Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Extension of a Current Information Collection; Comment Request-Evaluation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Pilots, 39657-39665 [2018-17186]

Download as PDF 39657 Notices Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 155 Friday, August 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 Agricultural Marketing Service [DOC. NO. AMS–FGIS–18–0059] Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets no less than once annually to advise the AMS on the programs and services delivered under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help AMS better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace. The realignment of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized by the Secretary’s Memorandum dated November 14, 2017, eliminates the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as a standalone agency. The grain inspection activities formerly part of GIPSA are now organized under AMS. DATES: September 5–6, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Advisory Committee meeting will take place at AMS National Grain Center, 10383 N Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64153. Requests to orally address the Advisory Committee during the meeting or written comments to be distributed during the meeting may be sent to: Kendra Kline, AMS–FGIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 3614, Washington, DC 20250–3601. Requests daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 and comments may also be emailed to Kendra.C.Kline@ams.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kendra Kline by phone at (202) 690– 2410 or by email at Kendra.C.Kline@ ams.usda.gov. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to AMS with respect to the implementation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 71–87k). Information about the Advisory Committee is available on the AMS website at https://www.gipsa.usda.gov/ fgis/advisorycommittee.aspx. The agenda will include service delivery overview, quality assurance and compliance updates, field management overview, international program updates as they relate to outreach, technology and science initiatives, and other relevant grain inspection topics. Public participation will be limited to written statements and interested parties who have registered to present comments orally to the Advisory Committee. If interested in submitting a written statement or presenting comments orally, please contact Kendra Kline at the telephone number or email listed above. Oral commenting opportunities will be first come, first serve. The meeting will be open to the public. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication of program information or related accommodations should contact Kendra Kline at the telephone number or email listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 6, 2018. Greg Ibach, Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs. [FR Doc. 2018–17114 Filed 8–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2018 Through June 30, 2019 Correction In notice document 2018–15464, appearing on pages 34108 through 34110, in the issue of Thursday, July 19, 2018, make the following correction: On page 34110, in the table, in the ‘‘Lunch and supper’’ column, under ‘‘Tier II’’, under ‘‘Next 150’’, in the last row, ‘‘195’’ should read ‘‘105’’. [FR Doc. C1–2018–15464 Filed 8–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Extension of a Current Information Collection; Comment Request—Evaluation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Pilots Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a request for an extension of a current information collection for the purpose of evaluating the Fiscal Year 2015 Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Requirements and Work Effort Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 9, 2018. ADDRESSES: 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 shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 39658 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Danielle Deemer, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Danielle Deemer at 703–305–2576 or via email to danielle.deemer@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the Office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Danielle Deemer, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Evaluation of SNAP E&T Pilots. OMB Number: 0584–0604. Expiration Date: 01/31/2019. Type of Request: Extension of a Current Information Collection without Change. Abstract: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critical work support for low-income people and families. SNAP benefits help eligible low-income families put food on the table in times of need. It also supports critical and needed skills and job training so that recipients can obtain good jobs that lead to self-sufficiency. SNAP’s long-standing mission of helping unemployed and underemployed people is challenging. To help them and their families achieve self-sufficiency, strategies are needed to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 impart the skills employers want, and to help address other barriers to employment. Some participants need assistance developing a resume and accessing job leads, others need education and training, and still others need help overcoming barriers that prevent them from working steadily. The SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program provides assistance to unemployed and underemployed clients in the form of job search, job skills training, education (basic, postsecondary, vocational), work experience or training and workfare, but limited information exists on what is most effective in connecting these participants to gainful employment. The Agriculture Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–79, Section 4022), otherwise known as the 2014 Farm Bill, authorized grants for up to 10 pilot sites to develop and rigorously test innovative SNAP E&T strategies for engaging more SNAP work registrants in unsubsidized employment, increasing participants’ earnings, and reducing reliance on public assistance. The pilots’ significant funding can expand the reach of employment and training services and enable States to experiment with promising strategies to increase engagement and promote employment. An evaluation of the pilot sites will be critical in helping Congress and FNS identify strategies that effectively assist SNAP participants to succeed in the labor market and become self-sufficient. The 10 States receiving grants to fund pilot projects are California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, Vermont, Virginia and Washington State. The evaluation will collect data from all 10 pilot sites in 2015–2016 (baseline), 2016–2018 (12month follow-up) and 2018–2020 (36month follow-up). The data collected for this evaluation will be used for implementation, impact, participant and cost-benefit analyses for each pilot site. Research objectives include: (1) Documenting the context and operations of each pilot, identifying lessons learned, and helping to interpret and understand impacts within each pilot and across pilots, (2) identifying the impacts on employment, earnings, and reliance on public assistance and food security and other outcomes to determine what works and what works for whom, (3) examining the characteristics of service paths of pilot participants and the control group to assess whether the mere presence of the pilots and their offer of services or participation requirements influence whether people apply for SNAP (entry effects), and (4) estimating the total and component costs of each pilot to PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provide an estimate of the return to each dollar invested in the pilot services. Primary outcomes will be participant employment, earnings, and participation in public assistance programs, which will be measured through State administrative records, a baseline survey administered during enrollment into the study, and followup telephone surveys conducted at approximately 12 months and 36 months after participants enroll in the pilot. Impacts on secondary outcomes, such as food security, health status, and self-esteem will be measured through the follow-up telephone surveys as well. The end products (interim and final reports) will provide scientifically valid evidence of the pilot project impacts. Affected Public: Members of the public affected by the data collection include individuals and households; State and local governments; and Businesses from the Private sector (forprofit and not-for-profit). Respondent types identified include (1) individuals and households eligible for SNAP E&T participation; (2) directors and managers from State and local government agencies supporting the SNAP E&T programs; (3) staff from State and local government agencies providing direct services to SNAP E&T participants; (4) directors and managers from private sector for-profit businesses providing SNAP E&T services; and (5) directors and managers from private sector notfor-profit agencies providing SNAP E&T services. Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 53,830. This includes 52,870 individuals, 190 State and local government directors/managers and staff, and 770 private sector for-profit business and not-for-profit agency directors/managers. Of the 52,852 individuals completing a baseline survey when applying for services, FNS will contact 25,000 out of which 18,240 individuals in the treatment and comparison groups will complete a 12month follow-up telephone survey (6,760 will be non-responders). Of 18,240 respondents to the 12-month follow-up, 11,090 will complete a 36month follow-up telephone survey (7,150 nonrespondents). Among the individuals contacted for the telephone surveys, 1,200 may also be contacted for a focus group and 200 for a case study on topics of special interest to FNS. Of the individuals contacted for the focus groups and case studies, 280 participants will participate and 1,120 will decline and be considered nonrespondents. 18 individuals were contacted separately to pretest surveys and focus groups. 170 State and local E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES government agency directors/managers will be contacted for in-person interviews. 150 of those will be interviewed two additional times; 10 of the directors/managers will provide case study data, 10 will provide documents for review, 10 will complete the MOU, 10 will provide wage data, 10 will provide entry effects data, and 10 will provide entry effects data. A separate group of 10 data director/managers will be contacted for cost/benefit interviews and 10 will be contacted to provide cost data. 200 Private sector not-for-profit and for-profit agency directors/managers and staff will be contacted for cost/ benefit interviews. These individuals VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 will also be contacted for in-person interviews, and the directors and managers for the case study will be recruited from this group. 160 individuals will be contacted for a timeuse survey. This sample will also be used to recruit staff to participate in the case study. 210 staff members responsible for data management will also be contacted for the provision of administrative data. Additionally, 200 private sector not-for-profit employer training supervisors will be recruited to participate in employer focus groups. Estimated Frequency of Responses per Respondent: Average of 5.49 response for individuals per instrument or activity, 5.79 responses for State and PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39659 local government representatives for all contacts, and 13.8 responses for private sector representatives for all contacts. The number of contacts per activity average 5.6 across all participants. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 317,108. Estimated Time per Response: About 0.15 hours (9.26 minutes). The estimated time per response varies from 0.02 to 4 hours depending on the respondent group and data collection activity, as shown in the table below. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The total annual burden is 49,972 hours. BILLING CODE 3410–30–P E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 39660 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Instrument RESPONDENTS Sample Estimated size number of respondents Jkt 244001 . PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 : ttdivid.tmiSJ'h~tu~eholds · ...·· lodividuals Participant Registration 52,852 Document Participant Consent 52.852 Document Participant Pretest 18 25.000 Participant Welcome Packet and Study nrochure Participant Seasonal 25.000 Postcard Participant Survey 25,000 Advance Letter ( 12-mon follow-up) 12,500 Participant Survey Reminder Letter (12-mon follow-up) Survey 12,500 Participant Reminder Postcard ( 12monfollowup) Participant Survey H.etusal 3,750 Letter (12-mon follow-up) Participant Telephone 25.000 survey (12monfollowup) Participant Seasonal 18.240 Postcard lg,240 Participant Survey Advance Letter (36-mon follo"-up) Participant Survey 9,120 Reminder Letter (36-mon follow-up) FreTotal quency of responses response Average time per response .. .. ··· ... . 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Average time per response (hours) ·· .··.. ·.··•· ;; ' ·.·.•. ; Total Estimated annual burden (hours) . ; Grand Total burden estimate Hourly Wage rate** Estimate Total Annual Cost to Respondents .. i .. ...... ·· 0.20 10,570.40 0 0 0 0 0.00 ·· .. 10,570.40 $7.25 $76,635.40 52,852 0.05 2,642.60 0 0 0 0 0.00 2,642.60 $7.25 $19.158.85 1 1 9 25,000 0.66 0.05 5.94 1,250.00 9 0 1 1 9 0 0.05 0.05 0.45 0.00 6.39 1,250.00 $7.25 $7.25 $46.33 $9,062.50 25,000 1 25,000 0.17 4,250.00 0 I 0 0.05 0.00 4,250.00 $7.25 $30,812.50 18,240 1 18,240 0.01 601.92 0 1 0 0.05 0 00 601.92 $7.25 $4,161.92 12,500 1 12,500 0.03 412.50 0 1 0 0.05 0 00 412.50 $7.25 $2,990.63 12,500 1 12,500 0.02 208.75 0 1 0 0.05 0.00 208.75 $7.25 $1,513.44 3,750 I 3,750 0.03 123.75 0 I 0 0.05 0.00 123.75 $7.25 $g97.19 18,240 1 18,240 0.53 9,667.20 6,760 1 6,760 0.05 338.00 10,005.20 $7.25 $72.537.70 18,240 1 18,240 0.02 304.61 0 1 0 0.05 0.00 304.61 $7.25 $2,208.41 lg,240 I lg,240 0.03 601.92 0 I 0 0.05 0.00 601.92 $7.25 $4,363.92 9,120 1 9,120 0.03 300.96 0 1 0 0.05 0 00 300.96 $7.25 $2,181.96 52,852 1 . . .· 52,852 52,852 1 9 25,000 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 EN10AU18.002</GPH> Affected Respondents public type daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 !Participant Jkt 244001 PO 00000 19,120 lo.oz 1152.30 lo lo lo.o5 1o.oo Survey 12,736 Refusalr Letter (36-mon fo1lo"-up) I elephone 11 R,240 survey (36-mon follow-up) Focus Group 11,200 Recrmtment !Guide IFocus Group 1240 Confirmation Letter 12,736 IL,736 10.03 190.29 IO IO 10.05 IO.OO 190.29 l$7.25 l$654.59 10.51 I5,R7770 17,150 10 05 j15750 16,215 20 l$7 25 l$45,205 20 ~Focus Group 11,200 & Infonuatim Survey 19,120 I l atw.... tpani Frm 00005 cmuc•pam 1,090 1,090 ,150 52.30 1$7.25 l$1,104.20 Fmt 4703 1240 1240 lo 17 l4o 08 1960 1960 lo 08 180 00 20.08 l$7 25 l$870.58 1240 1240 10.03 17.92 lo lo lo.og lo oo .92 l$7.25 1$57.42 1240 1240 IL67 1400 00 1960 1960 10.08 180.00 1480.00 40 1.67 66.67 160 40 1 1 0.08 l$7.25 l$3,480.00 $7.25 $580.00 * Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM governnent agency director/ nana er State, local, or Tribal agency director/ anager 10AUN1 State, local, or Tribal agency direct service staff State, local, or Tribal agency direct servl ce statl' State, local, or Tribal agency direct service staff State, local, or Tribal interview (round 1) and Cost/benefit interivews In-person interview (round 2) lin-person interview (round 3) 1150 1150 1150 ILOO 1150.00 IO IO IO IO IO 00 50.00 l$2 1.791$3,268.50 !Case Study 110 10 110 ILOO 110.00 IO IO IO IO IO.OO 0.00 l$21.791$217.90 !Provide !documents for !review 110 110 140 10.25 IIO.OO lo lo lo lo lo.oo 0.00 l$21.791$217.90 !Complete MOU 110 10 Ito ILOO 110.00 lo lo lo lo 1o.oo 0.00 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 l QllH... 1~Ull1l 19,120 Survey Reminder Postcard (36-mon follow-up) l$21.791$217.90 14 39661 EN10AU18.003</GPH> VerDate Sep<11>2014 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 EN10AU18.004</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 39662 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Private sedor Provide [business Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 50 50 12 600 4.00 2.400.