[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 145 (Friday, July 27, 2012)]
[Pages 44266-44267]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18340]



U.S. Geological Survey


Agency Information Collection Activities: National Geological and 
Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP)

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

ACTION: Notice of an extension of an existing information collection 


SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we 
are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) a new information collection request (ICR) 
for the extension of the paperwork requirements for the National 
Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP). This 
notice provides the public and other Federal agencies an opportunity to 
comment on the nature of this collection which is scheduled to expire 
on July 31, 2012.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before August 27, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please submit comments on this information collection 
directly to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of 
the Interior, via email (OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov) or fax 202-395-5806; 
and identify your submission as 1028-0087.
    Please submit a copy of your comments to the USGS Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise 
Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648-7199 (fax); or 
smbaloch@usgs.gov (email). Please reference Information Collection 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betty M. Adrian at (303) 202-4828 or 
by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, Mail Stop 975, Denver, CO 
80225. You may also find this information collection request as 
submitted to OMB at www.reginfo.gov.


I. Abstract

    This notice concerns the collection of information that is 
sufficient and relevant to evaluate and select proposals for funding 
under the NGGDPP. We will accept proposals from State geological 
surveys requesting funds to inventory and assess the condition of 
current collections and data preservation needs. Financial assistance 
will be awarded annually on a competitive basis following the 
evaluation and ranking of State proposals by a review panel composed of 
representatives from the Department of the Interior, State geological 
surveys, academic institutions, and the private sector. To submit a 
proposal, respondents must complete a project narrative and submit the 
application via www.grants.gov. Grant recipients must complete a final 
technical report at the end of the project period. Narrative and report 
guidance is available through http://datapreservation.usgs.gov/ and at 

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1028-0087.
    Title: National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation 
Program (NGGDPP).
    Respondent Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 62 State 
Geological Surveys.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 62 (34 applications and 28 
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 1,266 
hours. We expect to receive approximately 34 applications. It takes 
each applicant approximately 36 hours to complete the narrative and to 
present supporting documents. This includes the time for project 
conception and development, proposal writing and reviewing, and 
submitting the proposal application through Grants.gov (totaling 1,224 
burden hours). We anticipate awarding 28 grants per year. The award 
recipients must submit a final report. We estimate that it will take 
approximately 1.5 hours to complete the requirement for the reports 
(totaling 42 hours).
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
There are no ``non-hour cost'' burdens associated with this collection 
of information.

III. Request for Comments

    On March 2, 2012 we published a Federal Register notice (77 FR 
12871) announcing that we would submit this information collection to 
OMB for approval. The notice provided a 60-day public comment period 
ending on May 1, 2012. 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.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. 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 publically available at anytime. 
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.

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    Dated: July 19, 2012.
Betty M. Adrian,
Acting Program Coordinator, National Geological and Geophysical Data 
[FR Doc. 2012-18340 Filed 7-26-12; 8:45 am]