Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the office of the Director of Forest Management, Third Floor, Southwest Wing, Yates Building, 201 14th Street, SW., Washington, DC. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to (202) 205-1496 to facilitate entry to the building.
Individuals who use telecommunication devices 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 Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
Forms FS-2400-70 and FS-2400-71 become legally binding documents upon signing by the purchaser and Forest Service and as such must be submitted by the purchaser in hard copy with original signatures. The information regarding identification of products the purchaser intends to produce from the sale when seeking a change in index may be submitted by the purchaser in hard copy or electronically by facsimile.
Information identified above will be collected from purchasers by Forest Service contracting officers who will use the information to determine eligibility for the benefit requested. The information requested is not available from any other source and is unique to a single event in the life of a contract. The information is not used for any statistical purposes. No confidential information is involved and no information of a sensitive nature is collected. The information requested is readily available to timber sale purchasers and does not require any record keeping.
Without the release of liability statements and agreements the government is vulnerable to lawsuits from purchasers seeking compensation or damages resulting from conditions or events that were not part of the original contract. For example, a purchaser holding a contract that is extended pursuant to the Farm Bill past the original termination date and that subsequently has to be unilaterally modified during the extension period because of a newly listed endangered species, may seek damages against the government resulting from the modification if the extension was granted without a limited liability agreement.
The index used in contracts to determine when a market-related contract term addition and/or emergency rate redetermination should occur has long term implications to the contract. Prior to changing the index the contract record must contain written documentation that the purchaser initiated the request to change the index, including documentation of the products it intended to produce from the timber at the time the request was made. Without this documentation a purchaser could allege that the government unilaterally and inappropriately changed the index.
All comments received in response to this notice, including name and address when provided, will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments also will become a matter of public record.