A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.16.2010
The House is in session today. The Senate is not in session today.
 
Notices  
On 11/10/10, the Administrative Conference of the United States announced a final rule to issue updated rules identifying its purposes, organization and activities, as required by the Freedom of Information Act. FR68941.
 
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up and vote on S 3675, a bill to amend Chapter 11 of Title 11, United States Code, to address reorganization of small businesses. 11/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
 
Hearings
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will mark up S 3817, a bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978 and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988 to reauthorize the acts, and for other purposes. 11/17/10, time TBA, location, TBA.
The Children and Families Subcommittee, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The State of the American Child: Securing Our Children’s Future.” 11/18/10, 10:30 am, 430 Dirksen.  
Notices
On 11/5/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, National Medical Support Notice, which is information sent to employers of employee/obligors and used as a means of enforcing the healthcare coverage provision in a child support order. Comments are due 12/5/10. FR68359.
On 11/8/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, State Plan Child Support Coll & Estab Paternity Title IV–D, OCSE–100, approved by the Office of Child Support Enforcement, and required by federal regulations for each state to amend their state plan when necessary to reflect new or revised federal statutes or regulations or material change in any state law, organization, policy, or IV–D agency operations. FR68610.
On 11/10/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) Evaluation, to examine outcomes achieved by the SCF and progress toward the objective of improving the capacity of organizations served by program grantees to address broad economic recovery issues in their communities. Comments are due 1/10/11. FR69088.
On 11/10/10, HHS announced the calculated Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP) for Fiscal Year 2012, for which HHS will use in determining the amount of federal matching for state medical assistance (Medicaid) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Contingency Funds, Child Support Enforcement collections, Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund, Foster Care Title IV–E Maintenance payments, and Adoption Assistance payments. FR69082.
On 11/10/10, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS, announced an 11/16/10 meeting in Orlando, FL, to solicit public input for a strategic plan for federal youth policy. FR69084.
On 11/12/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP), Annual Progress and Services Review (APSR), and Annual Budget Expenses Request and Estimated Expenditures. The CFSP outlines initiatives and activities the state, tribe or territory will carry out in administering services to enhance the well-being of children and families, the APSR is a yearly report that discusses progress made by a state, territory or tribe in accomplishing the objectives cited in its CFSP, and the other forms provide budgetary information. Comments are due 1/11/11. FR69446.
On 11/12/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Community-Based Family Resource and Support Grants (Name changed to Child Abuse Prevention Program), in order to ensure program compliance, complete the calculation of the grant award entitlement, and to provide training and technical assistance to the grantee. Comments are due 1/11/11. FR69447.
 
Notices  
On 11/10/10, the Commission on Civil Rights announced an 11/19/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to receive an update on Sex Discrimination in Liberal Arts College Admissions, to consider findings and recommendations for a briefing report on English-only in the workplace, and for other purposes. FR69047.
 
Nominations  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the following judicial nominations: Max Oliver Cogburn Jr, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; Marco A. Hernandez, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; Michael H. Simon, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; and Steve C. Jones, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. 11/17/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following nominations: Robert N. Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Susan L. Carney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; James E. Graves, of Mississippi, to be United States circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; Amy Totenberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia ; JamesE. Boasberg, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Amy B. Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia ; James E. Shadid, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; Sue E. Myerscough, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; Paul K. Holmes III, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas; Anthony J. Battaglia, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California ; Edward Davila, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Diana Saldana, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; and William Conner Eldridge, Wilfredo Martinez, Chase Theodora Rogers, Marsha Ternus, and Isabel Framer to be members of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute. 11/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Impeachments
On 11/15/10, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement providing that the Senate impeachment committee be permitted to file their report with respect to the impeachment of Judge Porteous, on 11/16/10.
Notices  
On 11/5/10, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection concerning methodologies for conducting a self-evaluation of its own policies and practices supporting Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, under which federal agencies are required to provide meaningful access to their programs and activities to qualified persons with disabilities. Comments are due 12/6/10. FR68395.
On 11/12/10, the National Council on Disability announced a 12/2/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss strategic planning, to report and discuss the activities of the Health Care Reform Working Group, and for other purposes. FR69473.
On 11/12/10 SSA announced the request for public comment on several proposed information collections: Reporting Events—Form SSA 8150; Request for Review of Hearing Decision or Order; Development for Participation in a Vocational Rehabilitation or Similar Program; Modified Benefit Formula Questionnaire; Acknowledgement of Receipt (Notice of Hearing); Advanced Notice of Termination of Child’s Benefits & Student’s Statement Regarding School Attendance; Agreement to Sell Property; Student Reporting Form; and Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)—Grant Awardees/Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)— Beneficiaries. Comments are due 1/11/11. FR6951569518.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Strengthening Medicare and Medicaid: Taking Steps to Modernize America’s Health Care System,” focusing on the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect seniors and consumers since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed earlier this year. 11/17/10, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will mark up S 3036, a bill to establish of the Office of the National Alzheimer’s Project. 11/17/10, time TBA, location TBA.
 
