Department of Commerce September 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews
Document Number: 2014-23290
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with August anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews.
Small Diameter Graphite Electrodes From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review
Document Number: 2014-23289
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) has determined that a request for a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on small diameter graphite electrodes from the People's Republic of China (PRC), meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for initiation.
Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review
Document Number: 2014-23287
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On August 15, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') published its initiation and preliminary results of a changed circumstances review \1\ of the antidumping duty (``AD'') order on multilayered wood flooring (``MLWF'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'').\2\ The Department preliminarily determined that Linyi Youyou Wood Co., Ltd. (``Youyou'') is the successor-in-interest to Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd./The Lizhong Industry Limited Company of Shanghai (``Lizhong'') for purposes of the antidumping duty order on multilayered wood flooring from the PRC and, as such, is entitled to Lizhong's cash deposit rate with respect to entries of subject merchandise. We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. As no parties submitted comments, the Department is making no changes to the Preliminary Results.
Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Intent To Rescind Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-23285
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') is conducting a new shipper review (``NSR'') of the antidumping duty order on drawn stainless steel sinks (``drawn sinks'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The period of review (``POR'') is October 4, 2012 through October 14, 2013. The review covers one exporter of subject merchandise, Hubei Foshan Success Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd. (``Foshan Success''). The Department preliminarily determines that Foshan Success' sale to the United States was not bona fide and is preliminarily rescinding this NSR. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Certain Steel Nails From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-23280
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') is conducting the fifth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain steel nails (``nails'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'').\1\ The Department preliminarily determines that Stanley Works (Langfang) Fastening Systems Co., Ltd. and Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (collectively ``Stanley'') and Xi'an Metals & Minerals Import & Export Co. Ltd. (``Xi'an Metals'') sold subject merchandise in the United States at prices below normal value (``NV'') during the period of review (``POR''), August 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013. If these preliminary results are adopted in the final results, the Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise during the POR. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; 2015 Fishing Quotas for Atlantic Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs; and Suspension of Minimum Atlantic Surfclam Size Limit
Document Number: 2014-23267
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS suspends the minimum size limit for Atlantic surfclams for the 2015 fishing year. NMFS also announces that the quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries for 2015 will remain status quo. Regulations governing these fisheries require NMFS to notify the public in the Federal Register of the allowable harvest levels for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs from the Exclusive Economic Zone if the previous year's quota specifications remain unchanged.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans
Document Number: 2014-23230
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the adoption of a Final Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plan for the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) (Final Recovery Plan). This ESU includes all naturally spawned coho salmon populations between Punta Gorda, California and Cape Blanco, Oregon, as well as coho salmon produced by three artificial propagation programs: The Cole Rivers Hatchery, Trinity River Hatchery, and Iron Gate Hatchery. As required by the ESA, the Final Recovery Plan contains objective, measurable delisting criteria, site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the plan's goals, and estimates of the time and costs required to implement recovery actions. The Final Recovery Plan is now available. In addition, informative public meetings will be held.
Cyber Security Business Development Mission to Poland and Romania; May 11-15, 2015
Document Number: 2014-23210
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Virtual Trade Mission to Canada's North, October 6-8, 2014; Cancellation
Document Number: 2014-23208
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The United States Department of Commerce published a notice in the Federal Register of March 20, 2014 regarding the Virtual Trade Mission to Canada's North, October 6-8, 2014. This mission has been cancelled.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current Population Survey (CPS) Basic Demographic Items
Document Number: 2014-23188
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Proposed Amendments to the Export Administration Regulations: Removal of Special Comprehensive License Provisions
Document Number: 2014-23078
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposes to continue updating export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) consistent with the Retrospective Regulatory Review Initiative that directs BIS and other Federal Government Agencies to streamline regulations and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on the public. Specifically, in this rule, BIS proposes to amend the EAR by removing the Special Comprehensive License authorization. This rule also proposes conforming amendments.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Conductor Pipe Installation Activities at Harmony Platform in Santa Barbara Channel Offshore of California
Document Number: 2014-22758
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the ExxonMobil Production Company (ExxonMobil), a Division of ExxonMobil Corporation, to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to installing six conductor pipes via hydraulic hammer driving at the Harmony Platform, Santa Ynez Production Unit, located in the Santa Barbara Channel offshore of California.
