Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding Commodity Boards To Propose Projects and Contribute Funding Under the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant Programs, Implementation

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of Web-based listening session and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully implement Section 7404 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting stakeholder input on how it will establish procedures, including timelines, under which an entity established under a commodity promotion law (as such term is defined under section 7401(a) of the Agricultural Act of 2014) or a State commodity board (or other equivalent State entity) may submit proposals for Requests for Applications (RFA)to be competed as part of the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant programs. If proposals are accepted for funding, the proposed RFA will be competed as part of the AFRI competitive grants program RFAs and entities eligible for AFRI awards will be able to compete for award. In addition, as a condition of funding the grant proposed by a commodity board, NIFA shall require a contribution of funds equal to the amount of the grant.

    NIFA will be holding Web-based listening sessions in order to solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. The focus of the Web-based listening sessions will be to gather stakeholder input that will be used in developing a process for soliciting, evaluating, and prioritizing AFRI Request for Applications (RFA) submissions from the previously stated commodity board entities or their equivalent.

    All comments must be received by close of business on October 16, 2014, to be considered in the initial planning of the FY 2015 cycle.

    DATES: The Web-based listening sessions will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (ET), and Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET. All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Web-based listening sessions will be hosted using Adobe Connect. On October 9th and October 16th, please access the following Web site, http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/cbsls/. In addition, audio conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-844-9904, participant code 4896371.

    You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2014-004, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: vbest@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2014-004 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-690-0289.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to Commodity Boards; Office of the Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2201, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2201.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Centers of Excellence--Office of the Administrator, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4248, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2014-004. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Valeria Best, (202) 720-8540 (phone), (202) 690-1260 (fax), or vbest@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-30/html/2014-23352.htm

  • Energy

  • Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Secretariat, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: At the direction of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department), as the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force (QER) Task Force will convene a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the Quadrennial Energy Review.

    DATES: The thirteenth public meeting will be held on October 6, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public meeting, and must be submitted by October 10, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The thirteenth meeting will be held at the New York University Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914, 60 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10010.

    You may submit written comments to: QERComments@hq.doe.gov or by U.S. mail to the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA-60, QER Meeting Comments, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121.

    For the thirteenth public meeting, please title your comment "Energy Infrastructure Finance QER Meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Adonica Renee Pickett, EPSA-90, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-9168 Email: Adonica.Pickett@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-01/html/2014-23423.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Availability of Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data To Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation (DDEF Guidance). This document lays out methods for calculation of factors compensating for the application of animal toxicity data to humans (interspecies) and for compensating for sensitive populations (intraspecies). The use of data to conduct these extrapolations rather than rely on default values advances EPA's policy of considering relevant data first when conducting its chemical assessments.

    DATES: The document will be available October 3, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data- Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation is available at the EPA Web site http://www.epa.gov/raf/DDEF/index.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Broder, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number (202) 564-3393; fax number (202) 564-2070; or email: broder.michael@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/html/2014-23637.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the full meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Fishers Lane Conference Center, Terrace Level, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: SACHRP@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/html/2014-23664.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the BSC, OID. This board consists of 17 experts in fields related to infectious diseases who are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The board advises the HHS Secretary; the CDC Director; the OID Director; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) concerning strategies, goals, and priorities for the programs and research within the national centers; and monitors the overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishment of the board's mission. Nominees will be selected by the HHS Secretary or designee from authorities knowledgeable in the fields of infectious diseases and related disciplines, including epidemiology, microbiology, bacteriology, virology, pathogen genomics, bioinformatics, clinical medicine, and veterinary medicine, as well as from the general public. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership shall be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the committee's function. In addition to a broad range of expertise, consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with diverse representation of both genders, ethnic and racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government.

    Candidates should submit the following items:

    • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address)
    • A letter of recommendation stating the qualifications of the candidate

    Nomination materials must be postmarked by October 24, 2014, and sent to: Kim Distel, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 639-2100.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-29/html/2014-23055.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Big Data R and D Initiative; Framework, Priorities, and Strategic Plan

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

    ACTION: Request for Input (RFI).


