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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 July

    Arctic Research Commission

  • Arctic Research Commission

    Reports and Updates on Arctic Research Programs and Projects; Meetings

    July 6, 2012.

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 98th meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, on August 9-10, 2012. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m. on August 9 and 11:30 on August 10 after a scheduled executive session.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 97th meeting
    3. Commissioners and staff reports
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-19/html/2012-17463.htm

  • Defense

  • Meeting of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel will hold a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Members of the public should submit their comments in advance of the meeting to the meeting Point of Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 2005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Joan S. Cleveland, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203- 1995, telephone 703-696-4532.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice of open meeting is provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2). The meeting will include discussions on ocean research, resource management, and other current issues in the ocean science and management communities.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-18/html/2012-17438.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment as a Member of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Technical Advisory Committee).

    DATES: The deadline for nominations for members will be accepted on or before August 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The nominations must include name, a resume, biography, and any letters of support and are to be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. Email to elliott.levine@ee.doe.gov.
    2. Overnight delivery service to: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-2E, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-2E,1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: elliott.levine@ee.doe.gov.

    Committee's Web site: http://biomassboard.gov/committee/committee.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-18/html/2012-17397.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) this document announces that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Submission of Protocols and Study Reports for Environmental Research Involving Human Subjects; EPA ICR No. 2195.04, OMB Control No. 2070-0169. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.

    DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before August 20, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPP- 2011-0704, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), or by mail to: OPP Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/ DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC., and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lily G. Negash, Field & External Affairs Division (7605P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 703-347-8515; fax number: 703-305-5884; email address: negash.lily@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-20/html/2012-17746.htm

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4 day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review the Pollinator Risk Assessment Framework.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 11-14, 2012, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by August 28, 2012 and requests for oral comments be submitted by September 4, 2012. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after August 28, 2012 should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 1, 2012.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP's Web site, http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0543 by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.htm.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Jenkins, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-3327; fax number: (202) 564-8382; email address: jenkins.fred@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-18/html/2012-17385.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

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

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its tenth meeting in August. At this meeting, the Commission will continue discussing topics related to the ethical issues associated with the development of medical countermeasures for children. The Commission will also develop and finalize recommendations regarding access to, and privacy of human genome sequence data.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday and Thursday, August 1-2, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20001. Telephone (202) 898-9000.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-16/html/2012-17313.htm

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Request of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for Public Comments: Development of the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement

    AGENCY: Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President.

    ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public; Extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Federal Government is starting the process of developing a new Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. By committing to common goals, the U.S. Government will more effectively and efficiently combat intellectual property infringement. In this request for comments, the U.S. Government, through the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator ("IPEC''), invites public input and participation in shaping the Administration's intellectual property enforcement strategy.

    The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator was established within the Executive Office of the President pursuant to the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008, Public Law 110-403 (Oct. 13, 2008) (the "PRO IP Act''). Pursuant to the PRO IP Act, IPEC is charged with developing the Administration's Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement for submission to Congress every three years. In carrying out this mandate, IPEC chairs an interagency intellectual property enforcement advisory committee comprised of Federal departmental and agency heads whose respective departments and agencies are involved in intellectual property enforcement.

    This request for comments and recommendations as IPEC develops a new enforcement strategy is divided into three parts. In the first section titled "Strategy Recommendations,'' IPEC requests detailed recommendations from the public regarding specific recommendations for improving the U.S. Government's intellectual property enforcement efforts. In the second section titled "Threat Assessment,'' IPEC seeks written submissions from the public regarding existing and emerging threats to the protection of intellectual property rights and the identification of threats to public health and safety and the U.S. economy resulting from intellectual property infringement. In the third section titled "Optional Questions,'' IPEC seeks written submissions from the public to assist IPEC and agencies in the development of specific action items. Responses to this request for comments may be directed to either, or both, of the two sections described above.

    This request for comments was previously published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2012 (77 FR 38088). This notice extends the period for public comments to August 10, 2012.

    DATES: Submissions must be received on or before August 10, 2012, at 11:59 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: All submissions should be electronically submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. If you are unable to provide submissions to regulations.gov, you may contact the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov using the subject line "Development of the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement'' or (202) 395-1808 to arrange for an alternate method of transmission. The regulations.gov Web site is a Federal E-Government Web site that allows the public to find, review and submit comments on documents that have published in the Federal Register and that are open for comment. Submissions filed via the regulations.gov Web site will be available to the public for review and inspection. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary business information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, at intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov or (202) 395-1808.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-20/html/2012-17685.htm

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