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Download as PDF 22286 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices members of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Kim Iverson (See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC, 29405; telephone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the Shrimp Review Panel will meet via webinar from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on May 2, 2012. The focus of the meeting will be to recommend changes in the biological parameters and survey methods used in determining the stock abundance of pink shrimp. This information will be used in developing Amendment 9 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, which includes an action for revising methods to be better determine the Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) for pink shrimp. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Dated: April 10, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–8910 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XB164 Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. 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Review of 2011 Annual Report modules and recommendations i. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) ii. American Samoa iii. Guam iv. Hawaii v. International vi. Recreational b. 2011 Annual Report region wide recommendations Wednesday–Thursday, May 16–17, 2012, 8:30 a.m. 3. Hawaii pelagics annual report module changes 4. American Samoa annual report module changes 5. Summary of current Pelagics Fishery Ecosystem Plan amendment actions 6. Value of marker (≤100 pounds) bigeye tuna in relation to proposed False Killer Whale management measures 7. Outcomes of the eighth meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission 8. Other business 9. Public comment 10. Pelagic Plan Team Recommendations The order in which the agenda items are addressed may change. The PPT will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before the PPT for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Plan Team action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issue arising after publication of this document that requires emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522– 8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 10, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–8949 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 120314189–2189–01] NCAnet: Building a Network of Networks in Support of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the establishment of and invites participation in NCAnet, a network of partners who extend the National Climate Assessment (NCA) process and products to a broad audience of assessment users through the development of assessment-related capacities and products, such as collection and synthesis of data or other technical and scientific information relevant to current and future NCA reports, dissemination of NCA report findings to various users of assessment information, engagement of assessment information producers and users, supporting NCA events, and producing communications materials related to the NCA and NCA report findings. DATES: Comments and expressions of interest may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. ADDRESSES: General inquiries and expressions of interest should be submitted via email to Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, at ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. Prospective partners may also use the online submission tool at http://ncanet.usgcrp.gov/home/signup to submit their expression of interest. Responses to this notice cannot be accepted by the government to form a SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this request may be used by the government for program planning on a nonattribution basis. Do not submit any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential. More information about the NCA process, including the strategic plan, engagement strategy, and information about the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee can be found at http:// assessment.globalchange.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this request should be sent to Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, US Global Change Research Program National Coordination Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone (202) 223–6262, Fax (202) 223–3065, email ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is being conducted under the auspices of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), pursuant to the Global Change Research Act of 1990, 15 U.S.C. 2936, which requires a report to the President and the Congress every four years that: Integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the USGCRP; analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and analyzes current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years. The National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC) is an advisory body convened to produce the 2013 NCA report and to provide advice and recommendations toward the development of an ongoing, sustainable national assessment of global change impacts and adaptation and mitigation strategies for the United States. Although this NCA report and subsequent reports will continue to depend heavily on Federal agency leadership and corresponding technical reports, NCADAC recognizes and seeks to leverage the important and growing distributed science capabilities and core competencies across the US. Indeed, it is a goal of the NCA process to increase assessment capacity—that is, the ability VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 to conduct and use scientific assessments—both within and outside of the Federal government. Expertise within state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, impacted communities, professional societies, and private industry represent currently untapped assets and diverse scientific and technical perspectives, especially as they relate to the value of climate and global change information for decision making. As a way of engaging expertise outside of the federal government, the Engagement, Communication, and Evaluation Working Group of the NCADAC has established NCAnet as a network of partner organizations that can support and extend the NCA process, convey NCA products to a broader audience, and encourage submission of data and other technical inputs from non-federal sources. The NCADAC is seeking to build sustained assessment capacity to conduct and use assessments by cultivating partnerships with organizations that will participate as a part of the sustained assessment process. Partners may contribute a variety of technical and assessment capacities, such as collection and synthesis of data or other technical and scientific information relevant to current and future NCA reports, dissemination of NCA report findings to various users of assessment information, engagement of assessment information producers and users, supporting NCA events, and producing communications materials related to the NCA and NCA report findings. The NCADAC has identified a number of characteristics that it seeks in NCAnet partners. These