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Federal Register Summary for week of 13 July

    Commerce

  • Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan

    AGENCIES: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NOAA and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) announce on behalf of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture under the Office of Science and Technology Policy that a draft National Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan (R&D Plan) for the United States is being made available for public review and comment. This plan will provide a framework for federal agencies to develop programs for research and development that affect the production of aquatic organisms such as finfish, crustaceans, mollusks, and algae. We are soliciting public comment in regard to priorities, vision, and goals. Please be specific regarding what section or content in the R&D plan your comment refers. The draft R&D plan can be found at http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/programs/programs.htm?np_code=106&docid=22641.

    DATES: Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), August 27, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this action identified by NOAA- NMFS-2012-0136 by either of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the federal e-Rulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0136 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the "Submit a Comment'' icon on that line. You may also view supporting and related materials. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. The agency will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to RIN 0648-XC007, Dr. Jeff Silverstein, USDA-ARS, National Program Leader-Aquaculture, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Room 4-2106, Beltsville, MD 20705. Please state that your comment refers to RIN 0648-XC007.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: ARS: Dr. Jeffrey Silverstein, National Program Leader for Aquaculture, USDA-ARS Office of National Programs, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Room 4-2106, Beltsville, MD 20705; (301) 504-5925. NMFS: Dr. Michael Rubino, Director, Office of Aquaculture, NOAA Fisheries, 1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC3 Rm. 13137, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 427-8325. To receive a hard copy of the R&D Plan please contact Dr. Jeff Silverstein.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-12/html/2012-17051.htm

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board. Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the Agenda below.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for: Monday, August 6 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Conference Call. Public access is available at SSMC Bldg. 3, ROOM 10836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Ban, Designated Federal Officer, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11843, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Elizabeth.Ban@noaa.gov or (301) 734-1082.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-12/html/2012-17040.htm

  • Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that a Draft Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification is being made available for public review and comment. The Draft Research Plan presents a vision for how to move Federal agencies toward a better understanding of the process of ocean acidification, its effects on marine ecosystems, and the steps that could be taken to adapt marine resource management to account for it.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 10, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Please visit http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/iwgoa/pages/research_strategy.html to view and provide comments on the draft Strategy. Comments can be submitted via an online form or by submitting revised version of the strategy, with changes tracked, to NMFS.ST.OAStrategy@noaa.gov. Alternatively, you may send comments by U.S. mail to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, ATTN: OA Strategy Coordinator, 1315 East-West Highway, F/ST7, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jennifer Howard, 301-713-8173, NMFS.ST.OAStrategy@noaa.gov

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-11/html/2012-16919.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM)

    AGENCY: Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS.

    ACTION: Meeting announcement and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of SACATM on September 5-6, 2012, at the Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building at the NIEHS, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. The meeting is open to the public with attendance limited only by the space available. The meeting will be webcast through a link at (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/video/live). SACATM advises the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), and the Director of the NIEHS and NTP regarding statutorily mandated duties of ICCVAM and activities of NICEATM.

    DATES: The SACATM meeting will be held on September 5-6, 2012. The meeting is tentatively scheduled from 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to 5:30 p.m. on September 5 and 8:30 a.m. until adjournment on September 6. All individuals who plan to attend are encouraged to register online at the NTP Web site (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/32822) by August 29, 2012. In order to facilitate planning, persons wishing to make an oral presentation are asked to notify Dr. Lori White, NTP Designated Federal Officer, via online registration, phone, or email by August 29, 2012 (see ADDRESSES below). Written comments should also be received by August 29, 2012, to enable review by SACATM and NIEHS/DNTP staff before the meeting. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

    ADDRESSES: The SACATM meeting will be held at the Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building at the NIEHS, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Public comments and other correspondence should be directed to Dr. Lori White (Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, DNTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone: 919-541-9834 or email: whiteld@niehs.nih.gov). Courier address: NIEHS, 530 Davis Drive, Room 2136, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-09/html/2012-16675.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ATSDR)

