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Federal Register Summary for week of 26 July

    Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice; Re-establishment of the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee and call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture re-established the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) pursuant to Section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Act) (Pub. L. 110-246), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), (5 U.S.C. App. 2). The Act passed into law as an amendment to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 on June 18, 2008. The Committee has been re-established to continue coordinating non-industrial private forestry activities within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the private sector. The Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) has determined that the work of the Committee is in the public's interest and relevant to the duties of the USDA. Therefore, the Secretary is seeking nominations to fill a vacancy and three expiring positions, with terms of 3 years, in the Conservation Organization, Forest Industry, Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowner, and Conservation District categories. The nominees must be associated with such organizations and be willing to represent that sector as it relates to non-industrial private forestry. The public is invited to submit nominations for membership on the Committee, either as a self-nomination or a nomination of any qualified and interested person.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by August 23, 2013. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, and completed Form AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information).

    ADDRESSES: The address to submit nominations will vary based upon delivery method. Nomination packages must be sent to the addresses below:

    Nominations sent via express mail or overnight courier service: Maya Solomon, USDA Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry Staff, 1621 North Kent Street, RPE-9, mail stop 1123, Arlington, Virginia 22209.

    Nominations sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be sent to the following address: USDA Forest Service; Cooperative Forestry Staff, State & Private Forestry; mail stop 1123; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1123.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maya Solomon, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Program Coordinator, Telephone: 202-205-1376 or Ted Beauvais, Designated Federal Officer, Telephone: 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 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-24/html/2013-17706.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Members for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: The notice announced the USDA's request for membership on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. The notice was published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Kelly, 202-720-4421.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of May 2, 2013 in FR Doc. 2013-10392, on pages 25691-25692 in the date section, correct to read as follows:

    DATES: All nomination materials should be mailed in a single, complete package and postmarked by August 30, 2013.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-23/html/2013-17649.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • 101st Commission Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 101st meeting in Unalaska, Alaska, on August 26-27, 2013. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 100th meeting
    3. Commissioners and staff reports
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities

    The focus of the meeting will be Arctic research activities in Unalaska, as well as reports and updates on other programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-25/html/2013-17846.htm

  • Commerce

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Research Set-Aside Committee (RSA), and its Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee will hold public meetings.

    DATES: The meetings will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2013 through Thursday, August 15, 2013. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Double Tree Hilton Wilmington, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE telephone: (302) 478- 6000.

    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D. Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526-5255.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-24/html/2013-17774.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. 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: August 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. August 15, 2013, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov or Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-23/html/2013-17667.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board; Notice of Charter Renewal

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Charter Renewal.


    Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is a necessary committee, which is in the public interest. Accordingly, ELAB will be renewed for an additional two-year period. The purpose of the ELAB is to provide advice and recommendations to the Administrator of EPA on issues associated with enhancing EPA's measurement programs and the systems and standards of environmental accreditation. Inquiries may be directed to Lara P. Phelps, Senior Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, 109 T W Alexander Drive (E243-05), Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 or by email: phelps.lara@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-25/html/2013-17922.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee.

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on October 22, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and October 23, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993. Information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm; under the heading "Resources for You,'' click on "Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus.'' Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1.

    Contact Person: Gail Dapolito or Rosanna Harvey, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, 1401 Rockville Pike, HFM-71, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-827-1289 or 301-827- 1297, email: Gail.Dapolito@fda.hhs.gov or Rosanna.Harvey@fda.hhs.gov or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On October 22, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on October 23, 2013, from 8 a.m. to approximately 11:15 a.m., the Committee will discuss oocyte modification in assisted reproduction for the prevention of transmission of mitochondrial disease or treatment of infertility. On October 23, 2013, from approximately 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Committee will hear updates on guidance documents issued from the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), FDA. On October 23, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m. the Committee will discuss considerations for the design of early-phase clinical trials of cellular and gene therapy products. CBER is planning to publish guidance on this topic during calendar year 2013.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before October 15, 2013. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on October 22, 2013, and between approximately 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. on October 23, 2013. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before October 7, 2013. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by October 8, 2013.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Gail Dapolito (gail.dapolito@fda.hhs.gov) at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-23/html/2013-17600.htm

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

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the Council of Councils.

    The meeting will be held via teleconference and is open to the public as indicated below. Individuals who need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4), and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Open: August 15, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

    Agenda: Establishment of Chimpanzee Research Use Panel and Discussion. Vote on Establishment of the Panel. NIH Director's Early Independence Awards.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Room 260, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Dial in number: 1-888-790-1964.

    Participant Passcode: 9121608.

    Closed: August 15, 2013, 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of Grant Applications.

    Contact Person: Robin Kawazoe, Executive Secretary, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, Building 1, Room 260, Bethesda, MD 20892, kawazoer@mail.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. Information is also available on the Council of Council's home page at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/ where an agenda and proposals to be discussed will be posted before the meeting date. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.14, Intramural Research Training Award; 93.22, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds; 93.232, Loan Repayment Program for Research Generally; 93.39, Academic Research Enhancement Award; 93.936, NIH Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Loan Repayment Program; 93.187, Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, National Institutes of Health, HHS)

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-24/html/2013-17697.htm

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