FSIS Policy on Delinquent Payments for Voluntary Reimbursable Inspection Services, 4812-4813 [05-1703]

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AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing notice that it will not provide reimbursable voluntary inspection, certification, and identification services to persons who have delinquent accounts. FSIS charges fees for a variety of voluntary reimbursable inspection, certification, and identification services that it provides to official establishments and plants and nonofficial establishments, e.g., warehouses, importers, and exporters. FSIS is required to recover the costs of the voluntary inspection, certification, and identification services it provides. FSIS will pursue the collection of debts owed to it for such services. DATES: This notice is effective March 2, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Teresa Ramsey, Deputy Director, Financial Management Division, Office of Management, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mail Drop 5262 Beltsville, MD 20705, (301) 504–5885. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background FSIS is providing notice of the actions it will take in regard to its provision of voluntary reimbursable inspection, certification, and identification services to persons who are delinquent in paying for such services. FSIS is authorized to charge fees for the voluntary inspection, certification, and identification services it provides pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1621, et seq.). The regulations that currently authorize the charging of these fees are set forth in Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations in sections 350.7, 351.8, 351.9, 352.5, 354.100 through 354.110, 355.11, 355.12, 362.5, and part 592. FSIS provides monthly bills to recipients of inspection, certification, E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 19 / Monday, January 31, 2005 / Notices and identification services. Those bills indicate when payment is due. Payments not received when due are delinquent, thus resulting in the recipient of the services having a delinquent account. As of the effective date of this notice, if payment for voluntary reimbursable inspection, certification, and identification services, including payment of interest, penalty, and administrative charges, is delinquent, the Agency will take the following actions: • FSIS will send the recipient of the service a dated ‘‘dunning notice.’’ • FSIS will send a certified letter, along with a second dunning notice, to the recipient of the services if the requested payment in full is not received within 30 days of the date of the initial dunning notice. If payment in full is not received by FSIS within 14 days from the date the certified letter and second dunning notice are received, no further voluntary inspection, certification, and identification services will be provided until payment in full of the delinquent debt, including any interest, penalty, and administrative charges assessed, is received. • If a debtor either fails to make payment in full of a delinquent debt or does not enter into a written repayment agreement with FSIS, the Agency will transfer the delinquent debt to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for crossservicing in accordance with the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, as amended. At the discretion of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, referral of a delinquent nontax debt may be made to (A) any executive department or agency operating a debt collection center for collection action; (B) a private collection contractor operating under a contract for servicing or collection action; or (C) the U.S. Department of Justice for litigation. This notice applies to the provision of reimbursable voluntary inspection, certification, and identification services provided pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1621, et seq.) and regulations enacted thereunder. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line through the FSIS Web page located at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov. FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication available VerDate jul<14>2003 16:59 Jan 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of matters that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to be included. The update also is available on the FSIS Web page. Through Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which provides an automatic and customized notification when popular pages are updated, including Federal Register publications and related documents. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ news_and_events/email_subscription/ and allows FSIS customers to sign up for subscription options across eight categories. Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to password protect their account. Done at Washington, DC, on: January 25, 2005. Barbara J. Masters, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–1703 Filed 1–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service 4813 of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex). The 19th Session of the CCFO will be held in London, United Kingdom, February 21–25, 2005. The Under Secretary and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the agenda items that will be discussed at this forthcoming session of the CCFL. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Room 1A–002, Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD. Documents related to the 19th Session of the CCFO will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.net/ current.asp. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROMs, and hand-or courier-delivered items: Send to the FSIS Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex, Washington DC 20250–3700. All Comments received must include the Agency name and docket number 04– 046N. All comments submitted in response to this notice, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The comments also will be posted on the Agency’s Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ regulations/2005_Notices_Index/. [Docket No. 04–046N] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 19TH SESSION OF THE CCFO CONTACT: U.S. Codex Alimentarius Commission: Nineteenth Session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils Delegate, Mr. Charles W. Cooper, Director, International Activities Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration (HFS–585), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740–3835, Phone: (301) 436–1714, Fax: (301) 436–2618, Email: Charles.Cooper@cfsan.fda.gov. Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting, request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Health and Human Services, are sponsoring a public meeting on February 1, 2005, to provide information and receive public comments on all agenda items that will be discussed at the Nineteenth Session PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT: Syed Amjad Ali, International Issues Analyst, U.S. Codex Office, FSIS, Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700, Phone: (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720– 3157. Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or other special E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 19 (Monday, January 31, 2005)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 04-027N]


