Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 70092-70095 [05-22953]

Download as PDF 70092 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 223 / Monday, November 21, 2005 / Notices Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division ADDRESSES: of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203; fax (703) 358–2281. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Division of Management Authority, telephone (703) 358–2104. Notice is hereby given that on the dates below, as authorized by the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the Fish and Wildlife Service issued the requested permits subject to certain conditions set forth therein. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: MARINE MAMMALS Permit number 099846 103429 104360 106076 106098 106369 106641 Applicant .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. Dated: October 21, 2005. Michael S. Moore, Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority. [FR Doc. 05–23011 Filed 11–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CO–922–06–1310–FI; COC67712] Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:51 Nov 18, 2005 Jkt 208001 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 FR FR FR FR FR FR FR 19778; 46183; 38190; 46183; 41782; 46184; 46183; April 14, 2005 ............................... August 9, 2005 ............................. July 1, 2005 .................................. August 9, 2005 ............................. July, 20, 2005 ............................... August 9, 2005 ............................. August 9, 2005 ............................. the cost of this Federal Register notice. The lessees have met all the requirements for reinstatement of the lease as set out in section 31 (d) and (e) of the Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188), and the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to reinstate lease COC67712 effective June 1, 2004, under the original terms and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates cited above. Dated: November 8, 2005. Beverly A. Derringer, Chief, Fluid Minerals Adjudication. [FR Doc. 05–22979 Filed 11–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2–3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease COC67712 from Cutler Exploration, JDW Inc, Nortex Corporation and Rocky Mountain Resources Inc for lands in Moffat County, Colorado. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, Beverly A. Derringer, Chief, Fluid Minerals Adjudication, at 303. 239.3765. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The lessees have agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $10.00 per acre or fraction thereof, per year and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessees have paid the required $500 administrative fee and $155 to reimburse the Department for SUMMARY: Donald L. Coffman .. Robert G. Moyer ..... John L. Amistoso .... Waitman R. Kesling John R. Thodos ...... Scott A. Jesseman .. Eric G. Turnquist ..... Receipt of application Federal Register notice Bureau of Land Management Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease NMNM 13277 AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 October October October October October October October 11, 2005. 11, 2005. 11, 2005. 11, 2005. 11, 2005. 3, 2005. 11, 2005. for the reinstatement of the lease and $158 cost for publishing this Notice. The lessees met the requirements for reinstatement of the lease per Sec. 31(e) of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188(e)). We are proposing to reinstate the lease, effective the date of termination subject to: • The original terms and conditions of the lease; • The increased rental of ($25) per acre; • The increased royalty of 242⁄3 percent or 4 percentages above the existing competitive royalty rate; and • The $158 cost of publishing this Notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloria Baca, BLM, New Mexico State Office, (505) 438–7566. Dated: November 4, 2005. Gloria Baca, Land Law Examiner. [FR Doc. 05–22978 Filed 11–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–FB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Notice. SUMMARY: Under the provisions of section 371(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the lessee(s), Culbertson Management Trust, Dan W. Irwin, and Kathleen Irwin Schuster, timely filed a petition for reinstatement of oil and gas lease NMNM 13277 in Lea County, NM. The lessees paid the required rental accruing from the date of termination, June 1, 2002. No leases were issued that affect these lands. The lessee agrees to the new lease terms for rentals and royalties of ($25 per acre) and 242⁄3 percent rate. The lessees paid the $500 administration fee PO 00000 Permit issuance date Sfmt 4703 Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of a revision of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010– 0140). AGENCY: SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, we are inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to OMB for review and approval. E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 70093 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 223 / Monday, November 21, 2005 / Notices This information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR Part 210—Forms and Reports, regarding Form MMS–2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance. DATES: Submit written comments on or before January 20, 2006. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Sharron L. Gebhardt, Lead Regulatory Specialist, 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, West 6th Ave. and Kipling Blvd., 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, or email sharron.gebhardt@mms.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 210—Forms and Reports (Form MMS–2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance). OMB Control Number: 1010–0140. Bureau Form Number: Form MMS– 2014. Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals from leased Federal and Indian lands. The Secretary is required by various laws to manage mineral resources production on Federal and Indian lands, collect the royalties due, and distribute the funds in accordance with those laws. The Secretary also has a trust responsibility to manage Indian lands and seek advice and information from Indian beneficiaries. The MMS performs the royalty management functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out the Department’s trust responsibility for Indian lands. The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA) of 1982, 30 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., states in Section 101(a) that the Secretary ‘‘* * * shall establish a comprehensive inspection, collection, and fiscal and production accounting and auditing system to provide the capability to accurately determine oil and gas royalties, interest, fines, penalties, fees, deposits, and other payments owed, and collect and account for such amounts in a timely manner.’’ The MMS collects the information on Form MMS–2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance, which is the only document used for reporting oil and gas royalties, certain rents, and other lease-related transactions (e.g., transportation and processing allowances, lease adjustments, and quality). The information collected includes data necessary to ensure that the royalties are paid appropriately. The persons or entities described under FOGRMA at 30 U.S.C. 1713 are required to make reports and submit reasonable information as defined by the Secretary. 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 (royalty) 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. Applicable public laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands are located on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ PublicLawsAMR.htm. The MMS is requesting OMB’s approval to continue to collect information using Form MMS–2014. Proprietary information submitted to MMS under this collection is protected, and no items of a sensitive nature are collected. The requirement to respond is mandatory. Frequency of Response: Monthly and as required. Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 2,070. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Hour’’ Burden: 158,021 hours. We included 30 CFR 210.351, which was overlooked in the previous renewal, and added 12 burden hours to our estimates in the chart below. We also included 30 CFR 210.53(c)(1) and (2) from the final Federal Oil Valuation rule (effective August 1, 2004) and added 288 burden hours to our estimates in the chart below. We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of business and considered usual and customary. The following chart shows the estimated burden hours by CFR section and paragraph: RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS 30 CFR part 210 210.20(a); 210.21(c)(1); 210.50; 210.52(a)(1), (2)(b), (c) and (d); and 210.354. Reporting and recordkeeping requirement 210.20 When is electronic reporting required? 0.05 (3 minutes). * * * Records may be maintained in microfilm, microfiche, or other recorded media.* * *. Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3,103,265 155,163 2 ¥22,000 210.50 Required recordkeeping. ............................................. 15:51 Nov 18, 2005 Annual burden hours Electronic (99 percent) (a) You must submit a completed Form MMS–2014 * * * TO mms electronically.* * *. 210.21 How do you report electronically? ............................... (c)(1) You must submit an electronic sample of your report for MMS approval.* * * VerDate Aug<31>2005 Average number of annual responses 1 Hour burden 2 ¥1,100 Manual (1 percent) 0.1167 (7 minutes). E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 31,346 3,658 70094 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 223 / Monday, November 21, 2005 / Notices RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS—Continued 30 CFR part 210 210.53 (c)(1) and (2) ............... 210.351 .................................... Burden Hour Total ................... Reporting and recordkeeping requirement 210.52 Report of sales and royalty remittance. ...................... (a) You must submit a completed Form MMS–2014 (Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance) to MMS with: (1) All royalty payments; and, (2) Rents on nonproducing leases, (b) When you submit Form MMS–2014 data electronically, you must not submit the form itself. (c) Completed Forms MMS–2014 for royalty payments are due by the end of the month following the production month. (d) completed Forms MMS–2014 for rental payments are due no later than the anniversary date of the lease. 210.354 Monthly report of sales and royalty. .......................... A completed* * *Form MMS–2014 must be submitted each month once sales or utilization of production occur * * *This report is due on or before the last day of the month following the month in which production was sold or utilized 210.53 Reporting instructions. ................................................. (c) On the Form MMS–2014, the operator must report* * * (1) The share of the production the operator purchased from each working interest owner and the associated royalty payment; and (2) The operator’s own share of production and the associated royalty payment.. 210.351 Required recordkeeping. ........................................... Records may be maintained on microfilm, microfiche, or other recorded media that are easily reproducible and readable* * *. .................................................................................................. Hour burden Average number of annual responses 1 Annual burden hours 8 .................. 36 288 1 .................. 12 12 3,112,659 .... 158,021 1 Each line is considered one response/report. 2Implementation of the final rule, Accounting and Auditing Relief for Marginal Properties, effective September 13, 2004, resulted in an annual decrease of 1,100 burden hours, calculated as follows: 22,000 lines × 3 minutes/60 minutes = 1,100 burden hours. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-hour Cost’’ Burden: We have identified no ‘‘nonhour cost’’ burden associated with the collection of information. 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: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA Section 3506(c)(2)(A) 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:51 Nov 18, 2005 Jkt 208001 respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the total annual reporting ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burden to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. If you have costs to generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. You should describe the methods you use to estimate major cost factors, including system and technology acquisition, expected useful life of capital equipment, discount rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. Capital and startup costs include, among other items, computers and software you purchase to prepare for collecting information; monitoring, sampling, and testing equipment; and record storage facilities. Generally, your estimates should not include equipment or services purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements not associated with the information collection; (iii) for reasons PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 other than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private practices. We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them in our ICR submission for OMB approval, including appropriate adjustments to the estimated burden. We will provide a copy of the ICR to you without charge upon request. The ICR also will be posted on our Web site at http:// www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ FRNotices/FRInfColl.htm. 