Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 31432-31433 [2020-11187]

Download as PDF 31432 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices obligate the funds as required by the Farm Bill. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–11222 Filed 5–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–ST–20–0050] Notice of 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 notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection ‘‘Laboratory Approval Programs.’’ SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by July 27, 2020 to be assured of consideration. Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice by using the electronic process available at http://www.regulations.gov. Written comments may also be submitted to Laboratory Approval and Testing Division, Science and Technology Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0272, Washington, DC 20250–0272; or by facsimile to (202) 720–4631. All comments should reference the docket number AMS–ST–20–0050, the date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments will become a matter of public record and will be made available for public inspection at the above address during regular business hours and may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Laboratory Approval Programs. OMB Number: 0581–0251. Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2020. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 May 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 U.S.C. 1621–1627), AMS’ Laboratory Approval Service (LAS) approves, or accredits, laboratories to perform testing services in support of domestic and international trade. At the request of industry, other Federal agencies, or foreign governments, AMS develops and administers laboratory approval programs (LAPs) to verify that the analysis of food and agricultural products meet country or customerspecified requirements. LAS ensures the testing of products marketed is conducted by qualified and approved laboratories. LAPs requirements include good laboratory, quality assurance and control practices; applicable domestic and international standards (such as ISO/IEC 17025); established methods and accepted equipment; and on-site audits. Laboratories voluntarily participate in the program and pay program fees. Currently, LAS administers four LAPs with 60 participants. The information collection includes customer/business information and quality management system (QMS) documentation essential to examine laboratories for entrance and continual participation in the following programs: (1) Aflatoxin Program—this program approves laboratories to perform aflatoxin testing in support of domestic and/or export trade of almonds, peanuts, and pistachio nuts. (a) Almond. At the request of the Almond Board of California (ABC), AMS administers the program for aflatoxin testing of almonds destined for export to the European Union (EU) through the Pre-Export Certification program of ABC. (b) Peanuts. AMS administers Minimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States (7 CFR 996 Parts 996.1–996.75). The regulation requires domestically marketed peanuts for human consumption to be analyzed for aflatoxin by a USDA or USDA-approved laboratory. AMS consults with the Peanut Standards Board on program requirements. (c) Pistachio Nuts. AMS administers mandatory domestic and import aflatoxin requirements for pistachio nuts under Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico (7 CFR part 983) and Specialty Crops, Import Regulations (7 CFR part 999, Section 999.600), respectively. All domestic and import shipments of pistachio nuts intended for human consumption must be tested for aflatoxin contamination. At the request of the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (ACP), laboratories may also participate in the program for pistachio nuts destined for EU through the PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Pistachio Export Aflatoxin Reporting (PEAR) program of ACP. (2) Export Program—this program approves laboratories to perform testing of meat and poultry products offered for export certification by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). LAS collaborates with FSIS, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the meat and poultry industries to administer a flexible and comprehensive program to provide reliable analyses of pesticide residues, environmental contaminants, veterinary drug residues, antibiotic residues, microorganisms, and parasites. (3) Microbiological Testing of Poultry Products for the Federal Purchase Program (FPP)—this program approves laboratories to perform microbiological testing of frozen, cooked, diced chicken procured for the Federal Purchase Program and is limited to the analysis of aerobic plate counts, coliform counts, coagulase positive Staphylococcus aureus, generic Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, and Listeria monocytogenes. (4) Dairy Program—this program supports the Dairy Grading Branch for laboratories testing butter for quality and grading standards. LAS collaborates with the Dairy Grading Branch and the dairy industry to administer an audit program to provide reliable analysis for the grading of butter. All LAPs follow similar general procedures for application process and evaluations for continual participation. Applicants (laboratories applying to be approved or accredited by AMS) and participants (laboratories approved or accredited under a LAP) are responsible for paying applicable program fees. An applicant or participant may withdraw or voluntarily request suspension at any time and if deemed necessary LAS can suspend or dismiss a participant. The greatest information collection burden is during the application process. The application process can occur when an applicant seeks approval into a program and when a participant seeks to expand their scope of approval. Generally, the application