Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 70734 [E6-20579]

Download as PDF 70734 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 234 Wednesday, December 6, 2006 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 Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. PY–07–001] Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. PWALKER on PRODPC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–20), this notice announces the intention of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to request an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection in support of the Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 5, 2007. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to David Bowden, Jr., Chief, USDA, AMS, PY Standardization Branch, STOP 0256, Room 3932–S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0256, or fax (202–720–5631). Alternately, comments may be submitted electronically to: AMSPYDockets@usda.gov or http:// www.regulations.gov. Comments should make reference to the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shields Jones, Standardization Branch, Poultry Programs, Agricultural VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:03 Dec 05, 2006 Jkt 211001 Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0259, Washington, DC 20050–0259, (202) 720–3506. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products—7 CFR Part 70. OMB Number: 0581–0127. Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 1087–1091, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627) (AMA) directs and authorizes the Department to develop standards of quality, grades, grading programs, and services which facilitate trading of agricultural products and assure consumers of quality products which are graded and identified under USDA programs. To provide programs and services, Section 203(h) of the AMA (7 U.S.C. 1622(h)) directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to inspect, certify, and identify the grade, class, quality, quantity, and condition of agricultural products under such rules and regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, including assessment and collection of fees for the cost of the service. The regulations in 7 CFR part 70 provide a voluntary program for grading poultry and rabbit products on the basis of U.S. standards and grades. AMS also provides other types of voluntary services under the regulations, e.g., contract and specification acceptance services and certifications of quantity. All of the voluntary grading services are available on a resident basis or a lot-fee basis. Respondents may request resident service on a continuous basis or on an as-needed basis. The service is paid for by the user (user-fee). Because this is a voluntary program, respondents need to request or apply for the specific service they wish, and in doing so, they provide information. Since the AMA requires that the cost of service be assessed and collected, information is collected to establish the Agency’s cost. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the AMA, to provide the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the program. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of the USDA (AMS, Poultry Programs’ national staff; regional directors and their staffs; Federal-State supervisors and their staffs; and resident FederalState graders, which includes State agencies). The information is used to administer and to conduct and carry out the grading services requested by the respondents. The Agency is the primary user of the information. Information is also used by each authorized State agency which has a cooperative agreement with AMS. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.08 hours per response. Respondents: State or local governments, businesses or other forprofits, Federal agencies or employees, small businesses or organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 359. Estimated Number of Responses: 22,464. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 62.57. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,753 hours. Send comments regarding, but not limited to, the following: (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; or (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. Dated: November 30, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–20579 Filed 12–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 234 / Wednesday, December 6, 2006 / 
Notices

[[Page 70734]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. PY-07-001]


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. 3501-20), this notice announces the intention of the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to request an extension for and 
revision to a currently approved information collection in support of 
the Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit 
Products.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 5, 2007.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS: Interested parties are invited to 
submit written comments concerning this notice. Comments must be sent 
to David Bowden, Jr., Chief, USDA, AMS, PY Standardization Branch, STOP 
0256, Room 3932-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-
0256, or fax (202-720-5631). Alternately, comments may be submitted 
electronically to: AMSPYDockets@usda.gov or http://www.regulations.gov. 
Comments should make reference to the date and page number of this 
issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public 
inspection in the above office during regular business hours.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shields Jones, Standardization Branch, 
Poultry Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0259, Washington, DC 
20050-0259, (202) 720-3506.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and 
Rabbit Products--7 CFR Part 70.
    OMB Number: 0581-0127.
    Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 1087-
1091, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627) (AMA) directs and authorizes the 
Department to develop standards of quality, grades, grading programs, 
and services which facilitate trading of agricultural products and 
assure consumers of quality products which are graded and identified 
under USDA programs.
    To provide programs and services, Section 203(h) of the AMA (7 
U.S.C. 1622(h)) directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to 
inspect, certify, and identify the grade, class, quality, quantity, and 
condition of agricultural products under such rules and regulations as 
the Secretary may prescribe, including assessment and collection of 
fees for the cost of the service.
    The regulations in 7 CFR part 70 provide a voluntary program for 
grading poultry and rabbit products on the basis of U.S. standards and 
grades. AMS also provides other types of voluntary services under the 
regulations, e.g., contract and specification acceptance services and 
certifications of quantity. All of the voluntary grading services are 
available on a resident basis or a lot-fee basis. Respondents may 
request resident service on a continuous basis or on an as-needed 
basis. The service is paid for by the user (user-fee).
    Because this is a voluntary program, respondents need to request or 
apply for the specific service they wish, and in doing so, they provide 
information. Since the AMA requires that the cost of service be 
assessed and collected, information is collected to establish the 
Agency's cost.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the AMA, to provide the 
respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the 
program.
    The information collected is used only by authorized 
representatives of the USDA (AMS, Poultry Programs' national staff; 
regional directors and their staffs; Federal-State supervisors and 
their staffs; and resident Federal-State graders, which includes State 
agencies). The information is used to administer and to conduct and 
carry out the grading services requested by the respondents. The Agency 
is the primary user of the information. Information is also used by 
each authorized State agency which has a cooperative agreement with 
AMS.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.08 hours per response.
    Respondents: State or local governments, businesses or other for-
profits, Federal agencies or employees, small businesses or 
organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 359.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 22,464.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 62.57.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,753 hours.
    Send comments regarding, but not limited to, the following: (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; or (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.

    Dated: November 30, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E6-20579 Filed 12-5-06; 8:45 am]
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