Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, 30904-30905 [2011-13126]

Download as PDF 30904 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 103 / Friday, May 27, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Forest Service Amador County Resource Advisory Committee Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: AGENCY: ACTION: ACTION: The Amador County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Sutter Creek, California. The committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act (Pub. L. 110–343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The RAC will review, discuss and vote on proposed projects. DATES: The meeting will be held on June 16, 2011 beginning at 6 PM. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek, CA. Written comments should be sent to Frank Mosbacher; Forest Supervisor’s Office; 100 Forni Road; Placerville, CA 95667. 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The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by June 3, 2011, to be scheduled on the agenda. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to 4 Farm Colony Drive, Warren, Pennsylvania, 16365, or by e-mail to kmohney@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to (814) 726–1462. Dated: May 20, 2011. Leanne M. Marten, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2011–13236 Filed 5–26–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Loan and Loan Guarantee Program Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of elimination of the List of Materials. AGENCY: ACTION: Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and its predecessor, the Rural Electrification Administration, (REA) have played a leading role in helping rural America gain access to advanced telecommunications systems, equipment and services. The List of Materials historically has been a very useful tool in assuring product quality and reliability. However, Rural Development is taking a fundamentally new approach to advancing state-of-theart telecommunications technologies, consistent with our commitment to high quality rural service and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars. DATES: Effective May 23, 2011, Rural Development will no longer accept applications for equipment to be added to the List of Materials and will cease publication of the List of Materials for Telecommunications, RUS Information Publication 344–2. ADDRESSES: An open letter from RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein is available at https:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/ RUSTelecomPrograms.html. Any further information regarding this subject will also be posted on this Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gary B. Allan, Acting Director, USDA– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MYN1.SGM 27MYN1 jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 103 / Friday, May 27, 2011 / Notices RUS–ASD, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1550, Room 2844, Washington, DC 20250; Tel: 202–690– 4493; Fax: 202–720–1051. Background: Technology has changed dramatically since the start of the agency’s telecommunications program in 1949. The telecommunications equipment supply sector is very different, and far more complex and diverse, today than it was over 60 years ago. Product life cycles have accelerated, innovations abound and new suppliers have entered the market. In this new technology environment, Rural Development must operate efficiently and effectively under current budgetary constraints. Maintaining the List of Materials, which includes a product by product review, simply cannot be sustained under our current budget and with our limited staff. To protect our loan security and compliance with continuing Buy America statutory mandates, we will transition from a listing process to an approach which ensures that construction financed by RUS meets applicable industry standards. This new approach will be incorporated into our review of individual projects and the approval of loan advances. Although the agency is ending the publication of the list, it is not ending its insistence that infrastructure financed by taxpayers through our program conform to the highest technical standards. It is also not altering its statutory Buy America obligations. In addition to facilitating government efficiency, this new approach will give our customers increased flexibility to find and deploy technology that meets the specific needs of their customers. Our staff stands prepared to work with applicants and borrowers to help them deploy effective technology that meets the needs of the rural communities they serve. In addition, RUS understands that many borrowers that have put contracts out to bid requiring utilization of the List of Materials. In these cases, borrowers have two choices. First, they can cancel the bid solicitation or modify the solicitation to extend the bid date or clarify the bidding terms based upon the List of Materials no longer being available. Or two, they can require that bidders still follow the List of Materials that was in effect on the date the contract was put out to bid. In the event a potential bidder does not have a copy of the List of Materials that was in effect on the date the contract was put out to bid, the bidder may contact RUS staff for assistance in determining whether certain equipment was on the approved list at the time. RUS staff stand ready to VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:25 May 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 assist all customers during this transition period. Dated: May 23, 2011. Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 103 (Friday, May 27, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30904-30905]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-13126]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Loan and Loan 
Guarantee Program

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of elimination of the List of Materials.

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SUMMARY: Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and its 
predecessor, the Rural Electrification Administration, (REA) have 
played a leading role in helping rural America gain access to advanced 
telecommunications systems, equipment and services. The List of 
Materials historically has been a very useful tool in assuring product 
quality and reliability. However, Rural Development is taking a 
fundamentally new approach to advancing state-of-the-art 
telecommunications technologies, consistent with our commitment to high 
quality rural service and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

DATES: Effective May 23, 2011, Rural Development will no longer accept 
applications for equipment to be added to the List of Materials and 
will cease publication of the List of Materials for Telecommunications, 
RUS Information Publication 344-2.

ADDRESSES: An open letter from RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein is 
available at https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RUSTelecomPrograms.html. Any 
further information regarding this subject will also be posted on this 
Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gary B. Allan, Acting Director, 
USDA-

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RUS-ASD, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1550, Room 2844, Washington, 
DC 20250; Tel: 202-690-4493; Fax: 202-720-1051.
    Background: Technology has changed dramatically since the start of 
the agency's telecommunications program in 1949. The telecommunications 
equipment supply sector is very different, and far more complex and 
diverse, today than it was over 60 years ago. Product life cycles have 
accelerated, innovations abound and new suppliers have entered the 
market.
    In this new technology environment, Rural Development must operate 
efficiently and effectively under current budgetary constraints. 
Maintaining the List of Materials, which includes a product by product 
review, simply cannot be sustained under our current budget and with 
our limited staff.
    To protect our loan security and compliance with continuing Buy 
America statutory mandates, we will transition from a listing process 
to an approach which ensures that construction financed by RUS meets 
applicable industry standards. This new approach will be incorporated 
into our review of individual projects and the approval of loan 
advances.
    Although the agency is ending the publication of the list, it is 
not ending its insistence that infrastructure financed by taxpayers 
through our program conform to the highest technical standards. It is 
also not altering its statutory Buy America obligations. In addition to 
facilitating government efficiency, this new approach will give our 
customers increased flexibility to find and deploy technology that 
meets the specific needs of their customers. Our staff stands prepared 
to work with applicants and borrowers to help them deploy effective 
technology that meets the needs of the rural communities they serve.
    In addition, RUS understands that many borrowers that have put 
contracts out to bid requiring utilization of the List of Materials. In 
these cases, borrowers have two choices. First, they can cancel the bid 
solicitation or modify the solicitation to extend the bid date or 
clarify the bidding terms based upon the List of Materials no longer 
being available. Or two, they can require that bidders still follow the 
List of Materials that was in effect on the date the contract was put 
out to bid. In the event a potential bidder does not have a copy of the 
List of Materials that was in effect on the date the contract was put 
out to bid, the bidder may contact RUS staff for assistance in 
determining whether certain equipment was on the approved list at the 
time. RUS staff stand ready to assist all customers during this 
transition period.

    Dated: May 23, 2011.
Jonathan Adelstein,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-13126 Filed 5-26-11;8:45 am]
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