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Federal Register Summary for week of 27 May

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Select Agent Registration

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to human and animal health, to animal health, to plant health, or to animal products and plant products.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 25, 2011.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2011&-0024 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0024, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0024.

    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding the select agent registration process associated with the possession, use, or transfer of biological agents and toxins in 7 CFR part 331, contact Dr. Charles Divan, Branch Chief, Agriculture Select Agent Program, RIPPS, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734- 8758.

    For information regarding the select agent registration process associated with the possession, use, or transfer of biological agents and toxins in 9 CFR part 121, contact Mr. Robert Rice, Security Manager, Agriculture Select Agent Program, Technical Trade Services Team, NCIE, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5557.

    For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-24/html/2011-12753.htm

  • Commerce

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Title: Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Scientific Research Permits, Exempted Fishing Permits, Letters of Acknowledgment, Display Permits, and Shark Research Fishery Permits.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0471.

    Form Number(s): NA.

    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension with revisions of a current information collection).

    Number of Respondents: 75.

    Average Hours per Response: Research plans, 2 hours; permit applications and annual reports, 40 minutes; amendments to permits, 15 minutes; interim reports, 1 hour; departure calls for collection of display animals, 5 minutes; notifications for observer coverage, 10 minutes; tag applications, 2 minutes.

    Burden Hours: 236.

    Needs and Uses: Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs), Scientific Research Permits (SRPs), Display Permits, Letters of Acknowledgment (LOAs), and Shark Research Permits are issued under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and/or the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA) (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). Issuance of EFPs and related permits are necessary for the collection of Highly Migratory Species (HMS) for public display and scientific research that is exempt from regulations (e.g., seasons, prohibited species, authorized gear, and minimum sizes) that may prohibit the collection of live animals or biological samples. A Display Permit is issued for the collection of HMS for the purpose of public display whereas a Shark Research Permit allows the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and commercial shark fishermen to conduct cooperative research to collect fishery-dependent data for management of the Atlantic shark fishery.

    Regulations at 50 CFR 600.745 and 50 CFR 635.32 govern scientific research activity, exempted fishing, and exempted educational activities with respect to Atlantic HMS. Since the Magnuson-Stevens Act does not consider scientific research to be "fishing,'' scientific research is exempt from this statute, and NMFS does not issue EFPs for bona fide research activities (e.g., research conducted from a research vessel and not a commercial or recreational fishing vessel) involving species that are regulated only under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (e.g., most species of sharks) and not under ATCA. NMFS requests copies of scientific research plans for these activities and indicates concurrence by issuing a LOA to researchers to indicate that the proposed activity meets the definition of research and is therefore exempt from regulation.

    Scientific research is not exempt from regulation under ATCA. NMFS issues SRPs for collection of species managed under this statute (e.g., tunas, swordfish, billfish), which authorize researchers to collect HMS from bona fide research vessels (e.g., NMFS or university research vessel.) NMFS will issue an EFP when research/collection involving Atlantic tunas, swordfish, and billfishes occurs from commercial or recreational fishing platforms.

    To regulate these fishing activities, NMFS needs information to determine the justification of granting an EFP, LOA, SRP, Display or Shark Research Permit. The application requirements are detailed at 50 CFR 600.745(b)(2). Interim, annual and no-catch/fishing reports must also be submitted to the HMS Management Division within NMFS. The authority for the HMS Management Division for requiring this information is found at 50 CFR 635.32(a).

    Revisions: Shark research permit application forms are now separate from those for other research permits. In addition, shark research observers are no longer required to apply for research permits.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

    Frequency: Annually and on occasion.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or maintain benefits.

    OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-0266, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-27/html/2011-13156.htm

  • Education

  • Regional Advisory Committees: Open Meetings

    AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    ACTION: Notice of open meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice establishes the dates for the upcoming meetings for the Department of Education's 10 Regional Advisory Committees (RACs). Notice of RAC meetings is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of its opportunity to participate.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fran Walter, 202-205-9198 or at fran.walter@ed.gov.

