Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government


Rural Utilities Service

Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), invites comments on this information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 14, 2011.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1522, Room 5168 South Building, Washington, DC 20250-1522.Telephone:(202) 690-1078.Fax:(202) 720-8435.

The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) requires 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)). This notice identifies an information collection that the Agency is submitting to OMB as a revision to an existing collection. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessaryfor the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) 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 may be sent to: Michele L. Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Development Utilities Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1522, Room 5168, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1522.Fax:(202) 720-8435.

Title:Accounting Requirements for Electric and Telecommunications Borrowers.

OMB Control Number:0572-0003.

Type of Request:Revision of a currently approved collection.

Abstract:This collection of information covers requirements for RUS Electric and Telecommunications borrowers for maintaining financial accounting and recordkeeping. The collection consists of the requirement to maintain an index of records and the recordkeeping associated with the accounting system of the organization. The Agency believes that this is the minimum record retention requirements needed to carry out its due diligence responsibilities in loan underwriting and maintaining loan security. Agency borrowers should understand that they may be subject to additional record retention requirements imposed by other regulatory authorities such as FERC, FCC, state commissions and IRS.

Estimate of Burden:Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2 hours per response.

Respondents:Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents and Recordkeepers:1,150.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent:1.

Estimated Number of Hours per Recordkeeper:50 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents:2,300 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Recordkeepers:28,750 hours.

Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Joyce McNeil, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, at (202) 720-0812,Fax:(202) 720-8435.

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.

Dated: August 5, 2011. Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.