A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.21.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 57 (April 20, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 70-75 (April 14-21, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, Nos. 58-59 (April 20-21, 2009)

Business Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including HR 1748, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to enhance the investigation and prosecution of mortgage fraud and financial institution fraud, and for other purposes. 4/22/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Notices  
On 4/15/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed 60-day delay on the effective date of the rule “Safeguarding Child Support Information” of the State Parent Locator Service, addressing requirements and restrictions on the use of confidential data and information for child support purposes. Comments are due 5/5/09. FR 17445.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on pending nominations and mark up pending legislation, including S 488, to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media. 4/23/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Courts/Judiciary
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including HR 1788, to amend the provisions of Title 21, United States Code, relating to false claims to clarify and make technical amendments to those provisions, and for other purposes. 4/22/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Criminal Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on pending nominations and mark up pending legislation, including S 327, to amend the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to improve assistance to domestic and sexual violence victims and provide for technical corrections. 4/23/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including HR 1913, to provide federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes. 4/22/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including HR 1741, to require the attorney general to make competitive grants to eligible state, tribal and local prosecutors to establish and maintain certain protection and witness assistance programs. 4/22/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Notices
On 4/15/09, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a 6/4/09-6/5/09 meeting of the Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board (CJIS APB) in National Harbor, MD. The CJIS APB is responsible for reviewing policy issues and appropriate technical and operational issues related to the programs administered by the FBI’s CJIS Division and making recommendations to the FBI director. FR 17524.
On 4/17/09, the Office of Justice Programs, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on the National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates statistics on criminal victimization in the U.S. Comments are due 5/18/09. FR 17690.
Disability Law
Notices
On 4/17/09, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced a request for public comment on facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or other persons with disabilities. Comments are due 4/21/09. FR 17884.
On 4/20/09, SAMHSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on revisions to the project evaluating networking suicide prevention hotlines. Comments are due 5/20/09. FR 17964.
Emergency Preparedness
Notices
On 4/20/09, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a revision to a currently approved information collection, the National Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program, which FEMA uses to evaluate a grantee’s proposed use of funds, to assess and ensure operational readiness, to extend or change the time or the performance period of the preparedness or response cooperative agreement, and for other purposes. Comments are due 5/20/09. FR 17971.
On 4/20/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an information collection, the Application for Community Disaster Loan Program, submitted by states and local and tribal governments that have suffered substantial loss of tax or other revenues as a result of a major disaster or emergency to request financial assistance in order to perform their governmental functions. Comments are due 5/20/09. FR 17971.
Environmental Law
Hearings  
The Energy and the Environment Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold hearings on HR --, the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009. 4/21-4/24/09, 9:30 am, 2123 Rayburn.
The House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on monitoring and measuring greenhouse gas emissions. 4/22/09, 10 am, 2318 Rayburn.
Health Law
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on HR --, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009. 4/22/09, 10 am, 2322 Rayburn.
Notices
On 4/14/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed data collection project on a worker safety and health training program under Section 126 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 for hazardous waste workers and emergency responders. Comments are due 6/13/09. FR 17195.
On 4/15/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed joint project of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to study the adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life that result from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. FR 17495.
On 4/15/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS, announced a 5/6/09 meeting in Rockville, MD, to provide information and receive comments on the International Conference on Harmonisation, a joint regulatory project to improve the efficiency of the process for developing and registering new medicinal products in Europe, Japan and the United States without compromising the regulatory obligations of safety and effectiveness. FR 17500.
On 4/17/09, the Office of the Secretary, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Parents Speak Up National Campaign, which encourages parents to speak to their children about adolescent pregnancy. FR 17867.
On 4/20/09, the FDA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection concerning the draft guidance describing the agency’s general recommendations and procedures for issuance of emergency use authorization of medical products under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Comments are due 6/19/09. FR 17962.
On 4/20/09, the FDA, HHS, announced a 5/27/09-5/28/09 meeting in Gaithersburg, MD, to obtain input on developing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies for certain opioid drugs to ensure that the benefits of these drugs continue to outweigh certain risks. Comments are due 6/30/09. FR 17967.
HIV/AIDS
Notices
On 4/15/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project studying effective talking strategies of African American and Latino parents to communicate with their children about safe sex practices for the Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative Project. Comments are due 6/14/09. FR 18498.
Homeland Security
Notices
On 4/20/09, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a 5/14/09 meeting of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee in Washington, DC, to hear presentations and updates from subcommittees and from the Chief Privacy Officer, and to deliberate and vote on a draft white paper on DHS Information Sharing and Access Agreements. FR 17875.
