31 CFR 224.2(a)(3) which requires that an agent be appointed forservice of process ``in the District of Columbia where the bond isreturnable and filed.'' This requirement applies to all suretycorporations whether or not the corporation contemplates the writing ofbonds in favor of the United States to be undertaken within theDistrict of Columbia. Requiring companies to appoint an agent in theDistrict of Columbia, when they are not incorporated in the District ofColumbia, and do not write bonds in the District of Columbia, is anunnecessary financial burden on the companies. FMS can see no benefitto the Federal government in maintaining this requirement since, as amatter of practice, Federal bonds are not necessarily returnable andfiled in the District of Columbia. The revised rule eliminates thisrequirement.The sample power of attorney form currently found in 31 CFR 224.4is replaced with a reference to the Surety Bond Branch Web page. Movingthe form to the Web page will allow the sample power of attorney formto be updated more easily. Also, it will provide surety corporationswith easy access to an electronic version of the form.[[Page 60848]]Finally, 31 CFR 224.6 currently states that a listing of thedivisional offices of the court in each judicial district may beobtained from the Surety Bond Branch, Financial Management Service,U.S. Department of the Treasury. This information is available directlyfrom the U.S. Courts. Therefore, the regulation is revised to providethe contact information for the U.S. Courts.Regulatory AnalysesAdministrative Procedure Act. We did not publish a Notice ofProposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C.553(b)(B), a rule is exempt from notice and comment rulemakingrequirements if the agency finds that notice and public comment areunnecessary or contrary to the public interest. This rule reflectsprovisions that are already in effect as a matter of law. The changeswill have no substantive effect on the public; therefore, it isunnecessary to publish an NPRM. Likewise, for the same reasons adelayed effective date is not required.Clarity of Regulations. Executive Order 12866 requires each agencyto write regulations that are easy to understand. We invite comment onhow to make this rule clearer. For example, you may wish to discuss:(1) Whether we have organized the material to suit your needs; (2)whether the requirements of the rule are clear; or (3) whether there issomething else we could do to make this rule easier to understand.Executive Order 12866. FMS has determined that this regulation isnot a significant action as defined in Executive Order 12866.Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required.Regulatory Flexibility Act. Because no notice of proposedrulemaking is required, the provisions of the Regulatory FlexibilityAct (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply.List of Subjects in 31 CFR Part 224Bonding, Insurance, Insurance companies, Sureties, Surety bonds,Process agents.