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Information Collection: Special Milk Program for Children

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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 an extension without change of a currently approved collection which FNS employs to determine public participation in Special Milk Program for children.

Abstract

Section 3 of the Child Nutrition Act (CNA) of 1966, (42 USC 1772) authorizes the Special Milk Program (SMP). It provides for the appropriation of such sums as may be necessary to enable the Secretary of Agriculture to encourage the consumption of fluid milk by children in the United States in: (1) nonprofit schools of high school grade and under; and (2) nonprofit nursery schools, child care centers, settlement houses, summer camps, and similar nonprofit institutions devoted to the care and training of children, which do not participate in a food service program authorized under the CNA or the National School Lunch Act.

Section 10 of the CNA (42 USC 1779) requires the Secretary of Agriculture to prescribe such regulations as deemed necessary to carry out this Act and the National School Lunch Act. Pursuant to that provision, the Secretary has issued 7 CFR part 215, which sets forth policies and procedures for the administration and operation of the SMP. State and local operators of the SMP are required to meet federal reporting and accountability requirements. This information collection is required to administer and operate this program. The program is administered at the state, school food authority (SFA), and child care institution levels; and operations include the submission of applications and agreements, submission and payment of claims, and maintenance of records. The reporting and record keeping burden associated with this revision has remained the same at 13,325 hours. All reporting and recordkeeping requirements associated with the SMP are currently approved by the Office of Management and Budget and are in force. This is an extension without change of the currently approved information collection.

Forms FNS-10 and FNS-777 collect information that are associated with this information collection; however, these forms are approved under another FNS information collection. Forms FNS-10 and FNS-777 are used by the state agencies to report program data. These forms, and the reporting burden associated with them, are approved under OMB# 0584-0594 Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS) (expiration date 7/31/23). The recordkeeping burden associated with these forms is covered in this collection.

Updated: 05/06/2022