Agriculture

  • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Federal Grants Program--General Administration Provisions

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule with request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing as a final rule a revision to the general administrative guidelines applicable to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant program. The purpose of this final rule is to implement the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative commodity board provision added by section 7404 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 making it necessary to modify the AFRI regulations.

    DATES: This final rule becomes effective on August 26, 2016. NIFA is requesting comments for 30 days until September 26, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Federal Grants Program--General Administration Provisions, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: commodityboards@nifa.usda.gov. Include Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Federal Grants Program--General Administration Provisions in the subject line of the message.

    Instructions: All comments received must include the agency name and reference to Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Federal Grants Program--General Administration Provisions. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Koszalka, Division Director, Policy and Oversight Division, Phone: 202-401-4325, Email: maria.koszalka@nifa.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/html/2016-18422.htm

  • Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet for discussions on critical air quality issues relating to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public. A draft agenda is included in this notice.

    DATES: The meeting will convene at 8:00 a.m. PDT on Thursday and Friday September 8-9, 2016. A public comment period will be held on the morning of September 9, 2016. The meeting will end at approximately noon on September 9, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Sacramento-- Capitol Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments should be directed to Dr. Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 2901 East Gate City Boulevard, Suite 2100, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401; telephone: (336) 370-3352; fax: (336) 273-8132; email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/html/2016-19872.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review Workshops

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

    ACTION: Notice; nominations for shark stock assessment Advisory Panel.


    SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the "SEDAR Pool," also known as the Advisory Panel for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Workshops. The SEDAR Pool is comprised of a group of individuals who may be selected to consider data and advise NMFS regarding the scientific information, including but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments for oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Nominations are being sought for a 5-year appointment (2017-2022). Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations will be considered for membership on the SEDAR Pool.

    DATES: Nominations must be received on or before September 22, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and request the SEDAR Pool Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

    Email: SEDAR.pool@noaa.gov.

    Mail: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Include on the envelope the following identifier: "SEDAR Pool Nomination."

    Fax: 301-713-1917.

    Additional information on SEDAR and the SEDAR guidelines can be found at http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/sedar/. The terms of reference for the SEDAR Pool, along with a list of current members, can be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/SEDAR/SEDAR.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Delisse Ortiz, (240-681-9037) or Karyl Brewster-Geisz, (301) 425-8503.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/html/2016-20103.htm

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Progress and Planning Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle (GIAB) Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, 2016. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to update participants about progress of the consortium work, continue to get broad input from individual stakeholders to update or refine the consortium work plan, continue to broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation. September 15 will be a new sample thinkshop to discuss new GIAB genomes in parallel with a data jamboree to develop high-confidence calls for difficult variants and difficult regions. September 16 will be the plenary session to present GIAB progress updates and emerging technical work.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Lecture Room A, Lecture Room B, and the Green Auditorium, Building 101, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to: https://appam.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x311041593.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/html/2016-20120.htm

  • Requesting Nominations for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations and notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee advises the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior on implementing Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, specifically on strategies and priorities for developing the national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) and on practical approaches to further enhance and expand protection of new and existing MPAs. Nominations are sought for highly qualified non- Federal scientists, resource managers, and people representing other interests or organizations involved with or affected by marine protected areas, including in the Great Lakes. Ten of the 20 members of the Committee have terms that expire November 15, 2016, and nominations are sought to fill these vacancies. Additionally, notice is hereby given of a Committee meeting to be held via webinar on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. ET. The Webinar is open to members of the public.

    DATES:

    Nominations: Nominations must be received before or on October 7, 2016.

    Meeting: The Committee will convene a meeting via webinar on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. ET Webinars are open to the public and participants can dial in on a telephone for audio during the webinar. Additionally, participants who choose to use the webinar conference feature, in addition to a telephone, will also be able to view any presentations as they are being given. Members of the public that would like to participate in the meeting must to register in advance by Friday, September 30, 2016. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the following Web page for the most up-to-date meeting agenda: http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/fac/meetings/.

    ADDRESSES:

    Nominations: Nominations should be sent to Nicole Capps at West Coast Region, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 100 F, Monterey, CA, 93940, or Nicole.Capps@noaa.gov. Electronic submissions are acceptable.

    Meeting: The meeting will be held via Web conference call. Register by contacting Nicole Capps at Nicole.Capps@noaa.gov or by telephone at (831) 647-6451. Webinar and teleconference capacity may be limited.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 240-533-0652, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: Lauren.Wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/html/2016-19952.htm

  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT or Committee), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet in an open session on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time and Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The VCAT is composed of fifteen members appointed by the NIST Director who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations.

    DATES: The VCAT will meet on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time and Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Katharine Blodgett Gebbie Laboratory Conference Room, Room 81-1A106, at NIST, 325 Broadway Street, Boulder, Colorado 80305. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Serena Martinez, VCAT, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1060, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1060, telephone number 301-975-2661. Mrs. Martinez's email address is serena.martinez@nist.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/html/2016-20121.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science and Information Subcommittee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public teleconference of the Science and Information Subcommittee (SIS) to the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be held by teleconference only. The teleconference number is: 1-877-226-9607; participant code: 391 354 7398.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this teleconference may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at cestaric.rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI, the Board and SIS can be found at http://glri.us/public.html.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/html/2016-20153.htm

  • Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals; Establishment of a Federal Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), EPA is giving notice that, pursuant to section 2625(o) of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Agency is establishing the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). The purpose of the SACC is to provide independent advice and expert consultation, at the request of the EPA Administrator, with respect to the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches supporting implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Copies of the SACC charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress. The 14 members of the SACC will be selected from interested and available members of the existing EPA Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC). In addition, EPA invites the public to nominate experts to be considered for the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals.

    DATES: Nominations and comments must be received on or before October 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations and comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0474, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPPT Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Knott, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-0103; email address: knott.steven@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/html/2016-20550.htm

  • Health and Human Services

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

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

    ACTION: Notice; correction.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services published a document in the Federal Register of August 18, 2016, containing language indicating that a meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council) on September 19, 2016. The DATES AND TIMES section contained incorrect language.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ayah Wali by email at CARB@hhs.gov.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of August 18, 2016, Vol. 81, No. 160, on page 55205, in the second column, DATES AND TIMES, correct to read:

    DATES AND TIMES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on September 19, 2016, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 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 September 14, 2016; public attendance at the meeting is limited to the available space.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/html/2016-20524.htm

  • National Cancer Institute; Amended Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a change in the amended meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board, September 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to September 7, 2016, 4:15 p.m., National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD, 20892 which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2016, 81 FR 54817.

    This meeting notice has been amended to change the location of the meeting. The meeting will now be held at the National Cancer Institute, Shady Grove Campus, 9609 Medical Center Drive, East Wing, Conference Room TE406, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892. The open session has been amended to end at 2:45 p.m. The closed session has also been amended to begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 4:15 p.m. The meeting is partially closed to the public.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-23/html/2016-20036.htm

  • Interior

  • Request for Nominees for the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Request for nominees.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), after consultation with the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking (Task Force), is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council).

    DATES: Nominations must be received by September 21, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations, preferably by email, to Mr. Cade London, Special Assistant to the Assistant Director for International Affairs, at Cade_London@fws.gov. You may also send nominations via U.S. mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Attention: Mr. Cade London; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Cade London, Special Assistant to the Assistant Director for International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via email at Cade_London@fws.gov, via phone at (703) 358-2584, or via fax at (703) 358-2115.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/html/2016-19934.htm

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