Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Issuance and Participation Estimates-Forms FNS-388 and FNS-388A, 56646-56648 [2013-22253]

Download as PDF 56646 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 178 Friday, September 13, 2013 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary Determination of Total Amounts of Fiscal Year 2014 WTO Tariff-Rate Quotas for Raw Cane Sugar and Certain Sugars, Syrups and Molasses Office of the Secretary, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (the Secretary) announces the establishment of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (October 1, 2013–September 30, 2014) in-quota aggregate quantity of raw cane sugar at 1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV). The Secretary also announces the establishment of the FY 2014 inquota aggregate quantity of certain sugars, syrups, and molasses (also referred to as refined sugar) at 122,000 MTRV. DATES: Effective Date: September 13, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Souleymane Diaby, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., AgStop 1021, Washington, DC 20250–1021; by telephone (202) 720– 2916; by fax (202) 720–0876; or by email souleymane.diaby@fas.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The provisions of paragraph (a)(i) of the Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 17 in the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) authorize the Secretary to establish the in-quota TRQ amounts (expressed in terms of raw value) for imports of raw cane sugar and certain sugars, syrups, and molasses that may be entered under the subheadings of the HTS subject to the lower tier of duties for entry during each fiscal year. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for the allocation of these quantities among supplying countries and areas. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:23 Sep 12, 2013 Jkt 229001 Section 359(k) of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended, requires that at the beginning of the quota year the Secretary of Agriculture establish the TRQs for raw cane sugar and refined sugars at the minimum levels necessary to comply with obligations under international trade agreements, with the exception of specialty sugar. Notice is hereby given that I have determined, in accordance with paragraph (a)(i) of the Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 17 in the HTS and section 359(k) of the 1938 Act, that an aggregate quantity of up to 1,117,195 MTRV of raw cane sugar may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during FY 2014. This is the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the WTO Uruguay Round Agreements. I have further determined that an aggregate quantity of 122,000 MTRV of sugars, syrups, and molasses may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during FY 2014. Of this quantity of 122,000 MTRV, the quantity of 101,656 MTRV is reserved for the importation of specialty sugars as defined by the USTR. The total of 122,000 MTRV includes the 22,000 MTRV minimum level necessary to comply with U.S. WTO Uruguay Round commitments, of which 1,656 MTRV is reserved for specialty sugar. Because the specialty sugar TRQ is first-come, firstserved, tranches are needed to allow for orderly marketing throughout the year. The FY 2014 specialty sugar TRQ will be opened in five tranches. The first tranche, totaling 1,656 MTRV, will open October 10, 2013. All specialty sugars are eligible for entry under this tranche. The second tranche will open on October 24, 2013, and be equal to 37,000 MTRV. The remaining tranches will each be equal to 21,000 MTRV, with the third opening on January 9, 2014; the fourth, on April 10, 2014; and the fifth, on July 10, 2014. The second, third, fourth, and fifth tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources. * Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 9, 2013. Darci L. Vetter, Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. [FR Doc. 2013–22351 Filed 9–12–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Issuance and Participation Estimates— Forms FNS–388 and FNS–388A Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is publishing for public comment a summary of a proposed information collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) forms: FNS–388, State Issuance and Participation Estimates and FNS–388A, Project Area Data Format. FNS plans to update form FNS– 388, to separately capture and differentiate Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D–SNAP) benefit issuance and participation data from ongoing SNAP issuance and participation data. This form update will clearly distinguish D–SNAP data from ongoing SNAP data, thereby ensuring the speed and accuracy of FNS response to requests from multiple agencies on contributions to Federal disaster relief efforts. There are no changes to form FNS–388A. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before November 12, 2013. ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 178 / Friday, September 13, 2013 / Notices collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Jane Duffield, Chief, State Administration Branch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 818, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via email to SNAPSAB@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Kelly Stewart at 703–305–2425. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: State Issuance and Participation Estimates. Form Number: FNS–388 and FNS– 388A. OMB Number: 0584–0081. Expiration Date: July 31, 2016. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: Section 18(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act, (the Act) 7 U.S.C. 2027(b), limits the value of allotments paid to SNAP households to an amount not in excess of the appropriation for the fiscal year. If allotments in any fiscal year would exceed the appropriation, the Secretary of Agriculture is required to direct State agencies to reduce the value of SNAP allotments to the extent necessary to stay within appropriated funding limits. Timely State monthly issuance estimates are necessary for FNS to ensure that it remains within the appropriation. The estimates will also have a direct effect upon the manner in which allotments would be reduced if necessary. While benefit reductions have never been ordered in the past under Section 18(b) nor are they anticipated based on current data, the Department must continue to monitor actual program costs against the appropriation. Section 11(e)(12) of the Food and Nutrition Act, 7 U.S.C. 2020(e)(12), requires that the State Plan of Operations provide for the submission VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:23 Sep 12, 2013 Jkt 229001 of reports required by the Secretary of Agriculture. State agencies are required to report on a monthly basis on the FNS–388, State Issuance and Participation Estimates, estimated or actual issuance and participation data for the current month and previous month, and actual participation data for the second preceding month. The FNS– 388 report provides the necessary data for an early warning system to enable the Department to monitor actual and estimated costs for all benefit types against the appropriation. Disaster SNAP is authorized by sections 402 and 502 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) and the temporary emergency provisions contained in Section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, and in 7 CFR Part 280 of the SNAP regulations. State agencies may request FNS approval to operate a Disaster SNAP in an area that has received a Presidential declaration as a Major Disaster area eligible for Individual Assistance. In accordance with 7 CFR 274.4, State agencies shall keep records and report SNAP participation and issuance totals to FNS. FNS currently requires State agencies to report Disaster SNAP issuance and participation data using form FNS–292B Report of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Issuance. Form FNS–292B must be submitted to the agency within 45 days of the termination of a Disaster SNAP operation and captures final issuance and participation data. The information collection burden for the FNS–292B is included in OMB 0584–0037, expiration date July 31, 2014. States operating D–SNAP may also use the ‘‘remarks’’ section of the current FNS–388 form to indicate issuance and participation data, however this is not required and is currently not reported consistently or in a uniform manner that allows FNS to readily access this information. However, recent evaluation of Federal disaster response efforts has identified a critical need for timely periodic reporting while a disaster response is ongoing. Disaster response updates are frequently requested by the Secretary of Agriculture, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the White House and Congress during an ongoing relief effort. Updating the FNS– 388, to include separate reporting of D– SNAP benefit issuance and participation will improve data accountability and ensure data is available on a monthly basis for timely response to Federal, State and other inquiries. Requiring monthly D–SNAP data on the FNS–388, will not duplicate any data collection PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56647 currently in place, as the FNS–292B, serves as a final summary and closeout of the disaster response period and is not meant to provide periodic updates. Revisions to the FNS–388, are not yet finalized, however the following updates are projected: • Addition of data elements ‘‘D– SNAP (New Households)’’ and ‘‘Disaster Supplements (Ongoing SNAP Households)’’ in the Issuance section. ‘‘Current Month’’ data will not be required for these elements. • Addition of data elements ‘‘D– SNAP (New Participants)’’ and ‘‘Disaster Supplements (Ongoing SNAP Participants)’’ in the Participants section. ‘‘Current Month’’ data will not be required for these elements. • Addition of data elements ‘‘D– SNAP (New Households)’’ and ‘‘Disaster Supplements (Ongoing SNAP Households)’’ in the Households section. ‘‘Current Month’’ data will not be required for these elements. The update to form FNS–388, is occurring in coordination with an update to form FNS–46, Issuance Reconciliation Report (OMB 0584–0080, expiration date March 31, 2014) to incorporate separate D–SNAP benefit issuance data points that mirror those collected on the FNS–388. The alignment of these two forms will ensure that the monthly D–SNAP benefit issuance data collected on the FNS–388, will have associated and corresponding final issuance reconciliations on the FNS–46. State agencies in general only submit one statewide FNS–388 per month, which covers benefits from their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system. The exception is State agencies which choose to operate an approved alternative issuance demonstration project such as a cash-out system submit a separate report for each additional type of issuance system. The addition of D–SNAP estimates on FNS–388, will not impact the frequency of response or recordkeeping, but the update will minimally increase the burden associated with completing the form. As there are an average of six disasters requiring D–SNAP issuance each year, this change will not impact all States in all months. As a result