Summary: H.R.2408 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/18/1989)

Rural Development Reorganization Act of 1989 - Title I: Reorganization of the Department of Agriculture - Renames the Department of Agriculture the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish and maintain a revitalized nationwide rural development program as set forth in the Rural Development Act of 1972, the Rural Development Policy Act of 1980, and this Act.

Establishes in such Department a Rural Development Administration.

Directs the Secretary to transfer to the Rural Development Administration those agencies, offices, or entities in the Department performing rural development functions. Authorizes the transfer of rural housing offices.

Amends the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to expand the number of designated assistance areas from 225 to 450.

Establishes within the Rural Development Administration an Office of Advocacy for Rural Development.

Directs the Secretary to report, by geographical areas of the United States, to the Congress: (1) within six months after enactment of this Act on the extent to which rural development offices and activities of the Federal Government were located or relocated to rural areas during FY 1981 through 1986; and (2) within six months after the end of each fiscal year beginning with FY 1989 on the extent to which Federal offices and activities were located or relocated to rural areas.

Amends the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to target specified private fund economic development investments made by Rural Electrification Administration borrowers.

Title II: State Cooperative Agreements and Plans - Authorizes the Administrator, Rural Development Administration, to enter into cooperative agreements with States: (1) to delegate to any State the authority to cooperate in carrying out the provisions of this Act; and (2) to assist States in the development and administration of Federal programs that provide educational opportunities, job training, health services, business expansion, and other specified benefits to rural residents.

Conditions any agreement or financial assistance under this Act upon a State's submission for approval of a comprehensive plan for a State rural development program.

Permits the Secretary and other Federal agency heads to enter into agreements with State and local governments to provide educational training, job training, health services, and other benefits to rural residents.

Directs the Administrator in cooperation with the Secretary to use the Cooperative State Extension Service to inform rural residents about such programs.

Authorizes the Secretary to guarantee certain financial institution loans made for specified rural development purposes.

Title III: Rural Technology Grants - Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to direct the Secretary to make grants to nonprofit institutions to establish rural technology development centers. Gives priority to projects that will serve depressed rural areas. Authorizes FY 1990 through 1992 appropriations.

Title IV: Miscellaneous Amendments - Makes conforming amendments to the Community Economic Development Act of 1981 and other Federal law.

Title V: Administrative Provisions - Sets forth administrative provisions.