Commerce

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Scientific Research, Exempted Fishing, and Exempted Activity Submissions

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, 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.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 8, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at pracomments@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Jason Blackburn, (301) 427-8555 or Jason.Blackburn@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-09/html/2018-04730.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Financial Advisory Board; Notice of Charter Renewal

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Charter for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will be renewed for an additional two-year period, as a necessary committee which is in the public interest, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2. The purpose of EFAB is to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with environmental financing. It is determined that EFAB is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Agency by law. Inquiries may be directed to James Gebhardt, Director, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, U.S. EPA, William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460 (Mail Code: 4201T), Telephone (202) 564-0323, or gebhardt.jim@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-08/html/2018-04699.htm

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Nomination of Ad Hoc Expert Members

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review the Resistance of Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants in The United States: EPA's Analysis of Scientific Uncertainties Related to Resistance Management and Options to Enhance the Current Insect Resistance Management Program. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a half-day virtual preparatory meeting, conducted via webinar using Adobe Connect, to consider and review the clarity and scope of the meeting's draft charge questions. Registration is required to attend this virtual meeting. The date and registration instructions will be on the FIFRA SAP website http://www.epa.gov/sap by mid-March to early April.

    DATES: The virtual preparatory meeting will be announced in a future Federal Register Notice and on http://www.epa.gov/sap. The 4-day, in- person meeting will be held July 17 to July 20, 2018, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting: The location of the 4-day, in-person meeting will be announced in a future Federal Register Notice and on http://www.epa.gov/sap. The virtual meeting will be webcast. Please refer to the following website for information on how to access the webcast: http://www.epa.gov/sap.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0617, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not electronically submit 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.

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamue L. 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-2018-03-05/html/2018-04418.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, 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.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine Extramural Programs Subcommittee.

    Date: May 8, 2018.

    Closed: 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Conference Room B, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Christine Ireland, Committee Management Officer, Division of Extramural Programs, National Library of Medicine, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 301, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-594-4929, irelanc@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

    Date: May 8-9, 2018.

    Open: May 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Program Discussion.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: May 8, 2018, 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: May 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Program Discussion.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Christine Ireland, Committee Management Officer, Division of Extramural Programs, National Library of Medicine, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 301, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-594-4929, irelanc@mail.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: www.nlm.nih.gov/od/bor/bor.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available. This meeting will be broadcast to the public, and available for at viewing at http://videocast.nih.gov on May 8-9, 2018.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-07/html/2018-04551.htm

  • Office Of The Director, National Institutes Of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    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: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    Date: March 27, 2018.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: OAR Director's Report; Review of the DHHS HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Guidelines; and, updates on the NIH AIDS Study Sections, the OAR Task Force on Cost-Sharing, the FY2020 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research, and on HIV/AIDS research activities from NIH Institutes.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Elizabeth S Church, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Office of AIDS Research, DPCPSI, Office of the Director, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2E-60, Rockville, MD, 20852-9830, 240-627-3201, elizabeth.church@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. Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: www.oar.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-05/html/2018-04348.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education; 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 announces a meeting of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Task Force reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-05/html/2018-04427.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: April 2, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., April 3, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, Room 2030.

    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 E 2030, 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: Agenda items will include Directorate updates, review of the AC's function and responsibilities, discussion of potential future AC activities, discussion of partnership opportunities, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-08/html/2018-04636.htm

  • Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

    ACTION: Request for public comment on new reporting requirement for sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting public comment on the agency's proposed implementation of the new reporting requirements specified in NSF Important Notice No. 144, dated February 8, 2018.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) does not tolerate sexual harassment, or any kind of harassment, within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites, or anywhere NSF-funded science and education are conducted. The 2,000 U.S. institutions of higher education and other organizations that receive NSF funds are responsible for fully investigating complaints and for complying with federal non-discrimination law. NSF has taken steps to help ensure research environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering our policies, guidelines and communications so that organizations funded by NSF clearly understand expectations and requirements.

    NSF is working to make certain that recipients of grants and cooperative agreements respond promptly and appropriately to instances of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault. A community effort is essential to eliminate sexual and other forms of harassment in science and to build scientific workspaces where people can learn, grow and thrive.

    DATES: Comments must be received by May 4, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, email splimpto@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292-7556; FAX (703) 292-9240. We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include "Reporting Requirement Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault" in the subject line of the email message; please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in your message.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For any questions, comments or concerns regarding sexual or other forms of harassment, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, email: harassmentnotifications@nsf.gov; telephone (703) 292-8020; FAX: (703) 292-9482.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-05/html/2018-04374.htm

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