A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
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Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 219 - 222 (November 15, 2010 – November 18, 2010)
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 149 - 150 (November 16, 2010 – November 17, 2010)
S 3961 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to amend the E-Government Act of 2002 to reform the electronic rulemaking process; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S7968, CR 11/17/10.
On 11/15/10, 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, Income Withholding for Support (IWO), required for all individuals and entities to use to notify employers of the income withholding order for child support in all IV–D and non-IV–D cases. Comments are due 1/14/11. FR69682.
On 11/17/10, the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announced a 12/3/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to receive a report from the Council’s executive committee, and to receive presentations on the Chicago South Side Drill Team and the interagency Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. FR70216.
S 3945 ( Akaka, D-HI), to express the policy of the United States regarding the United States relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity; to Indian Affairs. S7899, CR 11/15/10.
S3960 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to prevent harassment at institutions of higher education, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S7968, CR 11/17/10.
On 11/17/10, the Senate received the following nominations: Cathy Bissoon, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Vincent L. Briccetti, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Roy Bale Dalton, Jr., of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; Sara Lynn Darrow, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; John A. Kronstadt, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; and Kevin Hunter Sharp, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
On 11/17/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the following nominations: Max Oliver Cogburn Jr., of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; and Marco A. Hernandez and Michael H. Simon, of Oregon, both 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.
On 11/17/10, the Impeachment Trial Committee submitted a special report entitled ``Report of the Impeachment Trial Committee on the Articles Against Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr.'' (S. Rept. No. 111-347).
On 11/16/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Survey of Sexual Violence, to develop estimates for the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault within correctional facilities, as well as characteristics of substantiated incidents, as required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (P. L. 108–79). Comments are due 1/14/11. FR70030.
On 11/17/10, National Institute of Justice, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Requirements Data Collection Application for the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants Program, to assess the impacts and cost-effectiveness of the Forensic Casework DNA Backlog Programs over time and to diagnose performance problems in current casework programs. Comments are due 1/16/10. FR70290.
S 3950 ( Kerry, D – MA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the application of a consistent Medicare Part B premium fir all Medicare beneficiaries for 2011; to Finance. S7968, CR 11/17/10.
On11/17/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment regarding certain aspects of the policies and standards that will apply to accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare program under section 3021 or 3022 of the Affordable Care Act. Comments are due 12/3.10. FR70165.
S J Res 40 ( Reid, D-NV), to appoint 1/5/11 as the day for the convening of the first session of the One Hundred Twelfth Congress. S7899, CR 11/15/10.
On 11/15/10, the Senate passed S J Res 40, to appoint 1/5/11 as the day for the convening of the first session of the One Hundred Twelfth Congress.
S 3942 ( Tester, D-MT), to amend the Arms Export Control Act to provide that certain firearms listed as curios or relics may be imported into the United States by a licensed importer without obtaining authorization from the Department of State or the Department of Defense, and for other purposes; to Foreign Relations. S7899, CR 11/15/10.
S 3958 ( Wyden, D-OR), to allow an earlier start for state health care coverage innovation waivers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Finance. S7968, CR 11/17/10.
On 11/17/10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of the Treasury; Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; and Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced an amendment to the interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage relating to status as a grandfathered health plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment permits certain changes in policies, certificates, or contracts of insurance without loss of grandfathered status. Comments are due 12/17/10. FR70114.
On 11/17/10, National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a revision of a previously approved information collection, Pretesting of NIAID’s Biomedical HIV Prevention Research Communication Messages to pretest messages, materials and program activities about biomedical HIV prevention research. Comments are due 1/16/11. FR70270.
On 11/16/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Application for HUD/FHA Insured Mortgage ‘‘ HOPE for Homeowners ’’, to gather information on new mortgages offered by FHA approved mortgagees to mortgagors who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure through the HOPE for Homeowners Program, and to those who owe more than the value of their homes through the FHA Refinance of Borrowers in Negative Equity Positions. Comments are due 11/30/10. FR70019.
On 11/16/10, HUD announced a deadline extension for HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative—Round 1 Grant Program, an initiative to transform distressed neighborhoods and public and assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. Application deadline is 12/9/10. FR70020.
HR 6396 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H7453, CR 11/15/10.
S 3962 ( Durbin, D-IL), to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes. S7968, CR 11/17/10.
On 11/16/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Interagency Record of Individual Requesting Change/Adjustment To or From A or G Status or Requesting A, G, or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization, to facilitate processing of applications for benefits filed by dependents of diplomats, international organizations, and NATO personnel by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Department of State. Comments are due 1/15/11. FR70016.
