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Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2013 / Notices membership opportunities for representatives of American industry to join the U.S. section of the Dialogue. DATES: Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2013; 5:00 p.m. EST. ADDRESSES: Please send requests for consideration and supporting material by Federal Express, U.S. Postal Service, or fax on 202–482–0878 to Mr. Tom Sams, Acting Director, Office of the Middle East, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 2029B, Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin M. Reichelt, Office of the Middle East, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2029B, Washington, DC 20230. Email: Kevin.Reichelt@trade.gov; Phone: 202–482–2896. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the Iraqi Minister of Trade co-chair the Dialogue. The Dialogue consists of a U.S. Section and an Iraqi Section. Each Section consists of members from the private sector, representing the views and interests of the private sector business community. Each Party appoints the members to its respective Section. The Sections provide policy advice and counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and to Iraq’s Minister of Trade that reflect private sector views, needs, and concerns regarding private sector business development in Iraq and enhanced bilateral commercial ties that would form the basis for expanded trade between the United States and Iraq. The Dialogue will exchange information and encourage bilateral discussions that address the following areas: —Factors that affect the growth of private sector business in Iraq, including disincentives to trade and investment and regulatory obstacles to job creation and investment growth; —Initiatives that the Government of Iraq might take, such as enacting, amending, enforcing, or repealing laws and regulations, to promote private sector business growth in Iraq; —Promotion of business opportunities in both Iraq and the United States, and identification of opportunities for U.S. and Iraqi firms to work together; and —Attracting U.S. businesses to opportunities in Iraq and serving as a catalyst for Iraqi private sector growth. Applications to represent any sector will be considered. The U.S. section will represent a cross-section of American businesses. Members serve in a representative capacity representing the views and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Dec 20, 2013 Jkt 232001 interests of their particular industries. Members are not special government employees, and receive no compensation for their participation in Dialogue activities. Only appointed members may participate in Dialogue meetings; substitutes and alternates will not be permitted. Section members serve for three-year terms, but may be reappointed. U.S. Section members serve at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce. Candidates will be evaluated based on: Their interest in the Iraqi market; export/investment experience in the Iraqi market; contribution to diversity based on size of company, geographic location, and sector; and ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Business Dialogue will be active. In order to be eligible for membership in the U.S. section, potential candidates shall be: —A U.S. citizen residing in the United States or able to travel to the United States or other location to attend official Business Dialogue meetings; —The President or CEO (or comparable level of responsibility) of a private sector company, or, in the case of large companies, a person having substantial responsibility for the company’s commercial activities in Iraq, either of which shall possess unique experience with or specialized knowledge about the commercial environment in Iraq; or the head of a non-profit entity, such as a trade or industry association, who possesses unique technical expertise, and the ability to provide counsel with respect to private sector business development in Iraq; and —Not a registered foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended. —Applicants may not be federally registered lobbyists, and, if appointed, will not be allowed to continue to serve as members of the U.S. Section of the Dialogue if the member becomes a federally-registered lobbyist. Members will be selected on the basis of who best will carry out the objectives of the Business Dialogue as described above and as stated in the Terms of Reference for the Dialogue. (The Terms of Reference are available from the point of contact listed above.) Recommendations for appointment will be made to the Secretary of Commerce. All candidates will be notified of whether they have been selected. To be considered for membership, please submit the following information as instructed in the addresses and dates PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77427 captions above: Name(s) and title(s) of the individual(s) requesting consideration; name and address of company or non-profit entity to be represented; size of the company or non-profit entity; description of relevant product, service, or technical expertise; size of company’s export trade, investment, and/or international program experience; nature of operations or interest in Iraq; responsibilities of the candidate within the company or non-profit entity; and a brief statement of why the candidate should be appointed, including information about the candidate’s ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Business Dialogue will be active. Dated: December 2013. Tom Sams, Acting Director, Office of the Middle East, International Trade Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–30385 Filed 12–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DA–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Please National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 21, 2014. SUMMARY: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Joshua D. Kneifel, (301) 975– 6857 or at joshua.kneifel@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 77428 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2013 / Notices I. Abstract Over the last 19 years, the Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed and automated an approach for measuring the life-cycle environmental and economic performance of building products. Known as BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability), the tool reduces complex, science-based technical content (e.g., over 500 material and energy flows from raw material extraction through product disposal) to decision-enabling results and delivers them in a visually intuitive graphical format. BEES Please is a voluntary program to collect data from product manufacturers so that the environmental performance of their products may be evaluated scientifically using BEES. NIST will publish in BEES Online (http://ws680.nist.gov/bees) an aggregated version of the data collected from manufacturers that protects data confidentiality, subject to manufacturer’s review and approval. BEES measures environmental performance using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach specified in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14040 series of standards. All stages in the life of a product are analyzed: Raw material acquisition, manufacture, transportation, installation, use, and recycling and waste management. Economic performance is measured using the ASTM International standard life-cycle cost method (E 917), which covers the costs of initial investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and disposal. II. Method of Collection Data on materials use, energy consumption, waste, and environmental releases will be collected using an electronic, MS Excel-based questionnaire. An electronic, MS Wordbased User Manual accompanies the questionnaire to help in its completion. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0693–0036. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 30. Estimated Time per Response: 62 hours and 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,875. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Dec 20, 2013 Jkt 232001 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: December 18, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–30501 Filed 12–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD008 2014 Annual Determination for Sea Turtle Observer Requirement National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is providing notification that the agency will not identify additional fisheries to observe on the Annual Determination (AD) for 2014, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through an AD, NMFS identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take observers upon NMFS’ request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate existing measures to prevent or reduce prohibited sea turtle takes, and to determine whether additional measures to implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes may SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be necessary. Fisheries identified in the 2010 AD (see Table 1) remain on the AD for a five year period and are therefore required to carry observers upon NMFS’ request until December 31, 2014. ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a listing of all Regional Offices. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara McNulty, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8402; Ellen Keane, Northeast Region, 978–282–8476; Dennis Klemm, Southeast Region, 727–824–5312; Dan Lawson, West Coast Region, 562–980– 4023; Dawn Golden, Pacific Islands Region, 808–944–2252. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the hearing impaired may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1–800– 877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability of Published Materials Information regarding the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement for Fisheries (72 FR 43176, August 3, 2007) may be obtained at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ species/turtles/regulations.htm or from any NMFS Regional Office at the addresses listed below: • NMFS, Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; • NMFS, Southeast Region, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; • NMFS, West Coast Region, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802; • NMFS, Pacific Islands Region, Protected Resources, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814. Purpose of the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement Under the ESA, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., NMFS has the responsibility to implement programs to conserve marine life listed as endangered or threatened. All sea turtles found in U.S. waters are listed as either endangered or threatened under the ESA. Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta; North Pacific distinct population segment), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtles are listed as endangered. Loggerhead (Caretta caretta; Northwest Atlantic distinct population segment), green (Chelonia mydas), and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles are listed as threatened, except for breeding colony populations of green turtles in Florida and on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and breeding colony populations of olive ridleys on the E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Building for 
Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Please

