Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) will meet via teleconference. The Committee is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II), and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-246). Additional information concerning the Committee, including the meeting agenda, supporting documents and minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on March 17, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). The meeting is subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference. For anyone who would like to attend the teleconference, please visit the Web site listed in the SUMMARY section or contact Andrea Bedell-Loucks at abloucks@fs.fed.us for further details. 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 placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry staff, 202-205-1190. 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-2015-03-06/html/2015-05195.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments regarding (a) whether the 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 burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (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 regarding this information collection received by April 6, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725--17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720- 8681.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Colony Loss Surveys.

    OMB Control Number: 0535-NEW.

    Summary of Collection: The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) are to prepare and issue official State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, disposition and prices, economic statistics, and environmental statistics related to agriculture and to conduct the Census of Agriculture and its follow-on surveys. Pollinators (honeybees) are vital to the agricultural industry for producing food for the world's population. Ad hoc surveys showed a dramatic rise in the number of disappearances of honeybee colonies in North America in late 2006. The collapse or decline of honeybee colonies is significant economically because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by European honeybees. General authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S.C. Title 7, Section 2204.

    Need and Use of the Information: To collect critical information NASS will use two surveys which will complement its existing Bee and Honey Collection (0535-0153) that focuses on bee keepers with 5 or more colonies. The Colony Loss Quarterly Survey will be administered quarterly to a subsample of bee keepers responding to the annual Bee and Honey Inquiry. The Colony Loss Annual Survey will be administered to bee keepers with fewer than 5 colonies. The data collected will include state of colony residence, the commercial movement of colonies between states, newly added or replacement colonies, colony losses, and presence of colony stress factors, such as pests or parasites.

    Description of Respondents: Farmers and Beekeepers. Number of Respondents: 23,300. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Quarterly; One time. Total Burden Hours: 8,353.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/html/2015-05263.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the Draft Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 5-Year Review. The purpose of Atlantic HMS EFH 5-Year Review is to gather relevant new information and determine whether modifications to existing EFH descriptions and designations are warranted, in compliance with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations. If EFH modifications are warranted, an amendment to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) may be initiated.

    DATES: Written comments must be received by April 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Draft Atlantic HMS EFH 5-Year Review may also be obtained on the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/documents/2015draftefh_review.pdf.

    You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS- 2015-0037, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0037, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Peter Cooper, NMFS/SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, National Marine Fisheries Service, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    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).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper by phone at (301) 427- 8503.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/html/2015-05079.htm

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting via web conference call of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The web conference calls are open to the public, and participants can dial in to the calls. Participants who choose to use the web conferencing feature in addition to the audio will be able to view the presentations as they are being given.

    DATES: Members of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must register in advance by Friday, April 3, 2015.

    The meeting will be held Monday, April 6, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via web conference call. Register by contacting Gonzalo Cid at gonzalo.cid@noaa.gov or 301-713-7278. Webinar and teleconference capacity may be limited.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7265, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/html/2015-04246.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; Notice of Open Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 31, 2015--11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Room 8E- 089, Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone: (202) 586-3787; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/html/2015-04501.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board; Notification of a Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the Agency on the EPA ethical and scientific reviews of research with human subjects.

    DATES: This public meeting will be held on April 22-23, 2015, from approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 to approximately 4:45 p.m. eastern standard time and on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Comments may be submitted on or before noon (eastern standard time) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0145, by one of the following methods:

    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: The EPA Docket Center EPA/DC, ORD Docket, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is located in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room Number 3334 in the EPA WJC West, at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern standard time, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please call (202) 566-1744 or email the ORD Docket at ord.docket@epa.gov for instructions. Updates to Public Reading Room access are available on the Web site http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2015-0145. The Agency's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any electronic storage media you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to receive further information should contact Jim Downing at telephone number (202) 564-2468; fax: (202) 564-2070; email address: downing.jim@epa.gov; mailing address Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail code 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/hsrb.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/html/2015-05068.htm

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary discussion will focus on letters regarding the following topics: (1) Chemical Safety Policy; (2) Farmworker Protection Standards; (3) Refinery Rule; (4) Clean Power Rule and (5) Title VI.

