Agency for International Development

  • Meeting: Board for International Food and Agricultural Development

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union at Purdue University, 101 N Grant St, West Lafayette, Indiana. The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet. The link to the global live stream is on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.

    The central theme of this public meeting will be Crossroads: Science, Innovation, Markets, and Policy for Feeding the World. Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. EDT with opening remarks. At this meeting, the Board will address old and new business and hear updates from USAID, the university community, and other experts on climate-smart agriculture, plant sciences and the role of various constituents in feeding the world's population.

    Starting at 9 a.m., Dr. Waded Cruzado, BIFAD Board Member will present the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence which recognizes individual researchers and/or a team of researchers for significant achievements in work performed through USAID's Feed the Future Innovation Labs.

    Starting at 9:30 a.m., BIFAD will hear from the first panel hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Dukes, Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and Professor of Forestry & Natural Resources and Biological Sciences. Dr. Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agriculture will moderate the panel titled Climate-Smart Agriculture--Closing the Yield Gap in a Changing Climate. Presenters for this panel are Dr. Mitch Tuinstra, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and Wickersham Chair; Dr. Linda Prokopy, Associate Professor, Natural Resource Science; and an additional panelist to be determined. The panel will conclude with a 15 minute comment period.

    Starting at 11:15 a.m., Dr. Karen Plaut, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, will moderate a panel on Plant Sciences Research and Education Pipeline. Presenters for this panel are Dr. Melba Crawford, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research; Dr. Katy Rainey, Assistant Professor of Agronomy; and Dr. Jian Kang Zhu, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology. This panel will conclude with a 15 minute comment period.

    Starting at 2:15 p.m., Dr. Jay Akridge, Glen W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, will moderate a panel on US Ag Industry's Role in Feeding the World. Presenters for this panel are Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture; and Jim Moseley, a local farmer.

    At 3:30 p.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a half-hour public comment period. At 4 p.m. EDT Dr. Deaton, will make closing remarks and adjourn the public meeting. At 4 p.m., after the meeting has been adjourned, BIFAD and members of the public are invited to view the Purdue University poster display.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Susan Owens, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2.09-067, Washington, DC, 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-17/html/2015-23418.htm

  • 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 Tempe, Arizona. 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:

    Monday, October 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST.

    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 Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe, 1600 S. 52nd Street, Tempe, Arizona. 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-2015-09-17/html/2015-23327.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Meeting; Correction

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting; Correction.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE), on September 10, 2015, published a notice of open meeting announcing an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Due to the scheduled transportation delays and security issues near the meeting venue, the meeting is being rescheduled. The date is now October 15, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. As a result, the language is being corrected in this notice.

    Corrections

    In the Federal Register of September 10, 2015, in FR DOC. 2015- 22809, on pages 54558-54559, please make the following corrections:

    In the DATES heading, third column, first and second lines, replace text with "Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EDT)''.

    In the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION heading, Tentative Agenda: third column, twelfth line, please remove "September 25th'' and replace with "October 15th.'' And under Public Participation, twenty-fifth line, please remove "Monday, September 21, 2015'', and replace text with "Friday, October 9, 2015''.

    On page 54559, first column, twenty-first line, please remove "September 25th'' and replace text with "October 15th''.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-17/html/2015-23372.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology: Assumable Waters Subcommittee; Notice of Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Subcommittee Meetings.


    SUMMARY: Consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA is giving notice of two upcoming public meetings of the Assumable Waters Subcommittee convened under the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). The Assumable Waters Subcommittee will provide advice and recommendations as to how the EPA can best clarify assumable waters for dredge and fill permit programs pursuant to Clean Water Act section 404(g)(1). The EPA is undertaking this effort to support states and tribes that wish to assume the program. Similar to the parent NACEPT, the subcommittee represents a diversity of interests from academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and local, State, and tribal governments. Meeting agendas and materials will be posted at www2.epa.gov/cwa-404/assumable-waters-sub-committee.

    DATES: The Assumable Waters Subcommittee will hold two-day public meetings on:

    October 6-7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the William Jefferson Clinton Building in Washington, DC.

    December 1-2, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the One Potomac Yard Building in Arlington, VA.

    ADDRESSES:

    William Jefferson Clinton Building, Room B305 North, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    One Potomac Yard, Ground Floor, 2777 Crystal Dr. Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Bachle, Designated Federal Officer, via Email at: Assumable, by phone: (202) 566-2468, via postal service at: U.S. EPA, Office of Wetlands Oceans and Watersheds, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-15/html/2015-23143.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


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

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Time, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be held by teleconference only. The teleconference number is: (877) 744-6030; participant code: 31140236.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this teleconference 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-2015-09-18/html/2015-23474.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the NIEHS Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3719.

    SUMMARY: To assist the country in preparing for the potential health risks from climate change, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is sponsoring the NIEHS Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge (the "Challenge'') under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. This Challenge calls on talented software developers, data scientists, and other innovators from around the country to create data visualizations, tools, and applications that use the best available science on environmental exposures and the relationship of these exposures to increased temperature, precipitation, flooding, and sea level rise. The Challenge has two goals: To raise awareness of how environmental health risks may be exacerbated by climate change in communities, and to enable protective decision-making from local to national levels.

    DATES: The Challenge begins September 15, 2015.

    1. Submission period begins 9 a.m. EDT September 28, 2015.
    2. Submission period ends 12 p.m. EDT December 4, 2015.
    3. Judging Period: December 7, 2015 to January 6, 2016.
    4. Winners Announced: January 12, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: To register for this Challenge, participants can access either the http://www.challenge.gov Web site (search for the Challenge's title) or the Climate and Health Innovation Challenge Series Web site at http://www.challenge.gov/agency/health-and-human-services/climate-and-health-innovation-challenge-series/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Phone 301.496.3511. [john.balbus@nih.gov]

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-15/html/2015-23126.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request: Population Sciences Biospecimen Catalog (PSBC)

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, 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 (June 30, 2015 P.37280) 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 National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, 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, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov 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: Danielle Carrick, Program Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Dr., Room 4E224, Rockville, MD 20850 or call non-toll-free number (240) 276-6749 or Email your request, including your address to: Danielle.Carrick@nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-14/html/2015-23027.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 (1173).

    Dates/Time: October 15, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-12 Noon and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Note: CEOSE AC members will participate virtually. If you are interested in attending this meeting, you are required to attend in person. To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Victoria Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to October 13, 2015.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice T. Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8040 (main), Email Address: banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/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 (Tentative): Please access CEOSE Web site, http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp for final version.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/html/2015-23437.htm

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