[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 190 (Monday, October 1, 2012)]
[Pages 59899-59900]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24051]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coastal Zone 
Management Act Walter B. Jones and NOAA Excellence Awards

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 30, 

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Patmarie Nedelka, (301) 713-3155 ext. 127 or 


I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection. The 1990 reauthorization of the Coastal Zone Management Act 
(CZMA) authorized an awards program to ``implement a program to promote 
excellence in coastal zone management by identifying and acknowledging 
outstanding accomplishments in the field.'' As authorized in Section 
314 of the CZMA, the Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards recognize three 
categories of excellence: Coastal Steward of the Year, Excellence in 
Local Government, and Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. 
The CZMA authorizes NOAA to conduct public ceremonies to acknowledge 
such awards, which allows NOAA to fund invitational travel and purchase 
awards for the Jones Awards.
    In conjunction with the Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards, NOAA 
instituted several additional categories of awards, to recognize 
additional contributions to ocean and coastal resource management, 
including Volunteer of the Year, Nongovernmental Organization of the 
Year, Excellence in Promoting Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (in honor 
of Secretary Ronald Brown), Excellence in Business Leadership, and the 
Susan Snow Cotter Award for Excellence in Ocean and Coastal Resource 
(NOAA re-named this award in honor of Susan Snow Cotter in 2007).
    As part of conducting the awards program, NOAA will distribute a 
``Call for Nominations'' to representatives from Federal, state, local 
and nongovernmental organizations and Members of Congress that work in, 
are knowledgeable of or benefit from, ocean and coastal resource 

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents may submit their nominations by direct mail, email, and 
fax; however, email is the preferred method.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0598.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Federal government; state, local, or tribal 
governments; not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 25.
    Estimated Time per Response: Prepare nomination package, 30 
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 13.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information renewal is necessary for the proper performance of the 
functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have 
practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on respondents, including through the use 
of automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: September 26, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-24051 Filed 9-28-12; 8:45 am]