Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection for Voluntary Grading., 10468-10469 [2014-03856]

Download as PDF 10468 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2014 / Notices OMB Control Number: 0583–0127. Summary of Collection: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been delegated the authority to exercise the functions of the Secretary as provided in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.), and the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA) (21 U.S.C. 1031 et seq.). These statutes mandate that FSIS protect the public by ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged. FSIS established flexible procedures to actively encourage the development and use of new technologies in meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants. These new procedures will facilitate notification to the Agency of any new technology that is intended for use in meat and poultry establishments and egg products plants so that the Agency can decide whether the new technology requires a pre-use review. A pre-use review often includes an inplant trail. Need and Use of the Information: FSIS will collect information to determine if a pre-use review is needed, FSIS will request that the firm submit a protocol for an in-plant trial of the new technology. The firm then must submit a protocol that is designed to collect relevant data to support the use of the new technology. To not collect this information would reduce the effectiveness of the meat, poultry, and egg products inspection program. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 65. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: on occasion. Total Burden Hours: 3,616. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–03944 Filed 2–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Doc. No. AMS–LPS–14–0001] Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection for Voluntary Grading. Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection in support of the Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs—7 CFR Part 56. With this submission we will merge the burden and forms of the 0581–0127 Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products; 7 CFR Part 70, approved on December 26, 2013; and 0581–0128 Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs, 7 CFR Part 56, approved on June 4, 2011. With this merge we will change the title to Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs, Poultry Products, and Rabbit Products—7 CFR Part 56 and 70. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 28, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this information collection notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov or sent to Michelle Degenhart, Assistant to the Director, Quality Assessment Division, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 3842–S, Washington, DC 20250–0256, or by facsimile to (202) 690–2746. All comments should reference the docket number (AMS–LPS–14–0001), the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided, online at http:// www.regulations.gov and will be made available for public inspection at the above physical address during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Degenhart at the above physical address, or by email at Michelle.Degenhart@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs, Poultry Products, and Rabbit Products—7 CFR Part 56 and 70. OMB Number: 0581–0128. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2014. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 is estimated to average 0.1538 hours per response. Respondents: State or local governments, businesses or other for profits, and small businesses or organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,348. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 47,198.50. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 35.01. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,259.29 hours. Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA) (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627) directs and authorizes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop standards of quality, grades, grading programs, and services which facilitate trading of agricultural products, assure consumers of quality products that are graded and identified under USDA programs. To provide programs and services, section 203(h) of the AMA (7 U.S.C.1622(h)) directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to inspect, certify, and identify the grade, class, quality, quantity, and condition of agricultural products under such rules and regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, including assessment and collection of fees for the cost of service. The regulations in 7 CFR Part 56 and 70 provides a voluntary program for grading shell eggs, poultry products, and rabbit products on the basis of U.S. standards and grades. AMS also provides other types of voluntary services under the regulations, e.g., contract and specification acceptance services and certification of quantity. All of the voluntary grading services are available on a resident basis or lot-fee basis. Respondents may request resident service on a continuous or temporary basis. The service is paid for by the user (user-fee). Because this is a voluntary program, respondents need to request or apply for the specific service they wish, and in doing so, they provide information. Since the AMA requires that the cost of service be assessed and collected, information is collected to establish the Agency’s cost. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the AMA, to provide the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the program. Examples of information collected includes, but not limited to: total received volume in pounds or cases, volume in pounds of graded and processed poultry, case volume of graded and sized shell eggs, applicant’s name, billing and facility address, and requests for approval of commodity specifications or chemical compounds. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2014 / Notices The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of the USDA (AIMS, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program’s national staff; regional directors and their staffs; Federal-State supervisors and their staffs; and resident Federal-State graders, which includes State agencies). The information is used to administer and conduct grading services requested by respondents. The Agency is the primary user of the information. Information is also used by each authorized State agency that has a cooperative agreement with AMS. Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products—7 CFR Part 70. This collection was approved by OMB on December 26, 2013 and all forms, responses and burden will be included with this submission. Total burden to be merged is 2,005 burden hours and 24,053 responses. Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. ACTION: Dated: February 18, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery-AMS. OMB Number: 0581–0269. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2014. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The proposed information collection activity provides a means for AMS to garner qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with AMS’ commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be [FR Doc. 2014–03856 Filed 2–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–FV–14–0003; FV14–900–1] Notice of Request for a Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection: Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for a revision to and an extension of approval of an information collection associated with qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback on service delivery by ANS. DATES: All comments received by April 28, 2014 will be considered. Additional Information: Contact Andrew Hatch, Supervisory Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0237. Phone: (202) 720–2491. Fax: (202) 720–8938. Email: andrew.hatch@ams.usda.gov. Comments: Comments are welcome and should reference OMB N 0581–0269 and AMS’ Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery, and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or submitted online at www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular USDA business hours or they can be viewed at www.regulations.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10469 generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences, and expectations; provide an early warning of issues with service; or focus attention on areas where communication, training, or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. This collection will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between AMS and its customers and stakeholders. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of program management. The solicitation of feedback will target areas such as: Timeliness, appropriateness, accuracy of information, courtesy, efficiency of service delivery, and resolution of issues with service delivery. Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to improve or maintain the quality of service offered to the public. If this information is not collected, vital feedback from customers and stakeholders on AMS services will be unavailable. AMS will only submit a collection for approval under this generic clearance if it meets the following conditions: • The collection is voluntary; • The collection is low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and is low-cost for respondents and the Federal Government; • The collection is non-controversial and does not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • The collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with the program or may have experience with the program in the near future; • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained; • Information gathered is intended to be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of AMS (if released, AMS must indicate the qualitative nature of the information); • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and • Information gathered will yield qualitative information; the collection will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the population of study. Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful information, E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-LPS-14-0001]


Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection for Voluntary Grading.

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing 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), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of 
Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the 
currently approved information collection in support of the Regulations 
for Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs--7 CFR Part 56. With this 
submission we will merge the burden and forms of the 0581-0127 
Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit 
Products; 7 CFR Part 70, approved on December 26, 2013; and 0581-0128 
Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs, 7 CFR Part 
56, approved on June 4, 2011. With this merge we will change the title 
to Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs, Poultry Products, 
and Rabbit Products--7 CFR Part 56 and 70.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 28, 2014 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this information collection notice. Comments should be submitted online 
at www.regulations.gov or sent to Michelle Degenhart, Assistant to the 
Director, Quality Assessment Division, Livestock, Poultry and Seed 
Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 3842-S, Washington, DC 
20250-0256, or by facsimile to (202) 690-2746. All comments should 
reference the docket number (AMS-LPS-14-0001), the date, and the page 
number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received 
will be posted without change, including any personal information 
provided, online at http://www.regulations.gov and will be made 
available for public inspection at the above physical address during 
regular business hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Degenhart at the above 
physical address, or by email at Michelle.Degenhart@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs, Poultry 
Products, and Rabbit Products--7 CFR Part 56 and 70.
    OMB Number: 0581-0128.
    Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2014.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.1538 hours per response.
    Respondents: State or local governments, businesses or other for 
profits, and small businesses or organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,348.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 47,198.50.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 35.01.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,259.29 hours.
    Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA) (7 U.S.C. 
1621-1627) directs and authorizes the United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) to develop standards of quality, grades, grading 
programs, and services which facilitate trading of agricultural 
products, assure consumers of quality products that are graded and 
identified under USDA programs. To provide programs and services, 
section 203(h) of the AMA (7 U.S.C.1622(h)) directs and authorizes the 
Secretary of Agriculture to inspect, certify, and identify the grade, 
class, quality, quantity, and condition of agricultural products under 
such rules and regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, including 
assessment and collection of fees for the cost of service. The 
regulations in 7 CFR Part 56 and 70 provides a voluntary program for 
grading shell eggs, poultry products, and rabbit products on the basis 
of U.S. standards and grades. AMS also provides other types of 
voluntary services under the regulations, e.g., contract and 
specification acceptance services and certification of quantity. All of 
the voluntary grading services are available on a resident basis or 
lot-fee basis. Respondents may request resident service on a continuous 
or temporary basis. The service is paid for by the user (user-fee). 
Because this is a voluntary program, respondents need to request or 
apply for the specific service they wish, and in doing so, they provide 
information. Since the AMA requires that the cost of service be 
assessed and collected, information is collected to establish the 
Agency's cost. The information collection requirements in this request 
are essential to carry out the intent of the AMA, to provide the 
respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the 
program. Examples of information collected includes, but not limited 
to: total received volume in pounds or cases, volume in pounds of 
graded and processed poultry, case volume of graded and sized shell 
eggs, applicant's name, billing and facility address, and requests for 
approval of commodity specifications or chemical compounds.

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The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of 
the USDA (AIMS, Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program's national staff; 
regional directors and their staffs; Federal-State supervisors and 
their staffs; and resident Federal-State graders, which includes State 
agencies). The information is used to administer and conduct grading 
services requested by respondents. The Agency is the primary user of 
the information. Information is also used by each authorized State 
agency that has a cooperative agreement with AMS.
    Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and 
Rabbit Products--7 CFR Part 70.
    This collection was approved by OMB on December 26, 2013 and all 
forms, responses and burden will be included with this submission. 
Total burden to be merged is 2,005 burden hours and 24,053 responses.
    Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: February 18, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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