendations to address any potential gaps in implementation.

    Sec. 4. Duties of the Executive Officer. The Executive Officer shall be responsible for facilitating interagency coordination efforts related to implementing the guidance and strategic priorities developed by the Steering Committee. The Executive Officer shall coordinate with the Chair and the Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy at the Department of State to provide regular reports to the Steering Committee on agency implementation and planning efforts for the Arctic region.

    Sec. 5. Engagement with the State of Alaska, Alaska Native Tribal Governments, as well as other United States Stakeholders. It is in the best interest of the Nation for the Federal Government to maximize transparency and promote collaboration where possible with the State of Alaska, Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, and local, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector stakeholders. To facilitate consultation and partnerships with the State of Alaska and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, the Steering Committee shall:

    (a) develop a process to improve coordination and the sharing of information and knowledge among Federal, State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, and private-sector and nonprofit-sector groups on Arctic issues; (b) establish a process to ensure tribal consultation and collaboration, consistent with my memorandum of November 5, 2009 (Tribal Consultation). This process shall ensure meaningful consultation and collaboration with Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations in the development of Federal policies that have Alaska Native implications, as applicable, and provide feedback and recommendations to the Steering Committee; (c) identify an appropriate Federal entity to be the point of contact for Arctic matters with the State of Alaska and with Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations to support collaboration and communication; and (d) invite members of State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, and academic and research institutions to consult on issues or participate in discussions, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

    Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-26/html/2015-01522.htm

  • Interior

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska; Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a revised comprehensive conservation plan (plan/CCP) and final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (refuge, NWR) for a 30-day public review. In this revised plan and final EIS, we describe how we propose to manage the refuge for the next 15 years.

    DATES: The review period will end February 26, 2015. We are not soliciting comments on the plan during this review period.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit questions or requests for more information by any one of the following methods:

    Email: ArcticRefugeCCP@fws.gov. Include "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Revised CCP and Final EIS'' in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: Attention: Arctic CCP, Planning Team Leader, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, (907) 456-0428.

    U.S. Mail: Attention: Stephanie Brady, Arctic CCP, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 101 12th Ave., Rm. 236, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

    In-Person Drop Off: You may drop off questions during regular business hours at the above addresses.

    You will find the plan and EIS, as well as information about the planning process and a summary of the revised plan, on the planning Web site: http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Brady, (907) 306-7448.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-27/html/2015-01514.htm

  • Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program

    AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Scoping.


    SUMMARY: Consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), BOEM is announcing its intent to prepare an EIS to inform the decisions that will be taken during the preparation and implementation of the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2017-2022 Program). Section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) requires the development of an OCS oil and gas leasing program every five years. The 2017-2022 Program must address the size, timing and location of the lease sales to be held under it. Section 18 also requires a multi-step process of consultation and analysis that must be completed before the Secretary of the Interior may approve a new Program. BOEM initiated the 2017-2022 Program process by issuing a request for information and comments (RFI) in June 2014. The remaining process required by section 18 of the OCS Lands Act includes development of a Draft Proposed Program (DPP), a Proposed Program, a Proposed Final Program (PFP), and Secretarial approval of the 2017-2022 Program.

    The EIS is developed in concert with the 2017-2022 Program documents. The EIS will analyze the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of possible OCS oil and gas activities that could result from lease sales contemplated under the 2017-2022 Program. The scope of the EIS will be based on the DPP after consideration of public input received during the scoping period for the EIS. The DPP includes potential lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico (Western, Central, and a small portion of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas not subject to Congressional moratorium), Atlantic (Mid and South Atlantic Planning Areas), and Alaska (Cook Inlet, Chukchi, and Beaufort Planning Areas) (for details, see the DPP at http://www.boem.gov/Five-Year-Program/).

    This notice starts the formal scoping process for the EIS under 40 CFR 1501.7 of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations and solicits input from the public regarding alternatives to the proposed action, impacting factors, environmental resources and issues of concern in the DPP area, and possible mitigating measures that should be evaluated in the EIS. The purpose of scoping is to determine the appropriate content for a focused and balanced programmatic environmental analysis by (a) ensuring significant issues are identified early and properly studied during development of the Programmatic EIS; (b) identifying alternatives, mitigation measures, and analytic tools; and (c) identifying insignificant issues and narrowing the scope of the EIS.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-29/html/2015-01756.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (#9487).

    Dates: March 11 & March 12, 2015; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Linda Deegan, National Science Foundation, Suite 655, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Email: ldeegan@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Approval of minutes from past meetings

    Updates on recent NSF and other agency environmental activities.

    Discuss and refine draft of the Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education document.

    Meet with NSF Assistant Directors.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Discuss and refine draft of the Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education document (Continued)

    Meet with the NSF Director.

    AC Business--Set date for next meeting.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-27/html/2015-01419.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting: Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (#1173) Dates/Time: February 25, 2015 1:00PM-5:00 p.m. February 26, 2015 8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m. Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Vickie Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to February 23, 2015. Type of Meeting: Open Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone Numbers: 703-292-8040 banderso@nsf.gov Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/activities/ceose/index.jsp Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering. Agenda: Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair NSF Executive Liaison Report Discussions:

    • Leadership Panel Discussion: FY2015 Broadening Participation Efforts
    • NSF Broadening Participation Framework for Action
    • Partnering to Further the Diversification of the STEM Workforce
    • Accessibility and Careers in STEM
    • Gender Dimension in Research Content and Process
    • Reports of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • 2013-2014 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress
    • Updates from the Federal Liaisons

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-26/html/2015-01322.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    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 of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: February 3, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 4, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST).

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/150203/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    OPEN SESSIONS:

    February 3, 2015

    8-8:05 a.m. (Chairman's introduction)

    8:05-8:50 a.m. (joint CPP/CSB)

    8:50-10:45 a.m. (CPP)

    1:45-3 p.m. (CEH)

    3-3:30 p.m. (CSB)

    4:15-5 p.m. (AO)

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-28/html/2015-01695.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of the Draft NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy for Public Comment

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS is releasing the draft NMFS Climate Science Strategy (NCSS) for public review and comment. Additional information, including the Strategy for download may be found at: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/climate/.

    DATES: Written comments must be received from January 21, 2015 through March 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified NOAA- NMFS-2015-0010, by any of the following methods: Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0010 click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. Mail: Valerie Termini, NMFS, Office of Science and Technology, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Include on the envelope the following identifier "NCSS Public Comment.'' Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Please include page number and line number in your comments. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information, including the Strategy for download may be found at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/climate/national-call-for-comments, or by contacting Roger Griffis, Climate Change Coordinator, NMFS, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-427-8134 or email: roger.b.griffis@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01168.htm

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Progress and Planning Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30, 2015. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to update participants about progress of the consortium work, continue to get broad input from individual stakeholders to update or refine the consortium work plan, continue to broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation. Topics of discussion at this meeting will include release of the pilot candidate NIST Reference Material, short and long read data from the next sets of NIST Reference Materials, structural variants, and potential future Reference Materials.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time and Friday, January 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Fisher Conference Center inside the Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to: http://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x19409085b04.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-22/html/2015-01158.htm

  • Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; National Standard Guidelines

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes revisions to the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and to the General section of the NS guidelines. This action is necessary to improve and clarify the guidance within the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks and achieve optimum yield (OY).

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before June 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Wesley Patrick, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13357, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Fax: 301-713-1193; Attn: Wesley Patrick.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Copies of supporting documents can be obtained from Wesley Patrick (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wesley Patrick, 301-427-8563

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-20/html/2015-00586.htm

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2015 Nominations

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the annual National Medal of Technology and Innovation (initially known as the National Medal of Technology) to our nation's leading innovators. If you know of a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution to the country's economic, environmental, or social well-being through the promotion of technology, technological innovation, or the development of technological manpower, you may obtain a nomination form from: http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp.

    ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2015 may be obtained by visiting the USPTO Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp. Nomination applications should be submitted to John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail to NMTI@uspto.gov or by postal mail to: John Palafoutas, NMTI Program Manager, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

    DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is June 1, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; by telephone: (571) 272-9821 or by electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01123.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services,

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its twentieth meeting on February 5-6, 2015. At this meeting, the Commission will conclude discussions related to the BRAIN Initiative and ongoing work in neuroscience, and begin discussions about the ethical considerations and implications of public health emergency response with a focus on the current Ebola virus disease epidemic.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., and Friday, February 6, 2015, from 9 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/html/2015-00801.htm

  • Request for Comment on the Second Decade of National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)

    AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Request for information and comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the availability of NIOSH Docket Number 244-A entitled Request for Comment on the Second Decade of NORA for public comment. To view the notice, visit http://www.regulations.gov and enter CDC-2015-0002 in the search field and click "Search.'' Public comment period: Electronic or written comments must be received by March 24, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by CDC-2015-0002 and Docket Number NIOSH-244-A, by either of the following two methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Mail: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Docket Office, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS C-34, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1998. Instructions: All information received in response to this notice must include the agency name and docket number [CDC-2015-0002; NIOSH-244-A]. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. All electronic comments should be formatted in Microsoft Word. All information received in response to this notice will also be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, 1150 Tusculum Avenue, Room 155, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01208.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    Food and Drug Administration AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for members to serve on the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, Office of the Chief Scientist. FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.

    DATES: Nominations received on or before March 24, 2015 will be given first consideration for membership on the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration. Nominations received after March 24, 2015 will be considered for nomination to the committee as later vacancies occur.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations for membership should be sent electronically by logging into the FDA Advisory Nomination Portal: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regarding all nomination questions for membership, the primary contact is: Martha Monser, Office of the Chief Scientist, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, Rm. 3309, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4627, martha.monser@fda.hhs.gov. Information about becoming a member on an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site by using the following link: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01114.htm

  • Interior

  • Meeting Announcement: Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) will meet via telephone to follow up on agenda items from the December 10, 2014, meeting and to discuss strategic direction of the NMBCA program and Advisory Group. This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: The teleconference is scheduled for March 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Advisory Group Coordinator no later than March 12, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Although this meeting is conference call, local Advisory Group members may convene at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. Participants should call the toll-free number 866-692-4541; when prompted, enter participant passcode 51659890.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Kreger, Acting Advisory Group Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/html/2015-00851.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet via telephone to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) U.S. small grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: The teleconference is scheduled for February 25, 2015, at 2 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the acting Council Coordinator no later than February 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Because this is a conference call, there is no meeting venue. Participants should call the toll-free number 866-692-4541; when prompted, enter participant passcode 51659890.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Kreger, Acting Council Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/html/2015-00849.htm

  • U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Office of Policy and International Affairs, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Department of the Interior, announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and a request for written comments. This meeting, the 33rd biannual meeting of the task force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners.

    DATES: Meeting Dates: February 19, 2015. Advance Public Comments: Submit by January 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Meetings will be held at the Department of Interior, South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20245.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Fossani, DOI U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Steering Committee Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240 (phone: 202-208-5004; fax: 202-208-4867; email: cheryl_fossani@ios.doi.gov); or visit the USCRTF Web site at www.coralreef.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01092.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's ad hoc Working Group on Administrative Burdens (AB), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, January 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's remarks; update on NSF implementation of Uniform Guidance and Administrative Burdens Task Force recommendations; and draft comments on proposed National Institutes of Health multisite Institutional Review Board policy.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Jacqueline Meszaros at jmeszaro@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-20/html/2015-00894.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, January 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's remarks; discussion of Committee goals; and discussion of format for February meeting.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Jacqueline Meszaros at jmeszaro@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-20/html/2015-00896.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) will meet in Washington, DC. The Council is required by Section 1441 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held February 18 and 19, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Forest Service International Programs office located at 1 Thomas Circle, Suite 400, Washington, DC. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service-Washington Office. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 202-205-1665 to facilitate entry into the USDA Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Dravnieks Apple, USDA Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, by phone at 202-205-1665. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/html/2015-00547.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final report titled, "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence" (EPA/600/R-14/475F). The purpose of this report is to summarize the current understanding about the connectivity and mechanisms by which streams and wetlands affect the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream waters.

    DATES: The Agency is releasing the report publicly on January 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The report is available via the Internet on the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Center for Environmental Assessment's Web site (www.epa.gov/ncea) under the Recent Additions and Publications menu. A limited number of paper copies will be available from the Information Management Team, National Center for Environmental Assessment; telephone 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information concerning the assessment, contact EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment, Dr. Laurie Alexander, telephone 703-347-8630 or email Alexander.Laurie@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/html/2015-00339.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services; Meeting

    AGENCY: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the public meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services (Advisory Council). The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services provides advice on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers. During the January meeting, the Advisory Council will hear a presentation on IOM's final expert panel on Advanced Dementia, which will provide additional recommendations for the Council to consider. The Advisory Council will spend the majority of the meeting considering recommendations made by each of the three subcommittees for updates to the 2015 National Plan.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on January 26th, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Great Hall in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.

    COMMENTS: Time is allocated mid-morning on the agenda to hear public comments. The time for oral comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per individual. In lieu of oral comments, formal written comments may be submitted for the record to Rohini Khillan, OASPE, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 424E, Washington, DC 20201. Comments may also be sent to napa@hhs.gov. Those submitting written comments should identify themselves and any relevant organizational affiliations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rohini Khillan (202) 690-5932, rohini.khillan@hhs.gov. Note: Seating may be limited. Those wishing to attend the meeting must send an email to napa@hhs.gov and put "January 26 Meeting Attendance'' in the Subject line by Friday, January 16, so that their names may be put on a list of expected attendees and forwarded to the security officers at the Department of Health and Human Services. Any interested member of the public who is a non-U.S. citizen should include this information at the time of registration to ensure that the appropriate security procedure to gain entry to the building is carried out. Although the meeting is open to the public, procedures governing security and the entrance to Federal buildings may change without notice. If you wish to make a public comment, you must note that within your email.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-16/html/2015-00517.htm

  • Interior

  • Final Strategic Growth Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge System

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized a policy to implement a strategic approach to the growth of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System, System). The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, requires that we "plan and direct the continued growth of the System in a manner that is best designed to accomplish the mission of the System." This policy directs Refuge System employees to focus their protection measures on priority conservation features to ensure that our limited resources are used to make the greatest contribution to the conservation of species in a cost-effective and transparent manner. It ensures that the growth of the System reflects our vision toward managing functional landscapes, enhancing our scientific rigor, improving our effectiveness, and involving our partners and the American people. The Strategic Growth policy is found in "Refuge Planning," chapter 5, part 602 in the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.

    DATES: The policy was effective September 4, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: You may read the final policy online at http://www.fws.gov/policy/602fw5.html. You may obtain a summary of how we addressed comments we received on the draft policy at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/planning/StrategicGrowth.html. You may also request a copy of the policy by U.S. mail from USFWS, Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). The policy is also available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Salem, at the address above, or by telephone: (703) 358-2397.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-15/html/2015-00381.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Animal Welfare

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the Animal Welfare Act regulations for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 9, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0108.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0108, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0108 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Animal Welfare Act regulations, contact Dr. Barbara Kohn, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Animal Care, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3751. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2727.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-06/html/2014-30929.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Initiate the Public Scoping Period and Host Public Scoping Meetings for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study ("GLMRIS'')--Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Specie

    AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Reference the Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 20, 2014, volume 79, number 224, pages 69099-100 (79 FR 69099). This notice extends the public comment period and identifies an additional location for a GLMRIS public scoping meeting. For convenience, the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of the November 20, 2014 notice has been reprinted with new text announcing the extension of the public comment period and the additional location where USACE will host a scoping meeting.

    DATES: The NEPA public scoping period ends on January 30, 2015. Please refer to the "Scoping and Public Involvement'' section below for instructions on ways to submit public comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, or by email: david.m.wethington@usace.army.mil.

    For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, by phone: 312.846.5330 or by email: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/html/2014-30859.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of a Draft NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research

    SUMMARY: On December 3, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a request for public comments in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on a draft policy to promote the use of a single Institutional Review Board of record for domestic sites of multi-site studies funded by the NIH. See Guide notice NOT-OD-15-026 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-026.html. NIH is publishing this notice in order to inform readers of the Federal Register about the draft policy and the opportunity to comment.

    DATES: The deadline for receiving comments on the draft policy is no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: SingleIRBpolicy@mail.nih.gov

    Fax: 301-496-9839

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier: Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838, OCRBP-OSP@od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-06/html/2014-30964.htm

  • National Cancer Institute: Notice of Open Meeting

    AGENCY: National Cancer Institute

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee. The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    NAME OF COMMITTEE: National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    DATE: March 4, 2015.

    TIME: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    AGENDA: Strategic Discussion of NCI's Clinical and Translational Research Programs.

    PLACE: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Room 10, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    CONTACT PERSON: Sheila A. Prindiville, MD, MPH, Director, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 6W136, Rockville, MD 20850, 240-276-6173, prindivs@mail.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/html/2015-00117.htm

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Notice of...

    AGENCY: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4), and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    NAME OF COMMITTEE: National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Cancer Advisory Board, and National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

    OPEN: February 4, 2015.

    TIME: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    AGENDA: Presentation of NIAAA, NCI and NIDA Director's Update, Concept Clearance, Scientific Reports, and other topics within the scope of the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN).

    PLACE: National Institutes of Health, 5635 Fishers Lane, Terrace Level Conference Room, Rockville, MD 20852.

    CONTACT PERSON: Abraham P. Bautista, Ph.D., Director, Office of Extramural Activities, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 5635 Fishers Lane, Room 2085, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 443-9737, bautista@mail.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/html/2015-00119.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    AGENCY: National Science Board

    ACTION: Sunshine Act Meeting

    SUMMARY: The National Science Board's Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI), 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, January 16, 2015, 10-11 a.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: SEI chair's remarks, and discussion of the Companion Report to Science & Engineering Indicators 2014.

    STATUS: Open. This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    CONTACT: Point of contact for this meeting is Matt Wilson at mbwilson@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-09/html/2015-00237.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

    ACTION: Notice of Public Webinar.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a series of webinars focusing on the experiences, successes, and challenges for small- and medium-sized businesses working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community. The first webinar in the series will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015.

    DATES: The NNCO will hold multiple webinars between the publication of this Notice and December 31, 2015. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: These free, web-based events are open to the public. For current information about the webinars, please visit www.nano.gov/SMEwebinars2015.

    Submitting Questions: Questions of interest to the small- and medium-sized business community may be submitted to webinar@nnco.nano.gov beginning one week prior to the event through the close of the webinar. During the question-and-answer segment of the webinars, submitted questions will be considered in the order received and may be posted on the NNI Web site (www.nano.gov). A moderator will identify relevant questions and pose them to the panelists. Due to time constraints, not all questions may be addressed during the webinar. The moderator reserves the right to group similar questions and to skip questions, as appropriate.

    Registration: Registration for the webinar is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will open approximately two weeks prior to each event and will be capped at 200 participants. Individuals planning to attend the webinar can find registration information at www.nano.gov/SMEwebinars2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marlowe Newman, 703-292-7128, mnewman@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/html/2014-30888.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Plant Variety Protection Board; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is seeking candidates for the Plant Variety Protection Board (PVP Board). The PVP Board consists of 14 members, each of whom is appointed for a 2-year period, with no member appointed for more than three 2-year periods. The term of the present Board will expire in May 2015. In order to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with a broad choice from a diverse group of applicants, the PVPO is asking for nominated members to serve on the Board for 2 years from the date of appointment. PVP Board members will serve without compensation, except for standard government reimbursable expenses.

    DATES: Nomination packages (an Application for Committee Membership (AD-755) and resume) must be received on or before February 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Paul Zankowski, Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO), Science and Technology, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4512, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 720-1128; Fax: (202) 260-8976; Email: Paul.Zankowski@ams.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/html/2014-30302.htm

  • Commerce

  • Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Fisheries Research

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for letter of authorization; request for comments and information.


    SUMMARY: NMFS' Office of Protected Resources has received a request from the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of five years from the date of issuance. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing receipt of the NEFSC's request under section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals. NMFS invites the public to provide information, suggestions, and comments on the NEFSC's application and request.

    DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than January 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225. The mailbox address for providing email comments is ITP.Cody@noaa.gov. You must include 0648-XD663 in the subject line. NMFS is not responsible for email comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25-megabyte file size.

    Instructions: All submitted comments are a part of the public record and NMFS will post them to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/research.htm without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeannine Cody, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427-8401.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/html/2014-30349.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Joint Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board and the Board of Scientific Counselors and a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences: (1) A joint teleconference of the Chartered SAB and Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to discuss a draft report providing advice on implementation of Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) strategic directions for research; and (2) a teleconference of the Chartered SAB to discuss information provided in the agency's Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 regulatory agenda and to review draft SAB reports on the EPA's draft web-based Report on the Environment and the EPA's draft Environmental Justice Technical Guidance.

    DATES: The public teleconference for the Chartered SAB and the BOSC will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and the public teleconference for the Chartered SAB will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2218 or at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the teleconferences announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/html/2014-30403.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex scientific and technical issues important to the FDA and its mission, including emerging issues within the scientific community. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the Agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific developments including in regulatory science, input into the Agency's research agenda, on upgrading its scientific and research facilities, and training opportunities. It will also provide, where requested, expert review of Agency-sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on March 4, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503 B and C) Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be Webcast. The link for the Webcast is available at https://collaboration.fda.gov/sb315/. Information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm; under the heading "Resources for You,'' click on "Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus.'' Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1.

    Contact Person: Martha Monser, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, Rm. 3309, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4627, martha.monser@fda.hhs.gov, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443- 0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The Science Board will be provided with a progress report or a final draft report the Commissioner's Fellowship Program Evaluation subcommittee and will hear a progress report from Science Moving Forward subcommittee. The Science Board will be asked to provide feedback on FDA's public access policy. FDA will seek the Science Board's input regarding approaches to regulatory science training coordination. The Science Board will be provided with a follow up on FDA's activities regarding the re-introduction of bovine heparin and will hear an overview of science-related activities from one of the centers. A recipient of one of the Fiscal Year 2014 Scientific Achievement Awards (selected by the Science Board) will provide an overview of the activities for which the award was given.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before February 25, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before February 17, 2015. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by February 18, 2015.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Ms. Martha Monser at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/html/2014-30516.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office for Human Research Protections, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, through the Assistant Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was established by the Secretary, HHS, on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill two positions on the Committee membership that will be vacated during the 2015 calendar year. Previous nominees may be considered for the upcoming vacancies.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than February 12, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to Julia Gorey, Executive Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, MD 20852. Nominations will not be accepted by email or by facsimile.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, Executive Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: (240) 453-8141. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current members can be obtained by contacting Ms. Gorey, accessing the SACHRP Web site at www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting via email at sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/html/2014-30400.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice and Request for Comments on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Implementation of Proposed NSF Management Fee Policy

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Implementation of Proposed NSF Management Fee Policy.


    SUMMARY: The payment of a small but appropriate management fee has been a long standing practice at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in limited circumstances related to the construction and operation of major facility projects. NSF is strengthening both the criteria used to establish such management fees and the controls that may be necessary to ensure that uses of fees are consistent with those established criteria. These efforts have resulted in a revised policy that we are providing here for public comment.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed NSF Management Fee are welcome before February 13, 2015. Comments will be useful in shaping the agency's implementation. All comments received before the close of the comment period will be available for public inspection, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included. Because they will be made public, comments should not include any sensitive information. Please send written comments regarding the management fee policy to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/html/2014-30244.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Notice of Public Webinar

    ACTION: Notice of public webinar.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a series of webinars focusing on the experiences, successes, and challenges for small- and medium-sized businesses working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community. The first webinar in the series will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015.

    DATES: The NNCO will hold multiple webinars between the publication of this Notice and December 31, 2015. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: These free, web-based events are open to the public. For current information about the webinars, please visit www.nano.gov/SMEwebinars2015.

    Submitting Questions: Questions of interest to the small- and medium-sized business community may be submitted to webinar@nnco.nano.gov beginning one week prior to the event through the close of the webinar. During the question-and-answer segment of the webinars, submitted questions will be considered in the order received and may be posted on the NNI Web site (www.nano.gov). A moderator will identify relevant questions and pose them to the panelists. Due to time constraints, not all questions may be addressed during the webinar. The moderator reserves the right to group similar questions and to skip questions, as appropriate.

    Registration: Registration for the webinar is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will open approximately two weeks prior to each event and will be capped at 200 participants. Individuals planning to attend the webinar can find registration information at www.nano.gov/SMEwebinars2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marlowe Newman, 703-292-7128, mnewman@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-31/html/2014-30325.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open public meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for January 12, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at 1315 East- West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to attend may contact Heidi Lovett, (301) 427-8004; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30213.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Final Interagency Guidelines

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of final interagency Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies.


    SUMMARY: Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Water Resources Development Act), Public Law 110-114, directed the Secretary of the Army to revise the "Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies'' (Principles and Guidelines), dated March 10, 1983, consistent with several considerations enumerated in the Water Resources Development Act. The revised Principles and Guidelines, now referenced as the Principles, Requirements and Guidelines (PR&G), consist of three key components: (1) The Principles and Requirements (formerly called Principles and Standards), setting out broad policy and principles that guide investments; (2) the Interagency Guidelines, providing guidance to Federal agencies for determining the applicability of the Principles and Guidelines and for developing agency specific implementing procedures for formulating, evaluating, and comparing water resources projects, programs, activities and related actions; and (3) the Agency Specific Procedures, outlining agency-specific procedures for incorporating the Principles and Requirements into agency missions and programs.

    This notice informs the public that the Interagency Guidelines, the second key component of the modernized PR&G, are finalized and available at www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG. The draft Interagency Guidelines were published in the Federal Register with a request for comments on March 27, 2013. Subsequent to public review and comment period, the final version of the Interagency Guidelines was developed through a collaborative interagency process that promoted the open exchange of information and perspectives. The process has engaged the public through formal public review and workshops. The updated and modernized PR&G will improve Federal government decision making related to investment in water resource projects and, thus, improve how our country plans for infrastructure projects.

    DATES: Effective June 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The Interagency Guidelines are available at www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexis Segal, Council on Environmental Quality, at 202-395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30170.htm

  • Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is issuing its final guidance on programmatic National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. This guidance provides clarification on when and how Federal agencies should use programmatic environmental analyses in accordance with NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4332, and the CEQ Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508. Guidance on programmatic NEPA reviews has been requested by the agencies and attention on programmatic NEPA reviews has increased as agencies undertake more broad landscape-scale analyses for proposals that affect the resources they manage. This guidance is designed to assist agency decisionmakers and the public in understanding the environmental impacts from proposed large-scope Federal actions and activities and to facilitate agency compliance with NEPA by clarifying the different planning scenarios under which an agency may prepare a programmatic, broad-scale, review. The guidance also addresses how agencies can prepare such reviews to ensure they are timely, informative, and useful for advancing decision-making. The goal of this guidance is to encourage a more consistent approach to programmatic NEPA reviews so that the analyses and documentation will allow for the expeditious and efficient completion of any necessary tiered reviews. It builds on previous guidance that explained the use of tiering and its place in the NEPA process.

    DATES: The guidance is effective December 23, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews is available at White House Web site (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/nepa) and on the National Environmental Policy Act Web site (www.nepa.gov). Paper copies are available upon request by contacting the CEQ Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Council on Environmental Quality (ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight), 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30034.htm

  • Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of availability, request for public comments on revised draft guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA reviews.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing revised draft guidance on how National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation should address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the impacts of climate change. Many projects and programs proposed by, or requiring the approval of, the Federal Government have the potential to emit or sequester GHG, and may be potentially affected by climate changes. It follows, under NEPA, that Federal decisionmakers and the public should be informed about the proposal's GHG emissions and climate change impacts. Such information can help a decisionmaker make an informed choice between alternative actions that will result in different levels of GHG emissions, or consider mitigation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change.

    This revised draft guidance supersedes the draft guidance CEQ issued on February 18, 2010, entitled "Draft NEPA Guidance on Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.'' The February 2010 draft guidance specifically did not apply to land and resource management activities. That distinction is no longer retained, and this revised draft guidance applies to all proposed Federal agency actions subject to NEPA.

    This revised draft guidance: (1) Discusses direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts analysis of a proposed action's reasonably foreseeable emissions and effects; (2) highlights the consideration of reasonable alternatives and points to the need to consider the short- term and long-term effects and benefits in the alternatives analysis and mitigation to lower emissions; (3) recommends that agencies use a reference point to determine when GHG emissions warrant a quantitative analysis taking into account available GHG quantification tools and data that are appropriate for proposed agency actions; (4) recommends that an agency select the appropriate level of action for NEPA review at which to assess the effects of GHG emissions and climate change, either at a broad programmatic or landscape-scale level or at a project- or site-specific level, and that the agency set forth a reasoned explanation for its approach; (5) counsels agencies to use the information developed during the NEPA review to consider alternatives that are more resilient to the effects of a changing climate; and (6) advises agencies to use existing information and tools when assessing future proposed action, and provides examples of some existing sources of scientific information.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before February 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance documents are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/nepa. Comments on the "Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews'' should be submitted electronically to GCC.guidance@ceq.eop.gov, or in writing to the Council on Environmental Quality, ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30035.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates and Agenda

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference and face-to-face meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, holds teleconference meetings the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. ET and two face-to-face meetings each calendar year. For 2015, teleconference only meetings will be January 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; March 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; April 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; May 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; June 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; August 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; September 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; October 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; November 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; and December 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Issues in continuing the expansion of national environmental accreditation; (2) ELAB support to the Agency on issues relating to measurement and monitoring for all programs; and (3) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their two face- to-face meetings with teleconference line also available on February 2, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Crystal City, VA at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and on July 13, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

    Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring or measurement issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Phelps, DFO, US EPA (E243-05), 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 or emailed to phelps.lara@epa.gov. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings.

    Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Phelps at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lara P. Phelps at the number above, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30090.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Minimal Manipulation of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular- and Tissue-Based Products; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled "Minimal Manipulation of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular- and Tissue-Based Products; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.'' The draft guidance document provides human cells, tissues, and cellular- and tissue-based product (HCT/P) manufacturers, healthcare providers, and FDA staff with recommendations for meeting the criterion of "minimal manipulation'' as it applies to HCT/Ps. The draft guidance, when finalized, is intended to supersede the document entitled "Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Minimal Manipulation of Structural Tissue Jurisdictional Update'' dated September 2006. This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.

    DATES: Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the Agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by February 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Office of Communication, Outreach and Development, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 3128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or to the Office of the Center Director, Guidance and Policy Development, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 5431, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or you may send an email request to the Office of Combination Products (OCP) at combination@fda.gov. If you are submitting a written request, send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The draft guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 240-402-7800. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

    Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Segal, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240- 402-7911, or Angela Krueger, Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 1666, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-6380, or Leigh Hayes, Office of Combination Products, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Hub 5129, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8938.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30011.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the Council of Councils.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4), and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Open: January 30, 2015.

    Time: 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Agenda: Council Business Matters and Updates; Primate Models Resources; New Science, New Vaccines . . . Only in the NHP Model; Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research--2014 Biennial Advisory Council Report; NIH Update.

    Place: National Institutes of Health; 9000 Rockville Pike; Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor; Conference Room 10; Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: January 30, 2015.

    Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health; 9000 Rockville Pike; Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor; Conference Room 10; Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: January 30, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Plans for Implementing Recommendations from the Council of Councils Common Fund; Review of and Vote on Common Fund Revisions to the Council Operating Procedures; Update on Phase 2 Common Fund Planning--Enabling Exploration of the Eukaryotic Epitranscriptome (E4).

    Place: National Institutes of Health; 9000 Rockville Pike; Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor; Conference Room 10; Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Franziska Grieder, DVM, Ph.D.; Executive Secretary; Director; Office of Research Infrastructure Programs; Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives; Office of the Director, NIH; 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 948; Bethesda, MD 20892; GriederF@mail.nih.gov; 301-435-0744.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. Information is also available on the Council of Council's home page at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/ where an agenda will be posted before the meeting date

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-22/html/2014-29843.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Privacy Act; System of Records

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of amendment to five existing systems of records and the standard routine uses.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing public notice of revisions to the text of five existing systems of records: NSF-12, Fellowships and Other Awards; NSF-50: Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records; NSF-51, Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records; NSF-54, Reviewer/Fellowships and Other Awards File and Associated Records; and NSF-64, Project Participant File. In addition, NSF is amending its standard routine uses for all NSF systems of records.

    DATES: This action will be effective without further notice on February 2, 2015 unless modified by a subsequent notice to incorporate comments received from the public.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by [docket number and/or RIN number _--], by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Sandra Evans, Privacy Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230. NSF will post all comments on the NSF's internet Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/policies/foia.jsp) All comments submitted in response to this Notice will become a matter of public record. Therefore, you should submit only information that you wish to make publicly available. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see the "Public Participation'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Privacy Officer, Office of General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by telephone at 703-292-8060.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-22/html/2014-29760.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for the February 2015 meeting.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number.

    Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292- 8000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30179.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: January 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30175.htm

  • Agriculture

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet in Washington, DC The Council is authorized under Section 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, as amended by Title XII, Section 1219 of Public Law 101-624 (the Act) (16 U.S.C. 2105g) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II). Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's Web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on the following dates:

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST) Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (EST), or until Council business is completed.

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of the meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Forest Service Headquarters, Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW., Pinchot Room-Second Floor, Washington, DC 20250. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Forest Service. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to facilitate entry into the Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, Yates Building (3NW), 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250; or by cell phone at 202-309-9873. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1- 800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/html/2014-29671.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Meeting

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (EST), January 13, 2015.

    Place: This meeting will be held by teleconference.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period, tentatively scheduled from 12:45 p.m. until 12:50 p.m.

    To participate in the teleconference, please dial (877) 930-8819 and enter code 1579739.

    Purpose: The Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, shall advise the Secretary, HHS, and the Director, CDC, on policy and broad strategies that will enable CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. The committee recommends ways to prioritize CDC's activities, improve results, and address health disparities. It also provides guidance to help CDC work more effectively with its various private and public sector constituents to make health protection a practical reality.

    Matters for Discussion: The Advisory Committee to the Director will receive updates from the State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Subcommittee; the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup, and the Public Health--Health Care Collaboration Workgroup; and an update from the CDC Director on the Ebola response.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Carmen Villar, MSW, Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S D- 14, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; Telephone (404) 639-7158; Email: GHickman@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-17/html/2014-29487.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: January 9, 2015.

    Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To discuss the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research Report recommendations on the site visit review of the Office of Animal Care and Use.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Room 160, Tele: 866-556-1098, Code 48960, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Michael M. Gottesman, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health, Building One, Room 160, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-1921.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/html/2014-29573.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request Evaluation of the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (NIH OD)

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2014, Vol. 79, page 38921, and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received during the 60-day period. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health, may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

    DATES: Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments or request more information on the proposed project, contact Michelle M. Timmerman, Ph.D., Director, AREA Program, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 or call non-toll-free number 301-402-0672, or email your request, including your address to michelle.timmerman@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    Proposed Collection: Evaluation of the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award, 0925, NEW submission, Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: The Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program is a grant mechanism spanning most of the Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The AREA program was established by Congress in 1985 to provide support to scientists at public and private colleges and universities that receive relatively small amounts of NIH funding. The purpose of the program is to support meritorious research, expose undergraduate and graduate students to research, and strengthen the research environment of the institutions receiving the grants. In the past three years alone, the federal government has awarded approximately 78 million dollars annually in AREA grants. The evaluation will allow NIH and Congress to assess the extent to which the AREA program is meeting its goals and make recommendations so that this significant investment of public funds may be used as effectively as possible.

    The evaluation will utilize the NIH's archived data on grants, institutions, Principal Investigators (PIs) and students funded with AREA monies. The evaluation will collect new data about (1) the quantity and quality of student participation in AREA projects, (2) records of PIs' subsequent funding histories, (3) applicants' experiences with the application process, (4) PIs' experiences implementing AREA Program objectives, and (5) the impact of AREA Program research participation on student career paths and outcomes.

    The results of the evaluation will indicate the extent to which the AREA Program is meeting its goals of supporting meritorious research, strengthening the research environment at institutions of higher education that are not research intensive, and recruiting and training subsequent generations of the United States' biomedical scientist workforce. Intended audiences include the United States Congress, staff at NIH's Institutes and Centers which make AREA awards, and staff at NIH's Office of the Director.

    OMB approval is requested for one year. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 458.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-15/html/2014-29294.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Monday, January 12, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Stennis Space Center, Roy S. Estess Building, Santa Rosa Conference Room 11111 (January 12, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), Logtown Conference Room 11161 (January 12, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and the Santa Rosa Conference Room 11111 (January 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.), Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-2779, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/html/2014-29623.htm

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

    AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President; Department of Health And Human Services; Farm Service Agency, Commodity Credit Corporation, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture; Department of State; Agency for International Development; Department of Veterans Affairs; Department of Energy; Department of Treasury; Department of Defense; Department of Transportation; Department of Commerce; Department of the Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Corporation for National and Community Service; Social Security Administration; Department of Housing And Urban Development; National Science Foundation; National Archives and Records Administration; Small Business Administration; Department of Justice; Department of Labor; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security; Institute of Museum and Library Services; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Department of Education;, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President; Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

    ACTION: Interim final rule.


    SUMMARY: This joint interim final rule implements for all Federal award-making agencies the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule is necessary in order to incorporate into regulation and thus bring into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.

    DATES: Effective date: This interim final rule is effective on December 26, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 26, 2014.

    Implementation dates: For grants authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, this rule is applicable for emergency or major disaster declarations issued on or after December 26, 2014. For non-Federal entities that are nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education (IHEs), there is a one-year grace period for implementation of the procurement standards in 2 CFR 200.317 through 200.326. As will be detailed in the 2015 OMB Compliance Supplement, non-Federal entities choosing to delay implementation for the procurement standards will need to specify in their documented policies and procedures that they continue to comply with OMB circular A-110 for one additional fiscal year which begins after December 26, 2014.

    Comment date: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB electronically through www.regulations.gov no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.) on February 17, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information, please contact Victoria Collin or Gil Tran at the OMB Office of Federal Financial Management, 175 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20500, or via telephone at (202) 395-3993. You may submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov, Docket Number OMB-2014-0006. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-19/html/2014-28697.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review Workshops

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; nominations for Advisory Panel, updated Terms of Reference for SEDAR Pool.


    SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Advisory Panel (AP) for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Workshops (this AP is also called the "SEDAR Pool''). We also notify the public of updates to the Terms of Reference for the SEDAR Pool, including changes to the length of time selectees may serve. The SEDAR Pool is comprised of a group of individuals whom may be selected to consider data and advise NMFS regarding the scientific information, including but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments for oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Nominations are being sought for a 5-year appointment (2015-2020). Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations will be considered for membership on the SEDAR Pool.

    DATES: Nominations must be received on or before January 12, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and request the SEDAR Pool Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

    Email: SEDAR.pool@noaa.gov.

    Mail: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Include on the envelope the following identifier: "SEDAR Pool Nomination.''

    Fax: 301-713-1917.

    Additional information on SEDAR and the SEDAR guidelines can be found at http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/sedar/. The terms of reference for the SEDAR Pool, along with a list of current members, can be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/SEDAR/SEDAR.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Delisse Ortiz or Karyl Brewster-Geisz, (301) 425-8503.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/html/2014-29045.htm

  • National Invasive Lionfish Prevention and Management Plan

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the National Invasive Lionfish Prevention and Management Plan; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of the National Invasive Lionfish Prevention and Management Plan (Plan). The Plan is available for public review and comment.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 26, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the National Invasive Lionfish Prevention and Management Plan are available on the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) Web site, http://anstaskforce.gov. To obtain a hard copy of the Plan or to submit comments, see Document Availability and Public Comment under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret M. (Peg) Brady, NOAA Policy Liaison to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. 1315 East West Highway, SSMC 3, Rm. 15426 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: 301-427-8655; Email: Peg.Brady@noaa.gov

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-12/html/2014-29199.htm

  • Solicitation for Members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board.


    SUMMARY: NOAA is soliciting nominations for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB consists of 15 members reflecting the full breadth of NOAA's areas of responsibility and assists NOAA in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency's missions.

    Points of View: The Board will consist of approximately fifteen members, including a Chair, designated by the Under Secretary in accordance with FACA requirements. Members will be appointed for three-year terms, renewable once, and serve at the discretion of the Under Secretary. If a member resigns before the end of his or her first term, the vacancy appointment shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term, and shall be renewable twice if the unexpired term is less than one year. Members will be appointed as special government employees (SGEs) and will be subject to the ethical standards applicable to SGEs. Members are reimbursed for actual and reasonable travel and per diem expenses incurred in performing such duties but will not be reimbursed for their time. As a Federal Advisory Committee, the Board's membership is required to be balanced in terms of viewpoints represented and the functions to be performed as well as the interests of geographic regions of the country and the diverse sectors of U.S. society.

    The SAB meets in person three times each year, exclusive of teleconferences or subcommittee, task force, and working group meetings. Board members must be willing to serve as liaisons to SAB working groups and/or participate in periodic reviews of the NOAA Cooperative Institutes and overarching reviews of NOAA's research enterprise.

    Nominations: Interested persons may nominate themselves or third parties.

    Applications: An application is required to be considered for Board membership, regardless of whether a person is nominated by a third party or self-nominated. The application package must include: (1) The nominee's full name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (2) the nominee's area(s) of expertise; (3) a short description of his/her qualifications relative to the kinds of advice being solicited by NOAA in this Notice; and (4) a current resume (maximum length four [4] pages).

    DATES: Nominations should be sent to the web address specified below and must be received by January 9, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted electronically to noaa.sab.newmembers@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov); or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-10/html/2014-28939.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites public nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Agricultural Science Committee to provide advice to the chartered SAB regarding matters referred to the SAB that will have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than January 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may submit a paper copy to Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the committee, by email at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov or by telephone at 202-564-2067.

    Background: The chartered SAB (the Board) was established in 1978 by the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act (42 U.S.C. 4365) to provide independent advice to the Administrator on general scientific and technical matters underlying the Agency' policies and actions. Members of the SAB and its subcommittees constitute a distinguished body of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and social scientists that are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator, generally for a period of three years. The SAB conducts business in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related regulations. Generally, SAB meetings are announced in the Federal Register, conducted in public view, and provide opportunities for public input during deliberations. All the work of the SAB subcommittees is performed under the direction of the Board. The chartered Board provides strategic advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of EPA science and research programs and reviews and approves all SAB subcommittee and panel reports. Additional information about the SAB Federal Advisory Committees may be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Pursuant to section 12307 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 133-79), the EPA is establishing a new agriculture-related standing committee of the SAB. The SAB Agricultural Science Committee will provide advice to the chartered SAB on matters referred to the Board that EPA and the Board, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, determine will have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries. Initial appointments to the committee will be for a mix of 2 and 3 year terms to ensure rotation and staggered terms for future years.

    Expertise Sought: The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the SAB Agricultural Science Committee with demonstrated expertise in agriculture-related sciences, including: Agricultural economics, including valuation of ecosystem goods and services; agricultural chemistry; agricultural engineering; agronomy, including soil science; aquaculture science; biofuels engineering; biotechnology; crop and animal science; environmental chemistry; forestry; and hydrology. For further information, please contact Ms. Sanzone, DFO, as identified above.

    Selection criteria include:

    • Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in relevant fields;
    • Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;
    • Background and experiences that would contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, and professional affiliations; and
    • For the committee as a whole, consideration of the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise; and a balance of scientific perspectives.

    As the committee undertakes specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two additional criteria for each new activity: absence of financial conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of impartiality.

    How To Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory committee. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format (preferred) following the instructions for "Nominating Experts to the SAB Agricultural Science Committee'' provided on the SAB Web site. Instructions can be accessed through the "Nomination of Experts'' link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. To be considered, all nominations should include the information requested. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    The following information should be provided on the nomination form: Contact information about the person making the nomination; contact information about the nominee; the disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the nominee's curriculum vita; and a biographical sketch of the nominee indicating current position, educational background; research activities; sources of any research funding over the last two years; and recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations. Persons having questions about the nomination procedures, or who are unable to submit nominations through the SAB Web site, should contact the Designated Federal Officer for the committee, as identified above. Non- electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information as the electronic form. The SAB Staff Office will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'' (EPA Form 3110-48). This confidential form allows the EPA to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a loss of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded through the "Ethics Requirements for Advisors'' link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-10/html/2014-28975.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Preparedness and Response Science Board

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Preparedness and Response Science Board (NPRSB), also known as the National Biodefense Science Board will be holding a public meeting on January 30, 2015.

    DATES: The January 30, 2015, NPRSB public meeting is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate. Please check the NPRSB Web site, located at WWW.PHE.GOV/NPRSB, for the most up-to-date information on the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Thomas P. O'Neil Federal Office Building, 200 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. To attend via teleconference, call toll-free 888- 946-7304, international dial-in 1-212-547-0362, pass-code 7491964. Please call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the conference call to facilitate attendance. Pre-registration is required for public attendance. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting in person should submit an inquiry via the NPRSB Contact Form located at www.phe.gov/NPRSBComments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit an inquiry via the NPRSB Contact Form located at www.phe.gov/NPRSBComments.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-08/html/2014-28722.htm

  • Request for Comments on Ethical Considerations and Implications of Public Health Emergency Response With a Focus on the Current Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on ethical considerations and implications of public health emergency response with a focus on the current Ebola virus disease epidemic.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 6, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered only as time permits.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on this topic may submit comments by email to info@bioethics.gov or by mail to the following address: Public Commentary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Telephone: 202-233-3960. E-Mail: hillary.viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-08/html/2014-28617.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this Committee to serve for 2 year terms.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before January 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Completed nomination forms should be sent to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. R.J. Cabrera, Designated Federal Officer, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 34, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3478, email: rj.cabrera@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/html/2014-28440.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Workshop and Call for Information on Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Workshop; Call for Information.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) as part of the review of the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). This ISA is intended to update the scientific assessment presented in the Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (EPA 600/R-08/139F), published in December 2009. Interested parties are invited to assist EPA in developing and refining the scientific information base for the review of the PM NAAQS by submitting research studies that have been published, accepted for publication, or presented at a public scientific meeting.

    EPA is also announcing that a workshop, entitled "Workshop to Discuss Policy-Relevant Science to Inform EPA's Review of the Primary and Secondary NAAQS for PM,'' is being organized by NCEA and EPA Office of Air and Radiation's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). The workshop will be held February 9-February 11, 2015, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The workshop will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis up to the limits of available space.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on February 9-11, 2015. All communications and information submitted in response to the call for information should be received by EPA by February 18, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at U.S. EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. An EPA contractor, ICF International, is providing logistical support for the workshop. To register, please visit the Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/pmworkshop2015/. Interested parties can participate in person or via webinar. The pre-registration deadline is February 4, 2015. Please direct questions regarding workshop registration or logistics to Whitney Kihlstrom at (919) 293-1646, or whitney.kihlstrom@icfi.com. For specific questions regarding technical aspects of the workshop see the section of this notice entitled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Information in response to the call for information may be submitted electronically, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions as provided in the section of this notice entitled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details on the period for submission of research information from the public, contact the Office of Research and Development (ORD) Docket at EPA's Headquarters Docket Center; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-9744; or email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov. For technical information, contact Mr. Jason Sacks, NCEA; telephone: (919) 541-9729; facsimile: (919) 541-1818; or email: sacks.jason@epa.gov or Dr. Scott Jenkins, OAQPS; telephone: (919) 541- 1167; facsimile: (919) 541-0237; or email: jenkins.scott@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/html/2014-28278.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of review.


    SUMMARY: In this Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), present an updated list of plant and animal species native to the United States that we regard as candidates for or have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Identification of candidate species can assist environmental planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings, allowing landowners and resource managers to alleviate threats and thereby possibly remove the need to list species as endangered or threatened. Even if we subsequently list a candidate species, the early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species.

    The CNOR summarizes the status and threats that we evaluated in order to determine that species qualify as candidates, to assign a listing priority number (LPN) to each species, and to determine whether a species should be removed from candidate status. Additional material that we relied on is available in the Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Forms (species assessment forms) for each candidate species.

    Overall, this CNOR recognizes 23 new candidates, changes the LPN for one candidate, and removes one species from candidate status. Combined with other decisions for individual species that were published separately from this CNOR in the past year, the current number of species that are candidates for listing is 146.

    This document also includes our findings on resubmitted petitions and describes our progress in revising the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (Lists) during the period October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.

    We request additional status information that may be available for the 146 candidate species identified in this CNOR.

    DATES: We will accept information on any of the species in this Candidate Notice of Review at any time.

    ADDRESSES: This notice is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/cnor.html. Species assessment forms with information and references on a particular candidate species' range, status, habitat needs, and listing priority assignment are available for review at the appropriate Regional Office listed below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION or at the Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, Falls Church, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or on our Web site (http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/candidateSpecies.jsp). Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions of a general nature on this notice to the Falls Church, VA, address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions pertaining to a particular species to the address of the Endangered Species Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Species-specific information and materials we receive will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the appropriate Regional Office listed below under Request for Information in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. General information we receive will be available at the Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, Falls Church, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief, Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (telephone 703- 358-2171). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-05/html/2014-28536.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Notice of Public Meetings: Public Meetings of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, will hold the 2015 "EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts'' joint workshop on March 12-13, 2015, in Venice, Italy. The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs), which serve as a platform for U.S. and EU scientists to share information on nanoEHS research. The six Communities were established in 2012 and are listed below. This workshop--the 4th since 2011--is intended to further develop and support the CORs' activities.

    • Exposure through the Life Cycle, with Material Characterization.
    • Ecotoxicity Testing and Predictive Models, with Material Characterization.
    • Predictive Modeling for Human Health, with Material Characterization.
    • Databases and Ontologies.
    • Risk Assessment.
    • Risk Management and Control.

    DATES: Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday, March 13, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at Ca' Foscari University of Venice at Dorsoduro 3689--30123 in Venice, Italy.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Stacey Standridge at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, by telephone (703-292-8103) or email: sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov. Additional information about the workshop, including the agenda, is posted at http://us-eu.org/2015-eu-u-s-workshop/.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be capped at approximately 100 participants. Registration will open on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Individuals planning to attend the workshop should register online at http://www.sun-fp7.eu/events/upcoming-events/eu-us-bridging-nanoehs-research-efforts-a-joint-workshop-2015/. Written notices of participation by email should be sent to sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov or mailed to Stacey Standridge, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Written notices must be received by February 15, 2015, to be considered.

