Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for January 12, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at 1315 East- West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to attend may contact Heidi Lovett, (301) 427-8004; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30213.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Final Interagency Guidelines

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of final interagency Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies.


    SUMMARY: Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Water Resources Development Act), Public Law 110-114, directed the Secretary of the Army to revise the "Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies'' (Principles and Guidelines), dated March 10, 1983, consistent with several considerations enumerated in the Water Resources Development Act. The revised Principles and Guidelines, now referenced as the Principles, Requirements and Guidelines (PR&G), consist of three key components: (1) The Principles and Requirements (formerly called Principles and Standards), setting out broad policy and principles that guide investments; (2) the Interagency Guidelines, providing guidance to Federal agencies for determining the applicability of the Principles and Guidelines and for developing agency specific implementing procedures for formulating, evaluating, and comparing water resources projects, programs, activities and related actions; and (3) the Agency Specific Procedures, outlining agency-specific procedures for incorporating the Principles and Requirements into agency missions and programs.

    This notice informs the public that the Interagency Guidelines, the second key component of the modernized PR&G, are finalized and available at www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG. The draft Interagency Guidelines were published in the Federal Register with a request for comments on March 27, 2013. Subsequent to public review and comment period, the final version of the Interagency Guidelines was developed through a collaborative interagency process that promoted the open exchange of information and perspectives. The process has engaged the public through formal public review and workshops. The updated and modernized PR&G will improve Federal government decision making related to investment in water resource projects and, thus, improve how our country plans for infrastructure projects.

    DATES: Effective June 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The Interagency Guidelines are available at www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexis Segal, Council on Environmental Quality, at 202-395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30170.htm

  • Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is issuing its final guidance on programmatic National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. This guidance provides clarification on when and how Federal agencies should use programmatic environmental analyses in accordance with NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4332, and the CEQ Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508. Guidance on programmatic NEPA reviews has been requested by the agencies and attention on programmatic NEPA reviews has increased as agencies undertake more broad landscape-scale analyses for proposals that affect the resources they manage. This guidance is designed to assist agency decisionmakers and the public in understanding the environmental impacts from proposed large-scope Federal actions and activities and to facilitate agency compliance with NEPA by clarifying the different planning scenarios under which an agency may prepare a programmatic, broad-scale, review. The guidance also addresses how agencies can prepare such reviews to ensure they are timely, informative, and useful for advancing decision-making. The goal of this guidance is to encourage a more consistent approach to programmatic NEPA reviews so that the analyses and documentation will allow for the expeditious and efficient completion of any necessary tiered reviews. It builds on previous guidance that explained the use of tiering and its place in the NEPA process.

    DATES: The guidance is effective December 23, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The Final Guidance for Effective Use of Programmatic NEPA Reviews is available at White House Web site (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/nepa) and on the National Environmental Policy Act Web site (www.nepa.gov). Paper copies are available upon request by contacting the CEQ Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Council on Environmental Quality (ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight), 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30034.htm

  • Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of availability, request for public comments on revised draft guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA reviews.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing revised draft guidance on how National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation should address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the impacts of climate change. Many projects and programs proposed by, or requiring the approval of, the Federal Government have the potential to emit or sequester GHG, and may be potentially affected by climate changes. It follows, under NEPA, that Federal decisionmakers and the public should be informed about the proposal's GHG emissions and climate change impacts. Such information can help a decisionmaker make an informed choice between alternative actions that will result in different levels of GHG emissions, or consider mitigation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change.

    This revised draft guidance supersedes the draft guidance CEQ issued on February 18, 2010, entitled "Draft NEPA Guidance on Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.'' The February 2010 draft guidance specifically did not apply to land and resource management activities. That distinction is no longer retained, and this revised draft guidance applies to all proposed Federal agency actions subject to NEPA.

    This revised draft guidance: (1) Discusses direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts analysis of a proposed action's reasonably foreseeable emissions and effects; (2) highlights the consideration of reasonable alternatives and points to the need to consider the short- term and long-term effects and benefits in the alternatives analysis and mitigation to lower emissions; (3) recommends that agencies use a reference point to determine when GHG emissions warrant a quantitative analysis taking into account available GHG quantification tools and data that are appropriate for proposed agency actions; (4) recommends that an agency select the appropriate level of action for NEPA review at which to assess the effects of GHG emissions and climate change, either at a broad programmatic or landscape-scale level or at a project- or site-specific level, and that the agency set forth a reasoned explanation for its approach; (5) counsels agencies to use the information developed during the NEPA review to consider alternatives that are more resilient to the effects of a changing climate; and (6) advises agencies to use existing information and tools when assessing future proposed action, and provides examples of some existing sources of scientific information.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before February 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance documents are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/nepa. Comments on the "Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews'' should be submitted electronically to GCC.guidance@ceq.eop.gov, or in writing to the Council on Environmental Quality, ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-24/html/2014-30035.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates and Agenda

