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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 21 / Wednesday, February 1, 2006 / Notices the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, or facsimile number (202) 395–7285. Comments must be submitted on or before March 3, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection should be made to Section Chief, Records Management, FEMA at 500 C Street, SW., Room 316, Washington, DC 20472, facsimile number (202) 646– 3347, or e-mail address FEMAInformation-Collections@dhs.gov. Dated: January 25, 2006. George Trotter, Acting Branch Chief, Information Resources Management Branch, Information Technology Services Division. [FR Doc. E6–1333 Filed 1–31–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–17–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Fire Administration, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, (301) 447–1117, on or before February 7. Dial-in information will be provided to those wishing to participate via telephone. Minutes of the meeting will be prepared and will be available for public viewing in the Office of the U.S. Fire Administrator, U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727. Copies of the minutes will be available upon request within 60 days after the meeting. The National Fire Academy Board of Visitors is administered by the United States Fire Administration, which is currently being transferred to the newly created Preparedness Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. During this transition FEMA, also part of the Department of Homeland Security, will continue to support this program as the new Directorate stands up. Ultimately this function will be transferred to the Preparedness Directorate. Dated: January 20, 2006. R. David Paulison, U.S. Fire Administrator. [FR Doc. 06–939 Filed 1–31–06; 8:45 am] Federal Emergency Management Agency Open Meeting/Conference Call, Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of open meeting via conference call. BILLING CODE 9110–17–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service SUMMARY: In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announces the following committee meeting: Name: Board of Visitors (BOV) for the National Fire Academy. Dates of Meeting: February 14, 2006. Place: Building R, Room 108, National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Time: February 14, 2–4 p.m. Proposed Agenda: Review National Fire Academy Program Activities. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public in the Emmitsburg commuting area with seating available on a first-come, firstserved basis. The meeting is open to the public; however, teleconference lines are limited. Members of the general public who plan to participate in the meeting should contact the Office of the Superintendent, National Fire Academy, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:49 Jan 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB Control Number 1018–0128; Marine Turtle Conservation Fund Grant Program Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have submitted the collection of information described below to OMB for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collected for the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund Grant Program is needed to review project proposals in accordance with the Marine Turtle Conservation Act (Pub. L. 108–266). DATES: You must submit comments on or before March 3, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection renewal to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5357 OMB–OIRA at (202) 395–6566 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222–ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); (703) 358–2269 (fax); or hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information collection submission, explanatory information, and/or related forms, contact Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at 703– 358–2482 or electronically at hope_grey@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) require that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). The OMB control number for the collection of information for the Marine Turtles Conservation Fund Grants Program is 1018–0128, which expires on January 31, 2006. We have sent a request to OMB to renew its approval of this collection of information. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove our request for renewal, but may respond in as early as 30 days. To ensure consideration, send your comments to OMB by the date listed in the DATES section. Federal agencies 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. On August 16, 2005, we published in the Federal Register (70 FR 16148) a notice of our intent to request information collection authority from OMB. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on October 17, 2005. We received comments from one individual. The commenter did not address the necessity, clarity, or accuracy of the information collection, but instead provided general commentary on how the funds provided to this Federal program could be better used if given to a nonprofit organization. We have not made any changes to our information collection as a result of the comment. Proposals submitted for funding under the Marine Turtle Conservation Act are subject to a panel review, comprised of in-house and select outside technical experts. The information collected under this E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES 5358 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 21 / Wednesday, February 1, 2006 / Notices program’s Notice of Funding Availability includes: a project summary and narrative; letter of appropriate government endorsement; brief curricula vitae for key project personnel; and complete standard forms 424, 424a and 424b. Proposals from U.S. applicants also include a copy of the organization’s Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) (if applicable). The project summary and narrative is the basis for this information collection request for approval, and allows the review panel to assess how well the project addresses the priorities identified by the Act. As all of the projects under this Act will be conducted outside the United States, the letter of appropriate government endorsement ensures that the proposed activities will not meet with local resistance or work in opposition to locally identified priorities and needs. Brief curricula vitae for key project personnel allow the review panel to assess the qualifications of project staff to effectively carry out the project goals and objectives. Although the standard forms are only required for U.S. financial assistance applicants, we ask all applicants to submit these forms in order to allow for more uniformity across all proposals. As all Federal entities are required to honor the indirect cost rates an organization has negotiated with their cognizant agency, we require all organizations with a NICRA to submit the agreement paperwork with their proposals to verify how their rate is applied in their proposed budget. We believe the information requested in this collection, outside of the required standard forms, is the minimum information necessary to allow the review panel sufficient technical, financial, and administrative information to determine the merits of each proposal, and to select the best projects for funding. Title: Marine Turtle Conservation Fund Grant Program. OMB Control Number: 1018–0128. Service Form Numbers: None. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Description of Respondents: Foreign governments; domestic and foreign nongovernmental organizations, and individuals. Total Annual Responses: 95 responses (55 proposals, 40 reports). Total Annual Burden Hours: 1260 hours (12 hours/proposal and 15 hours/ report). Several recent applicants provided comments on (1) the clarity of the submission instructions, (2) the estimated length of time to complete a submission, and (3) ways to improve the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:49 Jan 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 documents. Most of the comments related to difficulties encountered filling in the standard Federal forms where English was not the applicant’s first language. To provide better service to this worldwide program, we are developing additional instructions for filling in the standard forms in a variety of languages including Spanish, French and Portuguese. We will publish these instructions on our Web site in the future. We again invite comments concerning this collection on: (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden on the public; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond. Dated: January 26, 2006. Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E6–1315 Filed 1–31–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Proposed Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances for the Columbia Spotted Frog at Sam Noble Springs, Owyhee County, ID Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The State of Idaho (Idaho Department of Lands and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game) have applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The permit application includes a proposed Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Columbia spotted frog at Sam Noble Springs, Owyhee County, Idaho (Agreement) between the Service, and the State of Idaho. Also available is a draft environmental assessment evaluating the proposed Agreement and permit. Under the proposed Agreement, the parties would implement conservation measures for Columbia spotted frogs (Rana luteiventris; CSF) over approximately 680 acres (275 ha) in Owyhee County, Idaho. The intent of the proposed Agreement would be to PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 conserve CSFs by protecting and enhancing habitat and populations, in a manner that is consistent with the State’s land use activities and the Agreement. The proposed term of the Agreement and the permit is 22 years. The Service has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment for approval of the Agreement and issuance of the permit. We request comments from the public on the permit application, proposed Agreement, and the draft Environmental Assessment. All comments we receive, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before March 3, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Carmen Thomas, Project Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Service, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Room 368, Boise, Idaho 83709 (telephone: 208/378–5243; facsimile: 208/378–5262). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carmen Thomas at the above address or telephone 208/378–5243. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Document Availability You may obtain copies of the documents for review by contacting the individual named above. You also may make an appointment to view the documents at the above address during normal business hours. Background Under a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances, participating landowners voluntarily implement conservation activities on their property to benefit species that are proposed for listing under the Act, or other sensitive species. Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances encourage private and other non-Federal property owners to implement conservation efforts, and reduce threats to unlisted species by assuring them they will not be subjected to increased property use restrictions, beyond those identified in the agreement, if the species is listed in the future under the Act. Application requirements and issuance criteria for enhancement of survival permits through Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances are found in 50 CFR 17.22(d) and 17.32(d). Populations of the CSF are found from Alaska and British Columbia to Washington east of the Cascades, eastern Oregon, Idaho, the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, the Mary’s, Reese, and Owyhee River systems of Nevada, the Wasatch Mountains, and E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 21 (Wednesday, February 1, 2006)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB 
Control Number 1018-0128; Marine Turtle Conservation Fund Grant Program

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have submitted the collection 
of information described below to OMB for approval under the provisions 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collected for the 
Marine Turtle Conservation Fund Grant Program is needed to review 
project proposals in accordance with the Marine Turtle Conservation Act 
(Pub. L. 108-266).

DATES: You must submit comments on or before March 3, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection renewal to the Desk Officer for the Department of the 
Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-6566 (fax) or OIRA--
DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to 
Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 
(mail); (703) 358-2269 (fax); or hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection submission, explanatory information, and/or related forms, 
contact Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, at 703-
358-2482 or electronically at hope_grey@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) require that 
interested members of the public and affected agencies have an 
opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping 
activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). The OMB control number for the 
collection of information for the Marine Turtles Conservation Fund 
Grants Program is 1018-0128, which expires on January 31, 2006. We have 
sent a request to OMB to renew its approval of this collection of 
information. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove our request 
for renewal, but may respond in as early as 30 days. To ensure 
consideration, send your comments to OMB by the date listed in the 
DATES section. Federal agencies 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.
    On August 16, 2005, we published in the Federal Register (70 FR 
16148) a notice of our intent to request information collection 
authority from OMB. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, 
ending on October 17, 2005. We received comments from one individual. 
The commenter did not address the necessity, clarity, or accuracy of 
the information collection, but instead provided general commentary on 
how the funds provided to this Federal program could be better used if 
given to a nonprofit organization. We have not made any changes to our 
information collection as a result of the comment.
    Proposals submitted for funding under the Marine Turtle 
Conservation Act are subject to a panel review, comprised of in-house 
and select outside technical experts. The information collected under 
this

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program's Notice of Funding Availability includes: a project summary 
and narrative; letter of appropriate government endorsement; brief 
curricula vitae for key project personnel; and complete standard forms 
424, 424a and 424b. Proposals from U.S. applicants also include a copy 
of the organization's Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) 
(if applicable). The project summary and narrative is the basis for 
this information collection request for approval, and allows the review 
panel to assess how well the project addresses the priorities 
identified by the Act. As all of the projects under this Act will be 
conducted outside the United States, the letter of appropriate 
government endorsement ensures that the proposed activities will not 
meet with local resistance or work in opposition to locally identified 
priorities and needs. Brief curricula vitae for key project personnel 
allow the review panel to assess the qualifications of project staff to 
effectively carry out the project goals and objectives. Although the 
standard forms are only required for U.S. financial assistance 
applicants, we ask all applicants to submit these forms in order to 
allow for more uniformity across all proposals. As all Federal entities 
are required to honor the indirect cost rates an organization has 
negotiated with their cognizant agency, we require all organizations 
with a NICRA to submit the agreement paperwork with their proposals to 
verify how their rate is applied in their proposed budget.
    We believe the information requested in this collection, outside of 
the required standard forms, is the minimum information necessary to 
allow the review panel sufficient technical, financial, and 
administrative information to determine the merits of each proposal, 
and to select the best projects for funding.
    Title: Marine Turtle Conservation Fund Grant Program.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0128.
    Service Form Numbers: None.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: Foreign governments; domestic and 
foreign nongovernmental organizations, and individuals.
    Total Annual Responses: 95 responses (55 proposals, 40 reports).
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 1260 hours (12 hours/proposal and 15 
hours/report).
    Several recent applicants provided comments on (1) the clarity of 
the submission instructions, (2) the estimated length of time to 
complete a submission, and (3) ways to improve the documents. Most of 
the comments related to difficulties encountered filling in the 
standard Federal forms where English was not the applicant's first 
language. To provide better service to this worldwide program, we are 
developing additional instructions for filling in the standard forms in 
a variety of languages including Spanish, French and Portuguese. We 
will publish these instructions on our Web site in the future.
    We again invite comments concerning this collection on: (1) Whether 
or not the collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether or not 
the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of burden on the public; (3) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond.

    Dated: January 26, 2006.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E6-1315 Filed 1-31-06; 8:45 am]
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