    Meeting Accomodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access this public meeting should contact Stacey Standridge (telephone 703-292-8103) at least ten business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-05/html/2014-28570.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative covering (GLRI) FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be held by teleconference only. The teleconference number is: (877) 744-6030; Participant code: 32202688.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at Cestaric.Rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://www.glri.us under the "Public Engagement'' tab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/html/2014-28008.htm

  • Regional Monitoring Networks To Detect Climate Change Effects in Stream Ecosystems

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period and letter peer review.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "Regional Monitoring Networks to Detect Climate Change Effects in Stream Ecosystems'' (EPA/600/R-14/341). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The document describes the development of the current regional monitoring networks (RMNs) for small, freshwater wadeable streams.

    EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this document to the external peer reviewers for their consideration during the letter review. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments received in accordance with this document. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purposes of public comment and in connection with pre- dissemination peer review. This draft document is not final as described in EPA's information quality guidelines, has not been publicly disseminated by the EPA, and does not represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views.

    The draft document is available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins November 28, 2014, and ends December 29, 2014. Comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by December 29, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The draft document, "Regional Monitoring Networks to Detect Climate Change Effects in Stream Ecosystems,'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703- 347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the ORD Docket at the EPA Headquarters Docket Center; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-9744; or email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Britta Bierwagen, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8613; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or email: bierwagen.britta@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/html/2014-28154.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates for EPA's Science Advisory Board 2015; Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Science Advisory Board's (SAB) 2015 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee described in this notice.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than December 19, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about the SAB's STAA Committee membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2134; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov.

    General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/html/2014-28157.htm

  • SFIREG Full Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on December 8, 2014 and ending December 9, 2014. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

    To request accommodation for a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably 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 EPA. One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.) 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington VA. 1st Floor South Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Kendall, Field and External Affairs Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 7506P., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5561; fax number: (703) 305- 5884; email address: kendall.ron@epa.gov. or Grier Stayton, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 466, Milford DE 19963; telephone number (302) 422-8152; fax (302) 422-2435; email address: Grier Stayton at aapco-sfireg@comcast.net.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/html/2014-28162.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Institute for Defense Analyses, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Room 1301, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/html/2014-27742.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    Throughout our Nation's history, immigrants have helped the United States build the world's strongest economy. Immigrants represent the majority of our Ph.D.s in math, computer science, and engineering, and over one quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years were foreign-born. Immigrants are also more than twice as likely as native-born Americans to start a business in the United States. They have started one of every four American small businesses and high-tech startups, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

    But despite the overwhelming contributions of immigrants to our Nation's prosperity, our immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. To address this issue, my Administration has made commonsense immigration reform a priority, and has consistently urged the Congress to act to fix the broken system. Such action would not only continue our proud tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country, but also reduce Federal deficits, increase productivity, and raise wages for all Americans. Immigration reform is an economic, national security, and moral imperative.

    Even as we continue to seek meaningful legislative reforms, my Administration has pursued administrative reforms to streamline and modernize the legal immigration system. We have worked to simplify an overly complex visa system, one that is confusing to travelers and immigrants, burdensome to businesses, and results in long wait times that negatively impact millions of families and workers. But we can and must do more to improve this system. Executive departments and agencies must continue to focus on streamlining and reforming the legal immigration system, while safeguarding the interest of American workers.

    Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to modernize and streamline the U.S. immigration system, I hereby direct as follows:

    Section 1. Recommendations to Improve the Immigration System. (a) Within 120 days of the date of this memorandum, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security (Secretaries), in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, and Education, shall develop:

    (i) in consultation with private and nonfederal public actors, including business people, labor leaders, universities, and other stakeholders, recommendations to streamline and improve the legal immigration system-- including immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing--with a focus on reforms that reduce Government costs, improve services for applicants, reduce burdens on employers, and combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the system;

    (ii) in consultation with stakeholders with relevant expertise in immigration law, recommendations to ensure that administrative policies, practices, and systems use all of the immigrant visa numbers that the Congress provides for and intends to be issued, consistent with demand; and

    (iii) in consultation with technology experts inside and outside the Government, recommendations for modernizing the information technology infrastructure underlying the visa processing system, with a goal of reducing redundant systems, improving the experience of applicants, and enabling better public and congressional oversight of the system.

    (b) In developing the recommendations as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries shall establish metrics for measuring progress in implementing the recommendations and in achieving service-level improvements, taking into account the Federal Government's responsibility to protect the integrity of U.S. borders and promote economic opportunity for all workers.

    Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (d) The Secretary of State is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/html/2014-28195.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). On December 15, 2014, the SMRB will deliberate findings and recommendations developed by the SMRB Working Group on Pre-college Engagement in Biomedical Science. The Working Group has considered approaches to optimize NIH's pre-college programs and initiatives that both align with the NIH mission and ensure a continued pipeline of biomedical science students and professionals. SMRB members will also discuss preliminary findings and recommendations for streamlining NIH's grant review, award, and management process while maintaining proper oversight. Panel discussions will be held with grantees and other stakeholders.

    The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices within the Office of the Director, NIH including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize, divisions, centers, or other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or national center including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The purpose of the SMRB is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons underlying the recommendations.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. Times are subject to change.

    Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB).

    Date: December 15, 2014.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: At this meeting, SMRB members will deliberate findings and recommendations developed by the Working Group on Pre-college Engagement in Biomedical Science. The Working Group on the NIH Grant Review, Award, and Management Process will report their preliminary findings and recommendations on ways to streamline the process, and grantees and other stakeholders will share insights regarding the effectiveness and feasibility of the recommendations. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. Sign up for public comments will begin approximately at 8:00 a.m. on December 15, 2014, and will be restricted to one sign-in per person. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Juanita Marner, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, smrb@mail.nih.gov, (301) 435- 1770.

    The meeting will also be webcast. The draft meeting agenda and other information about the SMRB, including information about access to the webcast, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/html/2014-27672.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Revision to the Regulations for the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; availability of a final environmental impact statement and a draft record of decision.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), make available the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed revisions to the regulations for the nonessential experimental population designation of the Mexican wolf and our draft record of decision (ROD), under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. Our intended action is to revise the regulations established in our 1998 Final Rule for the nonessential experimental population of the Mexican wolf. We also propose to extend the authority of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program's section 10(a)(1)(A) research and recovery permit to areas that are outside of the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area. In the EIS we analyzed the environmental consequences of a range of alternatives, including the Proposed Action and No Action alternative, for our proposed rule. The action would be implemented through a final rule, a revised section 10(a)(1)(A) research and recovery permit, and the provision of Federal funding.

    DATES: We will consider comments received on or before December 27, 2014. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. We will issue a final ROD no sooner than December 27, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Document availability: The final EIS and draft ROD are available electronically on http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056, on the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/, or from the office listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Document submission: You may submit written comments on the final EIS and draft ROD by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!''. Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.
    2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We request that you send comments on the final EIS and draft ROD only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information). To increase our efficiency in downloading comments, groups providing mass submissions should submit their comments in an Excel file.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Barrett, Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, 2105 Osuna Road, NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113; by telephone 505-761-4704; or by facsimile 505-346-2542. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339. Further contact information can be found on the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-25/html/2014-27872.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting Postponement

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of postponement of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, NASA announces a postponement of the previously announced meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The meeting was originally announced in the Federal Register on November 14, 2014. The meeting had been scheduled to be held December 1-3, 2014. The meeting is being postponed by NASA due to exceptional circumstances and schedule conflicts of the NASA top leadership. The latter's attendance is required during this period for the NASA Senior Management Council meeting and final countdown preparations for launch of the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) on December 4, 2014, at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-26/html/2014-28059.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (virtual) (#9487).

    Dates: January 20, 2015; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Linda Deegan, National Science Foundation, Suite 655, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Email: ldeegan@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda: Discuss development of the Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education document.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-24/html/2014-27655.htm

  • Commerce

  • Establishment of Commerce Data Advisory Council; Solicitation of Nominations for Membership

    AGENCY: Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of establishment of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) and solicitation of nominations for membership.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1512 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2, hereinafter the Act), the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Economics and Statistics Administration, announces the establishment of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) by the Secretary, Department of Commerce. The CDAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on ways to make Commerce data easier to find, access, use, combine, and disseminate, and on other such matters as the Secretary determines. The Council will continue for two years unless renewed by the Secretary, Department of Commerce. With the exception of the limitations set out in 41 CFR part 102-3, the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, on behalf of the Secretary, Department of Commerce, will execute the functions and implement the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and its implementing regulation. This notice also requests nominations for membership on the Council.

    DATES: The Economics and Statistics Administration must receive nominations for members by midnight December 3, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to the email account DataAdvisoryCouncil@doc.gov, this account is specifically set up to receive Data Advisory Council applications.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Burton Reist, Director of External Affairs, Economics and Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce, at (202) 482-3331 or email BReist@doc.gov, also at 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington D.C. 20230.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/html/2014-26778.htm

  • Final Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Management-Based Research Needs and Priorities Document

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the Final Atlantic HMS Management-Based Research Needs and Priorities document. The purpose of this document is to communicate key research needs that directly support Atlantic HMS management. Atlantic HMS are defined as bluefin, bigeye, albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack tunas, swordfish, billfish (blue marlin, white marlin, roundscale spearfish, longbill spearfish, and sailfish), and sharks.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Final Atlantic HMS Management-Based Research Needs and Priorities document may also be obtained on the Internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/documents/finalhmsresearchplan2014.pdf

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Durkee by phone at (202) 670- 6637.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/html/2014-27485.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Initiate the Public Scoping Period and Host Public Scoping Meetings for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study ("GLMRIS")--Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Species

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of intent.


    SUMMARY: The Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announces its intent to (1) prepare a Draft EIS, (2) accept public comments and (3) host public scoping meetings in Lemont, Illinois at Argonne National Laboratories and Chicago, Illinois for GLMRIS-- Evaluation of Aquatic Nuisance Species Controls near Brandon Road Lock and Dam (GLMRIS--Brandon Road).

    In collaboration with other Federal, State, and local agencies as well as non-governmental entities, USACE is evaluating structural and nonstructural options and technologies near the Brandon Road Lock and Dam site. This effort is an interim response to the GLMRIS authority. The purpose of the GLMRIS--Brandon Road evaluation is to consider a control point to reduce the risk of upstream transfer of ANS, from the Mississippi River (MR) Basin into the Great Lakes (GL) Basin through the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), to the maximum extent possible. The GLMRIS--Brandon Road effort will seek to minimize adverse impacts to waterway users or resources.

    DATES: The NEPA scoping period ends on January 16, 2015. The GLMRIS-- Brandon Road NEPA Public Scoping meetings are scheduled for December 6, 2014 in Lemont, Illinois at Argonne National Laboratories, and December 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Please refer to the "Scoping and Public Involvement'' section below for information regarding the public scoping meeting and for instructions on how to submit public comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, or by email: david.m.wethington@usace.army.mil.

    For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 231 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, by phone: 312.846.5330 or by email: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/html/2014-27531.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Meeting of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held December 2 and 3, 2014 at Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW., Washington, DC 20408). The CHPAC was created to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.

    DATES: The CHPAC will meet December 2 and 3, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: 755 12th Street NW., Washington, DC 20408.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Berger, Office of Children's Health Protection, USEPA, MC 1107A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564-2191 or berger.martha@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/html/2014-27130.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board, Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a meeting of the Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel. The SAB will conduct a consultation to develop advice on the ensemble modeling approach EPA is using to develop preliminary bi-national phosphorous objectives, loading targets and allocations for the nearshore and offshore waters for Lake Erie. The meeting will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

    DATES: The Meeting will be held on December 10, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public face-to-face meeting will be held at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Michigan Room (12th floor), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning this public meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the Lake Erie Phosphorus Review Panel, by telephone or at (202) 564-4885 or via email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/html/2014-27115.htm

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on December 11-12, 2014. In addition, EPA is also announcing meetings on December 10, 2014, of the following PPDC workgroups: The Work Group on Integrated Pest Management and the Work Group on Pollinator Protection. These meetings provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides.

    DATES: Meeting: The PPDC meeting will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, December 12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Work group meetings: On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, PPDC work group meetings are scheduled as follows: The Work Group on Integrated Pest Management, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the Work Group on Pollinator Protection, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Agenda: A draft agenda will be posted on or before December 2, 2014.

    Accommodations requests: To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The PPDC meeting and both PPDC Work Group meetings will be held at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA, in the lobby-level Conference Center.

    EPA's Potomac Yard South Bldg. is approximately 1 mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margie Fehrenbach, Office of Pesticide Programs (7501P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-4775; email address: fehrenbach.margie@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-21/html/2014-27635.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: December 11-12, 2014.

    Time: December 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: NIH Director's Report, NIH IC Director Report and ACD Working Group Reports.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, 6th Floor, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Time: December 12, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to Adjournment.

    Agenda: Reproducibility update, NIH AIDS Portfolio and other business of the Committee.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, 6th Floor, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4272, woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    When available, additional information regarding this meeting will be available on the Advisory Committee to the Director's home page: http://acd.od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/html/2014-27449.htm

  • Interior

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meeting

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 1-16), of a meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Review Committee will meet on March 3-4, 2015. All meetings will be open to the public.

    DATES: The Review Committee will meet on March 3-4, 2015. Public comment requests and accompanying materials must be received by February 2, 2015, and requests for culturally unidentifiable (CUI) disposition must be received by January 16, 2015. Requests for findings of fact must be received by January 5, 2015. Requests to convene parties and facilitate the resolution of a dispute must be received by January 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet in the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003, on March 3-4, 2015. Electronic submissions are to be sent to nagpra_dfo@nps.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/html/2014-27463.htm

  • Notice of December 5, 2014, Teleconference Meeting of the National Park System Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting Notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 1-16, that the National Park System Advisory Board will conduct a teleconference meeting on December 5, 2014. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person in Washington, DC.

    DATES: The teleconference meeting will be held on December 5, 2014, from 3:00 p.m., to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, inclusive.

    ADDRESSES: The teleconference meeting will be conducted in Conference Room 2023 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208-3818. Photo identification is required for entry to this Federal building.

    Agenda: During this teleconference, the Board will deliberate the report of its Philanthropy and Partnerships Committee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning the National Park System Advisory Board or to request to address the Board, contact Shirley Sears, National Park Service, MC 0004-Policy, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 354-3955, email shirley_sears@nps.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/html/2014-27464.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 7 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three-year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council.

    DATES: Applications are due by December 31, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Lilli Ferguson, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, P.O. Box 159, Olema, CA 94950; (415) 663-0314 extension 107; email Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://cordellbank.noaa.gov.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/HIHWNMS/Emily Gaskin, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 397- 2651 extension 257; email Emily.Gaskin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/councilappaccepting.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591-7328; email Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov.

    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Erin Ovalle, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 99 Pacific Street, Building 455A, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 647-4206; email Erin.Ovalle@noaa.gov; or download application from http://montereybay.noaa.gov/welcome.html.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, Utulei, American Samoa; (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Karlyn Langjahr, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 115 East Railroad Ave., Suite 101, Port Angeles, WA 98362; (360) 457-6622 extension 31; email Karlyn.Langjahr@noaa.gov; or download application from http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/sac_welcome.html.

    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Elizabeth Stokes, NOS/ONMS/SBNMS, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066; (781) 545-8026 extension 201; email Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/html/2014-26603.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., December 10, 2014.

    Place: CDC, Global Communications Center, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Building 19, Auditorium B3, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Status: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available.

    Purpose: The BSC, OID, provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Director, CDC; the Director, OID; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, in the following areas: Strategies, goals, and priorities for programs; research within the national centers; and overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Matters To Be Discussed: The meeting will include reports from the BSC, OID working groups; brief updates on priorities/activities of CDC's infectious disease national centers; and a focused discussion on public health issues arising from long-term outbreak response efforts.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Robin Moseley, M.A.T., Designated Federal Officer, OID, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone: (404) 639-4461.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/html/2014-26912.htm

  • Interior

  • Meeting Announcements: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) also will meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES:

    Council: Meeting is December 9, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Council will consider Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. Standard grant proposals. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than December 5, 2014.

    Advisory Group: Meeting is December 10, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Advisory Group will discuss the strategic direction and management of the NMBCA program. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than December 5, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Council and Advisory Group meetings will take place at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1133 15th Street NW., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Perry, Council Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-2432; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-12/html/2014-26700.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will take place at NASA Headquarters, Room 7H41 (December 1 through 12:00 noon December 2); Room 9H40 (1:00 p.m. December 2 through 12:30 p.m. December 3); 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-2779, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/html/2014-26992.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    AGENCY: National Science Board, National Science Foundation.

    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 of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATES AND TIME: November 19, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and November 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST).

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be Webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/140917/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/html/2014-27123.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request Approval To Establish a New Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intent to establish a new information collection of Letters of Intent (LOIs).

    DATES: Submit comments on or before January 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice and requests for copies of the information collection may be submitted by any of the following methods to Robert Martin, Records Officer, Information Policy, Planning and Training Mail: NIFA/USDA; Mail Stop 2216; 1400 Independence Avenue SW.; Washington, DC 20250-2216; Hand Delivery/ Courier: 800 9th Street SW., Waterfront Centre, Room 4206, Washington, DC 20024; or Email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, Records Officer, Information Policy, Planning and Training; Office of Information Technology; NIFA;USDANIFA, Email: rmartin@nifa.NIFA.usda.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Letter of Intent.

    OMB Number: 0524-New.

    Type of Request: Intent to establish a new information collection for three years.

    Abstract: NIFA sponsors ongoing agricultural research, extension, and education programs under which competitive, formula, and special awards of a high-priority nature are made. The nature of the competitive, peer-reviewed process makes it important that information from applicants be available in a standardized format to ensure equitable treatment. The LOI is used to ensure applicants adhere to program guidelines and goals and provides useful information for peer review panel planning. Applicants with relevant LOIs will be encouraged to submit a full application to the program while those that do not conform to program goals are discouraged to submit a full application. Many competitive programs currently require a LOI as a prerequisite for submission of an application. To reduce an applicant's administrative burden, NIFA may expand the use of LOIs for more of its competitive programs. Electronic submission via email in an attached PDF formatted document collects the following information:

    Page 1:

    • Name of lead Project Director (PD)
    • Professional Title of lead PD
    • Department of lead PD
    • Institution of lead PD
    • Email of lead PD
    • Name of all collaborating PDs
    • Professional Title of all collaborating PDs
    • Department of all collaborating PDs
    • Institution of all collaborating PDs
    • Program Area
    • Priority Area

    Page 2:

    • Descriptive Title
    • Rationale
    • Overall Hypothesis or Goal
    • Specific Objectives
    • Approach
    • Potential Impact and Expected Outcomes

    The information collection will collect the same information in a fillable PDF document provided by NIFA.

    Respondents: Universities, non-profit institutions, State, local, or Tribal governments, and a limited number of for-profit institutions and individuals.

    Estimation of Responses: The individual form burden is as follows (calculated based on a survey of LOI applicants conducted by NIFA): 1-2 hours.

    Frequency of Respondents: Annually, for those that submit LOIs to required programs.

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments should be sent to the address stated in the preamble. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments also will become a matter of public record.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-06/html/2014-26404.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Request for nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) new vacancies for terms through September 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia, grassroots community-based organizations, non- governmental/environmental organizations; local government agencies; business and industry and tribal governments and indigenous organizations. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2015.

    Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than November 22, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line "NEJAC Membership 2015'' to muriel.jasmin@epa.gov. You also may submit nominations by mail to: Jasmin Muriel, NEJAC Program Manager, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC 2201A), Washington, DC 20460. Non- electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information. The Office of Environmental Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherri P. White, Designated Federal Officer for the NEJAC, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-2462; fax: (202) 564-1624.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/html/2014-26328.htm

  • Pollinator Health Task Force; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As part of the U.S. Government's efforts to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, the Pollinator Health Task Force (the Task Force) is soliciting stakeholder input on best management practices including pesticide risk mitigation, public-private partnerships, research, education opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements, and other actions that the Task Force should consider in developing a Federal strategy to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two listening sessions in order to solicit stakeholder input to the Federal strategy.

    DATES: Meetings: The meetings will be held on November 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., eastern standard time, and November 17, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., eastern standard time.

    Comments: Written comments must be received on or before close of business November 24, 2014.

    Request for accommodations: To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA and USDA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: Meetings: The November 12, 2014 meeting will be held at EPA, 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA, in the lobby- level Conference Center. Individuals attending the November 12, 2014 meeting must bring appropriate identification with them to the meeting. Identification requirements are available at: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2014/new-id.html.

    The November 17, 2014 meeting will be held at USDA, 4700 River Rd., Riverdale, MD 20737.

    Webinar: Stakeholders will be able to participate in the listening sessions via webinar. Instructions for webinar participation will be made available at http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection prior to the first listening session.

    Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0806, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Nevola, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8037; email address: nevola.joseph@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/html/2014-26096.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID); Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST, November 20, 2014.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Status: The meeting is open to the public; the toll free dial in number is 1-877-951-7311 with a pass code of 1588067.

    Purpose: The BSC, OID, provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Director, CDC; the Director, OID; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, in the following areas: strategies, goals, and priorities for programs; research within the national centers; and overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Matters for Discussion: Discussions will focus on current responses and national center priorities.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Robin Moseley, M.A.T., Designated Federal Officer, OID, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone: (404) 639-4461.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-04/html/2014-26083.htm

  • Office of the Director, Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: November 25, 2014.

    Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern. The teleconference line will be open at 10:30 a.m. to allow for check-in with the operator. (Times are approximate and subject to change.)

    Agenda: Discussion regarding: (1) Finalization of draft NSABB statement regarding gain-of-function research; and (2) other business of the Board. Time will be allotted on the agenda for oral public comment, with presentations limited to three minutes per speaker.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland. (Telephone Conference call only; No in-person meeting.)

    Call-in Information: Toll-Free Number: 1-888-469-1981. Participant Passcode: NSABB. The line will be open 30 minutes in advance of the meeting to allow time for operator-assisted check-in.

    Contact Person: Carolyn Mosby, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-5504, carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the NSABB to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    Please Note: The teleconference meeting agenda, draft statement, and other information about the NSABB will be available at http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb. Please check this Web site for updates.

    The meeting will be open to the public through a teleconference call phone number. Members of the public who participate in the teleconference will be able to listen to the meeting but will not be heard apart from during the public comment session. If you experience any technical problems with the conference call, please send an email to carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Public Comments: The teleconference will include opportunity for public comment. In addition, any interested person may file written comments with the committee via email to nsabb@od.nih.gov with "NSABB Public Comment'' as the subject line or by regular mail to 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, Attention: Carolyn Mosby. Comments should include the name, address, telephone number and, when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the commenter. Written comments received by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday November 23, 2014, will be provided to NSABB members prior to the teleconference.

    Accommodations Statement: Individuals who participate by using this teleconference call service and who need special assistance such as captioning or other reasonable accommodations should submit a request to the Contact Person listed on this notice as soon as possible.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-06/html/2014-26422.htm

  • Interior

  • Request for Information on the Development of a Long Term Monitoring Plan for Marine Mammals in the Gulf of Mexico; MMAA104000

    AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: BOEM, in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), is issuing a request for information to aid in the development of a long-term monitoring plan (LTMP) for marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The LTMP will focus on the potential impacts to marine mammals from geological and geophysical data acquisition activities, including seismic surveys. This LTMP is a required element of BOEM's petition for rulemaking under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-07/html/2014-26520.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal--Large Facilities Manual

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request establishment of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action.

    After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by January 6, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-07/html/2014-26444.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request To Conduct a New Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to conduct a new information collection consisting of two questionnaires, the Quarterly Colony Loss Survey and the Annual Colony Loss Survey.

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 29, 2014 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535- NEW, by any of the following methods:

    Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message.

    eFax: (855) 838-6382.

    Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-2707. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Pollinator Surveys.

    OMB Control Number: 0535-NEW.

    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to conduct a new information collection for a period of three years.

    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture.

    Pollinators (honeybees) are vital to the agricultural industry for producing food for the world's population. Ad hoc surveys showed a dramatic rise in the number of disappearances of honeybee colonies in North America in late 2006; disappearances ranged from 10-15 percent annual colony loss in some areas to greater than 30 percent in other areas. Often called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the condition occurs when worker bees from a beehive or a European honeybee colony abruptly disappear, with minimal mortality evident near the hive and an intact queen and food supply readily available. European beekeepers observed similar phenomena in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and initial reports have also come in from Switzerland and Germany, albeit to a lesser degree, while the Northern Ireland Assembly received reports of a decline greater than 50 percent. The mechanisms of CCD and the reasons for its apparent increasing prevalence remain unclear. The likely combination of factors includes: Infections with Varroa mites and other pathogens and viruses; pesticides, such as the neonicotinoid class; inadequate nutrition and loss of natural forage habitat; genetic factors; and changing beekeeping practices and stress on colonies from transportation.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-28/html/2014-25609.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing, Scientific Research, Display, and Chartering Permits; Letters of Acknowledgment

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces its intent to issue Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs), Scientific Research Permits (SRPs), Display Permits, Letters of Acknowledgment (LOAs), and Chartering Permits for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) in 2015. Exempted fishing permits and related permits would authorize collection of a limited number of tunas, swordfish, billfishes, and sharks (collectively known as HMS) from Federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico for the purposes of scientific data collection, bycatch research, and public display. Chartering permits allow the collection of HMS on the high seas or in the Exclusive Economic Zone of other nations under certain conditions. Generally, EFPs and related permits will be valid from the date of issuance through December 31, 2015, unless otherwise specified, subject to the terms and conditions of individual permits.

