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Federal Register Summary for week of 1 June

    Commerce

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC)

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

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) was established by the Secretary of Commerce under the authority of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 to synthesize and summarize the science and information pertaining to current and future impacts of climate.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held June 14, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and June 15, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These times are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html for changes and for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held in Conference Room A of the American Geophysical Union Building (AGU), 2000 Florida Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009. Please check the Web site http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html for confirmation of the venue and for directions.

    Status: Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Members of the public must RSVP in order to attend all or a portion of the meeting by contacting the NCADAC DFO (Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov) by June 7, 2012. The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-minute public comment period on June 14 at 5:00-5:15 p.m. and a 30-minute period on June 15 at 12:00-12:30 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). 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 five (5) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the NCADAC DFO (Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov) by June 7, 2012 to schedule their/ presentation. Written comments should be received in the NCADAC DFO's Office by June 7, 2012 to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after June 7, 2012 will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Dr. Cynthia Decker (301-563- 6162, Cynthia.decker@noaa.gov) by June 7, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, NOAA OAR, R/SAB, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NCADAC Web site at http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-01/html/2012-13328.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Establishment of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; establishment of a Federal Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, we are giving notice that EPA is establishing the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB). The purpose of the GLAB is to provide advice to the Administrator in her capacity as Chair of the Inter- Agency Task Force established per Executive Order 13340 (May 18, 2004), on matters related to Great Lakes restoration and protection. The major objectives will be to provide advice and recommendations on: Great Lakes protection and restoration policy; long term goals and objectives for Great Lakes protection and restoration; and annual priorities to protect and restore the Great Lakes that may be used to help inform budget decisions.

    EPA has determined that this federal advisory committee is in the public interest and will assist the EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities. Copies of the GLAB's charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rita Cestaric, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604, Email address: cestaric.rita@epa.gov, Telephone number: (312) 886-6815.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-31/html/2012-13186.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meetings of the National Biodefense Science Board

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a closed session under exemption 9(B) of the Government in Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), in addition to a public meeting the following day.

    DATES: The June 26, 2012, NBSB public meeting is tentatively scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closed session of the NBSB will take place on June 25, 2012, and is tentatively scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The agendas for both days are subject to change as priorities dictate. Please check the NBSB Web site for the most up-to-date information on these meetings.

    ADDRESSES: The June 26, 2012, public meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20005. To attend by teleconference and/or Web cast, please refer to the NBSB Web site for further instructions at WWW.PHE.GOV/NBSB. Please log- in/call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting to facilitate attendance. Pre-registration is optional for in-person attendance, however online access to the Web cast is required by June 21, 2012. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting in-person should send an email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with "NBSB Registration'' in the subject line by June 21, 2012. The closed session will not be open to the public as stipulated under exemption 9(B) of the Government in Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. section 552b(c).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The National Biodefense Science Board mailbox: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-01/html/2012-13387.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(9)(B), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended because the premature disclosure of grant applications and the discussions would likely to significantly frustrate implementation of recommendations.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: June 14-15, 2012.

    Open: June 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: NIH Director's Report, ACD Working Group report, NIH Updates and other business of the committee.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: June 15, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: June 15, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: ACD Working Group reports, NIH updates, and other business of the committee.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 103, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4272, woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://acd.od.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-29/html/2012-12860.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; availability of supplementary documents.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed revised designation of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Also, a draft environmental assessment of this proposed action will be made available to the public on June 4, 2012.

    DATES: Written Comments: The public comment period on the proposal to revise critical habitat for the northern spotted owl has been extended to July 6, 2012. Please note comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. If you are submitting your comments by hard copy, please mail them by July 6, 2012, to ensure that we receive them in time to give them full consideration.

    Public Information Meetings: As announced previously, we will hold public information meetings on the following dates and times:

    • Redding, California, on June 4, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Tacoma, Washington, on June 12, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Portland, Oregon, on June 20, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    This meeting will precede the public hearing at the same location and on the same date.

    In addition, we have added the following public information meetings:

    • Roseburg, Oregon, on June 27, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Public Hearing: We will hold a public hearing in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Document availability: You may obtain copies of the proposed revised rule, draft economic analysis, and draft environmental assessment at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number FWS-R1-ES- 2011-0112, from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office's Web site (http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/--click on the link "Spotted Owl Main Information Site''), or by contacting the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office directly (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    Comment Submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS-R1-ES-2011-0112, which is the docket number for this rulemaking, and follow the directions for submitting a comment.
    2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2011-0112; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
    3. At the public information meetings or the public hearing: Written comments will be accepted by Service personnel at any of the seven scheduled public meetings or the public hearing.

