United States Sentencing Commission 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Applications; Tribal Issues Advisory Group
Document Number: 2014-28155
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-28
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission has decided to establish a Tribal Issues Advisory Group as an ad hoc advisory group pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 995 and Rule 5.4 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure. Having adopted a formal charter for the Tribal Issues Advisory Group, the Commission is constituting the at-large voting membership of the advisory group under that charter. To be eligible to serve as an at- large voting member, an individual must have expertise, knowledge, and/ or experience in the issues considered by the Tribal Issues Advisory Group as indicated in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. The Commission hereby invites any individual who is eligible to be appointed to the at-large voting membership of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group to apply. Applications should be received by the Commission not later than January 9, 2015. Applications may be sent to the Commission as indicated in the ADDRESSES section below.
Final Priorities for Amendment Cycle
Document Number: 2014-19766
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-20
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In June 2014, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. See 79 FR 31409 (June 2, 2014). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities.
Possible Formation of Tribal Issues Advisory Group
Document Number: 2014-19765
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-20
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is interested in forming a new Tribal Issues Advisory Group, on an ad hoc or continuing basis, or establishing other means to study issues that have been raised in recent years related to the operation of the federal sentencing guidelines in Indian Country and areas that have significant American Indian population. Therefore, the Commission hereby requests comment on the merits of forming such a group, including comment on the scope, duration, and potential membership of any such advisory group.
Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts
Document Number: 2014-19764
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-20
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On April 30, 2014, the Commission submitted to the Congress amendments to the sentencing guidelines and official commentary, which become effective on November 1, 2014, unless Congress acts to the contrary. Such amendments and the reasons for amendment subsequently were published in the Federal Register. 79 FR 25996 (May 6, 2014). The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions and policy statements related to those amendments.
Sentencing Guidelines for the United States Courts
Document Number: 2014-18147
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Sentencing Commission hereby gives notice of an amendment to a policy statement and commentary made pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. 994(a) and (u). The Commission promulgated an amendment to Policy Statement Sec. 1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range) clarifying when, and to what extent, a sentencing reduction is considered consistent with the policy statement and therefore authorized under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2). The amendment expands the listing in Sec. 1B1.10(d) (as redesignated by Amendment 1 of the amendments submitted to Congress on April 30, 2014) to include Amendment 782 (Amendment 3 of the amendments submitted to Congress on April 30, 2014) as an amendment that may be available for retroactive application. The amendment also inserts a new subsection (e) to the policy statement with a special instruction requiring that any order granting sentence reductions based on Amendment 782 shall not take effect until November 1, 2015, or later, and adds a new application note to Sec. 1B1.10 to explain and clarify this special instruction.
Proposed Priorities for Amendment Cycle
Document Number: 2014-12619
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
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.
Request for Applications; Practitioners Advisory Group
Document Number: 2014-12618
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Because the terms of certain voting members of the Practitioners Advisory Group are expiring as of October 2014, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who is eligible to be appointed to succeed such a voting member to apply. The voting memberships covered by this notice are two circuit memberships (for the Fourth Circuit and the Eight Circuit). Applications should be received by the Commission not later than August 1, 2014. Applications may be sent to the Commission as indicated in the addresses section below.
Requests for Nominations; Victims Advisory Group
Document Number: 2014-12617
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
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 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.
Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts
Document Number: 2014-10264
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Sentencing Commission hereby gives notice of the following actions: (1) Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. 994(p), the Commission has promulgated amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. (2) Amendment 3, pertaining to drug offenses, has the effect of lowering guideline ranges. The Commission requests comment regarding whether that amendment, or any part thereof, should be included in subsection (c) of Sec. 1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)) as an amendment that may be applied retroactively to previously sentenced defendants. This notice sets forth the request for comment.
Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts
Document Number: 2014-00882
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: United States Sentencing Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 994(a), (o), and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments and, for each proposed amendment, a synopsis of the issues addressed by that amendment. This notice also sets forth a number of issues for comment, some of which are set forth together with the proposed amendments; some of which are set forth independent of any proposed amendment; and one of which (regarding retroactive application of proposed amendments) is set forth in the Supplementary Information portion of this notice. The proposed amendments and issues for comment in this notice are as follows: (1) a proposed amendment to Sec. 1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)) to respond to two circuit conflicts involving the effect of a mandatory minimum sentence on the guideline range in resentencing proceedings under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 3582(c)(2); (2) a proposed amendment to respond to the new and expanded criminal offenses and increased statutory penalties provided by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Public Law 113-B4 (March 7, 2013), including (A) options to amend Sec. Sec. 2A2.2 (Aggravated Assault), 2A2.3 (Minor Assault), and 2A6.2 (Stalking or Domestic Violence) to address statutory changes to 18 U.S.C. Sec. Sec. 113, 2261, 2261A, and 2262, and (B) options to amend Appendix A (Statutory Index) to address certain offenses established or affected by that Act, including 18 U.S.C. Sec. 113, 1153, 1597, and 2423; 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1375a; and 47 U.S.C. Sec. 223, and related issues for comment; (3) a proposed amendment to the guidelines applicable to drug offenses, including (A) a detailed request for comment on whether any changes should be made to the Drug Quantity Table in Sec. 2D1.1 (Unlawful Manufacturing, Importing, Exporting, or Trafficking (Including Possession with Intent to Commit These Offenses); Attempt or Conspiracy) across drug types; (B) a proposed amendment that illustrates one possible set of changes to the Drug Quantity Table in Sec. 2D1.1, together with conforming changes to the chemical quantity tables in Sec. 2D1.11 (Unlawfully Distributing, Importing, Exporting or Possessing a Listed Chemical; Attempt or Conspiracy); and (C) an issue for comment on whether the guidelines adequately address the environmental and other harms of drug production operations (including, in particular, the cultivation of marihuana) on public lands or while trespassing on private property; (4) a proposed amendment to Sec. 2K2.1 (Unlawful Receipt, Possession, or Transportation of Firearms or Ammunition; Prohibited Transactions Involving Firearms or Ammunition) to clarify how principles of relevant conduct apply in cases in which the defendant is convicted of a firearms offense (e.g., being a felon in possession of a firearm) in two situations: first, when the defendant unlawfully possessed one firearm on one occasion and a different firearm on another occasion (but was not necessarily convicted of the second offense); and second, when the defendant unlawfully possessed a firearm and also used a firearm in connection with another offense, such as robbery or attempted murder (but was not necessarily convicted of the other offense), and related issues for comment; (5) a proposed amendment to Sec. 2L1.1 (Smuggling, Transporting, or Harboring an Unlawful Alien) to address cases in which aliens are transported through dangerous terrain, e.g., along the southern border of the United States, and related issues for comment; (6) a proposed amendment to address differences among the circuits in the calculation of the guideline range of supervised release under Sec. 5D1.2 (Term of Supervised Release) in two situations: first, when there is a statutory minimum term of supervised release; and second, when the instant offense of conviction is failure to register as a sex offender under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2250, and related issues for comment; and (7) a proposed amendment to Sec. 5G1.3 (Imposition of a Sentence on a Defendant Subject to an Undischarged Term of Imprisonment) to address certain types of cases in which the defendant is subject to an undischarged term of imprisonment, including (A) a proposed change requiring the court to account for an undischarged term of imprisonment that is relevant conduct to the instant federal offense of conviction but does not result in a Chapter Two or Chapter Three increase; (B) a proposed change allowing the court to account for an undischarged state term of imprisonment that is anticipated but not yet imposed; and (C) a proposed change allowing the court to adjust the sentence if the defendant is a deportable alien who is likely to be deported after imprisonment and is serving an undischarged term of imprisonment that resulted from an unrelated offense, and related issues for comment.