[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 209 (Monday, October 29, 2012)]
[Pages 65533-65534]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-26465]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National 
Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative Evaluation

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 

ACTION: Notice.


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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 information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before December 31, 
2012 December 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Sarah Brabson, 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).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Dwight Trueblood, (603) 862-3580 or 


I. Abstract

    The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science 
Collaborative was created in 2009 to put Reserve-based science to work 
for coastal communities coping with the impacts of land use change, 
pollution, and habitat degradation in the context of a changing 
climate. The program operates on the belief that for science to be 
applied to solve coastal management problems, the people who need to 
use the science must be involved in its generation.
    The projects funded by the NERRS Science Collaborative are designed 
to bring the intended users of the science into the research process so 
that their perspectives can inform problem definition, research design 
and implementation, and ultimately, application of the project results. 
This is what is meant by ``collaboration,'' and it is the program's 
goal to use this process to ensure that the good science happening in 
and around the Reserves gets put to good use.
    To help evaluate the efficacy of the NERRS Science Collaborative, 
NOAA is conducting a survey of the NERRS staff located in the 28 
Reserves around the country to solicit their perspective about the 
program and how it has been implemented.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents will be surveyed electronically and the submission of 
results will be online. If requested, a paper copy of the survey will 
be provided to the survey respondents.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Affected Public: Non-profit institutions; State, local, or tribal 
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 140.
    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 47.
    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 23, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-26465 Filed 10-26-12; 8:45 am]