Agriculture

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Juneau, Alaska. Attendees may also participate via webinar and conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). Additional information relating to the Committee, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.

    DATES: The meetings will be held in-person and via webinar/conference call on the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AKST

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AKST

    Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. AKST

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Centennial Hall Convention Center, 101 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska. For anyone who would like to attend via webinar and/or conference call, please visit the Web site listed above or contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service Washington Office--Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW., Mail Stop 1104, Washington, DC 20250- 1104. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chalonda Jasper, Committee Coordinator, by phone at 202-260-9400, or by email at cjasper@fs.fed.us. 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-2015-06-10/html/2015-14146.htm

  • Notice of Intent To Revise a Currently Approved Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to revise a currently approved information collection entitled, "Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).''

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by August 17, 2015, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov; Fax: 202-720-0857; Mail: Office of Information Technology (OIT), NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2216.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, Records Officer; email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Reporting Requirements for Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).

    OMB Number: 0524-0048.

    Expiration Date of Current Approval: January 31, 2018.

    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection.

    Abstract: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), NIFA administers several competitive, peer-reviewed research, education, and extension programs, under which awards of a high-priority are made. These programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.); Competitive, special, and facilities research grants (7 U.S.C. 450i) and other legislative authorities. NIFA also administers several formula funded research programs. The programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a-1-582a-7); the Hatch Act of 1887, as amended (7 U.S.C. 4361a-361i); Section 1445 of Public Law 95-113, the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3222); and Section 1433 of Subtitle E (Sections 1429-1439), Title XIV of Public Law 95-113, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3191-3201).

    The purpose of this revision is to collect two new pieces of information as part of REEport: (1) Demographic data on grant participants, and (2) additional lines on the REEport Financial Report for "Non-Federal Funds'' used on projects funded by NIFA.

    Demographic Data: NIFA proposes to collect the following data as approved in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). NIFA is being asked by other Federal Government entities for information regarding the demographics of grantee participants in research, higher education, and extension, including Project Directors, Co-Project Directors, Students, etc. Demographic data (i.e., gender, ethnicity, race, and disability status) should be provided directly by significant contributors, with the understanding that submission of such data is voluntary. There are no adverse consequences if the data are not provided. Confidentiality of demographic data will be in accordance with agency's policy and practices for complying with the requirements of the Privacy Act.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/html/2015-14416.htm

  • Commerce

  • Pacific Whiting; Advisory Panel; Joint Management Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS is soliciting nominations for appointments to the United States Advisory Panel (AP) and the Joint Management Committee (JMC) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Pacific Whiting Treaty). Nominations are being sought to fill six positions on the AP beginning on September 16, 2015, and one position on the JMC starting November 1, 2015. Terms are 4 years, and appointees will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the terms.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by July 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations by any of the following methods:

    Email: whiting.nominations.wcr@noaa.gov.

    Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Frank Lockhart.

    Mail: William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Lockhart, (206) 526-6142 or Miako Ushio, (206) 526-4644

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-08/html/2015-13894.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Chemical Safety Advisory Committee; Establishment of a Federal Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), we are giving notice that EPA recently established the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC). The purpose of the CSAC is to provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). The major objective is to provide advice and recommendations on: The scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. EPA has determined that this federal advisory committee is necessary and in the public interest and will assist the EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities. Copies of the CSAC charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress. EPA invites the public to nominate experts to be considered for the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0233, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPPT Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Bailey, (7201M), Office of Science Coordination and Policy (OSCP), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001, email address: bailey.laura@epa.gov, telephone number: (202) 564-8450.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/html/2015-14331.htm

  • Interior

  • Reopening of Nomination Period for Members of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior published a notice inviting nominations for non-Federal members of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (Committee). The closing date for nominations was June 1, 2015. This Federal Register Notice reopens the nomination and comment period for 30 days. If you have already submitted information to be considered for appointment to the Committee you do not have to resubmit it.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by July 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-08/html/2015-13859.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (1173).

    Dates/Time: June 24, 2015 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; June 25, 2015 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Vickie Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to June 18, 2015.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Joan Burrelli, Acting CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone Numbers: 703-292-8040/Email: jburrell@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the Acting CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    NSF Executive Liaison Report

    Discussions:

    • Leadership Panel Discussion: NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for
    • Diversity in Engineering and Science)
    • NSF Broadening Participation Framework for Action
    • Thematic Focus of Women and Girls in STEM
    • Reports of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • 2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress
    • Updates from the Federal Liaisons

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-09/html/2015-14036.htm

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