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Federal Register Summary for week of 7 September

    Commerce

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Mid- Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings.

    DATES: The SSC will meet Wednesday and Thursday, September 26-27, 2012 beginning at 9 a.m. on September 26 and conclude by 3 p.m. on September 27.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 telephone: (410) 539-2000.

    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 526-5255.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-07/html/2012-22024.htm

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) Staff will hold the second meeting of the Visioning and Strategic Planning Working Group. During this meeting, the group will finalize draft vision and mission statements, perform an abridged analysis of the Council's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and develop a goal structure for the strategic plan.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at O'Callaghan Hotel, 174 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; telephone: (866) 782-9624.

    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 526-5255.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-05/html/2012-21764.htm

  • Education

  • Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria--Supporting Effective Educator Development

    AGENCY: Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education.

    ACTION: Proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria.


    SUMMARY: The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement proposes priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant program. We may use these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions of the SEED Grant program for fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We intend for the priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria to help national not-for-profit organizations to build evidence on how best to recruit, train, and support effective teachers and school leaders; recruit and prepare effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers; and invest in efforts that enhance the teaching and school leadership professions.

    DATES: We must receive your comments on or before October 4, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments by fax or by email. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the Docket ID and the phrase "Supporting Effective Educator Development'' at the top of your comments.

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site under "How To Use This Site.'' A direct link to the docket page is also available at www.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html.

    Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery. If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria, address them to Office of Innovation and Improvement (Attention: Supporting Effective Educator Development Comments), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 4C131, Washington, DC 20202.

    Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Wilson Telephone: (202) 453- 6709 or by email: seed@ed.gov.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800- 877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-04/html/2012-21814.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a teleconference of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, September 27, 2012; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EDT)

    ADDRESSES: Participants may contact Ms. Joanne Corcoran by September 25, 2012 at email: joanne.corcoran@science.doe.gov or by phone at (301) 903-6488, to receive a call-in number. Public participation is welcomed; however, the number of teleconference lines is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone (301) 903-9817; fax (301) 903-5051 or email: david.thomassen@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-07/html/2012-22073.htm

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Monday, October 15, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone (301) 903-9817; fax (301) 903-5051 or email: david.thomassen@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Committee's Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-07/html/2012-22074.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Wilderness Month, 2012

    Proclamation 8856 of August 31, 2012

    National Wilderness Month, 2012

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    For centuries, America's dramatic landscapes have attracted people from around the world to begin new lives and develop thriving communities on our lands. Today, our wilderness areas reflect an essential part of our national character, and as a people, we are immeasurably richer for their presence. Protected wilderness areas are recreational escapes for families, natural classrooms for students, living laboratories for scientists, irreplaceable retreats for sportsmen and women, and historical treasures for the American people. These landscapes provide clean air, clean water, and essential habitats for fish and wildlife, and they serve as critical storehouses of biodiversity. From mountains and meadows to river valleys and forests, our lands and waters also help drive local economies by creating jobs in tourism and recreation. Our open spaces are more precious today than ever before, and it is essential that we come together to protect them for the next generation.

    American conservation practices inspired countries around the world during the 20th century, and my Administration is working to carry that legacy forward during the 21st. In my first months as President, I was proud to sign a public lands bill that designated more than 2 million acres of wilderness, over 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers, and three National Parks. We also launched the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, which laid the foundation for a comprehensive, community-driven conservation strategy that continues to engage Americans in protecting and increasing access to our natural heritage. Today, projects spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific are helping create and enhance parks, renew and restore our rivers, and conserve our iconic open spaces.

    Generations of visionary leaders and communities have given of themselves to preserve our wild landscapes, fulfilling a responsibility that falls to us all as Americans and as inhabitants of this small planet. During National Wilderness Month, let us celebrate the progress we have made toward meeting that essential challenge, and let us recommit to protecting the land we love for centuries to come.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-06/html/2012-22152.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Final Action Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

    SUMMARY: On March 4, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy (NIH/OBA) published a proposal in the Federal Register (74 FR 9411) to revise the NIH Guidelines in two regards. The first was to address biosafety considerations for research with synthetic nucleic acids. The proposal modified the scope of the NIH Guidelines specifically to cover certain basic and clinical research with nucleic acid molecules created solely by synthetic means. The second proposed revision was to modify the criteria for determining whether an experiment to introduce drug resistance into a microorganism must be reviewed by the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) and approved by the NIH Director (as a Major Action under Section III-A-1-a of the NIH Guidelines). Comments submitted were discussed at the "NIH Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to the NIH Guidelines for Synthetic Nucleic Acids'' on June 23, 2009 (http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racpub_con.html).

