[Federal Register: March 16, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 51)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0123; 
International Conservation Grant Programs

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, which is scheduled to expire on 
June 30, 2007. 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 May 15, 2007.

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); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

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

    I. Abstract
    The Division of International Conservation awards grants funded 
under the:
    (1) African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4201-4245).
    (2) Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 4261).
    (3) Great Apes Conservation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-411).
    (4) Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994 (16 U.S.C. 5306).
    (5) Marine Turtle Conservation Act (Pub. L. 108-266).
    (6) Wildlife Without Borders Programs - Mexico, Latin America and 
the Caribbean, and Russia.
    The information that we collect for grants awarded under the Marine 
Turtle Conservation Act is approved under OMB Control No. 1018-0128, 
which expires March 31, 2009. We are proposing to include that 
information collection with the others in this approval request, all 
under OMB Control Number 1018-0123.
    Applicants submit proposals for funding in response to Notices of 
Funding Availability that we publish on Grants.gov. We collect the 
following information under each Notice of Funding Availability:
    (1) Cover page with basic project details (FWS Form 3-2338). This 
is a new form that we propose to replace the six forms currently 
approved under OMB Control No. 1018-0123.
    (2) Project summary and narrative.
    (3) Letter of appropriate government endorsement.
    (4) Brief curricula vitae for key project personnel.
    (5) Complete Standard Forms 424, 424a 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 (NIRCA) and any 
additional documentation supporting the proposed project.
    The project summary and narrative is the basis for this information 
collection request for approval. A panel of technical experts reviews 
each proposal to assess how well the project addresses the priorities 
identified by each program's authorizing legislation. As all of the on-
the-ground projects funded by these programs are conducted outside the 
United States, the letter of appropriate government endorsement ensures 
that the proposed activities will not meet with local resistance or 
work in opposition to 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 budget. Applicants may provide any additional 
documentation that they believe best supports their proposal.
    II. Data
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0123.
    Title: International Conservation Grant Programs.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2338.
    Type of Request: Revision of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Domestic and nondomestic Federal, State, and local 
governments; nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations; public and 
private institutions of higher education; and any other organization or 
individual with demonstrated perience deemed necessary to carry out the 
proposed project..
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
Cover page (FWS Form 3-2338)....                 489                 489  1 hour.............                489
Narratives......................                 489                 489  11 hours...........              5,379
Reports (mid-term and final)....                 231                 231  30 hours...........              6,930
    Totals......................               1,209               1,209  ...................             12,798

    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 submitted in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our 
request to OMB to approve this IC.

    Dated: March 1, 2007
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E7-4844 Filed 3-15-07; 8:45 am]