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Federal Register Summary for week of 5 July

    Agriculture

  • 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Partnership Opportunity

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) National Council is requesting letters of interest from all conservation and youth corps programs that would like to be identified as a 21CSC member organization. We are initiating this outreach in order to catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to engage young Americans and returning veterans in public lands and water restoration.

    This notice seeks to establish the 21CSC by building upon and leveraging the experience and expertise of existing Federal, State, tribal, local and non-profit conservation and youth corps, and veterans programs. This will facilitate conservation and restoration service work on public lands to include all governmental entities of cities, counties, States, and the Federal Government, and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental stewards.

    All principals of interested organizations are invited to submit a letter of interest that outlines the organization's and/or program's criteria. Letters should include the name of your organization; an address and point of contact, including email address; and a description of your organization or program. Organizations that respond to this request may be contacted to provide additional information to support their statements. The 21CSC National Council will oversee the review of all submissions to determine the respondent's alignment with the 21CSC principles. Organizations that are not recognized as 21CSC member organizations in the initial review process may submit new letters of interest.

    This notice is being published by the USDA Forest Service on behalf of the National Council; 21CSC member organizations recognized through this process will be acknowledged by all signatories to the National Council MOU.

    DATES: Submit letters of interest (maximum 5 pages, double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 point type) before August 1, 2013. An interagency team will review submissions and respond by September 30, 2013. Organizations may submit letters of interest including new and re- submissions up to 1 year after the date of this notice. Letters will be reviewed quarterly and the member organization directory will also be updated quarterly (October, January, April, and July). Organizations may be removed at any time by submitting a written request to the email or mailing address below. Membership will last through the 2014 calendar year; more information regarding membership beyond this period will be forthcoming after August 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Letters of interest may be submitted electronically to 21CSC@fs.fed.us. If electronic submission is not an option, please send your letter of interest to: USDA Forest Service, Attn: Merlene Mazyck, 1620 Kent Street, RPC, 4th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USDA Forest Service, Attn: Merlene Mazyck, 1620 Kent Street, RPC, 4th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209 or 21CSC@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-2013-07-01/html/2013-15644.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Combating Wildlife Trafficking

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to address the significant effects of wildlife trafficking on the national interests of the United States, I hereby order as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The poaching of protected species and the illegal trade in wildlife and their derivative parts and products (together known as "wildlife trafficking'') represent an international crisis that continues to escalate. Poaching operations have expanded beyond small-scale, opportunistic actions to coordinated slaughter commissioned by armed and organized criminal syndicates. The survival of protected wildlife species such as elephants, rhinos, great apes, tigers, sharks, tuna, and turtles has beneficial economic, social, and environmental impacts that are important to all nations. Wildlife trafficking reduces those benefits while generating billions of dollars in illicit revenues each year, contributing to the illegal economy, fueling instability, and undermining security. Also, the prevention of trafficking of live animals helps us control the spread of emerging infectious diseases. For these reasons, it is in the national interest of the United States to combat wildlife trafficking.

    In order to enhance domestic efforts to combat wildlife trafficking, to assist foreign nations in building capacity to combat wildlife trafficking, and to assist in combating transnational organized crime, executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall take all appropriate actions within their authority, including the promulgation of rules and regulations and the provision of technical and financial assistance, to combat wildlife trafficking in accordance with the following objectives:

    (a) in appropriate cases, the United States shall seek to assist those governments in anti-wildlife trafficking activities when requested by foreign nations experiencing trafficking of protected wildlife;

    (b) the United States shall promote and encourage the development and enforcement by foreign nations of effective laws to prohibit the illegal taking of, and trade in, these species and to prosecute those who engage in wildlife trafficking, including by building capacity;

    (c) in concert with the international community and partner organizations, the United States shall seek to combat wildlife trafficking; and

    (d) the United States shall seek to reduce the demand for illegally traded wildlife, both at home and abroad, while allowing legal and legitimate commerce involving wildlife.

    Sec. 2. Establishment. There is established a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking (Task Force), to be co-chaired by the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Interior, and the Attorney General (Co-Chairs), or their designees, who shall report to the President through the National Security Advisor. The Task Force shall develop and implement a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking in accordance with the objectives outlined in section 1 of this order, consistent with section 4 of this order.

    Sec. 3. Membership. (a) In addition to the Co-Chairs, the Task Force shall include designated senior-level representatives from:

    (i) the Department of the Treasury;

    (ii) the Department of Defense;

    (iii) the Department of Agriculture;

    (iv) the Department of Commerce;

    (v) the Department of Transportation;

    (vi) the Department of Homeland Security;

    (vii) the United States Agency for International Development;

    (viii) the Office of the Director of National Intelligence;

    (ix) the National Security Staff;

    (x) the Domestic Policy Council;

    (xi) the Council on Environmental Quality;

    (xii) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

    (xiii) the Office of Management and Budget;

    (xiv) the Office of the United States Trade Representative; and

    (xv) such agencies and offices as the Co-Chairs may, from time to time, designate.

