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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 February

    Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: In Fiscal Year 2009, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), created a new research, education, and extension program called the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), pursuant to the requirements of section 7406 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. In September of 2008 and June of 2010, NIFA solicited public comment from persons who use or conduct research, extension, or education regarding the implementing regulation to be developed for this new program. In addition, NIFA published an Interim Final Rule with request for comments regarding program-specific administrative provisions for the AFRI as subpart G of 7 CFR 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non- Formula Federal Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions and Specific Administrative Provisions in the Federal Register on September 9, 2010 [75 FR 54759-54766]. It is anticipated that the Final Rule will be published in the Federal Register with request for comments within 90 days of this Federal Register notice.

    In an effort to improve the quality of the AFRI program, NIFA is again holding a public meeting and soliciting public comments for consideration in the development of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 AFRI program solicitations and the FY 2014 Budget. All written comments received prior to the AFRI Listening Session on February 22, 2012, may be utilized in a question and response document and/or responded to during the session held on February 22, 2012 based on the applicability of the comment to the general population of AFRI stakeholders. However, all comments must be received by close of business on March 22, 2012, to be considered in the initial drafting of FY 2013 AFRI program solicitation documents.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in room 1410A-D, Waterfront Centre Building, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Meeting participants will need to provide photo identification to be admitted to the building. Please allow sufficient time to go through security.

    You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2012-0004, by any of the following methods:

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

    Email: AFRI@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2012-0004 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 401-6488.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to AFRI; Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2220, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2220.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: AFRI, IFPS, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3444, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2012-0004. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Terri Joya, (202) 401-1282 (phone), (202) 401-6488 (fax), or tjoya@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-01/html/2012-2100.htm

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Capacity Building Grants for Non Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Institutions Program

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is implementing a newly funded competitive grants program called the Capacity Building Grants for Non Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) Institutions Program. By this notice, NIFA is designated to act on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture in soliciting public comments and stakeholder input from interested parties regarding the development of the Capacity Building Grants for NLGCA Institutions Program.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on March 26, 2012, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. All comments must be received by close of business on March 19, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in room 1410A-D, Waterfront Centre Building, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Meeting participants will need to provide photo identification to be admitted to the building. Please allow sufficient time to go through security.

    You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2012-0002, by any of the following methods:

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

    Email: tpowell@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2012-0002 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 720-2030.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to NLGCA; Institute of Youth, Family, and Community; Division of Community and Education; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2251, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2251.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: NLGCA, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community; Division of Community and Education, National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4449, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2012-0002. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Tamia Powell, (202) 720-1973 (phone), (202) 720-2030 (fax), or tpowell@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-01/html/2012-2101.htm

  • Commerce

  • Identification of Human Cell Lines Project

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Biochemical Science Division announces its intent to identify by short tandem repeat (STR) profiling up to 1500 human cell line samples as part of the Identification of Human Cell Lines Project. All data and corresponding information will be posted in a publically held database at the National Center For Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

    DATES: On the first of each month beginning after February 3, 2012 NIST will post the number of cell lines accepted on the NIST Applied Genetics Group Web site at http://www.nist.gov/mml/biochemical/genetics/index.cfm. Once the total number of accepted submissions has reached 1400 cell lines, the next month will be the final month NIST will accept submissions, with the total time for acceptance not to exceed one year beyond February 3, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Hard copies of submissions must be submitted to the attention of Margaret Kline at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8314; Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8314. Electronic submissions must be submitted to Margaret.Kline@nist.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Kline via email at Margaret.Kline@nist.gov or telephone (301) 975-3134.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-03/html/2012-2459.htm

  • Education

  • Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

    AGENCY: Department of Education.

    ACTION: Request for Information (RFI); Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education (Secretary) invites institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profit organizations, States, systems of higher education, adult education providers, researchers, and institutional faculty and staff, or consortia of such entities, to provide the Department of Education (Department) with information about promising and practical strategies, practices, programs, and activities (promising and practical strategies) that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation. The Department believes this information will be of interest to others in situations similar to those described in the submissions, and useful during future deliberations, possibly including discussions concerning improvements to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and other legislative proposals to the Congress. We are most interested in obtaining information about strategies that emphasize the quality of what students learn and timely or accelerated attainment of postsecondary degrees or certificates, including industry-recognized credentials that lead to improved learning and employment outcomes. Information provided in response to this RFI will be posted on the Department's postsecondary completion Web site (Postsecondary Completion Web site) in a form that will allow information about promising and practical strategies to be shared, commented on, and discussed by interested parties, including employees of IHEs, State officials, students, and members of the general public.

