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 a.m. to 12 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Davenport and Dubuque Rooms, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines Iowa 50309. Participants may attend in person or join via livestream. The link to the global livestream 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 ``Improving Nutrition through Private Sector Engagement Across Food Systems'' and will explore how private sector engagement and market system linkages across the food system can help to advance nutrition outcomes. The meeting will help to identify opportunities and challenges for the public and private sectors to work together at different points in the food system to improve the demand, availability, accessibility, and affordability of high-quality diets for vulnerable populations. Discussions will address how to build a business case for private sector involvement in improving diet quality for vulnerable populations and how the public sector can support and incentivize that business case. Recommendations coming out of the meeting will help to inform USAID's future focus in this area.

    The meeting will also include the announcement of the winners of the BIFAD Prize for Scientific Excellence and an update on a BIFAD- commissioned study on the U.S. benefits and capabilities leveraged of USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security. Following an introduction by Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security, a keynote address by Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and framing remarks by Dr. William Masters, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, two panels will address: (1) Aspects of the enabling environment that can help accelerate private sector engagement in nutrition and (2) key drivers of private sector engagement to improve diet quality, including aspects of labeling, marketing, standards, and accountability systems. A public comment period is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CDT.

    For questions about registration, please contact Devin Furguson at dferguson@aplu.org or (202) 478-6030. For questions about BIFAD, please 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-2018-09-26/html/2018-20942.htm

  • Agriculture

  • Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Advisory Committee and Research and Promotion Background Information

    AGENCY: White House Liaison Office, Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) intention to request an extension and a revision to the currently approved Advisory Committee and Research and Promotion Background Information AD-755 Supplemental List--Agricultural Marketing Service Commodity Specific Questionnaire. The revised form will now require applicants to indicate their U.S. citizenship status. The primary objective is to determine the qualifications, suitability, and availability of a candidate to serve on advisory committees and/or research and promotion boards.

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 26, 2018 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: USDA invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted through one of the following methods:

    [square] Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments.

    [square] Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: White House Liaison Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, the Whitten Building, Room 540-A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.

    [square] Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to White House Liaison Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, the Whitten Building, Room 540-A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.

    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the agency name and docket number. Comments received in response to this notice will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cikena Reid, Committee Management Officer, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, White House Liaison Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, the Whitten Building, Room 540-A, Washington, DC 20250; office phone: (202) 720- 2406; email: Cikena.Reid@osec.usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-26/html/2018-20861.htm

  • Commerce

  • Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas; Fall Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In preparation for the 2018 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting, the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT is announcing the convening of its fall meeting.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 17-18, 2018. There will be an open session on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. through approximately 12:30 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will be closed to the public and is expected to end by 1 p.m. on October 18. Interested members of the public may present their views during the public comment session on October 17, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn Silver Spring, 8728-A Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Written comments should be sent via email to grace.ferrara@noaa.gov. Comments may also be sent via mail to Grace Ferrara at NMFS, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Grace Ferrara, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, 301-427-8371.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-24/html/2018-20714.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Uses of NOAA Ecological Forecasting Products in Western Lake Erie, the Gulf of Mexico, and Chesapeake Bay

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 26, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at pracomments@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Lonnie Gonsalves, NOAA National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 1305 East West Hwy., Rm 8325, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (240) 533-0303, and lonnie.gonsalves@noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-26/html/2018-20850.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the he National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The NAC and GAC provide advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NAC/GAC members represent academia, business/industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. The purpose of the meeting is for the NAC/GAC to provide advice on trade and environment issues related to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at https://www.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.

    DATES: The NAC/GAC will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., (EST) and Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (EST)

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sol of Tucson Hotel & Conference Center, 5655 W Valencia Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85757.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Program Analyst, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, (202) 564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Resources, Operations and Management; Federal Advisory Committee Management Division (MC1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/html/2018-21188.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Experts To Consider for ad hoc Participation on Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA requests public nominations of scientific experts to be considered for ad hoc participation on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) through membership on the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) Science Review Board (SRB). All nominees will be considered for ad hoc participation providing independent scientific advice to the EPA on health and safety issues related to pesticides. The FIFRA SAP is comprised of biologists, statisticians, toxicologists and other experts and is assisted in their reviews by members of the FQPA SRB.

    DATES: Nominations. Nominations should be provided to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before November 13, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Marquea D. King, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-3626; email address: king.marquea@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/html/2018-21196.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a forthcoming public advisory committee meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). The general function of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues. At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on November 8, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993- 0002. Answers to commonly asked questions including information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm408555.htm.

    For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be webcast and will be available at the following link: https://collaboration.fda.gov/vrbpac1118/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Serina Hunter-Thomas, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 6338, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-5771, serina.hunter-thomas@fda.hhs.gov or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's website at https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/html/2018-21137.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference/web meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a teleconference/web meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic invasive species; to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: Teleconference/web meeting: Monday, October 15, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time). For security purposes, registration is required. For deadlines to listen to the meeting by telephone, listen and view through the internet, or provide oral public comment by phone, please see Public Input under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. For more information, contact the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting location: We are holding the meeting via teleconference and over the web so that participants can attend remotely. To receive the web address and telephone number for participation, contact the Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or visit the ANS Task Force website at: website at http://anstaskforce.gov.

    Comment submission: You may submit written comments in advance of the meeting by emailing them to the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Pasko, Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by telephone at (703) 358-2466, or by email at Susan_Pasko@fws.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-25/html/2018-20799.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative--Science Technical Advisory Panel, Alaska

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management Alaska, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)--Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972.

    DATES: The STAP will meet October 23 and 24, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will be a public comment period from 3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be on the first floor of the Atwood Conference Center in the Ted Stevens Room, #102, at 550 West Seventh Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Scott Guyer, Deputy Director (Acting), North Slope Science Initiative, Bureau of Land Management, 222 West Seventh Avenue, Mailstop 13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513, 907-271- 3284, or sguyer@blm.gov. People who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877- 8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-26/html/2018-20938.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish an Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second notice for public comment. NSF is forwarding the proposed new information collection submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request approval for a new information collection. The primary purpose of this data collection is for institutional authorized organizational representatives to inform NSF of any finding/determination regarding the PI or any co-PI that demonstrates a violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault; and/or if the PI or any co-PI is placed on administrative leave or if any administrative action has been imposed on the PI or any co-PI by the awardee relating to any finding/determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 83 FR 9342, and 192 comments were received. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Comments: On March 5, 2018, NSF published a request for public comment regarding the agency's proposed implementation of new notification requirements specified in Important Notice No. 144. (83 FR 9342-9343, March 5, 2018). All comments were carefully considered in developing the final version of the term and condition. A table listing the comments and NSF responses is posted on the NSF website at: www.nsf.gov/harassment.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-25/html/2018-20836.htm

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