Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratories Annual Inventory Verification for USDA-Owned Equipment, 7633-7634 [2014-02762]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 27 / Monday, February 10, 2014 / Notices Estimated annual number of respondents: 60. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 6. Estimated annual number of responses: 360. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 3,054 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 3rd day of February 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–02759 Filed 2–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2013–0104] Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratories Annual Inventory Verification for USDA-Owned Equipment Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: New 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 approval of a new information collection associated with the National Animal Health Laboratory Network laboratories annual inventory verification for U.S. Department of Agriculture-owned equipment. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 11, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!document Detail;D=APHIS-2013-0104-0001. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2013–0104, 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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:25 Feb 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0104 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 National Animal Health Laboratory Network laboratories annual inventory verification, contact Ms. Cindy Chard-Bergstrom, Microbiologist, National Animal Health Laboratory Network, NVSL, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Road, Building 20, Ames, IA 50010; (515) 337–7198. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2908. Title: National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratories Annual Inventory Verification for USDA-Owned Equipment. OMB Control Number: 0579–XXXX. Type of Request: Approval of a new information collection. Abstract: The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) is a cooperative effort between two agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NAHLN was established to coordinate the testing capacities of Federal veterinary diagnostic laboratories with the extensive infrastructure of State and university veterinary diagnostic laboratories. This network enhances the United States’ early detection of and response to animal health emergencies, including bioterrorists events, newly emerging disease, and foreign animal disease agents that could threaten the nation’s food supply and public health. In 2002, NAHLN was created when APHIS and NIFA entered into cooperative agreements with 12 State and university veterinary diagnostic laboratories. APHIS has since contracted with additional State and university diagnostic laboratories to assist with testing and surveillance, and NAHLN currently consists of 56 State and university laboratories as well as other Federal laboratories. At the Federal level, APHIS’ National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) serves as the national veterinary PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7633 diagnostic reference and confirmatory laboratory. NVSL coordinates activities, participates in methods validation, and provides training, proficiency testing, assistance, materials, and prototypes for diagnostic testing. NVSL also reviews the equipment used by the laboratories within the NAHLN to ensure that the non-USDA laboratories have the equipment resources needed to perform any necessary testing. As part of the review process, APHIS requires the use of certain information collection activities, including a review spreadsheet, verification of equipment information, the addition of information to the list, and submission of completed spreadsheets. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for 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 0.5705 hours per response. Respondents: Laboratory directors and State animal health officials. Estimated annual number of respondents: 39. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 4. Estimated annual number of responses: 156. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 89 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. E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 7634 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 27 / Monday, February 10, 2014 / Notices Done in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of February 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. and tissue collection at slaughtering and rendering establishments, contact Dr. Debra Cox, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Cattle Health Center, SPRS, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3504. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2908. [FR Doc. 2014–02762 Filed 2–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. APHIS–2013–0088] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Blood and Tissue Collection at Slaughtering and Rendering Establishments Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and 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 a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for blood and tissue collection at slaughtering and rendering establishments to enhance animal disease surveillance. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 11, 2014. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-00880001. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2013–0088, 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-2013-0088 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 blood mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:25 Feb 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 Title: Blood and Tissue Collection at Slaughtering and Rendering Establishments. OMB Control Number: 0579–0212. Type of Request: Revision to and 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 prevent the interstate spread of livestock diseases and for eradicating such diseases from the United States when feasible. As part of this mission, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) conducts animal disease surveillance programs, including diagnostic testing. The regulations in 9 CFR, subchapter C, part 71, ‘‘General Provisions,’’ provide for the collection of blood and tissue samples from livestock (horses, cattle, bison, captive cervids, sheep and goats, swine, and other farmed animals) and poultry at slaughter. Persons moving livestock and poultry interstate for slaughter may only move the animals to slaughtering or rendering establishments that have been listed by the Administrator of APHIS. At APHIS’ discretion, slaughtering or rendering establishment personnel will collect blood and tissue samples to assess the prevalence of disease and to identify sources of disease. Section 71.21 contains the requirements for tissue and blood testing at slaughter and requires the completion of certain information collection activities. Federal personnel, in conjunction with establishment personnel, are required to complete a listing agreement and a USDA-APHIS VS ‘‘USDA Listed Slaughter Facility Inspection Report’’ (VS Form 10–5). If the Administrator denies or withdraws an establishment’s listing, the establishment may appeal the denial or withdrawal in writing to the Administrator. In addition, if an operator of a facility notifies the Administrator, in writing, that the facility will no longer handle livestock moved interstate in accordance with the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 regulations, the Administrator will withdraw an establishment’s listing. The above information collection activities and the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories Specimen Submission Form/Continuation Sheet (VS Form 10– 4/10–4A) for collection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) specimens were previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under this collection. However, APHIS will no longer require VS Form 10–4/10–4A and will be instituting the use of an electronic form for use with BSE specimens under 0579–0409, which is a recently approved information collection. Though APHIS will no longer require VS Form 10–4/10–4A, we estimate that there will be an increase in the number of respondents for this collection based on a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2013 1 (78 FR 26486– 26489, APHIS–2007–0039). APHIS anticipates being able to collect listing agreements and facility inspection reports from nearly all U.S. slaughtering and rendering establishments. As a result, we have increased the estimated number of respondents from 66 to 1,925. However, based on the removal of the VS Form 10–4/10–4A, the estimated annual number of responses and the estimated total annual burden on respondents have decreased from 10,747 to 9,628 and 2,691 hours to 1,605 hours, respectively. We are asking OMB to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, 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. 1 To view the final rule, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2007-0039. E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 27 (Monday, February 10, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7633-7634]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02762]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2013-0104]


Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; 
National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratories Annual Inventory 
Verification for USDA-Owned Equipment

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: New 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 approval of a new information collection 
associated with the National Animal Health Laboratory Network 
laboratories annual inventory verification for U.S. Department of 
Agriculture-owned equipment.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 
11, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0104-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2013-0104, 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-
0104 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 National Animal 
Health Laboratory Network laboratories annual inventory verification, 
contact Ms. Cindy Chard-Bergstrom, Microbiologist, National Animal 
Health Laboratory Network, NVSL, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Road, Building 
20, Ames, IA 50010; (515) 337-7198. 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: National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratories 
Annual Inventory Verification for USDA-Owned Equipment.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-XXXX.
    Type of Request: Approval of a new information collection.
    Abstract: The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) is 
a cooperative effort between two agencies within the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 
NAHLN was established to coordinate the testing capacities of Federal 
veterinary diagnostic laboratories with the extensive infrastructure of 
State and university veterinary diagnostic laboratories. This network 
enhances the United States' early detection of and response to animal 
health emergencies, including bioterrorists events, newly emerging 
disease, and foreign animal disease agents that could threaten the 
nation's food supply and public health.
    In 2002, NAHLN was created when APHIS and NIFA entered into 
cooperative agreements with 12 State and university veterinary 
diagnostic laboratories. APHIS has since contracted with additional 
State and university diagnostic laboratories to assist with testing and 
surveillance, and NAHLN currently consists of 56 State and university 
laboratories as well as other Federal laboratories.
    At the Federal level, APHIS' National Veterinary Services 
Laboratories (NVSL) serves as the national veterinary diagnostic 
reference and confirmatory laboratory. NVSL coordinates activities, 
participates in methods validation, and provides training, proficiency 
testing, assistance, materials, and prototypes for diagnostic testing. 
NVSL also reviews the equipment used by the laboratories within the 
NAHLN to ensure that the non-USDA laboratories have the equipment 
resources needed to perform any necessary testing.
    As part of the review process, APHIS requires the use of certain 
information collection activities, including a review spreadsheet, 
verification of equipment information, the addition of information to 
the list, and submission of completed spreadsheets.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for 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 0.5705 hours per response.
    Respondents: Laboratory directors and State animal health 
officials.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 39.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 4.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 156.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 89 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.


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    Done in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of February 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-02762 Filed 2-7-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-34-P