[Federal Register: April 28, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 81)]


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Fish and Wildlife Service


Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and 

Budget (OMB) for Renewal Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; 1018-0115; 

USFWS Training Records, Application for FWS Training Request

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have submitted to OMB a request 

to renew approval for information collection associated with our 

Training Application (FWS Form 3-2193). Applicants who wish to 

participate in training sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service 

National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) must complete a training 

application, which is available in both electronic (Internet) and hard 

copy versions.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before May 31, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 

collection renewal to the Desk Officer for the Department of the 

Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-6566 (fax) or 

OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to 

Krista Bibb, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife 

Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 

(mail); (703) 358-2269 (fax); or Krista_Bibb@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 

collection requirements, explanatory information, or related form, 

contact Krista Bibb at the addresses above or by phone at (703) 358-2482.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which 

implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 

3501 et seq.), 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)). 

Currently, we have approval from OMB to collect information related to 

FWS Form 3-2193 under OMB control number 1018-0115. This approval 

expires on April 30, 2005. We have submitted a request to OMB to renew 

approval for this information collection, and we are requesting a 3-

year term of approval. 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. OMB has up to 

60 days to approve or disapprove our information collection request, 

but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure that your comments 

receive consideration, send all comments and suggestions to OMB by the 

date listed in the DATES section.

    The NCTC in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, provides natural resource 

and other professional training for Service employees, employees of 

other Federal agencies, and individuals with other affiliations. While 

most training is targeted for Service employees, NCTC offers slots to 

State agencies, university personnel, not-for-profit organizations, and 

members of the general public who request to be considered for 


    NCTC designed FWS Form 3-2193 (Training Application) as a quick and 

easy method for prospective students to request training. This 

collection has been in use for 3 years and is used in the daily 

workings of the NCTC. We encourage applicants to use FWS Form 3-2193 

and to submit their requests electronically. NCTC uses data from the 

form to generate class rosters, class transcripts, and statistics, and 

as a budgeting tool for projecting training requirements. It is also 

used to track attendance, mandatory requirements, tuition, and 

invoicing for all NCTC sponsored courses both on- and off-site.

    On January 21, 2005, we published in the Federal Register (70 FR 

3221) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew authority for 

this information collection. In that notice, we solicited public 

comments for 60 days, ending on March 22, 2005. We received one comment 

during this period. The comment was directed to the subject matter, 

validity, and necessity of the training and not at the need for the 

information collection. The commenter stated that training should be 

open to the public and believes that the training we provide is focused 

on guns, hunting, and violence proponents.

    All training courses offered by the NCTC, with the exception of 

some bureau-specific courses, are open to members of the general public 

who have the required background experience or knowledge to allow their 

full understanding of the subject matter. Very few of our training 

courses have an emphasis on guns and hunting. Those courses that do 

touch on these subjects are presented in the context of refuge and 

wildlife management and law enforcement.

    In September 2005, we conducted limited public outreach directed at 

various personnel who have completed FWS Form 3-2193 to request 

training at the NCTC. All respondents indicated that the information we 

collect is necessary and appropriate and that the reporting burden is 

not excessive. We have revised the currently approved form to: (1) 

Comply with Governmentwide policy regarding collection of Dun and 

Bradstreet numbers for agencies from which NCTC will need to collect 

funds, and (2) respond to the suggestions received during our outreach 

to provide more explanation for non-Federal employees.

    Title: USFWS Training Records, Application for FWS Training 


    OMB Control Number: 1018-0115.

    Form Number: FWS Form 3-2193.

    Frequency: When applying for training.

    Description of Respondents: Persons who wish to participate in 

training given at or sponsored by the NCTC.

    Total Annual Burden Hours: 60.33 hours.

    Total Annual Responses: 724.

    We invite your comments on (1) whether or not the collection of 

information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 

the agency, including whether or not the information will have 

practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 

burden of the collection 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.

    Dated: April 14, 2005.

Krista Bibb,

Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.

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