include: • Organization’s ability to support its own participation • Interest (and experience) in climaterelated issues • Support for the objectives of the NCA (http://www.globalchange.gov/whatwe-do/assessment/nca-overview/ objectives) • Ability to contribute knowledgeably and meaningfully to the NCA • Capacity to link to key regions, sectors, and stakeholder groups for the NCA • Responsive point of contact within the partner organization • Willingness and ability to meet deadlines and participate in a collaborative fashion Partners in NCAnet will, individually and in collaboration with each other, work to disseminate information about the NCA through their networks of members and stakeholders, aggregate and provide information from their PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22287 members and stakeholders to the NCA, help identify individuals and groups within their networks who can actively contribute to assessment activities, and provide feedback to NCA staff and the NCADAC Engagement, Communications and Evaluation Working Group on NCAnet and the NCA as a whole. Partners will accomplish this through the development and delivery of a variety of technical and assessment capacities, including technical inputs that collect or synthesize data or other technical and scientific information, facilitation of meetings or workshops, development of communications materials, helping to build a community of practice and supporting resources around assessment activities, or other contributions, including those described in ‘‘Potential Technical Inputs and Assessment Capacities and Suggested Best Practices’’, available from http:// www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/ assessment/nca-activities/guidance. An initial vision for NCAnet is further described in ‘‘An Overview of NCAnet’’, available from http://ncanet.usgcrp. gov. More information about the NCA process, including the strategic plan, engagement strategy, and information about the NCADAC can be found at http://assessment.globalchange.gov. Request for Expressions of Interest Individuals, organizations, or existing networks (collectively, ‘‘prospective partners’’) with an interest in climate and global change who would like to join NCAnet are encouraged to review the online materials about NCAnet, available from http://ncanet.usgcrp. gov, and to prepare a short expression of interest (EOI) describing their interest. All EOIs submitted in response to this notice must include a primary point of contact and contact information (phone number, mailing address, email address, institutional affiliation(s), and web site if applicable). In addition, it is recommended that EOIs include the following: • Background information about the prospective partner • The NCA topic(s) of interest (the most recent strategic planning documents and outline of NCA report topics is available from http:// www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/ assessment/backgroundprocess) • Description of anticipated contributions of technical and assessment capacities Please see the ADDRESSES section for more information on how prospective partners may submit general inquiries or expressions of interest. Comments and expressions of interest may be E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 22288 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Prospective partners submitting an EOI may choose to join NCAnet directly or to coordinate their participation through an existing partner organization. Upon joining, NCAnet partners will be asked to further describe potential contributions to the NCA, including planned technical inputs, facilitation of meetings or workshops, development of communications materials, or other contributions. All descriptions and resulting contributions will be provided to the NCADAC Engagement, Communication, and Evaluation Working Group. Teams are encouraged to maximize transparency, openness, and information quality in any contributions they make. Partners are requested to provide written summaries to the Engagement, Communications and Evaluation Working Group of their NCA related activities, along with any external sources of funding used to conduct such activities. Only those contributions centered on documented evidence and defensible scientific foundations, and those that document their expert and stakeholder engagement and communication methods, are likely to be considered by the NCADAC. Contributions that are found to be consistent with NCA standards for scientific quality and rigor (e.g., http:// www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/ assessment/nca-activities/guidance) may be considered by the NCADAC for posting in the publicly-accessible NCA online database, referenced on other NCA Web pages, or used within the NCA. While the NCADAC welcomes submissions from prospective partners and subsequent contributions to the NCA, it makes no commitments about how contributions will be used in any NCA reports or processes (http:// www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/ assessment/nca-activities/guidance). In addition, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), NOAA and the NCADAC are not able to fund the development of partners’ technical or assessment capacities. Partners are free, of course, to seek funding from within or outside of their organization to support their NCAnet-related activities. Responses to this notice cannot be accepted by the government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this request may be used by the government for program planning on a nonattribution basis. Do not submit any VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 information that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Dated: April 10, 2012. Terry Bevels, Acting Chief Financial Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–8931 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Additions and Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to and deletions from the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action adds services to the Procurement List that will be provided by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes services from the Procurement List previously provided by such agencies. SUMMARY: Effective Date: 5/14/2012. Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202–3259. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry S. Lineback, Telephone: (703) 603–7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: ADDRESSES: Additions On 2/17/2012 (77 FR 9631), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published a notice of proposed additions to the Procurement List. After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to provide the services and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the services listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 8501–8506 and 41 CFR 51–2.4. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. The action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will provide the services to the Government. 2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to provide the services to the Government. 3. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 120314189-2189-01]


