Agriculture

  • Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for Secure Rural School Resource Advisory Committees (SRS RACs) pursuant to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act (the Act) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information on SRS RACs can be found by visiting SRS RAC Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/pts/.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by October 26, 2017. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, and completed Form AD-755 (Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information). The package must be sent to the address below.

    ADDRESSES: See Nomination and Application Information under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of the SRS RAC Regional Coordinators accepting nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cindy McArthur, National Partnership Coordinator, Forest Service Secure Rural Schools Program, by telephone at (808) 744-2792, or by email at cmcarthur@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-11/html/2017-19103.htm

  • Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education and Extension

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of listening sessions and stakeholder feedback opportunities.


    SUMMARY: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces its stakeholder listening initiative "NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives." This stakeholder listening opportunity informs the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA, which has the mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, education and extension to solve societal challenges. These investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global pre-eminence of U.S. agriculture. This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions: "What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension or education that NIFA should address?" and "What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?"

    This effort to obtain input on NIFA's science priorities will be carried out through online and in-person submission mechanisms. Stakeholder input received from the two mechanisms is treated equally. The priorities and opportunities obtained from this effort will be evaluated in conjunction with input from NIFA staff. This information will be critical for NIFA's evaluation of existing science emphasis areas to identify investment opportunities and gaps in the current portfolio of programs. The information obtained through this iterative analysis and synthesis will help to ensure the strategic positioning and relevancy of NIFA's investments in advancing agricultural research, education and extension.

    DATES:

    (A) Online Input: Submission of online stakeholder input to the target questions will be open upon publishing of this Notice through 5 p.m. Eastern time December 1, 2017.

    (B) In-person Listening Sessions: Four listening sessions, each a full day, will be organized throughout the United States to obtain input from all stakeholders, including small institutions, local business and other stakeholder groups. The listening sessions will take place on October 19, 2017, October 26, 2017, November 2, 2017 and November 8, 2017. Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end by 5:00 p.m. local time. Each session will include a presentation of the goals and background information on NIFA programs, followed by comments from stakeholders. Each registered speaker will receive 5 minutes to share their comments with the Agency. If time allows after all comments from registered speakers are made, unscheduled speakers will be allowed 5 minutes to present their comments to the Agency. The length of the sessions will be adjusted according to numbers of participants seeking to provide input. All parties interested in attending an in-person listening session must RSVP no later than October 12, 2017. These sessions will be webcast and transcribed. Information about registering for the in-person session, providing written comments and viewing the webcast can be found at https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens.

    Registration: The Web site, https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens, includes instructions on submitting written comments and registering to attend or speak at the in-person listening sessions. All parties interested in attending an in-person listening session must RSVP no later than October 12, 2017. The number of attendees and oral commenters is limited due to time and space constraints (see below). Oral commenter slots will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. All interested stakeholders, regardless of attendance, are welcome to submit written comments.

    Comments: Written comments are due by December 1, 2017. Written comments must be submitted electronically through https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens or emailed to NIFAlistens@nifa.usda.gov.

    ADDRESSES: The in-person listening sessions will take place at conference facilities in Kansas City, MO (October 19, 2017), Atlanta, GA (October 26, 2017), Sacramento, CA (November 2, 2017), and Hyattsville, MD (November 8, 2017).

    All parties interested in attending an in-person listening session must RSVP no later than October 12, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Haidet, Program Specialist, NIFA, at 202-401-6617, email NIFAlistens@nifa.usda.gov, or visit https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens for detailed information about providing written comments, joining the in-person sessions remotely, or registering to speak at an in-person session.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/html/2017-19714.htm

  • Commerce

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB) Public Meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board's Fall 2017 Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB).


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NSGAB. NSGAB members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the NSGCP Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET and Tuesday, October 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 605 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For any questions concerning the meeting, please contact Mary Ann Garlic, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East- West Highway, Room 11861, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910, 301-734- 1081,or via email at Maryann.Garlic@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-12/html/2017-19336.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Initial List of Actions To Enhance and Modernize the Federal Environmental Review and Authorization Process

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing its initial list of actions pursuant to Executive Order 13807 of August 15, 2017, titled "Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects," and published on August 24, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: This Initial List of Actions will be available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq and on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Web site at https://ceq.doe.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Council on Environmental Quality (Attn: Ted Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act), 730 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750. Email: NEPA@ceq.eop.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-14/html/2017-19425.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Public Comments To Be Sent to EPA on Peer Review Materials To Inform the Safe Drinking Water Act Decision Making on Perchlorate

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the release of materials for public comment. These materials will undergo expert peer review in support of EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act decision making for perchlorate. This request is one of two Federal Register notices being published concurrently, seeking public comment on two separate sets of peer review materials. This notice requests comments (to be sent to EPA) on a draft report entitled "Draft Report: Proposed Approaches to Inform the Derivation of a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for Perchlorate in Drinking Water" (draft MCLG Approaches Report). The companion notice requests comments (to be sent to EPA's contractor, Versar, Inc.) on an interim list of peer reviewers and draft charge questions.