    We will post all comments received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information). We request that you send comments only by the methods described above.

    Public Information Meetings: The seven public meetings will be held at the following locations:

    • California: Redding Convention Center, 700 Auditorium Drive, Redding, California 96001; 530-229-0036.
    • Washington: University of Washington, Tacoma Campus, 1900 Commerce St., Jane Russell Commons, Tacoma, Washington; 253-692-4416.
    • Portland, Oregon: Oregon Convention Center, Room C-120, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon; 503-235-7575.
    • Roseburg, Oregon: Douglas County Central Library, Ford Community Room, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg, Oregon; 541-440- 4305.

    Public Hearing: The public hearing will be held in Room C-120 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon; 503-235-7575.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Henson, State Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266, by telephone (503-231-6179), or by facsimile (503-231-6195). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-01/html/2012-13305.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173)

    Dates/Time: June 19, 2012, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.; June 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, contact the individual listed below. Your request to attend this meeting must be received by email (kmack@nsf.gov) on or prior to June 12, 2012.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Kelly Mack, Program Officer and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Division of Human Resource Development, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone Number: (703) 292-8575 kmack@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-30/html/2012-12955.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Public Comment on Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Arctic Research Plan: FY2013-2017

    ACTION: Request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (ARPA), Public Law 98-373, established the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) to develop national Arctic research policy five-year Federal research plans to implement ARPA. Chaired by the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), IARPC is composed of representatives from ten agencies. More information on IARPC can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/arctic/iarpc/start.jsp.

    The IARPC's Arctic Research Plan: FY2013-2017 (Five-Year Plan) describes research priorities for the next five years that are expected to benefit from interagency collaboration; not all research conducted by Federal agencies is included in the Five-Year Plan. The Five-Year Plan focuses on seven priority areas designed to enhance the goals and objectives of Federal agencies in Arctic research:

    1. Sea ice and marine ecosystem studies.
    2. Terrestrial ecosystem studies.
    3. Atmospheric studies effecting energy flux.
    4. Observing systems.
    5. Regional climate models.
    6. Adaptation tools for sustaining communities.
    7. Human health.

    DATES: This request will be active through June 22, 2012, 11:59 EST.

    ADDRESSES: The Five-Year Plan and additional information, including any updates to this Federal Register notice, will be available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/arctic/iarpc/arcresplan_index.jsp. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: agraefe@arctic.gov. Include "IARPC FIVE-YEAR PLAN COMMENT'' in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: IARPC, c/o Arctic Sciences Division, National Science Foundation, Suite 755S, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Attention: "Linda Izzard, IARPC FIVE-YEAR PLAN COMMENT.''

    Fax: 703-292-9082 Attention: "Linda Izzard, IARPC FIVE-YEAR PLAN COMMENT.''

    All submissions must be in English and must include your name, return address and email address, if applicable. Please clearly label submissions as "IARPC FIVE-YEAR PLAN COMMENT.''

    Please do not include classified, personally identifying information (such as social security numbers), copyrighted material, or business confidential information. Please note that your submission may be subject to public release "as is'' under applicable law.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this notice should be sent to A. Graefe, agraefe@arctic.gov. Include "IARPC FIVE-YEAR PLAN COMMENT'' in the subject line of the message. Questions may also be sent by mail (please allow additional time for processing) to: IARPC, c/o Arctic Sciences Division, National Science Foundation, Suite 755S, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Attention: "Lind Izzard, IARPC FIVE-YEAR PLAN COMMENT.''

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-29/html/2012-12790.htm

  • Veterans Affairs

  • National Research Advisory Council, Notice of Meeting

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the National Research Advisory Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Conference Room 23 at 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

    The purpose of the Council is to provide external advice and review for VA's research mission. The agenda will include a review of the VA research portfolio and a summary of current budget allocations. The Council will also provide feedback on the direction/focus of VA's research initiatives.

    No time will be allocated at this meeting for receiving oral presentations from the public. Interested members of the public may submit written statements for the Council's review to Margaret Hannon, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Research and Development (10P9), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20420, or by email at Margaret.Hannon@va.gov. Any member of the public wishing to attend the meeting or wishing further information should contact Ms. Hannon at (202) 443-5614.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-30/html/2012-12995.htm

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