    DATES: Written comments on these activities received in response to this notice will be considered by NMFS when issuing EFPs and related permits and must be received on or before November 26, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: nmfs.hms.efp2015@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: 0648-XD585.

    Mail: Craig Cockrell, Highly Migratory Species Management Division (F/SF1), NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell, phone: (301) 427-8503, fax: (301) 713-1917.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/html/2014-25470.htm

  • NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Science Plan

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the availability of the Draft Science Plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program for public comment.

    DATES: Comments on this draft document must be submitted by December 15, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft Science Plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program will be available at http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/.

    The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Draft Science Plan. Electronic comments on the Draft Science Plan can be submitted via email (noaarestorescience@noaa.gov). Written comments can be submitted to Becky Allee at NOAA OCM, Gulf of Mexico Division, Bldg. 1100, Rm 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Becky Allee, (becky.allee@noaa.gov, 228-688-1701).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-30/html/2014-25797.htm

  • Requesting Public Comment on Updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior (DOI) jointly propose an updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States (Framework). The Framework is required by Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This Framework provides overarching guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local governments and stakeholders to implement an effective National System of MPAs (National System) from existing sites, build management capacity among MPA programs, coordinate collaborative efforts to address common management issues and identify ecosystem-based gaps in the protection of significant natural and cultural resources for possible future action by the nation's MPA authorities. The proposed draft document would update the previous version of the Framework, completed in November 2008, using experience gained implementing the National System and advice from the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and MPA programs.

    DATES: Comments will be considered if received by December 26, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified as NOAA-NOS-2014-0112, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2014-0112, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, N/NMS, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, Attn: Lauren Wenzel.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. The draft updated Framework is available for download at: http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Director, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 301-713-7265 or lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov.

    Copies of the updated Framework can be downloaded or viewed on the Internet at marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov. Copies can also be obtained by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/html/2014-25448.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)

    The CDC is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (BSC, OPHPR).

    The BSC, OPHPR consists of 11 experts in the fields associated with public health preparedness and response. This board provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Director, CDC, and the Director, OPHPR, concerning strategies and goals for the programs within the divisions; conducts peer-review of scientific programs; and monitors the overall strategic direction and focus of the divisions. The BSC, OPHPR may perform second-level peer review of applications for grants-in-aid for research and research training activities, cooperative agreements, and research contract proposals relating to the broad areas within the office. Nominations are being sought for individuals who have the expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to accomplishment of the board's objectives. Nominees will be selected based on expertise in the fields relevant to the issues addressed by the divisions within the coordinating office, including: Business, crisis leadership, emergency response and management, engineering, epidemiology, health policy and management, informatics, laboratory science, medicine, mental and behavioral health, public health law, public health practice, risk communication, and social science. Federal employees will not be considered for membership. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The next cycle of selection of candidates will begin in the winter of 2015, for selection of potential nominees to replace members whose terms will end on September 30, 2015. Selection of members is based on candidates' qualifications to contribute to the accomplishment of OPHPR objectives (http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/science/counselors.htm). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the board's function. Consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with equitable representation of gender, all ethnic and racial groups, and persons with disabilities. Candidates should submit the following items:

    • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (telephone numbers, mailing address, email address)
    • At least one letter of recommendation from person(s) not employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The deadline for receipt of all application materials (for consideration for term beginning October 1, 2015) is January 16, 2015. All files must be submitted electronically as email attachments to: CDR Christye Brown, c/o BSC OPHPR Coordinator, email: cbrown12@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-30/html/2014-25777.htm

  • Interior

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Record of Decision for the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), notice is hereby given that the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) have issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS). The ROD documents decisions by the Trustees under OPA: (1) Selection of the Preferred Alternative for the Programmatic Early Restoration Plan; and (2) selection of 44 projects for the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan, subject to completing remaining permitting and consultation requirements, as specifically identified in Section 9 of the ROD.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the ROD at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. You may also view the ROD at any of the public repositories listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado at 678-296-6805 (phone) or nanciann_regalado@fws.gov (email).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/html/2014-25794.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board's ad hoc Working Group on Administrative Burdens (AB), 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's updates on implementation of previous Board recommendations; and discussion of the scope of work for the ad hoc Working Group on Administrative Burdens.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Jacqueline Meszaros at jmeszaro@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-30/html/2014-25891.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE).

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2.

    DATES: Friday, November 14, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences in the Lecture Room, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-28/html/2014-25585.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP.

    DATES: Nominations must be received on or before November 24, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

    Email: HMSAP.Nominations@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: "HMS AP Nominations.''

    Mail: Jenni Wallace, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Fax: 301-713-1917.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenni Wallace at (301) 427-8503.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/html/2014-25359.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, November 17, 2014 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST and on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. 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 times and agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring in the Magnolia Ballroom, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for directions to the meeting location.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on November 17 from 5:15-5:30 p.m. EST (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 two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by November 12, 2014, to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by November 12, 2014, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after November 12, 2014, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on November 12, 2014, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) NOAA Response to the comments from the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science Program Advisory Working Group (RSPAWG) on the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Draft Science Plan; (2) Proposed New NOAA Criteria for the Review of Cooperative Institutes; (3) Sea Grant Advisory Board Biennial Report to Congress; (4) NOAA Storm Surge and Ecological Forecasting Road Maps: A Synergy for Advancing Resilient Communities; (5) Update on the NOAA Social Science Tiger Team Report; (6) SAB Strategy Session; (7) NOAA Update; and (8) Working Group Updates.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459). Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/html/2014-25104.htm

  • Defense

  • Definition of "Waters of the United States'' Under the Clean Water Act Proposed Rule; Notice of Availability

    AGENCIES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Department of the Army, Department of Defense; and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This document announces the availability of the Science Advisory Board's (SAB) final peer review of the EPA's draft report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis. This document has been placed in the docket for the EPA and the Corps proposed rule "Definition of `Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act.''

    DATES: The public comment for the proposed rule closes on November 14, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number 202-566-2428; email address: CWAwaters@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/html/2014-25138.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law No. 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: TCS Conference Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Theory and Computing Sciences Building (Building 240), 9700 South Cass Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone: (202) 586-3787; email: crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-20/html/2014-24873.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board) will hold a public teleconference on October 30, 2014 from 11:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Due to budgetary issues, EPA is announcing this teleconference with less than 15 calendar days public notice. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at the number provided below.

    Background: The Good Neighbor Environmental Board is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, PL 92-463. By statute, the Board is required to submit an annual report to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico.

    Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Board's Sixteenth Report, which focuses on ecological restoration in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

    General Information: The agenda and teleconference materials will be available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA- 2014-0001. General information about the Board can be found on its Web site at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/gneb.

    If you wish to make oral comments or submit written comments to the Board, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least five days prior to the teleconference. Written comments should be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2014-0001.

    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at (202) 564-4330 or email at gantner.ann-marie@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-22/html/2014-25144.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: October 22, 2014.

    Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Times are approximate and subject to change).

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) Overview of recent Federal policies regarding biosafety and biosecurity; and (2) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31; 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, Maryland.

    Contact Person: Carolyn Mosby, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-5504, carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the NSABB to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public, however pre-registration is strongly recommended due to space limitations. Persons planning to attend may register online at: http://palladianpartners.cvent.com/d/KY8f5UlwH0WnoisQD81oFg/8nfg/P1/1Q or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Joel Yaccarino at 301- 650-8660). Online registration will close at 12:00 p.m. Eastern the day before the meeting. After that time, you will need to register onsite on the day of the meeting, from 7:15 a.m. Eastern. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    This meeting will also be webcast. To access the webcast and meeting information, including the draft meeting agenda and the registration link, connect to: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb/nsabb-meetings-and-conferences. Please check this site for updates.

    Time will be allotted on the agenda for oral public comment, with presentations limited to three minutes per speaker. Sign-up for oral public comments will begin at approximately 7:45 a.m. on October 22, 2014, and will be restricted to one sign-in per person. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. In addition, any interested person may submit written comments to the NSABB prior to the meeting by sending the comments to the Contact Person listed on this notice by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on October 20, 2014. Written comments should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. Any written comments received after the deadline will be provided to the Committee either before or after the meeting, depending on the volume of comments received and the time required to process them in accordance with privacy regulations and other applicable Federal policies.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-22/html/2014-25030.htm

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Sunshine Act Meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board

    AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NFAH.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services on general policies with respect to the duties, powers, and authority of the Institute relating to museum, library and information services, will meet on November 13, 2014.

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

    PLACE: The meeting will be held at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street NW., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 653-4798.

    STATUS: Part of this meeting will be open to the public. The rest of the meeting will be closed pursuant to subsections (c)(4) and (c)(9) of section 552b of Title 5, United States Code because the Board will consider information that may disclose: Trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential; and information the premature disclosure of which would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action.

    AGENDA: Thirtieth Meeting of the National Museum and Library Service Board Meeting:

    1. Welcome
    2. Director's Report
    3. Financial Update
    4. Legislative Update
    5. Office of Museum Services Update and Board Program (Museums United: Building Capacity in the Field)
    6. Break
    7. Office of Library Services Update and Board Program (Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, A Report from the Aspen Institute)
    8. Office of Communication and Government Affairs Update
    9. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation Update (Open to the Public)
    10. Executive Session (Closed to the Public)

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Maas, Program Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street NW., 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 653-4676. Please provide advance notice of any special needs or accommodations.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-20/html/2014-24981.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub., L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering Meeting. #25104.

    Date/Time: November 6, 2014: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II--Suite 1155, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: OPEN, VIRTUAL.

    Contact Person: Diane Drew, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230 703-292-7220.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the AC-ISE Designated Federal Official at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/ise/advisory.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations on major goals and policies pertaining to International programs and activities.

    Agenda

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Update on the Status of the ISE Section
    • Presentation and Discussion of the Report from the ISE Committee of Visitors
    • Presentation and Discussion of the Strategic Framework for International Engagement
    • Discussion of Other Recent Evaluations of NSF International Activities
    • (Tentative) Meeting with France C[oacute]rdova, NSF Director
    • Closing Remarks and Wrap Up

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-23/html/2014-25153.htm

  • Commerce

  • Appointments to the Climate and Aquaculture Task Forces by the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; Request for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment to two new task forces of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. One task force will focus on climate and marine resources issues and the other on aquaculture issues. The members will be appointed by NMFS in consultation with MAFAC and will serve for an initial term of one or two years. The terms would begin in November or December 2014. Nominees should possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise in the areas described under Supplemental Information for each task force.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before November 17, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, Office of Policy, NMFS F-14438, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or to heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, (301) 427-8004; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/html/2014-24627.htm

  • Defense

  • Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling

    AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The annual public meeting of the Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM) will convene to discuss some of the latest developments in environmental modeling applications, tools and frameworks, as well as new operational initiatives for FY 2015 among the participating agencies. The meeting this year will emphasize environmental modeling challenges in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and receiving waters.

    DATES: October 21-22, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Engineer Baltimore District, 10 S. Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be emailed to: Patrick Deliman, ISCMEM Chair, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, CEERD-EZT, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39046. TEL 601- 634-3623. Patrick.N.Deliman@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/html/2014-24635.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Extension of Comment Period for the Definition of "Waters of the United States'' Under the Clean Water Act Proposed Rule and Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Department of the Army, Department of Defense; and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are extending the comment period for the proposed rule "Definition of 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act'' published on April 21, 2014. The agencies are extending the comment period in response to stakeholder requests for an extension and to allow comments on new supporting materials.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 14, 2014. The comment period was scheduled to end on October 20, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket identification (ID) No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ow-docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, EPA West Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Center's normal hours of operation. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information by calling 202-566-2426.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011- 0880. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disc you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about the EPA's public docket visit the Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available (e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute). Certain other materials, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Office of Water Docket Center, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744; the telephone number for the Office of Water Docket Center is (202) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number 202-566-2428; email address: CWAwaters@epa.gov. Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314; telephone number 202-761-5856; email address: USACECWARule@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-14/html/2014-24349.htm

  • Human Studies Review Board; Notification of a Public Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Office of the Science Advisor announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific reviews of EPA research with human subjects.

    DATES: This public meeting will be held on November 5, 2014, from approximately 10:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Comments may be submitted on or before noon (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted entirely on the Internet using Adobe Connect and a conference call line. The conference call line is 866-299-3188 and access code 2025647189. The Adobe Connect link is: http://epa.connectsolutions.com/hsrb. Enter the room as a guest providing your full name.

    Comments: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2014-0750, by one of the following methods:

    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: The EPA Docket Center EPA/DC, ORD Docket, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is located in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room Number 3334 in the EPA WJC West, at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please call (202) 566-1744 or email the ORD Docket at ord.docket@epa.gov for instructions. Updates to Public Reading Room access are available on the Web site http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Instructions: The Agency's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any electronic storage media you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to receive further information should contact Jim Downing at telephone number (202) 564-2468; fax: (202) 564-2070; email address: downing.jim@epa.gov; mailing address Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail code 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/hsrb.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-17/html/2014-24757.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), notice is hereby given of meetings of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine; Extramural Programs Subcommittee.

    Date: February 10, 2015.

    Closed: 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Billings Conference Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301- 496-6221, lindberg@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine; Subcommittee on Outreach and Public Information.

    Date: February 10, 2015.

    Open: 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and discuss outreach activities.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Conference Room B, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301- 496-6221, lindberg@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

    Date: February 10-11, 2015.

    Open: February 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

    Agenda: Program Discussion.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Board Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: February 10, 2015, 4:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Board Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: February 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Program Discussion.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Board Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301- 496-6221, lindberg@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: www.nlm.nih.gov/od/bor/bor.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available. This meeting will be broadcast to the public, and available for at viewing at http://videocast.nih.gov on February 10- 11, 2015.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-15/html/2014-24396.htm

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). Comprised of 30 nonfederal invasive species experts and stakeholders from across the nation, the purpose of ISAC is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council (Council), as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues.

    Purpose of Meeting: The meeting will be held on November 12-14, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and will focus primarily on the management of invasive species in urban areas, particularly: (1) On-the-ground efforts in the Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio areas of Texas, which are experiencing rapid growth and developing new ways of addressing the problems invasive species cause to buildings and homes, as well as parks and other public spaces; and, (2) Trans-border cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico on invasive species issues. A copy of the meeting agenda is available on the Web site, www.doi.gov/invasivespecies.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 and Friday, November 14, 2014; beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m., and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m. each day. Members will be participating in an off-site field tour on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The field tour is closed to the public.

    ADDRESSES: Holiday Inn Riverwalk, 217 North Saint Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. The general session on November 12, 2014 and November 14, 2014 will be held in the Tango Ballroom.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Specialist and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 208- 4122; Fax: (202) 208-4118, email: Kelsey_Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-16/html/2014-24625.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an open meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet October 21-23, 2014: October 21, 2014, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. October 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. October 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Loew's Madison Hotel, 1177 Fifteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Designated Federal Officer and Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0321, Washington, DC 20250-0321; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or email: michele.esch@usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-06/html/2014-23814.htm

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet on November 5 and 7, 2014. The Council is authorized under Section 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, as amended by Title XII, Section 1219 of Public Law 101-624 (the Act) (16 U.S.C. 2105g) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II). The purpose of the Committee is to: (a) Develop a national urban and community forestry action plan in accordance with Section 9(g)(3)(A-F) of the Act; (b) evaluate the implementation of that plan; and (c) develop criteria for, and submit reccomendations with respect to the urban and community forestry challenge cost-share program as required by Section 9(f)(1-2) of the Act. The meeting is open to the public.

    Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's Web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., and Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., or until Council business is completed. All Council meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of the meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Westin Charlotte Hotel, Harris Room--Second Floor, 601 S. College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 on November 5, 2014 and the Providence Ballroom I--First Floor on November 7, 2014. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Forest Service. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to facilitate entry into the Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, Yates Building (3NW), 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250; or by phone at 202- 205-7829, or by cell phone at 202-309-9873. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-06/html/2014-23745.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee Teleconference.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a public teleconference of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT members represent academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this committee meeting is for NACEPT to continue developing sustainability strategies to strengthen the Agency's core business principles and practices outlined in the FY2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nacept.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a public teleconference on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building East, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene Green, Acting Designated Federal Officer, green.eugene@epa.gov, (202) 564-2432, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/html/2014-24024.htm

  • Spatial Aquatic Model Development; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: A simultaneous workshop and webinar on a regional test version of the Spatial Aquatic Model (SAM) will be held on October 29, 2014. This Notice announces the location and time for the meeting and provides a tentative list of topics to be covered in the meeting. With the development of SAM, EPA will be able to determine the magnitude, length, and duration of exposure to a chemical as well as where the exposure may occur.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 29, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before October 20, 2014.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably 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, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), One Potomac Yard (South Building), Fourth Floor Conference Room N4830, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nelson Thurman or Derek Scott, Environmental Fate and Effects Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone numbers: (703) 308-0465 or (703) 305-6627; fax number: 703-347-8011; email address: thurman.nelson@epa.gov or scott.derek@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/html/2014-24026.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Advisory Board (SAB) to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on November 6, 2014, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on November 7, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Location: NCTR SAB, 3900 NCTR Rd., Conference Room B-12, Jefferson, AR 72079.

    Contact Person: Donna Mendrick, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 2208, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8892, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741- 8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On November 6, 2014, the NCTR Director will welcome the participants and provide a Center-wide update on scientific initiatives and accomplishments during the past year. The SAB will be presented with an overview of the Division of Microbiology Subcommittee and the Subcommittee Site Visit Report. Following the public session, the SAB will hear an update from each of NCTR's research Divisions, the Office of Science Coordination, followed by an update on NCTR's Global Interactions.

    On November 7, 2014, the Office of the Chief Scientist will update the SAB on their research needs, and discuss opportunities for collaboration to help address these needs, followed by a report from the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences on current and future collaboration.

    The Center for Biological Evaluation and Research, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Tobacco Products, the Office of Regulatory Affairs, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will each briefly discuss their Center- specific research strategic needs.

    Following an open discussion of all the information presented, the open session of the meeting will close so that SAB members can discuss personnel issues at NCTR.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before October 30, 2014. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 12 noon to 1 p.m. on November 6, 2014. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before October 22, 2014. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by October 23, 2014.

    Closed Committee Deliberations: On November 7, 2014, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). This portion of the meeting will be closed to permit discussion of information concerning individuals associated with the research programs at NCTR.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Donna Mendrick at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/html/2014-24039.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, which consists of 13 Federal and 13 ex-officio members. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic invasive species (AIS); to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, and Thursday, November 6, 2014. For security purposes, registration for the meeting is required. If you wish to attend the meeting, you must register by contacting the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than October 30, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lucille Stickel Conference Room (1W108), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (telephone: 703-358-2398).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Norcutt, Acting Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by telephone at (703) 358-2398, or by email at Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/html/2014-24067.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Input (RFI)--National Big Data R&D Initiative; Correction

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD), NSF.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Wigen at 703-292-4873 or wigen@nitrd.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    DATES: To be considered, written comments must be received by November 14, 2014. SUMMARY: This is a correction to the previous submission published on October 2, 2014, at 79 FR 59520. The changes are limited to the insertion of links to various documents referenced within this notice. For additional information and supporting information please see the NITRD Web site, www.nitrd.gov. This request encourages feedback from multiple big data stakeholders to inform the development of a framework, set of priorities, and ultimately a strategic plan for the National Big Data R&D Initiative. A number of areas of interest have been identified by agency representatives in the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) as well as the many members of the big data R&D community that have participated in BDSSG events and workshops over the past several years. This RFI is a critical step in developing a cross- agency strategic plan that has broad community input and that can be referenced by all Federal agencies as they move forward over the next five to ten years with their own big data R&D programs, policies, partnerships, and activities.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/html/2014-24137.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding Commodity Boards To Propose Projects and Contribute Funding Under the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant Programs, Implementation

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of Web-based listening session and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully implement Section 7404 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting stakeholder input on how it will establish procedures, including timelines, under which an entity established under a commodity promotion law (as such term is defined under section 7401(a) of the Agricultural Act of 2014) or a State commodity board (or other equivalent State entity) may submit proposals for Requests for Applications (RFA)to be competed as part of the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant programs. If proposals are accepted for funding, the proposed RFA will be competed as part of the AFRI competitive grants program RFAs and entities eligible for AFRI awards will be able to compete for award. In addition, as a condition of funding the grant proposed by a commodity board, NIFA shall require a contribution of funds equal to the amount of the grant.

    NIFA will be holding Web-based listening sessions in order to solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. The focus of the Web-based listening sessions will be to gather stakeholder input that will be used in developing a process for soliciting, evaluating, and prioritizing AFRI Request for Applications (RFA) submissions from the previously stated commodity board entities or their equivalent.

    All comments must be received by close of business on October 16, 2014, to be considered in the initial planning of the FY 2015 cycle.

    DATES: The Web-based listening sessions will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (ET), and Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Web-based listening sessions will be hosted using Adobe Connect. On October 9th and October 16th, please access the following Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/cbsls/. In addition, audio conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-844-9904, participant code 4896371.

    You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2014-004, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: vbest@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2014-004 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-690-0289.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to Commodity Boards; Office of the Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2201, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2201.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Centers of Excellence--Office of the Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4248, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2014-004. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Valeria Best, (202) 720-8540 (phone), (202) 690-1260 (fax), or vbest@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-30/html/2014-23352.htm

  • Energy

  • Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Secretariat, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: At the direction of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department), as the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force (QER) Task Force will convene a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the Quadrennial Energy Review.

    DATES: The thirteenth public meeting will be held on October 6, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public meeting, and must be submitted by October 10, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The thirteenth meeting will be held at the New York University Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914, 60 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10010.

    You may submit written comments to: QERComments@hq.doe.gov or by U.S. mail to the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA-60, QER Meeting Comments, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121.

    For the thirteenth public meeting, please title your comment "Energy Infrastructure Finance QER Meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Adonica Renee Pickett, EPSA-90, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-9168 Email: Adonica.Pickett@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-01/html/2014-23423.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Availability of Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data To Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation (DDEF Guidance). This document lays out methods for calculation of factors compensating for the application of animal toxicity data to humans (interspecies) and for compensating for sensitive populations (intraspecies). The use of data to conduct these extrapolations rather than rely on default values advances EPA's policy of considering relevant data first when conducting its chemical assessments.

    DATES: The document will be available October 3, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data- Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation is available at the EPA Web site http://www.epa.gov/raf/DDEF/index.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Broder, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number (202) 564-3393; fax number (202) 564-2070; or email: broder.michael@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/html/2014-23637.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the full meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Fishers Lane Conference Center, Terrace Level, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: SACHRP@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/html/2014-23664.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the BSC, OID. This board consists of 17 experts in fields related to infectious diseases who are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The board advises the HHS Secretary; the CDC Director; the OID Director; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) concerning strategies, goals, and priorities for the programs and research within the national centers; and monitors the overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishment of the board's mission. Nominees will be selected by the HHS Secretary or designee from authorities knowledgeable in the fields of infectious diseases and related disciplines, including epidemiology, microbiology, bacteriology, virology, pathogen genomics, bioinformatics, clinical medicine, and veterinary medicine, as well as from the general public. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership shall be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the committee's function. In addition to a broad range of expertise, consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with diverse representation of both genders, ethnic and racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government.

    Candidates should submit the following items:

    • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address)
    • A letter of recommendation stating the qualifications of the candidate

    Nomination materials must be postmarked by October 24, 2014, and sent to: Kim Distel, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 639-2100.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-29/html/2014-23055.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Big Data R and D Initiative; Framework, Priorities, and Strategic Plan

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

    ACTION: Request for Input (RFI).


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Wigen at 703-292-4873 or wigen@nitrd.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    DATES: To be considered, written comments must be received by November 14, 2014. SUMMARY: This request encourages feedback from multiple big data stakeholders to inform the development of a framework, set of priorities, and ultimately a strategic plan for the National Big Data R&D Initiative. A number of areas of interest have been identified by agency representatives in the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) as well as the many members of the big data R&D community that have participated in BDSSG events and workshops over the past several years. This RFI is a critical step in developing a cross-agency strategic plan that has broad community input and that can be referenced by all Federal agencies as they move forward over the next five to ten years with their own big data R&D programs, policies, partnerships, and activities.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-02/html/2014-23444.htm

  • Notice of Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time: November 5, 2014; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; November 6, 2014; 8:30 a.m.-2:30p.m.

    Place: NSF Headquarters, Room 375, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Operated assisted teleconference is available for this meeting. Call 800-857-3133 with password EHR AC and you will be connected to the audio portion of the meeting.

    To attend the meeting in person, all visitors must contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (ehr_ac@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    Meeting materials and minutes will also be available on the EHR Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp.

    Type of Meeting: Open, teleconference.

