[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 249 (Friday, December 28, 2012)]
[Page 76512]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-31307]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Electric Service 
Data for the Operation of Power Projects and Systems

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 Electrical Service Application, 25 CFR 175, 
authorized by OMB Control Number 1076-0021. This information collection 
expires December 31, 2012.

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 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 
three electric power utilities 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 electrical power 
utilities (25 CFR part 175).

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: 1076-0021.
    Title: Electrical Service Application, 25 CFR 175.
    Brief Description of Collection: In order for electric power 
consumers to be served, information is needed by the BIA to operate and 
maintain its electric power utilities and fulfill reporting 
    Section 175.6 and 175.22 of 25 CFR part 175, Indian electric power 
utilities, specifies the information collection requirement. Power 
consumers must apply for electric service. The information to be 
collected includes: name; electric service location; and other 
operational information identified in the local administrative manuals. 
All information is collected from each electric power consumer. 
Responses are required to receive or maintain a benefit.
    Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved 
    Respondents: BIA electric power consumers--individuals and 
    Number of Respondents: 3,000 per year.
    Estimated Time per Response: \1/2\ hour.
    Frequency of Response: The information is collected once, unless 
the respondent requests new electrical service elsewhere or if it has 
been disconnected for failure to pay their electric bill.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 1,500 hours.

    Dated: December 20, 2012.
John Ashley,
Acting Assistant Director for Information Resources.
[FR Doc. 2012-31307 Filed 12-27-12; 8:45 am]