Agriculture

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Prize Competition

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the I-FAST prize competition (the "I-FAST Competition'' or the "Competition'') to develop and implement the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Pilot Program. USDA NIFA will partner with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) to provide entrepreneurship training to USDA NIFA grantees under this I-FAST pilot program. The goals are to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from NIFA supported academic research. Selected USDA NIFA I-FAST project teams will have the opportunity to concurrently participate in the educational programs with NSF I-Corps awardees. Over a period of six months the USDA NIFA supported teams in the I-FAST program will learn what it will take to achieve an economic impact with their particular innovation. The final goal of the I-FAST Competition is to facilitate technology transfer of innovations that can make an impact in the marketplace and the global economy.

    DATES: Competition Submission Period--Pre-Application Phase: May 26, 2016 to July 22, 2016.

    Evaluation and Judging--Pre-Application Phase: July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016.

    Competition Submission Period--Full Application Phase: August 8, 2016 to September 2, 2016.

    Evaluation and Judging--Full Application Phase: September 5, 2016 to September 9, 2016.

    Verification of Winners: September 16, 2016.

    Announcement of Winner(s): September 23, 2016.

    NSF I-Corps Training for Winner(s): Various dates in October and November 2016. Winning team(s) will need to be available to travel to and attend the Washington DC NSF I-Corps training sessions in October and November 2016. The Pre-Application Phase Competition Submission Period begins May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET and ends July 22, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. ET. USDA NIFA's receiving computer set to Eastern Time is the official time keeping device for the Competition.

    The Full-Application Phase Competition Submission Period begins August 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET and ends September 2, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. ET. USDA NIFA's receiving computer set to Eastern Time is the official time keeping device for the Competition.

    Competition dates are subject to change. Entries submitted before or after the Competition Submission Period will not be reviewed or considered for award. For more details please visit the www.challenge.gov Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Changes or updates to the Competition rules will be posted and can be viewed at www.nifa.usda.gov. Questions about the Competition can be directed to Scott Dockum at sdockum@nifa.usda.gov, or phone 202-720-6346.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/html/2016-12265.htm

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule

    AGENCY: USDA Forest Service.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System (NFS) Land Management Planning Rule (Committee) was re-established, in the public interest, on February 3, 2016, to continue providing advice and recommendations on the implementation of the NFS Land Management Planning Rule (Planning Rule). Therefore, the Secretary of Agriculture is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered as Committee members. The public is invited to submit nominations for membership. Committee information can be found at the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by July 11, 2016. The package must be sent to the address below.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations and applications to USDA Forest Service, NFS--Ecosystem Management Coordination, Mail Stop 1106, 201 14th Street Southwest, Mailstop 1106, Washington, DC 20025; by express mail or overnight courier service. If sent via the U.S. Postal Service, they must be sent to the following address: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Ecosystem Management Coordination, 1400 Independence Avenue Southwest, Mailstop 1106, Washington, DC 20250-1106.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris French, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone at 202-205-0895 or via email at cfrench@fs.fed.us; or Jennifer Helwig, Committee Coordinator, by phone at 202-205-0892 or via email at jahelwig@fs.fed.us.

    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-2016-05-25/html/2016-12313.htm

  • Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Species: Designation of Experimental Populations Under the Endangered Species Act

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

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), issue final regulations to amend the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding experimental populations. This rule amends the CFR to establish definitions and procedures for: Establishing and/or designating certain populations of species otherwise listed as endangered or threatened as experimental populations; determining whether experimental populations are "essential'' or "nonessential;'' and promulgating appropriate protective measures for experimental populations.

