[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 116 (Monday, June 19, 2017)]
[Pages 27793-27794]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12644]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0008]

Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; 
National Animal Health Monitoring System; Equine Herpesvirus Study

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Reinstatement of an information collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request the reinstatement of an information collection for 
a National Animal Health Monitoring System Equine Herpesvirus Study to 
support the equine industry in the United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0008.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2017-0008, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-
0008 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA 
South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, 
please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Equine 
Herpesvirus Study, contact Mr. Bill Kelley, Supervisory Analyst, 
Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, VS, APHIS, 2150 Centre 
Avenue, Building B MS 2E6, Fort Collins, CO 80526; (970) 494-7270. For 
copies of more detailed information on the information collection, 
contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, 
at (301) 851-2483.

    Title: National Animal Health Monitoring System; Equine Herpesvirus 
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0399.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement of an approved information 
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et 
seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorized, among other 
things, to protect the health of U.S. livestock and poultry populations 
by preventing the introduction and interstate spread of serious 
diseases and pests of livestock and for eradicating such diseases from 
the United States when feasible. In connection with this mission, APHIS 
operates the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), which 
collects nationally representative, statistically valid, and 
scientifically sound data on the prevalence and economic importance of 
livestock diseases and associated risk factors.
    NAHMS' epidemiologic investigations are a collaborative industry 
and government initiative to help determine the most effective means of 
preventing and controlling livestock disease outbreaks. APHIS is the 
only agency responsible for collecting data on livestock health. 
Participation in any NAHMS study is voluntary, and all data are 
    APHIS conducts an equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) 
study as part of an ongoing series of NAHMS studies on the U.S. 
livestock population. The purpose of this study is to collect 
information using questionnaires to identify risk factors for EHM, the 
neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in horses. EHV-1 is an 
infection of horses that can cause respiratory disease, abortion in 
mares, neonatal foal death, and/or neurologic disease. The virus can 
spread through direct horse-to-horse contact, through the air in equine 
environments, and on contaminated equipment, clothing, and hands. EHM 
is endemic to the United States and outbreaks are usually handled by 
the States affected; USDA becomes involved in cases involving multiple 
States or interstate movement of horses.
    In person or by telephone interview, APHIS-designated data 
collectors will administer questionnaires to horse owners and trainers 
of horses infected with EHV-1 during outbreaks that include cases of 
EHM and horses that are noninfected to serve as case controls. The 
information collected is used to understand the risk factors for EHM, 
make recommendations for disease control, and provide guidance on the 
best ways to avoid future outbreaks based on a thorough analysis of the 
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for 3 years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate 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) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.79 hours per response.

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    Respondents: Horse owners and horse trainers.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 626.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.57.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 982.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 778 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 13th day of June 2017.
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-12644 Filed 6-16-17; 8:45 am]