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EIS provider. The lead agency may impose conditions on its funding of an EIS program or EIS provider in lieu of, or in addition to, providing technical assistance under

§303.700(a)(3).

Changes: We have added the phrase “or, if the lead agency

does not provide Part C funds to the EIS program, an EIS

provider” to the parenthetical in §303.700(a)(3).

Comment: One commenter recommended that §303.700(a)(4) be

revised to require the lead agency to report “frequently,”

and not “annually,” on the performance of its State and

each EIS program located in its State.

Discussion: Section 303.700(a)(4) reflects the requirements in sections 616(b)(2)(C)(ii)(I) and 642 of the Act, which require State lead agencies to report annually to the public on the performance of each EIS program

located in the State in relation to the State’s SPP

targets. While a lead agency may elect to report more frequently to the public on the performance of its EIS programs, we do not believe that these regulations should require a lead agency to do so.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that the proposed language

in §303.700(b), while placing particular emphasis on

requirements that are most closely related to improving