Agriculture

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet via teleconference. The Council is authorized under Section 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (the Act), as amended, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Tuesday March 20, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) or until Council business is completed. All meetings are subject to cancellation. For an updated status of the teleconference prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference. For anyone who would like to attend the teleconference, please visit the website listed in the "Summary" section or contact Nancy Stremple at nstremple@fs.fed.us for further details. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service, Sidney Yates Building., Room 3SC-01C, 201 14th Street SW, Washington DC 20024. Please call ahead at 202-309-7829 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, by cell phone at 202-309-9873, or by email at nstremple@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile at 202-690-5792. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800- 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-15/html/2018-05269.htm

  • Commerce

  • General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter- American Tropical Tuna Commission and Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the General Advisory Committee; Meeting Announcement

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a public meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission on June 28, 2018, and a public meeting of the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the General Advisory Committee on June 27, 2018. The meeting topics are described under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    DATES: The meeting of the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee (SAS) to the General Advisory Committee (GAC) will be held on June 27, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT (or until business is concluded). The meeting of the GAC will be held on June 28, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT (or until business is concluded).

    ADDRESSES: The GAC and SAS meetings will be held in the Pacific Conference Room (Room 300) at NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, California 92037-1508. Please notify Taylor Debevec (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by June 19, 2018, if you plan to attend either or both meetings in person or remotely. The meetings will be accessible by webinar--instructions will be emailed to meeting participants.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Debevec, West Coast Region, NMFS, at Taylor.Debevec@noaa.gov, or at (562) 980-4066.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/html/2018-04829.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to eight existing Federal Advisory Committees: Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board; Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board; National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee; Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction; NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee; and Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committees, in addition to nominations already received. Registered Federal lobbyists may not serve on NIST Federal Advisory Committees in an individual capacity.

    DATES: Nominations for all committees will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be considered as and when vacancies arise.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-14/html/2018-05092.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB); Public Meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, 9 April, 2018 from 9:45 a.m. EDT to 5:00 p.m. EDT and on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 11:40 p.m. EDT. These times and agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the web page www.sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx for the most up-to-date meeting times and agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at The Westin DC City Center, 1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on April 9 from 4:45-5:00 p.m. EDT (check website to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by April 2, 2018 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by April 2, 2018, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after April 2nd, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 2, 2018, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MC 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) SAB Biennial Work Plan: Discussion to Date and Discussion of Next Steps on SAB Biennial Work Plan; (2) Discussion of SAB Report on Arctic Research Review; (3) Discussion of SAB Report on Emerging Technologies for NOAA Ocean Research, Operations and Management in the Ecosystem Context; (4)Presentation of National Academy of Sciences Report: "Thriving on Our Changing Planet--A Decadal Strategy of Earth Observations from Space"; (5) Presentation of Report from the Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG); (6) Updates to the Terms of Reference (TOR) for Climate, Data Archive and Access and Environmental Information Systems Working Groups; and (7) Updates from the Acting NOAA Administrator and Acting Chief Scientist.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB website at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-14/html/2018-05175.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services; Meeting

    AGENCY: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the public meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services (Advisory Council). The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services provides advice on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers. During the April meeting, the Clinical Care Subcommittee will be taking charge of the theme, focusing on advancing consensus on dementia care elements to guide new outcomes measurement. The Council will hear speakers in two sessions, one focuses on developing consensus about dementia care elements, and the second on models that are informing outcomes measurement. The meeting will also include updates on work from the previous meetings, a presentation on the final report from the October 2017 Care Summit, and federal workgroup updates.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Room 800 in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201.

    Comments: Time is allocated in the afternoon on the agenda to hear public comments. The time for oral comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per individual. In lieu of oral comments, formal written comments may be submitted for the record to Rohini Khillan, OASPE, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 424E, Washington, DC 20201. Comments may also be sent to napa@hhs.gov. Those submitting written comments should identify themselves and any relevant organizational affiliations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rohini Khillan (202) 690-5932, rohini.khillan@hhs.gov. Note: Seating may be limited. Those wishing to attend the meeting must send an email to napa@hhs.gov and put "April 27 Meeting Attendance" in the Subject line by Tuesday, April 17, so that their names may be put on a list of expected attendees and forwarded to the security officers at the Department of Health and Human Services. Any interested member of the public who is a non-U.S. citizen should include this information at the time of registration to ensure that the appropriate security procedure to gain entry to the building is carried out. Although the meeting is open to the public, procedures governing security and the entrance to Federal buildings may change without notice. If you wish to make a public comment, you must note that within your email.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-16/html/2018-05368.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; 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 Board of Scientific Counselors, NIEHS.

