Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request, 45418-45421 [05-15532]

Download as PDF 45418 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 150 / Friday, August 5, 2005 / Notices District Advisory Council to the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, will participate in a field tour of BLM-administered public lands on Friday, September 23, 2005, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, located at 56725 Park Avenue in Baker. The Council and interested members of the public will depart for a field tour at 7:30 a.m. from the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx. The public is welcome to participate in the tour, but should plan on providing their own transportation, drinks, and lunch. Tour stops and presentations and meeting agenda topics will be announced later. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All Desert District Advisory Council meetings are open to the public. Time for public comment may be made available by the Council Chairman during the presentation of various agenda items, and is scheduled at the end of the meeting for topics not on the agenda. Public comment for items not on the agenda will be scheduled at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning. Written comments may be filed in advance of the meeting for the California Desert District Advisory Council, c/o Bureau of Land Management, Public Affairs Office, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553. Written comments also are accepted at the time of the meeting and, if copies are provided to the recorder, will be incorporated into the minutes. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doran Sanchez, BLM California Desert District Public Affairs Specialist (951) 697–5220. Dated: July 26, 2005. Linda Hansen, District Manager. [FR Doc. 05–15482 Filed 8–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P Bureau of Land Management DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [UT–910–05–1040–PH–24–1A] Minerals Management Service Notice of Utah Resource Advisory Council Meeting Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management 15:34 Aug 04, 2005 Dated: July 27, 2005. Gene Terland, Associate State Director. [FR Doc. 05–15466 Filed 8–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DK–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR VerDate jul<14>2003 Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet September 8 (8–5) and September 9 (8–12:15), 2005, in Blanding, Utah. On September 8, the RAC will meet at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum (located at 660 West 400 North, Blanding) for a field trip to the Four Corners region of Utah. On September 9, the RAC will meet at the Blanding Arts & Events Center Auditorium (located at 715 West 200 South, Blanding). A half-hour public comment period is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on September 9. Written comments may be sent to the Bureau of Land Management address listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Foot, Special Programs Coordinator, Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145–0155; phone (801) 539–4195. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 8, the RAC will be introduced to the cultural resources and their relationship to other resources. The field trip will focus on the Comb Ridge area and include short hikes and a drive through Butler and Comb Washes. On September 9, the RAC will be given updates on the Resource Management Plans, Fires across the state, and Day-Ride Maps. An overview of issues occurring on BLM Utah lands, an update from the Factory Butte RAC Subgroup and a presentation on the role of the Public Lands Council will also be given. All meetings are open to the public; however, transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participating public. Jkt 205001 Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of a revision of a currently approved information AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection (OMB Control Number 1010– 0073). SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 220. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. The previous title of this ICR was ‘‘30 CFR part 220, Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases.’’ The new title of this ICR is ‘‘30 CFR part 220— Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases, § 220.010 NPSL capital account, § 220.030 Maintenance of records, § 220.031 Reporting and payment requirements, § 220.032 Inventories, and § 220.033 Audits.’’ DATES: Submit written comments on or before September 6, 2005. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments by either FAX (202) 395–6566 or e-mail (OIRA_Docket@omb.eop.gov) directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (OMB Control Number 1010–0073). Mail your comments to Sharron L. Gebhardt, Lead Regulatory Specialist, Chief of Staff Office, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. If you use an overnight courier service or wish to hand-carry your comments, our courier address is Building 85, Room A–614, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225. You may also e-mail your comments to us at mrm.comments@mms.gov. Include the title of the information collection and the OMB Control Number in the ‘‘Attention’’ line of your comment. Also include your name and return address. Submit electronic comments as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your e-mail, contact Ms. Gebhardt at (303) 231–3211. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharron L. Gebhardt, telephone (303) 231–3211, FAX (303) 231–3781, e-mail sharron.gebhardt@mms.gov. You may also contact Sharron Gebhardt to obtain, at no cost, a copy of the regulations that require the subject collection of information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 150 / Friday, August 5, 2005 / Notices Title: 30 CFR part 220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases, § 220.010 NPSL capital account, § 220.030 Maintenance of records, § 220.031 Reporting and payment requirements, § 220.032 Inventories, and § 220.033 Audits. OMB Control Number: 1010–0073. Bureau Form Number: None. Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for matters relevant to mineral resource development on Federal and Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 1923) and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1353) is responsible for managing the production of minerals from Federal and Indian lands and the OCS, collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals, and distributing the funds collected in accordance with applicable laws. The MMS performs the royalty management functions for the Secretary. Applicable Citations Applicable citations of the laws are the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97– 451—Jan. 12, 1983); the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953 (43 U.S.C. 1353) (Pub. L. 212—Aug. 7, 1953, as amended by Pub. L. 93–627—Jan. 3, 1975, Pub. L. 95–372—Sept. 18, 1978, and Pub. L. 98–498—Oct. 19, 1984); and the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 1923). These citations can be viewed on our Web site at http:// www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ PublicLawsAMR.htm. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) citations covering the net profit share lease (NPSL) program are located at 30 CFR part 220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases. General Information When a company or an individual enters into a lease to explore, develop, produce, and dispose of minerals from Federal or Indian lands, that company or individual agrees to pay the lessor a share of the value received from production from the leased lands. The lease creates a business relationship between the lessor and the lessee. The lessee is required to report various kinds of information to the lessor relative to the disposition of the leased minerals. VerDate jul<14>2003 15:34 Aug 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 45419 Such information is similar to data reported to private and public mineral interest owners and is generally available within the records of the lessee or others involved in developing, transporting, processing, purchasing, or selling of such minerals. The information collected includes data necessary to ensure royalties or net profit share payments are properly valued and appropriately paid. Proprietary information submitted to MMS under this collection is protected, and no items of a sensitive nature are collected. NPSL Inventories NPSL Bidding System This collection of information is necessary in order to determine when net profit share payments are due and to ensure royalties or net profit share payments are properly valued and appropriately paid. We are revising this ICR to add citations related to records management at 30 CFR 220.030(a) and inventories at § 220.032(b). We added a new citation for a PRA-exempt requirement related to audits at § 220.033(e). For clarification, we added § 220.031(c) related to payment requirements. We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of business, which are considered usual and customary. The MMS is requesting OMB’s approval to continue to collect this information. Not collecting this information would limit the Secretary’s ability to discharge his/her duties and may also result in loss of royalty payments. Proprietary information submitted is protected, and there are no questions of a sensitive nature included in this information collection. Frequency: Annually, monthly, and on occasion. Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 9 lessees. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Hour’’ Burden: 1,583 hours. All nine lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are in producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of capital accounts at § 220.010(a) and capital account annual reporting at § 220.031(a) are necessary only during non-producing status of a lease, we included only one response annually for these requirements, in case a new NPSL is established. The following chart shows the estimated burden hours by CFR section and paragraph: To encourage exploration and development of oil and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on the OCS, regulations were promulgated at 30 CFR part 260—Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. Specific implementation regulations for the NPSL bidding system are promulgated at 30 CFR 260.110(d), covered under ICR 1010–0143 (expires December 31, 2006). The MMS established the NPSL bidding system to properly balance a fair market return to the Federal Government for the lease of its lands, with a fair profit to companies risking their investment capital. The system provides an incentive for early and expeditious exploration and development and provides for sharing the risks by the lessee and the Federal Government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates a fixed capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee recovers costs of exploration and development from production revenues, along with a reasonable return on investment. NPSL Capital Account The Federal Government does not receive a profit share payment from an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. The credit balance is multiplied by the net profit share rate (30 to 50 percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due the Federal Government. The MMS requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for each lease, which transfers to a new owner when sold. Following the cessation of production, lessees are also required to provide either an annual or a monthly report to the Federal Government, using data from the capital account. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The NPSL lessees must notify MMS of their intent to perform an inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable materiel. NPSL Audits When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify MMS. When MMS calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-operators on the lease. These requirements are located at 30 CFR 220.033. Summary E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 45420 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 150 / Friday, August 5, 2005 / Notices RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS Citation 30 CFR 220 Reporting & recordkeeping requirement Number of annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours PART 220—ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING NET PROFIT SHARE PAYMENT FOR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OIL AND GAS LEASES § 220.010 220.010(a) .................. (a) For each NPSL tract, an NPSL capital account shall be established and maintained by the lessee for NPSL operations * * *. § 220.030 220.030(a) and (b) ...... 220.031(b) .................. 220.031(c) ................... 220.031(d) .................. 220.031(e) .................. 220.033(b)(2) .............. 220.033(e) .................. Total Burden ........ (a) Each lessee subject to this part shall file an annual report during the period from issuance of the NPSL until the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account * * *. (b) Beginning with the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account, each lessee * * * shall file a report for each NPSL, not later than 60 days following the end of each month * * *. (c) Each lessee subject to this Part 220 shall submit, together with the report required * * * any net profit share payment due * * *. (d) Each lessee * * * shall file a report not later than 90 days after each inventory is taken * * *. (e) Each lessee * * * shall file a final report, not later than 60 days following the cessation of production * * *. VerDate jul<14>2003 1 Comments: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires each agency ‘‘* * * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information * * *.’’ Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the PO 00000 1 16 13 108 1,404 Burden hours covered under 220.031(b). 