    There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting.

    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the "REGISTRATION'' and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the teleconference meeting closes at Noon, Eastern Time on Monday, March 16, 2015. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period, or to submit written public comments, is also Noon, Monday, March 16, 2015.

    DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registration: Registrations will be processed at http://nejac-teleconference-march2015.eventbrite.com. When registering, please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up. Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Monday, March 16, 2015, noon deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/html/2015-04471.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the 2015 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate students working on projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. NIBIB's mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The goals of the DEBUT Challenge are (1) to provide undergraduate students valuable experiences such as working in teams, identifying unmet clinical needs, and designing, building and debugging solutions for such open-ended problems; (2) to generate novel, innovative tools to improve healthcare, consistent with NIBIB's purpose to support research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to biomedical imaging and engineering and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications; and (3) to highlight and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of undergraduate students.

    DATES: The competition begins March 5, 2015. Submission Period: March 16, 2015 to May 29, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Judging Period: June 8, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Winners announced: August 21, 2015. Award ceremony: October 9, 2015, Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Tampa Florida.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: info@nibib.nih.gov or (301) 451-4792.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-05/html/2015-05092.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    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.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: March 16, 2015.

    Open: March 16, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Gwen W Collman, Ph.D., Interim Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training, National Institutes of Health, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 615 Davis Dr., KEY615/3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-4980, collman@niehs.nih.gov.

    This is the open session rescheduled from February 18-19, 2015 meeting, which was postponed due to inclement weather.

    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 Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/index.cfm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-02/html/2015-04168.htm

  • Interior

  • Availability of Funds for Climate Change Adaptation and Coastal Management to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes

    AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has funding available for support of tribal climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. Any federally recognized tribe (or tribal organization whose application is supported by a tribal resolution) may submit an application for these funds. The BIA is mailing application packets to each tribal leader. Funds will be awarded under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA).

    DATES: Applications must be submitted by April 24, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: An application packet has been mailed to tribal leaders. Submit your ISDEAA contract proposal in accordance with the directions in the application packet to climate.funding@bia.gov or Ms. Helen Riggs, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Trust Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C St. NW., MS-4620, Washington, DC 20240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you do not receive an application packet or if you would like additional information on how to apply, please contact Helen Riggs, BIA Office of Trust Services, at helen.riggs@bia.gov or (202) 208-5770.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-03/html/2015-04306.htm

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Notice of Nomination Solicitation

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service is seeking nominations for three members of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the members from nominations submitted by national museum organizations and national scientific organizations.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by June 2, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Melanie O'Brien, Designated Federal Officer, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, National NAGPRA Program (2253), National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240, or via email nagpra_dfo@nps.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-04/html/2015-04486.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (#25104).

    Date & Time: March 26-27, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford I, Suite 1235, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    To facilitate entry into the building, contact Diane Drew (ddrew@nsf.gov). Your request should be received on or prior to March 23, 2015.

    Virtual attendance will be supported. For detailed instructions, visit the meeting Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/events/eventsumm.jsp?preview=y&cntnid=133123.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Kelsey Cook, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Suite 1155, Arlington, Virginia 22230; 703-292-7490.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations and counsel on major goals and policies pertaining to international programs and activities.

    Agenda

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks--Minutes Overview of International and Integrative Activities/International Science and Engineering (IIA/ISE)--Realignment Status Public Access Leadership Pillar of the Strategic Framework ISE Strategic Directions Discussion with NSF Assistant Directors Meeting with France C[oacute]rdova, NSF Director, and Richard Buckius, NSF Chief Operating Officer Subcommittee Planning

    Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.

    Subcommittee Planning Overseas Offices Update from the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Update from the Committee on Environmental Research and Education Closing Remarks and Wrap Up

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-06/html/2015-05255.htm

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