Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection, 36873-36874 [2018-16326]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 147 / Tuesday, July 31, 2018 / Notices interstate movement of regulated articles from the quarantined area. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of the PCN via potatoes, soil, and other host material to non-infested areas of the United States. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information using certificates, limited permits, compliance agreements, self-certification, appeal of withdrawn certificate or limited permit, appeal of withdrawn compliance agreement, and labeling to prevent the spread of PCN and to ensure that regulated articles can be moved safely from the quarantined area without spreading PCN. If APHIS did not collect this information, the spread of PCN in the United States could result in a loss of United States potatoes and other commodities from domestic and/or foreign markets. Description of Respondents: Farms; Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 123. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 445. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–16180 Filed 7–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Establishment of Divided Mountain Purchase Unit, Grayson County, Virginia Forest Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: On September 26, 2017 the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and the Environment created the Divided Mountain Unit. This purchase unit comprises 112.3 acres within Grayson County, Virginia. A legal description of lands within the purchase unit appears at the end of this notice. APPLICABLE DATE: The Forest Service established this purchase unit on September 26, 2017. ADDRESSES: A copy of the map showing the purchase unit is on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Director, Lands Staff, First Floor-Southeast, Sidney R. Yates Federal Building, Forest Service, USDA, 201 14th Street SW, Washington, DC 20250, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on business days. Those wishing to inspect the map are encouraged to call ahead to (202) 205– 1248 to facilitate entry into the building. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jul 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Heikkila, Acting Director of Lands and Realty Management, by phone at 202–205–2818. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. The Divided Mountain Project, legally described below, will provide additional road access into Cherokee National Forest and additional access to Pond Mountain State Game Lands. State game lands allow for recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, and cross country skiing. Acquisition of the Divided Mountain Tract will provide opportunities to extend these activities into the National Forest while conserving high-elevation open space, mitigating wildfire risks, protecting streams and water quality, and protecting the nearby Rogers Ridge Scenic Area viewshed. All that tract or parcel of land lying and being situated in the Wilson Magisterial District of Grayson County, Virginia, being described as Tax Map No. 60–A–1A, being the same tract conveyed to The Conservation Fund by Warranty Deed signed September 16, 2016, and recorded on September 23, 2016, in Deed Book 599, Pages 589–591 Grayson County, Virginia Circuit Court Clerk Office; this Tract is identified as the portion of United States of America Tract U–1601 situated in Virginia. Bounded on the West by the Tennessee State Line (USA Tract U–1601), on the North by Robert Russell, on the East by Joseph Dalia, and on the South by the North Carolina State Line; Bearings are oriented to Tennessee State Plane grid north, Beginning on Corner 1 of USA Tract U–1601, the common corner to the States of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, which is also Corner 1 of USA Tract U–137, being monumented by a brass disk in a large rock; Thence with the Tennessee State Line (USA Tract U–1601), one (1) line; 1. N 48°16′35″ E, 2766.22 feet to Corner 4 of USA Tract U–1601, a standard Forest Service Monument situated in the Tennessee and Virginia State Line common to the lands of Russell; Thence with the lands of Robert Russell, one (1) line; 1. S 72°28′26″ E, 1204.95 feet to Corner 5 of USA Tract U–1601, a standard Forest Service Monument common to the lands of Russell and Dalia; SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36873 Thence with the lands of Joseph Dalia, one (1) line; 1. S 29°24′20″ E, 1962.76 feet to Corner 6 of USA Tract U–1601, a standard Forest Service Monument situated in the Virginia and North Carolina State Line, common to the lands of Dalia; Thence with the North Carolina State Line, N 86°49′30″ W, 4183.72 feet to Corner 1 of USA Tract U–1601, the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 112.304 acres more or less, with the bearings, distances and acres here described being as shown on the plat of survey titled ‘‘PROPERTY OF LOWELL K. HENSLEY AND BERNICE HENSLEY TO BE CONVEYED TO THE CONSERVATION FUND’’ as drawn by Addison Surveyors recorded in Deed Book 599, page 591 Grayson County, Virginia Circuit Court Clerk Office. End of Description Dated: July 13, 2018. Gregory C. Smith, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service. [FR Doc. 2018–16290 Filed 7–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Institute of Food and Agriculture Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) intention to request approval for an extension of the currently approved information collection for the NIFA proposal review process. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by October 1, 2018, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice and requests for copies of the information collection may be submitted by any of the following methods: Email: rmartin.usda.gov; Fax: 202–720–0857; Mail: Office of Information Technology (OIT), NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 36874 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 147 / Tuesday, July 31, 2018 / Notices Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250– 2216. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, eGovernment Program Leader; Phone Number: 202–445–5388; Email: rmartin@nifa.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: NIFA Proposal Review Process. OMB Number: 0524–0041. Expiration Date of Current Approval: 10/31/2018. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection for three years. Abstract: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is responsible for performing a review of proposals submitted to NIFA competitive award programs in accordance with section 103(a) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, 7 U.S.C. 7613(a). Reviews are undertaken to ensure that projects supported by NIFA are of high quality, and are consistent with the goals and requirements of the funding program. Proposals submitted to NIFA undergo a programmatic evaluation to determine worthiness of Federal support. The evaluations consist of a peer panel review and may also entail an assessment by Federal employees and electronically submitted (ad-hoc) reviews in the Peer Review System. Need and Use of the Information: The information collected from the evaluations is used to support NIFA grant programs. NIFA uses the results of the proposal evaluation to determine whether a proposal should be declined or recommended for award. When NIFA has rendered a decision, copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, and summaries of review panel deliberations, if any, are provided to the submitting Project Director. Given the highly technical nature of many of these proposals, the quality of the peer review greatly depends on the appropriate matching of the subject matter of the proposal with the technical expertise of the potential reviewer. In order to obtain this information, an electronic questionnaire is used to collect information about potential panel and ad-hoc reviewers. If the reviewer is already in our database, the questionnaire asks potential reviewers to update their basic biographical information including address, contact information, professional expertise, and their availability to review for NIFA in the future. If the reviewer is new, they are prompted to complete the questionnaire. This information has been invaluable in the NIFA review VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jul 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 process, which has been recognized by the grantee and grantor community for its quality. The applications and associated materials made available to reviewers, as well as the discussions that take place during panel review meetings are strictly confidential and are not to be disclosed to or discussed with anyone who has not been officially designated to participate in the review process. While each panelist certifies at the time of preparing a review they do not have a conflict-of-interest with a particular application and will maintain its confidentiality in the Peer Review System, a certification of their intent at the time of the panel review proceedings is collected to emphasize and reinforce confidentiality not only of applications and reviews but also panel discussions. On the Conflict-of-Interest and Confidentiality Certification Form, the panelist affirms they understand the conflict-of-interest guidelines and will not be involved in the review of the application(s) where a conflict exists. The panelist also affirms their intent to maintain the confidentiality of the panel process and not disclose to another individual any information related to the peer review or use any information for personal benefit. Estimate of Burden: NIFA estimates that anywhere from one hour to twenty hours may be required to review a proposal. It is estimated that approximately five hours are required to review an average proposal. Each proposal receives an average of four reviews, accounting for an annual burden of 20 hours. NIFA estimates it receives 4,600 competitive applications each year. The total annual burden on reviewers is 92,000 hours. NIFA estimates that the potential reviewer questionnaire takes an estimated 10 minutes to complete. The database consists of approximately 50,000 reviewers. The total annual burden of questionnaire is 8,330 hours. NIFA estimates that the potential Conflict-ofInterest and Confidentiality Certification Form takes an estimated 10 minutes to complete. The agency has approximately 1,000 panelists each year. The total annual burden of the certification form is 167 hours. The total annual burden of the component of the entire review process is 100,497 hours. 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request to OMB for approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, on July 24, 2018. Thomas Shanower, Acting Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. [FR Doc. 2018–16326 Filed 7–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census Census Scientific Advisory Committee Public Meeting Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The Committee will address policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field operations, geographic, information technology, and statistics. The CSAC will meet in a plenary session on September 13–14, 2018. Last minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent giving advance public notice of schedule adjustments. Please visit the Census Advisory Committees website for the most current meeting agenda at: http:// www.census.gov/cac/. The meeting will be available via webcast at: https:// www.census.gov/newsroom/censuslive.html. Topics of discussion will include: • 2020 Census Program Update • 2018 End-to-End Test Update • Administrative Records Update • Efforts to Modernize Disclosure Limitation Update DATES: September 13–14, 2018. On Thursday, September 13, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 5:00 p.m. On Friday, September 14, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2:00 p.m. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 147 (Tuesday, July 31, 2018)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information 
Collection

AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice 
announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 
intention to request approval for an extension of the currently 
approved information collection for the NIFA proposal review process.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by October 1, 
2018, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice and requests for 
copies of the information collection may be submitted by any of the 
following methods: Email: rmartin.usda.gov; Fax: 202-720-0857; Mail: 
Office of Information Technology (OIT), NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 
Independence

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Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-2216.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, eGovernment Program 
Leader; Phone Number: 202-445-5388; Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: NIFA Proposal Review Process.
