[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 249 (Friday, December 28, 2012)]
[Pages 76512-76513]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-31306]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Water Delivery for 
the Operation of Irrigation Projects

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of submission to OMB.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Acting Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs is submitting to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for renewal of the collection 
of information for Water Request, 25 CFR 171, authorized by OMB Control 
Number 1076-0141. This information collection expires December 31, 

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 28, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the information collection to the 
Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at the Office of 
Management and

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Budget, by facsimile to (202) 395-5806 or you may send an email to: 
[email protected]. Please send a copy of your comments to 
Yulan Jin, Acting Chief, Division of Water and Power, Office of Trust 
Services, Mail Stop 4655--MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240; 
email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yulan Jin, 202-219-0941. You may 
review the information collection request online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.


I. Abstract

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, operates, and maintains 15 
irrigation projects that provide a service to the end user. To be able 
to properly bill for the services provided, the BIA must collect 
customer information to identify the individual responsible for 
repaying the government the costs of delivering the service, and 
billing for those costs. Additional information necessary for providing 
the service is the location of the service delivery. The Debt 
Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA) requires that certain 
information be collected from individuals and businesses doing business 
with the government. This information includes the taxpayer 
identification number for possible future use to recover delinquent 
debt. To implement the DCIA requirement to collect customer 
information, the BIA has included a section concerning the collection 
of information in its regulations governing its irrigation projects (25 
CFR part 171).

II. Request for Comments

    The BIA requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) 
The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance 
of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including 
the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection 
of the information on the respondents.
    Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an 
individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it 
has a valid OMB Control Number.
    It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for 
review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. 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 that we will be able to do so.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1076-0141.
    Title: Water Request, 25 CFR 171.
    Brief Description of Collection: In order for irrigators to receive 
water deliveries, information is needed by the BIA to operate and 
maintain its irrigation projects and fulfill reporting requirements. 
Section 171.140 and other sections cited in section 171.40 of 25 CFR 
171, [Irrigation] Operation and Maintenance, specifies the information 
collection requirement. Water users must apply for water delivery and 
for a number of other associated services, such as, subsidizing a farm 
unit, requesting leaching service, requesting water for domestic or 
stock purposes, building structures or fences in BIA rights-of-way, 
requesting payment plans on bills, establishing a carriage agreement 
with a third-party, negotiating irrigation incentives leases, and 
requesting an assessment waiver. The information to be collected 
includes: full legal name; correct mailing address; taxpayer 
identifying number; water delivery location; if subdividing a farm 
unit--a copy of the recorded plat or map of the subdivision where water 
will be delivered; the time and date of requested water delivery; 
duration of water delivery; amount of water delivered; rate of water 
flow; number of acres irrigated; crop statistics; any other agreements 
allowed under 25 CFR part 171; and any additional information required 
by the local project office that provides your service. The information 
water users submit is for the purpose of obtaining or retaining a 
benefit, namely irrigation water.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved 
    Respondents: Water users of BIA irrigation project--individual and 
    Number of Respondents: 6,539 per year.
    Number of Responses: 27,075 per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: A range of 18 minutes to 6 hours, 
depending on the specific service being requested.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion through the irrigation season, 
averaging approximately 2 times per year.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 14,059 hours.

    Dated: December 20, 2012.
John Ashley,
Acting Assistant Director for Information Resources.
[FR Doc. 2012-31306 Filed 12-27-12; 8:45 am]