• Fisheries of the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

    SUMMARY: The SEDAR Steering Committee will meet to discuss the SEDAR process and assessment schedule. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    DATES: The SEDAR Steering Committee will meet from 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013, until 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013.


    Meeting address: The Steering Committee meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn, Charleston/West Ashley, 678 Citadel Haven Drive, Charleston, SC 29414; telephone: (843) 573-1200.

    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N Charleston, SC 29405.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Carmichael, SEDAR Program Manager; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email:

  • Permanent Advisory Committee to Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) on October 28-October 29, 2013. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    DATES: The meeting of the PAC will be held on October 28, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded) and October 29, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NMFS Honolulu Service Center, located at Pier 38, 1139 N. Nimitz Hwy. Suite 220, Honolulu, HI 96817.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-944-2289; facsimile: 808-973-2941; email:

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Wilderness Month, 2013

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    In September 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, recognizing places "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.'' Throughout our history, countless people have passed through America's most treasured landscapes, leaving their beauty unmarred. This month, we uphold that proud tradition and resolve that future generations will trek forest paths, navigate winding rivers, and scale rocky peaks as visitors to the majesty of our great outdoors.

    My Administration is dedicated to preserving our Nation's wild and scenic places. During my first year as President, I designated more than 2 million acres of wilderness and protected over 1,000 miles of rivers. Earlier this year, I established five new national monuments, and I signed legislation to redesignate California's Pinnacles National Monument as Pinnacles National Park. To engage more Americans in conservation, I also launched the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Through this innovative effort, my Administration is working with communities from coast to coast to preserve our outdoor heritage, including our vast rural lands and remaining wild spaces.

    As natural habitats for diverse wildlife; as destinations for family camping trips; and as venues for hiking, hunting, and fishing, America's wilderness landscapes hold boundless opportunities to discover and explore. They provide immense value to our Nation--in shared experiences and as an integral part of our economy. Our iconic wilderness areas draw tourists from across the country and around the world, bolstering local businesses and supporting American jobs.

    During National Wilderness Month, we reflect on the profound influence of the great outdoors on our lives and our national character, and we recommit to preserving them for generations to come.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty- eighth.

  • Interior

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.

    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee.

    DATES: October 3, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: First floor conference room, Glenn Olds Hall, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Pamela Bergmann, Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 1689 "C'' Street, Suite 119, Anchorage, Alaska, (907) 271-5011.

  • Treasury

  • Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund

    AGENCY: Office of the Fiscal Assistant Secretary, Treasury.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

    SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury is proposing regulations concerning the investment and use of amounts deposited in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, which was established in the Treasury of the United States by the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The regulations contain procedures required by the RESTORE Act, and generally describe the responsibilities of Federal and State entities which administer RESTORE Act programs and carry out restoration activities in the Gulf Coast region.

    DATES: Comment due date: November 5, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Treasury invites comments on the topics addressed in this proposed rule. Comments may be submitted through one of these methods:

    Electronic Submission of Comments: Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt, and enables the Department to make them available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public.

    Mail: Send to Department of the Treasury, Attention Janet Vail, Room 2050; 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20220.

    In general, Treasury will post all comments to without change, including any business or personal information provided, such as names, addresses, email addresses, or telephone numbers. Treasury will also make such comments available for public inspection and copying in Treasury's Library, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20220, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You can make an appointment to inspect comments by telephoning (202) 622-0990. All comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, will be part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should only submit information that you wish to make publicly available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please send questions by email to, or contact Janet Vail, 202-622-2200.

  • Veterans Affairs

  • National Research Advisory Council; 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 National Research Advisory Council will hold a meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Conference Room 23 at 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the Council is to provide external advice and review for VA's research mission. The Council reviews the VA research portfolio and a summary of special projects. In the morning, the Committee will convene an open session to hear from the Committee Chair and VA Acting Chief Research and Development Officer. The Committee will convene a closed session from 9:45 a.m. to noon to discuss optimizing oversight of the Human Subjects Research Protection Programs. Closing portions of this meeting is in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4) which allows a closed meeting where the agency determines that the portion of its meeting is likely to disclose trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential. The Committee will reconvene in open session from noon to 3:30 p.m. to receive briefings on Technology Transfer and Communications Plan.

    No time will be allocated at this meeting for receiving oral presentations from the public. However, interested members of the public may submit written statements for the Council's review to Pauline Cilladi-Rehrer, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Research and Development (10P9), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, or by email at Because the meeting is being held in a government building, a photo I.D. must be presented at the Guard's Desk as a part of the clearance process. Therefore, you should allow an additional 15 minutes before the meeting begins. Any member of the public wishing further information should contact Ms. Cilladi-Rehrer at (202) 443- 5607.

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