Federal Register Notices

2014

(June 2, 2014) Because the terms of certain voting members of the Practitioners Advisory Group are expiring as of October 2014, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who is eligible to be appointed to succeed such a voting member to apply. The voting memberships covered by this notice are two circuit memberships (for the Fourth Circuit and the Eight Circuit). Cover letters and resumes should be received by the Commission no later than August 1, 2014. (79 FR 31411)

(June 2, 2014) In view of existing vacancies in the membership of the Victims Advisory Group, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the advisory group. Cover letters and resumes should be received by the Commission no later than July 2, 2014. (79 FR 31410)

(June 2, 2014) As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. Public comment should be received on or before July 29, 2014. (79 FR 31409)

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on April 30, 2014, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2014 for these amendments. The Commission also requests public comment regarding retroactive application of Amendment 3, pertaining to drug offenses. The deadline for the Commission to receive public comment is July 7, 2014. (79 FR 25996)

This notice will appear in the January 17, 2014 issue of the Federal Register. Pursuant to sections 994(a), (o) and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments, a synopsis of each proposed amendment, and several issues for comment. Public comment is due no later than March 18, 2014. (79 FR 3279)

2013

(January 18, 2013) Pursuant to sections 994(a), (o) and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments, a synopsis of each proposed amendment, and several issues for comment. Public comment is due no later than March 19, 2013. (78 FR 4197)

The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions and policy statements related to amendments submitted to Congress on April 30, 2013, see 78 FR 26425, and effective November 1, 2013. (78 FR 51821)

After reviewing public comment received pursuant to its notice of proposed priorities, see 78 FR 32533 (May 30, 2013), the Commission has identified and gives notice of its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle. (78 FR 51820)

(June 18, 2013) Because the terms of certain voting members of the Practitioners Advisory Group are expiring as of October 2013, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who is eligible to be appointed to succeed such a voting member to apply. The voting memberships covered by this notice are three circuit memberships (for the Third Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, and the District of Columbia Circuit). Cover letters and resumes should be received by the Commission no later than August 19, 2013. (78 FR 36641)

(May 30, 2013) As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2014. Public comment is due no later than July 15, 2013. (78 FR 32533)

(May 6, 2013) Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on April 30, 2013, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2013, for the amendments set forth in this notice. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. (78 FR 26425)

2012

Because a voting membership of the Practitioners Advisory Group has become vacant before the expiration of the term, the Commission is seeking applications to fill the vacancy. The voting membership covered by this notice is the circuit membership for the Sixth Circuit. The individual appointed would complete the remainder of the unexpired term, which expires as of October 2014. Cover letters and resumes should be received by the Commission no later than February 1, 2013. (77 FR 71681)

After reviewing public comment received pursuant to its notice of proposed priorities, see 77 FR 31069 (May 24, 2012), the Commission has identified and gives notice of its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle. (77 FR 51113)

The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions and policy statements related to amendments submitted to Congress on April 30, 2012, see 77 FR 28225, and effective November 1, 2012. (77 FR 51110)

As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2013. Public comment is due no later than July 23, 2012. (77 FR 31069)

The Commission is seeking applications to fill vacancies on its Practitioners Advisory Group. The voting memberships covered by this notice are four circuit memberships (for the First Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit) and one at-large membership. Cover letters and resumes should be received by the Commission no later than July 23, 2012. (77 FR 31070)

The Commission is seeking applications to fill vacancies on its Victims Advisory Group. The Commission invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the Victims Advisory Group. Cover letters and resumes should be received by the Commission no later than July 23, 2012. (77 FR 31071)

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on April 30, 2012, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2012, for the amendments set forth in this notice. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. (77 FR 28225)

(January 19, 2012) Pursuant to sections 994(a), (o) and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments, a synopsis of each proposed amendment, and several issues for comment. Public comment is due no later than March 19, 2012. (77 FR 2778)

2011

In July 2011, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2012. See 76 FR 45007 (July 27, 2011). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (76 FR 58564)

