The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board: Request for Nominations, 49650-49652 [2016-17782]

Download as PDF 49650 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2016 / Notices ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL 9949–59–Region 6; Permit NMG010000] Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Discharges From Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in New Mexico Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final NPDES general permit issuance. AGENCY: The Director of the Water Quality Division, EPA Region 6, provides notice of reissuance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. NMG010000 for existing and new dischargers in New Mexico, under the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Point Source Category and producing Horses, Dairy Cows, and Cattle other than Veal Calves, except those discharges on Indian Country. A copy of the Region’s responses to comments and the final permit may be obtained from the EPA Region 6 Internet site: http:// www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/ cafo/index.htm. DATES: This permit is effective, and is deemed issued for the purpose of judicial review, on September 1, 2016, and expires August 31, 2021. Under section 509(b) of the CWA, judicial review of this general permit can be held by filing a petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals within 120 days after the permit is considered issued for judicial review. Under section 509(b)(2) of the CWA, the requirements in this permit may not be challenged later in civil or criminal proceedings to enforce these requirements. In addition, this permit may not be challenged in other agency proceedings. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Evelyn Rosborough, Region 6, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202–2733. Telephone: (214) 665–7515. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Summary of Significant Changes From the Draft Permit Pursuant to section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. 1342, EPA proposed and solicited comments on NPDES general permit NMG010000 at FRL–9921–07–Region 6 (December 30, 2014). Discharges eligible for coverage under the permit are from animal feeding operations that are defined as CAFOs or designated as CAFOs by the VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:44 Jul 27, 2016 Jkt 238001 permitting authority and that are subject to 40 CFR part 412, subparts A (Horses) and C (Dairy Cows and Cattle Other than Veal Calves) and that discharge or propose to discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. The public comment period ended March 2, 2015. The State of New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) received an extension to April 15, 2015, for certified comments. Region 6 received comments from the New Mexico Environment Department, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Sierra Club—Rio Grande Chapter, Amigos Bravos, Lea County Concerned Citizens, Rio Valle Concerned Citizens, and Mesquite Community Action Committee, Enviro Compliance Services, Inc., and Erika Brotzman. EPA Region 6 has considered all comments received. In response to those comments the following significant changes are made to the proposed permit. All changes are discussed in the response to comments documents. 1. Permit Part II.A.5.a.ii. is revised to require calibration of land application equipment to be performed at least annually, in accordance with procedures and schedules to be established in the nutrient management plan for all equipment. 2. Permit Part I.E.8. is updated to require Notice of Intent (NOI) and Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) submittals to NMED. 3. Permit Part I.H, Change in Ownership is clarified and Permit Part I. E.9. is revised to remove the 7 day public review and comment for NOIs resulting from transfer of ownership of a facility with prior permit coverage. 4. Permit Part II.A.2.a.v. is clarified regarding equipment inspection deficiencies to specify deficiencies not corrected in 30 days to be explained. 5. Permit Part III. B. is revised to align facility closure requirements with New Mexico impoundment closure requirements. 6. Permit Part III.C.1.b. is changed to require retention of the telephone number of the recipient of any transferred manure, litter or process wastewater. 7. Permit Part V.A. is revised to change the annual report due date from January 31 to March 31. 8. Other minor changes and clarifications. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Other Legal Requirements A. State Certification Under section 401(a)(1) of the CWA, EPA may not issue a NPDES permit until the State or Tribal authority in which the discharge will occur grants or waives certification to ensure compliance with appropriate requirements of the CWA and State law. The New Mexico Environment Department issued the 401 certification on April 15, 2015. B. Other Regulatory Requirements The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 requires Federal Agencies such as EPA to ensure, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (also known collectively as the ‘‘Services’’), that any actions authorized, funded, or carried out by the Agency (e.g., EPA issued NPDES permits authorizing discharges to waters of the United States) are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any Federally-listed endangered or threatened species or adversely modify or destroy critical habitat of such species (see 16 U.S.C. 1536(a)(2), 50 CFR part 402 and 40 CFR 122.49(c)). Today’s permit is consistent with the ESA section 7(a)(2) consultation between EPA-Region 6 and the USFWS—Albuquerque Field Office, concluded on November 17, 2015. Authority: Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. Dated: July 14, 2016. William K. Honker, Director, Water Division, EPA Region 6. [FR Doc. 2016–17709 Filed 7–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9949–78–OLEM] The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board: Request for Nominations Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Request for nominations. AGENCY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year appointment to fill one IT expert position on the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board (the ‘‘Board’’). Pursuant to the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (the ‘‘e-Manifest Act’’ SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2016 / Notices or the ‘‘Act’’), EPA has established the Board to provide practical and independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the activities, functions, policies and regulations associated with the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) System. DATES: Nominations should be received on or before August 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via email to eManifest@ epa.gov, and identified with ‘‘BOARD NOMINATION’’ in the subject line of the email. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Jenkins, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (MC: 5303P), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Phone: 703–308–7049; or by email: jenkins.fred@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The eManifest Act was signed into law on October 5, 2012 (http://www.gpo.gov/ fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s710enr/pdf/BILLS112s710enr.pdf). Under the terms of the e-Manifest Act, 42 U.S.C. 6939(g), EPA is required to establish a national electronic Information Technology (IT) manifest system. This system is to enable users of the uniform hazardous waste manifest forms (EPA Form 8700– 22 and Continuation Sheet 8700–22A) to have the option to more efficiently track their hazardous waste shipments electronically, in lieu of the paper manifest, from the point of generation, during transportation, and to the point of receipt by an off-site facility that is permitted to treat, store, recycle, or dispose of the hazardous waste. Electronic manifests obtained from the national system will augment or replace the paper forms that are currently used for this purpose, and that result in substantial paperwork costs and other inefficiencies. Congress intended that EPA develop a system that, among other things, meets the needs of the user community and decreases the administrative burden associated with the current paper-based manifest system on the user community. The Agency anticipates that utilizing electronic manifests will the reduce burden by reporting facilities by 300,000 to 700,000 hours annually, and will produce annualized and discounted cost savings over the initial six years of about $34 million. Undiscounted cost savings should reach $75 million or more each year, once the system is fully established and deployment costs have been paid off. To ensure that these goals are met, the Act directs EPA to establish VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:44 Jul 27, 2016 Jkt 238001 the Board to assess the effectiveness of the electronic manifest system and make recommendations to the Administrator for improving the system. In addition, the e-Manifest Act directs EPA to develop a system that attracts sufficient user participation and service revenues to ensure the viability of the system. As a result, the Act provides EPA broad discretion to establish reasonable user fees, as the Administrator determines are necessary, to pay costs incurred in developing, operating, maintaining, and upgrading the system, including any costs incurred in collecting and processing data from any paper manifest submitted to the system after the system enters operation. The Board will meet to assess the adequacy and reasonableness of the service fees and, if necessary, make recommendations to the Administrator to adjust the fees accordingly. Prior to system deployment, the Board will be asked to provide recommendations on important system development matters and on potential increases or decreases to the amount of a service fee determined under the fee structure. Substantial system development planning work is underway. The Agency is utilizing lean start-up product development strategies with agile, user-centered design and development methodologies, and is currently conducting additional system development procurement activities. The Agency anticipates the initial system deployment to occur in 2018. The system will provide the functionality of the current paper manifest process, in a more efficient electronic workflow, and will meet all requirements specified in the e-Manifest Act and e-Manifest Final Rule, which was published on February 7, 2014 (https://www3.epa.gov/epawaste/lawsregs/state/revision/frs/fr231.pdf). The initial system is envisioned to be a national, electronic system (internetbased) that will enable current users of the manifest form to sign, transmit, archive, and retrieve manifests electronically. The e-Manifest system is further envisioned to allow a fully electronic mobile workflow. The mobile workflow will provide both on-line and off-line capabilities which could enable users to complete an electronic manifest even when internet access is unavailable. EPA envisions that the system will provide all data processing (paper and electronic formats), data storage, and data reporting back out to industry and state users, as well as appropriate public accessibility of data. Finally, e-Manifest aligns with the Agency’s E-Enterprise business strategy. E-Enterprise for the Environment is a PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49651 transformative 21st century strategy— jointly governed by states and EPA—for modernizing government agencies’ delivery of environmental protection. Under this strategy, the Agency will streamline its business processes and systems to reduce reporting burden on states and regulated facilities, and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of regulatory programs for EPA, states and tribes. Although the system has not been completed, the Board is established in accordance with the provisions of the, eManifest Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2. The Board is in the public interest and supports EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities. Pursuant to the eManifest Act, the Board will be comprised of nine members, of which one member is the Administrator (or a designee), who will serve as Chairperson of the Board, and eight members will be individuals appointed by the EPA administrator: —At least two of whom have expertise in information technology (IT); —At least three of whom have experience in using, or represent users of, the manifest system to track the transportation of hazardous waste under federal and state manifest programs; and —At least three state representatives responsible for processing those manifests. The Board will meet at least annually as required by the e-Manifest Act. However, additional meetings may occur approximately once every six months or as needed and approved by the DFO. Member Nominations: Pursuant to the e-Manifest Act, the Board will assist the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of the e-Manifest IT system and associated user fees; identifying key issues associated with the system, including the need (and timing) for user fee adjustments; system enhancements; and providing independent advice on matters and policies related to the eManifest program. The Board will provide recommendations on matters related to the operational activities, functions, policies, and regulations of EPA under the e-Manifest Act, including proposing actions to encourage the use of the electronic (paperless) system, and actions related to the E-Enterprise strategy that intersect with e-Manifest. These intersections may include issues such as business to business communications, performance standards for mobile devices, and Cross Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) compliant e-signatures. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 49652 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2016 / Notices Any interested person and/or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the Agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. All candidates will be considered and screened against the criteria listed below as well as EPA’s Conflict of Interest (COI) and appearance of bias guidance (http:// www.epa.gov/peerreview/pdfs/spc_ peer_rvw_handbook_addendum.pdf and http://www.epa.gov/osa/pdfs/epaprocess-for-contractor.pdf). Currently there is one IT expert position available to be filled on the Board. The other positions have already been filled pursuant to EPA’s request for nominations that was previously published in the Federal Register (80 FR 8643, February 18, 2015). IT nominees should have core competencies and experience in large scale systems and application development and integration, deployment and maintenance, user help desk and support, and expertise relevant to support the complexity of an eManifest system. Examples of this expertise may include but are not limited to: Expertise with web-based and mobile technologies, particularly that support large scale operations for geographically diverse users; expertise in IT security, including perspective on federal IT security requirements; expertise in electronic signature and user management approaches; expertise with scalable hosting solutions such as cloud-based hosting; and expertise in user experience. Existing knowledge of, or willingness to gain an understanding of EPA shared services and enterprise architecture is a plus as is experience in setting and managing fee-based systems in general. Additional criteria used to evaluate nominees include: • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; • Demonstrated experience developing group recommendations; • Willingness to commit time to the Board and demonstrated ability to work constructively on committees; • Absence of financial conflicts of interest; • Impartiality (including the appearance of impartiality); and • Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the Board, e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations, and other considerations. Nominations must include a resume, which provides the nominee’s VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:44 Jul 27, 2016 Jkt 238001 background, experience and educational qualifications, as well as a brief statement (one page or less) describing the nominee’s interest in serving on the Board and addressing the other criteria previously described. Nominees are encouraged to provide any additional information that they believe would be useful for consideration, such as: Availability to participate as a member of the Board; how the nominee’s background, skills and experience would contribute to the diversity of the Board; and any concerns the nominee has regarding membership. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, current business address, email, and telephone number. Interested candidates may selfnominate. The Agency will acknowledge receipt of nominations. The person selected for membership will receive compensation for travel and a nominal daily compensation (if appropriate) while attending meetings. Additionally, the selected candidate will be designated as a Special Government Employee (SGE) or consultant. Candidates designated as SGEs are required to fill out the ‘‘Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Environmental Protection Agency Special Government Employees’’ (EPA Form 3310–48). This confidential form provides information to EPA ethics officials to determine whether there is a conflict between the SGE’s public duties and their private interests, including an appearance of a loss of impartiality as defined by federal laws and regulations. One example of a potential conflict of interest may be for IT professional(s) serving in an organization that is awarded any related e-Manifest system development contract(s). Dated: July 15, 2016. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9949-78-OLEM]


The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board: 
Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Request for nominations.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites 
nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year 
appointment to fill one IT expert position on the Hazardous Waste 
Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board (the ``Board''). Pursuant to 
the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (the ``e-
Manifest Act''

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or the ``Act''), EPA has established the Board to provide practical and 
independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA 
Administrator on the activities, functions, policies and regulations 
associated with the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) 
System.

