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  • Notice of Public Review and Comment Period on NOAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Arctic has profound significance for climate and functioning of ecosystems around the globe. The region is particularly vulnerable and prone to rapid change. Increasing air and ocean temperatures, thawing permafrost, loss of sea ice, and shifts in ecosystems are evidence of widespread and dramatic ongoing change. As a result, critical environmental, economic, and national security issues are emerging, many of which have significant impacts for human lives, livelihoods, and coastal communities. Though NOAA has numerous and diverse capabilities that support these emerging issues, a strategic approach that leverages NOAA's existing priorities and strengths, as well as those of our national and international partners, is needed. This document provides a high-level framework and six strategic goals to address NOAA's highest priorities in the region. It is based upon assumptions that the region will: continue to experience dramatic change; become more accessible to human activities; and, be a focus of increasing global strategic interest.

    DATES: Comments must be submitted by June 10, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods-

    Electronic Submissions: strategic.planning@noaa.gov

    Mail: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Program Planning and Integration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 15749, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Rouleau, Office of Program Planning and Integration, at strategic.planning@noaa.gov or (301) 713- 1622 x187.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11016.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Executive Order 13508 Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Section 203 Final Coordinated Implementation Strategy

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of a final strategy for restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay that was prepared pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13508 of May 12, 2009, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. The purpose of this strategy is to describe federal actions to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the nation's largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed. The EO requires that the final strategy be published within one year of the date of the EO.

    DATES: Effective May 12, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Travis Loop, USEPA, Region 3, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Annapolis City Marina, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 109 (3CB10), Annapolis, MD 21403; telephone number: (410) 267-5758; fax number: (410) 267-5777; e-mail: loop.travis@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11143.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    To deliver the quality services and results the American people expect and deserve, the Federal Government must recruit and hire highly qualified employees, and public service should be a career of choice for the most talented Americans. Yet the complexity and inefficiency of today's Federal hiring process deters many highly qualified individuals from seeking and obtaining jobs in the Federal Government.

    I therefore call on executive departments and agencies (agencies) to overhaul the way they recruit and hire our civilian workforce. Americans must be able to apply for Federal jobs through a commonsense hiring process and agencies must be able to select high-quality candidates efficiently and quickly. Moreover, agency managers and supervisors must assume a leadership role in recruiting and selecting employees from all segments of our society. Human resource offices must provide critical support for these efforts. The ability of agencies to perform their missions effectively and efficiently depends on a talented and engaged workforce, and we must reform our hiring system to further strengthen that workforce.

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 3301 of title 5, United States Code, I hereby direct the following:

    Section 1. Directions to Agencies. Agency heads shall take the following actions no later than November 1, 2010:

    (a) consistent with merit system principles and other requirements of title 5, United States Code, and subject to guidance to be issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), adopt hiring procedures that:

    (1) eliminate any requirement that applicants respond to essay-style questions when submitting their initial application materials for any Federal job;

    (2) allow individuals to apply for Federal employment by submitting resumes and cover letters or completing simple, plain language applications, and assess applicants using valid, reliable tools; and

    (3) provide for selection from among a larger number of qualified applicants by using the "category rating'' approach (as authorized by section 3319 of title 5, United States Code), rather than the "rule of 3'' approach, under which managers may only select from among the three highest scoring applicants;

    (b) require that managers and supervisors with responsibility for hiring are:

    (1) more fully involved in the hiring process, including planning current and future workforce requirements, identifying the skills required for the job, and engaging actively in the recruitment and, when applicable, the interviewing process; and

    (2) accountable for recruiting and hiring highly qualified employees and supporting their successful transition into Federal service, beginning with the first performance review cycle starting after November 1, 2010;

    (c) provide the OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) timelines and targets to:

    (1) improve the quality and speed of agency hiring by:

    (i) reducing substantially the time it takes to hire mission-critical and commonly filled positions;

    (ii) measuring the quality and speed of the hiring process; and

    (iii) analyzing the causes of agency hiring problems and actions that will be taken to reduce them; and

    (2) provide every agency hiring manager training on effective, efficient, and timely ways to recruit and hire well-qualified individuals;

    (d) notify individuals applying for Federal employment through USAJOBS, an OPM-approved Federal web-based employment search portal, about the status of their application at key stages of the application process; and

    (e) identify a senior official accountable for leading agency implementation of this memorandum.

