USDA COMMENT PERIOD INPUT PROCEDURES
- For those who would like to submit their opinion to the USDA on the release time of the WASDE report, I have pasted the text and attached the original PDF outlining how to submit feedback.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Notice of Opportunity to Submit Comment on the Public Release Time of Several
Major USDA Statistical Reports
AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service and Office of the Chief
ACTION: Notice and request for stakeholder input.
SUMMARY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the Office
of the Chief Economist are currently accepting stakeholder input on the public
release time and procedures of several major USDA statistical reports.
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by [INSERT DATE 30
DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER] to be
assured of consideration.
ADDRESSES: Requests must address items listed in comments section below.
Please submit comments via the Internet at
https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/optin/136771, or via mail to: USDA-NASS,
Agricultural Statistics Board Chair, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 5029,
Washington, DC 20250.
If you have any questions, send an e-mail to HQASBDeputy@nass.usda.gov or
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, (202) 720-4333, Fax: 202-720-9013, or e-mail:
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA's National Agricultural Statistics
Service and the Office of the Chief Economist are seeking comments on the
release time of several of their major statistical reports. USDA statistical report
release times are affected for the following reports: "World Agricultural Supply
and Demand Estimates", "Acreage", "Cattle", "Cattle on Feed", "Crop
Production", "Grain Stocks", "Prospective Plantings", "Quarterly Hogs and Pigs",
and "Small Grain Summary". The current release times of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00
p.m. ET will remain unchanged until official comments are considered.
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) Statistical Policy Directives 3 and 4, rules are in place to regulate
the public's access to federally generated statistics. With nearly round-the-clock
commodities trading in the United States now underway, the agencies want to
hear from all parties who use federal agricultural statistics so that we best meet
their needs while upholding our responsibility to provide equal access to data.
The agencies will carefully consider all input on the time of report releases.
The 2012 official published schedule for all NASS reports is available online at
www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/index.asp. The World Agricultural Outlook
Board (WAOB) report schedule is available at
COMMENTS: Please address the following questions when submitting your
1. What is your preferred time of day (EDT) for report release?
2. Why is this time preferred?
3. Who are the data users impacted by this recommended time change?
4. How will this change impact these data users?
5. How are the data used when received at the current release time?
6. Other comments
All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be
summarized and considered by NASS and the Office of the Chief Economist in
preparing any recommendation(s).
Signed at Washington, D.C., May 24, 2012.
Joseph T. Reilly,
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