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XVIII.
GENERAL/MINOR LEGISLATION.

D 7825-7844 Proposed revisions of the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Sections 3.18 and 4.03 from the Faculty Grievance Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 9, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council on February 15, 2010. Transmitted to the President on February 16, 2010. On March 22, 2010, the President's office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. Upon the recommendations from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf, the proposals were approved by the President and transmitted to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment on April 23, 2010. Final approval resides with UT System.
  • Faculty Grievance Procedure (D 7825-7835).
  • Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor Grievance Procedures (D 7836-7844).
    This legislation supersedes D 6174-6183.
D 8456-8458 Proposed Revisions to the Departmental Budget Council Constitution and Authority in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 3, 2010. The Secretary has classified this as general legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council on November 15, 2010, and transmitted to the President on November 16, 2010. On November 22, 2010, President Powers asked Dr. Steven Leslie, Mr. Kevin Hegarty, and Mrs. Patricia Ohlenfordf for written recommendations regarding the legislation. On December 7, 2010. Provost Leslie recommended approval of the legislation. Final approval resides with UT System.

D 8563 Revision of the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Chapter 1, Section V. Clarifying the Voting Rights of Faculty in Colleges, Schools, and Departments. Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 8, 2011. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The legislation was approved by the Faculty Council on February 14, 2011, and transmitted to the President on February 15, 2011. On February 22, 2011, the President’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. On March 2, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the revision. On October 20, 2011, the secretary received an update from the president's office concerning D 8512-8513, which is tied to this one, indicating that the current wording of the proposal raises questions of intent and interpretation and will need to be addressed by the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee before action will be taken by the president. Final approval resides with UT System.

D 8664 Proposed Changes from the Committee on Committees to Increase General Faculty Standing Committee Terms of Service to Three Years. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The secretary has classified this item as general legislation. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the proposed changes. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the president. On May 16, 2011, the president’s office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Dr. Steven Leslie and Ms. Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 31, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On August 22, 2012, President Powers transmitted the legislation with the implementation plan to UT System recommending approval. On September 11, 2012, final approval was received from UT System.

D 9505-9509 Proposed Revisions to the Language in the Handbook of Operating Procedures and the Policy Memoranda Regarding No-Protest Procedure. Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 17, 2012. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On February 29, 2012, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis and transmitted it to the president on March 1, 2012. On March 6, 2012, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. On March 21, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. Final approval resides with UT System.

D 9950a-9956 Proposed Revisions to the Policy Affecting Undergraduates in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 9-2030, Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants. Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 20, 2012. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On behalf of the Responsibilities, Rights, and Welfare of Graduate Student Academic Employees Committee (C-12 committee), Professor Andrea Gore (pharmacy) submitted the proposal recommending changes that affect undergraduates in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 9-2030, Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants. The revisions are in keeping with the spirit of the original proposal D 9678-9685 and were endorsed by the Faculty Council Executive Committee on behalf of the Faculty Council on July 30, 2012. This proposal replaces the previous legislation (D 9678-9685), which was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 7, 2012. On October 10, 2012, the provost’s office transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On October 12, 2012, the University Policy Office transmitted the legislation to the vice chancellor and general counsel. On February 25, 2013, UT System granted final approval subject to conditions raised by OGC Attorney Priscilla Lozano during her review. The University Policy Office confirmed with Amy Greenspan (student employment advisor, Human Resource Services) and Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter that the conditions have or will be met. The policy has subsequently been updated and published on the Handbook of Operating Procedures (9-2030) website with the edits recommended by Ms. Lozano.

D 9956a-9961 Proposed Revisions to the Policy Affecting Undergraduates in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 9-2040, Academic Assistants, Assistants, and Tutors. Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 20, 2012. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On behalf of the Responsibilities, Rights, and Welfare of Graduate Student Academic Employees Committee (C-12 committee), Professor Andrea Gore (pharmacy) submitted the proposal recommending changes that affect undergraduates in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 9-2040 , Academic Assistants, Assistants, and Tutors. The revisions are in keeping with the spirit of the original proposal D 9678-9685 and were endorsed by the Faculty Council Executive Committee on behalf of the Faculty Council on July 30, 2012. This proposal replaces the previous legislation (D 9678-9685), which was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 7, 2012.On October 10, 2012, the provost’s office transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On October 12, 2012, the University Policy Office transmitted the legislation to the vice chancellor and general counsel. On February 25, 2013, UT System granted final approval subject to conditions raised by OGC Attorney Priscilla Lozano during her review. The University Policy Office confirmed with Amy Greenspan (student employment advisor, Human Resource Services) and Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter that the conditions have or will be met. The policy has subsequently been updated and published on the Handbook of Operating Procedures (9-2040) website with the edits recommended by Ms. Lozano.

