Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Issuance and Participation Estimates-Forms FNS-388 and FNS-388A, 10592-10593 [2013-03340]

Download as PDF 10592 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 31 Thursday, February 14, 2013 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 Office of the Secretary Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection National Appeals Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Action of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Appeals Division’s request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for Customer Service Survey. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 15, 2013 to be assured of consideration. Additional information or comments: Contact Dr. Angela Parham, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Appeals Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Suite 1100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22302–1500, 703.305.2588. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: National Appeals Division Customer Service Survey. OMB Number: 0503–0007. Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2013. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Executive Order 12862, requires Federal Agencies to identify the customers who are, or should be served by the Agency and survey those customers to determine the kind and quality of services they want and level of satisfaction with existing services. Therefore, NAD proposes to extend its currently approved information collection survey. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Feb 13, 2013 Jkt 229001 is estimated to average .17 hours per response. Respondents: Appellants, producers, and other USDA agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1600. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: One (1). Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 272. 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 Dr. Angela Parham, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Appeals Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Suite 1100, Alexandria, Virginia 22302–1500. 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. Roger Klurfeld, Director, National Appeals Division. [FR Doc. 2013–03421 Filed 2–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Issuance and Participation Estimates— Forms FNS–388 and FNS–388A Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is publishing for public comment a summary of a proposed information collection. The proposed collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the form FNS–388, State Issuance and Participation Estimates, and FNS– 388A, Project Area Data Format. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 15, 2013. ADDRESSES: 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 shall 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Jane Duffield, Chief, State Administration Branch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 818, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via email to SNAPSAB@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Kelly Stewart at 703–305–2425. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: State Issuance and Participation Estimates. Form Number: FNS–388 and FNS– 388A. OMB Number: 0584–0081. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1 10593 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 31 / Thursday, February 14, 2013 / Notices Expiration Date: 5/31/2013. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: Section 18(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act, (the Act) 7 U.S.C. 2027(b), limits the value of allotments paid to SNAP households to an amount not in excess of the appropriation for the fiscal year. If allotments in any fiscal year would exceed the appropriation, the Secretary of Agriculture is required to direct State agencies to reduce the value of SNAP allotments to the extent necessary to stay within appropriated funding limits. Timely State monthly issuance estimates are necessary for FNS to ensure that it remains within the appropriation. The estimates will also have a direct effect upon the manner in which allotments would be reduced if necessary. While benefit reductions have never been ordered in the past under Section 18(b) nor are they anticipated based on current data, the Department must continue to monitor actual program costs against the appropriation. Section 11(e)(12) of the Food and Nutrition Act, 7 U.S.C. 2020(e)(12), requires that the State Plan of Operations provide for the submission of reports required by the Secretary of Agriculture. State agencies are required to report on a monthly basis on the FNS–388, State Issuance and Participation Estimates, estimated or actual issuance and participation data for the current month and previous month, and actual participation data for the second preceding month. The FNS– 388 report provides the necessary data for an early warning system to enable the Department to monitor actual and estimated costs for all benefit types against the appropriation. State agencies in general only submit one Statewide FNS–388 per month, which covers benefits from their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system. The exception is that State agencies which choose to operate an approved alternative issuance demonstration project such as a cash-out system submit a separate report for each additional type of issuance system. In addition, State agencies are required to submit a project area breakdown on the FNS–388 of issuance and participation data twice a year. The Number of respondents Frequency of response project area breakdown attached to the FNS–388 twice a year is known as the FNS–388A. This data is useful in identifying project areas that operate fraud detection units in accordance with the Act. As of December, 2012, 100 percent of respondents submitted the FNS–388 and FNS–388A data electronically. Affected Public: State agencies that administer SNAP. Estimated Number of Respondents: 53. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 27.17. Estimated Hours per Response: 3.581. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1440. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The annual reporting and recordkeeping burden for OMB No. 0584–0081, is estimated to be 5,157 hours. For the FNS–388, the frequency of response has decreased slightly from an estimated 11.509 times per year to 11.32. This results in a burden reduction of 86 hours annually. See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. Time per response (hrs) Total annual responses Annual burden hours Affected public Forms State Agencies ............................................. FNS–388 FNS– 388A. 53 53 11.32 2.26 600 120 5.6 14.83 3360 1779.6 Reporting Burden ................................. ................ 53 ........................ 720 .......................... 5139.6 Number of recordkeepers Frequency of response Total annual records 11.32 2.26 Affected public Forms State Agencies ............................................. FNS–388 FNS– 388A. 53 53 Recordkeeping Burden ......................... ................ 53 Grand Total ................................... ................ 53 .024 .024 14.4 2.88 .......................... 720 ........................ 17.28 27.170 1440 3.581 5156.88 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE [FR Doc. 2013–03340 Filed 2–13–13; 8:45 am] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Evaluation of the Demonstrations of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program (NSLP/SBP) Direct Certification of Children Receiving Medicaid Benefits sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Food and Nutrition Service Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Feb 13, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Annual record– keeping hours 600 120 Dated: January 31, 2013. Jeffrey J. Tribiano, Acting Administrator, Food Nutrition Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 31 (Thursday, February 14, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10592-10593]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03340]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State 
Issuance and Participation Estimates--Forms FNS-388 and FNS-388A

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is publishing for public comment a 
summary of a proposed information collection. The proposed collection 
is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the form FNS-388, State 
Issuance and Participation Estimates, and FNS-388A, Project Area Data 
Format.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: 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 shall 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to Jane Duffield, Chief, State Administration 
Branch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition 
Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 818, Alexandria, VA 22302. 
Comments may also be submitted via email to SNAPSAB@fns.usda.gov. 
Comments will also be accepted through the federal eRulemaking Portal. 
Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions 
for submitting comments electronically.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
become a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Kelly 
Stewart at 703-305-2425.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: State Issuance and Participation Estimates.
    Form Number: FNS-388 and FNS-388A.
    OMB Number: 0584-0081.

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    Expiration Date: 5/31/2013.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: Section 18(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act, (the Act) 7 
U.S.C. 2027(b), limits the value of allotments paid to SNAP households 
to an amount not in excess of the appropriation for the fiscal year. If 
allotments in any fiscal year would exceed the appropriation, the 
Secretary of Agriculture is required to direct State agencies to reduce 
the value of SNAP allotments to the extent necessary to stay within 
appropriated funding limits. Timely State monthly issuance estimates 
are necessary for FNS to ensure that it remains within the 
appropriation. The estimates will also have a direct effect upon the 
manner in which allotments would be reduced if necessary. While benefit 
reductions have never been ordered in the past under Section 18(b) nor 
are they anticipated based on current data, the Department must 
continue to monitor actual program costs against the appropriation.
    Section 11(e)(12) of the Food and Nutrition Act, 7 U.S.C. 
2020(e)(12), requires that the State Plan of Operations provide for the 
submission of reports required by the Secretary of Agriculture. State 
agencies are required to report on a monthly basis on the FNS-388, 
State Issuance and Participation Estimates, estimated or actual 
issuance and participation data for the current month and previous 
month, and actual participation data for the second preceding month. 
The FNS-388 report provides the necessary data for an early warning 
system to enable the Department to monitor actual and estimated costs 
for all benefit types against the appropriation.
    State agencies in general only submit one Statewide FNS-388 per 
month, which covers benefits from their electronic benefit transfer 
(EBT) system. The exception is that State agencies which choose to 
operate an approved alternative issuance demonstration project such as 
a cash-out system submit a separate report for each additional type of 
issuance system.
    In addition, State agencies are required to submit a project area 
breakdown on the FNS-388 of issuance and participation data twice a 
year. The project area breakdown attached to the FNS-388 twice a year 
is known as the FNS-388A. This data is useful in identifying project 
areas that operate fraud detection units in accordance with the Act.
    As of December, 2012, 100 percent of respondents submitted the FNS-
388 and FNS-388A data electronically.
    Affected Public: State agencies that administer SNAP.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 27.17.
    Estimated Hours per Response: 3.581.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1440.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The annual reporting 
and recordkeeping burden for OMB No. 0584-0081, is estimated to be 
5,157 hours. For the FNS-388, the frequency of response has decreased 
slightly from an estimated 11.509 times per year to 11.32. This results 
in a burden reduction of 86 hours annually. See the table below for 
estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent.

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                                                                                                                            Time per
              Affected public                           Forms               Number of     Frequency of    Total annual      response      Annual burden
                                                                           respondents      response        responses         (hrs)           hours
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State Agencies.............................  FNS-388...................              53           11.32             600            5.6            3360
                                             FNS-388A..................              53            2.26             120           14.83           1779.6
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    Reporting Burden.......................  ..........................              53  ..............             720  ..............           5139.6
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                                                                                                                                          Annual record-
              Affected public                           Forms                Number of     Frequency of    Total annual      Time per      keeping hours
                                                                           recordkeepers     response         records     response (hrs)
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State Agencies.............................  FNS-388....................              53          11.32              600            .024           14.4
                                             FNS-388A...................              53           2.26              120            .024            2.88
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    Recordkeeping Burden...................  ...........................              53  ..............             720  ..............           17.28
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        Grand Total........................  ...........................              53          27.170            1440           3.581         5156.88
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    Dated: January 31, 2013.
Jeffrey J. Tribiano,
Acting Administrator, Food Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-03340 Filed 2-13-13; 8:45 am]
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