    Contact Person: Teresa Caravelli, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8600; ehr_ac@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/html/2014-23591.htm

  • Veterans Affairs

  • Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board; Notice of Meetings

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463; Title 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the subcommittees of the Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board (JBL/CS SMRB) will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates indicated below (unless otherwise listed):

    • Surgery, November 19, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences-A, November 20, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Hematology, November 21, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Infectious Diseases-B, November 21, 2014, American Association of Airport Executives.
    • Cellular and Molecular Medicine, November 24, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Infectious Diseases-A, November 24, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Endocrinology-A, December 1, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Clinical Trials-A, December 2, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Epidemiology, December 2, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Immunology-A, December 3, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Neurobiology-C, December 3, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Endocrinology-B, December 4, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Nephrology, December 4, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Oncology-E, December 4, 2014, *VA Central Office (8:30 a.m. ET).
    • Oncology-A, December 4, 2014, *VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
    • Special Emphasis on Genomics, December 4, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Clinical Trials-B, December 5, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Neurobiology-A, December 5, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Neurobiology-D, December 5, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Oncology-D, December 5, 2014, *VA Central Office (8:30 a.m. ET).
    • Oncology-C, December 5, 2014, *VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
    • Pulmonary Medicine, December 5, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Aging and Clinical Geriatrics, December 8, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Neurobiology-R, December 8, 2014, *VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
    • Neurobiology-F, December 9, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Oncology-B, December 9, 2014, *VA Central Office (9:00 a.m. ET).
    • Cardiovascular Studies-A, December 11, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Gastroenterology, December 11, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Cardiovascular Studies-B, December 12, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Gulf War Research, December 12, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Neurobiology-B, December 12, 2014, US Access Board.
    • Neurobiology-E, December 12, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • JBL/CS SMRB, December 16, 2014, *VA Central Office (3:00 p.m. ET).
    • Eligibility, January 16, 2015, Hampton Inn.

    The addresses of the meeting sites are:

    • American Association of Airport Executives, 601 Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA
    • Crowne Plaza Old Town, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA
    • Hampton Inn, 1729 H Street NW., Washington, DC
    • US Access Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC
    • Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
    • VA Central Office, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC
    • *Teleconference.

    The purpose of the subcommittees is to provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA merit review consideration. Proposals submitted for review involve a wide range of medical specialties within the general areas of biomedical, behavioral and clinical science research.

    The subcommittee meetings will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal research proposals. However, the JBL/CS SMRG teleconference meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend the open JBL/CS SMRB teleconference may dial 1-800-767-1750, participant code 95562. Members of the public who wish to make a statement at the JBL/CS SMRB meeting must notify Dr. Alex Chiu via email at alex.chiu@va.gov by December 10, 2014.

    The closed subcommittee meetings involve discussion, examination, and reference to staff and consultant critiques of research proposals. Discussions will deal with scientific merit of each proposal and qualifications of personnel conducting the studies, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Additionally, premature disclosure of research information could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action regarding the research proposals. As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing the subcommittee meetings is in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) (6) and (9)(B).

    Those who would like to obtain a copy of the minutes from the closed subcommittee meetings and rosters of the subcommittee members should contact Alex Chiu, Ph.D., Manager, Merit Review Program (10P9B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 443-5672 or email at alex.chiu@va.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-30/html/2014-23143.htm

  • Agency for International Development

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Salon B of the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet. The link to the global live stream is on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.

    The central theme of this year's meeting will be Feeding the World in 2050: Agricultural Research Capacity and Youth Engagement. Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. with opening remarks. At this public meeting, the Board will address old and new business and hear from USAID, the university community, and other experts on progress and mechanisms for advancing programming in agricultural research and capacity development.

    BIFAD Chairman Deaton will present an outreach report on his participation in the World Edible Legume Research Conference hosted by the USAID Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes. The first panel in the session will inform BIFAD and the public on updates from USAID principals on the Presidential Feed the Future Initiative and other USAID initiatives, including progress to date and the Feed the Future research, policy and capacity development strategy. USAID principals also will present the USAID Nutrition Strategy.

    Starting at 1:45 p.m., BIFAD member Harold Martin will chair a second panel on Needs for agricultural research capacity to feed the world in 2050. George Norton from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will discuss returns to investment in agricultural research and Keith Fuglie from the USDA Economic Research Service will explain the use of Total Factor Productivity Studies in measuring agricultural research investments.

    The third panel session, chaired by BIFAD Chair Deaton, will focus on Youth Engagement in Food Security Efforts. Dean June Henton will discuss the Auburn University Hunger Initiative, and Gary Burniske, Purdue Managing Director of the Purdue University Global Food Security Center, will provide an update on the Global Food Security Fellows Program, a USAID program for US university students.

    At 3:30 p.m. the BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence in a Title XII Innovation Lab will be announced and presented by Chair Deaton and BIFAD member Waded Cruzado, followed by a half-hour public comment period from 4:00-4:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Chair Brady Deaton will make closing remarks and adjourn the public meeting.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Susan Owens, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2.09-067, Washington, DC 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-25/html/2014-22839.htm

  • Commerce

  • United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee; Member Solicitation

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

    ACTION: Notice of Member Solicitation for the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting applications for membership on the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee (the Committee), a Federal advisory committee. The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 establishes a national integrated System of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing systems, comprised of Federal and non-Federal components including in situ, remote, and other coastal and ocean observation, technologies, and data management and communication systems. The System is designed to address regional and national needs for ocean information; to gather specific data on key coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes variables; and to ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data to support a variety of societal benefits. These benefits include supporting national defense; marine commerce; navigation safety; weather, climate, and marine forecasting; energy siting and production; economic development; ecosystem-based management of marine and coastal areas; conservation of ocean and coastal resources; and public safety. The System is also designed to promote research to develop, test, and deploy innovations and improvements in coastal and ocean observation technologies and modeling systems.

    The ICOOS Act also requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to establish a System advisory committee to provide advice to the Under Secretary and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, which is responsible for planning for the integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the System.

    NOAA will hereby accept applications for membership on the Committee through November 24, 2014. The ICOOS Act of 2009 states: "Members shall be qualified by education, training, and experience to evaluate scientific and technical information related to the design, operation, maintenance, or use of the [Integrated Ocean Observing] System, or use of data products provided though the System.'' NOAA encourages individuals with expertise in oceanographic data, products, and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science- related fields to submit applications for Committee membership. To apply for membership on the Committee, applicants should submit a resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. NOAA is an equal- opportunity employer.

    DATES: Application materials should be sent to the address, email address, or fax number specified and must be received by November 24, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit an application for Committee membership, in the form of a resume, to Jessica Snowden via mail, fax, or email. Mail: 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Fax: 301-427-2073; Email: jessica.snowden@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Telephone: 301-427-2453, Fax: 301- 427-2073; Email: jessica.snowden@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-24/html/2014-22697.htm

  • Defense

  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce an open meeting of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). This meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Anne Andrews, SERDP Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 17D08, Alexandria, VA 22350-3605; or by telephone at (571) 372-6565.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-24/html/2014-22699.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Technology Development for Environmental Management (EM). SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Corey Williams-Allen, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC20585; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-26/html/2014-22889.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The discovery of antibiotics in the early 20th century fundamentally transformed human and veterinary medicine. Antibiotics save millions of lives each year in the United States and around the world. The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, however, represents a serious threat to public health and the economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that annually at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the United States alone.

    Detecting, preventing, and controlling antibiotic resistance requires a strategic, coordinated, and sustained effort. It also depends on the engagement of governments, academia, industry, healthcare providers, the general public, and the agricultural community, as well as international partners. Success in this effort will require significant efforts to: minimize the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; preserve the efficacy of new and existing antibacterial drugs; advance research to develop improved methods for combating antibiotic resistance and conducting antibiotic stewardship; strengthen surveillance efforts in public health and agriculture; develop and promote the use of new, rapid diagnostic technologies; accelerate scientific research and facilitate the development of new antibacterial drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other novel therapeutics; maximize the dissemination of the most up-to-date information on the appropriate and proper use of antibiotics to the general public and healthcare providers; work with the pharmaceutical industry to include information on the proper use of over-the-counter and prescription antibiotic medications for humans and animals; and improve international collaboration and capabilities for prevention, surveillance, stewardship, basic research, and drug and diagnostics development.

    The Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-23/html/2014-22805.htm

  • Memorandum of September 23, 2014--Deepening U.S. Government Efforts To Collaborate With and Strengthen Civil Society

    Executive Order 13677 of September 23, 2014

    Climate-Resilient International Development

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to safeguard security and economic growth, protect the sustainability and long-term durability of U.S. development work in vulnerable countries, and promote sound decisionmaking and risk management, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The world must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the most dangerous consequences of climate change. Even with increased efforts to curb these emissions, we must prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The adverse impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, increases in temperatures, more frequent extreme precipitation and heat events, more severe droughts, and increased wildfire activity, along with other impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, such as ocean acidification, threaten to roll back decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving economic growth in vulnerable countries, compromise the effectiveness and resilience of U.S. development assistance, degrade security, and risk intranational and international conflict over resources.

    Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance), and Executive Order 13653 of November 1, 2013 (Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change), established a strong foundation for coordinated and consistent action to incorporate climate-resilience considerations into policies and procedures throughout the Federal Government. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) with international development programs must now build upon the recent progress made pursuant to these orders by systematically factoring climate-resilience considerations into international development strategies, planning, programming, investments, and related funding decisions, including the planning for and management of overseas facilities.

    This order requires the integration of climate- resilience considerations into all United States international development work to the extent permitted by law. Dedicated U.S. climate-change adaptation funds are critical to managing the risks posed by climate- change impacts in vulnerable countries. Coping with the magnitude of the consequences of accelerating climate change also requires enhanced efforts across the Federal Government's broader international development work. Consideration of current and future climate- change impacts will improve the resilience of the Federal Government's broader international development programs, projects, investments, overseas facilities, and related funding decisions. The United States will also promote a similar approach among relevant multilateral entities in which it participates.

    By taking these steps and more fully considering current and future climate-change impacts, the United States will foster better decision-making processes and risk-management approaches, ensure the effectiveness of U.S. investments, and assist other countries in integrating climate-resilience considerations into their own development planning and implementation. Collectively, these efforts will help to better optimize broader international development work and lead to enhanced global preparedness for and resilience to climate change.

    The international climate-resilience actions required by this order complement efforts by the Federal Government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home and globally. The more greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, the less need there will be to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-26/html/2014-23228.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking; Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council). The Council's purpose is to provide expertise and support to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. You may attend the meeting in person, or you may participate via telephone. At this time, we are inviting submissions of questions and information for consideration during the meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registering to Attend the On-Site Meeting: In order to attend the meeting on site, you must register by close of business on October 3, 2014. (You do not need to register in order to listen via phone.) Please submit your name, email address, and phone number to Mr. Cade London to complete the registration process (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Because there is limited seating available, registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public requesting reasonable accommodations, such as hearing interpreters, must contact Mr. London, in writing (preferably by email), no later than October 3, 2014.

    Submitting Questions or Information: If you wish to provide us with questions and information to be considered during the meeting, your material must be received or postmarked on or before October 10, 2014. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 10, 2014.

    Making an Oral Presentation at the Meeting: If you wish to make an oral presentation at the meeting (in person or by phone), contact Mr. London no later than October 3, 2014 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: The meeting will be held in the U.S. Department of the Interior, South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.

    Meeting Call-In Numbers: Members of the public unable to attend the meeting in person may call in at 888-603-9751 (toll free) or 1-517-623- 4156 (toll).

    Submitting Questions or Information: You may submit questions or information for consideration during the meeting by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019. Then click on the "Search'' button. You may submit questions or information by clicking on "Comment Now!''

    2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019; Division of Policy and Directives Management; MS: BPHC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will not accept email or faxes. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Submitting Public Comments section below for more information).

    Reviewing Comments Received by the Service: See Reviewing Public Comments in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Cade London, Special Assistant, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by email at cadelondon@fws.gov (preferable method of contact); by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; by telephone at (703) 358-2584; or by fax at (703) 358- 2276.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-23/html/2014-22538.htm

  • Policy Regarding Voluntary Prelisting Conservation Actions

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Announcement of draft policy; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On July 22, 2014, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced a draft policy on crediting voluntary conservation actions taken for species prior to their listing under the Endangered Species Act. The proposed policy seeks to give landowners, government agencies, and others incentives to carry out voluntary conservation actions for nonlisted species by allowing the benefits to the species from a voluntary conservation action undertaken prior to listing under the Act to be used--either by the person who undertook such action or by a third party--to mitigate or to serve as a compensatory measure for the detrimental effects of another action undertaken after listing. This draft policy, if adopted, would help us further our efforts to protect native species and conserve the ecosystems on which they depend.

    We announce the extension of the comment period for our July 22, 2014, proposed policy to ensure the public has sufficient time to comment on the proposed policy.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until November 6, 2014. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box enter the Docket number for the proposed policy, which is FWS-R9-ES-2011-0099. You may enter a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!''. Please ensure that you have found the correct document before submitting your comment.

    U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2011-0099; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: PDM, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comments below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Serfis, Chief, Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, telephone 703/358-2171.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-22/html/2014-22493.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L.92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: October 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Victoria Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to Oct 15, 2014.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice T. Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; (703) 292-5151 (direct), (703) 292-8040 (main); Email Address: banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the Senior Advisor and CEOSE Designated Federal Officer at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-22/html/2014-21703.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Notice Response to Comments and Notice of Final Action Regarding the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern

    SUMMARY: On February 22, 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a 60-day public notice in the Federal Register (Federal Register Volume 78, Number 36, Docket No. 2013-04127) to invite public comment on the proposed United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (hereafter, Policy for Institutional DURC Oversight or Policy). This Notice responds to comments received during this 60-day public notice, sets forth final changes to the Policy for Institutional DURC Oversight, and implements the final Policy for Institutional DURC Oversight. The Policy for Institutional DURC Oversight will be updated, as needed, following domestic dialogue, international engagement, and input from interested communities including scientists, national security officials, and global health specialists and announced in the Federal Register and at http://www.phe.gov/s3/dualuse.

    DATES: Policy release date: September 24, 2014. Effective date: September 24, 2015. The 12-month period between release and effective date will allow institutions and USG funding agencies subject to this Policy to establish the procedures necessary to comply with this Policy. Certification of compliance will be required of institutions to which the Policy applies, as defined in Section 6.1, at the time of seeking funding, but no sooner than the effective date of the Policy.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Andrew M. Hebbeler, Assistant Director for Biological and Chemical Threats, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20504, DURCpolicy@ostp.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-25/html/2014-22770.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Monday, October 6, 2014; 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Institute for Defense Analyses, Room 1301, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/html/2014-22190.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council), as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The meeting is scheduled for November 6 and 7, 2014. The Council typically considers various issues associated with drinking water protection and public water systems. During this meeting, the Council will focus discussions on the approaches to regulating groups of carcinogenic volatile organic chemicals, harmful algal blooms, climate and drinking water issues and other program topics. In addition, the Council will also discuss options for compliance schedules relative to the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

    DATES: The meeting on November 6, 2014, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., eastern time, and on November 7, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 1117-A at the EPA William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. All attendees must go through a metal detector, sign in with the security desk and show government-issued photo identification to enter government buildings.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who would like to register and receive pertinent information, present an oral statement or submit a written statement for the November 6 and 7 meeting should contact Roy Simon by October 17, 2014, by email at Simon.Roy@epa.gov; by phone at 202-564-3868; or by regular mail at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, William Jefferson Clinton East, (Mail Code 4601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Further details about participating in the meeting can be found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-16/html/2014-22060.htm

  • Office of Pesticide Programs; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), are holding a 1-day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the interim approaches that were issued in November 2013 by EPA, USDA, and the Services in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, "Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.'' The workshop is an opportunity for stakeholders and agencies to continue their dialogue on the technical aspects of implementing the NAS recommendations, building upon public meetings held in November and December 2013, April 2014, and the implementation of the enhanced stakeholder engagement process that was finalized in March 2013. The workshop is not designed to, or intended to be a decisionmaking forum; consensus will not be sought or developed at the meeting. This meeting furthers the agencies' goal of developing a consultation process for pesticide impacts on listed species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 6, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before September 26, 2014.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably 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 in the Rachel Carson Room at FWS, Skyline, Bldg. 7, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Bailey's Crossroads, VA. See Unit III. for additional information.

    Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0233, are submitted to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For general information contact: Catherine Eiden, Pesticide Re- evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-7887; email address: eiden.catherine@epa.gov.

    For meeting logistics or registration contact: Keith A Paul, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone: (703) 358-2675; fax: (703) 358-1800; cell: 530-840-0658; keithpaul@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/html/2014-22162.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Multi-Agency Informational Meeting Concerning Compliance With the Federal Select Agent Program; Public Webcast

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of public Webcast.


    SUMMARY: The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) are jointly charged with the oversight of the possession, use and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products (select agents and toxins). This joint effort constitutes the Federal Select Agent Program. The purpose of the Webcast is to provide guidance related to the Federal Select Agent Program for interested individuals.

    DATES: The Webcast will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. All who wish to join the Webcast must register by October 24, 2014. Registration instructions can be found on the Web site http://www.selectagents.gov.

    ADDRESSES: The Webcast will be broadcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's facility, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333. This will only be produced as a Webcast, therefore no accommodations will be provided for in-person participation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    CDC: Ms. Diane Martin, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road MS A- 46, Atlanta, GA 30333; phone: 404-718-2000; email: lrsat@cdc.gov. APHIS: Dr. Keith Wiggins, APHIS Agriculture Select Agent Services, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone: 301-851-3300 (option 3); email: AgSAS@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22253.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). On October 14, 2014, SMRB members will meet to discuss challenges and solutions to engaging pre-college students in biomedical science, as well as ways to streamline the NIH grant review, award, and management process while maintaining proper oversight. Stakeholders and other experts will give presentations on these topics.

    The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices within the Office of the Director, NIH including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize divisions, centers, or other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or national center including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The purpose of the SMRB is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons underlying the recommendations.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. Times are subject to change.

    Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board.

    Date: October 14, 2014.

    Time: 10:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: At this meeting, SMRB members will present preliminary findings and recommendations of the SMRB Working Group on Pre- college Engagement in Biomedical Science regarding ways NIH can cultivate sustained interest in biomedical science among students from pre-kindergarten through high school in order to contribute to a healthy biomedical workforce pipeline. Stakeholders in pre-college programs and education evaluation experts will give presentations on this topic. SMRB members will also hear from representatives of research funding agencies and organizations regarding their approach to grant review, award, and management. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. Sign up for public comments will begin approximately at 9:15 a.m. on October 14, 2014, and will be restricted to one sign-in per person. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Juanita Marner, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, smrb@mail.nih.gov, (301) 435- 1770.

    The meeting will be webcast. The draft meeting agenda and other information about the SMRB, including information about access to the webcast, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/html/2014-22135.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS) of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Local Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-3092, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/html/2014-21942.htm

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Annual invitation for public nominations by U.S. citizens for service on NASA science advisory subcommittees.


    SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA science advisory subcommittees. The five science advisory subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal Advisory Committee. U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill unscheduled intermittent vacancies on NASA's science advisory subcommittees. NASA's science advisory subcommittees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy arise and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that unscheduled vacancy. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its science advisory subcommittees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

    The following qualifications/experience are highly desirable in nominees, and should be clearly presented in their self-nomination letters:

    At least 10 years post-Ph.D. research experience including publications in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they are nominated, or comparable experience;

    Leadership in scientific and/or education and public outreach fields as evidenced by award of prizes, invitation to national and international meetings as speaker, organizer of scientific meetings/workshops, or comparable experience;

    Participation in NASA programs either as member of NASA mission science team, Research & Analysis program, membership on an advisory/working group or a review panel, or comparable experience;

    Good knowledge of NASA programs in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they are applying, including the latest NASA Science Plan (available as a link from http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy/), or comparable experience; and,

    Knowledge of the latest Decadal Survey conducted by the National Research Council or other relevant advisory reports for the scientific field of the subcommittee.

    Nominees from any category of organizations or institutions within the U.S. are welcome, including, but not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. Nominees need not be presently affiliated with any organization or institution.

    These are not full-time positions and the likelihood that an unscheduled vacancy will occur in the coming year is unknown at this time. Successful nominees will be required to attend meetings of the subcommittee approximately two or three times a year, either in person (NASA covers travel-related expenses for this non-compensated appointment) or via telecon and/or virtual meeting medium. Successful nominees who are not already U.S. Government employees will become Special Government Employees (SGEs). All successful nominees will be required to submit a confidential financial disclosure form, and undergo a conflict of interest review by the NASA Office of the General Counsel, before their appointment is finalized.

    DATES: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is October 1, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: To be considered by NASA, self-nomination packages from interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA as an email and must include the name of the specific NASA science advisory group of interest. Self-nomination packages are limited to specifying interest in only one NASA science advisory subcommittee per year. The following information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination package: (1) A cover email including the name of the specific NASA science advisory subcommittee of interest; (2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment). All public self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA to one of the addresses listed below; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Self- nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

    Please submit the nomination as a single package containing the cover email and both required attachments electronically to the specific email identified for the science subcommittee of interest:

    Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS), aps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Earth Science Subcommittee (ESS), ess-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Heliophysics Subcommittee (HPS), hps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS), pps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS), pss-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/html/2014-21877.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Information (RFI)--National Privacy Research Strategy

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

    ACTION: Notice.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tomas Vagoun at vagoun@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873.

    DATES: To be considered, submissions must be received no later than October 17, 2014.

    SUMMARY: Agencies of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program are planning to develop a joint National Privacy Research Strategy. On behalf of the agencies, the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development Senior Steering Group seeks public input on the vital privacy objectives that should be considered for the goals of the strategy. The National Privacy Research Strategy will be used to guide federally- funded privacy research and provide a framework for coordinating research and development in privacy-enhancing technologies.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22239.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Public Meetings of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, will host meetings for the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs) on the topic of environmental, health, and safety issues related to nanomaterials (nanoEHS) between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2015. The CORs are a platform for scientists to develop a shared repertoire of protocols and methods to overcome research gaps and barriers. The co-chairs for each COR will convene meetings and set meeting agendas with administrative support from the European Commission and the NNCO.

    DATES: The CORs will hold multiple webinars and/or conference calls between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Teleconferences and web meetings for the CORs will take place periodically between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2015. Meeting dates, call-in information, and other COR updates will be posted on the Community of Research page at http://us-eu.org/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Stacey Standridge at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, by telephone (703-292-8103) or email (sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov). Additional information about the CORs and their upcoming meetings is posted at http://us-eu.org/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22302.htm

  • Commerce

  • Advisory Committee and Species Working Group Technical Advisor Appointment

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; Nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS is soliciting nominations to the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) as established by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA). NMFS is also soliciting nominations for technical advisors to the Advisory Committee's species working groups.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by October 14, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent via email (Rachel.O'Malley@noaa.gov). In the alternative, nominations may be sent via mail to Rachel O'Malley at NMFS, Office of International Affairs, Room 10653, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel O'Malley, Office of International Affairs, 301-427-8373.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-12/html/2014-21835.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held September 23-25, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-777-5350.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, Acting MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: Heidi.Lovett@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-08/html/2014-21315.htm

  • Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council (Council). The meeting is open to the public, and participants may provide comments at the appropriate time during the meeting.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. An opportunity for public comment will be provided at 4:35 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Knott Harbor View Room of the National Aquarium, 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Holyoke, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7264, Fax: 301-713-0404; email: rebecca.holyoke@noaa.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-09/html/2014-21536.htm

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U. S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS[supreg]) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Duluth, MN.

    Dates and Times: The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth, 10 University Drive 206 RLB Duluth, MN 55812-2496.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Alternate Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1100 Wayne Ave. Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2453; Fax 301-427-2073; Email jessica.snowden@noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/advisorycommittee.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/html/2014-21537.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) vacancies for terms through June 15, 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia (1 vacancies); grassroots community-based organizations (1 vacancy); non-governmental/environmental organizations (2 vacancies); State government agencies (1 vacancy); business and industry (1 vacancy) and indigenous community-based organizations (2 vacancies). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than October 25, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line NEJAC Membership 2014 to parris.scott@epa.gov. You also may submit nominations by mail to: Scott Parris, NEJAC Membership Outreach Coordinator, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC 2201A), Washington, DC 20460. Non-electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information. The Office of Environmental Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherri P. White, Designated Federal Officer, NEJAC, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-2462; fax: (202) 564- 1624.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-12/html/2014-21817.htm

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    DATES: The NEJAC meeting will convene Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.; and will reconvene on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All noted times are Eastern Standard Time.

    One public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 2014, starting at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by Noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday September 22, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the EPA Potomac Yard offices located at 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 16202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC1601A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    Registration is required for all participants. Pre-registration by Noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, September 22, 2014, for all attendees is highly recommended. Because this NEJAC meeting will be held in government space, we strongly encourage you to register early. Space limitations may not allow us to accommodate everyone who is interested in attending. Priority admission will be given to pre-registered participants. To register, visit http://nejac-oct2014.eventbrite.com. Please state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide oral public comment. Please specify whether you are submitting written comments before the Noon, Monday, September 22, 2014, deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may make appropriate arrangements in writing using the above telephone number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-12/html/2014-21823.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BSC, NIOSH).

    The BSC, NIOSH consists of 15 experts in fields related to occupational safety and health. The members are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The board advises the NIOSH Director on occupational safety and health research and prevention programs. The board also provides advice on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of occupational safety and health, and the applicability and dissemination of research findings. This advice may take the form of reports or verbal communications to the NIOSH Director during BSC meetings.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishment of the board's mission. More information is available on the NIOSH BSC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/BSC/default.html.

    Nominees will be selected based on expertise in the field occupational safety and health, such as occupational medicine, occupational nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health engineering, toxicology, chemistry, safety and health education, ergonomics, epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychology. Federal employees will not be considered for membership. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years. Selected nominees would begin service on the NIOSH BSC in January 2016.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership shall be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the committee's function. In addition to a broad range of expertise, consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with diverse representation of both genders, ethnic and racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government, or federally registered lobbyists.