NCAnet: Building a Network of Networks in Support of the National 
Climate Assessment (NCA)

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of and invites 
participation in NCAnet, a network of partners who extend the National 
Climate Assessment (NCA) process and products to a broad audience of 
assessment users through the development of assessment-related 
capacities and products, such as collection and synthesis of data or 
other technical and scientific information relevant to current and 
future NCA reports, dissemination of NCA report findings to various 
users of assessment information, engagement of assessment information 
producers and users, supporting NCA events, and producing 
communications materials related to the NCA and NCA report findings.

DATES: Comments and expressions of interest may be submitted at any 
time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

ADDRESSES: General inquiries and expressions of interest should be 
submitted via email to Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation 
and Engagement Coordinator, at ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. Prospective partners 
may also use the online submission tool at http://ncanet.usgcrp.gov/home/sign-up to submit their expression of interest.
    Responses to this notice cannot be accepted by the government to 
form a

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binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of 
this request may be used by the government for program planning on a 
non-attribution basis. Do not submit any information that might be 
considered proprietary or confidential.
    More information about the NCA process, including the strategic 
plan, engagement strategy, and information about the National Climate 
Assessment Development and Advisory Committee can be found at http://assessment.globalchange.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of 
this request should be sent to Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public 
Participation and Engagement Coordinator, US Global Change Research 
Program National Coordination Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 
250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone (202) 223-6262, Fax (202) 223-
3065, email ecloyd@usgcrp.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is being conducted under the 
auspices of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), pursuant to 
the Global Change Research Act of 1990, 15 U.S.C. 2936, which requires 
a report to the President and the Congress every four years that: 
Integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the USGCRP; 
analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, 
agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, 
transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and 
biological diversity; and analyzes current trends in global change, 
both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the 
subsequent 25 to 100 years.
    The National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee 
(NCADAC) is an advisory body convened to produce the 2013 NCA report 
and to provide advice and recommendations toward the development of an 
ongoing, sustainable national assessment of global change impacts and 
adaptation and mitigation strategies for the United States. Although 
this NCA report and subsequent reports will continue to depend heavily 
on Federal agency leadership and corresponding technical reports, 
NCADAC recognizes and seeks to leverage the important and growing 
distributed science capabilities and core competencies across the US. 
Indeed, it is a goal of the NCA process to increase assessment 
capacity--that is, the ability to conduct and use scientific 
assessments--both within and outside of the Federal government. 
Expertise within state and local governments, non-governmental 
organizations, impacted communities, professional societies, and 
private industry represent currently untapped assets and diverse 
scientific and technical perspectives, especially as they relate to the 
value of climate and global change information for decision making.
    As a way of engaging expertise outside of the federal government, 
the Engagement, Communication, and Evaluation Working Group of the 
NCADAC has established NCAnet as a network of partner organizations 
that can support and extend the NCA process, convey NCA products to a 
broader audience, and encourage submission of data and other technical 
inputs from non-federal sources. The NCADAC is seeking to build 
sustained assessment capacity to conduct and use assessments by 
cultivating partnerships with organizations that will participate as a 
part of the sustained assessment process. Partners may contribute a 
variety of technical and assessment capacities, such as collection and 
synthesis of data or other technical and scientific information 
relevant to current and future NCA reports, dissemination of NCA report 
findings to various users of assessment information, engagement of 
assessment information producers and users, supporting NCA events, and 
producing communications materials related to the NCA and NCA report 
findings.
    The NCADAC has identified a number of characteristics that it seeks 
in NCAnet partners. These include:
 Organization's ability to support its own participation
 Interest (and experience) in climate-related issues
 Support for the objectives of the NCA (http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/nca-overview/objectives)
 Ability to contribute knowledgeably and meaningfully to the 
NCA
 Capacity to link to key regions, sectors, and stakeholder 
groups for the NCA
 Responsive point of contact within the partner organization
 Willingness and ability to meet deadlines and participate in a 
collaborative fashion

