Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.
In accordance with Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on proposed information collections. This information collection is based on the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and Section 5(h) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, which provide the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to develop an emergency food stamp program to address the needs of families temporarily in need of food assistance after a disaster. The information collection under this notice is required for the establishment and operation of emergency food stamp assistance programs.
Written comments must be received on or before February 21, 2006.
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 shall 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; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 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 Patrick Waldron, Chief, Certification Policy Branch, Program Development Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be faxed to the attention of Mr. Waldron at (703) 305-2486. The Internet address is: Start Printed Page 76020 Patrick.Waldron@FNS.USDA.GOV. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia, 22302, Room 812.
All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will be a matter of public record.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Requests for additional information should be directed to Mr. Waldron at (703) 305-2495.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title: Disaster Food Stamp Program.
OMB Number: 0584-0336.
Expiration Date: March 31, 2006.
Type of Request: Revision of a previously approved collection.
Abstract: Pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and Section 5(h) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, the Secretary of Agriculture has the authority to develop an emergency food stamp program to address the temporary food needs of families following a disaster. The information collection under this notice is required to be provided by State agencies in order to receive approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to operate an emergency food stamp program as the result of a disaster.
The number of disasters that occur annually and the average number of households affected by disasters cannot be accurately predicted. During the period from calendar year 1996 through calendar year 2004, the number of disasters has ranged from a low of three (in calendar years 2000 and 2001) to highs of 13 and 14 (for calendar years 2003 and 1998 respectively). The information collection under this reporting burden is limited to burden encountered by State agencies in preparing their requests to operate disaster food stamp programs. FNS estimates that approximately 10 hours of State agency personnel time would be required to prepare such requests. Burden associated with the process of applying for food stamp benefits under disaster food stamp programs and the processing of these applications by State and local food stamp personnel are approved under OMB docket #0584-0064. The burden associated with preparing requests to operate disaster food stamp programs varies very little from disaster to disaster and is independent of the scope of the disaster with major disasters requiring little additional document preparation time than relatively minor disasters.
Based on an estimate of eight State agency requests per year to operate disaster food stamp programs and 10 hours of State agency personnel time to prepare each application, we have calculated an estimated burden of 80 hours per year in an average year. This represents a small increase from our 2003 estimate based on a slight increase in the annual average number of disasters. We note that in most years the number of disasters (eight) necessitating the operation of disaster food stamp programs falls below the minimum threshold for which OMB approval of the reporting burden associated with this information collection is required. Since an above average number of disasters may occur in any given year we have elected to submit this information collection to OMB for their approval, and consequently, are requesting public comments associated with the collection.
Affected Public: State and local governments.
Estimated Number of Responses: 8.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 8.
Estimated Number of Responses per Recipient: 1.
Estimated Time per Response: 10 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 80 hours.Start Signature
Dated: December 12, 2005.
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. E5-7689 Filed 12-21-05; 8:45 am]
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