A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.1.2010
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 3/2/10.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 26 (February 26, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 39 (March 1, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 23 (March 1, 2010)
CourtsJudiciary
Nominations
On 2/26/10, the Senate began consideration of the nomination of Barbara Milano Keenan, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that on Tuesday, 3/2/10, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination and, after a period of debate, will vote on the motion to invoke cloture at 12:15 pm.
Public Laws
On 2/27/10, the president signed HR 4532 (PL 111-142), the Social Security Disability Applicants’ Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010.
Notices
On 3/1/10, the Department of Education announced a notice inviting applications for new awards for the State Training and Technical Assistance for Assistive Technology Programs, which provide grants to support national training and technical assistance activities to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities. Applications are due 4/30/10. FR 9193.
Notices
On 3/1/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of an information collection, the Program Announcement and Grant Application Instructions Template for the Older Americans Act Title IV Discretionary Grant Program, which provides the requirements and instructions for the submission of an application for funding opportunities of the Administration on Aging under Title IV of the Older Americans Act. Comments are due 4/30/10. FR 9220.
Notices
On 3/1/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Fungibility Plan and Follow-Up Reporting to Implement Section 901 on Voucher Funds for Displaced Hurricane Katrina and Rita Families, which will be submitted by eligible public housing agencies in areas most heavily impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to inform HUD of how they will exercise funding flexibility and describe how program funds will be used. Comments are due 3/31/10. FR 9244.
Notices
On 3/1/10, the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, HHS, announced a 4/6/10-4/7/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss strategies to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. FR 9220.
HousingHomelessness
Hearings
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 3/4/10, 9:30 am, 124 Dirksen; date TBA, 124 Dirksen.
Notices
On 3/1/10, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced that it is updating an existing system of records, the Removable Alien Records System, and renaming it the “Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Operational Records System of Records.” DHS is also retiring an existing system of records, the Enforcement Operational Immigration Records System of Records, and transferring certain law enforcement and immigration records described therein that are owned by ICE to this updated system of records. This amended system becomes effective 3/31/10. Comments are due 3/31/10. FR 9238.
Bills Introduced
H Res 1124 ( Mack, R-FL), supporting President Obama and his agenda to strengthen U.S. trade relations in Asia and with key partners like South Korea, Panama, and Colombia; to Ways and Means. H971, CR 2/26/10.
Hearings
The International Monetary Policy and Trade Panel, House Financial Services Committee, will mark up HR 4573, to direct the secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral development institutions to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to cancel immediately and completely Haiti’s debts to such institutions. 3/4/10, time TBA, 2128 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 2/26/10, the House passed, by a 235-168 vote, HR 2701, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.
Hearings
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Transnational Drug Enterprises (Part II): U.S. Government Perspectives on the Threats to Global Stability and U.S. National Security.” 4/3/10, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
Public Laws
On 2/27/10, the president signed HR 3961 (PL-111-141), to extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 until 2/28/11.
Notices
On 3/1/10, DHS announced a final rule amending ICE regulations by exempting the Visa Security Program Records System, which ICE uses to conduct security reviews of visa applicants, from provisions of the Privacy Act to the extent necessary to protect the integrity of the law enforcement information that may be included in the system of records. This final rule becomes effective 3/1/10. FR 9085.
On 3/1/10, ICE, DHS, announced a modification of an existing system of records, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Intelligence Records System, to clarify the nature of the personally identifiable information that will be collected and maintained on individuals. In conjunction with its publication of the Privacy Impact Assessment for the ICEGangs system, ICE is modifying this system of records to more clearly explain the type of information it gathers on suspected and confirmed gang members and associates. This amended system of records becomes effective 3/31/10. Comments are due 3/31/10. FR 9233.
Notices
On 3/1/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Survey of State Underage Drinking Prevention Policies and Practices, which will be used to establish a resource for state agencies and the general public to assess policies and programs in their own state to prevent or reduce underage drinking and to become familiar with the programs, policies, and funding priorities of other states. Comments are due 5/1/10. FR 9221.
Notices
On 3/1/10, 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 9111.
Notices
On 3/1/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Regulation for Reconsideration of Denied Claims, which is completed by veterans who disagree with the initial decision denying their healthcare benefits in whole or in part and who wish to obtain reconsideration. Comments are due 4/30/10. FR 9278.
On 3/1/10, the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Survey of Satisfaction with the Disability Evaluation System, which collects data used to evaluate and, if necessary, revise the way the Disability Evaluation System Pilot is conducted in an effort to raise customer service standards. Comments are due 4/30/10. FR 9279.

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