A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 8.13.2009
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Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 153-155 (August 11-13, 2009)
Children and Families
Notices  
On 8/11/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 9/15/09 meeting of the National Commission on Children and Disasters in Washington, DC, to hear reports from four subcommittees and to deliberate and vote on the commission’s Interim Report to the president and Congress. FR 40208.
Courts/Judiciary
Notices  
On 8/13/09, the president signed PL 111-49 (S 1107), to provide for a limited six-month period for federal judges to opt into the Judicial Survivors’ Annuities System and begin contributing toward an annuity for their spouse and dependent children upon their death.
Disability Law
Notices  
On 8/11/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, which will collect data on child mental health outcomes, family life, and service system development and performance. Comments are due 9/10/09. FR 40200.
Elder Law
Notices  
On 8/12/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 9/23/09 meeting of the National Advisory Council on Aging in Bethesda, MD, to hear reports from the Task Force on Minority Aging Research and the Council of Councils, and for other matters. FR 40604.
Emergency Management and Preparedness
Notices  
On 8/11/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule intending to provide an incentive to mitigate repetitive damage, promote measures that reduce future loss of life and property, protect federal investment in public infrastructure, and help build disaster-resistant communities. Comments are due 10/13/09. FR 40124.
On 8/11/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on two information collections related to the Citizen Corps, which was launched in 2002 with a mission to harness the power of individuals through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. Comments are due 10/13/09. FR 40213.
Indian Affairs
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On 8/11/09, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, announced a notice publishing the current list of 564 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes. FR 40218.
On 8/12/09, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education, announced a request for public comment on an interim final rule permitting a consortium of Indian tribes to establish a separate legal entity to apply for a grant under the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program. This interim rule went into effect 8/12/09. Comments are due 9/11/09. FR 40495.
On 8/12/09, OSERS, Department of Education, announced a request for applications for new awards for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program for fiscal year 2009. Applications are due 9/11/09. FR 40575.
Intellectual Property Law
Notices  
On 8/12/09, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced the publishing of four agreements that set rates and terms for the reproduction and performance of sound recordings made by certain webcasters under two statutory licenses. Webcasters who meet the eligibility requirements may choose to operate under the statutory licenses in accordance with the rates and terms set forth in the agreements published herein rather that the rates and terms of any determination by the Copyright Royalty Judges. FR 40614.
International Law
Notices  
On 8/11/09, the Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would update and clarify export and reexport license requirements on striking weapons, restraint devices, shotguns and parts, optical sighting devices, and electric shock devices, and that would adopt the definition of torture used in the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Comments are due 9/25/09. FR 40117.
Substance Abuse
Notices  
On 8/12/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Evaluation of Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program, which aims to: prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking; reduce substance abuse related problems; and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, territorial, tribal, and community levels. Comments are due 9/11/09. FR 40599.
Veterans Affairs
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On 8/13/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Applicant Background Survey, which will be used to collect data needed for the planning and assessing of affirmative employment program initiatives. Comments are due 10/13/09. FR 40868.
On 8/13/09, the VA announced a 9/10/09-9/11/09 meeting of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee in Washington, DC, to hear presentations and discussions on, among other things, VA’s geriatrics and extended care programs, aging research activities, updates on the VA’s geriatric workforce, and recent Veterans Health Administration efforts regarding dementia and program advances in palliative care. FR 40868.
On 8/13/09, the VA announced a 9/2/09-9/3/09 meeting of the Veterans’ Rural Health Advisory Committee in Washington, DC, to hear reports from VA officials, including the director of the Office of Rural Health and a representative of the Office of General Counsel on the annual ethics review. FR 40869.

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