Commerce

  • NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Science Plan

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Response to comments and release of final science plan.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the availability of response to comments and release of the final science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program.

    ADDRESSES: The final science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program will be available at http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/science-plan. Inquiries about the plan may be addressed to Becky Allee at NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Gulf of Mexico Division, Bldg. 1100, Rm. 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Becky Allee (becky.allee@noaa.gov, 228-688-1701).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/html/2015-10453.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; NOAA Restoration Center Performance Progress Report

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The draft revised information collection form and guidance not yet approved by OMB can be reviewed at http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/programs/crp.html.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 7, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Julia Royster, Office of Habitat Conservation, Restoration Center, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 20910, (301) 427-8686, or Julia.Royster@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-08/html/2015-11046.htm

  • Energy

  • Wave Energy Prize

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of the Wave Energy Prize.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the availability of the Wave Energy Prize and of DOE's responses to public comments on the draft Prize Rules and Prize Terms and Conditions. The prize is designed to achieve game-changing performance enhancements to wave energy conversion (WEC) devices, establishing a pathway to sweeping cost reductions on a commercial scale. The prize consists of three phases--design, build, and test and evaluation. Prize purses to the winner(s): Grand Prize ($1,500,000), 2nd Place Finisher ($500,000), and 3rd Place Finisher ($250,000).

    DATES: DOE launches the Wave Energy Prize and opens the Prize for public registration on May 1, 2015. The Winner(s) of the Prize, if any, is expected to be announced by the end of 2016. All dates are subject to change.

    ADDRESSES: Interested persons can register for the Wave Energy Prize at waveenergyprize.org on the "Register'' page. The final Prize Rules, the final Prize Terms and Conditions, and DOE's responses to public comments on the draft Prize Rules and Prize Terms and Conditions, can all be found are found under the "Rules'' tab of the "About'' page. Please submit questions and comments to: waveenergyprize.org">info@waveenergyprize.org.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit questions and comments to: waveenergyprize.org">info@waveenergyprize.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/html/2015-10409.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

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

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting.


    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 meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    DATES: The NEJAC meeting will convene Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; and will reconvene on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All noted times are Pacific Standard Time.

    One public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2015, starting at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by 6:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on Monday, May 11, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the McMillin Event Center at the National Training Center, located at 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC1601A), 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: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-04/html/2015-10366.htm

  • Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) covering FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Offices at 230 S. Clark St., 16th Floor, Fort Dearborn and Lake Michigan Conference Rooms, Chicago, Illinois. Meeting attendees must use the visitor's entrance located at 230 S. Clark St. For security reasons, attendees must provide their full name at least three working days in advance by contacting Rita Cestaric at cestaric.rita@epa.gov or Taylor Fiscus at fiscus.taylor@epa.gov. Attendees must be pre- registered for the meeting as only registered attendees will be permitted to enter the building. All attendees must show a valid photo ID to enter the building. For those unable to attend in person, this meeting will also be available telephonically. The teleconference number is (877) 744-6030 and the conference ID number is 28629925.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at cestaric.rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://glri.us/public.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-05/html/2015-10489.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, (BSC) National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Times and Dates: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., EDT, June 3, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m., EDT, June 4, 2015.

    Place: CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30341.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 60 people.

    Purpose: The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and by delegation, the Director, CDC and Administrator, NCEH/ ATSDR, are authorized under Section 301 (42 U.S.C. 241) and Section 311 (42 U.S.C. 243) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, to: (1) Conduct, encourage, cooperate with, and assist other appropriate public authorities, scientific institutions, and scientists in the conduct of research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and studies relating to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of physical and mental diseases and other impairments; (2) assist states and their political subdivisions in the prevention of infectious diseases and other preventable conditions and in the promotion of health and well being; and (3) train state and local personnel in health work. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC and Administrator, ATSDR; and the Director, NCEH/ ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agency's mission to protect and promote people's health. The board provides advice and guidance that will assist NCEH/ATSDR in ensuring scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results. The board also provides guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Matters for Discussion: The agenda items for the BSC Meeting will include NCEH/ATSDR Office of the Director updates; CDC/ATSDR Activities on Household Air Pollution and Cleaner Cookstoves; NCEH/ ATSDR Program Responses to BSC Guidance and Action Items; At the Intersection of Public Health and Health Care: CDC's National Asthma Control Program; Environmental Health Services: Vessel Sanitation Program, Model Aquatic Health Code; Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program; NCEH/ATSDR Emergency Management Activities; Environmental Health Tracking Program; Advances in Laboratory Methods--Molecular Newborn Screening Tests; and updates from the National Institute for Environmental Health Services, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Supplemental Information: The public comment period is scheduled on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 2:45 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., and on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

    Contact Person for More Information: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop F- 61, Chamblee, Georgia 30345; Telephone 770/488-0575 or 770/488-0577, Fax: 770/488-3377; Email: smalcom@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is May 27, 2015.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-05/html/2015-10414.htm

  • National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations for public members.


    SUMMARY: 42 U.S.C. 299c establishes a National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (the Council). The Council is to advise the Secretary of HHS (Secretary) and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on matters related to activities of the Agency to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

    Seven current members' terms will expire in November 2015. To fill these positions, we are seeking individuals who are distinguished in: (1) The conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; (2) the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; (3) the practice of medicine; (4) other health professions; (5) representing the private health care sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; (6) the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, (7) representing the interests of patients and consumers of health care. 42 U.S.C. 299c(c)(2). Individuals are particularly sought with experience and success in activities specified in the summary above.

    DATES: Nominations should be received on or before 60 days after date of publication.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Karen Brooks, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room 3006, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Nominations may also be emailed to Karen.Brooks@ahrq.hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, AHRQ, at (301) 427- 1456.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-07/html/2015-10983.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Information: Public Input on the Sustained Assessment Process of the U.S. National Climate Assessment

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has a legal mandate to conduct a National Climate Assessment (NCA) not less frequently than every four years. Under its current decadal strategic plan (http://go.usa.gov/3qGU4), USGCRP is building sustained assessment capacity to support the Nation's ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to global change impacts and vulnerabilities. The recent Third NCA process and resulting 2014 Report (http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/) provide a foundation for subsequent activities and reports under the sustained assessment process. More broadly, climate assessments increasingly involve participation and leadership by state, local, and tribal governments as well as the private sector. Noting these developments in the climate assessment landscape, USGCRP seeks ideas about (1) what scientific information on climate change, impacts, and responses would be of most value to inform future assessment activities; (2) how to effectively communicate climate change assessment information; and (3) what mechanisms could be used to more effectively connect to other assessment-related efforts. Public responses to these questions will be evaluated and, if appropriate, used to inform the structure and content of USGCRP's sustained National Climate Assessment process. Updates on the sustained assessment will be posted on the NCA Web site (http://assessment.globalchange.gov) as they are available.

    DATES: Comments will be accepted through June 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments from the public will be accepted electronically at http://www.globalchange.gov/notices. Instructions for submitting are on the Web site. Submitters may enter text and/or upload files in response to the three questions listed above.

    If you are unable to submit comments electronically, you may submit comments by mail to: Attn: Emily Cloyd, U.S. Global Change Research Program, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions. Responses to this RFI may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. OSTP therefore requests that no business proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Therese Cloyd, (202) 223-6262, ecloyd@usgcrp.gov, U.S. Global Change Research Program.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-06/html/2015-10352.htm

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