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Download as PDF 17368 Notices Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 65 Tuesday, April 6, 2010 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 Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 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 7, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. FAX: (202) 720–8435. E-mail: michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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 RUS is submitting to OMB for an extension. 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Comments may be sent to: Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 1522. FAX: (202) 720–8435. Title: Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities. OMB Control Number: 0572–0136. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act) (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) was amended in November 2000 to create a new program to help rural communities with extremely high energy costs (Pub. L. 106–472). Under this new section 19 of the RE Act (7 U.S.C. 918a), the Secretary of Agriculture, through RUS, is authorized to provide financial assistance through the following three funding streams: • High Energy Cost Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants and loans for energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving communities with average home energy costs in excess of 275 percent of the national average. Many of these communities are in rural Alaska, but there are other eligible areas nationwide. Eligible applicants include persons, State agencies (including Territories), entities organized under State law, and Indian Tribes. Only grant funds have been appropriated to date. • Denali Commission Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants and loans to the Denali Commission, a Federal agency, for energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving extremely high energy cost rural and remote communities in Alaska. Annual Denali grants are awarded and advanced as soon as funds are available to RUS. The Denali Grants are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies and by PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 individual Grant Agreements. 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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. 75, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 6, 2010 / 
Notices

[[Page 17368]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

AGENCY: Rural Utilities 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, 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 7, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Director, Program 
Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, 
Washington, DC 20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078. FAX: (202) 720-
8435. E-mail: michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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 RUS 
is submitting to OMB for an 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, Rural 
Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, Room 5162 
South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-
1522. FAX: (202) 720-8435.
    Title: Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0136.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act) (7 U.S.C. 
901 et seq.) was amended in November 2000 to create a new program to 
help rural communities with extremely high energy costs (Pub. L. 106-
472). Under this new section 19 of the RE Act (7 U.S.C. 918a), the 
Secretary of Agriculture, through RUS, is authorized to provide 
financial assistance through the following three funding streams:
     High Energy Cost Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants 
and loans for energy generation, transmission, and distribution 
facilities serving communities with average home energy costs in excess 
of 275 percent of the national average. Many of these communities are 
in rural Alaska, but there are other eligible areas nationwide. 
Eligible applicants include persons, State agencies (including 
Territories), entities organized under State law, and Indian Tribes. 
Only grant funds have been appropriated to date.
     Denali Commission Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants 
and loans to the Denali Commission, a Federal agency, for energy 
generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving extremely 
high energy cost rural and remote communities in Alaska. Annual Denali 
grants are awarded and advanced as soon as funds are available to RUS. 
The Denali Grants are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between 
the two agencies and by individual Grant Agreements. Only grant funds 
have been appropriated to date.
     Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grants. RUS may provide grants to 
State entities in existence as of November 9, 2000, to support 
revolving loan funds to improve the efficiency of fuel purchases for 
communities where the fuel cannot be delivered by surface 
transportation. Only Alaska and a handful of other States are eligible.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 4.32 hours per response.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit 
institutions, State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 112.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.82.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,365.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Gale 
Richardson, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 720-
0992, FAX: (202) 720-8435. 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 30, 2010.
Jessica Zufolo,
Deputy Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
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