Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection

CourtAgriculture Department,Rural Utilities Service
Citation86 FR 30912
Publication Date10 Jun 2021
Record Number2021-12146
30912
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Rural Utilities Service
[RUS–21–ELECTRIC–0006]
Notice of Request for Revision of a
Currently Approved Information
Collection
AGENCY
: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice and request for
comments.
SUMMARY
: In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this
notice announces the Rural Utilities
Service’s (RUS) intention to request a
revision of a currently approved
information collection package and
invites comments.
DATES
: Comments on this notice must be
received by August 9, 2021 to be
assured of consideration.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Pamela Bennett, Rural Development
Innovation Center, Regulations
Management Division, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, 1400 Independence
Avenue SW, STOP 0793, South
Building, Washington, DC 20250–0793.
Telephone: (202) 720–9639. Email:
pamela.bennett@usda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The Office
of Management and Budget’s (OMB)
regulation (5 CFR part 1320)
implementing provisions of the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub.
L. 104–13) requires that interested
members of the public and affected
agencies have an opportunity to
comment on information collection and
recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR
1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an
information collection that RUS is
submitting to OMB for approval.
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 will 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; and (d) Ways to minimize the
burden of the collection of information
on those who are to respond, including
through the use of appropriate
automated, electronic, mechanical, or
other technological collection
techniques or other forms of information
technology.
Comments may be sent by the Federal
eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov and, in the lower
‘‘Search Regulations and Federal
Actions’’ box, select ‘‘Rural Housing
Service’’ from the agency drop-down
menu, then click on ‘‘Submit.’’ In the
Docket ID column, select RUS–21–
ELECTRIC–0006 to submit or view
public comments and to view
supporting and related materials
available electronically. Information on
using Regulations.gov, including
instructions for accessing documents,
submitting comments, and viewing the
docket after the close of the comment
period, is available through the site’s
‘‘User Tips’’ link.
Title: Advance of Loan Funds and
Budgetary Control and Other Related
Burdens.
OMB Control Number: 0572–0015.
Expiration Date of Approval: February
28, 2022.
Type of Request: Revision of currently
approved collection.
Abstract: The Rural Utilities Service,
an Agency with the United States
Department of Agriculture, Rural
Development, administers the electric
loan and loan guarantee program
authorized under the Rural
Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901
et seq). In order to protect and ensure
the Government’s security interest in
loans, and in exercise of due diligence,
electric borrowers furnish information
to RUS regarding the condition,
financial or otherwise, related to
expenditure of loan funds. This
information collection is necessary to
comply with applicable provisions of
the RUS loan contract. RUS borrowers
submit requisitions to RUS for funds for
project costs incurred. Insured loan
funds will be advanced only for projects
which are included in the RUS
approved borrowers workplan or
approved amendment and in an
approved loan, as amended. The process
of loan advances establishes the
beginning of the audit trail of the use of
loan funds which is required for
subsequent RUS compliance audits.
There are two official forms included in
this information collection, RUS Forms
595 and 219.
The RUS Form 595 is used as a
requisition for advances of funds. The
form helps to assure that loan funds are
advanced only for the budget purposes
and amount approved by RUS.
According to the applicable provisions
of the RUS loan contract, borrowers
must certify with each request for funds
to be approved for advance, which
funds are for projects previously
approved. When a prospective borrower
requests and is granted a RUS loan, a
loan contract is established between the
Federal government, acting through the
RUS Administrator, and the borrower.
At the time this contract is entered into,
the borrower must provide RUS with a
list of projects for which loan funds will
be spent, along with an itemized list of
the estimated costs of these projects.
Thus, the borrower receives a loan
based upon estimated cost figures.
The RUS Form 219, Inventory of
Work Orders, is one of the documents
the borrower submits to RUS to support
actual expenditures and an advance of
loan funds. The form also serves as a
connecting link and provides an audit
trail that originates with the advance of
funds and terminates with evidence
supporting the propriety of
expenditures for construction or
retirement projects.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting
burden for this collection of information
is estimated to average 1.56 hours per
response.
Respondents: Not-for-profit
institutions; Business or other for profit.
Estimated Number of Respondents:
598.
Estimated Number of Responses per
Respondent: 15.54.
Estimated Number of Total
Responses: 9,292.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on
Respondents: 14,523 hours.
Copies of this information collection
can be obtained from Pamela Bennett,
Rural Development Innovation Center,
Regulations Management Division, at
(202) 720–9639. 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.
Christopher A. McLean,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
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