• Environmental Impact Statement; Introduction of the Products of Biotechnology

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) plans to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement in connection with potential changes to the regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. This notice identifies reasonable alternatives and potential issues to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement and requests public comments to further define the scope of the alternatives and environmental impacts and issues for APHIS to consider.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 7, 2016.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0054.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comments to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0054, 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!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014- 0054 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: Sidney W. Abel, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 851-3943.

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet in Washington, DC. The Council is authorized under Section 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, as amended by Title XII, Section 1219 of Public Law 101-624 (the Act) (16 U.S.C. 2105g) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II). Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's Web site at:

    DATES: The meeting will be held on the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST or until Council business is completed. All meetings are subject to cancellation. For an updated status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Forest Service Headquarters, Sidney Yates Building, Pinchote Conference Room, Second Floor, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Written comments concerning this meeting should 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, Sidney Yates Building, Room 3SC-01C, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Please call ahead at 202-205-7829 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, Sidney Yates Building, Room 3SC-01C, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024, by telephone at 202-205-7829, or by email at, or by cell phone at 202-309-9873, or via facsimile at 202-690-5792. 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.

  • Commerce

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

    SUMMARY: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors on February 24-25, 2016. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils, including budget allocations for FY2016 and budget planning for FY2017 and beyond; an overview of the Saltonstall-Kennedy FY15-16 grants process; the FY2016 legislative outlook; updates on electronic monitoring, NMFS bycatch strategy and catch share program review guidance, the NMFS climate science strategy, ecosystem based fisheries management, stock assessment prioritization; and Council workgroup updates, including Citizen Science Workshop and other topics related to implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act.

    DATES: The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, recess at 5 p.m. or when business is complete; and reconvene at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, and adjourn by 3:30 p.m. or when business is complete.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol Hill, 550 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20024, telephone 202-479-4000, fax 202-288-4627.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Fredieu: telephone 301-427-8505 or email at

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research. This meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The Board on Coastal Engineering Research will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 3, 2016, and reconvene from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 4, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: All sessions will be held in the Governor's Hall, Governor Calvert House, Historic Inns of Annapolis, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. All sessions are open to the public. For more information about the Board, please visit

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colonel Bryan S. Green, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, phone 601-634-2513, or

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Memorandum of January 28, 2016--White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

    Memorandum of January 28, 2016

    White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    Cancer is a leading cause of death, and cancer incidence is expected to increase worldwide in the coming decades. But today, cancer research is on the cusp of major breakthroughs. It is of critical national importance that we accelerate progress towards prevention, treatment, and a cure--to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer--and put ourselves on a path to achieve in just 5 years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more. To that end, I hereby direct the following:

    Section 1. White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. There is established, within the Office of the Vice President, a White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force (Task Force), which will focus on making the most of Federal investments, targeted incentives, private sector efforts from industry and philanthropy, patient engagement initiatives, and other mechanisms to support cancer research and enable progress in treatment and care. The Vice President shall serve as Chair of the Task Force.

    (a) Membership of the Task Force. In addition to the Vice President, the Task Force shall consist of the heads of the executive branch departments, agencies, and offices listed below:

    (i) the Department of Defense;

    (ii) the Department of Commerce;

    (iii) the Department of Health and Human Services;

    (iv) the Department of Energy;

    (v) the Department of Veterans Affairs;

    (vi) the Office of Management and Budget;

    (vii) the National Economic Council;

    (viii) the Domestic Policy Council;

    (ix) the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

    (x) the Food and Drug Administration;

    (xi) the National Cancer Institute (NCI);

    (xii) the National Institutes of Health (NIH);

    (xiii) the National Science Foundation; and

    (xiv) such other executive branch departments, agencies, or offices as the President may designate.

    A member of the Task Force may designate, to perform the Task Force functions of the member, any person who is a part of the member's department, agency, or office, and who is a full time officer or employee of the Federal Government. At the direction of the Chair, the Task Force may establish subgroups consisting exclusively of Task Force members or their designees under this section, as appropriate.

    (b) Administration of the Task Force. The NIH shall provide funding and administrative support for the Task Force to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations. The Vice President shall designate an officer or employee of the executive branch as the Executive Director of the Task Force, who shall coordinate the work of the Task Force.

    Sec. 2. Mission and Functions of the Task Force. The Task Force shall work with a wide array of executive departments and agencies that have responsibility for key issues related to basic, translational, and clinical research, therapy development, regulation of medical products, and medical care related to cancer. Consistent with applicable law, the Task Force also will consult with external experts from relevant scientific sectors, including the Presidentially appointed National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). The NCAB shall advise the Director of NCI on its recommendations respecting the future direction and program and policy emphasis of NCI as it relates to the work of the Task Force. To assist the NCAB in providing this advice, the NCAB is strongly encouraged to establish a working group consisting of a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts. The Director shall relay the advice of the NCAB to the Task Force, as appropriate. The functions of the Task Force are advisory only and shall include, but shall not be limited to, producing a detailed set of findings and recommendations to:

    (a) accelerate our understanding of cancer, and its prevention, early detection, treatment, and cure;

    (b) improve patient access and care;

    (c) support greater access to new research, data, and computational capabilities;

    (d) encourage development of cancer treatments;

    (e) identify and address any unnecessary regulatory barriers and consider ways to expedite administrative reforms;

    (f) ensure optimal investment of Federal resources; and

    (g) identify opportunities to develop public- private partnerships and increase coordination of the Federal Government's efforts with the private sector, as appropriate.

    Sec. 3. Outreach. Consistent with the objectives set out in section 2 of this memorandum, the Task Force, in accordance with applicable law, in addition to regular meetings, shall conduct outreach with representatives of the cancer patient community, academia, business, nonprofit organizations, State and local government agencies, the research community, and other interested persons that will assist with the Task Force's development of a detailed set of recommendations.

    Sec. 4. Transparency and Reports. The Task Force shall facilitate the posting on the Internet of reports and engage in an open, reciprocal dialogue with the American people. The Task Force shall present to the President a report before December 31, 2016, on its findings and recommendations, which shall be made available to the public and posted on the Internet.

    Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide information to the Task Force, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Task Force. Each executive department and agency shall bear its own expense for participating in the Task Force.

    (b) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (d) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    Sec. 6. Publication. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Call for Nominations

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council (NISC), proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked by February 18, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Jamie K. Reaser, Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council Secretariat (OS/NISC), by regular/express mail: 1849 C Street NW., (Mailstop 3530), Washington, DC 20240 and email:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, Program Specialist and ISAC Coordinator, at (202) 208-4122, fax: (202) 208-4118, or by email at

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; 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: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Date/Time: March 30, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 31, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Stephen Meacham, Senior Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of the Director/National Science Foundation (Email: (703) 292- 8040).

    Minutes: May be obtained from

    Purpose Of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda: (Tentative) Approval of minutes from past meetings. Updates on agency support for environmental research and activities. Discussion with NSF Director and Assistant Directors. Discussion of emerging research topics in environmental science, engineering and education. Updated agenda will be available at

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