    This notice sets forth final changes to the NIH Guidelines regarding those two proposals. The scope of the NIH Guidelines is being modified to cover certain classes of basic and clinical research with synthetic nucleic acids while exempting others. As discussed herein, the majority of research with synthetic nucleic acids that are not designed to replicate does not raise significant biosafety concerns that warrant oversight under the NIH Guidelines. Because of the modification of the scope of the NIH Guidelines, the title of the NIH Guidelines will be revised from NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules to NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acids Molecules.

    These changes also clarify the criteria for determining whether an experiment to introduce drug resistance into a microorganism raises sufficient public health issues to warrant the experiment being reviewed by the RAC and approved by the NIH Director under Section III- A-1-a of the NIH Guidelines. While the current criteria for determining whether an experiment requires review under Section III-A-1-a are being retained, additional language is being added regarding the assessment of whether a drug is therapeutically useful. In addition, NIH/OBA has clarified that Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) can consult with NIH/OBA regarding a specific experiment that does not meet the criteria for review under Section III-A-1-a but nonetheless raises important public health issues. Finally, a section is added to give NIH/OBA the authority to approve new experiments utilizing the same drug resistance trait and organism used in an experiment previously reviewed by the RAC and approved by the NIH Director.

    In March 2009, NIH/OBA also proposed changes to Section III-E-1 of the NIH Guidelines, which sets containment for recombinant experiments involving two-thirds or less of the genome of certain viruses in tissue culture. In response to the comments on the proposed changes to Section III-E-1, NIH/OBA revised the proposal and published a notice for comment on April 22, 2010 (75 FR 21008). Comments received in response to this notice were discussed at the June 16, 2010, public meeting of the RAC and additional discussions of subsequent revisions to the proposed changes took place at the June 7, 2011, meeting of the RAC. As these changes are not yet finalized, NIH/OBA will move forward with the other changes outlined below pending finalization of changes to Section III-E-1.

    DATES: These changes are effective March 5, 2013. All ongoing and proposed experiments that will be newly subject to these amended NIH Guidelines will need to be registered by the Principal Investigator with the IBC by the effective date listed above. The six-month time frame was deemed sufficient to allow institutions to develop new procedures, as well as outreach and training for investigators whose research will now be subject to the NIH Guidelines. While NIH/OBA does not anticipate a significant increase in experiments subject to the NIH Guidelines, it is important that institutions be afforded ample time to implement effectively these changes.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions, or require additional information about these proposed changes, please contact NIH/OBA by e-mail at oba@od.nih.gov, by telephone at 301-496-9838, by fax to 301-496-9839, or by mail to the Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-05/html/2012-21849.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office for Human Research Protections, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

    SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, and the Assistant Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was established by the Secretary, HHS, on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill two positions on the Committee membership that will be vacated during the 2013 calendar year.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than October 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, MD 20852. Nominations will not be accepted by email or by facsimile.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, Executive Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: 240-453-8141. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current members can be obtained by contacting Ms. Gorey, accessing the SACHRP Web site at www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting via email at sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-07/html/2012-22103.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Annual invitation for public nominations by U.S. citizens for service on NASA Federal advisory committees.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and in accordance with the Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies signed on December 17, 2010, signed by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA Federal advisory committees. U.S. citizens may nominate individuals and also submit self-nominations for consideration as potential members of NASA's Federal advisory committees. NASA's Federal advisory committees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider nominations and self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its Federal advisory committees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

    DATES: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is October 1, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations and self-nominations from interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA in letter form, be signed, and must include the name of specific NASA Federal advisory committee of interest for NASA consideration. Nominations and self-nomination letters are limited to specifying interest in only one (1) NASA Federal advisory committee per year. The following additional information is required to be attached to each nomination and self-nomination letter (i.e., cover letter): (1) Professional resume (one-page maximum); (2) professional biography (one-page maximum). Please submit the nomination as a single package containing cover letter and both required attachments electronically to: hq-nasanoms@mail.nasa.gov. All public nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Nomination letters that are noncompliant with inclusion of the three (3) mandatory documents listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To view charters and obtain further information on NASA's Federal advisory committees, please visit the NASA Advisory Committee Management Division Web site noted below. For any questions, please contact Ms. Susan Burch, Advisory Committee Specialist, Advisory Committee Management Division, Office of International and Interagency Relations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0550.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-04/html/2012-21654.htm

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