Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed collection; Comment Request-Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process, 95101-95102 [2016-31181]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 27, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed collection; Comment Request—Study of NonResponse to the School Meals Application Verification Process Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. 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. This is a new collection for the Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before February 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Courtney Paolicelli, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Policy Support, Special Nutrition Evaluation Branch, 3101 Park Center Drive, 10th Floor, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Courtney Paolicelli at 703–305–2576 or via email to courtney.paolicelli@ 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 written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, 10th Floor, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. 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 Courtney Paolicelli at 703–605–4370 or courtney.paolicelli@fns.usda.gov. 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 has 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 used; (c) ways to enhance asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:45 Dec 23, 2016 Jkt 241001 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: Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process. Form Number: N/A. OMB Number: Not yet assigned. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide subsidized lunches and breakfasts to millions of students each school day. Students are certified eligible to receive free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals through application or direct certification. When eligibility is determined using an application process, school districts must annually verify eligibility of children from a sample of household applications for that school year, unless the State agency assumes responsibility for verification. This study will examine the accuracy of district verification procedures using a case study approach similar to a previous study conducted for FNS, the Case Study of National School Lunch Program Verification Outcomes in Large Metropolitan School Districts (published by FNS in 2004) (Office of Management and Budget number 0584– 0516 Evaluation of the NSLP Application and Verification and Pilot Program, expiration date 10/31/2003). Consistent with the previous study, the study team will purposively select 20 participating school districts for a case study, describe the districts’ verification outcomes, and independently verify eligibility for two samples of households approved by application on the basis of income and selected for verification by the district. These two household samples include: (1) Households that did not respond to the school meals application verification requests, and (2) households that responded to verification requests and experienced no change in school meals benefits. The 2004 study will be expanded by: (1) Including at least one rural district in the case study, (2) interviewing school district officials about processes for selecting applications for cause, (3) analyzing verification outcomes for applications selected for cause, (4) analyzing households’ reasons for not responding to district verification requests, and (5) PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 95101 redesigning the 2004 analyses to reflect policy changes enacted since 2004. Affected Public: Affected public include: individuals/households, and state, local, and tribal government. Specifically, participants from districts selected to participate in the study are: (1) Households that did not respond to school meals application verification requests, (2) households that responded to verification requests and experienced no change in school meals benefits, and (3) School Food Authority (SFA) Directors and/or designees. Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 2,075. This includes 2,055 households and 20 SFA Directors or designees. Across 20 school districts, household sampling will yield: (1) Up to 1,235 households in the nonresponding group (42 completed surveys per district × 20 districts = 840 households, plus 395 households who do not consent to participate) and (2) up to 820 households in the unchanged benefits group (32 completes per district × 20 districts = 640 households, plus 180 households who do not consent to participate). Of these 2,055 households, 1,480 respondents and 575 nonrespondents are anticipated. Twenty (20) SFA Directors or designees will be sampled and these individuals will: (a) Help facilitate study logistics, (b) coordinate data requests and household sampling in fall 2017, (c) complete a 15minute phone interview, and (d) provide an updated list of household reapplications and their results in spring 2018. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: The estimated number of responses across the entire collection is 1.03. The study asks each selected household respondent to participate in one in-person survey. The study also asks each SFA Director or designee to respond to four study-related requests: (1) Helping the study team’s participation coordinator with study logistics, (2) helping coordinate data requests and household sampling in fall 2017, (3) helping coordinate data requests in spring 2018, and (4) completing a 15-minute phone interview. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 2,135. Estimated Time per Response: The average estimated time per response across the entire collection is 34 minutes (0.57 hours). The estimated time of response varies from 5 minutes to 1.5 hours, as shown in the table below. These estimates include a 45minute (0.75 hour) computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) survey of each household respondent, and a E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 95102 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 27, 2016 / Notices combined 3.25 hours of response time for each SFA Director or designee. For the SFA Directors, the 3.25 hours Respondent includes the time it will take them to respond to all 4 study-related requests. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 73,363.8 minutes Data collection activity Estimated number of respondents Responses annually per respondent (1,222.73 hours). See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. Total annual responses Estimated average number of hours per response Estimated total hours Reporting Burden Household survey participants. SFA Directors or designees Total Reporting Burden CAPI interview (Respondents) (Includes advance letters and follow-up communications). CAPI interview (Non-Respondents) (Includes advance letters). Logistics (Includes advance letters and follow-up communications). Fall 2017 data request ....... Telephone interview ........... Spring 2018 data request .. 1,480 1 1,480 0.75 1,110.00 575 1 575 0.083 47.73 20 1 20 1 20 20 20 20 1 1 1 20 20 20 1.5 0.25 0.5 30 5 10 ............................................. 2,075 1.03 2,135 0.57 1,222.73 Dated: December 13, 2016. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2016–31181 Filed 12–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection: Special Use Administration. Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of a currently approved information collection, Special Use Administration. SUMMARY: Comments must be received in writing on or before February 27, 2017 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 Volunteers & Service Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Attn: Lands, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mailstop Code: 1124, Washington, DC 20250–1124. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 202–644–4700 or by email to: reply_lands@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at the Office of the Director, Lands, 1st Floor South East, Sidney R. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:45 Dec 23, 2016 Jkt 241001 Yates Federal Building, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202–205–3563 to facilitate entry to the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Chandler, Lands, at 202–205– 1117. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Special Use Administration. OMB Number: 0596–0082. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2017. Type of Request: Extension with revision. Abstract: The information collection requirements are necessary for the Forest Service to issue and administer special use authorizations that allow the public to use and occupy National Forest System (NFS) lands under these authorities. The information collected is used by Forest Service officials (unless otherwise noted) to ensure that uses of NFS lands are authorized, in the public interest, and compatible with the Agency’s mission; and/or record authorization of use granted by appropriate Forest Service officials. In addition, the Department of the Interior (DOI) statutes for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) along with the statute for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) authorize its PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection of information and will utilize form SF–299 ‘‘Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands.’’ Several statutes authorize the Forest Service to issue and administer authorizations for use and occupancy of NFS lands and collect information from the public for those purposes. The laws authorizing the collection of this information include the Organic Administration Act of 1897 (16 U.S.C. 551); Title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1761–1771); Act of March 4, 1915 (16 U.S.C. 497); Alaska Term Permit Act of March 30, 1948 (48 U.S.C. 341); Act of September 3, 1954 (68 Stat. 1146; 43 U.S.C. 931c, 931d); National Forest Ski Area Permit Act (16 U.S.C. 497b); section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185); National Forest Roads and Trails Act (FRTA, 16 U.S.C. 532–538); section 7 of the Granger-Thye Act (16 U.S.C. 480d); Act of May 26, 2000 (16 U.S.C. 460l–6d); Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801–6814); Archeological Resource Protection Act of October 31, 1979 (16 U.S.C. 1996); and the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended. Forest Service regulations implementing these authorities, found at 36 CFR part 251, subpart B, contain information collection requirements, including submission of applications, execution of forms, and imposition of terms and conditions that entail information collection requirements, such as the requirement to submit annual financial information, to prepare and update an operating plan; to E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed collection; 
Comment Request--Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application 
Verification Process

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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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. This is a new collection for 
the Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification 
Process.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before February 27, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Courtney Paolicelli, Food and 
Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Policy 
Support, Special Nutrition Evaluation Branch, 3101 Park Center Drive, 
10th Floor, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be 
submitted via fax to the attention of Courtney Paolicelli at 703-305-
2576 or via email to courtney.paolicelli@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 written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center 
Drive, 10th Floor, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. 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 Courtney 
Paolicelli at 703-605-4370 or courtney.paolicelli@fns.usda.gov.

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 has 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 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: Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application 
Verification Process.
    Form Number: N/A.
    OMB Number: Not yet assigned.
    Expiration Date: Not yet determined.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Abstract: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School 
Breakfast Program (SBP) provide subsidized lunches and breakfasts to 
millions of students each school day. Students are certified eligible 
to receive free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals through application or 
direct certification. When eligibility is determined using an 
application process, school districts must annually verify eligibility 
of children from a sample of household applications for that school 
year, unless the State agency assumes responsibility for verification.
