Disaster Food Stamp Assistance by farmservice



     Notices                                                                                                       Federal Register
                                                                                                                   Vol. 67, No. 179

                                                                                                                   Monday, September 16, 2002

     This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER                    through the use of appropriate                        geographic areas and affected small
     contains documents other than rules or                  automated, electronic, mechanical, or                 populations resulting in a decreased
     proposed rules that are applicable to the               other technological collection                        reporting burden. In 1999, there were
     public. Notices of hearings and investigations,         techniques or other forms of information              eight disasters with the number of
     committee meetings, agency decisions and                technology. Comments may be sent to
     rulings, delegations of authority, filing of
                                                                                                                   disaster-affected households ranging
     petitions and applications and agency
                                                             Patrick Waldron, Branch Chief,                        from 93 to 147,189. In 2000, there were
     statements of organization and functions are            Certification Policy Branch, Program                  four disasters with the number of
     examples of documents appearing in this                 Development Division, Food and                        disaster-affected households ranging
     section.                                                Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of                 from 12 to 40,149. In 2001, there were
                                                             Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive,                  four disasters and the number of
                                                             Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may                    disaster-affected households ranging
     DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                               also be faxed to the attention of Mr.                 from 410 to 56,060. The information
                                                             Waldron at (703) 305–2486. The Internet               collection under this reporting burden is
     Food and Nutrition Service                              address is:                                           limited to burden encountered by State
                                                             patrick.waldron@FNS.USDA.GOV. All                     agencies in preparing their requests to
     Food Stamp Program: Agency                              written comments will be open for
     Information Collection Activities:                                                                            operate disaster food stamp programs.
                                                             public inspection at the office of the                We estimate that approximately 10
     Proposed Collection; Comment                            Food and Nutrition Service during
     Request; Disaster Food Stamp                                                                                  hours of State agency personnel time
                                                             regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5                would be required to prepare such
     Assistance                                              p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101                  requests. Previously, we had included
     AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service,                     Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia,              in this information collection the
     USDA.                                                   22302, Room 812.                                      burden associated with the application
                                                                All responses to this notice will be               process experienced by disaster victims
     ACTION: Notice.
                                                             summarized and included in the request                applying for assistance under State
     SUMMARY: In accordance with                             for OMB approval. All comments will                   disaster food stamp programs as well as
     Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this                   be a matter of public record.                         the burden experienced by State and
     notice invites the general public and                   FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:                      local food stamp personnel in
     other public agencies to comment on                     Requests for additional information                   processing such applications. Upon
     proposed information collections. This                  should be directed to Mr. Waldron at                  review we have determined that the
     information collection is based on the                  (703) 305–2495.                                       reporting burden associated with the
     Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and                  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:                            process of applying for food stamp
     Emergency Assistance Act and section                       Title: Emergency Food Stamp                        benefits under disaster food stamp
     5(h) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as                  Assistance for Victims of Disasters.                  programs has been included in
     amended, which provide the Secretary                       OMB Number: 0584–0336.                             approved information collection under
     of Agriculture with the authority to                       Expiration Date: 1/31/2000.                        the overall food stamp application-
     develop an emergency food stamp                            Type of Request: Reinstatement with                processing burden (approved under
     program to address the needs of families                a change of a previously approved                     OMB no. 0584–0064) and that including
     temporarily in need of food assistance                  collection for which approval has                     the application-processing burden
     after a disaster. The information                       expired.                                              under this information collection would
     collection under this notice is required                   Abstract: Pursuant to the Robert T.                be redundant.
     for the establishment and operation of                  Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
     emergency food stamp assistance                         Assistance Act and section 5(h) of the                   Based on an estimate of six State
     programs.                                               Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended,                   agency requests per year to operate
                                                             the Secretary of Agriculture has the                  disaster food stamp programs and 10
     DATES: Written comments must be                                                                               hours of State agency personnel time to
                                                             authority to develop an emergency food
     received on or before November 15,                                                                            prepare each application, we have
                                                             stamp program to address the temporary
     2002.                                                                                                         calculated an estimated burden of 60
                                                             food needs of families following a
     ADDRESSES:   Comments are invited on:                   disaster. The information collection                  hours per year in an average year. We
     (a) Whether the proposed collection of                  under this notice is required to be                   note that in most years the number of
     information is necessary for the proper                 provided by State agencies in order to                disasters (six) necessitating the
     performance of the functions of the                     receive approval from the Food and                    operation of disaster food stamp
     agency, including whether the                           Nutrition Service (FNS) to operate an                 programs falls below the minimum
     information shall have practical utility;               emergency food stamp program as the                   threshold for which OMB approval of
     (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate               result of a disaster.                                 the reporting burden associated with
     of the burden of the proposed collection                   The number of disasters that occur                 this information collection is required.
     of information including the validity of                annually and the average number of                    Since an above average number of
     the methodology and assumptions used;                   households affected by disasters cannot               disasters may occur in any given year
     (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility,               be accurately predicted. In reviewing                 we have elected to submit this
     and clarity of the information to be                    the number of disasters for the last three            information collection to OMB for their
     collected; (d) ways to minimize the                     fiscal years, we found that although the              approval, and consequently, are
     burden of the collection of information                 number of disasters remained relatively               requesting public comments associated
     on those who respond, including                         constant, most disasters covered small                with the collection.

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                               Federal Register / Vol. 67, No. 179 / Monday, September 16, 2002 / Notices                                             58349

       Affected Public: Food Stamp                           please send an original and two copies                Issues To Be Discussed at the Public
     recipients; State and local governments.                to the FSIS Docket Clerk and reference                Meeting
       Estimated Number of Responses: 6.                     Docket #02–031N. All comments                            The provisional agenda items will be
       Estimated Number of Respondents: 6.                   submitted will be available for public                discussed during the public meeting:
       Estimated Number of Responses per                     inspection in the Docket Clerk’s office               1. Adoption of the Agenda
     Recipient: 1.                                           between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
       Estimated Time per Response: 10                                                                             2. Matters Referred by the Codex
                                                             Monday through Friday.                                   Alimentarius Commission and other
       Estimated Total Annual Burden: 60                     FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr.                     Codex Committees
     hours.                                                  William James, Acting Director, U.S.                  3. Joint FAO/WHO Evaluation of the
                                                             Codex Office, Food Safety and                            Codex Alimentarius and Other FAO
       Dated: September 5, 2002.                                                                                      and WHO work on Food Standards
                                                             Inspection Service, Room 4861, South
     Roberto Salazar,                                                                                              4. Other Matters of Interest from FAO
                                                             Building, 1400 Independence Avenue
     Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.                                                                       and WHO
                                                             SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone:
     [FR Doc. 02–23488 Filed 9–13–02; 8:45 am]                                                                     5. Consideration of the Draft Medium-
                                                             (202) 205–7760, Fax: (202) 720–3157.
     BILLING CODE 3410–30–P                                                                                           Term Plan 2003-2007
                                                             Persons requiring a sign language
                                                                                                                   6. Consideration of ‘‘Traceability/
                                                             interpreter or other special                             Product Tracing’’
     DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                               accommodations should notify Dr.                      7. Capacity Building for Food Standards
                                                             James at the above number.                               and Regulations
     Food Safety and Inspection Service                      SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:                            8. Information and Reports on Food
     [Docket No. 02–031N]                                                                                             Control and Food Safety Issues
                                                             Background                                               including Codex Standards
     Codex Alimentarius Commission:                                                                                9. Consumer Participation in Food
                                                                Codex was established in 1962 by two
     Coordinating Committee for North                                                                                 Standards Setting at the Codex and
                                                             United Nations organizations, the Food
     America and the South-West Pacific                                                                               National Level
                                                             and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and                10. Strategic Plan for NASWP
     AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection                      the World Health Organization (WHO).                  11. Nomination of the Coordinator from
     Service, USDA.                                          Codex is the major international                         among the Members of the
     ACTION: Notice of public meeting,                       organization for protecting the health                   Commission
     request for comments.                                   and economic interests of consumers                   12. Other Business and Future Work
                                                             and for encouraging fair international                   Each issue listed will be fully
     SUMMARY: The Office of the Under                        trade in food. Through adoption of food
     Secretary for Food Safety, United States                                                                      described in documents distributed, or
                                                             standards, codes of practice, and other               to be distributed, by the Canadian
