Certification Process for State Capital Counsel System
Chapter 154 of title 28, United States Code, provides special procedures for Federal habeas corpus review of cases brought by indigent prisoners in State custody who are subject to a capital sentence. These special procedures are available to States that the Attorney General has certified as having established mechanisms for the appointment, compensation, and payment of reasonable litigation expenses of competent counsel in State postconviction proceedings brought by such prisoners, and as providing standards of competency for the appointment of counsel in these proceedings. This rule sets forth the regulations for the certification procedure.
Meeting of the Office of Justice Programs' Science Advisory Board
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of OJP's Science Advisory Board (``Board''). The Board is chartered to provide OJP, a component of the Department of Justice, with valuable advice in the areas of science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of its programs and activities in criminal and juvenile justice. To this end, the Board has designated six (6) subcommittees: National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); Bureau of Justice Assistance; Quality and Protection of Science; and Evidence Translation/Integration.
Meeting of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Federal Advisory Committee
This is an announcement of a meeting of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Federal Advisory Committee (GAC) to discuss the Global Initiative, as described at www.it.ojp.gov/ global.
Membership of the Senior Executive Service Standing Performance Review Boards
Pursuant to the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4), the Department of Justice announces the membership of its 2013 Senior Executive Service (SES) Standing Performance Review Boards (PRBs). The purpose of a PRB is to provide fair and impartial review of SES performance appraisals, bonus recommendations and pay adjustments. The PRBs will make recommendations regarding the final performance ratings to be assigned, SES bonuses and/or pay adjustments to be awarded.
Exemption of Records Systems Under the Privacy Act
The Department of Justice (the Department or DOJ) proposes to amend its Privacy Act regulations for two systems of records entitled the ``Drug Enforcement Task Force Evaluation and Reporting System, JUSTICE/DAG-003,'' last published, March 10, 1992 in the Federal Register, and the ``Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center and International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center System, JUSTICE/CRM-028,'' last published, June 3, 2009 in the Federal Register. These Privacy Act regulations are being amended to reflect a recent reorganization of the Department establishing the Executive Office for OCDETF as a separate DOJ component, and transferring responsibility for these systems from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) and the Criminal Division to this component. In light of this departmental reorganization, JUSTICE/DAG- 003 is being renumbered to JUSTICE/OCDETF-001 and will be renamed as the ``Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Management Information System (OCDETF MIS).'' JUSTICE/CRM-028 is being renumbered to JUSTICE/OCDETF-002 but will retain its system name. When under the responsibility of ODAG and the Criminal Division, these systems were exempted from certain provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 by exemptions placed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections containing exemptions for ODAG's and the Criminal Division's Privacy Act systems. These proposed amendments will remove references to these systems from the CFR sections for ODAG and Criminal Division exemptions and add a new section for OCDETF exemptions. Public comment is invited.
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, notice is hereby given that the Department of Justice (Department or DOJ), Executive Office for OCDETF, proposes to amend an existing system of records notice (SORN) entitled, ``Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center and International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center System,'' JUSTICE/CRM-028, last published at 74 FR 26733, June 3, 2009. This amendment reflects a reorganization of the Department of Justice establishing the Executive Office for OCDETF as a new component and the resulting transfer of responsibility for this system of records from the Criminal Division to the Executive Office for OCDETF. Accordingly, the Executive Office for OCDETF is changing the system number from JUSTICE/CRM-028 to JUSTICE/OCDETF-002, and making revisions to reflect the Executive Office for OCDETF's own record-keeping practices and the overall modernization and technological changes of the system. Accordingly, this modified SORN will replace the SORN for JUSTICE/CRM-028. In addition, this amended SORN updates and modifies the previous SORN as follows: In the Categories of Individuals Covered by the System, a new category has been added for individuals who seek to or in fact do enter, exit, or transit the border of the United States and individuals associated with any such travel, including owners/lessees of the conveyances used; the Categories of Records in the System includes additional examples of records that may be associated with this new category of individuals; Executive Office for OCDETF contact information has been updated; and various other minor revisions have been made.
