Notice of Continued Suspension of Supervision Fee Assessment Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), 7016 [2019-03597]

Download as PDF 7016 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 41 Friday, March 1, 2019 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 Agriculture Marketing Service [DOC. NO. AMS–FGIS–19–0003] Notice of Continued Suspension of Supervision Fee Assessment Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has determined the suspension of the assessment of fees for supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) will continue through December 31, 2020. DATES: This notice is applicable beginning July 1, 2019, and remains applicable for 18 months. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Ruggles, FGIS Executive Program Analyst, USDA AMS; Telephone: (816) 659–8406; Email: Denise.M.Ruggles@ usda.gov. The Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015, Public Law 114–54, amended the USGSA (7 U.S.C. 71–87k) to require AMS to adjust fees for the supervision of official grain inspection and weighing in order to maintain an operating reserve of not less than 3 and not more than 6 months (7 U.S.C. 79(j)(4)). The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a notification of the suspension of supervision fee assessment on May 24, 2018, which became effective on July 1, 2018 (83 FR 24081). The suspension of the supervision fee assessment expires on June 30, 2019. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Feb 28, 2019 Jkt 247001 In order to maintain an operating reserve not less than 3 and not more than 6 months, AMS reviewed the operating reserve at the end of fiscal year 2018. The operating reserve at the end of fiscal year 2018 was $5,084,246, which continues to exceed 6 months by a significant margin. Accordingly, AMS is issuing this notice to announce the suspension of the fee for supervision of official inspection and weighing services of domestic grain and land carriers to Canada and Mexico performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies. According to the regulations under the USGSA, AMS may suspend any provision of the regulations in emergencies or other circumstances, which would not impair the objectives of the USGSA (7 CFR 800.2). AMS has determined that suspending supervision fees will not impair the objectives of the USGSA because the operating reserve for supervision services is sufficient to maintain the service without additional funds. AMS will continue the suspension of the assessment fee of $0.011 per metric ton on domestic shipments officially inspected and/or weighed, including land carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico, performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies on or after July 1, 2019 (7 CFR 800.71 Schedule B). These fees will remain suspended for 18 months, at which time AMS will reassess the operating reserve for supervision of official agency inspection and weighing. 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. BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS Sunshine Act Meetings Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ET. PLACE: Cohen Building, Room 3321, 330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20237. SUBJECT: Notice of Meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. SUMMARY: The U.S. Agency for Global Media’s (USAGM) Board of Governors (Board) will be meeting at the time and location listed above. The Board will vote on a consent agenda consisting of the minutes of its November 14, 2018 meeting, a resolution honoring the 25th anniversary of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Balkan Service, and USAGM Smith-Mundt Guidelines. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
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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 
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Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 41 / Friday, March 1, 2019 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agriculture Marketing Service

[DOC. NO. AMS-FGIS-19-0003]


Notice of Continued Suspension of Supervision Fee Assessment 
Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA)

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing 
Service (AMS) has determined the suspension of the assessment of fees 
for supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed 
by delegated States and/or designated agencies under the United States 
Grain Standards Act (USGSA) will continue through December 31, 2020.

DATES: This notice is applicable beginning July 1, 2019, and remains 
applicable for 18 months.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Ruggles, FGIS Executive Program 
Analyst, USDA AMS; Telephone: (816) 659-8406; Email: 
Denise.M.Ruggles@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 
2015, Public Law 114-54, amended the USGSA (7 U.S.C. 71-87k) to require 
AMS to adjust fees for the supervision of official grain inspection and 
weighing in order to maintain an operating reserve of not less than 3 
and not more than 6 months (7 U.S.C. 79(j)(4)). The Agricultural 
Marketing Service (AMS) published a notification of the suspension of 
supervision fee assessment on May 24, 2018, which became effective on 
July 1, 2018 (83 FR 24081). The suspension of the supervision fee 
assessment expires on June 30, 2019.
    In order to maintain an operating reserve not less than 3 and not 
more than 6 months, AMS reviewed the operating reserve at the end of 
fiscal year 2018. The operating reserve at the end of fiscal year 2018 
was $5,084,246, which continues to exceed 6 months by a significant 
margin. Accordingly, AMS is issuing this notice to announce the 
suspension of the fee for supervision of official inspection and 
weighing services of domestic grain and land carriers to Canada and 
Mexico performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies. 
According to the regulations under the USGSA, AMS may suspend any 
provision of the regulations in emergencies or other circumstances, 
which would not impair the objectives of the USGSA (7 CFR 800.2). AMS 
has determined that suspending supervision fees will not impair the 
objectives of the USGSA because the operating reserve for supervision 
services is sufficient to maintain the service without additional 
funds.
    AMS will continue the suspension of the assessment fee of $0.011 
per metric ton on domestic shipments officially inspected and/or 
weighed, including land carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico, 
performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies on or after 
July 1, 2019 (7 CFR 800.71 Schedule B). These fees will remain 
suspended for 18 months, at which time AMS will reassess the operating 
reserve for supervision of official agency inspection and weighing.
    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.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71-87k.

    Dated: February 25, 2019.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-03597 Filed 2-28-19; 8:45 am]
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