Commerce

  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public and public comments are requested in advance or during the meeting. Information about the HSRP meeting, agenda, presentations, webinar and background documents will be posted online at: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/meetings_seattle2017.htm.

    DATES: The meeting is April 18-20, 2017. The agenda and times are subject to change. For updates, please check online at: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/meetings_seattle2017.htm.

    Location: Downtown Seattle, Washington, with venue to be announced online at: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/meetings_seattle2017.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis, HSRP program manager, National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/NSD), 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3 #6301, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone: 301-713-2750 ext. 166; email: Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-01/html/2017-03934.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held March 20-22, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor, 101 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128; 617-568-6026.

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

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-28/html/2017-03865.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the "Waters of the United States'' Rule

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. It is in the national interest to ensure that the Nation's navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution.

    Sec. 2. Review of the Waters of the United States Rule. (a) The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Administrator) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (Assistant Secretary) shall review the final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,' " 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), for consistency with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.

    (b) The Administrator, the Assistant Secretary, and the heads of all executive departments and agencies shall review all orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing the final rule listed in subsection (a) of this section for consistency with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order and shall rescind or revise, or publish for notice and comment proposed rules rescinding or revising, those issuances, as appropriate and consistent with law and with any changes made as a result of a rulemaking proceeding undertaken pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

    (c) With respect to any litigation before the Federal courts related to the final rule listed in subsection (a) of this section, the Administrator and the Assistant Secretary shall promptly notify the Attorney General of the pending review under subsection (b) of this section so that the Attorney General may, as he deems appropriate, inform any court of such review and take such measures as he deems appropriate concerning any such litigation pending the completion of further administrative proceedings related to the rule.

    Sec. 3. Definition of "Navigable Waters" in Future Rulemaking. In connection with the proposed rule described in section 2(a) of this order, the Administrator and the Assistant Secretary shall consider interpreting the term "navigable waters," as defined in 33 U.S.C. 1362(7), in a manner consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006).

    Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Draft Chapter: Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the availability of a draft chapter to be published in the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods entitled, "Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Filters by Transmission Electron Microscopy," for public comment. The document and instructions for submitting comments can be found at www.regulations.gov.

    DATES: Electronic or written comments must be received by April 28, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by CDC-2017-0014 and docket number NIOSH-292, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Docket Office, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS C-34, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1998.

    Instructions: All information received in response to this notice must include the agency name and docket number [CDC-2017-0014; NIOSH- 292]. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to www.regulations.gov. All information received in response to this notice will also be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, 1150 Tusculum Avenue, Room 155, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: M. Eileen Birch, Ph.D., CDC/NIOSH, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS R-7, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; (513) 841-4298 (this is not a toll free number).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-27/html/2017-03738.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on CLIAC. CLIAC provides scientific and technical advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS; the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The advice and guidance pertain to general issues related to improvement in clinical laboratory quality and laboratory medicine. In addition, the Committee provides advice and guidance on specific questions related to possible revision of the CLIA standards. Examples include providing guidance on studies designed to improve safety, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, equity, and patient-centeredness of laboratory services; revisions to the standards under which clinical laboratories are regulated; the impact of proposed revisions to the standards on medical and laboratory practice; and the modification of the standards and provision of non-regulatory guidelines to accommodate technological advances, such as new test methods, the electronic transmission of laboratory information, and mechanisms to improve the integration of public health and clinical laboratory practices.

    CLIAC consists of 20 members including the Chair, represents a diverse membership across laboratory specialties, professional roles (laboratory management, technical specialists, physicians, nurses) and practice settings (academic, clinical, public health), and includes a consumer representative. In addition, the Committee includes three ex officio members (or designees), including the Director, CDC; the Administrator, CMS; and the Commissioner, FDA. A nonvoting representative from the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) serves as the industry liaison. The Designated Federal Official (DFO) or their designee and the Executive Secretary are present at all meetings to ensure meetings are within applicable statutory, regulatory and HHS General Administration manual directives.

    Request for Candidates: Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to accomplishing CLIAC's objectives. Nominees will be selected by the HHS Secretary or designee from authorities knowledgeable across the fields of microbiology (including bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology), immunology (including histocompatibility), chemistry, hematology, pathology (including histopathology and cytology), or genetic testing (including cytogenetics); representatives from the fields of medical technology, public health, and clinical practice; and consumer representatives. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stipulates that Committee membership be balanced in terms of points of view represented, and the committee's function. Appointments shall be made without discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, disability, and cultural, religious, or socioeconomic status. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government. Current participation on federal workgroups or prior experience serving on a federal advisory committee does not disqualify a candidate; however, HHS policy is to avoid excessive individual service on advisory committees and multiple committee memberships. Committee members are Special Government Employees, requiring the filing of financial disclosure reports at the beginning and annually during their terms. CDC reviews potential candidates for CLIAC membership each year, and provides a slate of nominees for consideration to the Secretary of HHS for final selection. HHS notifies selected candidates of their appointment near the start of the term in July, or as soon as the HHS selection process is completed. Note that the need for different expertise and individuals to maintain the appropriate demographic balance varies from year to year and a candidate who is not selected in one year may be reconsidered in a subsequent year.

    Candidates should submit the following items to be considered for nomination. The deadline for receipt of materials for the 2018 term is May 1, 2017:

    Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address).

    Letter(s) of recommendation from person(s) not employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Contact Person for More Information: Nancy Anderson, Chief, Laboratory Practice Standards Branch, Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Office of Public Health Scientific Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop F-11, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4018; telephone (404) 498-2741; or via email at NAnderson@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-03/html/2017-04103.htm

  • Interior

  • National Geospatial Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, has been established to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16.

    DATES: The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 21, 2017, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 22, 2017 (times are Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior building, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240 in the South Penthouse Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Mahoney, Senior Advisor to Executive the Executive Director, Federal Geospatial Data Committee (FGDC), U.S. Geological Survey; phone (206) 220-4621; email jmahoney@usgs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-03/html/2017-04164.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Faster Administration of Science and Technology Education and Research (FASTER) Community of Practice (CoP)

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

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Fouad Ramia at ramia@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873.

    Date/Location: The FASTER CoP meetings will be held monthly (January 2017-December 2017) at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Please note that public seating for these meetings is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. WebEx and/or Teleconference participation is available for each meeting. Please reference the FASTER CoP Web site for meeting dates and times. Further information about the NITRD may be found at: http://www.nitrd.gov/.

    Faster Web site: The agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials and information can be found on the FASTER Web site at: https://www.nitrd.gov/nitrdgroups/index.php?title=FASTER.

    SUMMARY: The goal of the FASTER CoP is to enhance collaboration and accelerate agencies' adoption of advanced IT capabilities developed by Government-sponsored IT research. FASTER, seeks to accelerate deployment of promising research technologies; share protocol information, standards, and best practices; and coordinate and disseminate technology assessment and testbed results.

    Public Comments: The government seeks individual input; attendees/ participants may provide individual advice only. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments to Faster-comments@nitrd.gov. Please note that under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available to the public via the FASTER CoP Web site.

    Submitted by the National Science Foundation in support of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO) on February 23, 2017.

    Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-01/html/2017-03941.htm

  • Large Scale Networking (LSN)--Joint Engineering Team (JET)

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

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Grant Miller at miller@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873.

    DATES: The JET meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (January 2017-December 2017, 12:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Please note that public seating for these meetings is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. WebEx and/or Teleconference participation is available for each meeting. Please reference the JET Web site for updates. Further information about the NITRD may be found at: http://www.nitrd.gov/.

    SUMMARY: The JET, established in 1997, provides for information sharing among Federal agencies and non-Federal participants with interest in high performance research networking and networking to support science applications. The JET reports to the Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG). The agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials and information can be found on the JET Web site at: https://www.nitrd.gov/nitrdgroups/index.php?title=JointEngineeringTeam_(JET)).

    Public Comments: The government seeks individual input; attendees/ participants may provide individual advice only. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments to jet-comments@nitrd.gov. Please note that under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available to the public via the JET Web site.

    Submitted by the National Science Foundation in support of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO) on February 23, 2017.

    Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-01/html/2017-03935.htm

  • Large Scale Networking (LSN)--Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination (MAGIC) Team

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

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Grant Miller at miller@nitrd.gov or (703) 292-4873.

    DATES: The MAGIC Team meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Please note that public seating for these meetings is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. WebEx and/or Teleconference participation is available for each meeting. Please reference the MAGIC Team Web site for updates. Further information about the NITRD may be found at: http://www.nitrd.gov/.

    SUMMARY: The MAGIC Team, established in 2002, provides a forum for information sharing among Federal agencies and non-Federal participants with interests and responsibility for middleware, Grid, and cloud projects. The MAGIC Team reports to the Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG). The agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials and information can be found on the MAGIC Web site at: https://www.nitrd.gov/nitrdgroups/index.php?title=MiddlewareAndGridInteragencyCoordination_(MAGIC)).

    Public Comments: The government seeks individual input; attendees/ participants may provide individual advice only. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments to magic-comments@nitrd.gov. Please note that under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available to the public via the MAGIC Team Web site.

    Submitted by the National Science Foundation in support of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO) on February 23, 2017.

    Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-01/html/2017-03942.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board (NSB), pursuant to the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 1864(e) (2)), hereby gives notice that the NSB has updated its delegation of authority to the NSF Director to make awards. The current delegation of authority is presented in the following resolution, adopted by the NSB at its meeting on February 22, 2017.

    Resolution NSB-2017-5

    National Science Board

    Delegation of Award-Approval Authority to the Director

    Resolved, that the National Science Board (Board) adopts the delegation of award-approval authority to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director as below:

    1. The Director of the National Science Foundation may make no award involving an anticipated average annual amount of the greater of either 1 percent or more of the awarding Directorate's or Office's prior year current plan or 0.1 percent or more of the prior year total NSF budget without the prior approval of the National Science Board.

    2. The Director may make no award from the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account without the prior approval of the Board.

    3. Except as provided in paragraphs (1) and (2) or by special resolution of the Board, the Board delegates to the Director authority to make any award within the authority of NSF.

    4. When the Board approves an award, the Director may subsequently amend the award to change the expiration date of the award and/or to commit additional sums, not to exceed the lesser of 10 million dollars or 20 percent of the amount specified in the Board resolution. In the case of procurements, when the Board approves or authorizes the Director to make an award and no amount is specified in the Board resolution, the Director may subsequently amend the award to change the expiration date of the award and/or to commit additional sums not to exceed the lesser of 10 million dollars or 20 percent of the contract ceiling award amount.

    5. The Director will continue to consult with the National Science Board on programs which represent a significant, long-term investment, particularly those which will be funded as an ongoing NSF-wide activity or which involve substantive policy, interagency, or international issues.

    6. This delegation supersedes and replaces the delegation of award-approval authority adopted by the Board in February 2011 (NSB-11- 2).

    Agency Contact:

    Ann Bushmiller, abushmil@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-28/html/2017-04011.htm

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