Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request Approval To Establish a New Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intent to establish a new information collection of Letters of Intent (LOIs).

    DATES: Submit comments on or before January 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice and requests for copies of the information collection may be submitted by any of the following methods to Robert Martin, Records Officer, Information Policy, Planning and Training Mail: NIFA/USDA; Mail Stop 2216; 1400 Independence Avenue SW.; Washington, DC 20250-2216; Hand Delivery/ Courier: 800 9th Street SW., Waterfront Centre, Room 4206, Washington, DC 20024; or Email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, Records Officer, Information Policy, Planning and Training; Office of Information Technology; NIFA;USDANIFA, Email: rmartin@nifa.NIFA.usda.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Letter of Intent.

    OMB Number: 0524-New.

    Type of Request: Intent to establish a new information collection for three years.

    Abstract: NIFA sponsors ongoing agricultural research, extension, and education programs under which competitive, formula, and special awards of a high-priority nature are made. The nature of the competitive, peer-reviewed process makes it important that information from applicants be available in a standardized format to ensure equitable treatment. The LOI is used to ensure applicants adhere to program guidelines and goals and provides useful information for peer review panel planning. Applicants with relevant LOIs will be encouraged to submit a full application to the program while those that do not conform to program goals are discouraged to submit a full application. Many competitive programs currently require a LOI as a prerequisite for submission of an application. To reduce an applicant's administrative burden, NIFA may expand the use of LOIs for more of its competitive programs. Electronic submission via email in an attached PDF formatted document collects the following information:

    Page 1:

    • Name of lead Project Director (PD)
    • Professional Title of lead PD
    • Department of lead PD
    • Institution of lead PD
    • Email of lead PD
    • Name of all collaborating PDs
    • Professional Title of all collaborating PDs
    • Department of all collaborating PDs
    • Institution of all collaborating PDs
    • Program Area
    • Priority Area

    Page 2:

    • Descriptive Title
    • Rationale
    • Overall Hypothesis or Goal
    • Specific Objectives
    • Approach
    • Potential Impact and Expected Outcomes

    The information collection will collect the same information in a fillable PDF document provided by NIFA.

    Respondents: Universities, non-profit institutions, State, local, or Tribal governments, and a limited number of for-profit institutions and individuals.

    Estimation of Responses: The individual form burden is as follows (calculated based on a survey of LOI applicants conducted by NIFA): 1-2 hours.

    Frequency of Respondents: Annually, for those that submit LOIs to required programs.

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments should be sent to the address stated in the preamble. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments also will become a matter of public record.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-06/html/2014-26404.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Request for nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) new vacancies for terms through September 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia, grassroots community-based organizations, non- governmental/environmental organizations; local government agencies; business and industry and tribal governments and indigenous organizations. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2015.

    Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than November 22, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line "NEJAC Membership 2015'' to muriel.jasmin@epa.gov. You also may submit nominations by mail to: Jasmin Muriel, NEJAC Program Manager, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC 2201A), Washington, DC 20460. Non- electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information. The Office of Environmental Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherri P. White, Designated Federal Officer for the NEJAC, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-2462; fax: (202) 564-1624.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/html/2014-26328.htm

  • Pollinator Health Task Force; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As part of the U.S. Government's efforts to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, the Pollinator Health Task Force (the Task Force) is soliciting stakeholder input on best management practices including pesticide risk mitigation, public-private partnerships, research, education opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements, and other actions that the Task Force should consider in developing a Federal strategy to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two listening sessions in order to solicit stakeholder input to the Federal strategy.

    DATES: Meetings: The meetings will be held on November 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., eastern standard time, and November 17, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., eastern standard time.

    Comments: Written comments must be received on or before close of business November 24, 2014.

    Request for accommodations: 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 and USDA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: Meetings: The November 12, 2014 meeting will be held at EPA, 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA, in the lobby- level Conference Center. Individuals attending the November 12, 2014 meeting must bring appropriate identification with them to the meeting. Identification requirements are available at: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2014/new-id.html.

    The November 17, 2014 meeting will be held at USDA, 4700 River Rd., Riverdale, MD 20737.

    Webinar: Stakeholders will be able to participate in the listening sessions via webinar. Instructions for webinar participation will be made available at http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection prior to the first listening session.

    Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0806, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Nevola, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8037; email address: nevola.joseph@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-05/html/2014-26096.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID); Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST, November 20, 2014.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Status: The meeting is open to the public; the toll free dial in number is 1-877-951-7311 with a pass code of 1588067.

    Purpose: The BSC, OID, provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Director, CDC; the Director, OID; and the Directors of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, in the following areas: strategies, goals, and priorities for programs; research within the national centers; and overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

    Matters for Discussion: Discussions will focus on current responses and national center priorities.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Robin Moseley, M.A.T., Designated Federal Officer, OID, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D10, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone: (404) 639-4461.

    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-2014-11-04/html/2014-26083.htm

  • Office of the Director, Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy; 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 the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: November 25, 2014.

    Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern. The teleconference line will be open at 10:30 a.m. to allow for check-in with the operator. (Times are approximate and subject to change.)

    Agenda: Discussion regarding: (1) Finalization of draft NSABB statement regarding gain-of-function research; and (2) other business of the Board. Time will be allotted on the agenda for oral public comment, with presentations limited to three minutes per speaker.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland. (Telephone Conference call only; No in-person meeting.)

    Call-in Information: Toll-Free Number: 1-888-469-1981. Participant Passcode: NSABB. The line will be open 30 minutes in advance of the meeting to allow time for operator-assisted check-in.

    Contact Person: Carolyn Mosby, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Program on Biosecurity and Biosafety Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-5504, carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the NSABB to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    Please Note: The teleconference meeting agenda, draft statement, and other information about the NSABB will be available at http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb. Please check this Web site for updates.

    The meeting will be open to the public through a teleconference call phone number. Members of the public who participate in the teleconference will be able to listen to the meeting but will not be heard apart from during the public comment session. If you experience any technical problems with the conference call, please send an email to carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Public Comments: The teleconference will include opportunity for public comment. In addition, any interested person may file written comments with the committee via email to nsabb@od.nih.gov with "NSABB Public Comment'' as the subject line or by regular mail to 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, Attention: Carolyn Mosby. Comments should include the name, address, telephone number and, when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the commenter. Written comments received by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday November 23, 2014, will be provided to NSABB members prior to the teleconference.

    Accommodations Statement: Individuals who participate by using this teleconference call service and who need special assistance such as captioning or other reasonable accommodations should submit a request to the Contact Person listed on this notice as soon as possible.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-06/html/2014-26422.htm

  • Interior

  • Request for Information on the Development of a Long Term Monitoring Plan for Marine Mammals in the Gulf of Mexico; MMAA104000

    AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: BOEM, in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), is issuing a request for information to aid in the development of a long-term monitoring plan (LTMP) for marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The LTMP will focus on the potential impacts to marine mammals from geological and geophysical data acquisition activities, including seismic surveys. This LTMP is a required element of BOEM's petition for rulemaking under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-07/html/2014-26520.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal--Large Facilities Manual

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request establishment of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action.

    After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by January 6, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@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).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-07/html/2014-26444.htm

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