Agriculture

  • Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) Technical Advisory Panel (Panel) pursuant to Section 606 of the Community Forest Restoration Act (Act) (Pub. L. 106-393), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), (5 U.S.C. App. 2). Additional information on the Panel can be found by visiting the Panel's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by March 11, 2016. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, and completed Form AD-755 (Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information). The package must be sent to the address below.

    ADDRESSES: Walter Dunn, Collaborative Forest Restoration Program, USDA Forest Service, 333 Broadway Blvd. SE., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Walter Dunn, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel, by telephone at (505) 842-3425, or by email at wdunn@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 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-10/html/2016-02622.htm

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) will meet via teleconference. The Committee is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II), and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-246). Committee information can be found at the following Web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on March 9, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference. For anyone who would like to attend the teleconference, please visit the Web site listed in the SUMMARY section or contact Andrea Bedell-Loucks at abloucks@fs.fed.us for further details.

    Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Designated Federal Officer, at 202-205-1190.

    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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-10/html/2016-02642.htm

  • Request for Public Engagement in the Interagency Special Report '2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2)'

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Request for Public Comments on a Draft Report. Prospectus, Technical Input, and Nominations for Technical Contributors.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), are initiating an Interagency Special Report entitled the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (referred to as "SOCCR-2'' or "the Report'' throughout this notice). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to be lead agency for this report as it is relevant to USDA and USDA has experience in producing a similar highly successful report of Climate Change and Food Security. The focus of SOCCR-2 will be on U.S. and North American carbon cycle processes, stocks, and flows in the context of and interactions with global scale budgets and climate change impacts in managed and unmanaged systems. Carbon stocks and fluxes in soils, water (including oceans), vegetation, aquatic-terrestrial interfaces (e.g., coastal, estuaries, wetlands), human settlements, agriculture and forestry are included. The Report will consider relevant carbon management science perspectives and science-based tools for supporting and informing decisions, as addressed in and related to the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan (2011), and other documents such as the USGCRP Strategic Plan (2012) and the White House Climate Action Plan (2013). The status of, and emerging opportunities for, improving measurements, observations and projections of stocks and fluxes in the carbon cycle, including uncertainty identification, will be part of the Report. SOCCR-2 will be a product of the USGCRP, organized and led by the Agency members of the CCIWG. This request for public engagement presents opportunities to (1) submit comments on the Draft Report Prospectus, (2) submit scientific/technical information to inform the assessment, and (3) nominate technical contributors.

    DATES: Written comments on the Draft Prospectus, technical information, and nominations for technical contributors must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on March 14, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Comments on the Draft Prospectus, technical information, and nominations for technical contributors must be submitted electronically via https://www.globalchange.gov/notices.

    Instructions: Response to this notice is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all components. Responses to this notice may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. NIFA therefore requests that no business proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in response to this notice. 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: USGCRP Contact: Dr. Gyami Shrestha; telephone 202-223-6262; or email: CarbonReport@usgcrp.gov.

    NIFA Contact: Dr. Nancy Cavallaro; telephone 202-401-5176; or email: ncavallaro@nifa.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-12/html/2016-02927.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of an upcoming meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. The meeting is being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to discuss matters of animal health.

    DATES: The meeting will be held February 23, 24, and 25, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. central standard time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum, 14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. R.J. Cabrera, Designated Federal Officer, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 34, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone (301) 851-3478; email: SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-08/html/2016-02464.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Room 8E- 089, Washington, DC 20585

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-11/html/2016-02792.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; public teleconference.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see Registration under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre- registration is required.

    DATES: The NEJAC will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The discussion will focus on EPA's Draft Environmental Justice Primer Framework. This action- oriented educational and training tool is being designed as a resource for port facilities of the perspectives, priorities, and challenges often unique to overburdened, vulnerable communities. The resource materials and process steps are designed to promote successful engagement with nearby communities in decision-making about environmental health and related concerns associated with port-related activities.

    Public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016 starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by Midnight, Eastern Time, on Friday, February 19, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Karen L. Martin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-0203; via email at martin.karenl@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-09/html/2016-02568.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards Review Panel for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur and the Chartered CASAC

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur to discuss their draft peer review report on EPA's Integrated Review Plan (IRP) for the Secondary (welfare-based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur and the Chartered CASAC to discuss the disposition of the panel's draft report.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on February 29, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will take place by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public meeting may contact Dr. Sue Shallal or Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officers (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2057 or at shallal.suhair@epa.gov for Dr. Shallal, and at (202) 564 2050 or at yeow.aaron@epa.gov for Mr. Yeow. General information about the CASAC, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice, may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-10/html/2016-02737.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Vacancies on these two committees are expected to be selected by the spring of 2016. Please submit nominations by March 4, 2016. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Advisory Committee and the Governmental Advisory Committee advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation." The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the United States Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The National Advisory Committee consists of 15 representatives from environmental non-profit groups, business and industry, and educational institutions. The Governmental Advisory Committee consists of 14 representatives from state, local, and tribal governments. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a two- year term. The committees usually meet 3 times per year and the average workload for committee members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the committees in a voluntary capacity. Although we are unable to provide compensation or an honorarium for your services, you may receive travel and per diem allowances, according to applicable federal travel regulations. EPA is seeking nominations from various sectors, i.e., for the NAC we are seeking nominees from academia, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations; for the GAC we are seeking nominees from state, local and tribal government sectors. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    Professional knowledge of the subjects examined by the committees, including trade and environment issues, the NAFTA, the NAAEC, and the CEC.

    Represent a sector or group involved in trilateral environmental policy issues.

    Senior-level experience in the sectors represented on both committees.

    A demonstrated ability to work in a consensus building process with a wide range of representatives from diverse constituencies.

    Nominations must include a resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number. Interested candidates may self-nominate. Anyone interested in being considered for nomination is encouraged to submit their application materials by March 4, 2016. To help the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity. Please be aware that EPA's policy is that, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, members generally are appointed for two-year terms.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also email nominations with subject line COMMITTEE RESUME 2016 to carrillo.oscar@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601-M), Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 564-0347; fax (202) 564-8129; email carrillo.oscar@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-10/html/2016-02739.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Human Exploration and Operations Committee; Research Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-462, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Research Subcommittee of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Human Exploration and Operations Committee.

    DATES: Monday March 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 7H41, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Bradley Carpenter, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0826, or bcarpenter@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-09/html/2016-02557.htm

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; 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 (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 3H42, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-2779, or ann.b.delo@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-12/html/2016-02868.htm

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