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USDA/RBS RIN: 0570-AA72 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Grants for Expansion of Employment Opportunities for Individuals With Disabilities in Rural Areas--Section 6023 
Abstract: This is a new program created by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose of the section is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations to expand and enhance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in rural areas. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined 
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: There is no existing program regulation. USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is promulgating regulations to implement section 6023. The regulation will provide assistance, which includes grants to nonprofit organizations or consortium of nonprofit organization that have a significant focus on serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. Assistance will be awarded on a competitive basis. Regulatory implementation may include certain existing requirements identified in 7 CFR for civil rights requirements, grant servicing requirements, and so forth.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The Expansion of Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities in Rural Areas is authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The purpose of the section is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations to expand and enhance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in rural areas.

Alternatives: There are no alternatives to issuing a proposed regulation in order to allow the public opportunity to provide comments on the program requirements.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The only costs, aside from contractor costs, are internal costs associated with the promulgation of the proposed rule. The Agency is confident that the regulation will contain sufficient safeguards to mitigate any risk associated with a proposed rule and would be a benefit to the Agency as well as organizations who utilize the program.

Risks: None noted.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2010   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Andrew Jermolowicz
Assistant Deputy Administrator
Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
STOP 3250, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20250-3250
Phone:202 720-8460
Fax:202 720-4641

 
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