Agriculture

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

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is hosting a series of public meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to offer comments on proposed revisions to its regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms.

    DATES: The public meetings will be held in Missouri on June 6, 2017; in California on June 13, 2017; and in Maryland on June 16, 2017. The public meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time each day, with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be held at the following locations:

    Missouri: APHIS Center for Animal Welfare, 6501 Beacon Drive, Kansas City, MO 64133;

    California: University of California (UC) Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616; and

    Maryland: USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard George, Supervisory Communication Specialist, Policy Coordination Programs, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238; (301) 851-3904.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-18/html/2017-10062.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a teleconference of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Monday, June 12, 2017; 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held via webcast using Zoom. Instructions for Zoom can be found on the BERAC meeting Web site at: https://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tristram West, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone (301) 903- 5155; fax (301) 903-5051 or email: tristram.west@science.doe.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-17/html/2017-09981.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve as Members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the opening of the nomination period for individuals qualified to serve as members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to serve 5-year terms starting in 2018 or 2019.

    DATES: Nomination packages must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 3, 2017. Complete nomination packages must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages should be submitted electronically to cpstf@cdc.gov or by U.S. mail to the address provided below in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donyelle Russ, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS E-69, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Phone (404) 498-3971, email: cpstf@cdc.gov.

    The submission process and qualification requirements, the selection process, and the time commitment of Task Force members are described below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-15/html/2017-09733.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to 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: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting nominations of individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council) as a non- voting liaison representative member from an organization and/or interest group. Nominations from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to this member category of the Advisory Council are currently being accepted.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Information on how to submit a nomination is on the Advisory Council Web site, http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: MacKenzie Robertson, Committee Management 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) 690-5566; email: CARB@hhs.gov. The Advisory Council charter may be accessed online at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/. The charter includes detailed information about the Advisory Council's purpose, function, and structure.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-16/html/2017-09778.htm

  • Solicitation of Public Comments on the Draft Federal Pain Research Strategy

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee Solicitation for Public Comments on the Draft Federal Pain Research Strategy

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), notice is hereby given of a meeting hosted by the National Institutes of Health to present the Draft Federal Pain Research Strategy and to solicit public comments on this document. The meeting will be open to the public and videocast.

    Dates: June 1, 2017.

    Time: 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Agenda: Invited speakers will present and discuss research recommendations developed for the Draft Federal Pain Research Strategy. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions on site or on- line. Information to submit comments in advance and during the meeting will be posted on May 25th, 2017, at https://iprcc.nih.gov/.

    Summary: The Federal Pain Research Strategy is an effort of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) and the NINDS Office of Pain Policy to oversee development of a long-term strategic plan for pain research. A diverse and balanced group of scientific experts, patient advocates, and federal representatives identified and prioritized research recommendations as a basis for a long-term strategic plan to coordinate and advance the federal research agenda. The key areas of prevention of acute and chronic pain, acute pain and acute pain management, the transition from acute to chronic pain, chronic pain and chronic pain management, and disparities in pain and pain care will provide a framework for development of the strategy upon which important cross-cutting elements will be addressed.

    Meeting Location: William H. Natcher Conference Center, Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Webcast Live: https://videocast.nih.gov/.

    Contact Person: Linda L. Porter, Ph.D., Director, Office of Pain Policy, Officer of the Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, 31 Center Drive, Room 8A31, Bethesda, MD 20892, Phone: (301) 451-4460, Email: Linda.Porter@nih.gov.

    The meeting is open to the public and is free. More information can be found at https://iprcc.nih.gov/.

    Individuals who participate in person or by videocast and who need special assistance, such as captioning of the call or other reasonable accommodations, should submit a request to the Contact Person listed on this notice at least seven days prior to the meeting.

    Information about the IPRCC and the Federal Pain Research Strategy is available on the Web site at https://iprcc.nih.gov/.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-16/html/2017-09860.htm

  • State

  • Notice; Call for Expert Reviewers

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice; call for expert reviewers.


    SUMMARY: The United States Government encourages relevant experts to provide comments to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on six assessments related to biodiversity and ecosystem services: Four regional assessments, one global assessment, and one assessment on land degradation and restoration.

    DATES: The three regional draft assessments and the land degradation and restoration draft assessment: Available for review now until June 26, 2017.

    The Americas regional draft assessment: Available for review from May 29-July 24, 2017.

    The global draft assessment: Available for review from June 15- August 15, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Aktipis, AktipisS@state.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-19/html/2017-10214.htm

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