[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 79 (Wednesday, April 24, 2013)]
[Pages 24152-24153]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09727]



Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-13-0025]

Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and 
Industry Information Order; Request for Extension and Revision of a 
Currently Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the 
currently approved information collection Softwood Lumber Research, 
Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order).

DATES: Comments must be received by June 24, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov 
or sent to the Promotion and Economics Division, Fruit and Vegetable 
Program, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Stop 0244, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0244, or by 
facsimile to (202) 205-2800. All comments should reference the document 
number, the date and the page number of this issue of the Federal 
Register. All comments received will be posted without change, 
including any personal information provided, online at http://www.regulations.gov and will be made available for public inspection at 
the above physical address during regular business hours.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Betts at the above address, by 
telephone at (202) 720-9915, or by email at [email protected].

    Title: Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and 
Industry Information Order.
    OMB Number: 0581-0264.
    Expiration Date of Approval: November 30, 2013.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Order was created in 2011 to help strengthen the 
position of softwood lumber in the marketplace, maintain and expand 
markets for softwood lumber, and develop new uses for softwood lumber 
within the United States. Softwood lumber is used in products like 
flooring, siding and framing. The Order is authorized under the 
Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act) 
(7 U.S.C. 7411-7425).
    The program is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) 
appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and financed by a mandatory 
assessment on domestic manufacturers and importers. The assessment rate 
is $0.35 per thousand board feet of softwood lumber shipped within or 
imported to the United States. Entities that domestically manufacture 
and ship or import less than 15 million board feet per fiscal year are 
exempt from the payment of assessments. Additionally, assessed entities 
do not pay assessments on the first 15 million board feet of softwood 
lumber shipped domestically or imported during the year. Exports from 
the United States are also exempt from assessments.
    The information collection requirements in the request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Order. The objective in 
carrying out this responsibility includes assuring the following: (1) 
Funds are collected and properly accounted for; (2) expenditures of all 
funds are for the purposes authorized by the 1996 Act and Order; and 
(3) the Board's administration of the programs conforms to USDA policy.
    The Order's provisions have been carefully reviewed, and every 
effort has been made to minimize any unnecessary recordkeeping costs or 
    The forms covered under this collection require the minimum 
information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the 
program, and their use is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Order. 
Such information can be supplied without data processing equipment or 
outside technical expertise. In addition, there are no additional 
training requirements for individuals filling out reports and remitting 
assessments to the Board. The forms are simple, easy to understand, and 
place as small a burden as possible on the person required to file the 
    Collecting information quarterly coincides with normal industry 
business practices. The timing and frequency of collecting information 
are intended to meet the needs of the industry while minimizing the 
amount of work necessary to fill out the required reports. The 
requirement to keep records for two years beyond the fiscal period of 
their applicability is consistent with normal industry practices. In 
addition, the information to be included on these forms is not 
available from other sources because such information relates 
specifically to individual domestic manufacturers and importers who are 
subject to the provisions of the Order. Therefore, there is no 
practical method for collecting the required information without the 
use of these forms.
    AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, which 
requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the 
option of submitting information or transacting business electronically 
to the maximum extent possible.
    Estimate of Burden: Public recordkeeping burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.416 hour per response.
    Respondents: Domestic manufacturers and importers, whether subject 
to the Order or not.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,478.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 4,495.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.04.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,871.
    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the 
agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 
(2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on those who are to 
respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.
    All responses to this document will be summarized and included in 
the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

    Dated: April 18, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-09727 Filed 4-23-13; 8:45 am]