FSIS Policy on Delinquent Payments for Voluntary Reimbursable 
Inspection Services

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing 
notice that it will not provide reimbursable voluntary inspection, 
certification, and identification services to persons who have 
delinquent accounts. FSIS charges fees for a variety of voluntary 
reimbursable inspection, certification, and identification services 
that it provides to official establishments and plants and non-official 
establishments, e.g., warehouses, importers, and exporters. FSIS is 
required to recover the costs of the voluntary inspection, 
certification, and identification services it provides. FSIS will 
pursue the collection of debts owed to it for such services.

DATES: This notice is effective March 2, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Teresa 
Ramsey, Deputy Director, Financial Management Division, Office of 
Management, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 5601 Sunnyside 
Avenue, Mail Drop 5262 Beltsville, MD 20705, (301) 504-5885.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FSIS is providing notice of the actions it will take in regard to 
its provision of voluntary reimbursable inspection, certification, and 
identification services to persons who are delinquent in paying for 
such services. FSIS is authorized to charge fees for the voluntary 
inspection, certification, and identification services it provides 
pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 
U.S.C. 1621, et seq.). The regulations that currently authorize the 
charging of these fees are set forth in Title 9 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations in sections 350.7, 351.8, 351.9, 352.5, 354.100 through 
354.110, 355.11, 355.12, 362.5, and part 592.
    FSIS provides monthly bills to recipients of inspection, 
certification,

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and identification services. Those bills indicate when payment is due. 
Payments not received when due are delinquent, thus resulting in the 
recipient of the services having a delinquent account.
    As of the effective date of this notice, if payment for voluntary 
reimbursable inspection, certification, and identification services, 
including payment of interest, penalty, and administrative charges, is 
delinquent, the Agency will take the following actions:
     FSIS will send the recipient of the service a dated 
``dunning notice.''
     FSIS will send a certified letter, along with a second 
dunning notice, to the recipient of the services if the requested 
payment in full is not received within 30 days of the date of the 
initial dunning notice. If payment in full is not received by FSIS 
within 14 days from the date the certified letter and second dunning 
notice are received, no further voluntary inspection, certification, 
and identification services will be provided until payment in full of 
the delinquent debt, including any interest, penalty, and 
administrative charges assessed, is received.
     If a debtor either fails to make payment in full of a 
delinquent debt or does not enter into a written repayment agreement 
with FSIS, the Agency will transfer the delinquent debt to the U.S. 
Department of the Treasury for cross-servicing in accordance with the 
Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, as amended. At the discretion 
of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, referral of a 
delinquent non-tax debt may be made to (A) any executive department or 
agency operating a debt collection center for collection action; (B) a 
private collection contractor operating under a contract for servicing 
or collection action; or (C) the U.S. Department of Justice for 
litigation.
    This notice applies to the provision of reimbursable voluntary 
inspection, certification, and identification services provided 
pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 
U.S.C. 1621, et seq.) and regulations enacted thereunder.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the 
public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line 
through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.
    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of 
matters that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents 
and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free e-
mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and farm 
groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, 
scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to 
be included.
    The update also is available on the FSIS Web page. Through Listserv 
and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much 
broader, more diverse audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which 
provides an automatic and customized notification when popular pages 
are updated, including Federal Register publications and related 
documents. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_
and_events/email_subscription/ and allows FSIS customers to sign up 
for subscription options across eight categories. Options range from 
recalls to export information to regulations, directives and notices. 
Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the 
option to password protect their account.

    Done at Washington, DC, on: January 25, 2005.
Barbara J. Masters,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-1703 Filed 1-28-05; 8:45 am]
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