8 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 9 72 4 9 36 1 9 9 2 9 18 2 9 18 Audits ............................................................................................................. Jkt 205001 9 Inventories (b)(1) When nonoperators of an NPSL lease call an audit in accordance with the terms of their operating agreement, the Director shall be notified of the audit call * * *. (b)(2) If DOI determines to call for an audit, DOI shall notify the lessee of its audit call and set a time and place for the audit. * * * The lessee shall send copies of the notice to the nonoperators on the lease * * *. (e) Records required to be kept under § 220.030(a) shall be made available for inspection by any authorized agent of DOI * * *. 15:34 Aug 04, 2005 9 16 (b) At reasonable intervals, but at least once every three years, inventories of controllable materiel shall be taken by the lessee. Written notice of intention to take inventory shall be given by the lessee at least 30 days before any inventory is to be taken so that the Director may be represented at the taking of inventory * * *. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-hour Cost’’ Burden: We have identified no ‘‘nonhour cost’’ burdens. Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) provides that an agency 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. 1 Reporting and payment requirements § 220.033 220.033(b)(1) .............. 1 Maintenance of records § 220.032 220.032(b) .................. 1 (a) Each lessee * * * shall establish and maintain such records as are necessary * * *. § 220.031 220.031(a) .................. NPSL capital account. Sfmt 4703 The Office of Regulatory Affairs has determined that the audit process is not covered by the PRA because MMS staff asks non-standard questions to resolve exceptions. ........................ 164 1,583 accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. To comply with the public consultation process, we published a notice in the Federal Register on E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 150 / Friday, August 5, 2005 / Notices November 16, 2004 (69 FR 67162), announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day comment period. We received no comments in response to the notice. If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by September 6, 2005. Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to this notice on our Web site at http:// www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/InfoColl/ InfoColCom.htm. We will also make copies of the comments available for public review, including names and addresses of respondents, during regular business hours at our offices in Lakewood, Colorado. Upon request, we will withhold an individual respondent’s home address from the public record, as allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the rulemaking record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you request that we withhold your name and/or address, state your request prominently at the beginning of your comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208–7744. Pursuant to section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60 written comments concerning the significance of these properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW., 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1201 Eye St., NW., 8th floor, Washington DC 20005; or by fax, 202–371–6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted by August 22, 2005. Dated: May 9, 2005. Lucy Querques Denett, Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management. [FR Doc. 05–15532 Filed 8–4–05; 8:45 am] Lucas County Chariton Free Public Library, 803 Braden, Chariton, 05000906 BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P National Park Service National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before July 16, 2005. 15:34 Aug 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 MICHIGAN Wayne County Schmidt, Carl E and Alice Candler, House, 301 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, 05000909 MISSISSIPPI Madison County Mississippi Institute of Aeronautics Aircraft Hangars, Bruce Campbell Field, 7496 Old Canton Rd., Madison, 05000910 MISSOURI Pike County North Third Street Historic District, (Louisiana, Missouri MPS) Roughly bounded by Georgia, Noyes, North Third and North Water Sts., Louisiana, 05000912 NEW JERSEY ALASKA Ketchikan Gateway Borough-Census Area Clover Pass School, Potter Rd. off Knudson Cove Rd., Knudson Cove, 05000898 Ketchikan Federal Building, 648 Mission St., Ketchikan, 05000897 Cape May County Caribbean Motel, (Motels of The Wildwoods MPS) 5600 Ocean Ave., Borough of Wildwood Crest, 05000915 Warren County Allen, Jacob C., House, 206 W. Moore St., Hackettstown, 05000911 GEORGIA Carroll County Folds, Eric Vernon, House, 1575 GA 16, Carrollton, 05000902 NORTH DAKOTA Ransom County DeKalb County Stone Mountain Quarries Historic District, Stone Mountain Memorial State Park, Stone Mountain, 05000900 Mizpah Lodge Building, 260 Front St., Sheldon, 05000913 RHODE ISLAND IOWA Cherokee County Cherokee Commercial Historic District, Parts of Main, Maple and Willow, bet. 1st and 6th Sts., Cherokee, 05000903 Fayette County St. Luke’s School and Recreation Center, 212 East Main, St. Lucas, 05000899 Jones County St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 12472 Jones Cty Rd. X28, Stone City, 05000904 Scott County Buffalo High School, 326 E 4th St., Buffalo, 05000901 Providence County Nicholson File Company Mill Complex, 1–45 Acorn St., Providence, 05000918 Providence Steel and Iron Company Complex, 27 Sims Ave., Providence, 05000919 United States Rubber Company Mill Complex, Bounded by Hemlock and Valley Sts, Richmond Place, and the Woonasquatucket R, Providence, 05000917 VIRGINIA Northampton County Upper Ridge Site, Address Restricted, Mockhorn Island, 05000914 Richmond Independent City Shockeoe Slip Historic District (Boundary Increase II), 11–15 and 101 South 15th St., 1433 East Main St., Richmond (Independent City), 05000916 WASHINGTON Wapello County Ottumwa Young Women’s Christian Association, (Ottumwa MPS), 133 W. Second St., Ottumwa, 05000907 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR VerDate jul<14>2003 John W. Roberts, Acting Chief, National Register/National Historic Landmarks Program. 45421 King County Keewaydin Clubhouse, 1836 72nd Ave. SE, Mercer Island, 05000923 Washington County Brookhart, Smith Wildman and Jennie (Hearne), House, 1203 East Washington, Washington, 05000905 Lewis County Hubbard Bungalow, (Centralia Armistice Day, 1919 MPS) 717 N. Washington Ave., Centralia, 05000922 MARYLAND Spokane County Bell, Dr. Robert and Jessie, House, 917 S. Lincoln St., Spokane, 05000921 Hillyard High School, 5313 N. Regal St., Spokane, 05000920 Washington County Kefauver Place, 20515 Park Hall Rd., Rohrersville, 05000908 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 150 (Friday, August 5, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45418-45421]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-15532]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of a revision of a currently approved information 
collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0073).

