• Process for Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA) Designation

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: Section 7101 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 requires the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a process through which institutions may apply for designation as a NLGCA. Designation as a NLGCA is one way an institution may qualify to receive an exemption from the new matching fund requirement described in Section 7128 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. NLGCA designation also satisfies the eligibility requirement for the Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture program, which is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 3319i.

    This notice outlines the criteria to qualify for NLGCA designation and the steps to obtain such designation. Additionally, McIntire- Stennis and Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities may opt out of their current designation and request NLGCA designation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Lockhart (202) 559-5088, (FAX) (202) 401-7752,

  • Commerce

  • Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) beginning in the fall of 2014. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill upcoming vacancies being created by term limits.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before July 7, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, Executive Director (Acting), MAFAC, Office of Policy, NMFS F-14438, 1315 East- West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Executive Director (Acting); (301) 427-8004; email:

  • Defense

  • Meeting of the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open Advisory Board meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board ("EAB''). This meeting will be open to the public. For more information about the EAB, please visit

    DATES: The meeting will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Gridley Conference Room, New England District, US Army Corps of Engineers, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742. Room changes or delays will be posted to the EAB's Web site if time allows.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John C. Furry, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board, Room 3-I-23, 441 G Street NW., Washington DC 20314-1000. Email: Desk Phone: (202) 761-5875. Mobile Phone: (202) 450-8958.

    Media or other persons interested in photographing or taping the meeting should first contact Mr. Bill Hubbard at 978-318-8552 no later than five working days prior to the meeting.

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for member nominations.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).

    DATES: Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 9, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. Email to
    2. Overnight delivery service to the Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-3B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email:

    Committee Web site:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

    SUMMARY: In its response to a citizen petition submitted under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA indicated that as a first step, it would convene a stakeholder process to develop an approach to obtain information on chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing. To gather information to inform EPA's proposal, the Agency is issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) and initiating a public participation process to seek comment on the information that should be reported or disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemical substances and mixtures and the mechanism for obtaining this information. This mechanism could be regulatory (under TSCA section 8(a) and/or section 8(d)), voluntary, or a combination of both and could include best management practices, third- party certification and collection, and incentives for disclosure of this information. In addition, the Agency is seeking comment on ways of minimizing reporting burdens and costs and of avoiding the duplication of state and other federal agency information collections, while at the same time maximizing data available for EPA risk characterization, external transparency, and public understanding. Also, EPA is soliciting comments on incentives and recognition programs that could be used to support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 18, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at


    For technical information contact: Mark Seltzer, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-2901; email address:

    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; email address:

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Panel to discuss its draft advisory report concerning the EPA document titled Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence (September, 2013 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-11/098B).

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconference may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone at (202) 564-2155 or via email at General information concerning the SAB as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Registry of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Registry of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments.

    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this ICR.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments are considered, the OMB must receive them on or before June 20, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit your written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior, at; or (202) 395-5806 (fax). Please also forward a copy of your comments to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648-7195 (fax); or (email). Reference "Information Collection 1028-NEW: Registry of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments'' in all correspondence.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin O'Malley, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648- 4086 (phone); or (email). You may also find information about this ICR at

  • Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2014. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before June 19, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or (email). Please include "1018-0102'' in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at (email) or 703- 358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB.

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (1173).

    Dates/Time: June 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. June 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, contact the individual listed below. Your request to attend this meeting must be received by email ( on or prior to June 17, 2014.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-5151/703-292-8040

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda: Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair.

    Presentations and Discussions:

    • Discussion of Key Points from the Meetings with NSF Leadership
    • Update of Broadening Participation Activities by the CEOSE Executive Liaison
    • Reports of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Directorate/Office Advisory Committees
    • Guest Presenter and NSF Leadership Panel on Broadening Participation in America's STEM Workforce
    • Discussion by Federal Agency Liaisons About Interagency Broadening Participation Activities
    • Panel Discussion: Science of Broadening Participation
    • Panel Discussion: Increasing Hispanic Participation in STEM
    • Discussion with NSF Director and Deputy Director
    • Discussion of CEOSE Unfinished Business and New Business

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