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Title 7 Part 2045

Title 7 → Subtitle B → Chapter XVIII → Subchapter I → Part 2045

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Title 7 Part 2045

e-CFR data is current as of June 14, 2018

Title 7Subtitle BChapter XVIIISubchapter I → Part 2045


Title 7: Agriculture


PART 2045—GENERAL


Contents

Subparts A-II [Reserved]

Subpart JJ—Rural Development—Utilization of Gratuitous Services

§2045.1751   General.

Section 331(b) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Pub. L. 92-419), and section 506(a) of the Housing Act of 1949, empower the Secretary of Agriculture to accept and utilize voluntary and uncompensated services in carrying out the provisions of the above cited Acts. The Secretary has delegated those authorities to the Administrator of the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 in 7 CFR 2.70(a) (1) and (2).

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§2045.1752   Policy.

Voluntary and uncompensated (gratuitous) services may be accepted with the consent of the agency concerned, from the following sources under the conditions set forth in Exhibit A, “Agreement for Utilization of Employee of (Enter Official Title of Governing Body or Other Authorized Organization) By the Farmers Home Administration or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354” (Agreement Form).

(a) Any agency of State government or of any territory or political subdivision.

(b) Non-profit, educational, and charitable organizations, provided that no partisan, political, or profit motive is involved either explicitly or implicitly.

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§2045.1753   Authority to accept gratuitous services.

(a) State Directors, Director, Personnel Division, and Director, Finance Office, are hereby authorized to accept and utilize gratuitous services offered by the governmental agencies listed in §2045.1752(a).

(b) An offer received by an FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 State or County Office from a source listed in §2045.1752(b) shall be transmitted to the National Office, Attention: Director, Personnel Division, for decision. The offer will be accompanied by copies of the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws (if the organization is incorporated), a statement that the organization accepts the conditions set forth in the Agreement Form, and evidence that the organization is financially able to meet the required fiscal obligations of the agreement.

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§2045.1754   Scope of gratuitous services performed.

(a) Gratuitous services accepted in accordance with this subpart may be utilized to perform any function performed by regular FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 employees (excluding Committee members). Such services must not result in the displacement of employees. Most of the gratuitous services should be performed at the County Office level and conform to a standard FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 position description. A nonstandard position description may be developed and used, depending on current agency needs in a particular office and gratuitous skills available.

(b) Orientation and other training will be provided by FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 so that gratuitous services may be performed in accordance with current FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 procedure.

(c) Persons performing authorized gratuitous services will be held to the same standard as regular FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 employees performing similar duties. The issuance of, and accountability for, identification cards and clearance of employee accountability will be as prescribed in FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 Instruction 2024-B which is available in all FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 Offices. Such persons, except Construction Inspectors may, when under direct supervision of County Supervisors, act as Collection Officers and be allowed to use receipt books.

[43 FR 3694, Jan. 27, 1978, as amended at 68 FR 61333, Oct. 28, 2003]

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§2045.1755   Preparation and disposition of agreement forms.

(a) Agreements to accept and utilize gratuitous services must be identical to the attached Exhibit A (Agreement Form) with such exceptions as may be authorized by the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Agriculture.

(b) Two copies of each signed Agreement Form will be forwarded to the Personnel Division. One copy will be retained in the State or Finance Office.

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§2045.1756   Records and reports.

The FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 official signing the Agreement Form will maintain records to show the names, duty assignments, time worked and work locations of all persons performing gratuitous services. Copies of time reports submitted to the persons' employers should suffice. These records will be necessary to respond to occasional requests for reports on the acceptance and utilization of gratuitous services in the FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354.

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Exhibit A to Subpart JJ of Part 2045—Agreement Form

for utilization of employees of (official title of governing body or other authorized organization, i.e., pickens county, ala., board of commissioners)

by the Farmers Home Administration or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354

1. This Agreement, date ___ between, __________, a (political subdivision), (educational), (charitable), (or nonprofit) an organization of the State of______(hereinafter called the Agency) and the United States of America acting through Farmers Home Administration or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354, U.S. Department of Agriculture (hereinafter called the Administration) is entered into for the purpose of permitting certain employees of the Agency (hereinafter called the Agency employees) to assist in the Administration's effort to provide agricultural, housing and other assistance for rural people of the State of______in accordance with Section 331(b) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act and Section 506(a), Title V of the Housing Act of 1949.

