Agriculture

  • 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 in Washington, DC 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). Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's Web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on the following dates:

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST) Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (EST), or until Council business is completed.

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated 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 Forest Service Headquarters, Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW., Pinchot Room-Second Floor, Washington, DC 20250. 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 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-2014-12-18/html/2014-29671.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 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: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (EST), January 13, 2015.

    Place: This meeting will be held by teleconference.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period, tentatively scheduled from 12:45 p.m. until 12:50 p.m.

    To participate in the teleconference, please dial (877) 930-8819 and enter code 1579739.

    Purpose: The Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, shall advise the Secretary, HHS, and the Director, CDC, on policy and broad strategies that will enable CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. The committee recommends ways to prioritize CDC's activities, improve results, and address health disparities. It also provides guidance to help CDC work more effectively with its various private and public sector constituents to make health protection a practical reality.

    Matters for Discussion: The Advisory Committee to the Director will receive updates from the State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Subcommittee; the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup, and the Public Health--Health Care Collaboration Workgroup; and an update from the CDC Director on the Ebola response.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Carmen Villar, MSW, Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S D- 14, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; Telephone (404) 639-7158; Email: GHickman@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-2014-12-17/html/2014-29487.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 Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    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.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: January 9, 2015.

    Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To discuss the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research Report recommendations on the site visit review of the Office of Animal Care and Use.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Room 160, Tele: 866-556-1098, Code 48960, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Michael M. Gottesman, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health, Building One, Room 160, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-1921.

    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.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/html/2014-29573.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request Evaluation of the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (NIH OD)

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2014, Vol. 79, page 38921, and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received during the 60-day period. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health, may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

    DATES: Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments or request more information on the proposed project, contact Michelle M. Timmerman, Ph.D., Director, AREA Program, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 or call non-toll-free number 301-402-0672, or email your request, including your address to michelle.timmerman@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    Proposed Collection: Evaluation of the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award, 0925, NEW submission, Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: The Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program is a grant mechanism spanning most of the Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The AREA program was established by Congress in 1985 to provide support to scientists at public and private colleges and universities that receive relatively small amounts of NIH funding. The purpose of the program is to support meritorious research, expose undergraduate and graduate students to research, and strengthen the research environment of the institutions receiving the grants. In the past three years alone, the federal government has awarded approximately 78 million dollars annually in AREA grants. The evaluation will allow NIH and Congress to assess the extent to which the AREA program is meeting its goals and make recommendations so that this significant investment of public funds may be used as effectively as possible.

    The evaluation will utilize the NIH's archived data on grants, institutions, Principal Investigators (PIs) and students funded with AREA monies. The evaluation will collect new data about (1) the quantity and quality of student participation in AREA projects, (2) records of PIs' subsequent funding histories, (3) applicants' experiences with the application process, (4) PIs' experiences implementing AREA Program objectives, and (5) the impact of AREA Program research participation on student career paths and outcomes.

    The results of the evaluation will indicate the extent to which the AREA Program is meeting its goals of supporting meritorious research, strengthening the research environment at institutions of higher education that are not research intensive, and recruiting and training subsequent generations of the United States' biomedical scientist workforce. Intended audiences include the United States Congress, staff at NIH's Institutes and Centers which make AREA awards, and staff at NIH's Office of the Director.

    OMB approval is requested for one year. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 458.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-15/html/2014-29294.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; 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 Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to 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: Monday, January 12, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Stennis Space Center, Roy S. Estess Building, Santa Rosa Conference Room 11111 (January 12, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), Logtown Conference Room 11161 (January 12, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and the Santa Rosa Conference Room 11111 (January 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.), Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-2779, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-18/html/2014-29623.htm

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

    AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President; Department of Health And Human Services; Farm Service Agency, Commodity Credit Corporation, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture; Department of State; Agency for International Development; Department of Veterans Affairs; Department of Energy; Department of Treasury; Department of Defense; Department of Transportation; Department of Commerce; Department of the Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Corporation for National and Community Service; Social Security Administration; Department of Housing And Urban Development; National Science Foundation; National Archives and Records Administration; Small Business Administration; Department of Justice; Department of Labor; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security; Institute of Museum and Library Services; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Department of Education;, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President; Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

    ACTION: Interim final rule.


    SUMMARY: This joint interim final rule implements for all Federal award-making agencies the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule is necessary in order to incorporate into regulation and thus bring into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.

    DATES: Effective date: This interim final rule is effective on December 26, 2014. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 26, 2014.

    Implementation dates: For grants authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, this rule is applicable for emergency or major disaster declarations issued on or after December 26, 2014. For non-Federal entities that are nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education (IHEs), there is a one-year grace period for implementation of the procurement standards in 2 CFR 200.317 through 200.326. As will be detailed in the 2015 OMB Compliance Supplement, non-Federal entities choosing to delay implementation for the procurement standards will need to specify in their documented policies and procedures that they continue to comply with OMB circular A-110 for one additional fiscal year which begins after December 26, 2014.

    Comment date: To be assured of consideration, comments must be received by OMB electronically through www.regulations.gov no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.) on February 17, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information, please contact Victoria Collin or Gil Tran at the OMB Office of Federal Financial Management, 175 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20500, or via telephone at (202) 395-3993. You may submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov, Docket Number OMB-2014-0006. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-19/html/2014-28697.htm

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