Monosodium Glutamate From the People's Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and the Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances
Document Number: 2014-23136
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that monosodium glutamate (MSG) from the People's Republic of China (PRC) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The final weighted-average dumping margins for this investigation are listed in the ``Final Determination Margins'' section below.
Low-Enriched Uranium From France: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-23133
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On March 24, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on low-enriched uranium (LEU) from France.\1\ The review covers one producer or exporter of the subject merchandise, Eurodif S.A., AREVA NC, and AREVA NC, Inc. (collectively AREVA). The Department determines that AREVA made no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR.
Countervailing Duty Investigation of 53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination
Document Number: 2014-23130
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of 53-foot domestic dry containers (``domestic dry containers'') from the People's Republic of China (the ``PRC''). We invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary determination.
Certain Pasta From Italy: Final Results of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews and Revocation, in Part
Document Number: 2014-23129
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On August 15, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published its notice of initiation and preliminary results of changed circumstances review, and intent to revoke, in part, the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on certain pasta from Italy.\1\ We invited parties to comment and received no comments. Therefore, we are now revoking the orders, in part, with respect to certain cheese- and/or vegetable-filled (stuffed) ravioli and tortellini pasta (ravioli and tortellini filled with cheese and/or vegetables).
Foreign-Trade Zone 58-Bangor, Maine; Application for Reorganization Under Alternative Site Framework
Document Number: 2014-23127
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Monosodium Glutamate From the Republic of Indonesia: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2014-23126
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that monosodium glutamate (MSG) from the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value, as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation is July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. The final weighted-average dumping margins are listed below in the section, ``Final Determination.''
Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From the Czech Republic: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances
Document Number: 2014-23124
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) from the Czech Republic is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). In addition, we determine that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of the subject merchandise from the Czech Republic. The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. The final dumping margins of sales at LTFV are listed below in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-23096
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session in Portland, OR. The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing. Public comments will be taken as time allows.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility to Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2014-23083
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-23022
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-23021
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-23020
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer
Document Number: 2014-23057
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of Maine is transferring a portion of its 2014 commercial bluefish quota to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised commercial quota for each state involved.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2014-23056
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod from catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using pot gear and catcher vessels using trawl gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, American Fisheries Act (AFA) catcher/processors (C/P), Amendment 80 (A80) C/Ps, and C/Ps using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2014 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Humphead Wrasse as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
Document Number: 2014-23034
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have completed a comprehensive status review of the humphead wrasse in response to this petition. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report (Graham et al., 2014), we have determined that the species does not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that the humphead wrasse is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range and is not likely to become so within the foreseeable future. We also announce the availability of the humphead wrasse status review report.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-23011
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On March 24, 2014, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published the Preliminary Results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''), covering the period of review (``POR'') from February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013.\1\ We determine that the application of total adverse facts available (``AFA'') to Zhanjiang Newpro Foods., Ltd. (``Newpro'') and Hilltop International (``Hilltop''), as part of the PRC-wide entity, is appropriate in this review.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 26 and Amendment 29 Supplement
Document Number: 2014-22998
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to supplement the regulations implementing Amendments 26 and 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared and submitted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). Amendment 26 established an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the red snapper commercial sector of the reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Amendment 29 established a multi-species IFQ program for the grouper and tilefish component of the commercial sector of the reef fish fishery in the Gulf EEZ. This final rule specifies procedures for closing an IFQ account and modifies requirements for IFQ landing transactions, landing notifications, and offloading. The purpose of this final rule is to enhance the monitoring, enforcement, and review of the IFQ programs as specified in Amendments 26 and 29 to the FMP.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-22957
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a Visioning Workshop, October 14-16, 2014 in North Charleston, SC.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2014-22934
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the C season allowance of the 2014 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
Determination of an Overfished Condition
Document Number: 2014-22932
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has determined the South Atlantic stock of snowy grouper to be in an overfished condition. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock is in an overfished condition, a stock is approaching an overfished condition, or when a rebuilding plan has not resulted in adequate progress toward ending overfishing and rebuilding affected fish stocks.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-22920
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2014-22898
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its 117th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and its 161st Council meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. The Council will also convene meetings of the Council's Education Steering Committee, Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee, Pelagic Standing Committee, and Executive and Budget Standing Committee.
