• Solicitation of Nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program Improvement Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which requires the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board), a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program. To apply for membership to the Board, applicants should submit a current resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Board is helpful, but not required. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.

    DATES: Solicitation of nominations is open ended. Resumes may be sent to the address specified at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations will be accepted by email or mail. They should be sent to the attention of Mrs. Jennifer Hinden, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Jennifer Hinden, National Sea Grant College Program or If you need additional assistance, call 301-734-1088.

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice for solicitation of members.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).

    DATES: Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is August 14, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. Email to
    2. Overnight delivery service to Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-3B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email:

    Committee Web site:

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific, complex scientific and technical issues important to FDA and its mission, including emerging issues within the scientific community. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the Agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific developments including in regulatory science, input into the Agency's research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities and training opportunities. It will also provide, where requested, expert review of Agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on July 29, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503 B and C), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be Webcast. The link for the Webcast is available at: Answers to commonly asked questions including information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at:

    Contact Person: Rakesh Raghuwanshi, Office of the Chief Scientist, Food and Drug Administration, Bldg. 1, Rm. 3309, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-4769,, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The Science Board will be provided with a report from the Commissioner's Fellowship Program Evaluation subcommittee and will be provided with a progress report from the Science Looking Forward subcommittee. The Board will hear an overview of two scientific activities from the Center for Veterinary Medicine and will be asked to provide input on strategies to implement targeted directives contained in the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, designed to guide action by public health, health care, and veterinary partners in a common effort to address urgent and serious drug- resistant threats that affect people in the United States and around the world. A recipient of one of the Fiscal Year 2014 Scientific Achievement Awards (selected by the Board) will provide an overview of the activities for which the award was given. A status update on the 21st Century Cures Act will be presented, and the Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco will discuss his vision for the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before July 22, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before July 14, 2015. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by July 15, 2015.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Mr. Rakesh Raghuwanshi at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the Council of Councils.

    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. The open session will be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting Web site (

    A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4), and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Open: September 1, 2015.

    Time: 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Agenda: Call to Order and Introductions; Announcements; Update on the Office of AIDS Research; Data Science at NIH: Opportunities and Challenges; NIH Update; Discussion; Concept Clearance #1: Planning for FY16 New Directions in Environmental Influences on Child Health and Development Program.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: September 1, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: September 1, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Council Operating Procedures; Draft Framework for NIH Strategic Plan; Concept Clearance #2: Two G20 concepts; Update on the Early Independence Awards; Potential Concept Clearance #3: OAR/ ORIP--HIV Vaccine Research Education Program; Retiring Council Member Perspectives; and Closing Remarks.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Franziska Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 948, Bethesda, MD 20892,, 301-435-0744.

    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 Council of Council's home page at where an agenda will be posted before the meeting date.

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions

    AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of the comment period.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, announce the extension of the public comment period on our May 21, 2015, proposed revisions to the regulations concerning petitions under section 4(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.

    DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2015 (80 FR 29286), is extended. We will accept comments from all interested parties until September 18, 2015. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on that date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the Search box, enter the docket number for the proposed rule, which is FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0016. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!'' Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.

    U.S. mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0016; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: BPHC, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will post all comments on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comments, below, for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Krofta, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, telephone 703/358-2171; facsimile 703/358-1735; or Angela Somma, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone 301/427-8403. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-8339.

  • 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: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; (2) Discussion of agenda for the August 2015 meetings of the National Science Board; and (3) Approval of prior committee minutes.

    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] 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 for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Email:

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