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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 December

    Agriculture

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable 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. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    DATES: December 15, 2010 at 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. EDT

    ADDRESSES: Williamsburg Room (104-A), USDA Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura McCann, 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) 586-7766, laura.mccann@ee.doe.gov; or Chrissy Fagerholm, (202) 586-2933, Christina.Fagerholm@ee.doe.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30070.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    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''). The SEDAR Pool is comprised of a group of individuals whom may be selected to review 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 three- year appointment (2011-2014). 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 December 30, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and request the SEDAR Pool Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

    E-mail: 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/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, (301) 713-2347 ext. 111.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30176.htm

  • Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Risk Analysis Protocol

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability of finalized research protocol.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of the finalized Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Risk Analysis Protocol (Protocol), developed by the Research Protocol Committee, a committee of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF).

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the finalized Protocol are available on the ANSTF Web site, http://anstaskforce.gov/documents.php. To obtain a hard copy of the Protocol, see Document Availability under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret M. (Peg) Brady, Phone: 301- 713-0174; e-mail: Peg.Brady@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30175.htm

  • Energy

  • Conduct of Employees and Former Employees; Exemption From Post- Employment Restrictions for Communications Furnishing Scientific or Technological Information

    AGENCY: Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) today publishes a final rule to establish procedures under which a former employee of the executive branch may obtain approval from DOE to make communications to DOE solely for the purpose of furnishing scientific or technological information during the period the former employee is subject to post- employment restrictions set forth in 18 U.S.C. 207(a), (c), and (d). The final rule also provides a definition of the term "scientific or technological information'' that is consistent with the definition provided by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in its regulations and for which an exemption is provided by 18 U.S.C. 207(j)(5).

    DATES: This rule is effective January 3, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue E. Wadel, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for General Law, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mailstop GC-77, Room 6A-211, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1522 or Sue.Wadel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30398.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for the SAB Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of experts to form an SAB panel to review EPA's non-cancer health effects assessment for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by December 20, 2010 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Diana Wong, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2049, by fax at (202) 565- 2098, or via e-mail at wong.diana-M@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://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29939.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Guidance on Institutional Review Board Approval of Research With Conditions

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for Human Research Protections.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, is announcing the availability of a guidance document entitled "Guidance on IRB Approval of Research with Conditions.'' The guidance document provides OHRP's first formal guidance on this topic. The document, which is available on OHRP's Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/conditionalapproval2010.html or http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/conditionalapproval2010.pdf, is intended primarily for institutional review boards (IRB), investigators, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding agencies, and others that may be responsible for the review, conduct, or oversight of human subject research conducted or supported by HHS. The guidance document announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance that was made available for public comment through a notice in the Federal Register on November 6, 2009 (74 FR 57486). OHRP received comments on the draft guidance document from 12 individuals and organizations, and those comments were considered as the guidance was finalized.

    DATES: Comments on OHRP guidance documents are welcome at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for a single copy of the guidance document entitled, "Guidance on IRB Approval of Research with Conditions,'' to the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your request, or fax your request to 301-402-2071. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for information on electronic access to the guidance document.

    Submit written comments to Comments on Conditional IRB Approval Guidance, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments also may be sent via e-mail to ohrp@hhs.gov or via facsimile at 240-402-2071.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irene Stith-Coleman, PhD, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, 240-453-6900; e-mail Irene.Stith-Coleman@hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30201.htm

  • Guidance on Institutional Review Board Continuing Review of Research

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, is announcing the availability of a guidance document entitled "Guidance on IRB Continuing Review of Research.'' The guidance document supersedes OHRP's January 15, 2007 guidance entitled "Guidance on Continuing Review.'' The document, which is available on OHRP's Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/continuingreview2010.html or http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/continuingreview2010.pdf, is intended primarily for institutional review boards (IRB), investigators, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding agencies, and others that may be responsible for the review, conduct, or oversight of human subject research conducted or supported by HHS. The guidance document announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance that was made available for public comment through a notice in the Federal Register on November 6, 2009 (74 FR 57487). OHRP received comments on the draft guidance document from 18 individuals and organizations, and those comments were considered as the guidance was finalized.

