Commerce

  • Nominations for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Permanent Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act). The Permanent Advisory Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than March 25, 2019. Nominations received after the deadline will not be accepted.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be directed to Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, and may be submitted by any of the following means:

    Email: pir.wcpfc@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following document identifier: "Permanent Advisory Committee nominations". Email comments, including attachments, are limited to 5 megabytes.

    Mail or hand delivery: 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818.

    Facsimile: 808-725-5215.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Reynolds, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-725-5039; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.reynolds@noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-06/html/2019-01303.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tristram West, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone (301) 903-5155; Fax (301) 903-5051 or email: tristram.west@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the website: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-05/html/2019-00933.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Revised Definition of "Waters of the United States"

    AGENCY: Department of the Army; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public hearing.


    SUMMARY: On December 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) signed a proposed rule revising the definition of "waters of the United States" to clarify the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. The agencies are announcing that a public hearing will be held in Kansas City, Kansas on February 27 and 28, 2019, to provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or information concerning the proposed rule. The pre-publication version of this proposal can be found at https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise.

    DATES: The agencies will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28, 2019, in Kansas City, Kansas. Please refer to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for additional information on the public hearing.

    ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held in the Wyandotte Ballroom of the Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66101. The Wednesday session will convene at 4:00 p.m. (local time) and will conclude no later than 8:00 p.m. and the Thursday session will convene at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude no later than 12:00 p.m.

    A complete set of documents related to the proposal will be available for public inspection through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149 once the notice of proposed rulemaking publishes in the Federal Register. Documents can also be viewed at the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center, located at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 3334, Washington, DC between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. In addition, the pre-publication version of the notice of proposed rule, the economic analysis for the proposed rule, and the resource and programmatic assessment for the proposed rule are available at https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise.

    If you are unable to attend the public hearing you will be able to submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. for this rulemaking. Comments received may be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information provided. For additional information on the public hearing, see the "Public Participation" heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Damaris Christensen, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-2428; email address: WOTUS-outreach@epa.gov; or Ms. Cindy Barger, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, 441 G Street NW, Washington DC 20014; telephone number: (202) 761-0038.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-07/html/2019-01483.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

    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 as indicated below in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the National Library of Medicine, 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: Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

    Date: April 4-5, 2019.

    Open: April 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of research and development programs and preparation of reports of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: April 4, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications, performance, and competence of individual investigators.Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: April 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications, performance, and competence of individual investigators.Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Karen Steely, Program Assistant, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Room 7S707, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-827- 4385, ksteely@mail.nih.gov.

    Open: April 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Agenda: Review of research and development programs and preparation of reports of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Karen Steely, Program Assistant, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Room 7S707, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-827- 4385, ksteely@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.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-05/html/2019-01092.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the meetings of the Council of Councils.

    The meetings 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 meetings 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: Council of Councils.

    Open: May 17, 2019.

    Time: 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Call to Order and Introductions; Announcements and Updates; Scientific Talks; NIH Program Updates.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 60, The Cloisters, Lecture Hall, Chapel, 1 Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: May 17, 2019.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of Grant Applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 60, Cloisters, Lecture Hall, Chapel, 1 Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: May 17, 2019.

    Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Talks and NIH Program Updates.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 60, Cloisters, Lecture Hall, Chapel, 1 Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Franziska Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Council of Councils Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 948, Bethesda, MD 20892, GriederF@mail.nih.gov, 301-435-0744.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Open: September 6, 2019.

    Time: 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Call to Order and Introductions; Announcements and Updates; Scientific Talks; NIH Program Updates.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Natcher Building, Building 45, Room E, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: September 6, 2019.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of Grant Applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Natcher Building, Building 45, Room E, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: September 6, 2019.

    Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Scientific Talks and NIH Program Updates.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Natcher Building, Building 45, Room E, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Franziska Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Council of Councils Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 948, Bethesda, MD 20892, GriederF@mail.nih.gov, 301-435-0744.

    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 Council of Council's home page at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/ where an agenda will be posted before the meeting date.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-08/html/2019-01681.htm

  • 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 March 6, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 7, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 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/vrbpac032019/.

    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 Monique Hill, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 6307C, Silver Spring, MD 20993- 0002, 301-796-4620, monique.hill@fda.hhs.gov; or the 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-2019-02-05/html/2019-00769.htm

  • 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: February 13, 2019; 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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

    Note: CEOSE members will participate virtually. If you are interested in attending this meeting, you are required to attend in person. To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Una Alford (ualford@nsf.gov or 703-292-7111) on or prior to February 11, 2019.

    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/banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the website at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    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.

    Agenda:

    Opening Statement and Chair Report by the CEOSE Chair

    NSF Executive Liaison Report

    Reports and Updates from the CEOSE Liaisons

    Working Session and Discussion: Reviewing the 2017-2018 Biennial Report to Congress

    Discussion: CEOSE Recommendation and Future Directions

    Announcements

    Reason for Late Notice: Scheduling complications resulting from the recent lapse in appropriations.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-05/html/2019-01118.htm

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

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to renew clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by April 5, 2019 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 18000W, Alexandria, VA 22314, or by email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-04/html/2019-00834.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    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: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 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:

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Plenary Board Meeting

    Open session: 8:00-9:30 a.m.

    NSB Chair's Opening Remarks

    NSB Vision Presentation

    [cir] Dr. Vinton Cerf

    [cir] Dr. Anita Jones

    [cir] Dr. Barry Barish

    NSF Director's Remarks

    Summary of Activities

    Committee on Awards and Facilities (A&F)

    Closed Session: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Action Item: Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS)

    Action Item: International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)

    Update on Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source

    Context Item: Green Bank Observatory

    Update on National Ecological Observatory Network

    Plenary Board

    Open Session: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks and Introductions

    [cir] Mr. Chris Liddell, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

    Plenary Board

    Closed Session: 2:00-3:15 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Director's Remarks

    [cir] Impact of Lapse in Appropriations

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Closed Committee Reports

    Vote: International Ocean Discovery Program Operations and Maintenance

    Vote: Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science

    Plenary Board (Executive)

    Closed Session: 3:15-3:30 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Director's Remarks

    [cir] Senior Personnel Update

    [cir] Waterman Award Update

    Committee on Strategy (CS)

    Closed Session: 3:45-4:30 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    FY 2019 and 2020 Budget Updates and FY 2020 Passback

    Plenary Board

    Open Session: 4:30-5:15 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    [cir] New Member Swearing-in

    Director's Remarks

    [cir] Senior Executive Updates

    [cir] Office of Legislative and Public Affairs Update

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Committee Chair Updates

    [cir] Science and Engineering Indicators Update

    [cir] Merit Review Report Update

    [cir] Awards & Facilities Retreat Update

    [cir] NSB One-Pager on Foreign Born Students and Workers in the U.S. S&E Enterprise

    [cir] Committee on Strategy Update

    [cir] Skilled Technical Workforce Update

    Vote: OIG Semiannual Report and Management Response

    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Meeting Adjourns: 5:15 p.m.

    MEETINGS THAT ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    8:00-9:30 a.m. Plenary NSB 1:00-2:00 p.m. Plenary 4:30-5:15 p.m. Plenary

    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-2019-02-08/html/2019-01762.htm

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