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Federal Register Summary for week of 24 May

    Agriculture

  • Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council will meet in Washington, DC, June 13 and 14, 2013. The Council is required by Section 1441 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held June 13 and 14, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Forest Service International Programs office located at 1 Thomas Circle, Suite 400, Washington, DC. Written comments concerning this meeting should be addressed to Daina Apple, Designated Federal Officer, Forestry Research Advisory Council, USDA Forest Service Research and Development, Mail Stop 1120, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington DC 20250-1120, by May 31, 2013. Comments may also be sent via fascimile to 703-605-5133. 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 at 1620 North Kent Street, RPC-4th floor, Rosslyn, VA. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 202-205- 1665 to facilitate entry into the USDA Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Apple, Forest Service Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, 202-205-1665. 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-2013-05-23/html/2013-12246.htm

  • Paleontological Resources Preservation

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rule; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to implement regulations under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 paleontological resources preservation subtitle (the Act). This proposed rule would provide for the preservation, management, and protection of paleontological resources on Federal lands, and insure that these resources are available for current and future generations to enjoy as part of America's national heritage. The rule would address the management, collection, and curation of paleontological resources from Federal lands including management using scientific principles and expertise, collecting of resources with and without a permit, curation in an approved repository, maintaining confidentiality of specific locality data, and authorizing penalties for illegal collecting, sale, damaging, or otherwise altering or defacing paleontological resources.

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing by July 22, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice should be addressed to USDA Forest Service, Michael Fracasso, M&GM, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401. Comments may also be made by the electronic process available at the Federal e-Rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. 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 at the Office of Minerals and Geology Management, Forest Service, MGM, Room 500-RPC, 1601 N. Kent St., Arlington, Virginia between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 703- 605-4545 to facilitate entrance to the building.

    Comments concerning the information collection requirements contained in this action should reference OMB No. 0596-0082, the docket number, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Comments should be sent to the address listed in the above paragraph.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the substance of the proposed rule, please contact Michael Fracasso, Forest Service, at 303-275-5130, or mfracasso@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-23/html/2013-12173.htm

  • Commerce

  • Nomination of Existing Marine Protected Areas to the National System of Marine Protected Areas

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center (MPA Center), Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice; request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: In January 2013, NOAA and the Department of the Interior (DOI) invited federal, state, commonwealth, and territorial marine protected area (MPA) programs with potentially eligible existing MPAs to nominate their sites to the National System of MPAs (national system). The national system and the nomination process are described in the Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States (Framework), developed in response to Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas and published on November 19, 2008 (73 FR 69608). The Framework provides guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local governments and stakeholders to develop an effective and well- coordinated national system of MPAs.

    DATES: Comments on the nominations to the national system are due July 22, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Lauren Wenzel, National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East-West Highway, N/NMS, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, will not be considered by NOAA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, NOAA, at 301-713-7265 or via email at lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov. A detailed electronic copy of the List of National System MPAs is available for download at http://www.mpa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-23/html/2013-12175.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 of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 11-12, 2013.

    Time: June 11, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols and related data management activities. The detailed, Draft agenda for the meeting is available on the OBA Web site, RAC Meeting page at this URL: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racmeetings.html).

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Time: June 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols and related data management activities. The detailed, Draft agenda for the meeting is available on the OBA Web site, RAC Meeting page at this URL: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racmeetings.html).

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Chezelle George, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy/OD, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838, georgec@od.nih.gov.

    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.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    OMB's "Mandatory Information Requirements for Federal Assistance Program Announcements'' (45 FR 39592, June 11, 1980) requires a statement concerning the official government programs contained in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Normally NIH lists in its announcements the number and title of affected individual programs for the guidance of the public. Because the guidance in this notice covers virtually every NIH and Federal research program in which DNA recombinant molecule techniques could be used, it has been determined not to be cost effective or in the public interest to attempt to list these programs. Such a list would likely require several additional pages. In addition, NIH could not be certain that every Federal program would be included as many Federal agencies, as well as private organizations, both national and international, have elected to follow the NIH Guidelines. In lieu of the individual program listing, NIH invites readers to direct questions to the information address above about whether individual programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance are affected.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-20/html/2013-11864.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Voting Members on Public Advisory Panels or Committees

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for voting members on the Food Advisory Committee with expertise in microbiology, nutrition, food science, food technology, pediatric development, or nanotechnology in food. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies and those that will or may occur through June 30, 2013.

    FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees, and therefore encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.

    DATES: Nominations received on or before July 22, 2013 will be given first consideration for membership on the Food Advisory Committee. Nominations received after July 22, 2013 will be considered for nomination to the committee if nominees are still needed.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations for membership should be sent electronically to cv@oc.fda.gov, or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight & Management Staff, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Information about becoming a member on a FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site by using the following link http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Strambler, Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Ave., Room 1C-016, College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-1913, FAX: 301-436- 2657, email: FoodAdvisoryCommittee@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-21/html/2013-12071.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on June 11-12, 2013 at the South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240. The meeting will be held in the first floor Auditorium. The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, was established to advise the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A- 16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:

    • Leadership Dialogue
    • NSDI Strategic Plan
    • Geospatial Platform
    • OMB Circular A-16 Portfolio Management
    • Landsat Advisory Group
    • Subcommittee Reports

    The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment on June 12. Comments may also be submitted to the NGAC in writing. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance. Please register by contacting Arista Maher at the U.S. Geological Survey (703-648-6283, amaher@usgs.gov). Registrations are due by June 7, 2013. While the meeting will be open to the public, registration is required for entrance to the South Interior Building, and seating may be limited due to room capacity.

    DATES: The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 11 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 12.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-22/html/2013-12197.htm

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force; Public Teleconference/ Webinar

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public teleconference/webinar of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANS Task Force). The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic nuisance species; to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: Teleconference/webinar: Monday June 17, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Deadlines: For deadlines for registering to listen to the meeting by phone, listening and viewing on the Internet, and providing public comment by phone, please see "Public Input'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: You may participate in the teleconference/webinar from your home or work computer or phone.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Mangin, Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone: 703-358-2466; email: Susan_Mangin@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-20/html/2013-11955.htm

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