Agency Information Collection Activities: Assessing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participants' Fitness for Work, 40454-40461 [2021-15912]

Download as PDF 40454 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 28, 2021 / Notices Timothy English, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2021–15916 Filed 7–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Assessing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participants’ Fitness for Work Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 is a new collection for: (1) Documenting the policies and guidelines used for making fitness for work determinations by all 53 State Agencies, which include the States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam; (2) describing the process State Agencies use for making fitness for work determinations; (3) determining any general patterns and trends in fitness for work and good cause determinations within and across four case study States; and (4) determining how closely caseworkers follow the States’ fitness for work and good cause determination policies and requirements and the challenges they face in applying the policy in four case study States. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 27, 2021. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Eric Sean Williams, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703–305–2640. Comments may also be submitted via email to eric.williams@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. 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jul 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: Assessing SNAP Participants’ Fitness for Work. Form Number: Not Applicable. OMB Number: 0584–NEW. Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined. Type of Request: New Collection. Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 requires that Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) participants between the ages 16 and 59 to meet certain work requirements, unless they are exempt or show good cause as to why they cannot work. Whether a participant is required to meet these work requirements is based upon a SNAP eligibility worker (caseworker) making a determination whether an individual is exempt from these work requirements, including a determination whether the individual is physically or mentally unfit for work. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) offers general guidance and States develop their own policies and procedures with little input from FNS. States are given a great degree of latitude in making determinations regarding unfitness for work exemptions. FNS has contracted with MEF Associates and its subcontractor, Mathematica, to conduct a study to better understand how States determine whether individuals are exempted from work requirements or have good cause for not meeting work requirements due to a physical or mental limitation. By surveying all 53 State SNAP Agencies, which include the States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, and conducting in-depth case studies of four States, this study will provide FNS with valuable insights into how States develop and implement policies and procedures for making fitness for work determinations. This information can help FNS assess States’ needs for technical assistance around fitness for work issues and identify lessons learned to share across all State SNAP Agencies. Affected Public: Members of the public affected by the data collection PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 include individuals and households, State and local governments, and business, not-for-profit, or other forprofit Agencies administering SNAP E&T programs. Survey: After survey recruitment, FNS anticipates 100 percent participation from the State government Agencies. We will reach out to 53 State or territory SNAP directors to complete a survey and anticipate that all 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 an additional 159 State or territory staff participating as respondents (212 survey respondents total). This is the highest possible number of survey respondents; FNS expects fewer to participate in the survey. Case Studies: FNS will reach out to a maximum of six States Agencies 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, local offices, and businesses or other agencies that provide SNAP E&T services. After recruiting the four state SNAP agencies, FNS expects two selected local SNAP agencies and two local SNAP E&T providers to participate in each State. The case studies will also include observations of staff-participant interactions during eligibility interviews. The eligibility interviews that will be observed will not be recorded and no personally identifiable information will be recorded during the observations. FNS expects that approximately 25 percent of individuals/households invited to participate will choose not to participate and oversampled to account for nonresponse. Respondent groups identified for the survey and case studies include the following: • State Agency SNAP Directors (53 survey respondents, 0 survey nonrespondents, 4 case study recruitment respondents, 2 case study recruitment nonrespondents, 4 case study interview respondents, and 0 case study nonrespondents). • State Agency SNAP policy staff (159 survey respondents, 24 case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or case study nonrespondents). • Local SNAP office administrator (8 case study respondents and 0 case study nonrespondents). • Local SNAP office supervisor (8 case study respondents and 0 case study nonrespondents). • Local SNAP office frontline staff (64 case study interview respondents and 0 E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 28, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES case study interview nonrespondents, 8 case study one-on-one observation participants, 0 case study observation nonparticipants). • Business—SNAP E&T provider administrators from business or other for profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business or other for profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business or other for profit agencies (32 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider administrators from not for profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider supervisors from not for profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Business—SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from not for profit agencies (32 case study interview respondents and 0 case study interview nonrespondents). • Individual/household—SNAP applicants (24 case study one-on-one observation participants, 6 case study one-on-one observation nonrespondents). Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 408. This includes: • 53 State or territory SNAP directors will be asked to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey instrument) and a max of 6 of whom will participate in a case study VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jul 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 recruitment call (75 percent of whom will then participate in a semistructured interview). • 159 State or territory SNAP policy staff will be asked to complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey instrument; 24 of whom will participate in a semistructured interview). • 8 local SNAP office administrators will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 8 local SNAP office supervisors will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 64 local SNAP office frontline staff will participate in a semi-structured interview (8 of whom will participate in one-on-one observations). • 4 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business not-forprofit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 4 SNAP E&T supervisors from business not-for-profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 32 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business not-for-profit agencies will participate in a semistructured interview. • 4 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business or other for-profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 4 SNAP E&T supervisors from business or other for-profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview. • 32 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business or other for-profit agencies will participate in a semistructured interview. • 30 SNAP applicants (individuals/ households) will be asked to participate in one-on-one observation (24 will go on PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40455 to participate and 6 will not go on to fully participate). Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.2425. 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 call. Each case study interview respondent will participate in one semi-structured interview. Staff participating in observations will participate in one observation. SNAP applicants participating in observations will participate in one observation each. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 497. Estimated Time per Response: 0.622 hours. The estimated time of response varies from 0.1667 to 4 hours (10 minutes to 240 minutes) depending on the respondent group and activity, as shown in the table below, with an average estimated time of 0.622 hours (37 minutes) for all responses. The average estimated time is calculated by dividing the 329 estimated total hours for responses in the table below by the 497 total estimated responses. The estimated average time for the non-respondent is 0.4 hours (24 minutes) for all nonresponses. The average estimated time is calculated by dividing the 3.2 estimated total hours for non-respondents in the table below by the 8 total estimated nonresponses. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 332 hours. See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent by data collection activity including the nonresponses. BILLING CODE 3410–30–P E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Category Type of Activities Respondent Nonresponsive ,__ Sample ~ "'0 = Size ~ "' ~ "' .... 0 Jkt 253001 '"' ..c ~ 8 z= ....~ -= = "' ~ "0 0 0 O" '"' E-< = ~ = "' ~ ~ = = -<= -; ~ ~ r,.;. 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Therefore, the counts of unique individuals only include the up to four individuals from each of 53 States and territories not participating in the survey. 2Local SNAP office frontline staff participating in site visit observations are a subset of the staff members participating in site visit interviews. Therefore, the counts of unique individuals only include the staff participating in interviews. EN28JY21.008</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 28, 2021 / Notices 17:16 Jul 27, 2021 Respondent 40460 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Responsive Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 28, 2021 / Notices Timothy English, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. evaluation and recommendation to implement the new recreation fee. Reasonable fees, paid by users of these sites and services, will help ensure that the Grasslands can continue maintaining and improving recreation sites for future generations. A market analysis of surrounding recreation sites with similar amenities indicates that the proposed fees are comparable and reasonable. [FR Doc. 2021–15912 Filed 7–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Proposed New Fee Site Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of new fee site. AGENCY: The Dakota Prairie Grasslands will be implementing a new $10 expanded amenity recreation fee for overnight camping at Coal Creek campground, described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION of this notice. The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VII, Pub. L. 108–447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a six-month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fees are established. SUMMARY: The new fee will be implemented no earlier than six months following the publication of this notice, approximately January 28, 2022. ADDRESSES: Dakota Prairie Grasslands, 2000 Miriam Circle, Bismarck, ND 58501 DATES: Jeff Ward, Regional Recreation Business Program Manager at 406–329–3587 or jeffrey.p.ward@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Coal Creek campground was constructed in 2014 to be ADA-accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act). It has two vault toilets, a solar-power potable water well, campfire rings, level parking pads with barriers, and a newly constructed trailhead with access to the popular Maah Daah Hey Trail. Fees are based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment, and public comment. Funds collected from the new fee will be used for continued operation, maintenance, and future capital improvements. This new fee aligns the campground with other sites offering similar amenities and services. This fee proposal was vetted through the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region public involvement process which included announcement of the proposal in local and regional media outlets, on the Forest internet and social media sites, and briefing of federal and local elected officials. The results of these efforts were presented to the local Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jul 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 Dated: July 23, 2021. Jennifer Eberlien, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2021–16026 Filed 7–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Boundary Establishment for Sturgeon National Wild and Scenic River, Ottawa National Forest, Baraga and Houghton Counties, Michigan Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. 