Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 11136-11137 [2013-03484]

Download as PDF 11136 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request February 11, 2013. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) whether the 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 burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Need and Use of the Information: Successful application award recipients will execute loan/grant documents prepared by the Agency. Each recipient and each contractor engaged by the recipient must provide the total amount of Recovery Act funds received and that were expended or obligated to projects or activities. Recipients and contractor must also provide the name, description, evaluation of the completion status and an estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs retained by the project or activity. Recipients of funding will be required to submit an annual CPA Audit report; adopt a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles System of Accounts and develop and maintain an index of records. Without the requested information, RUS could not determine whether applicants meet the requirements that the Recovery Act establishes for BIP financing. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 225. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: Quarterly; Annually. Total Burden Hours: 12,000. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–03536 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. AMS–FV–12–0061; FV12–981– 1] Notice of Request for 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 Rural Utilities Service announces the Agricultural Marketing Title: Broadband Initiatives Program. Service’s (AMS) intention to request an OMB Control Number: 0572–0142. Summary of Collection: The American extension for and revision of a currently Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 approved information collection for (Recovery Act) appropriated $2.5 billion Almonds Grown in California, M.O. No. 981. of budget authority for establishing the DATES: Comments on this notice must be Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). received by April 16, 2013. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) established the BIP which may extend ADDRESSES: Interested persons are loans, grants, and loan/grant invited to submit written comments combinations to facilitate broadband concerning this notice. Comments must deployment in rural areas. be sent to the Docket Clerk, Marketing VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:09 Feb 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or Internet: www.regulations.gov. 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 Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Weiya Zeng, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Telephone: (202) 690–3870, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or Email: weiya.zeng@ams.usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Assistant to the Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Telephone (202) 720–9922, Fax: (202) 720–8938; or Email: jeffrey.smutny@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Almonds Grown in California, Marketing Order No. 981. OMB Number: 0581–0242. Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2013. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), to provide the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the California almond marketing order (order) (7 CFR part 981), which has been operating since 1950. The order and its rules and regulations authorize the Almond Board of California (Board), the agency responsible for local administration of the order, to require handlers and other certain entities to submit information. In September 2007, a mandatory program was implemented under the order to help reduce the potential for Salmonella in almonds. The Board has developed forms as a means for persons to file required information with the Board relating to the treatment of almonds to reduce the potential for Salmonella. Almond handlers are E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2013 / Notices required to submit annual treatment plans to the Board and inspection agency regarding how they plan to treat their almonds to reduce the potential for Salmonella. Entities interested in being almond process authorities that validate technologies are required to submit an application to the Board on ABC Form No. 51, ‘‘Application for Process Authority for Almonds.’’ Manufacturers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico interested in being approved to accept untreated almonds, provided they agree to treat the almonds themselves under the Board’s Direct Verifiable (DV) program are required to submit an application to the Board on ABC Form No. 52, ‘‘Application for Direct Verifiable (DV) Program for Further Processing of Untreated Almonds.’’ Entities interested in being approved DV user auditors are required to submit an application to the Board on ABC Form No. 53, ‘‘Application for Direct Verifiable (DV) Program Auditors.’’ To ensure compliance with the mandatory program, entities are required to use either an on-site or audit based verification program and annually submit a treatment plan to the Board on ABC Form No. 54, ‘‘Handler Treatment Plan.’’ The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of USDA, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Program’s regional and headquarters’ staff, and authorized employees and agents of the Board. Authorized Board employees, agents, and the industry are the primary users of the information, and AMS is the secondary user. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 13.77 hours per response. Respondents: Almond handlers; persons or organizations that would like to qualify to be Board-approved process authorities that validate treatments and technologies; manufacturers who would like to qualify to participate in the Board’s DV program; and entities that would like to qualify as auditors under the DV program. Estimated Number of Respondents: 175. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.74. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 4,200 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information including the validity of VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:09 Feb 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments should reference this docket number and the appropriate marketing order and be sent to the USDA in care of the Docket Clerk at the address above. 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: February 11, 2013. David R. Shipman, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–03484 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document Number AMS–NOP–12–0070; NOP–12–17] Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. App.), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing an upcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Written public comments are invited in advance of the meeting, and the meeting will include scheduled time for oral comments from the public. DATES: The meeting will be held April 9–11, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The deadline to submit written public comments and sign up for oral public comments is Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. Information and instructions pertaining to the meeting are posted at the following Web address: https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOSBMeetings. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11137 For printed materials or additional information, write to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic Standards Board, USDA–AMS– NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648—So., Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268; Phone: (202) 720–3252; Email: nosb@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOSB makes recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production and/or handling, assists in the development of standards for organic production, and advises the Secretary on other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (7 U.S.C. 6501– 6522). The NOSB currently has seven subcommittees working on various aspects of the Organic Program. The subcommittees are: Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Handling; Livestock; Materials; Policy Development; and the ad hoc Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for the organic community to provide input on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow the NOSB to receive updates from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) on issues pertaining to organic agriculture. The meeting will be open to the public. The meeting agenda, NOSB proposals and discussion documents, instructions for submitting and viewing public comments, and instructions for requesting a time slot for oral comments are available on the NOP Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOSBMeetings. The discussion documents and proposals encompass a wide range of topics, including: Substances petitioned to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), updates from working groups on technical issues, and amendments to the NOSB Policies and Procedures Manual. Public Comments: Written public comments will be accepted through Tuesday, March 19, 2013 via www.regulations.gov. Comments received after that date may not be reviewed by the NOSB before the meeting. The NOP strongly prefers comments to be submitted electronically; however, written comments may also be submitted by Tuesday, March 19, 2013 via mail to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic Standards Board, USDA–AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648–S, Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. AMS-FV-12-0061; FV12-981-1]


