Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable on USPTO Use of Crowdsourcing To Identify Relevant Prior Art
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is announcing a December 2, 2014 roundtable and requesting written comments on USPTO use of crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art. Members of the public are invited to participate at the roundtable. On February 20, 2014, the White House issued a series of executive actions including crowdsourcing prior art as a means to strengthen patent quality. The roundtable will address the executive action by exploring: (1) How the USPTO can utilize crowdsourcing tools to obtain relevant prior art in order to enhance the quality of examination and issued patents; and (2) ways the USPTO can leverage existing private sector solutions for the electronic receipt and hosting of crowdsourced materials as a means to provide prior art to examiners.
Notice of Realty Action: Recreation and Public Purposes Classification and Conveyance of Public Land in Doña Ana County, NM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has examined and found suitable for classification for conveyance about 125 acres of public land in Do[ntilde]a Ana County, New Mexico, under the provisions of the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, as amended. The City of Las Cruces (City) has applied to obtain patent on its current landfill R&PP leases NMNM 000014 and NMNM 018155 each of 40 acres with a history of landfill use. Additionally, the City has applied to obtain patent of 45 acres (NMNM 132849) of land adjacent to the leases. The resulting patent would total 125 acres. As a separate transaction, the City filed an application for the conveyance of the federally owned mineral interests in the 125-acre parcel of land described in this notice. The BLM is processing the mineral application under Section 209 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).
Allocation of Basis in All Cash D Reorganizations
This document contains final regulations regarding the determination of the basis of stock or securities in certain reorganizations where no stock or securities of the issuing corporation is issued and distributed in the transaction. These final regulations clarify that only a shareholder that owns actual shares in the issuing corporation in such a reorganization can designate the actual share of stock of the issuing corporation to which the basis, if any, of the stock or securities surrendered will attach. These regulations affect corporations engaging in such transactions and their shareholders.
Notice of Intent To Prepare Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements and Conduct Scoping for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
The First Responder Network Authority (``FirstNet'') announces its intent to prepare five regional Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (``PEISs'') and conduct public scoping meetings to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed nationwide public safety broadband network. The specific locations, dates, and times for the scoping meetings will be announced on the FirstNet Web site, no later than one week prior to each meeting.
Special Meeting of the First Responder Network Authority Board Finance Committee
The Finance Committee of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board will hold a Special Meeting via telephone conference (teleconference) on November 17, 2014.
Meetings of Humanities Panel
The National Endowment for the Humanities will hold ten meetings of the Humanities Panel, a federal advisory committee, during December, 2014. The purpose of the meetings is for panel review, discussion, evaluation, and recommendation of applications for financial assistance under the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965.
Notice of a Federal Advisory Committee Meeting; Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for a meeting of the MHCC. The meeting is open to the public and the site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The agenda provides an opportunity for citizens to comment on the business before the MHCC.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments for 1029-0036
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is announcing its intention to request approval to continue the collection of information for Surface Mining Permit ApplicationsMinimum Requirements for Reclamation and Operation Plan. This information collection activity was previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and assigned clearance number 1029-0036.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments for 1029-0040
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is announcing its intention to request renewed approval for the collection of information for the requirements for permits for special categories of mining. This information collection activity was previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and assigned control number 1029-0040.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments for 1029-0112
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is announcing its intention to request renewed approval for the collection of information regarding the requirements for coal exploration. The information collection request describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden and costs. This information collection activity was previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and assigned control number 1029-0112.
Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request; HIV Study in Blood Donors From Five Chinese Regions (NHLBI)
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register in Volume 79, June 12, 2014 on page 33764 and allowed 60-days for public comment. One public comment was received that was a personal opinion regarding conducting research about the Chinese blood donation system. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer. Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Draft Strategic Plan; Request for Comments
NIMH is revising its 2008 Strategic Plan to guide the Institute's research efforts and priorities over the next five years (2015-2020). The purpose of this Notice is to seek input from the public about the draft NIMH 2015 Strategic Plan. The draft plan will be publicly available through the NIMH Draft Strategic Plan Web page (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/rev iew-the- draft-2015-nimh-strategic-plan.shtml) for a 30-day period beginning on the publication date of this Notice. The public is invited to provide comments via the email address or postal address provided in this Notice and on the NIMH Draft Strategic Plan Web page.
