Proposed Priorities for Amendment Cycle, 31409-31410 [2014-12619]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 105 / Monday, June 2, 2014 / Notices collect input from academic, industry, and government experts on national security implications of the U.S. bilateral trade and economic relationship with China. The hearing will examine economic, political, and security developments in cross-Strait and China-North Korea relations. It will assess the opportunities and risks arising from closer cross-Strait economic integration for Taiwan and the United States, and it will examine Taiwan’s ability to defend against military coercion by China. The hearing will also address whether China’s views and policies toward North Korea have changed in recent years and the implications for U.S. security interests. The hearing will be co-chaired by Commissioners Daniel M. Slane and Katherine C. Tobin, Ph.D.. Any interested party may file a written statement by June 05, 2014, by mailing to the contact below. A portion of each panel will include a question and answer period between the Commissioners and the witnesses. Location, Date and Time: Room 608, Dirksen Senate Office Building, 1st Street Southeast, Washington, DC. Thursday, June 05, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Eastern Time. A detailed agenda for the hearing will be posted to the Commission’s Web site at www.uscc.gov. Also, please check our Web site for possible changes to the hearing schedule. Reservations are not required to attend the hearing. Any member of the public seeking further information concerning the hearing should contact Reed Eckhold, 444 North Capitol Street NW., Suite 602, Washington DC 20001; phone: 202–624– 1496, or via email at reckhold@uscc.gov. Reservations are not required to attend the hearing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority: Congress created the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in 2000 in the National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. 106–398), as amended by Division P of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (Pub. L. 108–7), as amended by Public Law 109–108 (November 22, 2005). Dated: May 28, 2014. Michael Danis, Executive Director, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. [FR Doc. 2014–12746 Filed 5–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1137–00–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 May 30, 2014 Jkt 232001 UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION Proposed Priorities for Amendment Cycle United States Sentencing Commission. ACTION: Notice; Request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. DATES: Public comment should be received on or before July 29, 2014. ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to the Commission by electronic mail or regular mail. The email address is pubaffairs@ussc.gov. The regular mail address is United States Sentencing Commission, One Columbus Circle NE., Suite 2–500, South Lobby, Washington, DC 20002–8002, Attention: Public Affairs—Priorities Comment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanne Doherty, Public Affairs Officer, 202–502–4502, jdoherty@ussc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch of the United States Government. The Commission promulgates sentencing guidelines and policy statements for federal sentencing courts pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(a). The Commission also periodically reviews and revises previously promulgated guidelines pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(o) and submits guideline amendments to the Congress not later than the first day of May each year pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(p). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(g), the Commission intends to consider the issue of reducing costs of incarceration and overcapacity of prisons, to the extent it is relevant to any identified priority. The Commission provides this notice to identify tentative priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. The Commission recognizes, however, that other factors, such as the enactment of any legislation requiring Commission action, may affect the Commission’s ability to complete work on any or all of its identified priorities by the statutory deadline of May 1, 2015. Accordingly, it may be necessary to continue work on any or all of these PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31409 issues beyond the amendment cycle ending on May 1, 2015. As so prefaced, the Commission has identified the following tentative priorities: (1) Continuation of its work with Congress and other interested parties on statutory mandatory minimum penalties to implement the recommendations set forth in the Commission’s 2011 report to Congress, titled Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System, including its recommendations regarding the severity and scope of mandatory minimum penalties, consideration of expanding the ‘‘safety valve’’ at 18 U.S.C. 3553(f), and elimination of the mandatory ‘‘stacking’’ of penalties under 18 U.S.C. 924(c), and to develop appropriate guideline amendments in response to any related legislation. (2) Continuation of its work on economic crimes, including (A) a comprehensive, multi-year study of § 2B1.1 (Theft, Property Destruction, and Fraud) and related guidelines, including examination of the loss table, the definition of loss, and role in the offense; (B) a study of offenses involving fraud on the market; (C) a study of antitrust offenses, including examination of the fine provisions in § 2R1.1 (Bid-Rigging, Price-Fixing or Market Allocation Agreements Among Competitors); and (D) consideration of any amendments to such guidelines that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained from such studies. (3) Continuation of its multi-year study of statutory and guideline definitions relating to the nature of a defendant’s prior conviction (e.g., ‘‘crime of violence,’’ ‘‘aggravated felony,’’ ‘‘violent felony,’’ ‘‘drug trafficking offense,’’ and ‘‘felony drug offense’’) and the impact of such definitions on the relevant statutory and guideline provisions (e.g., career offender, illegal reentry, and armed career criminal), possibly including recommendations to Congress on any statutory changes that may be appropriate and development of guideline amendments that may be appropriate. (4) Implementation of the directive to the Commission in section 10 of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Public Law 111–220 (enacted August 3, 2010) (requiring the Commission, not later than 5 years after enactment, to ‘‘study and submit to Congress a report regarding the impact of the changes in Federal sentencing law under this Act and the amendments made by this Act’’). (5) Study of the operation of § 3B1.2 (Mitigating Role) and related provisions