Information Collection Request: Discharge and Delivery Survey Summary and Rate Schedule Forms, 14873-14874 [2020-05219]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 51 / Monday, March 16, 2020 / Notices lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES no burden associated as only a signature is required. The information collected through this package is used primarily by authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS Specialty Crops Program regional and headquarters staff. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 5 minutes per response. Respondents: Importers and receivers of exempt commodities. Based on the information collected on the frequency of use for the forms, AMS has revised estimates of respondents and responses. Estimates of respondents and responses are calculated by taking the raw annual data collected from inspections on Section 8e crops entering the U.S. market and finding the three-year averages. These numbers represent an approximation of the annual burden given the frequent changes in number of respondents and responses from year to year. Estimated Number of Respondents: 79. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 6,867. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 87. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 568 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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. All comments to this document will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 10, 2020. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–05216 Filed 3–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Mar 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–CP–19–0117] Information Collection Request: Discharge and Delivery Survey Summary and Rate Schedule Forms Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a renewal of a currently approved information collection request. This information collection is necessary to support the procurement of agricultural commodities for domestic and export food donation programs. AMS issues invitations to purchase or sell and transport commodities, as well as sample, inspect. and survey, agricultural commodities at both domestic and foreign locations for use in international food donation programs on a monthly, multiple monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. The AMS Commodity Procurement Program contracts for marine cargo discharge survey services conducted at the foreign destinations to ascertain count and condition of the commodities delivered. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by May 15, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or to Service Contracting Support Branch, AMS– PPSCD, USDA, P.O. Box 419205, Kansas City, Missouri 64141–6205. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours or at http://www.regulations.gov. You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cita Trice, Chief; Service Contracting Support Branch, cita.trice@usda.gov (816) 926–1438. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Discharge and Delivery Survey Summary and Rate Schedule Forms. OMB Number: 0581–0317. Expiration Date: April 30, 2020. Type of Request: Renewal. Abstract: The United States donates agricultural commodities domestically SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14873 and overseas for famine or other relief requirements, to combat malnutrition, and sells or donates commodities to promote economic development. AMS issues invitations to purchase or sell agricultural commodities and services for use in domestic and export programs. Vendors respond by making offers using various AMS commodity offer forms through the Web-based Supply Chain Management System (WBSCM). The AMS Commodity Procurement Program contracts for discharge survey services conducted at the foreign destinations to ascertain count and condition of the commodities shipped. The form for discharge survey services is not in WBSCM. The renewal to the information collection request is for the respondents to submit information electronically in WBSCM for all processes with the exception of the discharge/delivery survey summary and the rates schedule. Vendors will be able to access WBSCM to see the date and time the system shows for receipt of bid, bid modification, or bid cancellation information. At bid opening date and time, the bid information is evaluated through the system. Acceptances will be sent to the successful offerors electronically. Awarded contracts will be posted to the AMS website https:// www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food/ solicitations and also to the WBSCM portal and beta.SAM.gov, Contract Opportunities. The discharge/delivery survey summary (KC–334) will be collected electronically and by mail, and the rate schedule (KC–337) will be collected by mail. For the following estimated total annual burden on respondents, the formula used to calculate the total burden hours is the estimated average time per responses multiplied by the estimated total annual of responses. Estimate of Average Time to Respond: Public reporting burden for collecting information under this notice is estimated to average 29 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Respondents: Business and other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 41. Estimated Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 11.83. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 485. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 234 hours. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 14874 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 51 / Monday, March 16, 2020 / Notices We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information collection to help us to: (1) Evaluate 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; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Evaluate the quality, utility, and clarity of the information technology; and (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on those who respond through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses where provided, will be made a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. Dated: March 10, 2020. Bruce Summers, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2020–05219 Filed 3–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–SC–20–0018] Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). AMS requests an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection 0581–0268 the Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Program. DATES: Comments must be received by May 15, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. All comments lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Mar 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 must be submitted through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at http:// www.regulations.gov and should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments submitted in response to this proposed rule will be included in the rulemaking record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting comments will be made public on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Betts, Marketing Specialist, Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, Room 1406–S, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–0244; telephone: (202) 720– 5057, or electronic mail: Marlene.Betts@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order Program. OMB Number: 0581–0268. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2020. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information program was created to help strengthen the position of Christmas trees in the marketplace, and maintain, develop, and expand markets for Christmas trees in the United States. The Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order) (7 CFR part 1214) is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act) (7 U.S.C. 7411– 7425). The Order was implemented on November 2011, and immediately stayed. The stay was lifted on April 7, 2014, in accordance with the provisions of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). Currently, the Christmas tree program is being administered by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board (Board) appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and financed by a mandatory assessment on producers and importers of fresh cut Christmas trees. The assessment rate is $0.15 per Christmas tree cut and sold domestically or imported into the United States. The program provides for an exemption for producers and importers that cut and sell or import fewer than 500 Christmas trees annually. In 2019, a referendum was held among eligible producers and importers to determine whether they PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 favor continuation of the program. Fiftyfive percent of Christmas tree producers and importers who voted were in favor of continuing the program, and therefore, the program continues to help maintain and expand markets for Christmas trees. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Order and the 1996 Act. The objective in carrying out this responsibility includes assuring the following: (1) Funds are collected and properly accounted for; (2) expenditures of all funds are for the purposes authorized by the 1996 Act and Order; and (3) the board’s administration of the programs conforms to USDA policy. The Order’s provisions have been carefully reviewed, and every effort has been made to minimize any unnecessary recordkeeping costs or requirements, including efforts to utilize information already submitted under other Christmas tree programs administered by USDA and other State programs. The forms covered under this collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the program. Such information can be supplied without data processing equipment or outside technical expertise. In addition, there are no additional training requirements for individuals filling out reports and remitting assessments to the Board. The forms are simple, easy to understand, and place as small a burden as possible on the person required to file the information. Collecting information yearly would coincide with normal industry business practices. The timing and frequency of collecting information are intended to meet the needs of the industry while minimizing the amount of work necessary to fill out the required reports. The requirement to keep records for two years beyond the fiscal period of their applicability is consistent with normal industry practices. In addition, the information to be included on these forms is not available from other sources because such information relates specifically to individual producers and importers who will be subject to the provisions of the Order and 1996 Act. Therefore, there is no practical method for collecting the required information without the use of these forms. AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 51 (Monday, March 16, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14873-14874]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-05219]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-CP-19-0117]


