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Daily Edition 5.02.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 84 (May 2, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 56 (May 2, 2011)

 

 Business Law
Children and Families
Courts/ Judiciary
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Health Law

Indian Affairs
International Law
Labor and Employment Law
Military Law
National Security
Substance Abuse
Veterans Affairs

 

Business Law

Hearings  

The TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Transparency as an Alternative to Risk Retention.” 5/11/11, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.

 

Children and Families

Notices

On 5/2/11, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Carryover and Reallotment Report, a form used to facilitate ACF’s response to numerous queries each year concerning the amounts of obligated funds. Comments are due 7/1/11. FR24493.

 

Courts/ Judiciary

Hearings  

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the following nominations: John A. Ross, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District or Missouri; Timothy M. Cain, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; Nanette J. Brown, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Louisiana; Nancy Torresen, of Maine, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine; and William F. Kuntz II, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. 5/4/11, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Committee Action  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 623, to amend Chapter 111 of Title 28, United States Code, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, disclosures of discovery information in civil actions, and for other purposes. 5/5/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

 

Elder Law

Hearings  

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Need to Move Beyond SGR (sustainable growth rate) formula used by Medicare to calculate physician fees.” 5/5/11, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Hearings  

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “ ’s Natural Disaster Preparedness: Are Federal Investments Paying Off?” 5/3/11, 2:30 pm, 253 Russell.

The Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Understanding the Power of Social Media as a Communications Tool in the Aftermath of Disasters.” 5/5/11, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

 

Health Law

Hearings  

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled “First, Do No Harm: Improving Health Quality and Patient Safety.” 5/5/11, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.

Notices

On 5/2/11, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Increasing Adoption of Patient Centered Behavioral Health Research by Primary and Behavioral Health Providers and Systems, to evaluate the impact of different strategies for disseminating and promoting the adoption of patient-centered health research results among behavioral health and primary care providers and organizations that are responsible for delivering behavioral health services. Comments are due 6/1/11. FR24500.

  

Indian Affairs

Hearings

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Stolen Identities: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Indigenous People.” 5/5/11, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.

 

International Law

Hearings  

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Afghanistan: What is an Acceptable End-State, and How Do We Get There?” 5/3/11, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Assessing U.S. Policy and Its Limits in .” 5/5/11, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on security issues in Europe and . 5/5/11, 2:30 pm, 2200 Rayburn.

The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a series of hearings titled “Shifting Sands: Political Transitions in the .” 5/5/11, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

  

Labor and Employment Law

Notices  

On 5/2/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, DHS Individual Complaint of Employment Discrimination, to ensure that a current employee, former employee, or applicant for employment claiming to be aggrieved or that person’s attorney provide a signed statement that is sufficiently precise to identify the aggrieved individual and the agency and to describe generally the practice(s) that form the basis of the complaint. Comments are due 7/1/11. FR24503.

 

Military Law

Hearings

The National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Is This Any Way to Treat Our Troops? Part III: Transition Delays.” 5/4/11, 9:30 am, 2154 Rayburn.

 

National Security

Hearings  

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a series of hearings titled “Securing the Border.” 5/4/11, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

The Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Border Security and Enforcement – Department of Homeland Security’s Cooperation with State and Local Law Enforcement Stakeholders.” 5/3/11, 10 am, 311 Cannon.

The Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Subcommittee, will hold a hearing titled “The Threat to the U.S. Homeland Emanating from .” 5/3/11, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.

 

Substance Abuse

Notices  

On 5/2/11, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program, which aims to reduce youth substance abuse, and to support community anti-drug coalitions by establishing, strengthening, and fostering collaboration among public and private agencies. Comments are due 7/1/11. FR24537.

 

Veterans Affairs

Notices  

On 5/2/11, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Application for VA Education Benefits, regarding the process used by veterans to apply for education assistance allowance. Comments are due 7/1/11. FR24570.

On 5/2/11, the VA announced a 5/16/11 – 5/18/11 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War, in Arlington, VA, to receive briefings concerning outreach to the Former Prisoner of War (FPOW), community training for FPOW coordinators and doctors, the Veterans Health Initiative and Compensation and Pension, and other items. FR24573.

 

 

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