Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: Forms Pertaining to the Scientific Peer Preview of ARS Research Projects, 18236-18238 [2019-08689]

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[FR Doc. 2019–08701 Filed 4–29–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: Forms Pertaining to the Scientific Peer Preview of ARS Research Projects Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and OMB implementing regulations. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. DATES: Written comments on this notice should be submitted on or before July 1, 2019. ADDRESSES: All comments concerning this notice should be directed to the Director and Program Coordinator listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Marquea D. King, Director and Program Coordinator, Office of Scientific Quality Review (OSQR), Agricultural Research Service, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Beltsville, Maryland 20705; Telephone: 301–504–3283; Fax: 301–504–1251; email: marquea.king@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OSQR will seek approval from OMB to update six existing forms to ensure that ARS can efficiently manage data associated amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 with the peer review of agricultural research. All forms are transferred and received electronically and may include on-line submissions in the future. Abstract: The OSQR was established in September 1999 as a result of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act 1998 (‘‘The Act’’) (Pub. L. 105–185). The Act included mandates to perform scientific peer reviews of all research activities conducted by USDA. The office manages the ARS peer review system by centrally coordinating all intramural peer review functions for ARS research projects on a 5-year cycle. Each set of reviews is assigned a chairperson to govern the panel review process. Peer reviewers are external to the Agency and non-ARS scientists. Peer review panels are convened to assess the technical/scientific quality and correctness of each research project plan. Each panel reviewer receives information on a range of two to five ARS research projects. On average, 150 research projects are reviewed annually by an estimated 185 reviewers. Whereby approximately 130 are reviewed by a panel and approximately 20 are reviewed through an ad hoc (written review) process. The management and execution of this peer review process is vastly dependent on the use of these forms. The OSQR will seek OMB approval of the following forms: 1. Confidentiality Agreement Form: USDA uses this form to document that a selected reviewer is responsible for keeping confidential any information learned during the subject peer review process. The Confidentiality Agreement is signed before the reviewer’s involvement in the peer review process. The form requires an original signature and can be submitted electronically. 2. Panelist Information Form: USDA uses this form to gather the most recent background information and diversity and inclusion data about the reviewer, and information relevant to paying an honorarium and travel expenses when needed. Sensitive information is PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 transmitted on this form and destroyed after payment is received. 3. Peer Review of an ARS Research Project Form (Peer Review Form): USDA uses this form to guide the reviewer’s expert comments in written form on the assigned project plan. The form contains the criteria for plan review and seeks the reviewer’s narrative comments and evaluation. 3. Additional Reviewer Comment Form: This form is supplied to members of a panel not assigned as a primary or secondary reviewer on a particular project plan; however, it encourages additional expert comments or recommendations for any plan regardless of a reviewer’s assignment as primary or secondary. 4. Ad Hoc Review Form: USDA uses this in select cases (e.g., for reviewers not participating in a panel review). It contains a check-off listing of action classes that allows reviewers to provide an overall rating of the plan. 5. Recommendations for ARS Research Project Form (Recommendations Form): USDA uses this form to guide the panel’s evaluation and critique of the review process. The form combines both primary and secondary reviewers’ recommendations of the research project plan. 6. Panel Expense Report Form (Expense Report): USDA uses this form to document a panel reviewer’s expense incurred traveling to and attending a peer review meeting. The expense report asks reviewers to list lodging, meal, and transportation expenses. When completed, the form contains sensitive information and is held in compliance with ARS travel guidelines. This form is used only in rare circumstance when a panel meeting requires that reviewers travel. (1) USDA’s collection of information on the Confidentiality Agreement Form is needed to document that a selected reviewer is responsible for keeping confidential any information learned during the subject peer review process. The Confidentiality Agreement would be signed before the reviewer’s involvement in the peer review process. E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 18237 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 83 / Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / Notices (2) USDA’s collection of information on the Panelist Information Form is needed to collect the most recent background information along with diversity and inclusion data about the reviewer. It contains sensitive information. (3) USDA’s collection of information on the Peer Review Form and Reviewer Comment Form is needed to guide reviewers’ comments on the subject project. Both contain review guidance and space to insert comments. (4) USDA’s collection of information on the Ad Hoc Review Form is needed to guide reviewer comments of those