Agriculture

  • Changes to Existing Conservation Program Regulations

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Act) made several nondiscretionary changes to NRCS conservation programs. These conservation programs have existing regulations that required adjustments. These adjustments include addressing the required review of operating procedures of the State Technical Committee, adding reference of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act program regulations, adding reference of RCPP to the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), expanding the definition of "acreage owned by Indian Tribes'' under HFRP, revising and simplifying the Regional Equity provision, and adjusting the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program to correspond with changes to payment provisions under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Additionally, the Secretary of Agriculture delegated to NRCS administrative responsibility for implementing the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), and internal NRCS administrative changes warrant updating the appropriate delegated official in the Technical Service Provider (TSP) provision. NRCS published an interim rule with a request for comments on August 1, 2014, to implement changes to these NRCS conservation program regulations that were either necessitated by enactment of the 2014 Act, or required to implement administrative streamlining improvements and clarifications. NRCS received six comments on the interim rule. In this document, NRCS issues a final rule to make permanent these changes and to incorporate two minor mandatory changes in two of the affected parts.

    DATES: This rule is effective April 9, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leslie Deavers, NRCS Farm Bill Coordinator, USDA, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013- 2890; telephone: (202) 720-4531; fax: (202) 720-2998; email: leslie.deavers@wdc.usda.gov, Attn: Farm Bill Program Inquiry.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Technology and Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center at: (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-09/html/2015-08008.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


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

    DATES: The meeting will be held April 28-30, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Andaz San Diego Hotel, 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-849-1234.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lukens, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: Jennifer.Lukens@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07947.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency; Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (doing business as The National Environmental Education Foundation or NEEF) was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization established to promote and support education and training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation promotes innovative environmental education and training programs such as environmental education for medical healthcare providers and broadcast meteorologists; it also develops partnerships with government and other organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, announces the following appointment to the National Environmental Education Foundation Board of Directors. The appointee is Ms. Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation, where she leads one of the nation's preeminent nonprofit organizations dedicated to STEM education.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice of Appointment, please contact Mr. Brian Bond, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Public Engagement, U.S. EPA 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning NEEF can be found on their Web site at: http://www.neefusa.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-09/html/2015-08214.htm

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Scientific Assessment for Public Comment

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing this document on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to announce the availability of the Draft Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment for a sixty-day public review. Comments will be carefully reviewed by the relevant chapter author teams. Following revision and further review, a revised draft will undergo final federal interagency clearance.

    DATES: Comments on this draft scientific assessment must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment is available at http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment where comments from the public will be accepted electronically. Comments may be submitted only online at this address; instructions for submitting are on this Web site.

    All comments received through this process will be considered by the relevant chapter authors without knowledge of the commenters' identities. When the final assessment is issued, the comments and the commenters' names, along with the authors' responses, will become part of the public record and made available on http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment. Information submitted by a commenter as part of the registration process (such as an email address) will NOT be disclosed publicly.

    The final USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment will be available at http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Crimmins, Coordinator for the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (6207-A), Washington, DC 20460 (telephone number: 202-343-9170 or email address: healthreport@usgcrp.gov) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.globalchange.gov/health-assessment.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/html/2015-07629.htm

  • Notice of Meeting of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held April 21 and 22, 2015 at the Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. The CHPAC was created to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.

    DATES: The CHPAC will meet April 21 and 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Berger, Office of Children's Health Protection, USEPA, MC 1107A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564-2191 or berger.martha@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-06876.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Food and Drug Administration Science Forum 2015; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled "FDA Science Forum 2015.'' The purpose of the public workshop is to highlight science conducted at the FDA by showcasing how scientific research informs regulatory decision making and to provide a forum for developing collaborations within FDA and with external organizations. The focus of the forum will be the eight FDA Regulatory Science priority areas (http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/RegulatoryScience/ucm267719.htm).

    Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on May 27, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and May 28, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Entrance for the public workshop participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm.

    Contact Person: Leslie Wheelock, Office of Scientific Professional Development, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, Rm. 4345, Silver Spring, MD, 301-796-4580, FAX: 301-847-8106, email: FDASciProDev@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: Submit your online registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone and email) by May 15, 2015 at: http://www.fda.gov/scienceresearch/aboutscienceresearchatfda/ucm429403.htm.

    There is no registration fee for the public workshop. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. There will be no onsite registration.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Leslie Wheelock (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.

    Webcast: Please be advised that as soon as possible after the Forum, a webcast and report of the public workshop will be accessible at: http://www.fda.gov/scienceresearch/aboutscienceresearchatfda/ucm429403.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-09/html/2015-08156.htm

  • Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy, Office of Biotechnology Activities; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: May 5, 2015.

