Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces an open meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 23, 2016, and May 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW., Washington, DC. Written comments from the public may be sent to: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 332A, Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Executive Director, or Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or email: michele.esch@usda.gov or Shirley.Morgan@ars.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/html/2016-11211.htm

  • Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The committee is being convened to: consider work of the three ad hoc subgroups on the progress of their analyses relevant to the new AC21 charge; discuss a draft outline for the committee's next report and selected draft content, including a draft guidance document for producers and a draft model for facilitating local conversations around coexistence; and continue overall discussions on the committee charge and planning the completion of its work.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday-Tuesday, June 13-14, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. This meeting is open to the public. On June 13, 2016, if time permits, reasonable provision will be made for oral presentations of no more than five minutes each in duration, starting at 3:30 p.m. Members of the public who wish to make oral statements should also inform Dr. Schechtman in writing or via Email at the indicated addresses below at least three business days before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Access Board Conference Room, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General information about the committee can also be found at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=BIOTECH_AC21&navtype=RT&parentnav=BIOTECH. However, Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; Telephone (202) 720- 3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; Email AC21@ars.usda.gov may be contacted for specific questions about the committee or this meeting.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/html/2016-10807.htm

  • Commerce

  • Permanent Advisory Committee to Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) on June 16, 2016. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. The meeting will be held via conference call. Members of the public may submit written comments; the comments must be received within 14 days of the completion of the meeting. Mail comments to Emily Crigler at the address provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below.

    DATES: The meeting of the PAC will be held via conference call on June 16, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded).

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted via conference call. For details on how to call in to the conference line, please contact Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808- 725-5036; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov. Documents to be considered by the PAC will be sent out via email in advance of the conference call. Please submit contact information to Emily Crigler (telephone: 808-725- 5036; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov) to receive documents in advance of the call.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; telephone: 808-725-5036; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-10/html/2016-10912.htm

  • Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: 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 Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council (council). The meeting is open to the public, and participants may provide comments at the appropriate time during the meeting.

    DATES: Members of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must register in advance by Friday, May 20, 2016. The meeting will be held Monday, May, 23, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at 5:45 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay Road, Key West, Florida 33040. Since the center is closed on Mondays, admittance may be limited to the conference room, except during the time allotted for a scheduled tour. Register by contacting Rebecca Holyoke at 240-533-0685 or Rebecca.Holyoke@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Holyoke, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (Phone: 240-533-0685; Fax: 301-713-0404; Email: Rebecca.Holyoke@noaa.gov).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/html/2016-10782.htm

  • Defense

  • Meeting of the Ocean Research Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) will hold a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Members of the public should submit their comments in advance of the meeting to the meeting Point of Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at 4100 Fairfax Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA, 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CDR Joel W. Feldmeier, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203- 1995, telephone 706-696-5121.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/html/2016-10857.htm

  • Energy

  • Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). 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: Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Runkles; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U.S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903- 6529

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-11/html/2016-11074.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Webinar Workshop To Review Initial Draft Materials for the Particulate Matter (PM) Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Health and Welfare Effects

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of workshop.


    SUMMARY: As part of the review of the air quality criteria for the particulate matter (PM) primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare- based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), EPA is announcing a webinar workshop to evaluate initial draft materials for the PM Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for health and welfare effects, which is being organized by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the Office of Research and Development. The workshop will be held over four days: June 9th, 13th, 20th, and 22nd, 2016. The workshop will be open to webinar attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.; Monday, June 13, 2016, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m.; Monday, June 20, 2016, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:45 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 22, 2016, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held by teleconference and webinar. The call in number and Web site information for the webinar are available to registered participants. Please register by going to http://pm-isa-peerinput-webinars.eventbrite.com.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct questions regarding workshop registration or logistics to Canden Byrd at EPANAAQSWorkshop@icfi.com or by phone at 919-293-1660. Questions regarding the scientific and technical aspects of the workshop should be directed to Mr. Jason Sacks; telephone: 919-541-9729; facsimile: 919-541-1818; email: sacks.jason@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-11/html/2016-11122.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of 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.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) will hold a meeting June 7-8, 2016. The meeting is open to the public. However, pre-registration is required for both public attendance and public comment. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or participate in the public comment session should register at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings. Participants may also register by emailing nvpo@hhs.gov or by calling (202) 690-5566 and providing their name, organization, and email address.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on June 7-8, 2016. The meeting times and agenda will be posted on the NVAC Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings as soon as they become available.