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/ FRNotices/FRInfColl.htm. We also will 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 a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you request that we withhold E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 223 / Monday, November 21, 2005 / Notices 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. Cathy J. Hamilton, Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management. [FR Doc. 05–22953 Filed 11–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010– 0162). AGENCY: SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, we are inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This information collection request (ICR) is based on the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO Act) and is titled ‘‘Accounts Receivable Confirmations.’’ Submit written comments on or before January 20, 2006. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Sharron L. Gebhardt, Lead Regulatory Specialist, 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, West 6th Ave. and Kipling Blvd., 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. DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:51 Nov 18, 2005 Jkt 208001 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, or email sharron.gebhardt@mms.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Accounts Receivable Confirmations. OMB Control Number: 1010–0162. Bureau Form Number: None. Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals from leased Federal and Indian lands. The Secretary is required by various laws to manage mineral resources production on Federal and Indian lands, collect the royalties due, and distribute the funds in accordance with those laws. The MMS performs the royalty management functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out the Department’s trust responsibility for Indian lands. 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 (royalty) 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 that the royalties are paid appropriately. The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), 30 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., states in Section 101(a) that the Secretary ‘‘ * * * shall establish a comprehensive inspection, collection, and fiscal and production accounting and auditing system to provide the capability to accurately determine oil and gas royalties, interest, fines, penalties, fees, deposits, and other payments owed, and collect and account for such amounts in a timely manner.’’ The persons or entities described at 30 U.S.C. 1713 are required to make reports and provide reasonable information as defined by the Secretary. Every year, under the CFO Act, the Department’s Office of Inspector General, or its agent (agent), audits all Department bureaus’ financial statements. The Department’s goal is for PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70095 every bureau to receive an unqualified opinion. Accounts receivable confirmations are a common practice in the audit business. Due to continuously increasing scrutiny on financial audits, third-party confirmation on the validity of MMS financial records is necessary. Companies submit financial information on Form MMS–2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance (OMB Control Number 1010–0140, expires October 31, 2006) and on Form MMS–4430, Solid Minerals Production and Royalty Report (OMB Control Number 1010–0120, expires October 31, 2007). As part of the CFO Act audits, the agent requests third-party confirmation responses, by a specified date, that MMS accounts receivable records agree with royalty payor records, for the following items: customer identification; royalty/invoice number; payor-assigned document number; date received; original amount reported; and remaining balance due MMS as of a specified date. In order to meet this requirement, MMS must mail letters on MMS letterhead, signed by the Deputy Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management, to royalty payors selected at random, asking them to confirm back to the agent the accuracy and/or validity of selected royalty receivable items and amounts. Verifying the amounts reported and the balances due will require time for research and analysis by payors. The MMS will send confirmation letters to all payors selected by the agent. The payors will be asked to submit confirmation information directly to the agent. Applicable Citations Applicable citations include: Public Law 101–576—Nov. 15, 1990, CFO Act; 30 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., FOGRMA; 30 U.S.C. 189 pertaining to Public Lands; 30 U.S.C. 359 pertaining to Acquired Lands; 25 U.S.C. 396d pertaining to Indian Lands; 43 U.S.C. 1334 pertaining to Outer Continental Shelf Lands; 30 U.S.C. 1713 pertaining to solid minerals, and revised geothermal regulations at 30 CFR 210.354. Relevant Minerals Revenue Management (MRM) regulations are codified at 30 CFR subchapter A, part 201 et seq., and §§ 210.52 and 210.53; and part 206, subparts F and J; part 210, subparts B, E, and H; and part 218, subparts B and E. Applicable public laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands are located on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ PublicLawsAMR.htm. This collection does not require proprietary, trade secret, or other confidential information not protected by agency procedures, and no items of E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 223 (Monday, November 21, 2005)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 05-22953]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of a revision of a currently approved information 
collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0140).

