Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Review of Major Changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service
Agency Information Collection
Activities: Proposed Collection;
Comment Request—Review of Major
Changes in the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP)
AGENCY
: Food and Nutrition Service
(FNS), USDA.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this
notice invites the general public and
other public agencies to comment on the
proposed information collection. This is
a reinstatement, with change, of a
previously approved collection for
which approval has expired. The
previously approved collection is
associated with State agencies notifying
FNS of and thereafter reporting on
Major Changes in their operation of
SNAP. The final rule entitled
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program: Review of Major Changes in
Program Design and Management
Evaluation Systems was published on
January 19, 2016. The Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) cleared
the associated information collection
requirements (ICR) on March 10, 2016.
DATES
: Written comments must be
received on or before September 9,
2019.
ADDRESSES
: Comments may be
submitted in writing by one of the
following methods:
Preferred Method: Federal
eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the online
instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Send comments to Program
Design Branch, Program Development
Division, FNS, 3101 Park Center Drive,
Room 800, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
All written comments submitted in
response to this information collection
will be included in the record and will
be made available to the public. Please
be advised that the substance of the
comments and the identity of the
individuals or entities submitting the
comments will be subject to public
disclosure. FNS will make the written
comments publicly available on the
internet via http://www.regulations.gov.
All written comments will be open for
public inspection at the FNS office
during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) at
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 800,
Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All
responses to this notice will be
summarized and included in the request
for OMB approval. All comments will
be a matter of public record.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Requests for additional information
should be directed to Ms. Mary Rose
Conroy at (703) 305–2803.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: Comments
are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed
collection of information is necessary
for the proper performance of the
functions of the agency, including
whether the information shall 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; (d) ways to minimize the
burden of the collection of information
on those who respond, including
through the use of appropriate
automated, electronic, mechanical, or
other technological collection
techniques or other forms of information
technology.
Title: Review of Major Changes in
Program Design.
OMB Number: 0584–0579.
Expiration Date: 5/31/2019.
Type of Request: Reinstatement, with
change, of a previously approved
collection for which approval has
expired.
Abstract: Section 11 of the Act (7
U.S.C. 2020) requires the Department to
develop standards for identifying major
changes in the operations of State
agencies that administer SNAP.
Regulations at 7 CFR 272.15 require
State agencies to notify the Department
when planning to implement a major
change in operations and State agencies
to collect any information required by
the Department to identify and correct
any adverse effects on program integrity
or access, including access by
vulnerable households. Since these
rules have been in effect for about two
years, FNS has gained experience with
the number and type of major changes
States have reported. However, since
decisions to make major changes to
program operations rest with each
individual State agency, the frequency
and timing of future major changes can
only be estimated based upon the last
two years of FNS’ experience.
Regulations at 7 CFR 272.15(a)(3)
require States to provide both
descriptive and analytic information
regarding the major change. We estimate
it takes 8 hours to describe the change
and 32 hours to complete the required
analysis for a total of 40 hours per
response. State agencies are required to
provide descriptive information
regarding the major change together
with an analysis of its projected impacts
on program operations. The regulations
also set out requirements for the State to
collect and report additional monthly
information collected and gathered at
the program/State levels that are
submitted on a quarterly basis to FNS.
Reporting continues for at least a year
after the change is completely
implemented. It is not uncommon for a
State to pilot a change prior to statewide
implementation. FNS can require
information from the pilot to be
submitted to FNS as well as information
regarding the statewide impacts of the
change after full implementation.
There are six categories of major
changes: (1) Changes to the States
automated system, (2) changing the
responsibilities of merit system
personnel, (3) office closings, (4)
reductions in State SNAP merit system
personnel, (5) changes that may make it
more difficult for households to report
and (6) an undefined ‘‘other’’ category.
Once a State has triggered one of the
six criteria, the State is required to
report the ‘‘automatic’’ information as
required in § 272.15(b)(2)–(4) and FNS
must determine what, if any, additional
data the State will be required to collect
and report as provided for in
§ 272.15(b)(5). FNS has determined the
automatic reporting requirements and
its ongoing data collection it requires
will be sufficient to provide to FNS the
needed information on a major change.
Additional data will occasionally need
to be generated from States’ automated
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eligibility systems or gathered by
conducting additional case review
surveys.
Based upon FNS’ experience over the
last two years, out of 53 State agencies
this data collection impacts, FNS
estimates only 10 States to submit major
changes annually. The total estimated
burden hours associated with the Major
Change requirements since the final rule
are being revised from 9,663.75 to 2,160.
