A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.6.2010
The House and Senate are not in session. The House will reconvene 1/12/10. The Senate will reconvene 1/19/10.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 1 (January 5. 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 1-3 (January 4-6, 2010)
Notices
On 1/4/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on two reports that collect information necessary to administer the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. Comments are due 2/3/10. FR 152.
Presidential Action
On 12/30/09, the president issued an executive order establishing the plan for and preparation of federal capabilities for the timely provision of medical countermeasures to the American people in the event of a biological attack in the United States. The countermeasures will aim to mitigate illness and prevent death, sustain critical infrastructure, and complement and supplement state, local, territorial, and tribal government medical countermeasure distribution capacity. FR 737.
Notices
On 1/6/10, ACF, HHS, announced a 2/2/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Commission on Children and Disasters to discuss outcomes from the commission’s long-term disaster recovery workshop on 2/1/10, to discuss a national resource center on children and disasters, and to plan for future work of the commission. FR 876.
Notices
On 1/4/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled “Communities Putting Prevention to Work,” which uses evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies to support specific measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. The project provides an important opportunity for states, cities, rural areas, and tribes to advance public health and to reduce health disparities. Comments are due 3/2/10. FR 152.
On 1/4/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), HHS, announced a 1/20/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Standards Committee to discuss updates from its workgroups. FR 151.
On 1/4/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, HHS, announced a 1/13/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Policy Committee to hear reports from its workgroups, including the Meaningful Use, Privacy and Security Policy, and the Strategic Plan Workgroups. FR 151.
On 1/5/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT announced 1/21/10-1/28/10 meetings of HIT Standards Committee Workgroups via webcast to hear from the Clinical Operations, Clinical Quality, Privacy and Security, and Implementation Workgroups. More information on accessing the webcast can be found at http://healthit.hhs.gov. FR 368.
On 1/5/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT announced 1/8/10-1/28/10 meetings of HIT Policy Committee Workgroups via webcast to hear from the Meaningful Use, Privacy and Security Policy, Strategic Plan, and Nationwide Health Information Infrastructure Workgroups. More information on accessing the webcast can be found at http://healthit.hhs.gov. FR 369.
Notices
On 1/4/10, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection entitled “Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance,” which provides for the reimbursement to states and localities for assistance provided in meeting an immigration emergency. Comments are due 2/3/10. FR 157.
On 1/6/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the E-Verify Data Collection, which USCIS will use to evaluation how the E-Verify Program is working nationally and among a specific group of employers, to determine whether employers are using the program as intended, and to evaluate positive and negative impacts of the program in a mandatory environment. Comments are due 3/8/09. FR 876.
Notices
On 1/5/10, the State Department announced that the circumstances that were the basis for the 2004 re-designation of the group known as “Kahane Chai” as a foreign terrorist organization have not changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation of the designation and that the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation of the designation, and so renewed the group’s foreign terrorist organization designation. FR 504.
On 1/5/10, the State Department announced a 1/15/10 meeting in Washington, DC, entitled the “Advisory Committee on Private International Law’s Organization of American States Specialized Conference on Private International Law Study Group.” At the meeting, the study group will examine a revised Brazilian draft convention on applicable law that has recently been expanded to include jurisdiction, a Canadian draft model law on applicable law and jurisdiction, a U.S. proposal for legislative guidelines, model laws, and rules to promote consumer redress mechanisms, and the proposed U.S. ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Law Applicable to International Contracts. FR 504.
On 1/5/10, the United States Institute of Peace announced a 1/14/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the president’s report, to review major achievements of 2009, and to hear updates on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, among other things. FR 518.
On 1/6/09, the State Department announced a 1/28/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy to discuss various upcoming international telecommunication meetings and conferences, and bilateral and multilateral meetings that have taken place recently, among other issues. FR 881.
Presidential Action
On 12/29/09, the president issued an executive order prescribing a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, including information relating to defense against transnational terrorism. A memorandum was also issued to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding implementation of this executive order, and designation was given to officials who have the authority to classify information originally as “Top Secret” or “Secret.”
Notices
On 1/4/10, the Office of National Drug Policy announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program Questionnaire. Comments are due 2/3/10. FR 160.
Notices
On 1/4/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 60.

Advertisement