    Candidates should submit the following items:

    • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address)
    • A letter of recommendation stating the qualifications of the candidate.
    • A statement indicating the nominee's willingness to serve as a potential member of the BSC, NIOSH.

    Nomination materials must be postmarked by December 15, 2014, and sent to: John Decker, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop E-20, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 498-2500.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/html/2014-21567.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI), 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, September 19, 2014, 4:30-5:30 p.m., EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: SEI chair's remarks, and discussion of the Science and Engineering Indicators "Digital Indicators'' Project.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Matt Wilson at mbwilson@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-11/html/2014-21822.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council; Meeting

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a technical interchange meeting entitled "Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes--Challenges, Opportunities and the Pathway to Commercialization'' on September 15, 2014. The meeting will be sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and co-sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The objectives of this meeting are to identify, discuss, and report the technical barriers preventing the production of carbon nanotube-based materials with electrical and mechanical properties approaching theoretical values, and to explore ways to overcome these barriers. Obstacles preventing the full exploitation of the multifunctional nature of carbon nanotube materials will also be discussed. This one-day meeting will assemble some of the Nation's leading experts in carbon nanotube research and development, as well as executives and experts from the Federal government, academia, and private sector.

    DATES: The technical interchange meeting will be held Monday, September 15, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The technical interchange meeting will be held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters, 300 E Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Dr. Tarek Fadel, 703-292-7926, tfadel@nnco.nano.gov, NNCO. Additional information is posted at: http://nano.gov/2014CNTTechInterchange.

    Registration: Registration opens on September 8, 2014. Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the technical interchange meeting is required. Written notices of participation by email should be sent to dpetreski@nnco.nano.gov or mailed to Diana Petreski, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Please provide your full name, title, affiliation and email or mailing address when registering. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Written or electronic comments should be submitted by email to dpetreski@nnco.nano.gov until close of business September 10, 2014.

    Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access this meeting should contact Diana Petreski at 703-292-7922 at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-08/html/2014-21201.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law No. 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Monday, September 15, 2014; 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Institute for Defense Analyses, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20906.htm

  • 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 the Federal Register.

    DATES: Wednesday, October 1, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    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 email: david.thomassen@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20954.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Advisory Panel for the Review of the EPA Report on the Environment 2014

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Panel to discuss its draft advisory report concerning the EPA draft Report on the Environment 2014.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconference may contact Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone at (202) 564-2067 or email at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-02/html/2014-20786.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Annual invitation for public nominations by U.S. citizens for service on NASA Federal advisory committees.


    SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA Federal advisory committees. U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration as potential members of NASA's Federal advisory committees. NASA's Federal advisory committees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its Federal advisory committees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

    DATE: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is October 1, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Self-nominations from interested U.S. citizens must be sent electronically to NASA in letter form, be signed, and must include the name of specific NASA Federal advisory committee of interest for NASA consideration. Self-nomination letters are limited to specifying interest in only one (1) NASA Federal advisory committee per year. The following additional information is required to be attached to each self-nomination letter (i.e., cover letter): (1) Professional resume (one-page maximum); (2) professional biography (one-page maximum). Please submit the self-nomination package as a single package containing cover letter and both required attachments to hq-nasanoms@mail.nasa.gov. All public self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Nomination letters that are noncompliant with inclusion of the three (3) mandatory documents listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To view charters and obtain further information on NASA's Federal advisory committees, please visit the NASA Advisory Committee Management Division Web site noted below. For any questions, please contact Ms. Marla King, Advisory Committee Specialist, Advisory Committee Management Division, Office of International and Interagency Relations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1148.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-04/html/2014-21024.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Accelerating the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem; Notice and Request for Comment

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments on accelerating the Big Data innovation ecosystem.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fen Zhao at 703-292-7344 or fzhao@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1- 800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    DATES: Please submit responses no later than November 1, 2014. Comments may be sent to BIGDATA@nsf.gov, following the guidance set below. SUMMARY: NSF seeks input from stakeholders across academia, state and local government, industry, non-profits, and others across all parts of the Big Data innovation ecosystem on the formation of new Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Overview: The National Science Foundation is exploring the establishment of a national network of "Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.'' These Hubs will help to continue and scale up the kinds of activities and partnerships established by National Big Data R&D Initiative over the past 3 years as well as stimulate, track, and help sustain new regional and grassroots partnerships around Big Data. Potential roles for Hubs include, but are not limited to:

    • Accelerate the ideation and development Big Data solutions to specific global and societal challenges by convening stakeholders across sectors to partner in results-driven programs and projects.
    • Act as a matchmaker between the various academic, industry, and community stakeholders to help drive successful pilot programs for emerging Big Data technology.
    • Coordinate across multiple regions of the country, based on shared interests and industry sector engagement to enable dialogue and share best practices.
    • Aim to increase the speed and volume of technology transfer between universities, public and private research centers and laboratories, large enterprises, and SMB's.
    • Facilitate engagement with opinion and thought leaders on the societal impact of Big Data technologies as to maximize positive outcomes of adoption while reducing unwanted consequences.
    • Support the education and training of the entire Big Data workforce, from data scientists to managers to data end-users.

    NSF seeks input from stakeholders across academia, state and local government, industry, and non-profits across all parts of the Big Data innovation ecosystem on the formation of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. Please submit a response of no more than two-pages to BIGDATA@nsf.gov outlining:

    1. The goals of interest for a Big Data Regional Hub, with metrics for evaluating the success or failure of the Hub to meet that goal;
    2. The multiple stakeholders that would participate in the Hub and their respective roles and responsibilities;
    3. Plans for initial and long-term financial and in-kind resources that the stakeholders would need to commit to this hub; and
    4. A principal point of contact.

    This announcement is posted solely for information and planning purposes; it does not constitute a formal solicitation for grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

    Background: Aiming to make the most of the fast-growing volume of digital data, in March 2012, the Obama Administration announced the "Big Data Research and Development Initiative.'' By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation's most pressing challenges. Beginning in the second year of the National Big Data Initiative, the Administration encouraged multiple stakeholders including federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations, to develop and participate in Big Data innovation projects across the country.

    On November 12, 2013, dozens of public and private organizations met at a White House-sponsored "Data to Knowledge to Action'' event to announce an inspiring array of Big Data related collaborations. These collaborations were the product and culmination of over a year of activities catalyzed by teams at OSTP, NITRD and Federal agencies to support the Big Data innovation ecosystem; such activities included workshops, one-on-one conversations with potential partners, Requests for Information, invited speaker lectures, and more. To sustain the forward momentum of the Data2Action event, The National Science Foundation is exploring the establishment of a national network of "Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.''

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20806.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

    DATES: September 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences, (Lecture Room), 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video Web cast and an archive of the Web cast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20953.htm

  • State

  • Meeting of the United States-Jordan Joint Forum on Environmental Technical Cooperation and Request for Comments on the Meeting Agenda and the 2014-2017 Work Program

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Announcement of meeting; solicitation of comments; invitation to public session.


    SUMMARY: The Department of State is providing notice that the governments of the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (the governments) intend to hold the Joint Forum on Environmental Technical Cooperation (Joint Forum) and a public session in Amman, Jordan, on September 8, 2014, at the Royal Scientific Society, Hashemite Auditorium.

    The governments created the Joint Forum pursuant to the United States-Jordan Joint Statement on Environmental Technical Cooperation (Joint Statement) in support of the United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), both signed on October 24, 2000. During the Joint Forum, the governments will discuss how the United States and Jordan can cooperate to protect the environment, review past bilateral environmental cooperation, and commit to a 2014-2017 Work Program on Environmental Technical Cooperation (Work Program). The Department of State invites members of the public to submit written comments on items to include on the meeting agenda or in the 2014-2017 Work Program.

    The Department of State also invites interested persons to attend a public session to learn more about the work of the Joint Forum and the new Work Program and provide advice or comments on its implementation.

    DATES: The public session will be held on September 8, 2014, in Amman, Jordan at the Royal Scientific Society, Hashemite Auditorium. Comments on the Joint Forum meeting agenda and/or the 2014-2017 Work Program should be provided no later than September 4, 2014, to facilitate consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Those interested in attending the public session should email Geoff Finger at FingerGT@state.gov. Comments on the Joint Forum meeting agenda and/or the 2014-2017 Work Program should be emailed to FingerGT@state.gov or faxed to Geoff Finger at (202) 647-5947, with the subject line "United States-Jordan Environmental Cooperation.'' Those with access to the internet can view and comment on this notice by going to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home and searching on docket number DOS-2014-0021.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geoff Finger, (202) 647-4828.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-02/html/2014-20805.htm

  • Commerce

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples From the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 24, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Angela Collins-Payne, (301) 427-8438 or Angela.Collins-Payne@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-25/html/2014-20042.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Request for Public Comments on Draft Guidance on Effective Use of Programmatic National Environmental Policy Act Reviews.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing draft guidance on when and how Federal agencies can effectively use National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) programmatic reviews. Guidance on programmatic NEPA reviews has been requested by the agencies and attention on programmatic NEPA reviews has increased as agencies are increasingly undertaking broad landscape scale analyses for proposals that affect the resources they manage. This guidance is designed to assist agency decision-makers and the public in understanding the environmental impacts from proposed large-scope Federal actions and activities and to facilitate agency compliance with NEPA by clarifying the different planning scenarios under which an agency may prepare a programmatic, broad-scale, review. The guidance also addresses how agencies can prepare such reviews to ensure they are timely, informative, and useful for advancing decision-making.

    The goal of this guidance is to encourage a more consistent approach to programmatic NEPA reviews so that the analyses and documentation will allow for the expeditious and efficient completion of any necessary tiered reviews. It builds on guidance issued since 1981 that explained the use of tiering and its place in the NEPA process.

    DATES: Submit comments on or before October 9, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance Documents are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/ and http://www.nepa.gov. Submit electronic comments on the NEPA Draft Guidance "Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews'' to http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/submit-comments-draft-guidance-programmatic-nepa-reviews, or in writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Horst Greczmiel, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Council on Environmental Quality (ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight), 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-25/html/2014-20199.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Public Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the chartered SAB to (1) conduct a quality review of an SAB draft report on connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters and (2) deliberate on the adequacy of the scientific and technical basis of the proposed rule titled Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act.

    DATES: The chartered SAB will conduct public teleconferences on September 26, 2014 and September 29, 2014. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information regarding the teleconferences should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA SAB (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218; fax (202) 565-2098 or via email at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-27/html/2014-20391.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the Culture- Independent Straintyping and Characterization Challenge

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3719.

    Award Approving Official: Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launches a challenge competition for the development of a method or process to accurately and efficiently identify, subtype, and characterize pathogenic microorganisms directly from clinical or environmental samples without the need for culture or culture-based enrichment.

    Laboratory-based infectious disease surveillance programs, such as PulseNet, the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System, and the Active Bacterial Core Surveillance program, rely on primary culture and microbiologic testing in community hospital and clinical laboratories. A new generation of non-culture-based diagnostic tests are now beginning to enter the marketplace offering physicians faster results and, in some cases, more types of information than were previously available. Unfortunately, these new tests do not typically result in isolates being available for public health purposes, and, as their use continues to grow, it will likely become increasingly difficult or impossible to detect and investigate outbreaks or other important infectious disease trends. New laboratory approaches that do not depend on isolates or culture for subtyping and characterization of microbes are needed to maintain and improve important public health activities across a range of pathogenic organisms.

    The Culture-Independent Straintyping and Characterization Challenge is an opportunity to develop novel approaches to identifying and characterizing pathogens similar to normal flora in a complex matrix in a process that does not require any culture, including pre-enrichment. Straintyping and characterization of the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) from clinical stool samples represents a significant challenge and has been selected as the target organism for this challenge. STEC are similar in most respects to the commensal E. coli that are carried in the intestinal tract of nearly everyone. Consistent identification, straintyping, and characterization of pathogenic STEC directly from a complex matrix, such as stool, requires the consistent identification of both a variable marker that can be used for subtyping and a second, more stable marker that can be used for definitive identification.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-28/html/2014-20428.htm

  • Final NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy

    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the final Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy that promotes sharing, for research purposes, of large-scale human and non-human genomic data generated from NIH-funded research. A summary of public comments on the draft GDS Policy and the NIH responses are also provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Genomic Data Sharing Policy Team, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-496-9838; GDS@mail.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-28/html/2014-20385.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held as follows: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (All times Pacific Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: 911 Federal Building, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232, Floor B1, Conference Room C.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-25/html/2014-20148.htm

  • Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council; Public Meeting

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council). The Council provides advice about wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that benefit wildlife resources; encourage partnership among the public, the sporting conservation organizations, the States, Native American tribes, and the Federal Government; and benefit recreational hunting.

    DATES: Meeting: Tuesday September 9, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday September 10, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern daylight time). For deadlines and directions on registering to attend, submitting written material, and giving an oral presentation, please see "Public Input'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Hemisphere A Room, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, Council Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone (703) 358-2639; or email joshuawinchell@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-27/html/2014-20485.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 26778, and 54 comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. The primary purpose of this revision is to implement 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). NSF has requested and received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to implement the Uniform Guidance through NSF's longstanding practice of implementing these requirements via use of a policy rather than regulation. In conjunction with the terms and conditions of the award, the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), and its predecessors, have served as NSF's implementation vehicle for OMB Circular A-110 since its initial issuance in 1976.

    Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-28/html/2014-20521.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF), 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m., EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: SCF chair's remarks, including approval of minutes of August 13 SCF meeting. SCF members will discuss facility synopses and the 2014 Annual Portfolio Review of facilities.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is John Veysey at jveysey@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-29/html/2014-20777.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Information Collection; Generic Information Collection Clearance for Large-Scale Collaborative Landscape Restoration Projects

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the proposed new information collection, Generic Information Collection Clearance for Large-Scale Collaborative Landscape Restoration Projects.

    Participating Agencies

    The following Federal land management agencies are included:

    Department of Agriculture: Forest Service, lead agency; Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before October 20, 2014 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Sandy Mack, Southwestern Crown Collaborative Liaison Officer, Fort Missoula 24, Missoula, MT 59804. Comments also may be submitted by email to: spmack@fs.fed.us.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public through relevant Web sites and upon request. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you send an email comment, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. Please note that responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments that may be made available to the public notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice.

    The public may inspect the draft supporting statement and/or comments received at Fort Missoula 24, Missoula, MT, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 406-544-4592 to facilitate entry to the building. The public may request an electronic copy of the draft supporting statement and/or any comments received be sent via return email. Requests should be emailed to spmack@fs.fed.us.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandy Mack, 406-544-4592. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-21/html/2014-19428.htm

  • Defense

  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce a meeting of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). This meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Anne Andrews, SERDP Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 17D08, Alexandria, VA 22350-3605; or by telephone at (571) 372-6565.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/html/2014-19734.htm

  • Energy

  • Request for Information on Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy (DOE).

    ACTION: Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) regarding Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from bioenergy stakeholders on landscape design approaches that integrate cellulosic bioenergy feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production.

    DATES: Comments regarding the RFI must be received on or before September 2, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The RFI is available at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Responses to the RFI and questions should be sent via email or email attachments to BETOLandscapeDesignRFI@ee.doe.gov. Further instructions can be found in the RFI document posted on EERE exchange.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/html/2014-19767.htm

  • Interior

  • National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy; Teleconference of the Joint Implementation Working Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public teleconference of the Joint Implementation Working Group (Working Group) for the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate. At this meeting, the Working Group will review the first Strategy Implementation Progress Report, discuss future approaches to implementation, hear comments from stakeholders, and make plans for the Fall-2014 in-person meeting.

    With this notice, we also initiate the Working Group's recently approved Stakeholder Engagement Plan, which commits the Working Group to open meetings going forward. This will be the only announcement of meetings made in the Federal Register. All future meetings (including logistical information) will be made only via the Strategy Web site (www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov).

    DATES: The Working Group will meet via teleconference on September 15, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you wish to submit written information questions for the Working Group to consider during the teleconference, please submit them to Mark Shaffer (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by one of the methods under "Submitting Written Information or Questions,'' no later than September 11, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Because this is a teleconference, there is no meeting venue. Participants should call the toll-free number 877-913-8254; when prompted, enter participant passcode 5547760. Participants may also view materials presented by or to the Working Group by joining the meetings via Instant Net Conference. Participants interested in this feature should go to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=747841297&p=5547760&t=c. If requested, enter the participant passcode (5547760)

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Shaffer, Office of the Science Advisor, at 703-358-2603 (telephone), or wildlifeadaptationstrategy@fws.gov (email), or via the Strategy Web site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/contact-us.php. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/html/2014-19761.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Agency: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub., L., 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (1110).

    DATES: September 10, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. September 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Liarakos, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 605, Arlington, VA 22230; Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/html/2014-19545.htm

  • Commerce

  • Anticipated RESTORE Act Science Program Federal Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2014

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notifies the public and potential applicants of an anticipated upcoming Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) under the RESTORE Act Science Program, and of the short-term priorities for the program that NOS expects will be addressed in the FFO.

    DATES: N/A. No applications are being requested at this time. NOAA anticipates publishing the FFO sometime during fall 2014, subject to the availability of funds and pending the release of the Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund.

    ADDRESSES: N/A. No applications are being requested at this time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Becky Allee, (becky.allee@noaa.gov, 228-688-1701).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19238.htm

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 7 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

    DATES: Applications are due by September 30, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Lilli Ferguson, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, P.O. Box 159, Olema, CA 94950; (415) 663-0314 extension 107; email Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://cordellbank.noaa.gov.

    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Beth Dieveney, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040; (305) 809-4700 extension 228; email Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov; or download application from http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html?s=sac.

    Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: G.P. Schmahl, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 621-5151 extension 102; email George.Schmahl@noaa.gov; or download application from http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/advisorycouncil/councilnews.html.

    Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Becky Shortland, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; (912) 598-2381; email Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov; or download application from http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/welcome.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591-7328; email Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, Utulei, American Samoa; (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov.

    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council: Hoku Johnson, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ONMS/ PMNM, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725- 5800; email Hoku.Johnson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/council/.

    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Elizabeth Stokes, NOS/ONMS/SBNMS, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066; (781) 545-8026 extension 201; email Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/html/2014-19235.htm

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Progress and Planning Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, August 14 and 15, 2014. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to update participants about progress of the consortium work, continue to get broad input from individual stakeholders to update or refine the consortium work plan, continue to broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation. Topics of discussion at this meeting will include examples of laboratories using the pilot candidate NIST Reference Material, progress on the next set of NIST Reference Materials, structural variants, and potential Reference Materials for cancer genomics.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 11, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 in Room C103-C106, Building 215. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to: https://www-s.nist.gov/CRS/confdisclosure.cfm?confid=7372

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/html/2014-18841.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for an open conference call of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The purpose of this conference call is to discuss PCAST's education information technology and nanotechnology reports.

    DATES: The public conference call will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Eastern Time (ET). To receive the call-in information, attendees should register for the conference call on the PCAST Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the call agenda, time, and how to register for the call is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. Questions about the conference call should be directed to Dr. Knatokie Ford, PCAST AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, by email at: kford@ostp.eop.gov, or telephone at: (202) 456-4444.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-13/html/2014-19134.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconferences

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Advisory Committee Teleconferences.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board) will hold two separate public teleconferences. The first teleconference will take place on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and the second on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The teleconference held on September 3 will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The teleconference being held on September 16 will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teleconferences are open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconferences and background materials, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at the number provided below.

    Background: The Good Neighbor Environmental Board is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463. By statute, the Board is required to submit an annual report to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico.

    Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of the September 3 call will be to discuss an advice letter on the proposed merger of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank. The purpose of the September 16 teleconference will be to continue discussion on the Board's Sixteenth Report, which focuses on ecological restoration in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

    General Information: The agenda and teleconference materials will be available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA- 2014-0001. General information about the Board can be found on its Web site at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/gneb.

    If you wish to make oral comments or submit written comments to the Board, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least five days prior to the teleconference. Written comments should be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2014-0001.

    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at (202) 564-4330 or email at gantner.ann-marie@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/html/2014-18926.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board; FRL-9915-15-Region-5

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss advice to strengthen the effectiveness of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

    DATES: The public meeting will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the EPA Region 5 Offices, Lake Huron Room, twelfth floor, in the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. The teleconference number is (877) 744-6030, participant code 81805990.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by telephone at 312-886-6815 or email at cestaric.rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://www.glri.us.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/html/2014-19418.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for "Follow that Cell'' Challenge

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health


    SUMMARY: Through the "Follow that Cell'' Challenge (the "Challenge''), the Single Cell Analysis Program (SCAP)--http://commonfund.nih.gov/Singlecell/index, a component of the National Institutes of Health Common Fund--http://commonfund.nih.gov/about, is searching for novel methods for analyzing dynamic states of individual cells that can serve as the basis for predicting alterations in cell behavior and function over time. The goal of the Challenge is to develop new tools and methods that allow time-dependent measurements at the single-cell level in a complex tissue environment in order to assess functional changes, provide information on the health status of a given cell, and help guide diagnosis and therapeutic treatments related to human disease states. Technological breakthroughs in this arena could allow researchers and physicians to identify rare cells in a mixed population, such as individual cells that can transform and become cancerous, cells that are latently infected with a pathogenic virus, or cells that develop resistance to drugs over time.

    The NIH Common Fund currently supports SCAP grants, the majority of which are associated with academic institutions. This Challenge, structured in two phases, will strengthen and complement the existing SCAP grant portfolio by reaching out to a more diverse population of innovators and solvers, including not only those who are from academic institutions but also those who are from research and development communities in the private sector and those who are outside biomedical disciplines. The NIH believes this Challenge will stimulate investment from both public and private sectors in single-cell analysis research and product development, which, in turn, could lead to the development of more sensitive, robust, and cost-effective assay approaches, reagents, tools, and devices for basic research and clinical diagnosis.

    DATES: Phase 1: Effective on August 15, 2014 Phase 1 Submission period ends: December 15, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET Phase 1 Judging Period: December 16, 2014, to February 16, 2015 Phase 1 Winners and other Finalists Announced: March 16, 2015 Phase 2 begins: March 17, 2015 Phase 2 Submission period ends: March 30, 2017, 11:59 p.m. ET Phase 2 Judging Period: March 31, 2017, to June 30, 2017 Phase 2 Winners announced: July 31, 2017

    The NIH may shorten the submission period for Phase 2 and adjust dates for judging and winner(s) announcement if the Phase 1 winners' feasibility assessments suggest a shorter Phase 2 submission period is possible. The NIH will announce any changes to the timeline by amending this Federal Register notice no later than March 16, 2015. This Challenge will be administered by InnoCentive, Inc., on behalf of the NIH www.innocentive.com/followthatcell.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yong Yao, Ph.D., NIH, 301-443-6102; or Erin Shannon, NIH, 301-443-3959.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/html/2014-18870.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Dates: September 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., September 24, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford I, Rm. 1235, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Linda A. Deegan, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703-292-7870.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Update on recent NSF environmental activities; Update on NSF's efforts on Broader Impacts; Report to AC from Food Systems Working Group--Next Steps; Report to AC from Diversity Working Group--Next Steps

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Meeting with the NSF Director; Discussion of Future Directions for NSF Research Portfolio for Environmental Science

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-12/html/2014-18960.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

    AGENCY: Forest Service.

    ACTION: Request for applications.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits. Some of these benefits include sustainable forest management; clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental benefits: forest-based educational programs; service as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

    Private forest land that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested is considered eligible lands for grants funded under this program. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest use, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe, must not be tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.

    DATES: Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All applications, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 16, 2015. State Foresters or Tribal government officials must forward applications to the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry by February 17, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All Tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official. Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official in developing their proposal. The State Forester's contact information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.

    State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit applications, either electronic or hardcopy, to the appropriate Forest Service Regional/Area/Institute contact noted below.

    Northern and Intermountain Regions

    Regions 1 and 4

    (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)

    Janet Valle, U.S. Forest Service, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401, 801- 625-5258 (phone), 801-625-5716 (fax), jvalle@fs.fed.us.

    Rocky Mountain Region

    Region 2

    (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)

    Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401, 303-275-5239 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), claireharper@fs.fed.us.

    Southwestern Region

    Region 3

    (AZ, NM)

    Margee Haines, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE., Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3881 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), mhaines@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Southwest Region

    Region 5

    (CA, HI, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and other Pacific Islands)

    Dan McKeague, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592, 707-562-8875 (phone), 707-562-9054 (fax), dmckeague@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Northwest, and Alaska Regions

    Regions 6 and 10

    (AK, OR, WA)

    Brad Siemens, U.S. Forest Service, 120 Southwest 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204 or P.O. Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208-3623, 503-808-2353 (phone), 503-808-2469 (fax), btsiemens@fs.fed.us.

    Southern Region

    Region 8

    (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA)

    Mike Murphy, U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW., Suite 700B 850S North, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-347-5214 (phone), 404-347-2776 (fax), mwmurphy@fs.fed.us.

    International Institute of Tropical Forestry

    (PR, VI)

    Connie Carpenter, U.S. Forest Service, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba, San Juan, PR 00926-1119, 787-766-5335 x 222 (phone), 787-766- 6263 (fax), conniecarpenter@fs.fed.us.

