Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 23986-23987 [E9-11969]

Download as PDF 23986 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 98 / Friday, May 22, 2009 / Notices United States, who are involved in growing, packing, handling, transporting, and importing foreign plants, roots, bulbs, seeds, importing foreign logs, lumber, other unmanufactured wood articles, and other plant products. APHIS will collect this information using a number of forms. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information to ensure that plants, fruits, vegetables, roots, bulbs, seeds, foreign logs, lumber, other unmanufactured wood articles, and other plant products imported into the United States do not harbor plant diseases or insect pests that could cause serious harm to U.S. agriculture. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; individuals or households; farms; Federal Government. Number of Respondents: 92,429. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 95,423. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E9–12018 Filed 5–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–FV–09–0023] Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice with request for comments. 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, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 21, 2009 to be assured of consideration. Additional Information or Comments: Contact Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 0235, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0243; Fax: (202) 720–0016; or E-mail: scblockgrants@usda.gov. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:18 May 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. OMB Number: 0581–0239. Expiration Date of Approval: 3 years from date of OMB approval. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The information collection requirements in this request are applied only to those State departments of agriculture who voluntarily participate in the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The information collected is needed to certify that grant participants are complying with applicable program regulations. Data collected is the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the program, and to fulfill the intent of Section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004, Public Law 108–465 (Dec. 21, 2004). The Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to States (at the time, defined to mean the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) for each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009 to be used by State departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The program was appropriated funding in fiscal years 2006 through 2008. These grant funds were previously applied for and awarded to eligible State departments of agriculture. Therefore, State departments of agriculture can no longer apply for grants under the program. However, the program is still in effect because grant periods can be up to three years in length and currently, State departments of agriculture are reporting on previously awarded grants. This program, SCBGP, is separate from the Specialty Crop Block Grant ProgramFarm Bill (SCBGP–FB), program. A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP would have to submit a Request for Grant Amendment to AMS if there is a change in key personnel, scope or objectives of the grant, budget changes that exceed more than 20% of a project’s total budget, and/or or an extension of the grant period not to exceed three calendar years. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.50 hours per response. Respondents: State departments of agriculture. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25. Estimated Number of Responses: 25. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12.50 hours. A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP is required to submit an Annual Performance Report to AMS 90 days after the completion of the first year of the grant period and once within 90 days after the second year of the grant period. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: State departments of agriculture. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia). Estimated Number of Responses: 52. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 104 hours. A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP is required to submit to AMS 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period SF269 ‘‘Financial Status Report (Long Form)’’, if the project had program income, approved under OMB#0348– 0039, or SF269A ‘‘Financial Status Report (Short Form)’’, approved under OMB#0348–0038. A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP is required to submit a Final Performance Report to AMS within 90 days following the expiration date of the grant period. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.5 hours per response. Respondents: State departments of agriculture. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia). Estimated Number of Responses: 52. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 78 hours. No later than 30 days after completion of an audit on all grant expenditures, the State is required to submit an audit report/executive summary to AMS. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 3 hours per response. Respondents: State departments of agriculture. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia). Estimated Number of Responses: 52. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 98 / Friday, May 22, 2009 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 156 hours. The SCBGP is expected to accomplish the goals of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops. This program would not be maintained by any other agency; therefore, the requested information will not be available from any other existing records. AMS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. The request for grant amendment, annual performance reports, final performance report, SF269 ‘‘Financial Status Report (Long Form)’’, or the SF269A ‘‘Financial Status Report (Short Form)’’, and the audit report/ executive summary can be submitted electronically. Finally, State departments of agriculture would be required to retain records pertaining to the SCBGP for 3 years after completion of the grant period or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to the SCBGP. This is a part of normal business practice and consistent with USDA regulations (7 CFR Parts 3015 and 3016). The estimated one-time cost for all State departments of agriculture in providing this information to the SCBGP is $9,048. This total has been estimated by multiplying 351 total burden hours by $25.78, an average of mean hourly earnings by state and local government white collar (excluding sales) employees. Data for computation of this hourly wage were obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistic’s publication ‘‘National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States, June 2005’’, published August 2006 (Bulletin 2581). This publication can also be found at the following Web site: https://www.bls.gov/ ncs/ocs/sp/ncbl0832.pdf. 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, VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:18 May 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 0235, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0243; Fax: (202) 720–0016; or E-mail: scblockgrants@usda.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. 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: May 18, 2009. Robert C. Keeney, Acting Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–11969 Filed 5–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2007–0017] Bayer CropScience; Determination of Nonregulated Status for Cotton Genetically Engineered for Glyphosate Herbicide Tolerance AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: We are advising the public of our determination that a cotton line developed by Bayer CropScience, designated as transformation event GHB614, which has been genetically engineered for tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate, is no longer considered a regulated article under our regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. Our determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by the Bayer CropScience in its petition for a determination of nonregulated status, our analysis of other scientific data, and comments received from the public in response to a previous notice announcing the availability of the petition for nonregulated status, our environmental assessment, and the pest risk assessment. This notice also announces the availability of our determination and finding of no significant impact. DATES: Effective Date: May 22, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may read the petition, the final environmental assessment, the pest risk assessment, the determination, PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23987 the finding of no significant impact, comments we received on our previous notice, and our responses to those comments in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690–2817 before coming. To view these documents on the Internet, go to https:// www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/ component/ main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS– 2007–0017. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at https://www.aphis.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Patricia Beetham, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1236; (301) 734–0664, e-mail: patricia.k.beetham@aphis.usda.gov. To obtain copies of the petition, final environmental assessment, or the finding of no significant impact, contact Ms. Cindy Eck by telephone at (301) 734–0667 or via e-mail: cynthia.a.eck@aphis.usda.gov. The petition, final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact are also available on the Internet at https:// www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/06_ 33201p.pdf and https://www.aphis.usda. gov/brs/aphisdocs/06_33201p_ea.pdf. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The regulations in 7 CFR part 340, ‘‘Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering Which Are Plant Pests or Which There Is Reason to Believe Are Plant Pests,’’ regulate, among other things, the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment) of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering that are plant pests or that there is reason to believe are plant pests. Such genetically engineered organisms and products are considered ‘‘regulated articles.’’ The regulations in 340.6(a) provide that any person may submit a petition to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeking a determination that an article should not be regulated under 7 CFR part 340. Paragraphs (b) and (c) of 340.6 describe the form that a petition for a determination of nonregulated status E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-09-0023]


Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice with 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, for an extension of and revision to the 
currently approved information collection Specialty Crop Block Grant 
Program.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 21, 2009 to be 
assured of consideration.
    Additional Information or Comments: Contact Docket Clerk, Fruit and 
Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Stop 0235, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20250-0243; Fax: (202) 720-0016; or E-mail: scblockgrants@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
    OMB Number: 0581-0239.
    Expiration Date of Approval: 3 years from date of OMB approval.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The information collection requirements in this request 
are applied only to those State departments of agriculture who 
voluntarily participate in the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program 
(SCBGP). The information collected is needed to certify that grant 
participants are complying with applicable program regulations. Data 
collected is the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out 
the requirements of the program, and to fulfill the intent of Section 
101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004, Public Law 108-
465 (Dec. 21, 2004).
    The Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 authorized the 
Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to States (at the time, defined 
to mean the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth 
of Puerto Rico) for each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009 to be 
used by State departments of agriculture solely to enhance the 
competitiveness of specialty crops. The program was appropriated 
funding in fiscal years 2006 through 2008. These grant funds were 
previously applied for and awarded to eligible State departments of 
agriculture. Therefore, State departments of agriculture can no longer 
apply for grants under the program. However, the program is still in 
effect because grant periods can be up to three years in length and 
currently, State departments of agriculture are reporting on previously 
awarded grants. This program, SCBGP, is separate from the Specialty 
Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB), program.
    A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP would 
have to submit a Request for Grant Amendment to AMS if there is a 
change in key personnel, scope or objectives of the grant, budget 
changes that exceed more than 20% of a project's total budget, and/or 
or an extension of the grant period not to exceed three calendar years.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.50 hours per response.
    Respondents: State departments of agriculture.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 25.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 25.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12.50 hours.
    A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP is 
required to submit an Annual Performance Report to AMS 90 days after 
the completion of the first year of the grant period and once within 90 
days after the second year of the grant period.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 1 hour per response.
    Respondents: State departments of agriculture.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, 
and the District of Columbia).
    Estimated Number of Responses: 52.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 104 hours.
    A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP is 
required to submit to AMS 90 days after the expiration date of the 
grant period SF269 ``Financial Status Report (Long Form)'', if the 
project had program income, approved under OMB0348-0039, or 
SF269A ``Financial Status Report (Short Form)'', approved under 
OMB0348-0038.
    A State department of agriculture participating in the SCBGP is 
required to submit a Final Performance Report to AMS within 90 days 
following the expiration date of the grant period.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 1.5 hours per response.
    Respondents: State departments of agriculture.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, 
and the District of Columbia).
    Estimated Number of Responses: 52.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 78 hours.
    No later than 30 days after completion of an audit on all grant 
expenditures, the State is required to submit an audit report/executive 
summary to AMS.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 3 hours per response.
    Respondents: State departments of agriculture.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, 
and the District of Columbia).
    Estimated Number of Responses: 52.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.

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    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 156 hours.
    The SCBGP is expected to accomplish the goals of enhancing the 
competitiveness of specialty crops.
    This program would not be maintained by any other agency; 
therefore, the requested information will not be available from any 
other existing records.
    AMS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork 
Elimination Act (GPEA), which requires Government agencies in general 
to provide the public the option of submitting information or 
transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. The 
request for grant amendment, annual performance reports, final 
performance report, SF269 ``Financial Status Report (Long Form)'', or 
the SF269A ``Financial Status Report (Short Form)'', and the audit 
report/executive summary can be submitted electronically.
    Finally, State departments of agriculture would be required to 
retain records pertaining to the SCBGP for 3 years after completion of 
the grant period or until final resolution of any audit findings or 
litigation claims relating to the SCBGP. This is a part of normal 
business practice and consistent with USDA regulations (7 CFR Parts 
3015 and 3016).
    The estimated one-time cost for all State departments of 
agriculture in providing this information to the SCBGP is $9,048. This 
total has been estimated by multiplying 351 total burden hours by 
$25.78, an average of mean hourly earnings by state and local 
government white collar (excluding sales) employees. Data for 
computation of this hourly wage were obtained from the U.S. Department 
of Labor Statistic's publication ``National Compensation Survey: 
Occupational Wages in the United States, June 2005'', published August 
2006 (Bulletin 2581). This publication can also be found at the 
following Web site: https://www.bls.gov/ncs/ocs/sp/ncbl0832.pdf.
    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: Docket Clerk, Fruit 
and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, Stop 0235, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, 
DC 20250-0243; Fax: (202) 720-0016; or E-mail: scblockgrants@usda.gov. 
All comments received will be available for public inspection during 
regular business hours at the same address.
    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: May 18, 2009.
Robert C. Keeney,
Acting Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. E9-11969 Filed 5-21-09; 8:45 am]
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