    DATES: The final rule is effective June 27, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Supplementary information used in the development of this rule, including the public comments received, may be viewed online at http://www.regulations.gov at FDMS Docket No. NOAA-NMFS-2014-0104.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Coll, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 427-8455.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-26/html/2016-12379.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on the NOAA Fisheries Draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for June 1, 2016, 4-5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Public access is available at 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to attend may contact Heidi Lovett, (301) 427-8034; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/html/2016-12491.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a conference call of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

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

    ADDRESSES: To receive the call-in information, attendees should register for the conference call on the PCAST Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

    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. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Ms. Jennifer Michael at JenniferLMichael@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/html/2016-11959.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that a meeting is scheduled to be held of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The meeting will be open to the public; a public comment session will be held during the meeting. Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and who wish to participate in the public comment session. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or send in their public comment via email should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov. Registration information is available on the Web site http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ and must be completed by June 18, 2016; all in-person attendees must pre-register by this date. Additional information about registering for the meeting and providing public comment can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ on the Meetings page.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 21, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, and June 22, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the Web site for the Advisory Council at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ when this information becomes available. Pre-registration for attending the meeting in person is required to be completed no later than June 18, 2016; public attendance at the meeting is limited to the available space.

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

    The meeting also can be accessed through a live webcast on the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Gellin, Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 260-6638; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-26/html/2016-12472.htm

  • Notice of Request for Information by the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council) requests information from the general public and stakeholders related to efforts and strategies to combat antibiotic-resistance. In the process of developing their report, Initial Assessments of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, the Advisory Council followed the framework of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (Action Plan) to hear about a wide range of ongoing and planned activities by the federal government, including some stakeholders/sectors relevant to this overall effort. This Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals, organizations, associations, industries, and others, to provide their feedback. Responses to the questions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 22, 2016 to be considered. The questions are also available through an online form on the Advisory Council Web page at www.hhs.gov/ash/carb. Individuals who wish to send in their responses via email should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov, indicating the question number(s) for which they are responding.

    DATES: Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 22, 2016 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals are encouraged to submit their responses through one of the following methods. Utilization of the online form available on www.hhs.gov/ash/carb is the preferred method of submission. Should you choose to send in your responses via email, please be sure to include the question number(s) in the subject line. Do not include in your response information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the federal government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Please be aware that your comments will not affirmatively be posted publicly, however they may be made available to the public, in part or in full, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

    Online Form: www.hhs.gov/ash/carb. Online submissions will receive an automatic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions.

    Email: CARB@hhs.gov. Please indicate the question number(s) in the subject line of your email. Email submissions will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/html/2016-12043.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 Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    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: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 21-22, 2016.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: The NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols and related data management activities. In addition, Dr. Carl June (Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania) will present the results of findings of his group regarding a rare Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell manufacturing event. For more information, please check the meeting agenda at the OSP Web site, RAC Meeting Page (available at the following URL: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/event/2016-06-21-120000-2016-06-210000/rac-meeting).

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 35, Conference Room 620/630, 9000 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Shayla Beckham, Extramural Support Assistant, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892-9606, 301-496-9838, beckhams@mail.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    OMB's "Mandatory Information Requirements for Federal Assistance Program Announcements'' (45 FR 39592, June 11, 1980) requires a statement concerning the official government programs contained in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Normally NIH lists in its announcements the number and title of affected individual programs for the guidance of the public. Because the guidance in this notice covers virtually every NIH and Federal research program in which DNA recombinant molecule techniques could be used, it has been determined not to be cost effective or in the public interest to attempt to list these programs. Such a list would likely require several additional pages. In addition, NIH could not be certain that every Federal program would be included as many Federal agencies, as well as private organizations, both national and international, have elected to follow the NIH Guidelines. In lieu of the individual program listing, NIH invites readers to direct questions to the information address above about whether individual programs listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance are affected.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/html/2016-12503.htm

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request: STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMeX)--A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative

    AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.

    ACTION: Notice, request for comments, collection of information.


    SUMMARY: The Institute of Museum and Library Service ("IMLS'') as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This pre-clearance consultation program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. The purpose of this Notice is to solicit comments concerning the STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMeX)--A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative.

    A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before July 25, 2016.

    The IMLS is particularly interested in comments which:

    Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    ADDRESSES: For a copy of the documents contact: Sandra Toro, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024. Dr. Toro can be reached by telephone: 202-653-4662; fax: 202-653-4625; email: storo@imls.gov or by or by teletype (TTY/TDD) for persons with hearing difficulty at 202-653-4614.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/html/2016-12305.htm

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