Agriculture

  • Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel (Panel) will hold a virtual meeting. The Panel is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), and Title VI of the Community Forest Restoration Act (the Act). Additional information concerning the Panel, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Panel's website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 22-24, 2020:

    September 22-23 (Tuesday-Wednesday), with meeting each day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and

    September 24 (Thursday) meeting will be held 9:30 a.m.- 1:45 p.m.

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held with virtual attendance only. The following link with provide public access to view the Panel meeting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqExQ41C51-mSdijkwgGnww?view_as=subscriber.

    Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service Region 3 Regional Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ian Fox, Designated Federal Officer, by phone at 505-401-5245 or via email at ian.fox@usda.gov.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-02/html/2020-19323.htm

  • Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel (Panel) will hold a virtual meeting. The Panel is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), and Title VI of the Community Forest Restoration Act (the Act). Additional information concerning the Panel, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Panel's website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/cfrp.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 15-17, 2020, with meeting each day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held with virtual attendance only. The following link with provide public access to view the Panel meeting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqExQ41C51-mSdijkwgGnww?view_as=subscriber.

    Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service Region 3 Regional Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ian Fox, Designated Federal Officer, by phone at 505-401-5245 or via email at ian.fox@usda.gov.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800- 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-02/html/2020-19319.htm

  • Commerce

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting

    Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

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


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries 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 September 23 to September 24, 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, September 23, 2020, recess at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, September 24, 2020, and adjourn by 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held online via WebEx. Attendees can find information on how to join at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/partners/council-coordination-committee and http://www.fisherycouncils.org/ccc-meetings.

    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-2020-09-04/html/2020-19574.htm

  • Evaluation of State Coastal Management Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: 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 comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting and solicit written comments on the performance evaluation of the North Carolina Coastal Management Program and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    DATES: NOAA will consider all written comments received by October 16, 2020. The virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 12 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments on the coastal management program and national estuarine research reserve which NOAA intends to evaluate by emailing Ralph Cantral, Senior Advisor, NOAA Office for Coastal Management at Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. Timely comments received by the Office for Coastal Management are considered part of the public record and may be publicly accessible. Any personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender may also be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments.

    You may also provide public comments during the virtual public meeting which is being held Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12 p.m. EDT. To participate in the virtual public meeting, registration is required at least two hours in advance by Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. EDT. Advance registration is available via the following website: http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/ncpublicmeeting/event/event_info.html.

    You may participate online or by phone. If you would like to provide comment during the public meeting, please select "yes" during the online registration. The line-up of speakers will be based on your date and time of registration.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph Cantral, Senior Advisor, NOAA Office for Coastal Management by phone at (301) 233-2998 or email Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings, the coastal management program's 2016-2020 Assessment and Strategy, and the Reserve's management plan and site profile may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations. A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress reports may be obtained upon request by contacting Ralph Cantral.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-01/html/2020-19211.htm

  • Nominations to the Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: As required by of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Secretary of Commerce established three independent regional scientific review groups (SRGs) to provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues. NMFS conducted a membership review of the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific SRGs, and is soliciting nominations for new members to fill vacancies and gaps in expertise.

    DATES: Nominations must be received by October 5, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations can be emailed to Zachary.Schakner@noaa.gov, Protected Species Science Branch, Office of Science and Technology, National Marine Fisheries Service, Attn: SRGs.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Zachary Schakner, Office of Science and Technology, 301-427-8106, Zachary.Schakner@noaa.gov. Information about the SRGs, including the SRG Terms of Reference, is available at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/marine-mammal-protection/scientific-review-groups.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-03/html/2020-19526.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meetings

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

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below. 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 section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE, 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 Library of Medicine Board of Scientific Counselors.

    Date: October 15-16, 2020.

    Open: October 15, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Program Discussion and Senior Investigator Report.

    Place: Virtual Meeting.

    Closed: October 15, 2020, 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications, performance, and competence of individual investigators.

    Open: October 15, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Senior Investigator Report

    Closed: October 15, 2020, 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications, performance, and competence of individual investigators

    Open: October 15, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Senior Investigator Report

    Closed: October 15, 2020, 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications, performance, and competence of individual investigators

    Open: October 15, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Poster Session

    Closed: October 15, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

    Agenda: Reports and Discussion

    Open: October 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Agenda: Senior Investigator Report

    Place: Virtual Meeting

    Closed: October 16, 2020, 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications, performance, and competence of individual investigators

    Closed: October 16, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Reports and Discussion

    Open: October 16, 2020, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Updates and Planning Session

    Contact Person: David Landsman, Ph.D., Chief, Computational Biology Branch, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, NIH, Building 38A, Room 6N601, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-5981, landsman@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

    Any member of the public may submit written comments no later than 15 days after the meeting. 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.

    Open sessions of this meeting will be broadcast to the public and available for viewing at https://videocast.nih.gov on October 15-16, 2020. Please direct any questions to the Contact Person listed on this notice.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-08-31/html/2020-19100.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Request for Information on STEM Education

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of request for information.


    SUMMARY: On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC's) Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and in coordination with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF) requests input related to the implementation of the Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan, Charting a Course For Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. ET, October 19, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice may be submitted online to: CoSTEM@nsf.gov. Email submissions should be machine-readable [PDF, Word] and not copy-protected. Submissions in the subject line of the email message should include "Individual/ Organization Name: STEM RFI Response" (e.g., Johnson High School: STEM RFI Response).

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Each individual or organization is requested to submit only one response. Submission must not exceed 6 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.

    Please indicate on the first page of the response which question(s), identified by category and question number, you are responding to. Please only respond to the questions that are relevant to you and/or your stakeholders and provide a brief description of the perspective from which you are sharing (e.g., I am a teacher, parent, or represent a non-profit STEM organization). If responding to more than one question, please identify the category and question number(s) (e.g., "Federal STEM Education Online Resource, questions 1-2", "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM, question 4", "Strategic Partnerships, questions 9-11", etc.) with specific response(s) directly below it.

    No proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information should be submitted in response to this RFI.

    In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 15.201(e), "RFIs may be used when the Government does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information, or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to these notices 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: For additional information, please direct your questions to Cindy Hasselbring, OSTP, STEM@ostp.eop.gov, 202-456-4245.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-04/html/2020-19681.htm

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