Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations, 59764-59765 [2019-24097]

Download as PDF 59764 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 215 Wednesday, November 6, 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 Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request— Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations 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 is a revision of a currently approved collection codified in Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regulations. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before January 6, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Jane Duffield, Branch Chief, State Administration Branch, Program Accountability and Administration Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 818, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via email to SM.FN.SNAPSAB@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 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 Richard Duckworth at 703–305–4271. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a revision of a currently approved SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Nov 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 collection codified in FNS regulations at 7 CFR 274.6(b)(5) and 274.6(b)(6). FNS’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 274.6(b)(5) allow State agencies to deny a request for a replacement SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card until the household makes contact with the State agency if the requests for replacement cards are determined to be excessive. The State agency may determine the threshold for excessive card replacments, not to be less than four replacement cards in a 12-month period. FNS’ SNAP regulations at 274.6(b)(6) require State agencies to monitor EBT card replacement requests and send notices to households when they request four cards within a 12-month period. The State agency shall be exempt from sending this Excessive Replacement Card Notice if it adopts the card withholding option in accordance with 7 CFR 274.6(b)(5) and sends the requisite Withholding Replacement Card Warning Notice on the fourth replacement card request. 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: Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations. OMB Number: 0584–0587. Expiration Date: 1/31/2020. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: FNS regulations at 7 CFR 274.6(b) requires State Agencies to issue warning notices to withhold replacement cards or a notice for excessive replacement cards. Withhold Replacement Card Warning Notice: State agencies may require an PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 individual member of a household to contact the State agency to provide an explanation in cases where the number of requests for card replacements is determined excessive. The State agency must notify the household in writing when it has reached the threshold, indicating that the next request for card replacement will require the client to contact the State agency to provide an explanation for the request, before the replacement card will be issued. The State agency must also notify the household in writing once the threshold has been exceeded and the State agency is withholding the card until contact is made. Excessive Replacement Card Notice: State agencies must monitor all client requests for EBT card replacements and send a notice upon the fourth request in a 12-month period, alerting the household their account is being monitored for potential suspicious activity. The State agency is exempt from sending this notice if they have chosen to exercise the option to withhold the replacement card until contact is made with the State agency. FNS is currently aware out of the 53 State agencies, six State agencies have opted to follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(5) to withhold replacement cards. All other State agencies follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(6) for the Excessive Replacement Card Notice. Affected Public: Individuals/ Households participating in SNAP and State, Local or Tribal Government Agencies that administer SNAP. Estimated Number of Respondents: 238,697. Card replacement data, adjusted for changes in SNAP caseload, suggest that about 238,644 households request four replacement EBT cards within a 12-month period annually. These households, plus the 53 State agencies that must send the notices required by 7 CFR 274.6(b) make up the respondents. Estimated of Responses per Respondent: There is an average estimated 2.11 responses for each respondent. See the table below for estimated responses for each type of respondent. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 503,712 (251,856 individuals/ households total annual response + 251,856 States agencies total annual response). See the table below for estimated responses for each type of E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 59765 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 6, 2019 / Notices respondent. Of the 238,644 households requesting four replacement EBT cards, about 26,424 are estimated to be in the six States where the agencies have opted to follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(5) to withhold replacement cards. FNS estimates that half of all recipients who receive a notice upon issuance of their fourth card will request a fifth card. Estimated Time per Response: FNS estimates that it will take State personnel approximately 2 minutes to generate and mail each required notice to the client, to comply with 7 CFR 274.6; and that it will take SNAP recipients approximately 2 minutes to read each notice they receive and 28 minutes to make contact with the State agency when required. There is an average estimated time of 0.04557373 hours for each response. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 22,956 hours (14,560.85 burden hours for individuals/ households and 8,396.20 for State agencies). The currently approved annual burden is 21,941 hours. The revision reflects two adjustments, neither of which is related to an FNS program change: (1) Because the number of households participating in SNAP has decreased, Estimated number respondents Respondent Activity Individuals or Household (I/H) .................. Read Withhold Replacement Card Warning Notice (274.6(b)(5)). Read Replacement Card Withheld Notice & Contact State Agency (274.6(b)(5)). Read Excessive Replacement Card Notice (274.6(b)(6)). we have fewer excessive replacement EBT card requests and therefore fewer notices, and (2) more States opt to follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(5) to withhold replacement cards, which requires some households to make contact with the State agency if they request excessive replacement cards See the table below for estimated total reporting annual burden for each type of respondent. There is no recordkeeping or thirdparty disclosure burden contained in this information collection request. Responses annually per respondent Total annual responses Estimated average number of hours per response Estimated total hours 26,424 1.00 26,424 0.03 880.81 * 13,212 1.00 13,212 0.50 6,606.05 212,220 1.00 212,220 0.03 7,073.99 Individuals/Households Subtotal ....... ................................................................... 238,644 ...................... 251,856 ...................... 14,560.85 State Agency ............................................ Send Withhold Replacement Card Warning Notice (274.6(b)(5)). Send Replacement Card Withheld Notice (274.6(b)(5)). Send Excessive Replacement Card Notice (274.6(b)(6)). 6 4,404.03 26,424 0.03 880.81 6 2,202.02 13,212 0.03 440.40 47 4,515.31 212,220 0.03 7,073.99 State Agencies Subtotal .................... ................................................................... 53 ...................... 251,856 ...................... 8,395.20 Overall Grand Total Burden ....... ................................................................... 238,697 2.11 503,712 0.0455737 22,956.05 * Note: The 13,212 Individuals/Households SNAP participants are the same I/H accounted for in the 26,424 and therefore not double counted. Dated: October 18, 2019. Pamilyn Miller, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24097 Filed 11–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Caribou-Targhee National Forest; Idaho; Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Curlew National Grassland Integrated Weed Management Analysis Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The Caribou-Targhee National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for invasive plant management. Invasive plants are a major threat to the biological diversity and ecological integrity within and outside the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the Curlew National Grassland (Forests). The Forests propose to implement adaptive and integrated SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Nov 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 invasive plan management on current and potential infested areas forest-wide. A clear and comprehensive integrated invasive plant management strategy would allow for the implementation of timely and effective invasive plant management and prevention projects and programs on the Forests. In the absence of an aggressive invasive plant management program, the number, density, and distribution of invasive plants on both Forests is expected to increase. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by December 23, 2019. The draft EIS is expected in May 2020 and the final EIS is expected in November 2020. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. Comments may also be sent via email to FS-comments-intermtn-cariboutarghee@usda.gov or via facsimile to (208) 557–5827. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Heyrend at (208) 557–5791 or heidi.heyrend@usda.gov. Individuals DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invasive plants create many adverse environmental effects, including, but not limited to: Displacement of native plants; reduction in functionality of habitat for wildlife; loss of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species; increased soil erosion and reduced water quality; alteration of physical and biological properties of soil, including reduced soil productivity; changes to the intensity and frequency of fires, and loss of recreational opportunities. Within the 2.9 million acres of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Curlew National Grassland, less than two percent are identified as being infested with invasive, non-native, and/ or state-listed noxious weeds. These invasive plant infestations have a high potential to expand on lands within and adjacent to the Forests, degrading desired plant communities E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1

