Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 26945-26946 [2018-12414]

Download as PDF 26945 Notices Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 112 Monday, June 11, 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 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES June 6, 2018. 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by July 11, 2018 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), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 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. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Title: 7 CFR part 15 subpart D—Data Collection Requirements. OMB Control Number: 0503–0022. Summary of Collection: Under 7 CFR 15d.4(5) The Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OSCAR) shall require agencies to collect the race, ethnicity, and gender of applicants and program participants, who choose to provide such information on a voluntary basis. Currently, Section 14006 of the 2008 Farm Bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture to annually compile for each county and State in the United States program application and participation rate date regarding socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers for each program of USDA that serves agricultural producers or landowners. Need and Use of the Information: The requested information will help USDA determine if programs and services are reaching the needs of the general public, beneficiaries, recipients, partners, and other stakeholders and supports USDA’s planning, outreach, and compliance efforts. The uniform collection of REG data allows USDA to administer programs from a proactive rather than a reactive position and enables the Department to assess the accomplishment of program delivery mandates and objectives. Failure to collect this information will have negative impact on USDA’s outreach and compliance activities. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 1,190. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (once). Total Burden Hours: 39. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–12449 Filed 6–8–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–9R–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 August 10, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, Regulatory Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. Fax: (202) 720–8435 or email Michele.Brooks@ wdc.usda.gov. SUMMARY: 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: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\11JNN1.SGM 11JNN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 26946 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2018 / Notices Regulations Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690– 1078, Fax: (202) 720–8435 or email: Michele.Brooks@wdc.usda.gov. Title: Advance of Loan Funds and Budgetary Control and Other Related Burdens. OMB Control Number: 0572–0015. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Abstract: The Rural Utilities Service administers the electric loan and loan guarantee program authorized under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) In order to protect and ensure the Government’s security interest in loans, and in exercise of due diligence, electric borrowers furnish information to RUS regarding the condition, financial or otherwise, related to expenditure of loan funds. This Information Collection is necessary to comply with applicable provisions of the RUS loan contract. RUS Borrowers submit requisitions to RUS for funds for project costs incurred. Insured loan funds will be advanced only for projects which are included in the RUS approved borrowers workplan or approved amendment and in an approved loan, as amended. The process of loan advances establishes the beginning of the audit trail of the use of loan funds which is required to subsequent RUS compliance audits. The RUS Form 595 is used as a requisition for advances of funds. The form helps to assure that loan funds are advanced only for the budget purposes and amount approved by RUS. According to the applicable provisions of the RUS loan contract, borrowers must certify with each request for funds to be approved for advance, which such funds are for projects previously approved. When a prospective borrower requests and is granted a RUS loan, a loan contract is established between the Federal government, acting through the RUS Administrator, and the borrower. At the time this contract is entered into, the borrower must provide RUS with a list of projects for which loan funds will be spent, along with an itemized list of the estimated costs of these projects. Thus, the borrower receives a loan based upon estimated cost figures. RUS Form 219, Inventory of Work Orders, is one of the documents the borrower submits to RUS to support actual expenditures and an advance of loan funds. The form also serves as a connecting link and provides an audit trail that originates with the advance of funds and terminates with evidence supporting the propriety of VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jun 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 expenditures for construction or retirement projects. Estimate of Burden: The Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.56 hours per response. Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business or other for profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 600. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 15.5. Estimated Number of Total Responses: 9,320. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 14,570 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from MaryPat Daskal, Regulations Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–7853, Fax: (202) 720–8435 or email: MaryPat.Daskal@ 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: May 29, 2018. Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2018–12414 Filed 6–8–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 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, as amended), 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). SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by August 10, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, Regulatory Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. FAX: (202) 720–8435. Email: Michele.Brooks@ wdc.usda.gov. DATES: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00002 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 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: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, Regulatory Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078, FAX: (202) 720–8435. Email: Michele.Brooks@ wdc.usda.gov. Title: Substantially Underserved Trust Areas. OMB Control Number: 0572–0147. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The RUS provides loan, loan guarantee and grant programs for rural electric, water and waste, and telecommunications and broadband infrastructure. The SUTA initiative gives the Secretary of Agriculture certain discretionary authorities relating to financial assistance terms and conditions that can enhance the financing possibilities in areas that are underserved by certain RUS electric, water and waste, and telecommunications and broadband programs. The data covered by this collection of information are those materials necessary to allow the agency to determine applicant and community eligibility and an explanation and documentation of the high need for the benefits of the SUTA provisions. Program specific application materials, which funds are being applied for, are covered by the information collection package for the specific RUS program. E:\FR\FM\11JNN1.SGM 11JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 112 (Monday, June 11, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26945-26946]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12414]


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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 August 10, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, Regulatory 
Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South 
Building, Washington, DC 20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078. Fax: 
(202) 720-8435 or email [email protected].

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: Michele Brooks, Team Lead,

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Regulations Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 
20250-1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078, Fax: (202) 720-8435 or email: 
[email protected].
    Title: Advance of Loan Funds and Budgetary Control and Other 
Related Burdens.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0015.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The Rural Utilities Service administers the electric loan 
and loan guarantee program authorized under the Rural Electrification 
Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) In order to protect and ensure the 
Government's security interest in loans, and in exercise of due 
diligence, electric borrowers furnish information to RUS regarding the 
condition, financial or otherwise, related to expenditure of loan 
funds. This Information Collection is necessary to comply with 
applicable provisions of the RUS loan contract. RUS Borrowers submit 
requisitions to RUS for funds for project costs incurred. Insured loan 
funds will be advanced only for projects which are included in the RUS 
approved borrowers workplan or approved amendment and in an approved 
loan, as amended. The process of loan advances establishes the 
beginning of the audit trail of the use of loan funds which is required 
to subsequent RUS compliance audits.
    The RUS Form 595 is used as a requisition for advances of funds. 
The form helps to assure that loan funds are advanced only for the 
budget purposes and amount approved by RUS. According to the applicable 
provisions of the RUS loan contract, borrowers must certify with each 
request for funds to be approved for advance, which such funds are for 
projects previously approved. When a prospective borrower requests and 
is granted a RUS loan, a loan contract is established between the 
Federal government, acting through the RUS Administrator, and the 
borrower. At the time this contract is entered into, the borrower must 
provide RUS with a list of projects for which loan funds will be spent, 
along with an itemized list of the estimated costs of these projects. 
Thus, the borrower receives a loan based upon estimated cost figures.
    RUS Form 219, Inventory of Work Orders, is one of the documents the 
borrower submits to RUS to support actual expenditures and an advance 
of loan funds. The form also serves as a connecting link and provides 
an audit trail that originates with the advance of funds and terminates 
with evidence supporting the propriety of expenditures for construction 
or retirement projects.
    Estimate of Burden: The Public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 1.56 hours per response.
    Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business or other for 
profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 600.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 15.5.
    Estimated Number of Total Responses: 9,320.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 14,570 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from MaryPat 
Daskal, Regulations Team, Rural Development Innovation Center, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-7853, 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: May 29, 2018.
Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-12414 Filed 6-8-18; 8:45 am]
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