[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 169 (Thursday, August 30, 2012)]
[Page 52758]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21392]



Bureau of Reclamation

Agency Information Collection Activities under OMB Review; 
Renewal of a Currently Approved Collection; Reclamation Rural Water 
Supply Program

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of renewal and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation has forwarded the following 
Information Collection Request to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval: Reclamation Rural Water Supply Program, 
OMB Control Number: 1006-0029. Title 43 CFR part 404 requires entities 
interested in participating in the Rural Water Supply Program (Rural 
Water Program) to submit information to allow the Bureau of Reclamation 
to evaluate and prioritize requests for financial or technical 

DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove this information 
collection, but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public comments 
must be received on or before October 1, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to the Desk Officer for the Department 
of the Interior at the Office of Management and Budget, Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, via facsimile to (202) 395-5806, or 
email to [email protected]. A copy of your comments should also 
be directed to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attention: 84-55000, P.O. Box 
25007, Denver, CO 80225.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Perry at 303-445-2887. You 
may also view the Information Collection Request at www.reginfo.gov.


I. Abstract

    The purpose of the Rural Water Program is to provide assistance to 
small communities of 50,000 inhabitants or less, including tribes and 
tribal organizations, to plan the design and construction of projects 
to serve rural areas with industrial, municipal, and residential water. 
Specifically, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is authorized to 
provide financial and technical assistance to conduct appraisal 
investigations and feasibility studies for rural water supply projects. 
Reclamation's regulation, 43 CFR part 404, establishes criteria 
governing how the program will be implemented, including eligibility 
and prioritization criteria, and criteria to evaluate appraisal and 
feasibility studies. Entities interested in participating in the Rural 
Water Program are requested to submit information regarding proposed 
appraisal investigation and feasibility studies, to allow Reclamation 
to evaluate and prioritize requests for financial or technical 
assistance under the program. Reclamation will apply the program 
criteria to the information provided to determine whether the entity 
seeking assistance is eligible, whether the project is eligible for 
assistance, and to what extent the project meets Reclamation's 
prioritization criteria. Requests for assistance under the Rural Water 
Program will be made on a voluntary basis. There is no form associated 
with this information collection.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1006-0029.
    Title: Reclamation Rural Water Supply Program, 43 CFR part 404.
    Frequency: Once annually.
    Respondents: States, tribes, municipalities, water districts, and 
other entities created under State law with water management authority.
    Estimated Annual Total Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 56.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,100 hours.

III. Request for Comments

    We invite your comments on:
    (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of our functions, including whether the 
information will have practical use;
    (b) The accuracy of our burden estimate for 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 of the information collection on 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number. A 60-day comment period soliciting 
comments on this collection of information was published in the Federal 
Register (77 FR 33766) on June 7, 2012. No public comments were 

IV. Public Disclosure

    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 us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: August 24, 2012.
Roseann Gonzales,
Director, Policy and Administration, Denver Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-21392 Filed 8-29-12; 8:45 am]