Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics, 78386-78388 [2014-30492]

Download as PDF 78386 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 30, 2014 / Notices You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0107. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0107, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0107 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for the importation of animals and animal products and byproducts to prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States, contact Dr. Langston Hull, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3363. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2727. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products. OMB Control Number: 0579–0234. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates the importation of animals and animal products into the United States to guard against the introduction of animal diseases. The regulations in 9 CFR parts 93, 94, 95, and 96 (referred to below as the regulations) govern the importation of certain animals, birds, poultry, meat, other animal products and byproducts, hay, and straw into the United States in order to prevent the introduction of animal diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a chronic degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle. To help ensure that BSE is not introduced into the United States, the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:42 Dec 29, 2014 Jkt 235001 regulations place specified conditions on the importation of certain live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts. These requirements necessitate the use of several information collection activities, including Veterinary Services (VS) Form 16–3, permit application; certification statements for the importation of ruminants and ruminant products; certificate for inedible processed animal origin materials and products from BSEfree regions; cooperative service agreements with foreign facilities that process and store regulated materials and products destined for importation into the United States; VS Form 17–33, Animals Imported for Immediate Slaughter; the placing of seals on conveyances from the exporting region; agreement with slaughter facilities on use of seals on conveyances transporting animals from BSE minimal-risk regions; notification regarding conditions of sealed shipments; and notification of designated individuals authorized to break seals. In addition to the above information collection activities, we are adding VS Form 17–130, Ruminants Imported to Designated/Approved Feedlots; and VS Form 1–27, Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals. As a result of adding these two activities and the increase in importations from Canada, the estimated annual number of responses has increased by 110,463, and the estimated total annual burden on respondents has increased by 160,983 hours. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: Herd owners, U.S. importers of regulated animal products, salaried veterinarians in BSE-free regions and BSE-affected regions, foreign exporters of processed animal protein and other regulated materials and products, accredited veterinarians, feedlot managers, and slaughter facility managers. Estimated annual number of respondents: 4,500. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 52. Estimated annual number of responses: 235,752. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 231,307 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) 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. Done in Washington, DC, this 22nd day of December 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–30501 Filed 12–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for a study of USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before March 2, 2015. 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 78387 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 30, 2014 / Notices 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Dennis Ranalli, Policy Analyst, 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 Dennis Ranalli at 703–305–2576 or via email to dennis.ranalli@ 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 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Dennis Ranalli at 703–305–2149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics. Form Number: N/A. OMB Number: Not yet assigned. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: New collection. Abstract USDA Foods play an important role in school meals and may contribute up to 20% of the foods served in school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). States and School Food Authorities (SFAs) receive a USDA Foods entitlement to acquire products offered through the USDA Foods program. USDA Foods can be directly delivered from USDA’s vendor to state warehouses, distributors, buying cooperatives, or SFAs. Fruits and vegetables can be requisitioned through the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Bulk USDA Foods can be sent directly to a processor to create final products for use in school meals. An SFA’s costs of using USDA Foods begin with how it spends its entitlement, which is managed by State Distribution Agencies (SDAs). SFAs incur additional costs to obtain USDA Foods, for procurement, storage, distribution and administration. These functions are performed by a variety of agencies involved in this process (FNS, SDAs, storage/distribution contractors, SFAs and schools). SDAs may absorb some of these costs. Finally, the model of contracting with food processors may affect the full cost of USDA Foods to SFAs—whether the contract is a payment for final product (with a rebate or discount for the SFA) or a payment for service, i.e. for transforming the USDA Food into a final product. While several USDA-funded studies have examined SFA food purchasing practices and have compared foods purchased by SFAs with commercial products, very little research has focused specifically on the full cost of USDA Foods used in school meals. The most recent study on this topic, and the model for the current study, is the State Commodity Distribution System study covering the 1985–86 school year. Estimated number of respondents Data collection activity Respondents State ....................... Notify state officials of web survey. Self-Administered Web Survey. (Administrative data on USDA Food costs). Notify state officials of inperson interview. State education agency financial officer. Non-respondents. 