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Federal Register Summary for week of 11 May

    Agriculture

  • Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: The meeting dates are May 29-30, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Access Board Conference Room, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004-1111.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; Telephone (202) 720-3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; Email AC21@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-07/html/2012-10264.htm

  • Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council will meet in Washington, DC, on June 6-7, 2012. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging issues in forestry research.

    DATES: The meeting will be held June 6-7, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on both days.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Franklin Court Building, 1099 14th Street NW., Suite 5500W, Washington, DC. Individuals who wish to speak at the meeting or to propose agenda items must send their names and proposals by May 31, 2012 to Daina Apple, Designated Federal Officer, Forestry Research Advisory Council, USDA Forest Service, Research and Development, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250-1120, or fax their names and proposed agenda items to (202) 205- 1530.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Apple, Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, (202) 205-1665.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-07/html/2012-10873.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Members for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill 9 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: All nomination materials should be mailed in a single, complete package and postmarked by June 29, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: All nomination packages must be sent to: Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: NAREEE Advisory Board.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 3870, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255, telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202- 720-6199; email: Robert.Burk@usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-08/html/2012-11044.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held May 22-24, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101; 206-447-5564.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-07/html/2012-10963.htm

  • Defense

  • Publication of the Final National Wetland Plant List

    AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Final Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2012 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL is used to determine whether the hydrophytic vegetation parameter is met when conducting wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the list include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list will become effective on June 1, 2012 and will be used in any wetland delineation performed after this date. Delineations received prior to this date may still use the 1988 list, or you may chose to use the 2012 list. Prior to the effective date, please reference which list was used on any wetland delineation/determination forms.

    DATES: Effective Date: June 1, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CECW-CO-R (Attn: Karen Mulligan), 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Mulligan, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, Washington, DC 20314-1000, by phone at 202-761-4664 or by email at karen.mulligan@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-09/html/2012-11176.htm

  • Interior

  • Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee; Announcement of Plenary Session

    AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC) will meet at the Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort.

    DATES: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 23, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and on Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, California 93103, telephone (805) 564-4333.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the agenda may be requested from BOEM by emailing Ms. Phyllis Clark at Phyllis.Clark@boem.gov. Other inquiries concerning the OCS SC meeting should be addressed to Dr. Rodney Cluck, Executive Secretary to the OCS SC, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, Mail Stop HM-3115, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817, or by calling (703) 787-1087 or via email at Rodney.Cluck@boem.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-10/html/2012-11277.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Implementing the Freedom of Information Act

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: With this document, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is proposing to issue regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The proposed regulations contain provisions to comply with the President's January 21, 2009, Executive Memoranda on "The Freedom of Information Act'' and "Transparency and Open Government,'' as well as Attorney General Holder's March 19, 2009, Memorandum on "The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).'' In addition, the regulations reflect OSTP's policy and practices and reaffirm its commitment to provide the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public.

    DATES: Comments will be received through June 11, 2012, 11:59 EST.

    ADDRESSES: Comments of approximately one page or less in length (4000 characters) are requested and may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: ostpfoia@ostp.eop.gov. Include "FOIA PROPOSED RULEMAKING'' in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20504. Attention: "FOIA PROPOSED RULEMAKING.''

    FAX: 202-395-1224.

    All submissions must be in English and must include your name, return address and email address, if applicable. Please clearly label submissions as "FOIA PROPOSED RULEMAKING.''

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lee or Rachel Leonard, 202- 456-4444. Questions about the content of this notice should be sent to ostpfoia@ostp.eop.gov. Include "FOIA PROPOSED RULEMAKING'' in the subject line of the message. Questions may also be sent by mail (please allow additional time for processing) to: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20504. Attention: "FOIA PROPOSED RULEMAKING.''

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-09/html/2012-10868.htm

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