[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 30 (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)]
[Pages 10201-10202]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03286]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-BHC-2013-N019; FXMB12330900000-123-FF09M13100]

Proposed Information Collection; Electronic Duck Stamp Program

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. 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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by April 15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (email).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone).


I. Abstract

    On March 16, 1934, President Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird 
Hunting Stamp Act (16 U.S.C. 718a et seq.) requiring all migratory 
waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older to buy a Federal migratory 
bird hunting and conservation stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) annually. The 
stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents 
out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes 
directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. The Federal Duck Stamp is one of the 
most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly 
effective way to conserve America's natural resources. Besides serving 
as a hunting license and a conservation tool, a current year's Federal 
Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for national wildlife 
refuges where admission is charged. Duck Stamps and products that bear 
stamp images are also popular collector items.
    The Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-266) required 
the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a 3-year pilot program under 
which States could issue electronic Federal Duck Stamps. The electronic 
stamp is valid for 45 days from the date of purchase and can be used 
immediately while customers wait to receive the actual stamp in the 
mail. After 45 days, customers must carry the actual Federal Duck Stamp 
while hunting or to gain free access to national wildlife refuges. 
Eight States participated in the pilot. At the end of the pilot, we 
provided a report to Congress outlining the successes of the program. 
The program improved public participation by increasing the ability of 
the public to obtain required Federal Duck Stamps.
    Under our authorities in 16 U.S.C. 718b(a)(2), we have continued 
the Electronic Duck Stamp Program in the eight States that participated 
in the pilot. In September 2013, we will expand the program by inviting 
all State fish and wildlife agencies to participate. Anyone, regardless 
of State residence, may purchase an electronic Duck Stamp through any 
State that participates in the program. Interested States must submit 
an application (FWS Form 3-2341). We will use the information provided 
in the application to determine a State's eligibility to participate in 
the program. Information includes, but is not limited to:
     Information verifying the current systems the State uses 
to sell hunting, fishing, and other associated licenses and products.
     Applicable State laws, regulations, or policies that 
authorize the use of electronic systems to issue licenses.
     Example and explanation of the codes the State proposes to 
use to create and endorse the unique identifier for the individual to 
whom each stamp is issued.
     Mockup copy of the printed version of the State's proposed 
electronic stamp, including a description of the format and identifying 
features of the licensee to be specified on the stamp.
     Description of any fee the State will charge for issuance 
of an electronic stamp.
     Description of the process the State will use to account 
for and transfer the amounts collected by the State that are required 
to be transferred under the program.
     Manner by which the State will transmit electronic stamp 
customer data.
    Each State approved to participate in the program must provide the 
following information on a weekly basis:
     First name, last name, and complete mailing address of 
each individual that purchases an electronic stamp from the State.
     Face value amount of each electronic stamp sold by the 
     Amount of the Federal portion of any fee required by the 
agreement for each stamp sold.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0135.
    Title: Electronic Duck Stamp Program.
    Service Form Number: 3-2341.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement with change of a previously approved 
    Description of Respondents: State fish and wildlife agencies.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: One time for applications and weekly for 
fulfillment reports.

                    Activity                         Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                                                    respondents      responses       response      burden hours
Application.....................................              10              10        40 hours             400
Fulfillment Report..............................               5             260          1 hour             260
    Totals......................................              15             270  ..............             660

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III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    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, 
email 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: February 6, 2013.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-03286 Filed 2-12-13; 8:45 am]