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we 
are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information 
collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 220. This notice also 
provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork 
burden of these regulatory requirements. The previous title of this ICR 
was ``30 CFR part 220, Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit 
Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases.'' The new 
title of this ICR is ``30 CFR part 220--Accounting Procedures for 
Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil 
and Gas Leases, Sec.  220.010 NPSL capital account, Sec.  220.030 
Maintenance of records, Sec.  220.031 Reporting and payment 
requirements, Sec.  220.032 Inventories, and Sec.  220.033 Audits.''

DATES: Submit written comments on or before September 6, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments by either FAX (202) 395-6566 or e-
mail (OIRA--Docket@omb.eop.gov) directly to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department 
of the Interior (OMB Control Number 1010-0073). Mail your comments to 
Sharron L. Gebhardt, Lead Regulatory Specialist, Chief of Staff Office, 
Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 
25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. If you use an overnight 
courier service or wish to hand-carry your comments, our courier 
address is Building 85, Room A-614, Denver Federal Center, Denver, 
Colorado 80225. You may also e-mail your comments to us at 
mrm.comments@mms.gov. Include the title of the information collection 
and the OMB Control Number in the ``Attention'' line of your comment. 
Also include your name and return address. Submit electronic comments 
as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of 
encryption. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received 
your e-mail, contact Ms. Gebhardt at (303) 231-3211.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharron L. Gebhardt, telephone (303) 
231-3211, FAX (303) 231-3781, e-mail sharron.gebhardt@mms.gov. You may 
also contact Sharron Gebhardt to obtain, at no cost, a copy of the 
regulations that require the subject collection of information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

[[Page 45419]]

    Title: 30 CFR part 220--Accounting Procedures for Determining Net 
Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases, 
Sec.  220.010 NPSL capital account, Sec.  220.030 Maintenance of 
records, Sec.  220.031 Reporting and payment requirements, Sec.  
220.032 Inventories, and Sec.  220.033 Audits.
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0073.
    Bureau Form Number: None.
    Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is 
responsible for matters relevant to mineral resource development on 
Federal and Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The 
Secretary under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 1923) and the Outer 
Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1353) is responsible for 
managing the production of minerals from Federal and Indian lands and 
the OCS, collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals, and 
distributing the funds collected in accordance with applicable laws. 
The MMS performs the royalty management functions for the Secretary.