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

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing 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), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension for and revision of a 
currently approved information collection for Almonds Grown in 
California, M.O. No. 981.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, 
Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, 
AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 
20250-0237; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or Internet: www.regulations.gov. 
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 Office of the Docket Clerk during regular 
business hours, or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Weiya Zeng, Marketing Order and 
Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; Telephone: (202) 690-3870, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or Email: 
weiya.zeng@ams.usda.gov.
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Assistant to the Director, Marketing Order 
and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; Telephone (202) 720-9922, Fax: (202) 720-8938; or Email: 
jeffrey.smutny@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Almonds Grown in California, Marketing Order No. 981.
    OMB Number: 0581-0242.
    Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2013.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The information collection requirements in this request 
are essential to carry out the intent of the Agricultural Marketing 
Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), to provide 
the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the 
California almond marketing order (order) (7 CFR part 981), which has 
been operating since 1950.
    The order and its rules and regulations authorize the Almond Board 
of California (Board), the agency responsible for local administration 
of the order, to require handlers and other certain entities to submit 
information.
    In September 2007, a mandatory program was implemented under the 
order to help reduce the potential for Salmonella in almonds. The Board 
has developed forms as a means for persons to file required information 
with the Board relating to the treatment of almonds to reduce the 
potential for Salmonella. Almond handlers are

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required to submit annual treatment plans to the Board and inspection 
agency regarding how they plan to treat their almonds to reduce the 
potential for Salmonella. Entities interested in being almond process 
authorities that validate technologies are required to submit an 
application to the Board on ABC Form No. 51, ``Application for Process 
Authority for Almonds.'' Manufacturers in the United States, Canada, 
and Mexico interested in being approved to accept untreated almonds, 
provided they agree to treat the almonds themselves under the Board's 
Direct Verifiable (DV) program are required to submit an application to 
the Board on ABC Form No. 52, ``Application for Direct Verifiable (DV) 
Program for Further Processing of Untreated Almonds.'' Entities 
interested in being approved DV user auditors are required to submit an 
application to the Board on ABC Form No. 53, ``Application for Direct 
Verifiable (DV) Program Auditors.'' To ensure compliance with the 
mandatory program, entities are required to use either an on-site or 
audit based verification program and annually submit a treatment plan 
to the Board on ABC Form No. 54, ``Handler Treatment Plan.''
    The information collected is used only by authorized 
representatives of USDA, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Program's 
regional and headquarters' staff, and authorized employees and agents 
of the Board. Authorized Board employees, agents, and the industry are 
the primary users of the information, and AMS is the secondary user.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 13.77 hours per response.
    Respondents: Almond handlers; persons or organizations that would 
like to qualify to be Board-approved process authorities that validate 
treatments and technologies; manufacturers who would like to qualify to 
participate in the Board's DV program; and entities that would like to 
qualify as auditors under the DV program.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 175.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.74.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 4,200 hours.
    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of 
information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who respond, including through the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments should reference this docket number and the appropriate 
marketing order and be sent to the USDA in care of the Docket Clerk at 
the address above. 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: February 11, 2013.
David R. Shipman,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-03484 Filed 2-14-13; 8:45 am]
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