Directives include all the internal guidance documents that we use within Rural Development.  Directives are to provide guidance to staff and are not intended for the public. To the extent possible, all documents have been made available in either Adobe Acrobat Ver 5.0 and higher, and are 508 compliant.

If you are having problems with this page, need a hard copy of any of the documents due to accessibility issues or would like to be added to the Regulations Update distribution list (available for Rural Development employees only with a valid Rural Development e-mail address), please e-mail

Administrative Notices (ANs)

 ANs are internal use document for issuing temporary clarifications to RD employees.  ANs are tied to an instruction and are used to clarify items within that instruction.  They have an expiration date of one year.  The file name also includes the instruction(s) that the AN is tied to.


Bulletins are informational, often technical, agency-produced publication usually aimed at a specific audience.

Electric Sample Documents 

These documents are sample documents used within the Electric Program.

Form Letters

A Form Letter is a pre-composed letter, the text of which may not be altered and that is required by an RD Instruction.  They are intended for internal use only. 

Guide Letters

A Guide Letter is a sample letter that prescribes the style and contains information for use in preparing a letter or memorandum.  The text of a Guide Letter may be altered to fit the situation at hand.  They are intended for internal use only.


Handbooks are statements of policy and guidelines that prescribe the methods for conducting business within Rural Development.  They are for internal guidance only.  

Informational Publications

These documents are currently specific to the Rural Utilities Service.


Instructions are statements of policy and guidelines that prescribe the methods for conducting business within Rural Development. They are for internal guidance only.  As a service to our customers, we post Rural Development's Instructions in two file formats: Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Word (doc). 

Procedure Notices (PNs)

 PNs will be issued at planned intervals to transmit new or changes to Instructions and forms to RD employees.  They are intended for internal use only. 

Significant Guidance Documents

In order to increase the quality and transparency of agency guidance practices and to comply with OMB's "Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices" published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2007 (72 FR 3432440), Rural Development is providing the information below on its significant guidance documents. The term guidance document means an agency statement of general applicability and future effect, other than a regulatory action, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory or technical issue or an interpretation of a statutory or regulatory issue. A discussion of this definition and various types of guidance documents and other background information is available at the following site:

•    Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices

Currently, Rural Development has no significant guidance document. If you wish to contact Rural Development regarding any significant guidance document, please do so by sending an email to or by mailing a letter to the following office:
Division Director
Innovation Center - Regulations Management Division

Rural Development
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250

Unnumbered Letters

Unnumbered Letters (ULs). Unnumbered letters are internal use document that provides general information to the RD employees.  They have an expiration date of one year.  Current Unnumbered Letters are listed by month and will open with a listing of ULs released for the month. Expired ANs are removed.  Each listing is enclosed in a box, if you click in the box, it will take to the desired letter.