[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 153 (Monday, August 10, 2015)]
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[FR Doc No: 2015-19573]

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Office of the Secretary

Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Genetic 
Research Advisory Council

AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

ACTION: Solicitation of members.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and 
Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C.A. 5843), the United States Department of 
Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill five 
vacancies on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a 
subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

DATES: The deadline for nominations is August 28, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, completed Form AD-755, and any 
letters of nomination or support must be submitted via one of the 
following methods:
    (1) Email to nareee@ars.usda.gov; or
    (2) By mail delivery service to REE Advisory Board Office, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 332A, 
Jamie L. Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Executive Director, REE 
Advisory Board Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 332A, 
Washington, DC 20250-0321; telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202-720-6199; 
or email: Michele.esch@ars.usda.gov. Information specific to the NGRAC 
can be found at http://www.ars-grin.gov/ngrac/. General information 
regarding the NAREEE Advisory Board can be found at http://nareeeab.ree.usda.gov/.

    Background: The NGRAC was established in March 1992 under Section 
1634 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 
(P.L. 101-624). The NGRAC was re-established in 2012 as a permanent 
subcommittee of the NAREEE Advisory Board to formulate recommendations 
on actions and policies for the collection, maintenance, and 
utilization of genetic resources; to make recommendations for 
coordination of genetic resources plans of several domestic and 
international organizations; and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture 
and the National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) Director of new and 
innovative approaches to genetic resources conservation.
    Request for Nominations: The terms of 5 members of the NGRAC will 
expire on September 30, 2015. NGRAC is required to have two-thirds of 
the appointed members from scientific disciplines relevant to the NGRP 
including agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, natural 
resource sciences, health sciences, and nutritional sciences; and one-
third of the appointed members from the general public including 
leaders in fields of public policy, trade, international development, 
law, or management. The 5 positions being filled are to be composed of 
3 scientific members and 2 general public members. Nominations are for 
a 2-year appointment, effective October 1, 2015. All nominees will be 
carefully reviewed for their expertise, leadership, and relevance.
    How to Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization 
may nominate qualified individuals for appointment to the NGRAC. 
Individuals may also self-nominate. Nominations can be submitted 
electronically or by mail (see ADDRESSES section above). Each nominee 
must submit a nomination letter addressed to the Secretary of 
Agriculture, form AD-755 ``Advisory Committee Background Information,'' 
and their resume or Curriculum Vitae. Nomination letters should 
indicate whether the applicant is applying as a scientific member or a 
general public member. The application form and more information about 
advisory committees can be found at www.usda.gov/advisory_committees.xml. All nominees will be vetted before selection.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical 
handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure the 
recommendations of the Advisory Board take into account the needs of 
the diverse groups served by the Department, membership shall include, 
to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to 
represent all racial and ethnic groups, geographical areas, women and 
men, and persons with disabilities. Federally registered lobbyists may 
not serve on an advisory board or committee in an individual capacity. 
Members cannot serve on more than one USDA Federal Advisory Committee 
    Appointments to the National Genetic Research Advisory Council will 
be made by the Secretary of Agriculture.

    Done at Washington, DC, this 4th day of August 2015.
Ann Bartuska,
Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics.
[FR Doc. 2015-19573 Filed 8-7-15; 8:45 am]