Notice of Request for Renewal and Revision of the Currently Approved Information Collection, 53450-53451 [2017-24743]

Download as PDF 53450 Notices Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 220 Thursday, November 16, 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 Federal Crop Insurance Corporation [Docket No. FCIC–17–0002] Notice of Request for Renewal and Revision of the Currently Approved Information Collection Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Renewal and Revision of the Currently Approved Information Collection. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces a public comment period on the information collection requests (ICRs) associated with the Standard Reinsurance Agreement and Appendices I, II and IV administered by Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). Appendix III is excluded because it contains the Data Acceptance System requirements. DATES: Written comments on this notice will be accepted until close of business January 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: FCIC prefers that comments be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. You may submit comments, identified by Docket ID No. FCIC–17–0002, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • By Mail to: David L. Miller, Director, Reinsurance Services Division, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0801, Washington, DC 20250. All comments received, including those received by mail, will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, and can be accessed by the public. All comments must include the agency name and asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 15, 2017 Jkt 244001 docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rule. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information, see http://www.regulations.gov. If you are submitting comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal and want to attach a document, we ask that it be in a text-based format. If you want to attach a document that is a scanned Adobe PDF file, it must be scanned as text and not as an image, thus allowing FCIC to search and copy certain portions of your submissions. For questions regarding attaching a document that is a scanned Adobe PDF file, please contact the RMA Web Content Team at (816) 823–4694 or by email at rmaweb.content@rma.usda.gov. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received for any dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the complete User Notice and Privacy Notice for Regulations.gov at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David L. Miller, Director, Risk Management Agency, at the address listed above, telephone (202) 720–9830. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Standard Reinsurance Agreement; Appendices I, II and IV. OMB Number: 0563–0069. Type of Request: Renewal of current Information Collection. Abstract: The Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act), Title 7 U.S.C. Chapter 36, Section 1508(k), authorizes the FCIC to provide reinsurance to insurers approved by FCIC that insure producers of any agricultural commodity under one or more plans acceptable to FCIC. The Act also states that the reinsurance shall be provided on such terms and conditions as the Board may determine to be consistent with subsections (b) and (c) of this section and sound reinsurance principles. FCIC executes the same form of reinsurance agreement, called the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA), with sixteen participating insurers approved for the 2018 reinsurance year. Appendix I of the SRA, Regulatory Duties and Responsibilities, sets forth the company’s responsibilities as required by statute. Appendix I includes; a) Conflict of Interest data PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection, which in addition to the insurance companies reinsured by FCIC, encompasses the insurance companies’ employees and their contracted agents and loss adjusters; and b) Controlled Business data collection from all employed or contracted agents. Appendix II of the SRA, the Plan of Operations (Plan), sets forth the information the insurer is required to file with RMA for each reinsurance year they wish to participate. The Plan’s information enables RMA to evaluate the insurer’s financial and operational capability to deliver the crop insurance program in accordance with the Act. Estimated premiums by fund by state, and retained percentages along with current policyholders surplus are used in calculations to determine whether to approve the insurer’s requested maximum reinsurable premium volume for the reinsurance year per 7 CFR 400 Subpart L. This information has a direct effect upon the insurer’s amount of retained premium and associated liability and is required to calculate the insurer’s underwriting gain or loss. Appendix IV of the SRA, Quality Control and Program Integrity, establishes the minimum annual agent and loss adjuster training requirements, and quality control review procedures and performance standards required of the insurance companies. FCIC requires each insurer to submit, for each reinsurance year, a Quality Control Report to FCIC containing details of the results of their completed reviews. The insurance companies must also provide an annual Training and Performance Evaluation Report which details the evaluation of each agent and loss adjuster and reports of any remedial actions taken by the Company to correct any error or omission or ensure compliance with the SRA. The submission of these reports is included in Appendix II. FCIC is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the approval of this information collection for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public concerning the continuation of the current information collection activity as associated with the SRA in effect for the 2018 and subsequent reinsurance years. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the current collection of information is necessary E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 220 / Thursday, November 16, 2017 / Notices for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the current collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being 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. The estimate below shows the burden that will be placed upon the following affected entities. Appendix I—Regulatory Duties and Responsibilities Appendix II—Plan of Operations Conflict of Interest Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of employees, agents and loss adjusters for the Appendix I collection of Conflict of Interest information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company employees and their contracted agents and loss adjusters. Estimated annual number of respondents: 20,000. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 20,000. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 20,000. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance companies of the Appendix I collection of Conflict of Interest information is estimated to average 24 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by FCIC. Estimated annual number of respondents: 16. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 16. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 384. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Controlled Business Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of agents for the Appendix I collection of Controlled Business information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company agents. Estimated annual number of respondents: 12,500. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 15, 2017 Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 12,500. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 12,500. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance companies for the Appendix I collection of Controlled Business information is estimated to average 24 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by FCIC. Estimated annual number of respondents: 16. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 16. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 384. Jkt 244001 Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance companies for the collection of Appendix II information is estimated to average 128 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by FCIC. Estimated annual number of respondents: 16. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 16. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 2,048. Appendix IV—Quality Control and Program Integrity Quality Control and Training Plan and Report Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance companies for the collection of Appendix IV information is estimated to average 74 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by FCIC. Estimated annual number of respondents: 16. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 16. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 1,184. Agent Training Requirements Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of agents the Appendix IV training requirements is estimated to average 4 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company agents. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53451 Estimated annual number of respondents: 12,500. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 12,500. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 50,000. Loss Adjuster Training Requirements Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of loss adjusters for the Appendix IV training requirements is estimated to average 17 hours per response. Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company loss adjusters. Estimated annual number of respondents: 5,000. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 5,000. Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 85,000. 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. Signed in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2017. Heather Manzano, Acting Director, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. [FR Doc. 2017–24743 Filed 11–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–08–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the Delaware Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of monthly planning 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 planning meeting of the Delaware State Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene by conference call, on Monday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. (EST). 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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 220 / Thursday, November 16, 2017 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Federal Crop Insurance Corporation

[Docket No. FCIC-17-0002]


Notice of Request for Renewal and Revision of the Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Renewal and Revision of the Currently Approved Information 
Collection.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces a public comment period on the information collection 
requests (ICRs) associated with the Standard Reinsurance Agreement and 
Appendices I, II and IV administered by Federal Crop Insurance 
Corporation (FCIC). Appendix III is excluded because it contains the 
Data Acceptance System requirements.

DATES: Written comments on this notice will be accepted until close of 
business January 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: FCIC prefers that comments be submitted electronically 
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. You may submit comments, 
identified by Docket ID No. FCIC-17-0002, by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     By Mail to: David L. Miller, Director, Reinsurance 
Services Division, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, United States 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 
0801, Washington, DC 20250.
    All comments received, including those received by mail, will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided, and can be accessed by the public. All 
comments must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory 
Information Number (RIN) for this rule. For detailed instructions on 
submitting comments and additional information, see http://www.regulations.gov. If you are submitting comments electronically 
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal and want to attach a document, 
we ask that it be in a text-based format. If you want to attach a 
document that is a scanned Adobe PDF file, it must be scanned as text 
and not as an image, thus allowing FCIC to search and copy certain 
portions of your submissions. For questions regarding attaching a 
document that is a scanned Adobe PDF file, please contact the RMA Web 
Content Team at (816) 823-4694 or by email at 
rmaweb.content@rma.usda.gov.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received for any dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the 
complete User Notice and Privacy Notice for Regulations.gov at http://www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David L. Miller, Director, Risk 
Management Agency, at the address listed above, telephone (202) 720-
9830.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Standard Reinsurance Agreement; Appendices I, II and IV.
    OMB Number: 0563-0069.
    Type of Request: Renewal of current Information Collection.
    Abstract: The Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act), Title 7 U.S.C. 
Chapter 36, Section 1508(k), authorizes the FCIC to provide reinsurance 
to insurers approved by FCIC that insure producers of any agricultural 
commodity under one or more plans acceptable to FCIC. The Act also 
states that the reinsurance shall be provided on such terms and 
conditions as the Board may determine to be consistent with subsections 
(b) and (c) of this section and sound reinsurance principles.
    FCIC executes the same form of reinsurance agreement, called the 
Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA), with sixteen participating 
insurers approved for the 2018 reinsurance year. Appendix I of the SRA, 
Regulatory Duties and Responsibilities, sets forth the company's 
responsibilities as required by statute. Appendix I includes; a) 
Conflict of Interest data collection, which in addition to the 
insurance companies reinsured by FCIC, encompasses the insurance 
companies' employees and their contracted agents and loss adjusters; 
and b) Controlled Business data collection from all employed or 
contracted agents. Appendix II of the SRA, the Plan of Operations 
(Plan), sets forth the information the insurer is required to file with 
RMA for each reinsurance year they wish to participate. The Plan's 
information enables RMA to evaluate the insurer's financial and 
operational capability to deliver the crop insurance program in 
accordance with the Act. Estimated premiums by fund by state, and 
retained percentages along with current policyholders surplus are used 
in calculations to determine whether to approve the insurer's requested 
maximum reinsurable premium volume for the reinsurance year per 7 CFR 
400 Subpart L. This information has a direct effect upon the insurer's 
amount of retained premium and associated liability and is required to 
calculate the insurer's underwriting gain or loss.
    Appendix IV of the SRA, Quality Control and Program Integrity, 
establishes the minimum annual agent and loss adjuster training 
requirements, and quality control review procedures and performance 
standards required of the insurance companies. FCIC requires each 
insurer to submit, for each reinsurance year, a Quality Control Report 
to FCIC containing details of the results of their completed reviews. 
The insurance companies must also provide an annual Training and 
Performance Evaluation Report which details the evaluation of each 
