Executive Office of the President

  • National Wilderness Month, 2016

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    In our Nation's earliest days, a vast majority of North America was wilderness--from majestic plains and imposing mountain ranges to dense forests and rushing waterways. Today, protected wild spaces continue to serve as a backdrop for curious and adventurous Americans to seek the thrill and joy of connecting with the sacred spirit of our country's wilderness, offering a wide variety of activities including hiking, camping, and climbing. This month, as we cherish our vast and vibrant natural heritage, we resolve to preserve its splendors for all who will follow in our footsteps.

    Aiming to leave future generations with a "glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning,'' President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law two historic pieces of legislation that opened a new chapter in American conservation--the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. The Wilderness Act defined our untrammeled lands as wilderness and created the National Wilderness Preservation System, recognizing forests, parks, and wildlife refuges as having intrinsic value as wild lands worth protecting. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was established out of a bipartisan commitment to ensure that we can protect lands and waters for use and enjoyment by all our people; throughout the last 50 years it has supported conservation efforts in every State, including tens of thousands of State and local projects through billions of dollars in grants. But a lack of full and secure funding hinders many important LWCF projects that protect critical habitats and provide recreational opportunities--which is why I keep calling on the Congress to pursue permanent funding for the LWCF.

    Our great outdoors are home to some of the richest and most beautiful ecosystems and resources on the planet, and my Administration has made protecting them a priority. Climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time, is already harming many of our wild spaces, which is one important reason why I have pushed for stronger action to cut greenhouse gas pollution and strengthen the resilience of our ecosystems to rising temperatures. In my first year in office, I signed the most extensive expansion of conservation efforts in more than a generation. Since then, my Administration has protected hundreds of millions of acres of land and water, more than any Administration in history. Through our America's Great Outdoors initiative, we have worked with local, State, and tribal partners to build a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century. And to ensure more Americans can experience everything the wilderness has to offer, we launched the "Every Kid in a Park'' initiative, giving fourth graders and their families free entrance to our National Parks and other public lands and waters.

    It is one of our greatest responsibilities as citizens of this Nation and stewards of this planet to protect these outdoor spaces of incomparable beauty and to ensure that this powerful inheritance is passed on to future generations. During National Wilderness Month, let us strengthen our connection with these natural treasures and ensure that the stories they tell and the resources they provide are resilient and everlasting in the years 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 September 2016 as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for "Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Need Diagnostic Test'' Challenge

    SUMMARY: Through the "Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Need Diagnostic Test'' Challenge (the "Challenge''), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) are searching for novel and innovative in vitro diagnostic tests that would rapidly inform clinical treatment decisions and be of potential significant clinical and public health utility to combat the development and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Tests of interest will provide novel, innovative solutions for use in inpatient and/or outpatient settings. The goal of the challenge is to identify a diagnostic test that when utilized would lead to more rapid clinical decision making such that antibiotic use and/or outcomes of patients infected with resistant pathogens are fundamentally improved compared to current standard of care, and/or reduce transmission of resistant pathogens such that population infection rates significantly decrease. The Challenge competition seeks to incentivize a broad range of scientists, engineers, and innovators to develop diagnostic tests that would enable health care providers to make more informed decisions on appropriate antibiotic use and infection prevention.

    This Challenge, structured in three steps, will complement existing BARDA and NIH research portfolios by reaching out to a diverse population of innovators and solvers, including not only those from academic institutions, but also those from research and development communities in the private sector and others who are outside biomedical disciplines. The NIH and the BARDA believe this Challenge will stimulate investment from both public and private sectors in rapid, point-of-need in vitro diagnostic assay research and product development, which, in turn, could lead to the development of more sensitive, accurate, robust, and cost-effective assay approaches and devices for clinical diagnosis.


    • Step 1 Submission period begins: September 8, 2016.
    • Step 1 Submission period ends: January 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m. ET
    • Step 1 Judging Period: January 10, 2017, to March 26, 2017
    • Step 1 Up to 20 highest ranked proposals Semi-finalists Announced: March 27, 2017
    • Step 2 Submission period begins: March 28, 2017
    • Step 2 Submission period ends: September 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET
    • Step 2 Judging Period: September 5, 2018-November 30, 2018
    • Step 2 Up to 10 Semi-finalists Announced: December 3, 2018
    • Step 3 Submission period begins: December 4, 2018
    • Step 3 Submission period ends: January 3, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET
    • Step 3 Judging Period: May 1, 2020-July 1, 2020
    • Step 3 Winner(s) Announced: July 31, 2020

    The NIH and the BARDA may shorten the submission period for Steps 2 and 3 and adjust dates for judging and winner(s) announcement if the Step 1 winners' feasibility assessments suggest shorter Step 2 and 3 submission periods are possible. The NIH and the BARDA will announce any changes to the timeline by amending this Federal Register notice no later than January 3, 2017. Administrative aspects of this Challenge will be managed by Capital Consulting Corporation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert W. Eisinger, Ph.D., NIH, 301- 496-2229 or by email robert.eisinger@nih.gov.


  • Nominations to the National Toxicology Program for the Report on Carcinogens and Office of Health Assessment and Translation; Request for Information

    SUMMARY: The National Toxicology Program (NTP) requests information on four nominations. Four substances are being considered for possible review for future editions of the Report on Carcinogens (RoC). Three of these four substances are also being considered for evaluation of non- cancer health outcomes by the Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT).

    DATES: Receipt of information: Deadline is October 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Information on substances for possible review should be submitted electronically at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/778417.


    RoC Nominations: Dr. Ruth Lunn, Director, Office of RoC; telephone (919) 316-4637; lunn@niehs.nih.gov. OHAT Nominations: Dr. Windy Boyd, OHAT, telephone (919) 541-9810; boydw@niehs.nih.gov. Address for Dr. Lunn and Dr. Boyd: Division of NTP, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, P.O. Box 12233, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.


  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request: Community Catalyst: The Roles of Libraries and Museums as Enablers of Community Vitality and Co-Creators of Positive Community Change--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 Role of Libraries and Museums as enablers of community vitality and co-creators of positive community change. (Community Catalyst)--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 November 7, 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: Marvin Carr, STEM and Community Engagement Advisor, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024. Dr. Carr can be reached by telephone: 202-653-4752; fax: 202-653-4625; email: mcarr@imls.gov or by teletype (TTY/TDD) for persons with hearing difficulty at 202-653-4614.


  • 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 Big Data Task Force. 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: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Ames Conference Center, 200 Bailey Road, Building 152, Rm 116/117, Mountain View, CA 94043.

    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.


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