Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Commodity Board Topics and Contribution of Funding Under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of opportunity for commodity boards to submit topics and contribute funding under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to implement section 7404 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting topics from eligible commodity board entities (Federal and State-level commodity boards, as defined below) which they are willing to equally co-fund with NIFA. Such topics must relate to the established priority areas of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI) to be considered for inclusion in future AFRI Requests for Applications (RFAs).

    Commodity boards are those entities established under a commodity promotion law (as such term is defined under section 501(a) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7401(a)) or a State commodity board (or other equivalent State entity). See the "Supplementary Information" section of this Notice under the heading "Eligibility for Submitting Topics" for further information.

    If proposed topics are accepted for inclusion in an AFRI RFA after evaluation by NIFA, they will be incorporated into AFRI competitive grants program RFAs. As a condition of funding grants in a topic, NIFA will require an agreement with the commodity board to provide funds that are equal to the amount NIFA is contributing under the agreed upon topic.

    This Notice invites topic submissions from commodity boards as defined above, outlines the process NIFA will use to evaluate the appropriateness of these topics for inclusion in AFRI RFAs, and describes the commitment commodity boards will be required to make in order for NIFA to jointly fund AFRI applications competitively selected for award within a topic area submitted by the commodity boards.

    DATES: Topics may be submitted by commodity boards at any time; however, all topics to be considered for the fiscal year 2017 AFRI RFAs must be received by 5:00 p.m., EDT on July 18, 2016. Topics submitted by eligible commodity board entities after this date will be considered for RFAs to be issued in future years. NIFA will hold a webinar and workshop to respond to questions from commodity boards interested in submitting topics. Details including the date and time, and access information will be posted on the NIFA Web site (http://nifa.usda.gov/commodity-boards/).

    ADDRESSES: You may submit topics, identified by NIFA-2016-0001, by the following method:

    Email: commodityboards@nifa.usda.gov.

    Instructions: Include NIFA-2016-0001 in the subject line of the message. The topic submission must be attached to the email using the template located at http://nifa.usda.gov/commodity-boards/. All topics received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2016-0001. Topics submitted by email will not be posted to a public site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Mirando; Phone: (202) 401-4336, or Robert Hedberg; Phone: (202) 720-5384, or Email: commodityboards@nifa.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-18/html/2016-11705.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) (the Act). This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, June 14, 2016; 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Meeting Center, 775 University Boulevard, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83415.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; seab@hq.doe.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/html/2016-11828.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT members represent academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is for NACEPT to continue developing recommendations to the Administrator regarding actions that EPA should take in response to technological and sociological developments in the area of citizen science. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nacept.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a two-day public meeting on June 13, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST) and June 14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building South, Room 2138, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene Green, Designated Federal Officer, green.eugene@epa.gov, (202) 564-2432, U.S. EPA, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management, and Outreach (MC1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/html/2016-11972.htm

  • National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011 Final Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's report on the National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA) 2011. The NWCA describes the results of the nationwide probabilistic survey that was conducted in the spring and summer of 2011 by EPA and its state and tribal partners. The NWCA 2011 report includes information on how the survey was implemented, what the findings are on a national and ecoregional scale, and future actions.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregg Serenbetz, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Office of Water (4502T), Washington, DC. Phone: 202-566-1253; email: serenbetz.gregg@epa.gov

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/html/2016-11508.htm

  • Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board; Environmental Economics Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to review its draft report regarding the EPA's proposed methodology for updating its mortality risk valuation estimates for policy analysis.

    DATES: The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will conduct public teleconferences on June 16 and June 17, 2016. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, 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 at (202) 564-2155 or via email armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-17/html/2016-11622.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Executive Order 13728--Wildland-Urban Interface Federal Risk Mitigation

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to improve the Nation's resilience to wildfire, I hereby direct the following:

    Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to strengthen the security and resilience of the Nation against the impacts of wildfire. The annual estimates on structure loss due to wildfire have increased dramatically over the past six decades as a result of multi-year drought conditions in combination with accumulated fuel loads, growing populations residing in the wildland-urban interface, and associated increases in the exposure of built environments. As such, we must continue to ensure our Nation is resilient to wildfire in order to promote public safety, economic strength, and national security.

    The Federal Government must continue to take proactive steps to enhance the resilience of buildings that are owned by the Federal Government and are located on Federal land. Each executive department and agency (agency) responsible for implementing this order shall seek to enhance the resilience of its buildings when making investment decisions to ensure continued performance of essential functions and to reduce risks to its buildings' occupants in the event of a wildfire.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/html/2016-12155.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Cancer Institute; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of the joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA).

    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 open session will be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting Web site (http://videocast.nih.gov).

    A portion of the National Cancer Advisory Board meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Advisory Board; Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research.

    Open: June 20, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion on Global Cancer Research.

    Place: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

    Contact Person: Dr. Edward Trimble, Executive Secretary, NCAB Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 3W562, Bethesda, MD 20892, (240) 276-5796, trimblet@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Advisors.

    Open: June 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board, and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors; NCI Board of Scientific Advisors Concepts Review, NCI Acting Director's report.

    Closed: June 21, 2016, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of NCAB grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Room 10, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Paulette S. Gray, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W444, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-276-6340, grayp@mail.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.

    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.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page:

    NCAB: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ncab/ncab.htm,

    BSA: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/bsa/bsa.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-16/html/2016-11428.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of Request for Nominees for the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Natural Resources Revenue Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is seeking nominations for individuals to be Committee members or alternates on the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee. We seek nominees who can represent stakeholder constituencies from government, civil society, and industry so that we can fill current vacancies and create a roster of candidates in case future vacancies occur.

    DATES: Submit nominations by July 18, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations by any of the following methods.

    Mail or hand-carry nominations to Ms. Rosita Compton Christian; Department of the Interior; 1849 C Street NW., MS 4211, Washington, DC 20240.

    Email nominations to USEITI@ios.doi.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosita Compton Christian at (202) 208- 0272 or (202) 513-0597; fax (202) 513-0682; email Rosita.ComptonChristian@onrr.gov or useiti@ios.doi.gov; or via mail at the Department of the Interior; 1849 C Street NW., MS 4211; Washington, DC 20240.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-19/html/2016-11778.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Planetary Protection 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 Protection 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: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 1Q39, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Delo, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0750, fax (202) 358-2779.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-18/html/2016-11698.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal/Award Information--NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Request for comment notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The primary purpose of this revision is to update revise the PAPPG to incorporate a number of policy-related changes.

    The draft NSF PAPPG is now available for your review and consideration on the NSF Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/. To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document to identify significant changes. A brief comment explanation of the change also is provided.

    After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    In addition to the type of comments identified above, comments also are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by July 15, 2016 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 1265, Arlington, VA 22230, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov. The draft NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide may be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send 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-2016-05-16/html/2016-11466.htm

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