On 11/17/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an extension of several currently approved information collections: Application for Certificate of Citizenship, used by USCIS to make a determination that the citizenship eligibility requirements and conditions are met by the applicant; Application for Naturalization, used by USCIS to determine an applicant’s eligibility for naturalization; and Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings Under Section 336, which provides a method for applicants, whose applications for naturalization are denied, to request a new hearing by an Immigration Officer within 30 days of the original decision. Comments are due 12/17/10. FR70277.
On 11/17/10, the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a final rule to amend Part 0 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect the establishment of the Office of Tribal Justice, created by the Attorney General to provide a channel for tribes to communicate their concerns to DOJ to help coordinate policy on Indian affairs both within the DOJ and with other federal Agencies. FR70122.
H Con Res 328 ( Conyers, D-MI), to express the sense of the Congress regarding the successful and substantial contributions of the amendments to the patent and trademark laws that were initially enacted in 1980 by P.L. 96-517 (commonly referred to as the “Bayh-Dole Act”) on the occasion of the 30 th anniversary of its enactment; to Judiciary. H7453, CR 11/15/10.
On11/15/10, the House passed S 3689, the Copyright Cleanup, Clarification, and Corrections Act of 2010, to clarify, improve, and correct the laws relating to copyrights.
On 11/15/10, the House passed H Con Res 328, to express the sense of the Congress regarding the successful and substantial contributions of the amendments to the patent and trademark laws that were initially enacted in 1980 by P.L. 96-517 (commonly referred to as the “Bayh-Dole Act”) on the occasion of the 30 th anniversary of its enactment.
On 11/15/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a proposed rulemaking to change the rules governing practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (Board or BPAI) in ex parte
patent appeals in order to simplify the appellate process in a manner that effects an overall lessening of the burden on appellants and examiners to present an appeal to the Board. Comments are due 1/14/11. FR69828.
On 11/16/10, the USPTO, Department of Commerce, announced it had issued the seventh edition of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure
( ‘‘ TMEP ’’ ), which provides USPTO trademark examining attorneys, trademark applicants, and attorneys and representatives for trademark applicants with a reference on the practices and procedures for prosecution of applications to register marks in the USPTO. FR69921.
On 11/15/10, the House passed S 1376, the International Adoption Simplification Act, to restore immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted by United States citizens under the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption to allow their admission to the United states.
On 11/8/10, the president issued proclamation 8599, to declare 11/9/10 as World Freedom Day and to call upon the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities in order to reaffirm the nation’s dedication to freedom and democracy. FR69571.
HR 6419 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the further extension of emergency unemployment benefits, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. H7548, CR 11/17/10.
On 11/17/10, the Senate voted, in a 58 yeas to 41 nays vote, to reject the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consider S 3772, the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment wages on the basis of sex.
On 11/18/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on an extension of an information collection, Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program, through which civil legal assistance attorneys who meet certain qualifications may have a portion of certain federal student loans repaid by the Department based on qualifying full-time employment for at least three years. Comments are due 12/20/10. FR70725.
HR 6398 ( Doggett, D -TX), to require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to fully insure interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts; to Financial Services. H7453, CR 11/15/10.
On 11/18/10 the Legal Services Corporation announced an 11/28/10 meeting, via teleconference, to consider and act on Board of Directors’ proposed comments on the Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress for the period of 4/1/10 – 9/30/10, and for other purposes. FR70704.
S 3954 ( Casey, D-PA), to improve air cargo security; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S7968, CR 11/17/10.
HR 6423 (Thompson, D-MS), to enhance homeland security, including domestic preparedness
On 11/15/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, and use of illicit substances in order for federal government agencies and other organizations to develop policy, direct program activities, and better allocate resources. Comments are due 12/15/10. FR69671.
HR 6415 ( Pence, R-IN), to permanently extend the 2001 and 2003 tax relief provisions and to permanently repeal the estate tax, and to provide permanent AMT relief, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. H7548, CR 11/17/10.
HR 6421 ( Filner, D-CA), to eliminate the learned intermediary defense to tort claims based on product liability, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H7548, CR 11/17/10.
HR 6397 ( Duncan, R-TN), to amend Section 101(a)(35) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for a marriage for which the parties are not physically in the presence of each other due to service abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States; to Judiciary. H7453,CR 11/15/10.
On 11/17/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, Follow-Up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans, VA Form 10–0488 and Consent Form for Release of Medical Records, VA Form 10–0488a, to help the VA better understand the long-term consequences of military deployment and to provide better health care for Gulf War veterans. Comments are due 12/17/10. FR70365.