Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an open virtual meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet via teleconference on August 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place virtually at the AT&T Meeting Room below. Please follow the pre-registration instructions to ensure your participation in the meeting. Call-In instructions for Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time: Web Preregistration: Participants may preregister for this teleconference at http://emsp.intellor.com?p=420632&do=register&t=8. Once the participant registers, a confirmation page will display dial-in numbers and a unique PIN, and the participant will also receive an email confirmation of this information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Designated Federal Officer and Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0321, Washington, DC 20250-0321; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or email: nareee@ars.usda.gov. For additional information on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, visit http://nareeeab.ree.usda.gov/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17708.htm

  • Petition To Develop Specific Ethologically Appropriate Standards for Nonhuman Primates in Research

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of petition; reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for a petition requesting that we amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to specify ethologically appropriate standards that researchers must adhere to in order to promote the psychological well-being of nonhuman primates used in research. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES: The comment period for the notice published May 1, 2015 (80 FR 24840-24841) is reopened. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 31, 2015.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0098.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0098, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0098 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Carol Clarke, Research Program Manager, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care, 4700 River Road Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234; (301) 851-3751.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18174.htm

  • Commerce

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for National Institute of Standards and Technology Prize Competition--Reference Data Challenge

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce, is conducting this prize competition to spur the development of innovative mobile applications that utilize NIST datasets to help better share the data and provide a useful service to those who can best use it. NIST Standard Reference Data (SRD) are well-documented numeric data used in technical problem-solving, research, and development; over 100 types are available for use in scientific and engineering applications, with over 19 million downloads recorded annually (excluding web-based time services). Most of these data sets are currently freely accessible through web-based interfaces or are made available on CD upon request. Mobile applications that can readily access and utilize this data will help drive further innovation and support research through easy and low-barrier access to the results of U.S. tax-payer funded research.

    Participants in this prize competition are invited to submit Apps (as defined in this Notice) that use eligible NIST Standard Reference Data (SRD) datasets listed on the Event Web site, http://nistdata.challengepost.com. These eligible datasets pertain to physics and chemistry and are frequently used by high school, college, and graduate students in advanced chemistry and physics coursework.

    DATES: Submission Period: July 27, 2015-September 28, 2015.

    Announcement of Winners: November 16, 2015.

    The Submission Period begins July 27, 2015, at 9 a.m. EDT and ends September 28, 2015, at 5 p.m. EDT. Prize competition dates are subject to change at the discretion of NIST. Entries submitted before or after the Submission Period will not be reviewed or considered for award.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the prize competition can be directed to NIST via the Event Web site, or by email to Heather Evans at Appchallenge@nist.gov, phone 301-975-4525.

    Changes or updates to the prize competition rules will be posted and can be viewed at the Event Web site, http://nistdata.challengepost.com.

    Results of the prize competition will be announced on the Event Web site, http://nistdata.challengepost.com and on the NIST Web site, www.nist.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17865.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Development of a Spatial Aquatic Model (SAM) for Pesticide Risk Assessment.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 15-18, 2015, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages written comments be submitted on or before September 1, 2015, and requests for oral comments be submitted on or before September 8, 2015. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after September 1, 2015, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 5, 2015.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP Web site at http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0424, 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: OPP 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 commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations: Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Jenkins, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-3327; email address: jenkins.fred@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17854.htm

  • Final Release of EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final web-based, "Report on the Environment (ROE)'' (EPA/600/R-15/142). The ROE was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development, working in collaboration with EPA Program and Regional offices. The ROE is a comprehensive source of scientific indicators that describe the status and trends in the nation's environment and human health condition. The indicators help to answer important questions for EPA about the current status and historical trends in U.S. air, water, land, human health, and ecological condition at the national and regional levels. These indicators are based on data collected by EPA, other federal and state agencies, and non- governmental organizations and meet high standards for data quality, objectivity, and utility. The ROE reports status and trends; it does not analyze or diagnose the reasons for, and relationships between, trends in stressors and environmental and health outcomes.

    The final ROE can be accessed at the following Web site: http://www.epa.gov/roe.

    DATES: EPA released the report publicly on July 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The ROE is web-based and is available solely via the Internet at: http://www.epa.gov/roe.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information concerning the ROE, contact Dr. Patricia Murphy, NCEA; telephone: 732-906-6830; facsimile: 732-452-6640; or email: murphy.patricia@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18226.htm

  • Pesticides; Risk Management Approach To Identifying Options for Protecting the Monarch Butterfly; Notice of Extension of Comment Period

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 24, 2015, concerning the document "Risk Management Approach to Identifying Options for Protecting the Monarch Butterfly.'' This notice extends the comment period for 30 days, from July 24, 2015 to August 24, 2015. Crop Life America, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, and the California Crops Council requested an extension of the comment period to allow sufficient time to analyze the subject document and assemble relevant information.