    (b) The Task Force shall meet not later than 60 days from the date of this order and periodically thereafter.

    Sec. 4. Functions. Consistent with the authorities and responsibilities of member agencies, the Task Force shall perform the following functions:

    (a) not later than 180 days after the date of this order, produce a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking that shall include consideration of issues relating to combating trafficking and curbing consumer demand, including:

    (i) effective support for anti-poaching activities;

    (ii) coordinating regional law enforcement efforts;

    (iii) developing and supporting effective legal enforcement mechanisms; and

    (iv) developing strategies to reduce illicit trade and reduce consumer demand for trade in protected species;

    (b) not later than 90 days from the date of this order, review the Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime of July 19, 2011, and, if appropriate, make recommendations regarding the inclusion of crime related to wildlife trafficking as an implementation element for the Federal Government's transnational organized crime strategy;

    (c) coordinate efforts among and consult with agencies, as appropriate and consistent with the Department of State's foreign affairs role, regarding work with foreign nations and international bodies that monitor and aid in enforcement against crime related to wildlife trafficking; and

    (d) carry out other functions necessary to implement this order.

    Sec. 5. Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. Not later than 180 days from the date of this order, the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), in consultation with the other Co-Chairs of the Task Force, shall establish an Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Advisory Council) that shall make recommendations to the Task Force and provide it with ongoing advice and assistance. The Advisory Council shall have eight members, one of whom shall be designated by the Secretary as the Chair. Members shall not be employees of the Federal Government and shall include knowledgeable individuals from the private sector, former governmental officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and others who are in a position to provide expertise and support to the Task Force.

    Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable domestic and international law, and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof, or the status of that department or agency within the Federal Government; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (d) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (the "Act''), may apply to the Advisory Council, any functions of the President under the Act, except for that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.

    (e) The Department of the Interior shall provide funding and administrative support for the Task Force and Advisory Council to the extent permitted by law and consistent with existing appropriations.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-05/html/2013-16387.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Biodefense Science Board; Call for Nominees

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The deadline for all application submissions to the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) is extended from July 7, 2013, to August 4, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. The Office of the Secretary is accepting application submissions from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NBSB; six members have membership expiration dates of December 31, 2013, therefore, six new voting members will be selected for the Board. Nominees are being accepted in the following categories: Industry, Academia, Healthcare Consumer Organizations, and Organizations Representing Other Appropriate Stakeholders. Please visit the NBSB Web site at www.phe.gov/nbsb for all application submission information and instructions. All members of the public are encouraged to apply.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Charlotte Spires, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Executive Director and Designated Federal Official, National Biodefense Science Board, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Thomas P. O'Neill Federal Building, Room number 14F18, 200 C St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; Office: 202-260-0627, Email address: charlotte.spires@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-05/html/2013-16178.htm

  • World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee; Nominations of Candidates

    This notice supersedes the following documents published in the Federal Register: June 11, 2013 Volume 78, Number 112, Pages 35036- 35037; June 21, 2013 Volume 78, Number 120, Page 37542; June 28, 2013 Volume 78, Number 125, Page 38983.

    Request for Nominations of Candidates to Serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (the STAC or the Committee), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services.

    The CDC is soliciting nominations for membership on the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). Title I of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-347) was enacted on January 2, 2011, amending the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) by adding Title XXXIII establishing the WTC Health Program within HHS (Title XXXIII of the PHS Act is codified at 42 U.S.C. 300mm to 300mm-61). Section 3302(a) of the PHS Act established the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). The STAC is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees in the Executive Branch. PHS Act Section 3302(a)(1) establishes that the STAC will: review scientific and medical evidence and to make recommendations to the [WTC Program] Administrator on additional WTC Program eligibility criteria and on additional WTC- related health conditions.

    The committee may be consulted for other matters as related to and outlined in the Act at the discretion of the WTC Program Administrator. Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports Section 3302(a)(1) instructs the committee to provide advice to the WTC Program Administrator. In accordance with Section 3302(a)(2) of the PHS Act, the WTC Program Administrator will appoint the members of the committee, which must include at least:

    • 4 occupational physicians, at least two of whom have experience treating WTC rescue and recovery workers;
    • 1 physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine;
    • 2 environmental medicine or environmental health specialists;
    • 2 representatives of WTC responders;
    • 2 representatives of certified-eligible WTC survivors;
    • 1 industrial hygienist;
    • 1 toxicologist;
    • 1 epidemiologist; and
    • 1 mental health professional.

