AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub.
L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5
CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to revise
a currently approved information collection entitled, "Research,
Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).''
DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by August 17,
2015, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date
will be considered to the extent practicable.
ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any of the following
methods: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, Records Officer; email:
Title: Reporting Requirements for Research, Education, and
Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).
OMB Number: 0524-0048.
Expiration Date of Current Approval: January 31, 2018.
Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information
Abstract: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), NIFA
administers several competitive, peer-reviewed research, education, and
extension programs, under which awards of a high-priority are made.
These programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in
the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act
of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.); Competitive, special, and
facilities research grants (7 U.S.C. 450i) and other legislative
authorities. NIFA also administers several formula funded research
programs. The programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities
contained in the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act of
October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a-1-582a-7); the Hatch Act of 1887, as
amended (7 U.S.C. 4361a-361i); Section 1445 of Public Law 95-113, the
Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3222); and
Section 1433 of Subtitle E (Sections 1429-1439), Title XIV of Public
Law 95-113, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3191-3201).
The purpose of this revision is to collect two new pieces of
information as part of REEport: (1) Demographic data on grant
participants, and (2) additional lines on the REEport Financial Report
for "Non-Federal Funds'' used on projects funded by NIFA.
Demographic Data: NIFA proposes to collect the following data as
approved in the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). NIFA is
being asked by other Federal Government entities for information
regarding the demographics of grantee participants in research, higher
education, and extension, including Project Directors, Co-Project
Directors, Students, etc. Demographic data (i.e., gender, ethnicity,
race, and disability status) should be provided directly by significant
contributors, with the understanding that submission of such data is
voluntary. There are no adverse consequences if the data are not
provided. Confidentiality of demographic data will be in accordance
with agency's policy and practices for complying with the requirements
of the Privacy Act.