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Federal Register Summary for week of 12 July

    Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the New Water Challenge Area Within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of web-based listening session and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully implement the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), NIFA intends to initiate a new challenge area within AFRI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to address water issues. NIFA will be holding a web-based listening session in order to solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. It is open to the public and the focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input that will be used in developing the Request for Applications (RFA) in FY 2014. NIFA is particularly interested in input on how best to achieve the most impact, within budget constraints, in the early years of this new challenge area.

    All comments must be received by close of business on July 30, 2013, to be considered in the initial drafting of the FY 2014 AFRI Water program RFA.

    DATES: The web-based listening session will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The web-based listening session will be hosted using Adobe Connect. On July 16th, please access the following Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/afri-water/. In addition, audio conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-858-2144, participant code 1512861.

    You may submit written comments, identified by NIFA-2013-0010, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: AFRI@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2013-0010 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-1782.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to AFRI; Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2240, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2220.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: AFRI, IFPS, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3444, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name (NIFA) and reference to NIFA-2013-0010. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Terri Joya, (202) 401-1282 (phone), (202) 401-1782 (fax), or tjoya@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-08/html/2013-16204.htm

  • Energy

  • Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program 2013 Annual Plan

    AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of report availability.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy announces the availability of the 2013 Annual Plan for the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program on the DOE Web site at http://energy.gov/fe/downloads/2013-annual-plan or in print form (see "Contact'' below). The 2013 Annual Plan is in compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Subtitle J, Section 999B(e)(3) which requires the publication of this plan and all written comments in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elena Melchert, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Oil and Natural Gas, Mail Stop FE-30, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585 or phone: (202) 586-5600 or email to UltraDeepwater@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-09/html/2013-16423.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Commission of Childhood Vaccines; Request for Nominations for Voting Members

    AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill three vacancies on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV). The ACCV was established by Title XXI of the Public Health Service Act (the Act), as enacted by Public Law (Pub. L.) 99-660 and as subsequently amended, and advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) on issues related to implementation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

    DATES: The agency must receive nominations on or before August 9, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations are to be submitted to the Director, Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB), HRSA, Parklawn Building, Room 11C-26, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Annie Herzog, Principal Staff Liaison, Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, HSB, HRSA, at (301) 443-6634 or email: aherzog@hrsa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-10/html/2013-16603.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the BSC, OID. This board consists of 17 experts in fields related to infectious diseases who are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The board advises the HHS Secretary; the CDC Director; the OID Director; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) concerning strategies, goals, and priorities for the programs and research within the national centers, and monitors the overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishment of the board's mission. Nominees will be selected by the HHS Secretary or designee from authorities knowledgeable in the fields of infectious diseases and related disciplines, including epidemiology, microbiology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, public health, entomology, clinical medicine, and veterinary medicine, as well as from the general public. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership shall be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the committee's function. In addition to a broad range of expertise, consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with diverse representation of both genders, ethnic and racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government.

    Candidates should submit the following items:

    1. Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address)
    2. A letter of recommendation stating the qualifications of the candidate.

    Nomination materials must be postmarked by July 31, 2013, and sent to: Kim Distel, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 639-2100.

    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-2013-07-08/html/2013-16182.htm

  • Interior

  • Call for Nominations to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Call for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is seeking nominations to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee established under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Geographic Data Committee related to management of Federal geospatial programs, development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906. The Committee reviews and comments upon geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum for views of non-Federal stakeholders in the geospatial community.

    DATES: Nominations to participate on this Committee must be received by August 12, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations electronically to ngacnominations@fgdc.gov, or by mail to John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, 909 First Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations. Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee's qualifications, including information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a potential member. Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from employers, associations, professional organizations, and/or other organizations that indicate the support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, USGS (206-220-4621). Additional information about the NGAC and the nomination process is posted on the NGAC Web page at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-08/html/2013-16261.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-462, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Monday, July 29, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Note all times listed are Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 7H45, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-09/html/2013-16416.htm

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