Commerce

  • Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council--Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Announcement of rescheduled meeting.


    SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Citizen Science Advisory Panel Finance & Infrastructure Action Team via webinar. The meeting via webinar was originally scheduled for December 13, 2017, but has been rescheduled as a result of schedule changes.

    DATES: The meeting via webinar has been rescheduled for January 10, 2018, at 1 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes. Additional Action Team webinar and plenary webinar dates and times will publish in a subsequent issue in the Federal Register.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting address: The meetings will be held via webinar and are open to members of the public. Webinar registration is required and registration links will be posted to the Citizen Science program page of the Council's website at www.safmc.net.

    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N Charleston, SC 29405.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amber Von Harten, Citizen Science Program Manager, SAFMC; phone 843/302-8433 or toll free 866/SAFMC-10; FAX 843/769-4520; email: amber.vonharten@safmc.net.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-20/html/2017-27352.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of a Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). These times and the agenda topic described below are subject to change. For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website: http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx.

    ADDRESSES: Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3 Room 11836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. Members of the public may participate virtually by registering at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2013943949799846914.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/html/2017-27185.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: Sea Grant Program Application Requirements for Grants, for Sea Grant Fellowships, including the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships, and for Designation as a Sea Grant College or Sea Grant Institution.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0362.

    Form Number(s): NOAA Forms 90-1, 90-2 and 90-4.

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

    Number of Respondents: 162.

    Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes for a Sea Grant Control form; 22 minutes for a Project Record Form; 15 minutes for a Sea Grant Budget form; 2 hours to apply for a Sea Grant Fellowship and 20 hours for an application for designation as a Sea Grant college or Sea Grant institute.

    Burden Hours: 868.

    Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of a currently approved information collection. There will be minor changes to some of the forms.

    The objectives of the National Sea Grant College Program, as stated in the Sea Grant legislation (33 U.S.C. 1121-1131) are to increase the understanding, assessments, development, utilization, and conservation of the Nation's ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. It accomplishes these objectives by conducting research, education, and outreach programs.

    Grant monies are available for funding activities that help obtain the objectives of the Sea Grant Program. Both single and multi-project grants are awarded, with the latter representing about 80 percent of the total grant program. In addition to other standard grant application requirements, three forms are required with the grants. These are the Sea Grant Control Form 90-2, used to identify the organizations and personnel who would be involved in the grant and briefly summarize the proposed activities under the grant; the Project Record Form 90-1, which collects summary data on projects; and the Sea Grant Budget Form 90-4, which provides information similar to, but more detailed than on, forms SF-424A or SF-424C.

    The National Sea Grant College Program Act (33 U.S.C. 1126) provides for the designation of a public or private institution of higher education, institute, laboratory, or State or local agency as a Sea Grant college or Sea Grant institute. Applications are required for designation of Sea Grant Colleges and Sea Grant Institutes.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit institutions; not-for profit institutions; state, local or tribal governments; individuals or households.

    Frequency: Annually and on occasion.

    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-2017-12-22/html/2017-27554.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) Request for Ad Hoc Expert Nominations; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Agency is issuing this notice to announce the opportunity to provide additional nominations for experts to serve as ad hoc members for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) reviewing physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling to address pharmacokinetic differences between and within species on six selected pesticidal active ingredients. This meeting of the FIFRA SAP, originally scheduled for October 24-27, 2017, has been postponed until 2018. New dates for this meeting will be announced in a separate notice.

    DATES: The meeting will be rescheduled for 2018. The Agency will issue another announcement once the new date for the SAP meeting on PBPK modeling has been determined.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before January 17, 2018. See Request for Nominations section for more detail.

    Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Marquea D. King, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 202-564-3626; email address: king.marquea@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/html/2017-27213.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), to advise the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Vacancies on these two committees are expected to be selected by the spring of 2018. Please submit nominations by no later than February 16, 2018. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-22/html/2017-27627.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Registration Review; Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments; Neonicotinoid Benefits Assessments; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's (or Agency) draft ecological non-pollinator risk assessment for the registration review of imidacloprid, along with draft human health and non- pollinator ecological risk assessments for the registration review of clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, and opens a public comment period on these assessments. This notice also announces the availability of assessments of benefits of neonicotinoid insecticide use in cotton and citrus. While EPA typically releases benefits assessments along with the proposed interim decisions, EPA is releasing and obtaining public comment on these two benefits assessments at an earlier stage of the registration review process. These benefits assessments will help EPA evaluate the impacts of potential measures to reduce certain risks to pollinators identified in previously issued preliminary pollinator risk assessments. EPA is not proposing any mitigation at this stage, and anticipates that early input and information from the public on the benefits of these compounds will be helpful as EPA evaluates and considers the risks and the benefits of the neonicotinoid insecticides. Finally, EPA is releasing a response to public comments on the Agency's 2014 assessment of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments to soybean production. This assessment and associated comments are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0737. Copies of all of the benefits assessments will be placed in the individual chemical dockets for each of the four neonicotinoid insecticides listed in Table 1 of Unit III.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 20, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by the docket identification (ID) number for the specific pesticide of interest provided in Table 1 of Unit III, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://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: OPP 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:

    For pesticide specific information contact: The Chemical Review Manager for the pesticide of interest identified in Table 1 of Unit III.

