The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board: Request for Nominations, 52446-52448 [2018-22651]

Download as PDF 52446 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2018 / Notices TABLE 3—REGISTRANTS REQUESTING VOLUNTARY CANCELLATION AND/OR AMENDMENTS—Continued EPA Company No. 59639 65331 66222 66330 70506 71512 ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ Company name and address Valent U.S.A. LLC, 1600 Riviera Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596–8025. Merial, Inc., 3239 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096. Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc., D/B/A Adama, 3120 Highwoods Blvd., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27604. Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC, 15401 Weston Parkway, Suite 150, Cary, NC 27513. United Phosphorus, Inc., 630 Freedom Business Center, Suite 402, King of Prussia, PA 19406. ISK Biosciences Corporation, 7470 Auburn Road, Suite A, Concord, OH 44077. III. What is the agency’s authority for taking this action? Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA (7 U.S.C. 136d(f)(1)) provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be canceled or amended to terminate one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any such request in the Federal Register. Section 6(f)(1)(B) of FIFRA (7 U.S.C. 136d(f)(1)(B)) requires that before acting on a request for voluntary cancellation, EPA must provide a 30-day public comment period on the request for voluntary cancellation or use termination. In addition, FIFRA section 6(f)(1)(C) (7 U.S.C. 136d(f)(1)(C)) requires that EPA provide a 180-day comment period on a request for voluntary cancellation or termination of any minor agricultural use before granting the request, unless: 1. The registrants request a waiver of the comment period, or 2. The EPA Administrator determines that continued use of the pesticide would pose an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment. The registrants listed in Table 3 of Unit II have requested that EPA waive the 180-day comment period. Accordingly, EPA will provide a 30-day comment period on the proposed requests. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES IV. Procedures for Withdrawal of Request Registrants who choose to withdraw a request for product cancellation or use termination should submit the withdrawal in writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. If the products have been subject to a previous cancellation or termination action, the effective date of cancellation or termination and all other provisions of any earlier cancellation or termination action are controlling. V. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products that are VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Oct 16, 2018 Jkt 247001 currently in the United States and that were packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the cancellation action. In any order issued in response to these requests for cancellation of product registrations and for amendments to terminate uses, EPA proposes to include the following provisions for the treatment of any existing stocks of the products listed in Tables 1 and 2 of Unit II. A. For Product 432–1578 The registrant has requested to the Agency via letter dated November 14, 2017 to sell existing stocks for an 18month period, until June 2019, for product 432–1578. B. For Products 2217–759, 2217–766, 2217–767, 2217–768 & 2217–802 The registrant has requested to the Agency via letter, to sell existing stocks for a 2-year period for products 2217– 759, 2217–766, 2217–767, 2217–768 & 2217–802. C. For Products 66330–24, 66330–26, 66330–27, 66330–209, 66330–235, 66330–238, & 66330–239 The registrant has requested to the Agency via letter, to sell existing stocks for an 18-month period for products 66330–24, 66330–26, 66330–27, 66330– 209, 66330–235, 66330–238, & 66330– 239. For all other voluntary product cancellations, identified in Table 1 of Unit II, registrants will be permitted to sell and distribute existing stocks of voluntarily canceled products for 1 year after the effective date of the cancellation, which will be the date of publication of the cancellation order in the Federal Register. Thereafter, registrants will be prohibited from selling or distributing the products identified in Table 1 of Unit II, except for export consistent with FIFRA section 17 (7 U.S.C. 136o) or for proper disposal. Once EPA has approved product labels reflecting the requested amendments to terminate uses, identified in Table 2 of Unit II, registrants will be permitted to sell or PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 distribute products under the previously approved labeling for a period of 18 months after the date of Federal Register publication of the cancellation order, unless other restrictions have been imposed. Thereafter, registrants will be prohibited from selling or distributing the products whose labels include the terminated uses identified in Table 2 of Unit II, except for export consistent with FIFRA section 17 or for proper disposal. Persons other than the registrant may sell, distribute, or use existing stocks of canceled products and products whose labels include the terminated uses until supplies are exhausted, provided that such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms of the previously approved labeling on, or that accompanied, the canceled products and terminated uses. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq. Dated: September 19, 2018. Delores Barber, Director, Information Technology and Resources Management Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 2018–22658 Filed 10–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL_9985–54–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 for possible consideration for a three-year appointment on the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board (the ‘‘Board’’). Pursuant to the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (the ‘‘e-Manifest Act’’ or the ‘‘Act’’), EPA has established the Board to provide practical and independent SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2018 / Notices 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. In accordance, with the e-Manifest Act, the EPA Administrator or designee will serve as Chair of the Board. This notice solicits nominations for possible consideration for candidates to potentially serve in the following positions on the Board: An expert in information technology (IT); An industry representative member with experience in using or representing users of the manifest system; and a state representative member responsible for processing manifests. DATES: Nominations should be received on or before November 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via email to Fred Jenkins, the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) of the e-Manifest Advisory at jenkins.fred@ 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: On June 30, 2018, EPA established a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. This system, known as ‘‘e-Manifest,’’ is modernizing the nation’s cradle-to-grave hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources, and dollars for industry and states. EPA established the e-Manifest system according to the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, enacted into law on October 5, 2012. The ‘‘e-Manifest Act’’ authorizes the EPA to implement a national electronic manifest system and requires that the costs of developing and operating the new e-Manifest system be recovered from user fees charged to those who use hazardous waste manifests to track off-site shipments of their wastes. This system enables 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Oct 16, 2018 Jkt 247001 of receipt by an off-site facility that is permitted to treat, store, 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 traditional paper-based manifest system on the user community. The EPA estimates e-Manifest will ultimately reduce the burden associated with preparing shipping manifests between 300,000 and 700,000 hours, saving state and industry users, on average, an annualized $65 million per year over the first six years of system operation, and more than $90 million once electronic manifests have been widely adopted. The system also serves as a national reporting hub and database for all manifests and shipment data. To ensure that these goals are met, the Act directs EPA to establish a 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. In January 2018, EPA published its final methodology for setting user fees based on the costs of processing manifests and, in June 2018, the Agency released its user fees effective for the period between June 30, 2018, and September 30, 2019. e-Manifest aligns with the Agency’s EEnterprise business strategy. EEnterprise 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. EPA has established the Board in accordance with the provisions of the e- PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52447 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 eManifest Act the Board is comprised of nine members, of which one member is the Administrator (or a designee), who serves as Chairperson of the Board, and eight members are 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 publicly at least annually to provide recommendations on matters related to the operational activities, functions, policies, and/or regulations of the EPA under the eManifest Act. Member Nominations: Pursuant to the e-Manifest Act, the Board assists 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; recommending system enhancements; and providing independent advice on matters and policies related to the e-Manifest program. The e-Manifest Board provides recommendations on matters related to the operational activities, functions, policies, and regulations of the 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. Any interested person and/or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. EPA values and welcomes diversity. To obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the Agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. All nominations will be considered; however, applicants need to be aware of the representation from specific sectors required by the eManifest Act. Further, state and industry nominees should have a comprehensive knowledge of hazardous E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 52448 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 17, 2018 / Notices waste generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal under RCRA Subtitle C at the federal, state, and local levels. Nominees who represent states should have comprehensive knowledge of state programs that used manifest data prior to the initiation of the federal electronic manifest, such as in-state programs and/or in-state tracking systems/databases. Nominees who represent industry should have strong knowledge of existing industry systems/ devices/approaches and business operations to provide valuable input on e-Manifest integration into current industry data systems. 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 electronic 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. Another plus for any nominee is experience in setting and/or managing fee-based systems in general. Additional criteria used to evaluate nominees will 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 a lack of impartiality); and • Background and experiences that would help 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Oct 16, 2018 Jkt 247001 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 provide their name, occupation, position, current business address, email, and telephone number in the application. Moreover, in accordance with the EPA Administrator’s Directive issued on October 31, 2017, please describe any involvement you have with the Agency through EPA grant funded projects which you (nominee/applicant) are currently serving as the principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator (COI). The Agency recognizes that different variables may factor into this criterion and as a result will evaluate each situation on a case by case basis. In addition to a statement regarding grant funded projects, the nominee/ applicant should include previous employment and/or current contracting sources with the Agency. To help the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, also tell us how you learned of this opportunity in your statement of interest (cover letter). Interested candidates may selfnominate. The Agency will acknowledge receipt of nominations. Persons selected for membership will receive compensation for travel and a nominal daily compensation (if appropriate) while attending meetings. Additionally, candidates selected to serve as Information Technology (IT) ‘‘Expert’’ Members will be designated as Special Government Employees (SGEs) or consultants. Candidates designated as SGEs will be 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). PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: October 4, 2018. Barnes Johnson, Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Office of Land and Emergency Management. [FR Doc. 2018–22651 Filed 10–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2018–0651; FRL–9983–90] Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2018–0651, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/ DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001. Submit written withdrawal request by mail to: Information Technology and Resources Management Division (7502P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001. ATTN: Christopher Green. • Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1

