[Federal Register: February 17, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 30)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R7-SM-2009-N0035] [70101-1261-0000-L6]

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0120; Federal
Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Membership Application/Nomination
and Interview Forms

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which
is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the
estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on March 31,
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. However, under OMB regulations, we may
continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is
pending at OMB.

DATES: You must send comments on or before March 19, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this ICR 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 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 ICR, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0120.
    Title: Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Membership
Application/Nomination and Interview Forms.
    Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3-2321, 3-2322, and 3-2323.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Alaska residents.
    Respondent's Obligation: For applicants and persons nominating
someone for council membership, response is required to obtain or
retain a benefit. For references and key contacts, response is
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
FWS Form 3-2321.................                  75                  75  2 hours............                150
FWS Form 3-2322.................                  75                  75  30 minutes.........                 38
FWS Form 3-2323.................                 250                 250  15 minutes.........                 62
    Totals......................                 400                 400  ...................                250

    Abstract: Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands
Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3101) designates the Departments of the
Interior and Agriculture as the key agencies responsible for
implementing the subsistence priority on Federal public lands for rural
Alaska residents. These responsibilities include the establishment of
Regional Councils with members from each region who are knowledgeable
about the region and subsistence uses of the public lands. One-third of
the seats on the Regional Councils become vacant each year. Additional
vacancies may occur due to resignations or deaths of sitting members.
    Each person desiring to serve on a Regional Council must complete
FWS Form 3-2321 (Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council
Membership Application/Nomination). Persons nominating other
individuals for membership also complete this form. Applicants must
provide three references and information on:
    (1) Their knowledge of fish and wildlife resources as well as
subsistence and other uses of the resources.
    (2) Their service on working groups, conservation committees, etc.
    (3) How they would represent the people in the region.
    (4) Their willingness to travel and attend meetings.
    Federal staff use FWS Form 3-2322 (Regional Advisory Council
Candidate Interview) to conduct applicant interviews by telephone.
Respondents do not see the printed form. Interviewers ask applicants:
    (1) About their willingness to serve on the Regional Council, and
    (2) To explain information provided on FWS Form 3-2321.
    Federal staff use FWS Form 3-2323 (Regional Advisory Council
Reference/Key Contact Interview) to conduct interviews of references/
key contacts for prospective Regional Council members. We conduct all
interviews by telephone and the respondents do not see the printed
form. Interviewers will ask questions about the applicant's:
    (1) Knowledge of fish and wildlife resources as well as subsistence
practices and commercial/sport activities.
    (2) Leadership ability.
    (3) Ability to communicate.
    The Federal Subsistence Board uses this information to make
recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for appointment of
members to the Regional Councils. We restrict the information collected
to the Regional Council member selection process and only to staff that
the Federal Subsistence Board deems necessary.
    Comments: On December 10, 2008, we published in the Federal
Register (73 FR 75124) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew
this ICR. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on
February 9, 2008. We did not receive any comments in response to that
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection 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. 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.

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you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be

    Dated: February 10, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E9-3409 Filed 2-13-09; 8:45 am]