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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. 84, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 6, 2019 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request--
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--Trafficking Controls and 
Fraud Investigations

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 is a revision of a 
currently approved collection codified in Food and Nutrition Service 
(FNS) regulations.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before January 6, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Jane Duffield, Branch Chief, State 
Administration Branch, Program Accountability and Administration 
Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 818, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may 
also be submitted 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 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 Richard 
Duckworth at 703-305-4271.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a revision of a currently approved 
collection codified in FNS regulations at 7 CFR 274.6(b)(5) and 
274.6(b)(6).
    FNS' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations 
at 7 CFR 274.6(b)(5) allow State agencies to deny a request for a 
replacement SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card until the 
household makes contact with the State agency if the requests for 
replacement cards are determined to be excessive. The State agency may 
determine the threshold for excessive card replacments, not to be less 
than four replacement cards in a 12-month period.
    FNS' SNAP regulations at 274.6(b)(6) require State agencies to 
monitor EBT card replacement requests and send notices to households 
when they request four cards within a 12-month period. The State agency 
shall be exempt from sending this Excessive Replacement Card Notice if 
it adopts the card withholding option in accordance with 7 CFR 
274.6(b)(5) and sends the requisite Withholding Replacement Card 
Warning Notice on the fourth replacement card request.
    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: Trafficking 
Controls and Fraud Investigations.
    OMB Number: 0584-0587.
    Expiration Date: 1/31/2020.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: FNS regulations at 7 CFR 274.6(b) requires State Agencies 
to issue warning notices to withhold replacement cards or a notice for 
excessive replacement cards.
    Withhold Replacement Card Warning Notice: State agencies may 
require an individual member of a household to contact the State agency 
to provide an explanation in cases where the number of requests for 
card replacements is determined excessive. The State agency must notify 
the household in writing when it has reached the threshold, indicating 
that the next request for card replacement will require the client to 
contact the State agency to provide an explanation for the request, 
before the replacement card will be issued. The State agency must also 
notify the household in writing once the threshold has been exceeded 
and the State agency is withholding the card until contact is made.
    Excessive Replacement Card Notice: State agencies must monitor all 
client requests for EBT card replacements and send a notice upon the 
fourth request in a 12-month period, alerting the household their 
account is being monitored for potential suspicious activity. The State 
agency is exempt from sending this notice if they have chosen to 
exercise the option to withhold the replacement card until contact is 
made with the State agency.
    FNS is currently aware out of the 53 State agencies, six State 
agencies have opted to follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(5) to 
withhold replacement cards. All other State agencies follow our 
regulations at 274.6(b)(6) for the Excessive Replacement Card Notice.
    Affected Public: Individuals/Households participating in SNAP and 
State, Local or Tribal Government Agencies that administer SNAP.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 238,697. Card replacement data, 
adjusted for changes in SNAP caseload, suggest that about 238,644 
households request four replacement EBT cards within a 12-month period 
annually. These households, plus the 53 State agencies that must send 
the notices required by 7 CFR 274.6(b) make up the respondents.
    Estimated of Responses per Respondent: There is an average 
estimated 2.11 responses for each respondent. See the table below for 
estimated responses for each type of respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 503,712 (251,856 individuals/
households total annual response + 251,856 States agencies total annual 
response). See the table below for estimated responses for each type of

