Agriculture

  • 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 at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on April 20, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    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, Cooperative Forestry staff, 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-2016-03-28/html/2016-06858.htm

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

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Council, USDA, along with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are holding the third public meeting related to the memorandum entitled, "Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products," issued by the Executive Office of the President in July 2015. The purpose of the third 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 30, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT.

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

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the University of California, Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA 95616.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the meeting, contact Mr. Sidney W. Abel, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 851-3896. 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-2016-03-29/html/2016-07015.htm

  • Commerce

  • United States Global Change Research Program

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

    ACTION: Request for Public Nominations for Technical Contributors.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is initiating an Interagency Special Report on Physical Climate Science (referred to as "the Report" throughout this notice). The focus of the Report will be an update to the physical climate science presented in the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA). Specifically, the Report will update Chapter 2 and Appendices 3 and 4 of the 2014 NCA (http://www.globalchange.gov/nca3-downloads-materials). The report will provide updated climate science findings and projections, and will be an important input to the authors of the next quadrennial NCA, expected in 2018.

    The Report will be a product of the USGCRP, organized and led by an interagency team. This request for public engagement seeks nominations for technical contributors with expertise in climate data sets and trends, climate processes and feedbacks, global/regional climate models and associated projections, climate extremes, attribution and detection studies, and particular components of the Earth system, as well as other physical science disciplines. Refer to the Report prospectus (accessible via www.globalchange.gov/notices for further information on the goals, outline, and timeline for the report, as well as the process for technical contributors' involvement.

    The report will adhere to the Information Quality Act requirements http://www.cio.noaa.gov/servicesprograms/infoquality.html for quality, transparency, and accessibility as appropriate for a Highly Influential Scientific Assessment (HISA).

    DATES: Nominations for technical contributors must be received by the USGCRP within 15 days after the publication date of this notice.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations for technical contributors must be submitted electronically via a web form accessible via https://www.globalchange.gov/notices. A short CV of no more than 4 pages must be included.

    Instructions: Response to this notice is voluntary. Responses to this notice may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. NOAA 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: David Dokken; telephone 202-419-3473; or email: ddokken@usgcrp.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-31/html/2016-07208.htm

  • Defense

  • Meeting of the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Chief of Engineers, Environmental Advisory Board (EAB). This meeting is open to the public. For additional information about the EAB, please visit the committee's Web site at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/EnvironmentalAdvisoryBoard.aspx.

    DATES: The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 27, 2016. Public registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: The EAB meeting will be conducted at The Residence Inn Washington, DC Downtown, located at 1199 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005, (202) 898-1100.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Mindy M. Simmons, the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the committee, in writing at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CECW-P, 441 G St. NW.; Washington, DC 20314; by telephone at 202-761-4127; and by email at Mindy.M.Simmons@usace.army.mil. Alternatively, contact Ms. Anne Cann, the Alternate Designated Federal Officer (ADFO), in writing at the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CEIWR-GW, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Alexandria, VA 22315- 3868; by telephone at 703-428-7166; and by email at Anne.R.Cann@usace.army.mil.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-29/html/2016-07062.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of a Public Meeting and Webinar: Managing Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces an opportunity for public input on the EPA's tools and information related to drinking water cyanotoxin management. The EPA is holding a public meeting for interested parties to provide input either in person or online via a webinar on lessons learned after the release of the June 2015 Recommendations for Public Water Systems to Manage Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water. The agency plans to use this information to inform development of additional tools to support states and/or utilities. The EPA seeks to engage with stakeholders on information the agency can provide to support states and public water systems in addressing cyanotoxin public health concerns in drinking water.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on April 29, 2016, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Central Standard Time. Registration and check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Persons wishing to attend the meeting in person or online via webinar must register by April 28, 2016, as described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois, Lake Michigan conference room on the 12th floor. All attendees must show government-issued photo identification (e.g., a driver's license) when signing in. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time to clear security. This meeting will also be simultaneously broadcast as a webinar, available on the Internet.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to receive further information about the public meeting or have questions about this notice should contact Hannah Holsinger at (202) 564-0403 or holsinger.hannah@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/html/2016-07173.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, Designated Management Official, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E37A, Rockville, Maryland 20857, (301) 427- 1456. For press-related information, please contact Alison Hunt at (301) 427-1244 or Alison.Hunt@ahrq.hhs.gov.

