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Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection

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AGENCY:

Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, USDA.

ACTION:

Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces a public comment period on the information collection requests (ICRs) associated with the submission of policies, provisions of policies and rates of premium under section 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act.

DATES:

Written comments on this notice will be accepted until close of business April 16, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Timothy Hoffmann, Director, Product Administration and Standards Division, Risk Management Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, 6501 Beacon Drive, Stop 0812, Kansas City, MO 64133-4676. Comments titled “Information Collection OMB 0563-0064” may be sent via the Internet to: DirectorPDD@rma.usda.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Erin Reid, Risk Management Specialist, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, at the address listed above, telephone (816) 926-7730.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: General Administrative Regulations; Subpart V—Submission of Policies, Provisions of Policies, and Rates of Premium.

OMB Number: 0563-0064.

Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection.

Abstract: FCIC is proposing to renew the currently approved information collection, OMB Number 0563-0064. It is currently up for renewal and Start Printed Page 7007extension for three years. Subpart V establishes guidelines for the submission of policies or other materials to the Federal Crop Insurance Board of Directors (Board) and identifies the required contents of a submission: the timing, review, and confidentiality requirements; reimbursement of research and development costs, maintenance costs, and use fees; and guidelines for nonreinsured supplemental policies. This data is used to administer the Federal crop insurance program in accordance with the Federal Crop Insurance Act, as amended.

FCIC is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the approval of this information collection for an additional 3 years.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public concerning this information collection. These comments will help us:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;

(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 543 hours per response.

Respondents/Affected Entities: Parties affected by the information collection requirements included in this Notice is a person (including an approved insurance provider, a college or university, a cooperative or trade association, or any other person) who prepares a submission, or proposes to the Board other crop insurance policies, provisions of policies, or rates of premium.

Estimated annual number of respondents: 210.

Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: .5.

Estimated annual number of responses: 105.

Estimated total annual burden hours on respondents: 57,000.

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.

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Signed in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2007.

Eldon Gould,

Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

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[FR Doc. E7-2558 Filed 2-13-07; 8:45 am]

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