Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement, 66351 [2014-26458]

Download as PDF 66351 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 216 Friday, November 7, 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 Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement Office of Procurement and Property Management, USDA. ACTION: Notice of request for extension of a currently approved information collection. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces that the Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management, is hereby requesting an extension of a currently approved information collection, Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement. DATES: Comments received by January 6, 2015 will be considered. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods. All submissions received must include the agency name. Also, please identify submittals as pertaining to the ‘‘Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection.’’ • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: biopreferred@usda.gov. Include ‘‘Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection’’ on the subject line. Please include your name and address in your message. • Mail/commercial/hand delivery: Mail or deliver your comments to: Ron Buckhalt, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024. • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication for regulatory information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA TARGET Center at (202)720– 2600 (voice) and (202)690–0942 (TTY). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Nov 06, 2014 Jkt 235001 Ron Buckhalt, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; email: biopreferred@usda.gov; phone (202) 205–4008. Information regarding the Federal biobased preferred procurement program (one part of the BioPreferred Program) is available on the Internet at http://www.biopreferred.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement. OMB Control Number: 0503–0011. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The USDA BioPreferred Program provides that qualifying biobased products that fall under product categories (generic groups of biobased products) that have been designated for preferred procurement by rule making are required to be purchased by Federal agencies in lieu of their fossil energy-based counterparts, with certain limited exceptions. Further, USDA is required by section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and the Agricultural Act of 2014, to provide certain information on qualified biobased products to Federal agencies. To meet these statutory requirements, USDA will gather that information from manufacturers and vendors of biobased products. The information sought by USDA can be transmitted electronically using the Web site http:// www.biopreferred.gov. If for any reason the requested information cannot be electronically transmitted, USDA will provide technical assistance to support the transmission of information to USDA. The information collected will enable USDA to meet statutory information requirements that will then permit USDA to designate product categories for preferred procurement under the BioPreferred Program. Once product categories are designated, manufacturers and vendors of qualifying biobased products that fall under these designated product categories will benefit from preferred procurement by Federal agencies. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 is estimated to average 40 hours per response. Respondents: Manufacturers and vendors of biobased products. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 220. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: One per manufacturer or vendor. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 8,800 hours, one time only. Manufacturers and vendors are asked to respond only once. Therefore, there is no ongoing annual paperwork burden on respondents. 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: October 29, 2014. Gregory L. Parham, Assistant Secretary For Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 216 / Friday, November 7, 2014 / 
Notices

[[Page 66351]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal 
Procurement

AGENCY: Office of Procurement and Property Management, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of request for extension of a currently approved 
information collection.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces that the Department of 
Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management, is hereby 
requesting an extension of a currently approved information collection, 
Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement.

DATES: Comments received by January 6, 2015 will be considered.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods. All 
submissions received must include the agency name. Also, please 
identify submittals as pertaining to the ``Notice of Request for 
Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection.''
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: biopreferred@usda.gov. Include ``Notice of Request 
for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection'' on the 
subject line. Please include your name and address in your message.
     Mail/commercial/hand delivery: Mail or deliver your 
comments to: Ron Buckhalt, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property 
Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, 
DC 20024.
     Persons with disabilities who require alternative means 
for communication for regulatory information (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 
(voice) and (202)690-0942 (TTY).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Buckhalt, USDA, Office of 
Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 
7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; email: biopreferred@usda.gov; phone 
(202) 205-4008. Information regarding the Federal biobased preferred 
procurement program (one part of the BioPreferred Program) is available 
on the Internet at http://www.biopreferred.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal 
Procurement.
    OMB Control Number: 0503-0011.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: The USDA BioPreferred Program provides that qualifying 
biobased products that fall under product categories (generic groups of 
biobased products) that have been designated for preferred procurement 
by rule making are required to be purchased by Federal agencies in lieu 
of their fossil energy-based counterparts, with certain limited 
exceptions. Further, USDA is required by section 9002 of the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended by the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and the Agricultural Act of 2014, 
to provide certain information on qualified biobased products to 
Federal agencies. To meet these statutory requirements, USDA will 
gather that information from manufacturers and vendors of biobased 
products. The information sought by USDA can be transmitted 
electronically using the Web site http://www.biopreferred.gov. If for 
any reason the requested information cannot be electronically 
transmitted, USDA will provide technical assistance to support the 
transmission of information to USDA. The information collected will 
enable USDA to meet statutory information requirements that will then 
permit USDA to designate product categories for preferred procurement 
under the BioPreferred Program. Once product categories are designated, 
manufacturers and vendors of qualifying biobased products that fall 
under these designated product categories will benefit from preferred 
procurement by Federal agencies.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 40 hours per response.
    Respondents: Manufacturers and vendors of biobased products.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 220.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: One per manufacturer 
or vendor.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 8,800 hours, one time 
only. Manufacturers and vendors are asked to respond only once. 
Therefore, there is no ongoing annual paperwork burden on respondents.
    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: October 29, 2014.
Gregory L. Parham,
Assistant Secretary For Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2014-26458 Filed 11-6-14; 8:45 am]
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