Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 9877-9878 [2014-03674]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 35 / Friday, February 21, 2014 / Notices Done in Washington, DC: February 12, 2014. Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–03716 Filed 2–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 22, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5159–S, Washington, DC 20250– 1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078, FAX: (202) 720–8435. Email: Michele.Brooks@ wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that the Agency is submitting to OMB for extension. 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 will 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 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:09 Feb 20, 2014 Jkt 232001 techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5159 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078, FAX: (202) 720–8435. Title: 7 CFR Part 1783, ‘‘Revolving Fund Program’’ OMB Control Number: 0572–0138 Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Rural Development supports the sound development of rural communities and the growth of our economy without endangering the environment. Rural Development provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring safe drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound waste disposal facilities to rural Americans in greatest need. The Revolving Fund Program (RFP) has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems. Qualified private non-profit organizations will receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities. Eligible entities for the revolving loan fund will be the same entities eligible to obtain a loan, loan guarantee, or grant from Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal and Wastewater loan and grant programs. As grant recipients, the nonprofit organizations will set up a revolving loan fund to provide loans to finance predevelopment costs of water or wastewater projects, or short-term small capital projects not part of the regular operation and maintenance of current water and wastewater systems. The collection of information consists of the materials to file a grant application with the agency, including forms, certifications and required documentation. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 8.24 hour per response. Respondents: Non-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 5. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 7.6 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 313 Hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from MaryPat Daskal, Management Analyst, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 720–7853; FAX: (202) 720– 8435. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9877 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. Dated: February 12, 2014. John Charles Padalino, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2014–03675 Filed 2–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on the following information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 22, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078, FAX: (202) 720–8435 or email: Michele.brooks@ wdc.usda.gov. SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that the Agency is submitting to OMB for extension. 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 will 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 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 9878 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 35 / Friday, February 21, 2014 / Notices burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, 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: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. FAX: (202) 720–8435 or email: Michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov. Title: Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program. OMB Control Number: 0572–0134. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required television broadcasters to have converted transmitters to broadcast digital signals by June 12, 2009. The FCC deadline did not apply to translators often used by rural stations serving small or isolated areas and some continue to broadcast in analog and have not completed the transition to digital. Public television stations rely on community and business financial support to operate and, in many rural areas the cost of the transition to digital broadcasting exceeds community resources. Since rural communities depend on public television stations for services ranging from educational course content in their schools to local news, weather, and agricultural reports, disruption of public television broadcasting would be detrimental. Full digital transition requires installation of a new antenna, transmitter or translator, and new digital program management facilities consisting of processing and storage systems. Public television stations use a combination of transmitters and translators to serve the rural public and to perform program origination functions, digital cameras, editing and mastering systems are required. A new studio-to-tower site communications link may be required to transport the digital broadcast signal to each transmitter and translator. The capability to broadcast some programming in a high definition television format can require additional studio facilities. In designing the competition for the distribution of grant funds, priority is given to public television stations serving areas most unable to fund digital transition without a grant. The largest sources of funding for public television stations are public membership and VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:09 Feb 20, 2014 Jkt 232001 business contributions and less densely populated rural areas have a lower membership and fewer business per capita than urban and suburban areas. Therefore, rurality is a primary predictor of the need for grant funding for a public television station’s digital transition. Some rural areas have economic needs that are higher than the national average, and public television stations covering these areas may have difficulty funding the digital transition. As a result, the consideration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) eligibility percentages for all school districts within the station coverage area is a secondary predictor of need for grant funding. Finally, because public television stations may face special difficulty accomplishing the transition, a third scoring factor for station hardship accounts for conditions that make these public television stations less likely to accomplish the digital transition without a grant. The collection of information consists of the materials to file a grant application with the Agency, including forms, certifications and required documentation. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 23 hours per response. Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 30. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.26. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 714 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Rebecca Hunt, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 205–3660, FAX: (202) 720–8435 or email: rebecca.hunt@wdc.usda.gov. 