E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 31410 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 105 / Monday, June 2, 2014 / Notices in the Guidelines Manual (e.g., the ‘‘mitigating role cap’’ in § 2D1.1(a)(5)), and consideration of any amendments to the Guidelines Manual that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained from such study. (6) Study of the guidelines applicable to immigration offenses and related criminal history rules, and consideration of any amendments to such guidelines that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained from such study. (7) Continuation of its comprehensive, multi-year study of recidivism, including (A) examination of circumstances that correlate with increased or reduced recidivism; (B) possible development of recommendations for using information obtained from such study to reduce costs of incarceration and overcapacity of prisons; and (C) consideration of any amendments to the Guidelines Manual that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained from such study. (8) Continuation of its multi-year review of federal sentencing practices pertaining to violations of conditions of probation and supervised release, including possible consideration of amending the policy statements in Chapter Seven of the Guidelines Manual. (9) Continuation of its work with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, and other interested parties, with respect to the Commission’s December 2012 report to Congress, titled The Continuing Impact of United States v. Booker on Federal Sentencing, and development of appropriate guideline amendments in response to any related legislation. (10) Continuation of its work with Congress and other interested parties on child pornography offenses to implement the recommendations set forth in the Commission’s December 2012 report to Congress, titled Federal Child Pornography Offenses, including (A) possible development of appropriate guideline amendments in response to any related legislation; and (B) possible development of guideline amendments on the issue of victim restitution in light of Paroline v. United States, llU.S. ll, 134 S.Ct. 1710 (2014). (11) Consideration of amending the policy statement pertaining to ‘‘compassionate release,’’ § 1B1.13 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Motion by Director of Bureau of Prisons). (12) Beginning a multi-year effort to simplify the operation of the guidelines, including a review of (A) cross references in the Guidelines Manual, (B) the use of relevant conduct in offenses VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:59 May 30, 2014 Jkt 232001 involving conspiracies, (C) the use of acquitted conduct in applying the guidelines, and (D) the use of departures. (13) Implementation of any crime legislation enacted during the 113th Congress warranting a Commission response. (14) Resolution of circuit conflicts, pursuant to the Commission’s continuing authority and responsibility, under 28 U.S.C. 991(b)(1)(B) and Braxton v. United States, 500 U.S. 344 (1991), to resolve conflicting interpretations of the guidelines by the federal courts. (15) Study of the availability of alternatives to incarceration. (16) Consideration of any miscellaneous guideline application issues coming to the Commission’s attention from case law and other sources. The Commission hereby gives notice that it is seeking comment on these tentative priorities and on any other issues that interested persons believe the Commission should address during the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. To the extent practicable, public comment should include the following: (1) A statement of the issue, including, where appropriate, the scope and manner of study, particular problem areas and possible solutions, and any other matters relevant to a proposed priority; (2) citations to applicable sentencing guidelines, statutes, case law, and constitutional provisions; and (3) a direct and concise statement of why the Commission should make the issue a priority. Authority: 28 U.S.C. § 994(a), (o); USSC Rules of Practice and Procedure 5.2. Patti B. Saris, Chair. [FR Doc. 2014–12619 Filed 5–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 2210–40–P UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION Requests for Nominations; Victims Advisory Group United States Sentencing Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In view of existing vacancies in the membership of the Victims Advisory Group, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the advisory group. Applications should PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be received by the Commission not later than July 2, 2014. Applications may be sent to the Commission as indicated in the addresses section below. Applications for membership of the Victims Advisory Group should be received not later than July 2, 2014. DATES: Applications for membership of the Victims Advisory Group should include a letter of interest and resume, and be sent to the Commission by electronic mail or regular mail. The email address is pubaffairs@ussc.gov. The regular mail address is United States Sentencing Commission, One Columbus Circle NE., Suite 2–500, South Lobby, Washington, DC 20002–8002, Attention: Public Affairs. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanne Doherty, Public Affairs Officer, 202–502–4502, jdoherty@ussc.gov. More information about the Victims Advisory Group is available on the Commission’s Web site at www.ussc.gov/advisorygroups. The Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission is a standing advisory group of the United States Sentencing Commission pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 995 and Rule 5.4 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Under the charter for the advisory group, the purpose of the advisory group is (1) to assist the Commission in carrying out its statutory responsibilities under 28 U.S.C. § 994(o); (2) to provide to the Commission its views on the Commission’s activities and work, including proposed priorities and amendments, as they relate to victims of crime; (3) to disseminate information regarding sentencing issues to organizations represented by the Victims Advisory Group and to other victims of crime and victims advocacy groups, as appropriate; and (4) to perform any other functions related to victims of crime as the Commission requests. Under the charter, the advisory group consists of not more than nine members, each of whom may serve not more than two consecutive three-year terms. Each member is appointed by the Commission. The Commission invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the Victims Advisory Group by sending a letter of interest and a resume to the Commission as indicated in the ADDRESSES section above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1

