Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 9422-9423 [2016-03979]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 9422 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 37 / Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Notices the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: https://www. fs.usda.gov/main/pts. DATES: The meeting will be held on March 16, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District, 3031 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska. A conference line is set up for those who would like to listen in by telephone. For the conference call number, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. 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Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Diane L. Olson, RAC Coordinator, Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District, 3031 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901; by email to dianelolson@ fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 907–225– 8738. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 Feb 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled For Further Information Contact. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: February 12, 2016. Jon Hyde, Acting District Ranger. [FR Doc. 2016–03481 Filed 2–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request February 19, 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; (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 28, 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: Generic Clearance of Survey Improvement Projects OMB Control Number: 0535–0248 Summary of Collection: The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) are to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, economic and environmental statistics related to agriculture and to conduct the Census of Agriculture under the general authority of Title 7 U.S.C. Sec. 2204. The purpose of this generic clearance is to allow NASS to respond quickly to emerging issues and data collection needs. NASS will continue to develop, test, evaluate, adopt, and use state-ofthe-art techniques to cover a broad range of topics designed to improve NASS’ data collection on agriculture. Need and Use of the Information: NASS will use a number of survey improvement techniques, as appropriate to the individual project under investigation. These include focus groups, cognitive and usability laboratory and field techniques, exploratory interviews, behavior coding, respondent debriefing, pilot surveys and split-panel tests. The information gathered will be used mainly for questionnaire development and other research and evaluation. Additionally, NASS anticipates the benefit of increased response rates through improved survey design, a goal tied directly to addressing OMB requirements for higher response rates and measurement of non-response bias. Description of Respondents: Farms. Number of Respondents: 25,000. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 15,000. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03981 Filed 2–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business Cooperative Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request February 19, 2016. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 37 / Thursday, February 25, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 28, 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. Rural Business Service Title: Intermediary Re-lending Program. OMB Control Number: 0570–0021. Summary of Collection: The objective of the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) is to improve community facilities and employment opportunities and increase economic activity in rural areas by financing business facilities and community development. This purpose is achieved through loans made by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) to intermediaries that establish programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and community development. The Community Economic Development Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 Feb 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 9812(a), section 623(a)) provides for the Secretary the authority to make loans to nonprofit entities who will in turn provide financial assistance to rural businesses to improve business, industry and employment opportunities as well as provide a diversification of the economy in rural areas. Need and Use of the Information: The information requested is necessary for RBS to process applications in a responsible manner, make prudent credit and program decisions, and effectively monitor the intermediaries’ activities to protect the Government’s financial interest and ensure that funds obtained from the Government are used appropriately. Various forms are used to include information to identify the intermediary, describe the intermediary’s experience and expertise, describe how the intermediary will operate its revolving loan fund, provide for debt instruments, loan agreements, and security, and other material necessary for prudent credit decisions and reasonable program monitoring. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit institutions; Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 240. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 24,580. Rural Business-Cooperative Service Title: Agriculture Innovation Centers. OMB Control Number: 0570–0045. Summary of Collection: The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–171, signed May 13, 2002) authorized the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to award grant funds to Agriculture Innovation Centers (Centers). The Agricultural Act of 2014 reauthorized the program through 2018. The Centers provide a demonstration program under which agricultural producers are to be provided with technical and business development assistance enabling them to establish businesses producing and marketing value-added products. This program is administered by Cooperative Programs within USDA’s Rural Development. Need and Use of the Information: Information is collected by Rural Development State and Area office staff, as delegated, from applicants and grantees. Cooperative Programs uses the collected information to confirm that the applicant and use of funds meet the eligibility requirements for the program as well as to assess the quality of the proposed project. Grantees are required to submit financial status and performance reports to confirm that progress is being made toward achieving PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9423 the stated goals of the project. A final report is submitted at the completion of the grant agreement. Centers may be non-profit corporations, for-profit corporations, institutions of higher learning, and consortia of the aforementioned entities. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit Institutions; Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 1. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Semi-annually. Total Burden Hours: 30. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03979 Filed 2–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utility Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request February 19, 2016. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to Office of Management and Budget (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; (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 28, 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– E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 37 (Thursday, February 25, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business Cooperative Service


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

February 19, 2016.
    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following 
information collection requirement(s) to OMB for

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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 
28, 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.

Rural Business Service

    Title: Intermediary Re-lending Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0570-0021.
    Summary of Collection: The objective of the Intermediary Relending 
Program (IRP) is to improve community facilities and employment 
opportunities and increase economic activity in rural areas by 
financing business facilities and community development. This purpose 
is achieved through loans made by the Rural Business-Cooperative 
Service (RBS) to intermediaries that establish programs for the purpose 
of providing loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and 
community development. The Community Economic Development Act of 1981 
(42 U.S.C. 9812(a), section 623(a)) provides for the Secretary the 
authority to make loans to nonprofit entities who will in turn provide 
financial assistance to rural businesses to improve business, industry 
and employment opportunities as well as provide a diversification of 
the economy in rural areas.
    Need and Use of the Information: The information requested is 
necessary for RBS to process applications in a responsible manner, make 
prudent credit and program decisions, and effectively monitor the 
intermediaries' activities to protect the Government's financial 
interest and ensure that funds obtained from the Government are used 
appropriately. Various forms are used to include information to 
identify the intermediary, describe the intermediary's experience and 
expertise, describe how the intermediary will operate its revolving 
loan fund, provide for debt instruments, loan agreements, and security, 
and other material necessary for prudent credit decisions and 
reasonable program monitoring.
    Description of Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business 
or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 240.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours: 24,580.

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

    Title: Agriculture Innovation Centers.
    OMB Control Number: 0570-0045.
    Summary of Collection: The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act 
of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-171, signed May 13, 2002) authorized the Secretary 
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to award grant funds to 
Agriculture Innovation Centers (Centers). The Agricultural Act of 2014 
reauthorized the program through 2018. The Centers provide a 
demonstration program under which agricultural producers are to be 
provided with technical and business development assistance enabling 
them to establish businesses producing and marketing value-added 
products. This program is administered by Cooperative Programs within 
USDA's Rural Development.
    Need and Use of the Information: Information is collected by Rural 
Development State and Area office staff, as delegated, from applicants 
and grantees. Cooperative Programs uses the collected information to 
confirm that the applicant and use of funds meet the eligibility 
requirements for the program as well as to assess the quality of the 
proposed project. Grantees are required to submit financial status and 
performance reports to confirm that progress is being made toward 
achieving the stated goals of the project. A final report is submitted 
at the completion of the grant agreement. Centers may be non-profit 
corporations, for-profit corporations, institutions of higher learning, 
and consortia of the aforementioned entities.
    Description of Respondents: Not-for-profit Institutions; Business 
or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 1.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Semi-annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 30.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-03979 Filed 2-24-16; 8:45 am]
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