Commerce

  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Request for Public Comments

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

    ACTION: Request for public comments and ideas on NOAA SBIR subtopics which would satisfy unmet industry needs.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office is requesting public comments to better understand the scientific community and small business concerns associated with the environmental industry, as well as improve our SBIR solicitation process.

    Of NOAA's four major topics, which was derived from NOAA's Research and Development (R&D) goals, what problem statements or subtopic ideas can you suggest where the project outcome enables commercial products/ services which would satisfy current or near term unmet industry needs. Please remember all submissions must be directly relevant to NOAA's mission. NOAA's four major mission topics are as follows:

    1. Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
    2. Weather-Ready Nation
    3. Healthy Oceans
    4. Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies

    Please categorize submissions based on the four topics above and include as many problem statements or subtopic ideas as you see fit per topic. Also, please provide a brief description of the potential commercialized products/services for each idea submitted.

    DATES: Comments and ideas must be received on or before April 29, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Send all comments via email to NOAA.SBIR@noaa.gov. Subject Line shall contain "NOAA SBIR Request for Public Comments--Federal Register.''

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vince Garcia, NOAA SBIR Program Manager, at: vincent.garcia@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-25/html/2016-06555.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

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

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees 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), North American Free Trade Agreement 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 NAC is composed of 15 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 14 members representing state, local, and tribal governments. The committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on issues related to the CEC's 2016 Council Session theme and to discuss additional trade and environment issues in North America. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda, meeting materials, and general information about the NAC and GAC will be available at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.

    DATES: The National and Governmental Advisory Committees will hold an open meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, Conference Room 2138, located in the William Jefferson Clinton South Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. Telephone: 202-564-2294. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first- come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-24/html/2016-06700.htm

  • National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008/2009 Final Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's final report on the National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA) 2008/2009. The NRSA describes the results of the nationwide probabilistic survey that was conducted in the summers of 2008 and 2009 by EPA and its state, tribal, and federal partners. The NRSA 2008/2009 report includes information on how the survey was implemented, what the findings are on a national and ecoregional scale, and future actions and challenges.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Mitchell, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Office of Water, Washington, DC. Phone: 202-566- 0644; email: mitchell.richard@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-21/html/2016-06302.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (the Board). The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative covering (GLRI) FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be held by teleconference only. The teleconference number is: 1-877-226-9607; Participant code: 6050166037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at Cestaric.Rita@epa.gov. General information on the Board can be found at http://glri.us/advisory/index.html.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-23/html/2016-06564.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Building National Capabilities for Long-Term Drought Resilience

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

    Section 1. Purpose. Our Nation must sustain and expand efforts to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of drought. Every year, drought affects millions of Americans and poses a serious and growing threat to the security and economies of communities nationwide. Drought presents challenges to the viability of agricultural production and to the quantity and quality of drinking water supplies that communities and industries depend upon. Drought jeopardizes the integrity of critical infrastructure, causes extensive economic and health impacts, harms ecosystems, and increases energy costs. In responding to and recovering from past droughts, we have learned that focused collaboration across all levels of government and the private sector is critical to enable productive and workable solutions to build regional resilience to drought.

    Among other actions, this memorandum institutionalizes the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), which builds upon the National Integrated Drought Information System, an interagency program led by the Department of Commerce. The NDRP was outlined in the President's Climate Action Plan to better coordinate Federal support for drought-related efforts, help communities reduce the impact of current drought events, and prepare for future droughts. In sustaining this focused collaboration, the NDRP will provide the Federal Government with a lasting platform that enables locally and regionally driven priorities and needs to guide coordinated Federal activities.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-25/html/2016-06901.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • 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 the meeting of the President's Cancer Panel.

    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: President's Cancer Panel.

    Date: June 10, 2016.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Examining the Cancer Drug Cost and Access Landscape.

    Place: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

    Contact Person: Abby B. Sandler, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, President's Cancer Panel, Special Assistant to the Director, NCI Center for Cancer Research, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, Room B2B37, MSC 2590, Bethesda, MD 20892-8349, 301-451-9399, sandlera@mail.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/index.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-22/html/2016-06335.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 Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    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 and/or participate in the meeting. Any individual interested in listening to the meeting discussions must call 800-779-9040 and use Participant Passcode 5055308 for access to the meeting. Individuals needing special assistance should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: April 21, 2016.

    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT.

    Agenda: The HeLa Genome Data Access working group will report on the evaluation of requests to access HeLa cell genome sequence data. The Clinical Center working group will present their final report to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, (Telephone Conference Call), Dial In Number 800-779-9040, Participant Passcode: 5055308.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892, Telephone: 301-496-4272, Email: woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding their statement electronically to the Contact Person at woodgs@od.nih.gov. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested of the interested person.

    Additional information for this meeting including both working group reports will be posted, when available, on the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH, Web site (http://acd.od.nih.gov). Additional information about the HeLA Genome Data Access working group is available at http://acd.od.nih.gov/hlgda.htm and additional information about the Clinical Center working group is available at http://acd.od.nih.gov/redteam.htm.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-22/html/2016-06333.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ATSDR)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on the BSC, NCEH/ATSDR.

    The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR consists of 16 experts knowledgeable in the field of environmental public health or in related disciplines, who are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the Board's objectives. Nominees will be selected from experts knowledgeable in the field of environmental public health or related disciplines (e.g., environmental law, preventive medicine, epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, environmental toxicology, environmental justice, laboratory sciences, risk assessment, public policy, behavioral social science, and health economics). Members may be invited to serve up to four-year terms.

    The HHS policy stipulates that committee membership be balanced in terms of points of view represented and the board's function. Consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., as well as gender, all ethnic and racial groups, persons with disabilities, and several factors including: (1) The committee's mission; (2) the geographic, ethnic, social, economic, or scientific impact of the advisory committee's recommendations; (3) the types of specific perspectives required, for example, those of consumers, technical experts, the public at-large, academia, business, or other sectors; (4) the need to obtain divergent points of view on the issues before the advisory committee; and (5) the relevance of State, local, or tribal governments to the development of the advisory committee's recommendations. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

    The following information must be submitted for each candidate: Name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and current curriculum vitae and area(s) of expertise. Email addresses are requested if available. Nominations should be sent, in writing, and postmarked by April 29, 2016 to: Amanda Malasky and Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialists, NCEH/ATSDR, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway (MS-F45), Atlanta, Georgia 30341, Email addresses: amalasky@cdc.gov and sym6@cdc.gov. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    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-2016-03-22/html/2016-06347.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; 30-day Comment Request: Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots Survey (NCI)

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health, has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2016, Vol. 81 pp.1633 and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

    Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Anthony Kerlavage, NCI CBIIT, Program Manager, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 1W-436, Rockville, MD 20850 or call non-toll-free number 240-276-5190 or email your request, including your address to: anthony.kerlavage@nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-22/html/2016-06332.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Applied Sciences Advisory 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 Applied Sciences Advisory Committee (ASAC). This Committee functions in an advisory capacity to the Director, Earth Science Division, in the NASA Science Mission Directorate. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the applied sciences community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    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-2016-03-23/html/2016-06461.htm

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