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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE receives written evidence and argument requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37
which establishes that the grant of the CFR 404.7.
Agricultural Research Service license would not be consistent with the
Michael D. Ruff,
requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37
Notice of Federal Invention Available CFR 404.7. Assistant Administrator.
for Licensing and Intent To Grant [FR Doc. 04–14094 Filed 6–21–04; 8:45 am]
Exclusive License Michael D. Ruff, BILLING CODE 3410–03–P
AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, [FR Doc. 04–14095 Filed 6–21–04; 8:45 am]
USDA. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
BILLING CODE 3410–03–P
ACTION: Notice of Availability and
Intent. Food and Nutrition Service
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Request for Comments on Whether the
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Food Stamp Program Should Be
Forest Service, intends to grant to Renamed
Anchor Industries, Inc. of Evansville, Notice of Federal Invention Available
Indiana and to Weckworth for Licensing and Intent To Grant AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service,
Manufacturing, Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, Exclusive License USDA.
co-exclusive licenses to the invention ACTION: Notice.
disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 5,921,388 AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service,
SUMMARY: This notice invites the general
(S.N. 09/199,610) issued on July 13, USDA.
public to comment on whether the Food
1999, entitled ‘‘Quick Deployment Fire ACTION: Notice of availability and intent. Stamp Program (FSP) should be
Shelter’’ and U.S. Patent Application
renamed to more accurately describe its
Serial No. 10/286,176, filed November SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that current method of operation and goal of
1, 2002, entitled ‘‘Radiant and the Federally owned invention providing nutritional assistance and
Convective Heat Resistant Materials and disclosed in U.S. Patent Application promoting health among low-income
Emergency Fire Shelter Made Serial No. 10/767,979, ‘‘Food Products families. The Department and many
Therefrom’’, and U.S. Patent Containing Partially and/or Totally stakeholders involved with the FSP
Application Serial No. 10/741,794, filed Denatured Milk Proteins’’, filed on believe that the Program’s name is
December 19, 2003, entitled ‘‘An January 29, 2004, is available for outdated because ‘‘food stamps’’ have
Emergency Fire Shelter Storage System’’ licensing and that the U.S. Department not been used for issuing benefits since
and foreign equivalents. Notice of of Agriculture, Agricultural Research the early 1940s. Today, all benefits are
availability for U.S. Patent No. Service, intends to grant to Harden issued electronically through an
5,921,388 (S.N. 09/199,610) was Foods of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
published in the Federal Register on exclusive license to this invention. system. Additionally, many States that
August 23, 1999.
DATES: Comments must be received on administer the Federally-funded
DATES: Comments must be received Program have asked the Department to
or before September 20, 2004.
within ninety (90) calendar days of the rename the Program in consideration of
date of publication of this notice in the ADDRESSES: Send comments to: USDA, its purpose and in recognition of the
Federal Register. ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, benefit issuance system. Although
ADDRESSES: Send comments to: Janet I. 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4–1174, outdated, the Program’s name is widely
Stockhausen, USDA Forest Service, One Beltsville, Maryland 20705–5131. known and changing it may create
Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: June confusion. Recognizing these different
Wisconsin 53705–2398. Blalock of the Office of Technology perspectives, the Department intends to
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Transfer at the Beltsville address given proceed with care before making a
Janet I. Stockhausen of the USDA Forest above; telephone: 301–504–5989. decision on a name change by
Service at the Madison address given requesting public comment.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
above; telephone: 608–231–9502; fax: Federal Government’s patent rights to DATES: Written comments must be
608–231–9508; or e-mail: this invention are assigned to the United received on or before August 23, 2004.
email@example.com. States of America, as represented by the ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Agriculture. It is in the John Knaus, Chief, Program Design
Federal Government’s patent rights to public interest to so license this Branch, Program Development Division,
this invention are assigned to the United invention as Harden Foods of Food and Nutrition Service, U.S.
States of America, as represented by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park
Secretary of Agriculture. It is in the submitted a complete and sufficient Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.
public interest to so license this application for a license. The Comments may also be faxed to (703)
invention as Weckworth Manufacturing, prospective exclusive license will be 305–2486 or e-mailed to
Inc. and Anchor Industries, Inc. have royalty-bearing and will comply with firstname.lastname@example.org. All written
submitted a complete and sufficient the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. comments will be open for public
application for a license. The 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective inspection at the offices of the Food and
prospective license will be royalty- exclusive license may be granted unless, Nutrition Service during regular
bearing and will comply with the terms within ninety (90) days from the date of business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 this published Notice, the Agricultural eastern time, Monday through Friday) at
CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive Research Service receives written 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria,
license may be granted unless, within evidence and argument which Virginia, 22302, Room 810.
ninety (90) days from the date of this establishes that the grant of the license FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
published Notice, the Forest Service would not be consistent with the Questions regarding this notice may be
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directed to John Knaus at (703) 305– The FSP delivers billions of dollars in assistance; ensure availability to all who
2098. benefits with a high degree of accuracy are eligible; and promote a healthy diet.
