Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 17308-17309 [2020-06400]

Download as PDF 17308 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 60 / Friday, March 27, 2020 / Notices information and services, and for other purposes. For information pertinent to E-Government Act compliance related to this notice, please contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483. Congressional Review Act Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701–7772, and 7781–7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of March 2020. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–06374 Filed 3–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service [Docket No. RUS–20–Telecom–0007] Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Rural Utilities Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; comment requested. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the above-named agency to request Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for an extension of a currently approved information collection in support of RUS Specification for Quality Control and Inspection of Timber Products. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 26, 2020 to be assured of consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlette Mussington, Rural Development Innovation Center—Regulations Management Division, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 4227, South Building, Washington, DC 20250– 1522. Telephone: (202) 720–2825. Email arlette.mussington@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Mar 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 identifies an information collection that RUS is submitting to OMB for extension. Comments 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 assumptions 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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent by the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and, in the Search box, enter the Docket No RUS–20– Telecom–0007 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. Title: RUS Specification for Quality Control and Inspection of Timber Products. OMB Control Number: 0572–0076. Expiration Date of Approval: November 30, 2020. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: RUS Bulletin 1728H–702 and 7 CFR 1728.202 describe the responsibilities and procedures pertaining to the quality control by producers and pertaining to inspection of timber products produced in accordance with RUS specifications. In order to ensure the security of loan funds, adequate quality control of timber products is vital to loan security on electric power systems where hundreds of thousands of wood poles and cross-arms are used. Since RUS and its borrowers do not have the expertise or manpower to quickly determine imperfections in the wood products or their preservatives treatments, they must obtain service of an inspection agency to ensure that the specifications for wood poles and cross-arms are being met. Copies of test reports on various preservatives must accompany each PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 load of poles treated at the same time in a pressure cylinder (charge) as required by 7 CFR 1728.202(i). RUS feels the importance of safety concerns are enough to justify requiring test reports so that the purchaser, inspectors, and RUS will be able to spot check the general accuracy and reliability of the tests. Estimate of Burden: This collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business or other for profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 800. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 20,333 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Arlette Mussington, Innovation Center— Regulations Management Division, at (202) 720–2825. Email: arlette.mussington@usda.gov. 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. Chad Rupe, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2020–06393 Filed 3–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service [Docket No. RUS–20–ELECTRIC–0008] Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on the following information collection extension for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 26, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Cusick, Management Analysis, Regulations Management Division, Rural Development, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, STOP 1522, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 720–1414 or email Lauren.Cusick@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 60 / Friday, March 27, 2020 / Notices regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RUS is submitting to OMB for revision. 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 collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 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 respondents, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent by the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov and, in the Search box, insert RUS–20–ELECTRIC–0008 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. Title: Electric System Emergency Restoration Plan. OMB Control Number: 0572–0140. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: USDA Rural Development administers rural utilities programs through the Rural Utilities Service (Agency). The Agency manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act (RE Act) of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et sec., as amended. One of the Agency’s main objectives is to safeguard loan security. An important part of safeguarding loan security is to make sure Agency financed facilities are utilized responsibly, adequately operated and adequately maintained. Accordingly, RUS borrowers have a duty to RUS to maintain their respective systems. In performing this duty, borrowers further the purposes of the RE Act while also preserving the value of electric systems to serve as collateral for repayment of RUS assistance. A substantial portion of the electric infrastructure of the United States VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Mar 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 resides in rural America and is maintained by rural Americans. RUS is uniquely coupled with the electric infrastructure of rural America and its electric borrowers serving rural America. To ensure that the electric infrastructure in rural America is adequately protected, electric borrowers conduct a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) of their respective systems and utilize the results of this assessment to enhance an existing Emergency Restoration Plan (ERP) or to create an ERP. The VRA is utilized to identify specific assets and infrastructure owned or served by the electric utility, to determine the criticality and the risk level associated with the assets and infrastructure including a risk versus cost analysis, to identify threats and vulnerabilities, if present, to review existing mitigation procedures and to assist in the development of new and additional mitigating procedures, if necessary. The ERP provides written procedures detailing response and restoration efforts in the event of a major system outage resulting from a natural or manmade disaster. The annual exercise of the ERP ensures operability and employee competency and serves to identify and correct deficiencies in the existing ERP. The exercise may be implemented individually by a single borrower, or by an individual borrower as a participant in a multi-party (to include utilities, government agencies and other participants or combination thereof) tabletop execution or actual implementation of the ERP. Electric borrowers maintain ERPs as part of prudent utilities practices. These ERPs are essential to continuous operation of the electric systems. Each electric borrower provides RUS with an annual self-certification that an ERP exists for the system and that an initial VRA has been performed. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.5 hour per response. Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 625. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 313 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Lauren Cusick, Regulations Management Division, at (202) 720–1414, or email: lauren.cusick@usda.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the requests for OMB approval. All PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17309 comments will also become a matter of public record. Chad Rupe, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2020–06400 Filed 3–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Comments Requested Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this Notice announces the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intention to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the program servicing Water Program loans and grants. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 26, 2020 to be assured consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Cusick, Management Analyst, Regulations Management Division, Innovation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, STOP 1571, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 720–1414. Email: Lauren.Cusick@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that will be submitted to OMB for extension and revision. Title: Servicing of Water Programs Loans and Grants. OMB Control Number: 0572–0137. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide financing and technical assistance for development and operation of safe and affordable water supply systems and sewage and other waste disposal facilities. WEP provides loans, guaranteed loans and grants for water, sewer, storm water, and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 60 (Friday, March 27, 2020)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-06400]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service