not participating in a chaired panel and affords a place to select an overall Action Class rating for the plan. (5) USDA’s collection of information on the Recommendations Form is needed to guide the panel’s critique of the review process. It contains the recommendations of the panel for the subject research project. (6) USDA’s collection of information on the Expense Report Form is needed to document a panel reviewer’s expenses incurred by attending a peer review meeting. The Expense Report requests lodging, meal, and transportation expense data. It includes sensitive information. Estimate of Burden: The burden associated with this approval process is the minimum required to successfully achieve program objectives. The information collection frequency is the minimum consistent with program objectives. The following estimates of time required to complete the forms, based on previous OSQR experience with our current business model. 1. Confidentiality Agreement Form (10 minutes completion time). The reviewer must read and consider the terms of the agreement and then sign and date the form. 2. Chair and Panelist Information Form (30 minutes completion time). The reviewer provides standard personal and diversity information, similar to that found in grant review programs. 3. Panelist Peer Review of an ARS Research Project Form (4–7 hours completion time). Project page lengths will vary. Reviewers may freely write as much as they wish and complete the form. To adequately evaluate a research project plan that may exceed 60–70 pages in length, each reviewer must thoroughly read each plan. 4. Reviewer Comment Form (60 minutes completion time). General assessment of the plan with brief comments on the approach and feasibility of the project and about one page. 5. Panel Recommendation for ARS Research Project Form (30–60 minutes completion time). The page length significantly varies among panelist peer reviews and reviewer comments. All recommendation forms are completed by the OSQR and further discussed and revised by the reviewers as part of their panel discussions. In-person panels are handled in the same manner. 5. Panel Expense Report Form (30 minutes completion time). Respondents and Estimated Number of Respondents: Selected scientific experts currently working in the same discipline as the research projects being peer reviewed. These external experts are credible peers to ARS. Annually, about 185 peer reviewers complete these forms. Most all plans are discussed and deliberated via webinar and telephone conferencing. Travel is not generally necessary. Thus, reviewers are not expected to complete Panel Expense Reports. FREQUENCY OF RESPONSE Number of respondents Form Confidentiality Agreement ............................................................................................ Peer Review Forms (required and assigned 2 plans) ................................................. Reviewer Comment Form (reviewer is not assigned as primary or secondary review). Expense Report (in-person reviewers) ........................................................................ Panelist Information Forms .......................................................................................... Recommendations Form (non-online project reviews) ................................................ Annual frequency 185 200 6 1 per respondent (Total = 185). 2 per panel respondent (Total = 400). 2 per panel respondent (Total = 12). 6 185 82 1 per respondent (Total = 6). 1 per respondent/per form (Total = 185). 2 per respondent (Total = 164). ESTIMATED TOTAL ANNUAL BURDEN ON RESPONDENTS Number completed annually Form (time required to complete) Confidentiality Agreement (10 minutes) .................................................................................................................. Panelist Information Forms (30 minutes) ................................................................................................................ Peer Review Forms (∼6 hours) ............................................................................................................................... Recommendations Form (2 hour) ........................................................................................................................... Reviewer Comment Form (1 hour) .......................................................................................................................... Expense Report (30 minutes) .................................................................................................................................. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. chap. 35. Comments: The Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to (1) evaluate whether the proposed collection is necessary for the proper performance of ARS functions, including whether the information will VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 have practical utility; (2) evaluate the accuracy of the estimated burden from proposed collection of information; (3) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 185 185 200 82 6 6 Total burden (hours) 31 93 1,200 164 6 3 submission of responses). All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 18238 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 83 / Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / Notices Dated: March 27, 2019. Simon Y. Liu, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Research Service. [FR Doc. 2019–08689 Filed 4–29–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Notice of Intent To Seek Renewal of an Information Collection Agricultural Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and applicable regulations of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), this notice announces the intention of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to seek reinstatement of the ARS Animal Health National Program Assessment Survey. This voluntary information collection will give the beneficiaries of ARS research the opportunity to provide input on the impact of research conducted by ARS in the last national program cycle for each respective national program. This input will be used in planning the research agenda for the next 5-year program cycle. DATES: Comments must be received by July 1, 2019 to be assured of consideration. SUMMARY: Address all comments concerning this notice to Ms. Janice Boarman, Program Analyst, Agricultural Research Service, Office of National Programs, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4–2116, Beltsville, Maryland 20705. Submit electronic comments to Janice.Boarman@ars.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Janice Boarman at (301) 504–4764. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: ARS Animal Health National Program Assessment Evaluation Form. OMB Number: 0518–0042. Expiration Date: June 30, 2019. Type of Request: Approval to seek reinstatement of the ARS Animal Health National Program Assessment Survey. This voluntary information collection will give the beneficiaries of ARS research the opportunity to provide input on the impact of research conducted by ARS in the last national program cycle for each respective national program. This survey seeks input from the beneficiaries of research conducted by ARS for program planning and helps ensure alignment of the ARS amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Apr 29, 2019 Jkt 247001 national programs with the needs of its customers, partners, and stakeholders. Abstract: ARS research covers the span of nutrition, food safety and quality, animal and plant production and protection, and natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems. It is organized into fifteen national programs that address specific areas of this research. These national programs serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to approximately 690 research projects carried out by ARS and focus on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research. The requested voluntary electronic evaluation survey will give the beneficiaries of ARS research the opportunity to provide input on the impact of several ARS national programs. For the purpose of this National Program Assessment, impact is defined as research that has influenced or will significantly influence the area covered by the national program; has created or will create information, best practices, and/or economic opportunities for the national program’s customers, partners, and stakeholders; or has enabled or will enable action and regulatory agencies to formulate policies and regulations to support American agriculture. The report and evaluation form will be available online through a dedicated URL. The input provided through the completion of the evaluation form will be shared with customers, partners, and stakeholders as part of each national program assessment process. ARS has fifteen national programs, each of which is assessed every 5 years on a rotating basis as part of the ARS national program planning cycle to ensure the relevance, quality, and impact of ARS research. The assessment serves as both a retrospective evaluation and as the foundation for future priority setting for the Agency. Although the exact process for an assessment varies by the nature of the national program, all assessments include the following four stages: • An in-house program assessment and document review of accomplishments and/or progress for presentation to external reviewers; • An external review of accomplishments and/or progress based on the preceding documentation review and focused on the relevance, quality, and impact of the research; • Record the results of the review; and • Inform ARS leadership of the evaluation results. All the methodologies for an assessment include developing a written report of accomplishments from PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 research conducted during the previous 5 years. One assessment method involves sending the accomplishment report to a broad group of informed stakeholders and asking them to respond by completing an online survey about the impact of the national program. This survey information is then compiled into a report that can be shared with stakeholders and ARS Administrators. The survey information can also be used for the next step of the national program planning cycle, which entails planning for the following 5 years. This survey previously has been used by only one ARS national program, but interest in its use has expanded. Three national programs will use the survey within the 3-year information collection period, which has been included in the burden hour estimate. Because the ARS national program planning cycle is 5 years in length and is staggered among national programs, only one or two national programs will be using the survey in any given year. The survey consists of a set of questions used in common by several or all national programs and a few questions specific to a given national program. Estimate of Burden: Completing the electronic evaluation form is estimated to average 15 minutes per response. Estimated Number of Respondents: 600. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 150 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, including the validity of the methodology and the assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the input provided by a wide array of customers, and; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technology. Comments should be sent to the address in the preamble. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: April 3, 2019. Simon Y. Liu, Associate Administrator, ARS. [FR Doc. 2019–08690 Filed 4–29–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Research Service


Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: 
Forms Pertaining to the Scientific Peer Preview of ARS Research 
Projects

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described 
below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and OMB 
implementing regulations. The Department is soliciting public comments 
on the subject proposal.

DATES: Written comments on this notice should be submitted on or before 
July 1, 2019.

ADDRESSES: All comments concerning this notice should be directed to 
the Director and Program Coordinator listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Marquea D. King, Director and 
Program Coordinator, Office of Scientific Quality Review (OSQR), 
Agricultural Research Service, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Beltsville, 
Maryland 20705; Telephone: 301-504-3283; Fax: 301-504-1251; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OSQR will seek approval from OMB to 
update six existing forms to ensure that ARS can efficiently manage 
data associated with the peer review of agricultural research. All 
forms are transferred and received electronically and may include on-
line submissions in the future.
    Abstract: The OSQR was established in September 1999 as a result of 
the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act 1998 
(``The Act'') (Pub. L. 105-185). The Act included mandates to perform 
scientific peer reviews of all research activities conducted by USDA. 
The office manages the ARS peer review system by centrally coordinating 
all intramural peer review functions for ARS research projects on a 5-
year cycle.
    Each set of reviews is assigned a chairperson to govern the panel 
review process. Peer reviewers are external to the Agency and non-ARS 
scientists. Peer review panels are convened to assess the technical/
scientific quality and correctness of each research project plan. Each 
panel reviewer receives information on a range of two to five ARS 
research projects.
    On average, 150 research projects are reviewed annually by an 
estimated 185 reviewers. Whereby approximately 130 are reviewed by a 
panel and approximately 20 are reviewed through an ad hoc (written 
review) process. The management and execution of this peer review 
process is vastly dependent on the use of these forms.
    The OSQR will seek OMB approval of the following forms:
    1. Confidentiality Agreement Form: USDA uses this form to document 
that a selected reviewer is responsible for keeping confidential any 
information learned during the subject peer review process. The 
Confidentiality Agreement is signed before the reviewer's involvement 
in the peer review process. The form requires an original signature and 
can be submitted electronically.
    2. Panelist Information Form: USDA uses this form to gather the 
most recent background information and diversity and inclusion data 
about the reviewer, and information relevant to paying an honorarium 
and travel expenses when needed. Sensitive information is transmitted 
on this form and destroyed after payment is received.
    3. Peer Review of an ARS Research Project Form (Peer Review Form): 
USDA uses this form to guide the reviewer's expert comments in written 
form on the assigned project plan. The form contains the criteria for 
plan review and seeks the reviewer's narrative comments and evaluation.
    3. Additional Reviewer Comment Form: This form is supplied to 
members of a panel not assigned as a primary or secondary reviewer on a 
particular project plan; however, it encourages additional expert 
comments or recommendations for any plan regardless of a reviewer's 
assignment as primary or secondary.
    4. Ad Hoc Review Form: USDA uses this in select cases (e.g., for 
reviewers not participating in a panel review). It contains a check-off 
listing of action classes that allows reviewers to provide an overall 
rating of the plan.
    5. Recommendations for ARS Research Project Form (Recommendations 
Form): USDA uses this form to guide the panel's evaluation and critique 
of the review process. The form combines both primary and secondary 
reviewers' recommendations of the research project plan.
    6. Panel Expense Report Form (Expense Report): USDA uses this form 
to document a panel reviewer's expense incurred traveling to and 
attending a peer review meeting. The expense report asks reviewers to 
list lodging, meal, and transportation expenses. When completed, the 
form contains sensitive information and is held in compliance with ARS 
travel guidelines. This form is used only in rare circumstance when a 
panel meeting requires that reviewers travel.
    (1) USDA's collection of information on the Confidentiality 
Agreement Form is needed to document that a selected reviewer is 
responsible for keeping confidential any information learned during the 
subject peer review process. The Confidentiality Agreement would be 
signed before the reviewer's involvement in the peer review process.