Applicable Citations

    Applicable citations of the laws are the Federal Oil and Gas 
Royalty Management Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97-451--Jan. 12, 1983); the 
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953 (43 U.S.C. 1353) (Pub. L. 
212--Aug. 7, 1953, as amended by Pub. L. 93-627--Jan. 3, 1975, Pub. L. 
95-372--Sept. 18, 1978, and Pub. L. 98-498--Oct. 19, 1984); and the 
Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 1923). These citations can be viewed on 
our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/PublicLawsAMR.htm.
    The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) citations covering the net 
profit share lease (NPSL) program are located at 30 CFR part 220--
Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for 
Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases.

General Information

    When a company or an individual enters into a lease to explore, 
develop, produce, and dispose of minerals from Federal or Indian lands, 
that company or individual agrees to pay the lessor a share of the 
value received from production from the leased lands. The lease creates 
a business relationship between the lessor and the lessee. The lessee 
is required to report various kinds of information to the lessor 
relative to the disposition of the leased minerals. Such information is 
similar to data reported to private and public mineral interest owners 
and is generally available within the records of the lessee or others 
involved in developing, transporting, processing, purchasing, or 
selling of such minerals. The information collected includes data 
necessary to ensure royalties or net profit share payments are properly 
valued and appropriately paid. Proprietary information submitted to MMS 
under this collection is protected, and no items of a sensitive nature 
are collected.

NPSL Bidding System

    To encourage exploration and development of oil and gas leases on 
submerged Federal lands on the OCS, regulations were promulgated at 30 
CFR part 260--Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. Specific 
implementation regulations for the NPSL bidding system are promulgated 
at 30 CFR 260.110(d), covered under ICR 1010-0143 (expires December 31, 
2006). The MMS established the NPSL bidding system to properly balance 
a fair market return to the Federal Government for the lease of its 
lands, with a fair profit to companies risking their investment 
capital. The system provides an incentive for early and expeditious 
exploration and development and provides for sharing the risks by the 
lessee and the Federal Government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates 
a fixed capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee 
recovers costs of exploration and development from production revenues, 
along with a reasonable return on investment.

NPSL Capital Account

    The Federal Government does not receive a profit share payment from 
an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; 
that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. 
The credit balance is multiplied by the net profit share rate (30 to 50 
percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due the 
Federal Government.
    The MMS requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for 
each lease, which transfers to a new owner when sold. Following the 
cessation of production, lessees are also required to provide either an 
annual or a monthly report to the Federal Government, using data from 
the capital account.

NPSL Inventories

    The NPSL lessees must notify MMS of their intent to perform an 
inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable 
materiel.

NPSL Audits

    When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify 
MMS. When MMS calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-
operators on the lease. These requirements are located at 30 CFR 
220.033.

Summary

    This collection of information is necessary in order to determine 
when net profit share payments are due and to ensure royalties or net 
profit share payments are properly valued and appropriately paid.
    We are revising this ICR to add citations related to records 
management at 30 CFR 220.030(a) and inventories at Sec.  220.032(b). We 
added a new citation for a PRA-exempt requirement related to audits at 
Sec.  220.033(e). For clarification, we added Sec.  220.031(c) related 
to payment requirements. We have not included in our estimates certain 
requirements performed in the normal course of business, which are 
considered usual and customary.
    The MMS is requesting OMB's approval to continue to collect this 
information. Not collecting this information would limit the 
Secretary's ability to discharge his/her duties and may also result in 
loss of royalty payments. Proprietary information submitted is 
protected, and there are no questions of a sensitive nature included in 
this information collection.
    Frequency: Annually, monthly, and on occasion.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 9 lessees.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 1,583 
hours.
    All nine lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are in 
producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of capital 
accounts at Sec.  220.010(a) and capital account annual reporting at 
Sec.  220.031(a) are necessary only during non-producing status of a 
lease, we included only one response annually for these requirements, 
in case a new NPSL is established. The following chart shows the 
estimated burden hours by CFR section and paragraph:

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                                   Respondents' Estimated Annual Burden Hours
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                                                                                     Number of
      Citation 30 CFR 220           Reporting & recordkeeping       Hour burden       annual       Annual burden
                                           requirement                               responses         hours
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PART 220--ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING NET PROFIT SHARE PAYMENT FOR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OIL AND GAS
                                                     LEASES
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                                      Sec.   220.010 NPSL capital account.
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220.010(a)....................  (a) For each NPSL tract, an NPSL               1               1               1
                                 capital account shall be
                                 established and maintained by
                                 the lessee for NPSL operations
                                 * * *.
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                                      Sec.   220.030 Maintenance of records
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220.030(a) and (b)............  (a) Each lessee * * * shall                    1               9               9
                                 establish and maintain such
                                 records as are necessary * * *.
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                                Sec.   220.031 Reporting and payment requirements
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220.031(a)....................  (a) Each lessee subject to this               16               1              16
                                 part shall file an annual
                                 report during the period from
                                 issuance of the NPSL until the
                                 first month in which production
                                 revenues are credited to the
                                 NPSL capital account * * *.
220.031(b)....................  (b) Beginning with the first                  13             108           1,404
                                 month in which production
                                 revenues are credited to the
                                 NPSL capital account, each
                                 lessee * * * shall file a
                                 report for each NPSL, not later
                                 than 60 days following the end
                                 of each month * * *.
220.031(c)....................  (c) Each lessee subject to this        Burden hours covered under 220.031(b).
                                 Part 220 shall submit, together
                                 with the report required * * *
                                 any net profit share payment
                                 due * * *.
220.031(d)....................  (d) Each lessee * * * shall file               8               9              72
                                 a report not later than 90 days
                                 after each inventory is taken *
                                 * *.
220.031(e)....................  (e) Each lessee * * * shall file               4               9              36
                                 a final report, not later than
                                 60 days following the cessation
                                 of production * * *.
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                                            Sec.   220.032 Inventories
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220.032(b)....................  (b) At reasonable intervals, but               1               9               9
                                 at least once every three
                                 years, inventories of
                                 controllable materiel shall be
                                 taken by the lessee. Written
                                 notice of intention to take
                                 inventory shall be given by the
                                 lessee at least 30 days before
                                 any inventory is to be taken so
                                 that the Director may be
                                 represented at the taking of
                                 inventory * * *.
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                                              Sec.   220.033 Audits
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220.033(b)(1).................  (b)(1) When nonoperators of an                 2               9              18
                                 NPSL lease call an audit in
                                 accordance with the terms of
                                 their operating agreement, the
                                 Director shall be notified of
                                 the audit call * * *.
220.033(b)(2).................  (b)(2) If DOI determines to call               2               9              18
                                 for an audit, DOI shall notify
                                 the lessee of its audit call
                                 and set a time and place for
                                 the audit. * * * The lessee
                                 shall send copies of the notice
                                 to the nonoperators on the
                                 lease * * *.
220.033(e)....................  (e) Records required to be kept        The Office of Regulatory Affairs has
                                 under Sec.   220.030(a) shall       determined that the audit process is not
                                 be made available for            covered by the PRA because MMS staff asks non-
                                 inspection by any authorized        standard questions to resolve exceptions.
                                 agent of DOI * * *.
                                                                 -----------------
    Total Burden..............  ................................  ..............             164           1,583
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    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-hour Cost'' 
Burden: We have identified no ``non-hour cost'' burdens.
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) 
provides that an agency 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.
    Comments: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires each agency ``* 
* * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the 
public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information * * *.'' Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: 
(a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the 
information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's 
estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) 
enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    To comply with the public consultation process, we published a 
notice in the Federal Register on

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November 16, 2004 (69 FR 67162), announcing that we would submit this 
ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day 
comment period. We received no comments in response to the notice.
    If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send 
your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the 
information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to 
ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by 
September 6, 2005.
    Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to 
this notice on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/
InfoColl/InfoColCom.htm. We will also make copies of the comments 
available for public review, including names and addresses of 
respondents, during regular business hours at our offices in Lakewood, 
Colorado. Upon request, we will withhold an individual respondent's 
home address from the public record, as allowable by law. There also 
may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the rulemaking 
record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you request 
that we withhold your name and/or address, state your request 
prominently at the beginning of your comment. However, we will not 
consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.
    MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 
208-7744.

    Dated: May 9, 2005.
Lucy Querques Denett,
Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.
[FR Doc. 05-15532 Filed 8-4-05; 8:45 am]
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