[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Pages 56649-56650]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22259]



Forest Service

Information Collection; Volunteer Application and Agreement for 
Natural and Cultural Resources Agencies

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and 
organizations on the revision of a currently approved information 
collection, Volunteer Application and Agreement for Natural and 
Cultural Resources Agencies. This Information Collection Request also 
requests categorizing the associated forms as a Common forms, meaning 
Forest Service will only request approval for its own use of the forms, 
rather than aggregating the burden estimate across all Federal 
Agencies, as was done for previous actions on this OMB control number.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before November 12, 
2013 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Nancy 
Coyote, Volunteers & Service, USDA Forest Service, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Mailstop 1136, Washington, DC 20250-1136. Comments also may 
be submitted via email to: ncoyote@fs.fed.us.
    The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service, 
1621 N Kent Street, Rosslyn Plaza East, Room 1010, Arlington, VA during 
normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 703-
605-4831 to facilitate entry to the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Coyote, Volunteers & Service, 
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339, between 8 
a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard time, Monday through Friday.

    Title: Volunteer Application and Agreement for Natural and Cultural 
Resources Agencies.
    OMB Number: 0596-0080.
    Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2013.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: The collected information is needed by participating 
natural resources agencies to manage agency volunteer programs. 
Information is collected from potential and selected volunteers of all 
ages. Those under the age of 18 years must have written consent from a 
parent or guardian.

Participating Agencies

    The volunteer programs of the following natural resource agencies 
are included:
    1. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service and Natural Resources 
Conservation Service;
    2. Department of the Interior: National Park Service, Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and 
U.S. Geological Survey;
    3. Department of Defense: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and
    4. Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric 

New Form Introduced With This Request

    OF-301B Volunteer Sign-up Form for Groups: This form is used by 
participating resource agencies to document awareness and 
understanding, between a Federal agency and a partner organization with 
group participants, about the volunteer activities. Parental signatures 
of parents or guardians of minors are mandatory for applicants.
    Once OMB approves the use of these Common forms, federal agencies 
may request OMB approval to use these Common forms without having to 
publish notices and request for public comments. Each agency must 
account for the burden associated with their use of the Common forms.
    Estimate of Burden per Response: 6 to 15 minutes per form.
    Type of Respondents: Individuals and Private Sector Volunteer 
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 83,690.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.77.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 24,411 hours.
    Comment is Invited: Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this 
collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the 
proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether 
the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the

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accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including the use of 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request 
toward Office of Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: September 6, 2013.
James M. Pe[ntilde]a,
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2013-22259 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]