agent and loss adjuster and reports of any remedial actions taken by 
the Company to correct any error or omission or ensure compliance with 
the SRA. The submission of these reports is included in Appendix II.
    FCIC is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to 
extend the approval of this information collection for an additional 3 
years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
concerning the continuation of the current information collection 
activity as associated with the SRA in effect for the 2018 and 
subsequent reinsurance years. These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the current collection of information is 
necessary

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for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information has practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the current collection of information;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
being 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.
    The estimate below shows the burden that will be placed upon the 
following affected entities.

Appendix I--Regulatory Duties and Responsibilities

Conflict of Interest

    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of employees, 
agents and loss adjusters for the Appendix I collection of Conflict of 
Interest information is estimated to average 1 hour per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company employees and 
their contracted agents and loss adjusters.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 20,000.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 20,000.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 20,000.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance 
companies of the Appendix I collection of Conflict of Interest 
information is estimated to average 24 hours per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by 
FCIC.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 16.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 16.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 384.

Controlled Business

    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of agents for the 
Appendix I collection of Controlled Business information is estimated 
to average 1 hour per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company agents.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 12,500.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 12,500.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 12,500.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance 
companies for the Appendix I collection of Controlled Business 
information is estimated to average 24 hours per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by 
FCIC.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 16.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 16.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 384.

Appendix II--Plan of Operations

    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance 
companies for the collection of Appendix II information is estimated to 
average 128 hours per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by 
FCIC.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 16.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 16.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 2,048.

Appendix IV--Quality Control and Program Integrity

Quality Control and Training Plan and Report

    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of the insurance 
companies for the collection of Appendix IV information is estimated to 
average 74 hours per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance companies reinsured by 
FCIC.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 16.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 16.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 1,184.

Agent Training Requirements

    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of agents the 
Appendix IV training requirements is estimated to average 4 hours per 
response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company agents.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 12,500.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 12,500.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 50,000.

Loss Adjuster Training Requirements

    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden of loss adjusters 
for the Appendix IV training requirements is estimated to average 17 
hours per response.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Insurance company loss adjusters.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 5,000.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 5,000.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents (hours): 85,000.
    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.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2017.
Heather Manzano,
Acting Director, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2017-24743 Filed 11-15-17; 8:45 am]
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