Agriculture

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence

    ACTION: Notice of workshop listening session and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a 2-day, invitation-only workshop on agricultural coexistence, the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity-preserved, and genetically engineered crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences. The objective of the workshop is to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss how to make coexistence achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders. Workshop participants will represent a broad range of interests and experience relating to agricultural coexistence. The public is invited to listen to or watch the workshop sessions via phone and/or Webcast, after which they will have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposals discussed.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on March 12-13, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comments on the workshop will be accepted from March 13, 2015, through March 27, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Call-in and Webcast information is available at the agricultural coexistence workshop Web page at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/!ut/p/a1/nVFNU4MwEP0tHjxmEkgk4Ug7foBKD9W25MJskyixFChEx57gem1aN3bzr739u1bLPEGywq-7Ds4W1dQDr0MchYL36fEj8ULFyQi8zBZxCtC6E0PyHoAOVMRGfnJ4sH3Zj3fhnekjhd3T2LJ04fZwFeY4mlqlzjCpxBU9guV3XlTOXy0m5baIXpIMctvWny8f52HcOdqaoS23ablBolNU4CxljRocaBYp6iCnOkdAAiAPVEBiujQcnxxOWfrl4dDyhkPATYCKUrPfAzy5JAry88KjkD3-yH4eDjPq0h3yHd78M-5m7oX9Ih2b2mKZHb1A2VTHxo!/?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphiscontentlibrary%2Fsaaboutaphis%2Fsastakeholders%2Fctcoexistencemeeting.

    You may submit comments following the workshop by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0047 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Tadle, Program Analyst, Planning, Evaluation, and Decision Support, PPD, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 120, Riverdale, MD 20737, (301) 851-3140; Michael.A.Tadle@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/html/2015-02035.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • 103rd Commission Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 103rd meeting in Washington, District of Columbia, on March 4-5, 2015. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 9:00 a.m.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 102nd meeting
    3. Commissioners and staff reports
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be on Arctic policy issues, and on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/html/2015-02346.htm

  • Commerce

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/ Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled Monday, March 2, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EST, and Tuesday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Northwest, Washington, DC 20005.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on Tuesday, March 3 at 9:15 a.m. EST (check agenda on Web site to confirm time.)

    The Board expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by the Designated Federal Officer by Monday, February 23, 2015 to provide sufficient time for Board review. Written comments received after February 23, 2015 will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Elizabeth Rohring, Designated Federal Officer at 301-734-1082 by Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-05/html/2015-02339.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Kuperberg, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone 301-903-3511; fax (301) 903-5051 or email: michael.kuperberg@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-02/html/2015-01935.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Technology Transfer; Notice of meetings

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Office of Intramural Research (OIR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host two webinars to enable public discussion of its proposal to reorganize the OIR Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). The proposal seeks to align authority and responsibility for the implementation and execution of patenting and licensing (P&L) functions within the NIH Institutes and Centers.

    DATES: The first webinar will be held on February 13th from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. The second webinar will be held on February 13th from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Members of the public wishing to join a webinar must register via the webinar link provided. Any interested person may also file written comments by sending an email to Deborah Kassilke, kassilked@mail.nih.gov by Tuesday, February 17th, 2015. The written comment should include the commenter's name and, when applicable, professional affiliation.

    ADDRESSES: Session 1: February 13, 2015 from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?MTID=m2a6eb40ebe096afad861f0b5e941f9bc.

    Session 2: February 13, 2015 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?MTID=m8c50a9e8b5454a39b4fa24d9df412fab.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Kassilke, kassilked@mail.nih.gov, 301-435-2950.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-02/html/2015-01964.htm

  • Interior

  • 2015 National Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. The BLM will accept public nominations for 45 days after the publication of this notice.

    DATES: All nominations must be received no later than March 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of BLM State Offices accepting nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chandra Little, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, WO-630, Division of Regulatory Affairs, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003-3503; 202-912-7403.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/html/2015-02034.htm

  • Proposed New Information Collection: OMB Control Number 1084- XXXX--Documenting, Managing and Preserving Department of the Interior Museum Collections Housed in Non-Federal Repositories

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of Acquisition and Property Management.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Acquisition and Property Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior announces a proposed programmatic public information collection and seeks public comments on the provisions thereof.

    DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection request, but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public comments should be submitted to OMB by March 5, 2015, in order to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Send your written comments by facsimile (202) 395-5806 or email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Department of the Interior Desk Officer (1085-XXXX). Also, please send a copy of your comments to Steven Floray, Office of Acquisition and Property Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., MS 4262-MIB, Washington, DC 20240, fax 202-513-7634, or by electronic mail to Steven_Floray@ios.doi.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information collection request, any explanatory information and related forms, contact Steven Floray via the information provided in the ADDRESSES section above. You may also review the information collection request online at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-03/html/2015-01880.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance 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 April 7, 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-2015-02-06/html/2015-02386.htm

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