Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Emergency Approval of New Information Collection for Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits in Puerto Rico, 41954-41957 [2014-16914]

Download as PDF 41954 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 138 Friday, July 18, 2014 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 Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Emergency Approval of New Information Collection for Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits in Puerto Rico Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces FNS’ intention to request emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits in Puerto Rico. 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 that were 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments may be sent to Richard Lucas, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 23:20 Jul 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 submitted via fax to the attention of Richard Lucas at 703–305–2576 or via email to Richard.Lucas@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 written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 16, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Richard Lucas at 703–305–2017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits in Puerto Rico. OMB Number: 0584—NEW. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: Emergency request for a new collection. Abstract The Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) is a critical Federal Government assistance program provided to lowincome residents of Puerto Rico. Since July 1982, Puerto Rico has operated NAP from Federal funds received as a block grant. In late 2001, Puerto Rico developed an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system and mandated that 75 percent of a household’s monthly benefit be restricted to the EBT system for purchasing eligible food items at certified retailers. The remaining 25 percent of the monthly benefit may be issued in the form of cash to allow participants a way to purchase food from retailers not certified to accept EBT. In early 2014, Congress reauthorized the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–79), commonly known as the 2014 Farm Bill, which included a provision for the gradual discontinuation of the PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 cash portion of the NAP benefit until, by FY 2021, no benefits in the form of cash will be issued (Section 4025). The legislation also required a review of NAP cash benefits in Puerto Rico, including the history and purpose of the cash portion, barriers to redeeming the non-cash portion, and usage of cash benefits for the purchase of non-food items. Additionally, it required an assessment of the potential adverse effects of discontinuing the cash portion for both participants and retailers, and allows the Secretary of Agriculture to exempt participants or categories of participants if the review finds that the discontinuation of cash benefits is likely to have significant adverse effects. This study performs the required assessment of the cash portion of benefits received under NAP in Puerto Rico. The specific research objectives are to: • Objective 1: Review the history and purpose of distributing a portion of monthly benefits in the form of cash • Objective 2: Examine the barriers to the redemption of non-cash benefits by both program participants and retailers • Objective 3: Examine the current usage of cash benefits for the purchase of non-food and other prohibited items • Objective 4: Identify and assess the potential adverse effects of the discontinuation of cash benefits for both program participants and retailers Primary data collected from NAP participants, NAP-certified and uncertified retailers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and group residential facilities will be analyzed to assess barriers to redeeming the noncash portion of the benefit, use of the cash portion of the benefit, and potential adverse effects on participants and retailers from eliminating the cash portion of the benefit. The information collection includes the following components: • A telephone survey with NAP participants, • Focus groups with NAP participants, • In-person (semi-structured) interviews with certified and uncertified retailers, • In-person (semi-structured) interviews with directors of community-based organizations that work with NAP participants, and E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 138 / Friday, July 18, 2014 / Notices 41955 • In-person (semi-structured) interviews Also included are 6 CBO directors and with directors of residential facilities 5 directors/managers of group where NAP participants live residential facilities. completed surveys, focus groups, and interviews, and 1,816 attempted contacts, surveys, and interviews. Affected Public Respondent groups identified include: (1) NAP participants across Puerto Rico; (2) managers or owners of food stores (retailers) across Puerto Rico; (3) directors of CBOs, and (4) directors/ managers of group residential facilities. Estimated Time per Response sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Estimated Number of Respondents The total estimated number of respondents is 1,467. This includes 1,000 NAP participants for telephone surveys (75 percent of whom will complete surveys); 396 NAP participants for the focus groups (41 percent of whom will attend the focus groups); and 60 retailers (30 certified and 30 uncertified) for the in-person semi-structured interviews (50 percent of whom will complete interviews). VerDate Mar<15>2010 23:20 Jul 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent All respondents (NAP participants, retailers, and CBO and group residential facility directors) will respond once, either to one telephone survey, one focus group, or one in-person interview. In addition, all respondents will be contacted with an advance letter, and will receive recruitment phone calls. Estimated Total Annual Responses The estimated total annual responses is 4,475, including contacts with an advance letter, initial recruitment phone calls, follow-up phone calls, and completed surveys, focus groups, and interviews. The 4,475 responses are based on the sum of 2,659 successful contacts or PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Response times may vary from 0.05 hours to 1.5 hours depending on actual activity and respondent group. The estimated time per interview ranges from 0.18 hours to 1.5 hours, depending on respondent group and interview mode. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents The estimated total annual burden on respondents is 599.08 hours (including recruitment communications and completed and attempted interviews and surveys). See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. BILLING CODE: 3410–30–P E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1 41956 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 138 / Friday, July 18, 2014 / Notices Table 1. Total Burden Hours on the Public Non-Response Responsive ., iii -0 ~ <: ., Q. .tl 0 "' zc.: N ., Respondent Type E Instrument Ill .... -c ., <: § ~ Advance letter/Study information sheet 1000 1000 1 1000 0.05 50.00 0 1 0 0 0.00 50.00 Survey-first call NAP Participant 1000 400 1 400 0.18 73.20 600 1 600 o.os 30.00 103.20 312 0.05 15.60 29.87 1 250 0.05 12.50 23.85 1 1552 0.05 77.60 264.85 1 --------~c-F~-::-~-~--u-p_p_h_o_n_e-;-60-0-----r2-1-0--+-1-----+2-1-0---r0-.1-8----~~-----~ ---+~!-----r3-90---+0-.-05---r1-9-.5-0-;-57-.-93-~~IIII~;-up phone 390 78 1 Follow-up phone call #3 312 62 1 1000 1750 1 NAP Participant Subtotal . ;;:•~•£.·.'!.· i ,. ';;;';;~;•:;;:~\L\.G~\.:~'! L\ '· ;;;>,\~g·;~~,~;{.~(~~S;l:',; •:> Advance NAP letter/Study Participant information sheet 0.18 62 11.35 1750 .• 0.18 0.11 187.25 1552 •.,.. !• 250 5 \~~ ii\.·~ .i:;~·;<.·;i!~~~~ ~~~~,~~~~~·\.~~;.~·;~: ~)::~·>.,~~11 ;:;.;\';!~~~~:i .•.. ···~·· ·"f';~·~i·;~~,;.~t~~~ \}·~? 396 396 1 396 0.05 19.80 0 1 0 0 0.00 19.80 Focus group recruitment phone 396 call/follow-up communications 198 1 198 0.083 16.43 198 1 198 0.083 16.43 32.87 Focus Group 198 162 1 162 1.5 243.00 36 1 36 0 0.00 243.00 396 756 1 756 0.37 279.23 234 1 234 0.07 16.43 295.67 30 30 1 30 0.05 1.50 0 1 0 0.05 0.00 1.50 Recruitment phone 30 call/follow-up communications 15 1 15 0.05 0.75 15 1 15 0.05 0.75 1.50 In-person interview 15 15 1 15 0.67 10.05 0 1 0 0 0.00 10.05 30 30 1 30 0.05 1.50 0 1 0 0.05 0.00 1.50 Recruitment phone call/follow-up 30 communications 15 1 15 0.05 0.75 15 1 15 0.05 0.75 1.50 In-person interview 15 15 1 15 0.67 10.05 0 1 0 0 0.00 10.05 60 120 1 120 0.21 24.60 30 1 30 0.05 1.50 26.10 NAP Participant Focus Group Subtotal Certified Retailer Advance letter/Study information sheet Uncertified Advance Letter Retailer Retailer In-Person Subtotal 7 VerDate Mar<15>2010 23:20 Jul 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1 EN18JY14.000</GPH> sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 138 / Friday, July 18, 2014 / Notices [FR Doc. 2014–16914 Filed 7–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Opportunity To Submit Content Request for the 2017 Census of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for stakeholder input. AGENCY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is currently accepting stakeholder feedback in the form of content requests for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This census is required by law under the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997, Public Law 105–113 (7 U.S.C. 2204g). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 4, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Requests must address items listed in comments section below. Please submit requests online at www.agcensus.usda.gov/2017input or via mail to: USDA–NASS Census Content Team Room 6451, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 23:20 Jul 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 DC 20250. If you have any questions, send an email to aginputcounts@ nass.usda.gov or call 1–800–727–9540. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333, Fax: 202–720–9013, or email: HQOA@nass.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture were released on May 2, 2014. For more information, visit http:// www.agcensus.usda.gov. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics is in the process of planning the content of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. We are seeking input on ways to improve the Census of Agriculture. Recommendations or any other ideas concerning the census would be greatly appreciated. The 2012 Census of Agriculture questionnaire may be viewed on-line at: www.agcensus.usda.gov/2012forms. The following justification categories must be addressed when proposing a new line of questioning for the 2017 Census of Agriculture: 1. What data are needed? 2. Why are the data needed? 3. At what geographic level are the data needed? (U.S., State, County, other) 4. 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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 138 / Friday, July 18, 2014 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Emergency 
Approval of New Information Collection for Examination of Cash 
Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits in Puerto Rico

