Commerce

  • 42nd Meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will hold a public meeting of the 42nd U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF).

    DATES: The public meeting will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 8:30am to 5:00pm with an opportunity to provide public comments. Written comments must be received on or before August 30, 2019. For the specific date, time, and location of the public meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to the USCRTF by any of the following methods:

    Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in Koror, Palau. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Written Comments: Please direct written comments to Jennifer Koss, NOAA, USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, NOS/OCM, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or via email to Jennifer.Koss@noaa.gov. Comments that the USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact receives are considered part of the public record and may be publicly accessible. Any personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender may also be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Koss, NOAA USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, NOS/OCM, Silver Spring, MD 20910 at (301) 533-0777 or Liza Johnson, USCRTF Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 at (202) 208-5004 or visit the USCRTF website at http://www.coralreef.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-29/html/2019-18619.htm

  • Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This is a virtual meeting. However, members of the public may also come to 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3 Room 8836. This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Monday, September 9, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). These times and the agenda topic described below are subject to change. For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website: http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx.

    ADDRESSES: Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3 Room 8836. 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. Members of the public may participate virtually by registering at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7316055114512901633.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-30/html/2019-18847.htm

  • Special Meeting of the Advisory Committee to the United States Delegation to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

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

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting and webinar/conference call.


    SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces a special meeting to be held September 5-6, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and will be accessible via conference call and webinar.

    DATES: The meeting and webinar will take place in open session on September 5, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and September 6, 2019, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    The meeting will also be accessible via conference call and webinar. Conference call and webinar access information are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/special-meeting-us-iccat-advisory-committee. The meeting agenda and materials will be posted to the same site.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in 15 minutes prior to the meeting. NMFS will show the presentations via webinar and audio will be available via phone. There will not be opportunity for public comment.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terra Lederhouse at (301) 427-8360.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-30/html/2019-18760.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Laboratory Animal Welfare: Report on Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers: Animal Care and Use in Research

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is announcing the publication of Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers: Animal Care and Use in Research, a report by the NIH, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The report describes the recommendations of the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 2034(d), Working Group and decisions of the agencies.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Brown, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, Suite 2500, 6700B Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-6910, phone: 301-496-7163, email: olaw@od.nih.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-28/html/2019-18611.htm

  • National Biodefense Science Board: Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The HHS Office of the Secretary is hosting the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) Public Meeting in Washington, DC, on September 11, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to gather information to develop expert advice provided by NBSB and guidance to the Secretary on scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to HHS regarding current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.

    DATES: The NBSB Public Meeting is being held on September 11, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: Please visit the NBSB website (https://www.phe.gov/nbsb) for all additional information regarding NBSB or meeting details.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Christopher Perdue, MD, MPH, Designated Federal Official, NBSB, ASPR, HHS; 202-401-5837; christopher.perdue@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-30/html/2019-18612.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 or the Agency) 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. Members will participate via teleconference.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 9, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993- 0002. 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/vrbpac100919/. 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 FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Capt. 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-2019-08-27/html/2019-18410.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Interagency Cooperation

    AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: FWS and NMFS (collectively referred to as the "Services" or "we") revise portions of our regulations that implement section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended ("Act"). The revisions to the regulations clarify, interpret, and implement portions of the Act concerning the interagency cooperation procedures.

    DATES: This final rule is effective on September 26, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule is available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0009. Comments and materials we received on the proposed rule, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing this rule, are available for public inspection at http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Frazer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240, telephone 202/208-4646; or Samuel D. Rauch, III, National Marine Fisheries Service, Department of Commerce, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone 301/427-8000. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877- 8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-27/html/2019-17517.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Listing Species and Designating Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the "Services" or "we"), revise portions of our regulations that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The revisions to the regulations clarify, interpret, and implement portions of the Act concerning the procedures and criteria used for listing or removing species from the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and designating critical habitat.

    DATES:

    Effective date: This final regulation is effective on September 26, 2019.

    Applicability date: These revised regulations apply to classification and critical habitat rules for which a proposed rule was published after September 26, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Public comments and materials received, as well as supporting documentation used in the preparation of this final regulation, are available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Frazer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240, telephone 202/208-4646; or Samuel D. Rauch, III, National Marine Fisheries Service, Department of Commerce, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone 301/427-8000. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service at 800/877- 8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-27/html/2019-17518.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Prohibitions to Threatened Wildlife and Plants

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or FWS), revise our regulations related to threatened species to remove the prior default extension of most of the prohibitions for activities involving endangered species to threatened species. For species already listed as a threatened species, the revised regulations do not alter the applicable prohibitions. The revised regulations provide that the Service, pursuant to section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act ("ESA" or the "Act"), will determine what protective regulations are appropriate for species added to or reclassified on the lists of threatened species.

    DATES: This final regulation is effective on September 26, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: This final regulation is available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0007. Comments and materials received, as well as supporting documentation used in the preparation of this final regulation, are also available at the same website.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bridget Fahey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, telephone 703/358-2171. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service at 800/877-8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-27/html/2019-17519.htm

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Adoption of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center (NOAA RC) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Coastal Habitat Restoration (PEIS)

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Record of Decision (ROD).


    SUMMARY: The Service, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is adopting the NOAA RC PEIS. NOAA RC developed the PEIS in 2015 to evaluate impacts to natural and human environments of coastal habitat restoration activities funded or implemented through existing NOAA programs. Activities evaluated in the NOAA RC PEIS are similar to and often co-implemented or co-funded through analogous Service programs. The Service published its Notice of Intent to Adopt the NOAA RC PEIS on November 26, 2016 and invited agency and public comment for this adoption action. The 30-day comment period for this action ended December 27, 2016; the Service received no comments on the proposed adoption. The Service has prepared a ROD to formalize the adoption of the NOAA RC PEIS and implement its provisions. We provide this notice to make the ROD available to the public.

    DATES: Service adoption and implementation of the provisions of the NOAA RC PEIS will take effect on September 30, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: To request a copy of the ROD or supporting documentation, please use one of the following methods:

    Internet: You may view or download the ROD and obtain additional information on the internet at https://www.fws.gov/pacific/fedaid/PEIS.html

    Email: r1fa_grants@fws.gov. Include "Service ROD--NOAA RC PEIS" in the subject line of the message.

    U.S. Mail: Attn: FWS-R1-WSFR; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Pacific Regional Office; 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232.

    In-Person Viewing: Call 503-231-2096 to make an appointment for viewing documents during regular business hours at the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Hollar, Chief, Pacific Region Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232, telephone: 503-231-6257. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-29/html/2019-18620.htm

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