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Download as PDF 34180 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 113 / Monday, June 13, 2011 / Proposed Rules Appendix C to Part 5—DHS Systems of Records Exempt From the Privacy Act erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 * * * * * 55. DHS/USCIS–ICE–CBP—001 Alien File, Index, and National File Tracking System of Records consists of electronic and paper records and will be used by USCIS, ICE, and CBP. DHS/USCIS–ICE–CBP—001 Alien File, Index, and National File Tracking System of Records is a repository of information held by DHS in connection with its several and varied missions and functions, including, but not limited to: the enforcement of civil and criminal laws; investigations, inquiries, and proceedings thereunder; and national security and intelligence activities. 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Exemptions from these particular subsections are justified, on a case-by-case basis to be determined at the time a request is made, for the following reasons: (a) From subsection (c)(3) and (4) (Accounting for Disclosures) because release of the accounting of disclosures could alert the subject of an investigation of an actual or potential criminal, civil, or regulatory violation to the existence of that investigation and reveal investigative interest on the part of DHS as well as the recipient agency. Disclosure of the accounting would therefore present a serious impediment to law enforcement efforts and/or efforts to preserve national security. Disclosure of the accounting would also permit the individual who is the subject of a record to impede the investigation, to tamper with witnesses or evidence, and to avoid detection or apprehension, which would undermine the entire investigative process. (b) From subsection (d) (Access to Records) because access to the records contained in this system of records could inform the subject of an investigation of an actual or potential criminal, civil, or regulatory violation to the existence of that investigation and reveal investigative interest on the part of DHS or another agency. Access to the records could permit the individual who is the subject of a record to impede the investigation, to tamper with witnesses or evidence, and to avoid detection or apprehension. Amendment of the records could interfere with ongoing investigations and law enforcement activities and would VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jun 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 impose an unreasonable administrative burden by requiring investigations to be continually reinvestigated. In addition, permitting access and amendment to such information could disclose security-sensitive information that could be detrimental to homeland security. 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(i) From subsection (e)(12) (Computer Matching) if the agency is a recipient agency or a source agency in a matching program with a non-Federal agency, with respect to any establishment or revision of a matching program, at least 30 days prior to conducting such program, publish in the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Register notice of such establishment or revision. (j) From subsection (g)(1) (Civil Remedies) to the extent that the system is exempt from other specific subsections of the Privacy Act. (k) From subsection (h) (Legal Guardians) the parent of any minor, or the legal guardian of any individual who has been declared to be incompetent due to physical or mental incapacity or age by a court of competent jurisdiction, may act on behalf of the individual. Dated: May 27, 2011. Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2011–14486 Filed 6–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 205 [Doc. AMS–NOP–11–0002; NOP–11–02] National Organic Program; Notice of Draft Guidance for Accredited Certifying Agents and Certified Operations Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Availability With Request For Comments. AGENCY: The National Organic Program (NOP) is announcing the availability of four draft guidance documents intended for use by accredited certifying agents and certified operations. The draft guidance documents are entitled as follows: ‘‘The Use of Kelp in Organic Livestock Feed (NOP 5027)’’; ‘‘Responding to Results from Pesticide Residue Testing (NOP 5028)’’; ‘‘Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production (NOP 5029)’’; and ‘‘Evaluating Allowed Ingredients and Sources of Vitamins and Minerals For Organic Livestock Feed, Feed Supplements, and Feed Additives (NOP 5030)’’. These draft guidance documents are intended to inform the public of NOP’s current thinking on these topics. A notice of availability of final guidance on these topics will be issued upon their final approval. Once finalized, these guidance documents will be available from the NOP through ‘‘The Program Handbook: Guidance and Instructions for Accredited Certifying Agents (ACAs) and Certified Operations. DATES: To ensure that NOP considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JNP1.SGM 13JNP1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 113 / Monday, June 13, 2011 / Proposed Rules version of the guidance, submit written comments on the draft guidance by August 12, 2011. ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for hard copies of these draft guidance documents to Toni Strother, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA– AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646 So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance documents. Interested persons may comment on these four draft guidance documents using the following procedures: Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. Mail: Comments may be submitted by mail to: Toni Strother, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA–AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646 So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. Written comments responding to this request should be identified with the document number AMS–NOP–11–0002; NOP–11–02. You should clearly indicate your position and the reasons for your position. You should clearly indicate which guidance document you are commenting on, especially if you choose to comment on more than one draft guidance document. If you are suggesting changes to a draft guidance document, you should include recommended language changes, as appropriate, along with any relevant supporting documentation. USDA intends to make available all comments, including names and addresses when provided, regardless of submission procedure used, on http:// www.regulations.gov and at USDA, AMS, NOP, Room 2646–South building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (except official Federal holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South building to view comments from the public to this notice are requested to make an appointment by calling (202) 720–3252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa R. Bailey, PhD, Director, Standards Division, National Organic Program (NOP), USDA–AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646–So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268, Telephone: (202) 720– 3252, E-mail: NOP.guidance@ams.usda.gov, or visit the NOP Web site at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jun 10, 2011 Jkt 223001 I. Background The NOP selected the topics for the four draft guidance documents announced through this notice in response to recommendations issued by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the need to improve consistency in how certifying agents and certified operations are implementing the NOP regulations at 7 CFR part 205. The NOP developed ‘‘Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production (NOP 5029)’’, and ‘‘Evaluating Allowed Ingredients and Sources of Vitamins and Minerals For Organic Livestock Feed, Feed Supplements, and Feed Additives (NOP 5030)’’ in response to outstanding NOSB recommendations from May 2002, February 2005, and November 2008. The NOP developed ‘‘The Use of Kelp in Organic Livestock Feed (NOP 5027)’’ in response to requests by certifying agents and certified operations for clarifications on this issue. The NOP developed ‘‘Responding to Results from Pesticide Residue Testing (NOP 5028)’’ to describe the reporting scheme and actions that certifying agents should be instituting to meet the requirements at § 205.670 of the NOP regulations. II. Significance of Guidance These draft guidance documents are being issued in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin on Agency Good Guidance Practices (GGPs) (January 25, 2007, 72 FR 3432–3440). The purpose of GGPs is to ensure that program guidance documents are developed with adequate public participation, are readily available to the public, and are not applied as binding requirements. The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the NOP’s current thinking on these topics. It does not create or confer any rights for, or on, any person and does not operate to bind the NOP or the public. Guidance documents are intended to provide a uniform method for operations to comply that can reduce the burden of developing their own methods and simplify audits and inspections. Alternative approaches that can demonstrate compliance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501–6522), and its implementing regulations are also acceptable. As with any alternative compliance approach, the NOP strongly encourages industry to discuss alternative approaches with the NOP before implementing them to avoid unnecessary or wasteful expenditures of resources and to ensure the proposed PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 34181 alternative approach complies with the Act and its implementing regulations. Electronic Access Persons with access to Internet may obtain the draft guidance at either NOP’s Web site at http:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop or http:// www.regulations.gov. Requests for hard copies of the draft guidance documents can be obtained by submitting a written request to the person listed in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501–6522. Dated: June 7, 2011. Ellen King, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2011–14500 Filed 6–10–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 983 [Doc. No. AMS–FV–10–0099; FV11–983–1 PR] Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: Four amendments to Marketing Agreement and Order No. 983, which regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, were proposed by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. The proposed amendments would provide authority to establish aflatoxin and quality regulations for pistachios shipped to export markets, including authority to establish different regulations for different markets. The order currently provides authority for aflatoxin and quality regulations only for pistachios shipped to domestic markets. These proposed amendments are intended to provide authority to ensure uniform and consistent aflatoxin and quality regulations in the domestic and various export markets. DATES: Comments must be received by July 13, 2011. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JNP1.SGM 13JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 113 (Monday, June 13, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 34180-34181]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-14500]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 205

