Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an open meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet October 21-23, 2014: October 21, 2014, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. October 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. October 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Loew's Madison Hotel, 1177 Fifteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Designated Federal Officer and Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0321, Washington, DC 20250-0321; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or email: michele.esch@usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-06/html/2014-23814.htm

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet on November 5 and 7, 2014. The Council is authorized under Section 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, as amended by Title XII, Section 1219 of Public Law 101-624 (the Act) (16 U.S.C. 2105g) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II). The purpose of the Committee is to: (a) Develop a national urban and community forestry action plan in accordance with Section 9(g)(3)(A-F) of the Act; (b) evaluate the implementation of that plan; and (c) develop criteria for, and submit reccomendations with respect to the urban and community forestry challenge cost-share program as required by Section 9(f)(1-2) of the Act. The meeting is open to the public.

    Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's Web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., and Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., or until Council business is completed. All Council meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of the meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Westin Charlotte Hotel, Harris Room--Second Floor, 601 S. College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 on November 5, 2014 and the Providence Ballroom I--First Floor on November 7, 2014. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Forest Service. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to facilitate entry into the Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, Yates Building (3NW), 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250; or by phone at 202- 205-7829, or by cell phone at 202-309-9873. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-06/html/2014-23745.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee Teleconference.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a public teleconference of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT members represent academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this committee meeting is for NACEPT to continue developing sustainability strategies to strengthen the Agency's core business principles and practices outlined in the FY2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nacept.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a public teleconference on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building East, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene Green, Acting Designated Federal Officer, green.eugene@epa.gov, (202) 564-2432, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/html/2014-24024.htm

  • Spatial Aquatic Model Development; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: A simultaneous workshop and webinar on a regional test version of the Spatial Aquatic Model (SAM) will be held on October 29, 2014. This Notice announces the location and time for the meeting and provides a tentative list of topics to be covered in the meeting. With the development of SAM, EPA will be able to determine the magnitude, length, and duration of exposure to a chemical as well as where the exposure may occur.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 29, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before October 20, 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 at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), One Potomac Yard (South Building), Fourth Floor Conference Room N4830, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nelson Thurman or Derek Scott, Environmental Fate and Effects Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone numbers: (703) 308-0465 or (703) 305-6627; fax number: 703-347-8011; email address: thurman.nelson@epa.gov or scott.derek@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-08/html/2014-24026.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Advisory Board (SAB) to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on November 6, 2014, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on November 7, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Location: NCTR SAB, 3900 NCTR Rd., Conference Room B-12, Jefferson, AR 72079.

    Contact Person: Donna Mendrick, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 2208, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8892, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741- 8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On November 6, 2014, the NCTR Director will welcome the participants and provide a Center-wide update on scientific initiatives and accomplishments during the past year. The SAB will be presented with an overview of the Division of Microbiology Subcommittee and the Subcommittee Site Visit Report. Following the public session, the SAB will hear an update from each of NCTR's research Divisions, the Office of Science Coordination, followed by an update on NCTR's Global Interactions.

    On November 7, 2014, the Office of the Chief Scientist will update the SAB on their research needs, and discuss opportunities for collaboration to help address these needs, followed by a report from the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences on current and future collaboration.

    The Center for Biological Evaluation and Research, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Tobacco Products, the Office of Regulatory Affairs, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will each briefly discuss their Center- specific research strategic needs.

    Following an open discussion of all the information presented, the open session of the meeting will close so that SAB members can discuss personnel issues at NCTR.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before October 30, 2014. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 12 noon to 1 p.m. on November 6, 2014. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before October 22, 2014. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by October 23, 2014.

    Closed Committee Deliberations: On November 7, 2014, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). This portion of the meeting will be closed to permit discussion of information concerning individuals associated with the research programs at NCTR.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Donna Mendrick at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/html/2014-24039.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, which consists of 13 Federal and 13 ex-officio members. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic invasive species (AIS); to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, and Thursday, November 6, 2014. For security purposes, registration for the meeting is required. If you wish to attend the meeting, you must register by contacting the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than October 30, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lucille Stickel Conference Room (1W108), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (telephone: 703-358-2398).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Norcutt, Acting Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by telephone at (703) 358-2398, or by email at Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/html/2014-24067.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Input (RFI)--National Big Data R&D Initiative; Correction

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

    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 is a correction to the previous submission published on October 2, 2014, at 79 FR 59520. The changes are limited to the insertion of links to various documents referenced within this notice. For additional information and supporting information please see the NITRD Web site, www.nitrd.gov. 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-2014-10-09/html/2014-24137.htm

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