• Endangered and Threatened Species; Determination on the Designation of Critical Habitat for Giant Manta Ray

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

    ACTION: Notice of critical habitat determination.

    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, have determined that a designation of critical habitat is not prudent at this time. Based on a comprehensive review of the best scientific data available, we find that there are no identifiable physical or biological features that are essential to the conservation of the giant manta ray within areas under U.S. jurisdiction. We also find that there are no areas outside of the geographical area occupied by the species under U.S. jurisdiction that are essential to its conservation. As such, we find that there are no areas within the jurisdiction of the United States that meet the definition of critical habitat for the giant manta ray.

    DATES: This finding is made on December 5, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the determination, list of references, and supporting documents prepared for this action are available from the NMFS Office of Protected Resources website at

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maggie Miller, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 427-8403.

  • Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

    SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Citizen Science Operations Committee via webinar.

    DATES: The Citizen Science Operations Committee meeting will be held via webinar on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.


    Meeting address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Julia Byrd (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access information. Please request webinar invitations at least 24 hours in advance of each webinar. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N Charleston, SC 29405.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Byrd, Citizen Science Program Manager, SAFMC; phone: (843) 302-8439 or toll free 866/SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email:

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Center for Preparedness and Response, (BSC, CPR); Meeting

    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 for the Board of Scientific Counselors, Center for Preparedness and Response, (BSC, CPR). This meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates up to 60 people. Public participants should pre-register for the meeting (see Supplementary Information for more information). The public is also welcome to listen to the meeting via Adobe Connect. Pre-registration is required by clicking the links below.

    WEB ID January 23, 2020 registration:

    WEB ID January 24, 2020 registration:

    Dial in number: 1-888-790-2046; Participant code: 5041683.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on January 23, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST; and January 24, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., EST.

    ADDRESSES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Global Communications Center, Building 19, Auditorium B3, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dometa Ouisley, Office of Science and Public Health Practice, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop H21-6, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027; Telephone: (404) 639-7450; Fax: (404) 471- 8772; Email:

  • Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC) Data Submission Request Form (National Cancer Institute)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 to provide opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will publish periodic summaries of propose projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

    DATES: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Zhining Wang, Ph.D., Project Officer, Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG), National Cancer Institute, Building 31 Room 3A20, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814 or call non-toll-free number 301-402-1892 or Email your request, including your address to: Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

  • National Science Foundation

  • 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 an update to the scheduling of a previously noticed meeting for the transaction of NSB business as described below. The meeting was originally noticed in the Federal Register on November 18, 2019 at 84 FR 63680-81.

    TIME AND DATE: The final session of the meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST, a plenary open session, was to be held in the boardroom on the 2nd floor of the NSF headquarters, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. However, a fire alarm required NSF and NSB staff to evacuate that floor just as the session was to begin. Because most NSB members had airplane flights leaving shortly after the meeting was to end, the NSB members and other staff gathered in the lobby of a nearby hotel and conducted the session. One of the items was time-sensitive and the vote could not practically be rescheduled in a timely way.

    Plenary Board

    Open Session: 1:00-1:30 p.m.

    NSB Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Open Committee Reports

    Vote on Merit Review Digest

    Votes on OIG Semiannual Report and NSF Management Response

    NSB Chair's Closing Remarks

    The agenda items were covered as indicated. An audio recording of the session is available upon request.

    CONTACT PERSONS FOR MORE INFORMATION: The contact for a copy of the audio file is NSB Counsel Ann Bushmiller,, 703/292- 7000. The NSB Office contact is Brad Gutierrez,, 703/ 292-7000.

back to Federal Register Resource

Bookmark and Share