Agriculture

  • Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; Federal Plant Pest and Noxious Weeds Regulations

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Reinstatement of an information collection; comment request.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request the reinstatement of an information collection associated with the Federal plant pest and noxious weeds regulations.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 14, 2017.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0003.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2017-0003, 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-2017- 0003 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: For information regarding the Federal plant pest and noxious weeds regulations, contact Dr. Colin D. Stewart, Assistant Director, Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits Branch, Plant Health Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 851-2237. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-13/html/2017-02868.htm

  • Commerce

  • Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment will hold its next meeting at the time and location listed below.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Registration, written statements, requests to make oral comments, and requests for special accommodations should be received at one of the addresses below on or before February 28, 2017.

    The meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. EST to 5:30 p.m. EST both days. There will be a 30-minute public comment period on March 7 from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://sncaadvisorycommittee.noaa.gov/Meetings.aspx for the most up-to-date meeting times and agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3624.

    Individuals and groups may register, submit written statements, request to make oral comments, and/or request special accommodations (see additional information below) by either of the following methods:

    Send an email message to snca.advisorycommittee@noaa.gov. Please include 'March 2017 Meeting' on the subject line; or

    Send paper statements to Laura Letson, Advisory Committee Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11359, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Letson, Advisory Committee Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11359, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: snca.advisorycommittee@noaa.gov; or visit the Advisory Committee Web site http://sncaadvisorycommittee.noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-13/html/2017-02894.htm

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting; Addendum

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting; additional information regarding agenda and webinar.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors on February 28-March 1, 2017. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils and NMFS, including issues related to the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. Agenda items include discussions on budget allocations for FY2017 and budget planning for FY2018; an update on current joint science initiatives, including Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management; the FY2017 legislative outlook; updates on planning for the CCC Scientific Coordination Committee meeting, NMFS bycatch reduction strategy, the NMFS National Standard 1 guidance and implementation, Marine Recreational Information Program updates, stock assessment improvement plan; and other topics related to implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. All sessions are open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting and webinar will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, recess at 5:00 p.m. or when business is complete; and reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and adjourn by 3:30 p.m. or when business is complete.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street; Arlington, VA 22202; Telephone: (703) 415- 5000. The meeting presentations will also be available via WebEx webinar/conference call.

    On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the conference call information is phone number 888-455-5378; Participant Code 8262839; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents3.webex.com/noaaevents3/onstage/g.php?MTID=e71293830f973912c143fa64ae763187d; event password: NOAA.

    On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the conference call information is phone number 888-455-5378; Participant Code: 8262839; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents3.webex.com/noaaevents3/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb8395a0a32359253a01f718217e7158d; event password: NOAA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Fredieu: telephone 301-427-8505 or email at Brian.Fredieu@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-17/html/2017-03232.htm

  • Meeting of the Advisory Committee to the United States Delegation to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

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

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces its annual spring meeting to be held March 21-23, 2017.

    DATES: The open sessions of the Committee meeting will be held on March 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; March 22, 2017, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and March 23, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed sessions will be held on March 22, 2017, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on March 23, 2017, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel, 1100 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. The phone number is (954) 527-2700.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel O'Malley at (301) 427-8373.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-17/html/2017-03152.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (#9487).

    Date/Time: March 29, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., March 30, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Stephen Meacham, Senior Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of Director/National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; (Email: smeacham@nsf.gov, Telephone: (703) 292-8040).

    Minutes: May be obtained from http://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda: (Tentative) Approval of minutes from past meetings. Updates on agency support for environmental research and activities. Discussion with NSF Director and Assistant Directors. Discussion of emerging research topics in environmental science, engineering and education. An updated agenda will be available at http://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp approximately one week before the start of the meeting.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-16/html/2017-03149.htm

  • Business and Operations Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Business and Operations Advisory Committee (9556).

    Date/Time: March 13, 2017; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST).

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230; Stafford I, Room 1235.

    Type of Meeting: OPEN.

    Contact Person: Joan Miller, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; (703) 292-8200.

    Purpose of Meeting: To receive, consider, discuss and appropriately treat the recommendations of its Subcommittee on the Implementation of National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Recommendations.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-17/html/2017-03239.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board (NSB), 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 meetings for the transaction of NSB business as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: February 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., and February 22, 2017 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. EST.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the NSF headquarters, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide your name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor's desk in the lobby of the 9th and N. Stuart Street entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Due to recent security changes, visitors should allot some extra time for the entrance process.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/170221 and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the NSB Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter, and status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp.

    NOTICE RE MEETING TIME FLEXIBILITY: The NSB is conducting a pilot project to provide some flexibility around meeting times during the February 2017 meetings. After the first meeting of each day, actual meeting start and end times will be allowed to vary by as much as (but no more than) 15 minutes in either direction. As an example, if a 10:00 meeting finishes at 10:45, the meeting scheduled to begin at 11:00 may begin at 10:45 instead. Similarly, the 10:00 meeting may be allowed to run over by as much as 15 minutes if the meeting chair decides the extra time is warranted. The next meeting will start no later than 11:15. No meeting will start more than 15 minutes away from its originally scheduled start.

    NSB is implementing this pilot to improve the quality of NSB and committee discussions, and to make more effective and efficient use of NSB members' limited in-person meeting time. In prior meetings, the NSB has experienced unusable time after short meetings, and has rushed the discussion of important matters to meet the clock.

    After the meeting day has begun, please arrive at the NSB boardroom or check the webcast 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the meeting you wish to observe. Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on the scheduling flexibility pilot. Contact: nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Brad Guttierez, bgutierr@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, 703-292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-16/html/2017-03279.htm

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