DATE: July 24, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Utilization, Donation, and Disposal of Foreign Gifts and Decorations

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 24, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 142, page 45539

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

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is updating, streamlining, and clarifying Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR) Part 101-49, Utilization, Donation, and Disposal of Foreign Gifts and Decorations, and then moving it into the new Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-42, Utilization, Donation, and Disposal of Foreign Gifts and Decorations. There are no policy changes involved in this final rule.

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. The text of both the FPMR and the FMR are available at http://policyworks.gov/org/main/mv/fmr/index.htm.

GSA is in the process of updating, reorganizing, streamlining, simplifying, and clarifying the contents of the FPMR, then transferring the contents to 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 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".

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.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 24, 2000.

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

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The following are the major changes made by this final rule to the FPMR and the FMR: