[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 119 (Wednesday, June 20, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36982-36983]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14977]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

June 14, 2012.
    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 
regarding (a) 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; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk 
Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or 
fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, 
Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Comments regarding these 
information collections are best assured of having their full effect if 
received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the 
submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8681.
    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 Business--Cooperative Service

    Title: Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance 
Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0570-0059.
    Summary of Collection: This grant program is authorized under the 
``Food,

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Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008,'' Public Law 110-246, (2008 Farm 
Bill). Grants are made to eligible entities to provide energy audits 
and renewable energy development assistance to enable agricultural 
producers and rural small businesses to become more energy efficient 
and to use renewable energy technologies and resources. Grant funds may 
be used to conduct and promote energy audits; provide recommendations 
and information on how to improve the energy efficiency of the 
operations of the agricultural producers and rural small businesses, 
and how to use renewable energy technologies and resources in the 
operations.
    Need and Use of the Information: Applicants seeking a grant need to 
submit applications that include a project proposal, certifications, 
and agreements to the Agency. The project proposal must contain an 
application narrative, plan and schedule for implementation, number of 
entities assisted, budget, geographic scope, capabilities of the 
applicant, resources, leveraging, outreach, description of the method 
and rationale used to select recipients to be served, and project 
performance. This information will be used to determine applicant 
eligibility, project eligibility, and to ensure that funds are used for 
authorized purposes. Failure to collect proper information could result 
in improper determinations of eligibility or improper use of funds.
    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profits; State, 
Local and Tribal Governments.
    Number of Respondents: 53.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Quarterly, Monthly, Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 1,170.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-14977 Filed 6-19-12; 8:45 am]
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