of these program changes, FNS estimates the burden hours associated with completing the FNS–388, will increase by 30 minutes for each State responding to a disaster (estimated at 6). This will increase the time per response from 5.6 to an average of 5.65 per month ([(5.6*47) + (6*6)]/53) thereby increasing the total reporting burden hours for the FNS–388 to 3,389.8. E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 56648 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 178 / Friday, September 13, 2013 / Notices In addition, State agencies are required to submit a project area breakdown on the FNS–388, of issuance and participation data twice a year. The project area breakdown attached to the FNS–388, twice a year is known as the FNS–388A. This data is useful in identifying project areas that operate fraud detection units in accordance with the Act. The information provided on FNS–388A, will not change and the burden associated with this form remains as is. As of August 2013, 100 percent of respondents submitted the FNS–388 and FNS–388A data electronically. Affected Public: State agencies that administer SNAP. Estimated Number of Respondents: 53. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 27.17. Estimated Hours per Response: 3.602. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1,440. Number of respondents Affected public Forms State Agencies .................... FNS–388 ............................ FNS–388A .......................... 53 53 Reporting Burden ......... ............................................. 53 Frequency of response Total annual responses 11.32 2.26 600 120 ........................ Number of record-keepers Frequency of response FNS–388 ............................ FNS–388A .......................... 53 53 Record-keeping Burden ............................................. 53 Grand Total ........... ............................................. 53 720 11.32 2.26 Affected public Forms State Agencies .................... Dated: September 5, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2013–22253 Filed 9–12–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of a Request for a Reinstatement of a Currently Approved Information Collection Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) intends to reinstate a currently approved information collection procedure for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers program as described in 7 CFR Part 1580. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by no later than November 12, 2013 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments as requested in this notice. In your comment, include the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) and volume, date, and page number of this issue of SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The current burden inventory for this collection is 5,157. This revised annual reporting and recordkeeping burden for OMB No. 0584–0081, is estimated to be 5,186.6 hours. For the FNS–388, the response time has increased slightly from an estimated 5.6 hours per month to 5.71. This results in a burden increase of 29.6 hours annually. See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:23 Sep 12, 2013 Jkt 229001 Fmt 4703 5.65 14.83 3,389.8 1,779.6 ........................ Time per response (hrs) 5,169.4 Annual recordkeeping hours .024 .024 14.4 2.88 ........................ 720 ........................ 17.28 27.170 1,440 3.602 Confidentiality All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or Frm 00003 Annual burden hours 600 120 the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail, hand delivery, or courier: Peter W. Burr, Branch Chief, Export Sales Reporting Branch, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–1021, STOP 1021; or by email at Pete.Burr@ fas.usda.gov; or by telephone at (202) 720–3274; or fax to (202) 720–0876. Comments will be available for inspection online at http:// www.regulations.gov and at the mail address listed above between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). PO 00000 Total annual records Time per response (hrs) Sfmt 4703 5,186.6 that is inappropriate for public disclosure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter W. Burr, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1021, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–1021, (202) 720–3274., or email Pete.Burr@ fas.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers. OMB Number: 0551–0040. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2013. Type of Request: Reinstatement of currently approved information collection. Abstract: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 reauthorized and modified the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers program as established by Subtitle C of Title I of the Trade Act of 2002, which amended the Trade Act of 1974. The Omnibus Trade Act of 2010 and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 further amended the Trade Act of 1974. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


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

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is publishing for public comment a 
summary of a proposed information collection. This is a revision of a 
currently approved collection for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program (SNAP) forms: FNS-388, State Issuance and Participation 
Estimates and FNS-388A, Project Area Data Format. FNS plans to update 
form FNS-388, to separately capture and differentiate Disaster 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefit issuance and 
participation data from ongoing SNAP issuance and participation data. 