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    (2) USDA's collection of information on the Panelist Information 
Form is needed to collect the most recent background information along 
with diversity and inclusion data about the reviewer. It contains 
sensitive information.
    (3) USDA's collection of information on the Peer Review Form and 
Reviewer Comment Form is needed to guide reviewers' comments on the 
subject project. Both contain review guidance and space to insert 
comments.
    (4) USDA's collection of information on the Ad Hoc Review Form is 
needed to guide reviewer comments of those not participating in a 
chaired panel and affords a place to select an overall Action Class 
rating for the plan.
    (5) USDA's collection of information on the Recommendations Form is 
needed to guide the panel's critique of the review process. It contains 
the recommendations of the panel for the subject research project.
    (6) USDA's collection of information on the Expense Report Form is 
needed to document a panel reviewer's expenses incurred by attending a 
peer review meeting. The Expense Report requests lodging, meal, and 
transportation expense data. It includes sensitive information.
    Estimate of Burden: The burden associated with this approval 
process is the minimum required to successfully achieve program 
objectives. The information collection frequency is the minimum 
consistent with program objectives. The following estimates of time 
required to complete the forms, based on previous OSQR experience with 
our current business model.
    1. Confidentiality Agreement Form (10 minutes completion time). The 
reviewer must read and consider the terms of the agreement and then 
sign and date the form.
    2. Chair and Panelist Information Form (30 minutes completion 
time). The reviewer provides standard personal and diversity 
information, similar to that found in grant review programs.
    3. Panelist Peer Review of an ARS Research Project Form (4-7 hours 
completion time). Project page lengths will vary. Reviewers may freely 
write as much as they wish and complete the form. To adequately 
evaluate a research project plan that may exceed 60-70 pages in length, 
each reviewer must thoroughly read each plan.
    4. Reviewer Comment Form (60 minutes completion time). General 
assessment of the plan with brief comments on the approach and 
feasibility of the project and about one page.
    5. Panel Recommendation for ARS Research Project Form (30-60 
minutes completion time). The page length significantly varies among 
panelist peer reviews and reviewer comments. All recommendation forms 
are completed by the OSQR and further discussed and revised by the 
reviewers as part of their panel discussions. In-person panels are 
handled in the same manner.
    5. Panel Expense Report Form (30 minutes completion time).
    Respondents and Estimated Number of Respondents: Selected 
scientific experts currently working in the same discipline as the 
research projects being peer reviewed. These external experts are 
credible peers to ARS. Annually, about 185 peer reviewers complete 
these forms. Most all plans are discussed and deliberated via webinar 
and telephone conferencing. Travel is not generally necessary. Thus, 
reviewers are not expected to complete Panel Expense Reports.

                          Frequency of Response
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                                       Number of
               Form                   respondents     Annual frequency
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Confidentiality Agreement.........             185  1 per respondent
                                                     (Total = 185).
Peer Review Forms (required and                200  2 per panel
 assigned 2 plans).                                  respondent (Total =
                                                     400).
Reviewer Comment Form (reviewer is               6  2 per panel
 not assigned as primary or                          respondent (Total =
 secondary review).                                  12).
Expense Report (in-person                        6  1 per respondent
 reviewers).                                         (Total = 6).
Panelist Information Forms........             185  1 per respondent/per
                                                     form (Total = 185).
Recommendations Form (non-online                82  2 per respondent
 project reviews).                                   (Total = 164).
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              Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents
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                                              Number
    Form  (time required to complete)        completed     Total burden
                                             annually         (hours)
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Confidentiality Agreement (10 minutes)..             185              31
Panelist Information Forms (30 minutes).             185              93
Peer Review Forms (~6 hours)............             200           1,200
Recommendations Form (2 hour)...........              82             164
Reviewer Comment Form (1 hour)..........               6               6
Expense Report (30 minutes).............               6               3
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    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. chap. 
35.

    Comments: The Notice is soliciting comments from members of the 
public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of 
information to (1) evaluate whether the proposed collection is 
necessary for the proper performance of ARS functions, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) evaluate the 
accuracy of the estimated burden from proposed collection of 
information; (3) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (4) minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including the 
use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of 
responses). All responses to this notice will be summarized and 
included in the request for OMB approval.
    All comments will become a matter of public record.


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    Dated: March 27, 2019.
Simon Y. Liu,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Research Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-08689 Filed 4-29-19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-03-P