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

    The meeting can also be accessed through a live webcast the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715-H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: nvpo@hhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/html/2016-11243.htm

  • Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a meeting scheduled by the Deputy Director for Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the Chairpersons of the Boards of Scientific Counselors. The Boards of Scientific Counselors are advisory groups to the Scientific Directors of the Intramural Research Programs at the NIH.

    The meeting will be open to the public. Attendance in person is limited to space available in the conference room. Individuals who wish to listen to the discussions by telephone must call using the information listed below. 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.

    Date: Friday, June 17, 2016.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.

    Place: Room 7, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Teleconference Information: 888-849-8917. Participant Passcode 48961.

    Agenda: The meeting will include a discussion of policies and procedures that apply to the regular review of NIH intramural scientists and their work.

    Contact Person: Margaret McBurney, Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, 1 Center Drive, Room 160, Bethesda, MD 20892, email: mmcburney@od.nih.gov, Phone: 301- 496-1921, Fax: 301-402-4273.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-10/html/2016-10884.htm

  • Request for Information for Developing the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

    SUMMARY: This Request for Information (RFI) describes ways in which the cancer research community and public can provide new ideas and comment on proceedings of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) Blue Ribbon Panel under the umbrella of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

    DATES: Responses should be submitted to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) on or before 5:00 p.m. EST on July 1, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic responses are preferred and should be addressed or submitted to either: (1) The online platform, Cancer Research Ideas, at https://cancerresearchideas.cancer.gov; or (2) email to cancerresearch@nih.gov. Non-electronic responses will also be accepted by calling the NCI Cancer Information Service at 1-800-422-6237 or by mail to Blue Ribbon Panel, National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-9760.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Questions about this request for information should be directed to Kelli Marciel, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-9760, Kelli.Marciel@nih.gov, 301-594-3330.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-13/html/2016-11283.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.

    DATES: Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 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-2016-05-10/html/2016-10842.htm

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Planetary Science Subcommittee; 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 Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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-2016-05-09/html/2016-10811.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) #1173.

    Dates/Time: June 8, 2016 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., June 9, 2016 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Vickie Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to June 6, 2016.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Contact Information: 703-292-8040/banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    • Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair
    • NSF Executive Liaison Report
    • Updates from the Federal Liaisons
    • Presentation: NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for Diversity in Engineering and Science)
    • Leadership Discussion: Broadening Participation in STEM: Disciplinary Highlights
    • Presentation: Science of Broadening Participation
    • Panel Discussion: Evaluation of NSF BP Programs in EHR (Directorate for Education and Human Resources)
    • Working Session with EAC (Evaluation and Assessment Capability): Framework for a Broadening Participation Accountability System--Part II
    • Work Session: 2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/html/2016-11166.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board, 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 addition of an agenda item in the plenary open session of the National Science Board meetings on May 6, 2016, as shown below. The original notice appeared in the Federal Register on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 81 FR 25721-22.

    AMENDED AGENDA:

    Plenary Board

    Open session: 1:00-2:30 p.m. Approval of open plenary minutes for February, 2016 NSB Chair's opening remarks Introduction of the NSF "LIGO Team" NSF Director's remarks Review and approval of annual Executive Committee report OIG Semiannual report (ADDED) Open committee reports Discharge NPP Presentations to outgoing Board members NSB Chair's closing remarks

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Ron Campbell, jrcampbe@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/html/2016-10991.htm

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