Agency for International Development

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), Food Security and Nutrition in the Context of COVID-19: Impacts and Interventions. The meeting will be held on June 4, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. EDT at http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/international-programs/bifad/bifad-meetings.html. A public comment period is scheduled from 3:10 to 3:30 p.m., EDT.

    The Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic will have secondary impacts on all intermediate results of the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy, including agricultural productivity, livelihoods, markets, trade and policy actions, food consumption and nutrition, hygiene, and resilience. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an advisory committee to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will convene a virtual public meeting to share the thinking of leading experts in food security and nutrition that relates to COVID-19 impacts. This will include consideration of the most promising short-, medium-, and long- term responses across several key areas: Farm-level productivity, markets and trade, access to finance, nutrition, safe and hygienic food systems, gender, and national and local policy. The meeting will include presentations of credible modeling data about the scale and breadth of anticipated food security impacts in the developing world and a summary spanning near to longer-term interventions and guidance that may help to mitigate COVID-19 impacts. The meeting will also provide leading sources of curated information (e.g., landing pages for information related to the crisis and response). The meeting is intended to help to support decision making by USAID and its partners and stakeholders working to advance food security, nutrition, and resilience at global, regional and national levels.

    On the basis of testimony, including public comments, shared at the meeting, BIFAD will provide formal findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Agency on best-bet operational and programmatic investments.

    BIFAD is a seven-member, presidentially appointed advisory board to USAID established in 1975 under Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended. The provisions of Title XII concern bringing the assets of U.S. universities to bear on development challenges in agriculture and food security, and the BIFAD's role is to help carry out this function.

    Participants may register at http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/international-programs/bifad/bifad-meetings.html. For questions about registration, please contact Susan Johnson at (202) 478-6023 or sjohnson@aplu.org. For questions about BIFAD, please contact Clara Cohen, Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID at ccohen@usaid.gov or (202) 712-0119.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-14/html/2020-10297.htm

  • Commerce

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting; information regarding the agenda.


    SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) will host a virtual meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors on May 27 to May 28, 2020. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils and NMFS, including issues related to the implementation of the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. All sessions are open to the public and time will be set aside for public comments at the end of each session.

    DATES: The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, recess at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 28, 2018, and adjourn by 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held online via WebEx. A link to the conference and instructions for submitting public comment will be available at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/partners/council-coordination-committee and http://www.fisherycouncils.org/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicholas Pieper by email at Nicholas.Pieper@noaa.gov or at (301) 427-8500.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-11/html/2020-10023.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC); Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the rescheduled meeting dates for the 4-day meeting of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) that had been previously scheduled for April to consider and review the draft Risk Evaluation for asbestos and associated documents. This will be a virtual public meeting of the TSCA SACC, with participation by phone and webcast only. As previously announced in April, the public is invited to comment on the draft risk evaluation for asbestos and related documents in advance of and during this peer review virtual meeting. The TSCA SACC will consider these comments during their discussions.

    DATES:

    Peer Review Virtual Meeting: The 4-day virtual meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, June 8 to 10, 2020; and from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 11, 2020 (as needed, updated times for each day may be provided in the meeting agenda that will be posted in the docket at http://www.regulations.gov and on the TSCA SACC website at http://www.epa.gov/tsca-peer-review).

    Required Registration: You must register online to receive the webcast meeting link and audio teleconference information. You may register as a listen-only attendee at any time up to the end of the virtual meeting. To make oral comments during the peer review virtual public meeting, please register by noon on June 2, 2020, to be included on the meeting agenda.

    Comments: Submit your written comments, using the detailed instructions provided in the Federal Register on April 3, 2020 (85 FR 18954; FRL-10006-93) and the ADDRESSES section of this document, on or before June 2, 2020.

    Special accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES:

    Peer Review Virtual Meeting: Please visit http://www.epa.gov/tsca-peer-review to register. You must register online to receive the webcast meeting link and audio teleconference information for participation.

    Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2019-0501, using the instructions provided in in the Federal Register on April 3, 2020 (85 FR 18954; FRL-10006-93). Please use the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Please note that due to the public health emergency the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) and Reading Room was closed to public visitors on March 31, 2020. Our EPA/DC staff will continue to provide customer service via email, phone, and webform. For further information on EPA/DC services, docket contact information and the current status of the EPA/ DC and Reading Room, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Requests to present oral comments: Submit requests to present oral comments during the virtual meeting when registering. Please visit http://www.epa.gov/tsca-peer-review to register.

    Requests for special accommodations: Submit requests for special accommodations to the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: TSCS SACC: Dr. Diana Wong, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-2049; email address: wong.diana-m@epa.gov.

    Draft Risk Evaluation: Dr. Stan Barone, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7403M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-1169; email address: barone.stan@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-15/html/2020-10484.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Biodefense Science Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) is authorized under Section 319M of the Public PHS Act, as added by Section 402 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 and amended by Section 404 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act. The Board is governed by the Federal Advisory Committee, which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. The NBSB provides expert advice and guidance on scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to the Department regarding current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.

    Background: The May 13, 2020, NBSB public teleconference is dedicated to the discussion of recommendations on two topics: (1) NBSB Rapid medical countermeasures (MCM) for Disease X and (2) Integrating Clinical Disaster Response Training with Community and State Based Emergency Planning. We will post modifications to the agenda and/or topics on the NBSB meeting website, which is located at https://www.phe.gov/nbsb.

    Availability of Materials: We will post all teleconference materials prior to the teleconference on May 13, 2020, on the website located at https://www.phe.gov/nbsb.

    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Members of the public may attend the public teleconference via a toll-free call-in phone number, which is available on the NBSB website at https://www.phe.gov/nbsb.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maxine Kellman, DVM, Ph.D., PMP, Alternate Designated Federal Official for National Advisory Committees, Washington, DC, Office (202) 260-0447 or email maxine.kellman@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-13/html/2020-10156.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; 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 National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below. Individuals who plan to attend virtually and will 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 in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: June 2, 2020.

    Closed: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Virtual Meeting).

    Open: 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Virtual Meeting).

    Virtual Access: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/ and https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/webcasts.

    Contact Person: Patrick Mastin, Ph.D., Chief Cellular, Organs, and Systems Pathobiology Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental, Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 984-287-3285 mastin@niehs.nih.gov.

    The open session will be live streamed through the NIEHS YouTube Live channel but hosted directly for attendees on the public NIEHS website: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/webcasts. Please note, the link to the meeting will be posted the day of the meeting but won't start until open session begins.

    Any member of the public interested in presenting oral comments to the committee may notify the Contact Person listed on this notice at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. Interested individuals and representatives of organizations may submit a letter of intent, a brief description of the organization represented, and a short description of the oral presentation. Only one representative of an organization may be allowed to present oral comments and if accepted by the committee, presentations may be limited to five minutes. Both printed and electronic copies are requested for the record. In addition, any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding their 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.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/agenda/index.cfm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-13/html/2020-10271.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) (Videoconference).

    Date and Time: June 5, 2020; 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT.

    Place: NSF, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Videoconference).

    Interested parties can register to join via teleconference at: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdu2vqj8pGjEhsVjujerdE2GOUPEthdo, Closed Caption will be available at: https://www.captionedtext.com/client/event.aspx?EventID=4441013&CustomerID=321.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Brandi Schottel, Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities/Office of the Director/National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314; Email: bschotte@nsf.gov/Telephone: (703) 292-4798.

    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: To discuss subcommittee work and prepare 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-2020-05-12/html/2020-10067.htm

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; Graduate Research Fellowships Program

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to renew this collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by July 10, 2020 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to address below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W18200, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-11/html/2020-09995.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee (#1173) (Virtual).

    Date and Time: June 11, 2020; 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; June 12, 2020; 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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

    The meeting will be held virtually among the CEOSE members. Public visitors will be able to listen telephonically. Connection information will be made available on the CEOSE website at least two weeks prior to the meeting at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Information: 703-292-8040/banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the website at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-11/html/2020-10014.htm

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