Arctic Research Commission

  • Programs and Research Projects Affecting the Arctic

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 100th meeting in Anchorage and Bethel, Alaska, on March 21-22, 2013. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m. in Anchorage and reconvene in the afternoon in Bethel on March 21. The commission will meet again at 8:30 a.m. on March 22 in Bethel.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 99th 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 Bethel, 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.

  • Commerce

  • Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, Meeting of the Data Management and Communications Steering Team

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS[supreg]) Program in NOAA publishes this notice on behalf of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) to announce a formal meeting of the IOOC's Data Management and Communications Steering Team (DMAC-ST). The DMAC-ST membership is comprised of IOOC-approved federal agency representatives and non-federal participants representing academic, non-profit, private, regional and state sectors who will discuss issues outlined in the agenda.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2013, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and February 28, 2013, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be broadcast via a conference telephone call. Public access is available at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this notice, please contact the U.S. IOOS Program (Charles Alexander, 301- 427-2429, or the IOOC Support Office (Joshua Young, 202-787-1622,

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference.

    SUMMARY: This notice announces a teleconference of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, March 7, 2013; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST).

    ADDRESSES: Participants may contact Ms. Joanne Corcoran by March 5, 2013 at email: or by phone at (301) 903-6488, to receive a call-in number. Public participation is welcomed; however, the number of teleconference lines is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone (301) 903-9817; fax (301) 903-5051 or email: The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site:

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Office of Science, 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: Friday, March 15, 2013; 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences (in the Lecture Room), 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    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: A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Amber Hartman Scholz, PCAST Acting Executive Director, at, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Education Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting(s).

    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a series of teleconference meetings of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (the Act).

    The purpose of these teleconference(s) is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.

    DATES: The National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold a public teleconference(s) on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, March 27, 2013, May 22, 2013, June 19, 2013 and July 24, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer,, 202-564-2642, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Education, Ariel Rios North Room 1426, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

  • Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new vacancies for terms through June 15, 2016. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia (2 vacancies); grassroots community-based organizations (1 vacancy); non-governmental/environmental organizations (2 vacancies); State government agencies (1 vacancy); and indigenous community-based organizations (1 vacancy). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2013. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than February 22, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line NEJAC Membership 2013 to You also may submit nominations by mail to: Kevin Olp, NEJAC Membership Outreach Coordinator, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC 2201A), Washington, DC 20460. Non-electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information. The Office of Environmental Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Olp, Membership Outreach Coordinator for the NEJAC, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-5423; fax: (202) 564-1624.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research: Actions Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of changes to the NIH Guidelines.

    SUMMARY: Concerns about the emergence of a pandemic influenza virus have spurred research with influenza viruses that have the potential to cause a pandemic, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 viruses. In 2012, two published studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) examined genetic changes that would allow HPAI H5N1 viruses to transmit by respiratory droplets among ferrets, an animal model that is often used to predict transmission and pathogenicity of influenza viruses in humans. This research raised concerns regarding the potential for HPAI H5N1 viruses to evolve and lead to a global pandemic. If transmission of a genetically engineered HPAI H5N1 virus among ferrets by respiratory droplets indicates that HPAI H5N1 viruses could evolve to transmit efficiently among humans by respiratory droplets, the public health risk of such a virus would be greater than that of the HPAI H5N1 virus currently circulating in poultry and wild birds, which does not easily transmit among humans. The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) was asked to review the biosafety requirements for recombinant research with HPAI H5N1 virus contained in the October 2011 NIH Guidelines and determine whether these conditions and practices are adequate to address research with HPAI H5N1 viruses that transmit among mammals by respiratory droplets, as demonstrated in an appropriate animal model or clinically in humans (referred throughout this document as mammalian-transmissible HPAI H5N1). On January 24, 2013, the RAC held a public meeting, together with influenza experts, as well as experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), HHS, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The RAC recommended additional enhancements for research on mammalian-transmissible HPAI H5N1 virus to supplement the biosafety requirements for HPAI H5N1 that are already delineated in the NIH Guidelines. These enhancements include changes to the facility and biosafety equipment and practices, including occupational health practices. Based on the recommendations of the RAC, the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) concluded that more specific guidance regarding recombinant research with mammalian- transmissible HPAI H5N1 virus is warranted.

