Commerce

  • Endangered Species Act; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a public meeting of a review of our recovery program under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The purpose of the review is to ensure that recovery program priorities and implementation are aligned with resources and mission mandates; enhance and align strategic management of NMFS regulatory programs; and provide transparency in the operation of NMFS recovery program.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday April 19, 2016, through Thursday April 21, 2016, at 9 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the NOAA Science Center, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: 301-713-1010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Therese Conant, NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8456.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-04/html/2016-04793.htm

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice; public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will hold a public meeting.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore -BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090; telephone: (410) 859-8400.

    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331; Web site: www.mafmc.org.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, telephone: (302) 526-5255.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/html/2016-04327.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat.770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 22, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290; Phone (301) 903-3251; Fax (301) 903-5051 or email: sharlene.weatherwax@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-04/html/2016-04869.htm

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: March 25, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Ms. Jennifer Michael at jmichael@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 395-2121. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-04/html/2016-04870.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Membership

    AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice soliciting nominations for membership.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB). The ELAB is a multi-stakeholder federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator, Science Advisor, and Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM) about cross-cutting issues related to enhancing EPA's measurement programs, and facilitating the operation and expansion of national environmental accreditation.

    This notice solicits nominations to fill eight-nine (8-9) new vacancies. To maintain diverse representation, nominees will be selected from the following stakeholder work force sectors:

    Academia Business and industry Environmental laboratory commercial, municipal, small, other Environmental laboratory suppliers of services State and local Government agencies Tribal governments and indigenous groups Trade associations

    Within these sectors, EPA is seeking nominees with knowledge in methods development; measurements; monitoring and regulatory programs; quality systems; and environmental accreditation. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. All nominations will be fully considered.

    Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory committee. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominees should possess the following qualifications:

    Demonstrated experience with environmental measurement programs and environmental accreditation;

    Willingness to commit time to the committee, and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;

    Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and consensus-building skills; and

    Ability to serve a 2-year appointment and volunteer approximately 5-7 hours per month to support the Board's activities.

    How to Submit Nominations: Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) to Ms. Lara P. Phelps, Designated Federal Officer, US EPA, MC E243-05, 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, or email to phelps.lara@epa.gov and should be received by April 1, 2016 for October 2016 appointment. To be considered, all nomination packages should include:

    Current contact information for the nominee, including the nominee's name, organization (and position within that organization), current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number.

    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in serving on the ELAB.

    Resume describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, including a list of relevant activities, and any current or previous service on advisory committees.

    Letter(s) of recommendation from a third party supporting the nomination.

    For further questions regarding this notice, please contact Lara P. Phelps at (919) 541-5544 or phelps.lara@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-01/html/2016-04445.htm

  • Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products; Notice of Second Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Council, EPA, along with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a second public meeting related to the memorandum entitled, "Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products," issued by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) in July 2015. The purpose of the second public meeting is to illustrate current federal roles and responsibilities regarding biotechnology products. The docket, FDA-2015-N-3403, established by FDA prior to the first public meeting will continue to be used for this interagency effort.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on March 9, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please immediately contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA Region 6 Office at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2750.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the meeting, contact Robert McNally, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; main telephone number: (703) 305-7090; email address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov. For questions about the memorandum entitled, "Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products," or related activities described in that memorandum, contact the National Science and Technology Council: Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20504, 202-456-4444, online: https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/contact-emerging-technologies-interagency-policy-coordinating-committee-national-science-and.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-02/html/2016-04583.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report on an accounting framework for biogenic carbon dioxide emissions; (2) discuss information provided by the EPA on planned actions in the Fall 2015 semi-annual regulatory agenda and their supporting science; and (3) receive briefings from the EPA Office of Research and Development and the Office of the Science Advisor.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday April 1, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-4885, or email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-01/html/2016-04451.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following teleconference meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time And Date: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., March 21, 2016.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the conference lines available; the toll free dial-in number is 1-888-390-3409 with a passcode of 7621651.

    Purpose: The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services HHS) and by delegation, the Director, CDC and Administrator, NCEH/ ATSDR, are authorized under Section 301 (42 U.S.C. 241) and Section 311 (42 U.S.C. 243) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, to: (1) Conduct, encourage, cooperate with, and assist other appropriate public authorities, scientific institutions, and scientists in the conduct of research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and studies relating to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of physical and mental diseases and other impairments; (2) assist states and their political subdivisions in the prevention of infectious diseases and other preventable conditions and in the promotion of health and well being; and (3) train state and local personnel in health work. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC and Administrator, ATSDR; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agency's mission to protect and promote people's health. The board provides advice and guidance that will assist NCEH/ATSDR in ensuring scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results. The board also provides guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Matter for Discussion: The agenda item for the BSC Meeting will include a discussion on "NCEH/ATSDR Support for the Public Health Emergency in Flint, Michigan".

    Agenda item is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The public comment period is scheduled from 4:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    Contact Person for More Information: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop F-61, Chamblee, Georgia 30345; Telephone 770/488-0575 or 770/488-0755, Fax: 770/488-3377; Email: smalcom@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-02/html/2016-04588.htm

  • Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that a meeting is scheduled to be held for the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (the Advisory Council). The meeting will be open to the public; a public comment session will be held during the meeting. Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and who wish to participate in the public comment session. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or send in their public comment via email should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov. Registration information is available on the Web site http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ and must be completed by March 21, 2016; all in-person attendees must pre-register by this date. Additional information about registering for the meeting and providing public comment can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ on the Meetings page.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on March 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, and March 31, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the Web site for the Advisory Council at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ when this information becomes available. Pre-registration for attending the meeting in person is required to be completed no later than March 21, 2016; public attendance at the meeting is limited to the available space.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.

    The meeting also can be accessed through a live webcast on the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Gellin, Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 260-6638; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-02/html/2016-04473.htm

  • National Cancer Institute; 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 a meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research.

    The teleconference meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Advisory Board; Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research.

    Date: March 23, 2016.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Preview global cancer research outline for presentation at the June 2016 Joint BSA and NCAB Meeting.

    Place: National Cancer Institute, Shady Grove Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, (Telephone Conference Call)--Dial in number: 1-866-692-3158 and Passcode: 9875262.

    Contact Person: Edward T. Trimble, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Secretary, NCAB Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research, Director, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 3W562, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-276-5796, trimblet@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-03/html/2016-04671.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, March 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-01/html/2016-04428.htm

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