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respondent. Of the 238,644 households requesting four replacement EBT 
cards, about 26,424 are estimated to be in the six States where the 
agencies have opted to follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(5) to 
withhold replacement cards. FNS estimates that half of all recipients 
who receive a notice upon issuance of their fourth card will request a 
fifth card.
    Estimated Time per Response: FNS estimates that it will take State 
personnel approximately 2 minutes to generate and mail each required 
notice to the client, to comply with 7 CFR 274.6; and that it will take 
SNAP recipients approximately 2 minutes to read each notice they 
receive and 28 minutes to make contact with the State agency when 
required. There is an average estimated time of 0.04557373 hours for 
each response.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 22,956 hours 
(14,560.85 burden hours for individuals/households and 8,396.20 for 
State agencies). The currently approved annual burden is 21,941 hours. 
The revision reflects two adjustments, neither of which is related to 
an FNS program change:

    (1) Because the number of households participating in SNAP has 
decreased, we have fewer excessive replacement EBT card requests and 
therefore fewer notices, and
    (2) more States opt to follow our regulations at 274.6(b)(5) to 
withhold replacement cards, which requires some households to make 
contact with the State agency if they request excessive replacement 
cards

See the table below for estimated total reporting annual burden for 
each type of respondent.
    There is no recordkeeping or third-party disclosure burden 
contained in this information collection request.

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                                                                                      Estimated     Responses                    average
                   Respondent                                 Activity                 number     annually per  Total annual    number of     Estimated
                                                                                     respondents    respondent    responses     hours per    total hours
                                                                                                                                response
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Individuals or Household (I/H).................  Read Withhold Replacement Card           26,424          1.00        26,424          0.03        880.81
                                                  Warning Notice (274.6(b)(5)).
                                                 Read Replacement Card Withheld         * 13,212          1.00        13,212          0.50      6,606.05
                                                  Notice & Contact State Agency
                                                  (274.6(b)(5)).
                                                 Read Excessive Replacement Card         212,220          1.00       212,220          0.03      7,073.99
                                                  Notice (274.6(b)(6)).
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    Individuals/Households Subtotal............  .................................       238,644  ............       251,856  ............     14,560.85
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State Agency...................................  Send Withhold Replacement Card                6      4,404.03        26,424          0.03        880.81
                                                  Warning Notice (274.6(b)(5)).
                                                 Send Replacement Card Withheld                6      2,202.02        13,212          0.03        440.40
                                                  Notice (274.6(b)(5)).
                                                 Send Excessive Replacement Card              47      4,515.31       212,220          0.03      7,073.99
                                                  Notice (274.6(b)(6)).
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    State Agencies Subtotal....................  .................................            53  ............       251,856  ............      8,395.20
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        Overall Grand Total Burden.............  .................................       238,697          2.11       503,712     0.0455737     22,956.05
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* Note: The 13,212 Individuals/Households SNAP participants are the same I/H accounted for in the 26,424 and therefore not double counted.


    Dated: October 18, 2019.
Pamilyn Miller,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-24097 Filed 11-5-19; 8:45 am]
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