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USDA/RBS RIN: 0570-AB09 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Review of Eligibility Requirements in Rural Business-Cooperative Service Programs Related to Tribes and Tribal Entities 

The Rural Business Cooperative Service (RBCS) of USDA Rural Development offers programs to help businesses grow as well as job training for people living in rural communities. Such Programs include loans or grants to nonprofit entities, public bodies, or Indian Tribes who use the funds to assist development of private businesses and other economic development activities. Due to current regulations and policies, Tribes and tribally owned businesses, corporations and enterprises have faced recurring challenges and barriers in accessing certain RBCS programs. At this time the current interpretation of tribal enterprises and tribally owned business as an extension of the tribal government versus a private business restrict tribal access to the programs and the Office of Tribal Relations has asked RBCS to look into how best to address this issue. RBCS is considering refining and adjusting certain eligibility requirements related to Tribes, tribally owned businesses, tribal corporations and tribal enterprises with the hope of addressing this concern.

In advance of any potential rulemaking to enact consistent eligibility requirements intended to reduce barriers to program access, RBCS proposes to publish an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to invite comments on whether this action is needed and how relationships between a Tribe and its businesses, corporations, enterprises or governmental instrumentalities should be treated for program eligibility. The Agency intends to use the feedback and input to improve RBCS program delivery to Tribes, tribally-owned business, tribal corporations and tribal enterprises

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 4274    7 CFR 4280    7 CFR 4284    7 CFR 4279    7 CFR 4287   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    7 U.S.C. 1932 note    7 U.S.C. 1989    7 U.S.C. 1989(a)    7 U.S.C. 2008s    7 U.S.C. 1932(e)    7 U.S.C. 1926(a)(11)    7 U.S.C. 1632(a)    7 U.S.C. 1621 note   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  08/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Will Dodson
Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-1400