Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for six of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

    DATES: Applications are due before or by Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Jessica Morten, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 150, Santa Barbara, CA 93109; 805-893-6433; email Jessica.Morten@noaa.gov; or download application from http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/council_news.html.

    Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Carolyn Gibson, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129; 415-970-5252; email Carolyn.Gibson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/sac.html.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ruseborn, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ HIHWNMS/Shannon Ruseborn, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; 808-725-5905; email Shannon.Ruseborn@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/councilappaccepting.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: William Sassorossi, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; 757-591-7329; email William.Sassorossi@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov/advisory/news.html.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, Utulei, American Samoa; 684-633-6500 extension 226; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov/.

    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council: Allison Ikeda, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ONMS/ PMNM, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; 808-725- 5818; email Allison.Ikeda@noaa.gov; or download application from www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/council.

    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Elizabeth Stokes, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066; 781-545-8026 extension 201; email Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-02/html/2016-10197.htm

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Winter Harbor, Maine.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Schoodic Point, 9 Atterbury Circle, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7265, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/html/2016-10532.htm

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice; public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to discuss and draft comments on the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy (NCSS) Western Regional Action Plan (WRAP).

    DATES: The webinar will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., or when business for the day is completed, on May 19, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: To join the webinar visit this link: http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar. Enter the Webinar ID: 140-237-731. Enter your name and email address (required). Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer's audio or select "Use Telephone." If you do not select "Use Telephone" you will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VolP). To use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting dial this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 621-588-987, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback. You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@noaa.gov) or contact him at (503) 820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance. A public listening station will also be provided at the Pacific Council office.

    Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Council Staff Officer, phone: (503) 820-2422, email: kit.dahl@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-02/html/2016-10240.htm

  • Regional Fishery Management Councils: Council Coordination Committee; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of Regional Fishery Management Councils Coordination Committee Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC) will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC) consisting of eight Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMC) chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors and its subcommittees in May 2016. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils, contained in the following proposed agenda. All sessions are open to the public:

    DATES: The meeting dates are May 25-26, 2016. Registration for the meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 24, 2016, and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on May 25, 2016. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m., on May 25, 2016, and recess at 5 p.m., or when business is completed, and will reconvene for its final day on May 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. or when business is completed.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, 5 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918- 1903, telephone (787) 766-5926.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-06/html/2016-10650.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    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: May 20, 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-2016-05-02/html/2016-10208.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Meeting and Public Teleconference 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 and a public teleconference of the chartered SAB to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report on an assessment of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources and to receive briefings on topics of interest for possible future SAB advice.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The teleconference, if needed to accommodate registered public speakers, will be held on June 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    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.

    Technical Contact for EPA's Draft Report: Any technical questions concerning EPA's draft report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (May 2015 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-15/047), should be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Frithsen, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 8601P, Washington, DC 20460, telephone (703) 347-8623 or via email at frithsen.jeff@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-03/html/2016-10392.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Preparedness and Response Science Board

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Preparedness and Response Science Board (NPRSB) will be holding a public teleconference.

    DATES: The NPRSB will hold a public meeting on May 26, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals who wish to participate should send an email to NPRSB@HHS.GOV with "NPRSB Registration" in the subject line. The meeting will occur by teleconference. To attend via teleconference and for further instructions, please visit the NPRSB Web site at WWW.PHE.GOV/NPRSB.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit an inquiry via the NPRSB Contact Form located at www.phe.gov/NBSBComments.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/html/2016-10430.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 300aa-5, Section 2105 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended. The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

    SUMMARY: The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), a program office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is soliciting nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as public members to the NVAC. The activities of this Committee are governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Management and support services of the NVAC and its activities are the responsibility of the NVPO.

    The NVAC serves an advisory role, providing recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Health in his/her capacity as the Director of the National Vaccine Program, on matters related to the Program's responsibilities. Specifically, the Committee studies and recommends ways to encourage the availability of an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccination products in the United States; and recommends research priorities and other measures to enhance the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The Committee also advises the Assistant Secretary for Health in the implementation of Sections 2102 and 2103 of the PHS Act; and identifies annually the most important areas of government and non-government cooperation that should be considered in implementing Sections 2102 and 2103 of the PHS Act.

    DATES: All nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 1, 2016, to the address listed below.

    ADDRESSES: Hardcopy nominations should be mailed or delivered to: Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Secretary, NVAC, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 715-H, Washington, DC 20201. Electronic nominations should be emailed to nvpo@hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Gordon, Ph.D., Alternate Designated Federal Official, NVAC; Science Advisor, National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 733G, Washington, DC 20201; (202) 260- 6619; Jennifer.Gordon@hhs.gov.

    A copy of the Committee charter which includes the NVAC's structure and functions, as well as a list of the current membership, can be obtained by contacting Dr. Gordon or by accessing the NVAC Web site at: www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-02/html/2016-10205.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of Public Meeting: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: The Council meeting will occur on June 22, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Council will consider U.S. Standard grant proposals. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than June 10, 2016. If you require reasonable accommodations to attend the meeting, contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least one week prior to the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will take place at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls, Montana 59405.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Mott, Council Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-06/html/2016-10729.htm

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council is soliciting nominations for the Public Advisory Committee, which advises the Trustee Council on decisions related to the planning, evaluation, funds allocation, and conduct of injury assessment and restoration activities related to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989. Public Advisory Committee members will be selected by the Secretary of the Interior to serve a 24-month term, which will begin on December 1, 2016.

    DATES: All nominations must be received on or before the close of business on June 20, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: A complete nomination package should be submitted by hard copy to Elise Hsieh, Executive Director, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, 99508-4650, or via email at elise.hsieh@alaska.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be directed to Cherri Womac, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, 99508-4650, 907-265-9339 or 800-478-7745; or Philip Johnson, Designated Federal Officer, Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 1689 C Street, Suite 119, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501-5126, 907-271-5011.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/html/2016-10492.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 1233, and one comment was received. 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.

    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).

    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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-06/html/2016-10656.htm

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