[Federal Register: July 17, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 136)]
[Page 34771-34772]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-FWS-R9-IA-2009-N144] [96200-1672-0005-7E]

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0142; 
Wildlife Without Borders--Critically Endangered Animals Conservation 
Fund Grant Program

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY:  We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on November 30, 2009. We 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.

DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by September 15, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or 
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.


I. Abstract

    In May 2009, we requested that OMB approve, on an emergency basis, 
our request to collect information associated with a new grant program. 
We asked for emergency approval because of the necessity to spend 
program funds this fiscal year. OMB approved our request and assigned 
OMB Control No. 1018-0142, which expires November 30, 2009. We are 
going to ask OMB to

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extend the approval for this information collection for 3 years.
    Section 8 of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) 
authorizes the establishment of the Wildlife Without Borders--
Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Fund to fund projects that 
conserve the world's most endangered species. Critically endangered 
species are those that face an extremely high risk of extinction in the 
immediate future. The Division of International Conservation, Fish and 
Wildlife Service, administers this competitive grants program to 
provide funding for conservation actions that have a high likelihood of 
creating durable benefits to specific species facing immediate threat 
of extinction.
    Applicants submit proposals for funding in response to a Notice of 
Funding Availability that we publish on Grants.gov and the program web 
page. Applications consist of:
    (1) Cover page with basic project details (FWS Form 3-2338A).
    (2) Project summary and narrative.
    (3) Letter of appropriate government endorsement.
    (4) Brief curricula vitae for key project personnel.
    (5) Complete Standard Forms 424 and 424b (non-domestic applicants 
do not submit the standard forms).
Applications may also include, as appropriate, a copy of the 
organization's Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NIRCA) and any 
additional documentation supporting the proposed project.
    All assistance awards under this program have a maximum reporting 
requirement of a:
    (1) Mid-term report (performance report and a financial status 
report) due within 30 days of the conclusion of the first half of the 
project period, and
    (2) Final report (performance and financial status report and 
copies of all deliverables, photographic documentation of the project 
and products resulting from the project) due within 90 days of the end 
of the performance period.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0142.
    Title: Wildlife Without Borders--Critically Endangered Animals 
Conservation Fund Grant Program.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2338A.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Domestic and nondomestic Federal, State, and local 
governments; nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations; public and 
private institutions of higher education; and any other organization or 
individual with demonstrated experience deemed necessary to carry out 
the proposed project.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
Applications....................                  40                  40  12 hours...........                480
Reports.........................                  10                  20  30 hours...........                600
    Totals......................                  50                  60  ...................              1,080

III. Request for Comments

     We invite comments concerning this IC on:
    (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 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 
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, 
e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your 
personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Dated: July 9, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E9-17072 Filed 7-16-09; 8:45 am]