[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 110 (Thursday, June 7, 2012)]
[Pages 33764-33765]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13792]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-WSR-2012-N137; FVWF941009000007B-XXX-FF09W11000/

Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Wildlife and Sport Fish Grants and 
Cooperative Agreements

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. 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 information collection is scheduled to 
expire on August 31, 2012. 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 submit comments on or before July 9, 2012.

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 (email). 
Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0109'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0109.
    Title: Wildlife and Sport Fish Grants and Cooperative Agreements, 
80, 81, 84, 85, and 86.
    Service Form Number: None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: 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 programs. We may require more frequent 
reports under the conditions stated at 43 CFR 12.52 and 43 CFR 12.914.

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                                                     Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                    Activity                        respondents      responses     response  (in   burden hours
Initial Application (project narrative).........             200           2,500              40         100,000
Revision of Award Terms (Amendment).............             150           1,500               2           3,000
Performance Reports.............................             200           3,500               6          21,000
    Totals......................................             550           7,500  ..............         124,000

    Abstract: The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, administers financial assistance 
programs (see 77 FR 3489, January 24, 2012). We award most financial 
assistance as grants, but cooperative agreements are possible if the 
Federal Government will be substantially involved in carrying out the 
project. You can find a description of most programs in the Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance.
    To apply 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:
     Eligibility for the grant.
     Scale of resource values or relative worth of the project.
     Effect of the project on environmental and cultural 
     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 January 24, 2012, we published in the Federal Register 
(77 FR 3489) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval 
for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments 
for 60 days, ending on March 26, 2012. We received one comment. The 
commenter objected to the funding of these grants, but did not address 
the information collection requirements. We did not make any changes to 
our requirements.
    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 address, phone number, email 
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: May 31, 2012.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-13792 Filed 6-6-12; 8:45 am]