[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 85 (Wednesday, May 2, 2012)]
[Page 26040]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10457]



Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0061

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is 
announcing its intention to request renewed approval for the collection 
of information for the Permanent Regulatory Program--Small Operator 
Assistance Program (SOAP). This collection request has been forwarded 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. 
The information collection request describes the nature of the 
information collection and the expected burden and cost.

DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information 
collections but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, public comments 
should be submitted to OMB by June 1, 2012, in order to be assured of 

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Department of the 
Interior Desk Officer, by telefax to (202) 395-5806 or by email to 
OIRA_Docket@omb.eop.gov. Also, please send a copy of your comments to 
John Trelease, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 
1951 Constitution Ave, NW., Room 203-SIB, Washington, DC 20240, by 
telefax to (202) 219-3276, or by email to jtrelease@osmre.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To receive a copy of the information 
collection request, contact John Trelease at (202) 208-2783, or via 
email at jtrelease@osmre.gov. You may also review this information 
collection request by going to http://www.reginfo.gov (Information 
Collection Review, Currently Under Review, Agency is Department of the 
Interior, DOI-OSMRE).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which 
implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 
104-13), require that interested members of the public and affected 
agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and 
recordkeeping activities [see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)]. OSM has submitted a 
request to OMB to renew its approval of the collection of information 
contained in 30 CFR part 795--Permanent Regulatory Program--Small 
Operator Assistance Program. OSM is requesting a 3-year term of 
approval for the information collection activity.
    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 OMB control number for this 
collection of information is 1029-0061. Responses are required to 
obtain a benefit.
    As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice 
soliciting comments on these collections of information was published 
on February 7, 2012 (77 FR 6141). No comments were received. This 
notice provides the public with an additional 30 days in which to 
comment on the following information collection activities:
    Title: 30 CFR Part 795--Permanent Regulatory Program--Small 
Operator Assistance Program.
    OMB Control Number: 1029-0061.

SUMMARY: This information collection requirement is needed to provide 
assistance to qualified small mine operators under section 507(c) of 
Public Law 95-87. The information requested will provide the regulatory 
authority with data to determine the eligibility of the applicant and 
the capability and expertise of laboratories to perform required tasks.
    Bureau Form Number: FS-6.
    Frequency of Collection: Once per application.
    Description of Respondents: Small operators, laboratories, and 
State regulatory authorities (SRAs).
    Total Annual Responses: 4.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 93 hours. This includes 18 hours per 
operator to complete form, 1 hour for laboratory to request contract, 
70 hours for SRAs to award laboratory contract, and 4 hours for SRAs to 
review application and prepare response letter.
    Send comments on the need for the collection of information for the 
performance of the functions of the agency; the accuracy of the 
agency's burden estimates; ways to enhance the quality, utility and 
clarity of the information collection; and ways to minimize the 
information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated 
means of collection of the information, to the places listed under 
Addresses. Please refer to control number 1029-0061 in your 
    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.

     Dated: April 25, 2012.
Andrew F. DeVito,
Chief Division of Regulatory Support.
[FR Doc. 2012-10457 Filed 5-1-12; 8:45 am]