Agriculture

  • Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Call for nominations for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Panel.


    SUMMARY: The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Panel (Panel) was renewed on September 16, 2019, to evaluate and provide recommendations on the selection of collaborative forest landscape restoration proposals to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) for approval as provided in Section 8629 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Secretary has determined that the work of the Panel is in the public's interest and relevant to the duties of the Department of Agriculture. Therefore, the Secretary is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Panel. The Panel is a statutory committee. Additional information concerning the Panel can be found by visiting the Panel's website at: https://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLRP/advisory-panel.shtml.

    DATES: Nominations must be received on or before November 14, 2019. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, references, and completed Form AD-755 (Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information). The package must be sent to the address below.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations and applications to Jessica Robertson, USDA Forest Service, Forest Management, Range Management and Vegetation Ecology, 201 14th Street SW, Room 3SW, Washington, DC 20024 by express mail or overnight courier service. If sent via the U.S. Postal Service, please send to the following address: USDA, Forest Service, Forest Management, National Forest System, Mail Stop 1103, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-1123, or by email at jessica.robertson@usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsay Buchanan, USDA, National Forest System, Forest Management, Range Management, and Vegetation Ecology, by phone at 503-808-2810 or by email at lindsay.buchanan@usda.gov, or contact Jessica Robertson, USDA, National Forest System, Forest Management, Range Management, and Vegetation Ecology, by phone at 202-205-0847 or by email at jessica.robertson@usda.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/html/2019-22341.htm

  • Commerce

  • Notice Requesting Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES)

    ACTION: Request for membership nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce is seeking highly qualified individuals who are knowledgeable about the commercial space-based remote sensing industry and uses of space-based remote sensing data to serve on the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). The Committee is comprised of leaders in the commercial space-based remote sensing industry, space-based remote sensing data users, government, and academia. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice provides committee and membership criteria.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ACCRES was established by the Secretary of Commerce on May 21, 2002, to advise the Secretary, through the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, on matters relating to the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry and NOAA's activities to carry out responsibilities of the Department of Commerce as set forth in the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010 (the Act), Title 51 U.S.C. 60101 et seq (formerly the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992, 15 U.S.C. Secs. 5621-5625).

    Committee members serve in a representative capacity for a term of two years and may serve additional terms, if reappointed. No more than 20 individuals at a time may serve on the Committee. ACCRES will have a fairly balanced membership consisting of approximately 9 to 20 members. Nominations are encouraged from all interested U.S. persons and organizations representing interests affected by the regulation of remote sensing. Nominees must represent stakeholders in remote sensing, space commerce, space policy, or a related field and be able to attend committee meetings that are held usually two times per year. Membership is voluntary, and service is without pay. Each nomination that is submitted should include the proposed committee member's name and organizational affiliation, a brief description of the nominee's qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee, a curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee, and no more than three supporting letters describing the nominee's qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee. Self-nominations are acceptable. The following contact information should accompany each submission: The nominee's name, address, phone number, and email address.

    Nominations should be sent to Tahara Dawkins, Director, Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office, 1335 East West Highway, G- 101, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 or email tahara.dawkins@noaa.gov. Nominations must be postmarked or emailed no later than 30 days from the publication date of this notice. The full text of the Committee Charter and its current membership can be viewed at the Agency's web page at: http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/CRSRA/accresHome.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tashaun Pierre, Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office, NOAA Satellite and Information Services, 1335 East West Highway, Room G101, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 713-7077, email Tashaun.pierre@noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/html/2019-22660.htm

  • Energy

  • Environmental Management Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Office of Environmental Management, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: WebEx Conference Call, US Toll: +1-415-527-5035, Attendee Access Code: 903 674 286.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Borak, Federal Coordinator, EMAB (EM-4.32), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. Phone (202) 586-9928 or email: david.borak@em.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-18/html/2019-22717.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Executive Order 13891--Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that Americans are subject to only those binding rules imposed through duly enacted statutes or through regulations lawfully promulgated under them, and that Americans have fair notice of their obligations, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. Departments and agencies (agencies) in the executive branch adopt regulations that impose legally binding requirements on the public even though, in our constitutional democracy, only Congress is vested with the legislative power. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) generally requires agencies, in exercising that solemn responsibility, to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking to provide public notice of proposed regulations under section 553 of title 5, United States Code, allow interested parties an opportunity to comment, consider and respond to significant comments, and publish final regulations in the Federal Register.

    Agencies may clarify existing obligations through non- binding guidance documents, which the APA exempts from notice-and-comment requirements. Yet agencies have sometimes used this authority inappropriately in attempts to regulate the public without following the rulemaking procedures of the APA. Even when accompanied by a disclaimer that it is non-binding, a guidance document issued by an agency may carry the implicit threat of enforcement action if the regulated public does not comply. Moreover, the public frequently has insufficient notice of guidance documents, which are not always published in the Federal Register or distributed to all regulated parties.

