Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: February 6, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 24)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Commodity Credit Corporation
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of
Approved Information Collections
AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation,
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice
announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC)
intention to request an extension for, and
revision to, a currently approved information
collection process in support of the Foreign
Market Development Cooperation (Cooperator)
Program and the Market Access Program (MAP).
DATES: Comments on this notice must be
received by April 7, 2006, to be assured of
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:
Contact Director, Marketing Operations Staff,
Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1042, (202)
Title: Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program and
Market Access Program.
OMB Number: 0551-0026.
Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2006.
Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently
approved information collection process.
Abstract: The primary objective of the Foreign Market
Development Cooperator Program and the Market
Access Program is to encourage and aid in the
creation, maintenance and expansion of
commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural
products through cost-share assistance to
eligible trade organizations. The programs are a
cooperative effort between CCC and the eligible
trade organizations. Currently, there are about
70 organizations participating directly in the
programs with activities in more than 100
countries. Prior to initiating program
activities, each Cooperator or MAP participant
must submit a detailed application to Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS) which includes an
assessment of overseas market potential; market
or country strategies,
constrains, goals and benchmarks; proposed
market development activities; estimated
budgets; and performance measures. Prior years'
plans often dictate the content of current year
plans because many activities are continuations
of previous activities. Each Cooperator or MAP
participant is also responsible for submitting:
(1) Reimbursement claims for approved costs
incurred in carrying out approved activities,
(2) an end-of-year contribution report, (3)
travel reports, and (4) progress
reports/evaluation studies. Cooperators, or MAP
participants must maintain records on all
information submitted to FAS. The information
collected is used by FAS to manage, plan,
evaluate and account for Government resources.
The reports and records are required to ensure
the proper and judicious use of public funds.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this
collection of information is estimated to
average 21 hours per response.
Respondents: Non-profit trade organizations, state groups,
cooperative, and commercial entities.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 71.
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 62.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 91,442 hours.
Copies of this information collection can be obtained from
Kimberly Chisley, the Agency Information
Collection Coordinator, at (202) 720-2568.
Request for Comments: Send comments regarding the accuracy of
the burden estimate, ways to minimize the
burden, including through the use of automated
collection techniques or other forms of
information technology, or any other aspect of
this collection of information, to:
Director, Marketing Operations Staff, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, 1400
Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1042, Washington,
DC 20250-1042. Facsimile submissions may be sent
to (202) 720-9361 and electronic mail
submissions should be addressed to:
responses to this notice will be summarized and
included in the request for OMB approval. All
comments will also become a matter of public
Signed at Washington, DC on
January 26, 2006.
W. Kirk Miller,
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural
Service, and Vice President,
Commodity Credit Corporation