Notice of Intent To Request an Early Revision and Merger of Two Currently Approved Information Collections, 33042-33043 [2017-15156]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 33042 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Notices Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period may not be considered by the forest. All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. This opportunity for comment applies only to the analysis associated with the proposed Forest Plan Amendment. Previously submitted comments will be considered and should not be resubmitted. Previous commenters will have eligibility to object under 26 CFR 218.5. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Bowles, Project Team Leader, Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, (541) 433–3200, or via email at jkbowles@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 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Electronic copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement may be found on the Forest Service Web site at http://data.ecosystemmanagement.org/nepaweb/nepa_ project_exp.php?project=46900. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2017 (82 FR 14217). The 2012 Planning Rule, as amended, requires identification in the initial notice of the amendment of the substantive provisions that are likely to be directly related to the amendment. The Notice of Intent (NOI) did not identify the substantive provisions, and the analysis in the DEIS did not identify nor address the substantive provisions. As identified in the DEIS, the Ringo Project would be exempt from the following Standard and Guideline of the 1990 Deschutes Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP): Scenic Views, Foreground (M9–90; LRMP p. 4–131), ‘‘Low intensity prescribed fires will be used to meet and promote the Desired Visual Condition within each stand type. Prescribed fire and other fuel management techniques will be used to minimize the hazard of large high intensity fire. In foreground areas, prescribed fires will be small, normally less than 5 acres and shaped to appear as natural occurrences. . . .’’ In the Ringo DEIS planning area several of these areas are along major access VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:49 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 routes in fire-adapted ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. This site-specific Forest Plan Amendment will modify 242 acres of the Scenic Views, Foreground Standards and Guidelines (M9–90 in Scenic Views, LRMP 4–121) to allow an increase in the size of prescribed burn units while utilizing underburning to mimic natural process and creating a mosaic pattern of burning on the landscape. Substantive provisions of 36 CFR 219.8 through 219.11 that apply to the proposed amendment for Ringo DEIS Purpose and Need are: 219.8(a)(1)(v) Wildland fire and opportunities to restore fire adapted ecosystems. The following two provisions would be applicable to the effects from implementing this Forest Plan Amendment. 219.10(a)(1) Aesthetic values, air quality, cultural and heritage resources, ecosystem services, fish and wildlife species, forage, geologic features, grazing and rangelands, habitat and habitat connectivity, recreation settings and opportunities, riparian areas, scenery, soil, surface and subsurface water quality, timber, trails, vegetation, viewsheds, wilderness, and other relevant resources and uses. 219.10(a)(7) Reasonably foreseeable risks to ecological, social, and economic sustainability. Dated: June 23, 2017. Jeanne M. Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2017–14821 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request an Early Revision and Merger of Two Currently Approved Information Collections National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision to the currently approved information collection, the Bee and Honey survey docket (0535–0153). In addition NASS plans to merge this docket with the currently approved Colony Loss survey docket (0535–0255). Revision to burden hours will be needed due to a changes SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in the size of the target population, sample design, and the inclusion of the Colony Loss surveys. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 18, 2017 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0153, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Efax: (855) 838–6382. • Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD– ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 2024. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS—OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690–2388 or at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Honey and Honey Bee Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0153. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2018. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years and to merge another approved group of surveys (Colony Loss Surveys) into this request. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, livestock products, prices, and disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture, and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture. In this request for renewal of the Bee and Honey (0535–0153) docket, NASS will incorporate the two surveys (operations with fewer than 5 colonies and operations with 5 or more colonies) conducted under the Colony Loss (0535–0255) docket with the honey production surveys included in this docket. The operations with 5 or more colonies will continue to receive quarterly loss questionnaires and an annual honey production survey. The E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Notices operations with less than 5 colonies will receive one combined, annual questionnaire that contains the same questions as asked under the currently approved dockets. The sample is adjusted so that the same group of operators who qualify for the honey survey also qualify for the loss survey. The title of this revised docket will now be Honey and Honey Bee Surveys. As pollinators, honey bees are vital to the agricultural industry for producing food for the world’s population. USDA, NASS has found that during 2015, colonies losses by quarter ranged from 12 to 18 percent. Overall, from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016, the total number of colonies in the United States decreased by 8 percent. Additional data is needed to accurately describe the costs associated with pest/disease control, wintering fees, and replacement worker and queen bees. USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with other relevant Federal partners, are scaling up efforts to address the decline of honey bee health with a goal of ensuring the recovery of this critical subset of pollinators. NASS supports the Pollinator Research Action Plan, published May 19, 2015, which emphasizes the importance of coordinated action to identify the extent and causal factors in honey bee mortality. Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),’’ Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33362. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information for operations with five or more colonies is estimated to average 20 minutes per response for the annual Bee and Honey survey and 10 minutes per respondent for the quarterly Colony Loss Survey. Operations with less than five colonies will receive the newly combined questionnaire (Bee and Honey and Colony Loss) which is estimated to VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:49 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 average 20 minutes per response. Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for 5 minutes of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to complete a survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to collect the data. Respondents: Farmers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,500. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: With an estimated response rate of approximately 80%, we estimate the total burden to be approximately 9,200 hours. Comments: 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 will 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 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, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, July 5, 2017. Hubert Hamer, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2017–15156 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Annual Retail Trade Survey U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before September 18, 2017. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33043 Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at PRAcomments@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Chris Savage, U.S. Census Bureau, Economy Wide-Statistics Division, Room 8K045, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233–6500, (301) 763–4834, (or via Email at john.c.savage@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract The Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS) covers employer firms with establishments located in the United States and classified in the Retail Trade sector as defined by the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The Census Bureau selects firms for this survey from the Business Register (BR) using a stratified random sample where strata are defined by industry and annual sales. The BR is the Census Bureau’s master business list and contains basic economic information for more than 7.4 million employer business and over 22.5 million nonemployer businesses. The BR contains information collected through direct data collections as well as administrative record information from other federal agencies. The Census Bureau updates the ARTS sample quarterly to reflect employer business ‘‘births’’ and ‘‘deaths.’’ The births reflect new employer businesses identified in the Business and Professional Classification Survey; deaths involve deleting firms and subunits of firms identified by their Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) when it is determined they are no longer active. Through the ARTS survey, the Census Bureau asks firms to provide annual sales, annual e-commerce sales, yearend inventories held inside and outside the United States, sales taxes, total operating expenses, purchases, accounts receivables, and, for selected industries, sales by merchandise line. These data are used to satisfy a variety of public and business needs such as conducting economic market analyses, assessing company performance, and forecasting future demands. The Census Bureau publishes national data from the survey for selected retail trade industries approximately fifteen months after the end of the reference year. E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 137 (Wednesday, July 19, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Request an Early Revision and Merger of Two 
Currently Approved Information Collections

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this 
notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request revision to the currently approved 
information collection, the Bee and Honey survey docket (0535-0153). In 
addition NASS plans to merge this docket with the currently approved 
Colony Loss survey docket (0535-0255). Revision to burden hours will be 
needed due to a changes in the size of the target population, sample 
design, and the inclusion of the Colony Loss surveys.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 18, 2017 
to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0153, by any of the following methods:
     Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     Efax: (855) 838-6382.
     Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: 
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-2024.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, 
NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. Renee Picanso, Associate 
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333. Copies of this information 
collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from 
David Hancock, NASS--OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388 or at 
ombofficer@nass.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Honey and Honey Bee Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0153.
    Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2018.
    Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection for a period of three years and to merge another 
approved group of surveys (Colony Loss Surveys) into this request.
    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue state and national 
estimates of crop and livestock production, livestock products, prices, 
and disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental 
statistics related to agriculture, and also to conduct the Census of 
Agriculture.
    In this request for renewal of the Bee and Honey (0535-0153) 
docket, NASS will incorporate the two surveys (operations with fewer 
than 5 colonies and operations with 5 or more colonies) conducted under 
the Colony Loss (0535-0255) docket with the honey production surveys 
included in this docket. The operations with 5 or more colonies will 
continue to receive quarterly loss questionnaires and an annual honey 
production survey. The

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operations with less than 5 colonies will receive one combined, annual 
questionnaire that contains the same questions as asked under the 
currently approved dockets. The sample is adjusted so that the same 
group of operators who qualify for the honey survey also qualify for 
the loss survey.
    The title of this revised docket will now be Honey and Honey Bee 
Surveys. As pollinators, honey bees are vital to the agricultural 
industry for producing food for the world's population. USDA, NASS has 
found that during 2015, colonies losses by quarter ranged from 12 to 18 
percent. Overall, from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016, the total 
number of colonies in the United States decreased by 8 percent.
    Additional data is needed to accurately describe the costs 
associated with pest/disease control, wintering fees, and replacement 
worker and queen bees. USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA), in consultation with other relevant Federal partners, are 
scaling up efforts to address the decline of honey bee health with a 
goal of ensuring the recovery of this critical subset of pollinators. 
NASS supports the Pollinator Research Action Plan, published May 19, 
2015, which emphasizes the importance of coordinated action to identify 
the extent and causal factors in honey bee mortality.
    Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 
U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this 
authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 
1985, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict 
confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This 
notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of 
Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. NASS also 
complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ``Implementation Guidance 
for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information 
Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),'' Federal 
Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33362.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information for operations with five or more colonies is estimated to 
average 20 minutes per response for the annual Bee and Honey survey and 
10 minutes per respondent for the quarterly Colony Loss Survey. 
Operations with less than five colonies will receive the newly combined 
questionnaire (Bee and Honey and Colony Loss) which is estimated to 
average 20 minutes per response. Publicity materials and instruction 
sheets will account for 5 minutes of additional burden per respondent. 
Respondents who refuse to complete a survey will be allotted 2 minutes 
of burden per attempt to collect the data.
    Respondents: Farmers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 22,500.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: With an estimated 
response rate of approximately 80%, we estimate the total burden to be 
approximately 9,200 hours.
    Comments: 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 will 
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 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, through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information 
technology collection methods.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, July 5, 2017.
Hubert Hamer,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2017-15156 Filed 7-18-17; 8:45 am]
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