Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 48975-48976 [2017-22929]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 203 / Monday, October 23, 2017 / Notices 48975 TABLE 1—PORK CARCASS QUALITY GRADE BASED ON LEAN COLOR AND MARBLING 13—Continued Lean color score Quality grade USDA Select .............................................................................................................................. (b) The following descriptions provide a guide to the characteristics of barrow and gilt carcasses in each grade. (1) USDA Prime—Barrow and gilt carcasses in this grade have at least a slightly firm lean, a color score of 4 or 5, and a marbling score of 4 or greater. (2) USDA Choice—Barrow and gilt carcasses in this grade have at least a slightly firm lean, a color score of 3, and a marbling score of 2 or greater. (3) USDA Select—Barrow and gilt carcasses in this grade have at least a slightly firm lean, a color score of 2, and a marbling score of 2 or greater. Request for Comments AMS is soliciting comments from stakeholders about potential changes to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Pork Carcasses. This could also include any current and/or on-going research or industry practice that has relevance to this standard. AMS also invites comments about how those changes would be implemented in a voluntary pork grading system. Dated: October 18, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–22934 Filed 10–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES October 18, 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 requested 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:08 Oct 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by November 22, 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), 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 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. Food and Nutrition Service Title: Assessing the Child Nutrition State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula. OMB Control Number: 0584 New. Summary of Collection: USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Special Milk Program, and the Food Distribution Program for schools. State agencies are responsible for oversight and administration of the CNPs, including monitoring program operations and distributing Federal cash reimbursements and USDA Foods. CNPs are operated by a variety of local public and private providers that enter into agreements with State agencies, including school food authorities, local government agencies, nonprofit sponsoring organizations, child care centers, and adult care centers, among others. States receive Child Nutrition State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds from the Federal government to help cover their administrative costs. SAE funds are appropriated annually to PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Lean marbling score 2 Greater than or equal to 2. USDA FNS under the authority of Section 7(a) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The Act sets forth the total amount of funds available for SAE and a formula for allocating the majority of the funds to States—commonly referred to as the ‘‘nondiscretionary’’ allocation. It also provides USDA with authority to decide how to allocate remaining funds, i.e., the ‘‘discretionary’’ allocation. FNS is conducting the study to assess the effectiveness of the current formula used for SAE allocations. Need and Use of the Information: The data will be used to assess the effectiveness of the current SAE allocation formula, identify and examine factors that influence State spending, and develop and test a range of possible alternatives to improve the SAE allocation formula. Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 88. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: One-time. Total Burden Hours: 228. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–22925 Filed 10–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–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 this 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 December 22, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 1522, Room 5164—South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 48976 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 203 / Monday, October 23, 2017 / Notices Telephone: (202) 690–4492, FAX: (202) 720–8435 or email: Thomas.Dickson@ wdc.usda.gov. The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 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 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, Director, Acting Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–4492, FAX: (202) 720–8435 or email Thomas.Dickson@ wdc.usda.gov. Title: Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities. OMB Control Number: 0572–0136. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act) (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) was amended in November 2000 to create a new program to help rural communities with extremely high energy costs (Pub. L. 106–472). Under the new section 19 of the RE Act (7 U.S.C. 918a), the Secretary of Agriculture through RUS, is authorized to provide financial assistance through the following three funding streams: • High Energy Cost Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants and loans for energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving communities with average home energy costs in excess of 275 percent of the national average. Many of the ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:08 Oct 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 communities are in rural Alaska, but there are other eligible areas nationwide. Eligible applicants include persons, State agencies (including Territories), entities organized under State law, and Indian Tribes. Only grant funds have been appropriated to date. • Denali Commission Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants and loans to the Denali Commission, a Federal agency, for energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving extremely high energy cost rural and remote communities in Alaska. Annual Denali grants are awarded and advanced as soon as funds are available to RUS. The Denali Grants are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies and by individual Grant Agreements. Only grant funds have been appropriated to date for the Denali Commission. • Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grants. RUS may provide grants to State entities in existence as of November 9, 2000, to support revolving loan funds to improve the efficiency of fuel purchases for communities where the fuel cannot be delivered by surface transportation. Only Alaska and a handful of other States are eligible. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 3.18 hours per response. Respondents: Business or other forprofit, not-for-profit institutions, State, Local, or Tribal Government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 112. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.82. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,004. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Rebecca Hunt, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 205–3660, FAX: (202) 720–8435 or email: rebecca.hunt@ 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: October 16, 2017. Christopher A. McLean, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2017–22929 Filed 10–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels for the Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant Program AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA); correction. ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a document in the Federal Register on October 12, 2017 announcing the availability of up to $10 million in fiscal year 2017 (FY17) and application deadlines for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The current version of one of the required forms to be included with the Application was not correctly identified. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Meigel, USDA—Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 1568, Washington, DC 20250– 1568, telephone (202) 720–9452 or email to robin.meigel@wdc.usda.gov. Correction In the Federal Register of October 12, 2017, in FR Doc. 2017–22042, on page 47453, in ‘‘TABLE 2—REQUIRED CONTENT AND FORM OF APPLICATION PACKAGE, PART D. Additional Required Forms and Certifications,’’ the form identified as Rural Utilities Service ‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matter—Primary Covered Transactions’’ is incorrect. The correct form title should read as follows: ‘‘Form AD 1047 ’Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters—Primary Covered Transactions’.’’ Also, in the same FR Doc. 2017– 22042, on page 47457, in the first column, under the heading ‘‘d. Application Part D—Additional Required Forms and Certifications,’’ fourth bullet from the top, the reference to the Rural Utilities Service ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matter—Primary Covered Transactions’’ is incorrect. The correct form title should read as follows: Form AD 1047 ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters—Primary Covered Transactions.’’ E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 203 (Monday, October 23, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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 this 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 December 22, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Dickson, Acting Director, 
Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 1522, Room 5164--South Building, 
Washington, DC 20250-1522.

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Telephone: (202) 690-4492, FAX: (202) 720-8435 or email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
regulation (5 CFR part 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 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, Director, Acting Director, Program Development and 
Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-4492, FAX: (202) 720-8435 or email 
[email protected].
    Title: Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0136.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act) (7 U.S.C. 
901 et seq.) was amended in November 2000 to create a new program to 
help rural communities with extremely high energy costs (Pub. L. 106-
472). Under the new section 19 of the RE Act (7 U.S.C. 918a), the 
Secretary of Agriculture through RUS, is authorized to provide 
financial assistance through the following three funding streams:
     High Energy Cost Grants and Loans. RUS may 
provide grants and loans for energy generation, transmission, and 
distribution facilities serving communities with average home energy 
costs in excess of 275 percent of the national average. Many of the 
communities are in rural Alaska, but there are other eligible areas 
nationwide. Eligible applicants include persons, State agencies 
(including Territories), entities organized under State law, and Indian 
Tribes. Only grant funds have been appropriated to date.
     Denali Commission Grants and Loans. RUS may provide grants 
and loans to the Denali Commission, a Federal agency, for energy 
generation, transmission, and distribution facilities serving extremely 
high energy cost rural and remote communities in Alaska. Annual Denali 
grants are awarded and advanced as soon as funds are available to RUS. 
The Denali Grants are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between 
the two agencies and by individual Grant Agreements. Only grant funds 
have been appropriated to date for the Denali Commission.
     Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grants. RUS may provide grants to 
State entities in existence as of November 9, 2000, to support 
revolving loan funds to improve the efficiency of fuel purchases for 
communities where the fuel cannot be delivered by surface 
transportation. Only Alaska and a handful of other States are eligible.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 3.18 hours per response.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit 
institutions, State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 112.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.82.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,004.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Rebecca 
Hunt, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 205-3660, 
FAX: (202) 720-8435 or email: [email protected].
    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: October 16, 2017.
Christopher A. McLean,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-22929 Filed 10-20-17; 8:45 am]
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