[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 165 (Friday, August 24, 2012)]
[Page 51514]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20862]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: NOAA Restoration Center Performance Progress Report.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0472.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 250.
    Average Hours per Response: Semiannual reports, 7 hours, six 
minutes; annual reports, 52 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 4,145.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for a regular submission (extension 
of a currently approved information collection).
    NOAA funds habitat restoration projects including grass-roots, 
community-based habitat restoration; debris prevention and removal; 
removal of barriers to migrating fish; and large-scale, targeted 
restoration through individual projects and restoration partnerships. 
Awards are made as grants or cooperative agreements under the authority 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the 
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. 661, as amended by the 
Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970.
    NOAA requires specific information on habitat restoration projects 
that are funded, as part of routine progress reporting. Recipients of 
NOAA funds submit information such as project location, restoration 
techniques used, species benefited, acres restored, stream miles opened 
to access for diadromous fish, volunteer participation, and other 
    The required information enables NOAA to track, evaluate and report 
on coastal and marine habitat restoration and demonstrate 
accountability for federal funds. This information is used to populate 
a database of NOAA-funded habitat restoration, debris prevention and 
removal, and barrier removal projects. The database, with its robust 
querying capabilities, is instrumental to provide accurate and timely 
responses to NOAA, Department of Commerce, Congressional and 
Constituent inquiries. It also facilitates reporting by NOAA on the 
Government Performance and Results Act ``acres restored'' performance 
measure. Grant recipients are required by the NOAA Grants Management 
Division to submit periodic performance reports and a final report for 
each award; this collection stipulates the information to be provided 
in these reports.
    Affected Public: State, local and tribal government, not-for-profit 
institutions, business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Annually and semiannually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.
    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained 
by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 
Officer, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at 
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: August 21, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-20862 Filed 8-23-12; 8:45 am]