2018 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and Laboratory Services Rates, 1233-1234 [2018-00283]

Download as PDF 1233 Notices Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 7 Wednesday, January 10, 2018 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 certification, and laboratory services (76 FR 20220). In the final rule, FSIS stated that it would use the formulas to calculate the annual rates, publish the rates in Federal Register notices prior to the start of each calendar year, and apply the rates on the first FSIS pay period at the beginning of the calendar year. This notice provides the 2018 rates, which will be applied starting on January 21, 2018. 2018 Rates and Calculations The following table lists the 2018 Rates per hour, per employee, by type of service: Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket Number FSIS–2017–0054] 2018 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and Laboratory Services Rates Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. 2018 Rate (estimates rounded to reflect billable quarters) Service AGENCY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the 2018 rates it will charge meat and poultry establishments, egg products plants, and importers and exporters for providing voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection and identification, certification, and laboratory services. The 2018 basetime, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied on the first FSIS pay period approximately 30 days after the publication of this notice, which begins on January 21, 2018. DATES: FSIS will charge the rates announced in this notice beginning January 21, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Michael Toner, Director, Budget Division, Office of Management, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2159, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–3700; Telephone: (202) 690–8398, Fax: (202) 690–4155. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Background On April 12, 2011, FSIS published a final rule amending its regulations to establish formulas for calculating the rates it charges meat and poultry establishments, egg products plants, and importers and exporters for providing voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection and identification, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:23 Jan 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 Basetime ................................. Overtime ................................. Holiday .................................... Laboratory ............................... $57.52 72.24 86.88 73.20 The regulations state that FSIS will calculate the rates using formulas that include the Office of Field Operations (OFO) and Office of International Affairs (OIA) inspection program personnel’s previous fiscal year’s regular direct pay and regular hours (9 CFR 391.2, 391.3, 391.4, 590.126, 590.128, 592.510, 592.520, and 592.530). In 2013, an Agency reorganization eliminated the OIA program office and transferred all of its inspection program personnel to OFO. Therefore, inspection program personnel’s pay and hours are identified in the calculations as ‘‘OFO inspection program personnel’s’’ pay and hours. FSIS determined the 2018 rates using the following calculations: Basetime Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of Field Operations (OFO) inspection program personnel’s previous fiscal year’s regular direct pay by the previous fiscal year’s regular hours, plus the quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage of cost of living increase, plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate. The calculation for the 2018 basetime rate per hour per program employee is: [FY 2017 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by the previous fiscal year’s Regular Hours ($482,251,621/ 16,745,333)] = $28.80 + ($28.80 * PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase)) = $29.35 + $10.07 (benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $57.54 (rounded to $57.52).1 Overtime Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of Field Operations (OFO) inspection program personnel’s previous fiscal year’s regular direct pay by the previous fiscal year’s regular hours, plus that quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage of cost of living increase, multiplied by 1.5 (for overtime), plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate. The calculation for the 2018 overtime rate per hour per program employee is: [FY 2017 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by previous fiscal year’s Regular Hours ($482,251,621/ 16,745,333)] = $28.80 + ($28.80 * 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase)) = $29.35 * 1.5 = $44.03 + $10.07 (benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $72.22 (rounded to $72.24).2 Holiday Rate = The quotient of dividing the OFO inspection program personnel’s previous fiscal year’s regular direct pay by the previous fiscal year’s regular hours, plus that quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage of cost of living increase, multiplied by 2 (for holiday pay), plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate. The calculation for the 2018 holiday rate per hour per program employee calculation is: [FY 2017 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by Regular Hours ($482,251,621/16,745,333)] = $28.80 + ($28.80 * 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase)) = $29.35 * 2.0 = $58.70 + $10.07 (benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead 1 FSIS can bill basetime, overtime and holiday rates on the quarter hour. Accordingly, the 2018 overtime and holiday rates were rounded down so that rates can be equally divided by four—to two decimal places. 2 Ibid. E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1 1234 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / Notices rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $86.90 (rounded to $86.88).3 Laboratory Services Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS) previous fiscal year’s regular direct pay by the OPHS previous fiscal year’s regular hours, plus the quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage cost of living increase, plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate. The calculation for the 2018 laboratory services rate per hour per program employee is: [FY 2017 OPHS Regular Direct Pay/ OPHS Regular hours ($24,212,593/ 548,265)] = $44.16 + ($44.16 * 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase)) = $45.00 + $10.07 (benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $73.19 (rounded to $73.20).4 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Calculations for the Benefits, Travel and Operating, Overhead, and Allowance for Bad Debt Rates These rates are components of the basetime, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates formulas. Benefits Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year’s direct benefits costs by the previous fiscal year’s total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday), plus that quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage cost of living increase. Some examples of direct benefits are health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan basic and matching contributions. The calculation for the 2018 benefits rate per hour per program employee is: [FY 2017 Direct Benefits/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + Total Holiday hours) ($196,498,002/ 19,876,608)] = $9.89 + ($9.89 * 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase) = $10.07. Travel and Operating Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year’s total direct travel and operating costs by the previous fiscal year’s total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday), plus that quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage of inflation. The calculation for the 2018 travel and operating rate per hour per program employee is: 3 Ibid. 4 Ibid. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:23 Jan 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 [FY 2017 Total Direct Travel and Operating Costs/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + Total Holiday hours) ($29,685,824/ 19,876,608)] = $1.49 + ($1.49 * 1.0% (2018 Inflation) = $1.51. Overhead Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year’s indirect costs plus the previous fiscal year’s information technology (IT) costs in the Public Health Data Communication Infrastructure System Fund plus the previous fiscal year’s Office of Management Program cost in the Reimbursable and Voluntary Funds plus the provision for the operating balance less any Greenbook costs (i.e., costs of USDA support services prorated to the service component for which fees are charged) that are not related to food inspection by the previous fiscal year’s total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday) worked across all funds, plus the quotient multiplied by the calendar year’s percentage of inflation. The calculation for the 2018 overhead rate per hour per program employee is: [FY 2017 Total Overhead/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + Total Holiday hours) or ($326,888,606/19,876,608)] = $16.45 + ($16.45 * 1.0% (2018 Inflation) = $16.45. Allowance for Bad Debt Rate = Previous fiscal year’s total allowance for bad debt (for example, debt owed that is not paid in full by plants and establishments that declare bankruptcy) divided by previous fiscal year’s total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday) worked. The 2018 calculation for bad debt rate per hour per program employee is: [FY 2017 Total Bad Debt/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + Total Holiday hours) = ($49,980/ 19,876,608)] = $0.00. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication online through the FSIS web page located at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register. FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA. How To File a Complaint of Discrimination To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http:// www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_ 12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your authorized representative. Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–9410. Fax: (202) 690–7442. Email: program.intake@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Done at Washington, DC, on: January 5, 2018. Paul Kiecker, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2018–00283 Filed 1–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P E:\FR\FM\10JAN1.SGM 10JAN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket Number FSIS-2017-0054]