Safety Zone; Natchez Specialties New Year's Eve Firework Display, Lower Mississippi River, Mile Marker, (MM) 363.5 to 364.5
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary Safety Zone for all waters of the Lower Mississippi River, from MM 363.5 to MM 364.5. This safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with a fireworks display. Entry into this zone is prohibited to all vessels, mariners, and persons unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Lower Mississippi River or a designated representative.
Announcement of Public Meetings Regarding the Florida East Coast Railroad Bridges, St. Lucie River, Stuart; Loxahatchee River, Jupiter; and New River, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Coast Guard will hold three public meetings for citizens to provide oral and written comments relating to the current and future operations of the Florida East Coast Railroad Bridges across the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Florida, the Loxahatchee River, Jupiter, Florida, and the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Coast Guard is soliciting public comment relating to navigation through these bridges. Specific interests include the current and future impact of bridge closings on navigation. These meetings will be open to the public.
Letter of Recommendation for Washington State Ferries Liquefied Natural Gas Conversion; Seattle, WA
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA) from Washington State Ferries for a proposal to convert six Issaquah Class Ferries to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion. By statute, the Captain of the Port (COTP), Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, will be reviewing and validating the WSA in cooperation with key port stakeholders and issue a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) to the State of Washington Department of Transportation regarding the suitability of the waterway for LNG marine traffic. As it conducts this review, the Coast Guard solicits public comments that may inform the COTP's recommendation. The Washington State Ferries' LOI, WSA, and other supporting documentation and information can be viewed at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/ Environment/LNG.htm.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Gulf of Maine Haddock Annual Catch Limit Revision
This action implements new stock status determination criteria for Gulf of Maine (GOM) haddock and increases the associated GOM haddock catch limits for the remainder of fishing year 2014 based on the most recent and best available scientific information. This action is intended to provide additional commercial fishing opportunities for GOM haddock and other healthy groundfish stocks.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Bonded Warehouse Proprietor's Submission
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: Bonded Warehouse Proprietor's Submission (CBP Form 300). CBP is proposing that this information collection be extended with no change to the burden hours or to the information collected. This document is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. This action, which is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), is intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Eastern Aleutian district (EAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2014 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in the EAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery.
Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, L.L.C.-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Union Pacific Railroad Company
The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10902 for Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (WSOR), a Class II rail carrier, to acquire from the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) and operate a permanent exclusive freight rail operating easement over approximately 69.62 miles of rail line (the Line) in the State of Wisconsin. Specifically, the Line includes: (a) The Reedsburg Line, between milepost 134.0 and milepost 191.90 near Reedsburg; (b) the Central Soya Industrial Lead, between milepost 83.78 and milepost 85.5 in Madison; and (c) the Cottage Grove Industrial Lead, between milepost 81.00 and milepost 71.00. WSOR has been the exclusive operator over the Line since 1996 pursuant to a lease with UP, and upon consummation of the transaction, will continue to operate the line. The exemption is subject to standard labor protective conditions. In the same decision, the Board is granting WSOR a waiver of the employee notice requirements of 49 CFR 1121.4(h).
Approval of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas: Alabama; Redesignation of the Alabama Portion of the Chattanooga, 1997 PM2.5
On April 23, 2013, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), submitted a request to redesignate the Alabama portion of the Chattanooga, TN-GA fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Chattanooga TN-GA Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Alabama portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. The Alabama portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area is comprised of a portion of Jackson County in Alabama. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the redesignation request and the related SIP revision, including the plan for maintaining attainment of the PM2.5 standard, for the Alabama portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. EPA is also proposing to approve the on-road motor vehicle insignificance determination for direct PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) for the Alabama portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. On September 14, 2012, Georgia submitted a request to redesignate the Georgia portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area, and EPA is expecting Tennessee to submit a request to redesignate the Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. EPA will be taking separate action on the requests from Georgia and Tennessee.
