Warehouse Operators Approved Under Commodity Credit Corporation Storage Agreements-CCC Policy on Making Payments and Interest on Delayed Payments, 35217-35218 [E7-12442]

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E7–12447 Filed 6–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Warehouse Operators Approved Under Commodity Credit Corporation Storage Agreements—CCC Policy on Making Payments and Interest on Delayed Payments Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) pays warehouse operators approved under the Uniform Grain and Rice Storage Agreement, Peanut Storage Agreement, Cotton Storage Agreement and the Sugar Storage Agreement storage, handling, and other associated costs for commodities forfeited to CCC. Payments made by CCC are subject to the Prompt Payment Act of 1982, as amended; the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996; and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. To be fully compliant with these regulations, effective June 30, 2007, warehouse operators will be required to certify CCC payment invoices before the release of payment funds by CCC. DATES: Effective Date: June 30, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Froehlich, Chief, Program Development Branch, Warehouse and Inventory Division, Farm Service Agency, USDA, STOP 0553, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0553. Telephone: (202) 720–2121. E-mail: Howard.Froehlich@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CCC acquires title to agricultural commodities in the administration of its programs under various circumstances. For instance, under Title I of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, CCC makes marketing assistance loans to producers that can lead to forfeiture of the commodities to CCC. To provide for the storage of various PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35217 commodities it acquires, CCC enters into storage agreements with private warehouse operators. Section 5 of the CCC Charter Act (7 U.S.C. 714c) requires that in purchasing, selling, warehousing, transporting, or handling agricultural commodities, CCC is to use, to the maximum extent practicable, the usual and customary channels, facilities, and arrangements of trade and commerce. In contracting for warehouse services, CCC must be compliant with the Prompt Payment Act of 1982, as amended; the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996; and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. To be fully compliant with these regulations, effective June 30, 2007, warehouse operators will be required to certify CCC payment invoices before the release of payment funds by CCC. CCC periodically prepares and issues invoices and payments for accrued storage and handling charges for warehouse-stored CCC-owned commodities recorded into CCC’s inventory or forfeited to CCC through warehouse operators operating under the terms and conditions of a CCC Storage Agreement. This Notice announces a change in the method used by warehouse operators for invoice certification and in the timing of payments made by CCC. All invoices must be reviewed and certified by the warehouse operator before payments can be made. Endorsement of the certification of the invoice represents the warehouse operator’s verification that the charges represented by the invoice and disbursement are due and owing. Criminal and civil penalties may be assessed for false certification. Periodic invoices will continue to be prepared by CCC; however, payments will now be made only after review, correction, and certification by the warehouse operator. Currently, quarterly invoices are prepared representing storage and handling charges for warehouse-stored CCC-owned grain, cotton, and peanut stocks already recorded into CCC’s inventory or forfeited to CCC during the quarterly period. When issuing quarterly periodic invoices, CCC will provide warehouse operators access to the quarterly periodic invoice through a secure Web site for review and electronic certification of the invoice(s). Warehouse operators will receive an email notification when invoices are available for review and grain. Grain and peanut warehouse operators can go to the ED3 website: http:// pcsd.usda.gov:3076/finance/ to review and certify the invoices for accuracy. Cotton warehouse operators can go to the Cotton Online Processing System E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 35218 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 123 / Wednesday, June 27, 2007 / Notices (COPS) website: http:// www.fsa.usda.gov/cotton. If the warehouse operator believes the amount owed by CCC in the invoice is incorrect, the warehouse operator may note the discrepancies in the fields provided on the invoice. Monthly invoices, including grain and peanut loan forfeiture and loading order invoices and sugar loan forfeiture and storage invoices, are prepared as hard copy documents and are mailed to warehouse operators for certification. If the warehouse operator believes the amount owed by CCC in the invoice is incorrect, the warehouse operator may note the discrepancies on the invoice. Signed invoices must be returned to CCC before payment may be made. The Prompt Payment Act of 1982 provides that when payment is not made within 30 calendar days following the receipt of certified invoice from the warehouse operator, interest will be paid, per the terms of the Prompt Payment Act, from the 31st calendar day following receipt of the invoice through the date payment is made. CCC will continue to make payments via Automated Clearing House (ACH) Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT). Signed at Washington, DC, June 14, 2007. Teresa C. Lasseter, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. E7–12442 Filed 6–26–07; 8:45 am] proposed restoration projects. This information will be used by the Natural Resource Trustees to develop potential restoration alternatives for natural resource injuries and service losses requiring restoration during the restoration planning phase of the NRDA process. Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government. Frequency: Annually and on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395–3897. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482–0266, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, FAX number (202) 395–7285, or David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov. Dated: June 21, 2007 Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–12380 Filed 6–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration Project Information Sheet. Form Number(s): None. 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Needs and Uses: In response to the European Union Directive on Data Protection that restricts transfers of personal information from Europe to countries whose privacy practices are not deemed ‘‘adequate,’’ the U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department of Commerce has developed a ‘‘Safe Harbor’’ framework that will allow U.S. organizations to satisfy the European Directive’s requirements and ensure that personal data flows to the United States are not interrupted. In this process, the Department of Commerce repeatedly consults with U.S. organizations affected by the European Directive and interested nongovernment organizations. The Safe Harbor framework bridges the differences between the European Union (EU) and U.S. approaches to privacy protection. The complete set of Safe Harbor documents and additional guidance materials may be found at http://export.gov/safeharbor. The Department of Commerce created a list for U.S. organizations to sign up to the Safe Harbor and provides guidance on the mechanics of signing up to this list. As of January 31, 2007, 1,100 U.S. organizations have been placed on the Safe Harbor List, located at http://export.gov/safeharbor. Organizations that have signed up to this list are deemed ‘‘adequate’’ under the Directive and do not have to provide further documentation to European officials. This list will be used by EU organizations to determine whether further information and contracts will be needed for a U.S. organization to receive personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information is defined as any that can be identified to a specific person, for example an employee’s name and extension would be considered personally identifiable information. All 27 member countries are bound by the European Commission’s finding of ‘‘adequacy.’’ The Safe Harbor also eliminates the need for prior approval to begin data transfers, or makes approval from the appropriate EU member countries automatic. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligations: Voluntary. OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395–3897. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork, Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of the publication of this notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer at David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 123 (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35217-35218]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-12442]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Warehouse Operators Approved Under Commodity Credit Corporation 
Storage Agreements--CCC Policy on Making Payments and Interest on 
Delayed Payments

