[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 76 (Friday, April 21, 2017)]
[Pages 18728-18729]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08135]

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

April 18, 2017.
    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 
are requested regarding (1) 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; (2) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden 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 through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments regarding this information collection received by May 22, 
2017 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk 
Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 
725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to 
submit their comments to OMB via email to: [email protected] 
or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, 
Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. 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.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

    Title: Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0010.
    Summary of Collection: The Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 3301--et 
seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, either independently or 
in cooperation with States, to carry out operations or measures to 
detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of 
plant pests and noxious weeds. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), along with the 
States and other agencies, collects and manages data on plant pests, 
woods, and biological control agents through the Cooperative 
Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS). The program allows the States and PPQ 
to conduct surveys to detect and measure the presence of exotic plant 
pests and weeds and to input surveillance data into a national 
computer-based system known as the National Agricultural Plant 
Information System (NAPIS).
    Need and Use of the Information: APHIS collects information using 
cooperative agreements, pest detection surveys, and a Specimens for 
Determination form (PPQ Form 391), to predict potential plant pest and 
noxious weed situations and to promptly detect and respond to the 
occurrence of new pests and to record the location of those pest 
incursions that could directly hinder the export of U.S. farm 
commodities. If the information were not collected, it would seriously 
impact APHIS' ability to timely assist State personnel, and others 
involved in agriculture and protection of the environment in order to 
plan pest control measures, detect new outbreaks, and to determine the 
threat posed by migratory pests.
    Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 54.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting; On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours: 3,573.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    Title: Federal Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0365.
    Summary of Collection: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 
7701-7772), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit or 
restrict the importation, entry, or movement of plants and plant pests 
to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or 
their dissemination within the United States. The Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine 
(PPQ), has established the following procedures for States (through the 
National Plant Board (NPB)) to petition the Agency to recognize State-
level plant pest regulations and associated action taken as meeting the 
international criteria for official control and accepted measures to 
protect areas that would be economically or environmentally endangered 
by the introduction of a pest. The International Plant Protection 
Convention (IPPC) defines ``official control'' as the active 
enforcement of mandatory phytosanitary regulations and the application 
of mandatory phytosanitary procedures with the objective of eradication 
or containment of quarantine pests or for the management of regulated 
non-quarantine pests.
    Need and Use of the Information: APHIS/PPQ and the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), take 
action on imported products when quarantine pests are found upon 
inspection. Quarantine pests include those that pose a risk to 
agriculture or the environment but: (1) Do not exist in the United 
States, (2) exist in the United States but are under Federal domestic 
quarantine under 7 CFR 301 or by Federal Order, (3) exist in the United 
States but were recently detected and whose regulatory status is under 
consideration, or (4) exist in the United States but are under State-
level quarantine that has been approved by APHIS as providing a level 
of protection equivalent to a Federal domestic quarantine. APHIS has 
taken action on pests that meet the fourth criteria for years based on 
informal requests by States in the interest of supporting our State 
cooperators and industries within those States and this program/

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information collection aims to standardize this process. Without this 
information, APHIS would be less effective in establishing procedures 
that are used to contain regulated plant pests within the United 
    Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 1.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours: 243.

Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-08135 Filed 4-20-17; 8:45 am]