Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products, 19652-19653 [2017-08728]

Download as PDF 19652 Notices Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 81 Friday, April 28, 2017 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES April 25, 2017. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments are required regarding (1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by May 30, 2017 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725—17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Apr 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Farm Service Agency Title: Farm Loan Program, General Program Administration. OMB Control Number: 0560–0238. Summary of Collection: Authority to establish the regulatory requirements contained in 7 CFR 761 and 7 CFR 763, is derived from 5 U.S.C. 301 which provides that ‘‘The Head of an Executive department or military department may prescribe regulations for the government of his department, the distribution and performance of its business . . .’’ The Secretary delegated authority to administer the provisions of the Act applicable to the Farm Loan Program (FLP) to the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service in section 2.16 of 7 CFR part 2. FLP provides loans to family farmers to purchase real estate equipment and finance agricultural production. The regulations covered by this information collection package describes, the policies and procedures the agency uses to provide supervised credit to direct FLP applicants and borrowers in accordance with the provisions of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Pub. L. 87–128), as amended. Need and use of the Information: Information collections are submitted by applicants and borrowers to the local FSA office serving the county in which their business is headquartered. The information is necessary to provide supervised credit as legislatively mandated and is used by Agency Officials to: (1) Ensure that when loan funds or insurance proceeds are used for construction and development, projects, work is completed according to applicable state and local requirements, and in a manner that protects the Agency’s financial interest. (2) Ensure that the loan repayment plan is developed using realistic data, based on the actual history of the operation and any planned improvements. (3) Identify potential concerns limiting the success of the operation and develop a loan assessment outlining the course of action to be followed, to improve the operation so that commercial credit is available. The agency is mandated to PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provide supervised credit; therefore, failure to collect the information, or collecting it less frequently, could result in the failure of the farm operation or loss of agency security property. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Farms. Number of Respondents: 84,983. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion; Annually. Total Burden Hours: 229.237. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–08594 Filed 4–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0033] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with activities to prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0033. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2017–0033, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 81 / Friday, April 28, 2017 / Notices may be viewed at https:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0033 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of 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 to prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States, contact Dr. Alexandra MacKenzie, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Live Animal Imports, NIES, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737–1236; 301–851–3411; and Dr. Magde S. Elshafie, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer, NIES, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737, 301–851–3300. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at 301–851–2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products. OMB Control Number: 0579–0393. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to, among other things, prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals and animal products into or through the United States to prevent the introduction and dissemination of animal diseases and pests. To guard against the introduction of animal diseases, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of animals and animal products into the United States. The regulations in 9 CFR parts 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96 govern the importation of certain animals, birds, poultry, meat, and other animal products and byproducts into the United States to prevent the introduction of various animal diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a chronic degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle. Section 92.5 of the regulations provides that all countries of the world are considered by APHIS to be in one of three BSE risk categories: Negligible risk, controlled risk, or undetermined VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Apr 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 risk. These risk categories are defined in § 92.1. Any region that is not classified by APHIS as presenting either negligible risk or controlled risk for BSE is considered to present an undetermined risk. Under the regulations, APHIS may classify a region for BSE in one of two ways. One way is for countries that have not received a risk classification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to request classification by APHIS. The other way is for APHIS to concur with the classification given to a country by the OIE. To ensure BSE is not introduced into the United States, the regulations place specific conditions on the importation of animals and animal products. These requirements necessitate the use of several information collection activities, including, but not limited to, certifications, official identification, request for and retention of classification as negligible or controlled risk, declarations of importation, import and export certificates, applications, import and movement permits, agreements, certification statements, seals, notifications, and recordkeeping. The information collection requirements above are currently approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB control numbers 0579–0393 (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Bovines and Bovine Products) and 0579–0234 (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products). After OMB approves this combined information collection package (0579–0393), APHIS will retire OMB control number 0579–0234. We have also updated the title of this information collection to ‘‘Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products.’’ We are asking the OMB to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, 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: (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 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19653 (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 0.52 hours per response. Respondents: Shippers, hunters, U.S. importers of regulated animal products, herd owners (including hobby farms), salaried veterinarians of foreign nations, foreign exporters of processed animal protein and other regulated materials and products, accredited veterinarians, and slaughter facility managers. Estimated annual number of respondents: 2,225. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 238. Estimated annual number of responses: 529,236. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 275,743 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 25th day of April 2017. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2017–08728 Filed 4–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0004] Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; Importation of Ruminant and Swine Hides, Bird Trophies, and Deer Hides Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Reinstatement of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a reinstatement of an information collection associated with the importation of ruminant and swine hides, bird trophies, and deer hides. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0033]


Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation 
of Animals and Animal Products

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information 
collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection associated with activities to prevent the 
introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United 
States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 
27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0033.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2017-0033, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket

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may be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-
2017-0033 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of 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 to 
prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the 
United States, contact Dr. Alexandra MacKenzie, Senior Staff 
Veterinarian, Live Animal Imports, NIES, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; 301-851-3411; and Dr. Magde S. 
Elshafie, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer, NIES, VS, APHIS, 
4700 River Road Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737, 301-851-3300. For copies 
of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. 
Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at 301-851-
2483.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and 
Animal Products.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0393.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to, among other things, 
prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals 
and animal products into or through the United States to prevent the 
introduction and dissemination of animal diseases and pests.
    To guard against the introduction of animal diseases, the Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation 
of animals and animal products into the United States. The regulations 
in 9 CFR parts 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96 govern the importation of certain 
animals, birds, poultry, meat, and other animal products and byproducts 
into the United States to prevent the introduction of various animal 
diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a chronic 
degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle.
    Section 92.5 of the regulations provides that all countries of the 
world are considered by APHIS to be in one of three BSE risk 
categories: Negligible risk, controlled risk, or undetermined risk. 
These risk categories are defined in Sec.  [thinsp]92.1. Any region 
that is not classified by APHIS as presenting either negligible risk or 
controlled risk for BSE is considered to present an undetermined risk. 
Under the regulations, APHIS may classify a region for BSE in one of 
two ways. One way is for countries that have not received a risk 
classification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to 
request classification by APHIS. The other way is for APHIS to concur 
with the classification given to a country by the OIE.
    To ensure BSE is not introduced into the United States, the 
regulations place specific conditions on the importation of animals and 
animal products. These requirements necessitate the use of several 
information collection activities, including, but not limited to, 
certifications, official identification, request for and retention of 
classification as negligible or controlled risk, declarations of 
importation, import and export certificates, applications, import and 
movement permits, agreements, certification statements, seals, 
notifications, and recordkeeping.
    The information collection requirements above are currently 
approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB control 
numbers 0579-0393 (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of 
Bovines and Bovine Products) and 0579-0234 (Bovine Spongiform 
Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products). After OMB 
approves this combined information collection package (0579-0393), 
APHIS will retire OMB control number 0579-0234. We have also updated 
the title of this information collection to ``Bovine Spongiform 
Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products.''
    We are asking the OMB to approve our use of these information 
collection activities, as described, 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:
    (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 0.52 hours per response.
    Respondents: Shippers, hunters, U.S. importers of regulated animal 
products, herd owners (including hobby farms), salaried veterinarians 
of foreign nations, foreign exporters of processed animal protein and 
other regulated materials and products, accredited veterinarians, and 
slaughter facility managers.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 2,225.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 238.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 529,236.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 275,743 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 25th day of April 2017.
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-08728 Filed 4-27-17; 8:45 am]
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