    If sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed, please contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management on (301) 827-4840, no later than Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The agenda, roster, and minutes are available from Ms. Bonnie Campbell, Committee Management Officer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Ms. Campbell's phone number is (301) 427-1554.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-28/html/2016-06882.htm

  • National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations for public members.


    SUMMARY: 42 U.S.C. 299c establishes a National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (the Council). The Council is to advise the Secretary of HHS (Secretary) and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on matters related to activities of the Agency to carry out its mission. AHRQ's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

    The terms of seven current members will expire in November 2016. To fill these positions, we are seeking individuals who are distinguished in: (1) The conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; (2) the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; (3) the practice of medicine; (4) other health professions; (5) representing the private health care sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; (6) the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, (7) the representation of the interests of patients and consumers of health care. 42 U.S.C. 299c(c)(2).

    Individuals are particularly sought with experience and success in activities specified in the summary above.

    DATES: Nominations should be received on or before 60 days after date of publication.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Jaime Zimmerman AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, 06E37A, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Nominations may also be emailed to NationalAdvisoryCouncil@ahrq.hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, AHRQ, at (301) 427- 1456.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/html/2016-07119.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council). The Council's purpose is to provide expertise and support to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. You may attend the meeting in person, or you may participate via telephone. At this time, we are inviting submissions of questions and information for consideration during the meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registering to Attend the Meeting: To attend the meeting in person, you must register by close of business on April 8, 2016. (You do not need to register to listen via phone.) Please submit your name, email address, and phone number to Mr. Cade London to complete the registration process (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Because there is limited seating available, registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public requesting reasonable accommodations, such as hearing interpreters, must contact Mr. London, in writing (preferably by email), no later than April 5, 2015.

    Submitting Questions or Information: If you want to provide us with questions and information to be considered during the meeting, your material must be received or postmarked on or before April 8, 2015. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8, 2015.

    Making an Oral Presentation at the Meeting: If you want to make an oral presentation at the meeting (in person or by phone), contact Mr. London no later than April 8, 2015 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of the Interior, South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.

    Meeting Call-In Numbers: Members of the public unable to attend the meeting in person may call in at 888-606-5920 (toll free) or 630-395- 0312 (toll) using the dial-in passcode 1214001. To ensure that enough call-in lines are available, we request that members of the public register as call-in participants at https://www.mymeetings.com/emeet/rsvp/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&Conference_ID=7459947&passcode=1214001 . Members may register to give an oral presentation over the phone as well. For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Submitting Questions or Information: You may submit questions or information for consideration during the meeting by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019. Then click on the "Search" button. You may submit questions or information by clicking on "Comment Now!"

    2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: BPHC; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will not accept email or faxes. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Submitting Public Comments section for more information).

    Reviewing Comments Received by the Service: See Reviewing Public Comments in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Cade London, Policy Advisor, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by email at cade_london@fws.gov (preferable method of contact); by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; by telephone at (703) 358-2584; or by fax at (703) 358-2276.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-30/html/2016-07113.htm

  • Announcement of Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held as follows: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9:00

    a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (All times Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: Corporation for Enterprise Development, 1200 G Street NW., Suite 400--Roosevelt Room, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-29/html/2016-07035.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; 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 Biological Sciences (#1110).

    Date and Time: April 25, 2016; 8:30AM--5:00PM. April 26, 2016; 8:30AM--4:00PM.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Please contact Rachel Evans at rlevans@nsf.gov to obtain a visitor badge. All visitors to the NSF will be required to show photo ID to obtain a badge.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Charles Liarakos, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 605, Arlington, VA 22230; Tel No.: (703) 292- 8400

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: Agenda items will include Leading Edge, NEON science, Portfolio analysis, the Strategic Vision for the Biological Sciences, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-01/html/2016-07394.htm

  • 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. 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.

    ADDRESSES: Submit written comments 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.

    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-2016-03-29/html/2016-05665.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    Date and Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT.

    Subject Matter: (1) Committee Chair's opening remarks; (2) Approval of Executive Committee minutes of January 2016; (3) Review, discuss and approve an agenda for the NSB meeting scheduled for May 5-6, 2016; (4) Review annual Executive Committee report; (5) Timing for delivery of the annual Merit Review report; and (6) Committee Chair's closing remarks.

    Status: Open.

    Location: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public listening number.

    Updates And Point of Contact: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8000.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-01/html/2016-07582.htm

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