DATE: March 30, 2005

SUBJECT: Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (AGAR); Miscellaneous Amendments

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 30, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 60, page 16145

AGENCIES: Office of Procurement and Property Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: This notice confirms that the direct final rule published January 3, 2005, that amended the AGAR is effective April 4, 2005.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The AGAR is Chapter 4 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is available at http://www.usda.gov/procurement/policy/agar_x/index.html.

For more on the direct final rule, see the January 3, 2005, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (AGAR); Miscellaneous Amendments.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 4, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph J. Daragan, USDA Office of Procurement and Property Management, Procurement Policy Division, STOP 9303, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9303, 202-720-5729.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On January 3, 2005, USDA revised the AGAR to reflect changes in the FAR made by Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs) 97-02 through 2001-24, and to implement changes in USDA delegated authorities and internal procedures since October 2001, the last time the AGAR was amended.

These revisions concerned internal procedural matters which are administrative in nature. USDA published them as a direct final rule, which it reserves for rules it believes are noncontroversial. With a direct final rule, if any adverse comments on the direct final rule are submitted, USDA withdraws the rule. If there are no adverse comments submitted, the rule goes into effect in 90 days.

Because this direct final rule was published on January 3, it would go into effect April 3, 2005, if no adverse comments were submitted. USDA received one comment objecting to USDA marketing programs and to the burden on taxpayers of the rulemaking, but the comment was not considered adverse because it raised no objection germane to the substance of the direct final rule. Therefore, the direct final rule will go into effect April 3, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.

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