Agriculture

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this Committee to serve for terms of 2 years.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before November 28, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Completed nomination forms should be sent by email or mail to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Diane L. Sutton, Designated Federal Officer, APHIS Veterinary Services, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; email: SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov; phone (301) 851-3509.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-12/html/2016-24606.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Essential Fish Habitat

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

    ACTION: Notice of public hearings.


    SUMMARY: On September 8, 2016, NMFS published a notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for Amendment 10 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The purpose of this Draft Amendment is to update Atlantic HMS Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) with recent information following the EFH delineation methodology established in Amendment 1 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP (Amendment 1); update and consider new Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) for Atlantic bluefin tuna and sandbar, lemon, and sand tiger sharks based on recent information, as warranted; minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing and non-fishing activities on EFH; and identify other actions to encourage the conservation and enhancement of EFH. NMFS announces two public hearing conference calls/webinars to allow opportunities for interested members of the public from all geographic areas to submit verbal comments on Draft Amendment 10.

    DATES: NMFS will host public hearing conference calls/webinars on November 10, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m. EST and November 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. Written comments on Draft Amendment 10 will be accepted until December 22, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Two public hearing conference calls/webinars will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for information on how to access the conference calls/webinars. More information about Draft Amendment 10, including how to submit written comments, may be found at http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/documents/fmp/am10/index.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Cudney or Randy Blankinship at (727) 824-5399.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-14/html/2016-24919.htm

  • Draft 2016 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2016 SARs.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 9, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: The 2016 draft SARs are available in electronic form via the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/draft.htm.

    Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Marcia Muto, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE BIN 15700, Seattle, WA 98115-0070.

    Copies of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Regional SARs may be requested from Elizabeth Josephson, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.

    Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037-1508.

    You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2016-0101, by any of the following methods:

    Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0101, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments.

    Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8402, Shannon.Bettridge@noaa.gov; Marcia Muto 206- 526-4026, Marcia.Muto@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska regional stock assessments; Elizabeth Josephson, 508-495-2362, Elizabeth.Josephson@noaa.gov, regarding Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean regional stock assessments; or Jim Carretta, 858-546-7171, Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov, regarding Pacific regional stock assessments.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-11/html/2016-24404.htm

  • Listing Endangered or Threatened Species; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Pacific Bluefin Tuna as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

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

    ACTION: 90-day petition finding, request for information, and initiation of status review.


    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing. We find that the petition presents substantial scientific information indicating the petitioned action may be warranted. We will conduct a status review of the Pacific bluefin tuna to determine whether the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to this species.

    DATES: Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action must be received by December 12, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by "Pacific Bluefin Tuna Petition (NOAA-NMFS-2016-0100)," by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= NOAA-NMFS-2016-0100, click the "Comment Now" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail or hand-delivery: Protected Resources Division, West Coast Region, NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite #1100, Portland, OR 97232.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. We will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Electronic copies of the petition and other materials are available on the NMFS West Coast Region Web site at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Please direct other inquiries to Scott Rumsey, NMFS West Coast Region at scott.rumsey@noaa.gov, (503) 872-2791; or Marta Nammack, NMFS Office of Protected Resources at marta.nammack@noaa.gov, (301) 427-8469.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-11/html/2016-24477.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee; Notification of Public Teleconference and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public teleconference and public comment.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hereby provides notice that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee will host a public teleconference convening on November 1, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary discussion will be on ORD's Cross-Cutting Research Roadmaps: Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Nitrogen and Children's Environmental Health. There will also be an update on social science and program evaluation. The public is invited to provide comment from 1:25 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Eastern Time. For information on registering to participate on the teleconference or to provide public comment, please see the DATES and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is required. Registration for participating via teleconference closes October 28, 2016. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period or to submit written public comment is October 28, 2016.

    DATES: The BOSC Executive Committee meeting will be held on November 1, 2016. All times noted are Eastern Time and are approximate. To participate on the teleconference you must register at the following site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-bosc-executive-committee-teleconference-registration-25993266560. Once you have completed the online registration, you will be contacted and provided with the teleconference instructions.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the meeting should be directed to Tom Tracy, Designated Federal Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., MC 8104 R, Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564- 6518; by fax at 202-565-2911; or via email at tracy.tom@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-14/html/2016-24916.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy, Office of Biotechnology Activities; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: November 4, 2016.

    Time: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern.

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) Stakeholder engagement on implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC); (2) status of the Blue Ribbon Panel review of the 2014 variola virus incident on the NIH Bethesda campus; and (3) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference call only; No in-person meeting).

    Call-in Information: U.S. Toll-Free Dial-In: 1 (888) 939-3921. Confirmation Number: 43519965.

    Contact Person: Christopher Viggiani, Ph.D., Executive Director, NSABB, NIH Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 496-9838, viggianic@od.nih.gov.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research--defined as legitimate biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The toll-free teleconference line will be open to the public at 11:30 a.m. to allow time for operator-assisted check-in. Persons planning to participate in the teleconference may also pre-register online via the link provided below or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Ida Donner at 301-273-2838). Pre-registration will close at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on November 1, 2016. After that time, attendees may register their information with the teleconference operator upon dialing into the meeting. Individuals who plan to participate and need special assistance should submit a request to the contact person listed on this notice by October 28.

    Meeting materials: The meeting agenda and links to the online pre-registration will be available at: http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb/nsabb-meetings-and-conferences. Please check this Web site for updates.

    Public Comments: Time will be allotted on the agenda for the delivery of oral public comments. Members of the public interested in delivering prepared comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB should indicate so upon registration. Sign-up for delivering prepared oral comments will be limited to one per person or organization representative per open comment period. Individual comments will be time-limited to facilitate broad participation from multiple speakers.

    In addition, interested persons may file written comments at any time with the Board via an email sent to nsabb@od.nih.gov or by regular mail sent to the Contact Person listed on this notice. Written statements should include the name, contact information, and when applicable, the professional affiliation of the interested person. Written comments received by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on November 1, 2016 will be relayed to the NSABB prior to the teleconference meeting. Any written comments received after this deadline will be provided to the Board either before or after the meeting, depending on the volume of comments received and the time required to process them in accordance with privacy regulations and other applicable federal policies.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-11/html/2016-24412.htm

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services; Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request: "Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums"--A Museums for America 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. 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 Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums--A Museums for America 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 December 12, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: For a copy of the documents contact: Mark Isaksen, Senior Museum Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024. Mr. Isaksen can be reached by telephone: 202-653-4662; fax: 202-653-4667; email: misaksen@imls.gov or by or by teletype (TTY/TDD) for persons with hearing difficulty at 202-653-4614.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-13/html/2016-24681.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held as follows: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (All times Mountain Time Zone).

    ADDRESSES: 1064 E Lowell St. Tucson, AZ 85721. The SW CSC is located on the campus of the University of Arizona in the ENR2 building. The November 9-10 meeting will be held in ENR2 S225.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-12/html/2016-24569.htm

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