Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 5258-5259 [E7-1758]

Download as PDF 5258 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 23 Monday, February 5, 2007 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. Dated: January 30, 2007. Jocelyn M. Rowe, Executive Director, Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA), U.S. Agency for International Development. [FR Doc. E7–1764 Filed 2–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6116–01–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service Notice of Meeting mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection [Docket # AMS–FV–06–0216; FV07–375] Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Location: National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20045. Please note that this is the anticipated agenda and is subject to change. U.S. Foreign Assistance and the FY 08 Budget: USAID’s Administrator Randall L. Tobias has been invited to speak on the U.S. foreign assistance program. Dirk Dijkerman, Chief Operating Officer, and James Painter, Senior Coordinator for Operational Management, in the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance in the U.S. Department of State have been invited to provide an overview of the President’s fiscal year 2008 foreign assistance budget. Afghanistan: James Kunder, USAID’s Acting Deputy Administrator has been invited to speak on USAID’s programs in Afghanistan. Global Development Alliance: Daniel Runde, Director of USAID’s Global Development Alliance (GDA) initiative has been invited to provide an overview of the GDA since its establishment in 2001. A panel discussion will follow on lessons learned with representatives from private voluntary organizations and the private sector. The meeting is free and open to the public. Persons wishing to attend the meeting can register online at https:// www.usaid.gov/about_usaid/acvfa or contact Kristin Holland at * * * or 202– 237–0090 extension 10 or Jocelyn Rowe at jrowe@usaid.gov or 202–712–4002. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Feb 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under Regulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 1930, as amended. DATES: Comments received by April 6, 2007 will be considered. ADDRESSES: You may submit written or electronic comments to: (1) PACA Recordkeeping and Reporting Comments, AMS, F&V Programs, PACA Branch, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2095–S, Stop 0242, Washington, DC 20250–0242. (2) Fax: 202–690–4413 (3) E-mail comments to Dexter.Thomas@usda.gov. (4) Internet: https:// www.regulations.gov. Instructions: All comments will become a matter of public record and should be identified as PACA Recordkeeping and Reporting Comments. Comments will be available for public inspection from AMS at the above address or over the AMS Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ paca.htm. Web site questions can be addressed to the PACA Web master, Dexter.Thomas@usda.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under Regulations (Other than Rules of Practice) Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 1930. OMB Number: 0581–0031. Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The PACA was enacted by Congress in 1930 to establish a code of fair trading practices covering the marketing of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate or foreign commerce. It protects growers, shippers, and distributors dealing in those commodities by prohibiting unfair and fraudulent trade practices. The law provides a forum for resolving contract disputes, and a mechanism for the collection of damages from anyone who fails to meet contractual obligations. In addition, the PACA provides for prompt payment to fruit and vegetable sellers and for revocation of licenses and sanctions against firms or principals found to have violated the law’s standards for fair business practices. The PACA also imposes a statutory trust that attaches to perishable agricultural commodities received by regulated entities, products derived from the commodities, and any receivables or proceeds from the sale of the commodities. The trust exists for the benefit of produce suppliers, sellers, or agents that have not been paid, and continues until they have been paid in full. The PACA is enforced through a licensing system. All commission merchants, dealers, and brokers engaged in business subject to the PACA must be licensed. Retailers and grocery wholesalers must renew their licenses every three years. All other licensees have the option of a one, two, or threeyear license term. Those who engage in practices prohibited by the PACA may have their licenses suspended or revoked. The information collected pursuant to OMB Number 0581–0031 is used to administer licensing provisions under the PACA, to adjudicate contract disputes, and for the purpose of enforcing the PACA and the regulations. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public concerning our information collection. E:\FR\FM\05FEN1.SGM 05FEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 23 / Monday, February 5, 2007 / Notices We estimate the paperwork and time burden of the above referenced information collection to be as follows: Form FV–211, Application for License: average of .25 hours per application per response. Form FV–231–1 (or 231–1A, or 231– 2, or 231–2A), Application for Renewal or Reinstatement of License: Average of .05 hours per application per response. Regulations Section 46.13—Letters to Notify USDA of Changes in Business Operations: Average of .05 hours per notice per response. Regulations Section 46.4—Limited Liability Company Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement: Average of .083 hours with approximately 220 recordkeepers. Regulations Section 46.18—Record of Produce Received: Average of 5 hours with approximately 18,400 recordkeepers. Regulations Section 46.20—Records Reflecting Lot Numbers: Average of 8.25 hours with approximately 1,000 recordkeepers. Regulations Section 46.46(d)(2)— Waiver of Rights to Trust Protection: Average of .25 hours per notice with approximately 100 principals. Regulations Sections 46.46(f) and 46.2(aa)(11)—Copy of Written Agreement Reflecting Times for Payment: Average of 20 hours with approximately 2,670 recordkeepers. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 3.9704 hours per response. Respondents: Commission merchants, dealers, and brokers engaged in the business of buying, selling, or negotiating the purchase or sale of commercial quantities of fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate or foreign commerce are required to be licensed under the PACA (7 U.S.C. 499(c)(a)). Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,686. Estimated Number of Responses: 38,984. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.6545. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 153,650. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Feb 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Dexter Thomas, Senior Marketing Specialist, PACA Branch, F & V Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2095–So. Bldg., Mail Stop 0242, Washington, DC 20250–0242. Email—dexter.thomas@usda.gov. 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. Dated: January 30, 2007. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E7–1758 Filed 2–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–2006–0199; FV–07–301] United States Standards for Grades of Mangos Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is soliciting comments on a proposed revision to the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Mangos. USDA received a request from a member of the industry to revise the definition of ‘‘well trimmed.’’ The change could benefit the fresh mango industry by improving fruit appearance and extending shelf life. DATES: Comments must be received by April 6, 2007. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 1661 South Building, Stop 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240; Fax (202) 720–8871, or Internet: https:// www.regulations.gov. Comments should make reference to the dates 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. The United States Standards for Grades of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5259 Mangos are available either through the address cited above or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fvstand.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, at the above address, telephone number (202) 720–2185, or email address Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables that are not requirements of Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs. AMS proposed to revise the voluntary United States Standards for Mangos using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). The standards were developed February 2006. Background AMS received a petition from a grower/packer/importer requesting a revision to the United States Standards for Grades of Mangos. The petitioner requested a revision to the definition of ‘‘well trimmed.’’ The standards currently define ‘‘well trimmed’’ as: ‘‘the stem is neatly clipped or broken off at a point not more than 1⁄2 inch beyond the point of attachment’’. The petitioner requested an increase to the allowable length of the attached stem to 1 inch from the point of attachment. The petitioner stated a change is warranted because a longer stem, up to 1 inch in length, would permit healing of the stem end and reduce the amount of latex that leaks out of the fruit. The petitioner further stated incidences of ‘‘sunken stem end’’ would be reduced significantly by allowing a longer stem. A revision to the definition would read as follows: ‘‘Well trimmed’’ means the stem is neatly clipped or broken off at a point not more than 1 inch beyond the point of attachment. E:\FR\FM\05FEN1.SGM 05FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 23 (Monday, February 5, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5258-5259]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-1758]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket  AMS-FV-06-0216; FV07-375]


