Commerce

  • 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 Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for agenda details.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone- only connection option. Details on how to connect to the webinar by computer and by telephone will be available at: http://www.mafmc.org/ssc.

    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.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-20/html/2018-25297.htm

  • Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee). MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill current vacancies.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before December 24, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director, NMFS Office of Policy, 14th Floor, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director; (301) 427-8034; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-23/html/2018-25521.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR)

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the CDC announces the following meeting for the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ATSDR). This meeting is open to the public, limited only by available seating. The meeting room accommodates approximately 60 people. The public is also welcome to listen to the meeting by calling 800-619-8521, passcode 7019704, limited by 100 lines. The deadline for notification of attendance is December 3, 2018. The public comment period is scheduled on December 12, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m., EST and December 13, 2018 from 10:10 a.m. until 10:25 a.m., EST. Individuals wishing to make a comment during Public Comment period, please email your name, organization, and phone number by November 30, 2018 to Amanda Malasky at amalasky@cdc.gov.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EST and December 13, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., EST.

    ADDRESSES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717 (Building 106, Conference Room 1B).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Little, Program Analyst, NCEH/ ATSDR, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, Mailstop F-45, Atlanta, Georgia 30341- 3717, Telephone (770) 488-0577; Email snl7@cdc.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-19/html/2018-25134.htm

  • Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that a meeting is scheduled to be held for the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The meeting will be open to the public; a public comment session will be held during the meeting. Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and who wish to participate in the public comment session. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or send in their public comment via email should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov. Registration information is available on the website http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ and must be completed by January 23, 2019; all in-person attendees must pre-register by this date. Additional information about registering for the meeting and providing public comment can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ on the Meetings page.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on January 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and January 31, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the website for the Advisory Council at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ when this information becomes available. Pre-registration for attending the meeting in person is required to be completed no later than January 23, 2019; public attendance at the meeting is limited to the available space.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201.

    The meeting can also be accessed through a live webcast on the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jomana Musmar, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-23/html/2018-25439.htm

  • 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 Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will hold a public teleconference on December 13, 2018.

    DATES: The NBSB Public Teleconference is December 13, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-19/html/2018-25131.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 the joint meeting of the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA) and National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB).

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

    A portion of the National Cancer Advisory Board meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended, for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the National Cancer Institute, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, and the competence of individual investigators, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Advisory Board, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research.

    Open: December 3, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion on Global Cancer Research.

    Place: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washington Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

    Contact Person: Dr. Robert T. Croyle, Acting Executive Secretary, NCAB Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Global Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 4E420, Bethesda, MD 20892, (240) 276-6690, croyler@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and National Cancer Advisory Board.

    Open: December 4, 2018, 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Joint meeting of the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and National Cancer Advisory Board--NCI Director's report, presentations, and review of concepts.

    Closed: December 4, 2018, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of intramural program site visit outcomes and the discussion of confidential personnel issues.

    Place: National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room TE406 & 408, Rockville, MD 20850.

    Contact Person: Paulette S. Gray, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W444, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-276-6340, grayp@mail.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and National Cancer Advisory Board.

    Open: December 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

    Agenda: Joint meeting of the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and National Cancer Advisory Board--Presentations and review of concepts.

    Place: National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room TE406 & 408, Rockville, MD 20850.

    Contact Person: Paulette S. Gray, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W444, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-276-6340, grayp@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 NCI-Shady Grove campus. All 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: NCAB: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ncab/ncab.htm, BSA: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/bsa/bsa.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-19/html/2018-25193.htm

  • Notice of Request for Information; A Notice by the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council) requests information from the general public and stakeholders related to efforts and strategies to combat Antibiotic Resistance (AR). Given the evolution of AR and the long-term nature of the problem, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked the Advisory Council with identifying significant areas that have emerged since the release of the National Action Plan (NAP) for Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) in 2015. To aid in the process of developing its response to the Secretary's task, the Advisory Council has posted this Request for Information (RFI) to hear from a wide range of stakeholders and sectors relevant to the overall CARB effort. This RFI offers the opportunity for the public, including interested individuals, organizations, associations, industries, and others, to provide their input on new priority areas within each of the five goals of the NAP that should be considered by the United States Government (USG) for 2020-2025.

    Responses to the RFI must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2019 to be considered. The questions in the RFI are available through an online form on the Advisory Council's web page at www.hhs.gov/ash/carb. Individuals unable to submit their answers using the online platform should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov, indicating "RFI Response" in the subject line, along with the corresponding goal number(s) for which they are responding.

