[Federal Register: June 15, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 113)]
[Page 28269-28270]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-WSR-2009-N125] [[91400-5110-POLI-7B and 91400-9410-POLI-7B]

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0109; Wildlife and 
Sport Fish Grants and Cooperative Agreements

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY:  We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which 
is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. OMB approval for this information collection 
is scheduled to expire on June 30, 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. However, under 
OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information 
collection while it is pending at OMB.

DATES: You must send comments on or before July 15, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). 
Please provide a copy of your comments 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.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0109.
    Title: Wildlife and Sport Fish Grants and Cooperative Agreements.
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: States; the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the 
Northern Mariana Islands; the District of Columbia; the territories of 
Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa; federally-recognized 
tribal governments; institutions of higher education; and 
nongovernmental organizations.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: We require applications annually for new 
grants. We require amendments on occasion when key elements of a 
project change. We require quarterly and final performance reports in 
the National Outreach and Communication Program and annual and final 
performance reports in the other 17 programs. We may require more 
frequent reports under the conditions stated at 43 CFR 12.52 and 43 CFR 

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
Initial Application (project                     200               2,500  40 hours...........            100,000
Amendment.......................                 150               1,500  2 hours............              3,000
Performance Reports.............                 200               3,500  6 hours............             21,000
    Totals......................                 550               7,500  ...................            124,000

    Abstract: We administer 18 wildlife and sport fish financial 
assistance programs. For a list of the programs included in this 
information collection, see our previous notice published on March 18, 
2009 (74 FR 11596). We provide most of this financial assistance as 
grants, but cooperative agreements are possible if the Federal 
Government is substantially involved in carrying out the project.
    To compete for financial assistance funds, you must submit an 
application that describes in substantial detail project locations, 
benefits, funding, and other characteristics. Materials to assist 
applicants in formulating project proposals are available on 
Grants.gov. We use the application to determine:
    (1) Eligibility for the grant.
    (2) The scale of resource values or relative worth of the project.
    (3) The effect of the project on environmental and cultural 
    (4) How well the proposed project will meet the purposes of the 
program's establishing legislation.
    Persons or entities receiving grants must submit periodic 
performance reports that contain information necessary for us to track 
costs and accomplishments.
    Comments: On March 18, 2009, we published in the Federal Register 
(74 FR 11596) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew this 
information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 
days, ending on May 18, 2009. We received one comment in response to 
the notice. The commenter stated that many of the grant programs ``need 
cutting'' and opposed any expenditure of public funds for hunter 
education and safety training. The commenter did not address the 
information collection requirements, and we did not did not make any 
changes based on this comment.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:

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    (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. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: June 9, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E9-14036 Filed 6-12-09; 8:45 am]