Information Collection; Secure Rural Schools Act, 24561-24562 [2016-09670]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 80 / Tuesday, April 26, 2016 / Notices The teleconference is open to the public. However, the public is strongly encouraged to RSVP prior to the teleconference to ensure all related documents are shared with public meeting participants. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should submit a request in writing 10 days before the planned meeting to be scheduled on the agenda. 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 time requests for oral comments must be sent to Lori McKean, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 1123, Washington, DC 20250; or by email to lmckean@fs.fed.us. A summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site listed above within 21 days after the meeting. 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DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before June 27, 2016 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to David mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:08 Apr 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Bergendorf, National Secure Rural Schools Program Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, Washington Office— Yates Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, Mailstop #1158, Washington, DC 20250; all comments should identify OMB 0596–0220. The public may inspect comments received at Web site: http://www.fs. usda.gov/main/pts/countyfunds/ certification. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Bergendorf, National Secure Rural Schools Program Coordinator, by phone at 505–563–7117 or via email at dwbergendorf@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Secure Rural Schools Act. OMB Number: 0596–0220. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2016. Type of Request: Extension. Abstract: The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (the Act) (16 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), as reauthorized in Public Law 110–343 and Public Law 112–141, requires the appropriate official of a county that receives funds under Title III of the Act to submit to the appropriate Secretary an annual certification that the funds expended have been used as authorized under section 302(a) of the Act. The appropriate official of each participating county will be requested to report the amount of Title III funds expended in the applicable year in these categories as specified in the Act: (1) To carry out authorized activities under the Firewise Communities Program; (2) To reimburse the participating county for emergency services performed on Federal land and paid for by the participating county; and (3) To develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination with the appropriate Secretary. The information collection will identify the participating county, the year in which the expenditures were made, the name, title, and signature of the certifying official; and the date of the certification. The certification will include a statement that all expenditures were for uses authorized under section 302(a) of the Act and that the proposed uses were published and had a 45-day comment period and were submitted to the appropriate Secure PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24561 Rural Schools Act resource advisory committee(s), if any, as described in Section 302(b) of the Act. Beginning with the certification due on February 1, 2013, the information collection also will request the county to certify the amount of Title III funds received since October of 2008 that has not been obligated as of September 30th of the previous year. This collection is necessary in the certification due on February 1, 2014, to determine the amount of Title III funds that must be returned to the United States Treasury under section 304(b) of the Act. Collection of this information in 2013 is consistent with a recent audit of county uses of Title III funds by the Government Accountability Office (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12775). A county’s procedure for and documentation of its obligation of title III funds should be consistent with its procedures to obligate funds from other Federal sources. In summary, the February 1, 2013, information collection will certify Title III funds expended in calendar year 2012, and the amount of Title III funds not obligated as of September 30, 2012. The February 1, 2014, information collection will certify Title III funds expended in calendar year 2013 and the amount of Title III funds not obligated as of September 30, 2013. The determination of who is the appropriate certifying official is at the discretion of the county and borough and will vary depending on county or borough organization. For unorganized boroughs in Alaska and for participating counties in Vermont, a state official may provide the information. The information will be collected in the form of conventional correspondence such as a letter and, at the respondent’s option, attached tables or similar graphic display. The Forest Service provides an optional form for the convenience of respondents. At the respondent’s discretion, the information may be submitted by hard copy and/or electronically scanned and included as an attachment to electronic mail. Under the Act, the first response was required by February 1, 2010 for funds expended in 2009. Responses are required by February 1st of the following year each year Title III funds are expended. The Act requires Title III funds to be obligated by September 30, 2018, or be returned to the U.S. Treasury; therefore, the funds are likely to be expended or returned in 2014 and the final certification of expenditures could be made by February 1, 2019. The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management are also authorized to participate in this E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1 24562 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 80 / Tuesday, April 26, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES information collection because the Bureau of Land Management administers Federal lands in western Oregon covered by the Act. The information will be reviewed by the appropriate Secretary, or designee, to verify that participating counties have certified that funds were expended as authorized in the Act and to identify amounts not obligated by September 30th of the previous year. The information also may be used by the Department of the Interior because it is relevant to its Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Estimate of Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated time required for each respondent to collect, prepare and submit the information is 24 hours each year, including an estimated 20 hours for collection and four hours for preparation and submission. Type of Respondents: Respondents are county officials. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 344 county officials are expected to respond each year. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: The Act requires only one response for each participating county for each year expenditures are made, except that sixteen counties in western Oregon will respond separately to the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The estimated time required for all respondents (344 counties) to collect, prepare, and submit the information is 8,256 hours each year. Comment Is Invited Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the 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 respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:08 Apr 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. Dated: April 14, 2016. Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the Forest Service. [FR Doc. 2016–09670 Filed 4–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program 2016 Industry Forums—Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: This Notice announces a series of teleconference and/or web conference meetings regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing (GRRH) program, which are scheduled to occur during 2016 and 2017. This Notice also outlines suggested discussion topics for the meetings and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to participate in the teleconference and/or web conference meetings. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for dates. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Cole, Financial and Loan Analyst, at (202) 720–1251, fax: (844) 875–8075, or email: monica.cole@ wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The objectives of this series of teleconferences are as follows: • Enhance the effectiveness of the Section 538 the GRRH program. • Update industry participants and Rural Housing Service (RHS) staff on developments involving the Section 538 GRRH program. • Enhance RHS’ awareness of the market and other forces that impact the Section 538 GRRH program. Topics to be discussed could include, but will not be limited to, the following: • Updates on USDA’s Section 538 GRRH program activities. • Perspectives on the current state of debt financing and its impact on the Section 538 GRRH program. • Enhancing the use of Section 538 GRRH program financing with the transfer and/or preservation of Section 515 developments. • The impact of the Low Income Housing Tax Credits program changes on Section 538 GRRH program financing. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The dates and times for the teleconference and/or web conference meetings will be announced via email to parties registered as described below. Registration: Any member of the public wishing to register for the calls and obtain the call-in number, access code, web link and other information for any of the public teleconference and/or web conference meetings may contact Monica Cole, Financial and Loan Analyst, at (202) 720–1251, fax: (844) 875–8075, or email: monica.cole@ wdc.usda.gov. Those who request registration less than 15 calendar days prior to the date of a teleconference and/ or web conference meetings may not receive notice of that teleconference and/or web conference meeting, but will receive notice of future teleconference and/or web conference meetings. The Agency expects to accommodate each participant’s preferred form of participation by telephone or via web link. However, if it appears that existing capabilities may prevent the Agency from accommodating all requests for one form of participation, each participant will be notified and encouraged to consider an alternative form of participation. Individuals who plan to participate and need reasonable accommodations or language translation assistance should inform Monica Cole within 10 business days in advance of the meeting date. Non-Discrimination Requirements The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 80 (Tuesday, April 26, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24561-24562]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-09670]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Information Collection; Secure Rural Schools Act

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and 
organizations on the extension of the information collection, Secure 
Rural Schools Act.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before June 27, 2016 
to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will 
be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to David 
Bergendorf, National Secure Rural Schools Program Coordinator, USDA 
Forest Service, Washington Office--Yates Building, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, Mailstop #1158, Washington, DC 20250; all comments should 
identify OMB 0596-0220.
    The public may inspect comments received at Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/countyfunds/certification.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Bergendorf, National Secure 
Rural Schools Program Coordinator, by phone at 505-563-7117 or via 
email at dwbergendorf@fs.fed.us.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through 
Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Secure Rural Schools Act.
    OMB Number: 0596-0220.
    Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2016.
    Type of Request: Extension.
    Abstract: The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination 
Act of 2000 (the Act) (16 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), as reauthorized in 
Public Law 110-343 and Public Law 112-141, requires the appropriate 
official of a county that receives funds under Title III of the Act to 
submit to the appropriate Secretary an annual certification that the 
funds expended have been used as authorized under section 302(a) of the 
Act.
