[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 36 (Thursday, February 23, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10723-10724]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4219]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Sea Grant Advisory Board

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for potential National 
Sea Grant Advisory Board members and notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program 
Improvement Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which 
requires the Secretary of Commerce to solicit nominations at least once 
a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, a 
Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation 
of the National Sea Grant College Program. This notice also sets forth 
the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the 
National Sea Grant Advisory Board.

DATES: Solicitation of nominations is open ended. Resumes may be sent 
to the address specified at any time. The announced meeting is 
scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST and 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Elizabeth Ban, Designated 
Federal Officer, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11843, 
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 734-1082.
    The March meeting will be held at The Melrose Hotel, 2430 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20037.
    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-
minute public comment period on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. EST (check Web 
site to confirm time.) The Board expects that public statements 
presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously 
submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or 
group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of 
three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by the 
Designated Federal Officer by February 27, 2012 to provide sufficient 
time for Board review. Written comments received after February 27, 
2012, will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior 
to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-
serve basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Ban, Designated Federal 
Officer, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11843, Silver 
Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 734-1082.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Established by Section 209 of the Act and as 
amended the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2008 
(Public Law 110-394), the duties of the Board are as follows:
    (1) In general. The Board shall advise the Secretary and the 
Director concerning:
    (A) Strategies for utilizing the sea grant college program to 
address the Nation's highest priorities regarding the understanding, 
assessment, development, management, utilization, and conservation of 
ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.
    (B) The designation of sea grant colleges and sea grant institutes.
    (C) Such other matters as the Secretary refers to the Board for 
review and advice.
    (2) Biennial Report. The Board shall report to the Congress every 
two years on the state of the national sea grant college program. The 
Board shall indicate in each such report the progress made toward 
meeting the priorities identified in the strategic plan in effect under 
section 204 (c). The Secretary shall make available to the Board such 
information, personnel, and administrative services and assistance as 
it may reasonably require to carry out its duties under this title. The 
Secretary shall make available to the Board such information, 
personnel, and administrative services and assistance as it may 
reasonably require to carry out its duties.
    The Board shall consist of 15 voting members who shall be appointed 
by the Secretary. The Director and a director of a sea grant program 
who is elected by the various directors of sea grant programs shall 
serve as nonvoting members of the Board. Not less than 8 of the voting 
members of the Board shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, 
experience, or training, are especially qualified in one or more of the 
disciplines and fields included in marine science. The other voting 
members shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, 
or training, are especially qualified in, or representative of, 
education, marine affairs and resource management, coastal management, 
extension services, State government, industry, economics, planning, or 
any other activity which is appropriate to, and important for, any 
effort to enhance the understanding, assessment, development, 
management, utilization, or conservation of ocean, coastal, and Great 
Lakes resources. No individual is eligible to be a voting member of the 
Board if the individual is (A) the director of a sea grant college or 
sea grant institute; (B) an applicant for, or beneficiary (as 
determined by the Secretary) of, any grant or contract under section 
205 [33 USCS Sec.  1124]; or (C) a full-time officer or employee of the 
United States.
    The Director of the National Sea Grant College Program and one 
Director of a Sea Grant Program also serve as non-voting members. Board 
members are appointed for a 4-year term.
    The agenda for the meeting can be found at: http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/leadership/advisory_board.html.
    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to 
people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or 
other auxiliary aids should be directed to Elizabeth Ban, Designated 
Federal Officer at 301-734-1082 by February 22, 2012.


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    Dated: February 17, 2012.
Mark E. Brown,
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.

National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB) Spring Meeting

March 5-6, 2012

Agenda

    The Melrose Hotel, Potomac II, 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20037.

Monday, March 5

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.--Open to Public

8:00 Introductions, review agenda, approval of minutes, etc. (Nancy 
Rabalais, Chair, NSGAB)
8:15 Chair's update (N. Rabalais, NSGAB)
8:30 NSGO report (Leon Cammen, National Sea Grant Office--NSGO)
9:15 SGA report (Jonathan Pennock, President, Sea Grant Association)
9:45 Break--15 minutes
10:00 Sea Grant Reauthorization Planning (Rollie Schmitten, NSGAB)
10:45 Sea Grant Charter Renewal (N. Rabalais, NSGAB)
11:15 Discussion of morning topics and review of Board Assignments
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Biennial Report Discussion (Dick West, NSGAB)
2:30 Break--15 minutes
2:45 SAB Meeting notes (D. West, NSGAB)
3:00 Focus Team liaison reports
    --Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities (Mike Liffman, NSGO)
    --Healthy Coastal Ecosystems (Dorn Carlson, NSGO)
    --Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply (Amy Scaroni, NSGO)
    --Sustainable Coastal Development (Joshua Brown, NSGAB)
3:30 Sea Grant Week update (Harry Simmons, NSGAB)
4:00 Discussion of afternoon topics
4:30 Public Comment Period (15 minutes)
4:45 Wrap-up (N. Rabalais, NSGAB)
5:00 Adjourn

6:00 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Reception Rayburn House Office 
Building Rooms B338/B339

Tuesday, March 6

8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.--Open to Public

8:30 Call to Order, review agenda and previous day's discussions (N. 
Rabalais, NSGAB)
8:45 NOAA, Department of Commerce and Department of the Interior (N. 
Rabalais, NSGAB and L. Cammen, NSGO)
9:30 NOAA Research Portfolio (N. Rabalais, NSGAB)
10:00 Break--15 minutes
10:15 Performance Review Panel (PRP) (Sami Grimes, NSGO)
10:45 Strategic Plan update (D. Vortmann, NSGAB, Kola Garber, NSGO)
11:00 Dr. Robert Detrick, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Research and 
Craig McLean, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA Research (Joint 
Session with SGA in Potomac III)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Stuart Levenbach, Office of Management and Budget, NOAA Program 
Examiner (Joint Session with SGA in Potomac III)
2:00 Virginia Tippie, Coastal America (Joint Session with SGA in 
Potomac III)
2:30 Sea Grant and the Draft Implementation Action Plan of the National 
Ocean Policy follow-up (N. Rabalais, NSGAB)
2:45 Discussion of meeting topics and next steps
3:00 Adjourn

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