    Sec. 2. Directions to the OPM. The OPM shall take the following actions no later than 90 days after the date of this memorandum:

    (a) establish a Government-wide performance review and improvement process for hiring reform actions described in section 1 of this memorandum, including:

    (1) a timeline, benchmarks, and indicators of progress;

    (2) a goal-focused, data-driven system for holding agencies accountable for improving the quality and speed of agency hiring, achieving agency hiring reform targets, and satisfying merit system principles and veterans' preference requirements; and

    (b) develop a plan to promote diversity in the Federal workforce, consistent with the merit system principle (codified at 5 U.S.C. 2301(b)(1)) that the Federal Government should endeavor to achieve a workforce from all segments of society; (c) evaluate the Federal Career Intern Program established by Executive Order 13162 of July 6, 2000, provide recommendations concerning the future of that program, and propose a framework for providing pathways into the Federal Government for college students and recent college graduates; (d) provide guidance or propose regulations, as appropriate, to streamline and improve the quality of job announcements for Federal employment to make sure they are easily understood by applicants; (e) evaluate the effectiveness of shared registers used in filling positions common across multiple agencies and develop a strategy for improving agencies' use of these shared registers for commonly filled Government-wide positions; (f) develop a plan to increase the capacity of USAJOBS to provide applicants, hiring managers, and human resource professionals with information to improve the recruitment and hiring processes; and (g) take such further administrative action as appropriate to implement sections 1 and 2 of this memorandum.

    Sec. 3. Senior Administration Officials. Agency heads and other senior administration officials visiting university or college campuses on official business are encouraged to discuss career opportunities in the Federal Government with students.

    Sec. 4. Reporting. (a) The OPM, in coordination with the OMB and in consultation with other agencies, shall develop a public human resources website to:

    (1) track key human resource data, including progress on hiring reform implementation; and

    (2) assist senior agency leaders, hiring managers, and human resource professionals with identifying and replicating best practices within the Federal Government for improving new employee quality and the hiring process.

    (b) Each agency shall regularly review its key human resource performance and work with the OPM and the OMB to achieve timelines and targets for correcting agency hiring problems. (c) The OPM shall submit to the President an annual report on the impact of hiring initiatives set forth in this memorandum, including its recommendations for further improving the Federal Government's hiring process.

    Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Except as expressly stated herein, nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (1) authority granted by law or Executive Order to an agency, or the head thereof; or

    (2) functions of the Director of the OMB 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 Director of the OPM, in consultation with the OMB, may grant an exception to any of the requirements set forth in section 1 of this memorandum to an agency that demonstrates that exceptional circumstances prevent it from complying with that requirement.

    Sec. 6. Publication. The Director of the OPM is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    THE WHITE HOUSE,

    Washington, May 11, 2010

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11733.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • International Workshop on Alternative Methods To Reduce, Refine, and Replace the Use of Animals in Vaccine Potency and Safety Testing: State of the Science and Future Directions

    AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Announcement of a workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) and NICEATM announce an upcoming "International Workshop on Alternative Methods to Reduce, Refine, and Replace the Use of Animals in Vaccine Potency and Safety Testing: State of the Science and Future Directions.'' The workshop will bring together an international group of scientific experts from government, industry, and academia to review the current state of the science, availability, and future need for alternative methods that can reduce, refine, and replace the use of animals for human and veterinary vaccine post-licensing potency and safety testing. Plenary and breakout sessions will address current U.S. and international regulatory requirements, currently available alternatives, and future research, development, and validation activities needed to further advance the use of alternative methods for vaccine post-licensing potency and safety testing. This workshop is free and open to the public with attendance limited only by the space available. Abstracts for scientific posters for display at the workshop are also invited (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    DATES: The workshop will be held on September 14-16, 2010. Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 5 p.m. on all days. The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is July 29, 2010. Individuals who plan to attend are asked to register in advance (by August 30, 2010) with NICEATM.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the William H. Natcher Conference Center, 45 Center Drive, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD 20892. Persons needing special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation in order to attend, should contact 919-541-2475 voice, 919-541-4644 TTY (text telephone), through the Federal TTY Relay System at 800-877-8339, or e-mail to niehsoeeo@niehs.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least 14 days in advance of the event.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Correspondence should be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail to Dr. William S. Stokes, NICEATM Director, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-16, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (phone) 919-541- 2384, (fax) 919-541-0947, (e-mail) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10958.htm

