[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 20 (Monday, January 31, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 5267]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-2040]



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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

8 CFR Parts 1 and 292

[DHS Docket No. USCIS-2009-0077]
RIN 1601-AA58


Professional Conduct for Practitioners: Rules, Procedures, 
Representation, and Appearances; Reopening the Public Comment Period

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Interim rule; reopening and extending the public comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces the 
reopening and extension of the public comment period for the interim 
rule entitled ``Professional Conduct for Practitioners: Rules, 
Procedures, Representations, and Appearances.'' The interim rule was 
published on February 2, 2010, comments were accepted until March 4, 
2010, and the rule was effective on March 4, 2010.
    To provide the public with optimum opportunity to comment on the 
interim rule, DHS will reopen the comment period for an additional 30 
days. DHS will consider comments received during the entire public 
comment period in its development of the final rule.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 2, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DHS Docket No. USCIS-
2009-0077, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: You may submit comments directly to USCIS by e-
mail at rfs.regs@dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. USCIS-2009-0077 in the 
subject line of the message.
     Mail: Sunday Aigbe, Chief, Regulatory Products Division, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529-2020. To 
ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2009-0077 
on your correspondence. This mailing address may also be used for 
paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Sunday Aigbe, Chief, Regulatory 
Products Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20529-2020. Contact Telephone Number (202) 272-8377.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel A. McCarthy, Disciplinary 
Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Department of Homeland Security, 70 Kimball Avenue, Room 103, 
S. Burlington, VT 05403, telephone (802) 660-5043 (not a toll-free 
call), or e-mail Rachel.McCarthy@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation

    Interested persons are invited to participate in this rulemaking by 
submitting written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of this 
rule. DHS also invites comments that relate to the economic or 
federalism effects that might result from this rule. Comments that will 
provide the most assistance to DHS will reference a specific portion of 
the rule, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include 
data, information, or authority that support such recommended change.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and DHS Docket No. USCIS-2009-0077. All comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or 
comments received go to http://www.regulations.gov. Submitted comments 
may also be inspected at the Regulatory Products Division, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529-2020.

Background

    On February 2, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
published an interim rule with request for comments in the Federal 
Register at 75 FR 5225. The interim rule amended DHS regulations to:
     Conform the grounds of discipline and procedures 
regulations with those promulgated by the Department of Justice;
     Clarify who is authorized to represent applicants and 
petitioners in cases before DHS;
     Remove duplicative rules, procedures, and authority;
     Improve the clarity and uniformity of existing 
regulations; and to
     Make technical and procedural changes; and conform 
terminology.

DHS has received several requests to reopen and extend the public 
comment period on this interim rule. The interim rule was effective on 
March 4, 2010, and the changes made in the rule are and will remain in 
force and effect notwithstanding this notice.

    Nevertheless, DHS has decided to provide an additional opportunity 
for the public to comment and will reopen the public comment period for 
an additional 30 days. DHS also is extending the original comment 
period until March 2, 2011 and will consider comments received 
throughout the entire public comment period in development of its final 
rule. Please visit http://www.regulations.gov to view the rule, 
comments received, and all supporting documents.

Janet Napolitano,
Secretary.
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