Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: March 17, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 52)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently
Approved Information Collection
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice
announces that the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) intends to request an
extension and revision to a currently approved information collection procedure
for the Trade Adjustment Assistance
program as described in 7 CFR Part 1580.
DATES: Comments should be received on or before May 16, 2006 to be assured
ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to Robert H. Curtis, Director, Import
Policies and Programs Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, STOP 1021, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC
20250-1021, (202) 720-2916.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert H. Curtis, at the address above, or
telephone at (202) 720-2916, or e-mail at
Title: Trade Adjustment
Assistance for Farmers.
OMB Number: 0551-0040.
Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2006.
Type of Request: Revision to and extension of a currently
approved information collection.
Abstract: The Trade Act of 2002 established
the Trade Adjustment
Assistance for Farmers (TAA)
program. Under this program, the Department of
Agriculture provides technical
assistance and cash benefits to
eligible producers of raw agricultural
commodities when the Administrator, Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS), determines that
increased imports have contributed importantly
to a specific price decline over 5 preceding
marketing years. The regulation 7 CFR Part 1580
established the procedure by which producers of
raw agricultural commodities can petition (form
FAS-930 or a reasonable substitute) for
certification of eligibility and apply for
technical assistance and
adjustment payments. To receive
consideration for TAA certification, petitioners
must supply the information required by 7 CFR
1580.201. Once a petition has been certified,
individuals covered by the certification must
apply for TAA benefits in accordance with 7 CFR
1580.301. The specific information required on
an application (form FSA-229) must be collected
from those who wish to receive program benefits.
The number of respondents has doubled since the
original Paperwork Reduction Act was filed in
August 2003. The doubling of respondents is a
result of a higher number of applications being
processed for program benefits than was
anticipated during initial program development.
In addition, a new Part D was added to form
Estimate Number of Respondents: 1,000.
Estimate Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
Estimated Burden of Hours per Response: 14 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 14,000 hours.
Copies of this information collection can be obtained from
Kimberly Chisley, the Agency Information
Collection Coordinator, at (202) 720-2568.
Request for Comments
The public is invited to submit comments and suggestions to
the above address 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. Comments on the
issues covered by the Paperwork Reduction Act
are most useful to OMB if received within 30
days of publication of the Notice and Request
for Comments, but must be submitted no later
than 60 days from the date of publication to be
assured of consideration. 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.
disabilities who require an alternative means
for communication of information (Braille, large
print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA
Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
Dated: February 27, 2006.
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural