[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 146 (Monday, July 30, 2012)]
[Pages 44669-44670]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18476]



National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-CR-10734; 2200-3210-665]

60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of 
Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) will ask the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described 
below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as a part 
of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we 
invite the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on this 
IC. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to 
respond to a collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number.

DATES: Please submit your comment on or before September 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments on the proposed information 
collection to Madonna Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, 
National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Mailstop 2605 (Rm. 1242), 
Washington, DC 20240 (mail); via fax at 202/371-6741, or via email to 
[email protected]. Please reference Information Collection 
``1024-New, National Historic Landmark Nomination Process'' in the 
subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Henry, Historian, National 
Historic Landmark Program, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240. You 
may send an email to [email protected] or contact her by telephone 
at (202/354-2216) or via fax at (202/371-2229).


I. Abstract

    The purpose of this information collection is to assist the 
National Park Service (NPS) in managing the National Historic Landmarks 
(NHL) program. The information requested will allow the NPS to evaluate 
properties nominated as NHLs and provide documentation for the proposed 
    NHLs are nationally significant historic places designated by the 
Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or 
quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United 
States and they have significance to all citizens of our nation. The 
Historic Sites Act of 1935 charged the Department of the Interior with 
the responsibility for designating nationally significant historic 
buildings, structures, sites, and objects and promoting their 
preservation for the inspiration and benefit of the people of the 
United States. The NPS administers the NHL Program for the Secretary of 
the Interior.
    All NHLs are also listed in the National Register of Historic 
Places, the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, 
structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, 
archeology, engineering, and culture. Thus, NHLs must also be 
considered in the planning for Federal or Federally assisted projects, 
and NHL designation provides for eligibility for Federal rehabilitation 
tax incentives. Designation as a NHL provides formal recognition of a 
property's national significance in history, architecture, engineering, 
or archeology based on national standards. The designation places no 
obligations on private property owners, and there are no restrictions 
on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.
    Nominations for the designation of NHLs come from private 

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and organizations, local governments, State Historic Preservation 
Officers, Federal Preservation Officers for properties owned or 
controlled by the United States Government, and Tribal Historic 
Preservation Officers and American Indian tribes for properties on 
tribal lands. Regulations at 36 CFR 65 establish the criteria and 
guidelines for designating National Historic Landmarks. The request to 
OMB to approve this existing information collection in use without 
approval will include one form, the National Historic Landmark 
Nomination Form, which is used to nominate properties and provide 
documentation for the proposed designation.
    Nomination forms will be submitted to the National Historic 
Landmarks staff in the Washington, DC and regional offices. These 
offices determine if the property may or may not meet the NHL criteria 
or if more information is needed to make a determination. Once a 
nomination is considered complete by the NPS staff, it will be peer 
reviewed by leading scholars through a blind peer review process. The 
Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board will 
review all nominations prior to referring those properties to the 
Advisory Board that they believe meet the NHL criteria. The Advisory 
Board will review the properties and the Landmarks Committee's 
recommendations to make their own recommendations to the Secretary of 
the Interior who has the ultimate authority to designate National 
Historic Landmarks.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1024-New.
    Title: National Historic Landmark Nomination Process.
    Form(s): National Historic Landmark Nomination Form.
    Type of Request: Existing collection in use without approval.
    Automated Data Collection: No.
    Will the Information Be Collected Electronically? Yes.
    Description of Respondents: Private individuals; state, tribal, and 
local governments; businesses; educational institutions; and nonprofit 
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Frequency of Collection: On Occasion.
    Description of Need: The purpose of this information collection is 
to provide documentation in order to consider properties for 
designation as National Historic Landmarks.

III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this IC on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Please note that the comments submitted 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 publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that it will be done.

    Dated: July 24, 2012.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-18476 Filed 7-27-12; 8:45 am]