[Doc. AMS-NOP-11-0002; NOP-11-02]


National Organic Program; Notice of Draft Guidance for Accredited 
Certifying Agents and Certified Operations

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Availability With Request For Comments.

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SUMMARY: The National Organic Program (NOP) is announcing the 
availability of four draft guidance documents intended for use by 
accredited certifying agents and certified operations. The draft 
guidance documents are entitled as follows: ``The Use of Kelp in 
Organic Livestock Feed (NOP 5027)''; ``Responding to Results from 
Pesticide Residue Testing (NOP 5028)''; ``Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and 
Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production (NOP 5029)''; and 
``Evaluating Allowed Ingredients and Sources of Vitamins and Minerals 
For Organic Livestock Feed, Feed Supplements, and Feed Additives (NOP 
5030)''.
    These draft guidance documents are intended to inform the public of 
NOP's current thinking on these topics. A notice of availability of 
final guidance on these topics will be issued upon their final 
approval. Once finalized, these guidance documents will be available 
from the NOP through ``The Program Handbook: Guidance and Instructions 
for Accredited Certifying Agents (ACAs) and Certified Operations.

DATES: To ensure that NOP considers your comment on this draft guidance 
before it begins work on the final

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version of the guidance, submit written comments on the draft guidance 
by August 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for hard copies of these draft 
guidance documents to Toni Strother, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, 
National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Room 2646 So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268. See the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft 
guidance documents.
    Interested persons may comment on these four draft guidance 
documents using the following procedures:
    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Mail: Comments may be submitted by mail to: Toni Strother, 
Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-
NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646 So., Ag Stop 0268, 
Washington, DC 20250-0268.
    Written comments responding to this request should be identified 
with the document number AMS-NOP-11-0002; NOP-11-02. You should clearly 
indicate your position and the reasons for your position. You should 
clearly indicate which guidance document you are commenting on, 
especially if you choose to comment on more than one draft guidance 
document. If you are suggesting changes to a draft guidance document, 
you should include recommended language changes, as appropriate, along 
with any relevant supporting documentation.
    USDA intends to make available all comments, including names and 
addresses when provided, regardless of submission procedure used, on 
http://www.regulations.gov and at USDA, AMS, NOP, Room 2646-South 
building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to 
noon and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (except official 
Federal holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South building to 
view comments from the public to this notice are requested to make an 
appointment by calling (202) 720-3252.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa R. Bailey, PhD, Director, 
Standards Division, National Organic Program (NOP), USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Room 2646-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 
20250-0268, Telephone: (202) 720-3252, E-mail: 
NOP.guidance@ams.usda.gov, or visit the NOP Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The NOP selected the topics for the four draft guidance documents 
announced through this notice in response to recommendations issued by 
the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the need to improve 
consistency in how certifying agents and certified operations are 
implementing the NOP regulations at 7 CFR part 205. The NOP developed 
``Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop 
Production (NOP 5029)'', and ``Evaluating Allowed Ingredients and 
Sources of Vitamins and Minerals For Organic Livestock Feed, Feed 
Supplements, and Feed Additives (NOP 5030)'' in response to outstanding 
NOSB recommendations from May 2002, February 2005, and November 2008. 
The NOP developed ``The Use of Kelp in Organic Livestock Feed (NOP 
5027)'' in response to requests by certifying agents and certified 
operations for clarifications on this issue. The NOP developed 
``Responding to Results from Pesticide Residue Testing (NOP 5028)'' to 
describe the reporting scheme and actions that certifying agents should 
be instituting to meet the requirements at Sec.  205.670 of the NOP 
regulations.

II. Significance of Guidance

    These draft guidance documents are being issued in accordance with 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin on Agency Good 
Guidance Practices (GGPs) (January 25, 2007, 72 FR 3432-3440).
    The purpose of GGPs is to ensure that program guidance documents 
are developed with adequate public participation, are readily available 
to the public, and are not applied as binding requirements. The draft 
guidance, when finalized, will represent the NOP's current thinking on 
these topics. It does not create or confer any rights for, or on, any 
person and does not operate to bind the NOP or the public. Guidance 
documents are intended to provide a uniform method for operations to 
comply that can reduce the burden of developing their own methods and 
simplify audits and inspections. Alternative approaches that can 
demonstrate compliance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 6501-6522), and its implementing regulations are also 
acceptable. As with any alternative compliance approach, the NOP 
strongly encourages industry to discuss alternative approaches with the 
NOP before implementing them to avoid unnecessary or wasteful 
expenditures of resources and to ensure the proposed alternative 
approach complies with the Act and its implementing regulations.

Electronic Access

    Persons with access to Internet may obtain the draft guidance at 
either NOP's Web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop or http://www.regulations.gov. Requests for hard copies of the draft guidance 
documents can be obtained by submitting a written request to the person 
listed in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 6501-6522.

    Dated: June 7, 2011.
Ellen King,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-14500 Filed 6-10-11; 8:45 am]
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