Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Brucellosis in Sheep, Goats, and Horses; Payment of Indemnity, 54620-54621 [2013-21586]

Download as PDF 54620 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 172 / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / Notices ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material From Canada. OMB Number: 0579–0319. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. As authorized by the PPA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of plants for planting into the United States from certain parts of the world as provided in ‘‘Subpart—Plants for Planting’’ (7 CFR 319.37 through 319.37–14). This subpart restricts, among other things, the importation of living plants, plant parts, and seeds for propagation. In addition, APHIS regulates the importation of lumber and other wood articles as provided in ‘‘Subpart–Logs, Lumber, and Other Wood Articles’’ (7 CFR 319.40–1 through 319.40–11). This subpart lists requirements for the importation of various logs, lumber, and other unmanufactured wood products into the United States. Both subparts contain regulations that restrict or prohibit the importation of emerald ash borer (EAB) host material from Canada to prevent the introduction and spread of EAB into the United States. EAB (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive woodboring insect that attacks ash trees. These regulations involve information collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates, permit applications, and certificates of inspection. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate 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; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:10 Sep 04, 2013 Jkt 229001 (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.6666 hours per response. Respondents: Importers of plants for planting and logs, lumber, and other wood articles from Canada; and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Estimated annual number of respondents: 6. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 6. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 4 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of August 2013. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2013–21585 Filed 9–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2013–0060] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Brucellosis in Sheep, Goats, and Horses; Payment of Indemnity Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the payment of indemnity for sheep, goats, and horses destroyed because of brucellosis. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 4, 2013. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-00600001. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2013–0060, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0060 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for the payment of indemnity for sheep, goats, and horses destroyed because of brucellosis, contact Dr. Debra Donch, Brucellosis Program Manager, National Animal Health Policy and Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3559. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2908. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Brucellosis in Sheep, Goats, and Horses; Payment of Indemnity. OMB Number: 0579–0185. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorized, among other things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and dissemination within the United States of animal diseases and pests and for eradicating such diseases when feasible. Brucellosis is a contagious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella that primarily affects cattle, bison, and swine. It causes the loss of young animals through spontaneous abortion or birth of weak offspring, reduced milk production, and infertility. The continued presence of brucellosis seriously threatens the health of other ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1 ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 172 / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / Notices animals. Sheep, goats, and horses are also susceptible to B. abortus. In horses, the disease is known as fistulous withers. A third strain of Brucella, B. melitensis, affects mainly goats and sheep. The regulations in 9 CFR part 51 include an indemnity program for sheep, goats, and horses that may be destroyed because of brucellosis. This indemnity program, which is similar to our indemnity program for cattle and bison, is voluntary and is a crucial tool for encouraging owners of infected or exposed animals to destroy them as part of our ongoing program to eradicate brucellosis in the United States. The indemnity program for the voluntary depopulation of sheep, goats, and horses infected with brucellosis involves the use of a number of information collection activities, including the completion of indemnity claims, recording of test results, obtaining a permit for the movement of restricted animals, submission of proof of destruction, requests for extension of certain program-related deadlines, and the use of official seals and animal identification associated with the information collection activities. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate 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; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.7272 hours per response. Respondents: Eligible owners of sheep, goats, horses, and materials destroyed, and claimants incurring costs for which compensation might be sought under the brucellosis indemnity VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:10 Sep 04, 2013 Jkt 229001 program; and program support personnel including accredited veterinarians and State veterinarians. Estimated annual number of respondents: 3. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 3.67. Estimated annual number of responses: 11. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 8 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of August 2013. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2013–21586 Filed 9–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Notice of Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516; Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice; correction. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Housing Service is correcting a notice published on August 14, 2013, (78 FR 49460–49467). This action is taken to correct two ‘‘submission deadline’’ dates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mirna Reyes-Bible, Finance and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Direct Loan Division, STOP 0781 (Room 1263–S), USDA Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0781, telephone: (202) 720–1753 (this is not a toll free number.), or via email: Mirna.ReyesBible@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Correction Accordingly, the Notice published August 14, 2013, (78 FR 49460–49467), is corrected as follows: On page 49461, the third column, under the heading ‘‘A. Pre-Application Submission’’, the sixth sentence is amended to read: No pre-application will be accepted after 5 p.m., local time to the appropriate Rural Development State offices on September 13, 2013 unless PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54621 date and time are extended by another Notice published in the Federal Register. On page 49462, the second column, under the heading ‘‘3. Hard Copy Submission to the Rural Development State Office.’’, the third sentence is amended to read: Hard copy pre-applications must be received by the submission deadline and no later than 5 p.m., local time, September 13, 2013. Dated: August 23, 2013. Richard A. Davis, Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–21503 Filed 9–4–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the Rhode Island Advisory Committee Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a planning meeting of the Rhode Island Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the Rhode Island Urban League, 246 Prairie Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02905. The purpose of the orientation meeting is to inform the newly appointed Committee members about the rules of operation of federal advisory committees and to select additional officers, as determined by the Committee. The purpose of the planning meeting is to discuss potential topics that the Committee may wish to study. Members of the public are entitled to submit written comments. The comments must be received in the regional office by Friday, October 18, 2013. Comments may be mailed to the Eastern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425, faxed to (202) 376–7548, or emailed to ero@usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Eastern Regional Office at 202–376–7533. Persons needing accessibility services should contact the Eastern Regional Office at least 10 working days before the scheduled date of the meeting. Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced at the Eastern Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this advisory committee are advised E:\FR\FM\05SEN1.SGM 05SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2013-0060]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Brucellosis in Sheep, Goats, and Horses; Payment of 
Indemnity

