Agency Information Collection Activities: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Agency Options for Standard Utility Allowances and Self-Employment Income, 57386-57387 [2019-23217]

Download as PDF 57386 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2019 / Notices (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, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.48 hours per response. Respondents: State and Tribal government agricultural representatives and applicants from agricultural companies. Estimated annual number of respondents: 483. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 18. Estimated annual number of responses: 8,780. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 12,983 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) 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. Done in Washington, DC, this 21st day of October 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23344 Filed 10–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Agency Options for Standard Utility Allowances and Self-Employment Income Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection. This information collection addresses the State agency reporting burden associated with the following State agency options under the Supplemental SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Oct 24, 2019 Jkt 250001 Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Establishing and reviewing standard utility allowances (SUAs) and establishing methodology for offsetting cost of producing self-employment income. Written comments must be received on or before December 24, 2019. DATES: The Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, invites interested persons to submit written comment. • Preferred Method: Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. • Mail: Send comments to Certification Policy Branch, Program Development Division, FNS, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 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 the Certification Policy Branch, Program Development Division, FNS, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 or via email to SNAPCPBRules@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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 to be 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. Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Agency Options for Standard Utility Allowances and Self-Employment Income. Form Number: None. OMB Number: 0584–0496. Expiration Date: March 31, 2020. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The information collection addresses the mandatory State agency ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information and burden estimates associated with the following State agency options under SNAP: Establishing and reviewing SUAs and establishing methodology for offsetting cost of producing self-employment income. SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.9(d)(6)(iii) allow State agencies to establish SUAs in place of the actual utility costs incurred by a household. State agencies are required to review and adjust SUAs annually to reflect changes in the costs of utilities. States must provide the amounts of the standards to FNS when they have changed, and submit methodologies used in developing and updating standards to FNS for approval when the methodologies are updated or changed. SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.11(b) allow for self-employment income to be reduced by the cost of producing such income. The regulations allow the State agencies, with approval from FNS, to establish the methodology for offsetting the costs of producing self-employment income, as long as the procedure does not increase program costs. Most State agencies provide methodology information on written letterhead and typically submit it via email. Once approved by FNS, States can use these methodologies to determine net selfemployment income for SNAP eligibility purposes. This notice invites comments on the revisions made to the State Agency Options information collection for SNAP to reflect changes in the number of States electing to establish a methodology for offsetting the costs of producing self-employment income. Based on information provided in the Fourteenth Edition of the SNAP State Options Report, published on May 31, 2018, FNS proposes increasing this figure from 21 State agencies to 23 State agencies since the previous information collection renewal. Using FNS–388 and 388A (approved under OMB Control Number 0584–0594; expiration date: 09/30/2019 (currently going through OMB approval process).), States send aggregate level data on participation, benefits issued, and other basic program information to FNS using the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS) at https://fprs.fns.usda.gov. This collection uses information submitted in these FNS approved forms as supplemental data. However, this collection is not seeking approval for burden hours associated with the use of these forms because the burden is already accounted for under OMB Control Number 0584–0594. FNS is currently in the process of conducting a limited number of E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 57387 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2019 / Notices consultations with State agencies and FNS staff regarding the accuracy of the burden estimates in this information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used to estimate the burden. The inputs from those consultations will be considered, along with the public comments received in response to this notice, as FNS finalizes the burden estimate to be included in the request for OMB for approval. Affected Public: The respondent group identified includes 53 State agencies. CFR citation Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 53. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: FNS estimates 53 State agencies will submit one request each to adjust the SUA. Based on the information provided in the Fourteenth Edition of the SNAP State Options Report, out of the 53 State agencies, 23 State agencies have incorporated a methodology for determining the cost of doing business in self-employment cases. It is estimated that these 23 States will submit one request each, totaling 23 annual responses related to establishing a methodology for offsetting cost of Estimated number of respondents Respondent Responses annually per respondent producing self-employment income. All 53 State agencies are required to keep and maintain one record of the information gathered and submitted to FNS for the SUA and self-employment options. Therefore, it is estimated that each respondent will be responsible for 2.4340 responses. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 129. Estimated Time per Response: 5.9395 (hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 766.1957 (hours). See table below for estimated total annual burden for State agencies. Total annual responses Estimated average number of hours per response Estimated total hours Reporting Burden 7 CFR 273.9(d)(6)(iii) .......... 7 CFR 273.11(b) ................. State Agency—Review of SUA Submissions. State Agency—Review of Self-Employment Methodology. Total Reporting Burden 53 1 53 10 530 23 1 23 10 230 53 ........................ 76 ........................ 760 Recordkeeping Burden State Agency ...................... Total Recordkeeping Burden. 53 1 53 0.1169 6.1957 53 ........................ 53 ........................ 6.1957 129 ........................ 766.1957 Total of Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden Total ............................ Dated: October 7, 2019. Pamilyn Miller, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23217 Filed 10–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Revision of the Land Management Plan for Inyo National Forest Forest Service, USDA. Notice of approval of the revised Land Management Plan for the Inyo National Forest. AGENCY: ACTION: Tammy Randall-Parker, the Forest Supervisor for Inyo National Forest, Pacific Southwest Region, has signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the revised Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan. The final ROD documents the rationale for approving SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Oct 24, 2019 Jkt 250001 53 ........................ the revised Land Management Plan and is consistent with the Reviewing Officer’s response to objections and instructions. DATES: The revised Land Managmenent Plan for Inyo National Forest will become effective 30 days after the publication of this notice of approval in the Federal Register (36 CFR 219.17(a)(1)). To view the final ROD, final environmental impact statement (FEIS), the revised Land Management Plan, and other related documents, please visit the Inyo National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/ landmanagement/planning. A legal notice of approval is also being published in Inyo National Forest’s newspaper of record, the Inyo Register. A copy of this legal notice will be posted on the website described above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Further information about the revised Land Management Plan for Inyo PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Forest can be obtained by contacting Erin Noesser, Forest National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) coordinator, at (760) 873–2449. 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 time, Monday through Friday. Written requests for information may be sent to erin.noesser@usda.gov or Inyo National Forest, Attn. INF Plan Revision, 351 Pacu Ln., Suite 200, Bishop, CA 93514. The Inyo National Forest covers approximately two million acres in eastern California. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57386-57387]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-23217]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Supplemental Nutrition 
Assistance Program: State Agency Options for Standard Utility 
Allowances and Self-Employment Income

