Agency for International Development

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

    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 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Murrow/ White/Lisagor Room, 13th Floor, National Press Club, 529 14th Street 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 and online at http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/international-programs/bifad/bifad-meetings.html.

    The central theme of this public meeting will be the new Feed the Future Learning Agenda which builds on the first Feed the Future Learning Agenda launched in 2012. Dr. Mark Keenum, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. EDT with opening remarks. At this meeting the Board will address old and new business. Old business will include an update on a study commissioned by BIFAD and USAID on U.S. benefits and capabilities leveraged from strategic USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security by Dr. Joseph Glauber, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). After this, the Board will then engage in a dialogue and provide feedback on the Feed the Future Learning Agenda.

    Through the Learning Agenda, the U.S. Government seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Feed the Future initiative by generating, synthesizing, communicating and applying evidence related to key questions. Evidence from the Learning Agenda will inform the design of Feed the Future-related strategies, programs, projects and activities. The Learning Agenda will also serve to address requirements laid out in section 8(a)(14) of the Global Food Security Act on sharing lessons learned from implementation of the Global Food Security Strategy.

    This Feed the Future Learning Agenda will focus on eight areas: (1) Gender and women's empowerment, (2) Market systems, (3) Policy systems, (4) Nutrition, (5) Risk and resilience, (6) Youth, (7) Water and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and (8) Scaling technologies and practices. These areas reflect work and research being carried out under the Feed the Future initiative. Analytical outputs from the work in these areas will feed into the answering Learning Agenda questions. BIFAD is taking this opportunity to welcome public input on these focus areas, the types of questions to be examined, and research under way that might help contribute.

    Beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Chairman Keenum will moderate a half- hour public comment period. The public meeting will adjourn at 1:00 p.m. EDT with Dr. Keenum's closing remarks.

    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.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-22/html/2018-18084.htm

  • Commerce

  • Permanent Advisory Committee to Advise the U.S. Commissioners To the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) on October 11-12, 2018. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    DATES: The meeting of the PAC will be held on October 11, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded) and October 12, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815--in the Garden Lanai Meeting Room. Documents to be considered by the PAC will be made available at the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-725-5036; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-23/html/2018-18224.htm

  • Energy

  • Environmental Management Advisory Board Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer McCloskey, Federal Coordinator, EMAB (EM-4.3), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. Phone (301) 903-7427; fax (202) 586-0293 or email: jennifer.mccloskey@em.doe.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-21/html/2018-17994.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters and National Biodefense Science Board Public Teleconference

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD) and National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), also known as the National Preparedness and Response Science Board (NPRSB), will hold a joint public teleconference on September 12, 2018.

    DATES: The NBSB and NACCD Joint Public Teleconference is September 12, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: We encourage members of the public to attend the public meetings. To register, send an email to naccd@hhs.gov with "NACCD Registration" in the subject line, or to nprsb@hhs.gov with "NBSB Registration" in the subject line. Submit your comments to naccd@hhs.gov, nprsb@hhs.gov, the NBSB Contact Form located at https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/legal/boards/nprsb/Pages/RFNBSBComments.aspx, or the NACCD Contact Form located at https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/legal/boards/naccd/Pages/contact.aspx. For additional information, visit the NACCD website located at https://www.phe.gov/naccd or the NBSB website located at https://www.phe.gov/nprsb.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-20/html/2018-17896.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 National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    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 material, 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: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: September 11-12, 2018.

    Closed: September 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

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

    Open: September 11, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of Program and Issues.

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

    Open: September 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of Program and Issues.

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

    Contact Person: Gwen W. Collman, Ph.D., Interim Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training, National Institutes of Health, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 615 Davis Dr., KEY615/3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-4980, collman@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.

    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.niehs.nih.gov/dert/c-agenda.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-22/html/2018-18046.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the BSC, OID. The BSC, OID, consists of 17 experts in fields associated with the issues addressed by CDC's infectious disease national centers (e.g., respiratory diseases, antimicrobial resistance, foodborne diseases, zoonotic and vectorborne diseases, sexually transmitted diseases) and specialties, including clinical and public health practice (including state and local health departments), research and diagnostics, bioinformatics, health policy/communications, and industry.

    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 infectious diseases and related specialties. Federal employees will not be considered for membership. Members may be invited to serve for up to four-year terms.

    Selection of members is based on candidates' qualifications to contribute to the accomplishment of BSC, OID, objectives (www.cdc.gov/oid/BSC.html).

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the BSC, OID, must be received no later than October 31, 2018. Packages received after this time will not be considered for the current membership cycle.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations should be mailed to BSC, OID, MS H-24-12, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, or emailed (recommended) to SWiley@cdc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Wiley, M.P.H., Senior Advisor, Office of Infectious Diseases, CDC, MS H-24-12, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-639-2100, SWiley@cdc.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-23/html/2018-18187.htm

  • Interior

  • 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Send your comments to the 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.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-22/html/2018-18124.htm

  • The Fiscal Year 2017 Multistate Conservation Grant Program Award List

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of receipt of priority list and publication of grant awards into the Federal Register.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 priority list of grant awards for the wildlife and sport fish conservation projects from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association). As required by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000, the Association submits a list of projects to us each year to consider for funding under the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. We have reviewed the list and recommended all for award to the Director. The Director approved the list of projects for award and we have awarded all projects from the list.

    ADDRESSES: John C. Stremple, Multistate Conservation Grants Program Coordinator; Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike; MS: WSFR; Falls Church, VA 22041- 3808.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John C. Stremple, (703) 358-2156 (phone) or John_Stremple@fws.gov (email).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-23/html/2018-18235.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:

    September 20, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. September 21, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room E 2020, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Please contact Melody Jenkins at mjenkins@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 C 12016, 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; Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education and Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering updates; a review of NSF's policy on sexual harassment, Committee of Visitor reports; discussion of National Ecological Observatory Network user engagement; programmatic activities within BIO and graduate education/training; updates on NSF's Big Ideas; and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-23/html/2018-18219.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board's Committee on Strategy (CS), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    TIME AND DATE: Tuesday, August 28, 2018, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Chair's opening remarks; consideration of a potential vision statement for NSF.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Kathy Jacquart, 703-292-7000, kjaquar@nsf.gov, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Meeting information and updates may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website at www.nsf.gov/nsb for general information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-24/html/2018-18441.htm

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