[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 17 (Friday, January 25, 2013)]
[Page 5421]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01501]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; NOAA's Teacher 
at Sea Program

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 

ACTION: Notice.


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 and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 26, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Jennifer Hammond, (301) 713-0353, or 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a current information collection.
    NOAA provides educators an opportunity to gain first-hand 
experience with field research activities through the NOAA Teacher at 
Sea Program. Through this program, educators spend up to 4 weeks at sea 
on a NOAA research vessel, participating in an on-going research 
project with NOAA scientists. The application solicits information from 
interested educators: basic personal information, teaching experience 
and ideas for applying program experience in their classrooms, plus two 
recommendations and a NOAA Health Services Questionnaire required of 
anyone selected to participate in the program. Once educators are 
selected and participate on a cruise, they write a report detailing the 
events of the cruise and ideas for classroom activities based on what 
they learned while at sea. These materials are then made available to 
other educators so they may benefit from the experience, without 
actually going to sea themselves. NOAA does not collect information 
from this universe of respondents for any other purpose.

II. Method of Collection

    Forms can be completed online and submitted electronically, and/or 
printed and mailed.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0283.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 375.
    Estimated Time per Response: 45 minutes to read and complete 
application, 15 minutes to complete a Health Services Questionnaire, 15 
minutes to deliver and discuss recommendation forms to persons from 
whom recommendations are being requested, 15 minutes for those persons 
to complete a recommendation form, and 2 hours for a follow-up report.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 309.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $221.

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: January 22, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01501 Filed 1-24-13; 8:45 am]