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 general public and other public agencies to comment 
on this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision 
of a currently approved collection. This information collection 
addresses the State agency reporting burden associated with the 
following State agency options under the Supplemental Nutrition 
Assistance Program (SNAP): Establishing and reviewing standard utility 
allowances (SUAs) and establishing methodology for offsetting cost of 
producing self-employment income.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 24, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: The Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, invites interested 
persons to submit written comment.
     Preferred Method: Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments electronically.
     Mail: Send comments to Certification Policy Branch, 
Program Development Division, FNS, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, 
Virginia 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 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 the 
Certification Policy Branch, Program Development Division, FNS, 3101 
Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 or via email to 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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 to be 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.
    Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Agency 
Options for Standard Utility Allowances and Self-Employment Income.
    Form Number: None.
    OMB Number: 0584-0496.
    Expiration Date: March 31, 2020.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The information collection addresses the mandatory State 
agency information and burden estimates associated with the following 
State agency options under SNAP: Establishing and reviewing SUAs and 
establishing methodology for offsetting cost of producing self-
employment income.
    SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.9(d)(6)(iii) allow State agencies to 
establish SUAs in place of the actual utility costs incurred by a 
household. State agencies are required to review and adjust SUAs 
annually to reflect changes in the costs of utilities. States must 
provide the amounts of the standards to FNS when they have changed, and 
submit methodologies used in developing and updating standards to FNS 
for approval when the methodologies are updated or changed.
    SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.11(b) allow for self-employment 
income to be reduced by the cost of producing such income. The 
regulations allow the State agencies, with approval from FNS, to 
establish the methodology for offsetting the costs of producing self-
employment income, as long as the procedure does not increase program 
costs. Most State agencies provide methodology information on written 
letterhead and typically submit it via email. Once approved by FNS, 
States can use these methodologies to determine net self-employment 
income for SNAP eligibility purposes.
    This notice invites comments on the revisions made to the State 
Agency Options information collection for SNAP to reflect changes in 
the number of States electing to establish a methodology for offsetting 
the costs of producing self-employment income. Based on information 
provided in the Fourteenth Edition of the SNAP State Options Report, 
published on May 31, 2018, FNS proposes increasing this figure from 21 
State agencies to 23 State agencies since the previous information 
collection renewal.
    Using FNS-388 and 388A (approved under OMB Control Number 0584-
0594; expiration date: 09/30/2019 (currently going through OMB approval 
process).), States send aggregate level data on participation, benefits 
issued, and other basic program information to FNS using the Food 
Programs Reporting System (FPRS) at https://fprs.fns.usda.gov. This 
collection uses information submitted in these FNS approved forms as 
supplemental data. However, this collection is not seeking approval for 
burden hours associated with the use of these forms because the burden 
is already accounted for under OMB Control Number 0584-0594.
    FNS is currently in the process of conducting a limited number of

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consultations with State agencies and FNS staff regarding the accuracy 
of the burden estimates in this information collection, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used to estimate 
the burden. The inputs from those consultations will be considered, 
along with the public comments received in response to this notice, as 
FNS finalizes the burden estimate to be included in the request for OMB 
for approval.
    Affected Public: The respondent group identified includes 53 State 
agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents is 53.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: FNS estimates 53 
State agencies will submit one request each to adjust the SUA. Based on 
the information provided in the Fourteenth Edition of the SNAP State 
Options Report, out of the 53 State agencies, 23 State agencies have 
incorporated a methodology for determining the cost of doing business 
in self-employment cases. It is estimated that these 23 States will 
submit one request each, totaling 23 annual responses related to 
establishing a methodology for offsetting cost of producing self-
employment income. All 53 State agencies are required to keep and 
maintain one record of the information gathered and submitted to FNS 
for the SUA and self-employment options. Therefore, it is estimated 
that each respondent will be responsible for 2.4340 responses.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 129.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5.9395 (hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 766.1957 (hours). See 
table below for estimated total annual burden for State agencies.

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                                                                                                                             Estimated
                                                                             Estimated       Responses     Total annual   average number     Estimated
               CFR citation                          Respondent              number of     annually per      responses     of hours per     total hours
                                                                            respondents     respondent                       response
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                                                                    Reporting Burden
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7 CFR 273.9(d)(6)(iii)....................  State Agency--Review of SUA               53               1              53              10             530
                                             Submissions.
7 CFR 273.11(b)...........................  State Agency--Review of Self-             23               1              23              10             230
                                             Employment Methodology.
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                                               Total Reporting Burden...              53  ..............              76  ..............             760
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                                                                  Recordkeeping Burden
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                                            State Agency................              53               1              53          0.1169          6.1957
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                                               Total Recordkeeping                    53  ..............              53  ..............          6.1957
                                                Burden.
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                                                       Total of Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden
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                                               Total....................              53  ..............             129  ..............        766.1957
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    Dated: October 7, 2019.
Pamilyn Miller,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-23217 Filed 10-24-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-30-P