[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 50 (Friday, March 14, 2014)]
[Pages 14527-14528]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05569]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-IA-2014-N044; FXIA16720900020-145-FF09A2000]

Proposed Information Collection; International Conservation Grant 

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. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on September 30, 2014. 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 May 13, 2014.

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). Please include ``1018-0123'' in the subject line 
of your comments.

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

    Some of the world's most treasured and exotic animals are 
dangerously close to extinction. Destruction of natural habitat, 
illegal poaching, and pet-trade smuggling are devastating populations 
of tigers, rhinos, marine turtles, great apes, elephants, and many 
other highly cherished species. The Division of International 
Conservation administers competitive grant programs funded under the:
     African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4201-4245).
     Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 4261).
     Great Apes Conservation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-411).
     Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994 (16 U.S.C. 
     Marine Turtle Conservation Act (Pub. L. 108-266).
     Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (Wildlife 
Without Borders Programs-Africa, Mexico, Latin America and the 
Caribbean, Russia, Critically Endangered Species, and Amphibians in 
    Applicants submit proposals for funding in response to Notices of 
Funding Availability that we publish on Grants.gov. We collect the 
following information:
     Cover page with basic project details (FWS Form 3-2338).
     Project summary and narrative.
     Letter of appropriate government endorsement.
     Brief curricula vitae for key project personnel.
     Complete Standard Forms 424 and 424b (nondomestic 
applicants do not submit the standard forms).
    Proposals may also include, as appropriate, a copy of the 
organization's Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) and any 
additional documentation supporting the proposed project.
    The project summary and narrative are the basis for this 
information collection. A panel of technical experts reviews each 
proposal to assess how well the project addresses the priorities 
identified by each program's authorizing legislation and the associated 
project costs. As all of the on-the-ground projects are conducted 
outside the United States, the letter of appropriate government 
endorsement ensures that the proposed activities will be supportive of 
locally identified priorities and needs. Brief curricula vitae for key 
project personnel allow the review panel to assess the qualifications 
of project staff to effectively carry out the project goals and 
objectives. As all Federal entities must honor the indirect cost rates 
an organization has negotiated with its cognizant agency, we require 
all organizations with a NICRA to submit the agreement paperwork with 
their proposals to verify how their rate is applied in their proposed 
    All assistance awards under these grant programs have a maximum 
reporting requirement of:
     Interim reports (performance report and a financial status 
report) as appropriate, and a
     Final report (performance and financial status report and 
copies of all

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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: 1018-0123.
    Title: International Conservation Grant Programs.
    Service Form Number: 3-2338.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Domestic and nondomestic individuals; 
nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; private sector 
entities; and State, local and tribal governments.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

                    Activity                         Number of       Number of       time per      Total  annual
                                                    respondents      responses       response      burden  hours
Applications....................................             502             502        12 hours           6,024
Reports.........................................             164             315        30 hours           9,450
    Totals......................................             666             817  ..............          15,474

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

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: March 10, 2014.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-05569 Filed 3-13-14; 8:45 am]