Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 78988-78989 [2020-26882]

Download as PDF 78988 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 236 Tuesday, December 8, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. USDA. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Notice. SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the designation of Amarillo Grain Exchange, Inc. (Amarillo) to provide Class X or Class Y weighing services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended. DATES: Effective July 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Austyn Hughes, (816) 891–0456 or FGISQACD@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the December 12, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 89428), AMS announced the designation of Amarillo to provide official services under the USGSA, effective October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2021. Subsequently, Amarillo asked AMS to amend their designation to include official weighing services. The USGSA authorizes the Secretary to designate authority to perform official weighing to an agency providing official inspection services within a specified geographic area, if such agency is qualified under 7 U.S.C. 79. Under 7 U.S.C. 79(a), AMS evaluated information regarding the designation criteria in section 7 U.S.C. 79 and determined that Amarillo is qualified to provide official weighing services in their currently assigned geographic area. Therefore, Amarillo’s designation is amended to include Class X or Class Y weighing within their assigned geographic area, effective July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. Interested persons may obtain official services by contacting Amarillo at (806) 372–8511. Jkt 253001 Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, 17:19 Dec 07, 2020 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Designation of Amarillo Grain Exchange, Inc. To provide Class X or Class Y Weighing Services VerDate Sep<11>2014 BILLING CODE P [Doc. No. AMS–FGIS–20–0080] Agricultural Marketing Service ACTION: [FR Doc. 2020–26881 Filed 12–7–20; 8:45 am] Agricultural Marketing Service DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCY: Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71–87k. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve a 3-year extension of a currently approved information collection for the ‘‘Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) and under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA).’’ This approval is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Comments on this notice must be received by February 8, 2021 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice by using the electronic process available at www.regulations gov. All comments should reference the docket number (same number as above assigned by Originating Program), the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided, at www.regulations.gov and will be included in the record and made available to the public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Gregory J. Giese USDA AMS; Telephone: (816) 867–2451; Email: Gregory.J.Giese@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress enacted the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) (7 U.S.C. 71– 87k) and the Agricultural Marketing Act DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (AMA) (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627) to facilitate the marketing of grain, oilseeds, pulses, rice, and related commodities. These statutes provide for the establishment of standards and terms which accurately and consistently measure the quality of grain and related products, provide for uniform official inspection and weighing, provide regulatory and service responsibilities, and furnish the framework for commodity quality improvement incentives to both domestic and foreign buyers. AMS’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) establishes policies, guidelines, and regulations to carry out the objectives of the USGSA and the AMA. Regulations appear at 7 CFR 800, 801, and 802 for the USGSA and 7 CFR 868 for the AMA. The USGSA, with few exceptions, requires official inspection of export grain sold by grade. Official services are provided, upon request, for grain in domestic commerce. The AMA authorizes similar inspection and weighing services, upon request, for rice, pulses, flour, corn meal, and certain other agricultural products. Conversely, the regulations promulgated under the USGSA and the AMA require specific information collection and recordkeeping necessary to carry out requests for official services. Applicants for official services must specify the kind and level of service, the identification of the product, the location, the amount, and other pertinent information in order that official personnel can efficiently respond to their needs. Official services under the USGSA are provided through FGIS field offices and delegated and/or designated State and private agencies. Delegated agencies are State agencies delegated authority under the USGSA to provide official inspection service, Class X or Class Y weighing services, or both, at one or more export port locations in the State. Designated agencies are State or local governmental agencies or persons designated under the USGSA to provide official inspection services, Class X or Class Y weighing services, or both, at locations other than export port locations. State and private agencies, as a requirement for delegation and/or designation, must comply with all regulations, procedures, and instructions in accordance with provisions established under the USGSA. FGIS field offices oversee the E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 236 / Tuesday, December 8, 2020 / Notices performance of these agencies and provide technical guidance as needed. Official services under the AMA are performed, upon request, on a fee basis for domestic and export shipments either by FGIS employees, individual contractors, or cooperators. Contractors are persons who enter into a contract with FGIS to perform specified sampling and inspection services. Cooperators are agencies or departments of the Federal Government which have an interagency agreement, State agencies, or other entities which have a reimbursable agreement with FGIS. Title: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements (United States Grain Standards Act and Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946). OMB Number: 0581–0309. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2021. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The USGSA and the AMA authorize USDA to inspect, certify and identify the class, quality, quantity and condition of agricultural products shipped or received in interstate and foreign commerce. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting and record keeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .13 hours per response. Respondents: Grain producers, buyers, and sellers, elevator operators, grain merchandisers, and official grain inspection agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,666. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 143. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 161,614 hours. As required by the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) and its implementing regulations (5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(i)), AMS specifically requests comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Dec 07, 2020 Jkt 253001 for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–26882 Filed 12–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request December 3, 2020. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments are requested regarding: Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; 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 regarding this information collection received by January 7, 2021 will be considered. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Rural Utilities Service Title: 7 CFR part 1738 Rural Broadband Loans, Loan/Grant Combinations, and Loan Guarantees. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78989 OMB Control Number: 0572–0154. Summary of Collection: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), is authorized by Title VI, Rural Broadband Access, of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended (RE Act), to provide loans, loan/grant combinations and loan guarantees to fund the cost of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment for the provision of broadband service in eligible rural areas in the States and Territories of the United States. 7 CFR part 1738 prescribes the types of loans available, facilities financed, and eligible applicants, as well as minimum equity requirements to be considered for a loan. In addition, 7 CFR part 1738 outlines the process through which RUS will consider applicants under the priority consideration required in Title VI. The term of the loan or loan/grant combination is based on the expected composite economic life based on the depreciation rates of the facilities financed. The term of the loan or loan/ grant combination can be as high as 35 years. These loans are secured by a first lien on the borrower’s broadband system. In the interest of protecting loan security and accomplishing the statutory objective of a sound program of rural broadband service access, Title VI of the RE Act further requires that RUS make or guarantee a loan only if there is reasonable assurance that the loan, together with all outstanding loans and obligations of the borrower, will be repaid in full within the time agreed; the information gathered in this collection will help RUS determine that reasonable assurance. This package will replace 0572–0130 and incorporates all the new requirements from the 2018 Farm Bill. This package also covers the Public Notice requirements for the telecommunication infrastructure and the Community Connect program. All other burden associated with those two programs will remain under their current packages. Need and Use of the Information: The information in the program application guide—RUS Bulletin 1738–1 provides applicants with needed information, definitions and details for completing and submitting an application. The information in the application will be used to determine: Applicant eligibility, availability of broadband service for priority consideration, technical and economic feasibility of the proposed project (that the funds requested are adequate to complete the project taking into consideration any additional funding provided by the applicant and that the loan can be repaid within the E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FGIS-20-0080]


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: This notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's 
(AMS) intention to request that the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) approve a 3-year extension of a currently approved information 
collection for the ``Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements under the 
United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) and under the Agricultural 
Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA).'' This approval is required under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 8, 2021 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this notice by using the electronic process available at 
www.regulations gov. All comments should reference the docket number 
(same number as above assigned by Originating Program), the date, and 
the page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments 
received will be posted without change, including any personal 
information provided, at www.regulations.gov and will be included in 
the record and made available to the public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Gregory J. Giese USDA AMS; 
Telephone: (816) 867-2451; Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress enacted the United States Grain 
Standards Act (USGSA) (7 U.S.C. 71-87k) and the Agricultural Marketing 
Act (AMA) (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627) to facilitate the marketing of grain, 
oilseeds, pulses, rice, and related commodities. These statutes provide 
for the establishment of standards and terms which accurately and 
consistently measure the quality of grain and related products, provide 
for uniform official inspection and weighing, provide regulatory and 
service responsibilities, and furnish the framework for commodity 
quality improvement incentives to both domestic and foreign buyers. 
AMS's Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) establishes policies, 
guidelines, and regulations to carry out the objectives of the USGSA 
and the AMA. Regulations appear at 7 CFR 800, 801, and 802 for the 
USGSA and 7 CFR 868 for the AMA.
    The USGSA, with few exceptions, requires official inspection of 
export grain sold by grade. Official services are provided, upon 
request, for grain in domestic commerce. The AMA authorizes similar 
inspection and weighing services, upon request, for rice, pulses, 
flour, corn meal, and certain other agricultural products. Conversely, 
the regulations promulgated under the USGSA and the AMA require 
specific information collection and recordkeeping necessary to carry 
out requests for official services. Applicants for official services 
must specify the kind and level of service, the identification of the 
product, the location, the amount, and other pertinent information in 
order that official personnel can efficiently respond to their needs.
    Official services under the USGSA are provided through FGIS field 
offices and delegated and/or designated State and private agencies. 
Delegated agencies are State agencies delegated authority under the 
USGSA to provide official inspection service, Class X or Class Y 
weighing services, or both, at one or more export port locations in the 
State. Designated agencies are State or local governmental agencies or 
persons designated under the USGSA to provide official inspection 
services, Class X or Class Y weighing services, or both, at locations 
other than export port locations. State and private agencies, as a 
requirement for delegation and/or designation, must comply with all 
regulations, procedures, and instructions in accordance with provisions 
established under the USGSA. FGIS field offices oversee the

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performance of these agencies and provide technical guidance as needed.
    Official services under the AMA are performed, upon request, on a 
fee basis for domestic and export shipments either by FGIS employees, 
individual contractors, or cooperators. Contractors are persons who 
enter into a contract with FGIS to perform specified sampling and 
inspection services. Cooperators are agencies or departments of the 
Federal Government which have an interagency agreement, State agencies, 
or other entities which have a reimbursable agreement with FGIS.
    Title: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements (United States 
Grain Standards Act and Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946).
    OMB Number: 0581-0309.
    Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2021.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The USGSA and the AMA authorize USDA to inspect, certify 
and identify the class, quality, quantity and condition of agricultural 
products shipped or received in interstate and foreign commerce.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting and record keeping burden for 
this collection of information is estimated to average .13 hours per 
response.
    Respondents: Grain producers, buyers, and sellers, elevator 
operators, grain merchandisers, and official grain inspection agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,666.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 143.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 161,614 hours.
    As required by the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) and its 
implementing regulations (5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(i)), AMS specifically 
requests comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including 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. 2020-26882 Filed 12-7-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE P