Agriculture

  • Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would revise our regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in order to update the regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and understanding of the plant pest and noxious weed risk posed by genetically engineered organisms, thereby reducing burden for regulated entities whose organisms pose no plant pest or noxious weed risks. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published on January 19, 2017 (82 FR 7008) is extended. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 19, 2017.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0057.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0057, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015- 0057 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Sidney Abel, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238; (301) 851-3896.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-10/html/2017-02783.htm

  • National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Washington, DC Attendees may also participate via webinar and conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information relating to the Committee, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/committee.

    DATES: The meetings will be held in-person and via webinar/conference call on the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

    Wednesday, March, 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of meetings prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the USDA Forest Service Washington Office--Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104.

    For anyone who would like to attend via webinar and/or conference call, please visit the Web site listed above or contact the person listed in the section titled For Further Information Contact. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service Washington Office--Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW., Mail Stop 1104, Washington, DC 20250-1104. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Crystal Merica, Committee Coordinator, by phone at 202-205-3562, or by email at ckmerica@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/html/2017-02371.htm

  • Commerce

  • International Affairs; Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act

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

    ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum), this action delays the effective date of the final rule published on January 19, 2017.

    DATES: Effective February 9, 2017, the effective date of the final rule amending 15 CFR part 902 and 50 CFR part 300, that published on January 19, 2017, at 82 FR 6221, is delayed until March 21, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mi Ae Kim, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, NMFS (phone 301-427-8365, or email mi.ae.kim@noaa.gov).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-09/html/2017-02658.htm

  • Energy

  • Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, February 23, 2017; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, February 24, 2017; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Runkles; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U.S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903- 6529.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/html/2017-02563.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors Homeland Security Subcommittee; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting 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) Homeland Security Subcommittee (HSS) will host a public meeting at the EPA's Main Campus Facility, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All times noted are Eastern Time and are approximate. The primary discussions will focus on effective and efficient tools, strategies and methods to characterize and assess exposure and decontamination following a biological contamination incident. There will be a public comment period on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For information on registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than fifteen calendar days notice.

    DATES: The BOSC HSS meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. All times noted are Eastern Time and are approximate.

    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; fax at 202-565-2911; or via email at tracy.tom@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/html/2017-02426.htm

  • Interior

  • Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; supplemental.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) is proposing to establish the 2017-18 hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds. We annually prescribe frameworks, or outer limits, for dates and times when hunting may occur and the number of birds that may be taken and possessed in hunting seasons. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions.

    DATES: You must submit comments on the proposed migratory bird hunting frameworks by March 13, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Comments: You may submit comments on the proposals by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-HQ- MB-2016-0051.

    U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-MB-2016-0051; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Review of Public Comments and Flyway Council Recommendations section, below, for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron W. Kokel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, MS: MB, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; (703) 358-1967.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-09/html/2017-02684.htm

  • 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: Monday, March 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 5H41-A, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. KarShelia Henderson, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2355, fax (202) 358-2779, or khenderson@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/html/2017-02600.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Measuring the Impact of Digital Repositories

    AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

    ACTION: Request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: Representatives from Federal research agencies, academia and the private sector will identify the current metrics, tools and practices that are effective, and the issues that will require additional research.

    DATES: February 28-March 1, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Wendy Wigen at 703-292-4873 or wigen@nitrd.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/html/2017-02387.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on External Engagement (EE), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Review and discuss draft charge for the Committee on External Engagement.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Nadine Lymn (nlymn@nsf.gov), 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    Chris Blair, Executive Assistant to the National Science Board Office. [FR Doc. 2017-02484 Filed 2-2-17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7555-01-P

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-06/html/2017-02484.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n- 5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of a companion brief, Career Pathways for STEM Ph.D.s.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Matt Wilson (mbwilson@nsf.gov), 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    Chris Blair, Executive Assistant to the National Science Board Office.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-08/html/2017-02706.htm

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