Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
In fiscal year 2001, Congress provided funding to establish a Treasury rate direct loan program to address the backlog of qualified loan applications for insured municipal rate electric loans from RUS. RUS administered the Treasury rate loan program in a manner substantially the same as it administered the municipal rate program under a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register at 65 FR 80830 on December 22, 2000. Title III of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 authorizes a direct Treasury rate electric loan program of $750 million for FY 2002. RUS is proposing to amend its regulations to establish rules and regulations to administer the Treasury rate direct loan program.
In the final rule section of this Federal Register, RUS is publishing this action as a direct final rule without prior proposal because RUS views this as a non-controversial action and anticipates no adverse comments. If no adverse comments are received in response to the direct final rule, no further action will be taken on this proposed rule and the action will become effective at the time specified in the direct final rule. If RUS receives adverse comments, a document will be published withdrawing the direct final rule and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule. Any parties interested in commenting on this proposed action should do so at this time.
Comments on this proposed action must be received on or before January 25, 2002.
Submit adverse comments or notice of intent to submit adverse comments to F. Lamont Heppe, Jr., Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1522, Washington, DC 20250-1522. RUS suggests a signed original and three copies of all comments (7CFR 1700.4). All comments received will be made available for public inspection at room 4030, South Building, Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (7CFR 1.27(b)).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Robert O. Ellinger, Chief, Policy Analysis and Loan Management Staff, Rural Utilities Service, Electric Program, Room 4041 South Building, Stop 1560, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1560, Telephone: (202) 720-0424, FAX (202) 690-0717, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
See the Supplementary Information provided in the direct final rule located in the final rule section of this Federal Register for the applicable supplementary information on this action.Start Signature
Dated: December 18, 2001.
Hilda Gay Legg,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 01-31575 Filed 12-21-01; 8:45 am]
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