• Public Notice and Comment for Forest Service Directives

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Technical corrections to final rule.

    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is affirming the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 30, 2018, with technical corrections. One of the technical corrections responds to comments received during the comment period for the final rule, and the other removes a phrase that does not apply.

    DATES: Technical corrections to the final rule at 36 CFR part 216 are effective January 16, 2020.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Migliori, Program Analyst, Directives and Regulations, Office of Regulatory and Management Services,, (202) 205-2496. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; extension of nomination period.

    SUMMARY: NMFS is extending the period for submission of nominations for appointment to a new Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) task force to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. The task force will provide expert advice on the generation, delivery, and use of electronically reported data from private recreational anglers to assist NMFS in fulfilling its mission activities. NMFS will appoint the members in consultation with MAFAC and they will serve for a term of up to two (2) years. The extended comment period closes on February 21, 2020.

    DATES: Nominations must be received at the appropriate address or email mailbox (see ADDRESSES) on or before February 21, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, NMFS Office of Policy, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or to

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, (301) 427-8046; email:

  • Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Solicitation of applications.

    SUMMARY: NOAA is soliciting applications to fill up to six membership vacancies on the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). The new OEAB members will serve initial three-year terms, renewable once.

    DATES: Application materials must be received no later than February 3, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Submit application materials to Christa Rabenold via mail or email. Mail: NOAA/OER, 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm. 10310, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David McKinnie, OEAB Designated Federal Officer, NOAA/OER, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115; 206-526-6950;

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for an open meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: February 3, 2020; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    February 4, 2020; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20502.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Individuals from the public who wish to attend must register using the following email address: Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Edward McGinnis, Executive Director, PCAST, at: (202) 456-6076 or email:

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5- Year Status Review of Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the conterminous United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of initiation of review; request for information.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating a 5- year status review of Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the conterminous United States under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any new information on this species that has become available since the last review of the species in 2011.

    DATES: To ensure consideration in our review, we are requesting submission of new information no later than March 16, 2020. However, we will continue to accept new information about the species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Submitting Information: If you wish to provide information on the grizzly bear, please submit your information and materials by one of the following methods:

    Internet: By email to

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Grizzly Bear Recovery Office, University of Montana, University Hall #309, Missoula, MT 59812.

    Reviewing Submitted Information: Submissions and materials received are available for public review upon request at the Grizzly Bear Recovery Office listed in ADDRESSES during normal business hours. For more information, see Public Availability of Submissions under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hilary Cooley, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator, via telephone 406-243-4903 or via the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

  • National Park System Advisory Board; Charter Renewal

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Charter renewal.

    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior intends to renew the National Park System Advisory Board, in accordance with section 14(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This action is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of statutory duties imposed upon the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, Staff Director for the National Park System Advisory Board, Office of Policy, National Park Service, 202-513-7053.

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research

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

    ACTION: Request for Comments.

    SUMMARY: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies, whether those repositories are operated by government or non- governmental entities. Optimization and improved consistency in agency- provided information for data repositories is expected to reduce the burden for researchers. Feedback obtained through this Request for Comments (RFC) will help to inform coordinated agency action.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments will be considered, please submit your response on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on March 6, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted online to: Email submissions should be machine-readable [pdf, word] and not copy-protected. Submissions should include "RFC Response: Desirable Repository Characteristics" in the subject line of the message.

    Instructions: Response to this RFC is voluntary. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. Submission should not exceed 5 pages in 12 point or larger font, and should be paginated. Responses should include the name and organizational affiliation(s) of the person(s) filing the comment. Additionally, to assist in analyzing responses, respondents are requested to indicate the primary scientific discipline(s) in which they work (e.g., life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences) and their role (e.g., researcher, librarian, data manager, administrator). Comments containing references, studies, research, and other empirical data that are not widely published should include copies or electronic links of the referenced materials. Comments containing profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other inappropriate language or content will not be considered.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice are subject to FOIA. Responses to this RFC may also be posted, without change, on a Federal website. Therefore, we request that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information (beyond filing name and institution) be submitted in response to this RFC.

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


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