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Federal Register Summary for week of 18 November

    Commerce

  • Technology Innovation Program Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) Advisory Board will hold a meeting via teleconference on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Eastern time. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss the future of TIP. Interested members of the public will be able to participate in the meeting from remote locations by calling into a central phone number.

    DATES: The TIP Advisory Board will hold a meeting via teleconference meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Eastern time. The meeting will be open to the public.

    Interested parties may participate in the meeting from their remote location.

    ADDRESSES: Questions regarding the meeting should be sent to the Technology Innovation Program Acting Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 4700, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8630. For instructions on how to participate in the meeting, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Robert Sienkiewicz, Acting Deputy Director, Technology Innovation Program National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8630, telephone number (301) 975-2162. Dr. Sienkiewicz's email address is robert.sienkiewicz@nist.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-16/html/2011-29651.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • BASINS and WEPP Climate Assessment Tools: Case Study Guide to Potential Applications

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period and letter peer-review.

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, BASINS and WEPP Climate Assessment Tools (CAT): Case Study Guide to Potential Applications (EPA/600/R-11/123A). EPA also is announcing that an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review will select an independent group of experts to conduct a letter peer- review of the draft document. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development, and is intended to support application of two recently developed water modeling tools, the BASINS and WEPP climate assessment tools. The report presents a series of short case studies designed to illustrate the capabilities of these tools for conducting scenario based assessments of the potential future effects of climate, land use, and management change on water resources.

    EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer-reviewers for their consideration during the letter review. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments received in accordance with this notice. EPA is releasing this draft assessment for the purposes of public comment and peer review. This draft assessment is not final as described in EPA's information quality guidelines, and it does not represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views.

    The draft document is available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins November 17, 2011, and ends December 19, 2011. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by December 19, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The draft document, BASINS and WEPP Climate Assessment Tools: Case Study Guide to Potential Applications, is available primarily 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.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: (202) 566-1752; facsimile: (202) 566-1753; or email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Thomas Johnson, NCEA; telephone: (703) 347-8618; facsimile: (703) 347-8694; or email: johnson.thomas@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-17/html/2011-29749.htm

  • Environmental Economics Advisory Committee Augmented for the Consideration of the Value of Water to the U.S. Economy

    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 augmented SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee to provide early advice on the value of water to the United States (U.S.) Economy. The SAB Staff Office also announces the availability of information on committee members and the opportunity for public comment.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on December 5, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern 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 may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-48853 or via email 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-2011-11-14/html/2011-29295.htm

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

    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered SAB on December 6, 2011 to receive an update on EPA strategic research directions and to conduct quality reviews of two draft SAB reports, a draft Review of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan and draft SAB Recommendations for EPA's FY2011 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA).

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on December 6, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 3 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 Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent 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) 564-2218; fax at (202) 565-2098; or email at nugent.angela@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-2011-11-14/html/2011-29299.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites public nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee to provide advice through the chartered SAB regarding Toxicological Reviews of environmental chemicals available on EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than January 6, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may submit a paper copy to the Designated Federal Officer for the committee, Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO by email at shallal.suhair@epa.gov or contact her by telephone at (202) 564-2057.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-18/html/2011-29916.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • America Recycles Day

    AGENCY: Executive Office of the President

    ACTION: Proclamation

    America Recycles Day, 2011

    By the President of the United States of America

    As Americans, we have a responsibility to ensure future generations benefit from an abundance of natural resources and a healthy planet. To meet this obligation, we must take steps to consume carefully, recycle a wide variety of products and materials, and reuse whenever possible. On America Recycles Day, we celebrate the commitment of individuals across our country to live sustainably, and we rededicate ourselves to thoughtful resource management at home and in the workplace.

    For decades, American families have advanced the common good of our Nation by recycling regularly and promoting conservation. During the First and Second World Wars, families participated in scrap drives, gathering cloth, paper, and metals for reuse in manufacturing that helped fuel our military and our economic growth. Since then, we have bolstered recycling programs through individual action, community engagement, and national initiatives, and we have broadened our efforts to include a vast array of pioneering industrial processes that will drive our clean economy and create green jobs. These advances cut waste, preserve our natural bounty, and spur the robust and sustainable economic growth that will carry us through this century and into the next.

    To meet the economic and environmental challenges that confront our country today, we must update and expand existing recycling programs and dedicate ourselves to devising new strategies to accommodate emerging technologies. Our Nation generates over two million tons of used electronics annually, and without following proper recycling and management practices, the disposal of our old computers, monitors, and cell phones can release toxic materials into our environment, endanger human health, and prevent the recovery and reuse of valuable resources. For the well-being of our people and our planet, we must consider the full life-cycle impacts of our products and strive to manage our resources in a sustainable way.

    To ensure America remains a global leader in developing new, sustainable electronics technologies, my Administration launched the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship earlier this year. The strategy establishes a framework for responsible electronics design, purchasing, management, and recycling that will accelerate our burgeoning electronics recycling market and create jobs for the future here at home. To lead by example, my Administration is committed to efficient use, reuse, and proper disposal of electronics within the Federal Government, and we are collaborating with certified recycling centers to handle and dispose of used electronics safely and effectively. We are also forging new partnerships with the private sector that will advance electronics recycling across our country. Through collaboration and shared responsibility, we are protecting public health, preserving environmental quality, and laying the foundation for a 21st-century economy.

