Commerce

  • Request for Comment; Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Ocean Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment.


    SUMMARY: On behalf of the Ocean Policy Committee, Ocean Science and Technology Subcommittee, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) as Co- Chairs of the Ocean Policy Committee, the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council) requests input from all interested parties on the development of an Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Ocean Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (U.S. EEZ) ("National Strategy"). Through this Request for Information (RFI), the NOMEC Council seeks input from the public on engaging stakeholders in developing the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy, and the processes that will ensure implementation is informed by and responsive to all sectors through sustained engagement and effective partnerships.

    DATES: Comments must be received by October 30, 2020 November 12, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: A copy of the National Strategy may be downloaded or viewed at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/20200611-FINAL-STRATEGY-NOMEC-Sec.-2.pdf. Responses should be submitted via email to nomec.execsec@noaa.gov. Include "Public Comment on Implementation Plan for the National Strategy" in the subject line of the message. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender is publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments. Clearly indicate which section and page number, if applicable, submitted comments pertain to. All submissions must be in English. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for responsible preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed. For all submissions, clearly indicate which questions are being answered. Email attachments will be accepted in plain text, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF formats only. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. OSTP may post responses to this RFI, without change, on a Federal website. NOAA, therefore, requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization (NOMEC) Council Co-Chairs; Dr. Alan Leonardi, NOAA, alan.leonardi@noaa.gov, 301-734-1016; RDML Shepard Smith, NOAA, shep.smith@noaa.gov, 202-510-5561; Dr. John Haines, USGS, jhaines@usgs.gov, 703-648-6422.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-13/html/2020-22411.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee Meeting--October 2020; Correction

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; correction.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), published a document in the Federal Register of August 24, 2020, giving notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR) Subcommittee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer (DFO) via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-6518; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via email at: tracy.tom@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-13/html/2020-22574.htm

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a virtual public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on October 28-29, 2020, with participation by webcast only. There will be no in-person gathering for this meeting.

    DATES: Virtual meeting: The virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 11 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. To make oral comments during the virtual meeting, please email Shannon Jewell by noon on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Virtual meeting: Please visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-advisory-committees-and-regulatory-partners/pesticide-program-dialogue-committee-ppdc to find the link for joining the meeting. The link will be on the meeting agenda, which will be posted to the website prior to the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Jewell, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency (7501P), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (571) 289-9911; email address: jewell.shannon@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-13/html/2020-22590.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Executive Order -- Establishing the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose. As I declared in Executive Order 13855 of December 21, 2018 (Promoting Active Management of America's Forests, Rangelands, and Other Federal Lands To Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk), it is the policy of the United States to promote healthy and resilient forests, rangelands, and other Federal lands by actively managing them through partnerships with States, tribes, communities, non- profit organizations, and the private sector.

    Our Nation is home to hundreds of millions of acres of Federal, State, tribal, and private forests and woodlands, which produce tremendous positive economic and environmental effects throughout our country. Recreational and educational visits to National Forests make substantial contributions to our Nation's physical and emotional health as well as to our gross domestic product, all while supporting thousands of full- and part-time jobs. Our Nation's forests and woodlands provide valuable environmental benefits as well, including by serving as wildlife habitats and supporting air and water quality for all Americans. Forests and woodlands sequester atmospheric carbon, and according to the Forest Service, 180 million people in over 68,000 communities rely on our Nation's forested watersheds to capture and filter their drinking water.

    These facts demonstrate how our Nation has taken advantage of the tremendous economic and environmental benefits associated with tree growth and forestation. By advancing Federal policies conducive to these practices, under my leadership, the United States has promoted greater use of nature-based solutions to address global challenges.

    On January 21, 2020, I announced that to further protect the environment, the United States would be joining the World Economic Forum's One Trillion Trees initiative (Initiative), an ambitious global effort to grow and conserve one trillion trees worldwide by 2030. Following through on my commitment, and given the expansive footprint of our Federal forests and woodlands, this order initiates the formation of the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council to further the Federal Government's contribution to the global effort.

    Sec. 2. United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council. There is hereby established a United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council (Council). The Council shall be charged with developing, coordinating, and promoting Federal Government interactions with the Initiative with respect to tree growing, restoration, and conservation, and with coordinating with key stakeholders to help advance the Initiative. The Council shall remain independent from the Initiative.

    The Council shall be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, or by their designees (Co-Chairs). The Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination, or their designees, shall serve as Vice Chairs.

    (a) Membership. In addition to the Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs, the Council shall consist of the following officials or their designees:

    (i) the Secretary of State;

    (ii) the Secretary of the Treasury;

    (iii) the Secretary of Defense;

    (iv) the Secretary of Commerce;

    (v) the Secretary of Labor;

    (vi) the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;

    (vii) the Secretary of Transportation;

    (viii) the Secretary of Energy;

    (ix) the Secretary of Education;

    (x) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;

    (xi) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget;

    (xii) the Senior Advisor to the President;

    (xiii) the Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship;

    (xiv) the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy;

    (xv) the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality;

    (xvi) the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;

    (xvii) the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development;

    (xviii) the Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs;

    (xix) the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works); and

    (xx) the heads of such other executive departments and Federal land management agencies (agencies) and offices as the President, Co-Chairs, or Vice Chairs may, from time to time, designate or invite, as appropriate.

    (b) Administration. The Co-Chairs, in consultation with the Vice Chairs, shall convene meetings of the Council and direct its work. The Co-Chairs shall keep the Council apprised of all Federal efforts related to the subject of this order. The Co-Chairs and members of the Council shall also coordinate with the Vice Chairs on communications with the Initiative and related parties regarding any Federal Government interactions with the Initiative.

