[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 180 (Monday, September 17, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22744]

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U.S. Geological Survey


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request for the 
Mine, Development, and Mineral Exploration Supplement (1 Form)

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

ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information 
collection (1028-0060).


SUMMARY: We (the USGS) will ask the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. This 
collection consists of 1 form. As required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (PRA) of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce 
paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other 
Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This 
collection is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2013.

DATES: To ensure that your comments on this IC are considered, we must 
receive them on or before November 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please submit a copy of your comments to the Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise 
Valley Drive, Mail Stop 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648-7199 
(fax); or smbaloch@usgs.gov (email). Reference Information Collection 
1028-0060 in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shonta E. Osborne at 703-648-7960 
(telephone); sosborne@usgs.gov (email); or by mail at U.S. Geological 
Survey, 985 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 


I. Abstract

    Respondents will use this form to supply the USGS with domestic 
production, exploration, and mine development data for nonfuel mineral 
commodities. This information will be published as an Annual Report for 
use by Government agencies, industry, academia, and the general public.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1028-0060.
    Form Number: 9-4000-A.
    Title: Mine, Development, and Mineral Exploration Supplement.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Private sector: U.S. nonfuel minerals producers 
and exploration operations; Public sector: State and local governments.
    Respondent Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 887.
    Annual Burden Hours: 665 hours. We expect to receive 887 annual 
responses. We estimate an average of 45 minutes per response.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: We 
have not identified any ``non-hour cost'' burdens associated with this 
collection of information.
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) 
provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number and 
current expiration date.

III. Request for Comments

    Comments: We are soliciting comments as to: (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) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize 
the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 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 us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee we will 
be able to do so.

    Dated: September 6, 2012.
John H. DeYoung, Jr.,
Director, National Minerals Information Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-22744 Filed 9-14-12; 8:45 am]