Energy

  • Advancing the Bioeconomy Workshop

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing a public workshop entitled, "Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks." The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks to gather input from experts on the present state and future potential of using waste streams, particularly municipal solid waste, as a feedstock for producing fuels, products, and power.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on February 19, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and February 20, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To attend the workshop, you must contact Dr. Brianna Farber at (202) 586-5188 or Email: eere_biomass@ee.doe.gov by February 18, 2020. This event is open to the public but seating is limited. For those who are unable to attend the workshop but wish to submit comments, comments must be submitted on or before February 18th, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC-Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments may be submitted by the following methods:

    Email: eere_biomass@ee.doe.gov. Include "MSW workshop--public" in the subject line of the message.

    Postal Mail: Brianna Farber, Forrestal South 5H, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. Due to the potential delays in DOE's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, DOE encourages respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Brianna Farber, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; at (202) 586-5188; Email: eere_biomass@ee.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-20/html/2020-03367.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • HHS Notice of Committee Establishment, Notice of Intent To Convene, and Call for Nominations for the NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board for Fiscal Year 2020

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the establishment of, and intent to convene, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board--FY 2020 (Ethics Board or Board), as authorized by section 492A of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended. HHS is soliciting nominations of individuals for appointment to the Ethics Board for fiscal year 2020. Nominations for qualified individuals for appointment to the Ethics Board are currently being accepted.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET 30 days after the publication of this Federal Register notice.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages must be submitted to the Executive Secretary, NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board--FY 2020, Office of Science Policy, NIH, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750 Bethesda, MD 20892. Federal Express, Airborne, UPS, etc., mail delivery should be addressed to Executive Secretary, NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board--FY 2020, Office of Science Policy, NIH, at the above address, or sent via email to: SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries may be directed to Cari Young, Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750 Bethesda, MD 20892, Telephone: 301-496-9838, or SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-20/html/2020-03302.htm

  • Meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) will hold a meeting. The meeting will be open to the public. For this meeting, the TBDWG will be discussing and voting on recommendations for the 2020 TBDWG Report to the HHS Secretary and Congress. Most of the recommendations the TBDWG will consider are from the reports of eight TBDWG subcommittees, which were created to examine critical topic areas related to tick-borne diseases.

    Additionally, the TBDWG created the Federal Inventory Subcommittee and Public Comment Subcommittee. The Federal Inventory Subcommittee will present an analysis of tick-borne disease research and funding within federal agencies. The Public Comment subcommittee will provide an update on key themes of the written comments to the TBDWG.

    The 2020 report will address ongoing tick-borne disease research, including research related to causes, prevention, treatment, surveillance, diagnosis, diagnostics, duration of illness, and intervention for individuals with tick-borne diseases; advances made pursuant to such research; federal activities related to tick-borne diseases; and gaps in tick-borne disease research.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on March 3-4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the website for the TBDWG at https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/meetings/2020-3-3/index.html when this information becomes available.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103. Members of the public may also attend the meeting via webcast. Instructions for attending via webcast will be posted about one week prior to the meeting at https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/meetings/2020-3-3/index.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Berger, Designated Federal Officer for the TBDWG; Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW, Suite L600, Washington, DC 20024. Email: tickbornedisease@hhs.gov; Phone: 202-795-7608.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-19/html/2020-03255.htm

  • National Human Genome Research Institute; Notice of Proposed Reorganization

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a public hearing to enable discussion of the Institute's proposal to reorganize the Division of Policy, Communications and Education. The proposed reorganization aims to enhance synergies in the areas of bioethics, policy, education, engagement, and communications.

    DATES: The public hearing will take place February 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. E.T. using NHGRI's social media accounts. Any interested person may also file written comments by sending an email to NHGRIsocial@nih.gov or prior or during the scheduled public hearing. The statement should include the individual's name, and when applicable, professional affiliation.

    ADDRESSES: The following email address has been established for comments on the reorganization: NHGRIsocial@nih.gov. The social media platforms that will be used and monitored during this hearing are:

    Twitter: @NHGRIDirector and @genomegov

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/genome.gov/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2360728/

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Bates, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, Room 4B09, Bethesda, MD 20892-2153, (301) 642-8978, NHGRIsocial@nih.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-19/html/2020-03173.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC. 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: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., and Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 5H41, 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-2020-02-21/html/2020-03484.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the following meeting:

    Name and Committee Code: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Date and Time: March 25--26, 2020; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Conference Room 2030, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Leah Nichols, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of the Director/National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314; (Email: acere-poc@nsf.gov/Telephone: (703) 292-8040).