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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 for possible consideration for a 
three-year appointment on the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest 
System Advisory Board (the ``Board'').
    Pursuant to the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment 
Act (the ``e-Manifest Act'' or the ``Act''), EPA has established the 
Board to provide practical and independent

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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. In accordance, 
with the e-Manifest Act, the EPA Administrator or designee will serve 
as Chair of the Board. This notice solicits nominations for possible 
consideration for candidates to potentially serve in the following 
positions on the Board: An expert in information technology (IT); An 
industry representative member with experience in using or representing 
users of the manifest system; and a state representative member 
responsible for processing manifests.

DATES: Nominations should be received on or before November 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via email to Fred Jenkins, 
the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) of the e-Manifest Advisory at 
[email protected], 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: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 30, 2018, EPA established a national 
system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. This 
system, known as ``e-Manifest,'' is modernizing the nation's cradle-to-
grave hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, 
resources, and dollars for industry and states.
    EPA established the e-Manifest system according to the Hazardous 
Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, enacted into law on 
October 5, 2012. The ``e-Manifest Act'' authorizes the EPA to implement 
a national electronic manifest system and requires that the costs of 
developing and operating the new e-Manifest system be recovered from 
user fees charged to those who use hazardous waste manifests to track 
off-site shipments of their wastes.
    This system enables 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, 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 traditional paper-based 
manifest system on the user community. The EPA estimates e-Manifest 
will ultimately reduce the burden associated with preparing shipping 
manifests between 300,000 and 700,000 hours, saving state and industry 
users, on average, an annualized $65 million per year over the first 
six years of system operation, and more than $90 million once 
electronic manifests have been widely adopted. The system also serves 
as a national reporting hub and database for all manifests and shipment 
data. To ensure that these goals are met, the Act directs EPA to 
establish a 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. In January 2018, EPA published its 
final methodology for setting user fees based on the costs of 
processing manifests and, in June 2018, the Agency released its user 
fees effective for the period between June 30, 2018, and September 30, 
2019.
    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.
    EPA has established the Board 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 is comprised of nine members, of which one member is the 
Administrator (or a designee), who serves as Chairperson of the Board, 
and eight members are 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 publicly at least annually to provide 
recommendations on matters related to the operational activities, 
functions, policies, and/or regulations of the EPA under the e-Manifest 
Act.
    Member Nominations: Pursuant to the e-Manifest Act, the Board 
assists 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; 
recommending system enhancements; and providing independent advice on 
matters and policies related to the e-Manifest program. The e-Manifest 
Board provides recommendations on matters related to the operational 
activities, functions, policies, and regulations of the 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. Any interested person and/or 
organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. EPA 
values and welcomes diversity. To obtain nominations of diverse 
candidates, the Agency encourages nominations of women and men of all 
racial and ethnic groups. All nominations will be considered; however, 
applicants need to be aware of the representation from specific sectors 
required by the e-Manifest Act. Further, state and industry nominees 
should have a comprehensive knowledge of hazardous

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waste generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal 
under RCRA Subtitle C at the federal, state, and local levels.
    Nominees who represent states should have comprehensive knowledge 
of state programs that used manifest data prior to the initiation of 
the federal electronic manifest, such as in-state programs and/or in-
state tracking systems/databases. Nominees who represent industry 
should have strong knowledge of existing industry systems/devices/
approaches and business operations to provide valuable input on e-
Manifest integration into current industry data systems. 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 electronic 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. Another plus for any nominee is experience in setting and/or 
managing fee-based systems in general.
    Additional criteria used to evaluate nominees will 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 a lack of 
impartiality); and
     Background and experiences that would help 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 provide their name, occupation, position, 
current business address, email, and telephone number in the 
application.
    Moreover, in accordance with the EPA Administrator's Directive 
issued on October 31, 2017, please describe any involvement you have 
with the Agency through EPA grant funded projects which you (nominee/
applicant) are currently serving as the principal investigator (PI) or 
co-investigator (COI). The Agency recognizes that different variables 
may factor into this criterion and as a result will evaluate each 
situation on a case by case basis.
    In addition to a statement regarding grant funded projects, the 
nominee/applicant should include previous employment and/or current 
contracting sources with the Agency. To help the Agency in evaluating 
the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, also tell us how you learned 
of this opportunity in your statement of interest (cover letter).
    Interested candidates may self-nominate. The Agency will 
acknowledge receipt of nominations. Persons selected for membership 
will receive compensation for travel and a nominal daily compensation 
(if appropriate) while attending meetings. Additionally, candidates 
selected to serve as Information Technology (IT) ``Expert'' Members 
will be designated as Special Government Employees (SGEs) or 
consultants. Candidates designated as SGEs will be 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: October 4, 2018.
Barnes Johnson,
Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Office of Land 
and Emergency Management.
[FR Doc. 2018-22651 Filed 10-16-18; 8:45 am]
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