Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on Agricultural Innovations

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments and suggestions on objectives and opportunities leading to research goals and informed product goals to facilitate transformative breakthroughs to enable U.S. agriculture to meet the Department's goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet the needs of the global population in 2050 while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half. This effort is part of USDA's Agricultural Innovation Agenda, the Department's commitment to the continued success of American farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters in the face of future challenges.

    DATES: Written comments must be received by August 1, 2020, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USDA-2020- 0003 and click the "Comment Now" button.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Dyer, 202-720-1542, john.dyer@usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-01/html/2020-06825.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for the meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and April 15, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST. This time and the agenda topics described below are subject to change.

    For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website: http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx.

    ADDRESSES: This will be a webinar meeting. The link for the webinar registration for the April 14-15, 2020 meeting may be found here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8446468520392398605.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone Number: 301-734-1156; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the SAB website at http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-30/html/2020-06551.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Standing Committees

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four SAB standing committees described in this notice. Appointments will be announced by the Administrator and are anticipated to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2021 (October 2020).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 1, 2020.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-01/html/2020-06660.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Cancer Institute; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of the joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors.

    The meeting will be held as a virtual meeting and is open to the public. Individuals who plan to view the virtual meeting and need special assistance or other reasonable accommodations to view the meeting, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    A portion of the National Cancer Advisory Board meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended, for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the National Cancer Institute, 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: National Cancer Advisory Board and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors.

    Date: April 9, 2020.

    Open: 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Joint meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board and NCI Board of Scientific Advisors, NCI Director's report and other related business.

    Closed: 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of ongoing intramural research efforts and the discussion of confidential personnel issues.

    Place: National Cancer Institute Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 (Virtual Meeting).

    Instructions regarding access to the meeting can be found here:

    NCAB: https://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ncab/ncabmeetings.htm BSA: https://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/bsa/bsameetings.htm

    Contact Person: Paulette S. Gray, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Division of Extramural Activities, National Cancer Institute--Shady Grove, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, 7th Floor, Room 7W444, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-276-6340, grayp@mail.nih.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-02/html/2020-06871.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Information--Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, Chaired by the National Science Foundation

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), chaired by the National Science Foundation, seeks public input on the content and organization of the next 5-year Arctic Research Plan: 2022- 2026.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted no later than July 2, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Email comments to IARPCPlan@nsf.gov. Send written submissions to Roberto Delgado, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Meredith LaValley at 940-733-5675.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-03/html/2020-07040.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Vision 2030 Task Force, 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 notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    TIME & DATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Discussion and finalization of the Vision 2030 draft, and vote on recommending approval to the National Science Board.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Kathy Jacquart, kjacquar@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000. Meeting information and updates may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website at www.nsf.gov/nsb for general information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-30/html/2020-06680.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 and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report. 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.

    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 May 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 or call Lisa Nichols at 202-456-4444.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-31/html/2020-06622.htm

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