• Advisory Committee and Species Working Group Technical Advisor Appointment

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

    ACTION: Notice; nominations.

    SUMMARY: NMFS is soliciting nominations to the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) as established by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA). NMFS is also soliciting nominations for Technical Advisors to the Advisory Committee's species working groups.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by October 3, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent via email Rachel.O' Nominations may also be sent via mail to Rachel O'Malley at NMFS, Office of International Affairs, Room 10653, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel O'Malley, Office of International Affairs, 301-427-8373.

  • Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

    ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this notice announces that NMFS intends to obtain information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for eight Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMP) for ongoing salmon and steelhead hatchery programs jointly submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (referred to as the co-managers), for NMFS' evaluation and determination under Limit 6 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule for threatened salmon and steelhead. The HGMPs specify the propagation of salmon and steelhead in the Puyallup-White River Basin in Washington State. NMFS provides this notice to advise other agencies and the public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of issues and alternatives to include in the EIS.

    DATES: Written or electronic scoping comments must be received at the appropriate address or email mailbox (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time October 12, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

    Email to the following address: with the following identifier in the subject line: Puyallup Hatcheries Scoping.

    Mail or hand-deliver to NMFS West Coast Region, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 510 Desmond Drive SE., Suite 103, Lacey, WA 98503.

    Fax to (360) 753-9517.

    Comments received will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the above address. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Leider, NMFS, by phone at (360) 753-4650, or email to

  • Request for Comments for the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

    AGENCY: Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for comments.

    SUMMARY: The Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 (Pub. L. 114-140), enacted March 30, 2016, established a 15-member Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The Commission is charged with examining strategies to increase the availability and use of government data, in order to build evidence related to government programs and policies, while protecting the privacy and confidentiality of the data. Over the next year, the Commission will consider how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence and continuously improve public programs and policies, and how to strengthen evidence- building to inform program and policy design and implementation. The Commission's work will conclude with a presentation of findings and recommendations on evidence-building to Congress and the President. This request for comments seeks public input on a range of issues, including topics the authorizing law directs the Commission to consider. The public comments received from this request will be used to inform future deliberations of the Commission.

    DATES: Comments must be received by November 14, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. We will not accept comments by fax or paper delivery. Please include the Docket ID and the phrase "Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Comments'' at the beginning of your comments. Please also indicate which questions described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION of this notice are addressed in your comments.

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to to submit your comments electronically under Docket ID USBC-2016-0003. Information on using, including instructions for accessing Commission documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site under "How to Use This Site.''

    Privacy Note: Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public through relevant Web sites. Therefore, commenters should only include in their comments information that they wish to make publicly available on the Internet. Please note that responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments that may be made available to the public, notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nick Hart, Policy and Research Director for the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking,

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Economy-Wide Modeling Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Economy-Wide Modeling Panel.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on December 7, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconference will be held by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public teleconference or public meeting may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voicemail at (202) 564-2073 or via email at General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at

  • Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board: Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel to review its draft report regarding the development of nutrient load reduction targets for Lake Erie.

    DATES: The SAB Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel will conduct public teleconferences on October 12 and October 13, 2016. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 564-2155 or via email at General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at

  • Health and Human Services

  • Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for nominations to the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a range of qualified candidates for consideration for appointment to its Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). The EPA anticipates filling vacancies by March 1, 2017. The EPA may also use sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice to solicit nominees.

    Background: The Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. EPA established this Committee in 1997 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting children's health.

    The EPA Administrator appoints members for three-year terms with a cap on service at six years. The Committee meets 2-3 times annually and the average workload is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. EPA provides reimbursement for travel and other incidental expenses associated with official government business, but members must be able to cover expenses prior to reimbursement.

    The CHPAC is looking for representatives from the private sector, academia non-governmental organizations, public-health practitioners, pediatricians, obstetric professionals, occupational medicine practitioners and community nurses. We are also seeking representatives from environmental groups, health groups, health research, the fields of epidemiology and toxicology, and tribal, state, county and local government.

    We are looking for experience in children's environmental health policy, research, and in specific issues such as lead poisoning and asthma, prenatal environmental exposures, chemical exposures, public health information tracking, knowledge of EPA regulation development, risk assessment, exposure assessment, tribal children's environmental health and children's environmental health disparities. The EPA encourages nominations from all racial and ethnic groups.

    The EPA will use the following criteria to evaluate nominees:

    The ability of candidate to effectively contribute to discussions and provide useful recommendations on the following issues:

    • Risk assessment, exposure assessment and children's health; Air quality, both indoor and outdoor, regulations, policies, outreach and communication;
    • Water quality, regulations, policies, outreach and communication;
    • Prenatal exposures and health outcomes;
    • Chemical exposures, pesticide exposures, health outcomes, policy and regulation;
    • Asthma disparities and other environmental health disparities; Data and information collection issues;
    • Lead, mercury and other heavy metal concerns for children's health;
    • Exposures that affect children's health in homes, schools, and child care centers;
    • Building capacity among health providers to prevent, diagnose and treat environmental health conditions in children.

    The background and experience that would contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational, and other considerations).

    Ability to volunteer time to attend meetings 2-3 times a year in Washington DC, participate in teleconference meetings, develop recommendations to the Administrator, and prepare reports and advice letters.

    Nominations must include:

    • Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in serving on the CHPAC.
    • Short biography (no more than one page) describing the professional and educational qualifications, including a list of relevant activities, and any current or previous service on federal advisory committees.
    • Attestation that nominee is not a lobbyist.
    • Statement about the perspective and diversity the nominee brings to the committee.
    • Current contact information for the nominee, including the nominee's name, organization (and position within that organization), current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number.
    • Candidates may self-nominate; one letter of support is welcome.

    Submit nominations by September 27, 2016 by email to or mail to Martha Berger, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Children's Health Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 1107T, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Berger, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-2191 or

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (#1173).

    Dates/Time: October 13, 2016; 8:00 a.m.-Noon; October 14, 2016; 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Vickie Fung,, on or prior to October 10, 2016.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)/Office of Director, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Contact Information: 703-292-8040/

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda: - Opening Statement and Chair Report by the CEOSE Chair - NSF Executive Liaison Report - Updates from the Federal Liaisons - Panel Presentations: NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discovers in Engineering and Science) - Discussion: 2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress - Discussion: An Accountability System for Broadening Participation in STEM - Discussion: Reports by CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees - Working Session: Chapter Three of the 2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress

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