Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, 47493-47494 [2017-22104]

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Executive Order 13563 also requires an agency ‘‘to use the best available techniques to quantify anticipated present and future benefits and costs as accurately as possible.’’ The Office of VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB has emphasized that these techniques may include ‘‘identifying changing future compliance costs that might result from technological innovation or anticipated behavioral changes.’’ We are issuing these proposed priorities and definitions only on a reasoned determination that their benefits will justify their costs. In choosing among alternative regulatory approaches, we selected the approach that will maximize net benefits. Based on the analysis that follows, the Department believes that this regulatory action is consistent with the principles in Executive Order 13563. We also have determined that this regulatory action will not unduly interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of their governmental functions. In accordance with these Executive orders, the Department has assessed the potential costs and benefits, both quantitative and qualitative, of this regulatory action. The potential costs associated with this regulatory action are those resulting from regulatory requirements and those we have determined are necessary for administering the Department’s programs and activities. Discussion of Costs and Benefits: The proposed priorities and definitions would impose minimal costs on entities that would receive assistance through the Department’s discretionary grant programs. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tristram West, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC–23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–1290. Phone 301–903–5155; fax (301) 903–5051 or email: tristram.west@science.doe.gov. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://science.energy. gov/ber/berac/meetings/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Committee: To provide advice on a continuing basis to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the development and implementation of the Biological and Environmental Research Program. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Tentative Agenda Topics • News from the Office of Science • News from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) • News from the Biological Systems Science and Climate and Environmental Sciences Divisions • Report on the Biological Systems Science Division Committee of Visitors • Report on the Grand Challenges Report • Facility Update • Introductions to new Bioenergy Research Centers • Scientific Workshop Outbriefs • Science Talks • New Business • Public Comment Public Participation: The day and a half meeting is open to the public. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact Tristram West at tristram.west@science.doe.gov (email) or 301–903–5051 (fax). You must make your request for an oral statement at least five business days before the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chairperson of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Public comment will be limited to five minutes each. Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying within 45 days at the BERAC Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/ berac/meetings/berac-minutes/. Issued in Washington, DC on October 5, 2017. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 196 (Thursday, October 12, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47493-47494]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-22104]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and 
Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory 
Committee Act requires that

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public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

DATES: Thursday, November 2, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday, 
November 3, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 
Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tristram West, Designated Federal 
Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of 
Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone 301-903-5155; 
fax (301) 903-5051 or email: tristram.west@science.doe.gov. The most 
current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web 
site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Purpose of the Committee: To provide advice on a continuing basis 
to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the 
many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the 
development and implementation of the Biological and Environmental 
Research Program.

Tentative Agenda Topics

 News from the Office of Science
 News from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research 
(BER)
 News from the Biological Systems Science and Climate and 
Environmental Sciences Divisions
 Report on the Biological Systems Science Division Committee of 
Visitors
 Report on the Grand Challenges Report
 Facility Update
 Introductions to new Bioenergy Research Centers
 Scientific Workshop Outbriefs
 Science Talks
 New Business
 Public Comment
    Public Participation: The day and a half meeting is open to the 
public. If you would like to file a written statement with the 
Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you 
would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the 
agenda, you should contact Tristram West at 
tristram.west@science.doe.gov (email) or 301-903-5051 (fax). You must 
make your request for an oral statement at least five business days 
before the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the 
scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chairperson of the 
Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of 
business. Public comment will be limited to five minutes each.
    Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public 
review and copying within 45 days at the BERAC Web site: http://science.energy.gov/ber/berac/meetings/berac-minutes/.

    Issued in Washington, DC on October 5, 2017.
LaTanya R. Butler,
Deputy Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-22104 Filed 10-11-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6450-01-P