Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Quality Control, 54552-54553 [2016-19533]

Download as PDF 54552 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 158 / Tuesday, August 16, 2016 / Notices Signed this 8th day of August, 2016. Carolyn C. Parker, Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach. [FR Doc. 2016–19532 Filed 8–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Quality Control Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 17, 2016. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Stephanie Proska, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 822, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Stephanie Proska at 703–305–0928 or via email to SNAPHQ–WEB@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Stephanie Proska at 703–305–2437. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:36 Aug 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—Title 7, Part 275. OMB Number: 0584–0303. Expiration Date: January 31, 2017. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: There are three components of the Quality Control (QC) system that are covered in this required information collection. They are: (1) The sampling plan; (2) the arbitration process; and (3) the good cause process. Each State is required to develop a sampling plan that demonstrates the integrity of its case selection procedures. The QC system is designed to measure each State agency’s payment error rate based on a statistically valid sample of SNAP cases. A State agency’s payment error rate represents the proportion of cases that were reported through a QC review as being ineligible, as well as the proportion of SNAP benefits that were either overissued or underissued to SNAP households. The QC system contains procedures for resolving differences in review findings between State agencies and FNS. This is referred to as the arbitration process. The QC system also contains procedures that provide relief for State agencies from all or a part of a QC liability when a State agency can demonstrate that a part or all of an excessive error rate was due to an unusual event that had an uncontrollable impact on the State agency’s payment error rate. This is referred to as the good cause process. The approved burden for the QC system includes the burden for the QC sampling plan, the arbitration process and the good cause process. The currently approved burden for total reporting burden for the QC system is 1,544.91 hours, an increase of 167.91 hours. (1) The annual reporting burden associated with the QC sampling plan remains at 265 hours. (2) We estimate the annual reporting burdens associated with arbitration and (3) good cause processes to total 791.1 and 320 hours, PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 respectively. The decrease in the revised burden from the currently approved 792 to 791.1 hours for the arbitration process is due to a decrease in the estimated number of responses per State agency. These decreases are a result of State agencies less frequently disagreeing with FNS’ findings. The requested annual reporting burden for the good cause process remains at 320 hours. In addition, we are adding two additional forms to the reporting burden: FNS 74A, Template for QCrelated New Investment Plans and FNS 74B, Template for QC-related New Investment Plan Progress Reports. These two templates are being added to this collection in an effort to formalize the regulatory requirements of these two items for States that are subject to QCrelated new investments. Based on the number of State agencies subject to the QC-related new investment requirement over the last three years and feedback from those State agencies that responded to our inquiry, we estimate the amount of time to create a QC-related new investment plan is approximately 32 hours. This estimate includes determining root causes of a State agency’s error rate, exploring methods to address those causes, and writing up the plan to address those causes. In addition, we estimate it takes approximately 5 hours to complete a progress report updating FNS on the status of the activities in the State agency’s relevant QC-related new investment plan. We estimate the total annual reporting burden for 4 State Agencies to complete a new investment plan to be 128 hours and 40 hours for the progress report. The requested annual recordkeeping burden associated with the QC sampling plan remains at 1.25 hours per year. The revised annual recordkeeping burdens associated with arbitration has increased from 0.7788 hour to 1.4868 hours and the good cause process has remained at 0.0472 hour. The estimated recordkeeping burden for the QC-related new investment plan and progress reports total 0.0944 hour and 0.1888 hours respectively. The burden for recordkeeping has increased from 2.076 hours to 3.068 hours. As a result, the overall annual burden for the QC system, as proposed by this notice, increased from 1,379.076 to 1547.978 hours, totaling an increase of 168.90 hours. E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 54553 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 158 / Tuesday, August 16, 2016 / Notices Affected public Estimated number of respondents Requirement Responses annually per respondent Estimated average number of hours per response Total annual responses (Col. b × c) Estimated total hours (Col. d × e) Reporting Burden State State State State Agencies Agencies Agencies Agencies .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... State Agencies .................................... Grand Total Reporting .................. Sampling Plan ..................................... Arbitration Process .............................. Good Cause Process .......................... New Investment Plan Template Form FNS 74 A. New Investment Progress Report Template Form FNS 74 B. 53 15 2 4 1 4.2 1 1 53 63 2 4 5 12.57 160 32 265 791.91 320 128 4 2 8 5 40 ............................................................. 53 ........................ 130 ........................ 1544.91 Estimated time per record Estimated total recordkeeping hours Affected public Number of reports annually per state Estimated number of respondents Requirement Number of total annual records Recordkeeping Burden State State State State Agencies Agencies Agencies Agencies .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... Sampling Plan ..................................... Arbitration Process .............................. Good Cause Process .......................... New Investment Plan Template Form FNS 74 A. New Investment Progress Report Template Form FNS 74 B. 53 15 2 4 1 4.2 1 1 53 63 2 4 0.0236 0.0236 0.0236 0.0236 1.2508 1.4868 0.0472 0.0944 4 2 8 0.0236 0.1888 Grand Total Recordkeeping ......... ............................................................. 53 ........................ 130 ........................ 3.068 Combined Grand Total Reporting and Recordkeeping. ............................................................. 53 4.90566 260 5.953730 1547.978 State Agencies .................................... Dated: August 2, 2016. Yvette S. Jackson, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Superior, Montana. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with title II of the Act. DATES: The meeting will be held August 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:36 Aug 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 The meeting will be held at Superior Ranger District, 209 W. Riverside Avenue, Superior, Montana. 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. The public may inspect comments received at Superior Ranger District. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carole Johnson, District Ranger, by phone at 406–822–4233 or via email at cajohnson01@fs.fed.us; or Racheal Koke, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 406–822–3930 or via email at rkoke@ 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: The purpose of the meeting is to vote on projects that were previously presented. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2016–19533 Filed 8–15–16; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by September 2, 2015, 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 requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Racheal Koke, RAC Coordinator, P.O. Box 460, Superior, Montana 59872; by email to rkoke@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 406– 822–3903. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accommodation for access to the facility or proceedings by contacting the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: August 8, 2016. Carole Johnson, District Ranger. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 158 (Tuesday, August 16, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54552-54553]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-19533]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--Quality 
Control

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment 
on this proposed information collection.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 17, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Stephanie Proska, Food and 
Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Room 822, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted 
via fax to the attention of Stephanie Proska at 703-305-0928 or via 
email to SNAPHQ-WEB@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted 
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments electronically.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Stephanie 
Proska at 703-305-2437.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden 
of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--Title 7, 
Part 275.
    OMB Number: 0584-0303.
    Expiration Date: January 31, 2017.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: There are three components of the Quality Control (QC) 
system that are covered in this required information collection. They 
are: (1) The sampling plan; (2) the arbitration process; and (3) the 
good cause process. Each State is required to develop a sampling plan 
that demonstrates the integrity of its case selection procedures. The 
QC system is designed to measure each State agency's payment error rate 
based on a statistically valid sample of SNAP cases. A State agency's 
payment error rate represents the proportion of cases that were 
reported through a QC review as being ineligible, as well as the 
proportion of SNAP benefits that were either overissued or underissued 
to SNAP households.
    The QC system contains procedures for resolving differences in 
review findings between State agencies and FNS. This is referred to as 
the arbitration process. The QC system also contains procedures that 
provide relief for State agencies from all or a part of a QC liability 
when a State agency can demonstrate that a part or all of an excessive 
error rate was due to an unusual event that had an uncontrollable 
impact on the State agency's payment error rate. This is referred to as 
the good cause process.
    The approved burden for the QC system includes the burden for the 
QC sampling plan, the arbitration process and the good cause process. 
The currently approved burden for total reporting burden for the QC 
system is 1,544.91 hours, an increase of 167.91 hours. (1) The annual 
reporting burden associated with the QC sampling plan remains at 265 
hours. (2) We estimate the annual reporting burdens associated with 
arbitration and (3) good cause processes to total 791.1 and 320 hours, 
respectively. The decrease in the revised burden from the currently 
approved 792 to 791.1 hours for the arbitration process is due to a 
decrease in the estimated number of responses per State agency. These 
decreases are a result of State agencies less frequently disagreeing 
with FNS' findings. The requested annual reporting burden for the good 
cause process remains at 320 hours.
    In addition, we are adding two additional forms to the reporting 
burden: FNS 74A, Template for QC-related New Investment Plans and FNS 
74B, Template for QC-related New Investment Plan Progress Reports. 
These two templates are being added to this collection in an effort to 
formalize the regulatory requirements of these two items for States 
that are subject to QC-related new investments.
    Based on the number of State agencies subject to the QC-related new 
investment requirement over the last three years and feedback from 
those State agencies that responded to our inquiry, we estimate the 
amount of time to create a QC-related new investment plan is 
approximately 32 hours. This estimate includes determining root causes 
of a State agency's error rate, exploring methods to address those 
causes, and writing up the plan to address those causes. In addition, 
we estimate it takes approximately 5 hours to complete a progress 
report updating FNS on the status of the activities in the State 
agency's relevant QC-related new investment plan. We estimate the total 
annual reporting burden for 4 State Agencies to complete a new 
investment plan to be 128 hours and 40 hours for the progress report.
    The requested annual recordkeeping burden associated with the QC 
sampling plan remains at 1.25 hours per year. The revised annual 
recordkeeping burdens associated with arbitration has increased from 
0.7788 hour to 1.4868 hours and the good cause process has remained at 
0.0472 hour. The estimated recordkeeping burden for the QC-related new 
investment plan and progress reports total 0.0944 hour and 0.1888 hours 
respectively.
    The burden for recordkeeping has increased from 2.076 hours to 
3.068 hours. As a result, the overall annual burden for the QC system, 
as proposed by this notice, increased from 1,379.076 to 1547.978 hours, 
totaling an increase of 168.90 hours.

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                                                                             Estimated       Responses     Total annual   average number     Estimated
              Affected public                        Requirement             number of     annually per      responses     of hours per     total hours
                                                                            respondents     respondent     (Col. b x c)      response      (Col. d x e)
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                                                                    Reporting Burden
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State Agencies............................  Sampling Plan...............              53               1              53               5             265
State Agencies............................  Arbitration Process.........              15             4.2              63           12.57          791.91
State Agencies............................  Good Cause Process..........               2               1               2             160             320
State Agencies............................  New Investment Plan Template               4               1               4              32             128
                                             Form FNS 74 A.
State Agencies............................  New Investment Progress                    4               2               8               5              40
                                             Report Template Form FNS 74
                                             B.
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    Grand Total Reporting.................  ............................              53  ..............             130  ..............         1544.91
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                                                                                             Number of                                       Estimated
                                                                             Estimated        reports        Number of    Estimated time       total
              Affected public                        Requirement             number of     annually per    total annual     per record     recordkeeping
                                                                            respondents        state          records                          hours
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                                                                  Recordkeeping Burden
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State Agencies............................  Sampling Plan...............              53               1              53          0.0236          1.2508
State Agencies............................  Arbitration Process.........              15             4.2              63          0.0236          1.4868
State Agencies............................  Good Cause Process..........               2               1               2          0.0236          0.0472
State Agencies............................  New Investment Plan Template               4               1               4          0.0236          0.0944
                                             Form FNS 74 A.
State Agencies............................  New Investment Progress                    4               2               8          0.0236          0.1888
                                             Report Template Form FNS 74
                                             B.
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    Grand Total Recordkeeping.............  ............................              53  ..............             130  ..............           3.068
                                                                         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Combined Grand Total Reporting and      ............................              53         4.90566             260        5.953730        1547.978
     Recordkeeping.
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    Dated: August 2, 2016.
Yvette S. Jackson,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-19533 Filed 8-15-16; 8:45 am]
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