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 2,400.00 $54.08 $129,792.00 100 100 20 2,000 0.50 1.000.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 1,000.00 $54.08 $54,080.00 10 100 11 1,100 1.00 1,100.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 1,100.00 $54.08 $59.488.00 80 3 240 0.02 4.01 0 0 0 0 0.00 4.01 $21.03 $84.29 40 3 120 0.03 3.96 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.96 $21.03 $83.28 80 3 240 0.33 79.20 0 0 0 0 0.00 79.20 $21.03 $1,665.58 75 75 1 75 1.00 75.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 75.00 $32.56 $2,442.00 75 75 1 75 1.00 75.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 75.00 $32.56 $2,442.00 75 75 1 75 1.00 75.00 0 0 0 0 0 00 75.00 $32.56 $2,442.00 55 55 1 55 1.00 55.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 55.00 $32.56 $1,790.80 50 50 12 600 4.00 2.400.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 2,400.00 $32.56 $78,144.00 administrative data director/ nanager Private sector Cost/benefit lror-profit interviews "usiness director/ "'anager Private sector Provide cost or-profit "usiness director/ data ~anager Private sedor Time Use 80 Survey Initial direct service Email staff Private sector Time Use 40 or-profit Survey direct service Reminder Letter staff Private sector Time Use 80 or-profit Survey lror-profit direct service staff Private sector In-person rot-for-profit interview agency (round 1) director/ "'anager Private sector In-person rot-for-profit interview agency (round 2) director/ "'anager Private sector In-person rot-for-profit interview agency (round 3) director/ "'anager Private sector Case Study tot-for-profit agency director/ "'anager Private sector Provide rot-for-profit administrative agency data Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 155 / Friday, August 10, 2018 / Notices 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 lror-profit 39663 EN10AU18.005</GPH> 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Brandon Lipps, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. please contact the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates Correction In notice document 2018–15465, appearing on pages 34105 through 34108, in the issue of Thursday, July 19, 2018, make the following correction: On page 34107, in the table, in the ‘‘Maximum Rate’’ column, in the first row, ‘‘0.30’’ should read ‘‘0.39’’. [FR Doc. C1–2018–15465 Filed 8–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (Recreation RAC) will hold its next meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to receive recommendations concerning recreation fee proposals on areas managed by the Forest Service in Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas and South Carolina. A summary of the proposals that may be discussed at this meeting will be posted at least 15 days prior to the meeting at https://www.fs.usda.gov/ main/r8/recreation/racs. The Southern Region Recreation RAC is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II), and Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 (the Act) (Pub. L. 108–447). Additional information concerning the Southern Region Recreation RAC can be found by visiting the committee’s website noted above. DATES: The meeting will be held August 27 and August 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. All Recreation RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting, daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Aug 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION The meeting will be held in Asheville, North Carolina and the address of the meeting location will be posted on the committee’s website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/ recreation/racs at least 15 days before the meeting. When possible, the meeting will be available via teleconference at 1– 888–844–9904, participant code 1482357. Portions of the meeting may be field-based with limited phone coverage, in which case the teleconference will not be available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiffany Williams, Southern Region Recreation RAC Coordinator by phone at 404–347–2769, or by email at r8_ rrac@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. An agenda will be posted on https:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/recreation/ racs at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may provide written or oral comments. Written comments should be submitted to Chris Sporl, Designated Federal Official for the Southern Recreation RAC, U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, or r8_rrac@fs.fed.us at least 5 days prior to the meeting. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments at the USDA Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 404–347– 2769 to facilitate entry into the USDA Forest Service building. Meeting Accommodations: If you require reasonable accommodation, please make your request in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation, please request this in advance of the meeting by contacting the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Sunshine Act Meeting Notice ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2018–17186 Filed 8–9–18; 8:45 am] 39665 Dated: August 2, 2018. Chris Iverson, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2018–17134 Filed 8–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 United States Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Notice of Commission Public Business meeting. AGENCY: Friday, August 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. EST. ADDRESSES: Place: National Place Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 11th Floor, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425. (Entrance on F Street NW.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Walch: (202) 376–8371; TTY: (202) 376–8116; publicaffairs@ usccr.gov. DATES: This business meeting is open to the public. There will also be a call-in line for individuals who desire to listen to the presentations: 877–260–1479; Conference ID 3752191. The event will also live-stream at https:// www.youtube.com/user/USCCR/videos. (Please note that streaming information is subject to change.) Persons with disabilities who need accommodation should contact Pamela Dunston at (202) 376–8105 or at access@usccr.gov at least seven (7) business days before the scheduled date of the meeting. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Meeting Agenda I. Approval of Agenda II. Business Meeting A. Presentation by Maine Advisory Committee Chair on the Committee’s recently released report, Voting Rights in Maine B. Presentation by Arizona Advisory Committee Chair on the Committee’s recently released report, Voting Rights in Arizona C. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 155 (Friday, August 10, 2018)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2018-17186]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Extension 
of a Current Information Collection; Comment Request--Evaluation of 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and 
Training (E&T) Pilots

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the public and other public agencies to comment on this 
proposed information collection. This is a request for an extension of 
a current information collection for the purpose of evaluating the 
Fiscal Year 2015 Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work 
Requirements and Work Effort Under the Supplemental Nutrition 
Assistance Program (SNAP).

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before October 9, 2018.

ADDRESSES: 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 shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate

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of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to: Danielle Deemer, Food and Nutrition 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 
1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 
the attention of Danielle Deemer at 703-305-2576 or via email to 
[email protected]. Comments will also be accepted through 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and 
follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically.
    All written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
Office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, 
Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Danielle 
Deemer, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Evaluation of SNAP E&T Pilots.
    OMB Number: 0584-0604.
    Expiration Date: 01/31/2019.
    Type of Request: Extension of a Current Information Collection 
without Change.
    Abstract: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a 
critical work support for low-income people and families. SNAP benefits 
help eligible low-income families put food on the table in times of 
need. It also supports critical and needed skills and job training so 
that recipients can obtain good jobs that lead to self-sufficiency. 
SNAP's long-standing mission of helping unemployed and underemployed 
people is challenging. To help them and their families achieve self-
sufficiency, strategies are needed to impart the skills employers want, 
and to help address other barriers to employment. Some participants 
need assistance developing a resume and accessing job leads, others 
need education and training, and still others need help overcoming 
barriers that prevent them from working steadily. The SNAP Employment 
and Training (E&T) program provides assistance to unemployed and 
underemployed clients in the form of job search, job skills training, 
education (basic, post-secondary, vocational), work experience or 
training and workfare, but limited information exists on what is most 
effective in connecting these participants to gainful employment.
    The Agriculture Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79, Section 4022), 
otherwise known as the 2014 Farm Bill, authorized grants for up to 10 
pilot sites to develop and rigorously test innovative SNAP E&T 
strategies for engaging more SNAP work registrants in unsubsidized 
employment, increasing participants' earnings, and reducing reliance on 
public assistance. The pilots' significant funding can expand the reach 
of employment and training services and enable States to experiment 
with promising strategies to increase engagement and promote 
employment. An evaluation of the pilot sites will be critical in 
helping Congress and FNS identify strategies that effectively assist 
SNAP participants to succeed in the labor market and become self-
sufficient.
