Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 66690-66691 [2014-26617]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 66690 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 217 / Monday, November 10, 2014 / Notices Paragraphs (b) and (c) of § 340.6 describe the form that a petition for a determination of nonregulated status must take and the information that must be included in the petition. APHIS has received a petition (APHIS Petition Number 14–093–01p) from the J.R. Simplot Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for InnateTM Potato designated as Russet Burbank event W8, which has been genetically engineered for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars. The J.R. Simplot petition states that information collected during field trials and laboratory analyses indicates that InnateTM Potato is not likely to be a plant pest and therefore should not be a regulated article under APHIS’ regulations in 7 CFR part 340. InnateTM Potato is currently regulated under 7 CFR part 340. Interstate movements and field tests of InnateTM Potato have been conducted under notifications acknowledged by APHIS. Field tests conducted under APHIS oversight allowed for evaluation in a natural agricultural setting while imposing measures to minimize the risk of persistence in the environment after completion of the tests. Data are gathered on multiple parameters and used by the applicant to evaluate agronomic characteristics and product performance. These and other data are used by APHIS to determine if the new variety poses a plant pest risk. Paragraph (d) of § 340.6 provides that APHIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register providing 60 days for public comment for petitions for a determination of nonregulated status. On March 6, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 13258–13260, Docket No. APHIS–2011–0129) a notice 1 describing our process for soliciting public comment when considering petitions for determinations of nonregulated status for GE organisms. In that notice we indicated that APHIS would accept written comments regarding a petition once APHIS deemed it complete. In accordance with § 340.6(d) of the regulations and our process for soliciting public input when considering petitions for determinations of nonregulated status for GE organisms, we are publishing this notice to inform the public that APHIS will accept written comments regarding the petition for a determination of nonregulated status from interested or affected persons for a period of 60 days from the date of this notice. The petition is available for public review and comment, and copies are available as indicated under ADDRESSES and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above. We are interested in receiving comments regarding potential environmental and interrelated economic issues and impacts that APHIS may determine should be considered in our evaluation of the petition. We are particularly interested in receiving comments regarding biological, cultural, or ecological issues, and we encourage the submission of scientific data, studies, or research to support your comments. We also request that, when possible, commenters provide relevant information regarding specific localities or regions as potato growth, crop management, and crop utilization may vary considerably by geographic region. After the comment period closes, APHIS will review all written comments received during the comment period and any other relevant information. Any substantive issues identified by APHIS based on our review of the petition and our evaluation and analysis of comments will be considered in the development of our decisionmaking documents. As part of our decisionmaking process regarding a GE organism’s regulatory status, APHIS prepares a plant pest risk assessment to assess its plant pest risk and the appropriate environmental documentation—either an environmental assessment (EA) or an environmental impact statement (EIS)— in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to provide the Agency with a review and analysis of any potential environmental impacts associated with the petition request. For petitions for which APHIS prepares an EA, APHIS will follow our published process for soliciting public involvement (see footnote 1) and publish a separate notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of APHIS’ EA and plant pest risk assessment. Should APHIS determine that an EIS is necessary, APHIS will complete the NEPA EIS process in accordance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) and APHIS’ NEPA implementing regulations (7 CFR part 372). 1 To view the notice, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2011-0129. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Nov 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Done in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of November 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–26598 Filed 11–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–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 this information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 9, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue 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 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 RUS 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 collection 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 217 / Monday, November 10, 2014 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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, Stop 1522, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078, Fax: (202) 720–8435. Email: Michele.Brooks@ wdc.usda.gov. Title: 7 CFR 1726, Electric System Construction Policies and Procedures. OMB Control Number: 0572–0107. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: In order to facilitate the programmatic interest of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq. (RE Act), and, in order to assure that loans made or guaranteed by RUS are adequately secured, RUS, as a secured lender, has established certain standards and specifications for materials, equipment, and construction of electric systems. The use of standard forms, construction contracts, and procurement procedures helps assure that appropriate standards and specification are maintained, that RUS’ loan security is not adversely affected, and the loan and loan guarantee funds are used effectively and for the intended purposes. The list of forms and corresponding purposes for this information collection are as follows: 1. RUS Form 168b, Contractor’s Bond This form is used to provide a surety bond for contracts on RUS Forms 200, 257, 786, 790, & 830. 2. RUS Form 168c, Contractor’s Bond (less than $1 million) This form is used to provide a surety bond in lieu of RUS Form 168b, when contractor’s surety has accepted a small business administration guarantee. 3. RUS Form 187, Certificate of Completion— Contract Construction This form is used for the closeout of RUS Forms 200, 257, 786, and 830. 4. RUS Form 198, Equipment Contract This form is used for equipment purchases. 5. RUS Form 200, Construction Contract— Generating This form is used for generating plant construction or for the furnishing and installation of major items of equipment. 6. RUS Form 213, Certificate (‘‘Buy American’’) This form is used to document compliance with the ‘‘Buy American’’ requirement. 7. RUS Form 224, Waiver and Release of Lien This form is used by subcontractors to provide a release of lien in connection with the closeout of RUS Forms 198, 200, 257, 786, 790, and 830. 8. RUS Form 231, Certificate of Contractor VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Nov 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 This form is used for the closeout of RUS Forms 198, 200, 257, 786, and 830. 9. RUS Form 238, Construction or Equipment Contract Amendment This form is used to amend contracts except for distribution line construction contracts. 10. RUS Form 254, Construction Inventory This form is used to document the final construction in connection with the closeout of RUS Form 830. 11. RUS Form 257, Contract to Construct Buildings This form is used to construct headquarter buildings, generating plant buildings and other structure construction. 12. RUS Form 307, Bid Bond This form is used to provide a bid bond in RUS Forms 200, 257, 786, 790 and 830. 13. RUS Form 786, Electric System Communications and Control Equipment Contract This form is used for delivery and installation of equipment for system communications. 14. RUS Form 790, Electric System Construction Contract Non-Site Specific Construction (Notice and Instructions to Bidders) This form is used for limited distribution construction accounted for under work order procedure. 15. RUS Form 792b, Certificate of Contractor and Indemnity Agreement (Line Extensions) This form is used in the closeout of RUS Form 790. 16. RUS Form 830, Electric System Construction Contract (labor & material) This form is used for distribution and/or transmission project construction. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.5 minutes per response. Respondents: Businesses or other for profits; Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,210. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 4. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 104 hours. Copies of this information collection, and related forms and instructions, can be obtained from Rebecca Hunt, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 205–3660. 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: November 3, 2014. Jasper Schneider, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2014–26617 Filed 11–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66691 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, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), invites comments on this 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 January 9, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA—Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5818 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. Fax: (202) 720–3485. Email: Michele.Brooks@ wdc.usda.gov SUMMARY: 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 will be submitted to OMB for approval. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether this 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 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 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 Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA—Rural Utilities Service, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1

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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 this information collection for which RUS intends 
to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 9, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program 
Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, USDA, 
1400 Independence Avenue 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 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 RUS 
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 
collection 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

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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, Stop 1522, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078, Fax: (202) 
720-8435. Email: Michele.Brooks@wdc.usda.gov.
    Title: 7 CFR 1726, Electric System Construction Policies and 
Procedures.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0107.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: In order to facilitate the programmatic interest of the 
Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq. (RE Act), and, 
in order to assure that loans made or guaranteed by RUS are adequately 
secured, RUS, as a secured lender, has established certain standards 
and specifications for materials, equipment, and construction of 
electric systems. The use of standard forms, construction contracts, 
and procurement procedures helps assure that appropriate standards and 
specification are maintained, that RUS' loan security is not adversely 
affected, and the loan and loan guarantee funds are used effectively 
and for the intended purposes. The list of forms and corresponding 
purposes for this information collection are as follows:

1. RUS Form 168b, Contractor's Bond

    This form is used to provide a surety bond for contracts on RUS 
Forms 200, 257, 786, 790, & 830.

2. RUS Form 168c, Contractor's Bond (less than $1 million)

    This form is used to provide a surety bond in lieu of RUS Form 
168b, when contractor's surety has accepted a small business 
administration guarantee.

3. RUS Form 187, Certificate of Completion--Contract Construction

    This form is used for the closeout of RUS Forms 200, 257, 786, 
and 830.

4. RUS Form 198, Equipment Contract

    This form is used for equipment purchases.

5. RUS Form 200, Construction Contract--Generating

    This form is used for generating plant construction or for the 
furnishing and installation of major items of equipment.

6. RUS Form 213, Certificate (``Buy American'')

    This form is used to document compliance with the ``Buy 
American'' requirement.

7. RUS Form 224, Waiver and Release of Lien

    This form is used by subcontractors to provide a release of lien 
in connection with the closeout of RUS Forms 198, 200, 257, 786, 
790, and 830.

8. RUS Form 231, Certificate of Contractor

    This form is used for the closeout of RUS Forms 198, 200, 257, 
786, and 830.

9. RUS Form 238, Construction or Equipment Contract Amendment

    This form is used to amend contracts except for distribution 
line construction contracts.

10. RUS Form 254, Construction Inventory

    This form is used to document the final construction in 
connection with the closeout of RUS Form 830.

11. RUS Form 257, Contract to Construct Buildings

    This form is used to construct headquarter buildings, generating 
plant buildings and other structure construction.

12. RUS Form 307, Bid Bond

    This form is used to provide a bid bond in RUS Forms 200, 257, 
786, 790 and 830.

13. RUS Form 786, Electric System Communications and Control 
Equipment Contract

    This form is used for delivery and installation of equipment for 
system communications.

14. RUS Form 790, Electric System Construction Contract Non-Site 
Specific Construction (Notice and Instructions to Bidders)

    This form is used for limited distribution construction 
accounted for under work order procedure.

15. RUS Form 792b, Certificate of Contractor and Indemnity Agreement 
(Line Extensions)

    This form is used in the closeout of RUS Form 790.

16. RUS Form 830, Electric System Construction Contract (labor & 
material)

    This form is used for distribution and/or transmission project 
construction.


    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 1.5 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Businesses or other for profits; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,210.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 4.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 104 hours.
    Copies of this information collection, and related forms and 
instructions, can be obtained from Rebecca Hunt, Program Development 
and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 205-3660. 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: November 3, 2014.
Jasper Schneider,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
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