[Federal Register: December 31, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 250)]
[Page 67537-67539]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection Being Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: New Information Collection--State Certification of 


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has submitted the 
information collection requirement described below to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The Service is soliciting 
comment and suggestions on the requirement as described below.

DATES: Interested parties must submit comments on or before January 30, 
2002. OMB has 60 days to approve or disapprove an information 
collection, but may respond after 30 days. Therefore to ensure maximum 
consideration, OMB should receive public comments by the above date.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties should send comments and suggestions on 
the requirement to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Interior Desk Officer, New 
Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street, Washington, DC 20503, and 
they should send a copy of the comment to: Rebecca A. Mullin, 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203 or 
Rebecca Mullin@fws.gov e-mail.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Hess, (703) 358-1849, fax (703) 
358-1837, or Tim__Hess@fws.gov e-mail.

    Title of Forms: Certification of Spending.
    Service Form Number: 3-2197a.
    This form currently has no OMB Control Number. The Service 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.
    Description and Use: The Service administers grant programs 
authorized by the Federal Aid in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration 
Acts. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act 
of 2000 requires that States certify annually in writing that their 
expenditure of these Federal grant funds was in accordance with the 
appropriate Act. The Service must forward these certifications to 
Congress annually by December 31st each year.
    The Service invited comments over a 60 day period in the Federal 
Register (Volume 66, Number 184, Page 48700-48703) starting September 
21, 2001. No comments were received.
    The Service submitted the following information collection 
requirements to OMB for review and approval under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments are again invited on 
(1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimates of burden of the 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 collection of 
information on respondents, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: States, the Commonwealth of Puerto 
Rico, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

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    Completion Time and Annual Response Estimate:

                                                                                                   Annual burden
                Form name                  Completion time per form         Annual response         (In hours)
State Certification of Expenditures.....  \1/2\ Hour................  60 Forms..................              30

    Dated: December 11, 2001.
Rebecca Mullin,
Fish and Wildlife Service, Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 01-32092 Filed 12-28-01; 8:45 am]