Notification of a Closed Meeting of the Science Advisory Board's 2019 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee, 31064-31065 [2019-13913]

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DATES: The STAA Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). A meeting of the Chartered SAB will be scheduled in the future to deliberate and select awards. The meetings will be closed to the public. ADDRESSES: The STAA Committee meeting will be held at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding the STAA Committee meeting may contact Dr. Diana Wong, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone: (202) 564–2049 or email at wong.diana-m@epa.gov. General information about the SAB as well as updates concerning the SAB meeting announced in this notice may be found on the SAB website at http:// www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 procedural policies. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB 2019 STAA Committee will hold a closed meeting to develop recommendations for recipients of the Agency’s 2019 STAA program achievement awards and recommendations for improvement of the Agency’s STAA program. The STAA awards are established to honor and recognize EPA employees who have made outstanding contributions in the advancement of science and technology through their research and development activities, as exhibited in publication of their results in peer reviewed journals. In conducting its review, the SAB considers each nomination in relation to the following four award levels: • Level I awards are for those who have accomplished an exceptionally high-quality research or technological effort. The awards recognize the creation or general revision of a scientific or technological principle or procedure, or a highly significant improvement in the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research is of national significance or has high impact on a broad area of science/technology. The research has far reaching consequences and is recognizable as a major scientific/ technological achievement within its discipline or field of study. • Level II awards are for those who have accomplished a notably excellent research or technological effort that has qualities and values similar to, but to a lesser degree, than those described under Level I. Awarded research has timely consequences and contributes as an important scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study. • Level III awards are for those who have accomplished an unusually notable research or technological effort. The awards are for a substantial revision or modification of a scientific/ technological principle or procedure, or an important improvement to the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research relates to a mission or organizational component of the EPA, or significantly affects a relevant area of science/ technology. • Honorable Mention awards acknowledge research efforts that are noteworthy but do not warrant a Level I, II or III award. Honorable Mention applies to research that: (1) May not quite reach the level described for a Level III award; (2) show a promising area of research that the Subcommittee wants to encourage; or (3) show an area of research that the Subcommittees feels E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2019 / Notices is too preliminary to warrant an award recommendation at this time. The SAB reviews the STAA nomination packages according to the following five evaluation factors: • The extent to which the work reported in the nominated publication(s) resulted in either new or significantly revised knowledge. The accomplishment is expected to represent an important advancement of scientific knowledge or technology relevant to environmental issues and EPA’s mission. • The extent to which environmental protection has been strengthened or improved, whether of local, national, or international importance. • The degree to which the research is a product of the originality, creativeness, initiative, and problemsolving ability of the researchers, as well as the level of effort required to produce the results. • The extent of the beneficial impact of the research and the degree to which the research has been favorably recognized from outside EPA. • The nature and extent of peer review, including stature and quality of the peer-reviewed journal or the publisher of a book for a review chapter published therein. I have determined that the meetings of the STAA Committee and Chartered SAB will be closed to the public because they are concerned with selecting employees deserving of awards. In making these recommendations, the Agency requires full and frank advice from the SAB. This advice will involve professional judgments on the relative merits of various employees and their respective work. Such personnel matters involve the discussion of information that is of a personal nature and the disclosure of which would be a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and, therefore, are protected from disclosure by section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and sections (c)(2) and (c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2) and (6). Minutes of the meetings of the STAA Committee and the Chartered SAB will be kept and certified by the chair of those meetings. Dated: June 21, 2019. Andrew R. Wheeler, Administrator. 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The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: This is a renewal ICR for reporting and recordkeeping requirements under EPA’s WasteWise program. WasteWise is a voluntary program designed to promote partnerships with organizations in order to bolster recycling and cut the volume of multiple materials (e.g., paper, aluminum cans; plastic and glass bottles; food wastes, etc.) in municipal solid waste streams. Under this program, participants agree to set waste reduction goals, develop and document specified actions to reduce waste and track their progress along the way. Under WasteWise, EPA has issued specific material or sector-based challenges. Currently these challenges focus on food recovery and electronics, as well as state related waste and material management efforts. A separate Federal Green Challenge targets the Federal sector but is not part of this ICR. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9995-86-OA]


Notification of a Closed Meeting of the Science Advisory Board's 
2019 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a meeting of the SAB's 2019 
Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee. This 
meeting is closed to the public.

