Notice of Request for a Renewal of an Information Collection; Fast Track Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Programs, 39161-39162 [2020-13989]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 126 / Tuesday, June 30, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Request for a Renewal of an Information Collection; Fast Track Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Programs National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request feedback from the general public on the ‘‘Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Programs.’’ This collection was developed as part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery. This notice announces our intent to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 31, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include the docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Efax: (855) 838–6382. • Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD– ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250– 2024. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–2707. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS— OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690– 2388 or at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Fast Track Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Programs. OMB Control Number: 0535–0261. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Jun 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to renew an information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The proposed information collection activities provides a means to obtain qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving the quality and timeliness of survey data and its analysis. The qualitative feedback will provide useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not rigorous statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the study population. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with data collection efforts, and focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve NASS surveys and publications. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. The information collections will target areas such as: Timeliness, usefulness of summarized information, perceptions of products or services, accuracy of information, efficiency and ease of reporting data, and the ease and understandability of data collection instruments. Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to improve or maintain the quality of data collected and reported to the public. If this information is not collected, vital feedback from customers and stakeholders on the Agency’s services will be unavailable. The Agency will only submit a collection for approval under this generic clearance if it meets the following conditions: • The collections are voluntary; • The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government; • The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with NASS surveys or data, or may reasonably be expected to have experience with the surveys or data in the near future; • Information gathered will be used only internally for improving data collection efforts, products and services, and the summarization and publication PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39161 of data, and is not intended for release outside of the agency; • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and • Information gathered will yield qualitative information; the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the study population. This generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. As a general matter, information collections will not result in any new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered private. Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and data users. Estimated Number of Respondents: 120,000. Below we provide projected average estimates for the next three years: Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Total Responses: 120,000 (30,000 completed responses and 90,000 refusals). Frequency of Responses: Once per request. Average Minutes per Response: 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the survey. Total Estimated Burden Hours: 8,375. 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, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 39162 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 126 / Tuesday, June 30, 2020 / Notices All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, June 18, 2020. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2020–13989 Filed 6–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops Surveys. Minor revisions to burden hours may be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sample design, or minor changes in questionnaire design. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 31, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0039, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Efax: (855) 838–6382. • Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD– ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250– 2024. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–2707. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS— OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690– 2388 or at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Jun 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0039. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2020. Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to collect, prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture. The Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops survey program collects information on acreage, yield, production, price, and value of citrus and non-citrus fruits and nuts and other specialty crops in States with significant commercial production. The program provides data needed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other government agencies to administer programs and to set trade quotas and tariffs. Producers, processors, other industry representatives, State Departments of Agriculture, and universities also use forecasts and estimates provided by these surveys. All questionnaires included in this information collection will be voluntary. The changes that were made to the fruit and nut commodity surveys at NASS following the program review process that occurs every five years following the Census of Agriculture can be found on the NASS website https:// www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Program_ Review/2019/Noncitrus-Fruit-and-TreeNut-Program.pdf. The changes that were made to other programs can be found at https:// www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Program_ Review/index.php. Authority: These data will be collected under authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to nonaggregated data provided by respondents. This Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–113) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),’’ PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33362. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is based on approximately 55 individual surveys with expected response times of 10–60 minutes. The frequency of data collection for the different surveys will include annual, seasonal, quarterly, monthly, and one weekly survey. Estimated number of responses per respondent is 1.1. Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for approximately 5 minutes of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to complete a survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to collect the data. Respondents: Producers, processors, and handlers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 74,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 27,000 hours. 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, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, June 18, 2020. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 126 (Tuesday, June 30, 2020)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Request for a Renewal of an Information Collection; 
Fast Track Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback 
on Agency Programs

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics 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 intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request feedback from the general public on the 
``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on 
Agency Programs.'' This collection was developed as part of a Federal 
Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback 
from the public on service delivery. This notice announces our intent 
to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on 
specific aspects for the proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 31, 2020 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES:
     Email: [email protected]. Include the docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     Efax: (855) 838-6382.
     Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: 
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Room 5336, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20250-2024.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, 
NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336, 
South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Kevin L. Barnes, Associate 
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-2707. Copies of this information 
collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from 
David Hancock, NASS--OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388 or at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Fast Track Generic Clearance for the Collection of 
Qualitative Feedback on Agency Programs.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0261.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to renew an information 
collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The proposed information collection activities provides a 
means to obtain qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an 
efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration's 
commitment to improving the quality and timeliness of survey data and 
its analysis. The qualitative feedback will provide useful insights on 
perceptions and opinions, but are not rigorous statistical surveys that 
yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the study 
population. This feedback will provide insights into customer or 
stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early 
warning of issues with data collection efforts, and focus attention on 
areas where communication, training or changes in operations might 
improve NASS surveys and publications. These collections will allow for 
ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency 
and its customers and stakeholders.
    The information collections will target areas such as: Timeliness, 
usefulness of summarized information, perceptions of products or 
services, accuracy of information, efficiency and ease of reporting 
data, and the ease and understandability of data collection 
instruments. Responses will be assessed to plan and inform efforts to 
improve or maintain the quality of data collected and reported to the 
public. If this information is not collected, vital feedback from 
customers and stakeholders on the Agency's services will be 
unavailable.
    The Agency will only submit a collection for approval under this 
generic clearance if it meets the following conditions:
     The collections are voluntary;
     The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on 
considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or 
burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents 
and the Federal Government;
     The collections are non-controversial and do not raise 
issues of concern to other Federal agencies;
     Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions 
from respondents who have experience with NASS surveys or data, or may 
reasonably be expected to have experience with the surveys or data in 
the near future;
     Information gathered will be used only internally for 
improving data collection efforts, products and services, and the 
summarization and publication of data, and is not intended for release 
outside of the agency;
     Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of 
substantially informing influential policy decisions; and
     Information gathered will yield qualitative information; 
the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically 
reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the 
study population.
    This generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used 
for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield 
reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or 
documenting program performance. Depending on the degree of influence 
the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible 
for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield 
quantitative results.
    As a general matter, information collections will not result in any 
new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask 
questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, 
religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered 
private.
    Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, agri-businesses and data users.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 120,000.
    Below we provide projected average estimates for the next three 
years:
    Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Total Responses: 120,000 (30,000 completed responses and 90,000 
refusals).
    Frequency of Responses: Once per request.
    Average Minutes per Response: 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the 
survey.
    Total Estimated Burden Hours: 8,375.
    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, technological or other forms of 
information technology collection methods.

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    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, June 18, 2020.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2020-13989 Filed 6-29-20; 8:45 am]
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