Commerce

  • Deposit of Biological Materials

    ACTION: Notice and request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the renewal of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 21, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

    Email: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include "0651- 0022 comment'' in the subject line of the message.

    Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: Marcie Lovett, Records Management Division Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450; by telephone at 571-272-7728; or by email to Raul.Tamayo@uspto.gov with "0651-0022 comment'' in the subject line. Additional information about this collection is also available at http://www.reginfo.gov under "Information Collection Review.''

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-21/html/2016-22684.htm

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB)

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board and notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program Improvement Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which requires the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board), a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP). To apply for membership to the Board, applicants should submit a current resume to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Board is helpful, but not required. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an equal opportunity employer.

    This notice also sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Board. Board members will discuss and provide advice on the NSGCP in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

    DATES: Solicitation of nominations is open ended. Resumes may be sent to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section, at any time.

    The announced meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT, and Monday, October 10, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT.

    Individuals Selected for Federal Advisory Committee Membership: Upon selection and agreement to serve on the Board, you become a Special Government Employee (SGE) of the United States Government. According to 18 U.S.C. 202(a), an SGE is an officer or employee of an agency who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform temporary duties, with or without compensation, not to exceed 130 days during any period of 365 consecutive days, either on a fulltime or intermittent basis. Please be aware that after the selection process is complete, applicants selected to serve on the Board must complete the following actions before they can be appointed as a Board member: (a) Security clearance (on-line background security check process and fingerprinting), and other applicable forms, both conducted through NOAA Workforce Management; and (b) Confidential Financial Disclosure Report--As an SGE, you are required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report annually to avoid involvement in a real or apparent conflict of interest. You may find the Confidential Financial Disclosure Report at the following Web site: https://www.oge.gov/Web/ oge.nsf/0/98A9E45F947BE66B85257EC10064B655/$FILE/ oge450%20(June%202015)%20(fillable).pdf.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominations will be accepted by email or mail. They should be sent to the attention of Mrs. Jennifer Hinden, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Jennifer.Hinden@noaa.gov. If you need additional assistance, call 301-734-1083.

    For any additional questions concerning the meeting, please contact Mrs. Hinden using the contact information above.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-20/html/2016-22620.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB); Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Thursday November 17, 2016 from 9:45 a.m. EST to 5:45 p.m. EST and on Friday November 18, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. EST to 1:45 p.m. EST. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page www.sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx for the most up-to-date meeting times and agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on November 17 from 5:30-5:45 p.m. EST (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by November 10, 2016 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by November 10, 2016, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after November 10, 2016, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on November 10, 2016, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report from the Review of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES); (2) Updates from the NOAA Administrator and Chief Scientist; (3) Discussion on the Ecosystem Services Valuation Report; (4) Discussion on the GOES-R Level 0 Data report; (5) Discussion on RESTORE Act Metrics and Communication report; (6) SAB Strategy Discussion and Implications for NOAA; and (7) Discussion of the SAB Working Group Concept of Operations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-20/html/2016-22616.htm

  • Defense

  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce an open meeting of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). This meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Herb Nelson, SERDP Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 17D08, Alexandria, VA 22350-3605; or by telephone at (571) 372-6565.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/html/2016-22804.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of advisory committee teleconference.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT members represent academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is for NACEPT to discuss the Council's draft report regarding actions that EPA should take in response to technological and sociological developments in the area of citizen science. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nacept.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a public teleconference on October 17, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building East, Room 1132, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene Green, Designated Federal Officer, green.eugene@epa.gov, (202) 564-2432, U.S. EPA, Office of Resources, Operations and Management; Federal Advisory Committee Management Division (MC1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-19/html/2016-22479.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (the Board). The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative covering (GLRI) FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. to 1 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: 605 016 6037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this teleconference may contact Taylor Fiscus, Alternate Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at fiscus.taylor@epa.gov. General information on the Board can be found at http://glri.us/advisory/index.html.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-21/html/2016-22771.htm

  • Registration Review; Draft Ecological and/or Human Health Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of carfentrazone-ethyl, copper compounds, mineral acids, spinosad, and spinetoram and opens a public comment period on these documents. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed comprehensive draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for all chemicals listed in the Table of Unit III. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue revised risk assessments, explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, and respond to comments and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing proposed registration review decisions for the chemicals listed in the Table of Unit III. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 18, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0794, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://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: OPP 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:

    For pesticide specific information contact: The Chemical Review Manager listed in the Table of Unit III.

    For general questions on the registration review program, contact: Richard Dumas, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8015; email address: dumas.richard@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-19/html/2016-22506.htm

  • Interior

  • Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Seventeenth Regular Meeting; Tentative U.S. Negotiating Positions for Agenda Items and Species Proposals Submitted by Foreign Gove

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will attend the seventeenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 24 to October 5, 2016. This notice announces the availability of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP17.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP17 are available:

    Electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0018, or on our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/international/cites/cop17;

    By email request to: managementauthority@fws.gov; or

    By postal mail or in person, by appointment, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Division of Management Authority, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone 703-358-2095.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information pertaining to resolutions, decisions, and other agenda items, contact Craig Hoover, Chief, Division of Management Authority; telephone: 703-358-2095; email: managementauthority@fws.gov; facsimile: 703-358-2298. For information pertaining to species proposals, contact Rosemarie Gnam, Chief, Division of Scientific Authority; telephone: 703-358-1708; email: scientificauthority@fws.gov; facsimile: 703-358-2276.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-23/html/2016-23008.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative--Science Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management Alaska, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)--Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held October 6 and 7, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. The meeting will be held in the Training Room at the Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage District Office, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507. On Thursday October 6, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m., and on Friday October 7, it will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity for public comment on Thursday, October 6 from 4-4:30 p.m. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Guyer, Acting Deputy Director, North Slope Science Initiative, Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271-3284 or email sguyer@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1- 800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-21/html/2016-22701.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

    AGENCY: National Science and Technology Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this Notice of Request for Public Comment is to solicit relevant comments that can assist in the finalization of the proposed update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Coordinated Framework) to clarify the current roles and responsibilities of the EPA, FDA, and USDA consistent with the objectives described in the July 2, 2015 Memorandum issued by the Executive Office of the President.

    DATES: Responses must be received by November 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit information by either of the following methods (electronic is strongly preferred):

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Docket No. FDA-2015-N-3403. Follow the instructions for submitting information. Information submitted electronically, including attachments, to http://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged.

    Mail: National Science and Technology Council: Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20504. If submitting a response by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing. Written/paper information, including attachments, will be posted to the docket unchanged. Responses must be received by the deadline to be considered.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include Docket No. FDA- 2015-N-3403 for Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology; Request for Public Comment.

    Disclaimer: All information received will be placed in the docket and will be publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov. Responses must be unclassified and should not contain any information that might be considered proprietary, confidential, or personally identifying (such as home address or social security number).

    Responses to this Request for Public Comment will not be returned. The National Science and Technology Council is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received. No requests for a bid package or solicitation will be accepted; no bid package or solicitation exists. This Request for Public Comment is issued solely for information purposes and does not constitute a solicitation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Science and Technology Council: Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC 20504, Phone: 202-456-4444; Melissa M. Goldstein, Science@ostp.eop.gov; Online: https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/contact-emerging-technologies-interagency-policy-coordinating-committee-national-science-and.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/html/2016-22802.htm

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