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Change in Discount Rate for Water Resources Planning

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Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.


Notice of change.


The Water Resources Planning Act of 1965 and the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 require an annual determination of a discount rate for Federal water resources planning. The discount rate for Federal water resources planning for fiscal year 2014 is 3.50 percent. Start Printed Page 67394Discounting is to be used to convert future monetary values to present values.


This discount rate is to be used for the period October 1, 2013, through and including September 30, 2014.

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Michelle Kelly, Water and Environmental Resources Division, Denver, Colorado 80225; telephone: 303-445-2888.

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Notice is hereby given that the interest rate to be used by Federal agencies in the formulation and evaluation of plans for water and related land resources is 3.50 percent for fiscal year 2014.

This rate has been computed in accordance with Section 80(a), Public Law 93-251 (88 Stat. 34) and 18 CFR 704.39, which: (1) Specify that the rate will be based upon the average yield during the preceding fiscal year on interest-bearing marketable securities of the United States which, at the time the computation is made, have terms of 15 years or more remaining to maturity (average yield is rounded to nearest one-eighth percent); and (2) provide that the rate will not be raised or lowered more than one-quarter of 1 percent for any year. The U.S. Department of the Treasury calculated the specified average to be 2.9424 percent. This rate, rounded to the nearest one-eighth percent, is 3.00 percent, which is a change of more than the one-quarter of 1 percent allowed. Therefore; based on the fiscal year 2013 rate of 3.75 percent, the fiscal year 2014 rate is 3.50 percent.

The rate of 3.50 percent will be used by all Federal agencies in the formulation and evaluation of water and related land resources plans for the purpose of discounting future benefits and computing costs or otherwise converting benefits and costs to a common-time basis.

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Dated: October 18, 2013.

Roseann Gonzales,

Director, Policy and Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2013-27089 Filed 11-8-13; 8:45 am]