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DATE: January 3, 2005

SUBJECT: Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (AGAR); Miscellaneous Amendments

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 3, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 1, page 41

AGENCIES: Office of Procurement and Property Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

ACTION: Direct Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: USDA is amending the AGAR to bring it into conformance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and to implement changes in USDA delegated authorities and internal procedures.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The AGAR is Chapter 4 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is available on the Internet at http://www.usda.gov/procurement/policy/agar_x/index.html.

DATES: This direct final rule will become effective April 4, 2005, unless significant adverse comments are received by February 2, 2005. USDA reserves the "direct final rule" procedure for rules it believes are noncontroversial. If USDA receives any adverse comments on the contents of the direct final rule, USDA will withdraw the rule.

ADDRESSES: Comments on this direct final rule may be submitted using any of the following methods: (1) to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; (2) by e-mail to joe.daragan@usda.gov; (3) fax: 202-720-8972; (4) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Procurement Policy Division, STOP 9303, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9303; or (5) hand delivery/courier: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Procurement Policy Division, Reporter's Building, 300 7th Street, SW, Room 310A, Washington, DC 20024. Identify the comments by including "AGAR Case 2004-01" or "Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 0599-AA11."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph J. Daragan, (202) 720-5729.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The amendments in this direct final rule revise the AGAR to reflect changes in the FAR made by Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs) 97-02 through 2001-24, and to implement changes in USDA delegated authorities and internal procedures since October 2001, the last time the AGAR was amended.

These AGAR changes concern internal procedural matters which are administrative in nature, and will not have a major effect on the general public or on contractors or offerors supporting USDA.

Most of the changes involve redesignation of AGAR sections to conform to the FAR designations, amendments to organizational references, name changes to subparts and sections, and other editorial changes. The following are the significant changes being made to the AGAR by this direct final rule:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.

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