[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 81 (Thursday, April 26, 2001)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21009-21010]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-10293]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Geological Survey


Request for Public Comments on Proposed Information Collection 
Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for Review Under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act

    The proposal for the collection of information described below has 
been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval 
under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 
35). Copies of the

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proposed collection of information and related forms may be obtained by 
contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed 
below. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information 
collection, but may respond after 30 days; therefore public comments 
should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure their 
maximum consideration. Comments and suggestions on the requirement 
should be made directly to the Desk Officer for the Interior 
Department, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of 
Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503, and to the Bureau 
Clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 
Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192.
    Specific public comments are requested as to:
    1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions on the bureaus, including whether 
the information will have practical utility;
    2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used:
    3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and
    4. How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.
    Title: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Contractee Perceptions on 
Environmental Benefits and Management.
    OMB Approval No.: New collection.
    Abstract: The Conservation Research Program (CRP) is the nations' 
largest environmental program with enrollment currently over 30 million 
acres. Continuing refinement of conservation and management provisions 
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continue to give greater 
importance to wildlife habitat. Program participants who desire to 
renew contracts often are required to improve the quality or 
composition of vegetation on land enrolled in the program. An 
evaluation of contractee perceptions about the validity of these 
requirements will assist USDA in refinement of CRP management and 
conservation policies in the 2002 Farm Bill. Description of contractee 
opinions about personal, local, and regional effects of the program 
will be useful for documentation of environmental and social effects of 
the program.
    Bureau Form No.: None.
    Frequency: one time.
    Description of Respondents: Individual or households.
    Estimated Completion Time: 11.5 minutes per respondent 
(approximate).
    Number of Respondents: 1400.
    Burden hours: 268 hours. (The burden estimates are based on 11.5 
minutes to complete each questionnaire and a 70% return rate.)
    Bureau of Clearance Officer: John Cordyack (703) 648-7313.

    Dated: April 10, 2001.
Dennis B. Fenn,
Associate Director for Biology.
[FR Doc. 01-10293 Filed 4-25-01; 8:45 am]
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