[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 83 (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)]
[Pages 20456-20457]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08788]

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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 83 / Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / Notices

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

April 26, 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 June 1, 
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.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Title: Research Education Extension Project Online Reporting Tool 
    OMB Control Number: 0524-0048.
    Summary of Collection: The United States Department of Agriculture 
(USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administer 
several competitive, peer-reviewed research, education, and extension 
programs, under which awards of high-priority are made. These programs 
are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 3101), the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, as amended (Pub. 
L. 107-293, 2002) and other legislative authorities. NIFA also 
administers several formula funded research programs. The programs are 
authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the McIntire-
Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act of October 10, 1962 (16 
U.S.C. 582a-582a-7) (McIntire-Stennis Act); the Hatch Act of 1887, as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 361a-i) (Hatch Act); Section 1445 of Public Law 95-
113, the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3222) 
(Pub. L. 95-113); Section 1433 of Subtitle E (Sections 1429-1439); 
Title XIV of Public Law 95-113, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3191-3201) (Pub. 
L. 95-113); the Smith-Lever Act; and the Renewable Resources Extension 
Act. Each formula funded program is also subject to requirements, which 
were revised in March 2000, and set forth in the Administrative Manual 
for the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program, the 
Administrative Manual for the Hatch Research Program, the 
Administrative Manual for the Evans-Allen Cooperative Agricultural 
Research Program, and the Administrative Manual for the Continuing 
Animal Health and Disease Research Program. NIFA is developing 
administrative regulations for the formula funded programs it 
administers. NIFA plans to deploy REEport as NIFA's singular non-
formula (including competitive grants) and formula grant project 
reporting system, building on and replacing the existing Current 
Research Information System (CRIS) Web forms system.
    Need and Use of the Information: This new revision is a combination 
of two previously Information Collections published in the Federal 
Register, the first on Friday, June 12, 2015, Vol 80, No. 113, FR DOC. 
205114416 and the second Federal Register Notice published Monday, 
February 29, 2017, Vol. 81, No. 39, FR Doc. 2016-04188. This 
Information Collection pertained to collecting demographic information 
on Progress/Final Report about the audiences reached by the research, 
education, and extension activities funded by the agency as well as 
additional categories or participants on funded projects. This notice 
also describes the agencies intent to collect identifying information 
on Patents and Plant Variety Protections as well as quantitative 
outcome measures in seven challenge areas.
    The collection of information is necessary in order to provide 
descriptive information regarding individual research, education, and 
integrated activities, to document expenditures and staff support for 
the activities, and to monitor the progress and impact of such 
activities. The information is collected primarily via the Internet 
through a Web site that may be accessed via the NIFS Reporting Portal. 
The information provided helps users to keep abreast of the latest 
developments in utilization in specific target areas, plan for future 
activities; plan for resource allocation to research and education 
programs; avoid costly duplication of effort; aid in coordination of 
research and education efforts addressing similar problems in different 
location; and aid researchers and project directors in establishing 
valuable contacts with the agricultural community.
    Description of Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business 
or other for-profit; Individuals or household; Federal Government; 
State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 23,900.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Once per request.

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    Total Burden Hours: 72,900.

Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-08788 Filed 5-1-17; 8:45 am]