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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 November

    Commerce

  • Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Administrative Committee will hold meetings.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on December 19-20, 2012. The Council will convene on Tuesday, December 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Administrative Committee will meet from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Council will reconvene on Wednesday, December 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Hotel, 4 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Miguel A. Roloacuten, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 268 Muntildeoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 1108, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-1920, telephone: (787) 766-5926.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-26/html/2012-28552.htm

  • Notice of Public Roundtable on Genetic Diagnostic Testing

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public roundtable.


    SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO'') is interested in gathering additional information on independent second opinion genetic diagnostic testing for purposes of preparing a report on the subject as required by the America Invents Act ("AIA'' or "Act''). To assist in gathering this information, the USPTO invites the public to attend a roundtable focused on genetic diagnostic testing.

    Public Roundtable: The USPTO will hold a public roundtable in support of the genetic testing study. The roundtable will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ending at 4:00 p.m. (EST) in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Those wishing to share commentary at the roundtable must request an opportunity to do so in writing no later than December 20, 2012. The request must include the following: (1) The name of the person wishing to share commentary; (2) the person's contact information (telephone number and email address); (3) the organization(s) the person represents, if any; and (4) an indication of the amount of time requested for the commentary. Requests to share commentary must be submitted by email to Saurabh Vishnubhakat at saurabh.vishnubhakat@uspto.gov. Based upon the requests received, an agenda will be sent to all requesters and posted on the USPTO Internet Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact).

    Speakers sharing commentary at the roundtable must submit a document explaining their position for inclusion in the record of the proceedings no later than thirty days after the roundtable. Written commentary should not exceed 25 pages using at least 12-point and double-spaced font. Because written commentary will be made available for public inspection, information that a speaker does not desire to be made public, such as a telephone number, should not be included in the written comments.

    The public roundtable will be available via Web cast. Information about how to access the Web cast will be posted on the USPTO's Internet Web site (address: http://www.uspto.gov/americainventsact) before the public roundtable.

    A transcript of the roundtable will be available on the USPTO Internet Web site (address: www.uspto.gov/americainventsact) shortly after the roundtable.

    ADDRESSES: The public roundtable will be held at the USPTO in the Madison Auditorium on the concourse level of the Madison Building, located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Expert Advisor, Office of Chief Economist, by telephone at 571-272-9300, or by email at saurabh.vishnubhakat@uspto.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-29/html/2012-28890.htm

  • Interior

  • Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Sixteenth Regular Meeting; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting date change.


    SUMMARY: The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will attend the sixteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16) in Bangkok, Thailand, during March 3 to 15, 2013. Currently, the United States is developing its negotiating positions on proposed resolutions, decisions, and amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), as well as other agenda items that have been submitted by other Party countries, the permanent CITES committees, and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP16. In a notice published on November 9, 2012, we announced a public meeting to be held on December 5, 2012, to discuss the items on the provisional agenda for CoP16. This notice revises the previously announced date of the public meeting.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on December 13, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Sidney Yates Auditorium at the Main Interior Building at 18th and C Streets NW., Washington, DC. Directions to the building can be obtained by contacting the Division of Management Authority (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). For more information about the meeting, see "Announcement of Public Meeting'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert R. Gabel, Chief, Division of Management Authority; telephone 703-358-2095; facsimile 703-358-2298.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-28/html/2012-28897.htm

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Sunshine Act Meeting Notice

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission will meet in open session on Friday, 14 December 2012, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    PLACE: The National Marine Fisheries Service's main conference room (Room 445), Juneau Federal Building, 709 West 9th Street, Juneau, Alaska, 99802, telephone (907) 586-7221.

    STATUS: The Commission expects that all portions of the meeting will be open to the public. It will allow public participation as time permits and as determined to be desirable by the Chairman. Should it be determined that it is appropriate to close a portion of the meeting to the public, any such closure will be carried out in accordance with applicable regulations (50 CFR Sec. 560.5 and 560.6).