This form update will clearly distinguish D-SNAP data from ongoing SNAP 
data, thereby ensuring the speed and accuracy of FNS response to 
requests from multiple agencies on contributions to Federal disaster 
relief efforts. There are no changes to form FNS-388A.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before November 12, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection 
of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions 
of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be

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

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: State Issuance and Participation Estimates.
    Form Number: FNS-388 and FNS-388A.
    OMB Number: 0584-0081.
    Expiration Date: July 31, 2016.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: Section 18(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act, (the Act) 7 
U.S.C. 2027(b), limits the value of allotments paid to SNAP households 
to an amount not in excess of the appropriation for the fiscal year. If 
allotments in any fiscal year would exceed the appropriation, the 
Secretary of Agriculture is required to direct State agencies to reduce 
the value of SNAP allotments to the extent necessary to stay within 
appropriated funding limits. Timely State monthly issuance estimates 
are necessary for FNS to ensure that it remains within the 
appropriation. The estimates will also have a direct effect upon the 
manner in which allotments would be reduced if necessary. While benefit 
reductions have never been ordered in the past under Section 18(b) nor 
are they anticipated based on current data, the Department must 
continue to monitor actual program costs against the appropriation.
    Section 11(e)(12) of the Food and Nutrition Act, 7 U.S.C. 
2020(e)(12), requires that the State Plan of Operations provide for the 
submission of reports required by the Secretary of Agriculture. State 
agencies are required to report on a monthly basis on the FNS-388, 
State Issuance and Participation Estimates, estimated or actual 
issuance and participation data for the current month and previous 
month, and actual participation data for the second preceding month. 
The FNS-388 report provides the necessary data for an early warning 
system to enable the Department to monitor actual and estimated costs 
for all benefit types against the appropriation.
    Disaster SNAP is authorized by sections 402 and 502 of the Robert 
T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 
5121 et seq.) and the temporary emergency provisions contained in 
Section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, and in 7 CFR Part 280 
of the SNAP regulations. State agencies may request FNS approval to 
operate a Disaster SNAP in an area that has received a Presidential 
declaration as a Major Disaster area eligible for Individual 
Assistance. In accordance with 7 CFR 274.4, State agencies shall keep 
records and report SNAP participation and issuance totals to FNS.
    FNS currently requires State agencies to report Disaster SNAP 
issuance and participation data using form FNS-292B Report of Disaster 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Issuance. Form FNS-
292B must be submitted to the agency within 45 days of the termination 
of a Disaster SNAP operation and captures final issuance and 
participation data. The information collection burden for the FNS-292B 
is included in OMB 0584-0037, expiration date July 31, 2014.
    States operating D-SNAP may also use the ``remarks'' section of the 
current FNS-388 form to indicate issuance and participation data, 
however this is not required and is currently not reported consistently 
or in a uniform manner that allows FNS to readily access this 
information. However, recent evaluation of Federal disaster response 
efforts has identified a critical need for timely periodic reporting 
while a disaster response is ongoing. Disaster response updates are 
frequently requested by the Secretary of Agriculture, the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, the White House and Congress during an 
ongoing relief effort. Updating the FNS-388, to include separate 
reporting of D-SNAP benefit issuance and participation will improve 
data accountability and ensure data is available on a monthly basis for 
timely response to Federal, State and other inquiries. Requiring 
monthly D-SNAP data on the FNS-388, will not duplicate any data 
collection currently in place, as the FNS-292B, serves as a final 
summary and closeout of the disaster response period and is not meant 
to provide periodic updates.