    Northeastern Area

    (CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV)

    Neal Bungard, U.S. Forest Service, 271 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824- 4600, 603-868-7719 (phone), 603-868-7604 (fax), nbungard@fs.fed.us.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant application or administrative regulations, contact Maya Solomon, Program Coordinator, 202-205-1376, mayasolomon@fs.fed.us.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-06/html/2014-18539.htm

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research. This meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: Dates and Location: The Board on Coastal Engineering Research will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 9, 2014, and reconvene from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2014. Both sessions of the meeting will be held in the Observation Post, The Presidio, 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129. The Executive Session of the Board will convene from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on September 11, 2014, in the Lobby Conference Room, 1455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. All sessions are open to the public. For more information about the Board, please visit http://chl.erdc.usace.army.mil/cerb.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colonel Jeffrey R. Eckstein, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) and Executive Secretary, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, phone 601-634-2513, or Jeffrey.R.Eckstein@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-08/html/2014-18767.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be submitting the following information collection requirement to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 29220 and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the OMB for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRASearch.

    Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Foundation, including whether the information will have practical utility; b) the accuracy of the Foundation's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Ms. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification.

    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-04/html/2014-18316.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    Agency: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)


    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 of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: August 13, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and August 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/140813/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    OPEN SESSIONS:

    August 13, 2014

    • 8:30-8:45 a.m. (Chairman's introduction)
    • 8:45-10:15 a.m. (CPP)
    • 10:30-11:00 a.m. (AB)
    • 11:00-11:20 a.m. (Plenary--presentation)
    • 12:30-1:00 p.m. (A&O)
    • 2:00-2:30 p.m. (SCF)
    • 2:30-2:45 p.m. (CSB)

    August 14, 2014

    • 8:00-9:30 a.m. (SEI)
    • 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Plenary)

    CLOSED SESSIONS:

    August 13, 2014

    • 1:00-1:45 p.m. (A&O)
    • 2:45-3:30 p.m. (CSB)
    • 3:30-4:30 (CPP)

    August 14, 2014

    • 9:45-11:30 a.m. (Plenary)
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. (second part of Plenary)

    MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED:

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP). Open Session: 8:45-10:15 a.m.

    • Approval of open CPP minutes for May 2014
    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • CPP Program Portfolio Planning: Social, Behavioral and Economic Science at NSF

    Task Force on Administrative Burdens (AB) Open Session: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Discussion Item: Future activities related to Task Force Report on Administrative Burdens

    Plenary Board Meeting Open Session: 11:00-11:20 a.m.

    • Presentation by Waterman Award Recipient, Dr. Feng Zhang

    Audit and Oversight Committee (A&O) Open Session: 12:30-1:00 p.m.

    • Approval of May 6, 2014 meeting minutes
    • Committee Chairman's opening remarks
    • Inspector General's update
    • Chief Financial Officer's update
    • Committee Chairman's closing remarks

    Audit and Oversight Committee Closed Session: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's opening remarks
    • Future NSF update
    • OIG FY 2016 budget request
    • Chairman's closing remarks

    CSB Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF) Open Session: 2:00-2:30 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks and approval of the open and closed May 2014 meeting minutes, and the April 17, 2014 teleconference meeting minutes
    • Discussion of FY 2013 APR recommendations
    • Discussion of FY 2014 APR

    Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB) Open Session: 2:30-2:45 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Approval of CSB open minutes for the May 2014 meeting
    • NSF FY 2015 budget update
    • Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

    Closed Session: 2:45-3:30 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Approval of CSB closed minutes for the May 2014 meeting
    • Proposed FY 2016 NSB budget
    • Proposed FY 2016 NSF budget

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) Closed Session: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Approval of closed CPP minutes for May 2014
    • NSB Action Item: Renewal of the cooperative agreement for Management and Operation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO)
    • NSB Information Item: The iPlant Collaborative: Cyberinfrastructure for the Life Sciences

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Committee on Science & Engineering Indicators (SEI) Open Session: 8:00-9:30 a.m.

    • Chairman's introduction and approval of the May 2014 meeting minutes
    • Overview of the Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 production process
    • Introduction of chapter authors and discussion of the Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 narrative outlines
    • Chairman's closing remarks

    Plenary Board Meeting Closed Session: 9:45-11:30 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m.,

    • Approval of closed session minutes, May 2014
    • Discussion on risks to NSF
    • Chairman's report
    • Awards and Agreements/CPP Action Item
    • Closed committee reports
    • Chairman's remarks

    Plenary Board Meeting Open Session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

    • Approval of open session minutes, May 2014
    • Chairman's report
    • Director's report
    • Open committee reports
    • Chairman's remarks

    MEETING ADJOURNS: 3:00 p.m.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-07/html/2014-18791.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a workshop entitled "Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization'' on September 11 and 12, 2014. The workshop will bring together experts from a wide-range of application areas, stages of product development, and manufacturing. The aim of the workshop is to identify key challenges faced by sensor developers and determine the critical needs of the community, especially with respect to necessary standards, testing facilities, and advances in manufacturing. The workshop will include case study examples of commercialization success, a small business panel focused on challenges faced in the commercialization of sensors, and breakout sessions to explicitly address the RFI questions regarding standards, testing, manufacturing, and commercialization.

    DATES: The Workshop will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Stafford I building, Room 375, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tarek Fadel, 703-292-7926, tfadel@nnco.nano.gov, NNCO. Additional information is posted at http://nano.gov/node/1150.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-07/html/2014-18715.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet to continue discussions on critical air quality issues in relation to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public, and a draft agenda is included in this notice.

    DATES: The AAQTF meeting will convene on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT, and Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. A public comment period will be held on August 21.

    Individuals wishing to make oral presentations should contact Greg Johnson at (503) 273-2424 or email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov no later than August 6, 2014, and bring 35 copies of any material they would like distributed to the meeting.

    Written material intended for AAQTF member consideration prior to the meeting must be received by Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 1201 Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1000, Portland Oregon 97232 no later than August 6, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, College Station, Texas (http://www.mscc.tamu.edu/aboutus/parking.html).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments should be directed to Dr. Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 1201 Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1000, Portland Oregon 97232; telephone: (503) 273-2424; fax: (503) 273-2401; email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/html/2014-17992.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES AND TIMES: August 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. August 20, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov or Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-28/html/2014-17723.htm

  • Expanding Bioeconomy

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy (DOE).

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Program on behalf of the interagency Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Board today announces an open meeting and call for information to solicit information and viewpoints from interested parties on the challenges and opportunities of expanding the bioeconomy. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting date due to logistical issues that had to be resolved prior to the meeting date.

    DATES: July 31, 2014 7:30 a.m.--5:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl., NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions may be directed to Alicia Lindauer, Designated Federal Official for the Workshop, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585, email alicia.lindauer@ee.doe.gov, 720-356-1356.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-28/html/2014-17713.htm

  • Interior

  • Open Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI)

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of an open meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI).


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the ACWI. This meeting is to discuss broad policy-related topics relating to national water initiatives, and the development and dissemination of water information, through reports from ACWI subgroups. The agenda will include updates from ACWI's various subcommittees; a report on the 9th National Monitoring Conference, which was held earlier this year in Cincinnati, Ohio; a presentation of the water chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment; and a report on the Hydrologic Frequency Analysis Work Group's progress on revising Bulletin 17B, Guidelines For Determining Flood Flow Frequency.

    The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government on activities and plans that may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. Member organizations help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information.

    Membership, limited to 35 organizations, represents a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of government, academia, private industry, and professional and technical societies. For more information on the ACWI, its membership, subgroups, meetings and activities, please see the Web site at: http://ACWI.gov.

    DATES: The formal meeting will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on August 19, 2014, and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on August 20, 2014 (times are Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the U.S. Geological Survey National Center, located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192. The meeting will also be accessible by teleconference and WebEx. There will also be a teleconference line and a WebEx internet link available for the use of those who cannot attend in person. Information on the teleconference and WebEx will be available on the ACWI Web site: http://acwi.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Wendy E. Norton, ACWI Executive Secretary and Chief, Water Information Coordination Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 417, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone 703-648-6810; Fax 703-648-5644; email wenorton@usgs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-29/html/2014-17799.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Strategy for American Innovation

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council request public comments to provide input into an upcoming update of the Strategy for American Innovation, which helps to guide the Administration's efforts to promote lasting economic growth and competitiveness through policies that support transformative American innovation in products, processes, and services and spur new fundamental discoveries that in the long run lead to growing economic prosperity and rising living standards. These efforts include policies to promote critical components of the American innovation ecosystem, including scientific research and development (R&D), technical workforce, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, and others. The strategy also provides an important framework to channel these Federal investments in innovation capacity towards innovative activity for specific national priorities. The public input provided through this notice will inform the deliberations of the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which are together responsible for publishing an updated Strategy for American Innovation.

    DATES: Responses must be received by September 23, 2014 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (email is preferred):

    Email: innovationstrategy@ostp.gov. Include [Strategy for American Innovation] in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6040, Attn: Dan Correa.

    Mail: Attn: Dan Correa, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20504. If submitting responses by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing and screening.

    Details: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. Please be aware that your comments may be posted online. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Federal Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this notice may be used by the Federal Government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. The United States Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Correa, (202) 456-4444, innovationstrategy@ostp.gov, OSTP.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-29/html/2014-17761.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Reopening of Public Comment Period--Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System (NFS) Lands

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of reopening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Service is reopening the public comment period for the proposed directive regarding best management practices (BMPs) for water quality protection on National Forest System (NFS) lands for an additional 30 days. The original notice called for comments to be submitted by July 7, 2014.

    DATES: Comments must be received, in writing, on or before August 21, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically by following the instructions at the federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulation.gov. Comments may also be submitted by electronic mail to fsm2500@fs.fed.us or by mail to BMP Directive Comments, USDA Forest Service, Attn: Michael Eberle--WFWARP, 201 14th St. SW., Washington, DC 20250. If comments are submitted electronically, duplicate comments should not be sent by mail. Please confine comments to issues pertinent to the proposed directive, explain the reasons for any recommended changes, and, where possible, reference the specific section and wording being addressed. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, will be placed in the record and will be made available to the public for review and copying. The public may inspect the comments received on the proposed directive at the USDA Forest Service Headquarters, located in the Yates Federal Building at 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC, on regular business days between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to inspect the comments are encouraged to call ahead at (202) 205-1205 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Eberle, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants Staff at (202) 205-1093. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-22/html/2014-17163.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the Good Neighbor Environmental Board.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Vacancies are expected to be filled by March 9, 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. GNEB was created in 1992 by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, Public Law 102-532, 7 U.S.C. 5404. Implementing authority was delegated to the Administrator of EPA under Executive Order 12916. The GNEB is charged by statute with submitting an annual report to the President on the need for implementation of environmental and infrastructure projects within the states of the United States contiguous to Mexico. The statute calls for the GNEB to have representatives from U.S. Government agencies; the governments of the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and tribal and private organizations with experience in environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S./Mexico Border. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two year terms with the possibility of reappointment. The GNEB meets approximately three times annually either in person or via video/ teleconference. The average workload for committee members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the committees in a voluntary capacity. Although we are unable to offer compensation or an honorarium, members may receive travel and per diem allowances, according to applicable federal travel regulations. The EPA is seeking nominations from a variety of nongovernmental interests along the U.S.- Mexico border from the private sector, including representatives from business, academia, environmental groups, health groups, ranching and grazing, energy, financial, and other relevant sectors. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational, and other considerations).

    Representative of a sector or group that helps to shape border-region environmental policy or representatives of a group that is affected by border region environmental policy.

    Has extensive professional knowledge and experience with the particular issues that the GNEB examines (i.e. environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S.-Mexico border), including the bi- national dimension of these issues.

    Bring senior level experience that will fill a need of the GNEB in bringing a new and relevant dimension to its deliberations.

    Possesses a demonstrated ability to work in a consensus building process with a wide range of representatives from diverse constituencies.

    Ability to contribute approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the GNEB's activities, including face-to-face meetings, conference calls and participation in the development of the GNEB's annual report to the President and comment letters.

    Nominees may self-nominate by submitting a resume describing their professional and educational qualifications, including current business address, email and daytime telephone number.

    All nominees must demonstrate the potential for active and constructive involvement in the GNEB's work.

    If you are interested in serving on GNEB, we will need the following items to process your nomination package:

    Nominations must include a brief statement of interest, resume, curriculum vitae, or a short biography (no more than two paragraphs) describing your professional and educational qualifications, including a list of relevant activities and any current or previous service on advisory committees. The statement of interest, resume, curriculum vitae, or short biography should include the candidate's name, name and address of current organization, position title, email address, and daytime telephone number(s). In preparing your statement of interest, please describe how your background, knowledge, and experience will bring value to the work of the committee, and how these qualifications would contribute to the overall diversity of the GNEB. Also, be sure to describe any previous involvement with the Agency through employment, grant funding and/or contracting sources.

    Candidates from the academic sector must also provide a letter of recommendation authorizing the nominee to represent their institution.

    Please be advised that federal registered lobbyists are not permitted to serve on federal advisory boards.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Ann-Marie Gantner, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also email nominations with the subject line COMMITTEE RESUME 2014 to gantner.ann-marie@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann-Marie Gantner, Acting Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA, telephone 202-564-4330, fax: 202-564-8129.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-23/html/2014-17241.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advancing the Use of Biomarkers and Pharmacogenomics; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing a public meeting to discuss current scientific and regulatory approaches to biomarker development, acceptance, and utility in drug and biologic (hereafter referred to as therapeutic product) development programs. The purpose of the public meeting is to initiate constructive discussion and information sharing on the advancement of biomarker science in the context of therapeutic product development among relevant stakeholders. Specifically, the meeting will focus on identifying challenges for biomarker applications in early- and late- phase clinical trials and emerging best practices for successful biomarker-based programs, including codevelopment of in vitro diagnostic devices and use of biomarkers as outcome measures in clinical trials. FDA is conducting this meeting in collaboration with Brookings Institution. This meeting satisfies an FDA commitment that is part of the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V).

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on September 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: The public meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW., Washington, DC 20005. For additional travel and hotel information, please refer to http://www.brookings.edu/events/2014/09/05-biomarkers-pharmaceutical-FDA. (FDA has verified the Web site addresses throughout this notice, but FDA is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register).

    Contacts: Padmaja Mummaneni, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 2164, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-2027, email: padmaja.mummaneni@fda.hhs.gov; or Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 240-402- 7911, email: stephen.ripley@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: The meeting venue has limited seating. Individuals who wish to attend the public meeting must register on or before August 5, 2014, by visiting http://events.SignUp4.com/PDUFAPublic2014. Early registration is recommended. When registering, please provide the following information: Name, title, company or organization (if applicable), postal address, telephone number, and email address. Registration is free and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, Brookings may limit the number of participants from each organization based on space limitations. Onsite registration on the day of the meeting by Brookings will be based on space availability.

    If you need special accommodations because of disability, please contact Joanna Klatzman at the Brookings Institution (email: jklatzman@brookings.edu) at least 7 days before the meeting.

    Streaming Webcast of the Public Meeting: A live Webcast of this meeting will be viewable at http://www.brookings.edu/events/2014/09/05-biomarkers-pharmaceutical-FDA on the day of the meeting. A video record of the meeting will be available at the same Web address for 1 year.

    Comments: Regardless of attendance at the public meeting, interested persons may submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify all comments with the corresponding docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. To ensure consideration, submit comments by November 5, 2014. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Transcripts: Please be advised that as soon as a transcript is available, it will be accessible at http://www.regulations.gov. It may be viewed at the Division of Dockets Management (see Comments). A transcript will also be available in either hard copy or on CD-ROM, after submission of a Freedom of Information request. Written requests are to be sent to Division of Freedom of Information (ELEM-1029), Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn Dr, Element Bldg., Rockville, MD 20857.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-22/html/2014-17090.htm

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for "Stories of Basic Science to Medical Advances'' Challenge

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces a challenge titled "Stories of Basic Science to Medical Advances.'' This Challenge aims to track medical advances stemming from NIGMS-supported basic science.

    DATES: Submission Period: July 21, 2014--October 20, 2014. Judging Period: October 21, 2014--November 20, 2014. Winners announced: 14 days after judging is complete.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D. 301-594-0943, nigms_challenges@mail.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-23/html/2014-17330.htm

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its eighteenth meeting on August 20, 2014. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the BRAIN Initiative and ongoing work in neuroscience.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-25/html/2014-17563.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


    The National Science Board's Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB), 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Committee Chairman's remarks; consideration of NSF's FY 2016 budget proposal.

    STATUS: Closed.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Jacqueline Meszaros (jmeszaro@nsf.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-24/html/2014-17503.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Webinar.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology,

    National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a public webinar on Thursday, July 31, 2014. The purpose of this webinar is to provide a forum to answer questions related to the Federal Government's "Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy.'' Discussion during the webinar will focus on the research activities undertaken by NNI agencies to advance the current state of the science as highlighted in the progress review. Representative research activities as provided in the Progress Review will be discussed in the context of the 2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy's six core research areas: Nanomaterial Measurement Infrastructure, Human Exposure Assessment, Human Health, the Environment, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Methods, and Informatics and Modeling.

    DATES: The public webinar will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 13:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: For information about the webinar, please visit www.nano.gov.

    Submitting Questions: Questions on the progress review document may be submitted to webinar@nnco.nano.gov beginning at noon (EDT) Thursday, July 24, 2014, through the close of the webinar at 13:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    The Webinar: During the question-and-answer segment of the webinar, submitted questions will be considered in the order received. A moderator will identify relevant questions and pose them to the panel of NNI agency representatives. Due to time constraints, not all questions may be addressed. The moderator reserves the right to group similar questions and to skip questions, as appropriate.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tarek Fadel, 703-292-7926, tfadel@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-22/html/2014-17189.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Draft Guidance for Applicants for Competitive and Capacity Grants Administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Availability

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled "National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Federal Assistance Policy Guide.'' The draft guidance discusses the statutory and regulatory responsibilities of recipients of Federal funds administered by NIFA. This draft guidance compiles and updates the statutory, regulatory, policy guidance previously distributed to Capacity Grant recipients as Administrative Manuals. The draft NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide also addresses procedures and policies followed by NIFA in the administration of Federal assistance. NIFA intends to publish a final version of the Policy Guide to reflect any public comments, as well as the requirements of the Agricultural Act of 2014 and USDA's implementation of the Office of Management and Budget "OMB Uniform Guidance: Cost Principles, Audit, and Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards''.

    DATES: All written comments must be received on or before August 13, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2014-0001, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: policyguide@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2014-0001 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: Policy and Oversight Division; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2299; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Policy and Oversight Division; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 2312, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All comments submitted must include the agency name and the RIN for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, Docket NIFA-2014-0001, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Krizmanich, Policy Specialist, Phone: (202) 401-1762; Email: policyguide@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/html/2014-16398.htm

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to re-establish an advisory committee.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture intends to re-establish the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council). In accordance with provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Council is being re-established to continue: (1) Developing a National Urban and Community Forestry action plan in accordance with Section 9(g)(3)(A-F) of the Act; (2) evaluating the implementation of the plan; (3) developing criteria; and (4) submitting recommendations for the Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Cost- share Grant Program as required by Section 9(f)(1-2) of the Act. The Council is necessary and in the public interest.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry, address: Yates Building, 3NW, Mail Stop 1151, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250 or telephone: 202-205-7829. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16684.htm

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding Centers of Excellence, Implementation

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of web-based listening session and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully implement Section 7214 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting stakeholder input on how it will provide priority to Centers of Excellence in the receipt of funding from its competitive research or extension programs.

    NIFA will be holding web-based listening sessions in order to solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. The focus of the web-based listening sessions will be to gather stakeholder input that will be used in developing a process for consistently providing priority consideration to these Centers of Excellence. NIFA is particularly interested in input on how best to define the scope of a Center of Excellence, whether there are models being used by other federal agencies that might be useful to examine, and at what point in the review/selection process "priority'' should be given to applications submitted by Centers of Excellence.

    All comments must be received by close of business on July 31, 2014, to be considered in the initial drafting of the FY 2015 process for priority consideration of the Centers of Excellence.

    DATES: The web-based listening sessions will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (ET), and Thursday, July 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The web-based listening sessions will be hosted using Adobe Connect. On July 17th and July 31st and, please access the following Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/frnce/. In addition, audio conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-844-9904, participant code 3702409. You may submit comments, identified by NIFA- 2014-003, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: Centers@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2014-003 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-690-0289.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to Centers of Excellence; Centers of Excellence-Office of the Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2201, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2201.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Centers of Excellence-Office of the Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4248, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2014-003]. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Valeria Best, (202) 720-8540 (phone), (202) 690-1260 (fax), or vbest@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16614.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the Science Advisory Board Ecological Process and Effects Committee for the Consultation and Review of Lake Erie Phosphorous Objectives

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to augment the SAB Ecological Process and Effects Committee (EPEC) to form a panel to provide early advice on and subsequent review of preliminary bi-national phosphorous objectives, loading targets and allocations for the nearshore and offshore waters to achieve the Lake Ecosystem Objectives for Lake Erie, pursuant to the Nutrients Annex (Annex 4) of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by August 8, 2014 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact the Designated Federal Officer. Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may contact the Designated Federal Officers for assistance. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16917.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), all located within the Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with partner agencies, announce a public meeting concerning antimicrobial resistance. CDC, FDA, and NIH serve as Co- Chairs to the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR). The purpose of the meeting is to communicate the strategic direction of ITFAR in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, centering on current work and future direction in this area.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Registration for all Attendees: All attendees must register by 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, August 18, 2014. Deadline for Requests for Special Accommodation: Special accommodation requests must be submitted to ITFAR@cdc.gov by 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, August 18, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004; Telephone: 202-312-1300. Participants should be aware that the meeting location is a Federal government building; therefore, Federal security measures are applicable. Please see Building and Security Guidelines for information on security requirements. Additional visitor information is available at http://www.itcdc.com.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Gumbis, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop A-28, Atlanta, GA 30329; Telephone 404-639- 4000; Email ITFAR@cdc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-17/html/2014-16790.htm

  • Agriculture

  • National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

    AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service.

    ACTION: Notice Soliciting Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). There are 7 vacancies. Advisory Committee members serve a two-year term, renewable for two consecutive terms.

    USDA is seeking NACMCF members with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical, and predictive), toxicology, risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. USDA is seeking nominations for NACMCF from persons in academia, industry, State governments, and the Federal Government, as well as all other interested persons with the required experience. Please note that federally registered lobbyists cannot be considered for USDA advisory committee membership.

    USDA is also seeking nominations for one individual affiliated with a consumer group to serve on the NACMCF. This member will serve as a representative member to provide a consumer viewpoint. This member will not be required to have a scientific background and will not be subject to conflict of interest review.

    Members can serve on only one USDA advisory committee at a time. All nominees will undergo a USDA background check.

    With the exception of the consumer representative member, any member who is not a Federal government employee will be appointed to serve as a non-compensated special government employee (SGE). SGEs will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct.

    Nominations for membership on the NACMCF must be addressed to the Secretary of USDA and accompanied by a cover letter announcing the nomination, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a completed USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755 available online at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. A nomination may be a self-nomination or a nomination on behalf of someone else. The resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and should include educational background, expertise, and a list of select publications, if available. For submissions received that are more than five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be reviewed.

    DATES: All materials must be received by August 7, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages can be sent by mail to: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas-Sharp, Advisory Committee Specialist, by telephone at 202-690-6620 or by email karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov.

    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site (http://www.regulations.gov) provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD-ROMS and hand or courier delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS Docket Room, Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250- 3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2014-0017. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http://www.regulations.gov.

    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8- 164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as background information used by FSIS in developing this document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-08/html/2014-15906.htm

  • Office of the Chief Economist; Global Climate Change, Food Security, and the U.S. Food System

    AGENCY: Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Request for nominations of expert peer reviewers.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered as peer reviewers for the external peer review of the draft document entitled, "Global Climate Change, Food Security, and the U.S. Food System.'' The draft document was prepared by USDA and a team of multi-institutional experts to support the National Climate Assessment. The draft document is a technical analysis of the issues, and policy considerations are outside its scope.

    DATES: Responses to this notice should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 7, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Any interested person or organization may nominate scientific experts to be considered as a peer reviewer. Self- nominations will be accepted. Nominations may be submitted electronically or by overnight/priority mail service. Nominations may not be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service. Nominations must include all nominee information outlined in Section II of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Email: ccpo@oce.usda.gov, Subject Line: Peer-Review Nomination. Overnight/Priority/Courier: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Climate Change Program Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4407, Washington, DC 20250. Mail: Nominations cannot be accepted via the U.S. Postal Service. Instructions: Please see Supplementary Information II below for more information and necessary materials.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning nomination receipt should be directed to Margaret Walsh of the Climate Change Program Office via Email: ccpo@oce.usda.gov or by telephone 202-720-9978.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-08/html/2014-15872.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board Meeting

    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.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MDT and Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. MDT. 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.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NOAA David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80305. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for directions to the meeting location.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459). Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-10/html/2014-16170.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary topics of discussion will be (1) recommendations for EPA's environmental justice policy on Tribes and Indigenous peoples, (2) a follow-up discussion about additional recommendations about ensuring environmental justice in goods movement, and (3) updates from NEJAC workgroups.

    There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the "Registration'' and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the teleconference meeting closes at Noon Eastern Time on Monday, July 14, 2014. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period, or to submit written public comments, is also Noon, Monday, July 14, 2014.

    DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2014, will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registration: Registrations will be processed at http://nejac-july2014.eventbrite.com. When registering, please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up. Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Monday, July 14, 2014, noon deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-09/html/2014-16110.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Advisory Panel on EPA's Report on the Environment 2014

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Advisory Panel on EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE) 2014.

