Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 15689-15690 [E9-7715]

Download as PDF 15689 Notices Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 65 Tuesday, April 7, 2009 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 Economic Research Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection AGENCY: Economic Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) implementing regulations, this notice announces the Economic Research Service’s (ERS) intention to request renewal of approval for an annual information collection on supplemental food security questions in the Current Population Survey (CPS), commencing with the December 2009 survey. These data will be used: to monitor household-level food security and food insecurity in the United States; to assess food security and changes in food security for population subgroups; to assess the need for, and performance of, domestic food assistance programs; to improve the measurement of food security; and to provide information to aid in public policy decisionmaking. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 11, 2009. to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Mark Nord, Food Assistance Branch, Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1800 M Street, NW., Room N–2180, Washington, DC 20036–5831. Submit electronic comments to marknord@ers.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact Mark Nord at the address in the preamble. Tel. 202– 694–5433. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:13 Apr 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 Title: Application for an Annual Food Security Supplement to the Current Population Survey, Beginning in December 2009. Type of Request: Approval to collect information on household food insecurity. OMB Number: 0536–0043. Expiration Date: September 30, 2009. Duration of Proposed Extension: 36 months, to September 30, 2012. Abstract: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) and OMB regulations at 5 CFR Part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the ERS intention to request renewal of approval for an annual information collection. The U.S. Census Bureau will supplement the December CPS, beginning in 2009, with questions regarding household food shopping, use of food and nutrition assistance programs, food sufficiency, and difficulties in meeting household food needs. A similar supplement has been appended to the CPS annually since 1995. The last collection was in December 2008. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Mark Nord at the address in the preamble. ERS is responsible for conducting studies and evaluations of the Nation’s food and nutrition assistance programs that are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Department currently spends about $60 billion each year to ensure access to nutritious, healthful diets for all Americans. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the 15 food assistance programs of the USDA including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called the Food Stamp Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These programs, which serve 1 in 5 Americans, represent our Nation’s commitment to the principle that no one in our country should lack the food needed for an active, healthy life. They provide a safety net to people in need. The programs’ goals are to provide needy persons with access to a more nutritious diet, to improve the eating habits of the Nation’s children, and to help America’s farmers by providing an outlet for the distribution PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of food purchased under farmer assistance authorities. The data collected by the food security supplement will be used to monitor the prevalence of food security and the prevalence and severity of food insecurity among the Nation’s households. The prevalence of these conditions as well as year-to-year trends in their prevalence will be estimated at the national level and for population subgroups. The data will also be used to monitor the amounts that households spend for food and their use of community food pantries and emergency kitchens. These statistics along with research based on the data will be used to identify the causes and consequences of food insecurity, and to assess the need for, and performance of, domestic food assistance programs. The data will also be used to improve the measurement of food security and to develop measures of additional aspects and dimensions of food security. This consistent measurement of the extent and severity of food insecurity will aid in policy decision-making. The supplemental survey instrument was developed in conjunction with food security experts nationwide as well as survey method experts within the Census Bureau and was reviewed in 2006 by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council. This supplemental information will be collected by both personal visit and telephone interviews in conjunction with the regular monthly CPS interviewing. All interviews, whether by personal visit or by telephone, are conducted using computers. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this data collection is estimated to average 7.6 minutes for each household that responds to the labor force portion of the CPS. The estimate is based on timing of questions in a pilot survey conducted during development of the questionnaire and an analysis of the number of households that were asked each series of questions in recent survey years. Respondents: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,400. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 6,915 hours. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 15690 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 7, 2009 / Notices 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; (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. Comments should be sent to the address in the preamble. 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. Dated: March 20, 2009. John R. Kort, Acting Administrator, Economic Research Service. [FR Doc. E9–7715 Filed 4–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 8, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Dickson, Deputy Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA RUS, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Stop 1522, Room 5818 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–4492. Fax: (202) 720–8435. E-mail: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:13 Apr 06, 2009 Jkt 217001 and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that will be submitted to OMB for extension. 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. Comments may be sent to: Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA RUS, Stop 1522, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1522. Fax: (202) 720–8435. Title: RUS Form 675, Certification of Authority. OMB Control Number: 0572–0074. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) (RE Act). A major factor in managing loan programs is controlling the advance of funds. One reason to control funds is so that the actual borrowers get their money. The use of RUS Form 675 allows this control to be achieved by providing a list of authorized signatures against which signatures requesting funds are compared. RUS Form 675 provides an effective control against the unauthorized release of funds by providing a list of authorized signatures. OMB Circular A–123, Management Accountability and Control, states that information should be maintained on a current basis and that cash should be protected from unauthorized use. Form 675 allows borrowers to keep RUS upto-date of any changes in signature authority and controls the release of funds only to authorized borrower representatives. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to average .10 hours per response. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Respondents: Business or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions; and State, Local, or Tribal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 250. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 25.0 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Thomas P. Dickson, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 690–4492. Fax: (202) 720–8435. E-mail: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. 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. Dated: March 31, 2009. James R. Newby, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. E9–7722 Filed 4–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 8, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Dickson, Deputy Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA RUS, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1522, Room 5158 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–4492. FAX: (202) 720–8435. E-mail: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Economic Research Service


Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Economic Research Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) implementing regulations, this 
notice announces the Economic Research Service's (ERS) intention to 
request renewal of approval for an annual information collection on 
supplemental food security questions in the Current Population Survey 
(CPS), commencing with the December 2009 survey. These data will be 
used: to monitor household-level food security and food insecurity in 
the United States; to assess food security and changes in food security 
for population subgroups; to assess the need for, and performance of, 
domestic food assistance programs; to improve the measurement of food 
security; and to provide information to aid in public policy 
decisionmaking.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 11, 2009. to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Mark Nord, 
Food Assistance Branch, Food Economics Division, Economic Research 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1800 M Street, NW., Room N-
2180, Washington, DC 20036-5831. Submit electronic comments to 
marknord@ers.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact Mark 
Nord at the address in the preamble. Tel. 202-694-5433.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Application for an Annual Food Security Supplement to the 
Current Population Survey, Beginning in December 2009.
    Type of Request: Approval to collect information on household food 
insecurity.
    OMB Number: 0536-0043.
    Expiration Date: September 30, 2009.
    Duration of Proposed Extension: 36 months, to September 30, 2012.
    Abstract: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(Pub. L. 104-13) and OMB regulations at 5 CFR Part 1320 (60 FR 44978, 
August 29, 1995), this notice announces the ERS intention to request 
renewal of approval for an annual information collection. The U.S. 
Census Bureau will supplement the December CPS, beginning in 2009, with 
questions regarding household food shopping, use of food and nutrition 
assistance programs, food sufficiency, and difficulties in meeting 
household food needs. A similar supplement has been appended to the CPS 
annually since 1995. The last collection was in December 2008.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Mark 
Nord at the address in the preamble.
    ERS is responsible for conducting studies and evaluations of the 
Nation's food and nutrition assistance programs that are administered 
by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of 
Agriculture. The Department currently spends about $60 billion each 
year to ensure access to nutritious, healthful diets for all Americans. 
The Food and Nutrition Service administers the 15 food assistance 
programs of the USDA including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program (SNAP), formerly called the Food Stamp Program, the National 
School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program 
for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These programs, which serve 1 
in 5 Americans, represent our Nation's commitment to the principle that 
no one in our country should lack the food needed for an active, 
healthy life. They provide a safety net to people in need. The 
programs' goals are to provide needy persons with access to a more 
nutritious diet, to improve the eating habits of the Nation's children, 
and to help America's farmers by providing an outlet for the 
distribution of food purchased under farmer assistance authorities.
    The data collected by the food security supplement will be used to 
monitor the prevalence of food security and the prevalence and severity 
of food insecurity among the Nation's households. The prevalence of 
these conditions as well as year-to-year trends in their prevalence 
will be estimated at the national level and for population subgroups. 
The data will also be used to monitor the amounts that households spend 
for food and their use of community food pantries and emergency 
kitchens. These statistics along with research based on the data will 
be used to identify the causes and consequences of food insecurity, and 
to assess the need for, and performance of, domestic food assistance 
programs. The data will also be used to improve the measurement of food 
security and to develop measures of additional aspects and dimensions 
of food security. This consistent measurement of the extent and 
severity of food insecurity will aid in policy decision-making.
    The supplemental survey instrument was developed in conjunction 
with food security experts nationwide as well as survey method experts 
within the Census Bureau and was reviewed in 2006 by the Committee on 
National Statistics of the National Research Council. This supplemental 
information will be collected by both personal visit and telephone 
interviews in conjunction with the regular monthly CPS interviewing. 
All interviews, whether by personal visit or by telephone, are 
conducted using computers.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this data 
collection is estimated to average 7.6 minutes for each household that 
responds to the labor force portion of the CPS. The estimate is based 
on timing of questions in a pilot survey conducted during development 
of the questionnaire and an analysis of the number of households that 
were asked each series of questions in recent survey years.
    Respondents: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 54,400.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 6,915 hours.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper

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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; (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. Comments should be sent to the address in the preamble. 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.

    Dated: March 20, 2009.
John R. Kort,
Acting Administrator, Economic Research Service.
 [FR Doc. E9-7715 Filed 4-6-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-18-P