Information Collection Request: Discharge and Delivery Survey 
Summary and Rate Schedule Forms

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting comments from all 
interested individuals and organizations on a renewal of a currently 
approved information collection request. This information collection is 
necessary to support the procurement of agricultural commodities for 
domestic and export food donation programs. AMS issues invitations to 
purchase or sell and transport commodities, as well as sample, inspect. 
and survey, agricultural commodities at both domestic and foreign 
locations for use in international food donation programs on a monthly, 
multiple monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. The AMS Commodity 
Procurement Program contracts for marine cargo discharge survey 
services conducted at the foreign destinations to ascertain count and 
condition of the commodities delivered.

DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by May 15, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the internet at http://www.regulations.gov or to Service Contracting 
Support Branch, AMS-PPSCD, USDA, P.O. Box 419205, Kansas City, Missouri 
64141-6205. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number 
of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for 
public inspection in the above office during regular business hours or 
at http://www.regulations.gov.
    You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cita Trice, Chief; Service Contracting 
Support Branch, [email protected] (816) 926-1438.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Discharge and Delivery Survey Summary and Rate Schedule 
Forms.
    OMB Number: 0581-0317.
    Expiration Date: April 30, 2020.
    Type of Request: Renewal.
    Abstract: The United States donates agricultural commodities 
domestically and overseas for famine or other relief requirements, to 
combat malnutrition, and sells or donates commodities to promote 
economic development. AMS issues invitations to purchase or sell 
agricultural commodities and services for use in domestic and export 
programs. Vendors respond by making offers using various AMS commodity 
offer forms through the Web-based Supply Chain Management System 
(WBSCM). The AMS Commodity Procurement Program contracts for discharge 
survey services conducted at the foreign destinations to ascertain 
count and condition of the commodities shipped. The form for discharge 
survey services is not in WBSCM.
    The renewal to the information collection request is for the 
respondents to submit information electronically in WBSCM for all 
processes with the exception of the discharge/delivery survey summary 
and the rates schedule. Vendors will be able to access WBSCM to see the 
date and time the system shows for receipt of bid, bid modification, or 
bid cancellation information. At bid opening date and time, the bid 
information is evaluated through the system. Acceptances will be sent 
to the successful offerors electronically. Awarded contracts will be 
posted to the AMS website https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food/solicitations and also to the WBSCM portal and beta.SAM.gov, Contract 
Opportunities. The discharge/delivery survey summary (KC-334) will be 
collected electronically and by mail, and the rate schedule (KC-337) 
will be collected by mail.
    For the following estimated total annual burden on respondents, the 
formula used to calculate the total burden hours is the estimated 
average time per responses multiplied by the estimated total annual of 
responses.
    Estimate of Average Time to Respond: Public reporting burden for 
collecting information under this notice is estimated to average 29 
minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, 
searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data 
needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.
    Respondents: Business and other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 41.
    Estimated Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 11.83.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 485.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 234 hours.

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    We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information 
collection to help us to:
    (1) Evaluate 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;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the collection of information including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Evaluate the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
technology; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on those who 
respond through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses where provided, will be made a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the request for OMB 
approval.

    Dated: March 10, 2020.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2020-05219 Filed 3-13-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-02-P