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AGENCY:

Postal service.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending the Rules of Practice in Proceedings Relative to the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act to reflect the change in primary responsibility to investigate violations of the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act from the Postal Inspection Service to the Postal Service Inspector General. In addition, these rules of practice as well as the rules of practice in other proceedings before the Judicial Officer are being amended to correct typographical errors and omissions and make other technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

October 4, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Diane M. Mego, (703) 812-1905.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

As part of the creation of the Office of Inspector General in 1996, certain functions were transferred from the Postal Inspection Service to the Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Part 962 is being revised to reflect that investigations under this part are now conducted by the Office of Inspector General. In addition, these rules of practice as well as the rules of practice in other proceedings before the Judicial Officer are being amended to correct typographical errors and omissions and make other technical changes.

These revisions are changes in agency rules of practice before the Judicial Officer and do not substantially affect any rights or obligations of private parties. Therefore, it is appropriate for their adoption by the Postal Service to become effective immediately.

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PART 952—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO FALSE REPRESENTATION AND LOTTERY ORDERS

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 952 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 39 U.S.C. 204, 401, 3005, 3012, 3016.

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2. Section 952.5 is amended by revising “know” to read “known” in the next to last sentence of the paragraph.

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3. Section 952.33 is amended by revising “Law Librarian” to read “Librarian” and by revising “Law Library” to read “Library”.

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PART 957—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION FROM CONTRACTING

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 957 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 39 U.S.C. 204, 401.

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2. Section 957.2 is amended to revise the word “Procurement” to read “Purchasing”.

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PART 958—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO THE REFUSAL TO PROVIDE POST OFFICE BOX OR CALLER SERVICE AND THE TERMINATION OF POST OFFICE BOX OR CALLER SERVICE

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 958 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 39 U.S.C. 204, 401.

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2. Section 958.3(d) is amended by revising “asgency” to read “agency”.

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PART 960—RULES RELATIVE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT IN POSTAL SERVICE PROCEEDINGS

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 960 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 504(c)(1); 39 U.S.C. 204, 401(2).

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2. Section 960.3(b) is amended to revise “preclued” in the second sentence to read “preclude”.

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PART 962—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO THE PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 962 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 31 U.S.C. Chapter 38; 39 U.S.C. 401.

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2. Section 962.2(d) and (m) are revised to read as follows:

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(d) Investigating Official refers to the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service or any designee within the Office of the Inspector General.

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(m) Reviewing Official refers to the General Counsel of the Postal Service or any designee within the Law Department who serves in a position for which the rate of basic pay is not less than the minimum rate payable under section 5376 of title 5 of the United States Code.

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3. Section 962.12(f)(1) is amended by adding “not” after “is”.

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4. Section 962.13(f)(2) is amended by revising the word “marshall” to read “marshal” wherever it appears.

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5. Section 962.21(b)(4) is amended by revising “.hat” to read “that”.

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PART 964—RULES OF PRACTICE GOVERNING DISPOSITION OF MAIL WITHHELD FROM DELIVERY PURSUANT TO 39 U.S.C. 3003, 3004

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 964 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 39 U.S.C. 204, 401, 3003, 3004.

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2. Section 964.1 is amended by adding “States” after “United”.

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3. Section 964.2 is amended by removing “Service” after “Postal”.

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PART 965—RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO MAIL DISPUTES

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The Postal Service adopts amendments to

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1. The authority citation for part 965 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 39 U.S.C. 204, 401.

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2. Section 965.3 is amended by removing “475 L'Enfant Plaza West, SW.,”.

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Stanley F. Mires,

Chief Counsel, Legislative.

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[FR Doc. 02-25168 Filed 10-3-02; 8:45 am]

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