Energy

  • Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law No. 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Monday, September 15, 2014; 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Institute for Defense Analyses, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20906.htm

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Wednesday, October 1, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone (301) 903-9817; Fax (301) 903-5051 or email: david.thomassen@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20954.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Advisory Panel for the Review of the EPA Report on the Environment 2014

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    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 draft Report on the Environment 2014.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The public teleconference 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 Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, 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) 564-2067 or email at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov. 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 http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-02/html/2014-20786.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Annual invitation for public nominations by U.S. citizens for service on NASA Federal advisory committees.


    SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA Federal advisory committees. U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration as potential members of NASA's Federal advisory committees. NASA's Federal advisory committees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its Federal advisory committees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

    DATE: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is October 1, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Self-nominations from interested U.S. citizens must be sent electronically to NASA in letter form, be signed, and must include the name of specific NASA Federal advisory committee of interest for NASA consideration. Self-nomination letters are limited to specifying interest in only one (1) NASA Federal advisory committee per year. The following additional information is required to be attached to each self-nomination letter (i.e., cover letter): (1) Professional resume (one-page maximum); (2) professional biography (one-page maximum). Please submit the self-nomination package as a single package containing cover letter and both required attachments to hq-nasanoms@mail.nasa.gov. All public self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Nomination letters that are noncompliant with inclusion of the three (3) mandatory documents listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To view charters and obtain further information on NASA's Federal advisory committees, please visit the NASA Advisory Committee Management Division Web site noted below. For any questions, please contact Ms. Marla King, Advisory Committee Specialist, Advisory Committee Management Division, Office of International and Interagency Relations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1148.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-04/html/2014-21024.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Accelerating the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem; Notice and Request for Comment

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments on accelerating the Big Data innovation ecosystem.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fen Zhao at 703-292-7344 or fzhao@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1- 800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    DATES: Please submit responses no later than November 1, 2014. Comments may be sent to BIGDATA@nsf.gov, following the guidance set below. SUMMARY: NSF seeks input from stakeholders across academia, state and local government, industry, non-profits, and others across all parts of the Big Data innovation ecosystem on the formation of new Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Overview: The National Science Foundation is exploring the establishment of a national network of "Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.'' These Hubs will help to continue and scale up the kinds of activities and partnerships established by National Big Data R&D Initiative over the past 3 years as well as stimulate, track, and help sustain new regional and grassroots partnerships around Big Data. Potential roles for Hubs include, but are not limited to:

    • Accelerate the ideation and development Big Data solutions to specific global and societal challenges by convening stakeholders across sectors to partner in results-driven programs and projects.
    • Act as a matchmaker between the various academic, industry, and community stakeholders to help drive successful pilot programs for emerging Big Data technology.
    • Coordinate across multiple regions of the country, based on shared interests and industry sector engagement to enable dialogue and share best practices.
    • Aim to increase the speed and volume of technology transfer between universities, public and private research centers and laboratories, large enterprises, and SMB's.
    • Facilitate engagement with opinion and thought leaders on the societal impact of Big Data technologies as to maximize positive outcomes of adoption while reducing unwanted consequences.
    • Support the education and training of the entire Big Data workforce, from data scientists to managers to data end-users.

    NSF seeks input from stakeholders across academia, state and local government, industry, and non-profits across all parts of the Big Data innovation ecosystem on the formation of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. Please submit a response of no more than two-pages to BIGDATA@nsf.gov outlining:

    1. The goals of interest for a Big Data Regional Hub, with metrics for evaluating the success or failure of the Hub to meet that goal;
    2. The multiple stakeholders that would participate in the Hub and their respective roles and responsibilities;
    3. Plans for initial and long-term financial and in-kind resources that the stakeholders would need to commit to this hub; and
    4. A principal point of contact.

    This announcement is posted solely for information and planning purposes; it does not constitute a formal solicitation for grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

    Background: Aiming to make the most of the fast-growing volume of digital data, in March 2012, the Obama Administration announced the "Big Data Research and Development Initiative.'' By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation's most pressing challenges. Beginning in the second year of the National Big Data Initiative, the Administration encouraged multiple stakeholders including federal agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-profits, and foundations, to develop and participate in Big Data innovation projects across the country.

    On November 12, 2013, dozens of public and private organizations met at a White House-sponsored "Data to Knowledge to Action'' event to announce an inspiring array of Big Data related collaborations. These collaborations were the product and culmination of over a year of activities catalyzed by teams at OSTP, NITRD and Federal agencies to support the Big Data innovation ecosystem; such activities included workshops, one-on-one conversations with potential partners, Requests for Information, invited speaker lectures, and more. To sustain the forward momentum of the Data2Action event, The National Science Foundation is exploring the establishment of a national network of "Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.''

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20806.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, 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: September 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences, (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: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video Web cast and an archive of the Web cast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at apredith@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-03/html/2014-20953.htm

  • State

  • Meeting of the United States-Jordan Joint Forum on Environmental Technical Cooperation and Request for Comments on the Meeting Agenda and the 2014-2017 Work Program

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Announcement of meeting; solicitation of comments; invitation to public session.


    SUMMARY: The Department of State is providing notice that the governments of the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (the governments) intend to hold the Joint Forum on Environmental Technical Cooperation (Joint Forum) and a public session in Amman, Jordan, on September 8, 2014, at the Royal Scientific Society, Hashemite Auditorium.

    The governments created the Joint Forum pursuant to the United States-Jordan Joint Statement on Environmental Technical Cooperation (Joint Statement) in support of the United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), both signed on October 24, 2000. During the Joint Forum, the governments will discuss how the United States and Jordan can cooperate to protect the environment, review past bilateral environmental cooperation, and commit to a 2014-2017 Work Program on Environmental Technical Cooperation (Work Program). The Department of State invites members of the public to submit written comments on items to include on the meeting agenda or in the 2014-2017 Work Program.

    The Department of State also invites interested persons to attend a public session to learn more about the work of the Joint Forum and the new Work Program and provide advice or comments on its implementation.

    DATES: The public session will be held on September 8, 2014, in Amman, Jordan at the Royal Scientific Society, Hashemite Auditorium. Comments on the Joint Forum meeting agenda and/or the 2014-2017 Work Program should be provided no later than September 4, 2014, to facilitate consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Those interested in attending the public session should email Geoff Finger at FingerGT@state.gov. Comments on the Joint Forum meeting agenda and/or the 2014-2017 Work Program should be emailed to FingerGT@state.gov or faxed to Geoff Finger at (202) 647-5947, with the subject line "United States-Jordan Environmental Cooperation.'' Those with access to the internet can view and comment on this notice by going to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home and searching on docket number DOS-2014-0021.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geoff Finger, (202) 647-4828.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-02/html/2014-20805.htm

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