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Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 197 / Tuesday, October 13, 2015 / Notices clearance for these forms expires February 2016. The representations continue to be required as reflected in Public Law 113–235. To ensure that USDA agencies and staff offices are positioned to continue compliance with the appropriation restrictions for their duration, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer is issuing this renewal approval notice for another formal three year clearance of the information collection request. Should the appropriation restrictions become ineffective or not be continued during the three year clearance period, this information request will be canceled when it is no longer required. Form AD–3030 (required during the application process) will effectuate compliance with the appropriation restrictions by requiring all corporate applicants to represent at the time of application for a non-procurement program whether they have any felony convictions or tax delinquencies that would prevent USDA from doing business with them. Form AD–3031 (applicable at the time of the award) requires an affirmative representation that corporate awardees for nonprocurement transactions do not have any felony convictions or tax delinquencies. If the application and award process occurs in a single step, the agency or staff office may require concurrent submission of both forms. Corporations (for profit and non-profit entities) include, but are not limited to, any entity that has filed articles of incorporation in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the various territories of the United States. Collection of this information is necessary to ensure that USDA agencies and staff offices comply with the appropriation restrictions prohibiting the Government from doing business with corporations with felony convictions and/or tax delinquencies. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is estimated to average 15 minutes per response. Frequency of Collection: Other: Corporations—AD–3030—each time they apply to participate in a multitude of USDA non-procurement programs; Awardees—AD–3031—each time they receive an award from USDA nonprocurement programs. Type of Respondents: Corporate applicants and awardees for USDA nonprocurement programs, including grants, cooperative agreements, loans, loan guarantees, some memoranda of understanding/agreement, and nonprocurement contracts. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 741,544. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:23 Oct 09, 2015 Jkt 238001 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.75. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 2,039,246. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours on Respondents: 509,812. We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information collection to help us to: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agencies and staff offices, 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, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological and other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Jon M. Holladay, Chief Financial Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–25233 Filed 10–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–KS–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request October 6, 2015. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61335 automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by November 12, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250–7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. National Agricultural Statistics Service Title: Floriculture Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0093. Summary of Collection: The primary function of the National Agricultural Statistics (NASS) is to prepare current official state and national estimates of crop and livestock production. Since 1985 Congress has provided funds to conduct an annual Commercial Floriculture Survey which obtains data on this important and growing industry. The Floriculture Survey is currently conducted in 15 States (California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington). General authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. This statute specifies that ‘‘The Secretary of Agriculture shall procure and preserve all information concerning agriculture which can be obtain by the collection of statistics...and shall distribute them among agriculturists’’. The floriculture industry accounted for more than $5.9 billion in wholesale sales at the U.S. level. Need and Use of the Information: NASS obtains basic agricultural statistics on production and value of floriculture products. The target population for this survey is all E:\FR\FM\13OCN1.SGM 13OCN1 61336 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 197 / Tuesday, October 13, 2015 / Notices operations with production and sales of at least $10,000 of floriculture products. Data collected from the survey will assess alternative agriculture opportunities, and provide statistics for Federal and State agencies to monitor the use of agricultural chemicals. If the information is not collected data users could not keep abreast of changes. Description of Respondents: Farms; Business or other-for-profit. Number of Respondents: 8,218. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 4,950. National Agricultural Statistics Service Title: Mink Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0212. Summary of Collection: The primary function of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue current official State and national estimates of crop and livestock production. The mink program consists of two surveys: an annual census of all known mink producers in the 50 states (the Mink Survey) and an annual survey of two prominent mink pelt auction houses (the Mink Price Survey). Statistics on mink production are published for the 13 major states that account for nearly 100 percent of the total U.S. pelt production. There is no other source for this type of information. General authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. Need and Use of the Information: NASS collects information on mink pelts produced by color, number of females bred to produce kits the following year, number of mink farms, average marketing price, and the value of pelts produced. The data is disseminated by NASS in the Mink Report and is used by the U.S. government and other groups. Description of Respondents: Farms. Number of Respondents: 352. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 89. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–25851 Filed 10–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:23 Oct 09, 2015 Jkt 238001 Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA). ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $10 million in fiscal year 2015 (FY15) and application deadlines for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. These grants are made available under the authority of section 19 of the Rural Electrification Act, of 1936 as amended (7 U.S.C. 918a) and program regulations at 7 CFR part 1709. Eligibility is limited to communities with average annual residential energy costs exceeding 275 percent of the national average. Grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving eligible communities. Grants may also be used for programs that install on-grid and offgrid renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements in eligible communities. This notice describes the eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and how to obtain application materials. DATES: You may submit completed grant applications on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines: • Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight, no later than December 14, 2015, or hand delivered to RUS by this deadline, to be eligible under this NOSA. Late or incomplete applications will not be eligible for FY 2015 grant funding. • Electronic applications must be submitted through Grants.gov no later than midnight December 14, 2015, to be eligible under this notice for FY 2015 grant funding. Late or incomplete electronic applications will not be eligible. • Applications will not be accepted by electronic mail. Applications will be accepted upon publication of this notice until midnight (EST) of the closing date of December 14, 2015. If the submission deadline falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday, the application is due the next business day. ADDRESSES: Copies of the 2015 Application Guide, required forms and other information on the High Energy Cost Grant Program may be obtained by the following: (1) The program Web site (https:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ high-energy-cost-grants) or SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov) by searching under Opportunity Number RD– RUS–HECG15; or (3) Contacting the RUS Electric Programs at (202) 720–9545 to request paper copies of the Application Guides or other materials. Completed applications may be submitted in the following ways: • Paper applications are to be submitted to the Rural Utilities Service, Electric Programs, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 1560, Room 5165 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1560. Applications should be marked ‘‘Attention: High Energy Cost Grant Program.’’ • Applications may be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Information on how to submit applications electronically is available on the Grants.gov Web site (https:// www.grants.gov). Applicants must successfully pre-register with Grants.gov to use the electronic applications option. Application information may be downloaded from Grants.gov without preregistration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Meigel, Finance Specialist, Rural Utilities Service, Electric Program, Office of Portfolio Management and Risk Assessment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 1568, Room 1274–S, Washington, DC 20250–1568. Telephone (202) 720–9452, Fax (202) 720–1401, email: Robin.Meigel@ wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Contents of This Notice A. Program Description B. Federal Award Information C. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants i. Applicants ii. Substantially Underserved Trust Area Applicants 2. Cost Sharing and Matching 3. Other i. Eligible Communities a. High Energy Cost Benchmarks (1) Extremely High Average Annual Household Expenditure for Home Energy (2) Extremely High Average per Unit Energy Costs (3) Supporting Energy Cost Data (4) Use of Estimated Home Energy Costs b. SUTA Eligible Communities ii. Eligible Projects iii. Limitations on Grant Awards a. Statutory Limitation on Planning and Administrative Expenses b. Maximum and Minimum Awards c. Multiple Applications d. Ineligible Grant Purposes for High Energy Cost Grants E:\FR\FM\13OCN1.SGM 13OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

