Agency for International Development

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Rotunda, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Participants may attend in person or join via livestream. The link to the global live stream as well as registration information can be found on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.

    The central theme of this public meeting will be Resilience Measurement and Analysis. Dr. Brady Deaton, Acting BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. ET with opening remarks. At this meeting, the Board will address old and new business, including the presentation of the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence in an Innovation Lab. The purpose of this meeting is to share knowledge about theoretical and applied frameworks for resilience measurement and analysis and to identify opportunities to leverage U.S. university research capabilities to support resilience measurement and analysis. This event responds to priorities identified during the BIFAD meeting at the 2017 World Food Prize and the 2017 USAID Resilience Evidence Summit.

    The meeting will be chaired by Dr. Brady Deaton, Acting BIFAD Chair and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Missouri. The meeting will feature thought leaders on resilience measurement and analysis from USAID, academia and the practitioner community. Speakers include Dr. Greg Collins, Director of USAID's Center for Resilience and Dr. Mark Constas, Associate Professor at Cornell University, and Chair of the Food and Nutrition Security Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group.

    At 4:00 p.m. ET, Acting Chairman Deaton will moderate a half-hour public comment period. At 5:00 p.m., Dr. Deaton will make closing remarks and adjourn the public meeting.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Clara Cohen, Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0119.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/html/2018-07968.htm

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Rotunda, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Participants may attend in person or join via livestream. The link to the global live stream as well as registration information can be found on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.

    The central theme of this public meeting will be Building an Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods. Dr. Brady Deaton, Acting BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. ET with opening remarks. At this meeting, the Board will address old and new business and hear updates from USAID and the university community. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a shared understanding of rural labor markets and youth-specific constraints, discuss the evidence base on programs that aim to improve rural youth employment and livelihoods, outline cross-sectoral opportunities to support and empower youth to take advantage of agricultural system market opportunities, and identify knowledge gaps on which U.S. university research partners can generate evidence to address.

    Following the opening remarks, the meeting will feature experts as well as panel discussions on the following topics:

    A Conceptual Framework on Youth and Agricultural Transformation;

    Framing the Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods;

    Youth Perspectives: Challenges and Opportunities in the Agricultural and Food Sectors;

    Youth Productivity: Technology, Mechanization, and Global Value Chains;

    Gender Considerations and Youth Employment;

    Research, Learning and USAID Programming: The Role of U.S. University Research Partners in Generating Evidence.

    The meeting will be chaired by Dr. Brady Deaton, Acting BIFAD Chair and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Missouri. Expert speakers include Dr. Louise Fox, USAID Chief Economist and Dr. David Tschirley, Food Security Group Co-Director, Michigan State University.

    At 4:15 p.m. ET, Acting Chairman Deaton will moderate a half-hour public comment period. At 5:00 p.m., Dr. Deaton will make closing remarks and adjourn the public meeting.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Clara Cohen, Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0119.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/html/2018-07966.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

    AGENCY: Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Request for applications.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

    Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian Tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.

    DATES: Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All applications, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by June 29, 2018. State Foresters or Tribal government officials must forward applications to the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry by July 27, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All Tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official. Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area or International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official when developing their proposal. Applicants must consult with the State Forester and equivalent Tribal government official prior to requesting technical assistance for a project. The State Forester's member roster may be found on www.stateforesters.org/about/who-we-are. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.

    State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit applications, either electronic or hardcopy, to the appropriate Forest Service Regional/Area/Institute contact noted below.

    Northern and Intermountain Regions

    Regions 1 and 4

    (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT) Janet Valle, U.S. Forest Service, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401, 801- 625-5258 (phone), 801-625-5716 (fax), jvalle@fs.fed.us.

    Rocky Mountain Region

    Region 2

    (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY) Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401, 303-895-6157 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), claireharper@fs.fed.us.

    Southwestern Region

    Region 3

    (AZ, NM) Alicia San Gil, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3289 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), agsangil@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Southwest Region

    Region 5

    (CA) Miranda Hutten, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592, 707-562-9025 (phone), 707- 562-9054 (fax), mlhutten@fs.fed.us. (Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and other Pacific Islands) Katie Friday, 60 Nowelo St. Hilo, HI 96720, 808-854-2620 (phone), 503- 808-2469 (fax), kfriday@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Northwest, and Alaska Regions

    Regions 6 and 10

    (AK, OR, WA) Brad Siemens, U.S. Forest Service, 120 Southwest 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, 503-808-2353 (phone), 503-808-2469 (fax), btsiemens@fs.fed.us.