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 21, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at jjessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Joshua D. Kneifel, (301) 975-6857 or at 
joshua.kneifel@nist.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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I. Abstract

    Over the last 19 years, the Engineering Laboratory of the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed and 
automated an approach for measuring the life-cycle environmental and 
economic performance of building products. Known as BEES (Building for 
Environmental and Economic Sustainability), the tool reduces complex, 
science-based technical content (e.g., over 500 material and energy 
flows from raw material extraction through product disposal) to 
decision-enabling results and delivers them in a visually intuitive 
graphical format. BEES Please is a voluntary program to collect data 
from product manufacturers so that the environmental performance of 
their products may be evaluated scientifically using BEES. NIST will 
publish in BEES Online (http://ws680.nist.gov/bees) an aggregated 
version of the data collected from manufacturers that protects data 
confidentiality, subject to manufacturer's review and approval. BEES 
measures environmental performance using the environmental life-cycle 
assessment approach specified in the International Organization for 
Standardization (ISO) 14040 series of standards. All stages in the life 
of a product are analyzed: Raw material acquisition, manufacture, 
transportation, installation, use, and recycling and waste management. 
Economic performance is measured using the ASTM International standard 
life-cycle cost method (E 917), which covers the costs of initial 
investment, replacement, operation, maintenance and repair, and 
disposal.

II. Method of Collection

    Data on materials use, energy consumption, waste, and environmental 
releases will be collected using an electronic, MS Excel-based 
questionnaire. An electronic, MS Word-based User Manual accompanies the 
questionnaire to help in its completion.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0036.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 30.
    Estimated Time per Response: 62 hours and 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,875.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: December 18, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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