SUMMARY: On April 14, 1997, the FDIC published a proposed rule to
provide that the FDIC certify the eligibility of businesses and law
firms for the minority and women contracting program (62 FR 18059). The
formal certification procedure would have replaced the current self-
certification of minority- and women-owned businesses and law firms. As
published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the FDIC is
proposing to amend its outreach and procurement regulation to provide
solely an outreach program that is consistent with the Constitution and
applicable federal statutes, case law and regulations. As explained in
that proposal, the FDIC will no longer grant a price evaluation
adjustment in the procurement program based solely on race and gender
criteria; thus, a formal certification procedure is no longer
necessary. The proposed rule would have also established an outreach
program for individuals with disabilities. In1997, the FDIC issued a
policy including persons with disabilities in its outreach program.
This policy prohibits discrimination against individuals with
disabilities who participate, or are interested in participating, in
FDIC-sponsored programs and activities, including its outreach program.
Thus, although the FDIC as a matter of policy has expanded the outreach
program to include individuals with disabilities, the regulation should
conform to the statutory requirement and thus cover
only minorities and women. An FDIC statement of policy \1\ provides
that if a significant period of time elapses following the publication
of a proposed rule or policy without final action, the Board will
consider withdrawing the proposal. Pursuant to this policy, the FDIC is
formally withdrawing the proposal.
\1\ Development and Review of FDIC Regulations and Policies, 63
FR 25157 (May 7, 1998).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judith M. Wood, Chief, Diversity
Branch, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, (202) 416-2456; or
Gladys C. Gallagher, Counsel, Legal Division, (202) 898-3833, FDIC, 550
17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20429.
By order of the Board of Directors.
Dated at Washington, D.C., this 27th day of July 1999.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
[FR Doc. 99-20127 Filed 8-5-99; 8:45 am]
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