Federal Register: November 7, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 215)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-18708
LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
Legal Services Corporation
CFR Citation: 45 CFR Part 1621
NOTICE: PROPOSED RULES
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking--reopening of comment period.
Client Grievance Procedure
DATES: Comments on the NPRM are due on December 22, 2006.
On August 21, 2006, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend LSC's regulation on client grievance procedures. The comment period closed on September 20, 2006. LSC is reopening the comment period to allow additional time for interested parties to comment on the proposed changes.
Client grievance procedures,
The Legal Services Corporation's (LSC) regulation on client grievance procedures, 45 CFR part 1621, adopted in 1977 and not amended since that time, requires that LSC grant recipients establish grievance procedures pursuant to which clients and applicants for service can pursue complaints with recipients related to the denial of legal assistance or dissatisfaction with the legal assistance provided. LSC initiated a rulemaking on October 29, 2005 to consider revisions to Part 1621 and published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing changes to the rule on August 21, 2006. 71 FR 48501.
The comment period on the NPRM closed on September 20, 2006. LSC
received five timely comments on the proposed changes. The Operations
and Regulations Committee of the LSC Board of Directors was scheduled
to consider a Draft Final Rule prepared by Management at its meeting of
October 27, 2006. Prior to that meeting, the Chairman of the Operations
and Regulations Committee received a request from the National Legal
Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) to file additional comments from
NLADA's client representative committee. In response to that request,
LSC determined that deferring action on the draft final rule to allow
additional time for the client representative community (and any other
interested parties) to submit comments was appropriate. Accordingly,
LSC is reopening the comment period on the NPRM for a period of 45
days. Parties desiring to comment may find the NPRM on the LSC Web site
http://www.lsc.gov/laws/open_rulemaking.php, under the heading ``Revision of 45 CFR Part 1621.''
Victor M. Fortuno,
Vice President & General Counsel.
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