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Federal Register Summary for week of 28 December

    Commerce

  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of membership solicitation for Hydrographic Services Review Panel.


    SUMMARY: This notice responds to the Hydrographic Service Improvements Act Amendments of 2002, Public Law 107-372, which requires the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to solicit nominations (on a yearly basis) for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). The HSRP, a Federal advisory committee, advises the Administrator on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 (as amended) and such other appropriate matters as the Administrator refers to the Panel for review and advice. The Act states, "the voting members of the Panel shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in one or more of the disciplines and fields relating to hydrographic data and hydrographic services, marine transportation, port administration, vessel pilotage, coastal and fishery management, and other disciplines as determined appropriate by the Administrator.'' The NOAA Administrator is seeking to broaden the areas of expertise represented on the Panel and encourages individuals with expertise in navigation data, products and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields to apply for Panel membership. To apply for membership on the Panel, applicants should submit a current resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Panel is helpful, but not required. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.

    DATES: Resume application materials should be sent to the address, email, or fax specified and must be received by January 31, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Submit resume for Panel membership to Kathy Watson via mail, fax, or email. Mail: Kathy Watson, NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm 6126, Silver Spring, MD, 20910; Fax: 301-713-4019; Email: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov; or kathy.watson@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Watson, NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm 6126, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910; Telephone: 301-713-2770 x158, Fax: 301-713-4019; Email: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov; or kathy.watson@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-26/html/2012-30926.htm

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Report of the NOAA Research and Development Portfolio Review Task Force and Request for Comments

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to announce the availability of the draft report of the SAB Research and Development Portfolio Review Task Force (PRTF) for public comment.

    DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 23, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft Report of the PRTF will be available on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Web site at: http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Reports/prtf.html.

    The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to noaa.sab.comments@noaa.gov. For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, comments may be submitted in writing to: NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) c/o Dr. Cynthia Decker, 1315 East-West Highway-R/ SAB, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway-R/SAB, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-734-1459) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    For general information about the PRTF please visit the SAB Web site: http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Working_Groups/current/SAB%20R&D%20PRTF%20Terms%20of%20Reference%20Final%2005-09-12.pdf.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-26/html/2012-30884.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing the final "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change'' (2012 Strategy). The Strategy describes a set of long-term visions and goals for the management of water resources in light of climate change and charts key strategic actions to be taken to achieve the goals in 2012 and subsequent years. The Strategy will be a roadmap to inform the National Water Program planning process. The Strategy also includes goals and strategic actions for EPA in ten geographic climate regions, largely patterned after the climate regions established by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The final version of the Strategy reflects public comments. The final Strategy, is available on the Internet at: http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange.

    ADDRESSES: Public comments received on the draft strategy and the final Strategy are available at the Water Docket, located at the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. These documents are also available via the EPA Dockets at http://www.regulations.gov under docket number EPA-HQ-OW-2012-0943.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elana Goldstein, Office of Water (4101M), Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, Mail Code 4101M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-1800; email address: waterclimatechange@epa.gov. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-26/html/2012-31089.htm

  • Office of Environmental Information; Announcement of Availability and Comment Period for the Draft Quality Standard for Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use by Non-EPA (External) Organizations and two associated QA Handbooks

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability & request for comment.


    SUMMARY: Notice of availability for a 30 day review and comment period is hereby given for the draft Quality Standard for Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use by Non-EPA (External) Organizations and two associated draft QA Handbooks; 1) draft Handbook for Preparing Quality Management Plans (QMPs) and 2) draft Handbook for Preparing Quality Assurance (QA) Project Plans (QAPPs).

    The draft Quality Standard for Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use by Non-EPA (External) Organizations contains no new requirements.

    DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OEI-2012-0774 by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: oei.docket@epa.gov

    Fax: 202-566-9744

    Mail: Announcement of Availability and Comment Period for Draft Quality Standard For Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use By Non-EPA (External) Organizations Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.,Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., EPA West Building, Room 3334, Washington, DC 20460.

    Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OEI- 2012-0774. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov. The www.regulations.gov website is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Warren; Environmental Protection Agency; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, MC 2811R; Washington, DC 20460; Phone: 202 564-6876; Fax: 202 565 2441; Email: quality@epa.gov

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-26/html/2012-31096.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 (the Commission) will conduct its twelfth meeting in January. At this meeting, the Commission will continue discussing topics related to the ethical issues associated with the development of medical countermeasures for children.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Monday and Tuesday, January 14-15, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: University of Miami Hospital Seminar Center, 1400 NW. 12th Avenue, First Floor, Miami, Florida 33136. Telephone (305) 689-5511.

    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-2012-12-26/html/2012-31037.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period: 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), NSF.

    ACTION: Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period: 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 January 11, 2013. SUMMARY: National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) has extended the public comment period for its Request for Comments (RFC)--Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan [Federal Register Volume 77, Number 227, Doc No: 2012- 28481, November 26, 2012] to January 11, 2013. Comments are to be submitted to cybersecurity@nitrd.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-28/html/2012-31168.htm

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