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, we 
are inviting comments on a collection of information that we will 
submit to OMB for review and approval.

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This information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR Part 210--Forms and 
Reports, regarding Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty 
Remittance.

DATES: Submit written comments on or before January 20, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Sharron L. Gebhardt, Lead 
Regulatory Specialist, 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, 
West 6th Ave. and Kipling Blvd., 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, or e-mail sharron.gebhardt@mms.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 210--Forms and Reports 
(Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance).
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0140.
    Bureau Form Number: Form MMS-2014.
    Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is 
responsible for collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals 
from leased Federal and Indian lands. The Secretary is required by 
various laws to manage mineral resources production on Federal and 
Indian lands, collect the royalties due, and distribute the funds in 
accordance with those laws. The Secretary also has a trust 
responsibility to manage Indian lands and seek advice and information 
from Indian beneficiaries. The MMS performs the royalty management 
functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out the Department's 
trust responsibility for Indian lands.
    The Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA) of 1982, 30 
U.S.C. 1701 et seq., states in Section 101(a) that the Secretary ``* * 
* shall establish a comprehensive inspection, collection, and fiscal 
and production accounting and auditing system to provide the capability 
to accurately determine oil and gas royalties, interest, fines, 
penalties, fees, deposits, and other payments owed, and collect and 
account for such amounts in a timely manner.'' The MMS collects the 
information on Form MMS-2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance, 
which is the only document used for reporting oil and gas royalties, 
certain rents, and other lease-related transactions (e.g., 
transportation and processing allowances, lease adjustments, and 
quality). The information collected includes data necessary to ensure 
that the royalties are paid appropriately.
    The persons or entities described under FOGRMA at 30 U.S.C. 1713 
are required to make reports and submit reasonable information as 
defined by the Secretary. 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 (royalty) 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. Applicable public 
laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands are 
located on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/
PublicLawsAMR.htm.
    The MMS is requesting OMB's approval to continue to collect 
information using Form MMS-2014. Proprietary information submitted to 
MMS under this collection is protected, and no items of a sensitive 
nature are collected. The requirement to respond is mandatory.
    Frequency of Response: Monthly and as required.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 2,070.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 
158,021 hours.
    We included 30 CFR 210.351, which was overlooked in the previous 
renewal, and added 12 burden hours to our estimates in the chart below. 
We also included 30 CFR 210.53(c)(1) and (2) from the final Federal Oil 
Valuation rule (effective August 1, 2004) and added 288 burden hours to 
our estimates in the chart below. We have not included in our estimates 
certain requirements performed in the normal course of business and 
considered usual and customary. The following chart shows the estimated 
burden hours by CFR section and paragraph:

                                   Respondents' Estimated Annual Burden Hours
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                                                                                  Average number
       30 CFR part 210           Reporting and recordkeeping       Hour burden       of annual     Annual burden
                                         requirement                               responses \1\       hours
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210.20(a); 210.21(c)(1);       210.20 When is electronic                     Electronic (99 percent)
 210.50; 210.52(a)(1),          reporting required?
 (2)(b), (c) and (d); and
 210.354.
                                                               -------------------
                               (a) You must submit a completed  0.05 (3 minutes)       3,103,265         155,163
                                Form MMS-2014 * * * TO mms
                                electronically.* * *.
                               210.21 How do you report                              \2\ -22,000      \2\ -1,100
                                electronically?.
                               (c)(1) You must submit an
                                electronic sample of your
                                report for MMS approval.* * *
                                                               -------------------
                               210.50 Required recordkeeping..                 Manual (1 percent)
                                                               -------------------
                               * * * Records may be maintained  0.1167 (7                 31,346           3,658
                                in microfilm, microfiche, or     minutes).
                                other recorded media.* * *.

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                               210.52 Report of sales and
                                royalty remittance..
                               (a) You must submit a completed
                                Form MMS-2014 (Report of Sales
                                and Royalty Remittance) to MMS
                                with:.
                               (1) All royalty payments; and,.
                               (2) Rents on nonproducing
                                leases,.
                               (b) When you submit Form MMS-
                                2014 data electronically, you
                                must not submit the form
                                itself..
                               (c) Completed Forms MMS-2014
                                for royalty payments are due
                                by the end of the month
                                following the production
                                month..
                               (d) completed Forms MMS-2014
                                for rental payments are due no
                                later than the anniversary
                                date of the lease..
                               210.354 Monthly report of sales
                                and royalty..
                               A completed* * *Form MMS-2014
                                must be submitted each month
                                once sales or utilization of
                                production occur * * *This
                                report is due on or before the
                                last day of the month
                                following the month in which
                                production was sold or
                                utilized.
210.53 (c)(1) and (2)........  210.53 Reporting instructions..  8...............              36             288
                               (c) On the Form MMS-2014, the
                                operator must report* * * (1)
                                The share of the production
                                the operator purchased from
                                each working interest owner
                                and the associated royalty
                                payment; and (2) The
                                operator's own share of
                                production and the associated
                                royalty payment..
210.351......................  210.351 Required recordkeeping.  1...............              12              12
                               Records may be maintained on
                                microfilm, microfiche, or
                                other recorded media that are
                                easily reproducible and
                                readable* * *.
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Burden Hour Total............  ...............................  3,112,659.......        158,021
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\1\ Each line is considered one response/report.
\2\Implementation of the final rule, Accounting and Auditing Relief for Marginal Properties, effective September
  13, 2004, resulted in an annual decrease of 1,100 burden hours, calculated as follows: 22,000 lines x 3
  minutes/60 minutes = 1,100 burden hours.

    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-hour Cost'' 
Burden: We have identified no ``non-hour cost'' burden associated with 
the collection of information.
    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: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA Section 
3506(c)(2)(A) 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.
    The PRA also requires agencies to estimate the total annual 
reporting ``non-hour cost'' burden to respondents or recordkeepers 
resulting from the collection of information. If you have costs to 
generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment 
and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual 
operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. You should 
describe the methods you use to estimate major cost factors, including 
system and technology acquisition, expected useful life of capital 
equipment, discount rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. 
Capital and startup costs include, among other items, computers and 
software you purchase to prepare for collecting information; 
monitoring, sampling, and testing equipment; and record storage 
facilities. Generally, your estimates should not include equipment or 
services purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with 
requirements not associated with the information collection; (iii) for 
reasons other than to provide information or keep records for the 
Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private 
practices.
    We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them 
in our ICR submission for OMB approval, including appropriate 
adjustments to the estimated burden. We will provide a copy of the ICR 
to you without charge upon request. The ICR also will be posted on our 
Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/FRNotices/FRInfColl.htm.
    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/
FRNotices/FRInfColl.htm. We also will 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 a respondent's 
identity, as allowable by law. If you request that we withhold

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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.

Cathy J. Hamilton,
Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.
[FR Doc. 05-22953 Filed 11-18-05; 8:45 am]
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