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) pays warehouse 
operators approved under the Uniform Grain and Rice Storage Agreement, 
Peanut Storage Agreement, Cotton Storage Agreement and the Sugar 
Storage Agreement storage, handling, and other associated costs for 
commodities forfeited to CCC. Payments made by CCC are subject to the 
Prompt Payment Act of 1982, as amended; the Debt Collection Improvement 
Act of 1996; and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. To be fully 
compliant with these regulations, effective June 30, 2007, warehouse 
operators will be required to certify CCC payment invoices before the 
release of payment funds by CCC.

DATES: Effective Date: June 30, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Froehlich, Chief, Program 
Development Branch, Warehouse and Inventory Division, Farm Service 
Agency, USDA, STOP 0553, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20250-0553. Telephone: (202) 720-2121. E-mail: 
Howard.Froehlich@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require 
alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice 
and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CCC acquires title to agricultural 
commodities in the administration of its programs under various 
circumstances. For instance, under Title I of the Farm Security and 
Rural Investment Act of 2002, CCC makes marketing assistance loans to 
producers that can lead to forfeiture of the commodities to CCC. To 
provide for the storage of various commodities it acquires, CCC enters 
into storage agreements with private warehouse operators. Section 5 of 
the CCC Charter Act (7 U.S.C. 714c) requires that in purchasing, 
selling, warehousing, transporting, or handling agricultural 
commodities, CCC is to use, to the maximum extent practicable, the 
usual and customary channels, facilities, and arrangements of trade and 
commerce. In contracting for warehouse services, CCC must be compliant 
with the Prompt Payment Act of 1982, as amended; the Debt Collection 
Improvement Act of 1996; and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. To be 
fully compliant with these regulations, effective June 30, 2007, 
warehouse operators will be required to certify CCC payment invoices 
before the release of payment funds by CCC.
    CCC periodically prepares and issues invoices and payments for 
accrued storage and handling charges for warehouse-stored CCC-owned 
commodities recorded into CCC's inventory or forfeited to CCC through 
warehouse operators operating under the terms and conditions of a CCC 
Storage Agreement. This Notice announces a change in the method used by 
warehouse operators for invoice certification and in the timing of 
payments made by CCC. All invoices must be reviewed and certified by 
the warehouse operator before payments can be made. Endorsement of the 
certification of the invoice represents the warehouse operator's 
verification that the charges represented by the invoice and 
disbursement are due and owing. Criminal and civil penalties may be 
assessed for false certification. Periodic invoices will continue to be 
prepared by CCC; however, payments will now be made only after review, 
correction, and certification by the warehouse operator.
    Currently, quarterly invoices are prepared representing storage and 
handling charges for warehouse-stored CCC-owned grain, cotton, and 
peanut stocks already recorded into CCC's inventory or forfeited to CCC 
during the quarterly period. When issuing quarterly periodic invoices, 
CCC will provide warehouse operators access to the quarterly periodic 
invoice through a secure Web site for review and electronic 
certification of the invoice(s). Warehouse operators will receive an e-
mail notification when invoices are available for review and grain. 
Grain and peanut warehouse operators can go to the ED3 website: http://
pcsd.usda.gov:3076/finance/ to review and certify the invoices for 
accuracy. Cotton warehouse operators can go to the Cotton Online 
Processing System

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(COPS) website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/cotton. If the warehouse 
operator believes the amount owed by CCC in the invoice is incorrect, 
the warehouse operator may note the discrepancies in the fields 
provided on the invoice.
    Monthly invoices, including grain and peanut loan forfeiture and 
loading order invoices and sugar loan forfeiture and storage invoices, 
are prepared as hard copy documents and are mailed to warehouse 
operators for certification. If the warehouse operator believes the 
amount owed by CCC in the invoice is incorrect, the warehouse operator 
may note the discrepancies on the invoice. Signed invoices must be 
returned to CCC before payment may be made.
    The Prompt Payment Act of 1982 provides that when payment is not 
made within 30 calendar days following the receipt of certified invoice 
from the warehouse operator, interest will be paid, per the terms of 
the Prompt Payment Act, from the 31st calendar day following receipt of 
the invoice through the date payment is made. CCC will continue to make 
payments via Automated Clearing House (ACH) Electronic Fund Transfers 
(EFT).

    Signed at Washington, DC, June 14, 2007.
Teresa C. Lasseter,
Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. E7-12442 Filed 6-26-07; 8:45 am]
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