[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 179 (Tuesday, September 16, 2014)]
[Pages 55499-55500]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-21972]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-IA-2014-N197; FXIA16720900020-145-FF09A2000]

Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; International Grant Programs

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 September 30, 2014. 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 October 16, 2014.

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 OIRASubmission@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, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 
(mail), or hopegrey@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-
0123'' in the subject line of your comments.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at hopegrey@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.


Information Collection Request

I. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0123.
    Title: International Conservation Grant Programs.
    Service Form Number: 3-2338.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Domestic and nondomestic individuals; 
nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; private sector 
entities; and State, local, and tribal governments.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

                                                     Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                    Activity                        respondents      responses       response      burden hours
Applications....................................             668             668              22          14,696
Reports.........................................             302             604              40          24,160
    Totals......................................             970           1,272  ..............          38,856

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    Abstract: Some of the world's most treasured and exotic animals are 
dangerously close to extinction. Destruction of natural habitat, 
illegal poaching, and pet-trade smuggling are devastating populations 
of tigers, rhinos, marine turtles, great apes, elephants, and many 
other highly cherished species. The Division of International 
Conservation administers competitive grant programs funded under the:
     African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4201-4245).
     Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 4261).
     Great Apes Conservation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-411).
     Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994 (16 U.S.C. 
     Marine Turtle Conservation Act (Pub. L. 108-266).
     Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et se.) (Wildlife 
Without Borders Programs--Africa, Mexico, Latin America and the 
Caribbean, Russia, Critically Endangered Species, and Amphibians in 
    Applicants submit proposals for funding in response to Notices of 
Funding Availability that we publish on Grants.gov. We collect the 
following information:
     Cover page with basic project details (FWS Form 3-2338).
     Project summary and narrative.
     Letter of appropriate government endorsement.
     Brief curricula vitae for key project personnel.
     Complete Standard Forms 424 and 424b (nondomestic 
applicants do not submit the standard forms).
    Proposals may also include, as appropriate, a copy of the 
organization's Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) and any 
additional documentation supporting the proposed project.
    The project summary and narrative are the basis for this 
information collection. A panel of technical experts reviews each 
proposal to assess how well the project addresses the priorities 
identified by each program's authorizing legislation and the associated 
project costs. As all of the on-the-ground projects are conducted 
outside the United States, the letter of appropriate government 
endorsement ensures that the proposed activities will be supportive of 
locally identified priorities and needs. Brief curricula vitae for key 
project personnel allow the review panel to assess the qualifications 
of project staff to effectively carry out the project goals and 
objectives. As all Federal entities must honor the indirect cost rates 
an organization has negotiated with its cognizant agency, we require 
all organizations with a NICRA to submit the agreement paperwork with 
their proposals to verify how their rate is applied in their proposed 
    All assistance awards under these grant programs have a maximum 
reporting requirement of:
     Interim reports (performance report and a financial status 
report) as appropriate, and a
     Final report (performance and financial status report and 
copies of all deliverables, photographic documentation of the project 
and products resulting from the project) due within 90 days of the end 
of the performance period.

Comments Received and Our Responses

    On March 14, 2014, we published in the Federal Register (79 FR 
14527) 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 May 13, 2014. We did not receive any comments in 
response to the notice.

Request for Public 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 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: September 10, 2014.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
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