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Federal Register Summary for week of 29 November

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation Reserve Program

    AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI); request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), intends to complete a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) assessing the environmental impacts of potential changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The intent of this notice is to provide an initial summary introduction to the alternatives being considered for potential changes to CRP, and to request comments on these proposed alternatives. The input we receive as a result of this notice will enable us to refine the alternatives, begin to evaluate their impacts, and document results in the scoping report as required by NEPA.

    DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by January 13, 2014. Comments received after this date will be considered to the extent possible.

    ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this NOI. In your comments, include the volume, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

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

    Online: Go to www.CRPSPEIS.com. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments;

    Email: CRPcomments@cardnotec.com.

    Fax: (757) 594-1469.

    Mail, Hand Delivery, or Courier: CRP SPEIS, c/o Cardno TEC, Inc., 11817 Canon Blvd., Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606.

    All written comments will be available for inspection online at www.regulations.gov and in the Office of the Director, Conservation and Environmental Programs Division, FSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 4709 South Building, Washington, DC 20250, during business hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. A copy of this notice is available through the FSA home page at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions, contact Nell Fuller, National Environmental Compliance Manager, telephone: (202) 720-6303. For the documents discussed in this notice, go to www.CRPSPEIS.com.Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-29/html/2013-28520.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee Meeting Teleconference Call.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 14 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 15 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice on the 20th anniversary of the NAAEC and to discuss other trade and environment issues in North America. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda and meeting materials will be available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0125. General information about NAC and GAC can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacgac-page.htm.

    DATES: The NAC/GAC will hold a public teleconference on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. (This meeting replaces the October 16th 2013, meeting cancelled due to the government shutdown.)

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference call from U.S. EPA William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-26/html/2013-28366.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 stakeholder meeting hosted by the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). The SMRB's Working Group on Approaches to Assess the Value of Biomedical Research Supported by NIH will present their findings and conclusions regarding optimal approaches to assessing the value of biomedical research supported by the 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: December 18, 2013.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST).

    Agenda: The teleconference will focus on the findings and recommendations of the Working Group on Approaches to Assess the Value of Biomedical Research Supported by NIH. The full Board will review and vote on the draft report from the Working Group. SMRB members will also be presented with a new charge regarding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. To sign up for public comment, please submit your name and affiliation to the contact person listed below by December 17, 2013. Sign-up will be restricted to one sign-up 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.

    The toll-free number to participate in the teleconference is 800-369-1872, and the passcode will be 7887272.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, NIH, Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    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.

    The draft meeting agenda and other information about the SMRB 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-2013-11-26/html/2013-28266.htm

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its fifteenth meeting on December 18, 2013. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the BRAIN Initiative and ongoing work in neuroscience.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday, December 18, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005. Telephone (202) 682-0111.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW, Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-29/html/2013-28621.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking; Rescheduled Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council). This meeting is being rescheduled from October 21, 2013.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Members of the public who want to participate in the meeting must notify Mr. Cade London by close of business on Monday, December 9, 2013. See additional instructions under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, Procedures for Public Input.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of the Interior, South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cade London, Special Assistant--USFWS International Affairs, by U.S. mail at 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203; by telephone at (703) 358-2584; by fax at (703) 358-2276; or by email at cade_london@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-26/html/2013-28329.htm

  • 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 December 11, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held via web conference and teleconference.

    The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, has been established to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:

    • Leadership Dialogue
    • FGDC Update
    • NSDI Strategic Plan
    • Subcommittee Updates

    Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance. Please register by contacting Arista Maher at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703-648-6283, amaher@fgdc.gov). Meeting registrations are due by December 6, 2013. Meeting information (web conference and teleconference instructions) will be provided to registrants prior to the meeting. While the meeting will be open to the public, attendance may be limited due to web conference and teleconference capacity.

    The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment. Attendees wishing to provide public comment should register by December 6. Please register by contacting Arista Maher at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703-648-6283, amaher@fgdc.gov). Comments may also be submitted to the NGAC in writing.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 11, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. e.s.t.

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

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-29/html/2013-28509.htm

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting (via Teleconference) of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. The purpose of a meeting via teleconference, in lieu of physical travel, on Thursday, December 12, 2013 is to convene the full Advisory Committee to discuss consideration, modification and adoption of an ISAC position paper on utilizing harvest incentives to control invasive species. Members of the public are welcome to participate by accessing the teleconference. Those in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area may visit the NISC headquarters, where the teleconference will be accessed in the conference room (see address below.) Call-in number and access code will be provided upon request by calling 202-208-5978.

    DATES: Teleconference Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Thursday, December 12, 2013; 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: NISC Conference Room, 1201 Eye Street, NW., Room 5-73; Washington, DC 20005. All visiting members of the public must be cleared through building security prior to being escorted to the meeting location.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Analyst and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751,

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-25/html/2013-28215.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    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, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council: Meeting is December 10, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than November 26, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at the Omni Hotel, 900 N Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Perry, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-2432; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-29/html/2013-28585.htm

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