Commerce

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability for final programmatic environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. IOOS office, National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has finalized a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) which analyzed the potential environmental impacts associated with ocean observing activities including sensors and instrumentation; vessels (including personal watercraft) and sampling; autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), gliders, and drifters; moorings, marine stations, buoys, and fixed arrays; High Frequency radar (HF radar); and sound navigation and ranging (sonar) and light detection and ranging (lidar) and prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to the environmental resources within U.S. IOOS regions.

    In parallel with the preparation of the draft and final PEA, IOOS initiated and completed a technical review consultation with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Habitat Conservation Essential Fish Habitat (EFH), regarding the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Furthermore, subsequent to extensive discussion with and training by NMFS Office of Protected Resources (OPR) under the National Marine Sanctuaries, Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts, it has been determined that IOOS observing activities would have negligible or no impact to environmental resources under the proposed action. The IOOS proposed action provides a mitigation strategy to address any unique situations, on a site-specific basis, as more information becomes available.

    The final PEA and signed FONSI are posted on the IOOS Web site at https://ioos.noaa.gov/about/governance-and-management/environmental-compliance/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Evans, U.S. IOOS Program, 1315 East-West Highway, 2nd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 240-533-9468; Fax 301-713-3281; Email regina.evans@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-09/html/2016-18842.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    DATES AND TIMES: August 17, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; August 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Best Western Plus Inn Towner, 2424 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-08/html/2016-18724.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations for a Science Advisory Board Panel To Review Risk and Technology Review Screening Methods

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the draft EPA report entitled "Screening Methodologies to Support Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR)." This draft report describes newly developed screening methods designed to assess the risk to public health and the environment that would remain after stationary sources of hazardous air pollutants come into compliance with the EPA's Maximum Available Control Technologies (MACT) standards.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by August 30, 2016 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact the Designated Federal Officer. Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may contact the Designated Federal Officer for assistance. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-09/html/2016-18881.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 meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB).

    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.

    Open: September 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Programs reports and presentations; business of the Board.

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

    Closed: September 7, 2016, 04:00 p.m. to 05:00 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, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-08/html/2016-18686.htm

  • Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group.

    The teleconference meeting will be open to the public as indicated below. Individuals who plan to attend and need assistance should notify the contact person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Working Group: Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group.

    Date: September 1, 2016.

    Open Session: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).

    Agenda: Discussion will review current Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) activities and newly proposed BD2K initiatives. Open session presentations include BD2K Update and BD2K -Implementation of the Commons.

    Place: Teleconference, Call Number: 1-877-668-4493, Passcode: 627 186 653.

    This meeting is open to the public but is being held by teleconference only. No physical meeting location is provided for any interested individuals to listen to committee discussions. Any individual interested in listening to the meeting discussions must call: 1-877-668-4493 and use Passcode: 627 186 653 for access to the meeting.

    Closed Session: 12:10 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion will focus on review of proposed Funding Plans for BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcements.

    Contact Person: Tonya Scott, Scientific Program Analyst, Office of the Associate Director of Data Science (ADDS), National Institutes of Health, One Center Drive, Room 325, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, email: tonya.scott@nih.gov, Telephone: 301-402-9817.

    Information is also available on the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science's home page: https://datascience.nih.gov/index where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-11/html/2016-19047.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Assessment of Effects of Climate on Waterfowl

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Assessment of Effects of Climate on Waterfowl.


    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this ICR.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB must receive them on or before September 9, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior, via email: OIRASUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov; or by fax (202) 395-5806; and identify your submission with 'OMB Control Number 1028--NEW ASSESSMENT OF EFFECTS OF CLIMATE ON WATERFOWL'. Please also forward a copy of your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648-7195 (fax); or gs-info_collections@usgs.gov (email). Please reference 'OMB Information Collection 1028--NEW: ASSESSMENT OF EFFECTS OF CLIMATE ON WATERFOWL' in all correspondence.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Griffith, Leader, USGS, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at (907) 474-5067 or ffdbg@usgs.gov.

    You may also find information about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-10/html/2016-18928.htm

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