[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 242 (Tuesday, December 17, 2019)]
[Pages 68943-68944]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27167]



Bureau of Reclamation

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Change in Discount Rate for Water Resources Planning

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of change in discount rate.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation is announcing the interest rate to 
be used by Federal agencies in the formulation and evaluation of plans 
for water and related land resources is 2.75 percent for fiscal year 
2020. The prior fiscal year's rate as announced in the Federal Register 
(83 FR 64875) on December 18, 2018, was 2.875 percent for fiscal year 

DATES: This discount rate is to be used for the period October 1, 2019, 
through and including September 30, 2020.

Reclamation, Reclamation Law Administration Division, P.O. Box 25007, 
Denver, Colorado 80225; telephone 303-445-2113.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Water Resources Planning Act of 1965 and 
the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 require an annual 
determination of a discount rate for Federal water resources planning. 
The discount rate for Federal water resources planning for fiscal year 
2020 is 2.750 percent. Discounting is to be used to convert future 
monetary values to present values.
    This rate has been computed in accordance with Section 80(a), 
Public Law 93-251 (88 Stat. 34), and 18 CFR 704.39, which: (1) Specify 
that the rate will be based upon the average yield during the preceding 
fiscal year on interest-bearing marketable securities of the United 
States which, at the time the computation is made, have terms of 15 
years or more remaining to maturity (average yield is rounded to 
nearest one-eighth percent); and (2) provide that the rate will not be 
raised or lowered more than one-quarter of 1 percent for any year. The 
U.S. Department of the Treasury calculated the specified average to be 
2.7201 percent. This rate, rounded to the nearest one-eighth percent, 
is 2.75 percent, which is a change of less than the allowable one-
quarter of 1 percent. Therefore, the fiscal year 2020 rate is 2.75 
    The rate of 2.75 percent will be used by all Federal agencies in 

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formulation and evaluation of water and related land resources plans 
for the purpose of discounting future benefits and computing costs or 
otherwise converting benefits and costs to a common-time basis.

Gayle Kunkel-Shields,
Acting Director, Policy and Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-27167 Filed 12-16-19; 8:45 am]