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Federal Register Summary for week of 11 January

    Agriculture

  • National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture is soliciting nominations for the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before March 11, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages may be sent by postal mail or commercial delivery to The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: Secretary's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee. Nomination packages may also be faxed to (301) 734-5157.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carrie Joyce, Designated Federal Officer, WS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3999.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/html/2013-00195.htm

  • Commerce

  • Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for an appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill one vacancy on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) beginning in the spring of 2013. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. NMFS seeks to restore the geographic balance of the Committee created by recent vacancies and encourages candidates from the Hawaii region to apply, although nominations from all interested and qualified parties will be accepted. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before February 11, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Dr. Mark Holliday, Executive Director, MAFAC, Office of Policy, NMFS F-14451, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-10/html/2013-00346.htm

  • Nominations for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act). The advisory committee, to be composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than February 25, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be directed to Michael Tosatto, Acting Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, and may be submitted by any of the following means:

    Email: pir.wcpfc@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following document identifier: "Advisory committee nominations''. Email comments, with or without attachments, are limited to 5 megabytes.

    Mail or hand delivery: 1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814.

    Facsimile: 808-973-2941.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oriana Villar, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-944-2256; facsimile: 808-973-2941; email: Oriana.Villar@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/html/2013-00271.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Education Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a teleconference meeting of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (the Act).

    The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.

    DATES: The National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold a public teleconference on Monday, January 28, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer, araujo.javier@epa.gov, 202-564-2642, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Education, Ariel Rios North Room 1426, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/html/2013-00259.htm

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission will meet in open session on Friday, 25 January 2013, in St. Petersburg, Florida, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, 29 January 2013, in La Jolla, California, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    PLACE: The meeting on Friday, 25 January 2013, will be held in the Dolphin Conference Room at the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701, telephone (727) 824-5312. The meeting on Tuesday, 29 January 2013, will be held in Room 370 at the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 3333 North Torrey Pines Court, La Jolla, California, 92037, telephone (858) 546-7000.

    STATUS: The Commission expects that all portions of these meetings 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 either meeting to the public, any such closure will be carried out in accordance with applicable regulations (50 CFR 560.5 and 560.6).

    Seating for members of the public at these meetings may be limited. The Commission therefore asks that those intending to attend either 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 buildings where the meetings will be held. For those attending the St. Petersburg meeting, parking is expected to be available in the gated parking lot at the Southeast Regional Office--entry gates are located at the main driveway entrance on 3rd Street South (this gate is entry only) and along 14th Avenue South (both entry and exit). For those attending the La Jolla meeting, parking is expected to be available in the front lot at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Visitors will need to check in with the receptionist to obtain a guest parking pass.

    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 the National Marine Fisheries Service's Northeast and Alaska Regions. The third and fourth meetings will be held in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southeast and Southwest Regions. 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 confirmed.

    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-2013-01-08/html/2013-00252.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board's Task Force on Administrative Burdens, 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 a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of background materials and a timeline of Task Force activities.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening room will be available for this teleconference meeting. 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 teleconference for the public room number and to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: John Veysey, National Science Board Office, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292- 7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-11/html/2013-00540.htm

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