DATE: January 18, 2002

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 18, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 13, page 2583

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 101-44, Donation of Surplus Personal Property, then moving it to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-37, Donation of Surplus Personal Property.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the proposed rule, see the April 14, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Donation of Surplus Personal Property.

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 (see the February 25, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Establishment of the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as the Successor to the FPMR"). 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: January 18, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter B. Zuidema, Acting Director, Personal Property Management Policy Division (MTP), 202-501-3846.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On April 14, 2000, GSA published a proposed rule to update, streamline, and clarify FPMR Part 101-44 and then move it into the FMR as Part 102-37, and solicited comments. GSA is adopting the proposed rule as final with minor editorial and organizational changes.

Since the FMR is replacing the FPMR, this rule adds a cross-reference in the FPMR directing readers to the coverage in the FMR. All that remains of FPMR 101-44 is FPMR 101-44.000, Cross-Reference to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) (41 CFR Chapter 102, Parts 102-1 through 102-220), which states, "For information on donation of surplus personal property previously contained in this part, see FMR Part 102-37 (41 CFR Part 102-37)."

The following are the primary changes between the old FPMR Part 101-44 and the new FMR Part 102-37:

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

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