Agriculture

  • Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Animals and Poultry, Animal and Poultry Products, Certain Animal Embryos, Semen, and Zoological Animals

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval 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 a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, semen, and zoological animals.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 29, 2017.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0048.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2017-0048, 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- 0048 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 on the importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, and zoological animals, contact Dr. Bettina Helm, Senior Staff Veterinarian, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3300. 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-2017-06-30/html/2017-13782.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • Notice of 107th Commission Meeting

    A notice by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission on 07/17/2017.

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 107th meeting in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2017. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 106th meeting
    3. Commissioners and staff reports
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities

    The meeting will focus on reports and updates relating to programs and research projects affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic.

    The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (Title I Pub. L. 98-373) and the Presidential Executive Order on Arctic Research (Executive Order 12501) dated January 28, 1985, established the United States Arctic Research Commission.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: Kathy Farrow, Communications Specialist, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525- 0111 or TDD 703-306-0090.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-29/html/2017-13578.htm

  • Commerce

  • Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations for the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees.


    SUMMARY: On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (the "Act"), Public Law 106-113, which, among other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and to advise the Director on these matters. The America Invents Act Technical Corrections Act made several amendments to the 1999 Act, including the requirement that the terms of the USPTO Public Advisory Committee members be realigned by 2014, so that December 1 be used as the start and end date, with terms staggered so that each year three existing terms expire and three new terms begin on December 1. Through this Notice, the USPTO is requesting nominations for up to three (3) members of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and for up to three (3) members of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, for terms of three years that begin on December 1, 2017.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 25, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit nominations should send the nominee's resum[eacute] by postal mail to Brendan McCommas, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450 or by electronic mail to: PPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Patent Public Advisory Committee, or TPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Trademark Public Advisory Committee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brendan McCommas, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, at (571) 272-8600.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-30/html/2017-13769.htm

  • Request for Comment; Notice of Development of Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (To Define and Measure the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation)

    AGENCY: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Advance notice of development of satellite account to define and measure the outdoor recreation economy; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and Federal Recreation Council (FRC) are soliciting comments from the public on the development of a new set of national statistics that would provide information on the economic activity generated by outdoor recreation in the United States as authorized by the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Impact Act of 2016, Public Law 114-249.

    DATES: Comments must be received no later than 30 days after publication of this notice.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments via email to OutdoorRecreation@bea.gov. Comments sent by any other method or after the comment period may not be considered. All comments are a part of the public record.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Howells, Chief, Industry Analysis Division (BE-53), Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233; phone: (301) 278-9586 or via email at thomas.howells@bea.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-26/html/2017-13289.htm

  • Review of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Designated or Expanded Since April 28, 2007; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    ACTION: Notice; request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Executive Order 13795--Implementing an America- First Offshore Energy Strategy, signed on April 28, 2017, the Department of Commerce is conducting a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments since April 28, 2007. The Secretary of Commerce will use the review to inform the preparation of a report under Executive Order 13795, Sec. 4(b)(ii). This Notice identifies 11 National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments subject to the review and invites comments to inform the review.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted no later than July 26, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket ID NOAA-NOS- 2017-0066 by one of the following methods:

    Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: E.O. 13795 Review, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the public record and will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (for electronic comments submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Douros, 831-647-1920, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-26/html/2017-13308.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (the Board) to discuss the Board's specific recommendations in response to charge questions from the federal Interagency Task Force on the development of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan 3.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only. The teleconference number is 866-299-3188 and the teleconference code is 120 3348.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this teleconference may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at Cestaric.Rita@epa.gov. General information about the Board can be found at http://glri.us/advisory/index.html.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-29/html/2017-13660.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), and six SAB committees described in this notice. Appointments will be announced by the EPA Administrator.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than July 27, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the CASAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2050 or by email at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. For information about the chartered SAB membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564-4885 or by email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. For all other inquiries, nominators should contact the appropriate Designated Federal Officers (DFO) for the committees, as identified below. Anyone unable to submit electronic nominations may send a paper copy to the appropriate DFO.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-27/html/2017-13332.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations for public members.


    SUMMARY: The Council advises the Secretary of HHS (Secretary) and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on matters related to activities of the Agency to carry out its mission. AHRQ's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. epartment of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. Seven current members' terms will expire in November 2017

    DATES: Nominations should be received on or before 60 days after date of publication.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Jaime Zimmerman AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, 06E37A, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Nominations may also be emailed to NationalAdvisoryCouncil@ahrq.hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, AHRQ, at (301) 427- 1456.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-27/html/2017-13396.htm

  • Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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

    ACTION: Notice with comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, 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. As part of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) issued for the competitive selection of research proposals, this notice invites comment on the proposed information collection project titled "Applied Research to Address Emerging Public Health Priorities."

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before August 25, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2017- 0041 by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov.

    Please note: All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: omb@cdc.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-26/html/2017-13320.htm

  • Interior

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

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


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

    DATES:

    Teleconference: The teleconference is scheduled for July 14, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving 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 July 7, 2017.

    Presenting Information During the Teleconference: If you are interested in presenting information, contact the Council Coordinator no later than July 7, 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 July 7, 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-2017-06-28/html/2017-13497.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Species; Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On May 31, 2017, we, NMFS, published a notice of availability to revise the Recovery Plan Preparation and Implementation Priorities and Recovery Plans contained in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines. We opened a public comment period that lasted through June 30, 2017. We received several requests to extend the public comment period. Thus, we are extending the period through August 28, 2017.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed revision must be received by close of business on August 28, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2017-0020 by either of the following methods:

    Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0020. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Therese Conant, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the above methods to ensure that we receive, document, and consider them. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. We will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-30/html/2017-13714.htm

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