[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 193 (Thursday, October 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60717-60718]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24478]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 Geological Survey


Establishment of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and 
Natural Resource Science

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of establishment; request for nominees.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is establishing and 
seeking nominations for the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and 
Natural Resource Science (Committee). The Committee will provide advice 
on matters and actions relating to the establishment and operations of 
the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science 
Center and the DOI Climate Science Centers. In doing so, the Committee 
will obtain input from Federal, state, tribal, local government, 
nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, and academic 
institutions.

DATES: Written nominations must be received by November 19, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership 
Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. 
Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, 
VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership 
Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. 
Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, 
VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the Department of the Interior, announce 
the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and 
Natural Resource Science. We are establishing the Committee in 
accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 
as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), and with the concurrence of the 
General Services Administration.
    The Committee will:
     Advise on the contents of a national strategy identifying 
key science priorities to advance management of natural resources in 
the face of climate change.
     Advise on the nature, extent, and quality of relations 
with and engagement of key partners at the regional Climate Science 
Center level.
     Advise on the nature and effectiveness of mechanisms to 
ensure identification of key priorities from management partners and to 
effectively deliver scientific results in useful forms.
     Advise on mechanisms that may be employed by the National 
Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center to ensure high standards of 
scientific quality and integrity in its products.
     Review and evaluate the performance of individual Climate 
Science Centers before re-establishing expiring agreements.
     Coordinate as appropriate with any Federal Advisory 
Committee established

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for the DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
    We are seeking nominations for individuals to be considered as 
Committee members. Nominations should include a resume that describes 
the nominee's qualifications in enough detail to enable us to make an 
informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the 
Committee and to contact a potential member.
    Members of the Committee will be composed of approximately 25 
members from both the Federal Government, and the following interests: 
(1) State and local governments, including state membership entities; 
(2) Non-governmental organizations, including those whose primary 
mission is professional and scientific and those whose primary mission 
is conservation and related scientific and advocacy activities; (3) 
American Indian tribes and other Native American entities; (4) 
Academia; (5) Individual landowners; and (6) Business interests.
    In addition, the Committee may include scientific experts, and will 
include rotating representation from one or more of the institutions 
that host the DOI Climate Science Centers.
    The Committee will meet approximately 2-4 times annually, and at 
such times as designated by the DFO. The Secretary of the Interior will 
appoint members to the Committee. Members appointed as special 
Government employees are required to file on an annual basis a 
confidential financial disclosure report.
    No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is 
eligible to serve as a member of the Committee.
    Certification Statement: I hereby certify that the establishment of 
the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science 
is necessary, is in the public interest, and is established under the 
authority of the Secretary of the Interior, in connection with the 
performance of the responsibilities of the Department of the Interior 
under Section 2 of the Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1950 (64 Stat. 
1262), as amended, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, 
Public Law 110-161.

    Dated: September 25, 2012.
Ken Salazar,
Secretary of the Interior.
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