    Southern Region

    Region 8

    (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA) Mike Murphy, U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW, Suite 700B 850S North, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-347-5214 (phone), 404-347-2776 (fax), mwmurphy@fs.fed.us.

    International Institute of Tropical Forestry

    (PR, VI) Magaly Figueroa, U.S. Forest Service, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba, San Juan, PR 00926-1119, 787-764-7718 (phone), 787-766-6263 (fax), mafigueroa@fs.fed.us.

    Northeastern Area

    (CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV) Neal Bungard, U.S. Forest Service, 271 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824- 4600, 603-868-7719 (phone), 603-868-7604 (fax), nbungard@fs.fed.us.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant application or administrative regulations, contact Scott Stewart, Program Coordinator, 202-205-1618, sstewart@fs.fed.us.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-18/html/2018-08051.htm

  • Commerce

  • Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs

    AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the Minnesota Coastal Management Program.

    DATES: Minnesota Coastal Management Program Evaluation: The public meeting will be held on May 22, 2018, and written comments must be received on or before June 1, 2018.

    For specific dates, times, and locations of the public meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the program or reserve NOAA intends to evaluate by any of the following methods:

    Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in Duluth, Minnesota. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Written Comments: Please direct written comments to Carrie Hall, Evaluator, Planning and Performance Measurement Program, Office for Coastal Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, N/ OCM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or email comments Carrie.Hall@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hall, Evaluator, Planning and Performance Measurement Program, Office for Coastal Management, NOS/ NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, N/OCM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Carrie.Hall@noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings and 2016-2020 Assessment and Strategy may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations. A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress report may be obtained upon request by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-16/html/2018-07891.htm

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice; public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a meeting.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for agenda details.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21321; telephone: (410) 522-7380.

    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331; website: www.mafmc.org.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, telephone: (302) 526-5255.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/html/2018-08343.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report on an Screening Methodologies to Support Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR) for National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: RTR; (2) discuss information provided by the EPA on planned actions in the 2017 semi-annual regulatory agenda and their supporting science; and (3) receive briefings from the EPA Office of Research and Development, the Office of Water, and the Office of Air.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday June 1, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-4885, or email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-18/html/2018-08135.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030

    AGENCY: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 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) announces the next meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee) regarding the development of national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030. This meeting will be held online via webinar and is open to the public. The Committee will discuss the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives and will provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks for the nation by the year 2030. The Committee will further develop recommendations regarding Leading Health Indicators and recommendations for setting targets for the Healthy People 2030 objectives. Pursuant to the Committee's charter, the Committee's advice must assist the Secretary in reducing the number of objectives while ensuring that the selection criteria identifies the most critical public health issues that are high-impact priorities supported by current national data.

    DATES: The Committee will meet on May 14, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held online via webinar. To register to attend the meeting, please visit the Healthy People website at http://www.healthypeople.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emmeline Ochiai, Designated Federal Official, Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Room LL-100, Rockville, MD 20852, (240) 453-8280 (telephone), (240) 453-8281 (fax). Additional information is available on the Healthy People website at http://www.healthypeople.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-18/html/2018-08065.htm

  • National Cancer Institute; 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 National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    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. The meeting will also be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting website (http://videocast.nih.gov/).

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    Date: July 11, 2018.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Strategic Discussion of NCI's Clinical and Translational Research Programs.

    Place: National Cancer Institute Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room TE406, Rockville, MD 20850.

    Contact Person: Sheila A. Prindiville, MD, MPH, Director, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 6W136, Rockville, MD 20850, 240-276-6173, prindivs@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.

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

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-18/html/2018-08045.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (EDMAP and STATEMAP)

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to renew an information collection (IC).

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 18, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request (ICR) by mail to the U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_collections@usgs.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028-0088, in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Darcy McPhee by email at dmcphee@usgs.gov, or by telephone at 703-648-6973.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-18/html/2018-08085.htm

  • Federal Interagency Collaborative on Environmental Modeling and Monitoring

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The annual public meeting of the Federal Interagency Collaborative for Environmental Modeling and Monitoring (ICEMM) will convene to discuss developments in environmental modeling applications, tools and frameworks, as well as new operational initiatives among the participating agencies. The meeting this year will focus on the theme of "Monitoring and Model Data Fusion."

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 24-25, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Rashleigh, Assistant Laboratory Director for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by email at Rashleigh.Brenda@epa.gov, or by telephone at (401) 782-3014; or Pierre Glynn, Chief, Water Cycle Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, by email at pglynn@usgs.gov, or by telephone at (703) 648-5823.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-16/html/2018-07764.htm

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