• Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: We are amending the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. We are taking this action because we believe all licensees and registrants should develop a contingency plan for all animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act in an effort to better prepare for potential disasters. This action will heighten the awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency or disaster occur.

    DATES: Effective Date: January 30, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jeanie Lin, Eastern Region Emergency Programs Manager, Animal Care, APHIS, 920 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh NC 27606; (919) 855-7100.

  • Commerce

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2013 Nominations

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.

    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the annual NMTI (initially known as the National Medal of Technology) to our nation's leading innovators. Those wishing to nominate a candidate who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to the economy may obtain a nomination form from:

    ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2013 may be obtained by visiting the USPTO Web site at Nomination applications should be submitted to John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail to: or by mail to: John Palafoutas, NMTI Program Manager, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

    DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is April 1, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone (571) 272-9821 or by electronic mail:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board Meeting Dates and Agenda

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference and face-to-face meetings.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, holds teleconference meetings the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and two face-to-face meetings each calendar year.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring or measurement issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Phelps, Designated Federal Official, U.S. EPA, 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Mail Code E243-05, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 or emailed to

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Memorandum of December 21, 2012--Federal Employee Pay Schedules and Rates That Are Set by Administrative Discretion

    Executive Order 13635--Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

    Memorandum of December 21, 2012

    Federal Employee Pay Schedules and Rates That Are Set by Administrative Discretion

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    On December 22, 2010, I issued a memorandum stating that the heads of executive departments and agencies should suspend any increases to any pay systems or pay schedules covering executive branch employees, and should forgo any general increases in covered employees' rates of pay, that could otherwise take effect as a result of the exercise of administrative discretion during the period beginning on January 1, 2011, and ending on December 31, 2012. In light of section 114 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112-175), I am hereby instructing the heads of executive departments and agencies that they should continue to adhere to this policy through March 27, 2013, the date after which statutory pay adjustments may be made pursuant to section 114 of Public Law 112-175.

    This memorandum shall be carried out to the extent permitted by law and consistent with executive departments' and agencies' legal authorities. This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall issue any necessary guidance on implementing this memorandum, and is also hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committees; Tentative Schedule of Meetings for 2013

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a tentative schedule of forthcoming meetings of its public advisory committees for 2013. During 1991, at the request of the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner), the Institute of Medicine (the IOM) conducted a study of the use of FDA's advisory committees. In its final report, one of the IOM's recommendations was for the Agency to publish an annual tentative schedule of its meetings in the Federal Register. This publication implements the IOM's recommendation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa L. Hays, Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff (HF-4), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5290, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-8220.

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