Authority:These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (44 U.S.C. 3501,et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, “Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),” 72 FR 33362, Jun. 15, 2007.
Estimate of Burden:Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per respondent.
Estimated Number of Respondents:200,000.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents:With an estimated response rate of approximately 80% we estimate the burden to be 40,000 hours. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org at (202) 690-2388.
Comments:Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 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, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological, or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.
Signed at Washington, DC, September 24, 2012.
Joseph T. Reilly,