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 
request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with the regulations for the payment of indemnity 
for sheep, goats, and horses destroyed because of brucellosis.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
November 4, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0060-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2013-0060, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-
0060 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA 
South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, 
please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for 
the payment of indemnity for sheep, goats, and horses destroyed because 
of brucellosis, contact Dr. Debra Donch, Brucellosis Program Manager, 
National Animal Health Policy and Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3559. For copies of more 
detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. 
Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 
851-2908.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Brucellosis in Sheep, Goats, and Horses; Payment of 
Indemnity.
    OMB Number: 0579-0185.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et 
seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorized, among other 
things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement 
of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and 
dissemination within the United States of animal diseases and pests and 
for eradicating such diseases when feasible.
    Brucellosis is a contagious disease caused by bacteria of the genus 
Brucella that primarily affects cattle, bison, and swine. It causes the 
loss of young animals through spontaneous abortion or birth of weak 
offspring, reduced milk production, and infertility. The continued 
presence of brucellosis seriously threatens the health of other

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animals. Sheep, goats, and horses are also susceptible to B. abortus. 
In horses, the disease is known as fistulous withers. A third strain of 
Brucella, B. melitensis, affects mainly goats and sheep.
    The regulations in 9 CFR part 51 include an indemnity program for 
sheep, goats, and horses that may be destroyed because of brucellosis. 
This indemnity program, which is similar to our indemnity program for 
cattle and bison, is voluntary and is a crucial tool for encouraging 
owners of infected or exposed animals to destroy them as part of our 
ongoing program to eradicate brucellosis in the United States.
    The indemnity program for the voluntary depopulation of sheep, 
goats, and horses infected with brucellosis involves the use of a 
number of information collection activities, including the completion 
of indemnity claims, recording of test results, obtaining a permit for 
the movement of restricted animals, submission of proof of destruction, 
requests for extension of certain program-related deadlines, and the 
use of official seals and animal identification associated with the 
information collection activities.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate 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;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.7272 hours per response.
    Respondents: Eligible owners of sheep, goats, horses, and materials 
destroyed, and claimants incurring costs for which compensation might 
be sought under the brucellosis indemnity program; and program support 
personnel including accredited veterinarians and State veterinarians.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 3.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 3.67.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 11.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 8 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
response.)
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of August 2013.
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-21586 Filed 9-4-13; 8:45 am]
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