Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

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

    ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP.

    DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 7, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

    Email: HMSAP.Nominations@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: "HMS AP Nominations.''

    Mail: Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell at (301) 427-8503.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-05/html/2015-28263.htm

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for five of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council.

    DATES: Applications are due by November 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Carolyn Gibson, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129; (415) 561-6622 extension 306; email Carolyn.Gibson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/sac.html.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/ONMS/Shannon Lyday, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725-5905; email Shannon.Lyday@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/councilappaccepting.html.

    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Nichole Rodriguez, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 99 Pacific St. Building 455A, Monterey, CA; (831) 647-4206; email Nichole.Rodriguez@noaa.gov; or download application from http://montereybay.noaa.gov/sac/2015/recruit15v2/151102covlet.html.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, P.O. Box 4318, Pago Pago, AS 96799 (Utulei, American Samoa); (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov/about/samoa.html.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Karlyn Langjahr, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 115 East Railroad Ave., Suite 101, Port Angeles, WA 98362; (360) 457-6622 extension 31; email Karlyn.Langjahr@noaa.gov; or download application from http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/sac_welcome.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-03/html/2015-27987.htm

  • Education

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program

    AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 4, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2015-ICCD- 0127. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 2E115, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Inas El-Sabban, (202) 205-3810.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/html/2015-27778.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation.

    Dates and Times:

    November 18, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., November 19, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell St., Emeryville, California 94608.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: hq.com">rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-04/html/2015-28076.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011 Draft Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft report on the National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA 2011) and opens a 30-day public review and comment period on the draft report. The NWCA 2011 is the first national assessment of the ecological condition of the nation's wetlands. The NWCA 2011 draft report describes the results of a nationwide probabilistic survey of wetlands conducted in the spring and summer of 2011 by EPA and its state and tribal partners. Results are based on ecological data collected at over 1,000 sites using standardized protocols and include estimates of wetland area in "good,'' "fair,'' and "poor'' condition, nationally and by ecoregion, for a biological indicator based on plants and key wetland stressors. The report also provides information on the design and implementation of the scientific assessment, possible implications, and future actions. This report completes the first series of probability-based surveys conducted under EPA's National Aquatic Resource Surveys program.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 7, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2015-0667, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregg Serenbetz, Wetlands Division, Office of Water (4502T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202- 566-1253; email address: serenbetz.gregg@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-05/html/2015-28266.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee; 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 the 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 November 18, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    Location: Food and Drug Administration, White Oak 31, Rm. 1503, Section A, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be webcast. The link for the webcast is available at https://collaboration.fda.gov/scienceboard1115/. Answers to commonly asked questions including information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm408555.htm.

    Contact Person: Rakesh Raghuwanshi, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, White Oak Bldg. 1 Rm. 3309, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-4769, rakesh.raghuwanshi@fda.hhs.gov, 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 http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm 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 updates from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Centers for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, Evaluation Subcommittee and the ORA Food Emergency Response Network Evaluation Subcommittee. The Board will hear about the scope of FDA's involvement in precision medicine, as well as an overview of specific health informatics initiatives including precision FDA, Open FDA, and Chillax. The Board will also hear about FDA's laboratory safety initiative. A recipient of one of the FY 2014 Scientific Achievement Awards (selected by the Board) will provide an overview of the activities for which the award was given.

    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 http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. 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 November 11, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 3 and 4 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 November 11, 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 November 13, 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 disabilities. If you require accommodations due to a disability, please contact 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 http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm 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).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-03/html/2015-27957.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education; Meeting.

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Task Force reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., EST.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Executive Secretary for the NAC Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, 202-358-0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-03/html/2015-27873.htm

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Public Nominations for Subcommittees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Annual Invitation for Public Nominations by U.S. Citizens for Service on the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee Subcommittees.


    SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee subcommittees. Five science subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill intermittent vacancies on these five science subcommittees. NASA's science subcommittees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy arise and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that specific vacancy. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its science subcommittees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

    DATES: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is November 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: To be considered by NASA, self-nomination packages from interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA as an email and must include the name of the specific NAC science subcommittee of interest. Self-nomination packages are limited to specifying interest in only one NAC science subcommittee per year. The following information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination package: (1) A cover email including the name of the specific NAC science subcommittee of interest; (2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment). All public self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA to one of the addresses listed below; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard- copies) will not be accepted. Note: Self-nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA. Please submit the nomination as a single package containing the cover email and both required attachments electronically to the specific email identified for the NAC science subcommittee of interest:

    Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS): aps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Earth Science Subcommittee (ESS): ess-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Heliophysics Subcommittee (HPS): hps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS): pps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS): pss-execsec@hq.nasa.gov

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain further information on NASA's science subcommittees, please visit the NAC Science Committee's subcommittee Web site noted below. For any questions, please contact Ms. Elaine Denning, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, (202) 358-0332; or email elaine.j.denning@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-03/html/2015-27952.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to discover new ideas that will spur innovation in agriculture and food systems and raise the profile of agricultural research. According to recent projections from The United Nations, the global population could reach 9.15 billion people by 2050. In the future, to meet the demand for food and other plant-derived products from a global population of this size, an increase of global agriculture production by as much as 70 percent will be required. More than four-fifths of the necessary production gains will need to occur on existing agricultural land through sustainable intensification that makes effective use of land and water resources. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) therefore seeks information about programs, public or private, that are actively working to innovate agricultural science, as well as areas of need in research, education, and training. Input is sought from biological and agricultural stakeholders, including researchers in academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and professional societies, and other interested members of the public.

    DATES: Responses must be received by December 4, 2015 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit responses by any of the following methods (webform is preferred):

    Webform: Use https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/request-information-agricultural-innovation to submit responses.

    Mail: ATTN: Elizabeth Stulberg, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20504. If submitting a response by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions; however, they should clearly indicate the number of each question to which they are responding. Responses must be unclassified and should not contain any information that might be considered proprietary, confidential, or personally identifying (such as home address or social security number). Responses to this RFI may be posted without change online. 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: Elizabeth Stulberg, estulberg@eop.ostp.gov, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Science Division.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-05/html/2015-28289.htm

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