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Federal Register Summary for week of 21 March

    Commerce

  • Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Scoping Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of scoping meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) is transitioning from species specific fishery management to island- specific fisheries management for the exclusive economic zones of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix separately. This transition is in response to the numerous requests received by the Council to consider the differences among the islands in the U.S. Caribbean. These differences include preference for certain species of fish, ways in which fish species are harvested and other cultural and socio economic factors such as market availability of importance in managing fisheries. The scoping document includes actions and alternatives for each island to make changes to the existing fishery management units by including or excluding species, establish or modify management reference points to determine the status of the stocks, and identify and describe essential fish habitat for any new species considered for federal management. These actions and alternatives are presented for each island specific fishery management plan in the scoping document that is available at the Council's Web page: www.caribbeanfmc.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-17/html/2014-05783.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

    DATES: April 4, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6039. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-21/html/2014-06197.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice. Request for Nominations to the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates with expertise in bioethics to be considered for appointment to its Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) advisory committee. Anticipated vacancies will be filled by September 1, 2014. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Submit nominations by April 11, 2014.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-18/html/2014-05907.htm

  • Interior

  • Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands.

    DATES: The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) and Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. This will be a 2-day meeting.

    ADDRESSES: This Advisory Board meeting will take place in Sacramento, California, at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815, 916-929-7900.

    Written comments pertaining to the April 14-15, 2014, Advisory Board meeting can be mailed to National Wild Horse and Burro Program,WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147, or sent electronically to wildhorse@blm.gov. Please include "Advisory Board Comment'' in the subject line of the email.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. 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 Ms. DeLorme during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question for Ms. DeLorme. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-21/html/2014-06186.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Interagency Funding for Research and Engineering Projects Conducted by Federal Researchers

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: This Request for Information (RFI) solicits input from the public regarding interagency research awards via competitive grants, contracts, or other vehicles provided by a Federal agency to a researcher at a Federal laboratory that is managed, owned, or operated by another Federal agency. Applicable research awards include extramural research awards awarded to intramural researchers in Federal laboratories. Federal laboratories include Government-Owned, Government-Operated laboratories (GOGOs) and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Research awards pay for research projects and supporting resources, including the salaries of the principal investigators. The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop best practices for agencies.

    DATES: Responses must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2014, to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods.

    Downloadable form/email: To aid in information collection and analysis, OSTP encourages responses to be provided by filling out the downloadable form located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput and email that form, as an attachment, to: iaresearch@ostp.gov. Please include "Interagency Research Award'' in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6071.

    Mail: Attn: Reynolds Skaggs, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20504. Information submitted by postal mail should allow ample time for processing by security.

    Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed, but should indicate in their responses the number of the question to which they are responding. Responses to this RFI, including the names of the authors and their institutional affiliations, if provided, may be posted online. OSTP therefore requests that no business-proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally-identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-18/html/2014-06036.htm

  • Veterans Affairs

  • Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, that the Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee will meet on April 18, 2014, at the American Association of Airport Executives Conference Center, at 601 Madison Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn at 5:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

    The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and make recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on using genetic information to optimize medical care for Veterans and to enhance development of tests and treatments for diseases particularly relevant to Veterans.

    The Committee will receive program updates and continue to provide insight into optimal ways for VA to incorporate genomic information into its health care program, while applying appropriate ethical oversight and protecting the privacy of Veterans. The meeting will focus on developing infrastructure and guidelines for genotyping and phenotyping, and translation of genomics into the clinic. The Committee will also receive an update on the status of the ongoing Million Veteran Program and the Clinical Genomics Service. The Committee will receive public comments at 3:30 p.m. Public comments will not exceed 5 minutes each. Individuals who wish to speak may submit a 1-2 page summary of their comments for inclusion in the official meeting record to Dr. Sumitra Muralidhar, Designated Federal Officer, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, or by email at sumitra.muralidhar@va.gov. Any member of the public seeking additional information should contact Dr. Muralidhar at (202) 443-5679.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-18/html/2014-05901.htm

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