and accountability. Since 1974, FNS has To this point, it appears that most
used a statistical sampling system called people support changing the Program’s
Use of Public Comments the Quality Control system to annually current name. However, it has been
Your comments, in their entirety or measure payment accuracy or the difficult to reach a consensus on a
summarized, may be posted on our Web amount of overpayments (too many specific alternative. Some suggestions
site. If you wish to request that we benefits issued) and underpayments (too for a new Program name that we have
withhold your name, street address, or few benefits issued). Based on FY 2002 heard include the ‘‘National Food
other contact information from public data from this system, 98 percent of all Assistance Program’’ (NFAP), the ‘‘Food
review or from Web posting, you must participating households are entitled to Security Program’’ (FSP), the ‘‘Nutrition
state this prominently at the beginning receive benefits and almost 94 cents of Support Program’’ (NSP), the ‘‘Food
of your comment. We will honor every food stamp dollar was issued Support Program’’ (FSP), and the ‘‘Food
requests for confidentiality on a case-by- correctly. and Nutrition Program’’ (FNP). While a
In spite of the FSP’s many recent new name for the Program is not limited
case basis to the extent allowed by law.
accomplishments, its name remains to these suggestions, we encourage
Discussion linked to the original program that was commenters to consider these names.
The Department and many operating in 1939 when benefits were To help us in making a decision about
issued to individuals on welfare in the the possible renaming of the FSP, the
stakeholders involved with the FSP
form of orange and blue stamps. That Department is requesting responses to
believe that the Program’s name is
program ended four years later when the following questions.
outdated and reflects neither the current
wartime conditions reduced the nation’s (1) Should the FSP be renamed?
benefit delivery technology nor the
widespread unemployment. From the
mission of the nation’s primary and (2) If not, why not?
time a pilot FSP was reinstated in 1961,
largest nutrition assistance program. (3) If so, do you have a name you
and made permanent in 1964, food
One of the common themes heard would propose or recommend?
stamp benefits were issued to recipients
during nationwide ‘‘listening sessions’’ (4) How does the name change reflect
in the form of paper coupons. Today,
conducted by the Department in the purpose of the program?
with advancements in modern
preparation for the Program’s Fiscal technology, paper coupons have been Once we have compiled the results,
Year (FY) 2003 reauthorization was that replaced by electronic issuances the Department will post a summary of
the FSP should be renamed to reflect its through an EBT system. the responses on its Web site at http:/
operation and purpose. Although the In addition to the name being /www.fns.usda.gov/fns/. If the
FSP continues to serve as the outdated in describing the method by Department decides to proceed with a
cornerstone of the national nutrition which benefits are issued, the FSP is not name change, we will work with the
safety net to reduce hunger and improve widely recognized by recipients and the appropriate Congressional committees
nutrition and health among low-income general public as a nutrition assistance to pursue the required legislative
people, the use of actual ‘‘stamps’’ to program with a focus on fighting hunger changes. Any final decision on whether
issue benefits ended decades ago. The and improving nutrition and health the FSP should be renamed and, if so,
FSP currently reaches over 23 million among low-income people. Some State what its new name should be, rests with
Americans each month. Unlike most program administrators and advocacy the Congress.
other assistance programs, the FSP is groups have expressed that this Dated: June 7, 2004.
available to most low-income misunderstanding creates a barrier to
households with few resources Eric M. Bost,
participation and is a reason why
wherever they live regardless of age, Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and
nationwide only 3 of 5 persons eligible Consumer Services.
disability status or family structure. In for the Program are participating.
FY 2002, over two thirds of all FSP [FR Doc. 04–13761 Filed 6–21–04; 8:45 am]
Concerned about the misperception,
participants were either children, some State agencies have already BILLING CODE 3410–30–P
elderly or disabled individuals. Even so, renamed the FSP within their States.
more food stamp households relied on For example, in Washington State, the
work (28 percent) to make ends meet DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FSP is now called the ‘‘Washington
than on cash welfare (21 percent). Basic Food Program’’ or ‘‘Basic Food’’. Foreign Agricultural Service
Nearly 30 percent of households The Michigan Family Independence
received Supplemental Security Income Agency and the Minnesota Department WTO Agricultural Safeguard Trigger
and almost one quarter (24 percent) of Human Services have renamed the Levels
received Social Security benefits. FSPs in those States the ‘‘Food
Over the years, the FSP has Assistance Program’’ and the ‘‘Food AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service,
demonstrated its responsiveness to Support Program,’’ respectively. USDA.
economic changes, expanding to meet Although these names are descriptive of ACTION: Notice of product coverage and
increased need when the economy the services provided, the Department trigger levels for safeguard measures
slows and contracting when the believes that a national program should provided for in the World Trade
economy grows, making sure that food have a name that is recognized across Organization (WTO) Agreement on
gets to people when they need it most. States to promote a consistent message Agriculture.
Because benefits automatically flow into about the FSP’s mission of providing
communities, the economic gain is not nutritional assistance and promoting SUMMARY: This notice lists the updated
only to low-income families, but also to health. quantity trigger levels for products,
the community at large. Every $5 in The Department also believes that any which may be subject to additional
Federal food stamps issued generates an name change should be descriptive import duties under the safeguard
average of $9.20 in local and State while reflecting the purposes of the provisions of the WTO Agreement on
economic activity. Program to: provide nutrition or food Agriculture. It also includes the relevant
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