Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection, 36160-36162 [2013-14202]

Download as PDF 36160 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 116 Monday, June 17, 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 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES June 11, 2013. 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 and other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by July 17, 2013 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725—17th Street NW., Washington, DC, 20503. Commentors are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:38 Jun 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 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. Total Burden Hours: 8,994. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–14259 Filed 6–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P Forest Service Title: National Visitor Use Monitoring, and Customer and Use Survey Techniques for Operations, Management, Evaluation, and Research. OMB Control Number: 0596–0110. Summary of Collection: The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) require a comprehensive assessment of present and anticipated uses, demand for and supply of renewable resources from the nation’s public and private forests and rangelands. An important element in the reporting is the number of visits to National Forests and Grasslands, as well as to Wilderness Areas that the agency manages. The Forest Service and Department of Interior agencies will use the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey to collect the information. Need and Use of the Information: The Customer and Use Survey Techniques for Operations, Management, Evaluation and Research (CUSTOMER) study combines several different survey approaches to gather data describing visitors to and users of public recreation lands, including their trip activities, satisfaction levels, evaluations, demographic profiles, trip characteristics, spending, and annual visitation patterns. FS will use face-toface interviewing for collecting information on-site as well as English and Spanish written survey instruments to be mailed back by respondents. The NVUM results and data are a source of data and information in addressing forest land management planning, national strategic planning, service to minorities, and identification of a forest’s recreation niche. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 61,080. Frequency of Responses: Reporting; Quarterly; Annually. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Economic Research Service Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection Economic Research 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 Economic Research Service’s intention to request approval for a new information collection for a Survey on Rural Community Wealth and Health Care Provision. DATES: Comments must be received by August 16, 2013 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to John Pender, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mailstop 1800, Washington, DC 20250–0002. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of John Pender at 202–694–5773 or via email to jpender@ers.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Pender, jpender@ers.usda.gov. Tel. 202– 694–5568. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Survey on Rural Community Wealth and Health Care Provision. OMB Number: To be assigned by OMB. Expiration Date: Three years from the date of approval. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: The primary purpose of the proposed survey is to collect information on how rural small towns can attract and retain primary health care providers, considering the broad range of assets and amenities that may attract providers. The secondary purpose is to provide information on SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 116 / Monday, June 17, 2013 / Notices how improving health care may affect economic development prospects of rural small towns. The Economic Research Service (ERS) intends to address these purposes by collecting primary data from health care providers and community leaders in 150 rural small towns in nine states in three regions: Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas (representing the Mississippi Delta region); Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas (Southern Great Plains region); and Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (Upper Midwest region). This information will contribute to improved understanding of the roles that rural communities play in attracting and retaining health care providers, and of how improved health care provision contributes to economic development of these communities. Such understanding is critical to develop effective policies and local strategies to address the challenge of inadequate access to health care services in many rural communities, and to realize the opportunities offered by improved health care provision to attract and keep residents and businesses in rural areas, provide employment, and improve the quality of life. The study will focus on small rural towns (population 2,500 to 20,000) because it is expected that the ability to attract and retain health care providers is most likely to be affected by local assets and amenities for such towns. The universe of small towns in the three regions selected include about 9 percent of the rural population of the United States and represent considerable diversity in levels of economic development and access to health care services. The set of 150 small towns included in the study will be selected using a probability based sample, so that the information collected will be representative of this universe of rural small towns in the nine states. Although much research has investigated the problems of attracting and retaining health care providers in rural areas, very little research addresses the relationships between economic development and health care provision in rural areas. Virtually no research addresses the issue from the perspective of rural communities themselves, investigating whether and how rural communities seek to attract and keep health care providers, and how they think this influences their economic development prospects. The proposed information collection will address this information gap. It will consist of three phases: (1) Key informant telephone interviews with select local government leaders and health care administrators in the study towns; (2) a dual mode VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:38 Jun 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 telephone/mail survey of primary health care providers in the towns; and (3) follow up focus groups and/or in-person key informant interviews in a subset of selected towns. The information collected will be augmented by publicly available secondary information on health care provision and economic development in the study regions. The objectives of the initial key informant interviews with local government leaders and health care administrators are to collect or verify information assembled from secondary sources on (i) which health care services and providers are available in the town, (ii) how provision of health care services in the town has changed in the past five years, (iii) the extent to which recruiting and retaining health care providers is seen as a priority by leaders in the town, (iv) what efforts have been made to recruit and retain providers, and (v) perceived impacts of these efforts on aspects of economic development in the town. Key informant interviews will be conducted with up to four individuals, including at least one representative of the local government—either the chief executive officer (mayor or city/town manager) or a knowledgeable representative designated by that officer—and the administrator of at least one primary health care facility (hospital or clinic), if such facilities are available, in the town. If a hospital or clinic is not available in the town, other informants with knowledge about health care in the town will be sought. Semi-structured interviews will be used, and are expected to last up to 60 minutes each. The key informant interviews will be conducted before the telephone/mail survey of health care providers, since they will help to validate the sample frame of providers and may yield information useful in the design of the provider survey. The dual mode telephone/mail survey will investigate the perspective of primary health care providers in rural small towns on the factors affecting their decisions to locate, continue and change their operations in these rural communities, including the influence of community assets and amenities. The target population of health care providers includes primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and dentists. A random sample of up to 8 health care providers will be surveyed in each sample town. The telephone interviews are expected to average about 20 minutes per respondent, based upon cognitive interviews testing a draft of the survey instrument with three rural health care providers. Paper copies of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36161 the survey will be mailed to those who are unable or unwilling to complete a telephone interview. It is expected that the paper surveys will also require about 20 minutes to complete. After the provider survey and analysis of its results are completed, focus groups and/or follow up key informant interviews (possibly including some of the people interviewed during the initial key informant interviews) will be conducted in person in a sub-sample of the surveyed communities (at most 40), with the goal of deepening understanding of (i) how and why the community factors that appear to influence recruitment and retention of health care providers (as will be identified by the telephone survey) are able to do so, and (ii) how development of the health care sector contributes to broader economic development in rural communities. The communities included in this phase of the study will be purposefully selected to be representative of different conditions with regard to region, access to health care providers, and level of economic development. Participants will be individuals knowledgeable about health care and/or economic development issues in the community, including representatives of local government, the business sector, the non-profit sector, and the health care industry. Current plans are to conduct at least one focus group with up to 10 participants in each of the sub-sample of communities, with one-on-one semi-structured interviews as circumstances require. We expect to interview no more than 12 people per community regardless of whether one or more focus groups or one-on-one interviews are conducted. It is anticipated that each focus group and one-on-one interview will last 60 minutes. A semi-structured instrument will be used to guide these focus groups and interviews. All study instruments will be kept as simple and respondent-friendly as possible. Participation in the interviews will be voluntary and confidential. Survey responses will be used for statistical analysis and to produce research reports only; not for any other purpose. Responses will be linked to secondary data to augment information with no additional respondent burden. For example, the survey data will be combined with available town and county level data from the Census Bureau on community socioeconomic and demographic characteristics and data from the Department of Health and Human Services on health care provision, to analyze factors affecting local changes in health care provision. E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 36162 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 116 / Monday, June 17, 2013 / Notices Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and 7 U.S.C. 2661. ERS will comply with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA)’’, 72 FR 33362, June 15, 2007. Respondent information will be protected under the CIPSEA and the 7 U.S.C. 2276. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.91 hours per response. Type of Respondents: Respondents to the first phase key informant telephone interviews will include chief executive officers (or their designated representatives) of the towns, administrators of health care facilities (in towns having such facilities), or other individuals knowledgeable about health care (particularly in towns not having such facilities) in the 150 rural small towns selected for the study. Respondents in the second phase telephone survey will include primary health care providers in the selected towns, including primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and dentists. Respondents in the third phase focus groups and in-person key informant interviews will include representatives of local government, the local health care industry, businesses, and non-profit organizations concerned with health care and/or economic development. Estimated Number of Respondents: (i) Key informant telephone interviews: 4 respondents per community × 150 communities = 600 respondents (assuming 67% response rate); (ii) Telephone/mail survey of health care providers: 8 respondents per community (assuming 80% response rate) × 150 communities = 1,200 respondents; (iii) Focus group participants and key informant interviews: 12 respondents per community × 40 communities = 480 respondents (assuming 80% response rate). Total number of respondents = 2,280. Total number of non-respondents = 720. Estimated Number of Responses: 2,280 from respondents, 720 refusals from non-respondents. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.08 maximum, if all respondents in first phase key informant interviews participate in third phase focus groups/interviews. Estimated Total Burden on Respondents: 2,730 hours (see table for details). REPORTING BURDEN Estimated number of respondents or non-respondents Description Responses or non-responses per respondent Estimated average number of minutes per response or non-response Estimated total hours of response and non-response burden 900 600 600 300 10 15 60 15 150 150 600 75 1500 1200 1200 300 10 15 20 15 250 300 400 75 Total responses or non-responses Phase 1: Key informant telephone interviews Identify and contact key informants—admin. Staff .. Respondents review request and decide ................ Key informant interviews .......................................... Non-respondents review request and decline ......... 900 600 600 300 1 1 1 1 Phase 2: Telephone/Mail surveys with health care providers Identify and contact respondents ............................. Respondents review request ................................... Telephone/Mail surveys ........................................... Non-respondents review request and decline ......... 1500 1200 1200 300 1 1 1 1 Phase 3: Focus group and in-person key informant interviews 600 480 480 120 1 1 1 1 600 480 480 120 10 15 60 15 100 120 480 30 Total Burden ..................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Identify and contact participants .............................. Participants review request ...................................... Focus groups & key informant interviews ............... Non-respondents review request and decline ......... ............................ ............................ ............................ ........................ 2,730 Comments: 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:38 Jun 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to John Pender, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mailstop 1800, Washington, DC 20250–0002. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of John Pender at 202–694–5773 or via email to jpender@ers.usda.gov. All comments received will be available for public PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 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: June 10, 2013. Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service. [FR Doc. 2013–14202 Filed 6–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 116 (Monday, June 17, 2013)]
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[Pages 36160-36162]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-14202]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Economic Research Service


Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection

AGENCY: Economic Research 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 Economic Research 
Service's intention to request approval for a new information 
collection for a Survey on Rural Community Wealth and Health Care 
Provision.

DATES: Comments must be received by August 16, 2013 to be assured of 
consideration.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to John Pender, 
Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mailstop 1800, 
Washington, DC 20250-0002. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 
the attention of John Pender at 202-694-5773 or via email to 
jpender@ers.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Pender, jpender@ers.usda.gov. 
Tel. 202-694-5568.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Survey on Rural Community Wealth and Health Care Provision.
    OMB Number: To be assigned by OMB.
    Expiration Date: Three years from the date of approval.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Abstract: The primary purpose of the proposed survey is to collect 
information on how rural small towns can attract and retain primary 
health care providers, considering the broad range of assets and 
amenities that may attract providers. The secondary purpose is to 
provide information on

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how improving health care may affect economic development prospects of 
rural small towns. The Economic Research Service (ERS) intends to 
address these purposes by collecting primary data from health care 
providers and community leaders in 150 rural small towns in nine states 
in three regions: Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas (representing 
the Mississippi Delta region); Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas (Southern 
Great Plains region); and Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (Upper Midwest 
region).
    This information will contribute to improved understanding of the 
roles that rural communities play in attracting and retaining health 
care providers, and of how improved health care provision contributes 
to economic development of these communities. Such understanding is 
critical to develop effective policies and local strategies to address 
the challenge of inadequate access to health care services in many 
rural communities, and to realize the opportunities offered by improved 
health care provision to attract and keep residents and businesses in 
rural areas, provide employment, and improve the quality of life.
