• Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for the meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for December 16-17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (EST) and December 17, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (EST). This time and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website:

    ADDRESSES: The December 16-17, 2019 venue is to be determined; please check the website for the physical venue. The link for the webinar registration for the December 16-17, 2019 meeting may be found here:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone Number: 301-734-1156; email:; or visit the SAB website at

  • Health and Human Services

  • Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods Communities of Practice Webinar on Use of Animal- Free Affinity Reagents; Notice of Public Webinar; Registration Information

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) announces a public webinar "Use of Animal-free Affinity Reagents." The webinar is organized on behalf of ICCVAM by the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM). Interested persons may participate via WebEx. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience. Information about the webinar and registration are available at


    Webinar: January 21, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. EST.

    Registration for Webinar: December 9, 2019, until 12:30 p.m. EST January 21, 2020.

    Registration to view the webinar is required.

    ADDRESSES: Webinar web page

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Warren Casey, Director, NICEATM, Division of NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-17, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Phone: 984-287-3118, Email: Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2021, Morrisville, NC 27560.

  • 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, December 3, 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. Retiring NBSB board members will also be presented with certificates and a signed letter of appreciation.

    DATES: The NBSB Public Meeting is being held December 3, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: Please visit the NBSB website ( for all additional information regarding the NBSB or meeting details.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Christopher Perdue, MD, MPH, Designated Federal Official, NBSB, ASPR, HHS; 202-401-5837;

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Information on the American Research Environment

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

    ACTION: Notice of request for information (RFI) on the American research environment

    SUMMARY: On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC's) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), the OSTP requests input on actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non- profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment. Specific emphasis is placed on ensuring that the research environment is welcoming to all individuals and enables them to work safely, efficiently, ethically, and with mutual respect, consistent with the values of free inquiry, competition, openness, and fairness.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on December 23, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice may be submitted online to: the NSTC Executive Director, Chloe Kontos, Email submissions should be machine-readable [pdf, word] and not copy-protected. Submissions should include "RFI Response: JCORE" in the subject line of the message.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. Submission must not exceed 10 pages in 12 point or larger font, with a page number provided on each page. Responses should include the name of the person(s) or organization(s) filing the comment. Comments containing references, studies, research, and other empirical data that are not widely published should include copies or electronic links of the referenced materials.

    It is suggested that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI.

    In accordance with FAR 15.202(3), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Federal Government to form a binding contract. Additionally, those submitting responses are solely responsible for all expenses associated with response preparation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, please direct your questions to the NSTC Executive Director, Chloe Kontos,

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