Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection, 20320-20321 [2016-08030]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 20320 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 67 / Thursday, April 7, 2016 / Notices 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 Unshu oranges from the Republic of Korea into the continental United States, contact Mr. Marc Phillips, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, RCC, IRM, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2114. 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: Importation of Unshu Oranges from the Republic of Korea into the Continental United States. OMB Control Number: 0579–0314. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. As authorized by the PPA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of citrus fruit from certain parts of the world as provided in ‘‘Subpart—Citrus Fruit’’ (7 CFR 319.28). In accordance with these regulations, APHIS allows the importation of Unshu oranges from Cheju Island, Republic of Korea, into the continental United States under certain conditions to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States. These conditions involve the use of information collection activities, including packinghouse registration and a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit has undergone surface sterilization and was inspected and found free of the plant pathogen that causes sweet orange scab. We are asking OMB to approve our use of these information collection activities 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: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Apr 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 (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. Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.5675 hours per response. Respondents: Importers of Unshu oranges and the national plant protection organization of the Republic of Korea. Estimated annual number of respondents: 4. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 9.25. Estimated annual number of responses: 37. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 21 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 1st day of April 2016. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2016–08013 Filed 4–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Economic Research Service Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection Economic Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Economic Research Service’s intention to request approval SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for a new information collection for the study of ‘‘Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System.’’ This is a new collection to provide information on usage and expectations of future use among requestors of genetic resources from USDA’s National Plant Germplasm System. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 6, 2016 to be assured of consideration. Additional Information or Comments: Address all comments concerning this notice to Kelly Day Rubenstein, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mail Stop 1800, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Kelly Day Rubenstein at 202–694– 4847 or via email to kday@ers.usda.gov. For further information contact Kelly Day Rubenstein at the address above, or telephone 202–694–5515. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System. OMB Number: To be assigned by OMB. Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: The Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System will solicit data from the 6,009 institutional representatives who requested germplasm (i.e., living tissue from which plants can be grown) for any of ten crops including beans, barley, cotton, maize, sorghum, squash, soybeans, potato, rice, and wheat from the National Plant Germplasm System over a five year period from January 2009 to December 2013. Each respondent will be asked to provide information via a web-based questionnaire. Legislative authority for the planned data collection is 7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and 7 U.S.C. 2661. The information to be collected by the ‘‘Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System’’ is necessary to assess and understand the types and varieties of germplasm needed by breeders and other scientists in both the public and private sectors. This study will provide data not currently available to program officials and researchers, thereby broadening the scope of economic analyses of genetic enhancement, and in turn, enhancing R&D and productivity research at the Economic Research Service (ERS), the National Plant Germplasm System, and the National Germplasm Resource Laboratory. The database would contain E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 67 / Thursday, April 7, 2016 / Notices a wealth of empirical information on germplasm use in breeding and research. This includes information by specific crops (e.g., the use of landraces in corn breeding, the search for biotic tolerance in wheat); the quantity of germplasm by type and purpose; institutional needs for germplasm (both public and private); and requestors’ anticipated future use. This information will also assess biological traits that are needed for adaptation to climate change. Agriculture is highly geographyspecific, given that growing regions vary by rainfall and temperature conditions, pest and disease pressures, and soil types. Accordingly, plant breeders work to develop unique varieties for different geographic locations. As a result, each requestor of NPGS germplasm is likely to have one characteristic—geographic location—which is unique and important to that institution’s use of this germplasm, particularly in the context of global climate change. Moreover, it would be difficult to get adequate representation of the matrix of crops, germplasm types, and locations for some smaller crops (e.g., squash) without conducting a census of all germplasm requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops. A web-based instrument will be used for information collection. It will be kept as simple and respondent-friendly as possible. Responses are voluntary. The study instrument is based on a mailed paper-based instrument used in the 2000 study, ‘‘Demand for Genetic Resources from the National Plant Germplasm System.’’ It was jointly developed by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Auburn University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, the National Germplasm Resources Lab of the National Plant Germplasm System, and the Economic Research Service. The instrument used in the 2000 study was administered by IFPRI and Auburn University and had a response rate of 35%. Study design for currently proposed study is consistent with that of the 2000 study in order to make comparisons across time. The frame for this census comprises all germplasm requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops in the last five years. Although the NPGS provided germplasm to any requestor free of cost, it also informed potential requestors and received their consent, at the time of a request was made, that their information could be used for activities relating to the service that they had requested. Several measures will be taken to support the response rate for the proposed information collection: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Apr 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 • Information will be collected via the internet rather than by mail. This data collection mode is more convenient for intended respondents and will allow for rapid follow up with nonrespondents. • This information collection will be cosponsored by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory of USDA, which is familiar to the recipients as it is the agency that provided the requested germplasm. • A well planned recruitment protocol will include sending the instrument with a cover letter from a senior staff member of the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, who will be an individual familiar to many of the recipients. It also includes up to three reminder emails to nonrespondents. Should the response rate fall below 80%, a non-response bias study will be conducted. The web-based instrument was pretested for ease of use by fewer than ten germplasm requestors contacted by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the average time spent completing the forms was 13 minutes. Information from the Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System will be used for statistical purposes only and reported only in aggregate or statistical form. A public use data file will be created from this information collection. ERS does not intend to invoke CIPSEA or any other data protection statute for this collection, because it will not collect any sensitive or personal identifiable information. Estimate of Burden: In order to answer our research question about the use of germplasm for adaptation to climate change, a census is needed to pinpoint geo-spatial demand for germplasm. Thus, all 6,009 requestors of germplasm will be asked to fill out a web instrument once during a one month data collection period; nonrespondents will receive three reminder emails. 80% of requestors are assumed to provide a response to one of the four emailed instruments. The estimated time of response is 0.34 hour. This average includes time spent completing the questionnaire and reading reminder emails. 20% will be non-respondents and will incur less than 1 minute of time to read the material. Thus, response times are estimated by adding an additional minute for each reminder sent, for a total of four minutes for requestors who never respond. These estimates of respondent burden are based on pretesting by ARS scientists, conducted by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory of the National Plant Germplasm System. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20321 Type of Respondents: Respondents includes all individuals or institutions who requested germplasm for any of the aforesaid ten crops from the National Plant Germplasm System over the five year period as defined by this information collection. Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 6,009. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,731.5 hours. Comments: All written comments received will be available for public inspection in the Resource Center of the Economic Research Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 355 E St. SW., Room 04P33, Washington, DC 20024–4221. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: March 29, 2016. Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service. [FR Doc. 2016–08030 Filed 4–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Notice of Lincoln County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106– 393) the Kootenai National Forest’s Lincoln County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Libby, Montana SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 67 (Thursday, April 7, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20320-20321]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-08030]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Economic Research Service


Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Economic Research 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), this notice announces the Economic Research 
Service's intention to request approval for a new information 
collection for the study of ``Census of Users of the National Plant 
Germplasm System.'' This is a new collection to provide information on 
usage and expectations of future use among requestors of genetic 
resources from USDA's National Plant Germplasm System.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 6, 2016 to be 
assured of consideration.
    Additional Information or Comments: Address all comments concerning 
this notice to Kelly Day Rubenstein, Resource and Rural Economics 
Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Mail Stop 1800, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. 
Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Kelly Day 
Rubenstein at 202-694-4847 or via email to kday@ers.usda.gov. For 
further information contact Kelly Day Rubenstein at the address above, 
or telephone 202-694-5515.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System.
    OMB Number: To be assigned by OMB.
    Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Abstract: The Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm 
System will solicit data from the 6,009 institutional representatives 
who requested germplasm (i.e., living tissue from which plants can be 
grown) for any of ten crops including beans, barley, cotton, maize, 
sorghum, squash, soybeans, potato, rice, and wheat from the National 
Plant Germplasm System over a five year period from January 2009 to 
December 2013. Each respondent will be asked to provide information via 
a web-based questionnaire. Legislative authority for the planned data 
collection is 7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and 7 U.S.C. 2661.
    The information to be collected by the ``Census of Users of the 
National Plant Germplasm System'' is necessary to assess and understand 
the types and varieties of germplasm needed by breeders and other 
scientists in both the public and private sectors. This study will 
provide data not currently available to program officials and 
researchers, thereby broadening the scope of economic analyses of 
genetic enhancement, and in turn, enhancing R&D and productivity 
research at the Economic Research Service (ERS), the National Plant 
Germplasm System, and the National Germplasm Resource Laboratory. The 
database would contain

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a wealth of empirical information on germplasm use in breeding and 
research. This includes information by specific crops (e.g., the use of 
landraces in corn breeding, the search for biotic tolerance in wheat); 
the quantity of germplasm by type and purpose; institutional needs for 
germplasm (both public and private); and requestors' anticipated future 
use. This information will also assess biological traits that are 
needed for adaptation to climate change. Agriculture is highly 
geography-specific, given that growing regions vary by rainfall and 
temperature conditions, pest and disease pressures, and soil types. 
