• 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 of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Tacoma, Washington.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402.

    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:; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at

  • Energy

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; 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 Education and Human Resources (#1119).

    Date/Time: May 19, 2015; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., May 20, 2015; 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 375, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Operated assisted teleconference is available for this meeting. Call 800-857-3133 with password EHR AC MEET and you will be connected to the audio portion of the meeting.

    To attend the meeting in person, all visitors must contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources ( at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    Meeting materials and minutes will also be available on the EHR Advisory Committee Web site at

    Type of Meeting: Open, Teleconference.

    Contact Person: Keaven M. Stevenson, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 805, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8600,

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

  • 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: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton at Mark Center, Walnut 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

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). 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: May 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at, (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations to the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) advisory committee.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates with expertise in the area of human health risk assessment (hygienist) or in environmental epidemiology with expertise in exposure analysis to be considered for appointment to its Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) advisory committee. The anticipated vacancy will be filled by September 1, 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register document may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Submit nominations by May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations by May 15, 2015, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0239, by any of the following methods:

    Internet: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.


    USPS Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand or Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3304, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0239. Deliveries are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Downing, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2468, fax number: (202) 564-2070, email:

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 14-15, 2015. In addition, EPA is announcing meetings on May 13, 2015, of the following PPDC Workgroups: Integrated Pest Management, Comparative Safety Statements, 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies, and Public Health. These meetings provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides.

    DATES: Meeting: The PPDC meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, May 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Work Group Meetings: On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, PPDC Work Group meetings are scheduled as follows: Integrated Pest Management Work Group, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Comparative Safety Statements Work Group, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Public Health Work Group, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: A draft agenda will be posted on or before April 30, 2015.

    Accommodations requests: To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The PPDC Meeting and PPDC Work Group meetings will be held at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The PPDC meeting will be held in the lobby-level Conference Center. The PPDC Work Group meetings will be held as follows: Integrated Pest Management Work Group and the Comparative Safety Statements Work Group in the lobby-level Conference Center; 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Work Group in the fourth floor conference room number N4850-70; and Public Health Work Group in the seventh floor conference room number PYS7100.

    EPA's Potomac Yard South Bldg. is approximately 1 mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dea Zimmerman, Office of Pesticide Programs (LC-8J), Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604; telephone number: (312) 353-6344; email address:

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Earth Day, 2015

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Forty-five years ago, millions of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day in cities across our Nation. Having borne witness to years of environmental neglect, these ordinary citizens gathered in the streets, in parks, and on college campuses to demand change and commit to leaving a healthier planet for the next generation. Faced with contaminated rivers and polluted cities, they stood up, spoke out, and fought for air, water, and wildlife protections. Their voices galvanized a movement--leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act-- and ignited a spirit of stewardship that continues to drive us to meet the challenges of our time.

    Today, our planet faces new challenges, but none pose a greater threat to future generations than climate change. Science tells us the earth is warming--last year was the planet's warmest on record, and 14 of the 15 warmest recorded years have come in the first 15 years of this century--and human activity is the primary driver of the rapid warming of the past half- century. Climate change will have profound impacts on all humankind, and many Americans are already feeling the effects. The costs of more severe weather disasters can be measured in lost lives and livelihoods and in billions of dollars of emergency services, and the costs will only increase with time. Firefighters are braving longer wildfire seasons; farmers are confronting adverse growing conditions; and our children and most vulnerable populations are experiencing a range of climate-related health effects.

    As a Nation, we must act before it is too late. That is why my Administration has taken a series of ambitious steps to combat climate change and protect our planet for our children and grandchildren. As part of my Climate Action Plan, we have proposed the first-ever carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. We have also partnered with communities to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that we can no longer avoid. And I have protected more than 260 million additional acres of public lands and waters, safeguarding the natural bounty of our planet for ages to come.

    The United States is committed to our role as a global leader in the fight against climate change, and last year, we jointly announced with China ambitious but achievable new targets for reducing greenhouse gases. I am also ensuring that our Federal Government leads by example by working to reduce Federal greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. My Administration will continue to engage with key stakeholders at home and abroad who share our hope for a cleaner world.

    Protecting our planet will also require us to change the way we use energy, and my energy strategy recognizes this critical need. My Administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history, and today the United States generates more renewable energy than ever before--we harness 3 times as much wind power as we did when I took office and solar electricity generation has increased 20-fold. Mayors, Governors, and business leaders across the country are taking steps to deploy clean energy, boost energy efficiency, and create more sustainable communities and supply chains. We are promoting energy efficiency in our buildings and cars and working to ensure our Nation is a leader in the energy sources of tomorrow.

    As caretakers of our planet, we all have an obligation to combat climate change and protect our earth for the next generation. The decisions we make today and in the years ahead will have a profound impact on the world we leave behind, and we must each do our part. We can reduce the energy used in our homes and offices; we can help protect our resources by recycling as part of our everyday routine; and we can raise our voices to support policies like the ones my Administration has put forth to protect our environment while strengthening our economy. On Earth Day, let us join with communities around the world, and as one people-- who share one planet--let us recommit to meeting the test of our time and continuing our work to build a cleaner, safer, more stable world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2015, as Earth Day. I encourage all Americans to participate in programs and activities that will protect our environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable future.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Comments on Deliberation and Bioethics Education

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

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on deliberation and bioethics education.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, comments must be received by July 20, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered only as time permits.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on this topic may submit comments by email to or by mail to the following address: Public Commentary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Additional information may be obtained at

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-day Comment Request; STAR METRICS® (Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science) (OD)

    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 February 5, 2015, page 6522 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 Office of Extramural Research (OER), National Institutes of Health (NIH), 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, 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: Dr. William Duval, Office of Planning, Analysis and Communication, OER, NIH, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 5166, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number (301) 435-8683, or Email your request, including your address to: Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Notice of a Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). Comprised of 30 nonfederal invasive species experts and stakeholders from across the nation, the purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues.

    Purpose of Meeting: To convene the full ISAC and to provide expert input and recommendations to NISC federal agencies and their partners on invasive species matters of national importance. While in session, ISAC will discuss the development of the next iteration of the National Invasive Species Management Plan, as well as ongoing progress under a variety of priority initiatives focused on invasive species early detection and rapid response (EDRR). The meeting agenda and supplemental materials are available on the NISC Web site at

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Wednesday, May 20, 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 21, 2015: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, May 22, 2015; 8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Building SSMC4), 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The general session will be held in Room 4527.

    Note: All meeting participants and interested members of the public must be cleared through building security prior to being escorted to the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Specialist and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 208- 4122; Fax: (202) 208-4118, email:

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF), 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: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT. Open session: 5:00 to 5:40 p.m.; closed session: 5:40 to 6:00 p.m.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Open meeting subjects: Chairman's remarks; subcommittee member goals for May 2015 through May 2016; future directions for the subcommittee. Closed meeting subjects: approval of closed minutes of February 2015 subcommittee meeting; discussion of regional class research vessels.

    STATUS: Partly open, partly closed.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available for the open portion of the meeting. Members of the public must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at The point of contact for this meeting is Elise Lipkowitz,

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