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Federal Register Summary for week of 2 March

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010; Notice of Availability and Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of document availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2010 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon fluxes in U.S. agricultural and forest lands. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010 is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.

    DATES: To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit your comments on or before March 28, 2012. However, comments received after that date will still be welcomed and be considered for the next edition of this report.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Mr. Leif Hockstad at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2359. You are welcome and encouraged to send an email with your comments to hockstad.leif@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leif Hockstad, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, (202) 343-9432, hockstad.leif@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-27/html/2012-4477.htm

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

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB to conduct quality reviews of a draft report on the President's requested FY 2013 budget for EPA research and a draft report on science integration at EPA; to plan for a joint meeting of the SAB and Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC); to receive a briefing on ORD and sustainability science; and to discuss the scientific and technical bases for four proposed agency actions.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 23, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218, fax (202) 202-564-2218; or email at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-01/html/2012-5014.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 22, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Rooms 8R40 and 7H45 respectively, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-1377, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the capacity of the room. The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics:

    • Earth Science Division Update
    • Committee on Earth Observations Satellites and Other International Coordination Efforts
    • Ground Networks and Their Evolution
    • Earth Science Division Communication Strategy

    It is imperative that the meeting be held on these dates to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants. Attendees will be requested to sign a register and to comply with NASA security requirements, including the presentation of a valid picture ID to Security before access to NASA Headquarters. Foreign nationals attending this meeting will be required to provide a copy of their passport and visa in addition to providing the following information no less than 10 working days prior to the meeting: full name; gender; date/place of birth; citizenship; visa information (number, type, expiration date); passport information (number, country, expiration date); employer/affiliation information (name of institution, address, country, telephone); title/position of attendee; and home address to Marian Norris via email at mnorris@nasa.gov or by fax at (202) 358- 1377. U.S. citizens and green card holders are requested to submit their name and affiliation 3 working days prior to the meeting to Marian Norris.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-28/html/2012-4529.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee Management; Notice of Establishment

    The Director of the National Science Foundation has determined that the establishment of the Advisory Committee for Innovation Corps is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the National Science Foundation (NSF), by 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee for Innovation Corps (80463).

    Purpose: The Committee will provide advice to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the direction, development, and enhancement of the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. The I-Corps program creates an opportunity to assess the readiness of emerging technology concepts and research results that show the immediate potential for broader applicability and impact. These results may be translated into valuable new technologies and products with near-term benefits to business, the economy and society. Specialized guidance may be addressed through the use of subcommittees, task groups or committees of visitors (COVs) within the structure of the Committee.

    Responsible NSF Official: Dedric A. Carter, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: 703/292-8002.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-29/html/2012-4758.htm

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act)

    AGENCY: Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

    ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance.


    SUMMARY: In his November 23, 2009, Executive Order 13520 on Reducing Improper Payments and his February 28, 2011, Presidential Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility, Lower Costs, and Better Results for State, Local, and Tribal Governments, the President directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to work with Executive Branch agencies; state, local, and tribal governments; and other key stakeholders to evaluate potential reforms to Federal grants policies. Consistent with the Administration's commitment to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of Federal programs, the reform effort seeks to strengthen the oversight of Federal grant dollars by aligning existing administrative requirements to better address ongoing and emerging risks to program outcomes and integrity. The reform effort further seeks to increase efficiency and effectiveness of grant programs by eliminating unnecessary and duplicative requirements. Through close and sustained collaboration with Federal and non-Federal partners, OMB has developed a series of reform ideas that would standardize information collections across agencies, adopt a risk-based model for Single Audits, and provide new administrative approaches for determining and monitoring the allocation of Federal funds.

    DATES: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T) on March 29, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: In submitting comments, please refer to file "Grant Reform''. You may submit comments using one of the following three alternatives (please choose only one of these three alternatives):

    1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions under the "more Search Options'' tab.

    2. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to the following address only: Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20025, Attention: Office of Federal Financial Management "Grant Reform''.

    3. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address only: Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th St. NW., Washington DC, 20500, Attention: Office of Federal Financial Management "Grant Reform''. Due to potential delays in OMB's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we strongly encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments sent via surface mail will be received before the comment closing date.

    Comments will be most useful if they are presented in the same sequence (and with the same heading) as the section of this notice to which they apply. Also, if you are submitting comments on behalf of an organization, please identify the organization. Finally, the public comments received by OMB will be posted on OMB's Web site and at http://www.regulations.gov (follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments). Accordingly, please do not include in your comments any confidential business information or information of a personal-privacy nature.

    Copies of the OMB Circulars that are discussed in this notice are available on OMB's Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_default/. The Cost Principles for Hospitals are in the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services at 45 CFR part 75, Appendix E (Principles for Determining Costs Applicable to Research and Development Under Grants and Contracts with Hospitals), at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title45-vol1/pdf/CFR-2011-title45-vol1.pdf.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Collin at (202) 395-7791 for general information.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-28/html/2012-4521.htm

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