Commerce

  • Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notices; publication of report and plan summary.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Service (NOS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the publication of a detailed outline summarizing the intent of the Great Lakes Plan on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia.

    Notice is also hereby given of the publication of "HABs and Hypoxia Comprehensive Research Plan and Action Strategy: An Interagency Report.''

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caitlin Gould (Caitlin.gould@noaa.gov, 240-533-0290) or Stacey DeGrasse (Stacey.Degrasse@fda.hhs.gov, 240-402- 1470)

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/html/2016-13110.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Clean Air Act Advisory Committee: Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces upcoming public meetings of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The EPA established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.

    DATES: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 10(a)(2), notice is hereby given that the CAAAC will hold its next face-to-face meetings on June 28, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and June 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

    ADDRESSES: The Subcommittee on Permits, New Source Review and Toxics will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 28, in the EPA's William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153 (Map Room), 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. The full committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, in Arlington, VA 22202-2891.

    Inspection of Committee Documents: The committee agenda, confirmed times for the meetings, and any documents prepared for these meetings will be publicly available on the CAAAC Web site at http://www.epa.gov/oar/caaac/ prior to the meeting. Thereafter, these documents, together with CAAAC meeting minutes, will also be available on the CAAAC Web site or by contacting the Office of Air and Radiation Docket and requesting information under docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0075. The docket office can be reached by email at: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov or FAX: 202- 566-9744.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information about the CAAAC, please contact Jim Ketcham-Colwill, Interim Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA by email at ketcham-colwill.jim@epa.gov or by telephone at (202) 564-1676. Additional information about this meeting, CAAAC, and its subcommittees can be found on the CAAAC Web site: http://www.epa.gov/oar/caaac/.

    For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lorraine Reddick at (202) 564-1293 or reddick.lorraine@epa.gov, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-01/html/2016-12803.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Peer Reviewers for EPA's Draft Biologically Based Dose-Response (BBDR) Model for Perchlorate, Draft Model Support Document and Draft Approach for Deriving a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for Perchlorate in Drinking Water

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for nominations for peer reviewers.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the scope of the request for nominations announced in the Federal Register on March 1, 2016. Requested nominations are for an external peer review of the draft Biologically Based Dose-Response model and the draft model support document for perchlorate in drinking water. The expanded scope will include the review of the application of the draft Biologically Based Dose-Response Model to develop a perchlorate maximum contaminant level goal. EPA is combining the two panels to achieve efficiency and transparency in evaluating the development and application of key scientific products for analyzing perchlorate in drinking water. EPA invites the public to nominate scientific experts for the peer review. Persons nominated during the previous nomination period requested in the March 1, 2016, Federal Register notice do not need to be renominated under this notice and will be considered for selection for the interim and final list of peer reviewers.

    DATES: The nomination period for scientific experts begins on June 3, 2016 and ends on July 5, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Any interested person or organization may nominate scientific experts to be considered as peer reviewers. Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than July 5, 2016. Self- nominations will also be accepted. Nominations should be submitted to the EPA contractor, Versar, Inc., using the following email address: perchlorate@versar.com (the subject line should read: BBDR Model Peer Review and Peer Review of Approach for Deriving a Perchlorate MCLG). Nominations will also be accepted via the U.S. Postal Service mail or by an overnight/priority mail service. Mailed nominations should be addressed to Versar, Inc., 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151 (Attention: David Bottimore). Nominations should include all nominee information outlined in section II of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the nomination process should be directed to the EPA contractor, Versar, Inc., at 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151; by email to perchlorate@versar.com (the subject line should read: BBDR Model Peer Review and Peer Review of Approach for Deriving a Perchlorate MCLG); or by phone: (703) 642-6815 (ask for David Bottimore). For additional information concerning the draft Biologically Based Dose-Response Model, the draft Model Support Document and the draft approach for deriving a perchlorate MCLG, please contact Russ Perkinson at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division, (Mail Code 4607M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-564-4901; or email: perkinson.russ@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/html/2016-12724.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Great Outdoors Month, 2016

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Every day, Americans draw inspiration from the landscapes and outdoor spaces that surround us and connect us with our heritage and with one another. People have lived off of these lands and waters throughout history, and today, they continue to enrich our national experience. In June, we celebrate America's natural and cultural treasures and rich bounty of resources, and we recommit to upholding our responsibility, as those who came before us did, to ensure they are sustained for those who will inherit them.

    From dense forests and vast deserts to lakes and rivers teeming with wildlife, our National Parks and other public spaces belong to all of us. That is why I have sought to protect places that are culturally and historically significant and that reflect the story of all our people. My Administration has also worked hard to ensure that everyone has the chance to easily visit and enjoy these spectacular areas. All Americans can explore the parks and monuments we share as our birthright, including through the "Find Your Park'' campaign, which my Administration established to help connect people from all walks of life with new outdoor destinations and experiences. We also established the "Every Kid in a Park'' initiative, offering free access to our National Parks and other public lands and waters for an entire year to fourth grade students and their families. And by increasing funding for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, we are striving to give more Americans hands-on opportunities to restore, enhance, and give back to the outdoor spaces that have given us so much.

    Our experiences in nature remind us how fragile our ecosystems can be and of our obligation to protect them. That is why I am proud to have set aside more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters--more than any President in our history--and why my Administration has taken unprecedented action to tackle climate change. The planet and its natural beauty are changing as rising temperatures fuel the melting of glaciers and the increasing intensity of extreme weather events, including longer wildfire seasons and deeper droughts, and as seas rise, coastal communities face greater threats from flooding and eroding shorelines. It is within our power to address the peril of climate change, and we must act before it is too late.

