Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 6229 [2016-02208]


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 24 (Friday, February 5, 2016)]
[Page 6229]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2016-02208]



Foreign Agricultural Service

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

February 1, 2016.
    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 
are requested regarding (1) 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) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden 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 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 March 7, 
2016 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 20502. 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) 720-8958.
    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.

Foreign Agricultural Service

    Title: Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program (FMD) and 
Market Access Program (MAP).
    OMB Control Number: 0551-0026.
    Summary of Collection: The basic authority for the Foreign Market 
Development Cooperator Program (FMD) is contained in Title VII of the 
Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, 7 U.S.C. 5721, et seq. Program 
regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1484. Title VII directs the Secretary 
of Agriculture to ``establish and, in cooperation with eligible trade 
organization, carry out a foreign market development cooperator program 
to maintain and develop foreign markets for United States agricultural 
commodities and products.'' The Market Access Program (MAP) is 
authorized by section 203 of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as 
amended. Program regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1485. The primary 
objective of the Market Access Program (MAP) is to encourage the 
development, maintenance, and expansion of commercial export markets 
for U.S. agricultural products through cost-share assistance to 
eligible trade organizations that implement a foreign market 
development program. The programs are administered by personnel of the 
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
    Need and Use of the Information: The collected information will be 
used by FAS to manage, plan, evaluate, and account for government 
resources. Specifically, data is used to assess the extent to which: 
Applicant organizations represent U.S. commodity interests; benefits 
derived from market development effort will translate back to the 
broadest possible range of beneficiaries; the market development 
efforts will lead to increases in consumption and imports of U.S. 
agricultural commodities; the applicant is able and willing to commit 
personnel and financial resources to assure adequate development, 
supervision and execution of project activities; and private 
organizations are able and willing to support the promotional program 
with aggressive marketing of the commodity in question. Without the 
collected information the program could not be implemented.
    Description of Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; State, 
Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 64.
    Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 85,304.

Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-02208 Filed 2-4-16; 8:45 am]