On April 28, 2011, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and published these amendments in the Federal Register on May 3, 2011 (76 FR 24960). The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions related to those amendments. (76 FR 58563)

As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2012. Public comment is due no later than August 26, 2011. (76 FR 45007)

The Sentencing Commission hereby gives notice of an amendment to a policy statement and commentary made pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(a) and (u). The Commission promulgated an amendment to Policy Statement §1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range) clarifying when, and to what extent, a sentencing reduction is considered consistent with the policy statement and therefore authorized under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). The amendment amends §1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range) (Policy Statement) in four ways. (76 FR 41332)

The Commission is seeking applications to fill vacancies on its Practitioners Advisory Group. The voting memberships covered by this notice are two circuit memberships (for the Sixth Circuit and Seventh Circuit). Applications should be received by the Commission not later than August 29, 2011. (76 FR 38460)

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on April 28, 2011, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2011, for the amendments set forth in this notice. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. The Commission also is requesting public comment on whether to give retroactive effect to Amendment Number 2 related to drug offenses. (76 FR 24960)

(January 19, 2011) Pursuant to sections 994(a), (o) and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendment, a synopsis of each proposed amendment, and several issues for comment. Public comment is due no later than March 21, 2011. (76 FR 3193)

2010

The Commission hereby gives notice of a temporary, emergency amendment to the sentencing guidelines and commentary, made pursuant to section 8 of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-220. This notice sets forth the temporary, emergency amendment and the reason for amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2010, for the emergency amendment, which will be incorporated into a forthcoming supplement to the Guidelines Manual.

The Commission is seeking comment on its emergency, temporary proposed amendment and issues for comment implementing the statutory changes regarding crack cocaine offenses and directives regarding drug trafficking offenses generally set forth in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111–220). The Act was signed into law on August 3, 2010, and requires the Commission to promulgate its emergency, temporary amendment (pursuant to section 21(a) of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1987 (28 U.S.C. §994 note)) within 90 days, i.e., not later than November 1, 2010. Public comment is due not later than October 8, 2010. (75 FR 54700)

In July 2010, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2011. (See 75 Fed. Reg. 41927) After reviewing the public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these priorities. (75 FR 54699)

On April 29, 2010, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and published these amendments in the Federal Register on May 14, 2010. (See 75 Fed. Reg. 27388). The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments to the commentary provisions related to those amendments. (75 FR 54698)

The Commission is seeking applications to fill vacancies on its Practitioners Advisory Group. The voting memberships covered by this notice are two circuit memberships (for the Second Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit) and one at-large voting membership. Applications should be received by the Commission not later than November 8, 2010. (75 FR 54705)

As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2011. Public comment should be received on or before August 18, 2010. (75 FR 41927)

On April 29, 2010, the Commission submitted to the Congress amendments to the sentencing guidelines and official commentary, which become effective on November 1, 2010, unless Congress acts to the contrary. Such amendments and the reasons for amendment subsequently were published in the Federal Register (75 FR 27388, May 14, 2010). One of the amendments, specifically Amendment 5 pertaining to the use of recency as a factor in the calculation of the criminal history score, has the effect of lowering guideline ranges. The Commission requests comment regarding whether that amendment should be included in subsection (c) of §1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)) as an amendment that may be applied retroactively to previously sentenced defendants. (75 FR 41279)

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on April 29, 2010, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2010, for the amendments set forth in this notice. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. (75 FR 27388)

2009

Section 995(a)(1) of title 28, United States Code, authorizes the United States Sentencing Commission to establish general policies and promulgate rules and regulations as necessary for the Commission to carry out the purposes of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. The Victims Advisory Group is a standing advisory group of the Commission. The Commission invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply no later than November 30, 2009, to be appointed to the membership of the victims Advisory Group. (74 FR 50275)

In June 2009, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2010. See 74 FR 29737 (June 23, 2009). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (74 FR 46478)

On May 1, 2009, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and published these amendments in the Federal Register on May 8, 2009 (74 FR 21750). The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions related to those amendments. (74 FR 46479)

