Monday, December 12, 2011

Implementation of Office of Management and Budget Guidance on Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

Federal Register/Vol.76,No.236/Thursday, December ,2011/Rules and Regulations.The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is removing its regulation implementing the Governmentwide common rule on drug-free workplace requirements for financial assistance, currently located within part 3021 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and issuing a new regulation to adopt the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance at 2 CFR part 182. This regulatory action implements OMB's initiative to streamline and consolidate into one title of the CFR all Federal regulations on drug-free workplace requirements for financial assistance. These changes constitute an administrative simplification that would make no substantive change in USDA's policy or procedures for drug-free workplace.

This direct final rule is effective on February 6, 2012 without further action. Submit comments by January 9, 2012 on any unintended changes this action makes in USDA's policies and procedures for drug-free workplace. All comments on unintended changes will be considered and, if warranted, USDA will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule inthe Federal Register.

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and/or RIN Number, by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal:

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Email: Include [docket number and/or RIN number] in the subject line of the message.
Fax: James McStay at (202) 690-1529.
Mail: OCFO/CTGPD, Room 3409-A, Stop 9010, 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9010.
Hand Delivery/Courier: OCFO/CTGPD, Room 3409-A, 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250.

All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to, including any personal information provided.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James McStay, (202) 720-0589, Email:; or Steve Lowery, (202) 720-1568, Email:

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 236 (Thursday, December 8, 2011)].[Rules and Regulations].[Pages 76609-76611].From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []. [FR Doc No: 2011-31467]x