DATE: November 2, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Annual Real Property Inventories

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 2, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 213, page 55593

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

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is updating, streamlining, and clarifying Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR) Part 101-3, Annual Real Property Inventories, then moving it into the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-84, Annual Real Property Inventories.

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. 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.

DATES: This interim rule is effective November 2, 2001. Comments on the interim rule must be submitted no later than January 2, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Mr. Michael E. Hopkins, Regulatory Secretariat (MVP), Acquisition Policy Division, General Services Administration, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405, or by e-mail to RIN.3090-AG55@gsa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stanley C. Langfeld, Director, Real Property Policy Division, 202-501-1737.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: GSA's Office of Real Property (within the Office of Governmentwide Policy), along with representatives of the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, and the Army Corps of Engineers, conducted a comprehensive review of the policies contained in FPMR Part 101-3. The review focused on improvements to make the real property inventory program more useful and to enable federal agencies to manage their real property inventories more effectively, in part by focusing on statutory requirements, Executive Orders, and governmentwide policies rather than on detailed operating procedures.

Since the FMR is replacing the FPMR, this interim rule adds a cross-reference in the FPMR directing readers to the coverage in the FMR. All that remains of FPMR 101-3 is FPMR 101-3.000, Cross-Reference to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) (41 CFR Chapter 102, Parts 102-1 through 102-220), which states, "For information on annual real property inventories previously contained in this part, see FMR part 84 (41 CFR Part 102-84)."

The following is the table of contents for FMR 102-84:

     102-84.5What is the scope of this part?
     102-84.10What is the purpose of the Annual Real Property Inventory Program?
     102-84.15Why must I provide information for the Annual Real Property Inventory?
     102-84.20Where should I obtain information to be reported for the Annual Real Property Inventory?
     102-84.25Is it necessary for my agency to designate an official to serve as the point of contact for the real property inventories?
     102-84.30Is it necessary for my agency to certify the accuracy of its real property inventory submission?
     102-84.35Which agencies must submit a report for inclusion in the Annual Real Property Inventory?
     102-84.40What types of real property must I report for the Annual Real Property Inventory?
     102-84.45What types of real property must not be reported for the Annual Real Property Inventory?
     102-84.50Can the GSA Form 1166 be used to report information?
     102-84.55When are the Annual Real Property Inventory reports due?

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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