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, notice is hereby given that the Department of Justice (Department or DOJ), Executive Office for OCDETF proposes to amend an existing system of records notice (SORN) entitled ``Drug Enforcement Task Force Evaluation and Reporting System,'' JUSTICE/DAG-003, last published in its entirety at 57 FR 8473, Mar. 10, 1992. This amendment reflects a reorganization of the Department of Justice establishing the Executive Office for OCDETF as a new component and the resulting transfer of responsibility for this system of records from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General to the Executive Office for OCDETF. Accordingly, the Executive Office for OCDETF is renaming this system as the ``Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Management Information System'' (OCDETF MIS), changing the system number from JUSTICE/DAG-003 to JUSTICE/OCDETF-001, and making revisions to reflect the Executive Office of OCDETF's own record-keeping practices and the overall modernization and technological changes of the system. Accordingly, this modified SORN will replace the SORN for JUSTICE/DAG-003.
Established Aggregate Production Quotas for Schedule I and II Controlled Substances and Established Assessment of Annual Needs for the List I Chemicals Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine for 2014
This notice establishes the initial 2014 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in Schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and assessment of annual needs for the List I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
Machine Guns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Corporation, Trust or Other Legal Entity With Respect To Making or Transferring a Firearm
The Department of Justice proposes amending Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulations that concern the making or transferring of a firearm under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The proposed changes include: Defining the term ``responsible person,'' as used in reference to a trust, partnership, association, company, or corporation; requiring ``responsible persons'' of such legal entities to submit, inter alia, photographs and fingerprints, as well as a law enforcement certificate, when the legal entity files an application to make an NFA firearm or is listed as the transferee on an application to transfer an NFA firearm; modifying the information required in a law enforcement certificate, so that the certificate no longer requires a statement from the certifying official that he or she has no information indicating that the maker or transferee of the NFA firearm will use the firearm for other than lawful purposes; and adding a new section to ATF's regulations to address the possession and transfer of firearms registered to a decedent. The new section would clarify that the executor, administrator, personal representative, or other person authorized under state law to dispose of property in an estate may possess a firearm registered to a decedent during the term of probate without such possession being treated as a ``transfer'' under the NFA. It also would specify that the transfer of the firearm to any beneficiary of the estate may be made on a tax-exempt basis.
Establishment of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of the Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), the Department of Justice announces the establishment of the Advisory Committee of the Attorney General's Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence (hereinafter, the ``AI/AN Advisory Committee''). The AI/AN Advisory Committee will advise the Attorney General on a broad array of issues relating to addressing the problem of AI/AN children exposed to violence in the United States.
Request for Information: Collection and Use of Nonfatal Workplace Violence Information from the National Crime Victimization Survey
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) of the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), are collaborating to request public comments to inform BJS's approach in collecting and reporting data related to nonfatal workplace violence in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). NIOSH and BJS request input on these issues. The instructions for submitting comments can be found at www.regulations.gov. Written comments submitted to the Docket will be used to inform BJS with the planning and collection of workplace violence data in the NCVS. Dates: Public Comment Period: Comments must be received by November 27, 2013 to be considered by BJS and NIOSH. Addresses: Written comments: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number [CDC-2013-0020; NIOSH-269]. All relevant comments, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov. All information received in response to this notice will be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.
VOCA Victim Assistance Program
The Office for Victims of Crime (``OVC'') of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (``OJP''), proposes this rule to implement the victim assistance formula grant program (``Victim Assistance Program'') authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (``VOCA''). Generally speaking, this law authorizes OVC to provide an annual grant from the Crime Victims Fund to each State and eligible territory for the financial support of services to victims of crime by eligible crime victim assistance programs. The proposed rule would codify and update the existing VOCA Victim Assistance Program Guidelines (``Guidelines'') to reflect changes in OVC policy, needs of the crime victims services field, and VOCA itself.