    For general questions on the registration review program, contact: Dana Friedman, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8015; email address: friedman.dana@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-21/html/2017-27520.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. This Committee reports to the Director, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters. 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: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 6H41, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-19/html/2017-27291.htm

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees; Public Nominations

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Invitation for Public Nominations of U.S. Citizens for Potential Service on the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group.


    REF: Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 237, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 58452. National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Notice 17- 088; National Space Council Users' Advisory Group; Establishment. SUMMARY: Further to the NASA Federal Register notice of December 12, 2017 (see citation above), NASA announces an invitation for public nominations of U.S. citizens to serve as potential members of the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group (UAG). The UAG is a new Federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) being established pursuant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1991 (Pub. L. 101-611, Section 121) and Executive Order 13803, Section 6 ("Reviving the National Space Council") signed by the President on June 30, 2017. The UAG is purely advisory and will ensure that the interests of industry and other non-Federal entities are adequately represented in the deliberations of the National Space Council. NASA is sponsoring the UAG on behalf of the National Space Council, an Executive Branch interagency coordinating committee chaired by the Vice President, which is tasked with advising and assisting the President on national space policy and strategy. Members of the UAG will serve either as "Representatives" (representing industry, other non-Federal entities, and other recognizable groups of persons involved in aeronautical and space activities), or as "Special Government Employees" (individual subject matter experts or consultants).

    Deadline: The deadline for NASA to receive all public nominations is January 10, 2018.

    Instructions for Public Nominations: U.S. citizens or organizations may nominate individuals for consideration as potential members of the UAG. Interested candidates may also self-nominate. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, may not be a regular government employee, and must not be registered by the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq. Additionally, a candidate for a Special Government Employee appointment must not be federally registered as a lobbyist under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1602, as amended. Nominations must be contained in an email to NASA attaching the required documents. All nominations should include a cover letter, a resume (including contact information for the individual) and a professional biography demonstrating professional stature, knowledge and experience commensurate with achieving the UAG's purpose as set forth in Public Law 101-611, Section 121. Each document must not exceed one page. The cover letter must be a signed letter saved as a PDF file, indicate the category of membership for which the individual is being nominated ("Representative" or "Special Government Employee"), and contain an affirmative statement that the individual meets all aforesaid requirements. Cover letters for Representative nominations must also indicate why the individual should be considered for membership relative to the UAG's representational objectives, and be on the supporting organization's letterhead. Cover letters for Special Government Employee nominations must also identify the subject area(s) where the individual's expertise and/or consultative stature is nationally recognized relative to the UAG's advisory objectives. Nominations must be submitted in a single email attaching the cover letter, resume, and professional biography to HQ-UAGnoms@nasa.gov. Hard copies such as paper documents sent through postal mail will not be accepted.

    Privacy Act Notification: The information provided in response to this announcement will support membership selection of the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group (UAG). Its collection is authorized by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App., as amended; 5 U.S.C. 3109; Title V of Public Law 100-685; Public Law 101-611, Section 121; Executive Order 13803 of June 30, 2017, Section 6; and 44 U.S.C. 3101. Providing this information is voluntary, but not providing it or not providing it as requested may result in information or an individual not being considered in the UAG membership selection process. NASA may share this information for authorized purposes consistent with the purpose for which it is collected. Elaboration and conditions of information disclosure may be found under "Routine Uses" of the full System of Records Notice for System 10SPER, "Special Personnel Records" (15-118, 81 FR 10, pp. 2244-2247) at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-15/pdf/2016-00689.pdf and in Appendix B (11-091, 76 FR 200, pp. 64112-64114) at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-17/pdf/2011-26731.pdf.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For any questions, please contact the UAG Designated Federal Officer/Executive Secretary, Dr. Jeff Waksman, Office of the Administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, email: jeff.l.waksman@nasa.gov; phone: 202-358-3758.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-18/html/2017-27211.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International 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: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering Meeting (#25104).

    DATE AND TIME: January 26, 2018; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    PLACE: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703-292-8710.

    TYPE OF MEETING: Open.

    CONTACT PERSON: Roxanne Nikolaus, Program Manager, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703- 292-8710.

    PURPOSE OF MEETING: To provide advice, recommendations and counsel on major goals and policies pertaining to international programs and activities.

    AGENDA:

    • Update on Office of International Science and Engineering activities
    • Strategic reviews of Directorate international collaboration
    • Readout from December 4-6, 2017, Committee of Visitors
    • Discussion of Environment and Security Joint Activities with the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
    • Preliminary overview of Subcommittee on International
    • Collaboration report
    • Meeting with NSF leadership

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-22/html/2017-27588.htm

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