[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 27 (Friday, February 8, 2013)]
[Page 9357]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02809]

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

February 4, 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), 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: Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements 
under the Rural Energy for America Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0570-0050.
    Summary of Collection: This program is authorized under the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Act) that established the Rural 
Energy for America Program (REAP) under Title IX, Section 9007. The Act 
requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide grants and/or 
guaranteed loans for several types of projects, including grants, loan 
guarantees, and grants and loan guarantees (combined funding) to 
agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable 
energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. REAP is 
designed to help agricultural producers and rural small business reduce 
energy cost and consumption, develop new income streams, and help meet 
the nation's critical energy needs. Applicants wishing to apply for the 
grant or guaranteed loans will have to submit applications along with 
specified documents to the State Rural Energy Coordinator.
    Need and Use of the Information: RBS will use the collected 
information to determine applicant eligibility, to determine project 
eligibility and feasibility, ensure compliance with applicable 
regulations, and to ensure that grantees/borrowers operate on a sound 
basis and use funds for authorized purposes. Without this collection of 
information RBS would be unable to meet the requirements of the Act and 
effectively administer the program.
    Description of Respondents: Farmers, Ranchers, and Business or 
other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 3,634.
    Frequency of Responses: Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 310,184.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-02809 Filed 2-7-13; 8:45 am]