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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 March

    Commerce

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).

    DATE AND TIME: The meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. Please check the National Climate Assessment Web site for additional information at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment.

    Matters To Be Considered

    Please refer to the Web page http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda, when available.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10- minute public comment period from 3:45-3:55 p.m. The NCADAC 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 two minutes. Written comments should be received in the NCADAC DFO's office by Tuesday, April 3, 2012, to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after April 3, 2012, will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, Email: Cynthia.decker@noaa.gov). Individuals planning to attend are requested to RSVP to Dr. Decker by Tuesday, April 3, 2012 because space may be limited at the venue.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-26/html/2012-7253.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Teleconference.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for an open conference call 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), Public Law 92-463; 86 Stat. 770. The purpose of this conference call is to discuss PCAST's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership report.

    DATES: The public conference call will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012; 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). To receive the call-in information, attendees should register for the conference call on the PCAST Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast no later than 12 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. Questions about the conference call should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, by email: dstine@ostp.eop.gov; or telephone: (202) 456-6006.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-28/html/2012-7433.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 13 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 12 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on the Guidelines for Submissions on Enforcement Matters under Articles 14 and 15 of the NAAEC and to discuss other trans-boundary environmental and trade issues. The meeting will also include a public comment session. A copy of the agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacgac-page.htm.

    DATES: The National and Governmental Advisory Committees will hold an open meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, Conference Room 1117A, located in the EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. Telephone: 202-564-2294. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend, please register with Ms. Stephanie McCoy, by no later than April 20th by calling 202-564-2294 or via email at mccoy.stephanie@epa.gov. Please provide your name, organization, address and telephone number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-28/html/2012-7471.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Agency Information Collection Request; 30-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, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection 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. Send written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections within 30 days of this notice directly to the OS OMB Desk Officer; faxed to OMB at 202-395-5806.

    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-2012-03-28/html/2012-7464.htm

  • Request for Comments on Issues of Privacy and Access With Regard to Human Genome Sequence Data

    AGENCY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on the ethical issues raised by the ready availability of large-scale human genome sequence data, with regard to privacy and data access and the balancing of individual and societal interests.

    DATES: To assure consideration, comments must be received by May 25, 2012. Comments received after this date will be considered only as time permits.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on this topic may submit comments by email to info@bioethics.gov or by mail to the following address: Public Commentary, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cary Scheiderer, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: cary.scheiderer@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-27/html/2012-7329.htm

  • Interior

  • Fisheries and Habitat Conservation and Migratory Birds Programs; Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the final voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). These Guidelines supersede the Service's 2003 voluntary interim guidelines for land-based wind energy development. They respond to accelerated development of land-based wind energy generation projects in the United States. These voluntary Guidelines provide developers and agency staff with an iterative process to make sound decisions in selecting sites to avoid, minimize and compensate for adverse effects to wildlife, particularly birds and bats, and their habitats resulting from construction, operation, and maintenance of land-based wind energy facilities.

    DATES: These voluntary Guidelines are effective March 26, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The Guidelines may be downloaded from http://www.fws.gov/windenergy. To request a copy of the draft Guidelines by U.S. Mail, write: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive; Room 840, Arlington, VA 22203. You may also send an email request to: windenergy@fws.gov. Please specify whether you want to receive a hard copy by U.S. mail or an electronic copy by email.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christy Johnson-Hughes, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (703) 358-1922. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-26/html/2012-7011.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; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is extending the comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance on Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; cost principles and administrative requirements (including Single Audit Act). The original comment period was scheduled to end on March 29, 2012. With this document, OMB is extending the time period in which to provide public comments until April 30, 2012. This will allow interested parties additional time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments.

    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 April 30, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: In submitting commenting, 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 for submitting comments.
    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, 20025, 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.

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

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-26/html/2012-7056.htm

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