• Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to re-establish an advisory council and call for nominations

    SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture intends to re-establish the Forestry Research Advisory Council (Council). In accordance with provisions of Section 1441(c) of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 (Pub. L. 97-98), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), (5 U.S.C. App. 2), the Council is being re-established to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat.353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). Therefore, the Secretary of Agriculture is seeking nominations to fill six vacancies on the Council, and five additional vacancies that will occur when current appointments expire in December 2013.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by April 29, 2013. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, and completed form AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information). The package must be sent to the address below.

    ADDRESSES: Daina Dravnieks Apple, USDA Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief, Research and Devlopment, 1601 North Kent Street, 4th Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22209 by express mail or overnight courier service. If sent via the U.S. Postal Service, they must be sent to the following address: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief, Research and Development, Mail Stop 1120, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1120.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Dravnieks Apple, USDA Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief, Research and Devlopment, Telephone: (202) 205-1665, Email: Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

  • Information Sharing With Agency Stakeholders: Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    ACTION: Request for information and notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: We are informing the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback from our stakeholders regarding cross-Agency strategic priorities. We are also announcing that APHIS is hosting a public meeting to share information about the Agency's budget and program restructuring, as well as to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and share their perspective.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 11, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon. We will accept stakeholder feedback on the specific topics raised in this notice until May 13, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in room 107A at the USDA Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. You may submit feedback on the topics covered in this notice to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or by submitting a comment using the Web site (!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0014-0001).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Hallie Zimmers, Adviser for State and Stakeholder Relations, APHIS, Room 1153, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; phone (202) 799-7029.

  • Commerce

  • (NOAA) Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. and Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: Conference call. Public access TBD in Silver Spring, MD. Please check the SAB Web site for address and directions to the meeting location. Members of the public will not be able to dial in to this meeting.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10 minute public comment period on March 28 from 12:05-12:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by March 20, 2013 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by March 20, 2013 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after March 20, 2013 will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on March 20, 2013, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Final Report from the SAB Research and Development Portfolio Review Task Force; (2) Review Report on the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT); (3) NOAA Response to the SAB Report on Assessing Data from non-NOAA Sources; (4) NOAA Response to the SAB White Paper; On the Need for a NOAA Environmental Data Management Framework; (5) Proposal for a RESTORE Act Working Group; (6) Membership for the Climate Working Group; and (7) Updates from SAB Working Groups.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459. Email:; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at Dated: March 8, 2013.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    Name of Committee: Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee.

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held by teleconference on April 17, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Rockwall II Building, 5515 Security Lane, Conference Room 1033, Rockville, MD 20852. The public is welcome to attend the meeting at the specified location where a speakerphone will be provided. Public participation in the meeting is limited to the use of the speakerphone in the conference room.

    Contact Person: Gail Dapolito (301-827-1289) or Rosanna Harvey (301-827-1297), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike (HFM- 71), Rockville, MD 20852, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On April 17, 2013, the committee will meet by teleconference. In open session, the committee will hear updates of research programs in the Laboratory of Chemistry, Division of Therapeutic Proteins, Office of Biotechnology Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: On April 17, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to from approximately 4 p.m., the meeting is open to the public. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before April 10, 2013. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before April 2, 2013. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by April 3, 2013.

    Closed Committee Deliberations: On April 17, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). The committee will discuss reports of intramural research programs and make recommendations regarding personnel staffing decisions.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Gail Dapolito at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

  • Interior

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meeting

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Amended Notice.

    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of a meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Review Committee meeting previously noticed in the Federal Register (77 FR 53228-53229, August 31, 2012), to occur on May 22-23, 2013, in the History Colorado Center of the History Colorado Museum, Denver Colorado, will now occur only on May 22, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. This meeting will be telephonic and open to the public.

    DATES: The Review Committee will meet on May 22, 2013. The agenda and materials for this meeting will be posted on or before April 22, 2013. Presentation requests must be received by March 22, 2013. These are the same dates that appeared in the notice of meeting of August 31, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic submissions are to be sent to: Mailed submissions are to be sent to: Designated Federal Officer, NAGPRA Review Committee, National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th Floor (2253), Washington, DC 20005.

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