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USDA/AgSEC RIN: 0503-AA74 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Production or Disclosure of Official Information in Legal Proceedings 

We are revising our regulations regarding the production or disclosure of official information in legal proceedings (referred to as Touhy regulations).  These regulations are being updated to promote consistent processing of Touhy requests among U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) agencies; clarify the responsibilities of all parties in the Touhy process; and provide additional information about criteria that USDA agencies should consider in the Touhy process.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR part 1     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 5 USC 301   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Karen Carrington Fletcher
Senior Counsel
Department of Agriculture
Office of the General Counsel
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 103-W,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-0944