Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Enhancing Completion Rates for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control Reviews, 45173-45176 [2013-17997]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices Dated: July 17, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2013–17992 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Enhancing Completion Rates for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control Reviews Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for Enhancing Completion Rates for SNAP Quality Control Reviews. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 24, 2013. SUMMARY: 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 that were 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Steven Carlson, Office of Research and Analysis, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Steven Carlson at 703–305–2576 or via email to Steve.Carlson@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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Steven Carlson at 703–305–2017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Enhancing Completion Rates for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Quality Control Reviews. OMB Number: Not yet assigned. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: New collection of information. Abstract: Section 17 [7 U.S.C. 2026] (a)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, provides general legislative authority for the planned data collection. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into contracts with private institutions to undertake research that will help improve the administration and effectiveness of SNAP in delivering nutrition-related benefits. States conduct monthly quality control (QC) reviews of a statistical sample of households participating in SNAP to assess the validity of SNAP cases and, ultimately, the error rate for SNAP. This requires completing as many reviews as possible. However, beginning in 1985, the completion rate of sampled QC reviews decreased nationally, reaching a low in FY 2006. The completion rate has increased somewhat since then, but not to previous levels. Completion rates vary considerably among States as well. This research will identify the factors associated with incomplete reviews in active SNAP cases and recommend ways to enhance completion rates for SNAP QC reviews. Primary data collected from persons involved in conducting and monitoring the QC reviews and extant State administrative data, will be analyzed to compare information across the States; provide descriptive estimates of the contribution to payment error associated with incomplete reviews; and assess the need to adjust the current procedures for treating incomplete cases. The information collection includes site visits at six State agencies, in-depth (semi-structured) interviews with SNAP PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45173 QC staff during those site visits, and Web and telephone interviews with SNAP QC staff in the remaining 47 States not being visited. The SNAP QC director, up to two SNAP QC supervisors and up to five State QC reviewers from each State will be interviewed.1 The specific research objectives are to: describe the process of conducting a QC review at the State and Federal levels; describe the characteristics of incomplete cases and compare them to complete cases using extant administrative case file data; describe the challenges and best practices in the QC review process at the State level; determine whether incomplete cases are being reviewed and processed correctly; determine the impact of incomplete cases on overall payment error; and determine the extent to which incomplete cases bias the data in the QC database. Affected Public: State Employees: Respondent groups identified include (1) State QC directors, if the position exists or State SNAP directors, in all 53 SNAP States; (2) State QC supervisors in 53 SNAP States, up to 2 per State (if more than 2 in a State, selected as a sample of convenience); and (3) State QC reviewers from 53 SNAP States, up to 5 per State (if more than 5 in a State, selected as a sample of convenience). Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 424. This includes 53 State QC or State SNAP directors (1 in the pretest, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; 6 in person, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; and 46 online or by telephone, 78 percent of whom will complete surveys); 106 State QC supervisors (3 in the pretest, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; 12 in person, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; and 91 online or by telephone, 81 percent of whom will complete surveys); and 265 State QC reviewers (5 in the pretest, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; 30 in person, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; and 230 online or by telephone, 81 percent of whom will complete surveys). Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 Additional information contributing to this research will be collected from FNS regional offices and staff acting in their official capacities (not subject to OMB approval) and SNAP participants sampled for QC with incomplete reviews (OMB approval previously granted for the QC Review Schedule (0584–0299) and Worksheet for QC Reviews (0584–0074)). E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 45174 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES All respondents (State SNAP QC directors or State SNAP directors, State SNAP QC supervisors, and State SNAP QC reviewers) will respond once each, either one in-person interview or one Web or telephone survey. In addition, all SNAP QC directors will be contacted with an advance letter and six will receive follow-up communications to arrange site visits. Estimated Total Annual Responses: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 The estimated total annual responses is 1,040, including initial recruitment and coordination communications, pretests and completed interviews and surveys. Estimated Time per Response: Response times may vary from 0.05 to 1 hour depending on actual activity and respondent group. The estimated time per interview is 0.5 hours to 1 hour, depending on respondent group and PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 interview mode, as shown in the table below. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The estimated total annual burden on respondents is 255.60 hours (including recruitment communications and completed and attempted interviews and surveys). See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. BILLING CODE 3410–30–P E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 45175 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices Frequency of Response Total Annual Responses Response Burden Hours Estimated Total Hours 53 1 53 0.05 2.65 6 1 6 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 In-person interview* 6 1 6 1 6 Web survey 18 1 18 0.5 9 Web survey (non-response) 28 1 28 0.05 1.4 11 1 11 0.5 5.5 17 Respondent Type Estimated Number of Respondents Interview pretest* Affected Public 1 17 0.08 1.36 3 1 3 0.5 1.5 Instrument Type Advance letter * Site visit recruitment email/follow-up communications* III 0 U ~ Survey: First phone call 0 - U G ~ Follow-up phone call # 1 Follow-up phone call # 1 (non-response) 14 1 14 0.08 1.12 Follow-up phone call #2 2 1 2 0.5 1 'u c: Follow-up phone call #2 (non-response) 12 1 12 0.08 0.96 « Follow-up phone call #3 2 1 2 0.5 1 E Follow-up phone call #3 (non-response) 10 1 10 0.08 0.8 53 --- 183 --- 39.29 Interview pretest* 1 1 1 1 1.00 In-person interview* 12 1 12 1 12.00 o Survey pretest* 2 1 2 0.5 1.00 "6 Web survey 36 1 36 0.5 18.00 Web survey (non-response) 55 1 55 0.05 2.75 Survey: First phone call Survey: First phone call (nonresponse) 22 1 22 0.5 11.00 33 1 33 0.08 2.64 ~ III (1) (1) 0) "E (1) c: ~ > SUBTOTAL State QC Directors 0 ~ "6 .0 .;:: t- u 0 ...... ~ ai 0 '0 III .~ t; (1) 0. ::J VI Follow-up phone call # 1 Follow-up phone call # 1 (non-response) G ~ .E VI 6 1 6 0.5 3.00 27 1 27 0.08 2.16 Follow-up phone call #2 5 1 5 0.5 2.50 Follow-up phone call #2 (non-response) 22 1 22 0.08 1.76 Follow-up phone call #3 4 1 4 0.5 2.00 Follow-up phone call #3 (non-response) 18 1 18 0.08 1.44 106 --- 243 --- 61.25 Interview pretest* 2 1 2 1 2 In-person interview* 30 1 30 1 30 3 1 0.5 1.5 SUBTOTAL State QC Supervisor (1) u'! EG~ Ill:: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VI VerDate Mar<15>2010 III ~ ~ 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Survey pretest* Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 3 26JYN1 EN26JY13.012</GPH> U 45176 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices [FR Doc. 2013–17997 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2013 Through June 30, 2014 Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, atrisk afterschool care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 These rates are effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tina Namian, Section Head, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, Virginia 22302–1594, 703– 305–2590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Definitions The terms used in this notice have the meanings ascribed to them in the Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations, 7 CFR part 226. Background Pursuant to sections 4, 11, and 17 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753, 1759a and 1766), section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773) and 7 CFR 226.4, 226.12 and 226.13 of the Program regulations, notice is hereby given of the new payment rates for institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). These rates are in effect during the period, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. As provided for under the law, all rates in the CACFP must be revised annually, on July 1, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the most recent 12-month period. In accordance with this mandate, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) last published the adjusted national average payment rates for centers, the food service payment rates for day care homes, and the administrative PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, for the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, on July 24, 2012, in the Federal Register at 77 FR 43229. Adjusted Payments The following national average payment factors and food service payment rates for meals and snacks are in effect from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. All amounts are expressed in dollars or fractions thereof. Due to a higher cost of living, the reimbursements for Alaska and Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam use the figures specified for the contiguous States. These rates do not include the value of USDA foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA foods which institutions receive as additional assistance for each lunch or supper served to participants under the Program. A notice announcing the value of USDA foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA foods is published separately in the Federal Register. National Average Payment Rates for Centers Payments for breakfast served are: Contiguous States—paid rate –28 cents, reduced price rate—128 cents, free rate—158 cents; Alaska—paid rate—41 cents, reduced price rate—223 cents, free rate—253 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—31 cents, reduced price rate—155 cents, free rate—185 cents. Payments for lunch or supper served are: Contiguous States—paid rate—28 cents, reduced price rate—253 cents, free rate—293 cents; Alaska—paid rate—45 cents, reduced price rate—434 cents, free rate– 474 cents; Hawaii— E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 EN26JY13.013</GPH> Dated: July 16, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 144 (Friday, July 26, 2013)]
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[Pages 45173-45176]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17997]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--Enhancing Completion Rates for Supplemental Nutrition 
Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control Reviews

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment 
on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for 
Enhancing Completion Rates for SNAP Quality Control Reviews.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 24, 
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 that were 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 the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to Steven Carlson, Office of Research and 
Analysis, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may 
also be submitted via fax to the attention of Steven Carlson at 703-
305-2576 or via email to Steve.Carlson@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 written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Steven 
Carlson at 703-305-2017.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Enhancing Completion Rates for SNAP 
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Quality Control Reviews.
