Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123), and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a virtual meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet virtually by telephone conference on September 28, 2018, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The public may file written comments before or up to October 12, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place virtually via teleconference.

    Web Preregistration: Participants wishing to participate may preregister by calling 202-720-6012 or email at nareee@ars.usda.gov. Upon registration you will receive a call-in number and access code.

    Written comments may be sent to: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 332A, Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Executive Director/ Designated Federal Official, or Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202)720- 6199; or email: nareee@ars.usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-20/html/2018-20452.htm

  • Commerce

  • New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice; public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific & Statistical Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

    DATES: This meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Boston Logan, 100 Boardman Street, Boston, MA 02128; phone: (617) 567- 6789.

    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-20/html/2018-20467.htm

  • Education

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 Main Study

    AGENCY: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 19, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2018-ICCD- 0098. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP, Room 9089, Washington, DC 20202-0023.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, 202-245-7377 or email NCES.Information.Collections@ed.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-19/html/2018-20334.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services; 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 October meeting, the Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee will be taking charge of the theme. The topics covered will include: (1) The experience of people with dementia who have special needs due to issues like diversity, geography, and concurrent disorders; (2) How clinical care can be better integrated with community-based supports and services; and (3) Evidence-based behavioral approaches that mitigate the impact of behavioral symptoms of dementia. The meeting will also include updates on work from the previous meetings and federal workgroup updates.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 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 "October 19 Meeting Attendance" in the Subject line by Wednesday, October 10, 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.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-17/html/2018-20110.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 Council of Research Advocates.

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

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Council of Research Advocates.

    Date: October 19, 2018.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Welcome and Chairman's Remarks, NCI Updates, Legislative Update, Budget Update, and Director's Update.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 35A Convent Drive, Building 35A, 640, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Amy Williams, NCI Office of Advocacy Relations, National Cancer Institute, NIH, 31 Center Drive, Building 31, Room 10A28, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-781-3360 williaam@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: NCRA: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ncra/ncra.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-20/html/2018-20418.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.

    ACTION: Committee management; notice of open Federal Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) will meet via teleconference Friday, September 28, 2018. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The HSSTAC meeting will take place Friday, September 28, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a virtual meeting conducted via webinar. Members of the public may participate via webinar but must register. Please see the "Registration" section below.

    For information on services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section as soon as possible.

    You may send comments, identified by docket number DHS-2018-0053 by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: hsstac@hq.dhs.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-254-6176.

    Mail: Michel Kareis, HSSTAC Designated Federal Official, S&T IAO, STOP 0205, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528-0205.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words "Department of Homeland Security" and the docket number. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read the background documents or comments received by the HSSTAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter the docket number into the search function: DHS-2018-0053.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Kareis, HSSTAC Designated Federal Official, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Interagency Office (IAO), STOP 0205, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528-0205, 202-254-8778 (Office), 202-254-6176 (Fax), HSSTAC@hq.dhs.gov (Email).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-17/html/2018-20055.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

    Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the

    Name and Committee Code: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (EHR) (#1119).

    Date and Time: October 18, 2018; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    October 19, 2018; 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room E2020, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    To attend the meeting in person, all visitors must contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must access NSF via the Visitor Center entry adjacent to the south building entrance on Eisenhower Avenue on the day of the meeting to receive a visitor's badge. It is suggested that visitors allow time to pass through security screening.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Keaven M. Stevenson, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room C11001, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 292-8600/kstevens@nsf.gov.

    Summary of Minutes: Minutes and meeting materials will be available on the EHR Advisory Committee website at http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp or can be obtained from Dr. Ellen McCallie, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Ave., Room C11233, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 292-8600; emccalli@nsf.gov. Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    Agenda

    Thursday, October 18, 2018, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Remarks by the EHR AC Committee Chair and the EHR Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR).

    Public Private Partnerships.

    STEM Education of the Future.

    Mid-scale Research Infrastructure.

    Broadening Participation.

    Discussion with France Cordova, NSF Director and F. Fleming Crim, Chief Operating Officer.

    Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Day 1 Recap.

    Quick briefings.

    Update on EHR Programs.

    Update on Subcommittees Reflections from the EHR AD.

    Committee Business.

    Advisory Committee Recommendations.

    Final agenda can be located on the EHR AC website: https://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-20/html/2018-20453.htm

  • Advisory Committee for International 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: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering Meeting (AC-ISE) (#25104).

    Date and Time: Monday, October 29, 2018; 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, October 30, 2018; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

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

    To help facilitate your entry into the NSF building, please contact Victoria Fung (vfung@nsf.gov) on or prior to October 24, 2018.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Simona Gilbert, AC-ISE Executive Secretary and Staff Associate for Budget, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; Telephone: 703-292- 8710.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations and counsel on major goals and policies pertaining to international programs and activities.

    Agenda

    Updates on OISE activities

    Discussion on International Strategic Plan Working Group

    Updates on MULTIplying Impact Leveraging International Expertise in Research (MULTIPLIER)

    Updates on IRES Evaluation

    Discussion on International Strategic Plan

    Meet with NSF leadership

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-18/html/2018-20170.htm

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

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Final Notice of a new NSF term and condition regarding sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault.


    SUMMARY: NSF is publishing, in final form, a new term and condition regarding sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault. NSF's intention to develop and implement this new term and condition was specified in Important Notice No. 144, dated February 8, 2018.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) will not tolerate sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites, or anywhere NSF-funded science and education is conducted. The 3,000 U.S. institutions of higher education and other organizations that receive NSF funds are responsible for fully investigating complaints and for compliance with federal non-discrimination laws, regulations, and executive orders. 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.

    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.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-21/html/2018-20574.htm

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