Management and Budget Office 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Draft Joint Report on the Review of the Application of European Union and United States Regulatory Impact Assessment Guidelines on the Analysis of Impacts on International Trade and Investment
Document Number: E7-23856
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-10
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the Draft Joint Report on the Review of the Application of European Union (EU) and United States (U.S.) Regulatory Impact Assessment Guidelines on the Analysis of Impacts on International Trade and Investment. The full Draft Report is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/regpol.html#opp. This joint draft report was prepared by the Secretariat General of the European Commission and the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) as part of an EC-OMB dialogue on methodological issues for consideration at the November 9th, 2007 meeting in Washington, DC of the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council.
Financial Reporting for Grants and Cooperative Agreements: Federal Financial Report (FFR)
Document Number: 07-5941
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-07
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget is consolidating and replacing four existing financial reporting forms (SF-269, SF-269A, SF- 272, and SF-272A) with a single Federal Financial Report (FFR). The purpose of the FFR is to give recipients of grants and cooperative agreements a standard format for reporting the financial status of their grants and cooperative agreements (hereby referred to collectively as awards). Federal awarding agencies developed the FFR as part of their implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107).
Information Collection; Request for Public Comments
Document Number: E7-23540
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-05
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites the general public and Federal agencies to comment on a renewal of an information collection with revisions that would affect two types of entities: (1) The reports of auditors to auditees concerning audit results, audit findings, and questioned costs, and (2) reports from auditees to the Federal Government providing information about the auditees, the awards they administer, and the audit results. These collection efforts are required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501, et seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.'' Included as part of this information collection is the Data Collection Form (SF-SAC). The changes being proposed are to modify the data elements collected on the SF-SAC to update the internal control terminology and related definitions used in OMB Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,'' the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Accountability Office. The current Form SF-SAC is being used for audit periods ending in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. A revised Form SF-SAC will be used for audit periods ending in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Additionally, OMB is interested in receiving comments on the requirement to submit the Data Collection Form (SF-SAC) and the single audit reporting packages electronically. Currently, more than 87% of the SF-SAC are filed electronically. Electronic submission would streamline the submission process, reduce the administrative burden and satisfy the Bureau of Census to fully comply with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (Pub. L. 105-277).
2007 List of Designated Federal Entities and Federal Entities
Document Number: E7-23406
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
As required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended (IG Act), this notice provides a list of Designated Federal Entities and Federal Entities.
FY 2008 Cost of Outpatient Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Services Furnished by Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facilities; Certain Rates Regarding Recovery From Tortiously Liable Third Persons
Document Number: E7-22701
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
By virtue of the authority vested in the President by section 2(a) of Pub. L. 87-603 (76 Stat. 593; 42 U.S.C. 2652), and delegated to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget by the President through Executive Order No. 11541 of July 1, 1970, the rates referenced below are hereby established. These rates are for use in connection with the recovery from tortiously liable third persons for the cost of outpatient medical, dental and pharmacy services furnished by military treatment facilities through the Department of Defense (DoD). The rates have been established in accordance with the requirements of OMB Circular A-25, requiring reimbursement of the full cost of all services provided. The outpatient medical and dental rates referenced are effective upon publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will remain in effect until further notice. Pharmacy rates are updated periodically. The inpatient rates, published on December 9, 2002, remain in effect until further notice. A full analysis of the rates is posted at the DoD's Uniform Business Office Web Site: http:// www.tricare.mil/ocfo/docs/CY07%20Reimbursement%20Rates11.pdf. The rates can be found at: http://www.tricare.mil/ocfo/mcfs/ubo/mhs rates.cfm.
Trafficking in Persons: Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: E7-22056
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-13
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is establishing a government-wide award term for agencies to include in grants and cooperative agreements as part of their implementation of paragraph (g) of section 106 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended (22 U.S.C. 7104). In each award under which funding is provided to a private entity, the statute requires the awarding agency to include a condition authorizing termination of the award if the recipient or a subrecipient engages in certain activities related to trafficking in persons.
Public Availability of Fiscal Year 2006 Agency Inventories Under the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act
Document Number: E7-18028
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-13
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, Public Law 105-270, requires agencies to develop inventories each year of activities performed by their employees that are not inherently governmentali.e., inventories of commercial activities. The FAIR Act further requires OMB to review the inventories in consultation with the agencies and publish a notice of public availability in the Federal Register after the consultation process is completed. In accordance with the FAIR Act, OMB is publishing this notice to announce the availability of inventories from the agencies listed below. These inventories identify both commercial activities and activities that are inherently governmental. This is the third and final release of the FAIR Act inventories for FY 2006. Interested parties who disagree with the agency's initial judgment may challenge the inclusion or the omission of an activity on the list of activities that are not inherently governmental within 30 working days and, if not satisfied with this review, may appeal to a higher level within the agency. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has made available a FAIR Act User's Guide through its Internet site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/procurement/fair-index.html. This User's Guide will help interested parties review FY 2006 FAIR Act inventories.