  • The National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration Joint Leadership Council: Stakeholders 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, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to solicit comments from interested persons on how the agencies can more effectively collaborate to advance the translation of biomedical research discoveries into approved diagnostics and therapies as well as promote science to enhance the evaluation tools used for regulatory review. A newly formed NIH-FDA Joint Leadership Council will help ensure that regulatory considerations form an increasing component of biomedical research planning, and that the latest science is integrated into the regulatory review process.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on June 2, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Persons interested in attending the meeting must register by Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 5 p.m. e.s.t. (see section III of this document). Submit written or electronic comments by Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 5 p.m. e.s.t.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at FDA, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 1503C, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

    Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets at the heading of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rakesh Raghuwanshi, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4283, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4769, FAX: 301-847-8617, e-mail: rakesh.raghuwanshi@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11008.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Compliance Costs Policy; Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Mitigation Policy

    AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting comments on a draft Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Compliance Costs policy and a draft Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Mitigation policy.

    DATES: Comments must be received by June 10, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Comments must be identified by docket ID FEMA-2010-0022 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Please note that the proposed policies are not rulemakings and the Federal Rulemaking Portal is being utilized only as a mechanism for receiving comments.

    Mail: Regulation & Policy Team, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472-3100.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Shick, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, 1800 S. Bell Street, 7th Floor, Arlington, VA 20598-3020, 202-646-2685.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11031.htm

  • Interior

  • Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Announcement of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Board) will be conducting a public workshop and meeting on the BLM's management of wild horses and burros. This will be a two day event. Monday, June 14, 2010, will be devoted to providing the public with a unique opportunity to provide input and feedback on the Secretary's Initiative. Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the Board will reconvene for a regular meeting.

    DATES: The Advisory Board will host a public workshop on Monday, June 14, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and conduct its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time.

    ADDRESSES: This Public Workshop and Advisory Board meeting will take place in Denver, Colorado at the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202. Their phone number for reservations is 303- 607-9000.

    Written comments pertaining to the June 15, 2010 Advisory Board meeting can be sent to the Bureau of Land Management electronically by accessing the Wild Horse and Burro Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wildhorseandburro/whbcontactus/enhancedfeedbackform.html). Or comments can be mailed to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting should be submitted no later than close of business June 7, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877- 8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11351.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 75 FR 9000, 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 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 295, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send e-mail 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://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11075.htm

  • Toward a Federal Cybersecurity Research Agenda: Three Game-Changing Themes

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD), NSF.

    ACTION: Notice, request for public comment.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tomas Vagoun at Vagoun@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873. 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: Comments must be received by 5 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2010. SUMMARY: With this notice, the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) requests input from the public regarding the Federal cybersecurity game-change research and development agenda. This request for information will be active from May 19, 2010 to June 18, 2010. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Cybersecurity R&D Kickoff forum at http://cybersecurity.nitrd.gov/, or may submit responses via electronic mail. Electronic mail responses will be re- posted on the online forum.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods:

    1. Cybersecurity R&D Kickoff forum: http://cybersecurity.nitrd.gov/.

    2. Via e-mail: cybersecurity@nitrd.gov.

    3. Mail: National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD), 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite II-405, Arlington, VA 22230, attn: Tomas Vagoun.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public online or by alternative means. 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 submit an e-mail comment, your e-mail address will be captured automatically and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-11443.htm