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Federal Register Summary for week of 18 March

    Agriculture

  • Multi-Agency Informational Meeting Concerning Compliance With the Federal Select Agent Program; Public Meeting

    AGENCIES: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This is to notify all interested parties, including individuals and entities possessing, using, or transferring federally listed biological agents and toxins, that a meeting will be held to provide specific regulatory guidance related to the Federal Select Agent Program established under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. The meeting is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation. Issues to be discussed include entity registration, security risk assessments, biosafety requirements, and security measures.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on May 10, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Persons who wish to attend the meeting must register by April 12, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Centers for Animal Health Disease Center, Building 20, 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, IA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: APHIS: Ms. Sarah Kwiatkowski, Veterinary Program Assistant, APHIS Select Agent Program, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-5960. CDC: Dr. Eduardo O'Neill, Training & Outreach Officer, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road MS A-46, Atlanta, GA 30333; (404) 718-2000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6535.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture

    AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture requests nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or before April 18, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Forms may also be submitted by fax to (202) 690-4265, if they are followed by written copies.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be addressed to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, telephone (202) 720- 3817; fax (202) 690-4265; e-mail AC21@ars.usda.gov. To obtain form AD- 755 ONLY please contact Dianne Fowler, Office of Pest Management Policy, telephone (202) 720-4074, fax (202) 720-3191; e-mail dianne.fowler@ars.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6361.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for March 30, 2011, 2-3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at SSMC3, Room 14836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, (301) 713-9070 x-118; e- mail: Heidi.Lovett@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6153.htm

  • Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under E.O. 13563

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is preparing a preliminary plan to review its existing significant regulations in response to the President's Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review. The purpose of NOAA's review is to make the agency's regulatory program more effective and less burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives by identifying those regulations that should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed. NOAA is asking for ideas and information from the public in preparing its preliminary plan explaining how it will conduct such a review.

    DATES: You must submit any comments on or before April 4, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648-XA282, by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    Fax: 301-713-0596, Attn: William Chappell.

    Mail: 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, SF5, Room 13142, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.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. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Chappell, 301-713-2337, x169.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5681.htm

  • United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Establishment of and Membership Solicitation for the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established and is soliciting applications for membership on the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee (the Committee), a Federal advisory committee. The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 establishes a national integrated System of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing systems, comprised of Federal and non-Federal components including in situ, remote, and other coastal and ocean observation, technologies, and data management and communication systems. The System is designed to address regional and national needs for ocean information; to gather specific data on key coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes variables; and to ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data to support a variety of societal benefits. These benefits include supporting national defense; marine commerce; navigation safety; weather, climate, and marine forecasting; energy siting and production; economic development; ecosystem-based management of marine and coastal areas; conservation of ocean and coastal resources; and public safety. The System is also designed to promote research to develop, test, and deploy innovations and improvements in coastal and ocean observation technologies and modeling systems.

    The ICOOS Act also requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to establish a System advisory committee to provide advice to the Under Secretary and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, which is responsible for planning for the integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the System.

    NOAA will hereby accept applications for membership on the Committee through May 16, 2011. The ICOOS Act of 2009 states: "Members shall be qualified by education, training, and experience to evaluate scientific and technical information related to the design, operation, maintenance, or use of the [Integrated Ocean Observing] System, or use of data products provided though the System.'' NOAA encourages individuals with expertise in oceanographic data, products, and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields to submit applications for Committee membership. To apply for membership on the Committee, applicants should submit a resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. NOAA is an equal-opportunity employer.

    DATES: Application materials should be sent to the address, e-mail address, or fax number specified and must be received by May 16, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit an application for Committee membership, in the form of a resume, to Jessica Geubtner via mail, fax, or e-mail. Mail: 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Fax: 301-427-2073; E-mail: Jessica.geubtner@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Geubtner, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Telephone: 301-427-2453, Fax: 301- 427-2073; E-mail: Jessica.geubtner@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6063.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Draft Action Plan--A Public Health Action Plan To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is publishing this notice requesting public comment on the draft A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. HHS/CDC is publishing this notice on behalf of the HHS Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. The draft Action Plan and supporting documents can be found at http://www.regulations.gov.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 15, 2011. Comments received after April 15, 2011 will be considered to the fullest extent possible.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to the following address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, Attn: Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan, Docket No. CDC-2011-0002, 1600 Clifton Rd., NE., Mailstop A-07, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    You may also submit written comments electronically to: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be posted publicly without change, including any personal or proprietary information provided. To download an electronic version of the plan, access http://www.regulations.gov.

    Written comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2011-0002 will be available for public inspection Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Please call ahead to (404) 639-4000 and ask for a representative from the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance to schedule your visit. Comments may also be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Wolf, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance; 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop A-07, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, (404) 639-4000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6100.htm

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