NB_230_22_1 - NB 230-22-1 EOP - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Civil Rights Compliance with Receipt for Service (RFS)
NB 230-22-1 EOP - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Civil Rights Compliance with Receipt for Service (RFS)
National Bulletin: 230-22-1    Date: December 22, 2021  
Subject: EOP - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Civil Rights Compliance with Receipt for Service (RFS)


Action Required By:   January 14, 2022   
 
Purpose.   To ensure NRCS employees comply with the RFS policy, procedures, and notice requirements.      
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2022   
 
Background.   Section 12204 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) requires NRCS, the Farm Service Agency, and Rural Development to provide an RFS to its customers. As amended by the 2014 Farm Bill, 7 U.S.C. 2779-1 states-

 

"In any case in which a current or prospective producer or landowner, in person or in writing, requests from the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or an agency of the Rural Development Mission Area any benefit or service offered by the Department to agricultural producers or landowners, the Secretary shall issue, on the date of the request, a receipt to the producer or landowner that contains-

 

(1) The date, place, and subject of the request; and

(2) The action taken, not taken or recommended to the producer or landowner."

 

The 2014 Farm Bill requirements remain in effect because the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) did not make any changes to the RFS requirements.

          
 
Explanation.  This is a reminder that NRCS must meet its responsibilities to provide all customers a receipt for service.  A national instruction is forthcoming to ensure procedures and notice requirements for providing RFS compliance. 

  

NRCS State Conservationists are required, by January 14, 2022, to:

  1. Certify that all NRCS employees within their State know how to generate and maintain RFS documentation in the USDA Web Receipt for Service system (webRFS) available at Home Page - Receipt For Service (usda.gov) .

  2. Certify that required RGS posters are posted in all NRCS field offices and the State office.

  3. Document that all employees are aware that if a customer declines an RFS, NRCS must keep the records of services in webRFS.

  4. Document that all employees are aware that a hardcopy of the RFS must be filed if the webRFS system is unavailable.

 
Contact.   If you have questions, please contact Myron Taylor, Chief of Staff, Regional Conservationists' Office, at (202) 690-2010, or myron.taylor@usda.gov; or Ron Harris, Director, Outreach and Partnership Division, at (202) 720-6646, or ron.harris@usda.gov.      
 
 

 /s/

TERRY J. COSBY   
Chief   

 
 
   
[NB_230_22_1 - ]