     Department of Agriculture, is                           guidelines developed by its committees,
     sponsoring a public meeting on                                                                                Secretariat to the Meeting. Members of
                                                             and by promoting their adoption and                   the public may access or request copies
     Tuesday, October 1, 2002, to provide                    implementation by governments, Codex
     information and receive public                                                                                of these documents (see ADDRESSES).
                                                             seeks to ensure that the world’s food
     comments on agenda items that will be                   supply is sound, wholesome, free from                 Public Meeting
     discussed at the Coordinating                           adulteration, and correctly labeled. In                 At the October 1st public meeting, the
     Committee for North America and the                     the United States, USDA, FDA, and EPA                 agenda items will be described,
     South-West Pacific (CCNASWP). The
                                                             manage and carry out U.S. Codex                       discussed, and attendees will have the
     Under Secretary recognizes the
                                                             activities.                                           opportunity to pose questions and offer
     importance of providing interested
                                                                The Coordinating Committee for                     comments. Comments may also be sent
     parties with information about the
                                                             North America and the South-West                      to the FSIS Docket Room (see
     Coordinating Committee for North
                                                                                                                   ADDRESSES). Written comments should
     America and the South-West Pacific of                   Pacific defines the problems and needs
                                                             of the region concerning food standards               state that they relate to activities of the
     the Codex Alimentarius Commission
                                                                                                                   7th CCNASWP (Docket #02–031N).
     (Codex) and to address items on the                     and food control. It provides within the
     Agenda for the 7th CCNASWP.                             committee contacts for the mutual                     Additional Public Notification
     DATES: The public meeting is scheduled                  exchange of information on proposed                     Public awareness of all segments of
     for Tuesday, October 1, 2002 from 10                    regulatory initiatives and problems                   rulemaking and policy development is
     a.m. to 12 noon.                                        arising from food control and stimulates              important. Consequently, in an effort to
     ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be                   the strengthening of food control                     better ensure that minorities, women,
     held in Room 0161 South Building,                       infrastructures. It recommends to the                 and persons with disabilities are aware
     United States Department of                             Commission the development of world-                  of this notice, FSIS will announce it and
     Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave.                     wide standards for products of interest               make copies of this Federal Register
     SW., Washington, DC. To receive copies                  to the region, including products                     publication available through the FSIS
     of the documents referenced in the                      considered by the committee to have an                Constituent Update. FSIS provides a
     notice contact the FSIS Docket Clerk,                   international market potential in the                 weekly Constituent Update, which is
     U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food                    future. It exercises a general                        communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail
     Safety and Inspection Service, Room                     coordinating role for the region and                  subscription service. In addition, the
     102, Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street,                     such other functions as may be                        update is available on-line through the
     SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700. The                     entrusted to it by the Commission. It                 FSIS Web page located at http://
     documents will also be accessible via                   draws the attention of the Commission                 www.fsis.usda.gov. The update is used
     the World Wide Web at the following                     to any aspects of the Commission’s work               to provide information regarding FSIS
     address: http://                                        of particular significance to the region.             policies, procedures, regulations,
     www.codexalimentarius.net/                              The Government of Canada is hosting                   Federal Register notices, FSIS public
     current.asp. If you have comments,                      this activity.                                        meetings, recalls, and any other types of

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