[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 84 (Monday, May 4, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 20427]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-10158]

Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.


Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 84 / Monday, May 4, 2009 / Proposed 

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10 CFR Part 600

RIN 1991-AB77

Assistance Regulations

AGENCY: Department of Energy.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) published on May 16, 2008, a 
proposed rule concerning its financial assistance regulation. That 
proposed rule included a recodification of 10 CFR part 600. However, 
DOE inadvertently omitted one phrase from the existing part 600. This 
action will afford interested members of the public the opportunity to 
comment on the continued inclusion of this phrase in DOE's financial 
assistance regulations.

DATES: Comments may be submitted on or before May 19, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to 
[email protected]. Comments may be mailed to: Jacqueline 
Kniskern, Procurement Policy Analyst, MA-61 Forrestal Building, U.S. 
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jacqueline Kniskern, Office of 
Procurement and Assistance Policy, U.S. Department of Energy, at 202-
287-1342, or by e-mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 16, 2008, DOE published in the 
Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend its 
assistance regulations in 10 CFR part 600. (73 FR 28385) The notice 
proposed to amend part 600 consistent with The Energy Policy Act of 
2005, to further implement the Federal Financial Assistance Management 
Improvement Act of 1999, and to make technical corrections. The changes 
to part 600 are intended to simplify procedures for soliciting, 
awarding, and administering DOE's financial assistance agreements. The 
comment period for the proposed rule closed on July 15, 2008. DOE 
received no comments.
    The May 16 NOPR set out the portions of part 600 that were to be 
amended including the entirety of 10 CFR 600.6. As it appeared in the 
NOPR, the text of Sec.  600.6(c) omitted the phrase ``or technology 
investment agreement'' from the introductory language. (73 FR 28389) 
That phrase appears in the current version of 10 CFR 600.6(c) and DOE 
did not intend to propose that it be removed from the assistance 
    DOE intends to include the phrase ``or technology investment 
agreement'' in Sec.  600.6(c) of a final rule. Given that neither the 
removal nor the inclusion of the phrase was mentioned in the May 16 
NOPR and recognizing that the May 16 version of Sec.  600.6 omitted the 
phrase ``or technology investment agreement'' DOE is providing a 
fifteen day period for interested parties to submit comments. This 
opportunity to comment is limited to submissions addressing the 
exclusion or inclusion of the phrase ``or technology investment 
agreement'' in a final version of the introductory language of Sec.  
600.6(c), as that phrase appears in the current version of 10 CFR 

    Issued in Washington, DC on April 24, 2009.
Edward R. Simpson,
Director, Office of Procurement and Assistance Management Department of 
David O. Boyd,
Director, Office of Acquisition and Supply Management, Office of 
Management, National Nuclear Security Administration.
[FR Doc. E9-10158 Filed 5-1-09; 8:45 am]