Accordingly, plant breeders work to develop unique varieties for 
different geographic locations. As a result, each requestor of NPGS 
germplasm is likely to have one characteristic--geographic location--
which is unique and important to that institution's use of this 
germplasm, particularly in the context of global climate change. 
Moreover, it would be difficult to get adequate representation of the 
matrix of crops, germplasm types, and locations for some smaller crops 
(e.g., squash) without conducting a census of all germplasm requestors 
to the NPGS for any of the ten crops.
    A web-based instrument will be used for information collection. It 
will be kept as simple and respondent-friendly as possible. Responses 
are voluntary. The study instrument is based on a mailed paper-based 
instrument used in the 2000 study, ``Demand for Genetic Resources from 
the National Plant Germplasm System.'' It was jointly developed by 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Auburn 
University's Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, 
the National Germplasm Resources Lab of the National Plant Germplasm 
System, and the Economic Research Service. The instrument used in the 
2000 study was administered by IFPRI and Auburn University and had a 
response rate of 35%. Study design for currently proposed study is 
consistent with that of the 2000 study in order to make comparisons 
across time. The frame for this census comprises all germplasm 
requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops in the last five years. 
Although the NPGS provided germplasm to any requestor free of cost, it 
also informed potential requestors and received their consent, at the 
time of a request was made, that their information could be used for 
activities relating to the service that they had requested. Several 
measures will be taken to support the response rate for the proposed 
information collection:
     Information will be collected via the internet rather than 
by mail. This data collection mode is more convenient for intended 
respondents and will allow for rapid follow up with non-respondents.
     This information collection will be cosponsored by the 
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory of USDA, which is familiar to 
the recipients as it is the agency that provided the requested 
germplasm.
     A well planned recruitment protocol will include sending 
the instrument with a cover letter from a senior staff member of the 
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, who will be an individual 
familiar to many of the recipients. It also includes up to three 
reminder emails to non-respondents.
    Should the response rate fall below 80%, a non-response bias study 
will be conducted. The web-based instrument was pretested for ease of 
use by fewer than ten germplasm requestors contacted by USDA 
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the average time spent 
completing the forms was 13 minutes.
    Information from the Census of Users of the National Plant 
Germplasm System will be used for statistical purposes only and 
reported only in aggregate or statistical form. A public use data file 
will be created from this information collection. ERS does not intend 
to invoke CIPSEA or any other data protection statute for this 
collection, because it will not collect any sensitive or personal 
identifiable information.
    Estimate of Burden: In order to answer our research question about 
the use of germplasm for adaptation to climate change, a census is 
needed to pinpoint geo-spatial demand for germplasm. Thus, all 6,009 
requestors of germplasm will be asked to fill out a web instrument once 
during a one month data collection period; non-respondents will receive 
three reminder emails. 80% of requestors are assumed to provide a 
response to one of the four emailed instruments. The estimated time of 
response is 0.34 hour. This average includes time spent completing the 
questionnaire and reading reminder emails. 20% will be non-respondents 
and will incur less than 1 minute of time to read the material. Thus, 
response times are estimated by adding an additional minute for each 
reminder sent, for a total of four minutes for requestors who never 
respond. These estimates of respondent burden are based on pretesting 
by ARS scientists, conducted by the National Germplasm Resources 
Laboratory of the National Plant Germplasm System.
    Type of Respondents: Respondents includes all individuals or 
institutions who requested germplasm for any of the aforesaid ten crops 
from the National Plant Germplasm System over the five year period as 
defined by this information collection.
    Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 6,009.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,731.5 hours.
    Comments: All written comments received will be available for 
public inspection in the Resource Center of the Economic Research 
Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday 
through Friday) at 355 E St. SW., Room 04P33, Washington, DC 20024-
4221. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in 
the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of 
public record. Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information 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 the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.

    Dated: March 29, 2016.
Mary Bohman,
Administrator, Economic Research Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-08030 Filed 4-6-16; 8:45 am]
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