    Seating for members of the public may be limited. The Commission therefore asks that those intending to attend the meeting advise it in advance by sending an email to the Commission at mmc@mmc.gov or by calling (301) 504-0087. Members of the public will need to present valid, government-issued photo identification to enter the building.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission plans to meet with regional management and scientific officials in each of the National Marine Fisheries Service's six regions to identify the most pressing marine mammal research and management needs. The Commission will use these meetings to develop a set of national priorities for guiding federal conservation efforts for marine mammals. Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings and to provide comments concerning priority issues. Those unable to attend any of the meetings may submit comments in writing. Written comments should be sent to Timothy J. Ragen, Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

    The Commission already has met with officials in from the National Marine Fisheries Service's Northeast Region. The second meeting will be held in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Alaska Region at the regional headquarters in Juneau, Alaska. Notices of other meetings will be published in the Federal Register and posted on the Commission's Web site (http://www.mmc.gov) when the dates and locations are determined.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Timothy J. Ragen, Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-0087; email: tragen@mmc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-28/html/2012-28901.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting Notice

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission will meet in open session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10-12 December 2012, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    PLACE: The Anchorage Marriott Downtown, 820 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501, telephone (907) 279-8000.

    STATUS: The Commission expects that all portions of the meeting will be open to the public. It will allow public participation as time permits and as determined to be desirable by the Chairman. Should it be determined that it is appropriate to close a portion of the meeting to the public, any such closure will be carried out in accordance with applicable regulations (50 CFR Sec. 560.5 and 560.6).

    Seating for members of the public may be limited. The Commission therefore asks that those intending to attend the meeting advise it in advance by sending an email to the Commission at mmc@mmc.gov or by calling (301) 504-0087.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission plans to meet with representatives of other federal agencies, Alaska Native organizations, the Environmental Law Institute, and other interested parties to review and seek ways to improve consultations between federal agencies and Alaska Native Tribes. The focus will be on the consultation process and will include, but not be limited to, matters involving marine mammals. In the course of the meeting, the Commission expects to discuss issues related to the authorities for Alaska Native consultations, the role of the Indigenous People's Council for Marine Mammals (IPCoMM) in consultations, the relationship between consultation and co-management, and lessons learned from conflict avoidance agreements. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission's Web site (http://www.mmc.gov) when it has been finalized.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Timothy J. Ragen, Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-0087; email: tragen@mmc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-28/html/2012-28905.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Notice of Establishment of a NASA Federal Advisory Committee; Applied Sciences Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    ACTION: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), and pursuant to Section 314(a) of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-155), the NASA Administrator has determined that the establishment of the Applied Sciences Advisory Committee as a Federal advisory committee under FACA is necessary and in the public interest in connection with duties imposed upon NASA by law. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in accordance with Section 102-3.60(a) of the GSA Final Rule on Federal Advisory Committee Management (41 CFR parts 101-6 and 102-3).


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Peter Meister, Strategic Integration and Management Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1557.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-26/html/2012-28537.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    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: December 4, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and December 5, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235 and 1295, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an e-mail 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/121204/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site 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.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-30/html/2012-29057.htm

  • Request for Comments (RFC)--Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

    ACTION: Request for comments (RFC).


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Tomas Vagoun at vagoun@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873.

    DATES: To be considered, submissions must be received by December 19, 2012.

    SUMMARY: This Request For Comments (RFC) is issued by the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development Senior Steering Group (SSG) of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. The SSG is preparing a report to provide an update on technological developments in Federal cybersecurity research and development since the release of the 2011 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (the strategic plan). Also, in light of the ever evolving technological landscape of cybersecurity, and as input to its follow-on report, the SSG seeks comments on the progress over the past year in the research areas identified in the strategic plan, the strategic plan's impact in orienting private sector cybersecurity research and development activities, the successes and challenges in achieving the technological objectives outlined in the plan, and on any nascent or emerging areas in cybersecurity research and development that warrant further focus. Additionally, the comments will be used by the SSG in its assessment of future needs and directions in Federal cybersecurity research and development. Comments are to be submitted to cybersecurity@nitrd.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-26/html/2012-28481.htm

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