Recruitment Notice for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, 8621-8622 [2020-03043]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 31 / Friday, February 14, 2020 / Notices to MVRY, segments (1), (2), and (3) are owned by LWR and operated by OHIRail, and MVRY will acquire the segments by purchase, while segments (4), (5), and (6) are leased by OHI-Rail from the State of Ohio, Ohio Rail Development Commission, and MVRY will acquire the segments by assignment of the lease (Leased Lines).1 MVRY certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed those that would qualify it as a Class III rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million annually. MVRY further certifies that the acquisition does not involve an interchange commitment. Under 49 CFR 1150.42(b), a change in operator requires that notice be given to shippers. MVRY states that notice of the proposed transaction was provided to shippers on the Leased Lines on January 31, 2020. The transaction may be consummated on or after March 1, 2020, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed).2 If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions to stay must be filed no later than February 21, 2020 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36378, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board either via e-filing or in writing addressed to 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on MVRY’s representative, Eric M. Hocky, Clark Hill, PLC, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., Suite 2620, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Decided: February 10, 2020. 1 The verified notice states that MVRY is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI). It further states that GWI, LWR, and OHI-Rail have executed an Asset Purchase Agreement (Agreement) for the Lines, and that, prior to consummating the acquisition, GWI will assign its rights and obligations under the Agreement to MVRY. As a result, MVRY states, GWI will not acquire the Lines and is not the applicant here. 2 Because MVRY supplemented its verified notice on January 31, 2020, that date will be considered the filing date for the purpose of calculating the effective date of the exemption. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Feb 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Eden Besera, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–03006 Filed 2–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Recruitment Notice for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice of Open Season for Recruitment of IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) Members. DATES: February 18, 2020 through March 30, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Billups at 214–413–6523 (not a toll-free call). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are inviting individuals to help improve the nation’s tax agency by applying to be members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The mission of the TAP is to listen to taxpayers, identify issues that affect taxpayers, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The TAP serves as an advisory body to the Secretary of the Treasury, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and the National Taxpayer Advocate. TAP members will participate in subcommittees that channel their feedback to the IRS through the Panel’s parent committee. The IRS is seeking applicants who have an interest in good government, a personal commitment to volunteer approximately 200 to 300 hours a year, and a desire to help improve IRS customer service. As a federal advisory committee, TAP is required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. Thus, TAP membership represents a crosssection of the taxpaying public with at least one member from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in addition to one member representing international taxpayers. For application purposes, ‘‘international taxpayers’’ are defined broadly to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory. Potential candidates must be U.S. citizens, not a current employee of any Bureau of the Treasury Department or have worked for any Bureau of the Treasury Department SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8621 within the three years of December 1 of the current year and must pass a federal tax compliance check and a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background investigation. Applicants who practice before the IRS must be in good standing with the IRS (meaning not currently under suspension or disbarment). Federally-registered lobbyists cannot be members of the TAP. The IRS is seeking members or alternates in the following locations: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, DC, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. TAP members are a diverse group of citizens who represent the interests of taxpayers, from their respective geographic locations as well as taxpayers overall. Members provide feedback from a taxpayer’s perspective on ways to improve IRS customer service and administration of the federal tax system, by identifying grassroots taxpayer issues. Members should have good communication skills and be able to speak to taxpayers about TAP and its activities, while clearly distinguishing between TAP positions and their personal viewpoints. Interested applicants should visit the TAP website at www.improveirs.org for more information about TAP. Applications may be submitted online at www.usajobs.gov. For questions about TAP membership, call the TAP toll-free number, 1–888–912–1227 and select prompt 5. Callers who are outside of the U.S. should call 214–413–6523 (not a toll-free call). The opening date for submitting applications is February 18, 2020 and the deadline for submitting applications is March 30, 2020. Interviews will be held. The Department of the Treasury will review the recommended candidates and make final selections. New TAP members will serve a threeyear term starting in December 2020. (Note: highly-ranked applicants not selected as members may be placed on a roster of alternates who will be eligible to fill future vacancies that may occur on the Panel.) Questions regarding the selection of TAP members may be directed to Lisa Billups, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, TA:TAP Room 1509, Washington, DC 20224, or 214–413–6523 (not a toll-free call). E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1 8622 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 31 / Friday, February 14, 2020 / Notices Dated: February 11, 2020. Kevin Brown, Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. [FR Doc. 2020–03043 Filed 2–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Open Meeting of the Financial Research Advisory Committee Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: The Financial Research Advisory Committee for the Treasury’s Office of Financial Research (OFR) is convening for its fifteenth meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in the Cash Room, Main Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20220, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The meeting will be open to the public and limited seating will be available. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Cash Room, Main Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20220. The meeting will be open to the public. A limited number of seats will be available for those interested in attending the meeting in person, and those seats would be on a first-come, first-served basis. Because the meeting will be held in a secured facility, members of the public who plan to attend the meeting MUST contact the OFR by email at OFR_FRAC@ ofr.treasury.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, to inform the OFR of their desire to attend the meeting and to receive further instructions about building clearance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Avstreih, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20220, (202) 927–8032 (this is not a toll-free number), or OFR_FRAC@ ofr.treasury.gov. Persons who have difficulty hearing or speaking may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, 10(a)(2), through implementing regulations at 41 CFR 102–3.150, et seq. Public Comment: Members of the public wishing to comment on the khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Feb 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 business of the Financial Research Advisory Committee are invited to submit written statements by any of the following methods: • Electronic Statements. Email the Committee’s Designated Federal Officer at OFR_FRAC@ofr.treasury.gov. • Paper Statements. Send paper statements in triplicate to the Financial Research Advisory Committee, Attn: Melissa Avstreih, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20220. The OFR will post statements on the Committee’s website, http:// www.financialresearch.gov, including any business or personal information provided, such as names, addresses, email addresses, or telephone numbers. The OFR will also make such statements available for public inspection and copying in the Department of the Treasury’s library, Annex Room 1020, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20220 on official business days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You may make an appointment to inspect statements by telephoning (202) 622– 0990. All statements, including attachments and other supporting materials, will be part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. Tentative Agenda/Topics for Discussion: The Committee provides an opportunity for researchers, industry leaders, and other qualified individuals to offer their advice and recommendations to the OFR, which, among other things, is responsible for collecting and standardizing data on financial institutions and their activities and for supporting the work of Financial Stability Oversight Council. This is the fifteenth meeting of the Financial Research Advisory Committee. Topics to be discussed among all members include features of the financial system where increased transparency can further financial stability and strategies that can better align private-sector incentives to improve market discipline. For more information on the OFR and the Committee, please visit the OFR website at http://www.financialresearch.gov. Dated: February 6, 2020. Alex Pollock, Principal Deputy Director, Research and Analysis and Data. [FR Doc. 2020–03003 Filed 2–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board, Notice of Meeting The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, that a meeting of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board will he held Wednesday, March 4, 2020, by teleconference. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. EST. The meeting will be partially closed to the public from 1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST for the discussion, examination, and reference to the research applications and scientific review. Discussions will involve reference to staff and consultant critiques of research proposals. Discussions will deal with scientific merit of each proposal and qualifications of personnel conducting the studies, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Additionally, premature disclosure of research information could significantly obstruct implementation of proposed agency action regarding the research proposals. As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92–463, as amended by Public Law 94–409, closing the committee meeting is in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B). The objective of the Board is to provide for the fair and equitable selection of the most meritorious research projects for support by VA research funds and to offer advice for research program officials on program priorities and policies. The ultimate objective of the Board is to ensure that the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development program promotes functional independence and improves the quality of life for impaired and disabled Veterans. Board members advise the Director, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service and the Chief Research and Development Officer on the scientific and technical merit, the mission relevance, and the protection of human and animal subjects of Rehabilitation Research and Development proposals. The Board does not consider grants, contracts, or other forms of extramural research. Members of the public who wish to attend the open portion of the teleconference session from 1:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. EST may dial 1 (800) 767– 1750, participant code 95056. Written comments from the public must be sent to Tiffany Asqueri, E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 31 (Friday, February 14, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8621-8622]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-03043]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Internal Revenue Service


Recruitment Notice for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice of Open Season for Recruitment of IRS Taxpayer Advocacy 
Panel (TAP) Members.

DATES: February 18, 2020 through March 30, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Billups at 214-413-6523 (not a 
toll-free call).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the Department 
of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are inviting 
individuals to help improve the nation's tax agency by applying to be 
members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The mission of the TAP is 
to listen to taxpayers, identify issues that affect taxpayers, and make 
suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The 
TAP serves as an advisory body to the Secretary of the Treasury, the 
Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and the National Taxpayer Advocate. 
TAP members will participate in subcommittees that channel their 
feedback to the IRS through the Panel's parent committee.
    The IRS is seeking applicants who have an interest in good 
government, a personal commitment to volunteer approximately 200 to 300 
hours a year, and a desire to help improve IRS customer service. As a 
federal advisory committee, TAP is required to have a fairly balanced 
membership in terms of the points of view represented. Thus, TAP 
membership represents a cross-section of the taxpaying public with at 
least one member from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto 
Rico, in addition to one member representing international taxpayers. 
For application purposes, ``international taxpayers'' are defined 
broadly to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business 
abroad or in a U.S. territory. Potential candidates must be U.S. 
citizens, not a current employee of any Bureau of the Treasury 
Department or have worked for any Bureau of the Treasury Department 
within the three years of December 1 of the current year and must pass 
a federal tax compliance check and a Federal Bureau of Investigation 
criminal background investigation. Applicants who practice before the 
IRS must be in good standing with the IRS (meaning not currently under 
suspension or disbarment). Federally-registered lobbyists cannot be 
members of the TAP. The IRS is seeking members or alternates in the 
following locations: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, DC, 
Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, 
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, 
New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode 
Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, 
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
    TAP members are a diverse group of citizens who represent the 
interests of taxpayers, from their respective geographic locations as 
well as taxpayers overall. Members provide feedback from a taxpayer's 
perspective on ways to improve IRS customer service and administration 
of the federal tax system, by identifying grassroots taxpayer issues. 
Members should have good communication skills and be able to speak to 
taxpayers about TAP and its activities, while clearly distinguishing 
between TAP positions and their personal viewpoints.
    Interested applicants should visit the TAP website at 
www.improveirs.org for more information about TAP. Applications may be 
submitted online at www.usajobs.gov. For questions about TAP 
membership, call the TAP toll-free number, 1-888-912-1227 and select 
prompt 5. Callers who are outside of the U.S. should call 214-413-6523 
(not a toll-free call).
    The opening date for submitting applications is February 18, 2020 
and the deadline for submitting applications is March 30, 2020. 
Interviews will be held. The Department of the Treasury will review the 
recommended candidates and make final selections. New TAP members will 
serve a three-year term starting in December 2020. (Note: highly-ranked 
applicants not selected as members may be placed on a roster of 
alternates who will be eligible to fill future vacancies that may occur 
on the Panel.)
    Questions regarding the selection of TAP members may be directed to 
Lisa Billups, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 
Constitution Avenue NW, TA:TAP Room 1509, Washington, DC 20224, or 214-
413-6523 (not a toll-free call).


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    Dated: February 11, 2020.
Kevin Brown,
Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.
[FR Doc. 2020-03043 Filed 2-13-20; 8:45 am]
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