[Federal Register: December 10, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 238)]
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R7-SM-2008-N0309] [70101-1261-0000-L6]

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0120; 
Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Membership Application/
Nomination and Interview Forms

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 March 31, 2009. 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: Your comments must be received by February 9, 2009.

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), or hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

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


I. Abstract

    Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act 
(16 U.S.C. 3101) designates the Departments of the Interior and 
Agriculture as the key agencies responsible for implementing the 
subsistence priority on Federal public lands for rural Alaska 
residents. These responsibilities include the establishment of Regional 
Councils with members from each region who are knowledgeable about the 
region and subsistence uses of the public lands. One-third of the seats 
on the Regional Councils become vacant each year. Additional vacancies 
may occur due to resignations or deaths of sitting members.
    Each person desiring to serve on a Regional Council must complete 
FWS Form 3-2321 (Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council 
Membership Application/Nomination). Persons nominating other 
individuals for membership must also complete this form. Applicants 
must provide three references and information on:
    (1) Their knowledge of fish and wildlife resources as well as 
subsistence and other uses of the resources.
    (2) Their service on working groups, conservation committees, etc.
    (3) How they would represent the people in the region.
    (4) Their willingness to travel and attend meetings.
    Federal staff will use FWS Form 3-2322 (Regional Advisory Council 
Candidate Interview Form) to conduct applicant interviews by telephone. 
Respondents do not see the printed form. Interviewers will ask 
questions regarding the applicant's willingness to serve on the 
Regional Council and will ask the applicant to explain information 
provided on FWS Form 3-2321.
    Federal staff will use FWS Form 3-2323 (Regional Council Reference/
Key Contact Interview Form) to conduct interviews of references/key 
contacts for prospective Regional Council members. We conduct all 
interviews by telephone and the respondents do not see the printed 
form. Interviewers will ask questions about the applicant's:
    (1) Knowledge of fish and wildlife resources as well as subsistence 
practices and commercial/sport activities.
    (2) Leadership ability.
    (3) Ability to communicate.
    The Federal Subsistence Board uses this information to make 
recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for appointment of 
members to the Regional Councils. We restrict the information collected 
to the Regional Council member selection process and only to staff that 
the Federal Subsistence Board deems necessary. The information 
collections in this program are part of a system of records covered by 
the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552(a)).

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0120.
    Title: Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Membership 
Application/Nomination and Interview Forms.
    Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3-2321, 3-2322, and 3-2323.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Alaska residents.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
FWS Form 3-2321.................                 100                 100  2 hours............                200
FWS Form 3-2322.................                 100                 100  30 minutes.........                 50
FWS Form 3-2323.................                 400                 400  15 minutes.........                100
    Totals......................                 600                 600  ...................                350

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

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information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: November 6, 2008
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-29138 Filed 12-9-08; 8:45 am]