Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Stakeholder Input for Urban, Indoor, and Other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education, and Extension Initiative

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

    ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is requesting written stakeholder input on the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in developing the fiscal year 2020 Request for Applications for the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative.

    DATES: Written comments on this Notice must be received by June 22, 2020, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2020-0001, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Instructions: All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bradley Rein, Agricultural Division Director; Phone: 202-445-5442; Email: brein@usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-21/html/2020-08402.htm

  • Commerce

  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT or Committee) will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    DATES: The VCAT will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a virtual meeting via webinar. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Shaw, VCAT, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1060, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1060, telephone number 301-975-2667. Ms. Shaw's email address is stephanie.shaw@nist.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-20/html/2020-08346.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy hereby publishes a notice of open meeting on May 21, 2020, of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be entirely virtual on- line.

    DATES: May 21, 2020; from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: Virtual meeting. To receive the call-in number and passcode, please contact the Board's Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the address or phone number listed below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt Heckman, SEAB Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; Phone: (202) 586-1212; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-24/html/2020-08742.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Public Meetings of the Science Advisory Board; COVID-19 Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces its intent to convene a panel of experts drawn from the Chartered Science Advisory Board, the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), and the SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC) to provide rapid advice on scientific and technical issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and opportunities for current and future EPA research activities that might enhance and inform EPA's current and any future responses to SARS-CoV-2. The Staff Office announces two public meetings: (1) A teleconference of the SAB COVID-19 Review Panel to conduct a review of EPA's research activities in response to SARS CoV-2 and (2) a teleconference of the Chartered SAB to review the draft report of the SAB COVID-19 Review Panel.

    DATES: The public teleconference of the SAB COVID-19 Review Panel will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and the public teleconference of the Chartered SAB will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning this notice may contact Dr. Zaida Figueroa, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone/voice mail (202) 566-2643, or email at figueroa.zaida@epa.gov. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meetings announced in this notice can be found on the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-23/html/2020-08586.htm

  • The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States"; Final Rule

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense; and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are publishing a final rule defining the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule is the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017, "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the `Waters of the United States' Rule." Once effective, it replaces the rule published on October 22, 2019. This final rule implements the overall objective of the Clean Water Act to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation's waters by maintaining federal authority over those waters that Congress determined should be regulated by the Federal government under its Commerce Clause powers, while adhering to Congress' policy directive to preserve States' primary authority over land and water resources. This final definition increases the predictability and consistency of Clean Water Act programs by clarifying the scope of "waters of the United States" federally regulated under the Act.

    DATES: This rule is effective on June 22, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov website. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically through http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael McDavit, Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-2465; email address: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Jennifer A. Moyer, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314; telephone number: (202) 761-5903; email address: USACECWARule@usace.army.mil.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-21/html/2020-02500.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, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 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: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Virtual meeting by dial-in teleconference and WebEx only.

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

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-24/html/2020-08747.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name and Committee Code: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (#1119).

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Virtual).

    To attend the meeting, all visitors must contact the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The meeting is virtual. The final meeting agenda with instructions to register for the meeting will be posted to: https://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Keaven M. Stevenson, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room C11001, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 292-8600/kstevens@nsf.gov.

    Summary of Minutes: Minutes and meeting materials will be available on the EHR Advisory Committee website at http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/advisory.jsp or can be obtained from Dr. Nafeesa Owens, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Ave., Room C11000, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) ehrac@nsf.gov">292-8600/ehrac@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    Agenda: Attached.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-21/html/2020-08428.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on External Engagement, 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 AND DATE: Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference. An audio link will be available for the public upon request at nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov. Email requests must be made one day in advance.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Committee chair's remarks; prepare the committee's agenda for the May NSB meetings, with particular focus on engagement ideas/plans for NSB's Vision report.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Chris Blair, cblair@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000. To listen to this teleconference, members of the public must send an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference. The National Science Board Office will send requesters a link to the audio. 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-2020-04-21/html/2020-08547.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; 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 AND DATE: Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference. An audio link will be available for the public upon request at nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov. Email requests must be made one day in advance.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Committee chair's remarks; prepare for the discussion of at the May meeting of the Vision 2030 implementation plan.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Chris Blair, cblair@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000. To listen to this teleconference, members of the public must send an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference. The National Science Board Office will send requesters a link to the audio. 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-2020-04-21/html/2020-08543.htm

  • State

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

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of State (DOS) invites submission of comments from the public, academia, industry, and other stakeholders on the topic of "digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources," also known as genetic sequence data (GSD). The United States will use these comments to inform policy development and international messaging on GSD, particularly regarding the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol. The Department will hold a public meeting and information session to discuss these issues, on May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., by teleconference. This teleconference is in place of the postponed in-person public meeting on DSI originally scheduled for March 12, 2020 [Public Notice 11037].

    DATES: A teleconference is planned on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT and last for up to two hours. Dial-in details will be made available upon registration. Electronic comments are due on or before June 30, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held by phone. You will receive dial-in details upon registration. One electronic submission per person by the June 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 docket number [DOS-2020-2017]. 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 instead to ReillyPK2@state.gov. The public is required to file submissions electronically rather than by facsimile or mail. You do not need to resubmit comments if you submitted comments for the original Federal Register Notice [Public Notice 11037] announcing the now postponed, in-person public meeting on DSI originally scheduled for March 12, 2020.

    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-2020-04-24/html/2020-08784.htm

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