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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 146 / Monday, July 31, 2006 / Notices Expiration Date: September 30, 2006. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Section 31001(y) of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–134), codified at 31 U.S.C. 3325(d), requires Federal agencies to include the taxpayer identifying number (TIN) of all persons or organizations they pay whenever a request for payment is submitted to Federal payment officials. Departmental Regulation 2100–2 reflects the statutory provision at 31 U.S.C. 7701(c) which requires all individuals and entities doing business with USDA to furnish a TIN. The purpose of the Supplemental Form for Collecting Taxpayer Identifying Numbers is to comply with Federal law by enabling the Agency to legally obtain a TIN from all persons and organizations who are entered into a direct payment relationship with FNS. Affected Public: Individuals and entities who enter into a direct payment agreement with FNS under any of the various nutrition and nutrition education programs administered by FNS. Estimated Number of Respondents: 800. Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 800. Hours per Response: 0.0833. Total Annual Reporting Hours: 66.6. Number of Recordkeepers: 8. Estimated Annual Hours per Recordkeeper: 1.0. Total Annual Recordkeeping Hours: 8. Total Annual Burden Hours: 74.6 (annual reporting hours plus annual recordkeeping hours). Dated: July 20, 2006. Roberto Salazar, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. E6–12141 Filed 7–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2006–0017] Technical Service Center Operations Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice, request for comments. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reviewing the organization, operations, and services provided by its Technical VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:34 Jul 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 Service Center (TSC) in Omaha, Nebraska, with the intent of improving TSC programs that provide technical advice, guidance, and information to FSIS personnel, the regulated industry, and the general public. FSIS is particularly interested in improving TSC programs that assist small businesses. FSIS seeks comment from the public as part of this effort to improve TSC operations. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before August 30, 2006. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and, in the ‘‘Search for Open Regulations’’ box, select ‘‘Food Safety and Inspection Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click on ‘‘Submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select the FDMS Docket Number FSIS–2006–0017 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. After the close of the comment period, the docket can be viewed using the ‘‘Advanced Search’’ function in Regulations.gov. Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROMs, and hand- or courier-delivered items: Send to Program Evaluation and Improvement Staff, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3833 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700. Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS–2006–0017. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be posted to the regulations.gov Web site and on the Agency’s Web site at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/ regulations_&_policies/ 2006_Notices_Index/index.asp. The comments also 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, except Federal holidays. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact Matthew Michael, Director, Program Evaluation and Improvement Staff, Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement & Review, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3833 South Building, 14th and Independence PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43095 Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700; telephone (202) 720–6735; fax (202) 690–1030; e-mail: matthew.michael@fsis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In 1997, FSIS established the TSC to serve as a vital component in implementing the Agency’s sciencebased inspection system. As part of the 1996 FSIS reorganization, the TSC was established to provide frontline inspectors and supervisors consistent technical guidance and expertise on the interpretation, enforcement, and application of regulations, policies, and systems. FSIS’ intent was to concentrate in one location the technical expertise previously located in numerous headquarters and field offices in order to provide comprehensive and consistent technical advice quickly during the implementation of this initiative. The center’s creation was critical to the successful implementation of the 1996 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems regulation, which established new requirements for the regulated industry and changed many of the tasks carried out by inspectors. In November 2004, FSIS asked the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection to provide input on how well the TSC is functioning, and what the center should be doing in light of the fact that HACCP implementation was complete. In its report to FSIS, NACMPI fully supported the continuation of the center to provide technical assistance to the Agency and the industry and made a number of suggestions to improve the center’s effectiveness, including improving consistency of answers, compiling helpful resources for the industry, and expanding formal correlation between FSIS and industry. The TSC continues to assist the FSIS workforce, plant owners and operators, state and foreign government officials, industry representatives, and others by: • Providing technical advice, guidance, and information related to the interpretation, application, implementation and enforcement of regulations, policies and systems concerning meat and poultry processing, slaughter, imports and egg products inspection