Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: March 5, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 42)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Commodity Credit Corporation
Notice of Request for Revision of Currently
Approved Information Collection for MAP and FMD
AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the
Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention
to request a revision from the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for a currently
approved information collection process in
support of the Foreign Market Development
Cooperator's (Cooperator) Program and the Market
Access Program (MAP).
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received
by May 4, 2009 to be assured of consideration.
Additional Information or Comments: Contact Director, Program
Operations Division, Foreign Agricultural
Service, Portals Office Building, Suite 400,
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024,
(202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361, e-mail:
Title: Foreign Market Development (Cooperator) Program and
OMB Number: 0551-0026.
Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2009.
Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information
Abstract: The primary objective of the Cooperator's Program
and MAP is to encourage and aid in the creation,
maintenance, and expansion of commercial export
markets for U.S. agricultural products through
cost-share assistance to eligible trade
organizations. The programs are a
cooperative effort between CCC and eligible
trade organizations. Currently, there are
approximately 70 organizations participating
directly in the programs with activities in more
than 100 countries.
Prior to initiating program activities, each Cooperator or
MAP participant must submit a detailed
application to the Foreign Agricultural Service
(FAS) which includes an assessment of overseas
market potential; market or country strategies,
constraints, goals, and benchmarks; proposed
market development activities; estimated
budgets; and performance measurements. Prior
years' plans often dictate the content of
current year plans because many activities are
continuations of previous activities. Each
Cooperator or MAP participant is also
responsible for submitting: (1) Reimbursement
claims for approved costs incurred in carrying
out approved activities, (2) an end-of-year
contribution report, (3) travel reports, and (4)
progress reports/evaluation studies. Cooperators
or MAP participants must maintain records on all
information submitted to FAS. The information
collected is used by FAS to manage, plan,
evaluate, and account for Government resources.
The reports and records are required to ensure
the proper and judicious use of public funds.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this
collection of information is estimated to
average 21 hours per response.
Respondents: Non-profit trade organizations, state groups,
cooperatives, and commercial entities.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 71.
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 62.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 92,442 hours.
Copies of this information collection can be obtained from
Tamoria Thompson-Hall, the Agency Information
Collection Coordinator, at (202)
Request for Comments: Send comments 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 may be
sent to Director, Program Operations Division,
Foreign Agricultural Service, Portals Office
Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Washington, DC 20024. Facsimile submissions may
be sent to (202) 720-9361 and electronic mail
submissions should be addressed to
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons with
disabilities who require an alternative means
for communication of information (Braille, large
print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's
Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
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
Signed at Washington, DC on January 27, 2009.
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Acting Vice
President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. E9-4702 Filed 3-4-09; 8:45 am]
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