    OMB Number: Not yet assigned.
    Expiration Date: Not yet determined.
    Type of Request: New collection of information.
    Abstract:
    Section 17 [7 U.S.C. 2026] (a)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 
2008, provides general legislative authority for the planned data 
collection. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into 
contracts with private institutions to undertake research that will 
help improve the administration and effectiveness of SNAP in delivering 
nutrition-related benefits.
    States conduct monthly quality control (QC) reviews of a 
statistical sample of households participating in SNAP to assess the 
validity of SNAP cases and, ultimately, the error rate for SNAP. This 
requires completing as many reviews as possible. However, beginning in 
1985, the completion rate of sampled QC reviews decreased nationally, 
reaching a low in FY 2006. The completion rate has increased somewhat 
since then, but not to previous levels. Completion rates vary 
considerably among States as well. This research will identify the 
factors associated with incomplete reviews in active SNAP cases and 
recommend ways to enhance completion rates for SNAP QC reviews.
    Primary data collected from persons involved in conducting and 
monitoring the QC reviews and extant State administrative data, will be 
analyzed to compare information across the States; provide descriptive 
estimates of the contribution to payment error associated with 
incomplete reviews; and assess the need to adjust the current 
procedures for treating incomplete cases.
    The information collection includes site visits at six State 
agencies, in-depth (semi-structured) interviews with SNAP QC staff 
during those site visits, and Web and telephone interviews with SNAP QC 
staff in the remaining 47 States not being visited. The SNAP QC 
director, up to two SNAP QC supervisors and up to five State QC 
reviewers from each State will be interviewed.\1\
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    \1\ Additional information contributing to this research will be 
collected from FNS regional offices and staff acting in their 
official capacities (not subject to OMB approval) and SNAP 
participants sampled for QC with incomplete reviews (OMB approval 
previously granted for the QC Review Schedule (0584-0299) and 
Worksheet for QC Reviews (0584-0074)).
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    The specific research objectives are to: describe the process of 
conducting a QC review at the State and Federal levels; describe the 
characteristics of incomplete cases and compare them to complete cases 
using extant administrative case file data; describe the challenges and 
best practices in the QC review process at the State level; determine 
whether incomplete cases are being reviewed and processed correctly; 
determine the impact of incomplete cases on overall payment error; and 
determine the extent to which incomplete cases bias the data in the QC 
database.
    Affected Public:
    State Employees: Respondent groups identified include (1) State QC 
directors, if the position exists or State SNAP directors, in all 53 
SNAP States; (2) State QC supervisors in 53 SNAP States, up to 2 per 
State (if more than 2 in a State, selected as a sample of convenience); 
and (3) State QC reviewers from 53 SNAP States, up to 5 per State (if 
more than 5 in a State, selected as a sample of convenience).
    Estimated Number of Respondents:
    The total estimated number of respondents is 424. This includes 53 
State QC or State SNAP directors (1 in the pretest, 100 percent of whom 
will complete interviews; 6 in person, 100 percent of whom will 
complete interviews; and 46 online or by telephone, 78 percent of whom 
will complete surveys); 106 State QC supervisors (3 in the pretest, 100 
percent of whom will complete interviews; 12 in person, 100 percent of 
whom will complete interviews; and 91 online or by telephone, 81 
percent of whom will complete surveys); and 265 State QC reviewers (5 
in the pretest, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; 30 in 
person, 100 percent of whom will complete interviews; and 230 online or 
by telephone, 81 percent of whom will complete surveys).
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent:

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    All respondents (State SNAP QC directors or State SNAP directors, 
State SNAP QC supervisors, and State SNAP QC reviewers) will respond 
once each, either one in-person interview or one Web or telephone 
survey. In addition, all SNAP QC directors will be contacted with an 
advance letter and six will receive follow-up communications to arrange 
site visits.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses:
    The estimated total annual responses is 1,040, including initial 
recruitment and coordination communications, pretests and completed 
interviews and surveys.
    Estimated Time per Response:
    Response times may vary from 0.05 to 1 hour depending on actual 
activity and respondent group. The estimated time per interview is 0.5 
hours to 1 hour, depending on respondent group and interview mode, as 
shown in the table below.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents:
    The estimated total annual burden on respondents is 255.60 hours 
(including recruitment communications and completed and attempted 
interviews and surveys). See the table below for estimated total annual 
burden for each type of respondent.
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    Dated: July 16, 2013.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-17997 Filed 7-25-13; 8:45 am]
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