    The study will focus on small rural towns (population 2,500 to 
20,000) because it is expected that the ability to attract and retain 
health care providers is most likely to be affected by local assets and 
amenities for such towns. The universe of small towns in the three 
regions selected include about 9 percent of the rural population of the 
United States and represent considerable diversity in levels of 
economic development and access to health care services. The set of 150 
small towns included in the study will be selected using a probability 
based sample, so that the information collected will be representative 
of this universe of rural small towns in the nine states.
    Although much research has investigated the problems of attracting 
and retaining health care providers in rural areas, very little 
research addresses the relationships between economic development and 
health care provision in rural areas. Virtually no research addresses 
the issue from the perspective of rural communities themselves, 
investigating whether and how rural communities seek to attract and 
keep health care providers, and how they think this influences their 
economic development prospects. The proposed information collection 
will address this information gap. It will consist of three phases: (1) 
Key informant telephone interviews with select local government leaders 
and health care administrators in the study towns; (2) a dual mode 
telephone/mail survey of primary health care providers in the towns; 
and (3) follow up focus groups and/or in-person key informant 
interviews in a subset of selected towns. The information collected 
will be augmented by publicly available secondary information on health 
care provision and economic development in the study regions.
    The objectives of the initial key informant interviews with local 
government leaders and health care administrators are to collect or 
verify information assembled from secondary sources on (i) which health 
care services and providers are available in the town, (ii) how 
provision of health care services in the town has changed in the past 
five years, (iii) the extent to which recruiting and retaining health 
care providers is seen as a priority by leaders in the town, (iv) what 
efforts have been made to recruit and retain providers, and (v) 
perceived impacts of these efforts on aspects of economic development 
in the town. Key informant interviews will be conducted with up to four 
individuals, including at least one representative of the local 
government--either the chief executive officer (mayor or city/town 
manager) or a knowledgeable representative designated by that officer--
and the administrator of at least one primary health care facility 
(hospital or clinic), if such facilities are available, in the town. If 
a hospital or clinic is not available in the town, other informants 
with knowledge about health care in the town will be sought. Semi-
structured interviews will be used, and are expected to last up to 60 
minutes each. The key informant interviews will be conducted before the 
telephone/mail survey of health care providers, since they will help to 
validate the sample frame of providers and may yield information useful 
in the design of the provider survey.
    The dual mode telephone/mail survey will investigate the 
perspective of primary health care providers in rural small towns on 
the factors affecting their decisions to locate, continue and change 
their operations in these rural communities, including the influence of 
community assets and amenities. The target population of health care 
providers includes primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse 
practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and dentists. A random sample 
of up to 8 health care providers will be surveyed in each sample town. 
The telephone interviews are expected to average about 20 minutes per 
respondent, based upon cognitive interviews testing a draft of the 
survey instrument with three rural health care providers. Paper copies 
of the survey will be mailed to those who are unable or unwilling to 
complete a telephone interview. It is expected that the paper surveys 
will also require about 20 minutes to complete.
    After the provider survey and analysis of its results are 
completed, focus groups and/or follow up key informant interviews 
(possibly including some of the people interviewed during the initial 
key informant interviews) will be conducted in person in a sub-sample 
of the surveyed communities (at most 40), with the goal of deepening 
understanding of (i) how and why the community factors that appear to 
influence recruitment and retention of health care providers (as will 
be identified by the telephone survey) are able to do so, and (ii) how 
development of the health care sector contributes to broader economic 
development in rural communities. The communities included in this 
phase of the study will be purposefully selected to be representative 
of different conditions with regard to region, access to health care 
providers, and level of economic development. Participants will be 
individuals knowledgeable about health care and/or economic development 
issues in the community, including representatives of local government, 
the business sector, the non-profit sector, and the health care 
industry. Current plans are to conduct at least one focus group with up 
to 10 participants in each of the sub-sample of communities, with one-
on-one semi-structured interviews as circumstances require. We expect 
to interview no more than 12 people per community regardless of whether 
one or more focus groups or one-on-one interviews are conducted. It is 
anticipated that each focus group and one-on-one interview will last 60 
minutes. A semi-structured instrument will be used to guide these focus 
groups and interviews.
