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Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA.


Notice and request for comments.


This notice announces our intention to request a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the Packers and Stockyards Act. This approval is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act.


We will consider comments that we receive by September 5, 2008.


We invite you to submit comments on this notice. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • E-Mail: Send comments via electronic mail to
  • Mail: Send hard copy written comments to Tess Butler, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 1633-S, Washington, DC 20250-3604.
  • Fax: Send comments by facsimile transmission to: (202) 690-2173.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to: Tess Butler, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 1643-S, Washington, DC 20250-3604.

Instructions: All comments should make reference to the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register.

Background Documents: Information collection package and other documents relating to this action will be available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Tess Butler; see ADDRESSES section for contact information.

Read Comments: All comments will be available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours (7 CFR 1.27(b)).

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For information regarding the information collection activities and the use of the information, contact Catherine Grasso at (202) 720-7201 or

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The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) administers and enforces the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, as amended and supplemented (7 U.S.C. 181-229) (P&S Act). The P&S Act prohibits unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices by livestock market agencies, dealers, stockyard owners, meat packers, swine contractors, and live poultry dealers in the livestock, poultry, and meatpacking industries.

Title: Packers and Stockyards Program Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements.

OMB Number: 0580-0015.

Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2011.

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

Abstract: The P&S Act and the regulations under the P&S Act authorize the collection of information for the purpose of enforcing the P&S Act and regulations and to conduct studies as requested by Congress. The information is needed for GIPSA to carry out its Start Printed Page 38395responsibilities under the P&S Act. The information is necessary to monitor and examine financial, competitive, and trade practices in the livestock, meat packing, and poultry industries. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public concerning our changes to the Annual and Special Reports (Series 3000).

The revisions to the Series 3000 forms include three general types of changes. First, each form has been redesigned to enhance its appearance and logical flow to facilitate clarity and data entry. Consistent with this goal, the forms have been formatted in a similar style. Second, the information collected on the Series 3000 forms has been reduced and a few new information collection items have been added. While pertinent information was retained, unnecessary information was deleted, and new information to help Packers and Stockyards Program analyze Annual Report information was added. The third general change is to combine forms when possible so that a regulated entity would not have to complete multiple annual forms, and two forms have been discontinued (P&SP-3110, “Supplemental Balance Sheet—Packers” and P&SP-3500, “Statement of Accounts Payable for Livestock—Special Report”). A new form (P&SP-7003, “Special Report for Review of Dealer, Market Agency, and Packer”) that is shorter than the annual report form, has been created to collect information to allow GIPSA to establish the initial bond amount for businesses that register during the course of the year.

Estimate of Burden: Public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 8.5 hours per response.

Respondents (Affected Public): Livestock auction markets, livestock dealers, packer buyers, meat packers, and live poultry dealers.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,950.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.3.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 307,148 hours.

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) and its implementing regulations (5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(i)), we specifically request comments 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 on the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through 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 the Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506 and 5 CFR 1320.8.

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James E. Link,

Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

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[FR Doc. E8-15300 Filed 7-3-08; 8:45 am]