While the number of expected major
changes States are expected to report
annually is revised from 22.5 to 20,
most of the decrease is based due to the
initial overestimated need for additional
reporting beyond the ‘‘automatic’’
provisions of the rule. The final rule
estimated that 6.75 States would be
required to gather and report additional
data, while to date FNS has not required
this of any State so the estimate has
been revised to one (1) State annually
will gather and report additional data to
FNS. This correction accounts for a
decrease in hours from 7,377 in the final
rule to 896 in this notice.
Affected Public: State, Local and
Tribal governments.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 10
States per year.
Estimated Number of Responses per
Respondent: 5.
Estimated Total Annual Responses:
50.
Estimated Time per Response: 43.2
hours (average).
Estimated Total Annual Burden on
Respondents: 2,160.
While FNS’ experience has resulted in
a change to the number of Major
Changes FNS expects States to report
annually and the number that will
require additional reporting, there is no
basis to change original estimates of
time/staff needed by States to complete
the required notification reports. Thus,
with an estimated 10 States reporting
one major change per year (based upon
the last two years), the initial reporting
and analysis aspect of the rulemaking
would be 10 annual responses × 40
hours per initial response per State = an
estimated 400 burden hours per year.
In terms of State reporting after the
initial notification, no additional
reporting has been required beyond the
automatic reporting requirements.
Therefore, FNS is projecting that for
nine of the ten major changes expected
each year there would be no additional
reporting burden beyond the automatic
reporting. All 10 of the major changes
estimated each year are expected to
require some automated system
reprogramming to generate the required
automatic data reporting. At 48 hours
per reprogramming effort, this would be
480 hours per year (10 × 48). Preparing
the 40 quarterly reports are estimated to
require 12 hours each. The total for the
10 States would be 480 + 480 hours =
960 total hours for reporting (divided by
the 10 states = 96 hours per State per
year).
For the 1 State projected to require
additional data collection, this
requirement would be in addition to the
960 hours above. Such data will
generally be collected through a sample
of case reviews. While the required
sample sizes may vary based on the type
of major change and the proportion of
the State’s SNAP caseload it may affect,
200 cases per quarter would likely be an
upper limit on what FNS could ask of
a State. At an estimated one hour to
review and report on a case, this would
require 800 hours per year for one State
each year. When the 400 hours for
notifications and the 960 hours are
added for the automatic information, the
total for the 10 States is 2,160 (or 216
hours per State per year).
With all 10 States reporting quarterly,
there would be 40 responses annually.
One of the 40 reports would contain
additional information from sample
data.
Section Requirement
States
responding
per year
Responses
per
respondent
Number of
responses Hours per
response Total burden
hours
272.15(a)(3) ......... Initial analysis of Major Change ........ 10 1 10 40 400
272.15(b)(2)–(4) ... Reports required without additional
data collection. 9 4 36 24 864
272.15(b)(5) ......... Reports required with additional data
collection. 1 4 4 224 896
Totals ............ ............................................................ 10 * 5 50 * 43.2 2,160
(average)
Dated: June 28, 2019.
Brandon Lipps,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2019–14696 Filed 7–9–19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410–30–P
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest Service
Information Collection: Generic
Clearance To Conduct Survey
Improvement Projects
AGENCY
: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice; request for comment.
SUMMARY
: In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the
Forest Service is seeking comments
from all interested individuals and
organizations on a new generic
information collection request, Generic
Clearance to Conduct Survey
Improvement Projects.
DATES
: Comments must be received in
writing on or before September 9, 2019
to be assured of consideration.
Comments received after that date will
be considered to the extent practicable.
ADDRESSES
: Send written comments to
Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for
Social Science Research, Forest Service,
1400 Independence Ave. SW, Mailstop
1114, Washington, DC 20250–1114, or
by electronic mail to kenli.kim@
usda.gov, with ‘‘PRA comment’’ in the
subject line. If comments are sent by
electronic mail, the public is requested
not to send duplicate written comments
via regular mail. Please confine written
comments to issues pertinent to the
information collection request, explain
the reasons for any recommended
changes, and, where possible, reference
the specific section or paragraph being
addressed.
All timely and properly submitted
comments, including names and
addresses when provided, are placed in
the record and are available for public
inspection and copying. The public may
inspect comments received on this
information collection at the USDA
Forest Service Headquarters, 201 14th
St. SW, Washington, DC 20250 between
the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on
business days. Those wishing to inspect
comments should contact Kenli Kim to
facilitate an appointment and entrance
to the building.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Kenli Kim, National Program Leader for
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