Agency Information Collection Activities: Survey of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Case Management, 40187-40196 [2020-14445]

Download as PDF 40187 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 129 / Monday, July 6, 2020 / Notices application forms: FNS–252–2; FNS– 252–C, FNS–252–R, FNS–252–E and FNS–252 Spanish. FNS estimates that the hourly burden time per response associated with this information collection for respondents remains unchanged from our previous submission. The revisions to the application(s) are due to program adjustments and the update to Question 20a-d, the revision to the Privacy Act, Use and Disclosure—Routine Uses section, and the Certification and Signature Statement. FNS used FY 2019 data in our calculation of burden estimates associated with this information Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 133,961 annually. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: Respondents complete either 1 application form at initial authorization or 1 reauthorization application, as appropriate, for a total of 1 response each. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 133,961. Estimated Time per Response: 9.13 minutes (0.1534924). The estimated time response varies from 1 minute to 19 minutes depending on respondent group, as shown in the table below: collection as this was the most complete data available to us at this time. Table A below clarifies the burden of this information collection. As currently approved by OMB, the hourly burden rate per response varies by the type of application used and the response time per respondent varies from 1 minute to 19 minutes. We estimate the new burden, on average, to be 9.13 minutes per respondent. There is no recordkeeping burden associated with these forms. Affected Public: Business for Profit; Retail food stores; Farmers’ Markets, Military Commissaries and Meal Services. TABLE A—REPORTING ESTIMATE OF HOUR BURDEN: SUMMARY OF BURDEN—#0584–0008 Affected public (a) Description of collection activity Respondent type (d) Number responses per respondent (c) Number respondents (b) Form No. (e) Total annual responses (cxd) (f) Hours per response (g) Total burden (exf) Reporting Farms, Business for not for profit. SNAP Retailer, Farmers’ Market, and Meal Service. Applications Received ......... Applications Received ......... E-Authentication .................. 252 .................... 252–E ................ 252–E and FNS– 252–FE. 252–FE .............. 252–2 ................ 252–C ................ ........................... 252–R ................ 1,467 28,556 29,509 1 1 1 1,467 28,556 29,509 0.3167 0.25 0.1336 464.59 7,139 3,942.40 953 571 4,574 40,624 27,703 1 1 1 1 1 953 571 4,574 40,624 27,703 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.0167 0.25 238.25 142.75 1,143.50 678.42 6,925.75 Sub-Total For Farm & Business ........................................................................................................................ Applications Received ......... Applications Received ......... Applications Received ......... Store Visits .......................... Reauthorization .................... 133,957 1 133,957 0.1524872 20,560.69 252–E ................ 252–R ................ 4 0 1 1 4 0 0.3167 0.25 1.26 0 Sub-Total For Federal Respondents .................................................................................................................. 4 1 4 0.3167 1.26 Grand Total Reporting Burden .................................................................................................................... SUMMARY OF BURDEN FOR THIS COLLECTION ............................................................................................... 133,961 133,961 1 1 133,961 133,961 0.153492 0.1534924 20,561.95 20,562 Federal .................................. Military Commissaries ......... Applications Received ......... Reauthorization .................... * Note: the respondents for the 252–E and the 252–FE are the same respondents for e-Authentication and therefore not double counted in the total number of respondents. Pamilyn Miller, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE States’ approaches to SNAP E&T participant assessment, (3) documenting States’ approaches to offering participant reimbursements and other supports, and (4) describing States’ responses to the new case management requirement. Food and Nutrition Service DATES: Agency Information Collection Activities: Survey of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Case Management ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2020–14446 Filed 7–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. 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 collection is a new collection for (1) describing States’ approaches to SNAP E&T case management, (2) providing a comprehensive picture of khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 04:41 Jul 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 Written comments must be received on or before September 4, 2020. Comments may be sent to: Kristen Corey, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314. Comments may also be submitted via email to Kristen Corey at kristen.corey@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. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Kristen Corey at 703–305–2517. 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: Survey of SNAP E&T Case Management. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 40188 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 129 / Monday, July 6, 2020 / Notices Form Number: Not Applicable. OMB Number: 0584–NEW. Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined. Type of Request: New Collection. Abstract: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) requires States to provide case management to all E&T participants. Section 17 [7 U.S.C. 2026] (a)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, provides general legislative authority for the planned data collection. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into contracts with private institutions to undertake research that will help improve the administration and effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in delivering nutritionrelated benefits. Case management in E&T programs for low-income populations has great potential to facilitate positive outcomes for participants, but is one of the least studied aspects of such programs. Participants who receive support in their quest to obtain and maintain jobs that pay livable wages might be more likely to engage in program services and progress toward their employmentrelated goals than those who do not receive such support. Case management involves assessing participants’ skills, interests, strengths, and challenges and using this information to develop an individualized plan for addressing barriers, obtaining skills, and gaining employment. Case managers can also use assessments to help identify which reimbursements participants need to successfully complete E&T activities and succeed in future employment. State SNAP agencies are required to provide participants with reimbursements for necessary and reasonable expenses that directly relate to their participation in SNAP E&T, such as child care and transportation. Case managers can help coordinate these reimbursements, as well as referrals to other services and supports, such as clothing for interviews, mental health services, housing resources, training and education services, and work-based learning opportunities. FNS has promoted providing case management and assessments as a best practice in SNAP E&T programs in recent years, including through guidance to States on how to prepare their annual SNAP E&T plans. Although States have provided varying degrees of case management, FNS lacks in-depth information about case management models and the intensity of services. Section 4005 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (P.L. 115–334) modified the definition of an Employment and Training program in VerDate Sep<11>2014 04:41 Jul 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 the Food and Nutrition Act to require that each State provide case management to all SNAP Employment and Training participants. States also must report on how they will provide case management in their fiscal year (FY) 2020 SNAP E&T State plans. By surveying all 53 State SNAP E&T directors and conducting in-depth case studies of four States, this study will provide FNS a comprehensive picture of case management in SNAP E&T, including how States assess (and reassess) individuals’ needs for specific E&T services and supports, and how States provide participant reimbursements and other support services to mitigate barriers to participating in SNAP E&T activities and seeking and maintaining employment. Findings from the study will inform the development of best practices and lessons learned that FNS can share with all State agencies. This information will be particularly important as FNS continues to work with States to implement high quality SNAP E&T programs and fulfill the new case management program requirement by documenting best practices to inform program guidance. Affected Public: Members of the public affected by the data collection include individuals/Hhouseholds; State and local governments and business not-for-profit or other for-profit agencies administering SNAP E&T programs. The survey will be conducted with State SNAP agency directors and staff. Case studies will be conducted with four of the States, affecting State and local SNAP agency directors and staff, business not-for-profit or other for-profit agencies, and individuals/households. Survey: After survey recruitment, FNS anticipates 100 percent participation from the State government agencies. We will reach out to fifty-three State or territory SNAP directors to complete a survey, and anticipate that all of these SNAP directors will agree to participate in the survey. Each SNAP director may designate up to three staff to complete sections of the survey, accounting for up to an additional 159 State or territory staff participating as respondents (212 survey respondents total 1). This is the highest possible number of survey respondents; FNS expects fewer to participate in the survey. Case studies: FNS will also reach out to eight States to participate in in-depth case studies and expects four to participate. The case studies will 1 The table below counts a total of 216 State government respondents. This figure includes the 212 State government respondents, as well as four additional State government repondents that may participate in the case studies, but not the survey. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 involve semi-structured interviews with program administrators and staff of State SNAP agencies and the local SNAP agencies and businesses or other agencies that provide SNAP E&T services. After recruiting the four State SNAP agencies, FNS expects all selected local SNAP agencies and SNAP providers to participate. The case studies will also include observations of staff-participant interactions during oneon-one case management sessions. FNS expects that approximately 14 percent of individuals/households invited to participate will choose not to participate and oversampled to account for nonresponse. The case studies will also include observations of staff and participants during group case management activities. Respondent groups identified for the survey and case studies include the following: • State Government or territory SNAP director (53 survey respondents, 0 survey nonrespondents, 4 State case study recruitment respondents, 4 State case study recruitment nonrespondents, 4 case study interview respondents, and 0 case study nonrespondents) • State Government or territory SNAP E&T director (53 survey respondents, 4 State case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or State case study interview nonrespondents) • State Government or territory SNAP policy staff (53 survey respondents, 8 State case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or State case study interview nonrespondents) • State Government or territory SNAP financial staff (53 survey respondents, 4 State case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or State case study interview nonrespondents). • Local SNAP office administrator (10 case study respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Local SNAP office supervisor (10 case study respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Local SNAP office frontline staff (30 case study interview respondents, 0 case study interview nonrespondents, 6 case study one-on-one observation participants, 0 case study observation nonrespondents, 4 case study group observation participants, and 0 case study group observation nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider administrators from not for profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider supervisors from not for profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 129 / Monday, July 6, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES • Business—SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from not for profit agencies (15 case study interview respondents, 0 case study interview nonrespondents, 9 case study one-onone observation participants, 0 case study one-on-one observation nonrespondents, 8 case study group observation participants, and 0 case study group observation nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider administrators from business or other for profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business or other for profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business or other for profit agencies (15 case study interview respondents, 0 case study interview nonrespondents, 9 case study one-onone observation participants, and 0 case study one-on-one observation nonrespondents, 8 case study group observation participants, and 0 case study group observation nonrespondents). • Individual/household—SNAP E&T program participants (40 case study oneon-one observation participants, 8 case study one-on-one observation nonrespondents, 200 case study group observation participants, and 0 case study group observation nonrespondents). Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents and nonrespondents is 564. This includes the following: • 53 State or territory SNAP directors will be asked to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey instrument) and 8 of whom will participate in a case study recruitment call (50 percent of whom will then participate in a semi-structured interview). • 53 State or territory SNAP E&T directors will be asked to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey instrument; 4 of VerDate Sep<11>2014 04:41 Jul 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 whom will participate in a semistructured interview). • 53 State or territory SNAP policy staff will be asked to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey instrument; 8 of whom will participate in a semistructured interview). • 53 State or territory SNAP financial staff will be asked to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey instrument; 4 of whom will participate in a semistructured interview). • 10 local SNAP office administrators will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 10 local SNAP office supervisors will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 30 local SNAP office frontline staff will participate in a semi-structured interview (6 of whom will participate in one-on-one observations and four of whom will participate in group observations). • 5 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business not for profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview (FNS anticipates 100 percent participation from all business for or not for profit). • 5 SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business not for profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 15 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business not for profit agencies will participate in a semistructured interview (9 of whom will participate in one-on-one observations and eight of whom will participate in group observations). • 5 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business or other for profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 5 SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business or other for profit agencies will participate in a semistructured interview. • 15 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business or other for profit agencies will participate in a semistructured interview (9 of whom will participate in one-on-one observations PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40189 and eight of whom will participate in group observations). • 48 SNAP E&T participants (Individuals/households) will be asked to participate in a one-on-one observation (approximately 40 will go on to participate, that is about 83 percent of whom will agree to participate) and 8 will not go on to fully participate. In addition, 200 SNAP E&T participants will be asked to participate in a group observation. FNS expects 100 percent will go on to participate. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.5531914894. Each respondent completing a survey section will do so only once. State SNAP directors recruited for the case studies will each participate in one recruitment phone call. Each case study interview respondent will participate in one semi-structured interview. Staff participating in observations will participate in up to two observations each. SNAP E&T participants participating in observations will participate in one observation each. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 876. Estimated Time per Response: 0.6198630137. The estimated time of response varies from 0.13 to 1.00 hours (8 to 60 minutes) depending on respondent group and activity, as shown in the table below, with an average estimated time of 0.62 hours (37.4 minutes) for all responses. The average estimated time is calculated by dividing the 538.20 estimated total hours for responses in the table below by the 864 total estimated responses. The estimated average time for the non-respondent is 0.47 for all non-responses. The average estimated time is calculated by dividing the 5.60 estimated total hours for nonrespondents in the table below by the 12 total estimated non-responses. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 543 hours. See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent by data collection activity including the nonresponses. 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[FR Doc No: 2020-14445]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Survey of Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Case 
Management

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 collection is a new 
collection for (1) describing States' approaches to SNAP E&T case 
management, (2) providing a comprehensive picture of States' approaches 
to SNAP E&T participant assessment, (3) documenting States' approaches 
to offering participant reimbursements and other supports, and (4) 
describing States' responses to the new case management requirement.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 4, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Kristen Corey, USDA Food and 
Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support, 1320 Braddock Place, 
Alexandria, VA 22314. Comments may also be submitted via email to 
Kristen Corey at [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 Kristen 
Corey at 703-305-2517.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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: Survey of SNAP E&T Case Management.

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    Form Number: Not Applicable.
    OMB Number: 0584-NEW.
    Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined.
    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Abstract: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) 
requires States to provide case management to all E&T participants. 