    All study instruments will be kept as simple and respondent-
friendly as possible. Participation in the interviews will be voluntary 
and confidential. Survey responses will be used for statistical 
analysis and to produce research reports only; not for any other 
purpose. Responses will be linked to secondary data to augment 
information with no additional respondent burden. For example, the 
survey data will be combined with available town and county level data 
from the Census Bureau on community socioeconomic and demographic 
characteristics and data from the Department of Health and Human 
Services on health care provision, to analyze factors affecting local 
changes in health care provision.


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    Authority:  These data will be collected under the authority of 
7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and 7 U.S.C. 2661. ERS will comply with OMB 
Implementation Guidance, ``Implementation Guidance for Title V of 
the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and 
Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA)'', 72 FR 33362, June 15, 
2007. Respondent information will be protected under the CIPSEA and 
the 7 U.S.C. 2276.

    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.91 hours per response.
    Type of Respondents: Respondents to the first phase key informant 
telephone interviews will include chief executive officers (or their 
designated representatives) of the towns, administrators of health care 
facilities (in towns having such facilities), or other individuals 
knowledgeable about health care (particularly in towns not having such 
facilities) in the 150 rural small towns selected for the study. 
Respondents in the second phase telephone survey will include primary 
health care providers in the selected towns, including primary care 
physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse 
midwives, and dentists. Respondents in the third phase focus groups and 
in-person key informant interviews will include representatives of 
local government, the local health care industry, businesses, and non-
profit organizations concerned with health care and/or economic 
development.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: (i) Key informant telephone 
interviews: 4 respondents per community x 150 communities = 600 
respondents (assuming 67% response rate); (ii) Telephone/mail survey of 
health care providers: 8 respondents per community (assuming 80% 
response rate) x 150 communities = 1,200 respondents; (iii) Focus group 
participants and key informant interviews: 12 respondents per community 
x 40 communities = 480 respondents (assuming 80% response rate). Total 
number of respondents = 2,280. Total number of non-respondents = 720.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 2,280 from respondents, 720 refusals 
from non-respondents.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.08 maximum, if all 
respondents in first phase key informant interviews participate in 
third phase focus groups/interviews.
    Estimated Total Burden on Respondents: 2,730 hours (see table for 
details).

                                                                    Reporting Burden
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                                                                                                                             Estimated       Estimated
                                                                    Estimated number  Responses or non-                   average number  total hours of
                            Description                              of respondents     responses per    Total responses  of minutes per   response and
                                                                         or non-         respondent     or non-responses    response or    non-response
                                                                       respondents                                         non-response       burden
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                                                       Phase 1: Key informant telephone interviews
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Identify and contact key informants--admin. Staff.................               900                 1               900              10             150
Respondents review request and decide.............................               600                 1               600              15             150
Key informant interviews..........................................               600                 1               600              60             600
Non-respondents review request and decline........................               300                 1               300              15              75
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                                               Phase 2: Telephone/Mail surveys with health care providers
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Identify and contact respondents..................................              1500                 1              1500              10             250
Respondents review request........................................              1200                 1              1200              15             300
Telephone/Mail surveys............................................              1200                 1              1200              20             400
Non-respondents review request and decline........................               300                 1               300              15              75
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                                              Phase 3: Focus group and in-person key informant interviews
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Identify and contact participants.................................               600                 1               600              10             100
Participants review request.......................................               480                 1               480              15             120
Focus groups & key informant interviews...........................               480                 1               480              60             480
Non-respondents review request and decline........................               120                 1               120              15              30
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    Total Burden..................................................  ................  ................  ................  ..............           2,730
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    Comments: 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 John 
Pender, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., 
Mailstop 1800, Washington, DC 20250-0002. Comments may also be 
submitted via fax to the attention of John Pender at 202-694-5773 or 
via email to jpender@ers.usda.gov. 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: June 10, 2013.
Mary Bohman,
Administrator, Economic Research Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-14202 Filed 6-14-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-18-P