October 6, 2015.
    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following 
information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments 
regarding (a) 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; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (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 other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments regarding this information collection received by November 
12, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: 
Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office 
Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are 
encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: 
OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental 
Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-
7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-
8681.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB 
control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to 
respond to the collection of information that such persons are not 
required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.

National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Floriculture Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0093.
    Summary of Collection: The primary function of the National 
Agricultural Statistics (NASS) is to prepare current official state and 
national estimates of crop and livestock production. Since 1985 
Congress has provided funds to conduct an annual Commercial 
Floriculture Survey which obtains data on this important and growing 
industry. The Floriculture Survey is currently conducted in 15 States 
(California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, 
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, 
Texas, and Washington). General authority for these data collection 
activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. This 
statute specifies that ``The Secretary of Agriculture shall procure and 
preserve all information concerning agriculture which can be obtain by 
the collection of statistics...and shall distribute them among 
agriculturists''. The floriculture industry accounted for more than 
$5.9 billion in wholesale sales at the U.S. level.
    Need and Use of the Information: NASS obtains basic agricultural 
statistics on production and value of floriculture products. The target 
population for this survey is all

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operations with production and sales of at least $10,000 of 
floriculture products. Data collected from the survey will assess 
alternative agriculture opportunities, and provide statistics for 
Federal and State agencies to monitor the use of agricultural 
chemicals. If the information is not collected data users could not 
keep abreast of changes.
    Description of Respondents: Farms; Business or other-for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 8,218.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 4,950.

National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Mink Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0212.
    Summary of Collection: The primary function of the National 
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue current 
official State and national estimates of crop and livestock production. 
The mink program consists of two surveys: an annual census of all known 
mink producers in the 50 states (the Mink Survey) and an annual survey 
of two prominent mink pelt auction houses (the Mink Price Survey). 
Statistics on mink production are published for the 13 major states 
that account for nearly 100 percent of the total U.S. pelt production. 
There is no other source for this type of information. General 
authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S. 
Code Title 7, Section 2204.
    Need and Use of the Information: NASS collects information on mink 
pelts produced by color, number of females bred to produce kits the 
following year, number of mink farms, average marketing price, and the 
value of pelts produced. The data is disseminated by NASS in the Mink 
Report and is used by the U.S. government and other groups.
    Description of Respondents: Farms.
    Number of Respondents: 352.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 89.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-25851 Filed 10-9-15; 8:45 am]
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