[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 147 (Wednesday, July 31, 2013)]
[Page 46362]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18298]

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U.S. Geological Survey


Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval; National Geospatial Program: The National 

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

ACTION: Notice of an extension of an Information Collection (1028-


SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which 
is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (PRA) we may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before August 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Please submit written 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 OMB Control Number 1028-0092. Please also send a copy 
of your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 
Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648-7195 
(fax); or dgovoni@usgs.gov (email). Please reference OMB Information 
Collection 1028-0092.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
please contact Teresa Dean by telephone at (703) 648-4825 or 
tdean@usgs.gov (email). You may also find information about this ICR at 


I. Abstract

    The USGS will provide funding for the collection of orthoimagery 
and elevation data. We will accept applications from State, local, or 
tribal governments; nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations; and 
academic institutions to advance the development of The National Map 
and other national geospatial databases. This effort will support our 
need to supplement ongoing data collection activities to respond to an 
increasing demand for more accurate and current elevation data and 
orthoimagery. Respondents will submit applications and project 
narratives via Grants.gov. Grant recipients must complete quarterly 
reports and a final technical report at the end of the project period. 
All application instructions and forms are available on the Internet 
through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov). Hard/paper submissions and 
electronic copies submitted via email will not be accepted under any 
circumstances. All reports will be accepted electronically via email.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1028-0092.
    Title: National Geospatial Program: The National Map.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondent Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Applications are submitted in response to 
a NOFA; reports are submitted quarterly and at the end of the project 
    Description of Respondents: State, local, and tribal governments; 
private and non-profit firms; and academic institutions.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 175 (75 applications, 80 
quarterly reports and 20 final reports).
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 4,980 
hours. We expect to receive approximately 75 applications. It will take 
each applicant approximately 60 hours to complete the narrative and 
prepare supporting documents. This includes the time for project 
conception and development, proposal writing, reviewing, and submitting 
the proposal application through Grants.gov (totaling 4,500 burden 
hours). We anticipate awarding 20 grants per year. The award recipients 
must submit quarterly and final reports during the project. Within 7 
days of the beginning of each quarter, a report must be submitted 
summarizing the previous quarter's progress. The quarterly report will 
take approximately 1 hour to prepare (totaling 80 burden hours). A 
final report must be submitted within 90 calendar days of the end of 
the project period. We estimate that it will take approximately 20 
hours per grantee to complete a final report (totaling 400 burden 
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 
There are no ``non-hour cost'' burdens associated with this collection 
of information.

III. Request for Comments

    On April 29, 2013, we published a Federal Register notice (78 FR 
25095) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval and 
soliciting comments. The comment period closed on June 28, 2013. We did 
not receive any comments in response to that notice.
    We again invite comments concerning this ICR on: (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) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments that you submit 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 us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Dated: July 24, 2013.
Julia Fields,
Deputy Director, National Geospatial Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-18298 Filed 7-30-13; 8:45 am]