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 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, October 6, 2014; 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Institute for Defense Analyses, Room 1301, 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-2014-09-17/html/2014-22190.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council), as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The meeting is scheduled for November 6 and 7, 2014. The Council typically considers various issues associated with drinking water protection and public water systems. During this meeting, the Council will focus discussions on the approaches to regulating groups of carcinogenic volatile organic chemicals, harmful algal blooms, climate and drinking water issues and other program topics. In addition, the Council will also discuss options for compliance schedules relative to the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

    DATES: The meeting on November 6, 2014, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., eastern time, and on November 7, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in Room 1117-A at the EPA William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. All attendees must go through a metal detector, sign in with the security desk and show government-issued photo identification to enter government buildings.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who would like to register and receive pertinent information, present an oral statement or submit a written statement for the November 6 and 7 meeting should contact Roy Simon by October 17, 2014, by email at Simon.Roy@epa.gov; by phone at 202-564-3868; or by regular mail at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, William Jefferson Clinton East, (Mail Code 4601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Further details about participating in the meeting can be found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-16/html/2014-22060.htm

  • Office of Pesticide Programs; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), are holding a 1-day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the interim approaches that were issued in November 2013 by EPA, USDA, and the Services in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, "Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.'' The workshop is an opportunity for stakeholders and agencies to continue their dialogue on the technical aspects of implementing the NAS recommendations, building upon public meetings held in November and December 2013, April 2014, and the implementation of the enhanced stakeholder engagement process that was finalized in March 2013. The workshop is not designed to, or intended to be a decisionmaking forum; consensus will not be sought or developed at the meeting. This meeting furthers the agencies' goal of developing a consultation process for pesticide impacts on listed species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 6, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before September 26, 2014.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Rachel Carson Room at FWS, Skyline, Bldg. 7, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Bailey's Crossroads, VA. See Unit III. for additional information.

    Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0233, are submitted to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For general information contact: Catherine Eiden, Pesticide Re- evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-7887; email address: eiden.catherine@epa.gov.

    For meeting logistics or registration contact: Keith A Paul, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone: (703) 358-2675; fax: (703) 358-1800; cell: 530-840-0658; keithpaul@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/html/2014-22162.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Multi-Agency Informational Meeting Concerning Compliance With the Federal Select Agent Program; Public Webcast

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of public Webcast.


    SUMMARY: The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) are jointly charged with the oversight of the possession, use and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products (select agents and toxins). This joint effort constitutes the Federal Select Agent Program. The purpose of the Webcast is to provide guidance related to the Federal Select Agent Program for interested individuals.

    DATES: The Webcast will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. All who wish to join the Webcast must register by October 24, 2014. Registration instructions can be found on the Web site http://www.selectagents.gov.

    ADDRESSES: The Webcast will be broadcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's facility, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333. This will only be produced as a Webcast, therefore no accommodations will be provided for in-person participation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    CDC: Ms. Diane Martin, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road MS A- 46, Atlanta, GA 30333; phone: 404-718-2000; email: lrsat@cdc.gov. APHIS: Dr. Keith Wiggins, APHIS Agriculture Select Agent Services, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone: 301-851-3300 (option 3); email: AgSAS@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22253.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). On October 14, 2014, SMRB members will meet to discuss challenges and solutions to engaging pre-college students in biomedical science, as well as ways to streamline the NIH grant review, award, and management process while maintaining proper oversight. Stakeholders and other experts will give presentations on these topics.

    The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices within the Office of the Director, NIH including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize divisions, centers, or other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or national center including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The purpose of the SMRB is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons underlying the recommendations.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. Times are subject to change.

    Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board.

    Date: October 14, 2014.

    Time: 10:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: At this meeting, SMRB members will present preliminary findings and recommendations of the SMRB Working Group on Pre- college Engagement in Biomedical Science regarding ways NIH can cultivate sustained interest in biomedical science among students from pre-kindergarten through high school in order to contribute to a healthy biomedical workforce pipeline. Stakeholders in pre-college programs and education evaluation experts will give presentations on this topic. SMRB members will also hear from representatives of research funding agencies and organizations regarding their approach to grant review, award, and management. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. Sign up for public comments will begin approximately at 9:15 a.m. on October 14, 2014, and will be restricted to one sign-in per person. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Juanita Marner, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, smrb@mail.nih.gov, (301) 435- 1770.

