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Federal Register Summary for week of 24 June


  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Amendment to Original Notice: "Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting'' [FR Doc. 2011-14245 Filed 6-8-11; 8:45 am]

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 24, 2011 at the National Press Club located at 529 14th St., NW., Washington, DC. "Higher Education: A Critical Partner in the Feed the Future'' will set the tone for the meeting.

    Dr. Brady Deaton, the new Chair of BIFAD, will preside over the proceedings. Dr. Deaton is the Chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia.

    The announcement of the 2011 World Food Prize Laureate at the State Department on June 21 and the "Feed the Future'' Research Forum from June 21 to 23 provide the backdrop for the BIFAD public meeting on June 24. The meeting will include the participation of five new BIFAD presidential appointments. Including Dr. Deaton, those new members are Jo Luck, President of Heifer International, Marty McVey of McVey & Company Investments Inc., Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University and Catherine Bertini, Chair, International Relations Program and Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Board members with continuing service include Elsa Murano, Professor and President Emerita of Texas A&M University and William DeLauder, President Emeritus of Delaware State University. After opening remarks by Dr. Deaton, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will formally swear in the new Board members and make a short presentation. At the conclusion of Dr. Shah's remarks, Dr. Deaton will acknowledge immediate past Chair Robert Easter and the other outgoing Board members for their service.

    The BIFAD Summer public meeting will focus heavily on the USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative. The first session will offer USAID, USDA and Department of Treasury perspectives on the strategic policy considerations for FtF and the implications of the multilateral process. The panel of speakers will include Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security; Julie Howard, Deputy Coordinator, Feed the Future; and Lona Stoll, USDA Coordinator, Feed the Future. Elsa Murano, Chair, Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M University and BIFAD member, will serve as respondent and provide university perspectives.

    The second FtF session will review outcomes of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)-led consultative process in response to the FtF research strategy. Dr. Montague Demment, Professor of Ecology at University of California-Davis and Associate Vice President for International Development of APLU, will provide an overview of the consultative process for the Board. USAID staff will provide an overview of the research priority outcomes. Because the Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSPs) are among the major Title XII university-based research programs, Irvin Widders, Director, Dry Grains Pulse CRSP, Michigan State University, will serve as a respondent to address additional issues.

    The Board meeting is open to the public, and time will be allotted for a public comment period. The Board benefits greatly in hearing from the stakeholder community and others. To ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to contribute to the morning's discussions, comments will be restricted to three minutes for each commenter. At the conclusion of the public comment period, the Board will adjourn the meeting to proceed to an executive luncheon and meeting (closed to the public).

    Those wishing to obtain additional information about BIFAD or attend the meeting can refer to the Web site at, or contact Susan Owens, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD. Interested persons may write her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 7.8-061, Washington, DC 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218 or fax (202) 216-3124.

  • Commerce

  • Draft NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy and Handbook; Availability

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Draft NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy and Handbook for Public Review.

    SUMMARY: NOAA's draft scientific integrity policy is available for public review and comment until August 20, 2011. The draft incorporates the principles of scientific integrity contained in the President's March 9, 2009, memorandum and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) director, John Holdren's December 17, 2010, memorandum on scientific integrity, and addresses how NOAA ensures quality science in its methods, review, and other aspects. NOAA also seeks comments on the accompanying handbook that outlines procedures to respond to allegations of misconduct.

    ADDRESSES: Both draft documents can be found electronically at: Those without computer access can call 301-734-1186 to request a copy of the draft policy and handbook and instructions for returning written comments by U.S. Postal Service.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The NOAA Scientific Integrity team at

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following committee meeting:

    Name of Committee: Board on Coastal Engineering Research.

    Date of Meeting: July 26-28, 2011.

    Place: Crowne Jewel Ballroom, Sheraton At The Falls, 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (July 26, 2011); 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (July 27, 2011); 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (July 28, 2011).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be addressed to COL Kevin J. Wilson, Executive Secretary, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199.

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation of nominations.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Technical Advisory Committee).

    DATES: The deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is July 15, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. E-mail to
    2. Facsimile to 202-586-1640, Attn: Laura McCann.
    3. Overnight delivery service to Laura McCann, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-2E, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura McCann, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-7766; E-mail:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • 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 teleconference 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 purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve NACEPT's Second Advice Letter on EPA Workforce Planning: Leadership Capabilities and Culture for "One EPA'' and Strategies to Obtain and Retain Scientific and Technical Expertise. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a public teleconference on Monday, July 11, 2011, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the U.S. EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Moreau, Acting Designated Federal Officer,, (202) 564-5320, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.

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