    DATES: Comments must be received by EPA on or before October 30, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2016-0438 to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information concerning the draft MCLG Approaches Report, please contact Samuel Hernandez at U.S. EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division, (Mail Code 4607M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-564-1735; or email: Hernandez.Samuel@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/html/2017-19703.htm

  • Request for Public Comments To Be Sent to Versar, Inc., on an Interim List of Perchlorate in Drinking Water Expert Peer Reviewers and Draft Peer Review Charge Questions

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a request for public comment on an interim list of peer review candidates and materials that relate to the expert peer review to support EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act decision making for perchlorate. This request is one of two Federal Register notices being published concurrently, seeking public comment on two separate sets of materials. This notice requests comments to be sent to EPA's contractor, Versar, Inc., on the interim list of peer review candidates and the draft charge questions. Versar, Inc., will consider the comments received on this notice in selecting the final peer review panel, which will collectively provide appropriate expertise spanning the subject matter areas covered by the draft report and, to the extent feasible, best provide a balance of perspectives. EPA will consider comments received on this notice to help inform the final peer review panel's charge. The companion notice requests comments (to be sent to EPA) on a draft report entitled "Draft Report: Proposed Approaches to Inform the Derivation of a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for Perchlorate in Drinking Water" (draft MCLG Approaches Report).

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 6, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments to Versar, Inc., no later than October 6, 2017 by one of the following methods:

    Email: perchlorate@versar.com (subject line: Perchlorate Peer Review)

    Mail: Versar, Inc., 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151 (ATTN: Tracey Cowen).

    Please be advised that public comments are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the interim list of expert peer review candidates and draft peer review charge questions should be directed to Versar, Inc., at 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151; by email perchlorate@versar.com (subject line: Perchlorate Peer Review); or by phone: (301) 304-3121 (ask for Tracey Cowen).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/html/2017-19702.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Human Studies Review Board Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates with expertise in the area of bioethics and statistics to be considered for appointment to its Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) federal advisory committee. HSRB vacancies will be filled in the fall of 2017. In addition to this Federal Register notice, additional sources of nominations may be used to obtain a balanced committee.

    DATES: Submit nominations by October 16, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations by using any of the following methods:

    Email: Submit nominations electronically using the subject line: "HSRB Membership 2017" to ofarrell.thomas@epa.gov.

    USPS Mail: Human Studies Review Board, DFO, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand or Courier Delivery: Human Studies Review Board, DFO, Room 41249, EPA, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., MC8105R, Washington, DC 20004. Deliveries are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas O'Farrell, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8451, fax number: (202) 564-2070, email: ofarrell.thomas@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/html/2017-19698.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Earth Science Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC). The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Monday, October 2, 2017, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will be open to the public telephonically. You must use a touch-tone phone to participate in this meeting. Any interested person may dial the USA toll free number 1-800-369-3189, passcode 9725782, followed by the # sign, to participate in this meeting by telephone.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: KarShelia Henderson, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2355, fax (202) 358-2779, or khenderson@nasa.gov.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following topic:

    • Earth Science Division Senior Review--Report by the ESAC Senior Review Subcommittee

    It is imperative that the meeting be held on this date to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-12/html/2017-19307.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 and Committee Code: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (#9487)

    Date and Time: October 30, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October 31, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Leah Nichols, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of the Director/National Science Foundation, Email: lenichol@nsf.gov, NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; Telephone: (703) 292-2983.

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

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

    Agenda: Approval of minutes from past meeting. Updates on agency support for environmental research and activities. Discussion with NSF Director and Assistant Directors. Plan for future advisory committee activities. Updated agenda will be available at https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/html/2017-19605.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; 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 and Committee Code: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (#1173).

    Date and Time: October 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Conference Room West 17000, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Note: CEOSE members will participate virtually. If you are interested in attending this meeting, you are required to attend in person.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Illinois Johnson, ijohnson@nsf.gov, on or prior to October 10, 2017.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Information: 703-292-8040/banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the address above or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda:

    • Opening Statement and Chair Report by the CEOSE Chair
    • Presentations and Discussions
    • NSF Executive Liaison Report
    • Dissemination of the 2015-2016 Biennial Report to Congress
    • Reports of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • Updates from the Federal Agency Liaisons
    • Plans for the 2017-2018 Biennial Report to Congress
    • Announcements

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/html/2017-19603.htm

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