    During Great Outdoors Month, let us enjoy our Nation's natural bounty, whether in reflective solitude or in the energizing company of friends and family. As we rediscover the beauty of the outdoors--in our own backyards, along distant trails, or in the shadows of towering mountains--let us rededicate ourselves to preserving nature's splendor for future generations.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our Nation's legacy of conserving our lands and waters.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/html/2016-13358.htm

  • National Oceans Month, 2016

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Covering more than 70 percent of the earth's surface, oceans have a profound impact on our way of life. Home to a great diversity of plant and animal species, their precious ecosystems provide food and energy that are integral to our survival. In bringing tourism and recreation to coastal areas, oceans are important to America's economy, and they help facilitate trade and transportation, give mobility to our Armed Forces, and preserve our Nation's maritime heritage. In observation of National Oceans Month, we recommit to good ocean stewardship and redouble our efforts to preserve the health and resilience of our vast oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    Jeopardizing marine populations and degrading oceanic habitats, pollution poses a significant risk to all of our interconnected oceans. Oceans and their nearby regions are also highly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate--a once-distant threat that is now very present and is affecting ecosystems and shoreline communities on every coast. Rising sea levels, coastal storms, and a growing risk of erosion and flooding are looming realities faced by seaside towns. It is critical that we take measures to safeguard our blue planet and heed the urgency to defend against these mounting threats, particularly in the Arctic where the effects of a changing climate are already swiftly accelerating.

    In collaboration with stakeholders; scientists; businesses; and State, tribal, and local partners, my Administration is continuing to implement the National Ocean Policy, a coordinated effort to support local communities, strengthen our ocean economy, and improve the health of our oceans. We are concentrating on key areas outlined in our 2016 Annual Work Plan, including combatting illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing and monitoring significant changes in the acidity of our oceans. We are also focused on reducing the toxic effects of harmful algal blooms, which occur when algae grow too rapidly and threaten the safety of our food, drinking water, and air quality. Using the science-based roadmap laid out in the National Ocean Policy, we are dedicated to enhancing the economic and ecological sustainability of our oceans and advancing our knowledge of how they influence and are influenced by human activity.

    This month, let us continue the work of ensuring the well-being of these grand bodies of water and the communities that depend on them. As we celebrate the immense beauty and power of our oceans, we are reminded of our shared responsibility to protect them--now and for generations to come.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/html/2016-13364.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • OpenFDA Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled: OpenFDA Public Workshop. The purpose of the public workshop is to provide a forum for the openFDA system user community to engage in a robust interactive discussion and provide feedback to FDA regarding openFDA's platform, application programming interfaces (APIs), downloadable harmonized datasets, and possible enhancements to the openFDA platform, as well as to view the demonstration of various applications (apps) specifically developed for utilization of openFDA data.

    DATES: The public workshop will be held on June 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for registration date and information.

    ADDRESSES: The public workshop will be held at FDA's White Oak campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 (The Great Room 1503A), Silver Spring, MD 20993. For information regarding ground transportation, airports, lodging, driving, and parking, please refer to: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm. Entrance for the public workshop participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lonnie Smith, Office of Health Informatics, Office of Chief Scientist, Office of Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8503, email: lonnie.smith@fda.hhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-01/html/2016-12826.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.

    ACTION: Committee management; notice of federal advisory committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) will meet on June 21-22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The meeting will be an open session with both in-person and webinar participation.

    DATES: The HSSTAC will meet in-person Tuesday, June 21, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-4:25 p.m. and Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Due to security requirements, screening pre-registration is required for this event. Please see the "REGISTRATION" section below.

    The meeting may close early if the committee has completed its business.

    ADDRESSES: Schafer Government Services, Homeland Security, 1125 15th St. NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bishop Garrison, HSSTAC Executive Director, S&T IAO STOP 0205, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528-0205, 202-254-5617(Office), 202-254- 6176 (Fax) bishop.garrison@hq.dhs.gov (Email).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-31/html/2016-12679.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Ad Hoc Task Force on Big Data; 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 Ad Hoc Task Force on Big Data. This task force reports to the NASA Advisory Council's Science Committee. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting and discussing, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to big data.

    DATES: Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Thursday, June 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Building 28, Room E210, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20771.

    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-2016-06-02/html/2016-13033.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Information on the Development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).


    SUMMARY: On behalf of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties regarding recommendations for the development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations ("National Plan", or "Plan"). An electronic template with questions will be posted at www.usgeo.gov. Comments of up to approximately 2,000 characters per question are requested and must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), July 1, 2016 to be considered. The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop this Plan.

    DATES: Responses must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), July 1, 2016, to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods. The first method is preferred by OSTP.

    Downloadable form: To aid in information collection and analysis, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) encourages responses to be provided by filling out the downloadable form located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput and emailing that form, as an attachment, to env_energy@ostp.eop. Please include "National Plan for Civil Earth Observations" in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6071. On the cover page, please state "National Plan for Civil Earth Observations, attn: Timothy Stryker".

    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20504. Information submitted by postal mail should be postmarked by July 1, 2016.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. OSTP may post responses to this RFI without change, online. OSTP therefore requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. 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: Timothy Stryker, Director, U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program, OSTP. 202-419-3471 tstryker@ostp.eop.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-02/html/2016-13010.htm

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