THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - January 15, 2016

Jan 18, 2016

In this issue:

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240-day grace period for CW renewals finalized.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson signed the final rule allowing foreign workers in the Northern Mariana Islands to keep working for up to 240 days, even if their CW-1 permit renewal has not been processed, as long as a new permit was applied for before the old permit expired. The rule is published in the Federal Register today and goes into effect on February 14. Even workers whose employers applied for an extension before that date may qualify. The new rule is an improvement to the immigration system, but is not a solution to the ongoing problem of delayed CW processing. The delays have meant lost income for NMI businesses and workers—foreign and U.S. I have pressed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Léon Rodríguez to clear the backlog and met with his processing staff in California last week to make sure they understand the costs of the slowdown to the NMI economy.

CHCI summer internships open to NMI students.

Full-time college undergraduate students from the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for paid summer internships with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. CHCI interns will have the opportunity to work in a congressional office and get training in the legislative process, constituent casework, legislative research, and other meaningful work. Other benefits include round-trip airfare to Washington, DC, a $2,500 stipend, free housing, academic credit, leadership training, networking opportunities, and more. Applications for the 2016 Congressional Summer Internship are due January 22, 2016. For more information, go to https://chci.org/programs/internships/.


Opportunities - Federal grants, jobs, for and in the Mariana:

Grants:

  • FY2016 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – Qualified organizations may submit proposals for administering the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The intent of the program is to broaden the U.S. student population that participates in study abroad by focusing on those students who would not otherwise study outside the U.S. due to financial constraints. Closing date is March 14, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280938.
  • Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund – The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund is a tool that provides grants to states and territories to participate in voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species. The program provides funding to states and territories for species and habitat conservation actions on non-federal lands. Closing date is March 18, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280853.
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2017 U.S. Standard Grants – The U.S. Standard Grants Program supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Closing date is February 26, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280961.
  • OVW FY 2016 Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations – This program is to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Closing date is March 9, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280922.
  • Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release through Specialized American Job Centers – The purpose of this pilot program is to provide incarcerated individuals with workforce services prior to release and link them to a continuum of services offered through their community-based AJCs post-release. These grants are job-driven and build connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment. Closing date is February 26, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280963.
  • Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants – The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Closing date is March 14, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants.
  • Housing Preservation Grants – This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing occupied by low and very low income people. Closing date is February 12, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/housing-preservation-grants.

Jobs:

  • Supply Technician – The US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Army Signal Command is accepting applications for a Supply Technician in Guam. Incumbent will perform a wide variety of complex assignments related to maintaining specialized property accounts and records, completing individual transactions, providing customer assistance, screening reference riles, conducting data searches, and distributing output files, among other duties. Position is open until January 25, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425989700.
  • Audiologist – The Naval Medical Command, Department of the Navy is accepting applications for an Audiologist in Guam. Incumbent will perform clinical audiometric services, consult customers, develop operational standards, and identify commonly unrecognized hearing loss trends. Position is open until January 20, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426530200.
  • Fire Protection Engineer – The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the Navy is accepting applications for a Fire Protection Engineer in Guam. Incumbent will provide fire protection engineering direction, approve plans developed by Architect-Engineer, interpret the guidelines and practices, and conduct fire protection engineering surveys and reports. Position is open until January 26, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425914900.
  • Clinical Nurse – The US Naval Hospital Guam, Department of the Navy is accepting applications for a Clinical Nurse in Guam. Incumbent will provide training resources, lead planning and coordination for the annual influenza vaccination program, ensure inpatients’ immunizations, maintain and update immunization instruction and standard operating procedures, and document all immunization in patients’ health records. Position is open until January 22, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426371800.
  • Diagnostic Radiological Technologist (Mammography) – The Naval Medical Command, Department of the Navy is accepting applications for a Diagnostic Radiological Technologist in Guam. Incumbent will perform radiographic examinations, keep up-to-date and review new documents, assist in performing complex procedures, provide patient support, perform and maintain quality assurance tests. Position is open until January 22, 2016. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426320400.
Highlights in the Legislative Program

THIS WEEK:

On the floor

  • S.142 – Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • H.R.757 –North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 (Passed, 418-2)
  • H.R.1777 – Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • H.R.1069 – Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2015 (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • S.1115 – Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • H.R.598 – Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • H.R.653 – FOIA Act (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • H.R.3231 – Federal Intern Protection Act of 2015 (Passed, 414-0)
  • H.R.1644 – STREAM Act (Passed, 235-188)

Co-sponsored Legislation

  • H.R.4370 – Compact Impact Relief Act of 2016

NEXT WEEK:

The House is in recess for the District Work Period.