National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Call for Nominations, 17848 [2020-06618]

Download as PDF 17848 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 62 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–20–0017; NOP–20–02] National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Call for Nominations Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; call for nominations AGENCY: The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing its call for nominations to fill five vacancies. Descriptions of the five positions are listed below under supplementary information. Appointees will serve a five-year term beginning January 24, 2021 and ending January 23, 2026. Additionally, the USDA seeks nominations for a pool of candidates that the Secretary of Agriculture can draw upon as replacement appointees if unexpected vacancies occur. DATES: Written nominations must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2020. ADDRESSES: Applications can be sent via email to Michelle Arsenault at Michelle.Arsenault@usda.gov, or mailed to: USDA–AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 2642– S, Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. Electronic submittals are preferred. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Arsenault, (202) 720–0081; Email: Michelle.Arsenault@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OFPA, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501– 6524), requires the Secretary to establish the NOSB in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 amended. The NOSB is composed of 15 members: Four individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals; two individuals who own or operate an organic handling operation, or employees of such individuals; one individual who owns or operates a retail establishment with significant trade in organic products, or employees of such individuals; three individuals with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation; three individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups; one individual with expertise in the fields of toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; and one individual who is a certifying agent. Through this Notice, the USDA seeks to fill the following five positions: Two individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals; two individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups; and one individual who is a USDA accredited certifying agent. Per the OFPA, individuals seeking appointment to the NOSB must meet the definition of the position that they seek as identified under 7 U.S.C. 6518, as well as satisfy the selection criteria for an NOSB member. Selection criteria include the following: An understanding of organic principles and practical experience in the organic community; demonstrated experience and interest in organic production and organic certification; demonstrated experience with respect to agricultural products produced and handled on certified organic farms; a commitment to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry; demonstrated experience in the development of public policy such as participation on public or private advisory boards, boards of directors, or other comparable organizations; support of consumer and public interest organizations; participation in standards development or involvement in educational outreach activities; the ability to evaluate technical information and to fully participate in Board deliberation and recommendations; the willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to assume Board duties; and other such factors as may be appropriate for specific positions. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 All appointees will serve a five-year term beginning January 24, 2021, and ending January 23, 2026. To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the following: A resume (required), Form AD–755 (required), which can be accessed at: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ ad-755, a cover letter (optional), and a list of endorsements or letters of recommendation (optional). Resumes should be no longer than five (5) pages and should include the following information: The position for which you are applying; current and past organization affiliations; areas of expertise; education; career positions held; any other notable positions held. Previous applicants who wish to be considered must reapply. If USDA receives a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552) for records relating to NOSB nominations, application materials may be released to the requester. Prior to the release of the information, personally identifiable information protected by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, will be redacted. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the recommendations of the NOSB take into account the needs of the diverse groups that are served by the Department, membership on the NOSB shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The information collection requirements concerning the nomination process have been previously cleared by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control No. 0505–0001. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–06618 Filed 3–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
appearing in this section.

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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 62 / Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / 
Notices

[[Page 17848]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-NOP-20-0017; NOP-20-02]


National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Call for Nominations

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; call for nominations

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SUMMARY: The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to 
assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in 
organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of 
the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, 
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing its 
call for nominations to fill five vacancies. Descriptions of the five 
positions are listed below under supplementary information. Appointees 
will serve a five-year term beginning January 24, 2021 and ending 
January 23, 2026. Additionally, the USDA seeks nominations for a pool 
of candidates that the Secretary of Agriculture can draw upon as 
replacement appointees if unexpected vacancies occur.

DATES: Written nominations must be postmarked on or before June 1, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Applications can be sent via email to Michelle Arsenault at 
[email protected], or mailed to: USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Room 2642-S, Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 
20250-0268. Electronic submittals are preferred.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Arsenault, (202) 720-0081; 
Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OFPA, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501-6524), 
requires the Secretary to establish the NOSB in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended. The NOSB is composed of 15 
members: Four individuals who own or operate an organic farming 
operation, or employees of such individuals; two individuals who own or 
operate an organic handling operation, or employees of such 
individuals; one individual who owns or operates a retail establishment 
with significant trade in organic products, or employees of such 
individuals; three individuals with expertise in areas of environmental 
protection and resource conservation; three individuals who represent 
public interest or consumer interest groups; one individual with 
expertise in the fields of toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; and 
one individual who is a certifying agent.
    Through this Notice, the USDA seeks to fill the following five 
positions: Two individuals who own or operate an organic farming 
operation, or employees of such individuals; two individuals who 
represent public interest or consumer interest groups; and one 
individual who is a USDA accredited certifying agent.
    Per the OFPA, individuals seeking appointment to the NOSB must meet 
the definition of the position that they seek as identified under 7 
U.S.C. 6518, as well as satisfy the selection criteria for an NOSB 
member. Selection criteria include the following: An understanding of 
organic principles and practical experience in the organic community; 
demonstrated experience and interest in organic production and organic 
certification; demonstrated experience with respect to agricultural 
products produced and handled on certified organic farms; a commitment 
to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry; demonstrated 
experience in the development of public policy such as participation on 
public or private advisory boards, boards of directors, or other 
comparable organizations; support of consumer and public interest 
organizations; participation in standards development or involvement in 
educational outreach activities; the ability to evaluate technical 
information and to fully participate in Board deliberation and 
recommendations; the willingness to commit the time and energy 
necessary to assume Board duties; and other such factors as may be 
appropriate for specific positions.
    All appointees will serve a five-year term beginning January 24, 
2021, and ending January 23, 2026.
    To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the following: 
A resume (required), Form AD-755 (required), which can be accessed at: 
https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755, a cover letter (optional), 
and a list of endorsements or letters of recommendation (optional). 
Resumes should be no longer than five (5) pages and should include the 
following information: The position for which you are applying; current 
and past organization affiliations; areas of expertise; education; 
career positions held; any other notable positions held. Previous 
applicants who wish to be considered must reapply.
    If USDA receives a request under the Freedom of Information Act 
(FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552) for records relating to NOSB nominations, 
application materials may be released to the requester. Prior to the 
release of the information, personally identifiable information 
protected by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, will be redacted.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical 
disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the 
recommendations of the NOSB take into account the needs of the diverse 
groups that are served by the Department, membership on the NOSB shall 
include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated 
ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
    The information collection requirements concerning the nomination 
process have been previously cleared by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under OMB Control No. 0505-0001.

Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-06618 Filed 3-30-20; 8:45 am]
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