    Americans deserve an open and fair regulatory process that imposes new obligations on the public only when consistent with applicable law and after an agency follows appropriate procedures. Therefore, it is the policy of the executive branch, to the extent consistent with applicable law, to require that agencies treat guidance documents as non-binding both in law and in practice, except as incorporated into a contract, take public input into account when appropriate in formulating guidance documents, and make guidance documents readily available to the public. Agencies may impose legally binding requirements on the public only through regulations and on parties on a case-by-case basis through adjudications, and only after appropriate process, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/html/2019-22623.htm

  • Executive Order 13892--Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement Adjudication

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The rule of law requires transparency. Regulated parties must know in advance the rules by which the Federal Government will judge their actions. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq., was enacted to provide that "administrative policies affecting individual rights and obligations be promulgated pursuant to certain stated procedures so as to avoid the inherently arbitrary nature of unpublished ad hoc determinations." Morton v. Ruiz, 415 U.S. 199, 232 (1974). The Freedom of Information Act, America's landmark transparency law, amended the APA to further advance this goal. The Freedom of Information Act, as amended, now generally requires that agencies publish in the Federal Register their substantive rules of general applicability, statements of general policy, and interpretations of law that are generally applicable and both formulated and adopted by the agency (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1)(D)). The Freedom of Information Act also generally prohibits an agency from adversely affecting a person with a rule or policy that is not so published, except to the extent that the person has actual and timely notice of the terms of the rule or policy (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1)).

    Unfortunately, departments and agencies (agencies) in the executive branch have not always complied with these requirements. In addition, some agency practices with respect to enforcement actions and adjudications undermine the APA's goals of promoting accountability and ensuring fairness.

    Agencies shall act transparently and fairly with respect to all affected parties, as outlined in this order, when engaged in civil administrative enforcement or adjudication. No person should be subjected to a civil administrative enforcement action or adjudication absent prior public notice of both the enforcing agency's jurisdiction over particular conduct and the legal standards applicable to that conduct. Moreover, the Federal Government should, where feasible, foster greater private-sector cooperation in enforcement, promote information sharing with the private sector, and establish predictable outcomes for private conduct. Agencies shall afford regulated parties the safeguards described in this order, above and beyond those that the courts have interpreted the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution to impose.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/html/2019-22624.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments; Department of the Interior Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Information Collection; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing to renew an information collection.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 16, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request (ICR) by mail to U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_collections@usgs.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028-0096 in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Doug Beard, Chief of the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center, by email at dbeard@usgs.gov, or by telephone at 703-648-5212.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/html/2019-22610.htm

  • Public Meeting of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) and National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is publishing this notice to announce that a Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the NCGMP and NGGDPP will take place.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019, via teleconference, specific time of meeting to be determined.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be hosted by the USGS via teleconference. For teleconference details, please refer to the contact information below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Marketti, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 908, Reston, VA 20192, or by email at mmarketti@usgs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-16/html/2019-22558.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; 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 NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

    DATES: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Headquarters Building, Conference Room 7212, Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marcia Joseph, NAC Administrative Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4717 or marcia.joseph@nasa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/html/2019-22337.htm

  • NASA Advisory Council; Human Exploration and Operations 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 Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Operations and Checkout (O&C) Conference Room 2769, Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Bette Siegel, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2245, or bette.siegel@nasa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-15/html/2019-22336.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; 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: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Date and Time: November 4-5, 2019; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Conference Room 3430, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Leah Nichols, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of the Director/National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314; (Email: lenichol@nsf.gov/Telephone: (703) 292-2983).

    Minutes: May be obtained from the AC's website at: https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda: To discuss subcommittee work and prepare for future advisory committee activities. Updated agenda and teleconference link will be available at https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-16/html/2019-22505.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), 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 three related teleconference meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    TIME AND DATE: (1) Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT; (2) Friday, October 25, 2019 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT; and (3) Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11:00-11:30 a.m. EDT.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: For each open teleconference, the SEP Committee will hear a presentation on the revision plan for the specified Indicators 2020 Report, developed in response to reviews of the draft report from NSB members, federal agency stakeholders, and content experts. The SEP Committee will discuss and provide feedback to the Report authors on the revision plan.

    October 22, 2019 Report topic: Knowledge and Technology Intensive Industries October 25, 2019 Report topic: Academic R&D (reports "A" and "B") October 29, 2019 Report topic: Innovation

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Reba Bandyopadhyay (rbandyop@nsf.gov), 703/292-7000.

    Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-18/html/2019-22889.htm

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