[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 23 (Monday, February 4, 2013)]
[Page 7738]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02317]

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

January 29, 2013.
    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), [email protected] 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.

Risk Management Agency

    Title: Federal Crop Insurance Program Delivery Cost Survey and 
    OMB Control Number: 0563-NEW.
    Summary of Collection: The Risk Management Agency (RMA) provides 
insurance to American producers through the Federal Crop Insurance 
Corporation (FCIC) that manages the Federal crop insurance program. The 
insurance is provided through cooperative financial assistance 
agreements with private insurance companies, known as Approved 
Insurance Providers (AIPs), who in turn work with insurance agencies/
agents to sell Federal crop insurance. The insurance companies who sell 
and service FCIC policies are reimbursed for their administrative and 
operating (A&O) expenses directly by RMA on behalf of the 
policyholders. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was directed 
by Congress to conduct a review of crop insurance delivery costs. GAO 
released Report GAO-09-445 and among its recommendations was that RMA 
conduct a ``study of the costs associated with selling and servicing 
crop insurance policies to establish a standard method for assessing 
agencies' reasonable costs in selling and servicing policies.''
    Need and Use of the Information: RMA plans to conduct interviews 
with AIPs, insurance agents and insured farmers, and surveys to both 
insurance agents and insured farmers. RMA will use the information 
collected from the interviews and surveys in conjunction with the 
financials reported by AIPs to construct estimates of the cost of 
delivery for the Federal crop insurance program. The information will 
help identify opportunities for improvement (e.g., increased 
efficiency) in the delivery system. In addition, this information could 
also be used in RMA's program planning process before implementing any 
regulatory and programmatic changes in the future.
    Description of Respondents: Business for-profit, farms.
    Number of Respondents: 3,131.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (One time).
    Total Burden Hours: 713.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-02317 Filed 2-1-13; 8:45 am]