A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.13.2009
The Senate and House are not in session today. The Senate will reconvene on 4/20/09. The House will reconvene on 4/21/09.
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 65-69 (April 7-13, 2009)
Notices
On 4/7/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a proposed project, the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program, the primary data collection instrument for the national cross-site evaluation of national, regional, and local adoption organizations receiving Infant Adoption Awareness Training grants. The grants develop and implement programs that train staff of public and non-profit private health service organizations to provide adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses of action included in non-directive counseling of pregnant women. Comments are due 6/7/09. FR 15727.
On 4/9/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the Court Improvement Program, which provides grants to state court systems to conduct assessments of their foster care and adoption laws and judicial processes and to develop and implement a plan for system improvement. Comments are due 5/9/09. FR 16213.
On 4/10/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the proposed collection, Request for Assistance for Child Victims of Human Trafficking, which collects necessary information from potential child victims of trafficking, their case managers, attorneys, or other representatives to allow HHS to grant interim eligibility. Comments are due 6/10/09. FR 16402.
On 4/13/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a follow-up data collection on a sample of children and families for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent WellBeing, which collects data on the functioning and well-being, service needs, and service utilization of children and families who come to the attention of the child welfare system. Comments are due 6/12/09. FR 16875.
Courts/Judiciary
Notices
On 4/7/09, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a 30-day extension for public comment on the information collection, the Civil Justice Survey of State Courts Trials on Appeal, which will provide detailed statistical information on civil cases adjudicated at the appellate level in state courts. Comments are now due 5/7/09. FR 15749.
Criminal Law
Presidential Action
On 4/13/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring April 2009 as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, promoting landmark legislation that has helped fund victim and survivor services, and supporting efforts to better understand and address sexual assault. FR 17069.
Notices
On 4/8/09, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection request, the Community Policing Self-Assessment, which improves the practice of community policing throughout the United States by supporting the development of a series of tools that will allow law enforcement agencies to gain better insight into the depth and breadth of their community policing activities. FR 16010.
Disability Law
Notices
On 4/7/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, Phase V – Revision of the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, which collects data on child mental health outcomes, family life, and service system development and performance. Comments are due 6/7/09. FR 15730.
On 4/9/09, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 5/29/09 meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council in Rockville, MD, for a presentation of the NIMH director’s report and to discuss NIMH program and policy issues. Comments are due 5/19/09. FR 16219.
Elder Law
Notices
On 4/7/09, the Administration on Aging (AoA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on an existing approved collection of information for semi-annual and final reports pursuant to requirements in Title IV of the Older Americans Act, which AoA uses to support projects for the purpose of developing and testing new knowledge and program innovations with the potential for contributing to the well-being of older Americans. Comments are due 5/31/09. FR 15729.
On 4/8/09, the AoA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed collection of information, the Annual Reporting Requirements for the Older Americans Act Title VI Grant Program. Comments are due 6/8/09. FR 15984.
On 4/13/09, the AoA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the information collection requirements relating to SMP (formerly Senior Medicare Patrol) Program outcome management. Comments are due 6/12/09. FR 16874.
On 4/13/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a 5/7/09 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, in Hyattsville, MD, to review the long-term care statistics program and discuss upcoming program reviews, among other things. Comments are due 4/17/09. FR 16876.
Election Law
Notices
On 4/9/09, the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced a 3/17/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the approval of findings and recommendations for the briefing report on Department of Justice Voting Rights Enforcement for the 2008 Presidential Election, among other things. FR 16178.
Environmental Law
Notices
On 4/10/09, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a regulation to require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy. Comments are due 6/9/09. FR 16448.
On 4/10/09, the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, EPA, announced plans to make available approximately $40 million in Recovery Act funding to supplement Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund capitalization grants previously awarded competitively under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. FR 16386.
Health Law
Presidential Action
On 4/13/09, the president issued an executive order establishing the White House Office of Health Reform, which will provide leadership for and coordinate the development of the administration’s policy agenda across executive departments and agencies concerning the provision of high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care and to slow the growth of health costs. FR 17071.
Notices
On 4/7/09, the Office for Human Research Protections, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, HHS, announced the availability of a document entitled “Guidance on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Implications for Investigators and Institutional Review Boards,” which provides background on protections provided by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) and discusses some of the implications of GINA for investigators who conduct, and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that review, genetic research, particularly with respect to the criteria for IRB approval of research and the requirements for obtaining informed consent under HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects. Comments are welcome at any time. FR 15726.
On 4/8/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a set of proposed criteria for determining which vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the general U.S. population should be required for immigrants seeking admission into the United States or seeking adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Comments are due 5/8/09. FR 15986.