    Revisions to the FNS-388, are not yet finalized, however the 
following updates are projected:
     Addition of data elements ``D-SNAP (New Households)'' and 
``Disaster Supplements (Ongoing SNAP Households)'' in the Issuance 
section. ``Current Month'' data will not be required for these 
elements.
     Addition of data elements ``D-SNAP (New Participants)'' 
and ``Disaster Supplements (Ongoing SNAP Participants)'' in the 
Participants section. ``Current Month'' data will not be required for 
these elements.
     Addition of data elements ``D-SNAP (New Households)'' and 
``Disaster Supplements (Ongoing SNAP Households)'' in the Households 
section. ``Current Month'' data will not be required for these 
elements.
    The update to form FNS-388, is occurring in coordination with an 
update to form FNS-46, Issuance Reconciliation Report (OMB 0584-0080, 
expiration date March 31, 2014) to incorporate separate D-SNAP benefit 
issuance data points that mirror those collected on the FNS-388. The 
alignment of these two forms will ensure that the monthly D-SNAP 
benefit issuance data collected on the FNS-388, will have associated 
and corresponding final issuance reconciliations on the FNS-46.
    State agencies in general only submit one statewide FNS-388 per 
month, which covers benefits from their Electronic Benefit Transfer 
(EBT) system. The exception is State agencies which choose to operate 
an approved alternative issuance demonstration project such as a cash-
out system submit a separate report for each additional type of 
issuance system. The addition of D-SNAP estimates on FNS-388, will not 
impact the frequency of response or recordkeeping, but the update will 
minimally increase the burden associated with completing the form. As 
there are an average of six disasters requiring D-SNAP issuance each 
year, this change will not impact all States in all months. As a result 
of these program changes, FNS estimates the burden hours associated 
with completing the FNS-388, will increase by 30 minutes for each State 
responding to a disaster (estimated at 6). This will increase the time 
per response from 5.6 to an average of 5.65 per month ([(5.6*47) + 
(6*6)]/53) thereby increasing the total reporting burden hours for the 
FNS-388 to 3,389.8.

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    In addition, State agencies are required to submit a project area 
breakdown on the FNS-388, of issuance and participation data twice a 
year. The project area breakdown attached to the FNS-388, twice a year 
is known as the FNS-388A. This data is useful in identifying project 
areas that operate fraud detection units in accordance with the Act. 
The information provided on FNS-388A, will not change and the burden 
associated with this form remains as is.
    As of August 2013, 100 percent of respondents submitted the FNS-388 
and FNS-388A data electronically.
    Affected Public: State agencies that administer SNAP.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 27.17.
    Estimated Hours per Response: 3.602.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1,440.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The current burden 
inventory for this collection is 5,157. This revised annual reporting 
and recordkeeping burden for OMB No. 0584-0081, is estimated to be 
5,186.6 hours. For the FNS-388, the response time has increased 
slightly from an estimated 5.6 hours per month to 5.71. This results in 
a burden increase of 29.6 hours annually. See the table below for 
estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent.

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              Affected public                            Forms                 Number of     Frequency of   Total annual      response     Annual burden
                                                                              respondents      response       responses        (hrs)           hours
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State Agencies.............................  FNS-388......................              53         11.32              600          5.65          3,389.8
                                             FNS-388A.....................              53          2.26              120         14.83          1,779.6
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    Reporting Burden.......................  .............................              53  .............             720  .............         5,169.4
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              Affected public                             Forms                 Number of     Frequency of   Total annual      response    recordkeeping
                                                                             record-keepers     response        records         (hrs)           hours
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State Agencies.............................  FNS-388.......................              53         11.32              600           .024          14.4
                                             FNS-388A......................              53          2.26              120           .024           2.88
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    Record-keeping Burden..................  ..............................              53  .............             720  .............          17.28
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        Grand Total........................  ..............................              53         27.170           1,440          3.602       5,186.6
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    Dated: September 5, 2013.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-22253 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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