[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 204 (Friday, October 21, 2016)]
[Pages 72773-72774]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25498]



National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Notice of Intent To Revise a Currently Approved Information 

AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

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ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice 
announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 
intention to renew a currently approved information collection 
entitled, ``4-H Youth Enrollment Report''.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by December 20, 
2016, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice and requests for 
copies of the information collection may be submitted by any of the 
following methods: Email: [email protected]; Fax: 202-720-0857; 
Mail: Office of Information Technology (OIT), NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2216

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Martin, eGovernment Program 
Leader; Email: [email protected].

    Title: 4-H Youth Enrollment.
    OMB Number: 0524-0045.
    Expiration Date of Current Approval: December 31, 2016.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval for the extension of a 
currently approved information collection for three years.
    Abstract: The mission of 4-H National Headquarters; National 
Institute of Food and Agriculture; United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA); is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the 
environment, human health and well-being, and communities by creating 
opportunities for youth. 4-H is a complex national organization, led by 
4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA, with hundreds of educational 
curricula, activities, and events for youth ages 5 to 18. Programs 
originate at 106 land-grant universities (LGUs), and local programs are 
conducted and managed by some 3,000 professional Extension staff in 
3,150 counties, with nearly 6 million youth enrolled each year. Over 
500,000 volunteer leaders work directly with the 4-H youth.
    The 1914 Smith-Lever Act created the Cooperative Extension System 
(CES) of the LGUs and their Federal partner, the Extension Service, now 
the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA. 4-H was 
already well-established and became the first operating part of the new 
extension work. The Smith-Lever Act stipulated that ``It shall be the 
duty of said colleges, annually, on or about the first day of January, 
to make to the Governor of the State in which it is located a full and 
detailed report of its operations in extension work as defined in this 
Act . . . a copy of which report shall be sent to the Secretary of 
Agriculture.'' As a result of this requirement, annually each county 
sends their state 4-H office an electronic aggregated summary of their 
4-H enrollment.
    Information collected in the 4-H Youth Enrollment Report includes 
youth enrollment totals by delivery mode, youth enrollment totals by 
type of 4-H activity, youth enrollment totals by school grade, youth 
enrollment totals by gender, youth enrollment totals by place of 
residence, adult volunteer totals, youth volunteer totals, and youth 
enrollment totals by race and ethnicity.
    Need and Use of the Information: The Annual 4-H Enrollment Report 
is the principal means by which the 4-H movement can keep track of its 
progress, as well as emerging needs, potential problems, and 
    The information from this collection is used to report, as 
requested by the Congress or the Administration, on rural versus urban 
outreach, enrollment by race, youth participation in leadership, 
community service, etc. It also is used to determine market share or 
percentage of the youth of each state by age and place of residence who 
are enrolled in the 4-H youth development program. The annual 4-H Youth 
Enrollment Report also allows oversight of all reasonable efforts by 
staff and volunteers to reach underserved and minority groups.
    Information also is available at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.national4-hheadquarters.gov/library/4h_stats.htm.
    Estimate of Burden: The hour burden estimates have not been 
modified from the previous approval because there have been no 
significant changes to the collection.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 75.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 75 hours.
    Comments: 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.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request to OMB for approval. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Done at Washington, DC, this day of October 12, 2016.
Jake Caldwell,
Chief of Staff, Research, Education, and Economics.
[FR Doc. 2016-25498 Filed 10-20-16; 8:45 am]