[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 166 (Friday, August 27, 2010)]
[Pages 52710-52711]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-21459]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0083]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; National Management Information System

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with cooperative wildlife damage management 

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 26, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0083) to submit or view comments 
and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0083, Regulatory Analysis and 
Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to 
Docket No. APHIS-2010-0083.
    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this 
docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of 
the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to 
help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.
    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its 
programs is available on the Internet at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the national 
management information system for cooperative wildlife damage 
management programs, contact Mr. Robert Myers, Wildlife Biologist, 
Wildlife Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 87, Riverdale MD 20737; 
(301) 651-8845. For copies of more detailed information on the 
information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: National Management Information System.
    OMB Number: 0579-0335.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: As authorized by the Act of 1931 (7 U.S.C. 426-426c; 46 
Stat. 1468) as amended, the Secretary of Agriculture may conduct 
activities and enter into agreements with States, local jurisdictions, 
individuals, public and private agencies, organizations, and 
institutions in the control of nuisance mammals and birds and those 
mammal and bird species that are reservoirs for zoonotic diseases.
    Wildlife Services (WS) of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cooperates with 
Federal agencies, State and local governments, and private individuals 
to research and implement the best methods of managing conflicts 
between wildlife and human health and safety, agriculture, property, 
and natural resources.
    As part of the WS program, WS enters into agreements to document 
the terms and conditions for cooperating with parties outside of APHIS.
    In the normal course of business in response to requests for 
assistance in managing wildlife damage, WS collects information about 
organizations, industry, Federal and non-Federal entities, and members 
of the public as part of its program. Program activities usually 
consist of either cooperative direct control or technical assistance 
programs. In the former, WS provides goods, services, and expertise to 
address wildlife damage. Clients must reimburse USDA for expenses and 
time spent by WS to conduct these kinds of programs. In the latter, WS 
gives advice in the form of telephone consultations, personal onsite 
consultations, training sessions, demonstration projects, etc. WS 
usually provides only technical expertise in these activities, and the 
client usually conducts whatever activities are likely to manage the 
wildlife damage occurring. Such activities are usually free to the 
    All persons who receive assistance from WS are referred to as 
``cooperators,'' and any information provided by clients to WS is 
    Information is used by the agency to:
     Identify cooperators appropriately.
     Identify lands on which WS personnel will work.
     Differentiate between cooperators (i.e., property owners, 
land managers, or resource owners) who request assistance to manage 
damage caused by wildlife.
     Identify the land areas on which wildlife damage 
management activities would be conducted.
     Identify the relationship between resources or property, 
WS' protection of such resources or property, and the damage caused by 
     Determine the methods or damage management activities to 
deal with the damage.
     Establish a record that a cooperative agreement has been 
entered into with a cooperator.
     Document that permission has been obtained from landowners 
to go on the cooperator's property.
     Record wildlife damage occurrences on cooperator's 
property and steps to address them.
     Record occurrences which may have affected non-target 
species or humans during, or related to, WS project actions.
     Determine satisfaction with service to help WS evaluate, 
modify, and improve its programs.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as

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appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection 
technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.045736 hours per response.
    Respondents: Federal, State, and local agencies and the public who 
request services from WS or engage in wildlife damage management 
projects with WS.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 89,902.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.01295.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 91,066.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 4,165 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.
    Done in Washington, DC, this 23\rd\ day of August 2010.

Gregory Parham
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-21459 Filed 8-26-10: 8:45 am]