[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 9 (Monday, January 14, 2013)]
[Pages 2655-2656]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00568]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: Evaluations of Coastal Zone Management Act Programs: State 
Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves.
    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Number of Respondents: 468.
    Average Hours per Response: Information from program managers, 55 
(every five years); stakeholder surveys, 30 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 943.
    Needs and Uses: 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 for to collect information to accomplish those 
    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

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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.
    Affected Public: State, local and tribal government; not-for-profit 
    Frequency: Conducted annually, but each program manager submits 
information only every five years.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits; 
    OMB Desk Officer: [email protected].
    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained 
by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 
Officer, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at 
[email protected]).
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to [email protected].

    Dated: January 9, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-00568 Filed 1-11-13; 8:45 am]