A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
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Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 50 (April 12, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 69 (April 13, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 44 (April 13, 2010)
On 4/13/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 180-day approval for a new information collection, the Strengthening Communities Fund Program Evaluation, which will collect information from Strengthening Communities Fund grantees, including nonprofit organizations and state, local, and tribal governments in order to examine the outcomes achieved by the fund in meeting its objective of improving grantees’ capacity. FR 18846
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. 4/20/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 4/12/10, the Senate, sitting as a Court of Impeachment, resumed consideration of the impeachment proceedings of G. Thomas Porteous Jr., Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
On 4/13/10, the Department of Justice announced a final rule setting out the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s authority to establish and collect fees for providing fingerprint- and name-based Criminal History Record Information checks and other identification services submitted by authorized users for noncriminal justice purposes, including employment and licensing. The FBI may set such fees at a level to include an amount to defray expenses for the automation of fingerprint identification and criminal justice services and associated costs. This final rule becomes effective 5/13/10. FR 18751
On 4/13/10, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 4/28/10 public teleconference call of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to hear reports from the Council’s liaisons to the Tribal Operations Commission and the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee School Siting Task Group, among other things. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/meetings.html
. FR 18831
On 4/13/10, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS, announced a 5/5/10 public meeting in Rockville, MD, entitled “Preparation for the International Conference on Harmonization Steering Committee and Expert Working Group Meetings in Tallinn, Estonia.” FR 18848
On 4/13/10, the Office of Public Health and Science, HHS, announced a proposal to establish a new system of records entitled “Minority Health Information Service,” which is charged with maintaining a national minority health resource center to facilitate exchange of and access to information related to health information, promotion, services, and education; to assist in analysis of issues and problems with regard to such matters; and to provide technical assistance with regard to the exchange of such information. This system becomes effective 5/13/10. FR 18837
On 4/13/10, HHS announced a final rule establishing the organizational integrity requirements for federal funding recipients under the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, which requires that funding announcements and agreements with funding recipients include a clause that states that the recipient is opposed to prostitution and sex trafficking because of the psychological and physical risks they pose for women, men, and children. This final rule becomes effective 5/13/10. FR 18760
On 4/13/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability on its website of the application information, submission deadlines, funding criteria, and other requirements for the fiscal year 2009 Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities Notice of Funding Availability, which will fund approximately 5,300 housing choice vouchers for non-elderly disabled families served by entities with demonstrated experience and resources for supportive services. Application information can be found at https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html
. FR 18874
On 4/13/10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a request for public comment on a proposed new system of records, the “DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman-001 Virtual Ombudsman System of Records,” which will ensure the efficient and secure processing of information to assist the Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman in providing assistance to individuals, employers, and their representatives in resolving problems with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to identify areas with which individuals, employers and their representatives have problems working with USCIS, and to propose changes to mitigate these problems. Comments are due 5/13/10. FR 18857
On 4/13/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a revision to a submitted information collection, the Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certification Under Section 322, which provides an organized framework for establishing the authenticity of an applicant’s eligibility, and which is essential for providing prompt, consistent, and correct processing of such applications for citizenship under Section 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 6/14/10. FR 18871
On 4/13/10, the State Department announced a two-year renewal of the charter of the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, which serves the State Department in a solely advisory capacity regarding current issues and concerns affecting international communications and information policy. FR 18940
On 4/13/10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a request for a 90-day emergency extension on two currently approved information collections, the Employer Information Report and the State and Local Government Information Report, which are used by EEOC to investigate charges of employment discrimination against employers in private industry and to provide information about the employment status of minorities and women. The information collections are currently set to expire 4/30/10. FR 18832
On 4/13/10, EEOC announced a request for a 90-day emergency extension of a currently approved information collection, the Local Union Report, which is used by EEOC to investigate charges of discrimination and for research. The information collection is currently set to expire 4/30/10. FR 18833
On 4/12/10, the Senate passed HR 4887, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that health coverage provided by the Department of Defense is treated as minimal essential coverage.
S 3193 ( Kerry, D-MA), to establish within the office of the secretary of State a Coordinator for Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Issues; to Foreign Relations. S2208, CR 4/12/10.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Border Security: The Virtual Fence at a Crossroads.” 4/20/10, 4 pm, 342 Dirksen.
The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2011 budget request for non-proliferation programs at the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. 4/21/10, 10 am, 222 Russell.
On 4/13/10, DHS announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, which requires high-risk chemical facilities to submit information about facility personnel and unescorted visitors with access to restricted areas or critical areas at those facilities. This information will be vetted by the federal government against the Terrorist Screening Database, the consolidated and integrated terrorist watchlist maintained by the federal government, to identify known or suspected terrorists. Comments are due 5/13/10. FR 18850
On 4/8/10, the president announced a proclamation declaring 4/8/10 “National D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Day,” and calling upon all Americans to observe the day with appropriate programs and activities. FR 18749
S 3192 ( Specter, D-PA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the tolling of the timing of review for appeals of final decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals; to Veterans’ Affairs. S2208, CR 4/12/10.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Implementation of the New Post-9/11 GI Bill: Looking Back and Moving Forward.” 4/21/10, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.