Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures, 27364-27365 [2021-10634]

Download as PDF 27364 Notices Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 96 Thursday, May 20, 2021 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. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request May 17, 2021. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to 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; and 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 June 21, 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 May 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 displays a currently valid OMB control number. Rural Housing Service Title: 7 CFR 1901–E, Civil Rights Compliance Requirements. OMB Control Number: 0575–0018. Summary of Collection: Rural Development (RD) is required to provide Federal financial assistance through its farmer, housing, and community and business programs on an equal opportunity basis. The laws implemented in 7 CFR 1901–E, require the recipients of Rural Development’s Federal financial assistance to collect various types of information by race, color, and national origin. Need and Use of the Information: RD will use the information to monitor a recipient’s compliance with the civil rights laws, and to determine whether or not service and benefits are being provided to beneficiaries on an equal opportunity basis. This information is made available to USDA officials, officials of other Federal agencies and to Congress for reporting purposes. Without the required information, RD and its recipient will lack the necessary documentation to demonstrate that their programs are being administered in a nondiscriminatory manner and in full compliance with the civil rights laws. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households; Not-forprofit institutions; Business or other forprofit; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 27,000. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 436,779. Levi S. Harrell, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–10632 Filed 5–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2021–0024] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the protection of endangered species of terrestrial plants and for procedures related to the forfeiture of plants or other property. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 19, 2021. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS– 2021–0024 in the Search field. Select the Documents tab, then select the Comment button in the list of documents. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2021–0024, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at www.regulations.gov or in our reading room, which is located in room 1620 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations to protect endangered species of terrestrial plants and forfeiture procedures, contact Dr. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 96 / Thursday, May 20, 2021 / Notices John Veremis, National CITES Director, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737–1236; (301) 851–2347. For information on the information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483; joseph.moxey@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures. OMB Control Number: 0579–0076. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for enforcing provisions of the Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that pertain to the importation, exportation, or reexportation of plants. As part of this mission, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administers the regulations in 7 CFR part 355, ‘‘Endangered Species Regulations Concerning Terrestrial Plants.’’ In accordance with these regulations, any entity wishing to engage in the business of importing, exporting, or reexporting terrestrial plants listed in the CITES regulations at 50 CFR 17.12 or 23.23 must obtain a protected plant permit from APHIS. Such entities include importers, exporters, or reexporters who sell, barter, collect, or otherwise exchange or acquire terrestrial plants as a livelihood or enterprise engaged in for gain or profit. The requirement does not apply to persons engaged in business merely as carriers or customhouse brokers. To obtain a protected plant permit, entities must complete an application and submit it to APHIS for approval. When a permit has been issued, the plants covered by the permit may be imported into the United States, exported, or reexported, provided they are accompanied by documentation required by the regulations and all other conditions of the regulations are met. Effectively regulating entities who are engaged in the business of importing, exporting, or reexporting endangered species of terrestrial plants requires the use of this application process, as well as the use of other information collection activities including, but not limited to, appealing the denial of a permit; marking containers used for the importation, exportation, or reexportation of the plants; notifying VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 May 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 APHIS of the impending importation, exportation, or reexportation of the plants; validating documents; creating and maintaining records of importation, exportation, and reexportation; and submitting related reports from records required to be maintained. APHIS also administers regulations at 7 CFR part 356, ‘‘Forfeiture Procedures,’’ which sets out procedures for the forfeiture of plants or other property by entities found to be in violation of the Endangered Species Act or the Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.). Entities whose property is subject to forfeiture may file with APHIS a waiver of forfeiture procedures, a claim, a request for return of property, or petition for remission or mitigation of forfeiture. The information provided by these information collection activities is critical to APHIS’ ability to carry out its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act. These responsibilities include monitoring importation, exportation, and reexportation activities involving endangered species of plants, as well as the investigation of possible violations and the forfeiture of plants or other property. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate 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; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.084 hours per response. Respondents: U.S. importers and exporters of endangered species of terrestrial plants. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27365 Estimated annual number of respondents: 1,097. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 147. Estimated annual number of responses: 161,434. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 13,499 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 14th day of May 2021. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2021–10634 Filed 5–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service [Docket # RBS–21–BUSINESS–0014] Notice of Reserved Funding for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA (Rural Development). ACTION: Notice of funding availability. AGENCY: The Rural-Business Cooperative Service (the Agency) announces the availability of funds in the total amount of $2 million reserved for projects located in rural coastal communities, with priority given to National Scenic Areas that were devastated by wildfires that are in need of economic development assistance, to support innovation and job growth. All applicants are responsible for any expenses incurred in developing their applications. SUMMARY: Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located. For projects involving multiple states, the application must be filed in the Rural Development State Office where the Applicant is located. Applications may be submitted in paper or electronic format to the appropriate Rural Development State Office and must be received by 4:30 p.m. local time July 6, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to contact their respective Rural Development State Office for an email contact to submit an electronic application prior to the submission DATES: E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 96 (Thursday, May 20, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27364-27365]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-10634]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2021-0024]


Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture 
Procedures

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information 
collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection associated with the regulations for the 
protection of endangered species of terrestrial plants and for 
procedures related to the forfeiture of plants or other property.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 
19, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. 
Enter APHIS-2021-0024 in the Search field. Select the Documents tab, 
then select the Comment button in the list of documents.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2021-0024, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at www.regulations.gov or in our reading room, which is 
located in room 1620 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure 
someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations to 
protect endangered species of terrestrial plants and forfeiture 
procedures, contact Dr.

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John Veremis, National CITES Director, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 851-2347. For information on 
the information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS' Paperwork 
Reduction Act Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483; [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0076.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is 
responsible for enforcing provisions of the Act and the Convention on 
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 
(CITES) that pertain to the importation, exportation, or reexportation 
of plants.
    As part of this mission, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) administers the regulations in 7 CFR part 355, 
``Endangered Species Regulations Concerning Terrestrial Plants.'' In 
accordance with these regulations, any entity wishing to engage in the 
business of importing, exporting, or reexporting terrestrial plants 
listed in the CITES regulations at 50 CFR 17.12 or 23.23 must obtain a 
protected plant permit from APHIS. Such entities include importers, 
exporters, or reexporters who sell, barter, collect, or otherwise 
exchange or acquire terrestrial plants as a livelihood or enterprise 
engaged in for gain or profit. The requirement does not apply to 
persons engaged in business merely as carriers or customhouse brokers.
    To obtain a protected plant permit, entities must complete an 
application and submit it to APHIS for approval. When a permit has been 
issued, the plants covered by the permit may be imported into the 
United States, exported, or reexported, provided they are accompanied 
by documentation required by the regulations and all other conditions 
of the regulations are met.
    Effectively regulating entities who are engaged in the business of 
importing, exporting, or reexporting endangered species of terrestrial 
plants requires the use of this application process, as well as the use 
of other information collection activities including, but not limited 
to, appealing the denial of a permit; marking containers used for the 
importation, exportation, or reexportation of the plants; notifying 
APHIS of the impending importation, exportation, or reexportation of 
the plants; validating documents; creating and maintaining records of 
importation, exportation, and reexportation; and submitting related 
reports from records required to be maintained.
    APHIS also administers regulations at 7 CFR part 356, ``Forfeiture 
Procedures,'' which sets out procedures for the forfeiture of plants or 
other property by entities found to be in violation of the Endangered 
Species Act or the Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.). Entities whose 
property is subject to forfeiture may file with APHIS a waiver of 
forfeiture procedures, a claim, a request for return of property, or 
petition for remission or mitigation of forfeiture.
    The information provided by these information collection activities 
is critical to APHIS' ability to carry out its responsibilities under 
the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act. These responsibilities 
include monitoring importation, exportation, and reexportation 
activities involving endangered species of plants, as well as the 
investigation of possible violations and the forfeiture of plants or 
other property.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities, as described, for 
an additional 3 years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate 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;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.084 hours per response.
    Respondents: U.S. importers and exporters of endangered species of 
terrestrial plants.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 1,097.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 147.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 161,434.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 13,499 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
response.)
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 14th day of May 2021.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-10634 Filed 5-19-21; 8:45 am]
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