[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 68 (Monday, April 12, 2021)]
[Pages 19006-19008]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-07462]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-OLE-2021-N003; FF09L01300/FXLE12200900000/201; OMB Control 
Number 1018-New]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Training System

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing a new 
information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
May 12, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under Review--Open for 
Public Comments'' or by using the search function. Please provide a 
copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance 
Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB (JAO/3W), 5275 
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or by email to 
Info_Coll@fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018-Acadis in 
the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_Coll@fws.gov, or by 
telephone at (703) 358-2503. Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 
assistance. You may also view the information collection request (ICR) 
at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), we 
provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an 
opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our 
information collection

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requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps 
the public understand our information collection requirements and 
provide the requested data in the desired format.
    On October 9, 2020, we published in the Federal Register (85 FR 
64157) a notice of our intent to request that OMB approve this 
information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 
days, ending on December 8, 2020. We did not receive any comments in 
response to that notice.
    As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burdens, we are again soliciting comments from the public and other 
Federal agencies on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are 
especially interested in public comment addressing the following:
    (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection 
of information, including the validity of the methodology and 
assumptions used;
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) How might the agency minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond, including through the use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of response.
    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 us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.
    Abstract: The Branch of Training and Inspection (BTI) in the 
Service's Office of Law Enforcement coordinates and conducts training 
for Service special agents, wildlife inspectors, and administrative 
staff, as well as for State, Native American, and foreign individuals 
responsible for wildlife and habitat protection. Over the past decade, 
there have been substantial increases in the numbers of programs and 
individuals trained, hours of training provided, and numbers of 
training sites.
    There is a critical need for a comprehensive, reliable, and secure 
internet-based system capable of enhancing the Service's ability to 
plan, coordinate, and track the increased training-associated 
information and workflow, as well as the associated equipment, 
materials, and supplies required to successfully accomplish and sustain 
our vital training environments.
    The BTI purchased the Acadis Readiness Suite, by Envisage 
Technologies. This software suite provides the Service with the 
opportunity to enhance the standardization of many of the internal 
processes associated with training and also provides us with an 
improved ability to respond to inquiries from Congress, the Department 
of the Interior, and other external agencies. The software suite will 
enhance the ability of the BTI to:
     Schedule/track internal and external training events;
     Improve the ability to register/track both our internal 
and external student population;
     To maintain training records throughout the career of 
Service personnel;
     To improve the ability to test and survey Service student 
     To establish a robust lesson plan repository; and
     To respond to inquiries from internal and external 
    In order to administer this proposed collection of information, the 
Service (in consultation with trainee recommendations provided to the 
Service by U.S. Embassies and the State Department) will collect the 
following information from prospective trainees as part of the 
registration process:
     Applicant's full legal name;
     Date of birth;
     Last four digits of Social Security Number;
     Email address;
     Home address and telephone number;
     Years of law enforcement officer experience;
     Highest education level;
     Agency name and address, title/rank, and level in agency;
     Emergency contact name and phone number; and
     Supervisor's name, email address, and phone number.
    In addition to the required information above, international course 
participants will also be required to provide the following, which 
would be used only in the event of an emergency:
     Passport number and country of issue;
     Passport expiration date;
     National ID number; and
     Languages spoken.
    We will use two separate registration forms, one for U.S. citizens 
attending the domestic training programs and the other for 
international students who will attend training programs here in the 
United States. The U.S. citizens do not need a current passport or 
international identification number, because they will not be entering 
into the United States. Our international partners will be entering the 
United States and thus will need to ensure their documentation is valid 
for entry into the country.
    Participants will each automatically receive the post-course 
evaluation form, which asks them to provide feedback on the following:
     Length of experience;
     Program length;
     Overall ratings;
     Content, presentation, and course materials;
     Labs, practical exercises, and written exams;
     Program outcomes; and
     General comments.
    The Service will use the information collected to record, track, 
and manage training records of domestic and foreign students affiliated 
with law enforcement agencies who attend training offered by the 
Service. The information will provide us with the capability to search 
the records of previous attendees (upon official inquiry only) by name, 
country of origin, or specific identifying number. We will only use 
students' information in the Acadis Readiness Suite for administrative 
functions such as signing up/registering for training, training 
history, and training requirements. In the international survey, we 
also ask specific questions about language proficiency to determine 
what type and how many interpreters will be needed in the program; this 
information assists us in creating breakout groups.
    The authorities for the Service to collect the required information 
necessary to administer training programs utilizing the Acadis 
Readiness Suite include:
     Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c);
     Lacey Act (18 U.S.C. 42-43; 16 U.S.C. 3371-3378);
     National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (16 
U.S.C 668dd-668ee);
     Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act (16 U.S.C. 718-718h);
     Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712);

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     Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543);
     Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361-1407);
     Refuge Recreation Act (16 U.S.C. 460k-460k-4);
     Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1202-1527);
     Uniform Federal Crime Reporting Act (28 U.S.C. 534);
     USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 (Pub. L. 107-56);
     USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 
(Pub. L. 109-177);
     Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 
(Pub. L. 108-458);
     Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296);
     Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12--Policy for a 
Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors; 
     Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies, 28 CFR 
part 23.

    Title of Collection: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement 
Training System.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-New.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: New.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Domestic and international students 
who attend the law enforcement/conservation training offered by the 
Service's BTI.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: One time for the initial registration, and 
on occasion for training session selections and post-course 
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

                                  Average number  Average number  Average number    completion       Estimated
           Requirement               of annual     of responses      of annual       time per      annual burden
                                    respondents        each          responses       response          hours
Account Registration:
    State/Local/Tribal Govt.....             100               1             100              15              25
    Foreign Government..........           1,000               1           1,000              15             250
Post Course Evaluation:
    State/Local/Tribal Govt.....             100               1             100              15              25
    Foreign Government..........           1,000               1           1,000              15             250
        Totals:.................           2,200  ..............           2,200  ..............             550

    An agency 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.
    The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    Dated: April 7, 2021.
Madonna Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
[FR Doc. 2021-07462 Filed 4-9-21; 8:45 am]