    The appropriate official of each participating county will be 
requested to report the amount of Title III funds expended in the 
applicable year in these categories as specified in the Act:
    (1) To carry out authorized activities under the Firewise 
Communities Program;
    (2) To reimburse the participating county for emergency services 
performed on Federal land and paid for by the participating county; and
    (3) To develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination 
with the appropriate Secretary.
    The information collection will identify the participating county, 
the year in which the expenditures were made, the name, title, and 
signature of the certifying official; and the date of the 
certification. The certification will include a statement that all 
expenditures were for uses authorized under section 302(a) of the Act 
and that the proposed uses were published and had a 45-day comment 
period and were submitted to the appropriate Secure Rural Schools Act 
resource advisory committee(s), if any, as described in Section 302(b) 
of the Act.
    Beginning with the certification due on February 1, 2013, the 
information collection also will request the county to certify the 
amount of Title III funds received since October of 2008 that has not 
been obligated as of September 30th of the previous year. This 
collection is necessary in the certification due on February 1, 2014, 
to determine the amount of Title III funds that must be returned to the 
United States Treasury under section 304(b) of the Act. Collection of 
this information in 2013 is consistent with a recent audit of county 
uses of Title III funds by the Government Accountability Office (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-775). A county's procedure for and 
documentation of its obligation of title III funds should be consistent 
with its procedures to obligate funds from other Federal sources.
    In summary, the February 1, 2013, information collection will 
certify Title III funds expended in calendar year 2012, and the amount 
of Title III funds not obligated as of September 30, 2012. The February 
1, 2014, information collection will certify Title III funds expended 
in calendar year 2013 and the amount of Title III funds not obligated 
as of September 30, 2013.
    The determination of who is the appropriate certifying official is 
at the discretion of the county and borough and will vary depending on 
county or borough organization. For unorganized boroughs in Alaska and 
for participating counties in Vermont, a state official may provide the 
information.
    The information will be collected in the form of conventional 
correspondence such as a letter and, at the respondent's option, 
attached tables or similar graphic display. The Forest Service provides 
an optional form for the convenience of respondents. At the 
respondent's discretion, the information may be submitted by hard copy 
and/or electronically scanned and included as an attachment to 
electronic mail.
    Under the Act, the first response was required by February 1, 2010 
for funds expended in 2009. Responses are required by February 1st of 
the following year each year Title III funds are expended. The Act 
requires Title III funds to be obligated by September 30, 2018, or be 
returned to the U.S. Treasury; therefore, the funds are likely to be 
expended or returned in 2014 and the final certification of 
expenditures could be made by February 1, 2019.
    The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management 
are also authorized to participate in this

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information collection because the Bureau of Land Management 
administers Federal lands in western Oregon covered by the Act. The 
information will be reviewed by the appropriate Secretary, or designee, 
to verify that participating counties have certified that funds were 
expended as authorized in the Act and to identify amounts not obligated 
by September 30th of the previous year. The information also may be 
used by the Department of the Interior because it is relevant to its 
Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
    Estimate of Annual Burden per Respondent: The estimated time 
required for each respondent to collect, prepare and submit the 
information is 24 hours each year, including an estimated 20 hours for 
collection and four hours for preparation and submission.
    Type of Respondents: Respondents are county officials.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 344 county officials are 
expected to respond each year.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: The Act 
requires only one response for each participating county for each year 
expenditures are made, except that sixteen counties in western Oregon 
will respond separately to the Department of the Interior and the 
Department of Agriculture.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The estimated time 
required for all respondents (344 counties) to collect, prepare, and 
submit the information is 8,256 hours each year.

Comment Is Invited

    Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information 
is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's 
estimate of the burden of the 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 
respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the request for Office of 
Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: April 14, 2016.
Mary Wagner,
Associate Chief of the Forest Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-09670 Filed 4-25-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3411-15-P