Agriculture

  • National Environmental Policy Act, Revised Procedures

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of a categorical exclusion (CE) for the USDA, Forest Service as directed by the amendment of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003 by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This establishment revises Forest Service policies and procedures for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended. This CE, as well as others established by Congress, as described below, will be incorporated into the Forest Service Handbook.

    DATES: The new and updated CEs will be incorporated into Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 1909.15, Chapter 30 March 16, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: The public will be able to review the revised FSH on the Forest Service's website at: https://www.fs.fed.us/emc/nepa/nepa_procedures/index.shtml. The Forest Service's current procedures can also be viewed at that website.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Smalls, Assistant Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination via phone at 202-205-1475 or via email at james.smalls@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 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-14/html/2020-03009.htm

  • Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Teleconference Meeting

    AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, regulation updates, subcommittee activities, and program activities. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.

    DATES: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 1 p.m to 3 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Room 3543, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery Haynes, Acting Commissioner, Plant Variety Protection Office, USDA, AMS, Science and Technology Programs, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 720-1066; Fax: (202) 260-8976, or Email: Jeffery.Haynes@usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-10/html/2020-02620.htm

  • Commerce

  • Efficient Permitting of Ocean Research, Mapping, and Characterizing Activities

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    ACTION: Notice; Request for information.


    SUMMARY: On behalf of the Ocean Policy Committee, Ocean Resource Management Subcommittee and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) as Co-Chairs of the Ocean Policy Committee, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requests input from all interested parties on the permitting process for ocean research, mapping, and characterization activities. The public input provided in response to this Request for Information (RFI) will inform the Ocean Policy Committee as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to increase the efficiency of the permitting and authorization processes for ocean research, mapping, and characterization activities across agencies.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 12, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Responses should be submitted via email to oceanresearch@ostp.eop.gov. Include "RFI Response: Efficient Permitting of Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing Activities" in the subject line of the message.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed. For all submissions, clearly indicate which questions are being answered. Email attachments will be accepted in plain text, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF formats only. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. OSTP may post responses to this RFI, without change, on a Federal website. NOAA, therefore, requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brock Eckel, OSTP, 202 456-4336.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-11/html/2020-02627.htm

  • Energy

  • Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, March 19, 2020; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Runkles; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U.S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903- 6529; email: katie.runkles@science.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-14/html/2020-03038.htm

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 12, 2020; 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Rush Conference Center, Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt Heckman, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-10/html/2020-02555.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for FYs 2021-2025

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather broad public input to assist the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in developing the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2021- 2025. NIH invites input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public, regarding the proposed framework for the FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and their membership as a whole.

    DATES: This RFI is open for public comment for a period of 6 weeks. Comments must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) on March 25, 2020 to ensure consideration.

    ADDRESSES: All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website, available at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=101.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct all inquiries to: Marina Volkov, nihstrategicplan@od.nih.gov, 301.496.4147.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-13/html/2020-02919.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Earth Science Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC). This Committee functions in an advisory capacity to the Director, Earth Science Division, in the NASA Science Mission Directorate. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All times listed are Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 6H41 (on Tuesday, March 10) and Room 5H41 (on Wednesday, March 11); 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. KarShelia Henderson, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2355, fax (202) 358-2779, or khenderson@nasa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-14/html/2020-02957.htm

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