Meeting of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board
This is an announcement of a meeting (held via conference call) of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board, primarily intended to consider nominations for the 2015-2016 Medal of Valor, and to make a limited number of recommendation for submission to the U.S. Attorney General. Additional issues of importance to the Board will also be discussed, to include but not limited to the reading into the record of the minutes from the June 6, 2016, board meeting/ conference call. The meeting/conference call date and time is listed below.
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities
On May 9, 2016, the Department of Justice (Department) published a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) in the Federal Register addressing the potential application of technical accessibility requirements to the Web sites of title II entities. The comment period is scheduled to close on August 8, 2016. The Department is extending the comment period by 60 days until October 7, 2016, in order to provide additional time for the public to prepare comments.
Meeting of the Office of Justice Programs' Science Advisory Board
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of OJP's Science Advisory Board (``the Board''). This meeting is scheduled for September 15-16, 2016. General Function of the 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.
Motions To Reopen Removal, Deportation, or Exclusion Proceedings Based Upon a Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
The Department of Justice (Department) is proposing to amend the regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by establishing procedures for the filing and adjudication of motions to reopen removal, deportation, and exclusion proceedings based upon a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. This proposed rule is in response to Matter of Compean, Bangaly & J-E-C-, 25 I&N Dec. 1 (A.G. 2009), in which the Attorney General directed EOIR to develop such regulations. The Department also proposes to amend the EOIR regulations that provide that ineffective assistance of counsel may constitute extraordinary circumstances that may excuse the failure to file an asylum application within 1 year after the date of arrival in the United States.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473 (5300.9)
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register 81 FR 20424, on April 7, 2016, allowing for a 60- day comment period.
Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports
This notice announces the opening of the public comment period on the Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports (Proposed Uniform Language) documents for the forensic disciplines of anthropology, explosive chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, handwriting analysis, metallurgy, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome typing, and paints and polymers.
Notice of Charter Renewal
In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, title 5, United States Code, Appendix, and title 41 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, section 101-6.1015, notice is hereby given that the Charter of the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC) Executive Advisory Board (EAB) has been renewed. The Charter is on file with the General Services Administration. The Attorney General determined that the NDCAC EAB is in the public interest and is necessary in connection with the performance of duties of the United States Department of Justice. These duties can best be performed through the advice and counsel of this group. The purpose of the EAB is to provide advice and recommendations to the Attorney General or designee, and to the Director of the NDCAC that promote public safety and national security by advancing the NDCAC's core functions: law enforcement coordination with respect to technical capabilities and solutions, technology sharing, industry relations, and implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The EAB consists of 15 voting members from Federal, State, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, there are two non-voting members as follows: a federally-employed attorney assigned full time to the NDCAC to serve as a legal advisor to the EAB, and the DOJ Chief Privacy Officer or designee to ensure that privacy and civil rights and civil liberties issues are fully considered in the EAB's recommendations. The EAB is composed of eight State, local, and/or tribal representatives and seven federal representatives. The EAB functions solely as an advisory body in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Charter has been filed in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
Proposed Adjustments to the Aggregate Production Quotas for Schedule I and II Controlled Substances and Assessment of Annual Needs for the List I Chemicals Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine for 2016
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposes to adjust the 2016 aggregate production quotas for several controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act and assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
Proposed Aggregate Production Quotas for Schedule I and II Controlled Substances and Assessment of Annual Needs for the List I Chemicals Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine for 2017
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposes to establish the 2017 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act and assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
Webinar Meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has scheduled a webinar meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ).
Service Contract Inventory; Notice of Availability
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 111-117, the Department of Justice is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of its FY 2015 Service Contracts Inventory and Inventory Supplement. The inventory includes service contract actions over $25,000 that were awarded in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The inventory supplement includes information collected from contractors on the amount invoiced and direct labor hours expended for covered service contracts. The Department of Justice analyzes this data for the purpose of determining whether its contract labor is being used in an effective and appropriate manner and if the mix of federal employees and contractors in the agency is effectively balanced. The inventory and supplement do not include contractor proprietary or sensitive information. The FY 2015 Service Contract Inventory and Inventory Supplement is provided at the following link: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/service- contract-inventory.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection, Comments Requested; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection: Cargo Theft Incident Report
The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) will submit the following Information Collection Request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the established review procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Annual Determination of Average Cost of Incarceration
The fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in Fiscal Year 2015 was $31,977.65 ($87.61 per day). (Please note: There were 365 days in FY 2015.) The average annual cost to confine an inmate in a Residential Re-entry Center for Fiscal Year 2015 was $26,082.90 ($71.46 per day).
