[Federal Register: September 29, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 188)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-LE-2010-N213] [99011-1224-0000-9B]

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval; 1018-0092; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit 
Applications and Reports--Law Enforcement

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. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on

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November 30, 2010. 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 October 29, 2010.

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: 1018-0092.
    Title: Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports--
Law Enforcement, 50 CFR 13 and 14.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-200-2 and 3-200-3.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals, businesses, scientific institutions, 
and State, local, or tribal governments.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion for applications; annually or 
periodically for reports; ongoing for recordkeeping.
    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden: $1,189,200 for fees associated 
with permit applications.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
3-200-2 - application and                      1,350               1,350  1.25 hours.........              1,687
3-200-2 - report................                   5                   5  1 hour.............                  5
3-200-3 - application and                     10,555              10,555  1.25 hours.........             13,194
3-200-3 - report................                   5                   5  1 hour.............                  5
    Totals......................              11,915              11,915  ...................             14,891

    Abstract: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) 
makes it unlawful to import or export fish, wildlife, or plants without 
obtaining prior permission as deemed necessary for enforcing the ESA or 
upholding the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 
(CITES) (see 16 U.S.C. 1538(e)).
    This information collection includes the following permit/license 
application forms:
    (1) FWS Form 3-200-2 (Designated Port Exception Permit). Under 50 
CFR 14.11, it is unlawful to import or export wildlife or wildlife 
products at ports other than those designated in 50 CFR 14.12 unless 
you qualify for an exception. These exceptions allow qualified 
individuals, businesses, or scientific organizations to import or 
export wildlife or wildlife products at a nondesignated port:
    (a) When the wildlife or wildlife products will be used as 
scientific specimens.
    (b) To minimize deterioration or loss.
    (c) To relieve economic hardship.
To request an import or export of wildlife or wildlife products at 
nondesignated ports, applicants must complete FWS Form 3-200-2. 
Designated port exception permits are valid for 2 years. We may require 
a permittee to file a report on activities conducted under authority of 
the permit.
    (2) FWS Form 3-200-3 (Import/Export License). It is unlawful to 
import or export wildlife or wildlife products for commercial purposes 
without first obtaining an import/export license (50 CFR 14.91). 
Applicants must complete FWS Form 3-200-3 to request this license. We 
use the information that we collect on the application as an 
enforcement tool and management aid to: (a) monitor the international 
wildlife market and (b) detect trends and changes in the commercial 
trade of wildlife and wildlife products. Import/export licenses are 
valid for 1 year. We may require a licensee to file a report on 
activities conducted under authority of the import/export license.
    Permittees and licensees must maintain records that accurately 
describe each importation or exportation of wildlife or wildlife 
products made under the license, and any additional sale or transfer of 
the wildlife or wildlife products. In addition, licensees must make 
these records and the corresponding inventory of wildlife or wildlife 
products available for our inspection at reasonable times, subject to 
applicable limitations of law. We believe the burden associated with 
these recordkeeping requirements is minimal because the records already 
exist. Importers and exporters must complete FWS Form 3-177 
(Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife) for 
all imports or exports of wildlife or wildlife products. This form 
provides an accurate description of the imports and exports. OMB has 
approved the information collection for FWS Form 3-177 and assigned OMB 
Control Number 1018-0012. Normal business practices should produce 
records (e.g., invoices or bills of sale) needed to document additional 
sales or transfers of the wildlife or wildlife products.
    Comments: On February 25, 2010, we published in the Federal 
Register (75 FR 8732) a notice of our intent to request that OMB 
approve this information collection. In that notice, we solicited 
comments for 60 days, ending on April 26, 2010. We received two 
comments. One comment supported the reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements and stated that they were essential to meet the 
requirements of the ESA. The other comment stated that the permitting 
system is flawed, but did not address information requirements or the 
cost and hour burden estimates. We did not make any changes to this 
collection as a result of these comments.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your

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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: September 23, 2010
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-24361 Filed 9-28-10; 8:45 am]