Proposed Rural Development Unified Grant Platform Comments Sought

SUMMARY: Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, is proposing a unified grant platform for enhanced
delivery of eight existing Rural Development grant programs–Community
Facility; Distance Learning and Telemedicine; Economic Impact
Initiatives; Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement
Projects; Rural Cooperative Development; Tribal College; Value-Added
Producer; and Water and Waste Disposal Facilities. This proposed rule
would eliminate or revise the grant regulations for the eight existing
programs and consolidate them under a new, single regulation.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before
December 15, 2008. The comment period for the information collection
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 continues through December
15, 2008.