D 9976-9981 Proposed Name Change for the Parking and Traffic Policies Committee, a General Faculty Standing Committee in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1050-PM. Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 1, 2012. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general legislation. On October 11, 2012, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On October 16, 2012, the proposal was transmitted to the president. On October 22, 2012, President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On October 31, 2012, UT System granted final approval.

D 9982-9986 Proposed Change in the Admissions and Registration Committee Student Membership, a General Faculty Standing Committee in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1060-PM.  Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 1, 2012. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general legislation. On October 22, 2012, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and was transmitted to the president on October 23 2012. On October 24, 2012, the president’s office requested recommendations from Dr. Steven Leslie and Dr. Gage Paine. On December 20, 2012, Dr. Paine recommended approval with notification to UT System. On December 20, 2012, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On January 29, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

D 9987-10000 Non-Substantive Revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment Legislation D 8936-8939. Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2012. On May 10, 2010, the Faculty Council approved legislation (D 8009-8012) proposing changes to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment policy in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2230 (then HOP 3.16). However, the legislation was disapproved by the president and returned to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council approved a second proposal (D 8624-8628) on April 11, 2011, which was also returned by the president. Further discussion with President Powers and Provost Leslie regarding the procedures for appeal produced further revisions resulting in D 8936-8939, which was approved by the Faculty Council on September 19, 2011, and by the General Faculty on October 5, 2011. On February 24, 2012. President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On June 20, 2012, UT System’s Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel Dan Sharphorn returned the legislation. The FCEC, current and past chairs of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee, the provost, and the vice president of legal affairs worked closely with Mr. Sharphorn to address his concerns. On October 1, 2012, the FCEC, Provost Steve Leslie, and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf determined that the subsequent revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment policy do not need approval of the Faculty Council, since the changes are non-substantive and are in keeping with the spirit of D 8936-8939. On November 7, 2012, the policy was retransmitted to the president with revisions to the Policy Statement on D 9992. Upon institutional approval, the Office of the President will transmit the revised policy to UT System for final approval.

D 10042-10087 Final Report of the Ad Hoc Joint Committee of the Graduate Assembly and Faculty Council on Graduate Student Fellowships. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 7, 2012. The secretary classified this as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council amended and approved the report on November 19, 2012. Transmitted to President Powers on November 20, 2012. On November 29, 2012, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the report and is holding it pending its reconsideration by the Graduate Assembly. On February 14, 2013, Diane Schallert, secretary of Graduate Assembly, notified the president of the reports approval by the Graduate Assembly. On April 23, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steve Leslie, Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf, and Vice Provost and Dean Judith Langlois. Final approval resides with the president. On May 13, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Final approval resides with the president.

D 10106-10108 Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2012. The secretary classified this as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council endorsed the draft report on November 19, 2012. Transmitted to President Powers on November 20, 2012. No further action is required.

D 10136-10138 Proposed Changes to the Function of the Faculty Welfare Committee, a Standing Committee of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1050-PM. Posted on the Faculty Council’s website on November 29, 2012. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on December 10, 2012, which was subsequently transmitted to the president on December 13 2012. On December 17, 2012, the president’s office requested recommendations from Dr. Steven Leslie and Dr. Patricia Ohlendorf. On January 7, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On January 23, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. April 22, 2013, President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On May 8, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

D 10042-10087 Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 7, 2012.The secretary classified this as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council amended and approved the report on November 19, 2012.  Transmitted to President Powers on November 20, 2012. On November 29, 2012, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the report and is holding it pending its reconsideration by the Graduate Assembly. Final approval resides with the president.

