DATE: March 29, 2005

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulations (FMR); Disposition of Seized and Unclaimed Personal Property

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 29, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 59, page 15792

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

ACTION: Proposed Rule

ACTION: GSA is proposing to update, streamline, and clarify Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR) Part 101-48, Utilization, Donation, or Disposal of Abandoned and Forfeited Personal Property, then moving it to the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-41, Disposition of Seized, Forfeited, Voluntarily Abandoned, and Unclaimed Personal Property Sale of Personal.

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://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/programView.do?pageTypeId=8199&ooid=10625&programPage=%2Fep%2Fprogram%2FgsaDocument.jsp&programId=8922&channelId=-14864.

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: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted before April 28, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; on the web site at http://www.acqnet.gov/far/ProposedRules/proposed.htm; by e-mail to: fpmrcase.2004-101-1@gsa.gov; by fax to 202-501-4067; or by mail to General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Cite “FPMR case 2004-101-1" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert A. Holcombe, Director, Personal Property Management Policy Division (MTP), 202-501-3828, or by e-mail at robert.holcombe@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The following are the major changes that would be made by this proposed rule to the FPMR and the FMR:

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

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