Agriculture

  • Announcement of Requirements and Registration for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Prize Competition

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the I-FAST prize competition (the "I-FAST Competition" or the "Competition") to develop and implement the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Program. USDA NIFA will partner with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) to provide entrepreneurship training to USDA NIFA grantees under this I-FAST pilot program. The goals are to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from NIFA supported academic research. Selected USDA NIFA I-FAST project teams will have the opportunity to concurrently participate in the educational programs with NSF I-Corps awardees. Over a period of six months the USDA NIFA supported teams in the I-FAST program will learn what it will take to achieve an economic impact with their particular innovation. The final goal of the I-FAST Competition is to facilitate technology transfer of innovations that can make an impact in the marketplace and the global economy.

    DATES: Competition Submission Period--Pre-Application and Evaluation Interviews:

    • Pre-Application Open Period: August 3, 2017 to September 8, 2017.
    • Pre-Application Evaluation and Interviews: September 11, 2017 to September 14, 2017.
    • Full Application Open Period: September 15, 2017 to October 6, 2017.
    • Final Evaluation and Judging--Full Application: October 9, 2017 to October 11, 2017.
    • Verification of Winners: October 13, 2017.
    • Announcement of Winner(s): October 17, 2017.

    NSF I-Corps Training for Winner(s): Winning team(s) will need to be available to travel to and attend one of the following NSF I-Corps training sessions with the following dates and locations:

    • Winter 2018 COHORTS:
    • Winter Cohort #1: Location TBD (Likely DC metro area).
    • Kickoff (on-site): January (arrive 16) 17-19.
    • Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4 p.m. ET--January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22.
    • Lessons Learned (on-site): March 1-2.
    • Winter Cohort #2: Location TBD (Likely Atlanta metro area).
    • Kickoff (on-site): January (arrive 21) 22-24.
    • Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4 p.m. ET--January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26.
    • Lessons Learned (on-site): March 5-6.

    The Pre-Application Phase Competition Submission Period begins August 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET and ends September 8, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET. USDA NIFA's receiving computer set to Eastern Time is the official time keeping device for the Competition.

    Pre-Application Interviews will take place September 11, 2017 to September 14, 2017.

    The Full-Application Phase Competition Submission Period begins September 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET and ends October 6, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET. USDA NIFA's receiving computer set to Eastern Time is the official timekeeping device for the Competition.

    Competition dates are subject to change. Entries submitted before or after the Competition Submission Period will not be reviewed or considered for award. For more details, please visit the www.challenge.gov Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Changes or updates to the Competition rules will be posted and can be viewed at https://nifa.usda.gov/program/innovations-food-and-agricultural-science-and-technology-i-fast-prize-competition. Questions about the Competition can be directed to Scott Dockum at sdockum@nifa.usda.gov, or phone 202-720-6346.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-03/html/2017-16342.htm

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) and the National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program: Stakeholder and Public Listening Session

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of web-based listening session and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully meet the needs of its stakeholders, NIFA will host a virtual listening session. The focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input for the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) and the National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program Request for Applications (RFA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. NIFA is particularly interested achieving the most impact and identifying suggested priorities in these workforce development programs.

    DATES: The listening session will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Anyone interested may submit written comments. All written comments must be submitted to Dr. Joyce Parker at joyce.parker@nifa.usda.gov by 5 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: The web-based listening session will be hosted using Adobe Connect and audio conference call. On August 24th, please access the following Web site, https://zoom.us/j/261558898. The audio conference call capabilities can be accessed at 1-888-844-9904, participant code 7923533#.

    Registration: Persons wishing to present during the web-based listening session on Thursday, August 24, 2017, are requested to pre- register by contacting Dr. Joyce Parker at joyce.parker@nifa.usda.gov. Participants may reserve one 5-minute comment period. More time may be available, depending on the number of people wishing to make a presentation. Reservations will be confirmed on a first-come, first- served basis. All other participants may provide comments during the listening session if time permits, or by the listed means. You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2017-0004, by any of the following methods:

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

    Email:

    For the MSP program email_MSP@nifa.usda.gov.

    For the NNF program email_NNF@nifa.usda.gov.

    Include NIFA-2017-0004 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to Dr. Joyce Parker, Division of Community and Education; Institute of Youth, Family and Community (IYFC), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2201, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2220.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and reference to NIFA-2017-0004. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Joyce Parker, Program Specialist, NIFA at (202) 401-4512 or by email at joyce.parker@nifa.usda.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/html/2017-16259.htm

  • Commerce

  • Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing ("ACCRES" or "the Committee") will meet August 24, 2017.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled as follows: August 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. There will be a one hour lunch break from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the George Washington University, The Elliot School of International Affairs--Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20052.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samira Patel, NOAA/NESDIS/CRSRA, 1335 East West Highway, Room 8247, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; (301) 713- 7077 or samira.patel@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-04/html/2017-16470.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), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; reopening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: On June 26, 2017, NOAA published a notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 28827) to request comments to inform the review the Department of Commerce is conducting 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 June 26, 2017, notice provides more information on the scope of the review, including a list of the eleven National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments subject to the review. 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 reopens the public comment period by an additional 15 days.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted no later than August 15, 2017.

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

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to 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 generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter will 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-2017-07-31/html/2017-16012.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation.

    DATES: August 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., August 16, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mark Elless, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; Email: Mark.Elless@ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/html/2017-16234.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Nominations to the Augmented Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC); Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This document provides the names and affiliations of additional candidates currently under consideration for appointment to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). The purpose of the SACC is to provide independent advice and expert consultation at the request of the EPA Administrator with respect to the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. After further consideration of the objectives and scope of SACC activities, EPA is considering additional candidates for SACC membership from the August 26, 2016 Federal Register notice pool of requested nominees. These additional candidates are named in this notice. The Agency is also considering the 29 candidates for membership previously identified in the December 9, 2016 Federal Register notice. Comments that were previously received on the 29 candidates will also be considered. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting approximately six additional SACC members with specific expertise and perspectives representing industry, labor, animal protection, government, public health, and public interest groups. Public comments on the candidates are invited as they will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the additional chartered committee members.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 5, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket Identification (ID) Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0713, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPPT Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamue Gibson, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-7642; email address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-03/html/2017-16385.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for Human Research Protections, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS (Secretary), through the Assistant Secretary for Health, on matters pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was established by the Secretary on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill four positions on the Committee membership that will be vacated during the 2018 calendar year.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than September 18, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Nominations will not be accepted by email or by facsimile.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, Executive Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: 240-453-8141. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current members can be obtained by contacting Ms. Gorey, accessing the SACHRP Web site at www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting via email at sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/html/2017-16156.htm

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