[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 76 (Friday, April 21, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18743-18744]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08112]


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COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED


Information Collection To Be Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act; Initial Certification

AGENCY: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely 
Disabled.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely 
Disabled (Committee) will submit the collection of information listed 
below to OMB for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act. This notice solicits comments on this collection of 
information.

DATES: Submit your written comments on the information collection on or 
before June 20, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Mail your comments on the requirement to Amy B. Jensen, 
Director Business Operations, Committee for Purchase From People Who 
Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, 
Arlington, VA 22202-4149; fax (703) 603-0655; or email 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the applicable 
forms or explanatory material, contact Amy B. Jensen or Barry S. 
Lineback at the address in the above paragraph or through the above 
email address.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), require that 
interested members of the public and affected agencies have an 
opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping 
activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). The Committee plans to submit a 
request to OMB to approve a collection of information concerning the 
qualifications of nonprofit agencies serving people who are blind or 
who have other significant disabilities to participate in the 
AbilityOne Program. The Committee is requesting a 3-year term of 
approval for this information collection activity.
    Federal agencies may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for the 
current collections of information are 3037-0001 and 3037-0002. The OMB 
control number for the revised collection of information is 3037-0013.
    The JWOD Act of 1971 (41 U.S.C. 8501-8506) is the authorizing 
legislation for the AbilityOne Program. The AbilityOne Program creates 
employment and training opportunities for people who are blind or who 
have other significant disabilities. Its primary means of doing so is 
by requiring Government agencies to purchase certain products and 
services from nonprofit agencies (NPA) employing such individuals. The 
AbilityOne Program is administered by the Committee. Two national, 
independent NPAs designated by the Committee, National Industries for 
the Blind (NIB) and SourceAmerica, help State and private nonprofit 
agencies participate in the AbilityOne Program.
    The implementing regulations for the JWOD Act, which are located at 
41 CFR Chapter 51, provide the requirements, procedures, and standards 
for the AbilityOne Program. Section 51-4.3 of the regulations sets 
forth the standards that a nonprofit agency must meet to maintain 
qualification for participation in the AbilityOne Program. Under this 
section of the regulations, a nonprofit agency that wants to continue 
to participate in the AbilityOne Program must submit a completed copy 
of the appropriate (Annual Representations and Certifications for 
AbilityOne Qualified Nonprofit Agency (OMB number 3037-0013). This 
documentation helps the Committee determine whether the nonprofit 
agency is meeting the requirements of the AbilityOne Program.
    This information collection request seeks approval for the 
Committee to collect the information required under 41 CFR 51-4.3 of 
the regulations as part of its process to evaluate nonprofit agency 
qualifications under 41 CFR 51-2,4(a)(2). Whenever the result of a 
nonprofit agency's request to the Committee for the addition of a new 
product or service to the Procurement List (PL) exceeds $500,000 in 
total contract value, the nonprofit agency will be required to complete 
a project specific representations and certification form to ensure 
that the

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Committee has up-to-date and complete information about the nonprofit 
agency's qualifications to participate in the AbilityOne Program. This 
form is completed only for new additions of products or services to the 
PL, and does not include administrative additions, or any other 
administrative or fair market price changes, to the PL. The already 
established annual representations and certification form (OMB number: 
3037-0013) will continue to be required. The project specific 
representations and certification form being certified has been 
developed to include the regulatory requirements of section 51-4.3 and 
to collect other information pertinent to the Committee's determination 
of nonprofit agency qualifications under 41 CFR 51-2.4(a) (b).
    Title: Project Specific Representations and Certification Form for 
AbilityOne Qualified Nonprofit Agency.
    OMB Control Number: 3037-0014.
    Form Number: Project Specific Reps and Certs.
    Description of Respondents: Nonprofit agencies serving people who 
are blind or significantly disabled that participate in the AbilityOne 
Program.
    Annual Number of Respondents: About 469 nonprofit agencies serving 
people who are blind or significantly disabled annually participate in 
the AbilityOne Program.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: Burden is estimated to average 2 hours 
per respondent. Total annual burden is 938 hours. Note: This burden 
estimate is only for the nonprofit agencies that will be submitting 
addition requests for a product or service with a total contract value 
exceeding $500,000. Therefore, not all participating NPAs will be 
required to complete the form.
    We invite comments concerning this renewal on: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
our agency's functions, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of 
the collection of information; (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 respondents.

Amy B. Jensen,
Director, Business Operations.
[FR Doc. 2017-08112 Filed 4-20-17; 8:45 am]
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