As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2010. Public comment should be received on or before August 24, 2009. (74 FR 29737)

On May 1, 2009, the Commission submitted to the Congress amendments to the sentencing guidelines and official commentary, which become effective on November 1, 2009, unless Congress acts to the contrary. Such amendments and the reasons for amendment subsequently were published in the Federal Register. (74 FR 21750, May 8, 2009). One of the amendments, specifically Amendment 7 pertaining to the undue influence enhancement at subsection (b)(2)(B)(ii) of §2A3.2 (Criminal Sexual Abuse of a Minor Under the Age of Sixteen Years (Statutory Rape) or Attempt to Commit Such Acts) and at subsection (b)(2)(B) of §2G1.3 (Promoting a Commercial Sex Act or Prohibited Sexual Conduct with a Minor; Transportation of Minors to Engage in a Commercial Sex Act or Prohibited Sexual Conduct; Travel to Engage in Commercial Sex Act or Prohibited Sexual Conduct with a Minor; Sex Trafficking of Children; Use of Interstate Facilities to Transport Information about a Minor), has the effect of lowering guideline ranges. The Commission requests comment (to be received no later than August 10, 2009) regarding whether that amendment should be included in subsection (c) of §1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)) as an amendment that may be applied retroactively to previously sentenced defendants. (74 FR 27586).

request for applications to be received no later than August 10, 2009. Section 995(a)(1) of title 28, United States Code, authorizes the United States Sentencing Commission to establish general policies and promulgate rules and regulations as necessary for the Commission to carry out the purposes of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. The Victims Advisory Group is a standing advisory group of the Commission. The Commission invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the Victims Advisory Group. (74 FR 27586).

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on May 1, 2009, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2009, for the amendments set forth in this notice. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment (74 FR 21749).

2008

In August 2008, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2009. See 72 FR 46341 (August 8, 2008). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities (73 FR 54878).

On May 1, 2008, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and published these amendments in the Federal Register on May 9, 2008. See 73 FR 26924. The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions related to those amendments (73 FR 52895).

As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2009. Public comment should be received on or before September 8, 2008 (73 FR 46341).

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), on May 1, 2008, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2008, for the amendments set forth in this notice. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment (73 FR 26923).

The Sentencing Commission hereby gives notice of amendments to the commentary to §2D1.1 (Unlawful Manufacturing, Importing, Exporting, or Trafficking (Including Possession with Intent to Commit These Offenses); Attempt or Conspiracy) and to policy statement §1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)) made pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(a), (o), and (u). The Commission has specified an effective date of May 1, 2008 for the amendments set forth in this notice (73 FR 23521).

Pursuant to section 994(a), (o), and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments, a synopsis of each amendment, and various issues for comment. The Commission hereby also provides notice of a public hearing which is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2008, in the Mecham Conference Center, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, D.C. Written public comment regarding the proposed amendments and issues for comment set forth in this notice, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments, should be received by the Commission not later than March 28, 2008. (73 FR 4931)

Section 995(a)(1) of title 28, United States Code, authorizes the Commission to establish general policies and promulgate rules and regulations as necessary for the Commission to carry out the purposes of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. This notice sets forth proposed amendments to the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure pertaining to retroactivity consideration and a related issue for comment. Written public comment on these proposed amendments and issue for comment should be received on or before March 28, 2008. (73 FR 49390)

The Commission hereby gives notice of a temporary, emergency amendment to the sentencing guidelines and commentary, made pursuant to section 5(c) of the Emergency and Disaster Assistance Fraud Penalty Enhancement Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-179. This notice sets forth the temporary, emergency amendment and the reason for amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of February 6, 2008, for the emergency amendment, which will be incorporated into a forthcoming supplement to the Guidelines Manual. (73 FR 3504)

2007

Request for public comment on the membership of a standing victims advisory group; requests to be considered for initial membership; and proposed amendment to the Sentencing Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Requests to be considered for the initial membership of the victims advisory group must be received by the Commission not later than July 30, 2007. (72 FR 33798)

