Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 53027 [2018-22824]

Download as PDF 53027 Notices Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 203 Friday, October 19, 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 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 United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 18, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, Rural Development Innovation Center— Regulatory Team, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. Email: michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 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 as a revision to an existing collection. 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 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:25 Oct 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 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, Rural Development Innovation Center— Regulatory Team, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. Email: michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov. Title: 7 CFR part 1728, Electric Standards and Specifications for Materials and Construction. OMB Control Number: 0572–0131. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: RUS provides loans and loan guarantees in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., as amended, (RE Act). Section 4 of the RE Act requires that the Agency make or guarantee a loan only if there is reasonable assurance that the loan, together with all outstanding loans and obligations of the Borrower, will be repaid in full within the time agreed. In order to facilitate the programmatic interests of the RE Act and, in order to assure that loans made or guaranteed by the Agency are adequately secure, RUS, as a secured lender, has established certain standards and specifications for materials, equipment, and the construction of electric systems. The use of standards and specifications for materials, equipment and construction units helps assure the Agency that: (1) Appropriate standards and specifications are maintained; (2) RUS loan security is not adversely affected, and; (3) Loan and loan guarantee funds are used effectively and for the intended purposes. The regulation, 7 CFR part 1728, establishes Agency policy that materials and equipment purchased by RUS Electric Borrowers or accepted as contractor-furnished material must conform to Agency standards and specifications where established and, if included in RUS Publication IP 202–1, ‘‘List of Materials Acceptable for Use on PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Systems of Agency Electrification Borrowers’’ (List of Materials), must be selected from that list or must have received technical acceptance from RUS. Estimate of Burden: This collection of information is estimated to average 20 hours per response. Respondents: Business or other forprofits. Estimated Number of Respondents: 38. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.63. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,000 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Robin M. Jones, Innovation Center, at (202) 772–1172, Email: robin.m.jones@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: October 15, 2018. Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2018–22824 Filed 10–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD Sunshine Act Meeting October 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. EDT. PLACE: U.S. Chemical Safety Board, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20006. STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. EDT in Washington, DC, at the CSB offices located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 910. The Board will discuss open investigations, the status of audits from the Office of the Inspector General, financial and organizational updates. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
appearing in this section.

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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 203 / Friday, October 19, 2018 / 
Notices

[[Page 53027]]



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 
United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities 
Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which 
the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 18, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Team Lead, Rural 
Development Innovation Center--Regulatory Team, USDA, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-
1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078. Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
regulation (5 CFR part 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 as a revision to an existing collection. 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, Rural 
Development Innovation Center--Regulatory Team, USDA, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW, STOP 1522, Room 5164, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-
1522. Telephone: (202) 690-1078. Email: [email protected].
    Title: 7 CFR part 1728, Electric Standards and Specifications for 
Materials and Construction.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0131.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: RUS provides loans and loan guarantees in accordance with 
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., as 
amended, (RE Act). Section 4 of the RE Act requires that the Agency 
make or guarantee a loan only if there is reasonable assurance that the 
loan, together with all outstanding loans and obligations of the 
Borrower, will be repaid in full within the time agreed. In order to 
facilitate the programmatic interests of the RE Act and, in order to 
assure that loans made or guaranteed by the Agency are adequately 
secure, RUS, as a secured lender, has established certain standards and 
specifications for materials, equipment, and the construction of 
electric systems. The use of standards and specifications for 
materials, equipment and construction units helps assure the Agency 
that: (1) Appropriate standards and specifications are maintained; (2) 
RUS loan security is not adversely affected, and; (3) Loan and loan 
guarantee funds are used effectively and for the intended purposes. The 
regulation, 7 CFR part 1728, establishes Agency policy that materials 
and equipment purchased by RUS Electric Borrowers or accepted as 
contractor-furnished material must conform to Agency standards and 
specifications where established and, if included in RUS Publication IP 
202-1, ``List of Materials Acceptable for Use on Systems of Agency 
Electrification Borrowers'' (List of Materials), must be selected from 
that list or must have received technical acceptance from RUS.
    Estimate of Burden: This collection of information is estimated to 
average 20 hours per response.
    Respondents: Business or other for-profits.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 38.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.63.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,000 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Robin M. 
Jones, Innovation Center, at (202) 772-1172, 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: October 15, 2018.
Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-22824 Filed 10-18-18; 8:45 am]
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