    The resulting amendments to the NIH Guidelines are "Minor Actions'' under Section IV-C-1-(b)-2 of the NIH Guidelines, and therefore, will be implemented immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. While a Minor Action only requires consultation with the RAC chair and one or more RAC members, as necessary, as noted above, these changes were developed after extensive consultation with the full RAC and other experts and were discussed at a public RAC meeting. Publication in the Federal Register will inform the scientific and biosafety communities, as well as solicit continued scientific input should revisions be needed in the future.

    DATES: The public is encouraged to submit written comments on this action. Comments may be submitted to the OBA in paper or electronic form at the OBA mailing, fax, and email addresses shown below under the heading For Further Information. All comments should be submitted by March 25, 2013. All written comments received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection in the NIH OBA, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and may be posted to the OBA's Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions, or require additional information about these changes, please contact the OBA by email at, or telephone at 301-496-9838. Comments may be submitted to the same email address or by fax at 301-496-9839 or by mail to the Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7985. Background information may be obtained by contacting NIH OBA by email at

  • 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 meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    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: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: March 12, 2013.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols and related data management activities. Please check the meeting agenda at OBA Meetings Page (available at the following URL: for more information.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Rockledge II, Conference Room 9100, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Chezelle George, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy/OD, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838,

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page:, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    OMB's "Mandatory Information Requirements for Federal Assistance Program Announcements'' (45 FR 39592, June 11, 1980) requires a statement concerning the official government programs contained in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Normally NIH lists in its announcements the number and title of affected individual programs for the guidance of the public. Because the guidance in this notice covers virtually every NIH and Federal research program in which DNA recombinant molecule techniques could be used, it has been determined not to be cost effective or in the public interest to attempt to list these programs. Such a list would likely require several additional pages. In addition, NIH could not be certain that every Federal program would be included as many Federal agencies, as well as private organizations, both national and international, have elected to follow the NIH Guidelines. In lieu of the individual program listing, NIH invites readers to direct questions to the information address above about whether individual programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance are affected.

    (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)

    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.

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Special Rule for the Polar Bear Under Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule; availability of environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), amends it regulations which implement the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), to create a special rule under authority of section 4(d) of the ESA that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the polar bear (Ursus maritimus), while also including appropriate prohibitions from section 9(a)(1) of the ESA.

    DATES: This rule becomes effective on March 22, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Document Availability: The final rule, final environmental assessment, and finding of no significant impact are available for viewing on under Docket No. FWS-R7-ES-2012- 0009. Supporting documentation we used in preparing this final rule is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the Marine Mammal Management Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Hamilton, Marine Mammals Management Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 7, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; telephone 907-786-3309. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings; correction.

    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior published a document in the Federal Register of February 11, 2013, concerning a notice of public meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The document contained incorrect dates. This document corrects those errors.

    DATES: ISAC New Member Orientation (CLOSED): Wednesday, March 6, 2013; 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (OPEN): Thursday, March 7, 2013 through Friday, March 8, 2013; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204-4520. The general session on Thursday, March 7, 2013 and Friday, March 8, 2013 will be held in the Galaxy Ballroom.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, 202-513-7243.

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

    SUMMARY: The United States Government (USG) invites comments on the proposed United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The proposed Policy establishes institutional review and oversight requirements for certain categories of life sciences research at institutions that accept Federal funding for such research. These requirements are intended to address risks of dual use research not addressed under existing Federal regulations or guidelines. Requirement for compliance with this Policy, once finalized, will be incorporated by Federal funding agencies in accordance with their relevant statutory authorities, into the terms and conditions of awards with funded institutions that conduct research falling into the categories identified in the Policy. The public input provided through this Notice will inform future deliberations and issuance of a final Policy.

    DATES: Release date: February 22, 2013. Response date: April 23, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically to: Comments may also be mailed to: Dr. Franca R. Jones, Assistant Director--Chemical and Biological Countermeasures, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20504. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information about submitting comments.

    The proposed Policy is available on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Science Safety Security (S3) Web site:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Franca R. Jones, Assistant Director--Chemical and Biological Countermeasures, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20504,

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