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Federal Register Summary for week of 1 February

    Agriculture

  • Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture; Renewal

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Renewal.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture has renewed the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be addressed to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, telephone (202) 720- 3817; fax (202) 690-4265; email AC21@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-01/html/2013-02175.htm

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Committee Meeting will meet in Arlington, Va. The committee is authorized under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246). The purpose of the committee is to provide direction and coordination of actions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and coordination with State agencies and the private sector, to effectively address the national priorities for non- industrial private forest land. The purpose of the meeting is discuss operational procedures for the committee and develop a workplan of projects for the committee to complete within the year.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 11-12, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at 1621 North Kent Street, Arlington, Virginia, in room 703/704. Written comments regarding agenda items must be received by January 24, 2013. Written comments may be submitted by mail to Attn: Maya Solomon, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., mailstop 1123, Washington, DC 20250 or by email to mayasolomon@fs.fed.us.

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received on the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1043 to facilitate entry into the meeting room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maya Solomon, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Program Coordinator, Cooperative Forestry staff, 202-205-1376 or Ted Beauvais, Designated Federal Officer, 202-205-1190.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-31/html/2013-02091.htm

  • Energy

  • 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: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    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-2013-01-29/html/2013-01807.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting teleconference call.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 14 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 15 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of this teleconference is to inform committee members on the status of Tribes in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The presenter will be Mr. James Anaya, Special Rapparteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples in the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. A copy of the agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacgac-page.htm.

    DATES: The NAC/GAC will hold a public teleconference on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-01/html/2013-02215.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act)

    AGENCY: Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

    ACTION: Proposed Guidance.


    SUMMARY: To deliver on President Obama's promise of a 21st-Century government that is more efficient, transparent, and creative, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking to adjust the Federal government's partnership with non-Federal stakeholders to best achieve program outcomes while we ensure the financial integrity of the dollars we spend. The goal of this effort is to transform our Federal financial assistance framework so that it meets a higher standard of performance on behalf of the American people.

    OMB proposes these reforms to the guidance for Federal policies relating to grants in order to ensure that Federal grants meet the high standards of a 21st-Century government. Federal grant-making must be streamlined to make the most of taxpayer dollars and ensure financial integrity while delivering the right program outcomes. This proposal provides this opportunity for the Federal government and its partners: state, local, tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations, to rethink and reform the rules that govern our stewardship of Federal dollars.

    DATES: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB electronically through www.regulations.gov no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.) on May 2, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Comments on this proposal must be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov. In submitting comments, please search for recent submissions by OMB to find docket OMB-2013-0001, which includes the full text of this proposal, and submit comments there.

    Comments will be most useful if they are presented in the same sequence and with the same section number as the section of this guidance to which they apply. Please also provide any information regarding the cost implications of any particular proposal. If you are submitting comments on behalf of an organization, please identify the organization, and if that organization represents a number of entities, please note the number of entities who endorse the organization's comments. Finally, the public comments received by OMB will be posted at http://www.regulations.gov (follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments). Accordingly, please do not include in your comments any confidential business information or information of a personal-privacy nature.

    To View This Proposal: The complete text of this proposal and a crosswalk of policy changes from the existing guidance are available on the OMB Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_docs/ under "Proposed Policies'' and will also be available on www.regulations.gov by searching for docket number OMB-2013-0001, or, in hard copy, by contacting Victoria Collin of OMB at (202) 395-7791. Copies of the OMB Circulars that are discussed in this notice are available on OMB's Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_default/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information, please contact Victoria Collin at (202) 395-7791. OMB will host an informational Web cast with the Council on Financial Assistance Reform and key stakeholders on Friday February 8th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EST available at www.cfo.gov. More information on the Council on Financial Assistance Reform is available at www.cfo.gov/cofar.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-01/html/2013-02113.htm

  • Interior

  • Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. The BLM will accept public nominations for 45 days after the publication of this notice.

    DATES: All nominations must be received no later than March 14, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below for the addresses of BLM State Offices accepting nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Twinkle Thompson-Seitts, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Correspondence, International, and Advisory Committee Office, 1849 C Street NW., MS-MIB 5070, Washington, DC 20240; 202-208-7301.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-28/html/2013-01667.htm

  • U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Interior, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2, the Department of the Interior, U.S. Extractive Industries Transparence Initiative Advisory Committee will meet as indicated below.

    DATES: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Conference Room 5160, Washington, DC 20240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Shirley Conway, Office of Natural Resources Revenue; 1849 C Street NW., Room 4217; Washington, DC 20240; telephone number (202) 513-0598; fax number (202) 513-0682; email Shirley.Conway@onrr.gov. Additional Committee information can be found at: http://www.doi.gov/eiti/FACA.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-30/html/2013-01903.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, 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 31, 2013, 8:30-9:00 a.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for February 2013 meeting.

    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: Dedric Carter, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8002.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-28/html/2013-01813.htm

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