Department of Agriculture October 28, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Revocation of Statement of Policy on Public Participation in Rulemaking
Document Number: 2013-25321
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revoking the Statement of Policy titled ``Public Participation in Rulemaking,'' published in the Federal Register on July 24, 1971 (36 FR 13804), which required agencies in USDA to follow the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA) notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures in situations where the APA does not require it. The Statement of Policy implemented a 1969 recommendation by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), which urged Congress to amend the APA to remove the exemption from the notice-and-comment requirement for rulemakings relating to ``public property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts,'' adding that agencies should follow the notice-and-comment procedures pending amendment of the APA. By revoking the 1971 Statement of Policy, USDA restores the discretion to use notice-and-comment procedures when appropriate, unless otherwise required by law, with regard to this class of rulemakings. This action also improves USDA's ability to implement programs efficiently.
Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals; Approval of Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2013-25217
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The interim rule entitled Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals was published on April 25, 2011. The ICR for this rule revised an existing information collection, OMB Control Number 0584-0026, and created a new collection OMB Control Number 0584-0585. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated ICRs on April 19, 2013 and August 14, 2013, respectively. This document announces the approval of the ICRs.