On 4/17/09, DHS announced a public workshop 6/22/09-6/23/09 in Washington, DC, to bring together leading academic, private-sector, and public-sector experts to discuss the privacy issues posed by government use of social media. Comments are due 6/1/09. FR 17876.
Housing/Homelessness
Notices
On 4/20/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on the proposed Federal Housing Administration-Insured Mortgage Loan Servicing of Delinquent, Default and Foreclosure with Service Members Act. Comments are due 5/20/09. FR 17981.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 4/15/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an information collection on the H-2 Petitioner’s Employment-Related or Fee-Related Notification, which ensures that alien workers maintain their nonimmigrant status and will help prevent H-2 workers from engaging in unauthorized employment. FR 17503.
On 4/16/09, the Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, announced an interim final rule extending the transition period, which enables employers to gradually change their process for recruitment and solicitation of workers, both foreign and domestic, and to become accustomed to the filing procedures delineated in the new regulations, to July 1, 2009. Comments are due 5/18/09. FR 17597.
Intellectual Property
Notices
On 4/17/09, the Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on the Madrid Protocol, an international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the participating countries by filing a single international application. Comments are due 5/18/09. FR 17632.
International Law
Bills Introduced  
S 837 ( Brownback, R-KS), to require that North Korea be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, and to ensure that human rights is a prominent issue in negotiations between the United States and North Korea; to Foreign Relations. S4445, CR 4/20/09.
Hearings  
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration.” 4/22/09, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Assistance to Africa: A Call for Foreign Aid Reform.” 4/23/09, 11:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Presidential Action  
On 4/14/09, the president issued a statement declaring the unity of the Pan American community and proclaiming 4/14/09 as Pan American Day and 4/12/09 - 4/18/09 as Pan American Week.
Notices
On 4/17/09, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor, announced a notice of intent to solicit cooperative agreement applications for awards to organizations to address workers rights issues internationally through the development and implementation of projects to promote core labor standards by working to improve labor law compliance at the government, employer, and labor levels in Pakistan and Kenya. FR 17883.
On 4/20/09, the Department of State announced a request for public comment on a submitted collection request concerning Iraqi citizens and nationals employed by federal contractors, grantees, and cooperative agreement partners, from whom biographical information must be collected and used to verify employment for the processing and adjudication of refugee, asylum, special immigrant visa, and other immigration claims and applications. Comments are due 6/19/09. FR 18020.
Legal Services
Notices
On 4/20/09, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 4/24/09-4/25/09 meeting of its Board of Directors and five committees in Portland, OR, to discuss multiple LSC programs, presentations, reports, and other issues. FR 17995.
Military Law
Presidential Action
On 4/9/09, the president designated 4/9/09 as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, and urged all Americans to observe this day of remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities. FR 17369.
National Security
Hearings  
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “National Security Implications of U.S. Policy Towards Cuba.” 4/23/09, 10 am, 2247 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on pending nominations and mark up pending legislation, including S 417, to enact a safe, fair and responsible state secrets privilege act. 4/23/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 4/14/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule identifying a list of communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 17094.
Veterans Affairs
Hearings
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on legislation that would change the definition of “combat with the enemy” to include “(deployment) in a theater of combat operations during a period of war; or in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities.” The change would make it easier for veterans who served in non-combat roles in war zones to make claims for benefits for the treatment of pose-traumatic stress disorder. 4/23/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Notices
On 4/14/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on an amendment to a system of records of veterans’ personal information. Comments are due 5/14/09. FR 17283
On 4/16/09, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training, Department of Labor, announced a 5/28/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach in Philadelphia, PA, to discuss programs to assist veterans seeking employment and to raise employer awareness as to the advantages of hiring veterans, with special emphasis on employer outreach and wounded and injured veterans. FR 17695.
On 4/20/09, the VA announced a 5/7/09-5/8/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation in Washington, DC, to receive briefings about studies on compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and other veteran benefits programs. FR 18039.
On 4/20/09, the VA announced a 5/6/09-5/7/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans in Washington, DC, to hear from a panel of outreach professionals from various VA staff offices and to receive briefings from the executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the national director of the Post Deployment Integrated Care Initiative Model. FR 18039.
On 4/20/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project evaluating the Priority to Veterans Program of the Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program. Comments are due 6/19/09. FR 17960.

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