Federal Register, Vol. 76, Nos. 78 – 80 (April 22, 2011 – April 26, 2011)
Children and Families
Intellectual Property Law
On 4/26/11, 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, State Plan for the Temporary Assistance of Needy Families (TANF), a mandatory statement submitted to the secretary of HHS by the state consisting of an outline specifying how the state’s TANF program will be administered and operated, in order to provide the public with information about the program. Comments are due 6/27/11. FR23324.
On 4/25/11, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a 5/12/11 meeting of the National Institute of Justice Offender Tracking System Standard Workshop, in , to introduce manufacturers, certification bodies and test laboratories for the new Offender Tracking System Standard that is under development and to receive input and feedback. FR22919.
On 4/22/11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a 5/10/11 – 5/11/11 meeting of the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment, in Atlanta, GA, to discuss updates on strategic prevention activities from both workgroups on sexual health and viral hepatitis, expanded HIV testing, and FY 2012 activities. FR22708.
On 4/26/11, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, relating to the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI)— a program that provides tribes and tribal businesses with expert advice regarding economic development matters— and its funding of economic development feasibility studies (studies) and long-term strategic, reservation wide economic development plans. Comments are due 5/26/11. FR23331.
On 4/22/11, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection concerning the extent to which the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ( ‘‘ TTAB ’’ or ‘‘ Board ’’ ) should become more directly involved in settlement discussions of parties to inter partes proceedings, including oppositions cancellations and concurrent use cases, in order to determine whether the involvement of an Administrative Trademark Judge (ATJ) or Board Interlocutory Attorney (IA) would be desirable by parties, and if so, how extensively and at what points in proceedings. Comments are due 6/21/11. FR22678.
On 4/25/11, USPTO, Department of Commerce, announced a 6/1/11 meeting in Alexandria, VA, to solicit public opinions on a number of changes being considered by USPTO to streamline the procedures governing ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, for the purpose of achieving faster, more efficient resolution of the substantial new question of patentability (SNQ) for which reexamination is ordered. Comments are due 6/29/11. FR22854.
On 4/26/11, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a request for public comment on reports issued by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) on 12/15/10 regarding child labor and forced labor in foreign countries. Relevant information will be used by the DOL in preparation of its ongoing reporting under congressional mandates and presidential directive. Comments are due 5/20/11. FR22921.
On 4/26/11, the Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that the FY 2011 Emergency Food Assistance Annual Program Statement is available to interested parties for general viewing here. FR23272.
On 4/26/11, the Department of State announced a 5/12/11 meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, in Washington, D.C., to hear an update on the ‘‘ strategic framework ’’ on public diplomacy released in March 2010 and to discuss whether U.S. public diplomacy is striking the right balance when engaging youth, elite, online or offline audiences. FR23352.
On 4/25/11, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced a proposed rule to establish a framework for encouraging the expanded use of alternative means of dispute resolution and conflict management practices as an integral part of normal business practices within the Department of Defense. Comments are due 6/24/11. FR22848.
On 4/26/11, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Department of Labor, announced a proposed rule to revise regulations implementing the affirmative action provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, in order to strengthen the affirmative action provisions by detailing specific actions a contractor must take to satisfy its obligations, and to increase the contractor’s data collection obligations and require the contractor to establish hiring benchmarks to assist in measuring the effectiveness of its affirmative action efforts. Comments are due 6/27/11. FR23358.