Bookmark and Share


Federal Register Summary for week of 14 January

    Commerce

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Scientific Research, Exempted Fishing, and Exempted Activity Submissions

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    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 March 14, 2011.

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Jackie Wilson, (240) 338-3936 or Jackie.Wilson@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-275.htm

  • 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 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 agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for: Monday, January 31 from 10-11 a.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 11836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD.

    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)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-755.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on EPA's scientific and ethical reviews of research with human subjects.

    DATES: This public meeting will be held on January 26, 2011, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center--Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Seating at the meeting will be on a first-come basis. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 business days prior to the meeting to allow EPA adequate time to process your request.

    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. "Public Meeting,'' under subsection D. "How may I participate in this meeting?'' of this notice.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2011-0970, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: ord.docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), ORD Docket, Mailcode: 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 West Building, located 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 e-mail 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- 2011-0970. 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 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 e-mail. 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 e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail 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 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; e-mail address: downing.jim@epa.gov, or Lu-Ann Kleibacker at telephone number: (202) 564-7189; fax: 202-564-2070; e-mail address: kleibacker.lu-ann@epa.gov; mailing address: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor (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/osa/hsrb/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-625.htm

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting 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 represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and Tribal governments. The Council will continue discussing the workplans it is developing to respond to EPA's request for advice on workforce issues the Agency is facing and how EPA can best address the needs of vulnerable populations. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, January 21, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Due to logistical circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days public notice.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington Hotel 815 14th Street, NW., in Washington, DC 20005, phone number 202- 783-7800.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Joyce, Acting Designated Federal Officer, joyce.mark@epa.gov, (202) 564-2130, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-220.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts to Augment the SAB Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations for scientists and engineers to augment the SAB Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by February 3, 2011 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may 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 Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-641.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to Sherette.funncoleman@hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above e-mail address within 60 days.

    Proposed Project: Comparative Effectiveness Research Inventory--OMB No. 0990-New-Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

    Abstract: The Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is requesting approval by OMB for the collection of information submitted by content users directly to a web-based inventory of comparative effectiveness research (CER). The CER Inventory will categorize and catalogue Federal and non-Federal CER outputs and activities across four main domains: Research, human & scientific capital (e.g., training/education, methods development), data infrastructure, and dissemination & translation. The CER inventory will serve as a valuable tool for researchers, providers, patients, policymakers, and other users.

    The CER inventory will draw upon primary data sources, including PubMed, HSRProj, ClinicalTrials.gov, and NIH RePORTER. Working with these four major sources and using the Federal Coordinating Council for CER's definition of CER and strategic framework, selection criteria and tools to select and extract the appropriate subsets of these datasets for inclusion in the CER inventory will be identified. In addition, content owners wishing to submit CER records to the CER inventory will be directed first to submit such records to one of these main primary source databases, as appropriate. This method will not only help to augment these existing databases, it will enable efficient and effective capture of CER information for the CER Inventory via CER search filters, etc., that have been developed for those respective source databases. If candidate CER records under consideration are not suitable for submission to one of these main databases, an alternative method that allows for direct submissions to the CER inventory will be made available to content users. Examples include reports and published articles or projects and programs that focus on areas of CER outside of primary research (e.g., training and education). The pilot inventory tool will provide a web form that may be used by content owners to submit CER records, subject to validation. This process for direct submission will draw from the experience with content owner submissions for such established databases as HSRProj and ClinicalTrials.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-310.htm

  • Meeting of the National Biodefense 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The NBSB will hold a public meeting on January 25, 2011 from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Health and Human Services; Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800; 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. To attend by teleconference, call 1-866-395-4129, pass-code "ASPR.'' 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 send an email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with "NBSB Registration'' in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E-mail: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-684.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Task Force on Merit Review, 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 in regard to the scheduling of a meeting held by teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: January 19, 2011, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's remarks and a discussion of Section 526 of the FY10 America Competes Reauthorization Act (Broader Impacts Review Criterion).

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A room will be available for the public to listen- in to this meeting held by teleconference. All visitors must contact the Board Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting held by teleconference to arrange for a visitor's badge and to obtain the room number. Call 703-292-7000 or send an e-mail message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov with your name and organizational affiliation to request the room number and your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk the day of the meeting. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive your visitor's badge on the day of the teleconference.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule 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: Kim Silverman, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-705.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Public Comment on the Draft National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research

    AGENCY: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice: Request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: With this notice, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council request comments from the public regarding the draft National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research (hereafter referred to as "draft NNI EHS strategy''). The draft NNI EHS strategy is posted at http://strategy.nano.gov. Comments of approximately one page or less in length (4,000 characters) are requested. This request will be active through January 21, 11:59 pm EST.