On 4/8/09, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced a 5/12/09 meeting of the Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT) in Bethesda, MD, to hear presentations and discussions on recent clinical developments and current issues, adult donor recruitment strategies and challenges, and future council activities, as well as hear reports from three ACBSCT work groups. FR 15994.
On 4/9/09, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS, issued an order regarding premarket approval applications for medical devices, including any information about adverse safety or effectiveness information concerning the devices. Summaries and citations must be received by 8/7/09. FR 16214.
On 4/9/09, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the Uncompensated Services Assurance Report, which is completed by health care facilities receiving government grants and loans under the Hill-Burton Act for construction or renovation of health care facilities. The completion of this report is required periodically to ensure that the mandatory level of uncompensated care is being provided and that certain notification and record-keeping procedures are being followed. Comments are due 5/9/09. FR16218.
On 4/10/09, the Office of the Secretary, HHS, announced a 4/14/09 meeting of the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research in Washington, DC, to hear the public’s views on the council’s activities. The Coordinating Council will assist federal agencies, including HHS, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, and others, to coordinate comparative effectiveness and related health services research, as well as provide input on priorities for the $400 million fund in the Recovery Act that the secretary will allocate to advance this type of research. Comments are due 4/13/09. FR 16398.
On 4/13/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed pilot project, the Registration of Individuals Displaced by the Hurricane Katrina and Rita, which would identify and monitor the health of disaster victims who occupied FEMA-provided temporary housing units. FR 16874.
On 4/13/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a 4/30/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director in Atlanta, GA, to discuss the final report on the recommendations from the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee, the mission of the Health Disparities Subcommittee, the recommendations from the Ethics Subcommittee, and other topics. FR 16877.
On 4/13/09, the HHS announced a request for public comment on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Vaccine Safety Working Group draft Recommendations to the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office. Comments are due 5/13/09. FR 16872.
HIV/AIDS
Notices
On 4/9/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a 5/19/09-5/20/09 meeting of the CDC/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment in Atlanta, GA, to discuss updates on HIV testing, preventing HIV, STD, hepatitis and tuberculosis in correctional settings, an update on HIV surveillance, and challenges and opportunities to STD prevention. FR 16212.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 4/8/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on the information collection of the Survey of Recently Naturalized Citizens. Comments are due 6/8/09. FR 16000.
On 4/9/09, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS, announced a 60-day extension on a request for public comment on a detail of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that would allow U.S. and Canadian citizen children through age 18 traveling with certain organization groups of two or more people and supervised by an adult affiliated with the organization to be permitted to present their birth certificates in lieu of passports. Comments are now due 6/8/09. FR 16228.
On 4/10/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the proposed Application for Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Targeted Assistance Formula Grant program, which obtains necessary information so that ORR can assess the allowability of applicants’ proposed programs for the grant, which funds employment and other resettlement services for refugees and entrants who reside in high-need areas. Comments are due 6/10/09. FR 16399.
International Law
Notices
On 4/10/09, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor, announced a notice of intent to award, through a competitive and merit-based process, cooperative agreements to organizations to develop projects to combat exploitive child labor through education in Guatemala, Indonesia, Nepal, and Rwanda. Awards will be made by 9/30/09. FR 16428.
On 4/13/09, the Working Group I of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Advisory Committee on Private International Law, U.S. Department of State, will hold a 4/22/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to review and discuss the current status of proposed reforms to the Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services. FR 16908.
On 4/13/09, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission announced a 4/30/09 public hearing in Washington, DC, to address China’s external propaganda and international public diplomacy efforts, its efforts to exert influence on U.S. institutions and public opinion, its espionage and intelligence operations directed at the United States, and its cyber espionage directed against the United States. Statements are due 4/30/09. FR 16916.
Substance Abuse
Presidential Action
On 4/8/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 4/8/09 as National DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Day, and encouraging communities to reflect upon the dangers of drugs, gangs, and violence and to emphasize efforts to combat these threats. FR 16751.
Notices
On 4/7/09, SAMHSA, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on the proposed 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a survey to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs by civilian, non-institutionalized residents of the United States 12 years of age and older. The results are used by SAMSHA, federal government agencies, and other organizations and researchers to establish policy, direct program activities, and better allocate resources. Comments are due 6/7/09. FR 15729.
On 4/9/09, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 5/12/09 meeting of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse in Rockville, MD, to share public announcements and reports of administrative, legislative and program developments in the drug abuse field. Comments are due 5/2/09. FR 16220.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 4/13/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a 5/1/09 meeting in Hebron, KY, of the Subcommittee on Procedures Reviews, Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. FR 16878.

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