D 10106-10108 Report of the Dean of Student’s Task Force on the Student Conduct Board.  Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2012. The secretary classified this as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council endorsed the draft report on November 19, 2012, and transmitted it to President Powers on November 20, 2012. No further action is required. On May 20, 2013, President Powers recommended that the task force establish a Student Conduct Board,

D 10136-10138 Proposed Changes to the Function of the Faculty Welfare Committee, a Standing Committee of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1050-PM. Posted on the Faculty Council’s website on November 29, 2012. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on December 10, 2012, which was subsequently transmitted to the president on December 13 2012. On December 17, 2012, the president’s office requested recommendations from Dr. Steven Leslie and Dr. Gage Paine. On January 7, 2013, Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia Ohlendorf recommended approval. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

D 10167-10171 Creation of a New Student Honor Code and Renaming the Current Honor Code to the University Code of Conduct. Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 14, 2013. The secretary has classified this report as being of general interest. On January 7, 2013, in consultation with the president, the Faculty Council Executive Committee discussed the Senate of College Council’s resolution SR 1203, which supports the creation of a Student Honor Code. It was determined that the current Honor Code, which applies to all students, faculty, and staff, should be renamed “University Code of Conduct,” and from the resolution submitted by the Senate of College Councils, a new Student Honor Code should be created. Chair Martha Hilley presented the report to the Faculty Council on January 28, 2013. No action was required of the Faculty Council. On February 6, 2013, President Powers formally adopted the new Student Honor Code and the University Code of Conduct.

D 10188-10192 Proposal to Align Affiliated Studies Credit with Reciprocal Exchange Credit so that All UT-Approved Study Abroad Programs Have the Same Academic Characteristics. Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2013. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on February 18, 2013. The proposal was transmitted to the president on February 19, 2013. On April 19, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steve Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. On April 25 ,2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

D 10193-10194 Proposed Q-Drop Policy in the General Information. Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2013. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on February 18, 2013. The proposal was transmitted to the president on February 19, 2013. On April 19, 2013, the president’s office requested Provost Leslie’s recommendation regarding the legislation. On April 25, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On May 6, 2013, President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On May 23, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

D 10195 Resolution Reaffirming the Ban of Firearms on Campus.Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2013. The secretary has classified this resolution as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council endorsed the resolution on February 18, 2013. President Powers was notified of the endorsement in a letter dated February 19, 2013. On April 25, 2013, President Powers acknowledged receipt and his support of the resolution, thanking the Council for its action on this very important topic. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president. No further action required.

D 10223-10224 Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women, and to the University Co-op Board of Directors. Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 7, 2013. The Faculty Council will act on the report on March 18, 2013. On March 19, 2013, The Office of the General Faculty sent a letter to President Powers requesting an appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors. On March 20, 2013, the office requested appointments to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women. On April 1, 2013, President Powers appointed Professor Robert Wilson (public affairs) to serve a four-year term beginning September 1, 2013, and ending August 31, 2017.On April 15, 2013, President Powers notified the secretary that Professor Lori Holleran (associate professor, associate professor, social work) had been appointed to serve on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women, and that Professor Louis Harrison (curriculum and instruction) had been appointed to the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men; both faculty members have been appointed to serve a four-year term beginning September 1, 2013, and lasting through August 31, 2017.

D 10225

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University of Texas Police Oversight Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 7, 2013. The secretary classified the report as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the nominee panel on March 18, 2013. On March 27, 2013, The Office of the General Faculty sent a letter to President Powers requesting an appointment to the UT Police Oversight Committee. On March 27, 2013, President Powers appointed Penelope Davis (associate professor, art and art history).

D 10226 Report of the Committee to Nominate Voting Faculty Members to the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 7, 2013. The secretary classified the report as general legislation. On March 18, 2013, the Faculty Council elected William Beckner (professor, mathematics) and Coleman Hutchison (associate professor, English) to the Undergraduate Studies Advisory committee to serve three-year terms of service beginning September 1, 2013, and ending August 31, 2016.

D 10230

Resolution in Support of Domestic Partner Benefits. Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 7, 2013. On March 18, 2013, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution. On March 20, 2013, the resolution was transmitted to President Powers for his information. On April 4, 2013, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the resolution, thanking the Council for its action. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president. No further action required.

D 10238-10239 Update to the Core Curriculum Course List for the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 8, 2013. The Secretary classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on March 6, 2013, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 18, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the updates on a no-protest basis. On March 27, 2013, the legislation was transmitted to the provost. On April 3, 2013, on behalf of the president, Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter transmitted the legislation to UT System. On April 15, 2013, UT System approved the legislation with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On May 8, 2013, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the core curriculum course list update.

