[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 125 (Thursday, June 28, 2012)]
[Page 38585]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15810]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Designation of 
Fishery Management Council Members and Application for Reinstatement of 
State Authority

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 
continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 27, 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 William Chappell, (301) 427-8505 or 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for an extension of a currently approved 
information collection.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act), as amended in 1996, provides for the nomination 
for members of Fishery Management Councils by state governors and 
Indian treaty tribes, for the designation of a principal state fishery 
official who will perform duties under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and 
for a request by a state for reinstatement of state authority over a 
managed fishery. Nominees for council membership must provide the 
governor or tribe with background documentation, which is then 
submitted to NOAA with the nomination. The information submitted with 
these actions will be used to ensure that the requirements of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act are being met.

II. Method of Collection

    State governors and Indian treaty tribes submit written nominations 
to the Secretary of Commerce, together with recommendations and 
statements of candidates' qualifications. Designations of state 
officials and requests for reinstatement of state authority are also 
made in writing in response to regulations. No forms are used.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0314.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved collection).
    Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 275.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour to designate a principal state 
fishery official(s), 80 hours for a nomination for a Council 
appointment, 16 hours for background documentation for nominees, and 1 
hour for a request to reinstate state authority.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,607.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $795.

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 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 
    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: June 22, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-15810 Filed 6-27-12; 8:45 am]