A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.6.2010
The Senate will reconvene 4/12/10. The House will reconvene 4/13/10.

Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 63-65 (April 2-6, 2010)

Children and Families
Criminal Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Environmental Law
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Legal Education
Substance Abuse
On 4/6/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a final rule implementing a statutory change to Section 404(e) of the Social Security Act to allow states, tribes, and territories to use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program funds carried over from a prior year for any allowable TANF benefit, service, or activity. Previously these funds could be used only to provide assistance. This final rule applies to states, local governments, and tribes that administer the TANF program, and becomes effective 4/6/10. FR 17313 .
On 4/5/10, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a 5/12/10-5/13/10 meeting in Louisville, KY, of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council to discuss establishment of a benchmark for National Fingerprint File Program participation, to discuss a report on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Criminal History Record Information Sharing Project, and to hear an update on the Criminal Justice Information Services Division security policy, among other things. FR 17161 .
On 4/6/10, the Bureau of Prisons, DOJ, announced a proposed rule which would clarify existing Bureau practices with respect to communications management units (CMUs). CMUs are designed to provide an inmate housing unit environment that enables staff monitoring of all communications between CMU inmates and persons in the community. Comments are due 6/7/10. FR 17324 .
On 4/5/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Buffer Zone Protection Program, which collects financial and programmatic information from states and local governments related to grant and cooperative agreement awards for infrastructure security. Comments are due 5/5/10. FR 17151 .
On 4/5/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Homeland Security Grant Program, which collects information to evaluate applicants’ familiarity with the national preparedness architecture and to identify how elements of this architecture have been incorporated into regional, state, and local planning, operations, and investments. Comments are due 5/5/10. FR 17151 .
On 4/6/10, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 4/19/10 hearing in Arlington, VA, and a 4/20/10 hearing in Washington, DC, to discuss mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases, and to review two proposed rules relating to greenhouse gases. For more information on the hearings, go to http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghrulemaking.html . FR 17331 .
On 4/2/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Civil Rights Front End and Limited Monitoring Review, which will alert the HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity of a public housing agency’s failure to comply with civil rights requirements that pertain to low-rent public housing programs, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Comments are due 6/1/10. FR 16819 .
On 4/6/10, HUD announced a final rule authorizing the Department, to the extent of its fiscal year 2009 loan guarantee authority, to provide community development loan guarantees to states borrowing on behalf of local governments in nonentitlement areas (governments that do not receive annual Community Development Block Grants from HUD). This final rule becomes effective 5/6/10. FR 17303 .
On 4/2/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a previously approved project, the Application for Waiver of the Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement of the Exchange Visitor Waiver Program, which is used by HHS to make a determination as to whether or not to request from the Department of State a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement for applicants in the United States on a J-1 visa. Comments are due 6/1/10. FR 16809 .
On 4/6/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced the implementation of the Patent Ombudsman Pilot Program, which will run for 12 months to provide patent applicants, attorneys, and agents with assistance on application processing issues regarding concerns with advancement of prosecution (e.g. stalled applications). FR 17380 .
On 4/2/10, the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy announced a 4/15/10 open meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss key economic and commercial priorities for the Department of State, and to hear reports and discussions from the Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions Subcommittee, the Economic Sanctions Subcommittee, and the Investment Subcommittee. FR 16894 .
On 4/2/10, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission announced a 4/8/10 hearing in Washington, DC, to address China’s Green Energy and Environmental Policies. FR 16911 .
On 4/5/10, the State Department announced that it certifies that the United Nations and the government of Cambodia are taking credible steps to address allegations of corruption and mismanagement within the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, but stated also that both parties must continue to exercise oversight of court operations, and that the donor community and non-governmental organizations must continue their vigilant engagement with the United Nations and the Cambodian government to ensure that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal remains corruption-free and well-managed. FR 17197 .
On 4/2/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, Federal Perkins Loan Program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Military Service Deferment/Post-Active Duty Student Deferment Request, which serves as the means by which a FFEL, Perkins, or Direct Loan borrower requests a military service deferment or post-active duty student deferment. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 16762 .
On 4/2/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Multiplier Surveys, which will inform SAMHSA policy and budget development by determining which types of investments are most appropriate for achieving different policy objectives. Comments are due 6/1/10. FR 16812 .