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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 8 / Monday, January 13, 2014 / Notices meals and/or for distribution to households for home consumption. The types of foods the Department expects to make available to States for distribution through TEFAP in FY 2014 are described below. women and men, and persons with disabilities. Dated: December 30, 2013. Malcolm A. Shorter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–00336 Filed 1–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Emergency Food Assistance Program; Availability of Foods for Fiscal Year 2014 Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the surplus and purchased foods that the Department expects to make available for donation to States for use in providing nutrition assistance to the needy under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The foods made available under this notice must, at the discretion of the State, be distributed to eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) for use in preparing meals and/or for distribution to households for home consumption. SUMMARY: DATES: Effective Date: October 1, 2013. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Fiala, Policy Branch, Food Distribution Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302–1594 or telephone (703) 305–2662. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the provisions set forth in the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (EFAA), 7 U.S.C. 7501, et seq., and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 2036, the Department makes foods available to States for use in providing nutrition assistance to those in need through TEFAP. In accordance with section 214 of the EFAA, 7 U.S.C. 7515, 60 percent of each State’s share of TEFAP foods is based on the number of people with incomes below the poverty level within the State and 40 percent on the number of unemployed persons within the State. State officials are responsible for establishing the network through which the foods will be used by ERAs in providing nutrition assistance to those in need, and for allocating foods among those ERAs. States have full discretion in determining the amount of foods that will be made available to ERAs for use in preparing VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 Surplus Foods Surplus foods donated for distribution under TEFAP are Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) foods purchased under the authority of section 416 of the Agricultural Act of 1949, 7 U.S.C. 1431 (section 416) and foods purchased under the surplus removal authority of section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, 7 U.S.C. 612c (section 32). The types of foods typically purchased under section 416 include dairy, grains, oils, and peanut products. The types of foods purchased under section 32 include meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, dry beans, juices, and fruits. Approximately $109.5 million in surplus foods acquired in FY 2013 are being delivered to States in FY 2014. These foods include blueberries, catfish, chicken leg quarters, cranberry juice, lamb (leg, shoulder), strawberries, and turkey (whole, breast, sliced). Other surplus foods may be made available to TEFAP throughout the year. The Department would like to point out that food acquisitions are based on changing agricultural market conditions; therefore, the availability of foods is subject to change. Purchased Foods In accordance with section 27 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 2036, the Secretary is directed to purchase $268.75 million worth of foods in FY 2014 for distribution through TEFAP. These foods are made available to States in addition to those surplus foods which otherwise might be provided to States for distribution under TEFAP. For FY 2014, the Department anticipates purchasing the following foods for distribution through TEFAP: dehydrated potatoes, dried plums, raisins, frozen ground beef, frozen whole chicken, frozen ham, frozen turkey roast, blackeye beans, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, light red kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, pinto beans, egg mix, shell eggs, lowfat bakery flour mix, egg noodles, white and yellow corn grits, spaghetti, macaroni, oats, peanut butter, roasted peanuts, white and brown rice, whole grain rotini, whole grain spaghetti, whole grain macaroni, vegetable oil, ultra high temperature fluid one percent milk, shredded wheat, bran flakes, corn flakes, oat cereal, rice cereal, corn cereal, and corn and rice cereal; the PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2149 following canned items: low sodium blackeye beans, low sodium green beans, low sodium light red kidney beans, low sodium refried beans, low sodium vegetarian beans, low sodium carrots, low sodium cream corn, no salt added whole kernel corn, low sodium peas, low sodium sliced potatoes, no salt added pumpkin, low sodium spaghetti sauce, low sodium spinach, sweet potatoes with extra light syrup, no salt added whole and diced tomatoes, low sodium tomato sauce, low sodium mixed vegetables, low sodium tomato soup, low sodium vegetable soup, reduced sodium cream of chicken soup, reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup, apricots with extra light syrup, unsweetened applesauce, mixed fruit with extra light syrup, cling peaches with extra light syrup, pears with extra light syrup, beef, beef stew, chicken, pork, and salmon; and the following bottled juices: unsweetened apple juice, unsweetened cherry apple juice, unsweetened cran-apple juice, unsweetened grape juice, unsweetened grapefruit juice, unsweetened orange juice, and unsweetened tomato juice. The amounts of each item purchased will depend on the prices the Department must pay, as well as the quantity of each item requested by the States. Changes in agricultural market conditions may result in the availability of additional types of foods or the nonavailability of one or more types listed above. Dated: December 30, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2014–00325 Filed 1–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2013–0040] Notice of Request for Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Specified Risk Materials) Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) intention to request a renewal of a currently approved information collection regarding specified risk materials SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2150 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 8 / Monday, January 13, 2014 / Notices (SRMs) in cattle because the OMB approval will expire on March 31, 2014. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before March 14, 2014. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. • Mail, including CD–ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Room Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8–163B, Washington, DC 20250–3700. • Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8–163B, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2013–0040. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–164, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6077, South Building, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 690–6510. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Specified Risk Materials. OMB Number: 0583–0129. Expiration Date of Approval: 3/31/2014. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the functions of the Secretary as specified in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.). This statute provides that FSIS is to protect the public by verifying that meat products are safe, wholesome, not adulterated, and properly labeled and packaged. FSIS is requesting renewal of an approved information collection VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 addressing paperwork requirements regarding the regulations relating to SRMs in cattle because the OMB approval will expire on March 31, 2014. FSIS requires official establishments that slaughter cattle or process carcasses or parts of cattle to develop written procedures for the removal, segregation, and disposition of SRMs. The Agency requires that these establishments maintain daily records to document the implementation and monitoring of their procedures for the removal, segregation, and disposition of SRMs and any corrective actions that they take to ensure that the procedures are effective (9 CFR 310.22). FSIS also requires official slaughter establishments that transport carcasses or parts of cattle containing vertebral columns from cattle 30 months of age and older to another federally inspected establishment for further processing to maintain records verifying that the official establishment that received the carcasses or parts, removed and properly disposed of the portions of the vertebral column designated as SRMs (9 CFR 310.22(g)). This monitoring and recordkeeping is necessary for establishments to further ensure—and for FSIS to verify—that meat and meat products distributed in commerce for use as human food do not contain SRMs. FSIS has made the following estimates for the renewal information collection: Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an average of approximately .12 hours per response. Respondents: Official establishments that slaughter cattle or process parts of cattle. Estimated No. of Respondents: 3,512. Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 303. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 123,916 hours. Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained from Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6077, South Building, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 690–6510. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of FSIS’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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques, or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to both FSIS, at the addresses provided above, and the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20253. 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. Additional Public Notification FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/ fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register. FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/ fsis/programs-and-services/emailsubscription-service. Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. USDA Nondiscrimination Statement The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 8 / Monday, January 13, 2014 / Notices USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TTY). To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–9410 or call (202) 720–5964 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Dated: January 8, 2014. Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–00377 Filed 1–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: U.S. Census Bureau. Title: Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES). OMB Control Number: 0607–0782. Form Number(s): ACE–1(S), ACE– 1(M), ACE–1(L), ACE–1(I), ACE–2, ACE–2(I). Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Burden Hours: 146,570. Number of Respondents: 75,000. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours. Needs and Uses: A major concern of economic policymakers is the adequacy of investment in plant and equipment. Data on the amount of business expenditures for new plant and equipment and measures of the stock of existing facilities are critical to evaluating productivity growth, the ability of U.S. businesses to compete with foreign businesses, changes in industrial capacity, and overall economic performance. The ACES is the sole source of detailed comprehensive statistics on investment in buildings and other structures, machinery, and equipment by private nonfarm businesses in the United States. Data users tell us that they need comprehensive and consistent data on investment by all private nonfarm businesses, by industry, by kind of investment, i.e., whether in new or used structures or equipment. The objectives of the ACES are: (a) To provide estimates of capital expenditures for all private nonfarm sectors of the economy by 3-digit and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 selected 4-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels; (b) to base the survey on a probability sample that yields measures of the statistical reliability of the survey estimates; (c) to develop a base survey to benchmark more frequent surveys on capital expenditures that do not have complete industry coverage; (d) to produce annual enterprise-level data with the level of detail, coverage, and quality, which previously was only available as part of the quinquennial economic census; (e) to provide detail on capital expenditures for estimating the national income and product accounts, estimating the productivity of U.S. industries, evaluating fiscal and monetary policy, and conducting research using capital expenditures data; and (f) to provide industry analysts with capital expenditures data for market analysis, economic forecasting, product development, and business planning. This request is for continuation of a currently approved collection and will cover the 2013 through 2015 ACES (conducted in fiscal years 2014 through 2016). Changes from the previous ACES authorization are the elimination of detailed capital expenditures by type of structure and equipment. These data, collected every five years, were last collected in the 2012 ACES and will not be collected again until the 2017 ACES. We will collect and publish data based on the 2012 NAICS. Industries in the survey will comprise 3-digit and 4digit 2012 NAICS codes. For the 2012 and prior ACES data collection; the Census Bureau used mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data. Companies were able to respond via Centurion (The Census Bureau’s online reporting system), by mail, or by using our toll-free number to reply via secure facsimile machine. We asked companies to respond to the survey within 30 days of the initial mailing. If companies did not respond by the designated time, they received letters and/or telephone calls encouraging participation. Employer companies were mailed one of three forms based on their diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. Companies that operated in only one industry received an ACE– 1(S) form. Companies that operated in more than one, but less than nine industries received an ACE–1(M) form. Companies that operated in nine or more industries received an ACE–1(L). All nonemployer companies received an ACE–2 form. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2151 For the 2013 ACES collection, the Census Bureau will collect the data from employer companies primarily through electronic reporting. Employer companies will receive a mailed notification letter containing their User ID and password, and directed to respond via Centurion through the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site. The online reporting instrument is an electronic version of the paper data collection instrument, and based on their diversity of operations and number of industries with payroll. Companies operating in only one industry will access an ACE–1(S) form or electronic instrument. Companies operating in more than one, but less than nine industries will access an ACE–1(M) form or electronic instrument. Companies that operate in nine or more industries will access an ACE–1(L) form or electronic instrument. Companies will be able to print the form through online services or request a paper form by mail. The Census Bureau will continue to use mail out/mail back survey forms to collect data from nonemployer companies. All nonemployer companies will receive an ACE–2 form. Nonemployer companies will have the option to respond by mail or online through the Census Bureau’s Business Help Site using the User ID and password provided to them on their form. The Census Bureau will continue to ask both companies with employees and nonemployer companies to respond to the survey within 30 days. Reminder letters and/or telephone calls encouraging participation will continue to all companies that have not responded by the designated time. For the 2014 and 2015 ACES data collection, the Census Bureau will determine whether to use the same data collection strategy based upon the electronic response rate of the employer companies for the 2013 ACES. All ACE–1 forms request sales and receipts information to calculate industry investment to sales ratios and to assist in verifying that consolidated company data are being reported. Asset and depreciation information, also collected, assists in measuring changes in the Nation’s capital stock estimates. Capital expenditures data are also collected annually from a sample of non-employer businesses using Form ACE–2. This collection is intended to better represent the total capital expenditures activity of all firms. The ACES is an integral part of the Federal Government’s effort to improve the quality and usefulness of National economic statistics. Federal agencies, E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2013-0040]


Notice of Request for Renewal of a Currently Approved Information 
Collection (Specified Risk Materials)

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice 
announces the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) intention to 
request a renewal of a currently approved information collection 
regarding specified risk materials

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(SRMs) in cattle because the OMB approval will expire on March 31, 
2014.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before March 14, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this 
Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
     Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Room 
Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection 
Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, 
Room 8-163B, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
     Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots 
Plaza 3, 355 E. Street SW., Room 8-163B, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2013-0040. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go 
to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-
164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act 
Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Room 6077, South Building, Washington, DC 
20250; Telephone: (202) 690-6510.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Specified Risk Materials.
    OMB Number: 0583-0129.
    Expiration Date of Approval: 3/31/2014.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the 
functions of the Secretary as specified in the Federal Meat Inspection 
Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.). This statute provides that FSIS is 
to protect the public by verifying that meat products are safe, 
wholesome, not adulterated, and properly labeled and packaged.
    FSIS is requesting renewal of an approved information collection 
addressing paperwork requirements regarding the regulations relating to 
SRMs in cattle because the OMB approval will expire on March 31, 2014.
    FSIS requires official establishments that slaughter cattle or 
process carcasses or parts of cattle to develop written procedures for 
the removal, segregation, and disposition of SRMs. The Agency requires 
that these establishments maintain daily records to document the 
implementation and monitoring of their procedures for the removal, 
segregation, and disposition of SRMs and any corrective actions that 
they take to ensure that the procedures are effective (9 CFR 310.22).
    FSIS also requires official slaughter establishments that transport 
carcasses or parts of cattle containing vertebral columns from cattle 
30 months of age and older to another federally inspected establishment 
for further processing to maintain records verifying that the official 
establishment that received the carcasses or parts, removed and 
properly disposed of the portions of the vertebral column designated as 
SRMs (9 CFR 310.22(g)).
    This monitoring and recordkeeping is necessary for establishments 
to further ensure--and for FSIS to verify--that meat and meat products 
distributed in commerce for use as human food do not contain SRMs.
    FSIS has made the following estimates for the renewal information 
collection:
    Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an 
average of approximately .12 hours per response.
    Respondents: Official establishments that slaughter cattle or 
process parts of cattle.
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 3,512.
    Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 303.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 123,916 hours.
    Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained 
from Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6077, 
South Building, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 690-6510.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS's 
functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of FSIS'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 collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques, or other forms of 
information technology. Comments may be sent to both FSIS, at the 
addresses provided above, and the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
Washington, DC 20253.
    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.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register.
    FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information 
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, 
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. Options range from recalls to export information 
to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete 
subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their 
accounts.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination 
in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, 
national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, 
sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited 
bases apply to all programs.)
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact

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USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY).
    To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TTY). 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    Dated: January 8, 2014.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
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