Notice of Request for Extension 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 approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved 
information collection for the Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements 
Under Regulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 
1930, as amended.

DATES: Comments received by April 6, 2007 will be considered.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written or electronic comments to:
    (1) PACA Recordkeeping and Reporting Comments, AMS, F&V Programs, 
PACA Branch, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2095-S, Stop 0242, 
Washington, DC 20250-0242.
    (2) Fax: 202-690-4413
    (3) E-mail comments to Dexter.Thomas@usda.gov.
    (4) Internet: https://www.regulations.gov.
    Instructions: All comments will become a matter of public record 
and should be identified as PACA Recordkeeping and Reporting Comments. 
Comments will be available for public inspection from AMS at the above 
address or over the AMS Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/
paca.htm. Web site questions can be addressed to the PACA Web master, 
Dexter.Thomas@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under Regulations 
(Other than Rules of Practice) Under the Perishable Agricultural 
Commodities Act, 1930.
    OMB Number: 0581-0031.
    Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2007.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: The PACA was enacted by Congress in 1930 to establish a 
code of fair trading practices covering the marketing of fresh and 
frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate or foreign commerce. It 
protects growers, shippers, and distributors dealing in those 
commodities by prohibiting unfair and fraudulent trade practices.
    The law provides a forum for resolving contract disputes, and a 
mechanism for the collection of damages from anyone who fails to meet 
contractual obligations. In addition, the PACA provides for prompt 
payment to fruit and vegetable sellers and for revocation of licenses 
and sanctions against firms or principals found to have violated the 
law's standards for fair business practices. The PACA also imposes a 
statutory trust that attaches to perishable agricultural commodities 
received by regulated entities, products derived from the commodities, 
and any receivables or proceeds from the sale of the commodities. The 
trust exists for the benefit of produce suppliers, sellers, or agents 
that have not been paid, and continues until they have been paid in 
full.
    The PACA is enforced through a licensing system. All commission 
merchants, dealers, and brokers engaged in business subject to the PACA 
must be licensed. Retailers and grocery wholesalers must renew their 
licenses every three years. All other licensees have the option of a 
one, two, or three-year license term. Those who engage in practices 
prohibited by the PACA may have their licenses suspended or revoked.
    The information collected pursuant to OMB Number 0581-0031 is used 
to administer licensing provisions under the PACA, to adjudicate 
contract disputes, and for the purpose of enforcing the PACA and the 
regulations. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the 
public concerning our information collection.

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    We estimate the paperwork and time burden of the above referenced 
information collection to be as follows:
    Form FV-211, Application for License: average of .25 hours per 
application per response.
    Form FV-231-1 (or 231-1A, or 231-2, or 231-2A), Application for 
Renewal or Reinstatement of License: Average of .05 hours per 
application per response.
    Regulations Section 46.13--Letters to Notify USDA of Changes in 
Business Operations: Average of .05 hours per notice per response.
    Regulations Section 46.4--Limited Liability Company Articles of 
Organization and Operating Agreement: Average of .083 hours with 
approximately 220 recordkeepers.
    Regulations Section 46.18--Record of Produce Received: Average of 5 
hours with approximately 18,400 recordkeepers.
    Regulations Section 46.20--Records Reflecting Lot Numbers: Average 
of 8.25 hours with approximately 1,000 recordkeepers.
    Regulations Section 46.46(d)(2)--Waiver of Rights to Trust 
Protection: Average of .25 hours per notice with approximately 100 
principals.
    Regulations Sections 46.46(f) and 46.2(aa)(11)--Copy of Written 
Agreement Reflecting Times for Payment: Average of 20 hours with 
approximately 2,670 recordkeepers.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 3.9704 hours per response.
    Respondents: Commission merchants, dealers, and brokers engaged in 
the business of buying, selling, or negotiating the purchase or sale of 
commercial quantities of fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables in 
interstate or foreign commerce are required to be licensed under the 
PACA (7 U.S.C. 499(c)(a)).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,686.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 38,984.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.6545.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 153,650.
    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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology. Comments may be sent to Dexter Thomas, 
Senior Marketing Specialist, PACA Branch, F & V Programs, AMS, USDA, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2095-So. Bldg., Mail Stop 0242, 
Washington, DC 20250-0242. E-mail_dexter.thomas@usda.gov.
    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.

    Dated: January 30, 2007.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E7-1758 Filed 2-2-07; 8:45 am]
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