Agriculture

  • Matching Funds Requirements for Agricultural Research and Extension Capacity Funds at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and 1862 Land- Grant Institutions in Insular Areas

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    ACTION: Proposed rule and withdrawal of proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) withdraws the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 0524-AA25) published on April 29, 2003. In addition, NIFA proposes to revise its regulations for the purpose of implementing the statutory amendments applicable to the matching requirements for Federal agricultural research and extension capacity (formula) funds for 1890 land-grant institutions (LGUs), including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University, and 1862 land-grant institutions in insular areas, and to remove the term "qualifying educational activities." These matching requirements were amended by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act; the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; and the Agricultural Act of 2014.

    DATES: As of November 13, 2017, the proposed rule published April 29, 2003, at 68 FR 23013, is withdrawn. Submit comments on the proposed rule on or before January 12, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: You must submit comments, identified by 7 CFR part 3419, electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maggie Ewell, Senior Policy Advisor, 202-401-0222.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-13/html/2017-24327.htm

  • Commerce

  • 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 November 28 and 29, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and November 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-589-0800.

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

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/html/2017-24720.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Title: Scientific Research, Exempted Fishing, and Exempted Activity Submissions.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0471.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection).

    Number of Respondents: 49.

    Average Hours per Response: 2 hours for a scientific research plan; 40 minutes for an application for an EFP, Display Permit, SRP, LOA, or Shark Research Permit; 1 hour for an interim report; 40 minutes for an annual fishing report; 15 minutes for an application for an amendment; 5 minutes for notification of departure phone calls to NMFS Enforcement; 10 minutes for calls to request and observer; and 2 minutes for "no-catch" reports.

    Burden Hours: 143.

    Needs and Uses: Exempted fishing permits (EFPs), scientific research permits (SRPs), display permits, letters of acknowledgment (LOAs), and shark research fishery permits are issued under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and/or the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA) (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). Issuance of EFPs and related permits is necessary for the collection of Highly Migratory Species (HMS) for public display and scientific research that requires exemption from regulations (e.g., seasons, prohibited species, authorized gear, and minimum sizes) that otherwise may prohibit such collection. Display permits are issued for the collection of HMS for the purpose of public display, and a limited number of shark research fishery permits are issued for the collection of fishery-dependent data for future stock assessments and cooperative research with commercial fishermen to meet the shark research objectives of the Agency.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; not- for-profit institutions; state, local or tribal government; federal government.

    Frequency: Annually and within 5 days of fishing.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/html/2017-24990.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: December 14, 2017.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Agenda: NIH Director's Report, ACD Working Group Reports.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor Conference Room 6C, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4272, Woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: December 15, 2017.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Other Business of the Committee.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor Conference Room 6C, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4272, Woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://acd.od.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-14/html/2017-24603.htm

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Sunshine Act Meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board

    AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NFAH.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board. This notice also describes the function of the Board. Notice of the meeting is required under the Sunshine in Government Act.

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 30 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

    Agenda: Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the National Museum and Library Service Board Meeting: 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the National Museum and Library Service Board Meeting:

    I. Welcome and Director's Report II. Approval of Minutes III. Program Speaker IV. Financial and Operations Report V. Office of Museum Services Report VI. Office of Library Report VII. Office of Digital and Information Strategy Report VIII. Special Report--Office of Communications IX. Adjourn (Open to the Public) 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.--Executive Session (Closed to the Public)

    PLACE: The meeting will be held at the IMLS Offices, Panel Room, Suite 4000, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Washington, DC 20024

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Maas, Program Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Suite 4000, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North SW., Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 653-4798.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/html/2017-25108.htm

  • Interior

  • National Park System Advisory Board; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior (Department), is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for appointment to the National Park System Advisory Board (Board). The Board advises the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) and the Director of the National Park Service (Director) on matters relating to the National Park Service (NPS), the National Park System, and programs administered by the NPS. The Board is a discretionary committee established by authority of the Secretary under 54 U.S.C. 100906 and regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked by December 18, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Shirley Sears, Office of Policy, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Mail Stop 2659, Washington, DC 20240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Sears, Office of Policy, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Mail Stop 2659, Washington, DC 20240; by telephone at 202-354-3955; or by email shirley_sears@nps.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-16/html/2017-24827.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; 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 Biological Sciences (#1110).

    Date and Time: December 19, 2017; 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room E 3410, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Please contact Rachel Evans at rlevans@nsf.gov to obtain a visitor badge. All visitors to the NSF will be required to show photo ID to obtain a badge.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Brent Miller, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room C 12016, Alexandria, VA 22314; Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: This meeting will be held telephonically among the Advisory Committee members; public visitors will be able to attend the meeting in person at NSF headquarters. Agenda items will include welcoming new Advisory Committee (AC) members, review of the AC's function, discussion of potential future AC activities, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-13/html/2017-24543.htm

  • Advisory Committee for Integrative Activities: 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 Integrative Activities (#1373).

    DATES AND TIMES: December 13, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-5:00.p.m. December 14, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Dr. Bernice Anderson via email at banderso@nsf.gov or by phone: 703.292.8040 on or prior to December 12, 2017.

    TYPE OF MEETING: Part-Open.

    CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), Room W17124, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Information: 703-292-8040/banderso@nsf.gov.

    PURPOSE OF MEETING: To provide advice and recommendations concerning the use of and the need for the Science and Technology Policy Institute.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/html/2017-24993.htm

  • Request for Information--Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, Chaired by the National Science Foundation

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), chaired by the National Science Foundation, is seeking comment from the public on how best to revise and strengthen the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic (https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/arctic/conduct.jsp). These Principles were adopted in 1990 by the federal agencies that participate in IARPC and published in 1990. Since 1990, community engagement and Arctic research have advanced both in theory and in practice, necessitating a review and update of the current Principles. The update will focus on communicating clearly the Principles for community engagement by Arctic researchers and including language that describes partnerships and collaborations with Indigenous scholars, enhanced community-based observations, fostering community- based participatory research, and the integral contributions of Indigenous knowledge in the co-production and dissemination of knowledge. Input is also sought on enhancing the dissemination and implementation of the Principles.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted no later than January 16, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Email comments to iarpcprinciples@nsf.gov. Address written submissions to Renee Crain, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Renee Crain at 703-292-4482.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-15/html/2017-24678.htm

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