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Federal Register Summary for week of 4 April

    Commerce

  • Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Projects

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 mandated the establishment of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System with NOAA as lead Federal agency. NOAA's U.S. IOOS program seeks comment on a draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of the observing activities regularly occurring in the environment as a direct result of cooperative agreements funded by this program. Technologies proposed for deployment and observational activities under U.S. IOOS are categorized into the following groups: sensors and instrumentation; vessels (including personal watercraft) and sampling; AUVs, gliders, and drifters; moorings, marine stations, buoys, and fixed arrays; HF radar; and sound navigation and ranging (sonar) and light detection and ranging (lidar). These observing activities support the core mission of U.S. IOOS: systematic provision of readily accessible marine environmental data and data products in an interoperable, reliable, timely, and user-specified manner to end- users/customers to serve seven critical and expanding societal needs:

    1. Improve predictions of climate change and weather and their effects on coastal communities and the nation;
    2. Improve the safety and efficiency of maritime operations;
    3. More effectively mitigate the effects of natural hazards;
    4. Improve national and homeland security;
    5. Reduce public health risks;
    6. More effectively protect and restore healthy coastal ecosystems; and
    7. Enable the sustained use of ocean and coastal resources.

    DATE AND TIME: The draft PEA is available for public review and comment through April 30, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: If you wish to comment on the draft PEA, you may email comments to Regina Evans at regina.evans@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Evans, U.S. IOOS, Regions Budget & Policy Division, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2422; Fax 301-427-2073; Email regina.evans@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-01/html/2014-07225.htm

  • Requesting Nominations for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations and notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee advises the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior in implementing Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, specifically on strategies and priorities for developing the national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) and on practical approaches to further enhance and expand protection of new and existing MPAs. Nominations are sought for highly qualified non-Federal scientists, resource managers, and people representing other interests or organizations involved with or affected by marine protected areas including in the Great Lakes. Ten members of the Committee have terms that expire June 30, 2014, and nominations are sought to fill these vacancies.

    DATES:

    Nominations: Nominations must be received on or before May 30, 2014.

    Meeting: The Committee will meet at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary office in Galveston, Texas on June 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. These times and the agenda items below are subject to change. For the most recent agenda, see: http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/fac/meetings/

    ADDRESSES:

    Nominations: Nominations should be sent to Nicole Capps at West Coast Region, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 100F, Monterey, CA, 93940, or Nicole.capps@noaa.gov. Electronic submissions are acceptable.

    Meeting: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Galveston Lab, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, Texas.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 301-713-7265, lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-01/html/2014-07204.htm

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC.

    DATES AND TIMES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up- to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Alternate Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2453; Fax 301-427-2073; Email jessica.snowden@noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/advisorycommittee.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-31/html/2014-07064.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Panel to discuss its draft advisory report concerning the EPA document titled Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence (September, 2013 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-11/098B).

    DATES: The SAB Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report will conduct public teleconferences on April 28, 2014 and May 2, 2014. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone at (202) 564-2155 or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB as well as any updates concerning the teleconferences announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-01/html/2014-07239.htm

  • Office of Pesticide Programs; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively, the Services), are holding a one day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the interim approaches that were issued in November 2013 by the EPA, USDA, and the Services in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, "Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides''. The workshop is an opportunity for stakeholders and agencies to continue their dialogue on the technical aspects of implementing the NAS recommendations, building upon public meetings held in November and December 2013 and the implementation of the enhanced stakeholder engagement process that was finalized in March 2013. The workshop is not designed to, or intended to be a decision-making forum; consensus will not be sought or developed at the meeting. This public meeting furthers the agencies' goal of developing a consultation process for pesticide impacts on listed species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before April 15, 2014. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Office of Pesticide Programs, One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202 in the 1st floor conference room. Webinar and teleconference information will be provided to participants requesting access via webinar and telephone.

    Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0233, may be submitted to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Eiden, Pesticide Re- evaluation Division (7508P) and the Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-7887; fax number: (703) 308-8005; email address: eiden.catherine@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-02/html/2014-07102.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public teleconference. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The NBSB will hold a public meeting on April 23, 2014, tentatively, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals who wish to participate should send an email to NBSB@HHS.GOV with "NBSB Registration'' in the subject line. The meeting will occur by teleconference. To attend via teleconference and for further instructions, please visit the NBSB Web site at WWW.PHE.GOV/NBSB.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The National Biodefense Science Board mailbox: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-31/html/2014-06996.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic invasive species (AIS); to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, through Thursday, May 8, 2014. For security purposes, registration for the meeting is required. If you wish to attend the meeting, you must register by contacting the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than May 1, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Room 530, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (telephone: 703-358-2398).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Norcutt, Acting Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by telephone at (703) 358-2398, or by email at Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-31/html/2014-06974.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee Business and Operations; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Business and Operations Advisory Committee (9556).

    Date/Time: April 30, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST); May 1, 2014; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST).

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford I, Room 1235.

    Type of Meeting: OPEN.

    Contact Person: Joan Miller, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8200.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice concerning issues related to the oversight, integrity, development and enhancement of NSF's business operations.

    Agenda: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Welcome/Introductions; BFA/OIRM/CIO Updates; OMB Publication of Uniform Guidance; Report from Working Group to Consider the Issue of Linking NSF Organizational Goals and Objectives with Employee Performance Plans; Virtual Panels. Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Business Systems Review (BSR) Process; Prepare for Meeting with Dr. Marrett; Discussion with Dr. Marrett; Closing Discussion.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-03/html/2014-07438.htm

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