Agriculture

  • National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice of a meeting of the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on March 17, 18, and 19, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Headquarters Building, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Joanne Garrett, Director, Operational Support Staff, WS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-4009.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/html/2015-05526.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Thursday April 16, 2015 from 9:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST and on Friday April 17, 2015 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting times and agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW., Washington, DC 20008. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for directions to the meeting location.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on April 16 5:30-5:45 p.m. EST (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB 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 two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by April 9, 2015, to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by April 9, 2015, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after April 9, 2015, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report from the Data Archive and Access Requirements Working Group on GOES-R Level 0 Data; (2) NOAA Response to the SAB Coastal Habitat Restoration Report; (3) SAB Strategy Discussion; (4) Updates from the NOAA Administrator and Chief Scientist; and (5) Working Group Updates.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459). Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-13/html/2015-05730.htm

  • Energy

  • Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton at Mark Center, Laurel Conference Room, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    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 crenel@hq.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/html/2015-05529.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Improving EPA Regulations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public input on the agency's periodic retrospective review of its regulations. Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' and Executive Order 13610, "Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens,'' call on all federal agencies to conduct a retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned. The EPA is particularly seeking public input on how the agency can promote regulatory modernization through business-process streamlining, facilitated by improved technology.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA- 2011-0156, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. If you need to include CBI as part of your comment, please visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html for instructions. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on this document, please contact Nathaniel Jutras, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 1803A, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: (202) 564-0301; Fax: (202) 564-8601; Jutras.Nathaniel@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-09/html/2015-05303.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of Meeting of the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health

    National Library of Medicine


    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 PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.

    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: PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 9, 2015.

    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Review and Analysis of Systems.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Board Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: David J. Lipman, MD, Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Room 8N805, Bethesda, MD 20894, 301-435-5985, dlipman@mail.nih.gov.

    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.

    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.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page:http://www.pubmed.central.nih.gov/about/nac/html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-10/html/2015-05448.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request Surveys and Interviews To Support an Evaluation of the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program (NCI)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health


    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 December 4, 2014, Vol. 79, Page 72004 and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), 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.

    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: Anthony Dickherber, NCI Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, 31 Center Drive, Rm10A33, Bethesda, MD 20892 or call non-toll-free number 301-547-9980 or Email your request, including your address to: dickherberaj@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-09/html/2015-05298.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences Notice of Meeting

    Agency: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


    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 Biological Sciences (#1110).

    Date and Time:

    April 22, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. April 23, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203.

    If you plan to attend the joint session with the Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure on April 23, the meeting will take place at the NSF. Please contact Jacy Woodruff at jwoodruf@nsf.gov or Michelle Evans at mvevans@nsf.gov to obtain a visitor badge. All visitors to the NSF will be required to show photo ID to obtain a badge.

    The NSF is located at 4201 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Charles Liarakos, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 605, Arlington, VA 22230; Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: Agenda items will include graduate education in biology, biological research at the nexus of food, energy and water (INFEWS), the development of Bio Data in a joint session with the Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-13/html/2015-05729.htm

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