DATES: Nominations should be received on or before August 29, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via email to 
eManifest@epa.gov, and identified with ``BOARD NOMINATION'' in the 
subject line of the email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Jenkins, Designated Federal 
Officer (DFO), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Resource 
Conservation and Recovery, (MC: 5303P), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC, 20460, Phone: 703-308-7049; or by email: 
jenkins.fred@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The e-Manifest Act was signed into law on 
October 5, 2012 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s710enr/pdf/BILLS-112s710enr.pdf). Under the terms of the e-Manifest Act, 42 U.S.C. 
6939(g), EPA is required to establish a national electronic Information 
Technology (IT) manifest system. This system is to enable users of the 
uniform hazardous waste manifest forms (EPA Form 8700-22 and 
Continuation Sheet 8700-22A) to have the option to more efficiently 
track their hazardous waste shipments electronically, in lieu of the 
paper manifest, from the point of generation, during transportation, 
and to the point of receipt by an off-site facility that is permitted 
to treat, store, recycle, or dispose of the hazardous waste. Electronic 
manifests obtained from the national system will augment or replace the 
paper forms that are currently used for this purpose, and that result 
in substantial paperwork costs and other inefficiencies. Congress 
intended that EPA develop a system that, among other things, meets the 
needs of the user community and decreases the administrative burden 
associated with the current paper-based manifest system on the user 
community. The Agency anticipates that utilizing electronic manifests 
will the reduce burden by reporting facilities by 300,000 to 700,000 
hours annually, and will produce annualized and discounted cost savings 
over the initial six years of about $34 million. Undiscounted cost 
savings should reach $75 million or more each year, once the system is 
fully established and deployment costs have been paid off. To ensure 
that these goals are met, the Act directs EPA to establish the Board to 
assess the effectiveness of the electronic manifest system and make 
recommendations to the Administrator for improving the system.
    In addition, the e-Manifest Act directs EPA to develop a system 
that attracts sufficient user participation and service revenues to 
ensure the viability of the system. As a result, the Act provides EPA 
broad discretion to establish reasonable user fees, as the 
Administrator determines are necessary, to pay costs incurred in 
developing, operating, maintaining, and upgrading the system, including 
any costs incurred in collecting and processing data from any paper 
manifest submitted to the system after the system enters operation. The 
Board will meet to assess the adequacy and reasonableness of the 
service fees and, if necessary, make recommendations to the 
Administrator to adjust the fees accordingly.
    Prior to system deployment, the Board will be asked to provide 
recommendations on important system development matters and on 
potential increases or decreases to the amount of a service fee 
determined under the fee structure. Substantial system development 
planning work is underway. The Agency is utilizing lean start-up 
product development strategies with agile, user-centered design and 
development methodologies, and is currently conducting additional 
system development procurement activities. The Agency anticipates the 
initial system deployment to occur in 2018.
    The system will provide the functionality of the current paper 
manifest process, in a more efficient electronic workflow, and will 
meet all requirements specified in the e-Manifest Act and e-Manifest 
Final Rule, which was published on February 7, 2014 (https://www3.epa.gov/epawaste/laws-regs/state/revision/frs/fr231.pdf). The 
initial system is envisioned to be a national, electronic system 
(internet-based) that will enable current users of the manifest form to 
sign, transmit, archive, and retrieve manifests electronically. The e-
Manifest system is further envisioned to allow a fully electronic 
mobile workflow. The mobile workflow will provide both on-line and off-
line capabilities which could enable users to complete an electronic 
manifest even when internet access is unavailable. EPA envisions that 
the system will provide all data processing (paper and electronic 
formats), data storage, and data reporting back out to industry and 
state users, as well as appropriate public accessibility of data. 
Finally, e-Manifest aligns with the Agency's E-Enterprise business 
strategy. E-Enterprise for the Environment is a transformative 21st 
century strategy--jointly governed by states and EPA--for modernizing 
government agencies' delivery of environmental protection. Under this 
strategy, the Agency will streamline its business processes and systems 
to reduce reporting burden on states and regulated facilities, and 
improve the effectiveness and efficiency of regulatory programs for 
EPA, states and tribes.
