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Feb 6, 2023 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) revising its Policy on Audits. This rule will change the title, remove an unnecessary report, update terminology, clarify Agency contacts and filing requirements and update or remove any outdated references. This document will also make conforming changes to other regulations. This rule is effective May 8, 2023. Comments are due by April 7, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 3, 2023 - Announces the unveiling of the Rural Data Gateway, a new resource to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s data for rural projects easier to access. The Rural Data Gateway will help USDA better target resources to the people who need them most in rural places and will help the Department be a stronger partner to rural people, entrepreneurs, government officials and other stakeholders.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) revise the Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) Loans and Grants program regulations. These revisions are being made to to implement changes recommended by the May 15, 2018, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Audit Report, "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Agency Needs Assessment and Coordination on Tribal Projects." This final rule also implements other changes to clarify terminology and policies, update scoring criteria, and allow the program to run more efficiently. This rule is effective May 2, 2023. Comments are due by April 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2023 - Announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program will provide nearly $8 million in investments that will improve healthcare and water infrastructure in rural Louisiana. The funds will be used to buy medical supplies including telehealth equipment, and help rural communities obtain the technical assistance and financing necessary to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jan 30, 2023 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS). This final rule makes updates to the Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect Program) regulation to remove outdated requirements in order to ensure that requirements are clear, accurate as presented, and in compliance with Federal reporting requirements. This rule is effective May 1, 2023. Comments are due by March 31, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 10, 2023 - Describes state-wide efforts to bring high-speed internet to everyone in Maine. The state has been awarded a $5.5 million "Internet for All" grant in federal funding to plan for the deployment and use of affordable high-speed internet service.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 30, 2022 - Describes challenges faced by residents of colonias, rural unincorporated communities along the U.S.-Mexico border that lack basic services. More than 134,000 residents in colonias across the Southwest do not have access to safe, clean, running water or sewer services.
Source: Cronkite News
Dec 20, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) correcting the November 23, 2022 notice soliciting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program. This correction clarifies that Intergovernmental Review under Executive order 12372 is required for the program.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces that the that USDA is investing $102 million to expand access to housing and water infrastructure to underserved and rural people in 47 states and American Samoa. The 263 projects will create economic opportunities and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in rural America.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 8, 2022 - Highlights several specific housing-related challenges that can create a barrier for broadband investment and adoption in rural areas, including affordability and income, the varying location of subsidized and unsubsidized affordable housing in rural areas. Notes that government at the state and federal level, as well as internet service providers and consumers, must recognize their specific circumstances to successfully increase broadband access.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts