Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Questionnaire To Support Review of Federal Assistance Applications, 71466 [05-23408]

Download as PDF 71466 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 228 / Tuesday, November 29, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Questionnaire To Support Review of Federal Assistance Applications National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 30, 2006. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Shelby L. Mendez, (301) 713–1622 ext. 207 or shelby.l.mendez@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 through 4327) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) require that an environmental analysis be completed for all major Federal actions significantly affecting the environment. NEPA applies only to the actions of Federal agencies. While those Federal actions may include a Federal agency’s decision to fund non-Federal projects under grants and cooperative agreements, NEPA requires agencies to assess the environmental impacts of actions proposed to be taken by these recipients only when the Federal agency has sufficient discretion or control over the recipient’s activities to deem those actions as Federal actions. To determine whether the activities of the recipient of a Federal financial assistance award (i.e., grant or cooperative agreement) involve sufficient Federal discretion or control, and to undertake the appropriate environmental analysis VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:13 Nov 28, 2005 Jkt 208001 when NEPA is required, NOAA must assess information which can only be provided by the Federal financial assistance applicant. Thus, NOAA is developing an environmental information questionnaire to provide grantees and Federal grant managers with a simple tool to ensure that project and environmental information is obtained. The questionnaire will apply only to those programs where actions are considered major Federal actions or to those where NOAA must determine if the action is a major Federal action. The questionnaire will include a list of questions that encompasses a broad range of subject areas. The applicants will not be required to answer every question in the questionnaire. Each program will draw from the final comprehensive list of questions to create a relevant subset of questions for applicants to answer. The information provided in answers to the questionnaire will be used by NOAA staff to determine compliance requirements for NEPA and conduct subsequent NEPA analysis as needed. The information provided in the questionnaire may also be used for other regulatory review requirements associated with the proposed project, such as permitting. II. Method of Collection Methods of submittal include paper forms through the mail, Internet and facsimile transmission. III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; individuals or households; not-for-profit institutions; state, local or tribal government; and Federal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,750. Estimated Time Per Response: 3 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,250. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $8,750. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: November 22, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–23408 Filed 11–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NW–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 050905A] Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Gulf of Mexico Vermilion Snapper, Greater Amberjack, and Gray Triggerfish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of change in SEDAR Workshops for Gulf of Mexico vermilion snapper, greater amberjack, and gray triggerfish. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The SEDAR assessments of the Gulf of Mexico stocks of vermilion snapper, greater amberjack, and gray triggerfish will consist of a series of three workshops: a Data Workshop, an Assessment Workshop, and a Review Workshop. This is the ninth SEDAR. The Data and Assessment workshops are completed. An additional workshop to complete the assessment will be held in December 2005 and the review workshop will be delayed until March 2006, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: The Second Assessment Workshop will take place December 19– 20, 2005; and the Review Workshop will take place March 27–31, 2006, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The Second Assessment Workshop will be held at the Doubletree Club Hotel Atlanta Airport, 3400 Norman Berry Drive, Atlanta GA, telephone: (404) 763–1600. The Review Workshop will be held at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, telephone: (504) 523–3341. E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Questionnaire 
To Support Review of Federal Assistance Applications

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 30, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Shelby L. Mendez, (301) 713-1622 ext. 207 or 
shelby.l.mendez@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 
through 4327) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) 
implementing regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) require that 
an environmental analysis be completed for all major Federal actions 
significantly affecting the environment. NEPA applies only to the 
actions of Federal agencies. While those Federal actions may include a 
Federal agency's decision to fund non-Federal projects under grants and 
cooperative agreements, NEPA requires agencies to assess the 
environmental impacts of actions proposed to be taken by these 
recipients only when the Federal agency has sufficient discretion or 
control over the recipient's activities to deem those actions as 
Federal actions. To determine whether the activities of the recipient 
of a Federal financial assistance award (i.e., grant or cooperative 
agreement) involve sufficient Federal discretion or control, and to 
undertake the appropriate environmental analysis when NEPA is required, 
NOAA must assess information which can only be provided by the Federal 
financial assistance applicant. Thus, NOAA is developing an 
environmental information questionnaire to provide grantees and Federal 
grant managers with a simple tool to ensure that project and 
environmental information is obtained. The questionnaire will apply 
only to those programs where actions are considered major Federal 
actions or to those where NOAA must determine if the action is a major 
Federal action. The questionnaire will include a list of questions that 
encompasses a broad range of subject areas. The applicants will not be 
required to answer every question in the questionnaire. Each program 
will draw from the final comprehensive list of questions to create a 
relevant subset of questions for applicants to answer. The information 
provided in answers to the questionnaire will be used by NOAA staff to 
determine compliance requirements for NEPA and conduct subsequent NEPA 
analysis as needed. The information provided in the questionnaire may 
also be used for other regulatory review requirements associated with 
the proposed project, such as permitting.

II. Method of Collection

    Methods of submittal include paper forms through the mail, Internet 
and facsimile transmission.

III. Data

    OMB Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; 
individuals or households; not-for-profit institutions; state, local or 
tribal government; and Federal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,750.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 3 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,250.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $8,750.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: November 22, 2005.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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