[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018)]
[Pages 27538-27541]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12650]

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Food and Nutrition Service

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, 
and Approvals: Child Nutrition Program Operations Study-II (CN-OPS-II)

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), United States Department of 
Agriculture (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 this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision 
of the currently approved collection for the Child Nutrition Program 
Operations Study-II (CN-OPS II) [OMB Control Number 0584-0607]. The 
purpose of the revision is to update the survey instruments for school 
year (SY) 2018-19 to include topics of current interest and collect 
timely data to inform Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) operations.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before 
August 13, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to: Holly Figueroa, Social Science 
Research Analyst, Special Nutrition Evaluation Branch, Office of Policy 
Support, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 
1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 
the attention of Holly Figueroa at 703-305-2576 or via email to 
holly.figueroa@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and 
follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans, 
contact Holly Figueroa, Social Science Research Analyst, Special 
Nutrition Evaluation Branch, Office of Policy Support, Food and 
Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, 
VA 22302; Fax: 703-305-2576; Email: holly.figueroa@fns.usda.gov.

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 
that were 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 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
    Title: Child Nutrition Program Operations Study-II (CN-OPS-II).
    Form Number: N/A.
    OMB Number: 0584-0607.
    Expiration Date of Approval: 07/31/2020.
    Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently 
approved collection.
    Abstract: The objective of the Child Nutrition Program Operations 
Study-II (CN-OPS-II) is to collect timely data on policies, 
administrative, and operational issues on the Child Nutrition Programs. 
The ultimate goal is to analyze these data and to provide input for new 
legislation on Child Nutrition Programs as well as to provide pertinent 
technical assistance and training to program implementation staff.
    The CN-OPS-II will help the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) better 
understand and address current policy issues related to Child Nutrition 
Programs (CNP) operations. The policy and operational issues include, 
but are not limited to, the preparation of the program budget, 
development and implementation of program policy and regulations, and 
identification of areas for technical assistance and training. 
Specifically, this study will help FNS obtain:
    [ssquf] General descriptive data on the Child Nutrition (CN) 
program characteristics to help FNS respond to questions about the 
nutrition programs in schools;
    [ssquf] Data related to program administration for designing and 
revising program regulations, managing resources, and reporting 
requirements; and
    [ssquf] Data related to program operations to help FNS develop and 
provide training and technical assistance for School Food Authorities 
(SFAs) and State Agencies responsible for administering the CN 
    The activities to be undertaken subject to this notice include:
    [ssquf] Conducting a web survey of approximately 1,750 SFA 
    [ssquf] Conducting a web survey of all 55 State Agency CN 
    Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments (SFA Directors 
for public schools and State CN Directors).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents is 3,379 (1,814 respondents and 1,565 non-respondents). 
Three State CN Directors and six SFA Directors are expected to 
participate in the pre-test. The estimated number of respondents for 
each of the web surveys is as follows:
    (1) State CN Director Web Survey: The sample for this collection 
includes all 55 State CN Directors (50 U.S. States, 4 U.S. Territories, 
and the District of Columbia), all of whom are expected to respond.
    (2) SFA Director Web Survey: The sample for this collection 
includes 2,188 SFA Directors selected, using a stratified probability 
proportional-to-size (PPS) design, from the universe of SFAs operating 
in public school districts in the U.S. and outlying Territories that 
are required to submit the FNS-742 Verification Collection Report 
Summary form. Of the full sample, 1,750 SFA Directors are expected to 
respond for a response rate of 80 percent.
    Estimated Frequency of Response per Respondent: SFA Director and 
State CN Director respondents will be asked to complete their 
respective web surveys one time. Each State CN Director may

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receive up to four follow-up/reminder emails and up to two reminder 
phone calls until the target of 55 respondents is reached. Each SFA 
Director may receive up to four follow-up/reminder emails and up to 
three reminder phone calls until the target number of 1,750 respondents 
is reached. FNS estimates that respondents will average 3.02 responses 
(5,479 responses/1,814 respondents) across the entire collection, with 
non-respondents averaging 4.38 responses (6,860 responses/1,565 non-
respondents). Across all participants in the collection (respondents 
and non-respondents) the average number of responses is 3.65.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: The estimated total number of 
annual responses is 12,339. This includes 5,479 for all respondents and 
6,860 for non-respondents.
    Estimated Time per Response: The estimated time per response ranges 
from 2 minutes (0.03 hours) to 3 hours depending on the instrument. The 
average estimated time for all participants (respondents and non-
respondents) in this collection is 20 minutes (0.33 hours) per 
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: The annual reporting 
burden is estimated at 4,101.87 hours. See Table 1 for estimated total 
annual burden per respondent type.

    Dated: May 31, 2018.
Brandon Lipps,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.

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[FR Doc. 2018-12650 Filed 6-12-18; 8:45 am]