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UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION


Proposed Priorities for Amendment Cycle

AGENCY: United States Sentencing Commission.

ACTION: Notice; Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to 
analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal 
sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of 
Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission is 
seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment 
cycle ending May 1, 2015.

DATES: Public comment should be received on or before July 29, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to the Commission by electronic mail 
or regular mail. The email address is pubaffairs@ussc.gov. The regular 
mail address is United States Sentencing Commission, One Columbus 
Circle NE., Suite 2-500, South Lobby, Washington, DC 20002-8002, 
Attention: Public Affairs--Priorities Comment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanne Doherty, Public Affairs 
Officer, 202-502-4502, jdoherty@ussc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Sentencing Commission is 
an independent agency in the judicial branch of the United States 
Government. The Commission promulgates sentencing guidelines and policy 
statements for federal sentencing courts pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(a). 
The Commission also periodically reviews and revises previously 
promulgated guidelines pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(o) and submits 
guideline amendments to the Congress not later than the first day of 
May each year pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(p).
    Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(g), the Commission intends to consider 
the issue of reducing costs of incarceration and overcapacity of 
prisons, to the extent it is relevant to any identified priority.
    The Commission provides this notice to identify tentative 
priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. The Commission 
recognizes, however, that other factors, such as the enactment of any 
legislation requiring Commission action, may affect the Commission's 
ability to complete work on any or all of its identified priorities by 
the statutory deadline of May 1, 2015. Accordingly, it may be necessary 
to continue work on any or all of these issues beyond the amendment 
cycle ending on May 1, 2015.
    As so prefaced, the Commission has identified the following 
tentative priorities:
    (1) Continuation of its work with Congress and other interested 
parties on statutory mandatory minimum penalties to implement the 
recommendations set forth in the Commission's 2011 report to Congress, 
titled Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice 
System, including its recommendations regarding the severity and scope 
of mandatory minimum penalties, consideration of expanding the ``safety 
valve'' at 18 U.S.C. 3553(f), and elimination of the mandatory 
``stacking'' of penalties under 18 U.S.C. 924(c), and to develop 
appropriate guideline amendments in response to any related 
legislation.
    (2) Continuation of its work on economic crimes, including (A) a 
comprehensive, multi-year study of Sec.  2B1.1 (Theft, Property 
Destruction, and Fraud) and related guidelines, including examination 
of the loss table, the definition of loss, and role in the offense; (B) 
a study of offenses involving fraud on the market; (C) a study of 
antitrust offenses, including examination of the fine provisions in 
Sec.  2R1.1 (Bid-Rigging, Price-Fixing or Market Allocation Agreements 
Among Competitors); and (D) consideration of any amendments to such 
guidelines that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained 
from such studies.
    (3) Continuation of its multi-year study of statutory and guideline 
definitions relating to the nature of a defendant's prior conviction 
(e.g., ``crime of violence,'' ``aggravated felony,'' ``violent 
felony,'' ``drug trafficking offense,'' and ``felony drug offense'') 
and the impact of such definitions on the relevant statutory and 
guideline provisions (e.g., career offender, illegal reentry, and armed 
career criminal), possibly including recommendations to Congress on any 
statutory changes that may be appropriate and development of guideline 
amendments that may be appropriate.
    (4) Implementation of the directive to the Commission in section 10 
of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Public Law 111-220 (enacted August 
3, 2010) (requiring the Commission, not later than 5 years after 
enactment, to ``study and submit to Congress a report regarding the 
impact of the changes in Federal sentencing law under this Act and the 
amendments made by this Act'').
    (5) Study of the operation of Sec.  3B1.2 (Mitigating Role) and 
related provisions

