Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 10594-10595 [05-4269]

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Forrest L. Starkey, Deputy Regional Forester. [FR Doc. 05–4240 Filed 3–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M Superior National Forest, Minnesota Forest Supervisor Decisions: Duluth News-Tribune, published daily in Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota District Ranger Decisions: Gunflint District: Cook County NewsHerald, published weekly in Grand Marais, Cook County, Minnesota Kawishiwi District: Timberjay, published weekly in Ely, St. Louis County, Minnesota LaCroix District: Mesabi Daily News, published daily in Virginia, St. Louis County, Minnesota VerDate jul<14>2003 19:07 Mar 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Notice of Meeting USDA Forest Service, Siskiyou Resource Advisory Committee. SUMMARY: The Siskiyou Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, April 1, 2005 to discuss topics including orientation with new members, roles and responsibilities, overview of Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, 2005 meeting schedule, electing a chair AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and use of overhead funds (12.5%). The meeting will be held at the Cave Junction City Hall, 222 W. Lister Street, Cave Junction, Oregon. It begins at 10 a.m., ends at 2 p.m.; the open public comments begin at 11:30 a.m. and ends at noon. Written comments may be submitted prior to the meeting and delivered to Designated Federal Official, Scott Conroy at the Rogue RiverSiskiyou National Forest, P.O. Box 520, Medford, Oregon 97501. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Public Affairs Officer Patty Burel at (541) 858–2211, e-mail: pburel@fs.fed.us, or USDA Forest Service, PO Box 520, 333 West 8th Street, Medford, OR 97501. Dated: February 23, 2005. Scott Conroy, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 05–4244 Filed 3–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed collection; Comments requested. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural BusinessCooperative Service’s (RBS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Business and Industry Loan Program. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 3, 2005 to be assured of consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Griffin, Senior Loan Specialist, RBS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 3224, telephone (202) 720–6802 or e-mail brenda.griffin@usda.gov. The Federal Information Relay service on (800) 887–8339 is available for TDD users. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Business and Industry Loan Program. OMB Number: 0570–0014. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2005. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection and recordkeeping requirements. E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 42 / Friday, March 4, 2005 / Notices Abstract: The Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed and Direct Loan Programs are authorized under Section 310B of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended. The purpose of the (B&I) Guaranteed and Direct Loan Programs is to improve, develop, or finance businesses, industry and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities, including pollution control abatement and control. This purpose is achieved through bolstering the existing private credit structure, either through the guaranteeing of quality loans made by lending institutions, or making direct loans, thereby providing lasting community benefits. B&I program authority is composed of direct loan authority and loan guarantee authority. The program is administered by the Agency through a State Director serving the State. All reporting and recordkeeping burden estimates for making and servicing B&I Guaranteed Loans have been moved to the new B&I Guaranteed Loan Program regulations which are at 7 CFR Parts 4279 and 4287. The only burden associated with 7 CFR Part 1980 is a small portion of B&I Direct loan servicing. 7 CFR Part 1951 is also used for servicing B&I Direct and Community Facility Loans. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to average 3 hours per response. Respondents: Individuals, rural businesses, for profit businesses, nonprofit businesses, Indian tribes, public bodies, and cooperatives. Estimated Number of Respondents: 152. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2. Estimated Number of Responses: 352. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 835 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Renita Bolden, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services Division at (202) 692–0035. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of RBS, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of RBS estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including VerDate jul<14>2003 19:07 Mar 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Renita Bolden, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, STOP 0742, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: February 23, 2005. Peter J. Thomas, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service. [FR Doc. 05–4269 Filed 3–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of funds availability. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency delivering the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Programs, announces funding available for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program. For FY 2005, no less than $2.157 billion in loans is available, $2.032 billion for direct costof-money loans, $46 million for direct 4percent loans, and $79 million for loan guarantees. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan P. Claffey, Acting Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, STOP 1590, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–1590, telephone (202) 720–9554, Facsimile (202) 720– 0810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: General Information During FY 2005, no less than $2.157 billion will be made available for loans and loan guarantees for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in eligible rural communities. Of the total loan funds available, $2.032 billion will be available for direct cost-of-money loans, $46 million for 4-percent direct loans, and $79 million for loan guarantees. The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10595 Guarantee Program is authorized by the Rural Electrification Act (7 U.S.C. 601) (the Act), as added by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 101–171. Applications must be submitted in accordance with 7 CFR part 1738. This part and an application guide to assist in the preparation of applications are available in the Internet at: http:// www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/ broadband.htm. Application guides may also be requested from RUS by contacting the agency contact. Agency Contacts For application information, contact the following individual: Kenneth Kuchno, Director, Broadband Division, Telecommunications Program, RUS/USDA, Room 2846, Stop 1599, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–1599. (202) 690– 4673. Minimum and Maximum Loan Amounts Loans and loan guarantees under this authority will not be made for less than $100,000. Maximum loan amounts apply only to the direct 4-percent loan program. The maximum amount available for any one applicant for a direct 4-percent loan is $7,500,000. Minimum Rate of Data Transmission Criteria The Secretary of Agriculture determines what qualifies as broadband service for the purpose of determining eligibility for financial assistance under the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. During fiscal year 2005, to qualify as broadband service, the minimum rate-of-data transmission shall be 200 kilobits/ second in the customer’s connection to the network, both from the provider to the customer (downstream) and from the customer to the provider (upstream). State Allocations The annual state allocation will not be made for Fiscal Year 2005. To ensure the obligations of funds by April, as required by the Farm Bill, an annual application submission deadline of January 31 for funding from the state allocation reserves was adopted and published in the enacting regulations. As this deadline has expired for Fiscal Year 2005, there will be no state allocation. 4-Percent Direct Loans An applicant will be eligible for a direct 4-percent loan if (1) the community being served has a population of less than 2,500, and is not E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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[FR Doc No: 05-4269]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service


Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed collection; Comments requested.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Rural Business-Cooperative Service's (RBS) 
intention to request an extension for a currently approved information 
collection in support of the program for the Business and Industry Loan 
Program.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 3, 2005 to be 
assured of consideration.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Griffin, Senior Loan 
Specialist, RBS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 3224, telephone 
(202) 720-6802 or e-mail brenda.griffin@usda.gov. The Federal 
Information Relay service on (800) 887-8339 is available for TDD users.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Business and Industry Loan Program.
    OMB Number: 0570-0014.
    Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2005.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection and recordkeeping requirements.

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    Abstract: The Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed and Direct 
Loan Programs are authorized under Section 310B of the Consolidated 
Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended. The purpose of the (B&I) 
Guaranteed and Direct Loan Programs is to improve, develop, or finance 
businesses, industry and employment and improve the economic and 
environmental climate in rural communities, including pollution control 
abatement and control. This purpose is achieved through bolstering the 
existing private credit structure, either through the guaranteeing of 
quality loans made by lending institutions, or making direct loans, 
thereby providing lasting community benefits. B&I program authority is 
composed of direct loan authority and loan guarantee authority. The 
program is administered by the Agency through a State Director serving 
the State.
    All reporting and recordkeeping burden estimates for making and 
servicing B&I Guaranteed Loans have been moved to the new B&I 
Guaranteed Loan Program regulations which are at 7 CFR Parts 4279 and 
4287. The only burden associated with 7 CFR Part 1980 is a small 
portion of B&I Direct loan servicing. 7 CFR Part 1951 is also used for 
servicing B&I Direct and Community Facility Loans.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 3 hours per response.
    Respondents: Individuals, rural businesses, for profit businesses, 
non-profit businesses, Indian tribes, public bodies, and cooperatives.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 152.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 352.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 835 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Renita 
Bolden, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services 
Division at (202) 692-0035.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of RBS, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (b) the accuracy of RBS estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Renita 
Bolden, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services 
Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, STOP 0742, 
1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. All responses to this 
notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. 
All comments will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: February 23, 2005.
Peter J. Thomas,
Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 05-4269 Filed 3-3-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-XY-P