Office of the Chief Economist, USDA.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces that the Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist, is hereby requesting an extension of a currently approved information collection, Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement.
Comments received by December 26, 2007 will be considered.
Additional Information or Comments: Comments and questions should be directed to Marvin Duncan, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Room 4059, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., MS-3815, Washington, DC 20250-3815.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title: Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement.
OMB Control Number: 0503-0011.
Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection.
Abstract: The USDA BioPreferred Program provides that qualifying biobased products that fall under items (generic groups of biobased products) that have been designated for preferred procurement by rule making are required to be purchased by Federal agencies in lieu of their fossil energy-based counterparts, with certain limited exceptions. Further, USDA is required by section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to provide certain information on qualified biobased products to Federal agencies. To meet these statutory requirements, USDA will use a number of forms to gather that information from manufacturers and vendors of biobased products. To the extent feasible, the information sought by USDA can be transmitted electronically using the Web site http://www.usda.gov/biopreferred. If electronic transmission of information is not practical, USDA will provide technical assistance to support the transmission of information to USDA. The information collected will enable USDA to meet statutory information requirements that then permit USDA to designate items for preferred procurement under the BioPreferred Program. Once items are designated, manufacturers and vendors of qualifying biobased products that fall under these designated items will benefit from preferred procurement by Federal agencies.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 14.9 hours per response.
Respondents: Manufacturers and vendors of biobased products.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,905
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: One per manufacturer or vendor.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 14,387 hours one time only. Manufacturers and vendors are asked to respond only once. Therefore, there is no ongoing annual paperwork burden on respondents.
Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. E7-21148 Filed 10-25-07; 8:45 am]
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