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Federal Register Summary for week of 19 November

    Agriculture

  • Competitive and Noncompetitive Nonformula Federal Assistance Programs--Administrative Provisions for the Sun Grant Program

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), is publishing a set of specific administrative requirements as subpart O to 7 CFR part 3430 for the Sun Grant Program to supplement the Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions for this program. The Sun Grant Program is authorized under section 7526 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA).

    DATES: This interim rule is effective on November 18, 2010. The Agency must receive comments on or before March 18, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 0524-AA64, by any of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: policy@NIFA.usda.gov. Include RIN 0524-AA64 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-7752.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to 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 2255, 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, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carmela Bailey, National Program Leader, Plant and Animal Systems, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 3356, 1400 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20250-3356; Voice: 202-401-6443; Fax: 202-401-4888; E-mail: cbailey@NIFA.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29103.htm

  • Commerce

  • New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources

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

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability.


    SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invite applications for: (1) A cooperative institute (CI) to improve mesoscale and stormscale high impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use of, and enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources. Applicants should review the CI Interim Handbook prior to preparing a proposal for this announcement (http://www.nrc.noaa.gov/ci).

    DATES: Proposals must be received by OAR no later than February 11, 2011, 5 p.m., E.T. For applications submitted through Grants.gov, a date and time receipt indication will form the basis for determining timeliness. Proposals must be validated by Grants.gov in order to be considered timely. For those applicants who do not have access to the Internet, one signed original and two hard copy applications must be received by NOAA at the following address: NOAA/OAR, Attn: Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt. No facsimile or electronic mail proposal submissions will be accepted. Proposals submitted after 5 p.m., E.T., February 11, 2011 will not be considered. (Note that late-arriving hard copy proposals provided to a delivery service on or before 5 p.m., E.T., February 11, 2011 will be accepted for review if the applicants can document that the proposals were provided to the guaranteed delivery service by the specified closing date and time and if the proposals are received by OAR no later than 5 p.m., two business days following the closing date.) October 1, 2011 should be used as the proposed start date on proposals.

    ADDRESSES: The standard application package is available at http://www.grants.gov. For applicants without Internet access, an application package may be secured by contacting Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 734-1090.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 734-1090; E-mail: John.Cortinas@noaa.gov.

    Request for Applications

    The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invites applications for two cooperative institutes: (1) CI to improve mesoscale and stormscale high impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use of, and enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources.

    Generally, a CI is a NOAA-supported, non-Federal organization that has established an outstanding research program in one or more areas that are relevant to the NOAA mission "to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs.'' CIs are established at research institutions with outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences. CIs provide significant coordination of resources among all non-government partners and promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research.

    NOAA establishes a new CI competitively when it identifies a need to sponsor a long-term (5-10 years) collaborative partnership with one or more outstanding non-Federal, non-profit research institutions. For NOAA, the purpose of this long-term collaborative partnership is to promote research, education, training, and outreach aligned with NOAA's mission; to obtain research capabilities that do not exist internally; and/or to expand research capacity in NOAA-related sciences to:

    Conduct collaborative, long-term research that involves NOAA scientists and those at the research institution(s) from one or more scientific disciplines of interest to NOAA;

    Utilize the scientific, education, and outreach expertise at the research institution(s) that, depending on NOAA's research needs, may or may not be located near a NOAA facility;

    Support student participation in NOAA-related research studies; and

    Strengthen or expand NOAA-related research capabilities and capacity at the research institution(s) that complements and contributes to NOAA's ability to reach its mission goals.

    A CI may also partner with one or more research institutions that demonstrate outstanding performance within one or more established research programs in NOAA-related sciences, including Minority Serving Institutions that can contribute to the proposed activities of the CI. CIs conduct research under approved scientific research themes and Tasks (additional tasks can be proposed by the CI):

    Task I activities are related to the management of the CI, as well as general education and outreach activities. This task also includes support of postdoctoral and visiting scientists conducting activities within the research themes of the CI that are approved by the CI Director, in consultation with NOAA, and are relevant to NOAA and the CI's mission goals;

    Task II activities usually involve on-going direct collaboration with NOAA scientists. This collaboration typically is fostered by the collocation of Federal and CI employees; and

    Task III activities require minimal collaboration with NOAA scientists.

    Generally, applications must include all relevant Federal Standard Forms, a project description that includes sufficient information to address all the evaluation criteria identified in the FFO announcement, a budget, and a budget justification. The project description must include a thorough explanation of all themes and Tasks. The application should also identify the capability and the capacity of the CI to conduct research in the themes described in the FFO announcement, as well as a summary of clearly stated goals to be achieved, reflecting NOAA's strategic goals and vision. Additional elements may also be requested. Applicants are directed to the FFO for all application information and requirements.

    A Cooperative Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact Weather Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the use of, and Enhancement of, Weather Radar

    The CI will focus on the themes of: (1) Weather radar research and development, (2) stormscale and mesoscale modeling research and development, (3) forecast improvements research and development, (4) impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events, and (5) social and socioeconomic impacts of high impact weather systems. The CI will be established at a research institution not only having outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences, but also located within a commuting distance to NOAA's facilities in Norman, Oklahoma that provides for direct interactions on a regular basis. The CI will provide significant coordination of resources among all non- governmental partners and will promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research. If the CI is comprised of multiple member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award and where the CI will be established must satisfy the commuting distance requirement.

    Funding Availibility: All funding is contingent upon the availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates that up to approximately $15M will be available annually for this CI. Of that amount, approximately $300,000-$400,000 will be available per year for Task I. The final amount of funding available for Task I will be determined during the negotiation phase of the award based on availability of funding. The actual amount of annual funding that the CI receives may be more or less than the anticipated amount and will depend on the actual projects that are approved by NOAA, the availability of funding, the quality of the research, the satisfactory progress in achieving the stated goals described in project proposals, and continued relevance to program objectives.

