Agency for International Development

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), Agricultural Growth, Structural Transformation, and the Journey to Self-Reliance: Implications for USAID Programming. The meeting will be held on March 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC at the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045. A public comment period is scheduled from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., EDT: The meeting will be livestreamed and accessible at

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is reorienting its strategies, partnership models, and program practices to achieve greater development outcomes and strive toward a future where foreign assistance is no longer necessary. The approach, outlined in the Agency's new Policy Framework, emphasizes the concept of "self- reliance"--defined as the capacity and commitment of a country to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve its own development challenges in an effective, inclusive, and accountable way. Empowering host country governments and partners to achieve locally sustainable results, helping countries mobilize public and private resources, strengthening local capacities, and accelerating enterprise-driven development are part of a strategy that prioritizes enduring partnerships and fosters stable, resilient, and prosperous countries.

    In the food and agricultural sectors, accelerating productivity growth is understood to be a central factor underpinning inclusive development, poverty reduction, and the structural transformation of economies--how underdeveloped and agrarian-based countries shift from subsistence agriculture to a commercially oriented economy with diverse agricultural, manufacturing, and service sectors. Recent evidence shows that growth in the agriculture sector is more effective at reducing poverty than growth in other sectors, especially in low-income countries where USAID works.

    The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an advisory committee to USAID, will convene a public meeting seeking to better understand the concept of structural transformation, how raising the total productivity of resources in agriculture stimulates this transformation, and how this in turn contributes to countries' progression toward self-reliance. The meeting will hear from experts on some emerging success stories in agricultural and structural transformation, distill lessons and identify knowledge gaps from these experiences, and identify implications of this evidence for USAID's priorities for development and social safety net programming investments for agriculture and food security.

    On the basis of testimony, including public comments, shared at the meeting, BIFAD will provide formal findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Agency on best-bet operational and programmatic investments for catalyzing agricultural productivity and structural transformation.

    BIFAD is a seven-member, presidentially appointed advisory board to USAID established in 1975 under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended. The provisions of Title XII concern bringing assets of U.S. universities to bear on development challenges in agriculture and food security, and the BIFAD's role is to help carry out this function.

    For questions about registration, please contact Susan Johnson at (202) 478-6023. For questions about BIFAD, please contact Clara Cohen, Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20523-2110, email her at, or telephone her at (202) 712-0119.

  • Commerce

  • Public Meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the Sea Grant website.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held virtually and in Washington, DC. The physical location of the meeting is the Wink Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037. For more information and, for virtual access, see below in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on March 9 from 1:15-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check agenda using link in the Matters to be Considered section to confirm time.) The Board expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by Ms. Donna Brown by Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to provide sufficient time for Board review. Written comments received after the deadline will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats for the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For any questions concerning the meeting, please contact Ms. Donna Brown, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East- West Highway, SSMC3, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Phone Number: 301-734-1088, Fax Number: 301-713-1031, Email: or to attend in person or virtually, please R.S.V.P. to Ms. Brown by Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

    Special Accommodations: The Board meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Donna Brown by Friday, February, 28, 2020.

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research. This meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The Board on Coastal Engineering Research will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 3, 2020 and reconvene from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: All sessions will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis Hotel, 400 SW 1st Street. Corvallis, OR 97333. All sessions are open to the public. For more information about the Board, please visit

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Julie Dean Rosati Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, phone (202) 761-1850, or

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting With Teleconference Option and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see "REGISTRATION" under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is highly suggested.

    DATES: The NEJAC will convene a public meeting with a teleconference option beginning on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The NEJAC meeting continues on February 26-27, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments in writing or verbally during the public comment period on Tuesday evening. The public comment period begins at 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

    The meeting on Wednesday and Thursday will focus on several topics including, but not limited to, the discussion and deliberation of a charge related to the reuse and revitalization of Superfund and other contaminated sites and resiliency of communities after natural disasters.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the Omni Jacksonville, 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the public meeting should be directed to Karen L. Martin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-0203; via email at Additional information about the NEJAC is available at

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    Date: February 27, 2020.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Report from the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) Director, EHE Leadership discussion; Current Burdens of HIV; Optimizing viral Load testing access for the last mile; Cost Effectiveness of Preventing AIDS complications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 1D13, Rockville, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Mary T. Glenshaw, Ph.D., MPH Senior Science Advisor Office of the Director, DPCPSI, Office of AIDS Research, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2E40, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-761-7689,

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has stringent procedures for entrance into NIH federal property. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page:, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

  • Interior

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council's Public Advisory Committee.

    DATES: February 25, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. AKST.

    ADDRESSES: Glenn Olds Hall Conference Room, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska; (800) 315-6338, code 72241.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Philip Johnson, Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 1689 "C" Street, Suite 119, Anchorage, Alaska, (907) 271-5011.

  • Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS, Service, we), propose to adopt a regulation that defines the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA or Act) as it applies to conduct resulting in the injury or death of migratory birds protected by the Act. This proposed rule is consistent with the Solicitor's Opinion, M-37050, which concludes that the MBTA's prohibitions on pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing, or attempting to do the same, apply only to actions directed at migratory birds, their nests, or their eggs.

    DATES: We will accept written comments on this proposed rule until March 19, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following methods. Please do not submit comments by both.

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-HQ- MB-2018-0090.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: JAO/1N; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will not accept email or faxes. We will post all comments on, including any personal information you provide. See Public Comments, below, for more information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, at 202-208-1050.

  • State

  • Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Department of State will hold an information session regarding upcoming United Nations negotiations concerning marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on February 25, 2020, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Harry S. Truman Main State Building, Room 3940, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to participate in this meeting, please send your name, organization/affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as any requests for reasonable accommodation, to Elana Mendelson at or 202-647- 1073.

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