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Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA Compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please notify the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a caseby-case basis. Dated: May 23, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–10987 Filed 5–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Assessment of States’ Use of Computer Matching Protocols in SNAP Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 24660 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Notices Notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this NEW information collection request. This study will conduct a census of all 53 State Agencies that administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to catalog and describe how States are currently using or planning to use computer matching strategies to reduce recipient fraud, payment errors, and administrative burden for both applicants and eligibility workers. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 31, 2017. ADDRESSES: 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 shall 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Danielle Deemer, Office of Policy Support, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 10.1008, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Danielle Deemer at 703–305–2952 or via email to Danielle.Deemer@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https://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 (FNS) during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 10.1008, Alexandria, VA 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information collection forms should be directed to Danielle Deemer at 703–305–2952. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 Title: Assessment of States’ Use of Computer Matching Protocols in SNAP. Form Number: Not applicable. OMB Number: 0584—NEW. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: New information collection request. Abstract: Almost all Federal and State programs use computer data matching to determine or verify eligibility for benefits. For SNAP, States also use computer data matching to ensure program integrity. In order to receive SNAP, households must meet financial and non-financial eligibility criteria and provide information and verification about their household circumstances. State Agencies administering SNAP use data matching to verify information submitted at the application and recertification stages of an application process and to monitor changes in benefit recipients’ household circumstances. This information collection will build on existing knowledge 1 2 3 by conducting an assessment of computer matching capabilities and activities to describe the data matches, systems, purposes, and administrative costs in each State agency and the challenges facing States and counties in effective data matching. The primary purpose of this study is to assess the computer matching strategies used by State Agencies and to prepare an updated nationwide datamatching inventory to inform effective practices for SNAP. This project has four research objectives: 1. To inventory all data matches that State SNAP offices currently use and plan to use in the future. 2. To identify and describe all data systems used for matching by each SNAP State agency. Such systems include automated systems, web-based systems, and/or software that integrate data from multiple sources. 3. To identify and describe the purposes for which States pursue each data match. 4. To calculate the annual and perusage costs incurred in carrying out data 1 Borden, William S., and Robbi L. Ruben-Urm. (2002, January). ‘‘An Assessment of Computer Matching in the Food Stamp Program.’’ Final Report. Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. 2 U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2014). ‘‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Enhanced Detection Tools and Reporting Could Improve Efforts to Combat Recipient Fraud’’, GAO– 14–641, a report to Ranking Member, Committee on the Budget, U.S. Senate. 3 U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2016). ‘‘More Information on Promising Practices Could Enhance States’ Use of Data Matching for Eligibility’’, GAO–17–222, a report to the Chairman, Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 matches, in total and, when possible, for each individual match. To address the study objectives, three types of data will be collected and analyzed: (1) Extant documentation on State data-matching procedures; (2) extant documentation on administrative costs of data matching; and (3) survey data on all 53 State agencies collected via the National Survey of State SNAP Data-Matching Methods. The study will result in both a report for public release and a database that catalogs data matches and can be updated on an ongoing basis. Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal government: Respondent group types identified includes: (1) 53 administrative staff at the State level and (2) 350 administrative staff at the county level. Estimated Number of Respondents: 403 State, Local or Tribal Respondents (53 State Agencies and 350 County/ Local SNAP Staff members). The National Survey of State SNAP DataMatching Methods will be a selfadministered web survey that will include all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and two territories (U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam). We anticipate a 100 percent response rate to the State portion of the survey. There are 350 County/Local SNAP Staff members and we anticipate 50 percent response rate for their portion of the survey. The estimates are delineated in Table 1. Of the 53 State agencies, 43 administer SNAP at the State level and 10 administer SNAP at the county level. Therefore, the survey will also collect data at the county level from the 10 States that have county-administered SNAP to account for variations in processes and procedures at the county level. Due to the many and varied systems States use to match data for initial and continuing program eligibility, participation, and integrity checks, we anticipate that any particular State with county-administered SNAP could have multiple county/local respondents who can best answer system, process, technical, and costrelated questions. We estimate that about half of the 10 States with countyadministered SNAP will ask county administrators to complete the sections of the survey about county-level processes and procedures. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: All administrative staff at the State level and administrative staff at the county level will be asked to participate in one survey—the National Survey of State SNAP Data-Matching Methods. The survey will be web-based and will be completed by the respondents in a secured web portal. E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: FNS anticipates 403 estimated total number of annual responses. We anticipate 228 responses and 175 non-responses. Estimated Time per Response: The response times vary depending on the respondent type identified for county respondents. The time ranges from approximately 15 minutes (0.25), approximately 24 minutes (0.4008) and approximately 42 minutes (0.7014). The breakout is in Table 1. There is a slight difference in the time required for State and county staff to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 complete the survey due to several additional items on the State survey. Time per response for State SNAP staff completing the state portion of the survey only varies from approximately 20 minutes (0.334), approximately 30 minutes (0.50) and approximately 45 minutes (0.75). Time per response for counties completing the county portion of the survey ranges from approximately 15 minutes (0.25), to approximately 24 minutes (0.40), to approximately 42 minutes (0.70). The length of time per response for state SNAP staff completing the survey for states and PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24661 counties ranges from approximately 30 minutes (0.50), to approximately 60 minutes (1.00), to approximately 72 minutes (1.20). Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents and Non-Respondents: The total estimated annual burden for respondents is approximately 135.55 burden hours (117.05 hours for respondents and 17.50 for nonrespondents) which includes the amount of time to read an email, review a few questions, and decide to exit the survey. BILLING CODE 3410–30–P E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 24662 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Table 1: Estimated Total Annual Burden among Respondents and Non-Respondents Jkt 241001 "C >. :::l "' 0 c.. 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Jessica Shahin, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2017–11029 Filed 5–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities, Comments Request: Evaluation of Alternatives To Improve Elderly Access Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed collection of information for the Evaluation of Alternatives to Improve Elderly Access. This is a NEW information collection. This study will provide FNS with a better understanding of the barriers to serving elderly populations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the extent to which available policy options improve program access, whether certain program models or combinations are more effective than others, and what tradeoffs exist between program simplification/access goals and ensuring benefit adequacy. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 31, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to Kameron Burt, Social Science Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Kameron Burt at 703–305–2576 or via email to kameron.burt@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https://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: To request more information on the proposed project, or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans contact Kameron Burt, Social Science Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302; Fax: 703–305–2576; Email: kameron.burt@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 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: Evaluation of Alternatives to Improve Elderly Access. Form Number: [If applicable, insert number]. OMB Number: Not yet assigned. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: New collection. Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), under authorization of SEC. 17. [7 U.S.C. 2026] of the FOOD AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2008, as amended, intends to conduct the Evaluation of Alternatives to Improve Elderly Access. FNS is interested in exploring whether policy options designed to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the elderly are effective. The objective of the study is to better understand how to maximize elder (60+) access to SNAP. The evaluation will have four key components: (1) Exploratory Study: To ground the study plan and subsequent components of the study, the project began with an initial exploratory research phase to determine what is known about elder SNAP participation levels and caseload dynamics over time, factors influencing elder participation in SNAP, and the scope, range, and effects of State interventions for elders to date. The exploratory study drew primarily on existing data, including SNAP Quality Control (QC) data from Fiscal Years 2010 to 2015 and an index of State policy options, and a literature review, supplemented by discussions with FNS Regional and National office staff and experts from advocacy groups. (2) Study of State Interventions: The Study of State Interventions will document the design, implementation, PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and operation of interventions intended to increase access to SNAP among the elderly population in the selected States. This component will provide a comprehensive understanding of the interventions, helping us to interpret the effects or lack thereof observed in the Study of Intervention Effects, draw lessons on how aspects of the interventions may be improved, and assess whether the interventions, if implemented in other locations or contexts, might yield similar outcomes. The primary source of data for this study component will be the extensive information collected during three-day site visits to each of the ten selected States. (3) Study of elder participant perspectives: The purpose of the study is to gather direct input from elders about their awareness of SNAP, perceptions of the program, and experiences applying for and receiving SNAP benefits. Key data collection activities for this component will include: Phone screenings with elderly individuals to confirm eligibility and schedule interviews (560 individuals will be screened to result in 280 scheduled interviews); semi-structured interviews with 200 elderly eligible individuals (out of the 280 scheduled interviews) grouped into three categories (SNAP participants, nonparticipating applicants, and nonparticipants). FNS plans to contact or recruit another 115 individuals 60+ to participate in the focus group. Out of the 115 contacted, 80 will go on to participate in the actual focus group. These focus groups will be used to validate and explore key themes that emerge in the interviews. Overall, the expectation is that out of the total 675 elderly individuals contacted, 395 will not respond or choose not to take part in the study. (4) Study of State Intervention Effects: The objective of the Study of State Intervention Effects is to assess the relative association between State interventions and key program outcomes, including elderly SNAP application trends and caseloads, and rates of churning. The focus of this analysis will be on the interventions that are specifically targeted to elderly households (in addition to the Community Partner Interview Demonstration (CPID)). 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request--Assessment of States' Use of Computer Matching 
Protocols in SNAP

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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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 NEW information collection request. This study will conduct a 
census of all 53 State Agencies that administer the Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to catalog and describe how States 
are currently using or planning to use computer matching strategies to 
reduce recipient fraud, payment errors, and administrative burden for 
both applicants and eligibility workers.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 31, 2017.

ADDRESSES: 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 shall 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to Danielle Deemer, Office of Policy Support, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park 
Center Drive, Room 10.1008, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be 
submitted via fax to the attention of Danielle Deemer at 703-305-2952 
or via email to Danielle.Deemer@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be 
accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https://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 (FNS) during regular business 
hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park 
Center Drive, Room 10.1008, Alexandria, VA 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All 
comments will be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the proposed information collection forms should be directed 
to Danielle Deemer at 703-305-2952.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Assessment of States' Use of Computer Matching Protocols in 
SNAP.
    Form Number: Not applicable.
    OMB Number: 0584--NEW.
    Expiration Date: Not yet determined.
    Type of Request: New information collection request.
