Agriculture

  • Review of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service National Conservation Practice Standards

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amended the Food Security Act of 1985, to require an expedited review of conservation practice standards, including engineering design specifications, that were in effect on December 19, 2018. NRCS will evaluate opportunities to increase flexibility in the conservation practice standards in a manner that ensures equivalent natural resource benefits. This notice announces that NRCS will be reviewing the national conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices and is requesting comments from the public about how to improve the conservation practice standards.

    DATES: We will consider comments that we received by April 25, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your comments, include the volume, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit your comments by the following method:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal website: go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for docket ID NRCS-2019-0003. Follow the online instruction for submitting comments electronically.

    All written comments received will be publicly available on www.regulations.gov.

    Electronic copies of the national conservation practice standards are available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/technical/cp/ncps/?cid=nrcs143_026849.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to this notice contact Bill Reck; phone: (202) 720-4485; or email: bill.reck@wdc.usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-11/html/2019-04290.htm

  • Commerce

  • Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). OEAB members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) activities. The OEAB will discuss its response to the Education Subcommittee review recommendations, the Blue Economy, National Ocean Exploration Forums, developments in technology related to ocean exploration, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the OEAB website at http://oeab.noaa.gov.

    Time and Dates: The announced meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT and Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. PDT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at: Board Room, Port of Oakland, 530 Water St., Oakland, CA 94607.

    Status: The meeting will be open to the public with a 15-minute public comment period on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT (please check the final agenda on the website to confirm the time). The public may listen to the meeting and provide comments during the public comment period via teleconference. Dial-in information may be found on the meeting agenda posted to the OEAB website.

    The OEAB expects that public statements at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to three minutes. The Designated Federal Officer must receive written comments by March 23, 2019 to provide sufficient time for OEAB review. Written comments received after March 23, 2019 will be distributed to the OEAB but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to David McKinnie, Designated Federal Officer (see below) by March 23, 2019.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David McKinnie, Designated Federal Officer, Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 526-6950.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-14/html/2019-04783.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Subcommittee Meeting--April 2019

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Subcommittee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All times noted are Eastern Time and approximate. The meeting may adjourn early if all business is finished. Attendees should register by March 26 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-bosc-sustainable-and-healthy-communities-subcommittee-meeting-tickets-56580152760. Requests for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to one business day before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA's Research Triangle Park Main Campus Facility, Room C-112, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. Submit your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0611 by one of the following methods: www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: Send comments by electronic mail (email) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0611.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0611.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee Docket, Mail Code: 2822T, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0611.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA- HQ-ORD-2015-0611. Note: This is not a mailing address. Deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov including any personal information provided unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The www.regulations.gov website is an "anonymous access" system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about the EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee Docket, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer (DFO) via mail at: Jace Cuj[eacute], Mail Code 8104R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-1795; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via email at: cuje.jace@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-14/html/2019-04770.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET)

    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 of the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis Meeting (ACET). This meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room will accommodate up to 60 people. The public is also welcome to listen to the meeting by telephone, limited only by the number of ports available (100). Time will be available for public comment. The public is welcome to submit written comments in advance of the meeting. Comments should be submitted in writing by email to the contact person listed below. The deadline for receipt is Monday, April 15, 2019. Persons who desire to make an oral statement, may request it at the time of the public comment period on April 16, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. EDT.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on April 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., EDT.

    ADDRESSES: 8 Corporate Blvd., Building 8, Conference Rooms 1A and 1B, Atlanta, Georgia 30329 and Web conference: 1-877-927-1433 and participant passcode: 12016435 and https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/r5p8l2tytpq/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margie Scott-Cseh, Committee Management Specialist, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop: E-07, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4018, telephone (404) 639-8317; zkr7@cdc.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-15/html/2019-04822.htm

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

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

    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 on April 8, 2019, for the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The meeting will be open to the public via teleconference. Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting via teleconference. Individuals who wish to send in their public comments 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 April 2, 2019. Additional information about registering for the meeting and providing public comments can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ on the Meetings page.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on April 8, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 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 is required to be completed no later than April 2, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Instructions regarding attending this meeting virtually will be posted one week prior to the meeting at: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jomana Musmar, 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 L133, Switzer Building, 330 C. St. SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-11/html/2019-04404.htm

  • Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the full meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP website at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp-committee/meetings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 6700B Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; telephone: 240- 453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: SACHRP@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-11/html/2019-04406.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. Consistent with FDA's regulations, notice is being published with less than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting based on a determination that an immediate meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is needed. This Federal Register notice could not be published 15 days prior to the date of the meeting due to a delay by the World Health Organization (WHO) in recommending H3N2 strain for inclusion in the 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccines.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on March 22, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 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-2019-03-14/html/2019-04708.htm

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