    Time: 8:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m. Eastern.

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) NSABB's proposed framework for guiding risk and benefit assessments of gain- of-function (GOF) studies involving pathogens with pandemic potential; (2) overview of conducting the risk and benefit assessments; (3) planning for future NSABB deliberations on the GOF issue; and (4) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, 6th Floor Conference 10, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    Contact Person: Carolyn Mosby, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-5504, carolyn.mosby@nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as legitimate biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public and will also be webcast as space will be limited. Persons planning to attend or view via the webcast may pre-register online using the link provided below or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Monica Barnette at 301- 650-8660). Online and telephone registration will close at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on May 4, 2015. After that time, attendees may register onsite on the day of the meeting. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    Please Note: The meeting agenda, proposed draft framework, and links to the online registration and webcast will be available at: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb/nsabb-meetings-and-conferences. Please check this Web site for updates.

    Public Comments: Time will be allotted on the agenda for oral public comment, with individual presentations time-limited to facilitate broad input from multiple speakers. Any member of the public interested in presenting comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB should indicate so upon registration. Sign-ups for oral comments will be restricted to one per person or organization representative per comment period. In the event that time does not allow for all attendees interested in presenting oral comments to do so at the meeting, any interested person may file written comments with the Board via an email sent to nsabb@od.nih.gov or by regular mail sent to the Contact Person listed on this notice. In addition, any interested person may submit written comments to the NSABB at any time via either of these methods. Comments received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 28, 2015 will be relayed to the Board prior to the NSABB meeting. Written statements should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the professional affiliation of the interested person. Any written comments received after the deadline will be provided to the Board either before or after the meeting, depending on the volume of comments received and the time required to process them in accordance with privacy regulations and other applicable Federal policies.

    Please Note: In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, 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-2015-04-08/html/2015-07981.htm

  • Solicitation of Written Comments on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's Draft Report and Draft Recommendations for Consideration for Addressing the State of Vaccine Confidence in the United States

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) was established in 1987 to comply with Title XXI of the Public Health Service Act (Pub. L. 99-660) (Sec. 2105) (42 U.S. Code 300aa-5 (PDF-78 KB)). Its purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the Director of the National Vaccine Program on matters related to program responsibilities. The Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) has been designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the Director of the National Vaccine Program. The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NVPO provides leadership and fosters collaboration among the various federal agencies involved in vaccine and immunization activities. The NVPO also supports the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The NVAC advises and makes recommendations to the ASH in her capacity as the Director of National Vaccine Program on matters related to vaccine program responsibilities.

    Recognizing that immunizations are given across the lifespan and there are likely to be important differences in vaccine acceptance at different stages of life, in February of 2013 the National Vaccine Advisory Committee accepted an initial charge from the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) to report on how confidence in vaccines impacts the optimal use of recommended childhood vaccines in the United States, including reaching Healthy People 2020 immunization coverage targets. Focus of such a report may include understanding the determinants of vaccination acceptance among parents, what HHS should be doing to improve parental confidence in vaccine recommendations and how to best measure confidence in vaccine and vaccination to inform and evaluate interventions in the future.

    Through a series of teleconferences, electronic communications, presentations and public discussions during the NVAC meetings, a working group identified a number of draft recommendations to further understand and address issues of vaccine confidence in the United States.

    On behalf of NVAC, NVPO is soliciting public comment on the draft report and draft recommendations from a variety of stakeholders, including the general public, for consideration by the NVAC as they develop their final recommendations to the ASH. It is anticipated that the draft report and draft recommendations, as revised with consideration given to public comment and stakeholder input, will be presented to the NVAC for adoption in June 2015 at the quarterly NVAC meeting.

    DATES: Comments for consideration by the NVAC should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    1. The draft report and draft recommendations are available on the Web at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/subgroups/nvac-vaccine-confidence-wg.html.
    2. Electronic responses are preferred and may be addressed to: vcwg@hhs.gov.
    3. Written responses should be addressed to: National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 733G, Washington, DC 20201. Attn: Vaccine Confidence Working Group.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Vaccine Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services; telephone (202) 690-5566; fax (202) 690-4631; email: vcwg@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07778.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held as follows: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (All times Central Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: National Weather Center, Don Nickels Conference Room, 3rd Floor (NWC3910 A/B), 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, OK.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07820.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • 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 & TIME: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for the May 2015 meetings of the National Science Board.

    STATUS: Open

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson 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.

    UPDATES & POINT OF CONTACT: 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, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/html/2015-08066.htm

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