Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request To Conduct a New Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to conduct a new information collection consisting of two questionnaires, the Quarterly Colony Loss Survey and the Annual Colony Loss Survey.

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 29, 2014 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535- NEW, by any of the following methods:

    Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message.

    eFax: (855) 838-6382.

    Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-2707. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Pollinator Surveys.

    OMB Control Number: 0535-NEW.

    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to conduct a new information collection for a period of three years.

    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture.

    Pollinators (honeybees) are vital to the agricultural industry for producing food for the world's population. Ad hoc surveys showed a dramatic rise in the number of disappearances of honeybee colonies in North America in late 2006; disappearances ranged from 10-15 percent annual colony loss in some areas to greater than 30 percent in other areas. Often called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the condition occurs when worker bees from a beehive or a European honeybee colony abruptly disappear, with minimal mortality evident near the hive and an intact queen and food supply readily available. European beekeepers observed similar phenomena in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and initial reports have also come in from Switzerland and Germany, albeit to a lesser degree, while the Northern Ireland Assembly received reports of a decline greater than 50 percent. The mechanisms of CCD and the reasons for its apparent increasing prevalence remain unclear. The likely combination of factors includes: Infections with Varroa mites and other pathogens and viruses; pesticides, such as the neonicotinoid class; inadequate nutrition and loss of natural forage habitat; genetic factors; and changing beekeeping practices and stress on colonies from transportation.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-28/html/2014-25609.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing, Scientific Research, Display, and Chartering Permits; Letters of Acknowledgment

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces its intent to issue Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs), Scientific Research Permits (SRPs), Display Permits, Letters of Acknowledgment (LOAs), and Chartering Permits for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) in 2015. Exempted fishing permits and related permits would authorize collection of a limited number of tunas, swordfish, billfishes, and sharks (collectively known as HMS) from Federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico for the purposes of scientific data collection, bycatch research, and public display. Chartering permits allow the collection of HMS on the high seas or in the Exclusive Economic Zone of other nations under certain conditions. Generally, EFPs and related permits will be valid from the date of issuance through December 31, 2015, unless otherwise specified, subject to the terms and conditions of individual permits.

    DATES: Written comments on these activities received in response to this notice will be considered by NMFS when issuing EFPs and related permits and must be received on or before November 26, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: nmfs.hms.efp2015@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: 0648-XD585.

    Mail: Craig Cockrell, Highly Migratory Species Management Division (F/SF1), NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell, phone: (301) 427-8503, fax: (301) 713-1917.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/html/2014-25470.htm

  • NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Science Plan

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the availability of the Draft Science Plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program for public comment.

    DATES: Comments on this draft document must be submitted by December 15, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft Science Plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program will be available at http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/.

    The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Draft Science Plan. Electronic comments on the Draft Science Plan can be submitted via email (noaarestorescience@noaa.gov). Written comments can be submitted to Becky Allee at NOAA OCM, Gulf of Mexico Division, Bldg. 1100, Rm 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Becky Allee, (becky.allee@noaa.gov, 228-688-1701).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-30/html/2014-25797.htm

  • Requesting Public Comment on Updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior (DOI) jointly propose an updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States (Framework). The Framework is required by Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This Framework provides overarching guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local governments and stakeholders to implement an effective National System of MPAs (National System) from existing sites, build management capacity among MPA programs, coordinate collaborative efforts to address common management issues and identify ecosystem-based gaps in the protection of significant natural and cultural resources for possible future action by the nation's MPA authorities. The proposed draft document would update the previous version of the Framework, completed in November 2008, using experience gained implementing the National System and advice from the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and MPA programs.

    DATES: Comments will be considered if received by December 26, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified as NOAA-NOS-2014-0112, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2014-0112, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, N/NMS, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, Attn: Lauren Wenzel.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. The draft updated Framework is available for download at: http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Director, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 301-713-7265 or lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov.

    Copies of the updated Framework can be downloaded or viewed on the Internet at marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov. Copies can also be obtained by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/html/2014-25448.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)

    The CDC is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (BSC, OPHPR).

    The BSC, OPHPR consists of 11 experts in the fields associated with public health preparedness and response. This board provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Director, CDC, and the Director, OPHPR, concerning strategies and goals for the programs within the divisions; conducts peer-review of scientific programs; and monitors the overall strategic direction and focus of the divisions. The BSC, OPHPR may perform second-level peer review of applications for grants-in-aid for research and research training activities, cooperative agreements, and research contract proposals relating to the broad areas within the office. Nominations are being sought for individuals who have the expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to accomplishment of the board's objectives. Nominees will be selected based on expertise in the fields relevant to the issues addressed by the divisions within the coordinating office, including: Business, crisis leadership, emergency response and management, engineering, epidemiology, health policy and management, informatics, laboratory science, medicine, mental and behavioral health, public health law, public health practice, risk communication, and social science. Federal employees will not be considered for membership. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The next cycle of selection of candidates will begin in the winter of 2015, for selection of potential nominees to replace members whose terms will end on September 30, 2015. Selection of members is based on candidates' qualifications to contribute to the accomplishment of OPHPR objectives (http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/science/counselors.htm). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that committee membership be balanced in terms of professional training and background, points of view represented, and the board's function. Consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with equitable representation of gender, all ethnic and racial groups, and persons with disabilities. Candidates should submit the following items:

    • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (telephone numbers, mailing address, email address)
    • At least one letter of recommendation from person(s) not employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The deadline for receipt of all application materials (for consideration for term beginning October 1, 2015) is January 16, 2015. All files must be submitted electronically as email attachments to: CDR Christye Brown, c/o BSC OPHPR Coordinator, email: cbrown12@cdc.gov.

    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-2014-10-30/html/2014-25777.htm

  • Interior

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Record of Decision for the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), notice is hereby given that the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) have issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS). The ROD documents decisions by the Trustees under OPA: (1) Selection of the Preferred Alternative for the Programmatic Early Restoration Plan; and (2) selection of 44 projects for the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan, subject to completing remaining permitting and consultation requirements, as specifically identified in Section 9 of the ROD.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the ROD at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. You may also view the ROD at any of the public repositories listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado at 678-296-6805 (phone) or nanciann_regalado@fws.gov (email).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/html/2014-25794.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board's ad hoc Working Group on Administrative Burdens (AB), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's updates on implementation of previous Board recommendations; and discussion of the scope of work for the ad hoc Working Group on Administrative Burdens.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Jacqueline Meszaros at jmeszaro@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-30/html/2014-25891.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE).

    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: Friday, November 14, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences in the 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 webcast and an archive of the webcast 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-2014-10-28/html/2014-25585.htm

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