40461 Yates Building, 201 14th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, phone (800) 832–1355; Eastern Regional Office, 626 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, phone (414) 297–3600; and Ottawa National Forest Supervisor’s Office, E6248 US2, Ironwood, MI 49938, phone (906) 932–1330. Please contact the appropriate office prior to arrival. The Michigan Scenic River Act of 1991 (Pub. L. 102–249, dated March 3, 1992) designated Sturgeon River, Michigan as a National Wild and Scenic River, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture. As specified by law, the boundary will not be effective until 90 days after Congress receives the transmittal. Dated: July 11, 2021. Jennifer Eberlien, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2021–16018 Filed 7–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCY: In accordance with section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary for the Sturgeon National Wild and Scenic River to Congress. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information may be obtained by contacting Jordan Ketola, Forest Land Surveyor, by telephone at (906) 428– 5825 or via email at Jordan.ketola@ usda.gov. Alternatively, contact the Ottawa National Forest Supervisor’s Office at (906) 932–1330 or online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/ ottawa/about-forest/contactus. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the hearing-impaired (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Sturgeon Wild and Scenic River boundary description and map are available for review on the Ottawa National Forest website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/ottawa/alertsnotices. Due to COVID–19 health and safety protocols to protect employees and visitors, many Forest Service offices are closed to the public. The Sturgeon Wild and Scenic River boundary description and maps are available for review at the following offices if arrangements are made in advance: USDA, Forest Service, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Forest Service Proposed New Fee Sites Forest Service, USDA. Notice of new fee sites. AGENCY: ACTION: The Custer Gallatin National Forest will be implementing new fees at three campgrounds and two rental cabins listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION of this notice. Both cabins have received extensive renovations. One cabin has been completely restored to maintain its eligibility for the National Historic Register. All the campgrounds have had recent upgrades to improve the services and recreation experiences. Fees are based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment, and public comment. Funds from the new fees will be used for continued operation, maintenance, and capital improvements to these recreation sites. The new fees will align the sites with other sites offering similar amenities and services. DATES: These fees will be implemented no earlier than six months following the publication of this notice, approximately January 28, 2022. ADDRESSES: Custer Gallatin National Forest, P.O. Box 130, Bozeman, MT 59715. SUMMARY: Jane Ruchman, Developed Sites Program Manager, 406–587–6966 or jane.ruchman@usda.gov; or Jeff Ward, Regional Recreation Business Program FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 142 (Wednesday, July 28, 2021)]
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[FR Doc No: 2021-15912]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Assessing Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participants' Fitness for Work

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 is a new collection for: 
(1) Documenting the policies and guidelines used for making fitness for 
work determinations by all 53 State Agencies, which include the States, 
the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam; (2) 
describing the process State Agencies use for making fitness for work 
determinations; (3) determining any general patterns and trends in 
fitness for work and good cause determinations within and across four 
case study States; and (4) determining how closely caseworkers follow 
the States' fitness for work and good cause determination policies and 
requirements and the challenges they face in applying the policy in 
four case study States.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 27, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Eric Sean Williams, Food and 
Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1320 Braddock Place, 
Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-305-2640. Comments may also be submitted via 
email to [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.

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: Assessing SNAP Participants' Fitness for Work.
    Form Number: Not Applicable.
    OMB Number: 0584-NEW.
    Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined.
    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 requires that 
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) participants between 
the ages 16 and 59 to meet certain work requirements, unless they are 
exempt or show good cause as to why they cannot work. Whether a 
participant is required to meet these work requirements is based upon a 
SNAP eligibility worker (caseworker) making a determination whether an 
individual is exempt from these work requirements, including a 
determination whether the individual is physically or mentally unfit 
for work. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition 
Service (FNS) offers general guidance and States develop their own 
policies and procedures with little input from FNS. States are given a 
great degree of latitude in making determinations regarding unfitness 
for work exemptions. FNS has contracted with MEF Associates and its 
subcontractor, Mathematica, to conduct a study to better understand how 
States determine whether individuals are exempted from work 
requirements or have good cause for not meeting work requirements due 
to a physical or mental limitation. By surveying all 53 State SNAP 
Agencies, which include the States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. 
Virgin Islands, and Guam, and conducting in-depth case studies of four 
States, this study will provide FNS with valuable insights into how 
States develop and implement policies and procedures for making fitness 
for work determinations. This information can help FNS assess States' 
needs for technical assistance around fitness for work issues and 
identify lessons learned to share across all State SNAP Agencies.
    Affected Public: Members of the public affected by the data 
collection include individuals and households, State and local 
governments, and business, not-for-profit, or other for-profit Agencies 
administering SNAP E&T programs.
