On January 21, 2021 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced that they were posting advanced copies of revisions to RD HB-1-3555, as well as to Form RD 3555-21, on their website for a 30-day comment period (see https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDARD-2ba4cb7?wgt_ref=USDARD_WIDGET_1).
On February 16, 2021 USDA also posted advanced copies of further revisions to RD HB-1-3555 and to Forms RD 3555-17 and 3555-18 on their website for a 30-day comment period (see https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDARD-2c1f9c9?wgt_ref=USDARD_WIDGET_1).
Despite references to these comment periods, these changes are being made due to the implementation of “New GUS” (see https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDARD-2b29442?wgt_ref=USDARD_WIDGET_1), which becomes operative on March 1, 2021 – well before the comment period last referenced above ends. It is unclear at this point whether USDA intends for the revised versions of above-referenced forms to be used as of March 1st or whether separate effective dates will be established after each comment period ends.
We are currently reviewing these changes to determine any impact, and evaluating any modifications, to our document library and/or systems. Any modifications we make as a result will be announced on our website (https://compliance.docutech.com/).