    DATES AND TIMES: Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2019 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals are encouraged to submit their responses through one of the following methods. Utilization of the online form available on www.hhs.gov/ash/carb is the preferred method of submission. Should you choose to send in your responses via email, please be sure to include "RFI Response" along with the corresponding goal number(s) in the subject line. Responses should not include information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the federal government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Please be aware that your comments will not be posted publicly, however they may be made available to the public, in part or in full, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

    Online Form: www.hhs.gov/ash/carb. Online submissions will receive an automatic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but you will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions.

    Email: CARB@hhs.gov. Please indicate "RFI Response" and the corresponding goal number(s) in the subject line of your email.

    All submissions will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but you will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jomana Musmar, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-23/html/2018-25435.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; STEM Engagement Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 4U25, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Designated Federal Officer, Office of STEM Engagement, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-20/html/2018-25208.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board (NSB), 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 meetings for the transaction of NSB business as follows:

    TIME AND DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the NSF headquarters, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Meetings are held in the boardroom on the 2nd floor. The public may observe public meetings held in the boardroom. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703- 292-7000 or send an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide your name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor's desk in the building lobby to receive a visitor's badge.

    STATUS: Some of these meetings will be open to the public. Others will be closed to the public. See full description below.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    Plenary Board meeting

    Open Session: 8:00-9:15 a.m.

    NSB Chair's Opening Remarks

    Introduction of new NSB members

    NSF Director's Remarks

    Summary of DC Meetings

    NSB Vision Project Discussion/Decision

    Committee on Strategy (CS)

    Open Session: 9:15-10:45 a.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    FY 2019 Budget Request Update

    Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences Portfolio Review

    NSB Vision Project

    Committee on Oversight (CO)

    Open Session: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Merit Review Report Update

    Report on Status of OIG Semiannual Report and NSF Management Response

    Inspector General's Update

    Chief Financial Officer's Update

    Responsible Conduct of Research

    Reducing Administrative Burdens on Research

    Committee on Strategy (CS)

    Closed Session: 1:15-1:30 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    FY 2020 Budget Submission Update

    Committee on Awards and Facilities (A&F)

    Closed Session: 1:30-3:20 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Action Item: Sacramento Peak Observatory

    Update on Astronomy Facility Transitions

    Information Item: International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)

    Information Item: Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS)

    Chief Officer for Research Facilities Report

    Committee on Awards and Facilities (A&F)

    Open Session: 3:30-4:00 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    CY 2018-2019 Schedule of Planned Action and Information Items

    Status of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

    Discussion and Vote on the A&F Action Approval Process Policy Document

    Plenary Board

    Open Session: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Briefing

    Matters to be Discussed:

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP)

    Open Session: 8:15-9:20 a.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Update on Future Indicators Project

    Update on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) Thematic Reports and Roadmap

    Discussion of Draft SEI 2018 Policy Companion

    Discussion of Future Policy Topics

    Committee on External Engagement (EE)

    Open Session: 9:20-10:00 a.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    NSB One-page Resources

    NSB Congressional Home District Office Meetings

    NSB Alumni Network Pilot Project

    Task Force on the Skilled Technical Workforce (STW)

    Open Session: 10:00-10:45 a.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    NSB/SBE National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics STW Data Update

    Discussion of Task Force Progress and Next Steps

    Plenary Board

    Closed Session: 11:00-11:15 a.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Director's Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Closed Committee Reports

    Vote: Sacramento Peak Record of Decision

    Plenary Board (Executive)

    Closed Session: 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Director's Remarks

    Board Member Award Review

    Honorary Award Recommendations

    Plenary Board

    Open Session: 1:15-1:45 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Director's Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Open Committee Reports

    Vote: OIG Semiannual Report and Management Response

    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Meeting Adjourns: 1:45 p.m.

    MEETINGS THAT ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    8:00-9:15 a.m. Plenary NSB Introduction

    9:15-10:45 a.m. Committee on Strategy (CS)

    11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Committee on Oversight (CO)

    3:30-4:00 p.m. Committee on Awards & Facilities (A&F)

    4:00-5:00 p.m. Plenary

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    8:15-9:20 a.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Policy (SEP)

    9:20-10:00 a.m. Committee on External Engagement (EE)

    10:00-10:45 a.m. Task Force on Skilled Technical Workforce (STW)

    1:15-1:45 p.m. Plenary

    MEETINGS THAT ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC:

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    1:15-1:30 p.m. Committee on Strategy (CS)

    1:30-3:20 p.m. (A&F)

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    11:00-11:15 a.m. Plenary

    11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Plenary Executive

    CONTACT PERSONS FOR MORE INFORMATION: The NSB Office contact is Brad Gutierrez, bgutierr@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000. The NSB Public Affairs contact is Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, 703-292-2490.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-23/html/2018-25717.htm

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