Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 60711-60712 [2010-24661]

Download as PDF 60711 Notices Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 190 Friday, October 1, 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 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration [Docket #GIPSA–2010–FGIS–0014– NONRULEMAKING] Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: This notice announces the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) intention to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve a 3-year extension of a currently approved information collection for the ‘‘Regulations Governing the National Inspection and Weighing System under the United States Grain Standards Act and under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.’’ This approval is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). SUMMARY: We will consider comments that we receive by November 30, 2010. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Internet: Go to https:// www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • E-Mail: comments.gipsa@usda.gov. • Mail: Tess Butler, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 1647–S, Washington, DC 20250–3604. • Fax: (202) 690–2173. Instructions: All comments should be identified as ‘‘FGIS Information Collection,’’ and should reference the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Information emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:34 Sep 30, 2010 Jkt 220001 collection package and other documents relating to this action will be available for public inspection in Room 1643–S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–3604 during regular business hours. All comments will be available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours (7 CFR 1.27(b)). Please call the Management and Budget Services Staff of GIPSA at (202) 720–7486 to arrange to inspect comments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress enacted the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) (7 U.S.C. 71–87k) and the Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA) (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627) to facilitate the marketing of grain, oilseeds, pulses, rice, and related commodities. These statutes provide for the establishment of standards and terms which accurately and consistently measure the quality of grain and related products, provide for uniform official inspection and weighing, provide regulatory and service responsibilities, and furnish the framework for commodity quality improvement incentives to both domestic and foreign buyers. The GIPSA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) establishes policies, guidelines, and regulations to carry out the objectives of the USGSA and the AMA. Regulations appear at 7 CFR parts 800, 801, and 802 for the USGSA and 7 CFR part 868 for the AMA. The USGSA, with few exceptions, requires official inspection of export grain sold by grade. Official services are provided, upon request, for grain in domestic commerce. The AMA authorizes similar inspection and weighing services, upon request, for rice, pulses, flour, corn meal, and certain other agricultural products. Conversely, the regulations promulgated under the USGSA and the AMA requires specific information collection and recordkeeping necessary to carry out requests for official services. Applicants for official services must specify the kind and level of service, the identification of the product, the location, the amount, and other pertinent information in order that official personnel can efficiently respond to their needs. Official services under the USGSA are provided through FGIS field offices and delegated and/or designated State and private agencies. Delegated agencies are PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 State agencies delegated authority under the USGSA to provide official inspection service, Class X or Class Y weighing services, or both, at one or more export port locations in the State. Designated agencies are State or local governmental agencies or persons designated under the USGSA to provide official inspection services, Class X or Class Y weighing services, or both, at locations other than export port locations. State and private agencies, as a requirement for delegation and/or designation, must comply with all regulations, procedures, and instructions in accordance with provisions established under the USGSA. FGIS field offices oversee the performance of these agencies and provide technical guidance as needed. Official services under the AMA are performed, upon request, on a fee basis for domestic and export shipments either by FGIS employees, individual contractors, or cooperators. Contractors are persons who enter into a contract with FGIS to perform specified sampling and inspection services. Cooperators are agencies or departments of the Federal Government which have an interagency agreement, State agencies, or other entities which have a reimbursable agreement with FGIS. Title: Regulations Governing the National Inspection and Weighing System Under the USGSA and AMA of 1946. OMB Number: 0580–0013. Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2011. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The USGSA and the AMA authorize USDA to inspect, certify and identify the class, quality, quantity and condition of agricultural products shipped or received in interstate and foreign commerce. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting and record keeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .13 hours per response. Respondents: Grain producers, buyers, and sellers, elevator operators, grain merchandisers, and official grain inspection agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,754. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 142.12. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 164,393 hours. E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 60712 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 190 / Friday, October 1, 2010 / Notices As required by the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) and its implementing regulations (5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(i)), GIPSA specifically requests comments 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. 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. J. Dudley Butler, Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–24661 Filed 9–30–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. AMS–DA–10–0070; DA–10–06] Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: 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 a currently approved information collection for the National Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Programs. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 30, 2010. Additional Information: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov or to Whitney A. Rick, Promotion and Research Branch; Dairy Programs, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0233; Washington, emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:34 Sep 30, 2010 Jkt 220001 DC 20250–0233, (202) 720–6909. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be available for public inspection in the Promotion and Research Branch, Dairy Programs, AMS, USDA, Room 2958–S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0233, during regular business hours, or can be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: National Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Programs. OMB Number: 0581–0093. Expiration Date, as approved by OMB: 11/30/2013. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: National research and promotion programs are designed to strengthen the position of a commodity in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets, and develop new uses and markets for specified agricultural commodities. USDA has the responsibility for implementing and overseeing programs for a variety of commodities including beef, blueberries, cotton, dairy, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, honey, lamb, mangos, mushrooms, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, sorghum, soybeans, and watermelons. The enabling legislation includes the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 [7 U.S.C. 2901– 2911]; Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 [7 U.S.C. 2101–2118]; the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 [7 U.S.C. 4501–4514]; the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990 [7 U.S.C. 6401–6417]; the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act [7 U.S.C. 2701–2718]; the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Act [7 U.S.C. 7801–7813]; the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 [7 U.S.C. 6101–6112]; the Popcorn Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act [7 U.S.C. 7481–7491]; the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985 [7 U.S.C. 4801–4819]; the Potato Research and Promotion Act [7 U.S.C. 2611–2627]; the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act [7 U.S.C. 6301–6311]; the Watermelon Research and Promotion Act [7 U.S.C. 4901–4916]; and the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 [7 U.S.C. 7411– 7425] (which governs the blueberry, honey, lamb, mango, peanut and sorghum programs). These programs appear in the Code of Federal PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Regulations at 7 CFR, parts 1150 and 1160, and parts 1205 through 1260. These programs carry out projects relating to research, consumer information, advertising, sales promotion, producer information, market development, and product research to assist, improve, or promote the marketing, distribution, and utilization of their respective commodities. Approval of the programs is required through referendum of affected parties. The programs are administered by industry boards composed of producer, handler, processor, and in some cases, importer and public members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Program funding is generated through assessments on designated industry segments. The Secretary also approves the board’s budgets, plans, and projects. These responsibilities have been delegated to AMS. The applicable commodity program areas within AMS have direct oversight of the respective programs. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intents of the various Acts authorizing such programs, thereby providing a means of administering the programs. The objective in carrying out this responsibility includes assuring the following: (1) Funds are collected and properly accounted for; (2) expenditures of all funds are for the purposes authorized by the enabling legislation and (3) the board’s administration of programs conforms to USDA policy. The forms covered under this collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the respective orders, and their use is necessary to fulfill the intents of the Acts as expressed in orders. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the various boards and authorized employees of USDA. The various boards utilize a variety of forms including; reports concerning status information such as handler and importer reports; transaction reports; exemption from assessment forms and reimbursement forms; forms and information concerning referenda including ballots; forms and information concerning board nominations and selection and acceptance statements; certification of industry organizations; and recordkeeping requirements. The forms and information covered under this information collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the programs and their use is necessary E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1

