Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing a final Bulletin entitled, ``Agency Good Guidance Practices,'' which establishes policies and procedures for the development, issuance, and use of significant guidance documents by Executive Branch departments and agencies. This Bulletin is intended to increase the quality and transparency of agency guidance practices and the significant guidance documents produced through them. On November 23, 2005, OMB proposed a draft Bulletin for public comment. 70 FR 71866 (November 30, 2005). Upon request, OMB extended the public comment period from December 23, 2005 to January 9, 2006. 70 FR 76333 (December 23, 2005). OMB received 31 comments on the proposal from diverse public and private stakeholders (see http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/goodguid/c-index.html) and input from Federal agencies. The final Bulletin includes refinements developed through the public comment process and interagency deliberations.
Discount Rates for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Federal Programs
The Office of Management and Budget revised Circular A-94 in 1992. The revised Circular specified certain discount rates to be updated annually when the interest rate and inflation assumptions used to prepare the budget of the United States Government were changed. These discount rates are found in Appendix C of the revised Circular. The updated discount rates are shown below. The discount rates in Appendix C are to be used for cost-effectiveness analysis, including lease-purchase analysis, as specified in the revised Circular. They do not apply to regulatory analysis.