    The CDC is soliciting nominations for membership on the BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR consists of 16 experts knowledgeable in the field of environmental public health or in related disciplines, who are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the Board's objectives. Nominees will be selected from experts having experience in preventing human diseases and disabilities caused by environmental conditions. Experts in the disciplines of toxicology, epidemiology, environmental or occupational medicine, behavioral science, risk assessment, exposure assessment, and experts in public health and other related disciplines will be considered. Members may be invited to serve up to four-year terms.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership be balanced in terms of points of view represented and the board's function. Consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., as well as gender, race, ethnicity, persons with disabilities, and several factors including: (1) The committee's mission; (2) the geographic, ethnic, social, economic, or scientific impact of the advisory committee's recommendations; (3) the types of specific perspectives required, for example, those of consumers, technical experts, the public at-large, academia, business, or other sectors; (4) the need to obtain divergent points of view on the issues before the advisory committee; and (5) the relevance of State, local, or tribal governments to the development of the advisory committee's recommendations. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

    The following information must be submitted for each candidate: Name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and current curriculum vitae. Email addresses are requested if available. Nominations should be sent, in writing, and postmarked by September 30, 2012, to: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway (MS-F61), Chamblee, Georgia 30341, Email address: sym6@CDC.GOV. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE Form 450) for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.'' This form allows CDC to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded at http://www.usoge.gov/forms/oge450pdf/oge450accessible.pdf.

    This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-09/html/2012-16636.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of an extension of an information collection (1028- 0082).


    SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we will submit to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements for "Bird Banding Lab (4 USGS forms).'' This notice provides the public and other Federal agencies an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this form. This collection is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2012.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before September 11, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Please send your comments concerning the IC to the USGS to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, Shari Baloch, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648-7199 (fax); or smbaloch@usgs.gov (email). Use Information Collection Number 1028-0082 in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Bruce Peterjohn, (301) 497-5646 (phone) or bpeterjohn@usgs.gov (email).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-13/html/2012-17088.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: The meeting will be on August 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than July 26, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, 602 State Highway 210 East, Fergus Falls, MN 56537- 4217.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Perry, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-2432; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-02/html/2012-16094.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Technology and Innovation Committee; Meeting Amendment

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    Reference: Notice 12-054, published in the Federal Register on Thursday, June 28, 2012 (Vol. 77, No. 125, page 38678). SUMMARY: This is an amendment of Federal Register Notice 12-054 published on June 28, 2012, to provide additional information. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Technology and Innovation Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

    DATES: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Building 8, Management Conference Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Green, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4710, fax (202) 358-4078, or g.m.green@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-10/html/2012-16781.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 of the Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    AGENCY: National Science Board.

    DATES: Date and Time: Monday, July 16, 2012, from 3:00-5:45 p.m., and Tuesday, July 17, 2012, from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

    Place: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson 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 meeting 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 to receive a visitor's badge.

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

    Agency Contact: Jacqueline Meszaros, jmeszasa@nsf.gov, (703) 292- 7000.

    Public Affairs Contact: Dana Topousis, dtopousi@nsf.gov, (703) 292- 7750.

    Status: Portions open; portion closed.

    Open Sessions

    July 16, 2012

    3:00-3:15 p.m.

    July 17, 2012

    8:30-11:00 a.m.

    Closed Session

    July 16, 2012

    3:15-5:45 p.m.

    MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED:

    July 16, 2012

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)

    Open Session: 3:00-3:15 p.m.

    • Information Item: Astronomical Science Portfolio Review

    Closed Session: 3:15-5:45 p.m.

    • Approval of minutes from the closed portion of the May 2012 meeting
    • Committee Chairman's Remarks
    • NSB Action Item: Proposal for a Future MREFC Project
    • NSB Action Item: Integrated Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
    • NSB Action Item: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)

    July 17, 2012

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)

    Open Session: 8:30-11:00 a.m.