Approval of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas; Georgia; Redesignation of the Georgia Portion of the Chattanooga, 1997 PM2.5
On September 14, 2012, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), submitted a request to redesignate the Georgia portion of the Chattanooga, TN-GA fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Chattanooga TN-GA Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Georgia portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. The Georgia portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area is comprised of two counties: Catoosa and Walker Counties in Georgia. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the redesignation request and the related SIP revision, including GA EPD's plan for maintaining attainment of the PM2.5 standard, for the Georgia portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. EPA is also proposing to approve into the Georgia SIP the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 for the year 2025 for the Georgia portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. On April 23, 2013, Alabama submitted a request to redesignate the Alabama portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area, and EPA is expecting Tennessee to submit a request to redesignate the Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA Area. EPA will be taking separate action on the requests from Georgia and Tennessee.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Housing Starts, Sales, and Completions
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.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Tennessee
Notice is hereby given that the State of Tennessee is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Tennessee has adopted the following rules: Ground Water Rule, and Lead and Copper Rule Short-Term Regulatory Revisions and Clarifications. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that Tennessee's rules are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, the EPA is tentatively approving this revision to the State of Tennessee's Public Water System Supervision Program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new information collection that is summarized below.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in San Diego, CA; Tarrant County, TX; and Washington, DC. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions.
Transitioning the National Training and Education Resource to the Public
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from the public on its plan to transition its stewardship of the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) in spring 2015. The information sought under this Request for Information (RFI) is intended to assist DOE in further understanding potential strategic approaches to transitioning central administration of NTER to the private sector and the impacts on users. DOE seeks input from entities interested in taking over NTER as well as from impacted parties. The information collected may be used for internal DOE planning and decision-making purposes.
Orthopedic Devices; Reclassification of Thoracolumbosacral Rigid Pedicle Screw Systems; Classification and Effective Date of Requirement for Premarket Approval for Dynamic Stabilization Systems
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing in this administrative order to reclassify rigid pedicle screw systems, a preamendments class III device, into class II (special controls); require the filing of a premarket approval application (PMA) or a notice of completion of a product development protocol (PDP) for the dynamic stabilization systems, currently a subtype of pedicle screws, regardless of the indication for use; and clarify the device identification of pedicle screw spinal systems, to more clearly delineate between rigid pedicle screw systems and dynamic stabilization systems. FDA is proposing this action based on new information pertaining to the device type. This proposed action implements certain statutory requirements.
Proposed Information Collection (Child Care Subsidy) Activity: Comment Request
The Human Resources Management (HRM), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each revised collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to this notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine VA employees' eligibility to participate in VA's child care subsidy program.
Proposed Information Collection (Complaint of Employment Discrimination) Activity: Comment Request
The Human Resources and Administration (HRA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to process a complaint of employment discrimination.
Agency Information Collection (Report of Accidental Injury in Support of Claim for Compensation or Pension/Statement of Witness to Accident): Activity Under OMB Review
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection (Supporting Statement for VA Preparedness Communications Survey) Activity: Comment Request
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed for Veterans, Veteran Representatives and health care providers to request reimbursement from the federal government for emergency services at a private institution.
Nominations to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The PACHA is a federal advisory committee within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Management support for the activities of this Council is the responsibility of the OASH. The qualified individuals will be nominated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for consideration for appointment as members of the PACHA. Members of the Council, including the Chair, are appointed by the Secretary. Members are invited to serve on the Council for up to four-year terms. The Council was established to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention and care of HIV disease and AIDS. The functions of the Council are solely advisory in nature.
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Agreement
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-503), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs 54 FR 25818 (June 19, 1989), OMB Bulletin 89-22, ``Instructions on Reporting Computer Matching Programs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress and the Public,'' and OMB Circular No. A-130, Revised November 28, 2000, ``Management of Federal Information Resources,'' the Department of Justice (DOJ) is issuing a public notice of its intent to conduct a computer matching program with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of the Treasury. Under this matching program, entitled Taxpayer Address Request, the IRS will provide information relating to taxpayers' mailing addresses to the DOJ for purposes of enabling DOJ to locate debtors to initiate litigation and/or enforce the collection of debts owed by the taxpayers to the United States.