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Wigen at 703-292-4873 or wigen@nitrd.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    DATES: To be considered, written comments must be received by November 14, 2014. SUMMARY: This request encourages feedback from multiple big data stakeholders to inform the development of a framework, set of priorities, and ultimately a strategic plan for the National Big Data R&D Initiative. A number of areas of interest have been identified by agency representatives in the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Big Data Senior Steering Group (BDSSG) as well as the many members of the big data R&D community that have participated in BDSSG events and workshops over the past several years. This RFI is a critical step in developing a cross-agency strategic plan that has broad community input and that can be referenced by all Federal agencies as they move forward over the next five to ten years with their own big data R&D programs, policies, partnerships, and activities.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-02/html/2014-23444.htm

  • Notice of Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time: November 5, 2014; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; November 6, 2014; 8:30 a.m.-2:30p.m.

    Place: NSF Headquarters, Room 375, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Operated assisted teleconference is available for this meeting. Call 800-857-3133 with password EHR AC and you will be connected to the audio portion of the meeting.

    To attend the meeting in person, all visitors must contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (ehr_ac@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    Meeting materials and minutes will also be available on the EHR Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp.

    Type of Meeting: Open, teleconference.

    Contact Person: Teresa Caravelli, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8600; ehr_ac@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-03/html/2014-23591.htm

  • Veterans Affairs

  • Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board; Notice of Meetings

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463; Title 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the subcommittees of the Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board (JBL/CS SMRB) will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates indicated below (unless otherwise listed):

    • Surgery, November 19, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences-A, November 20, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Hematology, November 21, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Infectious Diseases-B, November 21, 2014, American Association of Airport Executives.
    • Cellular and Molecular Medicine, November 24, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Infectious Diseases-A, November 24, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Endocrinology-A, December 1, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Clinical Trials-A, December 2, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Epidemiology, December 2, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Immunology-A, December 3, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Neurobiology-C, December 3, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Endocrinology-B, December 4, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Nephrology, December 4, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Oncology-E, December 4, 2014, *VA Central Office (8:30 a.m. ET).
    • Oncology-A, December 4, 2014, *VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
    • Special Emphasis on Genomics, December 4, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Clinical Trials-B, December 5, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Neurobiology-A, December 5, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Neurobiology-D, December 5, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • Oncology-D, December 5, 2014, *VA Central Office (8:30 a.m. ET).
    • Oncology-C, December 5, 2014, *VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
    • Pulmonary Medicine, December 5, 2014, Crowne Plaza Old Town.
    • Aging and Clinical Geriatrics, December 8, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Neurobiology-R, December 8, 2014, *VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
    • Neurobiology-F, December 9, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Oncology-B, December 9, 2014, *VA Central Office (9:00 a.m. ET).
    • Cardiovascular Studies-A, December 11, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Gastroenterology, December 11, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Cardiovascular Studies-B, December 12, 2014, Westin Crystal City.
    • Gulf War Research, December 12, 2014, *VA Central Office.
    • Neurobiology-B, December 12, 2014, US Access Board.
    • Neurobiology-E, December 12, 2014, Hampton Inn.
    • JBL/CS SMRB, December 16, 2014, *VA Central Office (3:00 p.m. ET).
    • Eligibility, January 16, 2015, Hampton Inn.

    The addresses of the meeting sites are:

    • American Association of Airport Executives, 601 Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA
    • Crowne Plaza Old Town, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA
    • Hampton Inn, 1729 H Street NW., Washington, DC
    • US Access Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC
    • Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
    • VA Central Office, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC
    • *Teleconference.

    The purpose of the subcommittees is to provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA merit review consideration. Proposals submitted for review involve a wide range of medical specialties within the general areas of biomedical, behavioral and clinical science research.

    The subcommittee meetings will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal research proposals. However, the JBL/CS SMRG teleconference meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend the open JBL/CS SMRB teleconference may dial 1-800-767-1750, participant code 95562. Members of the public who wish to make a statement at the JBL/CS SMRB meeting must notify Dr. Alex Chiu via email at alex.chiu@va.gov by December 10, 2014.

    The closed subcommittee meetings involve discussion, examination, and reference to staff and consultant critiques of research proposals. Discussions will deal with scientific merit of each proposal and qualifications of personnel conducting the studies, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Additionally, premature disclosure of research information could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action regarding the research proposals. As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing the subcommittee meetings is in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) (6) and (9)(B).

    Those who would like to obtain a copy of the minutes from the closed subcommittee meetings and rosters of the subcommittee members should contact Alex Chiu, Ph.D., Manager, Merit Review Program (10P9B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 443-5672 or email at alex.chiu@va.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-30/html/2014-23143.htm

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