[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 146 (Friday, July 29, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45603-45604]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19245]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

U.S. Geological Survey

[USGS-GX.11.LC00.BM3FQ.00]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request for the 
North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP)

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information 
collection (1028-0078).

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SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection 
request (ICR) for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program 
(NAAMP). As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this ICR. This ICR is scheduled to 
expire on July 31, 2011.

DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC 
we must receive them on or before August 29, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this ICR to the OMB Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior via e-mail to oira_docket@omb.eop.gov or 
fax at 202-395-5806; and reference Information Collection 1028-0078 in 
the subject line. Please also submit a copy of your comments to the 
USGS, Information Collection Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, Mail Stop 
807, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192. Please reference 
Information Collection 1028-0078 in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Weir at 301-497-5932 or by mail 
at U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 
Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. To see a copy of the 
entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to http://www.reginfo.gov (Information 
Collection Review, Currently under Review).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This information collection pertains to volunteers who contribute 
their time to conduct frog call surveys at assigned survey routes that 
are part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. Volunteers 
use an on-line data entry system to submit their data. This information 
is used by scientists and Federal, state, and local agencies to monitor 
amphibian populations and detect population trends. Responses are 
voluntary. Please go to: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp for more 
information about the NAAMP.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1028-0078.
    Title: North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP).
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: General public; individual households.
    Respondent Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: 3 times per year.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,700.
    Annual Burden Hours: 5,100 hours. We estimate an average of 3 hours 
per response. This includes driving time to and from the survey route 
locations; listening periods at each sampling station; and data entry.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: The 
estimated non-hour cost for this collection includes: A thermometer (a 
one-time cost per respondent) and mileage. The thermometer is needed to 
record air temperature during the survey. The cost of such thermometers 
is approximately $15. The total operational costs consist of a mileage 
estimate in accomplishing a survey, calculated by using the mileage 
reimbursement rate of $0.50 cents per mile (as used in travel 
reimbursement for Federal employees) times 15 miles (the approximate 
distance of a calling survey route), for a total of $7.50 per survey.

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    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) 
provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

III. Request for Comments

    On March 14, 2011 we published a Federal Register notice (76 FR 
13658) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval and 
soliciting comments. The comment period closed on May 13, 2011. We did 
not receive any comments in response to that notice.
    We again invite comments concerning this ICR on: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to 
perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) 
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice 
are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire 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: July 22, 2011.
 Anne E. Kinsinger,
 Associate Director for Ecosystems.
[FR Doc. 2011-19245 Filed 7-28-11; 8:45 am]
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