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Federal Register Summary for week of 7 June

    Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee will meet via teleconference every month on the following dates within 2013: June 20, July 18, August 15, and September 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (eastern time). The committee is authorized under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246). The purpose of the committee is to coordinate non-industrial private forestry activities within the Department of Agriculture and with the private sector. The goal of these meetings is to share information and help guide the committee to make recommendations with regard to landscape scale conservation and related USDA programs.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on the following dates within 2013: June 20, July 18, August 15, and September 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (eastern time).

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held via teleconference that interested public participants will be able to access via the following call-in information: 1-888-537-7715, Passcode 9372699. Agenda items for each conference call will be posted to the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Web site, http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/, and written comments will be accepted up to the morning of each conference call.

    Written comments may be submited 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 made 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/. Public participants are encouraged to RSVP to Maya Solomon via phone at 202-205-1376 or via email at mayasolomon@fs.fed.us prior to the conference call to facilitate distribution of support materials.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maya Solomon, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Program Coordinator, Cooperative Forestry staff, 202-205-1376 or Ted Beauvais, Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry staff, 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-2013-06-06/html/2013-13453.htm

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will meet in Salt Lake/West Valley City, Utah via webinar/conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Rule and to continue deliberations on formulating advice to the Secretary on the Proposed Land Management Planning Directives. The meeting is also open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held, via webinar/conference call, on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Salt Lake/ West Valley City, 3524 South Market Street, West Valley City, Utah 84119 via webinar/conference call. For anyone who would like to attend via webinar/conference call, please visit the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee or contact Chalonda Jasper at cjasper@fs.fed.us for further details.

    Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. 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 1601 N Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209, 6th Floor. Please contact, Chalonda Jasper at 202-260-9400, or cjasper@fs.fed.us, to facilitate entry into the building to view comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chalonda Jasper, Ecosystem Management Coordination, 202-260-9400, cjasper@fs.fed.us.

    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-2013-06-06/html/2013-13452.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, June 27, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, 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 Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-06/html/2013-13420.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel to provide advice through the chartered SAB on the agency's Draft Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (May 1, 2013).

    DATES: The Environmental Justice Technical Guidance (EJTG) Review Panel public meeting will be held on Wednesday June 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and on Thursday June 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at The EPA Potomac Yards Conference Center, One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Room S- 1204/06, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public meeting may contact Dr. Sue Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 564- 2057 or email at shallal.suhair@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-04/html/2013-13188.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Oceans Month, 2013

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    From providing food and energy to helping sustain our climate and our security, the oceans play a critical role in nearly every part of our national life. They connect us to countries around the world, and support transportation and trade networks that grow our economy. For millions of Americans, our coasts are also a gateway to good jobs and a decent living. All of us have a stake in keeping the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes clean and productive--which is why we must manage them wisely not just in our time, but for generations to come.

    Rising to meet that test means addressing threats like overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Alongside partners at every level of government and throughout the private sector, my Administration is taking up that task. Earlier this year, we finalized a plan to turn our National Ocean Policy into concrete actions that protect the environment, streamline Federal operations, and promote economic growth. The plan charts a path to better decision-making through science and data sharing, and it ensures tax dollars are spent more efficiently by reducing duplication and cutting red tape. Best of all, it puts stock in the American people--drawing on their knowledge and empowering communities to bring local solutions to the challenges we face.

    By making smart choices in ocean management, we can give our businesses the tools they need to thrive while protecting the long-term health of our marine ecosystems. Let us mark this month by renewing those goals, reinvesting in our coastal economies, and recommitting to good stewardship in the years ahead.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-06/html/2013-13547.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 NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). Presentations and discussions will address optimal approach to assessing the value of biomedical research supported by NIH.

    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 SMRB 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, 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: Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB).

    Date: June 4, 2013.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Agenda: The meeting topics will include: 1) an update from the SMRB's Value of Biomedical Research Working Group, and 2) presentations that explore approaches to studying the value of biomedical research. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. Sign up for public comments will begin approximately at 7:30 a.m. on June 4, 2013, and will be restricted to one sign-in per person. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, 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.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Wilson Hall, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    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.

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to scheduling conflicts with the presenters.

    The meeting will also be webcast. The draft meeting agenda and other information about the SMRB, including information about access to the webcast, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, 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.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-03/html/2013-13180.htm

  • Interior

  • Meeting Announcements: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) will also meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council: Meeting is July 9, 2013, 2:30-4:30 p.m., and July 10, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than June 24, 2013.

    Advisory Group: Meeting is July 9, 2013, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than June 24, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting and the Advisory Group meeting will be held at Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8, Canada.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cyndi Perry, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by email at cyndi_perry@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-05/html/2013-13295.htm

  • Third Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to reopen the request for public nominations for certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning for management of the National System of Public Lands within their respective geographic areas. The RACs covered by this request for nominations are identified below. The BLM will accept public nominations for 30 days after the publication of this notice.

    DATES: All nominations must be received no later than July 3, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of respective BLM State Offices accepting nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Luckey, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Advisory Committee Coordinator, Correspondence, International, and Advisory Committee Office, 1849 C Street NW., MS-MIB 5070, Washington, DC 20240; 202-208- 3806. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-03/html/2013-13056.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Biological Sciences Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L., 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (1110).

    Date and Time: June 27, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Place: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 687, Arlington, VA 22230.

    All visitors should contact the Directorate of Biological Sciences [call 703-292-8400 or send an email message to erchiang@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference 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.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Charles Liarakos, National Science Foundation, Room 605, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up of the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    Agenda: Items on the agenda include the BIO FY14 budget request, graduate education and CAREER programs, data management and access, and the draft NSF strategic plan for 2014-2018.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-03/html/2013-12996.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issues this final rule to implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended. This final rule implements the requirement of the FOIA by setting forth procedures for requesting access to, and making disclosures of, information contained by OSTP.

    This final rule contains provisions to comply with the President's January 21, 2009, Executive Memoranda on "The Freedom of Information Act'' and "Transparency and Open Government,'' and Attorney General Holder's March 19, 2009, Memorandum on "The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).'' In addition, this rule reflects OSTP's policy and practices and reaffirms its commitment to provide the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public.

    DATES: This rule is effective July 5, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachael Leonard, General Counsel, Chief FOIA Officer and FOIA Public Liaison, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, ostpfoia@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-04/html/2013-13072.htm

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