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Federal Register Summary for week of 13 August

    Agriculture

  • Administrative Guidance for Multistate Extension Activities and Integrated Research and Extension Activities

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of interim guidance and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is issuing a revised Administrative Guidance for Multistate Extension Activities and Integrated Research and Extension Activities as interim with a 60-day comment period. The Administrative Guidance has been revised to address the findings and recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit Report no. 13001-3-Te: "Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service's Implementation of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA),'' and to clarify policies and procedures associated with these requirements. Section 105 of AREERA amended the Smith-Lever Act to require that a specified amount of agricultural extension formula funds be expended on multistate extension activities. Section 204 of AREERA amended the Hatch Act and Smith-Lever Act to require that a specified amount of agricultural research and extension formula funds be expended on integrated research and extension activities.

    DATES: The interim Administrative Guidance is effective August 12, 2010. The Agency must receive comments by October 12, 2010 for them to be considered in the final Administrative Guidance.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by 2010-0025, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: administrativeguidance@nifa.usda.gov. Include the Docket Number in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-7752.

    Mail: paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2299, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2247, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and the docket number 2010-0025. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Snieckus, Policy Specialist, Office of Extramural Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2299, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299; Voice: 202-720- 3842; Fax: 202-401-7752; E-mail: msnieckus@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19629.htm

  • Animal Traceability; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of upcoming meetings in Madison, WI, Atlanta, GA, and Pasco, WA, to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer their input on the new framework being developed for animal disease traceability. The meetings are being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on August 18, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and August 20, and 24, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting on August 18, 2010, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Madison, 4402 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. The public meeting on August 20, 2010, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta Airport, 3400 Norman Berry Drive, Atlanta, GA 30344. The public meeting on August 24, 2010, will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, 2525 North 20th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-5571.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19565.htm

  • United States Department of Agriculture Research Misconduct Regulations for Extramural Research

    AGENCY: Office of the Chief Financial Officer, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is establishing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations implementing the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct applicable to extramural research. The regulation defines research misconduct and establishes basic USDA requirements for the conduct of fair and timely investigations of alleged or suspected infractions. The regulation also includes instructions on USDA administrative actions when research misconduct is found.

    DATES: This rule is effective on August 13, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Mazie, USDA Research Integrity Officer, 214W Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 720-5923; E-mail: researchintegrity@usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20109.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Teleconference To Review Draft Final Report From the June 23, 2010 HSRB Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) announces a public teleconference meeting to discuss its Draft HSRB Final Report from the June 23, 2010 HSRB meeting.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2010, from 1:30-3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The meeting will take place via telephone only.

    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lu-Ann Kleibacker at least 10 business days prior to the meeting using the information under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral comments for the HSRB to consider during the advisory process. Additional information concerning submission of relevant written or oral comments is provided in section I., under subsection D., "How I May Participate in this Meeting'' of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the telephone conference, request a current draft copy of the Board's report or who wish further information may contact Lu-Ann Kleibacker, EPA, Office of the Science Advisor, (8105R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-7189 or via e-mail at kleibacker.lu-ann@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19815.htm

  • Interior

  • Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of Interior (DOI).

    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 2011 among the participating agencies. The meeting this year will emphasize ecosystem modeling and monitoring.

    Dates of Meeting: September 13-16, 2010.

    Place: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be e-mailed to: Pierre D. Glynn, ISCMEM Chair, U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, Branch of Regional Research, Eastern Region, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 432, Reston, VA 20192. TEL 703-648-5823. pglynn@usgs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19910.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) will meet in person and via conference call to discuss strategic planning and communication, budget and legislation updates, and other topics. This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Advisory Group Meeting: September 9, 2010, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Presenters: If you are interested in presenting oral or written information at the public meeting, provide a written copy of all comments to the Council Coordinator no later than August 27, 2010 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Room 2073--2nd Floor, 4501 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Johnson, Advisory Group Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by e-mail at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19807.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Availability for Public Comment on the Draft Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology--Interagency Ocean Observation Committee Public-Private Use Policy

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program publishes this notice on behalf of the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology--Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (JSOST- IOOC) to announce a 60-day public comment period for the Public-Private Use Policy mandated by the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009. This policy defines the process the IOOC will use to make decisions about the roles of the federal government, the States, regional information coordination entities, the academic community and the private sector in providing IOOS environmental information, products, technologies and services to end-user communities.

    DATES: Written, faxed or emailed comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. eastern standard time on October 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The JSOST-IOOC Public-Private Use Policy is available for review at Web site URL: http://www.iooc.us. For the public unable to access the internet, printed copies can be requested by contacting the IOOC Support Office at the address below. The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to iooc@oceanleadership.org. If you are unable to access the internet, comments may be submitted via fax or regular mail. Faxed comments should be sent to 202-332-8887 with Attn: IOOC Support Office. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Attention: IOOC Support Office, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this notice, please contact the IOOC Support Office, telephone: 202-787- 1622; E-mail: iooc@oceanleadership.org.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19762.htm

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