A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.16.2010
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Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 26-30 (February 9-16, 2010)

Children and Families
Criminal Law
Health and Human Services
Labor and Employment Law
Legal Services Corporation
National Security
Tort and Insurance Law
Veterans Affairs

On 2/9/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new collection, the Cross-Site Evaluation of Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers, which will assess the quality and effectiveness of the technical assistance that the bureau supports, and will evaluate programs and projects funded under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Comments are due 3/11/10. FR 6399.
On 2/9/10, ACF, HHS, delegated to the director of the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services (DUCS), to the DUCS supervisory program specialist, and to DUCS federal field specialists and case managers the authority under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to place an unaccompanied alien child in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child, or to place an unaccompanied alien child with a custodian upon determining that the proposed custodian is capable of providing for the child’s physical and mental well-being. FR 6399.
On 2/10/10, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS, announced a 2/24/10-2/25/10 meeting in Rockville, MD, in order to identify measurement criteria for use in carrying out the Pediatric Quality Measures Program under Section 1139A(b) of the Social Security Act as enacted in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. FR 6673.
On 2/10/10, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Treasury Department, announced a final rule amending the relevant Bank Secrecy Act information sharing rules to allow certain foreign, state, and local law enforcement agencies to submit requests for information to financial institutions. Modification of the information sharing rules is a part of the Treasury’s continuing effort to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing policies. This final rule becomes effective 2/10/10. FR 6560.
On 2/9/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a 2/25/10-2/26/10 meeting in Atlanta, GA, of the Board of Scientific Counselors to discuss the recent organizational changes at CDC, program activities that will enable the board to provide recommendations and advice on the future course for health communications and marketing at CDC, and focus areas and new ideas to implement and expand health marketing science at CDC. FR 6402.
On 2/9/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), HHS, announced a 2/25/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Policy Committee to discuss patient safety issues related to the use of electronic health records, and to hear testimony from stakeholder groups. FR 6398.
On 2/10/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced the recession of Amendment 1 to Policy Notice 99-02 of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Following this recission, grantees of funds for housing referral services and short-term or emergency housing needs will not be required to enforce the amendment for beneficiaries that might be at or near the 24-month cumulative cap on assistance. Grantees will also benefit from general policy guidance with regard to the use of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds for housing referral services and short-term or emergency housing needs. FR 6672.
On 2/10/10, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced the publication of a notice under Title II of the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 describing the obligation of the NIGC and other federal agencies to notify all employees, former employees, and applicants for federal employment of the rights and protections available to them under federal antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws. More information can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov. FR 6703.
On 2/10/10, the Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, announced a final rule amending its regulations governing the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment and the enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers. The Department is also amending its regulations to provide for enhanced enforcement under H-2A Program requirements so that workers are appropriately protected when employers fail to meet their obligations under the H-2A Program. This final rule becomes effective 3/15/10. FR 6883.
On 2/11/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a request for public comment on an interim final rule making technical conforming amendments to delete references to attorneys’ fees statutory prohibition. This action is taken in accordance with the elimination of the statutory prohibition on attorney’s fees in LSC’s fiscal year 2010 appropriation legislation. This interim final rule becomes effective 3/15/10. Comments are due 3/15/10. FR 6816.
On 2/10/10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of an existing information collection, the Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, which is designed to provide expedited processing to participants in the program at certain high-risk air, land and sea locations by pre-screening participants. Comments are due 4/12/10. FR 6678.
On 2/10/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed base flood elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. These elevations, once finalized, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents in those buildings. Comments are due 5/11/10. FR 6600.
On 2/10/10, the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, announced an opportunity for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Rehabilitation Needs Inventory Form, which is used to determine the types of rehabilitation programs that service-connected disabled veterans who submit an application for vocational rehabilitation benefits will need. Comments are due 4/12/10. FR 6793.