    The meeting will be webcast. The draft meeting agenda and other information about the SMRB, including information about access to the webcast, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/html/2014-22135.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS) of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Local Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-3092, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/html/2014-21942.htm

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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


    SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA science advisory subcommittees. The five science advisory subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal Advisory Committee. U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill unscheduled intermittent vacancies on NASA's science advisory subcommittees. NASA's science advisory subcommittees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy arise and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that unscheduled vacancy. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its science advisory subcommittees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

    The following qualifications/experience are highly desirable in nominees, and should be clearly presented in their self-nomination letters:

    At least 10 years post-Ph.D. research experience including publications in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they are nominated, or comparable experience;

    Leadership in scientific and/or education and public outreach fields as evidenced by award of prizes, invitation to national and international meetings as speaker, organizer of scientific meetings/workshops, or comparable experience;

    Participation in NASA programs either as member of NASA mission science team, Research & Analysis program, membership on an advisory/working group or a review panel, or comparable experience;

    Good knowledge of NASA programs in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they are applying, including the latest NASA Science Plan (available as a link from http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy/), or comparable experience; and,

    Knowledge of the latest Decadal Survey conducted by the National Research Council or other relevant advisory reports for the scientific field of the subcommittee.

    Nominees from any category of organizations or institutions within the U.S. are welcome, including, but not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. Nominees need not be presently affiliated with any organization or institution.

    These are not full-time positions and the likelihood that an unscheduled vacancy will occur in the coming year is unknown at this time. Successful nominees will be required to attend meetings of the subcommittee approximately two or three times a year, either in person (NASA covers travel-related expenses for this non-compensated appointment) or via telecon and/or virtual meeting medium. Successful nominees who are not already U.S. Government employees will become Special Government Employees (SGEs). All successful nominees will be required to submit a confidential financial disclosure form, and undergo a conflict of interest review by the NASA Office of the General Counsel, before their appointment is finalized.

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

    ADDRESSES: To be considered by NASA, self-nomination packages from interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA as an email and must include the name of the specific NASA science advisory group of interest. Self-nomination packages are limited to specifying interest in only one NASA science advisory subcommittee per year. The following information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination package: (1) A cover email including the name of the specific NASA science advisory subcommittee of interest; (2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment). All public self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA to one of the addresses listed below; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Self- nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

    Please submit the nomination as a single package containing the cover email and both required attachments electronically to the specific email identified for the science subcommittee of interest:

    Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS), aps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Earth Science Subcommittee (ESS), ess-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Heliophysics Subcommittee (HPS), hps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS), pps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS), pss-execsec@hq.nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-15/html/2014-21877.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Information (RFI)--National Privacy Research Strategy

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

    ACTION: Notice.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tomas Vagoun at vagoun@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873.

    DATES: To be considered, submissions must be received no later than October 17, 2014.

    SUMMARY: Agencies of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program are planning to develop a joint National Privacy Research Strategy. On behalf of the agencies, the Cyber Security and Information Assurance Research and Development Senior Steering Group seeks public input on the vital privacy objectives that should be considered for the goals of the strategy. The National Privacy Research Strategy will be used to guide federally- funded privacy research and provide a framework for coordinating research and development in privacy-enhancing technologies.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22239.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Public Meetings of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, will host meetings for the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs) on the topic of environmental, health, and safety issues related to nanomaterials (nanoEHS) between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2015. The CORs are a platform for scientists to develop a shared repertoire of protocols and methods to overcome research gaps and barriers. The co-chairs for each COR will convene meetings and set meeting agendas with administrative support from the European Commission and the NNCO.

    DATES: The CORs will hold multiple webinars and/or conference calls between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Teleconferences and web meetings for the CORs will take place periodically between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2015. Meeting dates, call-in information, and other COR updates will be posted on the Community of Research page at http://us-eu.org/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Stacey Standridge at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, by telephone (703-292-8103) or email (sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov). Additional information about the CORs and their upcoming meetings is posted at http://us-eu.org/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-18/html/2014-22302.htm

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