[Federal Register: October 4, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 194)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 51783-51784]
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34 CFR Parts 614, 617, 619, and 641

Removal of Regulations

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Final regulations.


SUMMARY: The Secretary amends the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to
remove unnecessary regulations. The regulations removed are 34 CFR
parts 614 (College Facilities Loan Program), 617 (Financial Assistance 
for Construction, Reconstruction, or Renovation of Higher Education 
Facilities), 619 (Grants for Construction, Reconstruction, and 
Renovation of Graduate Academic Facilities), and 641 (Faculty 
Development Fellowship Program). As a result of absence of funding and 
review in accordance with the President's regulatory reinvention 
initiative, the Secretary has determined that these regulations are no 
longer needed. However, the removal of these regulations does not alter 
the obligations of current recipients of federal funds. The regulations 
in effect when a grant or other agreement is made govern that grant or 
agreement, unless otherwise specifically provided.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Parts 614, 617, 619, and 641 are removed effective 
October 4, 1996.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth C. Depew, U.S. Department of 
Education, Room 5112, FB-10, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, 
DC 20202-2241. Telephone: (202) 401-8300. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: President Clinton's memorandum of March 4, 
1995, titled ``Regulatory Reinvention Initiative,'' directed heads of 
departments and agencies to review all existing regulations to 
eliminate those that are outdated and modify others to increase 
flexibility and reduce burden. The Department has undertaken a thorough 
review of its existing regulations and has identified the regulations 
removed by this document as unnecessary. Additional obsolete and 
unnecessary regulations were previously removed on May 23, 1995 (60 FR 
27223); April 29, 1996 (61 FR 18680); and June 25, 1996 (61 FR 32656) 
as part of the Regulatory Reinvention Initiative.
    The regulations being removed are no longer necessary because they 
were issued to implement programs that are no longer funded. The 
Department is continuing to review its other existing regulations 
thoroughly in consultation with its customers and partners. To the 
extent the Secretary can identify further opportunities for regulatory 
reinvention, the Secretary will propose appropriate amendments to 
revise or eliminate outdated provisions, reduce burden, and increase 

Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

    In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), 
it is the practice of the Secretary to offer interested parties the 
opportunity to comment on proposed regulations. However, this document 
merely removes obsolete regulations from the Code of Federal 
Regulations. Removal of the regulations does not establish or affect 
substantive policy. Therefore, the Secretary has determined, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), that public comment is unnecessary and contrary 
to the public interest. For the same reasons the Secretary waives the 
30-day delayed effective date in 5 U.S.C. 553(d).

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    These regulations have been examined under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1980 and have been found to contain no information collection 

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Assessment of Educational Impact

    Based on its own review, the Department has determined that the 
regulations in this document do not require transmission of information 
that is being gathered by or is available from any other agency or 
authority of the United States.

List of Subjects

34 CFR Part 614

    Colleges and universities, Grant programs--education.

34 CFR Part 617

    Colleges and universities, Grant programs--education.

34 CFR Part 619

    Colleges and universities, Grant programs--education.

34 CFR Part 641

    Colleges and universities, Grant programs--education, Scholarships 
and fellowships, Teachers.

    Dated: September 30, 1996.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers do not apply.)

PARTS 614, 617, 619, AND 641--[REMOVED]

    For reasons stated in the preamble, under the authority at 20 
U.S.C. 1221e-3, the Secretary amends Title 34 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations by removing Parts 614, 617, 619, and 641.

[FR Doc. 96-25439 Filed 10-3-96; 8:45 am]