A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.2.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 14 (February 1, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 21 (February 2, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 12 (February 2, 2010)
The Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Assessing Foster Care and Family Services in the District of Columbia: Challenges and Solutions.” 2/9/10, 10:30 am, 342 Dirksen.
Committee Action
The House Education and Labor Committee will mark up HR 4247, to prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools. 2/4/10, 11 am, 2175 Rayburn.
On 2/2/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on two submitted information collections, the Tax Refund Offset Program and the Administrative Offset Program, which collect child support by intercepting certain federal payments, including federal tax refunds, of parents who have been ordered to pay child support and who are behind in paying the debt. Comments are due 3/4/10. FR 5331.
Bills Introduced
S Res 403 ( Vitter, R-LA), expressing the sense of the Senate that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should be tried by a military tribunal rather than by a civilian court; to Judiciary. S393, CR 2/1/10.
On 2/2/10, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a 3/9/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Code Committee to consider proposed changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual of Courts-Martial, United States, and other matters relating to the operation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice throughout the Armed Forces. FR 5288.
Bills Introduced
S 2972 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend Title 18 and 28 of the United States Code to provide assistance to federal law enforcement agencies in investigating offenses involving child victims; to Judiciary. S392, CR 2/1/10.
On 2/2/10, the Treasury Department, Department of Labor, and HHS announced interim final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which requires parity between mental health or substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits with respect to financial requirements and treatment limitations under group health plans and health insurance coverage offered in connection with a group health plan. Comments are due 5/3/10. The interim final regulations become effective 4/5/10. FR 5409.
On 2/2/10, the Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department, issued temporary regulations providing guidance to employers and group health plans relating to the group health plan mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements, and withdrawing the notice of proposed rulemaking relating to mental health parity requirements for group health plans that was published 12/22/97. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 5452.
On 2/2/10, the Department of Education announced an invitation of applications for new awards for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Program for fiscal year 2010, which aims to improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; to support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities; and to provide support for captioning and video description that are appropriate for use in the classroom setting. Applications are due 3/19/10. FR 5291.
On 2/2/10, HHS announced the adjusted Federal Medical Assistance Percentage rates for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. These rates apply to matching shares for Medicaid and Title IV Foster Care, Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Programs. These percentages are effective for the quarter beginning 10/1/09-12/31/09. FR 5325.
On 2/2/10, the Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture, announced the intent to hold public forums to solicit feedback from the public on whether the current method of delivering the self-help program is the most efficient and cost-effective in terms of cost and program delivery. The forums are scheduled for February through June 2010 and will be held in selected states and the Washington, DC, area. Comments and questions are due 6/30/10. Information on location and times of forums will be posted on the agency website. FR 5281.
On 2/2/10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a request for public comment on an interim rule amending regulations governing representation and appearances by, and professional conduct of, practitioners in immigration practice before its components to conform the grounds of discipline and procedure regulations with those promulgated by the Department of Justice; and to clarify who is authorized to represent applicants and petitioners in cases before DHS. Comments are due 3/4/10. This interim rule becomes effective 3/4/10. FR 5225.
Bills Introduced
S Res 404 ( Feingold, D-WI), supporting full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other efforts to promote peace and stability in Sudan; to Foreign Relations. S393, CR 2/1/10.
On 2/2/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to the Accounting Guide for LSC Recipients to reflect changes that have occurred since the last publication of the guide in 1997. Comments are due 3/19/10. FR 5351.
On 2/2/10, DoD announced a 3/1/10 meeting in Cocoa Beach, FL, of the Defense Health Board to hear updates from the National Capital Region Base Realignment and Closure Subcommittee, the DoD Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces, the Military/Occupational Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee, and the Psychological Health External Advisory Subcommittee. FR 5289.