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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 14, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR): Donation of Surplus Personal Property

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 13, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 72, page 20013

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is proposing to update, streamline, and clarify Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR) Part 101-44, Donation of Surplus Personal Property, and then move it to the new Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-37, Donation of Surplus Personal Property. The FMR is replacing the FPMR, so this proposed rule would add a cross-reference in the FPMR to direct readers to the coverage in the FMR.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FPMR is Chapter 101 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The FMR is Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR.

GSA is in the process of updating, reorganizing, streamlining, eliminating, and clarifying the contents of the FPMR, then transferring the contents to a new set of regulations -- the Federal Management Regulations (FMR), which was established on July 21, 1999, as Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR. When the transfer is complete, the FMR will contain a refined set of policies and regulatory requirements on managing property and administrative services. Non-regulatory materials (such as guidance, procedures, information and standards) will be available in separate documents, such as customer service guides, handbooks, brochures, Internet websites, and FMR bulletins.

The conversion from the FPMR to the FMR will take some time, so it will occur incrementally as the regulations are rewritten. Because of this, both the FPMR and the FMR will exist concurrently, and readers will need to refer to both documents to obtain all the related material -- the same content will not appear in both regulations.

For more on the finalization of the July 21, 1999, interim rule that established the FMR as the replacement of the FPMR, see the February 25, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "General Services Administration; Establishment of the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as the Successor to the Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR)."

DATES: Submit comments on or before June 12, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Ms. Sharon Kiser, Regulatory Secretariat (MVR), Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405; e-mail comments to RIN.3090-AH20@gsa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Caswell, Director, Personal Property Management Policy Division (MTP), 202-501-3846.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule would completely revise FPMR Part 101-44 and then redesignate it at FMR Part 102-37. All that would remain of FPMR 101-44 would be Section 101-44.000, Cross-Reference to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) (41 CFR Chapter 102, Parts 102-1 Through 102-220), which would state: "For information on donation of surplus personal property previously contained in this part, see FMR Part 37 (41 CFR Part 102-37)."

The FMR is written in the "plain language" regulatory style. This style is directed at the reader and uses a question and answer format, active voice, shorter sentences, and pronouns such as "we", "you", and "I".

Besides rewriting the part, GSA is proposing to make several changes:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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