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), the Commission has promulgated amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2007, for the amendments set forth in this notice. (72 FR 28558)

Pursuant to section 4 of the Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 (the “Telephone Act”), Pub. L. 109-476, the Commission hereby gives notice of a temporary, emergency amendment to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the temporary, emergency amendment and the reason for amendment. (72 FR 20576)

Request for public comment, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments. Notice of public hearing. Pursuant to section 994(a), (o), and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments and, for each proposed amendment, a synopsis of the issues addressed by that amendment. This notice also provides multiple issues for comment, some of which are contained within proposed amendments. Written public comment regarding the proposed amendments and issues for comment set forth in this notice, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments, should be received by the Commission not later than March 30, 2007. (72 FR 4372)

(Submitted July 27, 2007) As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2008. Public comment should be received on or before August 23, 2007. (72 FR 41795)

The Commission hereby gives notice of amendments to a policy statement and commentary made pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(a) and (u). (This notice will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Federal Register.) On December 11, 2007, the Commission promulgated an amendment to policy statement §1B1.10 [Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)] clarifying when, and to what extent, a sentencing reduction is considered consistent with the policy statement and therefore authorized under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2).

On December 11, 2007, the Commission also promulgated an amendment to policy statement §1B1.10 that designates Amendment 706, as amended by Amendment 711, (pertaining to to crack cocaine offenses) for inclusion in subsection (c) as an amendment that may be applied retroactively.

The reader-friendly text of the two amendments to policy statement §1B1.10 in this Federal Register Notice of Final Action is posted on the Commission's website.

The amendments in this Federal Register Notice of Final Action do not take effect until March 3, 2008. Until that date, the court should apply § 1B1.10 as it exists in the Guidelines Manual effective November 1, 2007.

The Commission has scheduled a public hearing for November 13, 2007 at Georgetown University Law Center, Gerwirz Student Center, Twelfth Floor Conference Room, 120 F Street, NW, Washington, DC at 9:30 a.m., regarding whether Amendment 9 pertaining to offenses involving cocaine base ("crack") and Amendment 12 pertaining to certain criminal history rules, see 72 FR 28558 (May 21, 2007); 72 FR 51882 (September 11, 2007), should be applied retroactively to previously sentenced defendants. Requests to testify should be received by the Commission not later than October 29, 2007. Written testimony for the public hearing must be received by the Commission not later than November 5, 2007. (72 FR 58345)

The Commission is issuing this notice to advise the public that the period for public comment regarding retroactivity of Amendment 9, which pertains to offenses involving cocaine base (“crack”), or Amendment 12, which pertains to certain criminal history rules, has been extended to November 1, 2007. The deadline was initially October 1, 2007. (72 FR 54960)

The United States Sentencing Commission is issuing this notice to advise the public that the application period for membership in the Victims Advisory Group has been extended to November 13, 2007. The deadline was originally July 30, 2007. (72 FR 51883)

(Submitted July 27, 2007) Request for public comment regarding retroactive application of amendments pertaining to cocaine base (crack) and to criminal history. Public comment should be received on or before October 1, 2007 (72 FR 41794)

In July 2007, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2008. See 72 FR 41795 (July 31, 2007). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (72 FR 51884)

On May 1, 2007, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and published these amendments in the Federal Register on May 21, 2007. See 72 FR 28558. The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments, set forth in this notice, to commentary provisions related to those amendments. (72 FR 51882)

2006

On May 1, 2006, the Commission submitted to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and published these amendments in the Federal Register on May 15, 2006. See 71 FR 28063. The Commission has made technical and conforming amendments to commentary provisions related to those amendments and has made a correction to the amendatory language of one amendment. (71 FR 56577)

: In August 2006, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2007. See 77 FR 44344 (August 4, 2006). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (71 FR 56578)