Small Diameter Graphite Electrodes From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-22870
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On March 24, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on small diameter graphite electrodes from the People's Republic of China (the PRC). The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013. For the final results, we continue to find that certain companies covered by this review made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value, and that other companies are now part of the PRC-wide entity.
Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review
Document Number: 2014-22859
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') is amending the final results of the new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China covering the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 to correct a ministerial error.
Meeting of the Manufacturing Council
Document Number: 2014-22825
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Manufacturing Council will hold its final meeting of its term on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to discuss and deliberate on final recommendations addressing: workforce development best practices; strategies to address misconceptions of manufacturing careers; innovation, research and development in manufacturing; and export growth opportunities for U.S. manufacturers. Additionally, the Council will receive updates from representatives of the U.S. government on the manufacturing initiatives taking place across federal agencies. A final agenda will be available on the Council's Web site one week prior to the meeting. The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on government programs and policies that affect U.S. manufacturing and provides a means of ensuring regular contact between the U.S. Government and the manufacturing sector.
Capital Construction Fund; Fishing Vessel Capital Construction Fund Procedures
Document Number: 2014-22821
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to amend the Capital Construction Fund (CCF) regulations to eliminate provisions that no longer meet the needs of CCF participants, and to simplify and clarify the regulations to better implement the purposes of the underlying statute. These amendments would eliminate the minimum cost and maximum allowable completion time for reconstruction projects, requirements for minimum annual deposits and the requirement that any vessel acquired with CCF funds must be reconstructed, regardless of vessel condition. The new regulations would also add a restriction that the CCF program (program) would not allow withdrawals of funds for projects that increase harvesting capacity.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-22780
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-22757
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-22756
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-22755
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean Offshore North Carolina, September to October, 2014
Document Number: 2014-22730
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) implementing regulations, we hereby give notice that we have issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (Authorization) to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Lamont-Doherty) a component of Columbia University, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (Foundation), to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the northwest Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast from September 15 through October 31, 2014.
Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-22744
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on large power transformers (LPTs) from the Republic of Korea (Korea). The period of review (POR) is February 16, 2012, through July 31, 2013. The review covers five producers/exporters of the subject merchandise, Hyosung Corporation (Hyosung), Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Hyundai), ILJIN, ILJIN Electric Co., Ltd. (ILJIN Electric), and LSIS Co., Ltd. (LSIS). ILJIN, ILJIN Electric, and LSIS, were not selected for individual examination. We preliminarily determine that sales of subject merchandise by Hyosung and Hyundai were made at less than normal value during the POR. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 2012-2013
Document Number: 2014-22732
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On March 24, 2014, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published in the Federal Register the Preliminary Results of the eighth administrative review of the antidumping duty Order \1\ on certain warmwater shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (``Vietnam'').\2\ Based upon our analysis of the comments and information received, we determine that Minh Phu Group,\3\ and Stapimex,\4\ the two mandatory respondents, sold subject merchandise at less than normal value during the period of review (``POR''), February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013.
United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee; Member Solicitation
Document Number: 2014-22697
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting applications for membership on the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee (the Committee), a Federal advisory committee. The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 establishes a national integrated System of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing systems, comprised of Federal and non-Federal components including in situ, remote, and other coastal and ocean observation, technologies, and data management and communication systems. The System is designed to address regional and national needs for ocean information; to gather specific data on key coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes variables; and to ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data to support a variety of societal benefits. These benefits include supporting national defense; marine commerce; navigation safety; weather, climate, and marine forecasting; energy siting and production; economic development; ecosystem-based management of marine and coastal areas; conservation of ocean and coastal resources; and public safety. The System is also designed to promote research to develop, test, and deploy innovations and improvements in coastal and ocean observation technologies and modeling systems. The ICOOS Act also requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to establish a System advisory committee to provide advice to the Under Secretary and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, which is responsible for planning for the integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the System. NOAA will hereby accept applications for membership on the Committee through November 24, 2014. The ICOOS Act of 2009 states: ``Members shall be qualified by education, training, and experience to evaluate scientific and technical information related to the design, operation, maintenance, or use of the [Integrated Ocean Observing] System, or use of data products provided though the System.'' NOAA encourages individuals with expertise in oceanographic data, products, and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science- related fields to submit applications for Committee membership. To apply for membership on the Committee, applicants should submit a resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. NOAA is an equal- opportunity employer.