    DATES: Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA- HQ-OPP-2015-0389, must be received on or before August 24, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Follow the detailed instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of June 24, 2015 (80 FR 36338) (FRL-9929- 01).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Khue Nguyen, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 347-0248; email address: nguyen.khue@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-22/html/2015-17993.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Informational Meeting: The Importation and Exportation of Infectious Biological Agents, Infectious Substances and Vectors; Public Webcast

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of public webcast.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting a public webcast which will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response/Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. This public webcast will address import and export regulations for infectious biological agents, infectious substances, and vectors, and import and export exemptions. The purpose of this notice is to inform all interested parties, including those individuals and entities already possessing an import or export permit (or license) of the webcast.

    DATES: The webcast will be held on September 16, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Registration instructions are found on the HHS/CDC's Import Permit Program Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/od/eaipp/importApplication/agents.htm.

    ADDRESSES: The webcast will be broadcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Von McClee, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, GA 30333; phone: 404-718-2000; email: lrsat@cdc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17735.htm

  • Multi-Agency Informational Meeting Concerning Compliance With the Federal Select Agent Program; Public Webcast

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of public webcast.


    SUMMARY: The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) are jointly charged with the oversight of the possession, use and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products (select agents and toxins). This joint effort constitutes the Federal Select Agent Program. The purpose of the webcast is to provide guidance related to the Federal Select Agent Program for interested individuals.

    DATES: The webcast will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST. All who wish to join the webcast must register by October 23, 2015. Registration instructions can be found on the Web site http://www.selectagents.gov.

    ADDRESSES: The webcast will be broadcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's facility, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333. This will only be produced as a webcast, therefore no accommodations will be provided for in-person participation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    CDC: Ms. Diane Martin, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, GA 30329; phone: 404-718-2000; email: lrsat@cdc.gov.

    APHIS: Dr. Keith Wiggins, APHIS Agriculture Select Agent Services, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone: 301-851-3300 (option 3); email: AgSAS@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-20/html/2015-17734.htm

  • Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice with comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, 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.

    This notice invites comment on a proposed Harmful Algal Bloom Illness-related Surveillance System (HABISS) information collection.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2015- 0052 by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulation.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov.

    Please note: All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS- D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: omb@cdc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-21/html/2015-17792.htm

  • Request for Steering Committee Nominations

    ACTION: Request for nominations to the Steering Committee for the Foundation's PredicTox project.


    SUMMARY: The Reagan-Udall Foundation (RUF) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was created by Title VI of the Food and Drug Amendments of 2007, is requesting nominations for its PredicTox Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will provide oversight and guidance for the PredicTox project, and will report to the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA's Board of Directors.

    DATES: All nominations must be submitted to the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA by August 28, 2015. The PredicTox Steering Committee members will be selected by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA's Board of Directors; those selected will be notified by September 30 regarding the Board's decision. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for Steering Committee responsibilities, selection criteria and nomination instructions.

    ADDRESSES: The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA is located at 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be sent to The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, 202-828-1205, PredicTox@ReaganUdall.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-24/html/2015-18123.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Public Comment on an Updated Standardized Research Performance Progress Report Format to be Used for Both Interim and Final Performance Progress Reporting

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

    ACTION: Request for public comment on an updated standardized Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format to be used for both interim and final performance progress reporting.


    SUMMARY: The RPPR that was originally developed for use in preparation and submission of annual and other interim performance progress reports resulted from an initiative of Research Business Models (RBM), an Interagency Working Group of the Social, Behavioral & Economic Research Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (CoS), a committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The original version of the RPPR format was approved for implementation in the Federal Register (FR) [Volume 75, pages 1816-1819, January 13, 2010]. As part of this FR notice, it was stated that the development of a final RPPR format would take place upon completion of the interim RPPR exercise.

    A revised draft of the format has been developed to incorporate lessons learned by agencies during the initial implementation of the RPPR. The approach also has been changed from using the format for interim performance progress reports only to using the format for both interim and final performance progress reports.

    On behalf of the RBM, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has agreed to continue to serve as the sponsor of the updated version of this Federal-wide performance progress reporting format. The general public and Federal agencies are invited to comment on the proposed revised format during the 60-day public comment period. A "For Comment'' version of the draft format for use in submission of interim and final Research Performance Progress Reports, along with a summary of significant changes, are posted on the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/index.jsp.

    After obtaining and considering public comment, the RBM will prepare the format for final clearance. Each agency that uses the RPPR will need to seek OMB approval of this collection via the Paperwork Reduction Act for a period of no longer than three years.

    Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of agencies funding research and research-related activities, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected from respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (c) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Comments must be received by September 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22230, email: splimpto@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292-7556; FAX (703) 292-9242. We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include "Research Performance Progress Reporting'' in the subject line of the email message; please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in your message.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To view the proposed RPPR format, see: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/index.jsp. For information on the RPPR, contact Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution & Award Support, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22230, email: jfeldman@nsf.gov; telephone (703) 292-8243; FAX: (703) 292-9171. For further information on the NSTC RBM Interagency Working Group, contact Kei Koizumi, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20504; email: kkoizumi@ostp.eop.gov; telephone 202-456- 6133; FAX 202-456-6021. See also the RBM Web site located at: http://rbm.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-23/html/2015-18007.htm

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