[Docket No. RUS-20-ELECTRIC-0008]


Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on the following 
information collection extension for which RUS intends to request 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 26, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Cusick, Management Analysis, 
Regulations Management Division, Rural Development, 1400 Independence 
Ave. SW, STOP 1522, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-1522. 
Telephone: (202) 720-1414 or email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB)

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regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) requires that interested members 
of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on 
information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RUS 
is submitting to OMB for revision.
    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 
collection of information including the validity of the methodology and 
assumptions 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 respondents, including through the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments may be sent by the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to 
http://www.regulations.gov and, in the Search box, insert RUS-20-
ELECTRIC-0008 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting 
and related materials available electronically. Information on using 
Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, 
submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the 
comment period, is available through the site's ``User Tips'' link.
    Title: Electric System Emergency Restoration Plan.
    OMB Control Number: 0572-0140.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: USDA Rural Development administers rural utilities 
programs through the Rural Utilities Service (Agency). The Agency 
manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act 
(RE Act) of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et sec., as amended. One of the Agency's 
main objectives is to safeguard loan security. An important part of 
safeguarding loan security is to make sure Agency financed facilities 
are utilized responsibly, adequately operated and adequately 
maintained. Accordingly, RUS borrowers have a duty to RUS to maintain 
their respective systems. In performing this duty, borrowers further 
the purposes of the RE Act while also preserving the value of electric 
systems to serve as collateral for repayment of RUS assistance.
    A substantial portion of the electric infrastructure of the United 
States resides in rural America and is maintained by rural Americans. 
RUS is uniquely coupled with the electric infrastructure of rural 
America and its electric borrowers serving rural America. To ensure 
that the electric infrastructure in rural America is adequately 
protected, electric borrowers conduct a Vulnerability and Risk 
Assessment (VRA) of their respective systems and utilize the results of 
this assessment to enhance an existing Emergency Restoration Plan (ERP) 
or to create an ERP. The VRA is utilized to identify specific assets 
and infrastructure owned or served by the electric utility, to 
determine the criticality and the risk level associated with the assets 
and infrastructure including a risk versus cost analysis, to identify 
threats and vulnerabilities, if present, to review existing mitigation 
procedures and to assist in the development of new and additional 
mitigating procedures, if necessary. The ERP provides written 
procedures detailing response and restoration efforts in the event of a 
major system outage resulting from a natural or man-made disaster. The 
annual exercise of the ERP ensures operability and employee competency 
and serves to identify and correct deficiencies in the existing ERP. 
The exercise may be implemented individually by a single borrower, or 
by an individual borrower as a participant in a multi-party (to include 
utilities, government agencies and other participants or combination 
thereof) tabletop execution or actual implementation of the ERP.
    Electric borrowers maintain ERPs as part of prudent utilities 
practices. These ERPs are essential to continuous operation of the 
electric systems. Each electric borrower provides RUS with an annual 
self-certification that an ERP exists for the system and that an 
initial VRA has been performed.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.5 hour per response.
    Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 625.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 313 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Lauren 
Cusick, Regulations Management Division, at (202) 720-1414, or email: 
[email protected]
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
requests for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

Chad Rupe,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-06400 Filed 3-26-20; 8:45 am]
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