Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection, 38604-38605 [E6-10607]

Download as PDF 38604 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 130 / Friday, July 7, 2006 / Notices will be considered and formally addressed in an appendix in the FEIS. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Early Notice of Importance of Public Participation in Subsequent Environmental Review BILLING CODE 3410–11–M A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared for comment. The comment period on the draft environmental impact statement is expected to be 45 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The Forest Service believes, at this early stage, it is important to give reviewers notice of several court rulings related to public participation in the environmental review process. First, reviewers of draft environmental impact statements must structure their participation in the environmental review of the proposal so that it is meaningful and alerts an agency to the reviewer’s position and contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553 (1978). Also, environmental objections that could be raised at the draft environmental impact statement stage but that are not raised until after completion of the final environmental impact statement may be waived or dismissed by the courts. City of Angoon v. Hodel, 803 F.2d 1016, 1022 (9th Cir. 1986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v. Harris, 490 F. Supp. 1334, 1338 (E.D. Wis. 1980). Because of these court rulings, it is very important that those interested in this proposed action participate by providing comments during scoping comment period and during the comment period following the draft EIS so that substantive comments and objections are made available to the Forest Service at a time when it can meaningfully consider them and respond to them in the final environmental impact statement. To assist the Forest Service in identifying and considering issues and concerns on the proposed action, comments should be as specific as possible. Reviewers may wish to refer to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act at 40 CFR 1503.3 in addressing their points. Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal and will be available for public inspection. (Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 21.) VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:46 Jul 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 Dated: June 27, 2006. Mary C. Erickson, Fishlake Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 06–5950 Filed 7–6–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Honey Survey. Comments on this notice must be received by September 5, 2006 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–2024 or sent electronically to gmcbride@nass.usda.gov or faxed to (202) 720–6396. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Honey Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0153. Expiration Date of Approval: November 30, 2006. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service is to prepare and issue state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition. The Honey Survey collects information on the number of colonies, honey production, stocks, and prices. The survey provides data needed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other government agencies to administer programs and to set trade quotas and DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 tariffs. State universities and agriculture departments also use data from this survey. The Honey Survey has approval from OMB for a three year period; NASS intends to request that the survey be approved for another three years. These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 10 minutes per response. Respondents: Farms. Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,600. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,100 hours. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 720– 5778. 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’s 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. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, May 30, 2006. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–10603 Filed 7–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Risk Management Agency Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection AGENCY: Risk Management Agency, USDA. E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM 07JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 130 / Friday, July 7, 2006 / Notices Revision of a currently approved collection; comment request. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces a public comment period on the information collection requests (ICRs) associated with the Standard Reinsurance Agreement and Appendices II and IV administered by Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). Appendix I and III are excluded because Appendix I is the program Integrity Statement which does not contain any document submission requirements, and Appendix III contains the Data Acceptance System requirements. DATES: Written comments on this notice will be accepted until close of business, September 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Dave Miller, Reinsurance Services Division, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0804, Washington, DC 20250. Written comments may also be submitted electronically to: dave.miller@rma.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Miller, Senior Reinsurance Analyst, Risk Management Agency, at the address listed above, telephone (202) 720–9830. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Standard Reinsurance Agreement; Appendices II and IV. OMB Number: 0563–0069. Type of Request: Revised and new Information Collection. Abstract: The Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act), Title 7 U.S.C. Chapter 36, Section 1508(k), authorizes the FCIC to provide reinsurance to insurers approved by FCIC that insure producers of any agricultural commodity under one or more plans acceptable to FCIC. The Act also states that the reinsurance shall be provided on such terms and conditions as the Board may determine to be consistent with subsections (b) and (c) of this section and sound reinsurance principles. FCIC executes the same form of reinsurance agreement, called the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA), with sixteen participating insurers approved for the 2006 reinsurance year. Appendix II of the SRA, the Plan of Operations (Plan), sets forth the information the insurer is required to file with RMA for the initial and each subsequent reinsurance year. The Plan’s information enables RMA to evaluate the insurer’s financial and operational VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:46 Jul 06, 2006 Jkt 208001 capability to deliver the crop insurance program in accordance with the Act. Estimated premiums by fund by state, and retained percentages along with current policyholders surplus are used in calculations to determine whether to approve the insurer’s requested maximum reinsurable premium volume for the reinsurance year per 7 CFR part 400 subpart L. This information has a direct effect upon the insurer’s amount of retained premium and associated liability and is required to calculate the insurer’s underwriting gain or loss. Appendix IV is incorporated into the SRA and establishes the minimum annual agent and loss adjuster training requirements, and quality control review procedures and performance standards required of all insurers who deliver any policy reinsured under the Act. In order to evaluate their compliance with the terms of the SRA, FCIC requires each insurer to submit, for each reinsurance year, an Annual Summary Report to FCIC containing details of the results of their completed reviews. Since the currently approved information collection package does not account for new information collections implemented in the 2005 reinsurance year, we are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve this revised information collection activity for 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public concerning this information collection activity as associated with the SRA in effect for the 2005 and subsequent reinsurance years. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. The SRA includes Conflict of Interest data collection, which in addition to the insurance companies reinsured by FCIC encompasses the insurance companies’ employees and their contracted agents and loss adjusters. The estimate below shows the burden that will be placed upon the following affected entities. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38605 Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for the collection Appendix II information is estimated to average 279 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by FCIC. Estimated annual number of respondents: 16. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 16. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 4,464. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for the collection of Conflict of Interest information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Approved Insurance Provider’s employees and their contracted agents and loss adjusters. Estimated annual number of respondents: 20,800. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 20,800. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 20,800. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for the agent and loss adjuster training requirements is estimated to average 6 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Agent and Loss adjusters participating in the crop insurance program (training). Estimated annual number of respondents: 18,500. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 18,500. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 111,000. 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. Total burden for this paperwork package will be 136,264. Signed in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2006. Eldon Gould, Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. [FR Doc. E6–10607 Filed 7–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–08–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\07JYN1.SGM Rural Utilities Service, USDA. 07JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 130 (Friday, July 7, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38604-38605]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-10607]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Risk Management Agency


Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection

AGENCY: Risk Management Agency, USDA.

[[Page 38605]]


ACTION: Revision of a currently approved collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces a public comment period on the information collection 
requests (ICRs) associated with the Standard Reinsurance Agreement and 
Appendices II and IV administered by Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 
(FCIC). Appendix I and III are excluded because Appendix I is the 
program Integrity Statement which does not contain any document 
submission requirements, and Appendix III contains the Data Acceptance 
System requirements.

DATES: Written comments on this notice will be accepted until close of 
business, September 5, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Dave Miller, Reinsurance Services Division, Federal Crop Insurance 
Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0804, Washington, DC 20250. Written 
comments may also be submitted electronically to: 
dave.miller@rma.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Miller, Senior Reinsurance 
Analyst, Risk Management Agency, at the address listed above, telephone 
(202) 720-9830.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Standard Reinsurance Agreement; Appendices II and IV.
    OMB Number: 0563-0069.
    Type of Request: Revised and new Information Collection.
    Abstract: The Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act), Title 7 U.S.C. 
Chapter 36, Section 1508(k), authorizes the FCIC to provide reinsurance 
to insurers approved by FCIC that insure producers of any agricultural 
commodity under one or more plans acceptable to FCIC. The Act also 
states that the reinsurance shall be provided on such terms and 
conditions as the Board may determine to be consistent with subsections 
(b) and (c) of this section and sound reinsurance principles.
    FCIC executes the same form of reinsurance agreement, called the 
Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA), with sixteen participating 
insurers approved for the 2006 reinsurance year. Appendix II of the 
SRA, the Plan of Operations (Plan), sets forth the information the 
insurer is required to file with RMA for the initial and each 
subsequent reinsurance year. The Plan's information enables RMA to 
evaluate the insurer's financial and operational capability to deliver 
the crop insurance program in accordance with the Act. Estimated 
premiums by fund by state, and retained percentages along with current 
policyholders surplus are used in calculations to determine whether to 
approve the insurer's requested maximum reinsurable premium volume for 
the reinsurance year per 7 CFR part 400 subpart L. This information has 
a direct effect upon the insurer's amount of retained premium and 
associated liability and is required to calculate the insurer's 
underwriting gain or loss.
    Appendix IV is incorporated into the SRA and establishes the 
minimum annual agent and loss adjuster training requirements, and 
quality control review procedures and performance standards required of 
all insurers who deliver any policy reinsured under the Act. In order 
to evaluate their compliance with the terms of the SRA, FCIC requires 
each insurer to submit, for each reinsurance year, an Annual Summary 
Report to FCIC containing details of the results of their completed 
reviews.
    Since the currently approved information collection package does 
not account for new information collections implemented in the 2005 
reinsurance year, we are asking the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) to approve this revised information collection activity for 3 
years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
concerning this information collection activity as associated with the 
SRA in effect for the 2005 and subsequent reinsurance years. These 
comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information has practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies, e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    The SRA includes Conflict of Interest data collection, which in 
addition to the insurance companies reinsured by FCIC encompasses the 
insurance companies' employees and their contracted agents and loss 
adjusters. The estimate below shows the burden that will be placed upon 
the following affected entities.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for the collection 
Appendix II information is estimated to average 279 hours per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by 
FCIC.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 16.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 16.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 4,464.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for the collection 
of Conflict of Interest information is estimated to average 1 hour per 
response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Approved Insurance Provider's 
employees and their contracted agents and loss adjusters.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 20,800.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 20,800.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 20,800.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for the agent and 
loss adjuster training requirements is estimated to average 6 hours per 
response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Agent and Loss adjusters 
participating in the crop insurance program (training).
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 18,500.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 18,500.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 111,000.
    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.
    Total burden for this paperwork package will be 136,264.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2006.
Eldon Gould,
Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
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