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference and face-to-face meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, holds teleconference meetings the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. ET and two face-to-face meetings each calendar year. For 2015, teleconference only meetings will be January 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; March 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; April 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; May 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; June 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; August 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; September 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; October 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; November 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET; and December 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Issues in continuing the expansion of national environmental accreditation; (2) ELAB support to the Agency on issues relating to measurement and monitoring for all programs; and (3) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their two face- to-face meetings with teleconference line also available on February 2, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Crystal City, VA at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and on July 13, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

    Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring or measurement issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Phelps, DFO, US EPA (E243-05), 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 or emailed to phelps.lara@epa.gov. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings.

    Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Phelps at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lara P. Phelps at the number above, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30090.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Minimal Manipulation of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular- and Tissue-Based Products; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled "Minimal Manipulation of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular- and Tissue-Based Products; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.'' The draft guidance document provides human cells, tissues, and cellular- and tissue-based product (HCT/P) manufacturers, healthcare providers, and FDA staff with recommendations for meeting the criterion of "minimal manipulation'' as it applies to HCT/Ps. The draft guidance, when finalized, is intended to supersede the document entitled "Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Minimal Manipulation of Structural Tissue Jurisdictional Update'' dated September 2006. This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.

    DATES: Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the Agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by February 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Office of Communication, Outreach and Development, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 3128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or to the Office of the Center Director, Guidance and Policy Development, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 5431, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or you may send an email request to the Office of Combination Products (OCP) at combination@fda.gov. If you are submitting a written request, send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The draft guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 240-402-7800. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

    Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Segal, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240- 402-7911, or Angela Krueger, Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 1666, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-6380, or Leigh Hayes, Office of Combination Products, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Hub 5129, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8938.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30011.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the Council of Councils.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, 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.

    A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4), and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Open: January 30, 2015.

    Time: 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Agenda: Council Business Matters and Updates; Primate Models Resources; New Science, New Vaccines . . . Only in the NHP Model; Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research--2014 Biennial Advisory Council Report; NIH Update.

    Place: National Institutes of Health; 9000 Rockville Pike; Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor; Conference Room 10; Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: January 30, 2015.

    Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health; 9000 Rockville Pike; Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor; Conference Room 10; Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: January 30, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Plans for Implementing Recommendations from the Council of Councils Common Fund; Review of and Vote on Common Fund Revisions to the Council Operating Procedures; Update on Phase 2 Common Fund Planning--Enabling Exploration of the Eukaryotic Epitranscriptome (E4).

    Place: National Institutes of Health; 9000 Rockville Pike; Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor; Conference Room 10; Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Franziska Grieder, DVM, Ph.D.; Executive Secretary; Director; Office of Research Infrastructure Programs; Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives; Office of the Director, NIH; 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 948; Bethesda, MD 20892; GriederF@mail.nih.gov; 301-435-0744.

    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. Information is also available on the Council of Council's home page at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/ where an agenda will be posted before the meeting date

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-22/html/2014-29843.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Privacy Act; System of Records

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of amendment to five existing systems of records and the standard routine uses.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing public notice of revisions to the text of five existing systems of records: NSF-12, Fellowships and Other Awards; NSF-50: Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records; NSF-51, Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records; NSF-54, Reviewer/Fellowships and Other Awards File and Associated Records; and NSF-64, Project Participant File. In addition, NSF is amending its standard routine uses for all NSF systems of records.

    DATES: This action will be effective without further notice on February 2, 2015 unless modified by a subsequent notice to incorporate comments received from the public.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by [docket number and/or RIN number _--], by any of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Sandra Evans, Privacy Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230. NSF will post all comments on the NSF's internet Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/policies/foia.jsp) All comments submitted in response to this Notice will become a matter of public record. Therefore, you should submit only information that you wish to make publicly available. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see the "Public Participation'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Privacy Officer, Office of General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by telephone at 703-292-8060.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-22/html/2014-29760.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, 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: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for the February 2015 meeting.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. 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. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292- 8000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/html/2014-30179.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    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. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: January 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    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-2014-12-24/html/2014-30175.htm

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