    DATES: Comments were previously invited through 11:59 p.m. EST on January 6, 2011. This notice extends the period for public comment through January 21, 11:59 pm EST.

    ADDRESSES: Respondents are encouraged to register online at the NNI Strategy Portal at http://strategy.nano.gov to post their comments (4,000 characters or less) as a response to the request for public comment. Alternatively, comments of one page in length or less may be submitted via e-mail to: nnistrategy@ostp.gov. Any information you provide to us may be posted online. Therefore, do not send any information that might be considered proprietary, personal, sensitive, or confidential.

    Overview: The National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research or "NNI EHS Strategy'' helps to facilitate achievement of the National Nanotechnology Initiative vision by laying out guidance for agency leaders, program managers, and the research community regarding planning and implementation of nanotechnology EHS R&D investments and activities.

    The NNI is a U.S. Government R&D program of 25 agencies working together toward the common challenging vision of a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society. The combined, coordinated efforts of these agencies have accelerated discovery, development, and deployment of nanotechnology towards agency missions and the broader national interest. Established in 2001, the NNI involves nanotechnology-related activities by the 25 member agencies, 15 of which have requested budgets for nanotechnology R&D for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

    The NNI is managed within the framework of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the Cabinet-level council that coordinates science and technology across the Federal government and interfaces with other sectors. The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the NSTC coordinates planning, budgeting, program implementation, and review of the NNI. The NSET Subcommittee is composed of senior representatives from agencies participating in the NNI (http://www.nano.gov). The NSET Subcommittee and its Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group provide leadership in establishing the NNI environmental, health, and safety research agenda and in communicating data and information related to the environmental and health aspects of nanotechnology between NNI agencies and with the public. NNI activities support the development of the new tools and methods required for the research that will enable risk analysis and assist in regulatory decision-making.

    The NSET Subcommittee has solicited multiple streams of input to inform the development of this latest NNI EHS Strategy. Independent reviews of the NNI by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Research Council of the National Academies have made specific recommendations for improving the NNI EHS strategy. A series of four NNI workshops took place in 2009-2010 to solicit input for this strategy: 1. Human & Environmental Exposure Assessment of Nanomaterials (details at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/exposure/), 2. Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods (details at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/environment/), 3. Nanomaterials and Human Health & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods (details at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/humanhealth/), and 4. Capstone: Risk Management Methods & Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Nanotechnology (details at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/capstone/ ). Additional input has come from the NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholders Workshop (details at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/NNISPWorkshop/ as well as in responses to a Request for Information published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2010, and comments posted online in response to challenge questions from July 13-August 15, 2010, at the NNI Strategy Portal (http://strategy.nano.gov).

    The draft NNI EHS Strategy complements the 2010 NNI Strategic Plan by setting forth the NNI strategy for nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research. It describes the NNI vision and goals for Federal EHS research and presents the current NNI EHS research portfolio. The EHS strategy includes a description of the NNI EHS research investment by research need, the state of the science, and an analysis of the gaps and barriers to achieving that research as part of the NNI's adaptive management of this strategy. This strategy updates and replaces the NNI EHS Strategy of February 2008. The NNI EHS Strategy aims to ensure the responsible development of nanotechnology by providing guidance to the Federal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach. The core research areas providing this critical information are measurement, human exposure assessment, human health, and the environment in order to inform risk assessment and risk management.

    Your comments on this draft of the plan must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 21, 2011. Please reference page and line numbers as appropriate, and keep your responses to 4,000 characters or less. You may also e-mail your responses, no more than one page in length, to nnistrategy@ostp.gov. 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. Any information you provide to us may be posted online. Therefore, do not send any information that might be considered proprietary, personal, sensitive, or confidential.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this notice should be sent to NNIStrategy@ostp.gov. Questions and responses may also be sent by mail (please allow additional time for processing) to the address: Office of Science and Technology Policy, ATTN: NNI EHS Strategy Comments, Executive Office of the President, 725 17th Street Room 5228, Washington, DC 20502. Phone: (202) 456-7116, Fax: (202) 456-6021.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-555.htm