Notices  
On 11/8/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection, Effectiveness of a Community’s Implementation of the NFIP Community Assistance Program Community Assistance Contact (CAC) and Community Assistance Visit CAV Reports, to provide FEMA the ability to make a comprehensive assessment of a community’s floodplain management program. Comments are due 12/8/10. FR68613.
On 11/9/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule and a proposed rule regarding Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for specific communities, necessary for them to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For the proposed rule, comments are due 2/7/11. FR68710 and FR68738.
 
Notices
On 11/10/10, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS, announced an invitation for nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of non-Federal experts that makes evidence-based recommendations to the health care community and the public regarding the provision of clinical preventive services. FR69094.
On 11/10/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS, announced a proposed rule that would provide guidance to states related to federal/state funding of state start-up, operation and maintenance costs of Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors (Medicaid RACs) and the payment methodology for state payments to Medicaid RACs in accordance with Section 6411 of the Affordable Care Act. Comments are due 1/10/11. FR69037.

On 11/8/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a proposed rule with comment period, to amend the definition of Mechanized Claims Processing and Information Retrieval Systems to include systems used for eligibility determination, enrollment, and eligibility reporting activities. Comments are due 1/7/11. FR68583.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing titled “The Importance of VAWA’s (Violence Against Women Act) Transitional Housing Programs to Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence.” 11/17/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 11/8/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Public Housing Capital Fund Financing, to help HUD to appropriately disburse and utilize the funds provided to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and to provide the information necessary to approve a financing transaction in addition to any mixed-finance and capital fund financing transactions. Comments are due 12/8/10. FR68615.
On 11/9/10, HUD announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Implementation of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, which would grant victims of abuse public housing assistance, on the condition an HUD approval certification form is submitted to attest that the individual is a victim of abuse and that the incidences of abuse are bona fide. Comments are due 12/9/10. FR68812.
On 11/9/10, HUD announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Restrictions on Assistance to Noncitizens, necessary for HUD to evaluate assistance restrictions to noncitizens which is prohibited unless noncitizens meet one of the categories of eligible immigration status specified in Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980. Comments are due 12/9/10. FR68812.
 
Notices
On 11/5/10, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance, regarding Section 404(b) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act which provides for the reimbursement to states and localities for assistance provided in meeting an immigration emergency. Comments are due 1/4/11. FR68371.
On 11/5/10, USICE, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Immigration Bond, to ensure that the person or company posting the bond is aware of the duties and responsibilities associated with the bond. Comments are due 1/4/11. FR68372.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on HR 4347, a bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, and for other purposes. 11/18/10, 9:30 am, 628 Dirksen.
 
Notices
On 11/5/10, the Office of Intellectual Property Rights, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection concerning government programs for protecting the intellectual property rights of U.S. businesses in foreign markets. Comments are due 11/29/10. FR68325.
On 11/10/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced an expansion and extension of the green technology pilot program, which permits patent applications pertaining to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy resources, and greenhouse gas emission reduction to be advanced out of turn for examination and reviewed earlier (accorded special status). The program will now expire 12/31/11. FR69049.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Global Competitiveness and National Economic Security.” 11/18/10, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Human Rights and Law Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).” 11/18/10, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
 
 
Notices
On 11/5/10, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, announced a 12/7/10 hearing in Washington, DC, to consider issues relating to the disclosure of fee, conflict of interest and other information by service providers to group health, disability, severance and other employee welfare benefit plans under Section 408(b)(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. FR68383.
On 11/9/10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a final rule, effective 1/11/11, to implement Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 ( ‘‘ GINA ’’ ), enacted by Congress to protect job applicants, current and former employees, labor union members, and apprentices and trainees from discrimination based on their genetic information. FR68912.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up and vote on S 2888, a bill to amend Section 205 of Title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualifying law school students participating in legal clinics from the application of the general conflict of interest rules under such section. 11/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
 
Notices  
On 11/10/10, the president announced the continuation for one year of the national emergency with respect to Iran. FR69569.
Hearings
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing to review efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to develop an Integrated Disability Evaluation System that provides a single disability rating, rather than having a separate evaluation/rating for each department. 11/18/10, 10 am, 418 Russell.  
Notices
On 11/10/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a final rule, effective 12/10/10, to establish the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, which will provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives which will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families. FR68975.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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