Amending Federal Financial Assistance-Related Forms to Include Universal Identifier
Document Number: E7-15044
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-02
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposes to authorize each Federal agency that receives applications for Federal financial assistance to add a field for the applicant's Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to application forms previously approved by OMB. This proposed update would broaden the directive's effect to all forms of Federal financial assistance covered by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (the ``Act'') including grants, subgrants, loans, awards, cooperative agreements, and other forms of financial assistance.
Statistical Policy Directive: Release and Dissemination of Statistical Products Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies
Document Number: E7-14908
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-01
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
Under 44 U.S.C. 3504(e), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is soliciting public comment on a proposal to issue a new Statistical Policy Directive for the release and dissemination of statistical products produced by Federal statistical agencies. In its role as coordinator of the Federal statistical system, 44 U.S.C. 3504(e) requires OMB, among other responsibilities, to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the system as well as the integrity, objectivity, impartiality, utility, and confidentiality of information collected for statistical purposes. It also requires OMB to develop and oversee the implementation of Governmentwide policies, principles, standards, and guidelines concerning the presentation and dissemination of statistical information. The 2001 Information Quality Act (Pub. L. 106-554, Sec. 1(a)(3) [title V, Sec. 515], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A-153, 44 U.S.C. Section 3516 note) similarly requires OMB, as well as all other Federal agencies, to maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information, including statistical information, provided to the public. To operate efficiently and effectively, our democracy relies on the flow of objective, credible statistics to support the decisions of governments, businesses, households, and other organizations. Any loss of trust in the integrity of the Federal statistical system and its products could lessen respondent cooperation with Federal statistical surveys, decrease the quality of statistical system products, and foster uncertainty about the validity of measures our Nation uses to monitor and assess its performance and progress. To further support the quality and integrity of Federal statistical information, OMB is proposing a new Statistical Policy Directive designed to preserve and enhance the objectivity and transparency, in fact and in perception, of the processes used to release and disseminate the Government's statistical products. The procedures in the proposed directive are intended to ensure that statistical data releases adhere to data quality standards through equitable, policy- neutral, and timely release of information to the general public. Additional discussion of the proposal and a draft of the directive may be found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. OMB is seeking public comment on the desirability of issuing the proposed directive as well as suggestions to improve its clarity, efficiency, and usefulness.
Public Availability of Fiscal Year 2006 Agency Inventories Under the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act
Document Number: E7-13562
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-13
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, Public Law 105-270, requires agencies to develop inventories each year of activities performed by their employees that are not inherently governmentali.e., inventories of commercial activities. The FAIR Act further requires OMB to review the inventories in consultation with the agencies and publish a notice of public availability in the Federal Register after the consultation process is completed. In accordance with the FAIR Act, OMB is publishing this notice to announce the availability of inventories from the agencies listed below. These inventories identify both commercial activities and activities that are inherently governmental. This is the second release of the FAIR Act inventories for FY 2006. Interested parties who disagree with the agency's initial judgment may challenge the inclusion or the omission of an activity on the list of activities that are not inherently governmental within 30 working days and, if not satisfied with this review, may appeal to a higher level within the agency. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has made available a FAIR Act User's Guide through its Internet site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/procurement/fair-index.html. This User's Guide will help interested parties review FY 2006 FAIR Act inventories.
Cost Accounting Standards Board; Time and Material and Labor Hour (T&M/LH) Contracts for Commercial Items
Document Number: E7-12888
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, has adopted, without change, a final rule to provide an exemption for T&M/LH contracts for commercial items. This rulemaking is authorized pursuant to Section 26 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act.
Cost Accounting Standards: Staff Discussion Paper-Harmonization of Cost Accounting Standards 412 and 413 with the Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: E7-12886
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Cost Accounting Standards Board, invites public comments concerning a Staff Discussion Paper on the harmonization of Cost Accounting Standards 412 and 413 with the Pension Protection Act of 2006.
Cost Accounting Standards Board (CAS) Changes to Acquisition Thresholds
Document Number: Z7-11328
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-06-27
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations
Document Number: E7-12320
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-26
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This Notice revises Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,'' by (1) Updating the internal control terminology and related definitions used in the Circular; and (2) simplifying the auditee reporting package submission requirement to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC).