    Partners in NCAnet will, individually and in collaboration with 
each other, work to disseminate information about the NCA through their 
networks of members and stakeholders, aggregate and provide information 
from their members and stakeholders to the NCA, help identify 
individuals and groups within their networks who can actively 
contribute to assessment activities, and provide feedback to NCA staff 
and the NCADAC Engagement, Communications and Evaluation Working Group 
on NCAnet and the NCA as a whole. Partners will accomplish this through 
the development and delivery of a variety of technical and assessment 
capacities, including technical inputs that collect or synthesize data 
or other technical and scientific information, facilitation of meetings 
or workshops, development of communications materials, helping to build 
a community of practice and supporting resources around assessment 
activities, or other contributions, including those described in 
``Potential Technical Inputs and Assessment Capacities and Suggested 
Best Practices'', available from http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/nca-activities/guidance.
    An initial vision for NCAnet is further described in ``An Overview 
of NCAnet'', available from http://ncanet.usgcrp.gov gov. More information 
about the NCA process, including the strategic plan, engagement 
strategy, and information about the NCADAC can be found at http://assessment.globalchange.gov.

Request for Expressions of Interest

    Individuals, organizations, or existing networks (collectively, 
``prospective partners'') with an interest in climate and global change 
who would like to join NCAnet are encouraged to review the online 
materials about NCAnet, available from http://ncanet.usgcrp.gov gov, and 
to prepare a short expression of interest (EOI) describing their 
interest. All EOIs submitted in response to this notice must include a 
primary point of contact and contact information (phone number, mailing 
address, email address, institutional affiliation(s), and web site if 
applicable). In addition, it is recommended that EOIs include the 
following:

 Background information about the prospective partner
 The NCA topic(s) of interest (the most recent strategic 
planning documents and outline of NCA report topics is available from 
http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/backgroundprocess)
     Description of anticipated contributions of technical and 
assessment capacities

    Please see the ADDRESSES section for more information on how 
prospective partners may submit general inquiries or expressions of 
interest. Comments and expressions of interest may be

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submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
    Prospective partners submitting an EOI may choose to join NCAnet 
directly or to coordinate their participation through an existing 
partner organization. Upon joining, NCAnet partners will be asked to 
further describe potential contributions to the NCA, including planned 
technical inputs, facilitation of meetings or workshops, development of 
communications materials, or other contributions. All descriptions and 
resulting contributions will be provided to the NCADAC Engagement, 
Communication, and Evaluation Working Group.
    Teams are encouraged to maximize transparency, openness, and 
information quality in any contributions they make. Partners are 
requested to provide written summaries to the Engagement, 
Communications and Evaluation Working Group of their NCA related 
activities, along with any external sources of funding used to conduct 
such activities. Only those contributions centered on documented 
evidence and defensible scientific foundations, and those that document 
their expert and stakeholder engagement and communication methods, are 
likely to be considered by the NCADAC. Contributions that are found to 
be consistent with NCA standards for scientific quality and rigor 
(e.g., http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/nca-activities/guidance) may be considered by the NCADAC for posting in the 
publicly-accessible NCA online database, referenced on other NCA Web 
pages, or used within the NCA.
    While the NCADAC welcomes submissions from prospective partners and 
subsequent contributions to the NCA, it makes no commitments about how 
contributions will be used in any NCA reports or processes (http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/nca-activities/guidance). In 
addition, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), NOAA and the 
NCADAC are not able to fund the development of partners' technical or 
assessment capacities. Partners are free, of course, to seek funding 
from within or outside of their organization to support their NCAnet-
related activities.
    Responses to this notice cannot be accepted by the government to 
form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a 
result of this request may be used by the government for program 
planning on a non-attribution basis. Do not submit any information that 
might be considered proprietary or confidential.

    Dated: April 10, 2012.
Terry Bevels,
Acting Chief Financial Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Office of 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-8931 Filed 4-12-12; 8:45 am]
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