activities; • Contributing to the development of Agency policy on various matters, particularly issues involving inspection at slaughter and processing; • Correlating inspection procedures and requirements with FSIS’ Office of Field Operations personnel and industry; E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 43096 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 146 / Monday, July 31, 2006 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES • Guiding the implementation of new and modified inspection programs and procedures; • Interacting with other program areas to assure information exchange and uniformity of regulatory issues within the Agency; • Working with the FSIS Center for Learning to develop and deliver training; • Analyzing data in major Agency databases for recurring and specific project requirements; and • Identifying emerging data analysis and management needs, including developing, piloting, implementing, and maintaining databases and reporting systems, and raising policy and program issues based on that analysis. Significantly, the TSC does not provide a forum for resolving disputes between inspection personnel and plant management, nor does it rule on appeals. This is a function of the chain of command and the appeals process is described in 9 CFR 306.5. The role of the TSC is to assist decision making by providing all parties with the standards and other technical information needed to understand, implement, apply, and enforce regulatory requirements. Two TSC staffs, both within the FSIS Office of Policy, Program & Employee Development, provide the services described above. The Technical Assistance/Correlation Staff (TAC) provides technical expertise, guidance and correlation. The Program Analysis Staff (PAS) conducts data analysis and special studies concerning Agency program operations. FSIS is now seeking broader input on the organization, operations, and services provided by the TSC, with the intent of improving TSC programs. As part of a comprehensive evaluation of TSC operations and services, the Agency is seeking comments from the public and especially from small businesses. Feedback from small businesses is being requested specifically as a result of the Agency’s initiative to improve its outreach to small and very small plants to further improve their food safety programs. Questions All relevant comments are welcome, but FSIS specifically seeks responses from the regulated industry to the following questions: • In what way has the availability of TSC services helped you with your operations? • When you have contacted the TSC, has the response been prompt, clear, thorough, and courteous? • Is the technical guidance provided by the TSC consistent with regulations VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:34 Jul 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 and policy as written? Is the technical guidance consistent with guidance given by FSIS inspection program personnel? • Have you used the TSC website? If so, has it been useful? • If you have contacted the TSC multiple times regarding the same topic, has the guidance been consistent over time? • How could the TSC improve its services? • Have you had difficulty in reaching the TSC staff? • What recommendations do you have for TSC in communicating information to you? • What specifically could the TSC do to improve its services to small businesses? 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/regulations/ 2006_Notices_Index/index.asp. 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 information 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 automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ news_and_events/email_subscription/ 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. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Done at Washington, DC, on July 26, 2006. Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M. Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–12217 Filed 7–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Revision of Timber Sale Contract Forms FS–2400–6 and FS–2400–6T Forest Service, USDA. Notice of Availability; revised standard timber sale contracts. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: By this notice, the Forest Service is putting into use revised versions of its standard timber sale contracts, Form FS–2400–6, for scaled sale procedures, and Form FS–2400–6T, for tree measurement timber sale procedures. After the Forest Service issued substantially revised versions of these contracts on May 6, 2004, the agency continued to receive comments from industry stakeholders. In response to these comments, the Forest Service engaged a consultant to evaluate the contracts with regard to allocation of risk between the timber Purchaser and the agency. The present revisions reflect the agency’s further analysis of the contracts in light of the stakeholders’ comments and the consultant’s conclusions. A side-by-side comparison of the revised contracts and the previous versions is available as provided in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: The contract revisions will be implemented for contracts advertised after August 30, 2006. ADDRESSES: These timber sale contract forms are available for public review on the Forest Service worldwide Web/ Internet site at http://www.fs.fed.us/ forestmanagement/infocenter/ newcontracts/index.shtml. Alternatively, the contracts can be reviewed in the office of the Director of Forest Management, Third Floor, Northwest Wing, Yates Building, 201 14th Street, SW., Washington, DC. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to (202) 205–0893 to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lathrop Smith, Forest Management Staff, (202) 205–0858. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Forest Service uses standard contracts for all large, complex sales of timber from National Forest System lands. The agency uses timber sale contract Form FS–2400–6 when timber E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0017]