    Minutes: May be obtained from the AC's website at: https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda: Discussion of subcommittee work. Updates on agency support for environmental research and education activities. Discussion with NSF senior leadership. Plan for future advisory committee activities. Updated agenda will be available at https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-21/html/2020-03469.htm

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the following meeting:

    Name and Committee Code: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Date and Time: March 25-26, 2020; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Conference Room 2030, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Leah Nichols, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of the Director/National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314; (Email: acere-poc@nsf.gov/Telephone: (703) 292-8040).

    Minutes: May be obtained from the AC's website at: https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda: Discussion of subcommittee work. Updates on agency support for environmental research and education activities. Discussion with NSF senior leadership. Plan for future advisory committee activities. Updated agenda will be available at https://www.nsf.gov/ere/ereweb/minutes.jsp.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-21/html/2020-03466.htm

  • Request for Information--Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information on opportunities and constraints to building and sustaining partnerships in ocean science and technology.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF), on behalf of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), requests input from all interested parties on opportunities for and constraints on building and sustaining partnerships in ocean science and technology (S&T). The public input provided in response to this Request for Information (RFI) will inform OSTP as it works with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to build and sustain partnerships in ocean science and technology.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 19, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Responses should be submitted via email to oceansummit@ostp.eop.gov. Include "Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technolog"' in the subject line of the message.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed. For submissions via email, 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. OSTP, 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: Deerin Babb-Brott, OSTP, DeerinSBabb-Brott2@ostp.eop.gov, 202-456-4444.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-18/html/2020-03071.htm

  • 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 a correction to the scheduling of a previously noticed meeting for the transaction of NSB business as described below.

    FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: The meeting was originally noticed in the Federal Register on January 30, 2020 at 85 FR 5486.

    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TIME AND DATE OF THE MEETING:

    Original Committee on Oversight (CO) Agenda

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020

    Open session: 2:30-3:00 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Remarks

    Approval of Prior Open Minutes

    Merit Review Digest and Update on Modernization

    Discussion and vote on NSB Preface to Merit Review Digest

    OIG Semiannual Report and Management Response

    Inspector General's Update

    Chief Financial Officer's Update

    CHANGES IN THE MEETING:

    Corrected Committee on Oversight (CO) Agenda

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020

    Open session: 2:30-3:00 p.m.

    Committee Chair's Remarks

    Approval of Prior Open Minutes

    Merit Review Digest and Update on Modernization

    Discussion and vote on NSB Preface to Merit Review Digest

    Inspector General's Update

    Chief Financial Officer's Update

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: The NSB Office contact is Brad Gutierrez, bgutierr@nsf.gov, 703/292-7000.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-20/html/2020-02793.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research

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

    ACTION: Notice of request for information (RFI).


    SUMMARY: OSTP, and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Open Science (SOS), are engaged in ongoing efforts to facilitate implementation and compliance with the 2013 memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research \1\ and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report.\2\ OSTP and the SOS continue to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the U.S. Government. This RFI aims to provide all interested individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally

    funded scientific research.

    \1\ Retrieved from: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostppublicaccessmemo2013.pdf.

    \2\ Retrieved from: https://www.gao.gov/assets/710/702847.pdf.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before

    11:59 p.m. ET on March 16, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice may be submitted online to Lisa Nichols, Assistant Director for Academic Engagement, OSTP, at publicaccess@ostp.eop.gov. Email submissions should be machine-readable [pdf, doc, txt] and not copy-protected. Submissions should include "RFI Response: Public Access" 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 5 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. No business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information should 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 Lisa Nichols at publicaccess@ostp.eop.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-19/html/2020-03189.htm

  • State

  • Notice of Public Meeting Concerning the Use of Digital Sequence Information of Genetic Resources


    SUMMARY: In order to inform U.S. Government policy and international engagement, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) invites submission of comments from the public, academia, industry, and other stakeholders for an ongoing process under the Convention on Biological Diversity concerning the use of "digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources," also known as genetic sequence data (GSD). The Department will hold a public meeting and information session to discuss these issues, on March 12, 2020.

    DATES: A meeting is planned on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The meeting will begin at 10:00 p.m. EST and last for up to two hours. Electronic comments are due on or before April 30, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. State Department's Harry S. Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW, Room 1498, Washington, DC 20520. Please use the 21st Street entrance, and plan to arrive at least twenty minutes prior to the start of the meeting to allow for ID verification and escorting requirements. One electronic submission per person by the April 30 deadline is welcome, with no more than 10 pages of single-spaced text including relevant examples, with no more than one page per example. Submissions should be made via the internet at www.regulations.gov and entering docket number [DOS-2020-0005]. Note that relevant comments submitted to regulations.gov will be posted without editing and will be available to the public; therefore, business-confidential information should be clearly identified as such and submitted by email. The public is required to file submissions electronically rather than by facsimile or mail.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding the submission of comments should be directed to Patrick Reilly (202) 647-4827, ReillyPK2@state.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-20/html/2020-03423.htm

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