50 1 50 0.08 4 3 1 3 0.08 0.2 State education agency financial officer. 47 1 47 1.0 47 State education agency financial officer. 8–20 1 8–20 0.25 2–5 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES State ....................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:42 Dec 29, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total annual responses E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM Average hours per response Total annual burden estimate (hours) Affected public State ....................... Frequency of response The proposed study will examine the variety of factors that determine the cost and value of USDA Foods to local school and school district food programs. The objectives of the study are to (1) identify distribution models (including procurement, transportation, storage and delivery) used by 49 states and the District of Columbia to distribute USDA Foods to schools; (2) identify 4 to 10 procurement and distribution models that represent the state systems used in School Year (SY) 2015–16; and (3) develop cost estimates for a group of USDA Foods, full processed products made from USDA Foods, and comparable commercial products. Affected Public: Respondent groups include: (1) State officials with responsibility for USDA Food provision and (2) directors of school food authorities. Estimated Number of Respondents: 440–950. The proposed final samples will include State Distribution Agencies in up to 49 States and the District of Columbia, and 112–280 unique SFAs, depending on how many distribution models are studied (Kansas is excluded because it receives cash payments in lieu of USDA foods). The number studied will be determined on the basis of the results of the survey of SDAs. Estimated Frequency of Responses per Respondent: All respondents will be asked to respond to each instrument only once. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 440–950, depending on the number of distribution models studied. Estimated Time per Response: 43 minutes (0.72 hours). The estimated response time varies from 5 minutes for notifications of the surveys to 360 minutes (6 hours), depending on the survey and the respondent group, as shown in the following table. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 308 to 693 hours. 30DEN1 78388 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 30, 2014 / Notices Estimated number of respondents Data collection activity Respondents State ....................... In-person interview of state distribution agency (Additional information on USDA Food costs). Notify local and tribal officials of web survey. Self-Administered Web Survey. (Administrative data on USDA Food costs). Phone Followup Survey. (Administrative data on USDA Food costs). State education agency financial officer. 8–20 1 8–20 Foodservice director. 112–280 1 112–280 0.08 9.0–22.4 12–30 1 12–30 0.08 1.0–2.4 Foodservice director. 100–250 1 100–250 0.75 75.0–187.5 Nonrespondents. Foodservice director. 20–50 1 20–50 0.08 1.6–4.0 80–200 1 80–200 1.5 120–300 .......................... 440–950 1 440–950 0.72 308–693 Local and Tribal ..... Local and Tribal ..... Grand Total ..... .......................... Non-respondents. Dated: December 22, 2014. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2014–30492 Filed 12–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2014–0035] Notice of Request for a Renewal Information Collection (Marking, Labeling and Packaging) Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew a currently approved information collection regarding the regulatory requirements for marking, labeling, and packaging of meat, poultry, and egg products and for establishments that produce mechanically separated poultry. This approval covers the labeling approval process whereby establishments are to submit their labels to FSIS for approval or maintain files related to generic labeling. This package also covers the recordkeeping burden for packaging mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:42 Dec 29, 2014 Jkt 235001 Frequency of response Total annual responses material letters of guarantee for safety. Lastly, this package contains the recordkeeping burden imposed on establishments that produce mechanically separated poultry. There are no changes to the existing information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before March 2, 2015. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. • Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROMs, and hand- or courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8–163B, Washington, DC 20250–3700. • Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–164, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2013–0035. Comments received in response to this docket will be made PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average hours per response Total annual burden estimate (hours) Affected public 6 48–120 available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–164, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For Additional Information: Contact Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6077 South Building, Washington, DC 20250, (202) 690–6510. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Marking, Labeling, and Packaging. OMB Number: 0583–0092. Expiration Date of Approval: 03/31/ 2015. Type of Request: Renewal of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the functions of the Secretary (7 CFR 2.18, 2.53) as specified 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.). FSIS protects the public by verifying that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 249 (Tuesday, December 30, 2014)]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-30492]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other 
public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. 
This is a new collection for a study of USDA Foods in Schools Cost 
Dynamics.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before 
March 2, 2015.

