[Federal Register: June 3, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 106)]
[Page 29872]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has submitted the 
collection of information listed below to OMB for approval under the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. A copy of the information 
collection requirement is included in this notice. If you wish to 
obtain copies of the proposed information collection requirement, 
related forms, and explanatory material, contact the Service 
Information Collection Clearance Officer at the address listed below.

DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove information 
collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure maximum 
consideration, you must submit comments on or before July 6, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the requirement to the Office of 
Management and Budget, Attention: Department of the Interior Desk 
Officer, 725 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20503, and to Rebecca 
Mullin, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, ms 222-ARLSQ, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection request, explanatory information and related forms, contact 
Rebecca A. Mullin at (703)358-2287, or electronically to 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), require that 
interested members of the public and affected agencies have an 
opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping 
activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(We) has submitted a request to OMB to renew its approval of the 
collection of information for the Mourning Dove Call-Count Survey. We 
are requesting a 3-year term of approval for this information 
collection activity. A previous 60-day notice on this information 
collection requirement was published in the February 16, 1999 (64 FR 
7660) Federal Register inviting public comment. No comments on the 
previous notice were received as of April 20, 1999. This notice 
provides an additional 30 days in which to comment on the following 
    Federal agencies may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this 
collection of information is 1018-0010.
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-711) and Fish and 
Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department of the 
Interior as the key agency responsible for the wise management of 
migratory bird populations frequenting the United States and for the 
setting of hunting regulations that allow appropriate harvests that are 
within the guidelines that will allow for those populations' well 
being. These responsibilities dictate the gathering of accurate data on 
various characteristics of migratory bird populations. The Mourning 
Dove Call-Count Survey is an essential part of the migratory bird 
management program. The survey is a cooperative effort between us and 
State wildlife agencies. It is conducted each spring by State and 
Service biologists to provide the necessary data to determine the 
population status of the mourning dove. The survey results are then 
used to help guide us and the States in the annual promulgation of 
regulations for hunting mourning doves. Survey data are also used to 
plan and evaluate dove management programs and provide specific 
information necessary for dove research. If this survey were not used, 
there would be no way to determine the population status of mourning 
doves prior to setting regulations.
    Title: Mourning Dove Call-Count Survey.
    Approval Number: 1018-0010.
    Service Form Number: 3-159.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: State, local, tribal, provincial, or 
Federal employees.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: The reporting burden is estimated to 
average 2.5 hours per respondent. The Total Annual Burden hours is 
2,655 hours.
    Total Annual Responses: About 1,062 individuals are expected to 
participate in the survey.
    We invite comments concerning this renewal on: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
our migratory bird management functions, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of our 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (3) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and, (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents. The information collections in this program 
are part of a system of record covered by the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 

    Dated: May 5, 1999.
Daniel M. Ashe,
Assistant Director for Refuges and Wildlife.
[FR Doc. 99-14037 Filed 6-2-99; 8:45 am]