(H) Section 4404 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2 U.S.C. 1161 ).
(I) Section 4142 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246).
(J) Section 4301 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. 1758a ).
(K) Section 4305 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. 1755a ).
(L) Section 4307 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246).
(M) Section 4405 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 7517 ).
(ii) Administer those functions relating to the distribution and donation of agricultural commodities and products thereof under the following legislation:
(A) Clause (3) of section 416(a) of the Agricultural Act of 1949, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1431(a) ), except the estimate and announcement of the types and varieties of food commodities, and the quantities thereof, to become available for distribution thereunder;
(B) Section 709 of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1965, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1446a-1 );
(C) Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, as amended (7 U.S.C. 612c ), as supplemented by the Act of June 28, 1937, as amended (15 U.S.C. 713c ), and related legislation;
(D) Section 9 of the Act of September 6, 1958, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1431b );
(E) Section 210 of the Agricultural Act of 1956 (7 U.S.C. 1859 ), except with respect to donations to Federal penal and correctional institutions;
(G) Section 311 of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3030a );
(H) Sections 412 and 413(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5179, 5180(b) );
(I) Sections 4 and 5 of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973, as amended (7 U.S.C. 612c note) ;
(J) Section 1114 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1431e );
(K) Section 1336 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 (Pub. L. 97-98);
(iii) Administer those functions relating to the distribution of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits under section 412 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5179 ).
(iv) In connection with the functions assigned in paragraphs (a)(1)(i), (ii) and (iii) of this section, relating to the distribution and donation of agricultural commodities and products thereof and supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits to eligible recipients, authority to determine the requirements for such agricultural commodities and products thereof and supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits to be so distributed.
(v) Develop food plans for use in establishing supplemental nutrition assistance benefit levels, and assess the nutritional impact of Federal food programs.
(vi) Administer those functions under title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1612) relating to the eligibility of aliens for benefits under the domestic food assistance programs.
(2) Related to consumer advice.(i) Develop and implement USDA policy and procedural guidelines for carrying out the Department's Consumer Affairs Plan.
(ii) Advise the Secretary and other policy level officials of the Department on consumer affairs policies and programs.
(iii) Coordinate USDA consumer affairs activities and monitor and analyze agency procedures and performance.
(iv) Represent the Department at conferences, meetings and other contacts where consumer affairs issues are discussed, including liaison with the White House and other governmental agencies and departments.
(v) Work with the Office of Budget and Program Analysis and the Office of Communications to ensure coordination of USDA consumer affairs and public participation programs, policies and information, and to prevent duplication of responsibilities.
(vi) Serve as a consumer ombudsman and communication link between consumers and the Department.
(vii) Approve the designation of agency Consumer Affairs Contacts.
(3) Related to human nutrition information.(i) Develop techniques and equipment to assist consumers in the home and in institutions in selecting food that supplies a nutritionally adequate diet.
(ii) Develop family food plans at different costs for use as standards by families of different sizes, sex-age composition, and economic levels.
(iii) Develop suitable and safe preparation and management procedures to retain nutritional and eating qualities of food served in homes and institutions.
(iv) Develop materials to aid the public in meeting dietary needs, with emphasis on food selection for good nutrition and appropriate cost, and food preparation to avoid waste, maximize nutrient retention, minimize food safety hazards, and conserve energy.
(v) Develop food plans for use in establishing food stamp benefit levels, and assess the nutritional impact of Federal food programs.
(vi) Coordinate nutrition education promotion and professional education projects within the Department.
(vii) Analyze data from food consumption surveys in coordination with the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics to provide a basis for evaluating dietary adequacy.
(viii) Consult with the Federal and State agencies, the Congress, universities, and other public and private organizations and the general public regarding household food consumption, individual intake, and dietary adequacy, and implications of the survey on public policy regarding food and nutrition policies (7 U.S.C. 3171-317 5).
(ix) In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, administer section 4403 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 5311a ).
(x) Enter into contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements in accordance with section 1472 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3318 ).
(4) Related to committee management. Establish and reestablish regional, State, and local advisory committees for activities under his or her authority. This authority may not be redelegated.
(5) Related to defense and emergency preparedness. Administer responsibilities and functions assigned under the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq. ), and title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5195et seq. ), concerning food stamp assistance.
(b) The following authority is reserved to the Secretary of Agriculture:
(1) Related to food and nutrition. Authority to appoint the members of the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition as directed in section 17(k) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(k) ).
[60 FR 56393, Nov. 8, 1995, as amended at 68 FR 27436, May 20, 2003; 74 FR 3402, Jan. 21, 2009]
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