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Federal Register Summary for week of 8 March

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Appointment of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Appointment of members.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces the appointments made by the Secretary of Agriculture to fill 10 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: Appointments by the Secretary of Agriculture are for 2-, or 3- year terms effective October 1, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; Research Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901, South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 3401; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2255

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Burk, Executive Director, Research, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901, South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 3401; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2255 Telephone: 202-720- 3684. Fax: 202-720-6199, or email: robert.burk@usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-04/html/2013-04884.htm

  • Commerce

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Coastal Managers To Assess Needs for Ecological Forecasts

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 6, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Elizabeth Turner (603) 862-4680 or Elizabeth.Turner@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-07/html/2013-05325.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (Sub-Committee)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education Staff Office is soliciting applications, for professionals to serve on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC) sub-committee. There are multiple vacancies on the Advisory Council (sub-committee) that must be filled. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    DATES: Applications should be submitted by March 25, 2013 per instructions below.

    ADDRESSES: Submit non-electronic application materials to Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer, National Environmental Education Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (MC:1704A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Room 1426(ARN), Washington, DC 20460, Ph: 202- 564-2642, FAX: 202-564-2753, email: araujo.javier@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Request for Nominations, please contact Mr. Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA National Environmental Education Advisory Council, at araujo.javier@epa.gov or (202) 564-2642. General information concerning NEEAC can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-04/html/2013-04923.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Experts for a Science Advisory Board Panel To Review EPA's Draft Science Synthesis Report on the Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form an SAB panel to review the Agency's draft science synthesis report on the connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by March 29, 2013 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2155, by fax at (202) 565-2098, or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-08/html/2013-05500.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Sequestration Order for Fiscal Year 2013

    Order of March 1, 2013

    Sequestration Order for Fiscal Year 2013 Pursuant to Section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as Amended

    By the authority vested in me as President by the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended (the "Act''), 2 U.S.C. 901a, I hereby order that budgetary resources in each non-exempt budget account be reduced by the amount calculated by the Office of Management and Budget in its report to the Congress of March 1, 2013.

    Pursuant to sections 250(c)(6), 251A, and 255(e) of the Act, budgetary resources subject to sequestration shall be new budget authority, unobligated balances of defense function accounts carried over from prior fiscal years, direct spending authority, and obligation limitations.

    All sequestrations shall be made in strict accordance with the requirements of section 251A of the Act and the specifications of the Office of Management and Budget's report of March 1, 2013, prepared pursuant to section 251A(11) of the Act.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-06/html/2013-05397.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting hosted by the Scientific Management Review Board.

    The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices within the Office of the Director, NIH including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize divisions, centers, or other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or national center including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The purpose of the Scientific Management Review Board (also referred to as SMRB or Board) is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons underlying the recommendations.

    The meeting will be open to the public through teleconference at the number listed below.

    • Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board.
    • Date: March 19, 2013.
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Agenda: The meeting will focus on the findings and recommendations of the SBIR/STTR Working Group. The full Board will review and vote on the draft report from the Working Group. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. Further information for this meeting, including the agenda, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov. To sign up for public comment, please submit your name and affiliation to the contact person listed below by March 18, 2013. Sign up will be restricted to one sign up per email. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, anyone may file written comments using the contact person address below.

    The toll-free number to participate in the teleconference is 877-891-6972. Indicate to the conference operator that your Participant pass code is "NIH''.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, NIH, Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Juanita Marner, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, smrb@mail.nih.gov, (301) 435- 1770.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. The draft meeting agenda, meeting materials, dial-in information, and other information about the SMRB, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-08/html/2013-05370.htm

  • Office of Health Assessment and Translation Webinar on the Assessment of Data Quality in Animal Studies; Notice of Public Webinar and Registration Information

    SUMMARY: The National Toxicology Program (NTP) announces a public, web- based meeting on the assessment of data quality in animal studies. The Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT), Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will host the web-based meeting using Adobe[supreg] Connect TM and the public can register to attend.

    DATES:

    Registration for web-based meeting: Deadline is March 18, 2013.

    Meeting: March 20, 2013, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Registrants will receive information by email to access the web- based meeting on or before March 19, 2013.

    ADDRESSES:

    Agency Web site: The agenda, registration, and other information are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/38752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Andrew Rooney, Deputy Director, OHAT, DNTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-04, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Phone: 919-541-2999, Fax: 301-480-3299, Email: Andrew.Rooney@nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-08/html/2013-05406.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Request for Information (RFI) Regarding the Planned Biotechnology Development Module (BDM) as Part of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) and Notice of Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.

    ACTION: Request for Information and Notice of Workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Office of National Laboratories (ONL) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) are requesting information regarding utilization alternatives for the planned Biotechnology Development Module (BDM) a planned component of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). The BDM will provide a distinct environment for scientific synergy, attract animal health industry involvement and serve to encourage public- private partnerships as countermeasures developed for agricultural biodefense emerge from NBAF. The information provided by industry and other interested stakeholders in response to this RFI will be used by DHS and USDA to better plan the scope, capacity, and utilization alternatives for the BDM facility. DHS and USDA are requesting that this information be provided in writing per the guidelines below. There will also be an opportunity for interested parties to participate in a workshop with DHS and USDA.

    DATES: The Request for Information period will be 60 days (March 5 to May 3, 2013). Please submit written information no later than May 3, 2013.

    The workshop will be held on March 22, 2013 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CST.

    ADDRESSES: Written Information should be submitted via email to: nbafprogrammanager@dhs.gov ATTN: Mary Goobic.

    The workshop will be held at the Kansas State University Olathe Campus (Forum Hall), 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, KS 66061.

    If you are interested in participating in the public workshop, please register at www.dhs.gov/nbaf by March 18, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Goobic, 202-254-6144.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-04/html/2013-04919.htm

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Meeting Cancellation

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting cancellation.


    SUMMARY: The meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2013 and Friday, March 8, 2013; is cancelled. The ISAC new member orientation scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2013 is also cancelled. Notice of this meeting was published in the February 11, 2013 issue of the Federal Register (78 FR 9724). A correction to meeting dates was published on February 20, 2013 (78 FR 11899). Both events are cancelled due to budget sequestration, and will not be rescheduled.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Official, Lori Williams, NISC Executive Director, 202-513-7243; or email to Lori_Williams@ios.doi.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ISAC is comprised of 31 nonfederal invasive species experts and stakeholders from across the nation. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-05/html/2013-05115.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, March 14, 2013, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of data collection and outreach and the Office of Management and Budget's recent proposed guidance for Federal awards.

    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 listening 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 and schedule 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-2013-03-06/html/2013-05300.htm

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