Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection, 46471-46472 [05-15768]

Download as PDF 46471 Notices Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 153 Wednesday, August 10, 2005 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request August 4, 2005. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to VerDate jul<14>2003 15:02 Aug 09, 2005 Jkt 205001 the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. National Agricultural Statistics Service Title: Agricultural Resource Management, Chemical Use, and Postharvest Chemical Use Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0218. Summary of Collection: The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to provide the public with timely and reliable agricultural production and economic statistics, as well as environmental and specialty agricultural related statistics. Three surveys—the Agricultural Resource Management Study, the Fruit and Vegetable Chemical Use Surveys, and the Post-harvest Chemical Use Survey—are critical to NASS’ ability to fulfill these objectives and to build the Congressionally mandated database on agricultural chemical use and related farm practices. NASS uses a variety of survey instruments to collect the information in conjunction with these studies. Need and Use of the Information: The Agricultural Resource Management Study provides a robust data base of information to address varied needs of policy makers. There are many uses for the information from this study including an evaluation of the safety of the Nation’s food supply; input to the farm sector portion of the gross domestic product; and to provide a barometer on the financial condition of farm businesses. Data from the Fruit and Vegetable Chemical Use Surveys is used to assess the environmental and economic implications of various program and policies and the impact on agricultural producers and consumers. The results of the Post-harvest Chemical Use Survey are used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop Food Quality Protection Act risk assessments. Other organizations use this data to make sound regulatory decisions. Description of Respondents: Farms. Number of Respondents: 76,433. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 58,345. Title: Census of Aquaculture. OMB Control Number: 0535–0237. Summary of Collection: The primary objective of the 2005 Census of Aquaculture is to obtain a PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comprehensive and detailed picture of the aquaculture sector of the economy. Authority to administer the census of aquaculture is covered by Public Law 105–113, the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997, and U.S. Code Title 7. The census of aquaculture will be the only source of data comparable and consistent at the national and State levels. It will cover all operations, commercial or noncommercial, from which $1,000 or more of aquaculture products were sold or normally would have been sold during the census year. The census of aquaculture is one of a series of special study programs that comprise the follow-ons to the census of agriculture and is designed to provide more detailed statistics on the aquaculture industry. Need and Use of the Information: The National Agricultural Statistics Service will collect data to provide a comprehensive inventory on the number of operations, water acreage, method of production, total production, sales outlets, sales by aquaculture species, products distributed for restoration or conservation by species, and farm employment. These data will provide information on the aquaculture industry necessary for farmers, government and various groups concerned with the aquaculture industry to evaluate policy and programs, make marketing decisions and determine the economic impact on the economy. Description of Respondents: Farms. Number of Respondents: 10,000. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: One-time (Every 5-years). Total Burden Hours: 4,222. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–15767 Filed 8–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 46472 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 153 / Wednesday, August 10, 2005 / Notices SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, this notice announces the intent of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) to request approval for an extension of the currently approved information collection for the CSREES proposal review process. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by October 11, 2005, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, by any of the following methods: Mail: CSREES, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–2216; Hand Delivery/Courier: 800 9th Street, SW., Waterfront Centre, Room 4217, Washington, DC 20024; Fax: 202–720– 0857; or e-mail: jhitchcock@csrees.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Hitchcock, (202) 720–4343. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: CSREES Proposal Review Process. OMB Number: 0524–0041. Expiration Date of Current Approval: 06/30/2006. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval for the revision of a currently approved information collection for three years. Abstract: CSREES is responsible for performing a review of proposals submitted to CSREES competitive award programs in accordance with section 103(a) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, 7 U.S.C. 7613(a). Reviews are undertaken to ensure that projects supported by CSREES are of high quality and are consistent with the goals and requirements of the funding program. Proposals submitted to CSREES undergo a programmatic evaluation to determine worthiness of Federal support. The evaluations consist of a peer panel review and may also entail an assessment by Federal employees and mail-in (ad-hoc) reviews. Need and Use of the Information: The information collected from the evaluations is used to support CSREES grant programs. CSREES uses the results of each proposal evaluation to determine whether a proposal should be declined or recommended for award. When CSREES has rendered a decision, copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers and summaries of review panel deliberations, if any, are VerDate jul<14>2003 15:02 Aug 09, 2005 Jkt 205001 provided to the submitting Project Director. Given the highly technical nature of many of these proposals, the quality of the peer review greatly depends on the appropriate matching of the subject matter of the proposal with the technical expertise of the potential reviewer. In order to obtain this information, an electronic questionnaire is used to collect information about potential panel and ad-hoc reviewers. If the reviewer is already in our database, the questionnaire asks potential reviewers to update their basic biographical information including address, contact information, professional expertise, and their availability to review for CSREES in the future. New reviewers are prompted to complete the questionnaire. This information has been invaluable in the CSREES review process, which has been recognized by the grantee and grantor community for its quality. The applications and associated materials made available to reviewers, as well as the discussions that take place during panel review meetings are strictly confidential and are not to be disclosed to or discussed with anyone who has not officially been designated to participate in the review process. While each panelist certifies when preparing a review that they do not have a conflict of interest with a particular application and will maintain its confidentiality in the Peer Review System, CSREES collects a certification of the panelist intent at the time of the panel review proceedings to emphasize and reinforce confidentiality not only of applications and reviews but also panel discussions. On the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Certification Form, the panelists affirm they understand the conflict of interest guidelines and