2018 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and 
Laboratory Services Rates

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the 2018 rates it will charge meat and poultry establishments, egg 
products plants, and importers and exporters for providing voluntary, 
overtime, and holiday inspection and identification, certification, and 
laboratory services. The 2018 basetime, overtime, holiday, and 
laboratory services rates will be applied on the first FSIS pay period 
approximately 30 days after the publication of this notice, which 
begins on January 21, 2018.

DATES: FSIS will charge the rates announced in this notice beginning 
January 21, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact 
Michael Toner, Director, Budget Division, Office of Management, FSIS, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2159, South Building, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700; Telephone: (202) 
690-8398, Fax: (202) 690-4155.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On April 12, 2011, FSIS published a final rule amending its 
regulations to establish formulas for calculating the rates it charges 
meat and poultry establishments, egg products plants, and importers and 
exporters for providing voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection and 
identification, certification, and laboratory services (76 FR 20220).
    In the final rule, FSIS stated that it would use the formulas to 
calculate the annual rates, publish the rates in Federal Register 
notices prior to the start of each calendar year, and apply the rates 
on the first FSIS pay period at the beginning of the calendar year. 
This notice provides the 2018 rates, which will be applied starting on 
January 21, 2018.

2018 Rates and Calculations

    The following table lists the 2018 Rates per hour, per employee, by 
type of service:

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                                                              2018 Rate
                                                             (estimates
                                                             rounded to
                          Service                              reflect
                                                              billable
                                                              quarters)
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Basetime..................................................        $57.52
Overtime..................................................         72.24
Holiday...................................................         86.88
Laboratory................................................         73.20
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    The regulations state that FSIS will calculate the rates using 
formulas that include the Office of Field Operations (OFO) and Office 
of International Affairs (OIA) inspection program personnel's previous 
fiscal year's regular direct pay and regular hours (9 CFR 391.2, 391.3, 
391.4, 590.126, 590.128, 592.510, 592.520, and 592.530). In 2013, an 
Agency reorganization eliminated the OIA program office and transferred 
all of its inspection program personnel to OFO. Therefore, inspection 
program personnel's pay and hours are identified in the calculations as 
``OFO inspection program personnel's'' pay and hours.
    FSIS determined the 2018 rates using the following calculations:
    Basetime Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of Field 
Operations (OFO) inspection program personnel's previous fiscal year's 
regular direct pay by the previous fiscal year's regular hours, plus 
the quotient multiplied by the calendar year's percentage of cost of 
living increase, plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating 
rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate.
    The calculation for the 2018 basetime rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2017 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by the previous fiscal year's 
Regular Hours ($482,251,621/16,745,333)] = $28.80 + ($28.80 * 1.9% 
(calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase)) = $29.35 + $10.07 
(benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead 
rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $57.54 (rounded to 
$57.52).\1\