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces FNS' intention to request emergency approval from the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and invites the general public 
and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information 
collection. This is a new collection for Examination of Cash Nutrition 
Assistance Program Benefits in Puerto Rico.

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 that were 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 the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Written comments may be sent to Richard Lucas, Office of Policy 
Support, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may 
also be submitted via fax to the attention of Richard Lucas at 703-305-
2576 or via email to Richard.Lucas@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 written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 16, 
2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Richard 
Lucas at 703-305-2017.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits in 
Puerto Rico.
    OMB Number: 0584--NEW.
    Expiration Date: Not yet determined.
    Type of Request: Emergency request for a new collection.

Abstract

    The Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) is a critical Federal 
Government assistance program provided to low-income residents of 
Puerto Rico. Since July 1982, Puerto Rico has operated NAP from Federal 
funds received as a block grant. In late 2001, Puerto Rico developed an 
electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system and mandated that 75 percent 
of a household's monthly benefit be restricted to the EBT system for 
purchasing eligible food items at certified retailers. The remaining 25 
percent of the monthly benefit may be issued in the form of cash to 
allow participants a way to purchase food from retailers not certified 
to accept EBT.
    In early 2014, Congress reauthorized the Food and Nutrition Act of 
2008 in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), commonly known 
as the 2014 Farm Bill, which included a provision for the gradual 
discontinuation of the cash portion of the NAP benefit until, by FY 
2021, no benefits in the form of cash will be issued (Section 4025). 
The legislation also required a review of NAP cash benefits in Puerto 
Rico, including the history and purpose of the cash portion, barriers 
to redeeming the non-cash portion, and usage of cash benefits for the 
purchase of non-food items. Additionally, it required an assessment of 
the potential adverse effects of discontinuing the cash portion for 
both participants and retailers, and allows the Secretary of 
Agriculture to exempt participants or categories of participants if the 
review finds that the discontinuation of cash benefits is likely to 
have significant adverse effects.
    This study performs the required assessment of the cash portion of 
benefits received under NAP in Puerto Rico. The specific research 
objectives are to:

 Objective 1: Review the history and purpose of distributing a 
portion of monthly benefits in the form of cash
 Objective 2: Examine the barriers to the redemption of non-
cash benefits by both program participants and retailers
 Objective 3: Examine the current usage of cash benefits for 
the purchase of non-food and other prohibited items
 Objective 4: Identify and assess the potential adverse effects 
of the discontinuation of cash benefits for both program participants 
and retailers

    Primary data collected from NAP participants, NAP-certified and 
uncertified retailers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and group 
residential facilities will be analyzed to assess barriers to redeeming 
the non-cash portion of the benefit, use of the cash portion of the 
benefit, and potential adverse effects on participants and retailers 
from eliminating the cash portion of the benefit.
    The information collection includes the following components:

 A telephone survey with NAP participants,
 Focus groups with NAP participants,
 In-person (semi-structured) interviews with certified and 
uncertified retailers,
 In-person (semi-structured) interviews with directors of 
community-based organizations that work with NAP participants, and

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 In-person (semi-structured) interviews with directors of 
residential facilities where NAP participants live

Affected Public

    Respondent groups identified include: (1) NAP participants across 
Puerto Rico; (2) managers or owners of food stores (retailers) across 
Puerto Rico; (3) directors of CBOs, and (4) directors/managers of group 
residential facilities.

Estimated Number of Respondents

    The total estimated number of respondents is 1,467. This includes 
1,000 NAP participants for telephone surveys (75 percent of whom will 
complete surveys); 396 NAP participants for the focus groups (41 
percent of whom will attend the focus groups); and 60 retailers (30 
certified and 30 uncertified) for the in-person semi-structured 
interviews (50 percent of whom will complete interviews). Also included 
are 6 CBO directors and 5 directors/managers of group residential 
facilities.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent

    All respondents (NAP participants, retailers, and CBO and group 
residential facility directors) will respond once, either to one 
telephone survey, one focus group, or one in-person interview. In 
addition, all respondents will be contacted with an advance letter, and 
will receive recruitment phone calls.

Estimated Total Annual Responses

    The estimated total annual responses is 4,475, including contacts 
with an advance letter, initial recruitment phone calls, follow-up 
phone calls, and completed surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
    The 4,475 responses are based on the sum of 2,659 successful 
contacts or completed surveys, focus groups, and interviews, and 1,816 
attempted contacts, surveys, and interviews.

Estimated Time per Response

    Response times may vary from 0.05 hours to 1.5 hours depending on 
actual activity and respondent group. The estimated time per interview 
ranges from 0.18 hours to 1.5 hours, depending on respondent group and 
interview mode.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents

    The estimated total annual burden on respondents is 599.08 hours 
(including recruitment communications and completed and attempted 
interviews and surveys). See the table below for estimated total annual 
burden for each type of respondent.
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    Dated: July 14, 2014.
Audrey Rowe,
FNS Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
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