    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 as indicated below in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, and the competence of individual investigators, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Board of Scientific Counselors, NIEHS.

    Date: April 15-17, 2018.

    Closed: April 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic concerns and personnel qualifications.

    Place: Hilton Garden Inn Durham Southpoint, 7007 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713.

    Open: April 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Presentations.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 16, 2018, 11:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic concerns and personnel qualifications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: April 16, 2018, 1:35 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Presentations.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 16, 2018, 3:25 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic concerns and personnel qualifications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate to programmatic concerns and personnel qualifications.

    Place: Hilton Garden Inn Durham Southpoint, 7007 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713.

    Open: April 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    Agenda: Poster Session.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic concerns and personnel qualifications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: April 17, 2018, 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic concerns and personnel qualifications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Darryl C. Zeldin, Scientific Director & Principal Investigator, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Mail drop A2-09, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 919-541- 1169, zeldin@niehs.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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-15/html/2018-05220.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, (BSC, NCIPC)

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC is seeking nominations for membership on the BSC, NCIPC. The BSC, NCIPC consists of 18 experts in fields associated with surveillance, basic epidemiologic research, intervention research, and implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of promising and evidence-based strategies for the prevention of injury and violence. Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the committee's objectives. Nominees will be selected based on expertise in the fields of knowledgeable in the pertinent disciplines involved in injury and violence prevention, including, but not limited to, epidemiologists, statisticians, trauma surgeons, rehabilitation medicine specialists, behavioral scientists, health economists, program evaluation specialists, political science, law, criminology and specialists in various aspects of injury management. Federal employees will not be considered for membership. Members may be invited to serve for four- year terms.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the NCIPC BSC must be received no later than June 1, 2018. Packages received after this time will not be considered for the current membership cycle.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations should be emailed to ncipcbsc@cdc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Gwendolyn Haile Cattledge, Designated Federal Official for the NCIPC BSC, telephone (770) 488- 1430, Email: ncipcbsc@cdc.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/html/2018-04927.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting nominations of individuals who are interested in being considered a voting member for appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). Nominations from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to this member category of the Advisory Council are currently being accepted.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on April 30, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Information on how to submit a nomination is on the Advisory Council website, http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jomana Musmar, MS, Ph.D., Acting Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: CARB@hhs.gov. The Advisory Council charter may be accessed online at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/. The charter includes detailed information about the Advisory Council's purpose, function, and structure.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-15/html/2018-05278.htm

  • Interior

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public teleconference meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council's Public Advisory Committee.

    DATES: April 2, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. AKST.

    ADDRESSES: Grace Hall Conference Room, Suite 220, 4230 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska; (800) 315-6338, code 72241.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Philip Johnson, Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 1689 "C" Street, Suite 119, Anchorage, Alaska, (907) 271-5011.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-16/html/2018-05500.htm

  • Public Meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is publishing this notice to announce that a Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will take place.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior building, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 in the South Penthouse Conference Room. Send your comments to Group Federal Officer by email to gs-faca-mail@usgs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Mahoney, Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 909 First Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104; by email at jmahoney@usgs.gov; or by telephone at (206) 220-4621.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-14/html/2018-05193.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; 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 NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

    DATES: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, March 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Program Review Center (PRC), Room 9H40, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marla King, NAC Administrative Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1148 or marla.k.king@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-13/html/2018-05053.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Information--National Space Weather Action Plan; Extension of Comment Period

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notification of extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation published a notice on January 5, 2018, seeking inputs from the public on establishing space weather research priorities to address Action 5.5.1 in the National Space Weather Action Plan. The original comment date was to end on March 6, 2018.

    DATES: Comments on this notice will now be accepted through April 6, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Comments on the on space weather research priorities may be submitted in writing through April 6, 2018 to spwxrfi@nsf.gov. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for comment guidelines.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michael Wiltberger at (703) 292-8519, or email to spwxrfi@nsf.gov for further information. Any requests for clarification must be received no later than seven (7) days prior to the close of this RFI in order receive a timely response.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/html/2018-04874.htm

  • Request for Recommendations for Membership on Directorate and Office Advisory Committees

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Recommendations should consist of the name of the submitting individual, the organization or the affiliation providing the member nomination, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual's curriculum vita, an expression of the individual's interest in serving, and the following recommended individual's contact information: Employment address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. Self-recommendations are accepted. If you would like to make a membership recommendation for any of the NSF scientific and technical Federal advisory committees, please send your recommendation to the appropriate committee contact person listed in the chart below.

    ADDRESSES: The mailing address for the National Science Foundation is 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Web links to individual committee information may be found on the NSF website: NSF Advisory Committees.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-15/html/2018-05262.htm

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