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USDA/RUS RIN: 0572-AC53 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Streamlining and Improving RUS Electric Program Procedures--7 CFR 1710, 1714, 1717, 1718, 1721, 1726, 1730 and 1767 

 The Rural Utilities Service (RUS or Agency) will streamline procedures for Electric Program borrowers, including loan application requirements, approval of construction work plans, long-range plans, and system design procedures.

The recommended process improvements such as simplifying policies and procedures and removing unnecessary and outdated RUS Electric Program requirements. are a result of the Electric Program Staff’s experience with working with the RUS stakeholders. The intent of these proposed changes is to streamline and improve the efficiency of the requirements for applying for Electric Program loans, as well as to streamline pre and post-loan procedures. These actions are expected to increase program flexibility which will improve overall customer satisfaction and improve process efficiencies in program delivery.

The regulation changes will decrease the workload to borrowers and RUS employees by eliminating unnecessary policies and requirements and, improving business processes which  are expected to improve time management and potential savings for borrowers.  


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1710    7 CFR 1714    7 CFR 1717    7 CFR 1718    7 CFR 1721    7 CFR 1726    7 CFR 1730    7 CFR 1767   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.    7 U.S.C. 1921 et seq.    7 U.S.C. 6941 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  11/00/2021 
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:
Mark Bartholomew
Department of Agriculture
Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:740 544-4612