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in the Guidelines Manual (e.g., the ``mitigating role cap'' in Sec.  
2D1.1(a)(5)), and consideration of any amendments to the Guidelines 
Manual that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained 
from such study.
    (6) Study of the guidelines applicable to immigration offenses and 
related criminal history rules, and consideration of any amendments to 
such guidelines that may be appropriate in light of the information 
obtained from such study.
    (7) Continuation of its comprehensive, multi-year study of 
recidivism, including (A) examination of circumstances that correlate 
with increased or reduced recidivism; (B) possible development of 
recommendations for using information obtained from such study to 
reduce costs of incarceration and overcapacity of prisons; and (C) 
consideration of any amendments to the Guidelines Manual that may be 
appropriate in light of the information obtained from such study.
    (8) Continuation of its multi-year review of federal sentencing 
practices pertaining to violations of conditions of probation and 
supervised release, including possible consideration of amending the 
policy statements in Chapter Seven of the Guidelines Manual.
    (9) Continuation of its work with the legislative, executive, and 
judicial branches of government, and other interested parties, with 
respect to the Commission's December 2012 report to Congress, titled 
The Continuing Impact of United States v. Booker on Federal Sentencing, 
and development of appropriate guideline amendments in response to any 
related legislation.
    (10) Continuation of its work with Congress and other interested 
parties on child pornography offenses to implement the recommendations 
set forth in the Commission's December 2012 report to Congress, titled 
Federal Child Pornography Offenses, including (A) possible development 
of appropriate guideline amendments in response to any related 
legislation; and (B) possible development of guideline amendments on 
the issue of victim restitution in light of Paroline v. United States, 
----U.S. ----, 134 S.Ct. 1710 (2014).
    (11) Consideration of amending the policy statement pertaining to 
``compassionate release,'' Sec.  1B1.13 (Reduction in Term of 
Imprisonment as a Result of Motion by Director of Bureau of Prisons).
    (12) Beginning a multi-year effort to simplify the operation of the 
guidelines, including a review of (A) cross references in the 
Guidelines Manual, (B) the use of relevant conduct in offenses 
involving conspiracies, (C) the use of acquitted conduct in applying 
the guidelines, and (D) the use of departures.
    (13) Implementation of any crime legislation enacted during the 
113th Congress warranting a Commission response.
    (14) Resolution of circuit conflicts, pursuant to the Commission's 
continuing authority and responsibility, under 28 U.S.C. 991(b)(1)(B) 
and Braxton v. United States, 500 U.S. 344 (1991), to resolve 
conflicting interpretations of the guidelines by the federal courts.
    (15) Study of the availability of alternatives to incarceration.
    (16) Consideration of any miscellaneous guideline application 
issues coming to the Commission's attention from case law and other 
sources.
    The Commission hereby gives notice that it is seeking comment on 
these tentative priorities and on any other issues that interested 
persons believe the Commission should address during the amendment 
cycle ending May 1, 2015. To the extent practicable, public comment 
should include the following: (1) A statement of the issue, including, 
where appropriate, the scope and manner of study, particular problem 
areas and possible solutions, and any other matters relevant to a 
proposed priority; (2) citations to applicable sentencing guidelines, 
statutes, case law, and constitutional provisions; and (3) a direct and 
concise statement of why the Commission should make the issue a 
priority.

    Authority: 28 U.S.C. Sec.  994(a), (o); USSC Rules of Practice 
and Procedure 5.2.

Patti B. Saris,
Chair.
[FR Doc. 2014-12619 Filed 5-30-14; 8:45 am]
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