will not be involved in the review of the application(s) where a conflict exists. Panelists also affirm their intent to maintain the confidentiality of the panel process and not disclose to another individual any information related to the peer review or use any information for personal benefit. Estimate of Burden: CSREES estimates that anywhere from one hour to twenty hours may be required to review a proposal. Approximately five hours are required to review an average proposal. Each proposal receives an average of four reviews, accounting for an annual burden of 20 hours per proposal. CSREES estimates it receives 4,600 proposals each year. The total annual burden in reviewing proposals is 92,000 hours. CSREES estimates that the potential reviewer questionnaire takes 10 minutes to complete. The database PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consists of approximately 50,000 reviewers. The total annual burden on reviewers completing the questionnaire is 8,330 hours. CSREES estimates that the potential Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Certification Form takes 10 minutes to complete. The agency has approximately 1,000 panelists each year. The total annual burden of the certification form is 167 hours. The total annual burden of these components of the entire review process is 100,497 hours. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (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. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request to OMB for approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 1st day of August, 2005. Merle D. Pierson, Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics. [FR Doc. 05–15768 Filed 8–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–22–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Notice of Intent To Hold Public Scoping Meetings and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of intent to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS). AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold public scoping meetings and prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI), with headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. The proposal consists of the construction and operation of a nominal 660 megawatt coal-based electrical E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service 
Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, 
USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, 
this notice announces the intent of the Cooperative State Research, 
Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) to request approval for an 
extension of the currently approved information collection for the 
CSREES proposal review process.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by October 11, 
2005, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, by any of the following methods: 
Mail: CSREES, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-2216; Hand Delivery/Courier: 800 9th Street, SW., 
Waterfront Centre, Room 4217, Washington, DC 20024; Fax: 202-720-0857; 
or e-mail: jhitchcock@csrees.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Hitchcock, (202) 720-4343.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: CSREES Proposal Review Process.
    OMB Number: 0524-0041.
    Expiration Date of Current Approval: 06/30/2006.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval for the revision of a 
currently approved information collection for three years.
    Abstract: CSREES is responsible for performing a review of 
proposals submitted to CSREES competitive award programs in accordance 
with section 103(a) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and 
Education Reform Act of 1998, 7 U.S.C. 7613(a). Reviews are undertaken 
to ensure that projects supported by CSREES are of high quality and are 
consistent with the goals and requirements of the funding program.
    Proposals submitted to CSREES undergo a programmatic evaluation to 
determine worthiness of Federal support. The evaluations consist of a 
peer panel review and may also entail an assessment by Federal 
employees and mail-in (ad-hoc) reviews.
    Need and Use of the Information: The information collected from the 
evaluations is used to support CSREES grant programs. CSREES uses the 
results of each proposal evaluation to determine whether a proposal 
should be declined or recommended for award. When CSREES has rendered a 
decision, copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers and 
summaries of review panel deliberations, if any, are provided to the 
submitting Project Director.
    Given the highly technical nature of many of these proposals, the 
quality of the peer review greatly depends on the appropriate matching 
of the subject matter of the proposal with the technical expertise of 
the potential reviewer. In order to obtain this information, an 
electronic questionnaire is used to collect information about potential 
panel and ad-hoc reviewers. If the reviewer is already in our database, 
the questionnaire asks potential reviewers to update their basic 
biographical information including address, contact information, 
professional expertise, and their availability to review for CSREES in 
the future. New reviewers are prompted to complete the questionnaire. 
This information has been invaluable in the CSREES review process, 
which has been recognized by the grantee and grantor community for its 
quality.
    The applications and associated materials made available to 
reviewers, as well as the discussions that take place during panel 
review meetings are strictly confidential and are not to be disclosed 
to or discussed with anyone who has not officially been designated to 
participate in the review process. While each panelist certifies when 
preparing a review that they do not have a conflict of interest with a 
particular application and will maintain its confidentiality in the 
Peer Review System, CSREES collects a certification of the panelist 
intent at the time of the panel review proceedings to emphasize and 
reinforce confidentiality not only of applications and reviews but also 
panel discussions. On the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality 
Certification Form, the panelists affirm they understand the conflict 
of interest guidelines and will not be involved in the review of the 
application(s) where a conflict exists. Panelists also affirm their 
intent to maintain the confidentiality of the panel process and not 
disclose to another individual any information related to the peer 
review or use any information for personal benefit.
    Estimate of Burden: CSREES estimates that anywhere from one hour to 
twenty hours may be required to review a proposal. Approximately five 
hours are required to review an average proposal. Each proposal 
receives an average of four reviews, accounting for an annual burden of 
20 hours per proposal. CSREES estimates it receives 4,600 proposals 
each year. The total annual burden in reviewing proposals is 92,000 
hours. CSREES estimates that the potential reviewer questionnaire takes 
10 minutes to complete. The database consists of approximately 50,000 
reviewers. The total annual burden on reviewers completing the 
questionnaire is 8,330 hours. CSREES estimates that the potential 
Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Certification Form takes 10 
minutes to complete. The agency has approximately 1,000 panelists each 
year. The total annual burden of the certification form is 167 hours. 
The total annual burden of these components of the entire review 
process is 100,497 hours.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information; (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.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request to OMB for approval. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 1st day of August, 2005.
Merle D. Pierson,
Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics.
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