Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
This joint interim final rule implements for all Federal award-making agencies the final guidance Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on December 26, 2013. This rule is necessary in order to incorporate into regulation and thus bring into effect the Uniform Guidance as required by OMB. Implementation of this guidance will reduce administrative burden and risk of waste, fraud, and abuse for the approximately $600 billion per year awarded in Federal financial assistance. The result will be more Federal dollars reprogrammed to support the mission, new entities able to compete and win awards, and ultimately a stronger framework to provide key services to American citizens and support the basic research that underpins the United States economy.
Paperwork Reduction Act; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) intends to submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
Removal of 5 Counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) removed 5 counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) counties pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 1706, effective September 29, 2014. The 5 counties removed from HIDTA county designation within the Appalachia HIDTA are (1) Cumberland and Clinton Counties in Kentucky; (2) Clay and White Counties in Tennessee; and (3) Mason County in West Virginia. The Executive Board of the Appalachia HIDTA requested removal of these counties from designation after assessing the threat and determining that these counties no longer met the statutory criteria necessary for designation as HIDTA counties. ONDCP evaluated and accepted the request.
Notice of HIDTA Designations
The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy designated 26 additional counties/cities as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 1706. The new counties/ cities are (1) Madison and Nelson Counties in Kentucky, Tazewell County in Virginia, and Harrison County in West Virginia as part of the Appalachia HIDTA; (2) Pasco County in Florida as part of the Central Florida HIDTA; (3) Trinity and Siskiyou Counties in California as part of the Central Valley California HIDTA; (4) Brazoria County in Texas as part of the Houston HIDTA; (5) Rockingham County in New Hampshire as part of the New England HIDTA; (6) Chautauqua, Dutchess, Putnam, and Rockland Counties in New York as part of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA; (7) Ada and Canyon Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County in Oregon as part of the Oregon HIDTA; (8) Gallatin County in Montana as part of the Rocky Mountain HIDTA; (9) Potter and Randall Counties in Texas as part of the Texoma HIDTA; and (10) Berkeley County in West Virginia and the Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach in Virginia as part of the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA.
Appointment of Members of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board
The following persons have been appointed to the ONDCP Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board: Dr. Terry Zobeck (as Chair), Mr. Gerard Burns, Ms. Michele Marx, and Mr. Jeffrey Teitz.
Summit on Heroin and Prescription Drugs: Federal, State, and Community Responses
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host a ``Summit on Heroin and Prescription Drugs: Federal, State, and Community Responses'' highlighting the public health and safety issues surrounding prescription painkillers and heroin. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20500. While the summit is not open to the general public, it will be streamed live on- line for the general public to view on www.WhiteHouse.gov/Live. The goal of the summit is to discuss trends and challenges in the epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States, identify innovative practices and models, and discuss how practitioners at every level can help reduce overdose deaths and public health consequences. Participants will include Attorney General Eric Holder, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow, and experts from across the country on education, treatment, and overdose and infectious disease prevention. Summit participants will not be deliberating or providing consensus advice or recommendations to ONDCP. Issues explored will include expanding drug treatment access to millions through the Affordable Care Act, encouraging people and medical professionals to learn the signs and symptoms of problematic drug use and to intervene before substance use becomes a chronic condition, and supporting the use of naloxone, an overdose reversal drug that's easy to administer and has already saved thousands of lives.
Designation of Thirteen Counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy designated thirteen additional counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 1706. The new counties are (1) Bradley County in Tennessee, Dickenson County in Virginia, and Wyoming and Raleigh Counties in West Virginia as part of the Appalachia HIDTA; (2) Rockingham County in North Carolina, and Florence and Horry Counties in South Carolina as part of the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA (formerly known as ``Atlanta HIDTA''); (3) Forrest County in Mississippi as part of the Gulf Coast HIDTA; (4) Williams County in North Dakota as part of the Midwest HIDTA; (5) Humboldt County in California as part of the Northern California HIDTA; and (6) Cecil and Frederick Counties in Maryland and Roanoke County in Virginia as part of the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA.