Commerce

  • Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancy openings on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) that will be pending late April 2017. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re- appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill upcoming vacancies being created by term limits.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before February 6, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director, NMFS Office of Policy, 14th Floor, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director; (301) 427-8034; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/html/2016-31040.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Nonfederal Government Individuals Who Are Candidates To Conduct Peer Reviews

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 21, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Michael Liddel (301) 427-8139 or Michael.Liddel@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-21/html/2016-30724.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Final EPA-USGS Technical Report: Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Geological Survey (USGS).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Geological Survey are releasing a technical report: Final EPA- USGS Technical Report: Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration. Healthy aquatic ecosystems provide an array of services to individuals and society, including clean drinking water, irrigation supplies, and recreational opportunities. Sound and sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems is an integral part of managing water resources to meet the needs of society. Hydrologic alteration can be a contributor to the impairment of water bodies that are designated to support aquatic life. Stresses on aquatic life associated with hydrologic alteration may be further exacerbated by climate change.

    This report provides States, Tribes and territories with scientific and technical information on the natural flow regime and potential effects of flow alteration on aquatic life, and a flexible, nonprescriptive framework that state water managers might consider if they are interested in developing narrative or numeric targets for flow regime components that are protective of aquatic life. The report also provides information about States and Tribes that have adopted narrative water quality standards to protect their waterbodies' flow regimes and on the potential impact of climate change on flow regimes.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Eignor, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1143; email address: eignor.diana@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-21/html/2016-30760.htm

  • Health and Human Services

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

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that a meeting is scheduled to be held for the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The meeting will be open to the public; a public comment session will be held during the meeting. Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and who wish to participate in the public comment session. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or send in their public comment via email should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov. Registration information is available on the Web site http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ and must be completed by January 20, 2017; all in-person attendees must pre-register by this date. Additional information about registering for the meeting and providing public comment can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ on the Meetings page.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on January 25, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 January 20, 2017; public attendance at the meeting is limited to the available space.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.

    The meeting can also be accessed through a live webcast on the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Gellin, Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 260-6638; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/html/2016-30904.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group.

    The teleconference meeting will be open to the public as indicated below. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance should notify the contact person listed below in advance of the meeting. No physical meeting location is provided for any interested individuals to listen to committee discussions. Any individual interested in listening to the meeting discussions must call: 1-877- 668-4493 and use Passcode: 627 298 875 for access to the meeting.

    Name of Working Group: Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group.

    Date: January 9, 2017.

    Open Session: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST.

    Agenda: Discussion will review current Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) activities and newly proposed BD2K initiatives.

    Open Session Presentations: ADDS Updates--"State of BD2K''. All-Hands Meeting and Open Data Science Symposium Recap.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Closed Session: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST.

    Agenda: Discussion will focus on review of proposed Funding Plans for BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcements.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Contact Person: Tonya Scott, Building 1, Room 325, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814-0174, email: tonya.scott@nih.gov, Telephone: 301-402-9817.

    Information is also available on the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science's home page: https://datascience.nih.gov/index where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-19/html/2016-30358.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of Public Meetings via Teleconference: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will meet via teleconference to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act U.S. small grant proposals for reporting to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Teleconference: The teleconference is scheduled for February 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    Attendance: Because this is a teleconference, there is no meeting venue. Individuals wishing to participate in the teleconference should contact the Council Coordinator for the call-in information (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than February 17, 2017.

    Presenting Information During the Teleconference: If you are interested in presenting information, contact the Council Coordinator no later than February 17, 2017.

    Submitting Information: To submit written information or questions before the Council meeting for consideration during the meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than February 17, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Mott, Council Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB, Falls Church, VA 22041. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 during normal business hours. Also, FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-23/html/2016-31026.htm

  • Joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services), announce the availability of the final revised Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP) Handbook, which describes requirements, procedures, and guidance for permit issuance and conservation plan development for incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of the newly revised joint HCP Handbook is to instruct the Services on how to assist applicants to develop HCPs in an efficient and effective manner, while ensuring adequate conservation of listed species. Although the Handbook is designed for the Services, it also can be useful to other HCP practitioners, such as applicants, consultants, and partners.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trish Adams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, phone: 703-358-2120; email: trish_adams@fws.gov, or Maggie Miller, National Marine Fisheries Service, phone: 301-427-8457; email: Margaret.h.miller@noaa.gov. People who use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800- 877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-21/html/2016-30673.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Archeology Permit Applications and Reports

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (National Park Service, NPS) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2017. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by February 17, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Mail Stop 242, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); or madonna_baucum@nps.gov (email). Please include "1024-0037'' in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Karen Mudar, Ph.D., Archeologist, Washington Support Office Archeology Program, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240 (mail); Karen_Mudar@nps.gov (email); or (202) 354-2103 (telephone).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-19/html/2016-30450.htm

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