    • Approval of minutes from the open portion of the May 2012 meeting
    • Committee Chairman's Remarks--Opening remarks; CY 2012 Update on Schedule of Action and Information Items for NSB Review; Plan for Support of Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure (NEES) Beyond 2014
    • Director's Remarks
    • NSB Discussion Item: Status of Implementation of Board Policy on Recompetition
    • NSB Information Item: iPlant Update
    • NSB Information Item: National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
    • NSB Information Item: Renewal Award to University of Illinois for Blue Waters M&O
    • CPP Program Portfolio Planning--Follow-up from Cognitive Neuroscience Program Portfolio, May CPP; Space Weather; Next Steps and Schedule for Future Program Portfolio Discussions

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-12/html/2012-17122.htm

  • 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: July 17, 2012, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and July 18, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson 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 meeting 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 to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: The public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/120717/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting 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.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    Open Sessions

    July 17, 2012

    • 8:15-8:20 a.m. (Chairman's introduction)
    • 8:20-8:30 a.m. (SCF)
    • 8:30-11:00 a.m. (previously noticed continuation of CPP meeting)
    • 11:00-11:45 a.m. (A&O)
    • 1:30-4:00 p.m. (SEI)

    July 18, 2012

    • 8:00-8:30 a.m. (CSB)
    • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Board)

    Closed Sessions

    July 18, 2012

    • 8:30-9:00 a.m. (CSB)
    • 9:00-9:30 a.m. (Board, executive closed)
    • 9:30-10:00 a.m. (Board)

    Matters To Be Discussed

    Tuesday July 17, 2012

    • CSB Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)
    • Open Session: 8:20-8:30 a.m.
      • Chairman's Remarks
      • Approval of minutes from the May 2012 meeting
      • Approval of the 2012 annual Portfolio Review
      • Chairman's Closing Remarks
    • Committee on Audit and Oversight (A&O)
    • Open Session: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
      • Approval of Minutes of the May 2012 Open and Closed Sessions
      • Committee Chairman's Opening Remarks
      • Inspector General's Update
      • Chief Financial Officer's Update
      • Committee Chairman's Closing Remarks
    • Committee on Science & Engineering Indicators (SEI)
    • Open Session: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
      • Chairman's Remarks
      • Approval of May board meeting minutes
      • Director's Award for Collaborative Integration
      • Review of Second Companion to Science and Engineering
    • Indicators 2012 and Discussion of Release Plans
      • Overview of the Process for Producing Science and Engineering
    • Indicators 2014 and Key Board Dates and Activities
      • Introduction of Chapter Authors and Discussion of Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 Narrative Chapter Outlines
    • Update on Release of the first Companion to Science and
    • Engineering Indicators 2012
      • Chairman's Summary

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    • Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)
    • Open Session: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
      • Chairman's Remarks
      • Approval of May Meeting Minutes
      • NSF FY 2013 Budget Update
      • Report from Subcommittee on Facilities
      • Other Committee Business
    • Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)
    • Closed Session: 8:30-9:00 a.m.
      • NSF FY 2014 Budget Development
    • Plenary Board Meeting
    • Executive Closed Session: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
      • Approval of Executive Closed Session Minutes, May 2012
      • Discussion of Board Member Proposals
      • Update on Antarctic Infrastructure Planning
    • Plenary Board Meeting
    • Closed Session: 9:30-10:00 a.m.
      • Approval of Closed Session Minutes, May 2012
      • Awards and Agreements (Resolutions), from CPP
      • Closed Committee Reports
    • Plenary Open
    • Open Session: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
      • Approval of Open Session Minutes, May 2012
      • Chairman's Report
      • Director's Report
      • Open Committee Reports
    • Meeting Adjourns: 12:00 p.m.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-12/html/2012-17148.htm