[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 108 (Tuesday, June 5, 2012)]
[Pages 33194-33195]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13561]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Bay Watershed 
Education and Training Program National Evaluation System

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 6, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Bronwen Rice, NOAA Office of Education, (202) 482-6797 
or [email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    The NOAA Office of Education's Bay Watershed Education and Training 
(B-WET) program seeks to contribute to NOAA's mission by supporting 
education efforts to create an environmentally literate citizenry with 
the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to protect watersheds and 
related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. B-WET currently 
funds projects in seven regions (California, Chesapeake Bay, Great 
Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest). 
B-WET proposes to create an across-region, internal evaluation system 
to provide ongoing feedback on program implementation and outcomes to 
ensure maximum quality and efficiency of the B-WET program. The 
evaluation system will be sustained by B-WET staff with occasional 
assistance from an outside contractor.
    B-WET awardees and the awardees' professional development teacher-
participants will be asked to voluntarily complete an online survey 
form to provide evaluation data. One individual from each awardee 
organization will be asked to complete a form once per year of the 
award, and the teacher-participants will be asked to complete one form 
at the end of their professional development program. In addition, B-
WET seeks approval of an item bank that awardees can choose to use to 
construct surveys for youth participants (ages 10-17) in B-WET-funded 

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents will submit their information electronically on Web-
based survey forms.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (new information collection).
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; individuals or 
    Estimated Number of Respondents: If NOAA B-WET is fully funded, 
approximately 125 not-for-profit awardees and 4,000 teachers will be 
invited to respond each year.
    Estimated Time per Response: Awardee-respondents will complete an 
online survey in 30 minutes and teacher-respondents will complete an 
online survey in 20 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,396.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the

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proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 31, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-13561 Filed 6-4-12; 8:45 am]