Section 17 [7 U.S.C. 2026] (a)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 
2008, as amended, provides general legislative authority for the 
planned data collection. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to 
enter into contracts with private institutions to undertake research 
that will help improve the administration and effectiveness of the 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in delivering 
nutrition-related benefits. Case management in E&T programs for low-
income populations has great potential to facilitate positive outcomes 
for participants, but is one of the least studied aspects of such 
programs. Participants who receive support in their quest to obtain and 
maintain jobs that pay livable wages might be more likely to engage in 
program services and progress toward their employment-related goals 
than those who do not receive such support. Case management involves 
assessing participants' skills, interests, strengths, and challenges 
and using this information to develop an individualized plan for 
addressing barriers, obtaining skills, and gaining employment. Case 
managers can also use assessments to help identify which reimbursements 
participants need to successfully complete E&T activities and succeed 
in future employment. State SNAP agencies are required to provide 
participants with reimbursements for necessary and reasonable expenses 
that directly relate to their participation in SNAP E&T, such as child 
care and transportation. Case managers can help coordinate these 
reimbursements, as well as referrals to other services and supports, 
such as clothing for interviews, mental health services, housing 
resources, training and education services, and work-based learning 
opportunities. FNS has promoted providing case management and 
assessments as a best practice in SNAP E&T programs in recent years, 
including through guidance to States on how to prepare their annual 
SNAP E&T plans. Although States have provided varying degrees of case 
management, FNS lacks in-depth information about case management models 
and the intensity of services. Section 4005 of the Agriculture 
Improvement Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-334) modified the definition of an 
Employment and Training program in the Food and Nutrition Act to 
require that each State provide case management to all SNAP Employment 
and Training participants. States also must report on how they will 
provide case management in their fiscal year (FY) 2020 SNAP E&T State 
plans.
    By surveying all 53 State SNAP E&T directors and conducting in-
depth case studies of four States, this study will provide FNS a 
comprehensive picture of case management in SNAP E&T, including how 
States assess (and reassess) individuals' needs for specific E&T 
services and supports, and how States provide participant 
reimbursements and other support services to mitigate barriers to 
participating in SNAP E&T activities and seeking and maintaining 
employment. Findings from the study will inform the development of best 
practices and lessons learned that FNS can share with all State 
agencies. This information will be particularly important as FNS 
continues to work with States to implement high quality SNAP E&T 
programs and fulfill the new case management program requirement by 
documenting best practices to inform program guidance.
    Affected Public: Members of the public affected by the data 
collection include individuals/Hhouseholds; State and local governments 
and business not-for-profit or other for-profit agencies administering 
SNAP E&T programs. The survey will be conducted with State SNAP agency 
directors and staff. Case studies will be conducted with four of the 
States, affecting State and local SNAP agency directors and staff, 
business not-for-profit or other for-profit agencies, and individuals/
households.
    Survey: After survey recruitment, FNS anticipates 100 percent 
participation from the State government agencies. We will reach out to 
fifty-three State or territory SNAP directors to complete a survey, and 
anticipate that all of these SNAP directors will agree to participate 
in the survey. Each SNAP director may designate up to three staff to 
complete sections of the survey, accounting for up to an additional 159 
State or territory staff participating as respondents (212 survey 
respondents total \1\). This is the highest possible number of survey 
respondents; FNS expects fewer to participate in the survey.
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    \1\ The table below counts a total of 216 State government 
respondents. This figure includes the 212 State government 
respondents, as well as four additional State government repondents 
that may participate in the case studies, but not the survey.
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    Case studies: FNS will also reach out to eight States to 
participate in in-depth case studies and expects four to participate. 
The case studies will involve semi-structured interviews with program 
administrators and staff of State SNAP agencies and the local SNAP 
agencies and businesses or other agencies that provide SNAP E&T 
services. After recruiting the four State SNAP agencies, FNS expects 
all selected local SNAP agencies and SNAP providers to participate. The 
case studies will also include observations of staff-participant 
interactions during one-on-one case management sessions. FNS expects 
that approximately 14 percent of individuals/households invited to 
participate will choose not to participate and oversampled to account 
for nonresponse. The case studies will also include observations of 
staff and participants during group case management activities.
    Respondent groups identified for the survey and case studies 
include the following:
     State Government or territory SNAP director (53 survey 
respondents, 0 survey nonrespondents, 4 State case study recruitment 
respondents, 4 State case study recruitment nonrespondents, 4 case 
study interview respondents, and 0 case study nonrespondents)
     State Government or territory SNAP E&T director (53 survey 
respondents, 4 State case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or 
State case study interview nonrespondents)
     State Government or territory SNAP policy staff (53 survey 
respondents, 8 State case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or 
State case study interview nonrespondents)
     State Government or territory SNAP financial staff (53 
survey respondents, 4 State case study interview respondents, and 0 
survey or State case study interview nonrespondents).