Technical Service Center Operations

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice, request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reviewing the 
organization, operations, and services provided by its Technical 
Service Center (TSC) in Omaha, Nebraska, with the intent of improving 
TSC programs that provide technical advice, guidance, and information 
to FSIS personnel, the regulated industry, and the general public. FSIS 
is particularly interested in improving TSC programs that assist small 
businesses. FSIS seeks comment from the public as part of this effort 
to improve TSC operations.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before August 30, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to 
type short comments directly into the comment field on this web page or 
attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov 
and, in the ``Search for Open Regulations'' box, select ``Food Safety 
and Inspection Service'' from the agency drop-down menu, then click on 
``Submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select the FDMS Docket Number 
FSIS-2006-0017 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting 
and related materials available electronically. After the close of the 
comment period, the docket can be viewed using the ``Advanced Search'' 
function in Regulations.gov.
    Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROMs, and hand- or courier-
delivered items: Send to Program Evaluation and Improvement Staff, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 
3833 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20250-3700.
    Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov.
    All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket 
number FSIS-2006-0017.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice will be posted to 
the regulations.gov Web site and on the Agency's Web site at http://
www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/2006_Notices_Index/
index.asp. The comments also 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, except Federal holidays.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact Matthew Michael, Director, Program 
Evaluation and Improvement Staff, Office of Program Evaluation, 
Enforcement & Review, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3833 
South Building, 14th and Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-
3700; telephone (202) 720-6735; fax (202) 690-1030; e-mail: 
matthew.michael@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In 1997, FSIS established the TSC to serve as a vital component in 
implementing the Agency's science-based inspection system. As part of 
the 1996 FSIS reorganization, the TSC was established to provide 
frontline inspectors and supervisors consistent technical guidance and 
expertise on the interpretation, enforcement, and application of 
regulations, policies, and systems. FSIS' intent was to concentrate in 
one location the technical expertise previously located in numerous 
headquarters and field offices in order to provide comprehensive and 
consistent technical advice quickly during the implementation of this 
initiative. The center's creation was critical to the successful 
implementation of the 1996 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point 
(HACCP) systems regulation, which established new requirements for the 
regulated industry and changed many of the tasks carried out by 
inspectors.
    In November 2004, FSIS asked the National Advisory Committee on 
Meat and Poultry Inspection to provide input on how well the TSC is 
functioning, and what the center should be doing in light of the fact 
that HACCP implementation was complete. In its report to FSIS, NACMPI 
fully supported the continuation of the center to provide technical 
assistance to the Agency and the industry and made a number of 
suggestions to improve the center's effectiveness, including improving 
consistency of answers, compiling helpful resources for the industry, 
and expanding formal correlation between FSIS and industry.
    The TSC continues to assist the FSIS workforce, plant owners and 
operators, state and foreign government officials, industry 
representatives, and others by:
     Providing technical advice, guidance, and information 
related to the interpretation, application, implementation and 
enforcement of regulations, policies and systems concerning meat and 
poultry processing, slaughter, imports and egg products inspection 
activities;
     Contributing to the development of Agency policy on 
various matters, particularly issues involving inspection at slaughter 
and processing;
     Correlating inspection procedures and requirements with 
FSIS' Office of Field Operations personnel and industry;

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     Guiding the implementation of new and modified inspection 
programs and procedures;
     Interacting with other program areas to assure information 
exchange and uniformity of regulatory issues within the Agency;
     Working with the FSIS Center for Learning to develop and 
deliver training;
     Analyzing data in major Agency databases for recurring and 
specific project requirements; and
     Identifying emerging data analysis and management needs, 
including developing, piloting, implementing, and maintaining databases 
and reporting systems, and raising policy and program issues based on 
that analysis.
    Significantly, the TSC does not provide a forum for resolving 
disputes between inspection personnel and plant management, nor does it 
rule on appeals. This is a function of the chain of command and the 
appeals process is described in 9 CFR 306.5. The role of the TSC is to 
assist decision making by providing all parties with the standards and 
other technical information needed to understand, implement, apply, and 
enforce regulatory requirements. Two TSC staffs, both within the FSIS 
Office of Policy, Program & Employee Development, provide the services 
described above. The Technical Assistance/Correlation Staff (TAC) 
provides technical expertise, guidance and correlation. The Program 
Analysis Staff (PAS) conducts data analysis and special studies 
concerning Agency program operations.
    FSIS is now seeking broader input on the organization, operations, 
and services provided by the TSC, with the intent of improving TSC 
programs. As part of a comprehensive evaluation of TSC operations and 
services, the Agency is seeking comments from the public and especially 
from small businesses. Feedback from small businesses is being 
requested specifically as a result of the Agency's initiative to 
improve its outreach to small and very small plants to further improve 
their food safety programs.

Questions

    All relevant comments are welcome, but FSIS specifically seeks 
responses from the regulated industry to the following questions:
     In what way has the availability of TSC services helped 
you with your operations?
     When you have contacted the TSC, has the response been 
prompt, clear, thorough, and courteous?
     Is the technical guidance provided by the TSC consistent 
with regulations and policy as written? Is the technical guidance 
consistent with guidance given by FSIS inspection program personnel?
     Have you used the TSC website? If so, has it been useful?
     If you have contacted the TSC multiple times regarding the 
same topic, has the guidance been consistent over time?
     How could the TSC improve its services?
     Have you had difficulty in reaching the TSC staff?
     What recommendations do you have for TSC in communicating 
information to you?
     What specifically could the TSC do to improve its services 
to small businesses?

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/
regulations/2006_Notices_Index/index.asp.
    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 
information 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 automatic and customized access to selected food safety news 
and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
news_and_events/email_subscription/ 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 July 26, 2006.
Barbara J. Masters,
D.V.M. Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-12217 Filed 7-28-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P