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

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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 use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to: Dennis Ranalli, Policy Analyst, 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 Dennis 
Ranalli at 703-305-2576 or via email to dennis.ranalli@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 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, 
Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22301.
    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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Dennis Ranalli at 703-305-2149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics.
    Form Number: N/A.
    OMB Number: Not yet assigned.
    Expiration Date: Not yet determined.
    Type of Request: New collection.

Abstract

    USDA Foods play an important role in school meals and may 
contribute up to 20% of the foods served in school meals through the 
National School Lunch Program (NSLP). States and School Food 
Authorities (SFAs) receive a USDA Foods entitlement to acquire products 
offered through the USDA Foods program. USDA Foods can be directly 
delivered from USDA's vendor to state warehouses, distributors, buying 
cooperatives, or SFAs. Fruits and vegetables can be requisitioned 
through the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable 
Program. Bulk USDA Foods can be sent directly to a processor to create 
final products for use in school meals.
    An SFA's costs of using USDA Foods begin with how it spends its 
entitlement, which is managed by State Distribution Agencies (SDAs). 
SFAs incur additional costs to obtain USDA Foods, for procurement, 
storage, distribution and administration. These functions are performed 
by a variety of agencies involved in this process (FNS, SDAs, storage/
distribution contractors, SFAs and schools). SDAs may absorb some of 
these costs. Finally, the model of contracting with food processors may 
affect the full cost of USDA Foods to SFAs--whether the contract is a 
payment for final product (with a rebate or discount for the SFA) or a 
payment for service, i.e. for transforming the USDA Food into a final 
product.
    While several USDA-funded studies have examined SFA food purchasing 
practices and have compared foods purchased by SFAs with commercial 
products, very little research has focused specifically on the full 
cost of USDA Foods used in school meals. The most recent study on this 
topic, and the model for the current study, is the State Commodity 
Distribution System study covering the 1985-86 school year.
    The proposed study will examine the variety of factors that 
determine the cost and value of USDA Foods to local school and school 
district food programs. The objectives of the study are to (1) identify 
distribution models (including procurement, transportation, storage and 
delivery) used by 49 states and the District of Columbia to distribute 
USDA Foods to schools; (2) identify 4 to 10 procurement and 
distribution models that represent the state systems used in School 
Year (SY) 2015-16; and (3) develop cost estimates for a group of USDA 
Foods, full processed products made from USDA Foods, and comparable 
commercial products.
    Affected Public: Respondent groups include: (1) State officials 
with responsibility for USDA Food provision and (2) directors of school 
food authorities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 440-950. The proposed final 
samples will include State Distribution Agencies in up to 49 States and 
the District of Columbia, and 112-280 unique SFAs, depending on how 
many distribution models are studied (Kansas is excluded because it 
receives cash payments in lieu of USDA foods). The number studied will 
be determined on the basis of the results of the survey of SDAs.
    Estimated Frequency of Responses per Respondent: All respondents 
will be asked to respond to each instrument only once.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 440-950, depending on the number 
of distribution models studied.
    Estimated Time per Response: 43 minutes (0.72 hours). The estimated 
response time varies from 5 minutes for notifications of the surveys to 
360 minutes (6 hours), depending on the survey and the respondent 
group, as shown in the following table.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 308 to 693 hours.

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                                  Data collection                            Estimated     Frequency of    Total annual    Average hours      burden
       Affected public               activity            Respondents         number of       response        responses     per response      estimate
                                                                            respondents                                                       (hours)
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State........................  Notify state          State education                  50               1              50            0.08               4
                                officials of web      agency financial
                                survey.               officer.
State........................  Self-Administered     Non-respondents....               3               1               3            0.08             0.2
                                Web Survey.
                               (Administrative data  State education                  47               1              47            1.0               47
                                on USDA Food costs).  agency financial
                                                      officer.
State........................  Notify state          State education                8-20               1            8-20            0.25             2-5
                                officials of in-      agency financial
                                person interview.     officer.

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State........................  In-person interview   State education                8-20               1            8-20            6             48-120
                                of state              agency financial
                                distribution agency   officer.
                                (Additional
                                information on USDA
                                Food costs).
Local and Tribal.............  Notify local and      Foodservice                 112-280               1         112-280            0.08        9.0-22.4
                                tribal officials of   director.
                                web survey.
Local and Tribal.............  Self-Administered     Non-respondents....           12-30               1           12-30            0.08         1.0-2.4
                                Web Survey.
                               (Administrative data  Foodservice                 100-250               1         100-250            0.75      75.0-187.5
                                on USDA Food costs).  director.
                               Phone Follow-up       Nonrespondents.....           20-50               1           20-50            0.08         1.6-4.0
                                Survey.
                               (Administrative data  Foodservice                  80-200               1          80-200            1.5          120-300
                                on USDA Food costs).  director.
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    Grand Total..............  ....................  ...................         440-950               1         440-950            0.72         308-693
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    Dated: December 22, 2014.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-30492 Filed 12-29-14; 8:45 am]
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