Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on Agency Services

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is requesting written stakeholder input on agency services.

    The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in optimizing delivery of services and better serve stakeholders' and partners' research, extension, and education needs. NIFA plans to consider all stakeholder input received in response to this Notice.

    DATES: Submission of stakeholder input to the target questions will be open upon publishing of the Notice through 5 p.m. Eastern time April 03, 2020.

    Comments: Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time April 03, 2020. Written comments must be emailed to NIFAProjectCAFE@usda.gov with the Subject Title, "NIFA Service Delivery Input." Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Hoffman, 202-401-1112 (phone), NIFAProjectCAFE@usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-02/html/2020-04158.htm

  • Commerce

  • 43rd Meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

    AGENCY: Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) will hold a public meeting of the 43rd U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF). NOAA and DOI will be accepting oral and written comments.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an opportunity to provide public comments. Written comments must be received on or before March 12, 2020.

    For the specific date, time, and location of the public meeting, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to the USCRTF by any of the following methods:

    Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in Washington, DC NOAA and DOI will be accepting oral comments at this meeting. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Written Comments: Please direct written comments to Jason Philibotte, NOAA, USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, NOS/OCM, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or via email to Jason.Philibotte@noaa.gov. Comments that the USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact receives are considered part of the public record and may be publicly accessible. Any personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender may also be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Philibotte, NOAA USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, NOS/OCM, Silver Spring, MD 20910 at (301) 533-0767 or Liza Johnson, USCRTF Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 at (202) 208-5004 or visit the USCRTF website at http://www.coralreef.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-04/html/2020-04443.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation.

    DATES: March 24, 2020; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    March 25, 2020; 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC--Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Ian Rowe, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; at (202) 586-7720 or email: Ian.Rowe@ee.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-02/html/2020-04206.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Memorandum of March 3, 2020--Delegation of Authority to Re-establish the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    Memorandum for the Secretary of Health and Human Services

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Delegation of Re-establishment Authority. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is delegated the authority under section 9(a)(1) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), to re-establish the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Council). In exercising this authority, the Secretary may direct the Council to perform duties consistent with those assigned to the Council in section 505(b) of Public Law 116-22, and may, at the Secretary's discretion, specify the membership of the Council, consistent with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.).

    Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (d) You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-06/html/2020-04809.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaime Zimmerman, Designated Management Official, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E37A, Rockville, Maryland 20857, (301) 427- 1456. For press-related information, please contact Bruce Seeman at (301) 427-1998 or Bruce.Seeman@AHRQ.hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-03/html/2020-04293.htm

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

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors Chairs Meeting, Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health.

    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: Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: May 15, 2020.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: The meeting will include a discussion of policies and procedures that apply to the regular review of NIH intramural scientists and their work.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 1 Center Drive, Building 1, Room 151, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Conference Line Access: 1-888-233-9215.

    Participant Passcode: 59105.

    Contact Person: Margaret McBurney, Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health, 1 Center Drive, Room 160, Bethesda, MD 20892-0140, (301) 496-1921, mmburney@od.nih.gov.

    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 instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. 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 Office of Intramural Research home page: http://sourcebook.od.nih.gov/.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-04/html/2020-04441.htm

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

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIH Clinical Center.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, 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.

    The meeting will be closed to the public as indicated below in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual grant applications conducted by the OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, and the competence of individual investigators, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIH Clinical Center.

    Date: March 23-24, 2020.

    Open: March 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Scientific presentations and interviews.

    Place: NIH, Bldg. 10, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: March 24, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: NIH, Bldg. 10, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: John Gallin, MD, NIH Associate Director for Clinical Research, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Drive, Room 6-2551, Bethesda, Md 20892, 301-496-4114, Jgallin@Mail.Nih.Gov.

    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.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-04/html/2020-04370.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; STEM Engagement 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, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Thursday, March 26, 2019, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 3H42A, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Designated Federal Officer, Office of STEM Engagement, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-03/html/2020-04358.htm

  • NASA Advisory Council; Technology, Innovation and Engineering 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 Technology, Innovation and Engineering Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC.

    DATES: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 6H41, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Green, Designated Federal Officer, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4710, or g.m.green@nasa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-02/html/2020-04159.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), extension of comment period.


    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: The comment period for the request for information published February 19, 2020, at 85 FR 9488, is extended. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 6, 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, (202) 456-4444.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-05/html/2020-04538.htm

  • 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; extension of comment period.


    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: The comment period for the request for information published 01/ 17/2020 at 85 FR 3085, is extended. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 17, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted online to: OpenScience@ostp.eop.gov. 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Nichols at OpenScience@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-4444.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-05/html/2020-04530.htm

  • State

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

    ACTION: Notice of meeting; correction.


    SUMMARY: The State Department published a document in the Federal Register on February 20, 2020 concerning a planned public meeting on March 12, 2020. This document was published with the incorrect time for the meeting.

    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-2020-03-05/html/2020-04489.htm

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