Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 33478-33479 [2017-15187]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 33478 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 138 / Thursday, July 20, 2017 / Notices Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5164—South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–4492. Email: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that will be submitted to OMB for extension. 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, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5164—South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522 or email: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. Title: Servicing of Water Programs Loans and Grants. OMB Control Number: 0572–0137. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide financing and technical assistance for development and operation of safe and affordable water supply systems and sewage and other waste disposal facilities. WEP provides loans, guaranteed loans and grants for water, sewer, storm water, and solid waste disposal facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 10,000 people. The recipients of the assistance covered by 7 CFR part 1782 must be public entities. These public entities can include municipalities, counties, special purpose districts, federally designated Indian tribes, and corporations not VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 operated for profit, including cooperatives. The information, for the most part financial in nature, is needed by the Agency to determine if borrowers, based on their individual situations, qualify for the various servicing options. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.22 hours per response. Respondents: Business or other for profit and non-profit institutions, and state and local governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 493. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 641 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Thomas P. Dickson, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 690–4492. Email: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. 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. Dated: July 13, 2017. Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2017–15188 Filed 7–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on the following information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 18, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–4492 or email Thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RUS is submitting to OMB for revision. 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 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 respondents, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690– 4492 or email: thomas.dickson@ wdc.usda.gov. Title: Electric System Emergency Restoration Plan. OMB Control Number: 0572–0140. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: USDA Rural Development administers rural utilities programs through the Rural Utilities Service (Agency). The Agency manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act (RE Act) of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et sec., as amended. One of the Agency’s main objectives is to safeguard loan security. An important part of safeguarding loan security is to make sure Agency financed facilities are utilized responsibly, adequately operated and adequately maintained. Accordingly, RUS borrowers have a duty to RUS to maintain their respective systems. In performing this duty, borrowers further the purposes of the RE Act while also preserving the value of electric systems to serve as collateral for repayment of RUS assistance. A substantial portion of the electric infrastructure of the United States resides in rural America and is maintained by rural Americans. RUS is uniquely coupled with the electric infrastructure of rural America and its electric borrowers serving rural E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 138 / Thursday, July 20, 2017 / Notices America. To ensure that the electric infrastructure in rural America is adequately protected, electric borrowers conduct a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) of their respective systems and utilize the results of this assessment to enhance an existing Emergency Restoration Plan (ERP) or to create an ERP. The VRA is utilized to identify specific assets and infrastructure owned or served by the electric utility, to determine the criticality and the risk level associated with the assets and infrastructure including a risk versus cost analysis, to identify threats and vulnerabilities, if present, to review existing mitigation procedures and to assist in the development of new and additional mitigating procedures, if necessary. The ERP provides written procedures detailing response and restoration efforts in the event of a major system outage resulting from a natural or manmade disaster. The annual exercise of the ERP ensures operability and employee competency and serves to identify and correct deficiencies in the existing ERP. The exercise may be implemented individually by a single borrower, or by an individual borrower as a participant in a multi-party (to include utilities, government agencies and other participants or combination thereof) tabletop execution or actual implementation of the ERP. Electric borrowers maintain ERPs as part of prudent utilities practices. These ERPs are essential to continuous operation of the electric systems. Each electric borrower provides RUS with an annual self-certification that an ERP exists for the system and that an initial VRA has been performed. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .5 hour per response. Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 625. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 313 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Thomas P. Dickson, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 690–4492, or email: thomas.dickson@ wdc.usda.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the requests for OMB approval. All VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 comments will also become a matter of public record. Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2017–15187 Filed 7–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Connecticut Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a meeting of the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene by conference call at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on: Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The purpose of the meeting is to conclude work on the Committee’s Advisory Memorandum on Solitary Confinement. The committee will also possibly vote on the Advisory Memorandum. DATES: Wednesday, August 9, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. ADDRESSES: Public call-in information: Conference call-in number: 1–888–438– 5448 and conference call 3640132. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ivy L. Davis, at ero@usccr.gov or by phone at 202–376–7533. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested members of the public may listen to the discussion by calling the following tollfree conference call-in number: 1–888– 438–5448 and conference call 3640132. Please be advised that before placing them into the conference call, the conference call operator will ask callers to provide their names, their organizational affiliations (if any), and email addresses (so that callers may be notified of future meetings). Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over landline connections to the toll-free conference call-in number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the discussion by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1– 800–977–8339 and providing the operator with the toll-free conference call-in number: 1–888–438–5448 and conference call 3640132. Members of the public are invited to make statements during the open comment period of the meeting or SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33479 submit written comments. The comments must be received in the regional office approximately 30 days after each scheduled meeting. Written comments may be mailed to the Eastern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425, faxed to (202) 376–7548, or emailed to Evelyn Bohor at ero@ usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Eastern Regional Office at (202) 376– 7533. Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing as they become available at https://database.faca.gov/committee/ meetings.aspx?cid=239; click the ‘‘Meeting Details’’ and ‘‘Documents’’ links. Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Eastern Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meetings. Persons interested in the work of this advisory committee are advised to go to the Commission’s Web site, www.usccr.gov, or to contact the Eastern Regional Office at the above phone numbers, email or street address. Agenda Wednesday, August 9, 2017 • Open—Roll Call • Work on Advisory Memorandum • Vote on Memorandum, if ready • Open Comment • Adjourn Dated: July 17, 2017. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2017–15232 Filed 7–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meetings of the New York Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of meetings. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a meetings of the New York Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene by conference call at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on: Friday, August 11, 2017 and Friday, August 18 and Friday. The purpose of the meeting is to review and edit the draft report on police practices. DATES: Friday August 11; Friday and August 18; Friday at 12:00 p.m. EDT. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 138 (Thursday, July 20, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33478-33479]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-15187]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on the following 
information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 18, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, 
Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 
1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, 
Washington, DC 20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-4492 or email 
Thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) requires that interested members 
of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on 
information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RUS 
is submitting to OMB for revision.
    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 
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 respondents, including through the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments may be sent to: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, 
Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-4492 or email: 
thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov.
    Title: Electric System Emergency Restoration Plan.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0140.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: USDA Rural Development administers rural utilities 
programs through the Rural Utilities Service (Agency). The Agency 
manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act 
(RE Act) of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et sec., as amended. One of the Agency's 
main objectives is to safeguard loan security. An important part of 
safeguarding loan security is to make sure Agency financed facilities 
are utilized responsibly, adequately operated and adequately 
maintained. Accordingly, RUS borrowers have a duty to RUS to maintain 
their respective systems. In performing this duty, borrowers further 
the purposes of the RE Act while also preserving the value of electric 
systems to serve as collateral for repayment of RUS assistance.
    A substantial portion of the electric infrastructure of the United 
States resides in rural America and is maintained by rural Americans. 
RUS is uniquely coupled with the electric infrastructure of rural 
America and its electric borrowers serving rural

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America. To ensure that the electric infrastructure in rural America is 
adequately protected, electric borrowers conduct a Vulnerability and 
Risk Assessment (VRA) of their respective systems and utilize the 
results of this assessment to enhance an existing Emergency Restoration 
Plan (ERP) or to create an ERP. The VRA is utilized to identify 
specific assets and infrastructure owned or served by the electric 
utility, to determine the criticality and the risk level associated 
with the assets and infrastructure including a risk versus cost 
analysis, to identify threats and vulnerabilities, if present, to 
review existing mitigation procedures and to assist in the development 
of new and additional mitigating procedures, if necessary. The ERP 
provides written procedures detailing response and restoration efforts 
in the event of a major system outage resulting from a natural or man-
made disaster. The annual exercise of the ERP ensures operability and 
employee competency and serves to identify and correct deficiencies in 
the existing ERP. The exercise may be implemented individually by a 
single borrower, or by an individual borrower as a participant in a 
multi-party (to include utilities, government agencies and other 
participants or combination thereof) tabletop execution or actual 
implementation of the ERP.
    Electric borrowers maintain ERPs as part of prudent utilities 
practices. These ERPs are essential to continuous operation of the 
electric systems. Each electric borrower provides RUS with an annual 
self-certification that an ERP exists for the system and that an 
initial VRA has been performed.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .5 hour per response.
    Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 625.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 313 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Thomas 
P. Dickson, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 690-
4492, or email: thomas.dickson@wdc.usda.gov.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
requests for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-15187 Filed 7-19-17; 8:45 am]
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