[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 79 (Wednesday, April 24, 2013)]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-09571]

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

April 18, 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) 720-8958.
    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.

Food and Nutrition Service

    Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment 
and Training (E & T) Program Activity Report.
    OMB Control Number: 0584-0339.
    Summary of Collection: The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 
105-33), enacted on August 5, 1997, modified the Employment and 
Training (E&T) Program so that States' efforts are now focused on a 
particular segment of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
(SNAP) (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) population--able-
bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Section 6(d) of the Food 
Stamp Act of 1977 and 7 CFR 273.7 require each SNAP household member 
who is not exempt shall be registered for employment by the State 
agency at the time of application and once every twelve months 
thereafter, as a condition of eligibility. This requirement pertains to 
non-exempt SNAP household member age 16 to 60. Each State agency must 
screen each work registrant to determine whether to refer the 
individual to its E&T Program. States' E&T Programs are federally 
funded through an annual E&T grant. Both the Food Stamp Act and 
regulations require States to file quarterly reports about their E&T 
Programs so that the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) can monitor their 
    Need and Use of the Information: FNS will collect quarterly reports 
about their E&T programs so that the Department can monitor State 
performance to ensure that the program is being efficiently and 
economically operated. Without the information FNS would be unable to 
make adjustments or allocate exemptions in accordance with the statute.
    Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 53.
    Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: Quarterly; 
    Total Burden Hours: 21,890.

Food and Nutrition Service

    Title: Generic Clearance to Conduct Formative Research.
    OMB Control Number: 0584-0524.
    Summary of Collection: This information collection is based on 
Section 19 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1787) Section 
5 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1754) 
and Section 11(f) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 
2020). Diet has a significant impact on the health of citizens and is 
linked to four leading causes of disease, which can reduce the quality 
of life and cause premature death. While these diet-related problems, 
including obesity affect all Americans, they have a greater impact on 
the disadvantaged populations served by many FNS programs. One of FNS' 
goals includes improving the nutrition of children and low-income 
families by providing access to program benefits and nutrition 
education. The basis of FNS' approach rests on the philosophies that 
all health communications and social marketing activities must be 
science-based, theoretically grounded, audience-driven, and results-
oriented. FNS will collect information through formative research 
methods that will include focus groups, interviews (dyad, triad, 
telephone, etc.), field-testing, curriculum, surveys and web-based 
information gathering tools.
    Need and Use of the Information: FNS will collect information to 
provide formative input and feedback on how best to reach and motivate 
the targeted population. The collected information will provide input 
regarding the potential use of materials and products during both the 
developmental and testing stages. FNS will also collect information 
regarding effective nutrition education and outreach initiatives being 
implemented by State agencies that administer nutrition assistance 
programs to promote repetition of promising practice-based 
    Description of Respondents: Individuals or households; Not for-
profit institutions; Farms; State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 151,700.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours: 58,405.

Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-09571 Filed 4-23-13; 8:45 am]