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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION:

Notification.

SUMMARY:

The United States Department of Agriculture is announcing the completion of certain interim rules that published in the Federal Register more than 3 years ago. USDA is taking this action because the published interim rules have been fully implemented and no further rulemaking publication is required.

DATES:

The interim rules are completed as of September 10, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael Poe, Telephone Number: (202) 720-3323.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

To promote transparency in regulatory planning, the Administration, beginning with the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, published for the first time an “inactive” list of agency regulatory actions that were under review but not included in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Such “inactive” actions allow agencies to take additional time to review a regulatory or deregulatory action and to preserve the regulatory identification number (RIN) and title for possible future use. After further review, and to clean out a backlog of older, obsolete RINs, USDA is taking this action to reduce its regulatory backlog and focus its resources on higher priority actions. The Department's actions are part of an overall regulatory reform strategy to reduce regulatory burden on the public and to ensure that future Unified Agendas of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions provided the public accurate information about rulemakings the Department intends to undertake. USDA reviewed its pending regulatory actions listed as “inactive.” This review focused on interim rules that published in the Federal Register more than 3 years ago, and for which no final rule has been issued. The agency identified 20 such regulatory actions.

Although not required to do so by the Administrative Procedure Act or by regulations of the Office of the Federal Register, the agency believes the public interest is best served by announcing in the Federal Register that it has fully implemented these 20 items. Therefore, for the reasons set forth above, USDA announces that it has fully completed the 20 rulemaking initiatives which were published in the Federal Register on the dates indicated in the table below and that no further rulemaking publication is required.

AgencyRINTitlePublished actionDateFR cite
OSEC0503-AA49Agricultural Career and Employment Grants ProgramIFR11/8/201176 FR 69114
FAS0551-AA80Trade Adjustment Assistance for FarmersIFR3/1/201075 FR 9087
NRCS0578-AA45Environmental Quality Incentives ProgramIFR1/15/200974 FR 2293
NRCS0578-AA47Wetlands Reserve ProgramIFR1/15/200974 FR 2317
FSA0560-AH43Emergency Conservation ProgramIFR5/26/200671 FR 30263
FSA0560-AH66Interest Rates on Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Programs Guaranteed LoansIFR3/4/201378 FR 13999
FSA0560-AH89Emergency Forest Restoration ProgramIFR11/17/201075 FR 70083
FSA0560-AH98Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive ProgramIFR7/8/201075 FR 39135
FSA0560-AI06Noninsured Disaster Assistance ProgramIFR4/9/201378 FR 21015
FSA0560-AI11Crop Assistance ProgramIFR10/25/201075 FR 65423
FSA0560-AI20Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance ProgramIFR12/15/201479 FR 74562
FSA0560-AI25Farm Loan Programs, Entity Eligibility ChangesIFR10/8/201479 FR 60739
FSA0560-AI26Conservation ComplianceIFR4/24/201580 FR 22873
FSA0560-AI30Conservation Reserve ProgramIFR7/16/201580 FR 41987
RBS0570-AA71Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance ProgramIFR5/28/201075 FR 30114
RBS0570-AA74Re-Powering Assistance Payments to Eligible BiorefineriesIFR2/11/201176 FR 7916
RBS0570-AA80Rural Business Investment ProgramIFR12/23/201176 FR 80217
RBS0570-AA92Rural Business Development GrantIFR3/25/201580 FR 15665
RBS0570-AA94Strategic Economic and Community DevelopmentIFR5/20/201580 FR 28807
FNS0584-AD60Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway ChildrenIFR4/25/201176 FR 22785
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Dated: August 28, 2019.

Rebeckah Adcock,

Regulatory Reform Officer and Senior Adviser to the Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2019-19553 Filed 9-9-19; 8:45 am]

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