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), Agricultural Growth, Economic Transformation, and the Journey to Self-Reliance: Implications for USAID Programming. The meeting will be held on October 13, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 EDT online. A public comment period is scheduled from 3:00 to 3:20 p.m., EDT. The meeting will be livestreamed via Zoom (registration required) and accessible at http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/international-programs/bifad/bifad-meetings.html. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is reorienting its strategies, partnership models, and program practices to achieve greater development outcomes and strive toward a future where foreign assistance is no longer necessary. The approach, outlined in the Agency's Policy Framework,\1\ emphasizes the concept of "self- reliance" \2--defined as the capacity and commitment of a country to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve its own development challenges in an effective, inclusive, and accountable way.

    \1\ https://www.usaid.gov/policyframework.

    \2\ https://www.usaid.gov/selfreliance.

    The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) will convene a public meeting to better understand the concept of economic transformation--how underdeveloped and agrarian-based countries shift from subsistence agriculture to a commercially oriented economy with diverse agricultural, manufacturing, and service sectors-- and how it contributes to a country's resilience to shocks, such as COVID-19, and its progression toward self-reliance. Authors of a BIFAD- commissioned study will share preliminary findings and lessons learned on emerging success stories in agricultural productivity-led economic transformation and will discuss the implications of this evidence for USAID's agricultural and food security development and social safety net priorities and programming.

    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 for catalyzing agricultural productivity and economic transformation.

    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 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.

    For questions about registration, please contact Jordan Merker at (202) 478-6087. For questions about BIFAD, please contact Clara Cohen, Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may email her at ccohen@usaid.gov or telephone her at (202) 712-0119.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-21/html/2020-20729.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 October 27, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT) and October 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT). 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 is a virtual meeting. The webinar registration links for the October 27-28, 2020 meeting may be found on the website at http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx.

    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-2020-09-21/html/2020-20688.htm

  • Energy

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The SEAB was reestablished pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, October 20, 2020; 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Westin Sarasota, Coral Bay Room, 100 Marina View Dr., Sarasota, Florida 34236.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt Heckman, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-23/html/2020-20927.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held virtually October 22, 2020. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on science, regulations and other issues relating to children's environmental health.

    DATES: October 22, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place virtually. If you want to listen to the meeting or provide comments, please email louie.nica@epa.gov for further details.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nica Louie, Office of Children's Health Protection, U.S. EPA, MC 1107T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564-7633 or louie.nica@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-25/html/2020-21143.htm

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB. The Chartered SAB will meet to conduct quality reviews of two draft SAB reports: (1) SAB Peer Review of EPA's Revised Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses, and (2) Review of EPA's Reduced Form Tools Evaluation.

    DATES: The public meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted remotely via webcast and telephone. Please refer to the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab for information on how to access the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public meeting may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board, via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2155, or email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-22/html/2020-20883.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Cancer Institute; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Frederick National Laboratory Advisory Committee to the National Cancer Institute.

    The meeting will be held as a virtual meeting and 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. The meeting will be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting website (http://videocast.nih.gov/).

    Name of Committee: Frederick National Laboratory Advisory Committee to the National Cancer Institute.

    Date: October 14, 2020.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Ongoing and new activities at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

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

    Contact Person: Caron A. Lyman, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 7W126, Bethesda, MD 20892-9750, 240-276- 6348, lymanc@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.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/fac/fac.htm, where an agenda, instructions for access, and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-23/html/2020-20995.htm

  • National Science Foundation

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

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice.

    DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAmain. Find this particular information collection by selecting "Currently under 30-day Review-- Open for Public Comments" or by using the search function.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, 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).

    Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-23/html/2020-20997.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), 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, October 1, 2020 at 12:00-12:30 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by videoconference through the National Science Foundation. A toll-free dial-in number will be available for the public. Contact the Board Office 24 hours before the teleconference to request the public dial-in number at nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Chair's opening remarks; discussion of the narrative outline for the SEI 2022 thematic report on scientific publications.

    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 toll-free dial-in number. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-24/html/2020-21209.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    he National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), 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, October 8, 2020 at 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by videoconference through the National Science Foundation. A toll-free dial-in number will be available for the public. Contact the Board Office 24 hours before the teleconference to request the public dial-in number at nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Chair's opening remarks; discussion of the narrative outlines for the SEI 2022 thematic reports on innovation and knowledge- and technology-intensive industries.

    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 toll-free dial-in number. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-24/html/2020-21214.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), 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: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by videoconference through the National Science Foundation. A toll-free dial-in number will be available for the public. Contact the Board Office 24 hours before the teleconference to request the public dial-in number at nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Chair's opening remarks; discussion of the narrative outline for the SEI 2022 thematic report on higher education.

    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 toll-free dial-in number. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-24/html/2020-21211.htm

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