Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 60485-60486 [05-20861]

Download as PDF 60485 Notices Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 200 Tuesday, October 18, 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 October 13, 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 Aug<31>2005 17:22 Oct 17, 2005 Jkt 208001 the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. FV05–944–1 NC] Title: User Fee Regulation, 7 CFR 354 and 9 CFR 130. OMB Control Number: 0579–0094. Summary of Collection: The Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to prescribe and collect fees to cover the cost of providing certain Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) services. The Act gives the Secretary the authority to charge for the inspection of international passengers, commercial vessels, trucks, aircraft, and railroad cars, and to recover the costs of providing the inspection of plants and plant products offered for export. The Secretary is authorized to use the revenue to provide reimbursements to any appropriation accounts that incur costs associated with the AQI services provided. APHIS will collect information using several APHIS forms. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS collects information, which includes the taxpayer identification number, name, and address and telephone number to collect fees. The procedures and the information requested for the passengers and aircrafts are used to ensure that the correct users fees are collected and remitted in full in a timely manner. Without the information, APHIS would not be able to ensure substantial compliance with the statute. Noncompliance with the statute could result in misappropriation of public funds and lost revenue to the Federal Government. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Individuals or households; Federal Government; State, local or tribal government. Number of Respondents: 184,277. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 9,873. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–20827 Filed 10–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Agricultural Marketing Service Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for specified exempt import commodities. DATES: Comments must be received by December 19, 2005. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS: Contact Valerie L. Emmer-Scott, Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., room 2525–S, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 720– 2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on complying with this regulation by contacting: Jay Guerber, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 720– 2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or e-mail: Jay.Guerber@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Specified Commodities Imported into the United States Exempt from Import Requirements. OMB Number: 0581–0167. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2006. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. of 601–674) requires that whenever the Secretary of Agriculture issues grade, size, quality, or maturity regulations under domestic marketing orders for certain commodities, the same or E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 60486 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 18, 2005 / Notices comparable regulations on imports of those commodities must be issued. Import regulations apply only during those periods when domestic marketing order regulations are in effect. Currently, the following commodities are subject to Section 8e import regulations: Avocados, dates (other than dates for processing), hazelnuts, grapefruit, table grapes, kiwifruit, olives (other than Spanish-style olives), onions, oranges, Irish potatoes, dried prunes (suspended), fresh prunes, raisins, tomatoes, and walnuts. However, imports of these commodities are exempt from such requirements if they are imported for such outlets as processing, charity, animal feed, seed, and distribution to relief agencies, when those outlets are exempt under the applicable marketing order. Safeguard procedures in the form of importer and receiver importer requirements are used to ensure that the imported commodity is provided to authorized exempt outlets. The safeguard procedures are similar to the reports currently required by most domestic marketing orders. The import regulations require importers and receivers of imported fruit, vegetable and specialty crops to submit a form as provided in the following regulations: (1) Fruits; import regulations (7 CFR part 944.350); (2) Vegetables; import regulations (7 CFR part 980.501); and (3) Specialty crops; import regulations (7 CFR part 999.500). An importer wishing to import commodities for exempt purposes must complete, prior to importation, an ‘‘Importer’s Exempt Commodity Form’’, FV–6, which is a four-part form. The first copy is presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. The importer files the second copy is filed with the Marketing Order Administration Branch (MOAB) of the Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, within two days after the commodity enters the United States. The third copy of the form accompanies the exempt shipment to its intended destination. The receiver certifies that the commodity has been received and that it will be utilized for authorized exempt purposes. The receiver then files the third copy with MOAB, within two days after receiving the commodity. The fourth copy is retained by the importer. The Department of Agriculture (Department) utilizes this information to ensure that imported goods destined for exempt outlets are given no less favorable treatment than that afforded to domestic goods destined for such exempt outlets. These exemptions are consistent with Section 8e import regulations under the Act. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:22 Oct 17, 2005 Jkt 208001 The form requires the minimum amount of information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the Act, and its use is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Act, and to administer Section 8e, compliance activities. In addition, included in this extension and revision of a currently approved information collection is another form titled, ‘‘Civil Penalty Stipulation Agreement’’, (FV–7) (Agreement). The requirement for this form is a signature and, therefore, there is no burden on the respondent. The information collected is used primarily by authorized representatives of the Department, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs’ regional and headquarters staff. AMS is the primary user of the information. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .17 hours per response. Respondents: Importers and receivers of exempt commodities. Estimated Number of Respondents: 491. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 10.91. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 907.42 hours. AMS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 should reference OMB No. 0581–0167 and be mailed to Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., room 2525–S., Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–2829, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the date and page of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular Department business hours at 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, room 2525– S. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a mater of public record. Dated: October 13, 2005. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 05–20861 Filed 10–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–04–308] United States Standards for Grades of Sweet Peppers Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the United States Standards for Grades of Sweet Peppers. The revision will allow sweet peppers to be marketed as mixed varieties and/or colors when marked with more than one variety or color on the container. The decay tolerance will be revised to include only those sweet peppers which are affected by decay on the wall and/or calyx. Decay affecting only stems will no longer fall under the restricted decay tolerance. It will be scored against the five percent serious damage tolerance for U.S. Fancy and U.S. No 1 grades and against the five percent restrictive tolerance for the U.S. No. 2 grade. The requirement to designate peppers which fail to meet the color requirements of their respective grades or respective (color specified) grade will be made optional. The ‘‘Unclassified’’ section will be deleted. The purpose for this revision is to update and revise the standards to accurately represent today’s marketing practices. DATES: Effective Date: November 17, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri Emery, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. FV05-944-1 NC]


Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension for and revision to a 
currently approved information collection for specified exempt import 
commodities.

DATES: Comments must be received by December 19, 2005.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:  Contact Valerie L. Emmer-Scott, 
Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and 
Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., room 
2525-S, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 720-
2491, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov.
    Small businesses may request information on complying with this 
regulation by contacting: Jay Guerber, Marketing Order Administration 
Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 
720-2491, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or e-mail: Jay.Guerber@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Specified Commodities Imported into the United States Exempt 
from Import Requirements.
    OMB Number: 0581-0167.
    Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2006.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 
1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. of 601-674) requires that whenever the 
Secretary of Agriculture issues grade, size, quality, or maturity 
regulations under domestic marketing orders for certain commodities, 
the same or

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comparable regulations on imports of those commodities must be issued. 
Import regulations apply only during those periods when domestic 
marketing order regulations are in effect.
    Currently, the following commodities are subject to Section 8e 
import regulations: Avocados, dates (other than dates for processing), 
hazelnuts, grapefruit, table grapes, kiwifruit, olives (other than 
Spanish-style olives), onions, oranges, Irish potatoes, dried prunes 
(suspended), fresh prunes, raisins, tomatoes, and walnuts. However, 
imports of these commodities are exempt from such requirements if they 
are imported for such outlets as processing, charity, animal feed, 
seed, and distribution to relief agencies, when those outlets are 
exempt under the applicable marketing order.
    Safeguard procedures in the form of importer and receiver importer 
requirements are used to ensure that the imported commodity is provided 
to authorized exempt outlets. The safeguard procedures are similar to 
the reports currently required by most domestic marketing orders. The 
import regulations require importers and receivers of imported fruit, 
vegetable and specialty crops to submit a form as provided in the 
following regulations: (1) Fruits; import regulations (7 CFR part 
944.350); (2) Vegetables; import regulations (7 CFR part 980.501); and 
(3) Specialty crops; import regulations (7 CFR part 999.500).
    An importer wishing to import commodities for exempt purposes must 
complete, prior to importation, an ``Importer's Exempt Commodity 
Form'', FV-6, which is a four-part form. The first copy is presented to 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. 
The importer files the second copy is filed with the Marketing Order 
Administration Branch (MOAB) of the Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, 
within two days after the commodity enters the United States. The third 
copy of the form accompanies the exempt shipment to its intended 
destination. The receiver certifies that the commodity has been 
received and that it will be utilized for authorized exempt purposes. 
The receiver then files the third copy with MOAB, within two days after 
receiving the commodity. The fourth copy is retained by the importer.
    The Department of Agriculture (Department) utilizes this 
information to ensure that imported goods destined for exempt outlets 
are given no less favorable treatment than that afforded to domestic 
goods destined for such exempt outlets. These exemptions are consistent 
with Section 8e import regulations under the Act.
    The form requires the minimum amount of information necessary to 
effectively carry out the requirements of the Act, and its use is 
necessary to fulfill the intent of the Act, and to administer Section 
8e, compliance activities.
    In addition, included in this extension and revision of a currently 
approved information collection is another form titled, ``Civil Penalty 
Stipulation Agreement'', (FV-7) (Agreement). The requirement for this 
form is a signature and, therefore, there is no burden on the 
respondent.
    The information collected is used primarily by authorized 
representatives of the Department, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable 
Programs' regional and headquarters staff. AMS is the primary user of 
the information.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .17 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers and receivers of exempt commodities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 491.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 10.91.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 907.42 hours.
    AMS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork 
Elimination Act (GPEA), which requires Government agencies in general 
to provide the public the option of submitting information or 
transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible.
    Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 should reference OMB No. 0581-0167 and be mailed to Docket 
Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., room 2525-S., Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Fax: 
(202) 720-2829, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. Comments should 
reference the docket number and the date and page of this issue of the 
Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public 
inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular Department 
business hours at 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, room 
2525-S.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a mater of 
public record.

    Dated: October 13, 2005.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 05-20861 Filed 10-17-05; 8:45 am]
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