[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 199 (Monday, October 15, 2012)]
[Pages 62494-62495]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25226]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Evaluations of 
Coastal Zone Management Act Programs--State Coastal Management Programs 
and National Estuarine Research Reserves

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 December 14, 

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 [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to L. Christine McCay, (301) 563-1163 or 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA; 16 
U.S.C. 1451 et seq.) requires that state coastal management programs 
and national estuarine research reserves developed pursuant to the CZMA 
and approved by the Secretary of Commerce be evaluated periodically. 
This request is to collect information to accomplish those evaluations.
    Section 1458 of the CZMA and implementing regulations at 15 CFR 
part 923, Subpart L, require that state coastal management programs be 
evaluated concerning the extent to which the state has implemented and 
enforced the program approved by the Secretary, addressed the coastal 
management needs identified in 16 U.S.C. 1452(2)(A) through (K), and 
adhered to the terms of any grant, loan, or cooperative agreement 
funded under the CZMA. Section 1461(f) of the CZMA and implementing 
regulations at 15 CFR Part 921, Subpart E, require that national 
estuarine research reserves be evaluated with regard to their operation 
and management, including education and interpretive activities, the 
research being conducted within the reserve, and be evaluated in 
accordance with section 1458 of the CZMA and procedures set forth in 15 
CFR part 923.
    NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) 
conducts periodic evaluations of the 34 coastal management programs and 
28 research reserves and produces written findings for each evaluation. 
OCRM has access to documents submitted in cooperative agreement 
applications, performance reports, and certain documentation required 
by the CZMA and implementing regulations. However, additional 
information from each coastal management program and research reserve, 
as well as information from the program and reserve partners and 
stakeholders with whom each works, is necessary to evaluate against 
statutory and regulatory requirements. Different information collection 
subsets are necessary for (1) coastal management programs, (2) their 
partners and stakeholders, (3) research reserves, and (4) their 
partners and stakeholders.

II. Method of Collection

    Coastal program and reserve manager respondents will receive 
information requests/questionnaires via email, and submittals will be 
made via email. Partners and stakeholders of coastal management 
programs and of reserves will receive a link to a web-based survey

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tool (Survey Monkey) and respond through the survey tool.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Affected Public: State, local, or tribal government; not-for-profit 
institutions; business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 468.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 60 hours per CZMA program manager; 30 
minutes per partner/stakeholder.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,008 hours.
    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 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: October 9, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-25226 Filed 10-12-12; 8:45 am]