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USDA/RHS RIN: 0575-AC91 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants--Consolidate Three Regulations 

The Agency plans to consolidate and update three regulations, 7 CFR 1942-(A), 1942-(C), and 3570-(B), into a new regulation, 7 CFR 3570-(A). This new regulation will be used to administer the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant programs. It also will incorporate the Tribal College and Economic Impact Initiative grant programs. The existing regulations 7 CFR 1942-(A), 7 CFR 1942-(C), and 7 CFR 3570-(B) will be obsolete upon publication of the new 7 CFR 3570-(A). The proposed action includes the following: remove references to the RUS water and waste disposal program, which was moved to 7 CFR 1780-(A) in 1997; update scoring priorities to reflect current needs in rural America. *Incorporate information from staff instructions and guidance that have been renewed and republished for many years. *Make pre-application optional for small (under $300,000) projects; clarify and coordinate applicant and project eligibility requirements among the Community Facilities Guarantee, Direct, and Grant regulations; update the regulation to reflect recent legal opinions/determinations; update audit requirements in accordance with the latest OMB directives; and add "Exception Authority" to allow for the granting of exceptions by the Administrator to portions of regulations that are not statutory. The granting of exceptions is allowed in other Rural Development regulations under very defined and controlled circumstances.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1942, subpart A    7 CFR 1942, subpart C    7 CFR 3570, subpart B     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Karla Peiffer
Asset Risk Management Specialist/Regional Coordinator
Department of Agriculture
Rural Housing Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0787,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:515 238-6668