    A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources

    The CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources will focus on the themes of: (1) Seafloor processes, (2) marine mammal acoustics, (3) marine ecosystems, and (4) protection and restoration of marine resources. The CI will be established at a research institution not only having outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences, but also located within a commuting distance that allows direct interactions with CI and NOAA scientists at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and Alaska Fisheries Science Center offices in Newport, Oregon, on a regular basis. The CI will provide significant coordination of resources among all non-governmental partners and will promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research. If the CI is comprised of multiple member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award and where the CI will be established must satisfy the commuting distance requirement. This announcement provides requirements for the proposed CI and includes details for the technical program, evaluation criteria, and competitive selection procedures.

    Funding Availibility: All funding is contingent upon the availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates that up to approximately $7M will be available annually for this CI. Of that amount, approximately $100,000 will be available per year for Task I. The final amount of funding available for Task I will be determined during the negotiation phase of the award and will be based on availability of funding. The actual annual funding that the CI receives may be less than the anticipated amount and will depend on the actual projects that are approved by NOAA, the availability of funding, the quality of the research, the satisfactory progress in achieving the stated goals described in project proposals, and continued relevance to program objectives.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28592.htm

  • (NOAA) 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 Tuesday, November 30, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Wednesday, December 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held both days at Dupont Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 483 6000.

    Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on November 30 at 5:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by November 19, 2010 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after November 19, 2010, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) NOAA Overview, Background and Introduction to the Climate Service, including Responses to the Reviews and Reports from the SAB Climate Working Group; (2) Strategic Framework for the Climate Service; (3) Report on the Climate Service Study by the National Academy of Public Administration; (4) The Plan for NOAA Reorganization to Form the Climate Service and Strengthen Science; (5) The Future of NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; (6) NOAA Response to the Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group Recommendations on the Ocean Color Satellite Continuity Mitigation Study; (8) NOAA Response to the Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group Recommendations on the NOAA Coastal Strategy Initiative; (9) Report on the Review of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER); (10) NOAA Cooperative Institutes: New CIs and New Models for CIs; (11) NOAA Education Programs: Results of the National Academy of Sciences Report; (12) NOAA Educational Partnership Program Cooperative Science Centers; (13) Update of the SAB Working Group Subcommittee and (14) Updates from SAB Working Groups.

    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, E-mail: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28594.htm

  • Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) beginning in January 2011. 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 the 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. 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 vacancies and the expiration of an existing appointment in January, thereby bringing the Committee to its full complement of 21 members.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked on or before January 3, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Dr. Mark Holliday, Executive Director, MAFAC, Office of Policy, NMFS F-14451, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713-2239 x120; e-mail: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29260.htm

  • Request for Comments on the Draft Revision of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy Prepared by the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on behalf of the interagency Estuary Habitat Restoration Council, is soliciting comments on the draft revision of the "Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy.''

    DATES: Comments and information must be received by January 14, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments to Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy, NOAA Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 14730, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Electronic comments may be submitted by e-mail to estuaryrestorationact@noaa.gov or via an online form at http://www.era.noaa.gov. NOAA is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments should be in one of the following formats: Word or Word Perfect. The subject line for submission of comments should begin with "Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy comments from [insert name of agency, organization, or individual].'' Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10-megabyte file size.

    All comments received are a part of the public record and may be posted to http://www.era.noaa.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. A copy of the current strategy and authorizing legislation may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the contact listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the Internet at: http://www.era.noaa.gov or http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/ERA/Pages/home.aspx.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenni Wallace, NOAA Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, 301-713-0174.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28696.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'')

    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 a public scoping meeting in Chicago for GLMRIS.

    In collaboration with other Federal, State, and local agencies as well as non-governmental entities, USACE is conducting a feasibility study of the options and technologies that could be applied to prevent or reduce the risk of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic pathways.

    DATES: The NEPA scoping period ends on February 28, 2011. The first NEPA Public Scoping meeting for GLMRIS is scheduled for December 15, 2010 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, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606-7206, or by e-mail: david.m.wethington@usace.army.mil.

    For media inquiries, please contact the USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606-7206, by phone: 312.846.5330 or by e-mail: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28824.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats; Draft National Plan; Extension of Public Comment Period

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), are extending the public comment period for the draft national plan to assist States, Federal agencies, and Tribes in managing white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details. If you have already submitted comments, please do not resubmit them; we have already incorporated them in the public record and will fully consider them in our final decision.

    DATES: Submit comments on this document on or before December 26, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send your written comments on the draft plan, by U.S. mail to Dr. Jeremy Coleman, National WNS Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045; or by electronic mail to WhiteNoseBats@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jeremy Coleman, National WNS Coordinator, at the New York Field Office (see ADDRESSES) or by phone at 607-753-9334.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29257.htm

  • 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 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: The meeting will be held on December 7-9, 2010 in Washington, DC, and will focus primarily on Early Detection and Rapid Response as it relates to invasive species. The full ISAC will also consider a white paper entitled, Invasive Species and Climate Change, as drafted by the ISAC Task Team on Climate Change.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 through Thursday, December 9, 2010. The meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 and Wednesday, December 8, 2010. On Thursday, December 9, 2010, the meeting will begin at 8 a.m., and adjourn at 12 noon.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Conference Center, 1800 M Street, NW. (South Tower), Washington, DC 20036. The general session will be held in the Waugh Auditorium.

    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 Analyst and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28653.htm