• Renewal of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Commerce has determined that the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Department by law. ACCRES was renewed on March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samira Patel, Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office, NOAA Satellite and Information Services, 1335 East-West Highway, Room 8247, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 713-7077, email

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Membership

    AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice soliciting nominations for membership.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB). The ELAB is a multi-stakeholder federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator and the Science Advisor about cross-cutting issues related to enhancing EPA's measurement programs, and facilitating the operation and expansion of national environmental accreditation.

    This notice solicits nominations to fill seven-eight (7-8) new vacancies. To maintain diverse representation, nominees will be selected from the following stakeholder work force sectors:

    Academia Business and industry Environmental laboratory commercial, municipal, small, other Environmental laboratory suppliers of services State and local Government agencies Tribal governments and indigenous groups Trade associations

    Within these sectors, EPA is seeking nominees with knowledge in methods development; measurements; monitoring and regulatory programs; quality systems; and environmental accreditation. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. All nominations will be fully considered.

    Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory committee. Individuals may also self-nominate. Nominees should possess the following qualifications:

    Demonstrated experience with environmental measurement programs and environmental laboratory accreditation;

    Demonstrated experience developing organization level strategy on methods development and validation or quality systems approaches;

    Willingness to commit time to the committee, and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;

    Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and consensus-building skills; and

    Ability to serve a 2-year appointment and volunteer approximately 5-7 hours per month to support the Board's activities.

    How to Submit Nominations: Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) to Dr. Thomas O'Farrell, Designated Federal Officer, US EPA, MC 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20460, or email to and should be received by June 1, 2018 for October 2018 appointment. To be considered, all nomination packages should include:

    Current contact information for the nominee, including the nominee's name, organization (and position within that organization), current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number.

    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in serving on the ELAB.

    Resume describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, including a list of relevant activities, and any current or previous service on advisory committees.

    Letter(s) of recommendation from a third party supporting the nomination.

    For further questions regarding this notice, please contact Thomas O'Farrell at (202)-564-8451 or

  • The National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for nominations.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year appointment to the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). The 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the SDWA. This notice solicits nominations to fill four vacancies from August 2018 through December 2020 and five vacancies from December 2018 through December 2021. To maintain the representation required by statute, nominees will be selected to represent state and local agencies concerned with water hygiene and public water supply (two vacancies); private organizations or groups demonstrating an active interest in the field of water hygiene and public water supply (two vacancies)--of which one such member shall be associated with small, rural public water systems; and the general public (five vacancies).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted on or before May 31, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Tracey M. Ward, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), The National Drinking Water Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Mail Code 4601-M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20460. You may also email nominations, with the subject line: "NDWAC Resume 2018," to

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Email your questions to Tracey Ward at, or call (202) 564-3796.

  • Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: This document proposes a regulation intended to strengthen the transparency of EPA regulatory science. The proposed regulation provides that when EPA develops regulations, including regulations for which the public is likely to bear the cost of compliance, with regard to those scientific studies that are pivotal to the action being taken, EPA should ensure that the data underlying those are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. In this notice, EPA solicits comment on this proposal and how it can best be promulgated and implemented in light of existing law and prior Federal policies that already require increasing public access to data and influential scientific information used to inform federal regulation.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 30, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA- 2018-0259, at Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Sinks, Office of the Science Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; (202) 564-0221; email address:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Applied Sciences Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Applied Sciences Advisory Committee (ASAC). This Committee functions in an advisory capacity to the Director, Earth Science Division, in the NASA Science Mission Directorate. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the applied sciences community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 1Q39 (Day 1) and Room 3D42 (Day 2), 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. KarShelia Henderson, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2355, fax (202) 358-2779, or

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (#1173).

    Date and Time: May 30, 2018 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; May 31, 2018 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Una Alford ( or 703-292-7111) on or prior to May 29, 2018.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Information: 703-292-8040/

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the website at

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.


    Opening Statement and Chair Report by the CEOSE Chair

    NSF Executive Liaison Report

    Discussion: Responses to the 2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report: NSF and Higher Education

    Presentation: The ADVANCE Program Model and the STEM Equality Achievement Project

    Presentation: Community-Driven Partnerships

    Discussion: Inclusion of Diverse Community Voices and the 2017-2018 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress

    Panel: STEM Diversity within NSF

    Reports and Updates from the CEOSE Liaisons and the Federal Liaisons

    Meeting with NSF Director and Chief Operating Officer

    Presentation: GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity

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