    The 10 States receiving grants to fund pilot projects are 
California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, 
Vermont, Virginia and Washington State. The evaluation will collect 
data from all 10 pilot sites in 2015-2016 (baseline), 2016-2018 (12-
month follow-up) and 2018-2020 (36-month follow-up). The data collected 
for this evaluation will be used for implementation, impact, 
participant and cost-benefit analyses for each pilot site. Research 
objectives include: (1) Documenting the context and operations of each 
pilot, identifying lessons learned, and helping to interpret and 
understand impacts within each pilot and across pilots, (2) identifying 
the impacts on employment, earnings, and reliance on public assistance 
and food security and other outcomes to determine what works and what 
works for whom, (3) examining the characteristics of service paths of 
pilot participants and the control group to assess whether the mere 
presence of the pilots and their offer of services or participation 
requirements influence whether people apply for SNAP (entry effects), 
and (4) estimating the total and component costs of each pilot to 
provide an estimate of the return to each dollar invested in the pilot 
services.
    Primary outcomes will be participant employment, earnings, and 
participation in public assistance programs, which will be measured 
through State administrative records, a baseline survey administered 
during enrollment into the study, and follow-up telephone surveys 
conducted at approximately 12 months and 36 months after participants 
enroll in the pilot. Impacts on secondary outcomes, such as food 
security, health status, and self-esteem will be measured through the 
follow-up telephone surveys as well. The end products (interim and 
final reports) will provide scientifically valid evidence of the pilot 
project impacts.
    Affected Public: Members of the public affected by the data 
collection include individuals and households; State and local 
governments; and Businesses from the Private sector (for-profit and 
not-for-profit). Respondent types identified include (1) individuals 
and households eligible for SNAP E&T participation; (2) directors and 
managers from State and local government agencies supporting the SNAP 
E&T programs; (3) staff from State and local government agencies 
providing direct services to SNAP E&T participants; (4) directors and 
managers from private sector for-profit businesses providing SNAP E&T 
services; and (5) directors and managers from private sector not-for-
profit agencies providing SNAP E&T services.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents is 53,830. This includes 52,870 individuals, 190 State and 
local government directors/managers and staff, and 770 private sector 
for-profit business and not-for-profit agency directors/managers. Of 
the 52,852 individuals completing a baseline survey when applying for 
services, FNS will contact 25,000 out of which 18,240 individuals in 
the treatment and comparison groups will complete a 12-month follow-up 
telephone survey (6,760 will be non-responders). Of 18,240 respondents 
to the 12-month follow-up, 11,090 will complete a 36-month follow-up 
telephone survey (7,150 nonrespondents). Among the individuals 
contacted for the telephone surveys, 1,200 may also be contacted for a 
focus group and 200 for a case study on topics of special interest to 
FNS. Of the individuals contacted for the focus groups and case 
studies, 280 participants will participate and 1,120 will decline and 
be considered nonrespondents. 18 individuals were contacted separately 
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government agency directors/managers will be contacted for in-person 
interviews. 150 of those will be interviewed two additional times; 10 
of the directors/managers will provide case study data, 10 will provide 
documents for review, 10 will complete the MOU, 10 will provide wage 
data, 10 will provide entry effects data, and 10 will provide entry 
effects data. A separate group of 10 data director/managers will be 
contacted for cost/benefit interviews and 10 will be contacted to 
provide cost data. 200 Private sector not-for-profit and for-profit 
agency directors/managers and staff will be contacted for cost/benefit 
interviews. These individuals will also be contacted for in-person 
interviews, and the directors and managers for the case study will be 
recruited from this group. 160 individuals will be contacted for a 
time-use survey. This sample will also be used to recruit staff to 
participate in the case study. 210 staff members responsible for data 
management will also be contacted for the provision of administrative 
data. Additionally, 200 private sector not-for-profit employer training 
supervisors will be recruited to participate in employer focus groups.
    Estimated Frequency of Responses per Respondent: Average of 5.49 
response for individuals per instrument or activity, 5.79 responses for 
State and local government representatives for all contacts, and 13.8 
responses for private sector representatives for all contacts. The 
number of contacts per activity average 5.6 across all participants.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 317,108.
    Estimated Time per Response: About 0.15 hours (9.26 minutes). The 
estimated time per response varies from 0.02 to 4 hours depending on 
the respondent group and data collection activity, as shown in the 
table below.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The total annual 
burden is 49,972 hours.
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    Dated: August 1, 2018.
Brandon Lipps,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-17186 Filed 8-9-18; 8:45 am]
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