Pursuant to section 1(c) of the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act, Pub. L. 109-181, the Commission hereby gives notice of a temporary, emergency amendment to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the temporary, emergency amendment and the reason for amendment. (71 FR 53736)

(August 1, 2006). As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2007. Public comment should be received on or before September 1, 2006. (71 FR 44344)

The Commission requests public comment pertaining to an amendment submitted to the Congress on May 1, 2006, that creates a policy statement governing a reduction in term of imprisonment as a result of a motion by the Director of the Bureau of Prisons. Written public comment regarding the issue for comment set forth in this notice should be received by the Commission not later than July 14, 2006. (71 FR 28062)

Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. § 994(p), the Commission has promulgated amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. (71 FR 28063)

Pursuant to the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108-358 (the "ASC Act") and the United States Parole Commission Extension and Sentencing Commission Authority Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-76, the Commission hereby gives notice of a temporary, emergency amendment to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the temporary, emergency amendment and the reason for the amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of March 27, 2006, for the emergency amendment set forth in this notice. (71 FR 15795)

Public comment regarding the proposed amendments and issues for comment should be received by the United States Sentencing Commission, One Columbus Circle, NE, Suite 2-500, Washington, DC 20002-8002, not later than March 28, 2006, with the exception of comment on a proposed temporary, emergency amendment on guidelines covering steroid offenses that is due February 27, 2006. (71 FR 4782)

2005

In June 2005, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2006. See 70 FR 37145 (June 28, 2005). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (70 FR 51398)

The Commission has specified an effective date of October 24, 2005, for the emergency amendments. (70 FR 61489)

of amendments to the sentencing guidelines effective November 1, 2005. Pursuant to its authority under 28 U.S.C. 994(p), the Commission has promulgated amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, commentary, and statutory index. This notice sets forth the amendments and the reason for each amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of November 1, 2005, for the amendments set forth in this notice. (70 FR 24852)

As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2006. Public comment should be received on or before August 15, 2005. (70 FR 37145)

to sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. Request for public comment, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments. Notice of public hearing. (70 FR 8868)

(Important dates: Written public comment regarding the proposed amendments and issues for comment set forth in this notice should be received by the Commission not later than March 25, 2005. The Commission has scheduled a public hearing on its proposed amendments for April 12, 2005, at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002-8002. A person who desires to testify at the public hearing should notify Michael Courlander, Public Affairs Officer, at (202) 502-4590, not later than March 10, 2005. Written testimony for the public hearing must be received by the Commission not later than March 28, 2005.)

2004

of proposed amendments to sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. Request for public comment, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments. Notice of public hearing. (69 FR 2169)

and request for public comment. As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2005. Public comment should be received on or before August 5, 2004. (69 FR 36148)

of submission to Congress of amendments to the sentencing guidelines effective November 1, 2004. (69 FR 28994)

– After reviewing public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (69 FR 53482)

2003

The Commission requests comment regarding how it might best implement the directive in section 401(m) of the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003, Pub. L. 108–21 (the "PROTECT Act"). (68 FR 39173)

The Commission has scheduled a public hearing for March 25, 2003, at 3:15 p.m. Witnesses will be invited to testify by the Commission on issues specified by the Commission prior to the hearing. Tentative topics include implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Pub. L. 107-204, and changes to §2A1.4 (Involuntary Manslaughter). (68 FR 11169)

Deadline: Written public comment regarding the proposed amendments set forth in this notice, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of these proposed amendments, should be received by the Commission not later than March 17, 2003. (68 FR 2615)

Request for public comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2004. Public comment should be received on or before August 1, 2003. (68 FR 39173)

