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Federal Register Summary for week of 23 September

    Agency for International Development

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development Meeting

    AGENCY: Board for International Food and Agricultural Development

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting

    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 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 11, 2011 at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott located at 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. "The Next Generation: Global Food Security through Human and Institutional Capacity Building" will be the central theme of this year's fall meeting.

    Prior to the public meeting USAID, BIFAD and the Association of Land Grant Universities (APLU) will co-host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. featuring Dr. Calestous Juma of Harvard as keynote speaker.

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

    Held in conjunction with the 2011 World Food Prize Symposium, this year's meeting sets the stage for a robust dialogue on the range of challenges typically associated with building human capital and the local institutions that support them. The meeting will include the participation of the full BIFAD. Including Dr. Deaton, the Board is comprised of Jo Luck, past President of Heifer International, Marty McVey of McVey & Associates, LLC, Gebisa Ejeta of Purdue University, Catherine Bertini of Syracuse University, Elsa Murano of Texas A&M University and William DeLauder, formerly of Delaware State University.

    Prior to the public Board meeting USAID/BIFAD/APLU will host a luncheon on Human and Institutional Capacity Development. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and will feature Dr. Calestous Juma of Harvard University as keynote speaker. Those interested in attending the luncheon prior to the Board meeting must register in advance at (http://humanandinstitutionalcapacitybuildingluncheon.eventbrite.com). The lunch is free and open to the public.

    The public meeting will begin promptly at 1 p.m. with opening remarks by BIFAD Chair Brady Deaton. Immediately following is a panel featuring young scientists focused on their U.S. fellowship experience, host country institutional issues, and their perspectives on what is needed to support and promote the scientists and leaders of tomorrow. Panelists will include representatives from the Norman Borlaug LEAP Fellowship program, the USDA Borlaug Fellowship program, an AWARD fellow, a lecturer from Makerere University in Uganda, and a graduate student of a Collaborative Research Support Program. The second panel, moderated by Board member Gebisa Ejeta, will feature noted experts in the field of human and institutional capacity development (HICD) and their perspectives on tomorrow's approaches to HICD. USAID will then provide updates to the BIFAD on the Feed the Future Research Strategy. The Board members next will provide updates on the activities of their working groups on Haiti and Minority Serving Institutions. The last 30 minutes of the meeting will comprise the public comment period of the meeting.

    The Board meeting is open to the public and the Board members 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 3 minutes for each commenter. At the conclusion of the public comment period, the Board will adjourn the meeting.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should 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.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-22/html/2011-24385.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: Evaluation of Where Land Protection Planning Can Incorporate Climate Change Information-- Release of Final Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY: EPA is releasing a final report entitled An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: Evaluation of Where Land Protection Planning can Incorporate Climate Change Information, (EPA/600/R-09/142F). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

    This report is a review of decision-making processes of selected land protection programs. The goal of this report is to evaluate where land protection planning can incorporate climate change impacts information into programs. The assessment revealed that there are several strategies that might be useful for incorporating climate change information into decision making. As part of a portfolio of adaptation strategies, land protection may become more important for jurisdictions, particularly to ameliorate climate change impacts on watersheds and wildlife.

    DATES: The report was posted publically on September 22, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The report, An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: Evaluation of Where Land Protection Planning can Incorporate Climate Change Information, is available via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data 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, mailing address, and the document title.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, contact the National Center for Environmental Assessment; Britta Bierwagen: telephone: 703-347-8613; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: bierwagen.britta@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-22/html/2011-24365.htm

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice that a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is scheduled for October 12-13, 2011. A draft agenda is under development and will be posted by September 26, 2011. Four PPDC workgroup meetings are also scheduled for October 11, 2011: Integrated Pest Management, Comparative Safety Statements, Pollinator Protection, and the 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing Strategies Workgroup's Workshop on Diagnostic Tools and Biomarkers in Pesticide Medical Management, Exposure Surveillance, and Epidemiologic Research. The PPDC Public Health Work Group is planning to meet on October 13, 2011, following the PPDC meeting. All meetings are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

    DATES: The PPDC meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon. On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Workgroup meeting schedules are as follows: Integrated Pest Management from 8 a.m. to noon; Comparative Safety Statements from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Pollinator Protection from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing Strategies Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, October 13, the PPDC Public Health Work Group will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information regarding PPDC Workgroups is available on EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The PPDC and Workgroup meetings will be held at EPA's location at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The PPDC meeting will be held in the lobby-level Conference Center, as will the 21st Century Toxicology/Integrated Testing Strategies Workgroup's Workshop. The Integrated Pest Management and Pollinator Protection Workgroup meetings will be held in room S-4370, and the Comparative Safety Statements Workgroup meeting will be held in room N- 4830. The Public Health Workgroup meeting will be held in room N-4830. EPA's Potomac Yard South building is approximately one mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margie Fehrenbach, Office of Pesticide Programs (7501P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-4775; fax number: (703) 308-4776; e-mail address: fehrenbach.margie@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-21/html/2011-24284.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold its twenty-sixth meeting. The meeting will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, Washington, DC 20201.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; e-mail address: Julia.Gorey@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-19/html/2011-23863.htm

  • Interior

  • Revising the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Eastern United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; supplementary materials

    SUMMARY: On May 5, 2011, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published a proposed rule to reevaluate the listing of the Minnesota population of gray wolves (Canis lupus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and revise the listing to conform to current statutory and policy requirements. On August 26, 2011, we announced the reopening of the comment period for our May 5, 2011, proposed rule to provide for public review and comment of additional information regarding our recognition of C. lycaon as a separate species. We are publishing this notice to inform the public that supplementary materials are electronically available at http://www.regulations.gov.

    DATES: The comment period closes on close of business September 26, 2011. Any comments that we receive after the closing date may not be considered in the final decision on this action.

    ADDRESSES: Document availability: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for information on how to access the supplementary materials.

    Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Enter Keyword or ID box, enter FWS-R3-ES- 2011-0029, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel at the top of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Submit a Comment."

    By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM, 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 Public Comments Solicited section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Ragan, 612-713-5350. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: Gray Wolf Questions, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458. Additional information is also available on our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-19/html/2011-23911.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Merit Review Process

    AGENCY: Advisory Panel for Integrative Activities; NSF

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting: Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Merit Review Process (MRPAC).

    • Date/Time: October 12, 2011; 12 p.m.-4 p.m., EDT.
    • Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room II-515, Arlington, VA.
    • Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Ms. Victoria Fung, National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room II-515, Arlington, VA 22230. E-mail: vfung@nsf.gov. Telephone: (703) 292-8040.

    If you plan to attend the meeting, please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to the individual listed above, by the day before the meeting, so that a visitor badge can be prepared.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice concerning issues related to NSF's merit review process.

    Agenda:

    • Welcome.
    • Discussion of experiments with enhancements to the merit review process.
    • Update on outreach activities.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-23/html/2011-24486.htm

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