[Federal Register: January 28, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 17)]
[Page 4973]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-IA-2009-N0011; 96200-1672-0050-7D]

Proposed Information Collection; Evaluation of Great Ape 
Conservation Fund Grant Activities

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. 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: You must submit comments on or before March 30, 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); hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

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


I. Abstract

    The Fish and Wildlife Service (we, Service) has contracted with 
Frederick Sowers Consulting to conduct an independent evaluation of 
Great Ape Conservation Fund (GACF) grants. The evaluation will be 
limited to those grants we financed during Fiscal Years 2006 through 
2008 through a $2.5 million/year resource transfer from the Agency for 
International Development in support of the Central Africa Regional 
Program for the Environment.
    In the central African region, conservation efforts are focused 
around approximately 12 large landscapes where conservation 
organizations take the lead in a multi-stakeholder process of land use 
and conservation planning. We plan to survey the direct recipients of 
GACF grants and their associated partners (e.g. international and 
African conservation and development nongovernmental organizations, 
stakeholder groups, civic organizations, and other funding agencies). 
The survey will cover both leading partners and smaller implementing 
partners within the landscape.
    The 74 grantees, who serve in direct contact with the public, are 
spread across five countries in the central African region. We plan to 
use an online survey as an efficient and minimally disruptive means of 
collecting information on grants management mechanics and operations 
and grantee performance in achieving conservation aims. The online 
survey will be open for an adequate period of time to allow respondents 
ample time to complete and update the survey questionnaire. We plan to 
    (1) Basic demographic data about the institutions, such as the size 
of the organization, the length and duration of its presence in the 
landscape, the nature of its activities, and its relationship with 
other stakeholders.
    (2) Information on the quality and nature of the relationships 
between grant recipients and the Government.
    (3) Effectiveness of the program in contributing to conservation 

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: None. This is a new collection.
    Title: Evaluation of Great Ape Conservation Fund Grant Activities.
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: New.
    Affected Public: GACF grantees and associated partners (e.g., 
nongovernment organizations, stakeholder groups, civic organizations, 
and other funding agencies).
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.
    Total Annual Number of Responses: 160.
    Completion Time per Response: 1.5 hours.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 240 hours.

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: January 12, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E9-1834 Filed 1-27-09; 8:45 am]