process includes, submission of an application letter and application package, including customer/business information for billing and QMS documentation; and receive an audit by AMS. The customer/business information collected includes business legal name, Federal Tax ID Number, mailing address, billing address, management contacts and accounts payable contact. The burden hours incurred for an applicant to submit application package materials for application or expansion of scope is typically a one-time occurrence and is E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices essential for evaluating an applicant’s ability to meet program requirements and gain approval. Once an applicant is approved into the program, the information collection burden decreases for the continual participation process. A participant verifies intent to continue participation and its customer/business information annually, and on a periodic basis submits proficiency testing reports to evaluate analytical proficiency, and QMS documentation in response to audits by AMS. The information listed is essential to examine a participant’s ability to continually meet program requirements and maintain program status. Occasionally, a participant withdraws, is suspended, or is dismissed from a program. When a participant withdraws it submits a letter of request. When a participant requests voluntary suspension or is suspended by LAS it may request reinstatement of approval and must demonstrate its ability to meet program requirements through the continual participation process. On the rare occasion a participant fails to continually meet program requirements the participant may be notified of its danger of being dismissed. The dismissal process includes an evaluation using the continual participation process to substantiate reason for dismissal. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2.24 hours per response. Respondents: Laboratories. Estimated Number of Respondents: 60. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 538. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.97. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1204.00. 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 completion of analyses related documentation; (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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 May 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 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. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–11187 Filed 5–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 2020/2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (‘‘Department’’) announces adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the WIC Regulations. DATES: Implementation date July 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Olson, Chief, Policy Branch, Supplemental Food Programs Division, FNS, USDA, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 605– 4013. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Executive Order 12866 This notice is exempt from review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of this Act. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This notice does not contain reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507). Executive Order 12372 This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs under No. 10.557, and is subject to the provisions of Executive PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31433 Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials (7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, 48 FR 29100, June 24, 1983, and 49 FR 22675, May 31, 1984). Description Section 17(d)(2)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(d)(2)(A)), requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish income criteria to be used with nutritional risk criteria in determining a person’s eligibility for participation in the WIC Program. The law provides that persons will be income-eligible for the WIC Program if they are members of families that satisfy the income standard prescribed for reduced-price school meals under section 9(b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(b)). Under section 9(b), the income limit for reduced-price school meals is 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, as adjusted. Section 9(b) also requires that these guidelines be revised annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The annual revision for 2020 was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at 85 FR 3060, January 17, 2020. The guidelines published by HHS are referred to as the ‘‘poverty guidelines.’’ Program Regulations at 7 CFR 246.7(d)(1) specify that State agencies may prescribe income guidelines either equaling the income guidelines established under Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act for reduced-price school meals, or identical to State or local guidelines for free or reduced-price health care. However, in conforming WIC income guidelines to State or local health care guidelines, the State cannot establish WIC guidelines which exceed the guidelines for reduced-price school meals, or which are less than 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Consistent with the method used to compute income eligibility guidelines for reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, the poverty guidelines were multiplied by 1.85 and the results rounded upward to the next whole dollar. At this time, the Department is publishing the maximum and minimum WIC income eligibility guidelines by household size for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Consistent with section 17(f)(17) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(f)(17)), a State agency may implement the revised WIC income eligibility guidelines concurrently with the implementation of income eligibility E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-ST-20-0050]


Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention 
to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information 
collection ``Laboratory Approval Programs.''

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 27, 2020 to be 
assured of consideration.
    Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited 
to submit comments concerning this notice by using the electronic 
process available at http://www.regulations.gov. Written comments may 
also be submitted to Laboratory Approval and Testing Division, Science 
and Technology Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0272, Washington, DC 
20250-0272; or by facsimile to (202) 720-4631. All comments should 
reference the docket number AMS-ST-20-0050, the date, and page number 
of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments will become a 
matter of public record and will be made available for public 
inspection at the above address during regular business hours and may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Laboratory Approval Programs.
    OMB Number: 0581-0251.
    Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2020.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended 
(7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), AMS' Laboratory Approval Service (LAS) approves, 
or accredits, laboratories to perform testing services in support of 
domestic and international trade. At the request of industry, other 
Federal agencies, or foreign governments, AMS develops and administers 
laboratory approval programs (LAPs) to verify that the analysis of food 
and agricultural products meet country or customer-specified 
requirements. LAS ensures the testing of products marketed is conducted 
by qualified and approved laboratories. LAPs requirements include good 
laboratory, quality assurance and control practices; applicable 
domestic and international standards (such as ISO/IEC 17025); 
established methods and accepted equipment; and on-site audits. 
Laboratories voluntarily participate in the program and pay program 
fees. Currently, LAS administers four LAPs with 60 participants.
    The information collection includes customer/business information 
and quality management system (QMS) documentation essential to examine 
laboratories for entrance and continual participation in the following 
programs:
    (1) Aflatoxin Program--this program approves laboratories to 
perform aflatoxin testing in support of domestic and/or export trade of 
almonds, peanuts, and pistachio nuts. (a) Almond. At the request of the 
Almond Board of California (ABC), AMS administers the program for 
aflatoxin testing of almonds destined for export to the European Union 
(EU) through the Pre-Export Certification program of ABC. (b) Peanuts. 
AMS administers Minimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and 
Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States (7 CFR 996 Parts 996.1-
996.75). The regulation requires domestically marketed peanuts for 
human consumption to be analyzed for aflatoxin by a USDA or USDA-
approved laboratory. AMS consults with the Peanut Standards Board on 
program requirements. (c) Pistachio Nuts. AMS administers mandatory 
domestic and import aflatoxin requirements for pistachio nuts under 
Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico (7 CFR part 
983) and Specialty Crops, Import Regulations (7 CFR part 999, Section 
999.600), respectively. All domestic and import shipments of pistachio 
nuts intended for human consumption must be tested for aflatoxin 
contamination. At the request of the Administrative Committee for 
Pistachios (ACP), laboratories may also participate in the program for 
pistachio nuts destined for EU through the Pistachio Export Aflatoxin 
Reporting (PEAR) program of ACP.
    (2) Export Program--this program approves laboratories to perform 
testing of meat and poultry products offered for export certification 
by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). LAS collaborates with 
FSIS, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the meat and poultry 
industries to administer a flexible and comprehensive program to 
provide reliable analyses of pesticide residues, environmental 
contaminants, veterinary drug residues, antibiotic residues, 
microorganisms, and parasites.
    (3) Microbiological Testing of Poultry Products for the Federal 
Purchase Program (FPP)--this program approves laboratories to perform 
microbiological testing of frozen, cooked, diced chicken procured for 
the Federal Purchase Program and is limited to the analysis of aerobic 
plate counts, coliform counts, coagulase positive Staphylococcus 
aureus, generic Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, and Listeria 
monocytogenes.
    (4) Dairy Program--this program supports the Dairy Grading Branch 
for laboratories testing butter for quality and grading standards. LAS 
collaborates with the Dairy Grading Branch and the dairy industry to 
administer an audit program to provide reliable analysis for the 
grading of butter.
    All LAPs follow similar general procedures for application process 
and evaluations for continual participation. Applicants (laboratories 
applying to be approved or accredited by AMS) and participants 
(laboratories approved or accredited under a LAP) are responsible for 
paying applicable program fees. An applicant or participant may 
withdraw or voluntarily request suspension at any time and if deemed 
necessary LAS can suspend or dismiss a participant.
    The greatest information collection burden is during the 
application process. The application process can occur when an 
applicant seeks approval into a program and when a participant seeks to 
expand their scope of approval. Generally, the application process 
includes, submission of an application letter and application package, 
including customer/business information for billing and QMS 
documentation; and receive an audit by AMS. The customer/business 
information collected includes business legal name, Federal Tax ID 
Number, mailing address, billing address, management contacts and 
accounts payable contact. The burden hours incurred for an applicant to 
submit application package materials for application or expansion of 
scope is typically a one-time occurrence and is

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essential for evaluating an applicant's ability to meet program 
requirements and gain approval.
    Once an applicant is approved into the program, the information 
collection burden decreases for the continual participation process. A 
participant verifies intent to continue participation and its customer/
business information annually, and on a periodic basis submits 
proficiency testing reports to evaluate analytical proficiency, and QMS 
documentation in response to audits by AMS. The information listed is 
essential to examine a participant's ability to continually meet 
program requirements and maintain program status.
    Occasionally, a participant withdraws, is suspended, or is 
dismissed from a program. When a participant withdraws it submits a 
letter of request. When a participant requests voluntary suspension or 
is suspended by LAS it may request reinstatement of approval and must 
demonstrate its ability to meet program requirements through the 
continual participation process. On the rare occasion a participant 
fails to continually meet program requirements the participant may be 
notified of its danger of being dismissed. The dismissal process 
includes an evaluation using the continual participation process to 
substantiate reason for dismissal.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 2.24 hours per response.
    Respondents: Laboratories.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 60.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 538.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.97.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1204.00.
    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 completion of analyses 
related documentation; (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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    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.

Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-11187 Filed 5-22-20; 8:45 am]
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