    Location: All meetings will be convened on-line via webinar conference. Preregistration is required. Registration for each meeting will be open two weeks prior to the scheduled date and time of the meeting. The public may register for any of the webinar meetings through the Regional Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/. The number of public registrations is limited to 300, and registration requests will be accommodated on a first-come first-served basis. Individuals who will need special accommodations to view meeting proceedings online (i.e. interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in an alternative format) should make that request during the registration process at least seven days prior to the webinar meeting. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. Due to time constraints, there will not be an opportunity for public comment during the webinars; however, members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments at http://www.seiservices.com/rac/.

    Dates/Times: Meeting times are noted in Eastern Standard Time (EST); except for the Pacific Region.

    Appalachia Regional Advisory Committee (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia):

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC):

    • Thursday, June 9, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 16, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Central Regional Advisory Committee (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming):

    • Monday, June 13, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Monday, June 20, 2011: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Midwest Regional Advisory Committee (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin):

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Northeast and Islands Regional Advisory Committee (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands):

    • Thursday, June 16, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 23, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Northwest Regional Advisory Committee (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington):

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Southeast Regional Advisory Committee (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina):

    • Monday, June 13, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • Monday, June 20, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Southwest Regional Advisory Committee (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas):

    • Thursday, June 16, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 23, 2011: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    West Regional Advisory Committee (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah):

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 21, 2011: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Pacific Regional Advisory Committee (Hawaii, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of Marshall Islands):

    • Wednesday, June 8, 2011: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Hawaii Time/12:00 p.m.-2 p.m. Samoa Standard Time; and
    • Thursday, June 9, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Marshall Islands Time/9:00 a.m.-11 a.m. Guam/FSM/CNMI Time; and 8:00 a.m.-10 a.m. Palau Time)
    • Wednesday, June 15, 2011: 1:00 p.m-3:00 p.m. Hawaii Time/12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Samoa Standard Time; and
    • Thursday, June 16, 2011: 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Marshall Islands Time/9:00 a.m.-11 a.m. Guam/FSM/CNMI Time; and 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Palau Time)

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-25/html/2011-12958.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations to the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee (GMCAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee (GMCAC). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by August 30, 2011. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in soliciting nominees.

    Background: The GMCAC is a Federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 920463 5 U.S.C. App.2. EPA is establishing the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee (GMCAC) to provide independent citizen advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting the five Gulf of Mexico Coastal States. Members serve as representatives of citizens and citizen groups. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a two or three-year term with a possibility of reappointment to a second term. The GMCAC usually is expected to meet as needed, but at least quarterly, and the average workload for the members is approximately 3 to 5 hours per month. EPA may provide reimbursement for travel and other incidental expenses associated with official government business. EPA is seeking nominations of citizens from the five Gulf Coastal States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of several criteria, including:

    The background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational, and other considerations).

    Interpersonal, oral and written communications, and consensus-building skills,

    Ability to volunteer time to attend meetings, participate in teleconference meetings, attend listening sessions with the Administrator or other senior level officials, develop policy recommendations to the Administrator, and prepare reports and advice letters. Nominations should include a resume and a short biography describing how the nominee meets the above criteria and other information that may be helpful in evaluating the nomination, as well as the nominee's current business address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number. Interested candidates may self-nominate.

    To help the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Gloria D. Car, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf of Mexico Program Office, Mail Code EPA/GMPO, Building 1100, Room 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529. You may also e-mail nominations with subject line COMMITTEERESUME2011 to car.gloria@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloria D. Car, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA, Gulf of Mexico Program Office at (228) 688-2421 or fax (228) 688-2709 or e-mail car.gloria@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-26/html/2011-13104.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the chartered SAB on June 16, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report Efficacy of ballast water treatment systems; A Report by the EPA Science Advisory Board (May 2011 Draft).