    This study will examine the accuracy of district verification 
procedures using a case study approach similar to a previous study 
conducted for FNS, the Case Study of National School Lunch Program 
Verification Outcomes in Large Metropolitan School Districts (published 
by FNS in 2004) (Office of Management and Budget number 0584-0516 
Evaluation of the NSLP Application and Verification and Pilot Program, 
expiration date 10/31/2003). Consistent with the previous study, the 
study team will purposively select 20 participating school districts 
for a case study, describe the districts' verification outcomes, and 
independently verify eligibility for two samples of households approved 
by application on the basis of income and selected for verification by 
the district. These two household samples include: (1) Households that 
did not respond to the school meals application verification requests, 
and (2) households that responded to verification requests and 
experienced no change in school meals benefits. The 2004 study will be 
expanded by: (1) Including at least one rural district in the case 
study, (2) interviewing school district officials about processes for 
selecting applications for cause, (3) analyzing verification outcomes 
for applications selected for cause, (4) analyzing households' reasons 
for not responding to district verification requests, and (5) 
redesigning the 2004 analyses to reflect policy changes enacted since 
2004.
    Affected Public: Affected public include: individuals/households, 
and state, local, and tribal government. Specifically, participants 
from districts selected to participate in the study are: (1) Households 
that did not respond to school meals application verification requests, 
(2) households that responded to verification requests and experienced 
no change in school meals benefits, and (3) School Food Authority (SFA) 
Directors and/or designees.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents is 2,075. This includes 2,055 households and 20 SFA 
Directors or designees. Across 20 school districts, household sampling 
will yield: (1) Up to 1,235 households in the nonresponding group (42 
completed surveys per district x 20 districts = 840 households, plus 
395 households who do not consent to participate) and (2) up to 820 
households in the unchanged benefits group (32 completes per district x 
20 districts = 640 households, plus 180 households who do not consent 
to participate). Of these 2,055 households, 1,480 respondents and 575 
non-respondents are anticipated. Twenty (20) SFA Directors or designees 
will be sampled and these individuals will: (a) Help facilitate study 
logistics, (b) coordinate data requests and household sampling in fall 
2017, (c) complete a 15-minute phone interview, and (d) provide an 
updated list of household reapplications and their results in spring 
2018.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: The estimated number 
of responses across the entire collection is 1.03. The study asks each 
selected household respondent to participate in one in-person survey. 
The study also asks each SFA Director or designee to respond to four 
study-related requests: (1) Helping the study team's participation 
coordinator with study logistics, (2) helping coordinate data requests 
and household sampling in fall 2017, (3) helping coordinate data 
requests in spring 2018, and (4) completing a 15-minute phone 
interview.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 2,135.
    Estimated Time per Response: The average estimated time per 
response across the entire collection is 34 minutes (0.57 hours). The 
estimated time of response varies from 5 minutes to 1.5 hours, as shown 
in the table below. These estimates include a 45-minute (0.75 hour) 
computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) survey of each household 
respondent, and a

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combined 3.25 hours of response time for each SFA Director or designee. 
For the SFA Directors, the 3.25 hours includes the time it will take 
them to respond to all 4 study-related requests.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 73,363.8 minutes 
(1,222.73 hours). See the table below for estimated total annual burden 
for each type of respondent.

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                                                                                                                             Estimated
                                                                             Estimated       Responses     Total annual   average number     Estimated
                Respondent                    Data collection activity       number of     annually per      responses     of hours per     total hours
                                                                            respondents     respondent                       response
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                                                                    Reporting Burden
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Household survey participants.............  CAPI interview (Respondents)           1,480               1           1,480            0.75        1,110.00
                                             (Includes advance letters
                                             and follow-up
                                             communications).
                                            CAPI interview (Non-                     575               1             575           0.083           47.73
                                             Respondents) (Includes
                                             advance letters).
SFA Directors or designees................  Logistics (Includes advance               20               1              20               1              20
                                             letters and follow-up
                                             communications).
                                            Fall 2017 data request......              20               1              20             1.5              30
                                            Telephone interview.........              20               1              20            0.25               5
                                            Spring 2018 data request....              20               1              20             0.5              10
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    Total Reporting Burden................  ............................           2,075            1.03           2,135            0.57        1,222.73
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    Dated: December 13, 2016.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-31181 Filed 12-23-16; 8:45 am]
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