Arctic Research Commission

  • Notice of 105th Commission Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 105th meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, on March 16, 2016. The business session, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m.

    The agenda items include:

    (1) Call to order and approval of the agenda (2) Approval of the minutes from the 104th meeting (3) Commissioners and staff reports

    The focus of the meeting will be a discussion of Arctic research activities and events.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/html/2016-04559.htm

  • Commerce

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1315 East- West Highway, Second Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 240-533- 9466; Fax 301-713-3281; Email jessica.snowden@noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/advisorycommittee.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-15/html/2016-05782.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Particulate Matter Panel

    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) Particulate Matter (PM) Panel to peer review the EPA's Draft Integrated Review Plan (IRP) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public meeting may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officer (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) 564-2050 or at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. General information about the CASAC, as well as any updates concerning the meeting 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-2016-03-14/html/2016-05758.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee for the Review of the EPA's Draft Toxicological Review of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazine

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to augment the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) for the review of the EPA's draft Toxicological Review of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) in Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by April 8, 2016 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact the Designated Federal Officer for the review, as identified below. Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may contact the Designated Federal Officer for assistance. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-18/html/2016-06203.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    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 meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., EDT, April 21, 2016.

    Place: CDC, Building 19, Global Communications Center, Auditorium B3, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space and phone lines available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 50 people. Advance registration for in-person participation is required by April 7, 2016. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period, which is tentatively scheduled from 2:40 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. This meeting will also be available by teleconference. Please dial (877) 930-8819 and enter code 1579739.

    Web links:

    Windows Media: http://wm.onlinevideoservice.com/CDC1.

    Flash: http://www.onlinevideoservice.com/clients/CDC/?mount=CDC3.

    Smart Phone and Mobile Devices: http://wowza01.sea.onlinevideoservice.com/live/CDC3/playlist.m3u8.

    If you are unable to connect using the link, copy and paste the link into your web browser. For technical support please call: (404) 639-3737.

    Purpose: The Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, shall advise the Secretary, HHS, and the Director, CDC, on policy and broad strategies that will enable CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. The committee recommends ways to prioritize CDC's activities, improve results, and address health disparities. It also provides guidance to help CDC work more effectively with its various private and public sector constituents to make health protection a practical reality.

    Matters for Discussion: The Advisory Committee to the Director will receive updates from the State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Subcommittee; the Health Disparities Subcommittee, the Ethical Considerations for Public Private Partnerships Workgroup, the Global Workgroup, the Internal and External Laboratory Safety Workgroups, and the Public Health--Health Care Collaboration Workgroup, as well as an update from the CDC Director.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Carmen Villar, MSW, Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S D-14, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Telephone (404) 639-7037, Email: xjj4@cdc.gov. The deadline to register for in-person attendance at this meeting is April 7, 2016. To register, please send an email to xjj4@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-2016-03-17/html/2016-06026.htm

  • Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Public Input

    SUMMARY: The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) will hold a public forum to share information and facilitate direct communication of ideas and suggestions from stakeholders. Interested persons may attend in person or remotely by webcast. Time will be set aside for public statements and questions on the topics discussed. Registration is requested for both public attendance and oral statements, and required for remote access. Information about the meeting and registration are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/iccvamforum-2016.

    DATES: Meeting: May 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    Registration for Onsite Meeting: Deadline is May 13, 2016.

    Registration for Webcast: Deadline is May 25, 2016.

    Submission of Oral Public Statements: Deadline is May 13, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting Location: William H. Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Meeting Web page: The preliminary agenda, registration, and other meeting materials are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/iccvamforum-2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Warren Casey, Director, National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM); email: warren.casey@nih.gov; telephone: (919) 316-4729.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-18/html/2016-06076.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, NIEHS.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. 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.

    The meeting will be closed to the public as indicated below in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, and the competence of individual investigators, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Board of Scientific Counselors, NIEHS.

    Date: April 17-19, 2016.

    Closed: April 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Doubletree Guest Suites 2515 Meridian Parkway, Research Triangle Park, NC 27713.

    Open: April 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Presentations.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 18, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: April 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Poster Session.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: April 18, 2016, 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: April 18, 2016, 3:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Presentations.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 18, 2016, 5:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 18, 2016, 6:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Doubletree Guest Suites 2515 Meridian Parkway, Research Triangle Park, NC 27713.

    Open: April 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Presentations.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: April 19, 2016, 9:20 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: April 19, 2016, 10:05 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Presentations.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 19, 2016, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Darryl C. Zeldin, Scientific Director & Principal Investigator, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, 111 TW Alexander Drive, Maildrop A2-09, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 919-541- 1169, zeldin@niehs.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-2016-03-14/html/2016-05594.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; 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 Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. 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 Committee: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    Date: April 7, 2016.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: The next meeting of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) will be devoted to presentations and discussions on "Next Steps in Microbicides and PrEP Research." In addition, an update will be provided on the latest changes made to the HHS treatment and prevention guidelines by the OARAC Working Groups responsible for the guidelines.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, First Floor, Room 1D13, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Amelia Hall, M.A., Program Analyst, Office of AIDS Research, Office of the Director, NIH, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2E63, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 435-4732, hallam@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the Council 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. Information is also available on the OAR's home page: http://www.oar.nih.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-15/html/2016-05729.htm

  • Request for Comments on National Bioethics Advisory Bodies

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on the role of past, present, and future national bioethics bodies, such as this one, in the United States and elsewhere.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, comments must be received by July 1, 2016. Comments received after this date will be considered as time permits.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in commenting on this topic may submit comments by email to info@bioethics.gov or by mail to the following address: Public Commentary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa M. Lee, Executive Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Lisa.Lee@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-17/html/2016-06015.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on April 6-7, 2016 at the Department of the Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240. The meeting will be held in the South Penthouse Conference Room.

    DATES: The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 6 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 7.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/html/2016-05578.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice; 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 81 FR 972, 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; (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 Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Comments regarding these information collections 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.

    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.

    Under OMB regulations, the agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB.

    ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Call or write, Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by 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).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-17/html/2016-06003.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Notice of Public Meetings: National Nanotechnology Initiative Public Meetings

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold several events over the coming year in support of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), including two workshops and one or more webinars.

    DATES: The "2016 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop" will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The "2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts" workshop will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The NNCO will hold one or more webinars between the publication of this Notice and December 31, 2016. The first webinar will be held on or after April 20, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The "2016 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop" will be held at USDA Conference & Training Center, Patriots Plaza III, 355 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. More information about how to participate will be made available at http://www.nano.gov/2016StakeholderWorkshop.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Stacey Standridge at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, by telephone (703-292-8103) or email (sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/html/2016-05608.htm

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