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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 190 / Friday, October 1, 2010 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

[Docket GIPSA-2010-FGIS-0014-NONRULEMAKING]


Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the Grain Inspection, Packers and 
Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) intention to request that the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve a 3-year extension of a 
currently approved information collection for the ``Regulations 
Governing the National Inspection and Weighing System under the United 
States Grain Standards Act and under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 
1946.'' This approval is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (PRA).

DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by November 30, 2010.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. You may 
submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Internet: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments.
     E-Mail: comments.gipsa@usda.gov.
     Mail: Tess Butler, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, 
SW., Room 1647-S, Washington, DC 20250-3604.
     Fax: (202) 690-2173.
    Instructions: All comments should be identified as ``FGIS 
Information Collection,'' and should reference the date and page number 
of this issue of the Federal Register. Information collection package 
and other documents relating to this action will be available for 
public inspection in Room 1643-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-3604 during regular business hours. All comments 
will be available for public inspection in the above office during 
regular business hours (7 CFR 1.27(b)). Please call the Management and 
Budget Services Staff of GIPSA at (202) 720-7486 to arrange to inspect 
comments.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Congress enacted the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) (7 
U.S.C. 71-87k) and the Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA) (7 U.S.C. 1621-
1627) to facilitate the marketing of grain, oilseeds, pulses, rice, and 
related commodities. These statutes provide for the establishment of 
standards and terms which accurately and consistently measure the 
quality of grain and related products, provide for uniform official 
inspection and weighing, provide regulatory and service 
responsibilities, and furnish the framework for commodity quality 
improvement incentives to both domestic and foreign buyers. The GIPSA's 
Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) establishes policies, 
guidelines, and regulations to carry out the objectives of the USGSA 
and the AMA. Regulations appear at 7 CFR parts 800, 801, and 802 for 
the USGSA and 7 CFR part 868 for the AMA.
    The USGSA, with few exceptions, requires official inspection of 
export grain sold by grade. Official services are provided, upon 
request, for grain in domestic commerce. The AMA authorizes similar 
inspection and weighing services, upon request, for rice, pulses, 
flour, corn meal, and certain other agricultural products. Conversely, 
the regulations promulgated under the USGSA and the AMA requires 
specific information collection and recordkeeping necessary to carry 
out requests for official services. Applicants for official services 
must specify the kind and level of service, the identification of the 
product, the location, the amount, and other pertinent information in 
order that official personnel can efficiently respond to their needs.
    Official services under the USGSA are provided through FGIS field 
offices and delegated and/or designated State and private agencies. 
Delegated agencies are State agencies delegated authority under the 
USGSA to provide official inspection service, Class X or Class Y 
weighing services, or both, at one or more export port locations in the 
State. Designated agencies are State or local governmental agencies or 
persons designated under the USGSA to provide official inspection 
services, Class X or Class Y weighing services, or both, at locations 
other than export port locations. State and private agencies, as a 
requirement for delegation and/or designation, must comply with all 
regulations, procedures, and instructions in accordance with provisions 
established under the USGSA. FGIS field offices oversee the performance 
of these agencies and provide technical guidance as needed.
    Official services under the AMA are performed, upon request, on a 
fee basis for domestic and export shipments either by FGIS employees, 
individual contractors, or cooperators. Contractors are persons who 
enter into a contract with FGIS to perform specified sampling and 
inspection services. Cooperators are agencies or departments of the 
Federal Government which have an interagency agreement, State agencies, 
or other entities which have a reimbursable agreement with FGIS.
    Title: Regulations Governing the National Inspection and Weighing 
System Under the USGSA and AMA of 1946.
    OMB Number: 0580-0013.
    Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2011.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The USGSA and the AMA authorize USDA to inspect, certify 
and identify the class, quality, quantity and condition of agricultural 
products shipped or received in interstate and foreign commerce.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting and record keeping burden for 
this collection of information is estimated to average .13 hours per 
response.
    Respondents: Grain producers, buyers, and sellers, elevator 
operators, grain merchandisers, and official grain inspection agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,754.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 142.12.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 164,393 hours.

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    As required by the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) and its 
implementing regulations (5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(i)), GIPSA specifically 
requests comments 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.
    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.

J. Dudley Butler,
Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
[FR Doc. 2010-24661 Filed 9-30-10; 8:45 am]
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