    At this time the Administrator is seeking nominations for members fulfilling the following categories:

    • occupational physician;
    • physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine;
    • environmental medicine or environmental health specialist;
    • representative of WTC responders;
    • representative of certified-eligible WTC survivors;

    Other members may be appointed at the discretion of the WTC Program Administrator.

    A STAC member's term appointment may last 3 years. If a vacancy occurs, the WTC Program Administrator may appoint a new member who represents the same interest as the predecessor. STAC members may be appointed to successive terms. The frequency of committee meetings shall be determined by the WTC Program Administrator based on program needs. Meetings may occur up to four times a year. Members are paid the Special Government Employee rate of $250 per day, and travel costs and per diem are included and based on the Federal Travel Regulations.

    Any interested person or organization may self-nominate or nominate one or more qualified persons for membership.

    Nominations must include the following information:

    • The nominee's contact information and current occupation or position;
    • The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, including prior or current membership on other National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC, or HHS advisory committees or other relevant organizations, associations, and committees;
    • The category of membership (occupational, pulmonary or environmental medicine physician, environmental health specialist, representative of responder or survivor beneficiaries) that the candidate is qualified to represent;
    • A summary of the background, experience, and qualifications that demonstrates the nominee's suitability for the nominated membership category;
    • Articles or other documents the nominee has authored that indicate the nominee's knowledge and experience in relevant subject categories; and
    • A statement that the nominee is aware of the nomination, is willing to regularly attend and participate in STAC meetings, and has no known conflicts of interest that would preclude membership on the Committee.

    STAC members will be selected upon the basis of their relevant experience and competence in their respective categorical fields. The information received through this nomination process, in addition to other relevant sources of information, will assist the WTC Program Administrator in appointing members to serve on the STAC. In selecting members, the WTC Program Administrator will consider individuals nominated in response to this Federal Register notice as well as other qualified individuals.

    The CDC is committed to bringing greater diversity of thought, perspective and experience to its advisory committees. Nominees from all races, genders, ages, and persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Confidential Financial Disclosure Report,'' OGE Form 450. This form is used by CDC to determine whether there is a financial conflict between that person's private interests and activities and their public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee as well as any appearance of a loss of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded at http://www.oge.gov/Forms-Library/OGE-Form-450-Confidential-Financial-Disclosure-Report/. This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    DATES: Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by August 9, 2013.

    Submissions must be electronic or by mail. Submissions should reference docket 229-A. Electronic submissions: You may electronically submit nominations, including attachments, to nioshdocket@cdc.gov. Attachments in Microsoft Word are preferred. Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail: Written nominations may be submitted (one original and two copies) to the following address only: NIOSH Docket 229-A c/o Zaida Burgos, Committee Management Specialist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S E-20, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted. For further information contact: Paul Middendorf, Senior Health Scientist, 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., MS: E-20, Atlanta, GA 30239; telephone (404)498-2500 (this is not a toll-free number); email pmiddendorf@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-03/html/2013-16015.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of Call for Nominations for the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to solicit public nominations for three positions on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Board). The Board provides advice concerning the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on the public lands administered by the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Department of Agriculture, through the U.S. Forest Service.

    DATES: Nominations must be post marked or submitted to the address listed below no later than August 16, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: All mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service should be sent as follows: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, U. S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Sharon Kipping, WO 260, Washington, DC 20240. All mail and packages that are sent via FedEx or UPS should be addressed as follows: National Wild Horse and Program, U. S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Sharon Kipping, Washington, DC 20003. You may also send a fax to Sharon Kipping at 202-912-7182, or email her at skipping@blm.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Kipping, Wild Horse and Burro Program Specialist, 202-912-7263. 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. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-02/html/2013-15873.htm

  • Voluntary Guidelines to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species; Recreational Activities and Water Gardening

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), announces the availability of two draft documents for public review:

    • Voluntary Guidelines to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Recreational Activities
    • Voluntary Guidelines to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Water Gardening

    These voluntary guidelines are intended to be used by agencies and organizations to develop materials that inform the public and industry about the risks associated with many everyday activities that may spread aquatic invasive species and harm the environment and the economy. The intent of this information is to encourage the public and industry to take precautions to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by July 31, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The two draft documents may be obtained online, by mail, or by email:

    Submitting Comments: Please submit your comments in writing by one of the following methods:

    • U.S. mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 740, Arlington, VA 22203; or
    • Email: Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Norcutt, 703-358-2398.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-01/html/2013-15705.htm

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