    OMB Number: 0524-0041.
    Expiration Date of Current Approval: 10/31/2018.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection for three years.
    Abstract: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is 
responsible for performing a review of proposals submitted to NIFA 
competitive award programs in accordance with section 103(a) of the 
Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, 7 
U.S.C. 7613(a). Reviews are undertaken to ensure that projects 
supported by NIFA are of high quality, and are consistent with the 
goals and requirements of the funding program.
    Proposals submitted to NIFA undergo a programmatic evaluation to 
determine worthiness of Federal support. The evaluations consist of a 
peer panel review and may also entail an assessment by Federal 
employees and electronically submitted (ad-hoc) reviews in the Peer 
Review System.
    Need and Use of the Information: The information collected from the 
evaluations is used to support NIFA grant programs. NIFA uses the 
results of the proposal evaluation to determine whether a proposal 
should be declined or recommended for award. When NIFA has rendered a 
decision, copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, and 
summaries of review panel deliberations, if any, are provided to the 
submitting Project Director.
    Given the highly technical nature of many of these proposals, the 
quality of the peer review greatly depends on the appropriate matching 
of the subject matter of the proposal with the technical expertise of 
the potential reviewer. In order to obtain this information, an 
electronic questionnaire is used to collect information about potential 
panel and ad-hoc reviewers. If the reviewer is already in our database, 
the questionnaire asks potential reviewers to update their basic 
biographical information including address, contact information, 
professional expertise, and their availability to review for NIFA in 
the future. If the reviewer is new, they are prompted to complete the 
questionnaire. This information has been invaluable in the NIFA review 
process, which has been recognized by the grantee and grantor community 
for its quality.
    The applications and associated materials made available to 
reviewers, as well as the discussions that take place during panel 
review meetings are strictly confidential and are not to be disclosed 
to or discussed with anyone who has not been officially designated to 
participate in the review process. While each panelist certifies at the 
time of preparing a review they do not have a conflict-of-interest with 
a particular application and will maintain its confidentiality in the 
Peer Review System, a certification of their intent at the time of the 
panel review proceedings is collected to emphasize and reinforce 
confidentiality not only of applications and reviews but also panel 
discussions. On the Conflict-of-Interest and Confidentiality 
Certification Form, the panelist affirms they understand the conflict-
of-interest guidelines and will not be involved in the review of the 
application(s) where a conflict exists. The panelist also affirms their 
intent to maintain the confidentiality of the panel process and not 
disclose to another individual any information related to the peer 
review or use any information for personal benefit.
    Estimate of Burden: NIFA estimates that anywhere from one hour to 
twenty hours may be required to review a proposal. It is estimated that 
approximately five hours are required to review an average proposal. 
Each proposal receives an average of four reviews, accounting for an 
annual burden of 20 hours. NIFA estimates it receives 4,600 competitive 
applications each year. The total annual burden on reviewers is 92,000 
hours. NIFA estimates that the potential reviewer questionnaire takes 
an estimated 10 minutes to complete. The database consists of 
approximately 50,000 reviewers. The total annual burden of 
questionnaire is 8,330 hours. NIFA estimates that the potential 
Conflict-of-Interest and Confidentiality Certification Form takes an 
estimated 10 minutes to complete. The agency has approximately 1,000 
panelists each year. The total annual burden of the certification form 
is 167 hours. The total annual burden of the component of the entire 
review process is 100,497 hours.
    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; (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.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request to OMB for approval. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, on July 24, 2018.
Thomas Shanower,
Acting Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2018-16326 Filed 7-30-18; 8:45 am]
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