    DATES: The SAB Advisory Panel on EPA's Report on the Environment 2014 public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes further information concerning the public meeting may contact Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 564-2067 or email at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16269.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • 2014 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting entitled "2014 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System.'' The purpose of the meeting is to discuss progress made in achieving the goals of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Strategic Plan: 2012-2016. Dates And Time: The public meeting will be held on August 12 and 13, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Location: The public meeting will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31, Great Room (rm. 1503A), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1. The White Oak Campus location is a Federal facility with security procedures. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/workingatfda/buildingsandfacilities/whiteoakcampusinformation/ucm241740.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Bradbard, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-12), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-276-9109, FAX: 240-276-9115, laura.bradbard@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16207.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation of membership.


    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 8 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. The notice was published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, 202-720-3684 or 202-720- 8408.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-03/html/2014-15670.htm

  • Energy

  • Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Secretariat, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: At the direction of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department), as the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force (QER) Task Force will convene a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the Quadrennial Energy Review.

    DATES: The sixth public meeting will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public meeting, and should be submitted within 60 days of the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The Pittsburgh meeting will be held at the Rashid Auditorium, Hillman Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 4902 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213.

    You may submit written comments to: QERComments@hq.doe.gov or by U.S. mail to the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA-60, QER Meeting Comments, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121.

    For the July 21 Public Meeting, please title your comment "Natural Gas Transmission, Storage & Distribution, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 21, 2014''.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Adonica Renee Pickett, EPSA-90, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-9168 Email: Adonica.Pickett@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-01/html/2014-15388.htm

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Task Force on Technology Development for Environmental Management

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB), Task Force on Technology Development for Environmental Management (EM). SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, July 15, 2014; 9:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Corey Williams-Allen, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586- 1916; seab@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-02/html/2014-15512.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources and Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: EGUs

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of additional public hearings.

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    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2014, the proposed rules, "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units'' and "Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.'' The EPA is announcing four additional public hearings, in addition to the previously announced dates on June 18, 2014.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed rules. Comments must be received on or before October 16, 2014.

    Because of the overwhelming response to the previously announced public hearings, the EPA will hold four additional public hearings. The following table outlines the updated public hearings schedule for the Carbon Pollution rules:

    Carbon Pollution Public Hearings Schedule

    Location Original Date Additional Date
    Atlanta, Georgia July 29, 2014 July 30, 2014
    Denver, Colorado July 29, 2014 July 30, 2014
    Washington, DC July 30, 2014 July 29, 2014
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 31, 2014 August 1, 2014

    ADDRESSES: On July 30, 2014, one additional public hearing will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center Main Tower Bridge Conference Area, Conference Room B, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, and one additional public hearing will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the EPA's Region 8 Building, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. On July 29, 2014, one additional public hearing will be held in Washington, DC, at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1152, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. On August 1, 2014, one additional public hearing will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. The hearings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC, will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The hearing in Denver, Colorado, will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). For all hearings, there will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a dinner break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Because of the large number of speakers requesting time to speak at the previously announced hearings, we discourage those that have already registered to speak from changing their currently scheduled speaking time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to present oral testimony, please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett at (919) 541-7966 or at garrett.pamela@epa.gov to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register to speak at the hearings will be Friday, July 25, 2014. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearings at the hearing registration desk, although preferences on speaking times may not be able to be fulfilled. If you require the service of a translator or accommodations such as audio description, please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett by July 25, 2014.

    Questions concerning the "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,'' published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2014, should be addressed to Ms. Amy Vasu, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-0107, facsimile number (919) 541-4991; email address: vasu.amy@epa.gov, or Ms. Marguerite McLamb, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541- 7858, facsimile number (919) 541-4991; email address: mclamb.marguerite@epa.gov.

    Questions concerning the "Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,'' published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2014, should be addressed to Mr. Christian Fellner, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-4003, facsimile number (919) 541-5450; email address: fellner.christian@epa.gov, or Dr. Nick Hutson, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243- 01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-2968, facsimile number (919) 541-5450; email address: hutson.nick@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-03/html/2014-15664.htm

  • National Environmental Education Advisory Council Meetings

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a series of teleconference meetings of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (the Act). 20 U.S.C. 5508(b). The purpose of these teleconference(s) is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.

    DATES: The National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold public teleconferences on Monday July 7, 2014, Friday August 8, 2014, and Friday September 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer, araujo.javier@epa.gov, 202-564-2642, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Education, William Jefferson Clinton North Room 1426, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-01/html/2014-15397.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 8 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is July 18, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, completed Form AD-755, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods: (1) Email to Michele.esch@usda.gov and Shirley.morgan@ars.usda.gov; or (2) By mail delivery service to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: NAREEE Advisory Board, Room 332A, Whitten Building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 332A, Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255, telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202- 720-6199; email: michele.esch@ars.usda.gov. Committee Web site: www.nareeeab.ree.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-23/html/2014-14578.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council.

    Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

    DATES: July 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences (Lecture Room), 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith by email at: apredith@ostp.eop.gov, or telephone: (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-23/html/2014-14582.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Extension of Request for Scientific Views for External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium--Freshwater 2014

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of the request for scientific views.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-opening the comment period for the external peer review draft aquatic life ambient water quality criterion for selenium announced in a previous notice entitled "External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium--Freshwater 2014.'' In response to stakeholder requests, the EPA is extending the period of time in which the Agency will accept scientific views for an additional 30 days.

    DATES: Scientific views must be received on or before July 28, 2014. Scientific views postmarked after this date may not receive the same consideration.

    The comment period was originally scheduled to end on June 13, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your scientific views, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019, by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ow-docket@epa.gov. Attention Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2004-0019.

    Mail: EPA Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822-IT, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019. Please include a total of two copies (including references).

    Hand Delivery: EPA Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004, Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. For additional instructions on submitting comments, go to Section III of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019 Docket, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the EPA Water Docket is (202) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Gallagher at U.S. EPA, Office of Water, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564- 1398; or email: gallagher.kathryn@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-26/html/2014-14995.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a teleconference of the Environmental Justice Technical Guidance (EJTG) Review Panel. A public teleconference will be held to discuss the draft report of the panel.

    DATES: A public teleconference to discuss the draft report of the EJTG review panel will be held on July 22, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning this public meeting may contact Dr. Sue Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 564- 2057 or email at shallal.suhair@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-24/html/2014-14677.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Creating a Federal Strategy To Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

    Presidential Documents

    Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.

    Pollinator losses have been severe. The number of migrating Monarch butterflies sank to the lowest recorded population level in 2013-14, and there is an imminent risk of failed migration. The continued loss of commercial honey bee colonies poses a threat to the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations in the United States, which could have profound implications for agriculture and food. Severe yearly declines create concern that bee colony losses could reach a point from which the commercial pollination industry would not be able to adequately recover. The loss of native bees, which also play a key role in pollination of crops, is much less studied, but many native bee species are believed to be in decline. Scientists believe that bee losses are likely caused by a combination of stressors, including poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands, parasites, pathogens, lack of genetic diversity, and exposure to pesticides.

    Given the breadth, severity, and persistence of pollinator losses, it is critical to expand Federal efforts and take new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. These steps should include the development of new public- private partnerships and increased citizen engagement. Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

    Section 1. Establishing the Pollinator Health Task Force. There is hereby established the Pollinator Health Task Force (Task Force), to be co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to the Co- Chairs, the Task Force shall also include the heads, or their designated representatives, from:

    (a) the Department of State;

    (b) the Department of Defense;

    (c) the Department of the Interior;

    (d) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;

    (e) the Department of Transportation;

    (f) the Department of Energy;

    (g) the Department of Education;

    (h) the Council on Environmental Quality;

    (i) the Domestic Policy Council;

    (j) the General Services Administration;

    (k) the National Science Foundation;

    (l) the National Security Council Staff;

    (m) the Office of Management and Budget;

    (n) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and

    (o) such executive departments, agencies, and offices as the Co-Chairs may designate.

    Sec. 2. Mission and Function of the Task Force. Within 180 days of the date of this memorandum, the Task Force shall develop a National Pollinator Health Strategy (Strategy), which shall include explicit goals, milestones, and metrics to measure progress. The Strategy shall include the following components:

    (a) Pollinator Research Action Plan. The Strategy shall include an Action Plan (Plan) to focus Federal efforts on understanding, preventing, and recovering from pollinator losses. The Plan shall be informed by research on relevant topics and include:

    (i) studies of the health of managed honey bees and native bees, including longitudinal studies, to determine the relative contributions of, and mitigation strategies for, different stressors leading to species declines and colony collapse disorder, including exposure to pesticides, poor nutrition, parasites and other pests, toxins, loss of habitat and reduced natural forage, pathogens, and unsustainable management practices;

    (ii) plans for expanded collection and sharing of data related to pollinator losses, technologies for continuous monitoring of honey bee hive health, and use of public-private partnerships, as appropriate, to provide information on the status and trends of managed hive losses;

    (iii) assessments of the status of native pollinators, including the Monarch butterfly and bees, and modeling of native pollinator populations and habitats;

    (iv) strategies for developing affordable seed mixes, including native pollinator-friendly plants, for maintenance of honey bees and other pollinators, and guidelines for and evaluations of the effectiveness of using pollinator-friendly seed mixes for restoration and reclamation projects;

    (v) identification of existing and new methods and best practices to reduce pollinator exposure to pesticides, and new cost-effective ways to control bee pests and diseases; and

    (vi) strategies for targeting resources toward areas of high risk and restoration potential and prioritizing plans for restoration of pollinator habitat, based on those areas that will yield the greatest expected net benefits.

    (b) Public Education Plan. The Strategy shall include plans for expanding and coordinating public education programs outlining steps individuals and businesses can take to help address the loss of pollinators. It shall also include recommendations for a coordinated public education campaign aimed at individuals, corporations, small businesses, schools, libraries, and museums to significantly increase public awareness of the importance of pollinators and the steps that can be taken to protect them.

    (c) Public-Private Partnerships. The Strategy shall include recommendations for developing public-private partnerships to build on Federal efforts to encourage the protection of pollinators and increase the quality and amount of habitat and forage for pollinators. In developing this part of the Strategy, the Task Force shall consult with external stakeholders, including State, tribal, and local governments, farmers, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations.

    (d) Task Force member agencies shall report regularly to the Task Force on their efforts to implement section 3 of this memorandum.

    Sec. 3. Increasing and Improving Pollinator Habitat. Unless otherwise specified, within 180 days of the date of this memorandum:

    (a) Task Force member agencies shall develop and provide to the Task Force plans to enhance pollinator habitat, and subsequently implement, as appropriate, such plans on their managed lands and facilities, consistent with their missions and public safety. These plans may include: facility landscaping, including easements; land management; policies with respect to road and other rights-of-way; educational gardens; use of integrated vegetation and pest management; increased native vegetation; and application of pollinator- friendly best management practices and seed mixes. Task Force member agencies shall also review any new or renewing land management contracts and grants for the opportunity to include requirements for enhancing pollinator habitat.

    (b) Task Force member agencies shall evaluate permit and management practices on power line, pipeline, utility, and other rights-of-way and easements, and, consistent with applicable law, make any necessary and appropriate changes to enhance pollinator habitat on Federal lands through the use of integrated vegetation and pest management and pollinator-friendly best management practices, and by supplementing existing agreements and memoranda of understanding with rights-of-way holders, where appropriate, to establish and improve pollinator habitat.

    (c) Task Force member agencies shall incorporate pollinator health as a component of all future restoration and reclamation projects, as appropriate, including all annual restoration plans.

    (d) The Council on Environmental Quality and the General Services Administration shall, within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, revise their respective guidance documents for designed landscapes and public buildings to incorporate, as appropriate, pollinator- friendly practices into site landscape performance requirements to create and maintain high quality habitats for pollinators. Future landscaping projects at all Federal facilities shall, to the maximum extent appropriate, use plants beneficial to pollinators.

    (e) The Departments of Agriculture and the Interior shall, within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, develop best management practices for executive departments and agencies to enhance pollinator habitat on Federal lands.

    (f) The Departments of Agriculture and the Interior shall establish a reserve of native seed mixes, including pollinator-friendly plants, for use on post- fire rehabilitation projects and other restoration activities.

    (g) The Department of Agriculture shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, substantially increase both the acreage and forage value of pollinator habitat in the Department's conservation programs, including the Conservation Reserve Program, and provide technical assistance, through collaboration with the land-grant university- based cooperative extension services, to executive departments and agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, and other entities and individuals, including farmers and ranchers, in planting the most suitable pollinator-friendly habitats.

    (h) The Department of the Interior shall assist States and State wildlife organizations, as appropriate, in identifying and implementing projects to conserve pollinators at risk of endangerment and further pollinator conservation through the revision and implementation of individual State Wildlife Action Plans. The Department of the Interior shall, upon request, provide technical support for these efforts, and keep the Task Force apprised of such collaborations.

    (i) The Department of Transportation shall evaluate its current guidance for grantees and informational resources to identify opportunities to increase pollinator habitat along roadways and implement improvements, as appropriate. The Department of Transportation shall work with State Departments of Transportation and transportation associations to promote pollinator-friendly practices and corridors. The Department of Transportation shall evaluate opportunities to make railways, pipelines, and transportation facilities that are privately owned and operated aware of the need to increase pollinator habitat.

    (j) The Department of Defense shall, consistent with law and the availability of appropriations, support habitat restoration projects for pollinators, and shall direct military service installations to use, when possible, pollinator-friendly native landscaping and minimize use of pesticides harmful to pollinators through integrated vegetation and pest management practices.

    (k) The Army Corps of Engineers shall incorporate conservation practices for pollinator habitat improvement on the 12 million acres of lands and waters at resource development projects across the country, as appropriate.

    (l) The Environmental Protection Agency shall assess the effect of pesticides, including neonicotinoids, on bee and other pollinator health and take action, as appropriate, to protect pollinators; engage State and tribal environmental, agricultural, and wildlife agencies in the development of State and tribal pollinator protection plans; encourage the incorporation of pollinator protection and habitat planting activities into green infrastructure and Superfund projects; and expedite review of registration applications for new products targeting pests harmful to pollinators.

    (m) Executive departments and agencies shall, as appropriate, take immediate measures to support pollinators during the 2014 growing season and thereafter. These measures may include planting pollinator-friendly vegetation and increasing flower diversity in plantings, limiting mowing practices, and avoiding the use of pesticides in sensitive pollinator habitats through integrated vegetation and pest management practices.

    Sec. 4. General Provisions.

    (a) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to any agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to require the disclosure of confidential business information or trade secrets, classified information, law enforcement sensitive information, or other information that must be protected in the interest of national security or public safety.

    (d) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (e) The Secretary of Agriculture is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-24/html/2014-14946.htm

  • Interior

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Final Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), notice is hereby given that the Federal Deepwater Horizon natural resource trustee agencies and the State Deepwater Horizon natural resource trustee agencies for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida (Participating Trustees) have prepared a Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Final Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS, or Plan). This notice announces the availability of the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS. The Texas natural resource trustee agencies are not joining in the issuance of the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS at this time.

    The Final Phase III ERP/PEIS considers programmatic alternatives comprised of early restoration project types that would restore natural resources, ecological services, and recreational use services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and related response actions. The Participating Trustees additionally propose to select 44 specific early restoration projects for implementation that are consistent with the proposed preferred early restoration program alternative. The Participating Trustees have developed restoration alternatives and projects to utilize funds for early restoration being provided under the Framework for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Framework Agreement) discussed below. The Final Phase III ERP/PEIS evaluates these programmatic restoration alternatives and projects under criteria set forth in the natural resource damage assessment regulations and the Framework Agreement. The Final Phase III ERP/PEIS also evaluates the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives and projects under NEPA. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. You may also view the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS at any of the public repositories listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado, nanciann_regalado@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-26/html/2014-14952.htm

  • Policy Regarding Implementation of Section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act

    AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the "Services'' or "we''), announce the extension of the public comment period on our May 12, 2014, draft policy regarding implementation of section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final policy.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until October 9, 2014. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on this date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the docket number for the draft policy, which is FWS-R9-ES-2011-0104. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!'' Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.

    U.S. mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2011-0104; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section, below, for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Krofta, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 420, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone 703/358-2171; facsimile 703/358-1735; or Marta Nammack, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone 301/713-8469; facsimile 301/713-0376. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-26/html/2014-14773.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Comments on the Intent To Discontinue Part 2 of the Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities on Computing and Networking Capacity

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the intent of the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to discontinue data collection for Part 2 of the Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities (Facilities Survey) (OMB Clearance Number 3145-0101) on computing and networking capacity at academic institutions. This notice is in response to an effort by NCSES to assess the value of these data.

    DATES: Send your written comments by August 15, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Send your written comments to Mr. John R. Gawalt, Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 965, Arlington, VA 22230. Send email comments to jgawalt@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John R. Gawalt, Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation at (703) 292-7776 or email at jgawalt@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-23/html/2014-14589.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. Specifically, the EPA is proposing state- specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed rule. Comments must be received on or before October 16, 2014. Comments on the information collection request. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to make a decision concerning the information collection request between 30 and 60 days after June 18, 2014, a comment to the OMB is best assured of having its full effect if the OMB receives it by July 18, 2014.

    Public Hearing. Four public hearings will be convened. On July 29, 2014, one public hearing will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center Main Tower Bridge Conference Area, Conference Room B, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, GA 30303, and one will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the EPA's Region 8 Building, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. On July 30, 2014, a public hearing will be held in Washington, DC, at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1152, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. On July 31, 2014, a public hearing will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. The hearings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC, will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The hearing in Denver, Colorado, will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). For all hearings there will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a dinner break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett at 919-541-7966 or at garrett.pamela@epa.gov to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday, July 25, 2014. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearings at the hearing registration desk, although preferences on speaking times may not be able to be fulfilled. If you require the service of a translator or special accommodations such as audio description, please let us know at the time of registration.

    The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action. The EPA will make every effort to accommodate all speakers who arrive and register. Because these hearings are being held at U.S. government facilities, individuals planning to attend the hearing should be prepared to show valid picture identification to the security staff in order to gain access to the meeting room. Please note that the REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established new requirements for entering federal facilities. These requirements will take effect July 21, 2014. If your driver's license is issued by Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, or the state of Washington, you must present an additional form of identification to enter the federal buildings where the public hearings will be held. Acceptable alternative forms of identification include: Federal employee badges, passports, enhanced driver's licenses and military identification cards. We will list any additional acceptable forms of identification at: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/. In addition, you will need to obtain a property pass for any personal belongings you bring with you. Upon leaving the building, you will be required to return this property pass to the security desk. No large signs will be allowed in the building, cameras may only be used outside of the building and demonstrations will not be allowed on federal property for security reasons.

    The EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond to the presentations at that time. Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing. Commenters should notify Ms. Garrett if they will need specific equipment, or if there are other special needs related to providing comments at the hearings. Verbatim transcripts of the hearings and written statements will be included in the docket for the rulemaking. The EPA will make every effort to follow the schedule as closely as possible on the day of the hearing; however, please plan for the hearings to run either ahead of schedule or behind schedule. Additionally, more information regarding the hearings will be available at: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/.

    ADDRESSES: Comments. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov. Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

    Facsimile: (202) 566-9744. Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013- 0602 on the cover page.

    Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail code 28221T, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Desk Officer for the EPA, 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket Center's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket ID number (EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602). The EPA's policy is to include all comments received without change, including any personal information provided, in the public docket, available online at http://www.regulations.gov, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to the following address: Mr. Roberto Morales, OAQPS Document Control Officer (C404-02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information on a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information you claim as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, you must submit a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR Part 2.

    The EPA requests that you also submit a separate copy of your comments to the contact person identified below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). If the comment includes information you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, you should send a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI or otherwise protected.

    The www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available (e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute). Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566- 1742. Visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for additional information about the EPA's public docket.

    In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this proposed rule will be available on the Worldwide Web (WWW). Following signature, a copy of this proposed rule will be posted at the following address: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Vasu, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-0107, facsimile number (919) 541- 4991; email address: vasu.amy@epa.gov or Ms. Marguerite McLamb, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-7858, facsimile number (919) 541-4991; email address: mclamb.marguerite@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-13726.htm

  • Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units; Proposed Rules

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards of performance for emissions of greenhouse gases from affected modified and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units. Specifically, the EPA is proposing standards to limit emissions of carbon dioxide from affected modified and reconstructed electric utility steam generating units and from natural gas-fired stationary combustion turbines. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector in the United States.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed standards. Comments on the proposed standards must be received on or before October 16, 2014.

    Comments on the information collection request. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to make a decision concerning the information collection request between 30 and 60 days after June 18, 2014, a comment to the OMB is best assured of having its full effect if the OMB receives it by July 18, 2014.

    Public Hearing. In a separate action in the Federal Register, the EPA is proposing Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d) emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs) and is announcing public hearings associated with that action. Because of the interconnected nature of this proposed rulemaking with the proposed Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, we will hold joint hearings on both proposed rulemakings. Please consult the Federal Register document proposing Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources for information on public hearings for both actions. Additionally, information for the joint public hearings will be posted on the following Web sites: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards and http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan. If any dates, times or locations of announced public hearings are changed for the proposed emission guidelines, then the public hearing dates, times and locations for this action will also change accordingly. If you would like to speak at the public hearing(s), please register by following instructions provided in the document for the emission guidelines proposed in the Federal Register. Please note that written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing(s).

    ADDRESSES: Comments. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603, by one of the following methods:

    At the Web site http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: Send your comments by electronic mail (email) to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603.

    Facsimile: Fax your comments to (202) 566-9744, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603.

    Mail: Send your comments to the EPA Docket Center, U.S. EPA, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Comments on the information collection provisions should be mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to the EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA- HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket Center's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket ID number (EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603). The EPA's policy is to include all comments received without change, including any personal information provided, in the public docket, available online at http://www.regulations.gov, unless the comment includes information claimed to be confidential business information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to the following address: Roberto Morales, OAQPS Document Control Officer (C404-02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Clearly mark the information you claim to be CBI. For CBI information on a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information you claim as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, you must submit a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

    The EPA requests that you also submit a separate copy of your comments to the contact person identified below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). If the comment includes information you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, you should send a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI or otherwise protected.

    The www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties, and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available (e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute).

    Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742. Visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for additional information about the EPA's public docket.

    In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this proposed rule will be available on the World Wide Web (WWW). Following signature, a copy of this proposed rule will be posted at the following address: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Christian Fellner, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919)541-4003, facsimile number (919)541-5450; email address: fellner.christian@epa.gov or Dr. Nick Hutson, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919)541-2968, facsimile number (919)541-5450; email address: hutson.nick@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-13725.htm

  • Notification of a Joint Public Meeting and Joint Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board and Chartered Board of Scientific Counselors and a Briefing Teleconference for New SAB Members

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a joint public meeting of the Chartered SAB and the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) Chartered Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to develop strategic advice on ORD's research activities, six joint SAB-BOSC public teleconference calls to prepare for the face-to-face meeting, and one public teleconference to orient new SAB members to ORD's work.

    DATES: The joint SAB-BOSC public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. There will be six joint SAB-BOSC teleconferences, one for each ORD research program. The joint SAB-BOSC teleconferences will be held: (1) For the Human Health Risk Assessment program on July 1, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET); (2) for the Air, Climate and Energy program on July 3, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET; (3) for the Chemical Safety for Sustainability program on July 3, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET; (4) for the Homeland Security program on July 7, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET; (5) for the Sustainable and Health Communities program on July 10, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET; and (6) for the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources program on July 17, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The teleconference to provide an overview of ORD's mission and role for SAB members will be held on June 24, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET.

    ADDRESSES: All the teleconferences will be held by teleconference only. The face-to-face meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1221 22nd Street, Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes further information concerning the meetings may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218, fax (202) 202-565-2098; or email at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-14244.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to conduct quality reviews of draft CASAC reports on EPA's Recommendation for an additional Federal Reference Method for Ozone and on EPA's Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconference may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 564-2050 or at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. General information about the CASAC, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-14242.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC).


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by February 2015.

    Background: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues. The programs falling under the purview of the committee include the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, emissions from vehicles and vehicle fuels, air toxic emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, operating permits and collecting fees, and other authorities. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms with the possibility of reappointment to additional terms. The CAAAC usually meets two to three times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 5 to 8 hours per month. Although we are unable to offer compensation or an honorarium for your services, you may receive travel and per diem allowances, according to applicable federal travel regulations. Additional information on these meetings, CAAAC and its Subcommittees can be found on the CAAAC Web site: http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac/.

    EPA is seeking nominations from academia, industry, non- governmental/environmental organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, unions, trade associations, utilities, and lawyers/consultants. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    • The background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational, and other considerations
    • Experience serving as an elected official;
    • Experience serving as an appointed official for a state, county, city or tribe;
    • Experience in working at the national level on local governments issues;
    • Demonstrated experience with air quality policy issues;
    • Executive management level experience with membership in broad-based networks;
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills.
    • Ability to volunteer time to attend meetings 2-3 times a year, participate in teleconference meetings, attend listening sessions with the Administrator or other senior-level officials, develop policy recommendations to the Administrator, and prepare reports and advice letters.

    EPA will not appoint any federally-registered lobbyists to the committee. In addition, EPA's policy is that, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, members generally are appointed to two-year terms.

    Nominations: Nominations should include: A resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number. In addition, nominees are invited to provide additional informatio