Assistance under any rural development program administered by the Secretary or any agency of the Department of Agriculture shall not be conditioned on any requirement that the recipient of the assistance accept or receive electric service from any particular utility, supplier, or cooperative.
(b) Ensuring compliance
The Secretary shall establish, by regulation, adequate safeguards to ensure that assistance under any rural development program is not subject to such a condition. The safeguards shall include periodic certifications and audits, and appropriate measures and sanctions against any person violating, or attempting to violate subsection (a) of this section.
(c) “Rural development programs” defined
In this section, the term “rural development program” means the following:
Section 375 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(1), was classified to section
2008j of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 87–128, title III, § 375(j)(7), as added Pub. L. 106–78, title VIII, § 816(d),Oct. 22, 1999, 113 Stat. 1182.
The Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(1), is Pub. L. 87–128, title III, Aug. 8, 1961, 75 Stat. 307, as amended. Subtitle E of the Act is classified generally to subchapter V (§ 2009 et seq.) of chapter
50 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section
1921 of this title and Tables.
The Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, referred to in subsec. (c)(2), is Pub. L. 101–624, Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3359, as amended. Subtitle G of title XVI of the Act, known as the Alternative Agricultural Research and Commercialization Act of 1990, was classified generally to subchapter VI (§ 5901 et seq.) of chapter
88 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 107–171, title VI, § 6201(a),May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 418. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1990 Amendments note set out under section
1421 of this title and Tables.
The Rural Development Act of 1972, referred to in subsec. (c)(5), is Pub. L. 92–419, Aug. 30, 1972, 86 Stat. 657, as amended. Title V of the Act is classified generally to subchapter II (§ 2661 et seq.) of chapter
59 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section
1921 of this title and Tables.
A prior section
917, act May 20, 1936, ch. 432, title I, § 17, as added Nov. 28, 1990, Pub. L. 101–624, title XXIII, § 2343,
104 Stat. 4027, related to establishment of technical assistance unit to provide advice and technical assistance to electric and telephone borrowers under this chapter, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 102–237, title VII, § 703(b),Dec. 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 1881.
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