2. The Administration certifies that it is empowered by the current Federal laws cited above, and related rules and regulations, to accept personnel assistance from the Agency as provided in paragraphs 4 and 5 below; and that the work assigned to Agency employees will be useful, in the public interest, could not otherwise be provided, and will not result in the displacement of employed workers.

3. The Agency certifies that it has the authority under the laws of the State of______to enter into this Agreement and to provide the services agreed upon in the manner provided for.

4. The Administration hereby supplies the Agency with a narrative description which is made a part of this Agreement as Attachment “A,” explicitly setting forth the duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities to be required of Agency employees.

5. The Administration agrees to:

(a) Provide training for and responsible supervision of qualified and acceptable Agency employees in accordance with Attachment “A.”

(b) Provide work within the State of______for qualified and acceptable Agency employees for periods not to exceed eight hours per day and 40 hours per week.

(c) Provide the office space, tools, equipment, and supplies to be used by Agency employees in performing work for the Administration.

(d) Report in the Agency, as required, the time worked by and work accomplishments of Agency employees.

(e) Consult with the Agency, as necessary, on situations involving delinquency, misconduct, neglect of work, and apparent conflicts of interest of Agency employees.

(f) Reimburse Agency employees for proper and reasonable travel and per diem expenses incurred in performing official duties for the Administration, in accordance with Administration travel regulations.

(g) Consider Agency employees to be Federal employees for the purposes of the Federal Employees Compensation Act (5 U.S.C. 8101) and of the Federal Tort Claims Act (28 U.S.C. 2671-2680).

6. The Agency agrees to:

(a) Not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, physical handicap, or national origin. The Agency will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, physical handicap, or national origin. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following Employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training including apprenticeship. The Agency will post in conspicuous places, available to employees and appliants for employment, notices setting forth the provisions of this nondiscriminating clause.

(b) Obtain fingerprints, police records, and work qualifications checks on potential assignees, and divulge the results to the Administration or permit the Administration to obtain this information.

(c) Assign only Agency employees who are acceptable to the Administration in terms of meeting the same ability and suitability standards which are applied to Federal employment.

(d) Pay all salaries and other expenses of Agency employees and comply with Federal, State, and local minimum wage statutes. No monies will be paid by the Administration under this agreement, either to the Agency or its employees.

(e) Consider any Tort claims by third parties under applicable laws and regulations.

(f) Reassign or terminate the assignment of Agency employees upon request of the Administration.

7. The Agency and the Administration mutually understand and agree that the reasons for determining that an Agency employee is unacceptable or unsuitable for initial or continued assignment to Administration work may include but shall not be limited to the following:

(a) Practicing or appearing to practice discrimination for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, physical handicap, or national origin.

(b) Being or becoming involved in real or apparent conflicts of interest, such as, engaging directly or indirectly in business transactions with Administration applicants or borrowers, or using or appearing to use the Administration work assignment for private gain.

(c) Engaging in or having engaged in criminal, dishonest, or immoral conduct, or conducting himself in a manner which might embarrass or cause criticism of the Administration.

(d) Being absent from duty without authorization.

(e) Engaging in partisan political activity prohibited to Federal employees doing similar work.

(f) Lack of work.

(g) Inability of the employee to perform the duties of the assignment.

8. The term of this Agreement shall commence on the date thereof. It shall end on________, unless extended by mutual agreement, or unless terminated earlier by at least (30) days advanced written notice by either party to the other.

9. The Agency and the Administration respectively certify, each for itself, that its officer signing this Agreement is duly authorized thereto.

(Enter Official Title of Agency, i.e., City Council, Modesto, Calif.)

                     BY

                     Chairman, City Council,

                     Modesto, Calif.

                     FARMERS HOME

                     ADMINISTRATION or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354

                     BY

                     FmHA or its successor agency under Public Law 103-354 State Director for (   )

USDA

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