Agriculture

  • National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

    AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service.

    ACTION: Notice Soliciting Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). There are 7 vacancies. Advisory Committee members serve a two-year term, renewable for two consecutive terms.

    USDA is seeking NACMCF members with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical, and predictive), toxicology, risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. USDA is seeking nominations for NACMCF from persons in academia, industry, State governments, and the Federal Government, as well as all other interested persons with the required experience. Please note that federally registered lobbyists cannot be considered for USDA advisory committee membership.

    USDA is also seeking nominations for one individual affiliated with a consumer group to serve on the NACMCF. This member will serve as a representative member to provide a consumer viewpoint. This member will not be required to have a scientific background and will not be subject to conflict of interest review.

    Members can serve on only one USDA advisory committee at a time. All nominees will undergo a USDA background check.

    With the exception of the consumer representative member, any member who is not a Federal government employee will be appointed to serve as a non-compensated special government employee (SGE). SGEs will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct.

    Nominations for membership on the NACMCF must be addressed to the Secretary of USDA and accompanied by a cover letter announcing the nomination, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a completed USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information form AD-755 available online at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. A nomination may be a self-nomination or a nomination on behalf of someone else. The resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and should include educational background, expertise, and a list of select publications, if available. For submissions received that are more than five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be reviewed.

    DATES: All materials must be received by August 7, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages can be sent by mail to: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas-Sharp, Advisory Committee Specialist, by telephone at 202-690-6620 or by email karen.thomas-sharp@fsis.usda.gov.

    The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site (http://www.regulations.gov) provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD-ROMS and hand or courier delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS Docket Room, Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250- 3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2014-0017. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http://www.regulations.gov.

    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8- 164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as background information used by FSIS in developing this document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-08/html/2014-15906.htm

  • Office of the Chief Economist; Global Climate Change, Food Security, and the U.S. Food System

    AGENCY: Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Request for nominations of expert peer reviewers.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered as peer reviewers for the external peer review of the draft document entitled, "Global Climate Change, Food Security, and the U.S. Food System.'' The draft document was prepared by USDA and a team of multi-institutional experts to support the National Climate Assessment. The draft document is a technical analysis of the issues, and policy considerations are outside its scope.

    DATES: Responses to this notice should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 7, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Any interested person or organization may nominate scientific experts to be considered as a peer reviewer. Self- nominations will be accepted. Nominations may be submitted electronically or by overnight/priority mail service. Nominations may not be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service. Nominations must include all nominee information outlined in Section II of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Email: ccpo@oce.usda.gov, Subject Line: Peer-Review Nomination. Overnight/Priority/Courier: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Climate Change Program Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4407, Washington, DC 20250. Mail: Nominations cannot be accepted via the U.S. Postal Service. Instructions: Please see Supplementary Information II below for more information and necessary materials.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning nomination receipt should be directed to Margaret Walsh of the Climate Change Program Office via Email: ccpo@oce.usda.gov or by telephone 202-720-9978.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-08/html/2014-15872.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board Meeting

    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.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MDT and Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. MDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NOAA David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80305. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for directions to the meeting location.

    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: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-10/html/2014-16170.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary topics of discussion will be (1) recommendations for EPA's environmental justice policy on Tribes and Indigenous peoples, (2) a follow-up discussion about additional recommendations about ensuring environmental justice in goods movement, and (3) updates from NEJAC workgroups.

    There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the "Registration'' and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the teleconference meeting closes at Noon Eastern Time on Monday, July 14, 2014. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period, or to submit written public comments, is also Noon, Monday, July 14, 2014.

    DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2014, will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registration: Registrations will be processed at http://nejac-july2014.eventbrite.com. When registering, please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up. Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Monday, July 14, 2014, noon deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-09/html/2014-16110.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Advisory Panel on EPA's Report on the Environment 2014

    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 SAB Advisory Panel on EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE) 2014.

    DATES: The SAB Advisory Panel on EPA's Report on the Environment 2014 public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes further information concerning the public meeting may contact Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 564-2067 or email at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16269.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • 2014 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting entitled "2014 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System.'' The purpose of the meeting is to discuss progress made in achieving the goals of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Strategic Plan: 2012-2016. Dates And Time: The public meeting will be held on August 12 and 13, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Location: The public meeting will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31, Great Room (rm. 1503A), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1. The White Oak Campus location is a Federal facility with security procedures. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/workingatfda/buildingsandfacilities/whiteoakcampusinformation/ucm241740.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Bradbard, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-12), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-276-9109, FAX: 240-276-9115, laura.bradbard@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16207.htm

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