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on June 16, 2011 from 12 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 to obtain general information concerning the public teleconference may contact Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Ms. Sanzone may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2067; fax at (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-24/html/2011-12773.htm

  • SFIREG Full Working Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on June 20, 2011 and ending June 21, 2011. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at EPA. One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.) 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA, 1st Floor South Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Kendall, Field External Affairs Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5561; e-mail address: kendall.ron@epa.gov or Grier Stayton, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 466, Milford, DE 19963; telephone number (302) 422-8152; fax (302) 422-2435; e-mail address: Grier Stayton at aapco-sfireg@comcast.net.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-25/html/2011-12949.htm

  • The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfield and A Field-Based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams; Release of Final Reports

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: EPA publically released on April 13, 2011, two final scientific reports assessing the environmental and water quality effects of mountaintop coal mining on Appalachian streams. Both reports, prepared by EPA scientists in the Agency's Office of Research and Development, were strongly endorsed by EPA's Science Advisory Board following an extensive independent peer review. The reports provide valuable scientific information for use by Federal and state agencies responsible for the review of surface coal mining operations under the Clean Water Act. The two reports, entitled The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields (EPA/600/R-09/138F) and A Field-based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams (EPA/600/R-10/023F) are available via the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: These two reports were posted publically on April 13, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Both reports are available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347- 8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, contact the National Center for Environmental Assessment; Michael Slimak; telephone: 703-347-8524; or e-mail: slimak.michael@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-27/html/2011-13270.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 and send comments to Daniel Holcomb, CDC Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to omb@cdc.gov.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

    Proposed Project

    Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins (OMB Control No. 0920-0576)--Revision--Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Background and Brief Description

    The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Subtitle A of Public Law 107-188 (42 U.S.C. 262a), requires the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents or toxins (i.e., select agents and toxins) that could pose a severe threat to public health and safety. The Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, Subtitle B of Public Law 107-188 (7 U.S.C. 8401), requires the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents or toxins (i.e., select agents and toxins) that could pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or animal or plant products. In accordance with these Acts, HHS and USDA promulgated regulations requiring entities to register with the CDC or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) if they possess, use, or transfer a select agent or toxin (42 CFR part 73, 7 CFR part 331, and 9 CFR part 121).

    CDC is requesting continued OMB approval to collect this information through the use of five forms: (1) Application for Registration, (2) Request to Transfer Select Agent or Toxin, (3) Report of Theft, Loss, or Release of Select Agent and Toxin, (4) Report of Identification of Select Agent or Toxin, and (5) Request for Exemption. There have been no new select agent program forms added to this information collection request. The current versions of the standard forms have been revised to: (1) Reduce the burden expended by the regulated entities and CDC by removing similar questions, (2) enhance clarification of the transfer process, (3) determine the level of potential exposure, and (4) improve surveillance methods for monitoring the reports of select agents and toxins identified by registered entities. In addition to the standardized forms listed above, requests for expedited reviews, administrative reviews and inspections are also submitted to CDC. There is not a standardized form for the request for expedited review, administrative review and inspections. Therefore, an entity must submit a written request to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, by way of the Attorney General for expedited reviews (42 CFR 73.10(e)) and exclusions of an attenuated strain of a select agent or toxin that does not pose a severe threat to public health and safety (42 CFR 73.3(e)(1) and 73.4(e)(1)). Inspections take place prior to issuance of a certificate of registration to ensure compliance with regulation 42 CFR 73.18. Following the inspection an entity may be asked to respond to written requests and submits the documentation to CDC.

    Entities may also amend their registration (42 CFR, 73.7(h)(1)) if any changes occur to the information previously submitted. When applying for an amendment to a certificate of registration, an entity must obtain and complete the relevant portion of the application package.

    The total estimated annualized burden for all data collection is 8,878 hours. Information will be collected via fax, email and mail from respondents of the 320 entities registered with the Select Agent Program. There is no cost to the respondents other than their time.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-23/html/2011-12571.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection: Comment Request; The State of Ecosystem Services Implementation Survey

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new collection.


    SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an information collection request (ICR) for a new collection of information: The State of Ecosystem Services Implementation Survey. This notice provides the public and other Federal agencies an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this information collection request.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before June 22, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior via e-mail to OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov or fax at 202-395-5806; and identify your submission as 1028--NEW. Please also submit a copy of your written comments to Phadrea Ponds, USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150- C, Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526-8118 (mail); 970-226-9230 (fax); or pondsp@usgs.gov (e-mail). Please reference Information Collection 1028--NEW, ECOSERV in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Rudy Schuster by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, 2150-C Center Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526, or by telephone at (970) 226-9165. To see a copy of the entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to http://www.reginfo.gov (Information Collection Review, Currently under Review).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-23/html/2011-12517.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 June 14-16, 2011 in Denver, Colorado, and will focus primarily on invaders in the intermountain West. The meeting will focus on adapting management of invasive species in the vast Rocky Mountain/High Plains region in order to gain new understanding of landscape ecology, climate change, land development, introduction pathways, and new invaders. ISAC will also consult with Western-based scientists and practitioners on problems and potential solutions, as well as evaluate on-the-ground issues firsthand, thereby determining how management methods and practices can be adapted in the West to prevent and manage invasive species.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 and Thursday, June 16, 2010; beginning at approximately 8 a.m., and ending at approximately 5 p.m. each day. Members will be participating in an off-site field tour on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. The general session on June 14, 2011 and June 16, 2011 will be held in the Magnolia Ballroom.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Analyst and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-27/html/2011-13226.htm

  • National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy; Notice of Intent: Request for Information and Comments

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of intent.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce) and other Federal, State, and tribal partners, announce that we are seeking public comments and information necessary to prepare a draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy will provide a unified approach-- reflecting shared principles and science-based practices--for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and our natural resource heritage. It will serve as a valuable tool for Federal and State agencies, wildlife managers, tribes, and private landowners as they continue to manage their lands and natural resources in a changing environment.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments and information as we develop our draft strategy document, please submit them on or before July 1, 2011 (see ADDRESSES).

    We will release a draft Strategy in November 2011; at that time, we will allow additional opportunity for the public to provide comments. We expect to complete the final Strategy by May of 2012. Please visit the Strategy Web site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov for announcements of upcoming public meetings and engagement opportunities, as well as additional materials and information.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically through our website at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/contact-us.php. Alternatively, you may send comments by U.S. mail to the Office of the Science Advisor, Attn: National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Shaffer, Office of the Science Advisor, at (703) 358-2603 (telephone), wildlifeadaptationstrategy@fws.gov (e-mail), or via the Strategy Web site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-24/html/2011-12710.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research (MS), 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 workshop/meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: June 6, 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. EDT; June 7, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. E.D.T.

    SUBJECT MATTER: The Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research is holding a workshop with invited stakeholders (researchers, university administrators, NSF management and staff, and representatives from other Federal Agencies) to gather input relevant to the policy objectives of the Task Force as defined by the charge (see here: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/committees/tskforcemscharge.jsp). The provisional agenda is as follows:

    Monday, June 6

    • 8--Welcome, Workshop Process, and Participant Introductions.
    • 8:30-10:30--Session I: What do we know about unsolicited mid-scale research at NSF? Summary from data gathering activities.
    • 10:45-1:45--Session II: What are the main obstacles for unsolicited mid-scale research at NSF?
    • 12:30--Continuation of Session II over Lunch.

    Lunch is provided for invited guests only. However, NSF staff and members of the public are welcome to attend the luncheon discussion.

    • 1:45-3:30--Session III: What scientific progress can be achieved through unsolicited and topically broad solicited mid-scale research opportunities?
    • 3:45-5:30--Session IV: Potential solutions for overcoming the obstacles: Setting the stage for the Tuesday breakout sessions.
    • 5:30-5:45--Wrap-Up and Adjourn for the Day.

    Tuesday, June 7

    • 11-12:30--Group Discussion of Breakout Sessions.
    • 12:30--Wrap-Up & Next Steps for the Task Force.
    • 12:45--Adjourn.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held in the National Science Board room (1235) at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an e-mail message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please provide name and organizational affiliation. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the meeting to receive a visitor's badge.

    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: Dr. Matthew B. Wilson, National Science Board Office, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-26/html/2011-13157.htm