Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Open Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The EPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold a public meeting on January 12-13, 2016. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities.

    The purpose of this meeting is to hear from informed speakers on environmental finance issues, proposed legislation, and EPA priorities; to discuss activities, progress, and preliminary recommendations with regard current EFAB work projects; and to consider requests for assistance from EPA offices. Environmental finance discussions and presentations are expected on, but not limited to, the following topics: Financing operations and maintenance costs at green infrastructure sites; financing stormwater and green infrastructure programs; public-private partnerships for water infrastructure projects; financing pre-development activities in communities; affordability challenges in the water sector; and financial capacity development for small drinking/wastewater systems. The meeting is open to the public; however, seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register, in advance, no later than Monday, December 28, 2015. Registration is required for all members of the public to ensure an expeditious security process.

    DATES: The full board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., EST and Wednesday, January 13, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST.

    ADDRESSES: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, or to request accommodations for a person with a disability, please contact Sandra Williams at (202) 564- 4999 or williams.sandra@epa.gov, at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to allow as much time as possible to process your request.


  • Request for Nominations to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations to fill vacancies on its National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). The Agency seeks nominees from a diverse range of qualified candidates representing the following sectors: Academia; state, local, and tribal governments; business and industry; and, non-governmental organizations. Potential vacancies are anticipated to be filled in April, 2016. Sources in addition to this Federal Register notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nomination packages must be emailed or postmarked no later than January 15, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages may be mailed to: Eugene Green, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management, and Outreach, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene Green, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-2432; fax (202) 564-8129; email green.eugene@epa.gov.


  • Health and Human Services

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

    Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group.

    The teleconference meeting will be open to the public as indicated below. 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.

    Name of Working Group: Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group.

    Date: January 11, 2015.

    Open: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion will review current Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) activities and newly proposed BD2K initiatives.

    Place: Teleconference. This meeting is open to the public but is being held by teleconference only. No physical meeting location is provided for any interested individuals to listen to committee discussions. Any individual interested in listening to the meeting discussions must call: 1-866-692-3158 and use Passcode: 2956317, for access to the meeting.

    Closed: 12:10 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion will focus on review of proposed Funding Plans for BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcements.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Contact Person: Tonya Scott, email: tonya.scott@nih.gov, phone: 301-402-9817.

    Information is also available on the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science's home page: https://datascience.nih.gov/index where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.


  • Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy, Office of Biotechnology Activities; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: January 7-8, 2016.

    Time: January 7, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eastern; January 8, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to adjournment.

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) Preliminary findings of the NSABB Working Group on Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function (GOF) Studies; (2) the results of the risk-benefit assessment of GOF studies involving pathogens with pandemic potential; (3) ethical and policy issues relevant to the conduct and oversight of GOF studies; and (4) other business of the Board.

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

    Contact Person: Christopher Viggiani, Ph.D., Executive Director, NSABB, NIH Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 496-9838, viggianic@od.nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research-- defined as legitimate biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security. The NSABB is currently charged with providing formal recommendations to the United States Government on a conceptual approach for the evaluation of proposed gain-of- function studies.

    The meeting will be open to the public and will also be webcast as space will be limited. Persons planning to attend or view via the webcast may pre-register online using the link provided below or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Ida Donner at 301-650-8660). Online and telephone registration will close at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on January 4, 2016. After that time, attendees may register onsite on the day of the meeting. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration on or prior to January 4.

    Meeting materials: The meeting agenda and links to the online registration and webcast will be available at: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb/nsabb-meetings-and-conferences. Preliminary findings of the NSABB working group as well as the results of the risk-benefit assessment, performed by Gryphon Scientific, will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check this Web site for updates.


  • Use of Databases for Establishing the Clinical Relevance of Human Genetic Variants; Public Workshop; Reopening of Comment Period

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop; reopening of comment period.

    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the notice of a public workshop that appeared in the Federal Register of September 9, 2015. In the notice of the public workshop, FDA requested comments on the workshop topics about the use of databases that contain information linking human genetic variations to disease, where such information has been curated by qualified professionals, to inform regulatory oversight of the clinical performance of genetic tests. The Agency is taking this action in response to requests to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.

    DATES: FDA is reopening the comment period for the notice of public workshop published September 9, 2015. Submit either electronic or written comments by December 24, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments as follows:

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to http://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.

    If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see "Written/Paper Submissions" and "Instructions").

    Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of Dockets Management, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in "Instructions."

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2015-N-3015 for "Use of Databases for Establishing the Clinical Relevance of Human Genetic Variants." Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as "Confidential Submissions," publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Confidential Submissions--To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION." The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on http://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as "confidential." Any information marked as "confidential" will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: http://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/dockets/default.htm.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the "Search" box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Litwack, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, Bldg. 66, Rm. 4548, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-6697, ernest.litwack@fda.hhs.gov.


  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.

    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 50328, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725 17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton at (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.


  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Input on the United States Group on Earth Observations Draft Common Framework for Earth-Observation Data

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS), requests comment on the draft Common Framework for Earth-observation data (referred to in this document as "the Common Framework"). The draft Common Framework will be posted at https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput. Comments of approximately five pages or less in length (up to 20,000 characters) are requested and must be received by 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), January 15, 2016 to be considered. The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform USGEO as it works to develop the Common Framework.

    DATES: Responses must be received by 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), January 15, 2016 to be considered.

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

    On-line form: To aid in information collection and analysis, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) encourages responses to be provided by filling out the on-line form located at https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput.

    Fax: (202) 456-6071. On the cover page, please state "Draft Common Framework for Earth Observation Data, attn: Timothy Stryker".

    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20504, attn: Timothy Stryker. Information submitted by postal mail should be postmarked by January 15, 2016.

    Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed; however, they should clearly identify the questions to which they are responding by listing the corresponding number for each question. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. OSTP may post responses to this RFI without change, online, at www.usgeo.gov. OSTP therefore requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. 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: Timothy Stryker, Director, U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program, 202-419-3471, tstryker@ostp.eop.gov, OSTP.


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