In June 2003, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2004. See 68 FR 39173 (July 1, 2003). After reviewing public comment received pursuant to this notice, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle. The Commission hereby gives notice of these policy priorities. (68 FR 52264)

proposed amendments to sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary, and request for public comment. (Written public comment regarding the proposed amendments and issues for comment set forth in this notice, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments, should be received by the Commission not later than March 1, 2004.) (68 FR 75339)

of (1)(A)(i) congressional amendments to the sentencing guidelines made directly by the PROTECT Act, Pub. L. 108-21, and effective April 30, 2003; and (ii) conforming amendments to the amendments described in subdivision (i), promulgated pursuant to 401(m)(2)(C) of the PROTECT Act and 28 U.S.C. § 994, and effective April 30, 2003; and (B) amendment to §2A4.1 (Kidnapping, Abduction, Unlawful Restraint) promulgated pursuant to section 104 of the PROTECT Act, and effective May 30, 2003; and (2) submission to Congress of amendments to the sentencing guidelines effective November 1, 2003. (68 FR 26959)

(1) amendments to the sentencing guidelines made pursuant to the directive in section 401(m) of the PROTECT Act, Pub. L. 108-21; and (2) conforming amendments to the congressional amendments to the guidelines made directly by the PROTECT Act and effective on May 30, 2003. (68 FR 60153)

2002

Notice of public hearing. (January 17, 2002.) Important information concerning dates, times, and deadlines. (67 FR 2456)

On January 17, 2002 the Commission published in the Federal Register a proposed drug amendment that included an issue for comment on federal cocaine penalties. As part of the its study of the issue, the Commission has conducted a special research project. In order to facilitate public comment, which is due March 19, 2002, the preliminary results of that research project, and other relevant data, are provided.

Index to Figures
Drug Briefing Presentation
Drug Briefing Attachment – Explanation of Figures, Data, and Methology (PDF)

Request for public comment, including public comment regarding retroactive application of any of the proposed amendments. Deadline for written comment is February 18, 2003. (67 FR 77532)

Notice of intent to repromulgate temporary, emergency amendments as permanent, non-emergency amendments. Request for public comment. Deadline for written comment is December 18, 2002. (67 FR 70999) User Friendly Version.

2001

Notice of proposed amendments to sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. Request for public comment. Deadline for public comment: February 4, 2002. ( 66 FR 59329)

Notice of final amendments to the Sentencing Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure. (66 FR 59295)

(A) Notice of policy priorities for amendment cycle ending May 1, 2001; (B) Request for comment on the possible formation of an ad hoc advisory group on organizational guidelines; and (C) Request for comment on the possible formation of an ad hoc advisory group on issues related to the impact of the Sentencing guidelines on Native Americans in Indian Country. Deadline for public comment: November 6, 2001. (66 FR 48306)

(September 5, 2001) This notice sets forth proposed amendments to the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Commission invites public comment on these proposed amendments. Public comment should be received not later than October 5, 2001. (66 FR 46490)

(June 6, 2001) Contained within this document are the guideline amendments submitted to Congress on May 1, 2001, along with policy statements, official commentary, and reasons for the amendments. (66 FR 30511)

(July 3, 2001) As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, and in accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission has identified certain tentative priorities that may be the focus of its policy development work during the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2002. The Commission envisions that much of this policy work may continue into the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2003. The Commission is seeking comment on these tentative priority issues. Deadline for public comment: August 3, 2001. (66 FR 35313)

January 26, 2001. Notice of (A) proposed temporary, emergency amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary; (B) proposed permanent, non-emergency amendments to sentencing guidelines, and commentary. (Please see notice for information regarding deadlines for submitting public comment, communicating intent to testify, and submitting written testimony.) View Corresponding Proposed Amendments in Reader-Friendly Format. (66 FR 7961)

2000

Request for comment. Notice of public hearing deadlines. (January 18, 2000) (65 FR 2663)

(November 7, 2000). Pursuant to section 994 (a), (o), and (p) of title 28, United States Code, the Commission is considering promulgating certain amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. This notice sets forth the proposed amendments and, for each proposed amendment, a synopsis of the issues addressed by that amendment. Request for public comment – Deadline: January 8, 2001. View Corresponding Proposed Amendments in Reader-Friendly Format. (65 FR 66792)

