Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Milk Income Loss Contract Program
GAO-08-363R: Dec 21, 2007
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GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Milk Income Loss Program. GAO found that (1) the rule extended the Milk Income Loss Program until September 30, decreased the payment rate percentage during the extension period, and removed transition payment provisions from the program; and (2) CCC complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Milk Income Loss Contract Program, GAO-08-363R, December 21, 2007
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), entitled Milk Income Loss Contract Program (RIN: 0560-AH47). It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on
The final rule extended the Milk Income Loss Contract program until
Enclosed is our assessment of the CCC's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review indicates that CCC complied with the applicable requirements.
If you have any questions about this report, please contact Michael R. Volpe, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8236. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is Robert Robinson, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment. Mr. Robinson can be reached at (202) 512-3841.
Robert J. Cramer
Associate General Counsel
(i) Cost-benefit analysis
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) estimated that expenses during fiscal years 2006 and 2007 would be between $700 and $900 million and that dairy farm income and government expenditures would increase equally.
(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 603-605, 607, and 609
CCC stated that the Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) and CCC are not required to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to the subject matter of this rule.
(iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. sections 1532-1535
CCC stated that this rule imposes no unfunded mandates on any local, state, or tribal government or the private sector.
(iv) Other relevant information or requirements under acts and executive orders
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 551 et seq.
The Secretary and CCC were exempted from using notice and comment rulemaking under 5 U.S.C. sect. 553 by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, sec. 1601(c).
Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. sections 3501-3520
The forms and other information collections activities needed to administer the program authorized by the regulations are not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), because the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, that authorizes the final rule provides that regulations promulgated under the Act shall be made without regard to PRA.
Statutory authorization for the rule
The final rule was promulgated under the authority of section 1502 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Pub. L. 107-171, as amended by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2004, Pub. L. 109-171.
Executive Order No. 12,866
The final rule is economically significant under the Executive Order and has been reviewed by OMB.
Executive Order No. 13,132 (Federalism)
CCC did not address the Executive Order in the final rule, although CCC did state that the final rule preempts state laws that are inconsistent with its provisions.