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Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the Application for Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval Under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.


Written comments should be received on or before April 15, 2002 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Linda Barnes, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8930.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the form(s) and instructions should be directed to Bill Moore, Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8450.

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Title: Application for Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval Under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

OMB Number: 1512-0092.

Form Number: ATF 5100.31.

Abstract: ATF administers the Federal Alcohol Administration Act and its implementing regulations. The law and regulations provide, in part, standards and guidelines for the labeling of alcohol beverages. Under the law and regulations, U.S. bottlers and importers cannot bottle or import alcohol beverages without a certificate of label approval. To obtain approval, U.S. bottlers and importers must complete ATF F 5100.31.

Current Actions: ATF F 5100.31 has been revised in part to accommodate future electronic filing of applications for Certificates of Label Approval. The front of the form has been changed to include item 1. REP. ID. NO., item 8. E-MAIL ADDRESS, item 13. WINE APPELLATION IF ON LABEL, and item 17d. (formerly item 16.) RESUBMISSION AFTER REJECTION. One of the more significant changes to the front of the form is the elimination of the vendor code. The back of the form was completely changed. Following plain language guidelines, the instructions for completing the form and conditions of approval were reformatted. The conditions under which approved labels may be modified were changed to allow the deletion of any nonmandatory label information without submission of a new application for certificate of label approval. There is an increase in burden hours due to an increase in respondents. The recordkeeping requirements for this information collection is 3 years.

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Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,300.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 30 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 41,200.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Dated: February 7, 2002.

William T. Earle,

Assistant Director (Management) CFO.

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