National Security; Prevention of Acts of Violence and Terrorism
This rule finalizes the interim rules on Special Administrative Measures that were published on October 31, 2001 (66 FR 55062). The previously existing regulations authorized the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau), at the direction of the Attorney General, to impose special administrative measures with respect to specified inmates, based on information provided by senior intelligence or law enforcement officials, if determined necessary to prevent the dissemination of either classified information that could endanger the national security, or of other information that could lead to acts of violence and/or terrorism. The interim rule extended the period of time for which such special administrative measures may be imposed from 120 days to up to one year, and modified the standards for approving extensions of such special administrative measures. In addition, where the Attorney General has certified that reasonable suspicion exists to believe that an inmate may use communications with attorneys (or agents traditionally covered by the attorney-client privilege) to further or facilitate acts of violence and/or terrorism, the interim rule amended the previously existing regulations to provide that the Bureau must provide appropriate procedures to monitor or review such communications to deter such acts, subject to specific procedural safeguards, to the extent permitted under the Constitution and laws of the United States. The interim rule also requires the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to give written notice to the inmate and attorneys and/or agents before monitoring or reviewing any communications as described in this rule. The interim rule also provided that the head of each component of the Department of Justice that has custody of persons for whom special administrative measures are determined to be necessary may exercise the same authority to impose such measures as the Director of the Bureau of Prisons.
Justice Management Division; Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
The Department of Justice (DOJ) proposes to modify the Privacy Act notice on ``Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower Case Files, JMD-023,'' last published on September 7, 2005, at 70 FR 53253. The modifications are made in the ``Categories of Records in the System'' and in the ``Retention and Disposal'' sections of the notice.
Jurisdiction and Venue in Removal Proceedings
This proposed rule would amend the Department of Justice (Department) regulations addressing jurisdiction and venue in removal proceedings. The amendment is necessary due to the increasing number of removal hearings being conducted by telephone and video conference. The proposed rule establishes that venue shall lie at the place of the hearing as identified on the charging document or initial hearing notice, unless an immigration judge has granted a change of venue to a different location. The hearing location is the same whether or not the immigration judge or a party to the proceeding appears at the hearing location in person or participates in the hearing by telephone or video conference. The proposed rule also establishes that removal proceedings shall be deemed to be completed at the location of the final hearing, regardless of whether all parties are physically present at that location. The Department also proposes to amend the regulations to state expressly that, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) files a charging document, jurisdiction vests with the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) within the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
Meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is announcing the spring meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ), which will be held in Washington, DC on April 23-24, 2007. The meeting times and location are noted below.
Office on Violence Against Women; Notice of Meeting
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of the forthcoming public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women (hereinafter ``the Committee'').
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-130, Appendix I, Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals, notice is hereby given that the Department of Justice (DOJ or Justice) is establishing the following new system of records: ``Justice Federal Docket Management System [Justice FDMS], DOJ-013.'' Justice FDMS allows the public to search, view, download, and comment on all Department of Justice rulemaking documents in one central online system. This system notice covers the various records maintained by all Department of Justice components pertaining to public comments under the Justice FDMS.
Suicide Prevention Program
In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) revises its regulations on the suicide prevention program for clarity and to remove agency management procedures which do not need to be stated in regulations. We intend the revised regulations to provide for the health and safety of inmates.
Department of Justice Implementation of OMB Guidance on Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension
The Department of Justice (``DOJ'' or ``the Department'') is removing its regulations implementing the government-wide common rule on nonprocurement debarment and suspension, currently located within Part 67 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and adopting the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) guidance at Title 2 of the CFR. This regulatory action implements the OMB's initiative to streamline and consolidate all federal regulations on nonprocurement debarment and suspension into one part of the CFR. These changes constitute an administrative simplification that would make no substantive change in DOJ policy or procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension.