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daily edition 1.11.2010
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Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 4-6 (January 7-11, 2010)
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Notices  
On 1/7/10, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 1/15/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to approve a briefing report on the impact of illegal immigration on the wages and employment of black workers, to approve a briefing report on covert wiretapping in the war on terror, to discuss the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act Briefing Report, and for other matters. FR 969.
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On 1/7/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection entitled “Grants to States for Workplace and Community Transition Training for Incarcerated Individuals.” Comments are due 2/8/10. FR 982.
On 1/8/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the National Drug Threat Survey, which serves as a critical component of the National Drug Threat Assessment and provides direct access to detailed drug threat data from state and local law enforcement agencies. Comments are due 2/8/10. FR 1084.
On 1/11/10, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Annual Survey of Jails, which enables the Bureau; federal, state, local, and tribal correctional administrators; legislators; researchers; and planners to track growth in the number of jails and their capacities nationally, and to provide critical data on jail population movements and inmate mental and medical health services available to confined inmates. Comments are due 3/12/10. FR 1410.
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On 1/7/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 2/11/12-2/12/12 meeting in Rockville, MD, of the National Advisory Mental Health Council to review and evaluate grant applications and to review the activities of the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural research programs. FR 991.
On 1/8/10, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education, announced the invitation of applications for new awards for fiscal year 2010 for the Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems Program, which aims to increase student access to high-quality mental health care by developing innovative approaches that link school systems with the local mental health system. Applications will be accepted from 1/8/10-2/22/10. FR 1041.
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On 1/8/10, DOJ announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires jurisdictions specially covered under the Voting Rights Act to submit to the attorney general a potential change in a standard, practice or procedure affecting voting so as to ascertain that the proposed voting changes are not racially discriminatory. Comments are due 3/9/10. FR 1082.
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On 1/7/10, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a 2/1/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Commission on Children and Disasters to host a long-term disaster recovery workshop to explore challenges and solutions that impact the unique needs of children, and to discuss issues including children’s access to medical care, the provision of mental health services to children, and barriers to information and data sharing. FR 991.
On 1/8/10, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education, announced the invitation of applications for new awards for fiscal year 2010 for the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Grant Program, which provides funds to local educational agencies to establish an emergency management process that focuses on reviewing and strengthening emergency management plans within the framework of the four phases of emergency management (prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery). Applications will be accepted from 1/8/10-2/26/10. FR 1037.
Notices  
On 12/31/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 1/1/10 to be the 40 th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act, calling upon all executive branch agencies to promote public involvement and transparency in their implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, and encouraging all Americans to learn more about the act and how they can contribute to protecting and enhancing the environment. FR 885.
Notices  
On 1/7/10, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced its intention to support new comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects, which focus on priority populations, including low income groups, minority groups, women, children, the elderly, and individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life health care. FR 990.
HIVAIDS
Notices  
On 1/8/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 2/1/10 meeting in Bethesda, MD, of the AIDS Research Advisory Committee to hear reports from the division director and other staff. FR 1068.
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On 1/11/10, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, announced a 2/4/10 consultation meeting in Albuquerque, NM, to obtain oral and written comments from Indian tribes reorganized under the Indian Reorganization Act and the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act, as well as from other interested tribal leaders, concerning the potential revision of regulations of the rules entitled “Tribal Reorganization under a Federal Statute,” and “Petitioning Procedures for Tribes Reorganized Under Federal Statute and Other Organized Tribes.” FR 1407.
Presidential Action  
On 1/4/10, the president issued a proclamation declaring January 2010 “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” declaring February 1 “National Freedom Day,” and calling upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role that Americans can play in ending modern slavery and to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities. FR 1267.
Notices  
On 1/11/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced a 2/10/10 meeting in Seattle, WA, of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health to hear an overview of the council’s general business activities, to hear presentations from experts on farmworker issues, including the status of farmworker health at the local and national levels, and to give farmworkers, community leaders, and providers the opportunity to testify before the council regarding matters that affect the health of migrant farmworkers. FR 1397.
Presidential Action  
On 12/15/09, the president issued a memorandum directing that a portion of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, IL, shall serve as a detention facility to be operated by the Department of Defense in order to accommodate the relocation of detainees following the closure of detention facilities at Guantanamo Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. FR 1015.
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On 1/8/10, the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Healthcare Use Survey for Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans, which will be used to better understand the factors that impact Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans’ use of healthcare services both within and outside of the VA. Comments are due 2/8/10. FR 1120.

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