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Change in Discount Rate for Water Resources Planning

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Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.


Notice of change.


The Bureau of Reclamation is announcing the interest rate to be used by Federal agencies in the formulation and evaluation of plans for water and related land resources is 2.875 percent for fiscal year 2017.


This discount rate is to be used for the period October 1, 2016, through and including September 30, 2017.

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DeShawn Woods, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Law Administration Division, Denver, Colorado 80225; telephone: 303-445-2900.

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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 2017 is 2.875 percent. Discounting is to be used to convert future monetary values to present values. 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 2.3596 percent. This rate, rounded to the nearest one-eighth percent, is 2.375 percent, which is a change of more than the allowable one-quarter of 1 percent. Therefore, the fiscal year 2017 rate is 2.875 percent.

The rate of 2.875 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 13, 2016.

Roseann Gonzales,

Director, Policy and Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2016-28339 Filed 11-23-16; 8:45 am]