Compliance Assistance Resources and Points of Contact Available to Small Businesses
Document Number: E7-12215
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-25
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3520), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing a ``list of the compliance assistance resources available to small businesses'' and a list of the points of contacts in agencies ``to act as a liaison between the agency and small business concerns'' with respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork. This information is posted on the following Web site: http:// www.business.gov/complianceresources.
Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA)
Document Number: E7-11542
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-15
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA) can provide strong confidentiality protections for statistical information collections, such as surveys and censuses, as well as for other statistical activities, such as data analysis, modeling, and sample design, that are sponsored or conducted by Federal agencies. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is issuing Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-347). The purpose of the CIPSEA implementation guidance is to inform agencies about the requirements for using CIPSEA and to clarify the circumstances under which CIPSEA can be used.
Cost Accounting Standards Board; Contract Clauses
Document Number: E7-11332
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-06-14
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board is proposing to add a clause for inclusion in CAS-covered contracts and subcontracts awarded to foreign concerns. The Board is taking this action to provide a standard clause for use by Government and contractor personnel in applying the CAS requirements to contracts and subcontracts awarded to foreign concerns.
Cost Accounting Standards Board (CAS) Changes to Acquisition Thresholds
Document Number: E7-11328
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-06-14
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, is revising the threshold for the application of CAS to negotiated Government contracts. This rulemaking is authorized pursuant to Section 26 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act. The Board is taking final action on this topic in order to adjust the CAS applicability threshold in accordance with Section 822 of the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. 109-163). Section 822 amended 41 U.S.C. 422(f)(2)(A) to require that the threshold for CAS applicability be the same as the threshold for compliance with the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA).
Cost Accounting Standards Board (CAS); Applicability of Cost Accounting Standards Coverage
Document Number: E7-11325
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-06-13
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board, has adopted, without change from the interim rule, a final rule revising the criteria applicable to United Kingdom (UK) contractors for filing a Disclosure Statement, Form No. CASB DS-1. This rulemaking is authorized pursuant to Section 26 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act.
Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement
Document Number: E7-11177
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-11
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of the 2007 Circular A- 133 Compliance Supplement. The notice also offered interested parties an opportunity to comment on the 2007 Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement. The 2007 Supplement adds three programs, as well as, includes seven existing programs combined into two existing clusters. It also deletes two programs, updates for program changes, and makes technical corrections. A list of changes to the 2007 Supplement can be found at Appendix V. Due to its length, the 2007 Supplement is not included in this Notice. See Addresses for information about how to obtain a copy.
Public Availability of Fiscal Year 2006 Agency Inventories Under the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act
Document Number: E7-8329
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act, Public Law 105-270, requires agencies to develop inventories each year of activities performed by their employees that are not inherently governmentali.e., inventories of commercial activities. The FAIR Act further requires OMB to review the inventories in consultation with the agencies and publish a notice of public availability in the Federal Register after the consultation process is completed. In accordance with the FAIR Act, OMB is publishing this notice to announce the availability of inventories from the agencies listed below. These inventories identify both commercial activities and activities that are inherently governmental. This is the first release of the FAIR Act inventories for FY 2006. Interested parties who disagree with the agency's initial judgment may challenge the inclusion or the omission of an activity on the list of activities that are not inherently governmental within 30 working days and, if not satisfied with this review, may appeal to a higher level within the agency. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has made available a FAIR Act User's Guide through its Internet site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/procurement/fair-index.html. This User's Guide will help interested parties review FY 2006 FAIR Act inventories.
Determination of Executive Compensation Benchmark Amount Pursuant to Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 435), as Amended
Document Number: E7-5573
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-27
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Procurement Policy Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is hereby publishing the attached memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies concerning the determination of the maximum benchmark compensation amount that will be allowable under government contracts during contractors' FY 2007$597,912. This determination is required under Section 39 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act (41 U.S.C. 435), as amended. The benchmark compensation amount applies equally to both defense and civilian procurement agencies.
Draft 2007 Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations
Document Number: E7-4375
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on its 2007 Draft Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations. The full Draft Report is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/regpol-reportscongress.html, and is divided into four chapters. Chapter I examines the costs and benefits of major Federal regulations issued in fiscal year 2006 and summarizes the costs and benefits of major regulations issued between September 1996 and 2006. It also discusses regulatory impacts on State, local, and tribal governments, small business, wages, and economic growth. Chapter II examines trends in regulation since OMB began to compile benefit and cost estimates records in 1981. Chapter III provides an update on implementation of the Information Quality Act, and Chapter IV summarizes agency compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices
Document Number: E7-1066
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
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
Document Number: E7-308
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-12
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Executive Office of the President
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.