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The Department of Agriculture requested a GAO decision on whether a July 2 memorandum issued by the Secretary of Agriculture concerning the Emergency Salvage Timber Sale Program is a "rule" under a recently enacted provision. GAO found that the memorandum constitutes a "rule" as defined by the provision. GAO further found that Agriculture has distributed the July 2 memorandum to committees and members of Congress and that the Secretary testified about the memorandum before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


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