    \1\ FSIS can bill basetime, overtime and holiday rates on the 
quarter hour. Accordingly, the 2018 overtime and holiday rates were 
rounded down so that rates can be equally divided by four--to two 
decimal places.
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    Overtime Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of Field 
Operations (OFO) inspection program personnel's previous fiscal year's 
regular direct pay by the previous fiscal year's regular hours, plus 
that quotient multiplied by the calendar year's percentage of cost of 
living increase, multiplied by 1.5 (for overtime), plus the benefits 
rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus 
the allowance for bad debt rate.
    The calculation for the 2018 overtime rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2017 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by previous fiscal year's 
Regular Hours ($482,251,621/16,745,333)] = $28.80 + ($28.80 * 1.9% 
(calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase)) = $29.35 * 1.5 = $44.03 + 
$10.07 (benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 
(overhead rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $72.22 (rounded to 
$72.24).\2\

    \2\ Ibid.
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    Holiday Rate = The quotient of dividing the OFO inspection program 
personnel's previous fiscal year's regular direct pay by the previous 
fiscal year's regular hours, plus that quotient multiplied by the 
calendar year's percentage of cost of living increase, multiplied by 2 
(for holiday pay), plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and 
operating rate, plus the overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt 
rate.
    The calculation for the 2018 holiday rate per hour per program 
employee calculation is:

[FY 2017 OFO Regular Direct Pay divided by Regular Hours ($482,251,621/
16,745,333)] = $28.80 + ($28.80 * 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of 
Living Increase)) = $29.35 * 2.0 = $58.70 + $10.07 (benefits rate) + 
$1.51 (travel and operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead

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rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance rate) = $86.90 (rounded to 
$86.88).\3\

    \3\ Ibid.
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    Laboratory Services Rate = The quotient of dividing the Office of 
Public Health Science (OPHS) previous fiscal year's regular direct pay 
by the OPHS previous fiscal year's regular hours, plus the quotient 
multiplied by the calendar year's percentage cost of living increase, 
plus the benefits rate, plus the travel and operating rate, plus the 
overhead rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate.
    The calculation for the 2018 laboratory services rate per hour per 
program employee is:

[FY 2017 OPHS Regular Direct Pay/OPHS Regular hours ($24,212,593/
548,265)] = $44.16 + ($44.16 * 1.9% (calendar year 2018 Cost of Living 
Increase)) = $45.00 + $10.07 (benefits rate) + $1.51 (travel and 
operating rate) + $16.61 (overhead rate) + $0.00 (bad debt allowance 
rate) = $73.19 (rounded to $73.20).\4\
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    \4\ Ibid.
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Calculations for the Benefits, Travel and Operating, Overhead, and 
Allowance for Bad Debt Rates

    These rates are components of the basetime, overtime, holiday, and 
laboratory services rates formulas.
    Benefits Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year's 
direct benefits costs by the previous fiscal year's total hours 
(regular, overtime, and holiday), plus that quotient multiplied by the 
calendar year's percentage cost of living increase. Some examples of 
direct benefits are health insurance, retirement, life insurance, and 
Thrift Savings Plan basic and matching contributions.
    The calculation for the 2018 benefits rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2017 Direct Benefits/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + 
Total Holiday hours) ($196,498,002/19,876,608)] = $9.89 + ($9.89 * 1.9% 
(calendar year 2018 Cost of Living Increase) = $10.07.

    Travel and Operating Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous 
fiscal year's total direct travel and operating costs by the previous 
fiscal year's total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday), plus that 
quotient multiplied by the calendar year's percentage of inflation.
    The calculation for the 2018 travel and operating rate per hour per 
program employee is:

[FY 2017 Total Direct Travel and Operating Costs/(Total Regular hours + 
Total Overtime hours + Total Holiday hours) ($29,685,824/19,876,608)] = 
$1.49 + ($1.49 * 1.0% (2018 Inflation) = $1.51.

    Overhead Rate: The quotient of dividing the previous fiscal year's 
indirect costs plus the previous fiscal year's information technology 
(IT) costs in the Public Health Data Communication Infrastructure 
System Fund plus the previous fiscal year's Office of Management 
Program cost in the Reimbursable and Voluntary Funds plus the provision 
for the operating balance less any Greenbook costs (i.e., costs of USDA 
support services prorated to the service component for which fees are 
charged) that are not related to food inspection by the previous fiscal 
year's total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday) worked across all 
funds, plus the quotient multiplied by the calendar year's percentage 
of inflation.
    The calculation for the 2018 overhead rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2017 Total Overhead/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + 
Total Holiday hours) or ($326,888,606/19,876,608)] = $16.45 + ($16.45 * 
1.0% (2018 Inflation) = $16.45.

    Allowance for Bad Debt Rate = Previous fiscal year's total 
allowance for bad debt (for example, debt owed that is not paid in full 
by plants and establishments that declare bankruptcy) divided by 
previous fiscal year's total hours (regular, overtime, and holiday) 
worked.
    The 2018 calculation for bad debt rate per hour per program 
employee is:

[FY 2017 Total Bad Debt/(Total Regular hours + Total Overtime hours + 
Total Holiday hours) = ($49,980/19,876,608)] = $0.00.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication online through the FSIS web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through 
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information 
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register 
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that 
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the 
web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password 
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:
    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of 
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: [email protected].
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC, on: January 5, 2018.
Paul Kiecker,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-00283 Filed 1-9-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P