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Federal Register Summary for week of 14 October

    Agriculture

  • National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Meeting Notice

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the USDA announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet November 7-9, 2011. The public may file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Written comments from the public may be sent to the Contact Person identified in this notice at: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901 South Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Executive Director or Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or e-mail: Robert.Burk@ars.usda.gov or Shirley.Morgan@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-11/html/2011-26129.htm

  • Commerce

  • Forum--Trends and Causes of Observed Changes in Heat Waves, Cold Waves, Floods and Drought

    AGENCY: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open public forum.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and topics of an upcoming forum hosted by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina on November 8-10, 2011. Invited participants will discuss topics as outlined below.

    Members of the public are invited to attend the forum, and are required to RSVP to Brooke.Stewart@noaa.gov by 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 if they wish to attend. The forum is to be held in a Federal facility; building security restrictions preclude attendance by members of the public who do not RSVP by the deadline. Space is also limited and public attendees will be admitted based on the order in which RSVPs are received.

    Members of the public will be invited to offer their comments during a 30-minute period to be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five minutes. Please indicate your intention to participate in the public comment period when submitting the RSVP. Time for public comments will be allotted based on the order in which RSVPs are received. Written comments may be submitted via email or in hardcopy and must be received by October 25, 2011. Please see addresses below.

    DATES: Forum Date and Time: The forum will be held on November 8-10, 2011 at the following times: November 8, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST; November 9, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST; and November 10, 2011 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

    RSVP Deadline: Any member of the public wishing to attend the forum must RSVP no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

    Deadline for Written Comments: Written comments must be received by October 25, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The forum will be held at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex, located at 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.

    Written comments may be submitted to Brooke.Stewart@noaa.gov or in hard copy to Brooke Stewart, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 563, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.

    For changes in the schedule, agenda, and updated information, please check the forum website at https://sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/heatwaves-coldwaves-floods-drought/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brooke Stewart, National Climatic Data Center, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 563, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. (Phone: 828-257-3020, E-mail: brooke.stewart@noaa.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-11/html/2011-26230.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation.

    DATES and Times: November 8, 2011; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. November 9, 2011; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Melrose Hotel--DC, 2430 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; E-mail: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov or Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; E-mail: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-13/html/2011-26476.htm

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Natural Gas Subcommittee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee. SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Monday, October 31, 2011; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Renee Stone, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; shalegas@hq.doe.gov or www.shalegas.energy.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-13/html/2011-26464.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Foreign Quarantine; Etiological Agents, Hosts, and Vectors

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

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulations that cover the importation of etiological agents and the hosts and vectors of human disease. The changes are proposed to improve CDC's ability to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases into the United States.

    DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received on or before December 13, 2011. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be considered to the fullest extent possible.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 0920-AA37 in the heading of this document, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: SAPcomments@cdc.gov. Please include the RIN number in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 404-718-2093.

    Mail: Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ATTN: Importation Regulations, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ATTN: Importation Regulations, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN for this rulemaking. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received or to download an electronic version of the NPRM, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Comments will be available for public inspection Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, GA 30333. Please call ahead to 1-866-694-4867 and ask for a representative in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins to schedule your visit. Our general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet as they are received and without change.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robbin Weyant, PhD, Director, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, GA 30333. Telephone: 404-718-2000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-14/html/2011-26656.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation

    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:

    • Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).
    • Date/Time: November 2, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November 3, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 1 pm.
    • Place: NSF Headquarters, Room 375, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22230.
    • Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Amanda Edelman, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8600, aedelman@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-13/html/2011-26350.htm

  • U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting

    U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    • Name: U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review (76826).
    • Date/Time: November 3, 2011, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • November 4, 2011, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1295, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    For Further Information Contact: Sue LaFratta, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. (703) 292-8030.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Panel will conduct an independent review of the current U.S. Antarctic Program to ensure the nation is pursuing the best twenty-year trajectory for conducting science and diplomacy in Antarctica--one that is environmentally sound, safe, innovative, affordable, sustainable, and consistent with the Antarctic Treaty.

    Agenda: First meeting of the Panel to present the Panel with an overview of opportunities and challenges for Antarctic research and research support; discussion of the National Research Council's report on "Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean"; planning for additional meetings.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-12/html/2011-26281.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.

    DATES: November 2, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW., Ballroom Salon A, Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-11/html/2011-26151.htm

  • Request for Information: Building A 21st Century Bioeconomy

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input from all interested parties regarding recommendations for harnessing biological research innovations to meet national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment while creating high-wage, high-skill jobs.

    The public input provided through this Notice will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop a National Bioeconomy Blueprint.

    DATES: October 7, 2011--December 6, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: BIOECONOMY@OSTP.GOV.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-11/html/2011-26088.htm

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