    Although the system has not been completed, the Board is 
established in accordance with the provisions of the, e-Manifest Act 
and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2. The 
Board is in the public interest and supports EPA in performing its 
duties and responsibilities. Pursuant to the e-Manifest Act, the Board 
will be comprised of nine members, of which one member is the 
Administrator (or a designee), who will serve as Chairperson of the 
Board, and eight members will be individuals appointed by the EPA 
administrator:

--At least two of whom have expertise in information technology (IT);
--At least three of whom have experience in using, or represent users 
of, the manifest system to track the transportation of hazardous waste 
under federal and state manifest programs; and
--At least three state representatives responsible for processing those 
manifests.

    The Board will meet at least annually as required by the e-Manifest 
Act. However, additional meetings may occur approximately once every 
six months or as needed and approved by the DFO.
    Member Nominations: Pursuant to the e-Manifest Act, the Board will 
assist the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of the e-Manifest IT 
system and associated user fees; identifying key issues associated with 
the system, including the need (and timing) for user fee adjustments; 
system enhancements; and providing independent advice on matters and 
policies related to the e-Manifest program. The Board will provide 
recommendations on matters related to the operational activities, 
functions, policies, and regulations of EPA under the e-Manifest Act, 
including proposing actions to encourage the use of the electronic 
(paperless) system, and actions related to the E-Enterprise strategy 
that intersect with e-Manifest. These intersections may include issues 
such as business to business communications, performance standards for 
mobile devices, and Cross Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) 
compliant e-signatures.

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    Any interested person and/or organization may nominate qualified 
individuals for membership. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an 
effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the Agency 
encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic 
groups. All candidates will be considered and screened against the 
criteria listed below as well as EPA's Conflict of Interest (COI) and 
appearance of bias guidance (http://www.epa.gov/peerreview/pdfs/spc_peer_rvw_handbook_addendum.pdf and http://www.epa.gov/osa/pdfs/epa-process-for-contractor.pdf). Currently there is one IT expert position 
available to be filled on the Board. The other positions have already 
been filled pursuant to EPA's request for nominations that was 
previously published in the Federal Register (80 FR 8643, February 18, 
2015).
    IT nominees should have core competencies and experience in large 
scale systems and application development and integration, deployment 
and maintenance, user help desk and support, and expertise relevant to 
support the complexity of an e-Manifest system. Examples of this 
expertise may include but are not limited to: Expertise with web-based 
and mobile technologies, particularly that support large scale 
operations for geographically diverse users; expertise in IT security, 
including perspective on federal IT security requirements; expertise in 
electronic signature and user management approaches; expertise with 
scalable hosting solutions such as cloud-based hosting; and expertise 
in user experience. Existing knowledge of, or willingness to gain an 
understanding of EPA shared services and enterprise architecture is a 
plus as is experience in setting and managing fee-based systems in 
general. Additional criteria used to evaluate nominees include:
     Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication 
skills;
     Demonstrated experience developing group recommendations;
     Willingness to commit time to the Board and demonstrated 
ability to work constructively on committees;
     Absence of financial conflicts of interest;
     Impartiality (including the appearance of impartiality); 
and
     Background and experiences that would help members 
contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the Board, e.g., 
geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, 
professional affiliations, and other considerations.
    Nominations must include a resume, which provides the nominee's 
background, experience and educational qualifications, as well as a 
brief statement (one page or less) describing the nominee's interest in 
serving on the Board and addressing the other criteria previously 
described. Nominees are encouraged to provide any additional 
information that they believe would be useful for consideration, such 
as: Availability to participate as a member of the Board; how the 
nominee's background, skills and experience would contribute to the 
diversity of the Board; and any concerns the nominee has regarding 
membership. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, 
position, current business address, email, and telephone number. 
Interested candidates may self-nominate. The Agency will acknowledge 
receipt of nominations.
    The person selected for membership will receive compensation for 
travel and a nominal daily compensation (if appropriate) while 
attending meetings. Additionally, the selected candidate will be 
designated as a Special Government Employee (SGE) or consultant. 
Candidates designated as SGEs are required to fill out the 
``Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Environmental Protection 
Agency Special Government Employees'' (EPA Form 3310-48). This 
confidential form provides information to EPA ethics officials to 
determine whether there is a conflict between the SGE's public duties 
and their private interests, including an appearance of a loss of 
impartiality as defined by federal laws and regulations. One example of 
a potential conflict of interest may be for IT professional(s) serving 
in an organization that is awarded any related e-Manifest system 
development contract(s).

    Dated: July 15, 2016.
Barnes Johnson,
Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Office of Land 
and Emergency Management.
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