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. Dated: February 12, 2014. John Charles Padalino, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2014–03674 Filed 2–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS Notice of Membership of SES Performance Review Board Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of Membership of SES Performance Review Board. ACTION: Title 5 United States Code, Section 4314, requires that notice of the appointment of an individual to serve as a member of a performance review board (PRB) shall be published in the Federal Register. The following individuals have been appointed to serve as members of the PRB for the Broadcasting Board of Governors: Carol Chan, Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development; Gil H. Harden, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Steven Rickrode, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit, U.S. Department of Agriculture. ADDRESSES: Broadcasting Board of Governors, 330 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20237. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna S. Grace, Director, Office of Human Resources, 202–382–7500. SUMMARY: Oanh Tran, Director of Board Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors. [FR Doc. 2014–03707 Filed 2–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8610–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Order No. 1930] Reorganization of Foreign-Trade Zone 185 Under Alternative Site Framework; Culpeper County, VA Pursuant to its authority under the ForeignTrade Zones Act of June 18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), the ForeignTrade Zones Board (the Board) adopts the following Order: Whereas, the Board adopted the alternative site framework (ASF) (15 CFR 400.2(c)) as an option for the establishment or reorganization of zones; Whereas, the County of Culpeper, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 185, submitted an application to the Board (FTZ Docket B–78–2012, docketed 11– 01–2012) for authority to reorganize under the ASF with a service area comprised of certain counties in Virginia (which the application indicated were adjacent to the Front Royal Customs and Border Protection port of entry) and FTZ 185’s existing Sites 1, 2, and 3 would be categorized as magnet sites; Whereas, notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal Register (77 FR 66796, 11/07/12) and E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) 
invites comments on the following information collection for which 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be 
requested.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 22, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program 
Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 
Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, Washington, 
DC 20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078, FAX: (202) 720-8435 or email: 
Michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) requires that interested members 
of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on 
information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that the 
Agency is submitting to OMB for extension.
    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 will 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 collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the

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burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, 
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: Michele L. Brooks, 
Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., 
STOP 1522, Room 5162 South Building, Washington, DC 20250-1522. FAX: 
(202) 720-8435 or email: Michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov.
    Title: Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0134.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required 
television broadcasters to have converted transmitters to broadcast 
digital signals by June 12, 2009. The FCC deadline did not apply to 
translators often used by rural stations serving small or isolated 
areas and some continue to broadcast in analog and have not completed 
the transition to digital. Public television stations rely on community 
and business financial support to operate and, in many rural areas the 
cost of the transition to digital broadcasting exceeds community 
resources. Since rural communities depend on public television stations 
for services ranging from educational course content in their schools 
to local news, weather, and agricultural reports, disruption of public 
television broadcasting would be detrimental.
    Full digital transition requires installation of a new antenna, 
transmitter or translator, and new digital program management 
facilities consisting of processing and storage systems. Public 
television stations use a combination of transmitters and translators 
to serve the rural public and to perform program origination functions, 
digital cameras, editing and mastering systems are required. A new 
studio-to-tower site communications link may be required to transport 
the digital broadcast signal to each transmitter and translator. The 
capability to broadcast some programming in a high definition 
television format can require additional studio facilities.
    In designing the competition for the distribution of grant funds, 
priority is given to public television stations serving areas most 
unable to fund digital transition without a grant. The largest sources 
of funding for public television stations are public membership and 
business contributions and less densely populated rural areas have a 
lower membership and fewer business per capita than urban and suburban 
areas. Therefore, rurality is a primary predictor of the need for grant 
funding for a public television station's digital transition. Some 
rural areas have economic needs that are higher than the national 
average, and public television stations covering these areas may have 
difficulty funding the digital transition. As a result, the 
consideration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) eligibility 
percentages for all school districts within the station coverage area 
is a secondary predictor of need for grant funding. Finally, because 
public television stations may face special difficulty accomplishing 
the transition, a third scoring factor for station hardship accounts 
for conditions that make these public television stations less likely 
to accomplish the digital transition without a grant.
    The collection of information consists of the materials to file a 
grant application with the Agency, including forms, certifications and 
required documentation.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 23 hours per response.
    Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal 
Government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 30.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.26.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 714 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Rebecca 
Hunt, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 205-3660, 
FAX: (202) 720-8435 or email: rebecca.hunt@wdc.usda.gov.
    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.

    Dated: February 12, 2014.
John Charles Padalino,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-03674 Filed 2-20-14; 8:45 am]
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