Commerce

  • Availability of the Draft NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy for Public Comment

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS is releasing the draft NMFS Climate Science Strategy (NCSS) for public review and comment. Additional information, including the Strategy for download may be found at: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/climate/.

    DATES: Written comments must be received from January 21, 2015 through March 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified NOAA- NMFS-2015-0010, by any of the following methods: Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0010 click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. Mail: Valerie Termini, NMFS, Office of Science and Technology, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Include on the envelope the following identifier "NCSS Public Comment.'' 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 NMFS. 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. NMFS 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. Please include page number and line number in your comments. 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 NMFS.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information, including the Strategy for download may be found at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/climate/national-call-for-comments, or by contacting Roger Griffis, Climate Change Coordinator, NMFS, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-427-8134 or email: roger.b.griffis@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01168.htm

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Progress and Planning Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30, 2015. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to update participants about progress of the consortium work, continue to get broad input from individual stakeholders to update or refine the consortium work plan, continue to broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation. Topics of discussion at this meeting will include release of the pilot candidate NIST Reference Material, short and long read data from the next sets of NIST Reference Materials, structural variants, and potential future Reference Materials.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time and Friday, January 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Fisher Conference Center inside the Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to: http://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x19409085b04.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-22/html/2015-01158.htm

  • Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; National Standard Guidelines

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes revisions to the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and to the General section of the NS guidelines. This action is necessary to improve and clarify the guidance within the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks and achieve optimum yield (OY).

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before June 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059, 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-NMFS-2012-0059, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Wesley Patrick, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13357, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Fax: 301-713-1193; Attn: Wesley Patrick.

    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 NMFS. 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. NMFS 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. Copies of supporting documents can be obtained from Wesley Patrick (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wesley Patrick, 301-427-8563

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-20/html/2015-00586.htm

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2015 Nominations

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the annual National Medal of Technology and Innovation (initially known as the National Medal of Technology) to our nation's leading innovators. If you know of a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution to the country's economic, environmental, or social well-being through the promotion of technology, technological innovation, or the development of technological manpower, you may obtain a nomination form from: http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp.

    ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2015 may be obtained by visiting the USPTO Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp. Nomination applications should be submitted to John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail to NMTI@uspto.gov or by postal mail to: John Palafoutas, NMTI Program Manager, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

    DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is June 1, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; by telephone: (571) 272-9821 or by electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01123.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services,

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its twentieth meeting on February 5-6, 2015. At this meeting, the Commission will conclude discussions related to the BRAIN Initiative and ongoing work in neuroscience, and begin discussions about the ethical considerations and implications of public health emergency response with a focus on the current Ebola virus disease epidemic.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., and Friday, February 6, 2015, from 9 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/html/2015-00801.htm

  • Request for Comment on the Second Decade of National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)

    AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Request for information and comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the availability of NIOSH Docket Number 244-A entitled Request for Comment on the Second Decade of NORA for public comment. To view the notice, visit http://www.regulations.gov and enter CDC-2015-0002 in the search field and click "Search.'' Public comment period: Electronic or written comments must be received by March 24, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by CDC-2015-0002 and Docket Number NIOSH-244-A, by either of the following two methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Mail: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Docket Office, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS C-34, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1998. Instructions: All information received in response to this notice must include the agency name and docket number [CDC-2015-0002; NIOSH-244-A]. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. All electronic comments should be formatted in Microsoft Word. All information received in response to this notice will also be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, 1150 Tusculum Avenue, Room 155, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01208.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    Food and Drug Administration AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for members to serve on the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, Office of the Chief Scientist. FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.

    DATES: Nominations received on or before March 24, 2015 will be given first consideration for membership on the Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration. Nominations received after March 24, 2015 will be considered for nomination to the committee as later vacancies occur.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations for membership should be sent electronically by logging into the FDA Advisory Nomination Portal: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regarding all nomination questions for membership, the primary contact is: Martha Monser, Office of the Chief Scientist, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, Rm. 3309, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4627, martha.monser@fda.hhs.gov. Information about becoming a member on an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site by using the following link: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01114.htm

  • Interior

  • Meeting Announcement: Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) will meet via telephone to follow up on agenda items from the December 10, 2014, meeting and to discuss strategic direction of the NMBCA program and Advisory Group. This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: The teleconference is scheduled for March 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Advisory Group Coordinator no later than March 12, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Although this meeting is conference call, local Advisory Group members may convene at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. Participants should call the toll-free number 866-692-4541; when prompted, enter participant passcode 51659890.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Kreger, Acting Advisory Group Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/html/2015-00851.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet via telephone to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) U.S. small grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: The teleconference is scheduled for February 25, 2015, at 2 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the acting Council Coordinator no later than February 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Because this is a conference call, there is no meeting venue. Participants should call the toll-free number 866-692-4541; when prompted, enter participant passcode 51659890.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Kreger, Acting Council Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-21/html/2015-00849.htm

  • U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Office of Policy and International Affairs, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Department of the Interior, announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and a request for written comments. This meeting, the 33rd biannual meeting of the task force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners.

    DATES: Meeting Dates: February 19, 2015. Advance Public Comments: Submit by January 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Meetings will be held at the Department of Interior, South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20245.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Fossani, DOI U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Steering Committee Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240 (phone: 202-208-5004; fax: 202-208-4867; email: cheryl_fossani@ios.doi.gov); or visit the USCRTF Web site at www.coralreef.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-23/html/2015-01092.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    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. Sec. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, January 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's remarks; update on NSF implementation of Uniform Guidance and Administrative Burdens Task Force recommendations; and draft comments on proposed National Institutes of Health multisite Institutional Review Board policy.

    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-2015-01-20/html/2015-00894.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, January 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's remarks; discussion of Committee goals; and discussion of format for February meeting.

    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-2015-01-20/html/2015-00896.htm

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