    Survey: After survey recruitment, FNS anticipates 100 percent 
participation from the State government Agencies. We will reach out to 
53 State or territory SNAP directors to complete a survey and 
anticipate that all 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 an additional 159 State 
or territory staff participating as respondents (212 survey respondents 
total). This is the highest possible number of survey respondents; FNS 
expects fewer to participate in the survey.
    Case Studies: FNS will reach out to a maximum of six States 
Agencies 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, local 
offices, and businesses or other agencies that provide SNAP E&T 
services. After recruiting the four state SNAP agencies, FNS expects 
two selected local SNAP agencies and two local SNAP E&T providers to 
participate in each State. The case studies will also include 
observations of staff-participant interactions during eligibility 
interviews. The eligibility interviews that will be observed will not 
be recorded and no personally identifiable information will be recorded 
during the observations. FNS expects that approximately 25 percent of 
individuals/households invited to participate will choose not to 
participate and oversampled to account for nonresponse.
    Respondent groups identified for the survey and case studies 
include the following:
     State Agency SNAP Directors (53 survey respondents, 0 
survey nonrespondents, 4 case study recruitment respondents, 2 case 
study recruitment nonrespondents, 4 case study interview respondents, 
and 0 case study nonrespondents).
     State Agency SNAP policy staff (159 survey respondents, 24 
case study interview respondents, and 0 survey or case study 
nonrespondents).
     Local SNAP office administrator (8 case study respondents 
and 0 case study nonrespondents).
     Local SNAP office supervisor (8 case study respondents and 
0 case study nonrespondents).
     Local SNAP office frontline staff (64 case study interview 
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case study interview nonrespondents, 8 case study one-on-one 
observation participants, 0 case study observation nonparticipants).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider administrators from business 
or other for profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 
case study interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider supervisors from business or 
other for profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 
case study interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business 
or other for profit agencies (32 case study interview respondents and 0 
case study interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider administrators from not for 
profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 case study 
interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider supervisors from not for 
profit agencies (4 case study interview respondents and 0 case study 
interview nonrespondents).
     Business--SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from not for 
profit agencies (32 case study interview respondents and 0 case study 
interview nonrespondents).
     Individual/household--SNAP applicants (24 case study one-
on-one observation participants, 6 case study one-on-one observation 
nonrespondents).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents is 408. This includes:
     53 State or territory SNAP directors will be asked to 
complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey 
instrument) and a max of 6 of whom will participate in a case study 
recruitment call (75 percent of whom will then participate in a semi-
structured interview).
     159 State or territory SNAP policy staff will be asked to 
complete the survey (100 percent of whom will complete the survey 
instrument; 24 of whom will participate in a semi-structured 
interview).
     8 local SNAP office administrators will participate in a 
semi-structured interview.
     8 local SNAP office supervisors will participate in a 
semi-structured interview.
     64 local SNAP office frontline staff will participate in a 
semi-structured interview (8 of whom will participate in one-on-one 
observations).
     4 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business not-for-
profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     4 SNAP E&T supervisors from business not-for-profit 
agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     32 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business not-
for-profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     4 SNAP E&T provider administrators from business or other 
for-profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     4 SNAP E&T supervisors from business or other for-profit 
agencies will participate in a semi-structured interview.
     32 SNAP E&T provider frontline staff from business or 
other for-profit agencies will participate in a semi-structured 
interview.
     30 SNAP applicants (individuals/households) will be asked 
to participate in one-on-one observation (24 will go on to participate 
and 6 will not go on to fully participate).
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.2425. 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 call. Each case study interview respondent will participate 
in one semi-structured interview. Staff participating in observations 
will participate in one observation. SNAP applicants participating in 
observations will participate in one observation each.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 497.
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.622 hours.
    The estimated time of response varies from 0.1667 to 4 hours (10 
minutes to 240 minutes) depending on the respondent group and activity, 
as shown in the table below, with an average estimated time of 0.622 
hours (37 minutes) for all responses. The average estimated time is 
calculated by dividing the 329 estimated total hours for responses in 
the table below by the 497 total estimated responses. The estimated 
average time for the non-respondent is 0.4 hours (24 minutes) for all 
non-responses. The average estimated time is calculated by dividing the 
3.2 estimated total hours for non-respondents in the table below by the 
8 total estimated non-responses.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 332 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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Timothy English,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
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