• Evaluation of Established Plant Pests for Action at Ports of Entry

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have been and are assessing certain plant pests that are present in the United States to determine whether we should take action to mitigate the risk posed by those pests when they are found in consignments of imported goods at ports of entry into the United States. We have determined that it is no longer appropriate or necessary to take such action on some plant pests on which we had been taking action at ports of entry because we are not taking any regulatory action on those same pests when we find them in interstate movement, due to our scientific determination that we do not need to mitigate their pest risk. This process relieves restrictions that are no longer needed and ensures that actions taken on plant pests found in imported goods are consistent with the actions we take on those same pests when they appear in interstate commerce.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David B. Lamb, Regulatory Policy Specialist, RPM, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2018; or Ms. Diane L. Schuble, National Coordinator for Official Control, Pest Detection and Emergency Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1237; (301) 851-2334.

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held December 3-5, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-777-5350.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email:

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Receive a briefing on ORD's research program; (2) conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report on recommendations for the Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards; (3) receive briefings on EPA climate science and research; and (4) discuss information provided by the EPA on actions in the semi-annual regulatory agenda and their supporting science.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday December 4, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday December 5, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218, fax (202) 565-2098; or email at General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at

  • Energy

  • Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of Energy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regarding Implementation of Executive Order 13186, Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds

    AGENCY: Office of Health, Safety and Security, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability.

    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) is informing the public of the availability of its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The purpose of the MOU is to strengthen migratory bird conservation through enhanced collaboration between DOE and the FWS, in coordination with state, tribal, and local governments. The MOU identifies specific areas in which cooperation between DOE and the FWS will substantially contribute to the conservation and management of migratory birds and their habitats.

    ADDRESSES: The MOU is available at

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Powers, Office of Sustainability Support, Office of Health, Safety, and Security, at or 202-586-7301 or Josh Silverman, Director, Office of Sustainability Support, Office of Health, Safety, and Security, at or 202-586-6535.

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: 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: November 21, 2013; 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 Ms. Marjory Blumenthal by email at: or telephone: (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Sunshine Act Meeting of the National Museums and Library Services Board

    AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NFAH.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    SUMMARY: The National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services on general policies with respect to the duties, powers, and authority of the Institute relating to museum, library and information services, will meet on November 15, 2013.

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, November 15, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    PLACE: The meeting will be held at the Birmingham Public Library: Richard Arrington Auditorium, in the Linn Henley Research Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203.

    STATUS: Part of this meeting will be open to the public. The rest of the meeting will be closed pursuant to subsections (c)(4) and (c)(9) of section 552b of Title 5, United States Code because the Board will consider information that may disclose: Trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential; and information the premature disclosure of which would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action.

    AGENDA: Twenty-Eight Meeting of the National Museum and Library Service Board Meeting

    Morning Session--9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    1. Welcome
    2. Financial Update
    3. Legislative Update
    4. Program Update
    5. Board Program--Advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Libraries, Museums, and Makerspaces (Open to the Public)

    Afternoon Session -- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    1. Board Discussion--IMLS's Native American/Native Hawaiian Services Programs and Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (Open to the Public)

    Executive Session--1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. (Closed to the Public)

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Maas, Program Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street NW., 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 653-4798.

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Task Force on Administrative Burdens, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. e.s.t.

    SUBJECT MATTER: A discussion of the results of the Task Force's Request for Information, comment from agencies and organizations, and the content and timeline of the final report and recommendations.

    STATUS: Open

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at Point of contact for this meeting is Lisa Nichols or John Veysey.

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Plan for Civil Earth Observations; Request for Information

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).

    SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input from all interested parties regarding recommendations for the development of a National Plan for Civil Earth Observations ("National Plan''). The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop this Plan.

    DATES: Responses must be received by December 6, 2013 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods.

    Downloadable form/email: To aid in information collection and analysis, OSTP encourages responses to be provided by filling out the downloadable form located at and emailing that form, as an attachment, to: Please include "National Plan for Civil Earth Observations'' in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6071.

    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20504. Information submitted by postal mail should allow ample time for processing by security.

    Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed; however, they should clearly identify the questions to which they are responding by listing the corresponding number for each question. Each individual or institution is requested to only submit one response. Responses to this RFI, including the names of the authors and their institutional affiliations, if provided, may be posted on line. OSTP therefore requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally-identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Given the public and governmental nature of the National Plan, OSTP deems it unnecessary to receive or to use business proprietary information in its development. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Stryker, 202-419-3471,, OSTP.

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