    DATES: Comments on OHRP guidance documents are welcome at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for a single copy of the guidance document entitled, "Guidance on IRB Continuing Review of Research,'' to the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your request, or fax your request to 301-402-2071. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for information on electronic access to the guidance document.

    Submit written comments to Comments on Continuing Review Guidance, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments also may be sent via e-mail to ohrp@hhs.gov or via facsimile at 240-402-2071.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irene Stith-Coleman, PhD, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, 240-453-6900; e-mail Irene.Stith-Coleman@hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30198.htm

  • Interior

  • Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0022; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports--Migratory Birds and Eagles

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2010. 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. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before December 29, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222- ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or infocol@fws.gov (e-mail).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Susan Lawrence, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS MBSP-4107, 4501 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); SusanMLawrence@fws.gov (e-mail); or 703-358-2016 (telephone).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0022.

    Title: Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Applications and Reports, Migratory Birds and Eagles, 50 CFR 10, 13, 21, and 22.

    Service Form Numbers: 3-200-6 through 3-200-18, 3-200-67, 3-200-68, 3-200-71, 3-200-72, 3-200-77, 3-200-78, 3-200-79, 3-200-81, 3-200-82, 3-202-1 through 3-202-17, 3-186, and 3-186A.

    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Description of Respondents: Individuals; zoological parks; museums; universities; scientists; taxidermists; businesses; and Federal, State, tribal, and local governments.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion for applications; annually or on occasion for reports.

    Number of Respondents: 57,260.

    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 57,260.

    Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 40 hours depending on activity.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 93,402.

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $1,049,925 for fees associated with permit applications.

    Abstract: Our Regional Migratory Bird Permit Offices use information that we collect on permit applications to determine the eligibility of applicants for permits requested in accordance with the criteria in various Federal wildlife conservation laws and international treaties, including: (1) Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.). (2) Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.). (3) Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668).

    Service regulations implementing these statutes and treaties are in Chapter I, Subchapter B of Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These regulations stipulate general and specific requirements that, when met, allow us to issue permits to authorize activities that are otherwise prohibited.

    All Service permit applications are in the 3-200 series of forms, each tailored to a specific activity based on the requirements for specific types of permits. We collect standard identifier information for all permits. The information that we collect on applications and reports is the minimum necessary for us to determine if the applicant meets/continues to meet issuance requirements for the particular activity. This revised ICR includes modifications to the format and content of the currently approved applications so that they (a) are easier to understand and complete and (b) will accommodate future electronic permitting.

    This ICR includes four permit application and report forms that are currently approved under OMB Control Number 1018-0136. Once OMB takes action on this IC, we will discontinue OMB Control No. 1018-0136.

    FWS Form 3-200-71 (Eagle Take (Disturb)).

    FWS Form 3-200-72 (Eagle Nest Take).

    FWS Form 3-202-15 (Eagle Take Monitoring and Annual Report).

    FWS Form 3-202-16 (Eagle Nest Take Monitoring and Reporting).

    In addition, we are proposing three new forms:

    FWS Form 3-200-81 (Special Purpose--Utility) will provide an application specifically tailored for utilities (e.g., power, communications) to request permits to salvage migratory birds on their property and rights-of-way.

    FWS Form 3-200-82 (Eagle Transport Into and Out of the United States) will provide an application for permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act to transport dead eagle specimens into and out of the country temporarily for scientific or exhibition purposes, such as for museum exhibits.

    FWS Form 3-202-17 (Special Purpose--Utility Annual Report) will provide a standardized annual report form for Special Purpose-- Utility permits.

    Comments: On April 7, 2010, we published in the Federal Register (75 FR 17757) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on June 7, 2010. We did not receive any comments.

    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:

    Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;

    The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information;

    Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents.

    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29979.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0102; Applications for Special Use Permits on National Wildlife Refuges

    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. This IC is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2011. 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 January 28, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or infocol@fws.gov (e-mail).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Kevin Kilcullen by e-mail at Kevin_Kilcullen@fws.gov or by telephone at (703) 358-2382.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29977.htm

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