    America Recycles Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable strides we have made in the pursuit of sustainability, and to challenge ourselves to do even more. As we rise to meet this challenge, we fulfill a promise to our children that they will inherit a world more beautiful and prosperous than the one we received.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2011, as America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their recycling efforts throughout the year.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-18/html/2011-30068.htm

  • Promoting Efficient Spending

    AGENCY: Executive Office of the President

    ACTION: Proclamation

    Promoting Efficient Spending

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to further promote efficient spending in the Federal Government, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. My Administration is committed to cutting waste in Federal Government spending and identifying opportunities to promote efficient and effective spending. The Federal Government performs critical functions that support the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades. As they serve taxpayers, executive departments and agencies (agencies) also must act in a fiscally responsible manner, including by minimizing their costs, in order to perform these mission-critical functions in the most efficient, cost-effective way. As such, I have pursued an aggressive agenda for reducing administrative costs since taking office and, most recently, within my Fiscal Year 2012 Budget. Building on this effort, I direct agency heads to take even more aggressive steps to ensure the Government is a good steward of taxpayer money.

    Sec. 2. Agency Reduction Targets. Each agency shall establish a plan for reducing the combined costs associated with the activities covered by sections 3 through 7 of this order, as well as activities included in the Administrative Efficiency Initiative in the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, by not less than 20 percent below Fiscal Year 2010 levels, in Fiscal Year 2013. Agency plans for meeting this target shall be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within 45 days of the date of this order. The OMB shall monitor implementation of these plans consistent with Executive Order 13576 of June 13, 2011 (Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government).

    Sec. 3. Travel. (a) Agency travel is important to the effective functioning of Government and certain activities can be performed only by traveling to a different location. However, to ensure efficient travel spending, agencies are encouraged to devise strategic alternatives to Government travel, including local or technological alternatives, such as teleconferencing and video-conferencing. Agencies should make all appropriate efforts to conduct business and host or sponsor conferences in space controlled by the Federal Government, wherever practicable and cost-effective. Lastly, each agency should review its policies associated with domestic civilian permanent change of duty station travel (relocations), including eligibility rules, to identify ways to reduce costs and ensure appropriate controls are in place.

    (b) Each agency, agency component, and office of inspector general should designate a senior-level official to be responsible for developing and implementing policies and controls to ensure efficient spending on travel and conference-related activities, consistent with subsection (a) of this section.

    Sec. 4. Employee Information Technology Devices. Agencies should assess current device inventories and usage, and establish controls, to ensure that they are not paying for unused or underutilized information technology (IT) equipment, installed software, or services. Each agency should take steps to limit the number of IT devices (e.g., mobile phones, smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, and tablet personal computers) issued to employees, consistent with the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-292), operational requirements (including continuity of operations), and initiatives designed to create efficiency through the effective implementation of technology. To promote further efficiencies in IT, agencies should consider the implementation of appropriate agency-wide IT solutions that consolidate activities such as desktop services, email, and collaboration tools.

    Sec. 5. Printing. Agencies are encouraged to limit the publication and printing of hard copy documents and to presume that information should be provided in an electronic form, whenever practicable, permitted by law, and consistent with applicable records retention requirements. Agencies should consider using acquisition vehicles developed by the OMB's Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative to acquire printing and copying devices and services.

    Sec. 6. Executive Fleet Efficiencies. The President's Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance) directed agencies to improve the performance of the Federal fleet of motor vehicles by increasing the use of vehicle technologies, optimizing fleet size, and improving agency fleet management. Building upon this effort, agencies should limit executive transportation.

    Sec. 7. Extraneous Promotional Items. Agencies should limit the purchase of promotional items (e.g., plaques, clothing, and commemorative items), in particular where they are not cost-effective.

    Sec. 8. General Provisions.

    (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    • authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof;
    • functions of the Director of OMB related to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals; or
    • the authority of inspectors general under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) Independent agencies are requested to adhere to this order.

    (d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-15/html/2011-29683.htm

  • Government Ethics

  • Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch; Proposed Amendments Limiting Gifts From Registered Lobbyists and Lobbying Organizations

    AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

    ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY: On September 13, 2011, the Office of Government Ethics published in the Federal Register proposed amendments to the regulation governing standards of ethical conduct for executive branch employees of the Federal Government to impose limits on the use of gift exceptions by all employees to accept gifts from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations, and to implement the lobbyist gift ban for appointees required to sign the Ethics Pledge prescribed by Executive Order 13490. The public comment period closes on November 14, 2011. OGE is extending the comment period to December 14, 2011.

    DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published September 13, 2011, at 76 FR 56330, is extended. Comments must be submitted in writing and be received by December 14, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments to OGE on the proposed rule, identified by RIN 3209-AA04, by any of the following methods:

    • Email: usoge@oge.gov. Include the reference "Proposed Amendments to Part 2635" in the subject line of the message.
    • Fax: (202) 482-9237.
    • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of Government Ethics, Suite 500, 1201 New York Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005-3917, Attention: Julia L. Eirinberg, Associate General Counsel.

    Instructions: All submissions must include OGE's agency name and the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), 3209-AA04, for the proposed rulemaking.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia L. Eirinberg, Associate General Counsel, Office of Government Ethics; telephone: (202) 482-9300; TYY: (800) 877-8339; FAX: (202) 482-9237.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-15/html/2011-29569.htm

  • Interior

  • Proposed Information Collection; Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE)

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2012. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by January 17, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include "1018-0119" in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or (703) 358-2482 (telephone).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-15/html/2011-29387.htm

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