    Abstract: Almost all Federal and State programs use computer data 
matching to determine or verify eligibility for benefits. For SNAP, 
States also use computer data matching to ensure program integrity. In 
order to receive SNAP, households must meet financial and non-financial 
eligibility criteria and provide information and verification about 
their household circumstances. State Agencies administering SNAP use 
data matching to verify information submitted at the application and 
recertification stages of an application process and to monitor changes 
in benefit recipients' household circumstances. This information 
collection will build on existing knowledge 1 2 3 by 
conducting an assessment of computer matching capabilities and 
activities to describe the data matches, systems, purposes, and 
administrative costs in each State agency and the challenges facing 
States and counties in effective data matching.
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    \1\ Borden, William S., and Robbi L. Ruben-Urm. (2002, January). 
``An Assessment of Computer Matching in the Food Stamp Program.'' 
Final Report. Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food 
and Nutrition Service.
    \2\ U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2014). 
``Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Enhanced Detection 
Tools and Reporting Could Improve Efforts to Combat Recipient 
Fraud'', GAO-14-641, a report to Ranking Member, Committee on the 
Budget, U.S. Senate.
    \3\ U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2016). ``More 
Information on Promising Practices Could Enhance States' Use of Data 
Matching for Eligibility'', GAO-17-222, a report to the Chairman, 
Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives.
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    The primary purpose of this study is to assess the computer 
matching strategies used by State Agencies and to prepare an updated 
nationwide data-matching inventory to inform effective practices for 
SNAP.
    This project has four research objectives:
    1. To inventory all data matches that State SNAP offices currently 
use and plan to use in the future.
    2. To identify and describe all data systems used for matching by 
each SNAP State agency. Such systems include automated systems, web-
based systems, and/or software that integrate data from multiple 
sources.
    3. To identify and describe the purposes for which States pursue 
each data match.
    4. To calculate the annual and per-usage costs incurred in carrying 
out data matches, in total and, when possible, for each individual 
match.
    To address the study objectives, three types of data will be 
collected and analyzed: (1) Extant documentation on State data-matching 
procedures; (2) extant documentation on administrative costs of data 
matching; and (3) survey data on all 53 State agencies collected via 
the National Survey of State SNAP Data-Matching Methods. The study will 
result in both a report for public release and a database that catalogs 
data matches and can be updated on an ongoing basis.
    Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal government: Respondent 
group types identified includes: (1) 53 administrative staff at the 
State level and (2) 350 administrative staff at the county level.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 403 State, Local or Tribal 
Respondents (53 State Agencies and 350 County/Local SNAP Staff 
members). The National Survey of State SNAP Data-Matching Methods will 
be a self-administered web survey that will include all 50 States, the 
District of Columbia, and two territories (U.S. Virgin Islands and 
Guam). We anticipate a 100 percent response rate to the State portion 
of the survey. There are 350 County/Local SNAP Staff members and we 
anticipate 50 percent response rate for their portion of the survey. 
The estimates are delineated in Table 1.
    Of the 53 State agencies, 43 administer SNAP at the State level and 
10 administer SNAP at the county level. Therefore, the survey will also 
collect data at the county level from the 10 States that have county-
administered SNAP to account for variations in processes and procedures 
at the county level. Due to the many and varied systems States use to 
match data for initial and continuing program eligibility, 
participation, and integrity checks, we anticipate that any particular 
State with county-administered SNAP could have multiple county/local 
respondents who can best answer system, process, technical, and cost-
related questions. We estimate that about half of the 10 States with 
county-administered SNAP will ask county administrators to complete the 
sections of the survey about county-level processes and procedures.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: All administrative 
staff at the State level and administrative staff at the county level 
will be asked to participate in one survey--the National Survey of 
State SNAP Data-Matching Methods. The survey will be web-based and will 
be completed by the respondents in a secured web portal.

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    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: FNS anticipates 403 
estimated total number of annual responses. We anticipate 228 responses 
and 175 non-responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: The response times vary depending on 
the respondent type identified for county respondents. The time ranges 
from approximately 15 minutes (0.25), approximately 24 minutes (0.4008) 
and approximately 42 minutes (0.7014). The breakout is in Table 1.
    There is a slight difference in the time required for State and 
county staff to complete the survey due to several additional items on 
the State survey. Time per response for State SNAP staff completing the 
state portion of the survey only varies from approximately 20 minutes 
(0.334), approximately 30 minutes (0.50) and approximately 45 minutes 
(0.75). Time per response for counties completing the county portion of 
the survey ranges from approximately 15 minutes (0.25), to 
approximately 24 minutes (0.40), to approximately 42 minutes (0.70). 
The length of time per response for state SNAP staff completing the 
survey for states and counties ranges from approximately 30 minutes 
(0.50), to approximately 60 minutes (1.00), to approximately 72 minutes 
(1.20).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents and Non-Respondents: 
The total estimated annual burden for respondents is approximately 
135.55 burden hours (117.05 hours for respondents and 17.50 for non-
respondents) which includes the amount of time to read an email, review 
a few questions, and decide to exit the survey.
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    Dated: May 18, 2017.
Jessica Shahin,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-11029 Filed 5-26-17; 8:45 am]
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