DATES: The STAA Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 8:30 
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). A meeting of the Chartered SAB will 
be scheduled in the future to deliberate and select awards. The 
meetings will be closed to the public.

ADDRESSES: The STAA Committee meeting will be held at the Crystal City 
Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, 
Arlington, VA 22202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to 
obtain further information regarding the STAA Committee meeting may 
contact Dr. Diana Wong, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone: (202) 
564-2049 or email at [email protected]. General information about 
the SAB as well as updates concerning the SAB meeting announced in this 
notice may be found on the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental 
Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), 
codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and 
technical advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency 
positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee 
chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., 
App. 2. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all 
appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to FACA and 
EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB 2019 STAA Committee 
will hold a closed meeting to develop recommendations for recipients of 
the Agency's 2019 STAA program achievement awards and recommendations 
for improvement of the Agency's STAA program.
    The STAA awards are established to honor and recognize EPA 
employees who have made outstanding contributions in the advancement of 
science and technology through their research and development 
activities, as exhibited in publication of their results in peer 
reviewed journals. In conducting its review, the SAB considers each 
nomination in relation to the following four award levels:
     Level I awards are for those who have accomplished an 
exceptionally high-quality research or technological effort. The awards 
recognize the creation or general revision of a scientific or 
technological principle or procedure, or a highly significant 
improvement in the value of a device, activity, program, or service to 
the public. Awarded research is of national significance or has high 
impact on a broad area of science/technology. The research has far 
reaching consequences and is recognizable as a major scientific/
technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.
     Level II awards are for those who have accomplished a 
notably excellent research or technological effort that has qualities 
and values similar to, but to a lesser degree, than those described 
under Level I. Awarded research has timely consequences and contributes 
as an important scientific/technological achievement within its 
discipline or field of study.
     Level III awards are for those who have accomplished an 
unusually notable research or technological effort. The awards are for 
a substantial revision or modification of a scientific/technological 
principle or procedure, or an important improvement to the value of a 
device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research 
relates to a mission or organizational component of the EPA, or 
significantly affects a relevant area of science/technology.
     Honorable Mention awards acknowledge research efforts that 
are noteworthy but do not warrant a Level I, II or III award. Honorable 
Mention applies to research that: (1) May not quite reach the level 
described for a Level III award; (2) show a promising area of research 
that the Subcommittee wants to encourage; or (3) show an area of 
research that the Subcommittees feels

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is too preliminary to warrant an award recommendation at this time.
    The SAB reviews the STAA nomination packages according to the 
following five evaluation factors:
     The extent to which the work reported in the nominated 
publication(s) resulted in either new or significantly revised 
knowledge. The accomplishment is expected to represent an important 
advancement of scientific knowledge or technology relevant to 
environmental issues and EPA's mission.
     The extent to which environmental protection has been 
strengthened or improved, whether of local, national, or international 
importance.
     The degree to which the research is a product of the 
originality, creativeness, initiative, and problem-solving ability of 
the researchers, as well as the level of effort required to produce the 
results.
     The extent of the beneficial impact of the research and 
the degree to which the research has been favorably recognized from 
outside EPA.
     The nature and extent of peer review, including stature 
and quality of the peer-reviewed journal or the publisher of a book for 
a review chapter published therein.
    I have determined that the meetings of the STAA Committee and 
Chartered SAB will be closed to the public because they are concerned 
with selecting employees deserving of awards. In making these 
recommendations, the Agency requires full and frank advice from the 
SAB. This advice will involve professional judgments on the relative 
merits of various employees and their respective work. Such personnel 
matters involve the discussion of information that is of a personal 
nature and the disclosure of which would be a clearly unwarranted 
invasion of personal privacy and, therefore, are protected from 
disclosure by section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and sections (c)(2) and (c)(6) of the 
Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2) and (6). Minutes of 
the meetings of the STAA Committee and the Chartered SAB will be kept 
and certified by the chair of those meetings.

    Dated: June 21, 2019.
 Andrew R. Wheeler,
 Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-13913 Filed 6-27-19; 8:45 am]
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