D 10287-10289b Proposal to Change the Composition of the C-13 Information Technology Committee.Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 10, 2013. The Secretary classified this proposal as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposed changes on April 15, 2013. Transmitted to the president on April 16, 2013. On April 19, 2013, the president’s office requested Provost Leslie’s recommendation regarding the legislation. On April 25, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On May 24, 2013, Vice President Kevin Hegarty recommend approval. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

D 10290-10292 Proposed General Information Catalog Language on Internal Transfers as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee.Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 10, 2013. The Secretary classified this proposal as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on April 15, 2013.  Transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on April 16, 2013. On April 23, 2013, on behalf of the president, Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On May 3, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

D 10295-10306 Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 11, 2013. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the proposal on April 3, 2013, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The legislation was circulated to members of the Council on a no-protest basis. Protests were received by the deadline from voting members of the Faculty Council; therefore, the legislation was presented to the Faculty Council on May 6, 2013. At that meeting, the members voted to approve the recommended changes. On May 7, 2013, the proposal was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president. On May 13, 2013, Vice Provost Ritter transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval and requesting that it be forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for consideration. On June 21, 2013, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval.

D 10325 Schedule for Meetings of the Faculty Council in 2013-2014. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. The secretary classified the schedule as general legislation. The legislation was sent to members of the Faculty Council for consideration on a no-protest basis with a protest deadline of May 3, 2013. On April 22, 2013, a voting member of the Faculty Council protested the schedule. The Council subsequently approved the schedule on May 6, 2013. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president.

D 10326-10327 Resolution Regarding UTS 180: "Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities" Policy.Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 23, 2013. The secretary classified this resolution as general legislation. The Faculty Council endorsed the resolution on  May 6, 2013. The resolution was transmitted to the president with a request to forward it to UT System. On May 21, 2013, President Powers transmitted the report to UT System on behalf of the Faculty Council. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president.

D 10328-10329 Proposed Change to General Information Catalog Language on Simultaneous Majors Policy as Approved by Educational Policy Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on May 6, 2013. On May 7, 2013, the proposal was transmitted to the president. On May 9 , 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steve Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 16, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Final approval resides with UT System with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
D 10330-10331 Proposed Change to General Information Catalog Language on Multiple Degrees Policy as Approved by Educational Policy Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on May 6, 2013. On May 7, 2013, the proposal was transmitted to the president. On May 9, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steve Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 16, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Final approval resides with UT System with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

D 10356-10357 Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Council Officers for 2013-2014. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 1, 2013. The secretary classified this report as general legislation. At its meeting on May 6, 2013, the Faculty Council elected the following officers to serve on the Faculty Council Executive Committee for 2013-14: William Beckner, chair elect (professor, mathematics), Professors Brian L. Evans (professor, electrical and computer engineering), Elizabeth T. Gershoff (associate professor, human development and family sciences, and Susan R. Klein (professor, law). Other members of the 2013-14 Faculty Council Executive Committee are Hillary Hart, chair (distinguished sr. lecturer civil, architectural, and environmental engineering), Martha F. Hilley, past chair (professor, music), Dean P. Neikirk (secretary professor, electrical and computer engineering), and L. Michael White, chair, Graduate Assembly (professor, religious studies and classics).
D 10359-10361 Proposed Policy on Recognition of Undergraduate Academic Minors on Official University Transcripts as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal on May 6, 2013. On May 7, 2013, the proposal was transmitted to the president. On May 9 , 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steve Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. Upon recommendations from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf, the proposal was approved by the president and transmitted to UT System on August 6, 2013. On August 20, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

D 10362-10369 UT Faculty Council Response to the UT System Task Force Report* on the Evaluation of Faculty Teaching. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 23, 2013. The Secretary has classified this resolution as general legislation. The Faculty Council endorsed the resolution on May 6, 2013.meeting. The report was transmitted to the president with a request to forward it to UT System. On May 21, 2013, President Powers transmitted the report to UT System on behalf of the Faculty Council. No further action was required.

D 10392 Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 8, 2013.

D 10397 Cancellation of the Faculty Council Meeting Scheduled for June 17, 2013. Notice of cancellation posted on the Faculty Council website on May 23, 2013.

D 10397 Cancellation of the Faculty Council Meeting Scheduled for June 17, 2013. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 23, 2013.

D 10409 Cancellation of the Faculty Council Meeting Scheduled for July 15, 2013. Posted on the Faculty Council website on July 9, 2013.

D 10410 Cancellation of Faculty Council Meeting Scheduled for August 19, 2013. Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 6, 2013.

D 10421 2012-2013 Report on Faculty Memorials, posted on the Faculty Council website on August 21, 2013.

D 10422-10478 Annual Reports of the Standing Committees fo the General Faculty for 2012-2013.Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 21, 2013, and transmitted to the president on August 26, 2013.