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DOC/EDA RIN: 0610-AA78 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Amendment of PWEDA Regulations More Appropriate for a Notice of Funds Opportunity 

EDA is proposing to amend the regulations located at 13 CFR 300.3, 301.7, 301.8, 301.9, 303.3, 305.3, 306.3, 306.6, and 307.5. These regulations describe the process for applying for various EDA grants under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 and the evaluation and selection criteria EDA will apply when reviewing those applications. Portions of these regulations are more appropriately communicated to potential applicants through an EDA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which specifically addresses the program requirements for applying for grants in a particular fiscal year that may change from year to year to reflect Administration priorities or changing economic circumstances. Moreover, those interested in the specific requirements of such grants generally know to review for those requirements rather than the regulations. EDA proposes to retain those portions of these regulations that direct applicants to look to the NOFO for specific requirements and that establish certain procedural steps that require regulations (e.g., EDA does not accept appeals of denied applications and limits on indirect costs). Finally, EDA is proposing to amend the definitions section of the regulations to eliminate the definition of "Regional Innovation Clusters or RICs." The term is separately defined in 13 CFR 312.3. Eliminating the definition removes duplication while reducing the potential for confusion.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  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: 13 CFR 300    13 CFR 301    13 CFR 303    13 CFR 305    13 CFR 306    13 CFR 307   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3701    Department of Commerce Department Organization Order 10-4   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2023 
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:
Jeffrey Roberson
Chief Counsel
Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20230
Phone:202 482-1315