(May 9, 2000) Notice of: (1) promulgation of temporary, emergency amendment to the sentencing guideline for copyright and trademark infringement, effective May 1, 2000; (2) submission to Congress of amendments to the sentencing guidelines; and (3) request for comment. (Comments regarding whether the Commission should specify any of the non-emergency amendments for retroactive application to previously sentenced defendants should be received by the Commission not later than July 7, 2000.) (65 FR 26879)

(February 11, 2000) Notice of (1) intent to promulgate a permanent amendment to implement the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997 after any temporary, emergency guideline amendment is promulgated to implement that Act; and (2) additional proposed permanent amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. Request for comment. Notice of public hearing. (65 FR 7080)

(August 16, 2000). Notice of (1) retroactive application of certain amendments submitted to Congress on May 1, 2000; (2) final policy priorities for amendment cycle ending May 1, 2001; and (3) request for comment on proposed criteria for selecting circuit conflict issues as policy priorities. (65 FR 50034)

(December 21, 2000). Pursuant to section 102 of the Methamphetamine and Club Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000, Pub. L. 106–310, the Commission is promulgating a temporary, emergency amendment to §§2D1.1 and 2D1.10 and accompanying commentary. This notice sets forth the emergency amendment and a synopsis of the issues addressed by the amendment. The Commission has specified an effective date of December 16, 2000, for the emergency amendment. (65 FR 80474)

(June 12, 2000) In accordance with Rule 5.2 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Commission has preliminarily identified and hereby proposes certain priorities as the focus of its policy development work, including possible amendments to guidelines, policy statements, and commentary, for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2001. The Commission invites comment on these proposed priority areas and on any other sentencing issues that it should address in the coming year. Deadline for public comment: July 7, 2000. (65 FR 36880)

1999

(December 8, 1999). Notice of proposed priorities, including possible amendments to the guidelines, policy statements and commentary, for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2000. Public Comment deadline: January 7, 2000. (64 FR 68715)

(December 23, 1999).Notice of: (1) proposed options for promulgating a temporary, emergency guideline amendment revising the guideline for offenses involving electronic copyright infringement; and (2) intent to re-promulgate as a permanent amendment to the sentencing guidelines the temporary emergency guideline amendment relating to telemarketing fraud offenses. Request for Comment. Notice of public hearing. (64 FR 72129)

1998

In this notice, the Commission requests comment on several issues pertaining to the directive contained in the Telemarketing Fraud Prevention Act of 1998. Written public comment should be submitted to the Commission not later than September 10, 1998. (63 FR 44941)

(Part II, Federal Register, January 6, 1998). This notice includes a request for public comment and a notice of public hearing. (63 FR 602)

(November 30, 1998): Part I: Announces proposed re-promulgation of the telemarketing fraud amendment as a permanent amendment; Part II sets out a proposed "Economic Crime Package"; Part III proposes certain amendments concerning conditions of probation and supervised release in accordance with recently enacted legislation; and Part IV presents several issues for which the Commission requests public comment. (63 FR 65979)

(May 21, 1998) Contained within this document are the guideline amendments submitted to Congress on May 1, 1998, along with policy statements, official commentary, and reasons for the amendments. In addition, the notice includes a request for public comment regarding proposals concerning the No Electronic Theft Act of 1997. (63 FR 28202)

1997

This document contains the full text of the amendments that were submitted to Congress by May 1, 1997. (62 FR 26615)

(Federal Register, February 25, 1997). This notice describes an emergency amendment regarding List I chemicals and lists for public comment proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines. (62 FR 8487)

( March 26, 1997) The Commission specified an effective date of May 1, 1997 for emergency amendments increasing the penalties for offenses involving alien smuggling (§2L1.1), immigration document fraud (§§2L2.1, 2L2.2), and involuntary servitude, peonage, and slave trade (§2H4.1). (62 FR 14490)

1996

Notice of Final Action Regarding Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines Effective November 1, 1996. (61 FR 56741)

(July 1996). (61 FR 34465)

(January 2, 1996). (61 FR 79)

Request for Public Comment (October 3, 1996). (61 FR 51738)