Publication of Offender Tracking System Standard, NIJ Standard-1004.00, and Request for Expressions of Interest From Manufacturers and Conformity Assessment Bodies
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announces publication of Offender Tracking System Standard, NIJ Standard-1004.00. The document can be found here: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/ 249810.pdf. NIJ is currently exploring strategies for conformity assessment of offender tracking systems in accordance with this new standard. Manufacturers interested in testing their products for conformance to the new standard are invited to review the standard and provide an expression of interest to the point of contact listed below. Likewise, conformity assessment bodies, such as laboratories, certification bodies, inspection bodies, and accreditation bodies, interested in participating in conformity assessment activities are invited to review the standard and provide an expression of interest to the point of contact listed below. Any feedback regarding this standard should also be directed to the point of contact listed below. For more information about NIJ standards, please visit http://nij.gov/standards.
Draft Baseline Specifications for Law Enforcement Service Pistols With Security Technology
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks feedback from the public on a draft document that defines generic baseline specifications for law enforcement service pistols with additional technology to enhance the security of the firearms, published here: http://nij.gov/topics/technology/firearms/pages/welcome.aspx.
Electronic Filing of Certain Import/Export Data Relating to Controlled Substances and Listed Chemicals: Announcement of the Partner Government Agency Message Set/Document Image System Test and Request for Participants
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announces, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a pilot test of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) involving the electronic submission of data related to the importation and exportation of controlled substances and listed chemicals. The pilot program will test the electronic transmission through the CBP's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, of data, forms and documents required by the DEA using the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set and the Document Image System (DIS). The data, forms and documents will be transmitted for review by the DEA. CBP's PGA Message Set and DIS enable importers, exporters, and brokers to electronically transmit data required by the DEA directly to ACE. This electronic process will replace certain paper-based processes currently used during the pilot program for pilot participants.
Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
This rule proposes to make the following changes to current regulations implementing the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act: Adopting the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program's List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List), the WTC Health Program's standards for certifying that an injury is covered for treatment under the Program, and related regulatory provisions, establishing payment offset provisions between the PSOB Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and revising the provisions that define when the statutory presumption of line-of-duty death resulting from certain heart attacks, strokes, and vascular ruptures is rebutted. The proposed changes based on the WTC Health Program's List and related provisions would provide a means for claimants to establish that certain public safety officers with chronic, often latent, health conditions sustained a line-of-duty injury under the PSOB Act. The proposed payment offset provisions are intended to implement statutory amendments to the PSOB Act requiring such offset and to facilitate claims processing. Similarly, the proposed rule implementing the statutory presumption associated with certain heart attacks, strokes, and vascular ruptures is intended to amend the current regulation to conform to recent amendments to the PSOB Act and to improve the processing of such claims.
Notice of Public Comment Period on Revised Federal Advisory Committee Work Products
This notice announces the opening of the comment period on revised subcommittee draft work products of the National Commission on Forensic Science.
Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act
The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (``USVSST Act'' or ``Act''), part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, establishes a fund, overseen by a Special Master, to provide compensation to certain eligible individuals who were injured in acts of state sponsored terrorism. The fund will award payment to victims of acts of international terrorism based on final judgments obtained in U.S. district courts against a state sponsor of terrorism, as well as to hostages held at the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the period beginning November 4, 1979, and ending January 20, 1981, and their spouses and children. This Notice describes the eligibility requirements and provides procedures for the submission and consideration of applications to the fund.
Privacy Act of 1974; Systems 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 Criminal Division (CRM), a component within the United States Department of Justice (Department or DOJ), is establishing a new system of records as noted below to process applications filed by individuals seeking compensation from the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Application for an Amended Federal Firearms License (ATF F 5300.38)
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection Comments Requested;
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 27475, on May 6, 2016, allowing for a 60 day comment period.
FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division; User Fee Schedule
This notice establishes revised rates for the user fee schedule for authorized users requesting fingerprint-based and name- based Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) checks for noncriminal justice purposes.
Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Program
The Office for Victims of Crime (``OVC'') of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (``OJP''), publishes this final rule to implement the victim assistance formula grant program (``Victim Assistance Program'') authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (``VOCA''). VOCA 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 crime victims by eligible crime victim assistance programs. The rule codifies and updates the existing VOCA Victim Assistance Program Guidelines (``Guidelines'') to reflect changes in OVC policy, needs of the crime victim services field, and VOCA itself.