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Informational Memorandum
Subject:FCA Handbook
Date of Memorandum:10/20/2006
Expiration Date:
Signed By:Strickland, Joy
FCA Contact Person:Quinn, Christine
Contact Phone:703-883-4108
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October 20, 2006

To: All FCA Handbook Subscribers
The Chief Executive Officer
All Farm Credit System Institutions

From: Joy Strickland, Deputy General Counsel
Office of General Counsel

Subject: FCA Handbook

We have been providing FCA Handbook subscribers with a paper version of the entire Handbook and all updates for more than 20 years for a minimal fee. Our goal has always been to ensure subscribers have the most current and accurate information available.

The current process, however, is very labor-intensive and no longer cost-effective. Also, new technological enhancements are now available through our Web site that can provide much quicker access to updates and other features at no cost.

Therefore, effective immediately, the FCA Handbook will be available only in electronic format for your use. A printed version of updates and the entire Handbook will no longer be provided. However, in addition to the searchable database version of the FCA Handbook now available on our Web site, we are also providing on our Web site PDF files of all sections of the FCA Handbook that you can download and print from your computer.

To make the FCA Handbook one of the most useful resource tools the Agency provides, we have added several enhancements:

More enhancements are planned for the future. We’ll notify you as they become available.

The FCA Handbook can be viewed via our Web site ( by clicking on “Legal Information” then “FCA Handbook” or saving to your list of favorite links. Any subscribers who have recently sent payment for a hard copy of the FCA Handbook will receive a refund from the Agency shortly.

If you have any questions about this memorandum, please contact Christine Quinn, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, at (703) 883-4056, or send your inquiry or comments to