[Federal Register: June 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 122)]
[Page 35704-35705]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2008-N0155] [91100-3740-GRNT-7C]

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0113; 
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) 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. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on December 31, 2008. 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 August 25, 2008.

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).

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

I. Abstract
    The NMBCA establishes a matching grants program to fund projects 
that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds in the 
United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The purposes 
of NMBCA are to:
    (1) Perpetuate healthy populations of neotropical migratory birds;
    (2) Assist in the conservation of these birds by supporting 
conservation initiatives in the United States, Canada, Latin America, 
and the Caribbean; and
    (3) Provide financial resources and foster international 
cooperation for those initiatives.
    Principal conservation actions supported by NMBCA are:
    (1) Protection and management of neotropical migratory bird 
    (2) Maintenance, management, protection, and restoration of 
neotropical migratory bird habitat.
    (3) Research and monitoring.
    (4) Law enforcement.
    (5) Community outreach and education.
    We publish notices of funding availability on the Grants.gov 
website (http://www.grants.gov) as well as in the Catalog of Federal 
Domestic Assistance (http://cfda.gov). To compete for grant funds, 
partnerships submit applications that describe in substantial detail 
project locations, project resources, future benefits, and other 
characteristics that meet the standards established by the Fish and 
Wildlife Service and the requirements of NMBCA.
    Materials that describe the program and assist applicants in 
formulating project proposals for consideration are available on our 
website at http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat. Persons who do not have 
access to the Internet may obtain instructional materials by mail. We 
have not made any major changes in the scope and general nature of the 
instructions since the OMB first approved the information collection in 
II. Data
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0113.
    Title: Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) Grant 
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: (1) an individual, corporation, partnership, 
trust, association, or other private entity; (2) an officer, employee, 
agent, department, or instrumentality of any State, municipality, or 
political subdivision of a State, or of any foreign government: (3) a 
State, municipality, or political subdivision of a State; (4) any other 
entity subject to the jurisdiction of the United States or of any 
foreign country; and (5) an international organization.

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    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion. This grants program has one 
project proposal submission per year. Annual reports are due 90 days 
after the anniversary date of the grant agreement. Final reports are 
due 90 days after the end of the project period. The project period is 
up to 2 years.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
Grant Applications..............                 160                 160  70 hours...........             11,200
Reports.........................                  60                  60  30 hours...........              1,800
    Totals......................                 220                 220  ...................             13,000

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 that you submit 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. 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. 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: June 11, 2008
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-14225 Filed 6-23-08; 8:45 am]