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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 May

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Reestablish the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council, and Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of Intent and Request for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: The USDA intends to reestablish the National Genetic Resources Advisory (Council).

    The purpose of the Council is to formulate recommendations on actions and policies for the collections, maintenance, and utilization of genetic resources; to make recommendations for coordination of genetic resources plans of several domestic and international organizations; and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture and the National Genetic Resources Program Director of new and innovative approaches to genetic resources conservation.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received on or before June 30, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to J. Robert Burk, Executive Director, REE Advisory Board Office, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 3901-S, Washington, DC 20250-0321; Fasimile: (202) 720-6199. E-mail: robert.burk@ars.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Designated Federal Official; Phone: (202) 720-8408; E-mail robert.burk@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-16/html/2011-11926.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This document informs the public of the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. In this document, we provide a new date for the July 2011 meeting, which had been scheduled for the previous week. The meeting is being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to discuss matters of animal health, including the pending proposed rule implementing USDA's traceability framework and establishing an aquaculture subcommittee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held July 22, 2011, from noon to 5 p.m. (eastern daylight time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted as a multisite teleconference. Opportunities for public attendance are described in the Supplementary Information section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael R. Doerrer, Chief Operating Officer, Veterinary Services, APHIS, USDA, 4700 River Road, Unit 37, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5665; e-mail: SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-19/html/2011-12311.htm

  • Commerce

  • International Conservation and Management Measures Recognized by the United States

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The High Sea Fishing Compliance Act (HSFCA) requires the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to publish from time to time in the Federal Register a list of international conservation and management measures recognized by the United States. To fulfill this requirement, a list of agreements resulting in international conservation and management measures was first published in the Federal Register in 1996. This notice provides an updated list of such agreements. The HSFCA and its implementing regulations prohibit the use of a fishing vessel on the high seas in contravention of international conservation and management measures, as well as specify the permitting and vessel identification requirements for fishing vessels of the United States operating on the high seas.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: MiAe Kim, Trade and Marine Stewardship Division, Office of International Affairs, NMFS (phone 301-713-9090, fax 301-713-2313, or e-mail mi.ae.kim@noaa.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-19/html/2011-12339.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Oil Spill Research Strategy Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Panel to Review EPA's Draft Oil Spill Research Strategy.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on June 9, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this teleconference meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-4885; by fax at (202) 565- 2098 or via e-mail at carpenter.thomas@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://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-16/html/2011-11951.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: June 23, 2011.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (Times are approximate and subject to change)

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) Update of Federal activities relevant to the mission of the NSABB; (2) review of proposed NSABB Culture of Responsibility Working Group Draft Report: "Guidance for Enhancing Personnel Reliability and Strengthening the Culture of Responsibility at the Local Level'' and NSABB Outreach and Education Working Group Draft Report: "Strategies to Educate Non-Traditional Audiences about Dual Use Research in the Life Sciences: Amateur Biologists and Scientists in Non-Life Science Disciplines;'' (3) update on activities of NSABB Working Groups on Codes of Conduct; International Engagement; and Journal Review Policies; (4) planning for future NSABB meetings and activities; and (5) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Center Drive, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    Contact Person: Ronna Hill, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 496-9838, hillro@od.nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the NSABB to provide advice, guidance and leadership regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public, however pre-registration is strongly recommended due to space limitations. Persons planning to attend should register online at: http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/biosecurity_meetings.html or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Joel Yaccarino at 301-650-8660). Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    This meeting will also be webcast. To access the webcast, as well as the draft meeting agenda and pre-registration information, connect to: http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/biosecurity_meetings.html. Please check this site for updates.

    Any member of the public interested in presenting oral comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB at the meeting should notify the Contact Person listed on this notice. Interested individuals and representatives of an organization may submit a letter of intent, a brief description of the organization represented, and the short description of the oral presentation. Only one representative of an organization will be permitted to present oral comments. Both printed and electronic copies are requested for the record. In addition, any interested person may file written comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB. All written comments should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-18/html/2011-12269.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 7-9, 2011.

    Time: June 7, 2011, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols, and discuss related data management activities as well as a review of biocontainment for experiments with a defective Lassa virus. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racmeetings.html for more information.

    Place: Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817.

    Time: June 8, 2011, 8 a.m. to 5:35 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols, including a protocol for severe obesity in subjects who either have a mutation in the melanocortin 4 receptor or Prader-Willi syndrome, and discuss related data management activities. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racmeetings.html for more information.

    Place: Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817.

    Time: June 9, 2011, 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols, and discuss related data management activities including proposed revisions to the NIH Guidelines for Research with Recombinant DNA Molecules for work with partial viral genomes in tissue culture (Section III-E-1). Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racmeetings.html.

    Place: Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817.

    Contact Person: Chezelle George, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy/OD, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838, georgec@od.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    OMB's "Mandatory Information Requirements for Federal Assistance Program Announcements'' (45 FR 39592, June 11, 1980) requires a statement concerning the official government programs contained in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Normally NIH lists in its announcements the number and title of affected individual programs for the guidance of the public. Because the guidance in this notice covers virtually every NIH and Federal research program in which DNA recombinant molecule techniques could be used, it has been determined not to be cost effective or in the public interest to attempt to list these programs. Such a list would likely require several additional pages. In addition, NIH could not be certain that every Federal program would be included as many Federal agencies, as well as private organizations, both national and international, have elected to follow the NIH Guidelines. In lieu of the individual program listing, NIH invites readers to direct questions to the information address above about whether individual programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance are affected. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.14, Intramural Research Training Award; 93.22, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds; 93.232, Loan Repayment Program for Research Generally; 93.39, Academic Research Enhancement Award; 93.936, NIH Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Loan Repayment Program; 93.187, Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, National Institutes of Health, HHS)

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-17/html/2011-12046.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Implementing Regulations for Requirements To Publish Textual Descriptions of Boundaries of Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: We (FWS and NMFS; also collectively referred to as the Services) propose to revise regulations related to publishing textual descriptions of proposed and final critical habitat boundaries in the Federal Register for codification in the Code of Federal Regulations. In the interest of making the process of designating critical habitat more user-friendly for affected parties, the public as a whole, and the Services, as well as more efficient and cost effective, we are proposing to maintain the publication of maps of proposed and final critical habitat designations, but make optional the inclusion of any textual description of the boundaries of the designation in the Federal Register for codification in the Code of Federal Regulations. The boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise described in the Regulation Promulgation section of a rulemaking that is published in the Federal Register will be the official delineation of the designation, and we will continue to provide the public with additional tools, such as interactive maps and additional descriptions, on the Services' Internet sites, Regulations.gov, and at local field offices that will represent the Service's interpretation of which areas are covered by the designation. We are undertaking this effort as part of the agencies' response to Executive Order 13563 (Jan. 18, 2011) directing agencies to review their existing regulations and, inter alia, to modify or streamline them in accordance with what has been learned.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until July 18, 2011. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the box that reads "Enter Keyword or ID,'' enter the Docket number for this proposed rule, which is FWS-R9-ES-2010-0073. Check the box that reads "Open for Comment/Submission,'' and then click the Search button. You should then see an icon that reads "Submit a Comment.'' Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.

    U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2010-0073]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Request for Information section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Alt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 420; Arlington, VA 22203, telephone 703/358-2171; facsimile 703/358-1735 or Marta Nammack, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone 301-713-1401; facsimile 301-713-0376. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-17/html/2011-11920.htm

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