[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 28, 2012)]
[Pages 71015-71016]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28812]



Geological Survey


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

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

ACTION: Notice of an extension of an information collection (1028-


SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is inviting comments on an information 
collection request (ICR) that we have sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR concerns the 
paperwork requirements for the ``Bird Banding and Recovery Reports.'' 
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 ICR. This Information Collection is 
scheduled to expire on November 30, 2012.

DATES: Submit written comments by December 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please submit comments on this information collection 
directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the 
Department of the Interior via email: (OIRA_SUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov); 
or by fax (202) 395-5806; and identify your submission with 
1028-0082. Please also submit a copy of your comments to 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 
National Center, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); or smbaloch@usgs.gov (email). 
Please reference Information Collection 1028-0082.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Bruce Peterjohn, (301) 497-5646 (phone) or 
bpeterjohn@usgs.gov (email). You may also view additional information 
about this activity at: www.reginfo.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Bird Banding and Recovery Reports.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-0082.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The USGS Bird Banding Laboratory is responsible for 
monitoring the trapping and marking of wild migratory birds by persons 
holding Federal permits. The Bird Banding laboratory collects 
information using three forms: (1) The Application for Federal Bird 
Marking and Salvage Permit, (2) The Bird Banding Permit Renewal Form, 
(3) The Bird Banding Recovery Report, and one electronic database, 
    We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary 
under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its 
implementing regulations (43 CFR Part 2), and under regulations at 30 
CFR 250.197, ``Data and information to be made available to the public 
or for limited inspection.'' No questions of a ``sensitive'' nature are 
    Affected Public: General Public.
    Respondent Obligation: The recovery report is voluntary. Reporting 
of banding information is required using the BANDIT software. The 
Permit application and renewal form are required to obtain or retain 
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 94,700 individuals 
encountering a banded bird and volunteer bird banders.
    Annual Burden Hours: 21,068 hours (50 hours for permit 
applications, 19 hours for renewal applications, 2,999 hours for 
banding recovery reports, and 18,000 hours for the Bandit software).
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: We 
estimate the time to complete each form is: 30 minutes for the Permit 
Application form, 2 minutes for Bird Banding Permit renewal form, 2 
minutes for Recovery Report form, and 4.5 hours for the Bandit 
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: We 
have not identified any

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``non-hour cost'' burdens associated with this collection of 
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) 
provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.
    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 OMB in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that it will be done.

    Dated: November 20, 2012.
Bruce Peterjohn,
Chief, Bird Banding Lab, USGS.
[FR Doc. 2012-28812 Filed 11-27-12; 8:45 am]