     Local SNAP office administrator (10 case study respondents 
and 0 case study interview nonrespondents).
     Local SNAP office supervisor (10 case study respondents 
and 0 case study interview nonrespondents).
     Local SNAP office frontline staff (30 case study interview 
respondents, 0 case study interview nonrespondents, 6 case study one-
on-one observation participants, 0 case study observation 
nonrespondents, 4 case study group observation participants, and 0 case 
study group observation nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider administrators from not for 
profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 case study 
interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider supervisors from not for 
profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 case study 
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     Business--SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from not for 
profit agencies (15 case study interview respondents, 0 case study 
interview nonrespondents, 9 case study one-on-one observation 
participants, 0 case study one-on-one observation nonrespondents, 8 
case study group observation participants, and 0 case study group 
observation nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider administrators from business 
or other for profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 
case study interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business or 
other for profit agencies (5 case study interview respondents and 0 
case study interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business 
or other for profit agencies (15 case study interview respondents, 0 
case study interview nonrespondents, 9 case study one-on-one 
observation participants, and 0 case study one-on-one observation 
nonrespondents, 8 case study group observation participants, and 0 case 
study group observation nonrespondents).
     Individual/household--SNAP E&T program participants (40 
case study one-on-one observation participants, 8 case study one-on-one 
observation non-respondents, 200 case study group observation 
participants, and 0 case study group observation nonrespondents).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents and nonrespondents is 564. This includes the following:
     53 State or territory SNAP directors will be asked to 
complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey 
instrument) and 8 of whom will participate in a case study recruitment 
call (50 percent of whom will then participate in a semi-structured 
interview).
     53 State or territory SNAP E&T directors will be asked to 
complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey 
instrument; 4 of whom will participate in a semi-structured interview).
     53 State or territory SNAP policy staff will be asked to 
complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey 
instrument; 8 of whom will participate in a semi-structured interview).
     53 State or territory SNAP financial staff will be asked 
to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey 
instrument; 4 of whom will participate in a semi-structured interview).
     10 local SNAP office administrators will participate in a 
semi-structured interview.
     10 local SNAP office supervisors will participate in a 
semi-structured interview.
     30 local SNAP office frontline staff will participate in a 
semi-structured interview (6 of whom will participate in one-on-one 
observations and four of whom will participate in group observations).
     5 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business not for 
profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview (FNS 
anticipates 100 percent participation from all business for or not for 
profit).
     5 SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business not for 
profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     15 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business not for 
profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview (9 of 
whom will participate in one-on-one observations and eight of whom will 
participate in group observations).
     5 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business or other 
for profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     5 SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business or other for 
profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     15 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business or 
other for profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured 
interview (9 of whom will participate in one-on-one observations and 
eight of whom will participate in group observations).
     48 SNAP E&T participants (Individuals/households) will be 
asked to participate in a one-on-one observation (approximately 40 will 
go on to participate, that is about 83 percent of whom will agree to 
participate) and 8 will not go on to fully participate. In addition, 
200 SNAP E&T participants will be asked to participate in a group 
observation. FNS expects 100 percent will go on to participate.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.5531914894.
    Each respondent completing a survey section will do so only once. 
State SNAP directors recruited for the case studies will each 
participate in one recruitment phone call. Each case study interview 
respondent will participate in one semi-structured interview. Staff 
participating in observations will participate in up to two 
observations each. SNAP E&T participants participating in observations 
will participate in one observation each.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 876.
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.6198630137.
    The estimated time of response varies from 0.13 to 1.00 hours (8 to 
60 minutes) depending on respondent group and activity, as shown in the 
table below, with an average estimated time of 0.62 hours (37.4 
minutes) for all responses. The average estimated time is calculated by 
dividing the 538.20 estimated total hours for responses in the table 
below by the 864 total estimated responses. The estimated average time 
for the non-respondent is 0.47 for all non-responses. The average 
estimated time is calculated by dividing the 5.60 estimated total hours 
for non-respondents in the table below by the 12 total estimated non-
responses.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 543 hours. See the 
table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of 
respondent by data collection activity including the non-responses.

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Pamilyn Miller,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-14445 Filed 7-2-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-30-P