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Federal Register Summary for week of 6 January

    Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (FRCC) is filling eight vacant positions. Candidates who wish to be considered for membership on the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee should submit an AD-755 application form, cover letter, and resume to the Secretary of Agriculture. The application form and additional information can be found at usda.gov/advisory--committee.xml.

    DATES: Nomination applications are to be post marked by March 2, 2012

    ADDRESSES: Nomination applications should be sent to Tom Vilsack, Secretary, Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 20250, Attn: Forest Resource Coordinating Committee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maya Solomon, FRCC Coordinator, by phone at (202) 205-1376 or by email at mayasolomon@fs.fed.us or Ted Beauvais, FRCC Designted Federal Officer, by phone (202) 205-1190 or by email at tbeauvais@fs.fed.us.

    Individuals who use telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1 (800) 877- 8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2012/2011-33729.htm

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule; Correction

    AGENCY: USDA Forest Service.

    ACTION: Notice; correction.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Service published a notice in the Federal Register on December 29, 2011, concerning the intent to establish an advisory committee and call for nominations. The document contained incorrect dates. The published document contained a due date for nominations of February 13, 2012. The correction is February 21, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tony Tooke, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Forest System, Ecosystem Management Coordination; telephone: (202) 205-0830, fax: (202) 205- 1758, or email: ttooke@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1 (800) 877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of December 29, 2011, in FR doc. 2011- 33535, on page 81911, in the first column, correct the "Dates'' caption to read:

    Written nominations must be received by February 21, 2012. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, and completed form AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information). The form AD-755 may be obtained from Forest Service contact person or from the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5203568.pdf. The package must be sent to the address below.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-05/html/2011-33823.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the section on Matters to be Considered.

    Time and Date: The meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, from 3-5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 11836, 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, Md.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5- minute public comment period from 4:50-4:55 p.m. The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of one minute. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by January 26, 2012 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after January 26, 2012, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-05/html/2011-33774.htm

  • Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) Low Frequency Active (LFA) sonar in areas of the world's oceans (with the exception of Arctic and Antarctic waters and certain geographic restrictions), from August 16, 2012, through August 15, 2017. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take and requests information, suggestions, and comments on these proposed regulations.

    DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than February 6, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648-BB14, by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Hand delivery or mailing of paper, disk, or CD-ROM comments should be addressed to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

    NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. To help NMFS process and review comments more efficiently, please use only one method to submit comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeannine Cody, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427-8401.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-06/html/2011-33600.htm

  • Defense

  • Revision to the Notice for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Regarding Public Conference Calls Scheduled for January 10 and February 8, 2012

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD (USACE).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In a December 21, 2011 notice, Federal Register Notice (76 FR 79167), USACE announced the release of the "Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern--Chicago Area Waterway System'' (ANS Control Paper), a public comment period and two (2) public conference calls. USACE is hosting the calls to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions regarding the ANS Control Paper. The December 21, 2011 notice did not include a security code for these conference calls. This notice includes the phone number, and access and security codes. Please refer to December 21, 2011 notice for information regarding the public comment period.

    DATES: On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (CST) and Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST), USACE will host two (2) public conference calls. Please refer to the "Public Conference Calls--ANS Control Paper'' section below for call information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606, or by email: david.m.wethington@usace.army.mil.

    For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606, by phone: (312) 846-5330 or by email: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-03/html/2011-33656.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institutes of Health Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

    Part N, National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority for the Department of Health and Human Services (40 FR 22859, May 27, 1975, as amended most recently at 66 FR 6617, January 22, 2001, and redesignated from Part HN as Part N at 60 FR 56605, November 9, 1995), is amended as set forth below to establish the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), to abolish the National Center for Research Review (NCRR), and to establish organizational components within National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the NIH Office of the Director (OD).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-06/html/2012-54.htm

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Sunshine Act Notice

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals will meet in open session on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, from 1:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 25 January 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 26 January 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 27 January 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Commission and the Committee will meet in executive session on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

    PLACE: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501; telephone: (907) 276-8700; fax: (907) 343-3145.

    STATUS: The executive session will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b) and applicable regulations. The session will be limited to discussions of internal agency processes, personnel, and the budget of the Commission. All other portions of the meeting will be open to the public. Public participation will be allowed as time permits and as determined to be desirable by the Chairman.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission and Committee will meet in public session to discuss a broad range of marine ecosystem and marine mammal matters with a focus on issues and species regarding Alaska. Although subject to change, major issues that the Commission plans to consider at the meeting include co-management of marine mammals between Alaska Native organizations and federal agencies, research activities in the Arctic, the effects of climate disruption, the conservation of species of special concern, marine mammal health and diseases in Alaska, Arctic oil and gas exploration and development, and conservation and research needs related to marine mammals in the Arctic. The last day of the meeting will be devoted to discussing conservation and management priorities concerning federal marine mammal programs. A draft agenda for the meeting is available on the Commission's Web site (http://www.mmc.gov).

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Darel E. Jordan, Staff Assistant, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-0087; email: djordan@mmc.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2012/2011-33851.htm

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