    Sec. 3. Agency Roles and Responsibilities. All members of the Council who are heads of agencies shall:

    (a) include Council-related activities within their respective strategic planning processes; and

    (b) provide to the Co-Chairs, Vice Chairs, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, pursuant to the Council protocol established under section 4(e) of this order, regular progress reports on their respective agencies' activities, if any, relating to the growth, restoration, and conservation of trees.

    Sec. 4. Council Mission and Functions. The mission of the Council shall be to promote an increase in Federal Government activities and other national efforts that further the Initiative by growing, restoring, and conserving trees. The Council shall:

    (a) develop and implement a strategy that includes a methodology that the Federal Government will use to track and measure any Federal activities related to the Initiative, specifically with respect to trees grown, restored, and conserved;

    (b) identify statutory, regulatory, and other limitations that inhibit the Federal Government from taking additional actions in furtherance of the Initiative, and recommend potential administrative and legislative actions to remedy such limitations;

    (c) identify opportunities to use existing authorities and existing or future authorized and appropriated funds to promote efforts to protect and restore trees, and to promote the active management of existing Federal lands to facilitate growth, restoration, and conservation of trees;

    (d) inform State, local, and tribal officials of Federal efforts to protect, grow, and actively manage forests and woodlands on Federal lands; and

    (e) establish a protocol for the submission by members of the Council who are heads of agencies of regular progress reports to the Co-Chairs, Vice Chairs, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on the activities, if any, of these members' respective agencies relating to the growth, restoration, and conservation of trees.

    Sec. 5. Termination. The Council shall terminate on December 31, 2030.

    Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-16/html/2020-23115.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health 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 Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee.

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

    Name of Committee: Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee.

    Date: November 9, 2020.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    Agenda: The Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) will include a workshop to examine existing biosafety guidance for contained gene drive research and to discuss potential conditions under which NIH could consider supporting field release of gene drive-modified organisms.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting--Link for the meeting will be available at https://osp.od.nih.gov/biotechnology/main-nextrac/#meetings).

    Name of Committee: Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee.

    Date: November 10, 2020.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    Agenda: The Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) will include (1) a workshop to examine existing biosafety guidance for contained gene drive research and to discuss potential conditions under which NIH could consider supporting field release of gene drive-modified organisms, and (2) discussion of a draft report conceptualizing a framework for NExTRAC deliberation of issues surrounding emerging biotechnologies.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting--Link for the meeting will be available at https://osp.od.nih.gov/biotechnology/main-nextrac/#meetings).

    Contact Person: Kinshasa Letts, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-9838, SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-13/html/2020-22600.htm

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Notice of Proposed Information Collection Request: Evaluation of the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project

    AGENCY: Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.

    ACTION: Notice, request for comments, collection of information.


    SUMMARY: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This pre-clearance consultation program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments concerning a plan to conduct a research study entitled "Evaluation of the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project". A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee section below on or before December 11, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments to Connie Bodner, Ph.D., Director, Office of Grants Policy and Management, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024-2135. Dr. Bodner can be reached by telephone at 202-653-4636, by email at cbodner@imls.gov, or by teletype (TTY/TDD) for persons with hearing difficulty at 202-653-4614.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marvin Carr, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Office of Digital and Information Strategy, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20024-2135. Dr. Carr can be reached by telephone at 202-653-4752, by email at mcarr@imls.gov, or by teletype (TTY/TDD) for persons with hearing difficulty at 202-653-4614.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-16/html/2020-22957.htm

  • Interior

  • FY2020 National Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for 11 of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) statewide and regional Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) located in the West that have vacant positions and/or members whose terms are scheduled to expire. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas.

    DATES: All nominations must be received no later than November 13, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations and completed applications should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Richardson, BLM Communications, 1849 C Street NW, Room 5614, Washington, DC 20240, email: crichardson@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877- 8339 to contact Ms. Richardson during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-14/html/2020-22702.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Request for Public Nominations for Authors and Scientific/ Technical Inputs and Notice of Planned Public Engagement Opportunities for the Fifth National Climate Assessment

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    ACTION: Request for public nominations for authors and scientific/ technical inputs and notice of planned public engagement opportunities.


    SUMMARY: NASA, on behalf of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), is soliciting nominations for authors and scientific/ technical inputs for the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). Refer to the NCA5 Draft Prospectus (presented in a previous Federal Register Notice and accessible via www.globalchange.gov/notices) for further information on the scope, topics, and overarching themes for the report. This document also serves as a notice of planned public engagement opportunities. NCA5 will adhere to the Global Change Research Act (GCRA), Information Quality Act, and Evidence Act requirements for quality, transparency, and accessibility as appropriate for a Highly Influential Scientific Assessment.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted via the web address specified below and must be received by the close of this notice (30 days after publication). For best consideration, scientific/technical inputs should be submitted by the close of this notice but will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the planned 12-month initial report development process.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations for authors must be submitted electronically using a web form accessible via https://www.globalchange.gov/notices. A short Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than four (4) pages must be included. Scientific/technical inputs should also be submitted electronically using a web form accessible via https://www.globalchange.gov/notices.

    Instructions: Response to this notice is voluntary. Responses to this notice may be used by the Government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. NASA therefore requests that no business proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in response to this notice. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Avery, U.S. Global Change Research Program, (202) 419-3474, cavery@usgcrp.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-10-15/html/2020-22729.htm

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