    DATES: Responses to this RFI may be submitted at any time after the publication of this notice, but in order for a response to be considered in the first round of reviews, it should be submitted by April 30, 2012. We will review and post responses received after April 30, 2012 on a regular basis.

    ADDRESSES: Provide any submission related to this RFI to the following email address: collegecompletion@ed.gov. Alternatively, mail or deliver submissions to David Soo, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Soo, (202) 502-7742, david.soo@ed.gov.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-(800) 877-8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g. braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting Warren Farr at (202) 377-4380 or warren.farr@ed.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-30/html/2012-1963.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to Sherette.funncoleman@hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-5683. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above email address within 60 days.

    Proposed Project: Protection of Human Subjects: Assurance of Compliance with Federal Policy/IRB Review/IRB Recordkeeping/Informed Consent/Consent Documentation--OMB No. 0990-0260--Office for Human Research Protections.

    Abstract: Section 491(a) of Public Law 99-158 states that the Secretary of HHS shall by regulation require that each entity applying for HHS support (e.g., a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement) to conduct research involving human subjects submit to HHS assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that it has established an institutional review board (IRB) to review the research in order to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of the human research subjects. IRBs are boards, committees, or groups formally designated by an entity to review, approve, and have continuing oversight of research involving human subjects.

    Pursuant to the requirement of the Public Law 99-158, HHS promulgated regulations at 45 CFR part 46, subpart A, the basic HHS Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The June 18, 1991 adoption of the common Federal Policy (56 FR 28003) by 15 departments and agencies implements a recommendation of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research which was established on November 9, 1974, by Public Law 95- 622. The Common Rule is based on HHS regulations at 45 CFR part 46, subpart A, the basic HHS Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-31/html/2012-2038.htm

  • Notice of a Meeting of a Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director

    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to inform the public about a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce (WGBDRW).

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, from approximately 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Letters of intent to present comments, along with a brief description of the organization represented, should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Floor 6C, Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892. Comments and letters of intent to present comments should be sent to Mr. Justin D. Hentges, Office of the Director, NIH, 1 Center Drive, Room 108, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone (301) 443-7975; fax (301) 402-2700; email ACDDiversity@mail.nih.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information concerning this meeting, contact Mr. Justin D. Hentges, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 1 Center Drive, Room 108, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone (301) 443-7975; fax (301) 402-2700; email ACDDiversity@mail.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-01/html/2012-2215.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reissuance of Interim Special Rule for the Polar Bear

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: On November 18, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Court) issued an order in regard to Misc. No. 08- 764 (EGS) MDL Docket No. 1993 IN RE: POLAR BEAR ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT LISTING AND Sec. 4(d) RULE LITIGATION, vacating and remanding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the December 16, 2008, final special rule for the polar bear (73 FR 76249). The Court further ordered that in its place the interim final special rule for the polar bear published on May 15, 2008 (73 FR 28306), shall remain in effect until superseded by the new special rule for the polar bear to be published in the Federal Register. This rule complies with that order and provides final notice of the reinstatement of the May 15, 2008, interim final special rule for the polar bear.

    DATES: This action is effective January 30, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The interim final special rule is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. It will also be available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Marine Mammal Management Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska; telephone (907) 786-3800.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the polar bear and its habitat see http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/polarbear/esa.htm or contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management (see ADDRESSES) or telephone (907) 786-3800. 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-2012-01-30/html/2012-1914.htm

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Director's Order 79 Concerning National Park Service Policies and Procedures Governing Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities

    AGENCY: Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to adopt a Director's Order setting forth policies and procedures that guide NPS practices to ensure the integrity of NPS scientific and scholarly activities. This NPS guidance will ensure proper application in the NPS of Department of the Interior guidance on Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities, which is found in Part 305, Chapter 3, of the Department of the Interior Manual (on the Internet at http://elips.doi.gov/appdm/actgetfiles.cfm?relnum=3889).

    DATES: Written comments will be accepted until April 3, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Draft Director's Order 79 is available on the Internet at http://www.nps.gov/policy/DO-79draft.pdf. Requests for copies of, and written comments on, the draft Director's Order should be sent to Dr. Gary Machlis, Science Advisor to the Director, 1849 C Street NW., Washington DC 20240, or to his Internet address: gary_machlis@nps.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Machlis at (202) 219-8933 or John G. Dennis at (202) 513-7174 (or john_dennis@nps.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-03/html/2012-2437.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National Science Board.

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, February 3, from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201,Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office [call (703) 292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference and provide name and organizational affiliation. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Dana Topousis, dtopousi@nsf.gov, (703) 292- 7750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-30/html/2012-2055.htm

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