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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AC65 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Administrative Issuances; Involving the Public in the Formulation of Forest Service Directives (Rule) 

This procedural final rule will provide greater opportunity for public participation in the formulation of standards, criteria and guidelines applicable to Forest Service programs by: (1) expanding the scope of documents subject to such review; (2) utilizing technologies that were not available when these regulations were last amended in 1984 to ensure a broader swath of the interested public is notified of opportunities to review and comment on policy changes; and (3) increasing the efficiency of the directive revision process to reduce administrative costs and permit more frequent and timely updates. Consistent with 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1), this rule is issued as a final rule as it imposes no additional burdens on any governmental entity or the public but expands the ability of such parties to comment upon the issuance of agency policies set forth in Forest Service rules and guidance. 


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 2.7    36 CFR 200.4    36 CFR 216   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1612(a)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Tinathan A. Lewis
Department of Agriculture
201 14th Street SW,
Washington, DC 20024
Phone:202 205-3773