Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Confidential Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Prospective Non-Federal Government Peer Reviewers of Government Science Documents, 71135-71136 [E6-20882]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices ton of all successful bids, (iii) the average price per metric tons for all successful bids, and (iv) the names of the winning bidders. Dated: December 4, 2006. Jeffrey Anspacher, Director, Export Trading Company Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–20904 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Regional Economic Data Collection Program for Gulf Coast Alaska National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 February 6, 2007. 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 Chang Seung, (206) 526– 4250 or Chang.Seung@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES I. Abstract The regional or community economic analysis of proposed fishery management policies is required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Executive Order 12866, among others. To satisfy these mandates and inform policymakers and the public of the likely regional economic impacts associated with fishery management policies, appropriate economic models and the data to implement these models are needed. Much of the data required for regional economic analysis associated with Gulf VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 Coast Alaska fisheries are either unavailable or unreliable. The accurate fishery-level data on employment, labor income, and expenditures in the Gulf Coast Alaska fishery and related industries are not currently available but are needed to estimate the effects of fisheries on the economy of Gulf Coast Alaska. In this survey effort, data on these important regional economic variables will be collected and used to develop models that will provide more reliable estimates and significantly improve policy-makers’ ability to assess policy effects on fishery-dependent communities in Gulf Coast Alaska. The survey will be a one-time survey. Mail surveys will be used to collect data on employment and labor income from a random sample of 530 vessel owners whose boats delivered fish to Gulf Coast Alaska processors. In-person interviews and telephone calls (130) with businesses involved in the fishery and related industries will be used to obtain (a) Vessel expenditure/cost data; (b) regional economic data for nonfishery industries; and (c) regional economic data for the fish processing sector. II. Method of Collection Mail surveys, in-person interviews, and telephone surveys will be used as described above. III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 660. Estimated Time per Response: Mail survey: 10 minutes; phone call or local interview with fish processors: 30 minutes; phone calls with local small businesses: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 132 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71135 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: December 4. 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–20802 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Confidential Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Prospective Non-Federal Government Peer Reviewers of Government Science Documents National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 February 6, 2007. 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 e-mail 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 Tom Gleason, (301) 713– 2367 x 158, Tom.Gleason@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued government-wide guidance to enhance the practice of peer review of government science documents. OMB’s Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review (‘‘Peer Review Bulletin’’ or PRB) (available at E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 71136 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ memoranda/fy2005/m05-03.pdf) establishes minimum peer review standards for influential scientific information that Federal agencies intend to disseminate. The Peer Review Bulletin also directs Federal agencies to adopt or adapt the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) policy for evaluating conflicts of interest when selecting peer reviewers who are not Federal government employees (federal employees are subject to Federal ethics requirements). For peer review purposes, the term ‘‘conflicts of interest’’ means any financial or other interest which conflicts with the service of the individual because it could: (1) Significantly impair the individual’s objectivity; or (2) create an unfair competitive advantage for any person or organization. NOAA has adapted the NAS policy and developed two confidential conflict disclosure forms which the agency will use to examine prospective reviewers’ potential financial conflicts and other interests that could impair objectivity or create an unfair advantage. One form is for peer reviewers of studies related to government regulation and the other form is for all other influential scientific information subject to the Peer Review Bulletin. The forms include questions about employment as well as investment and property interests and research funding. Both forms also require the submission of curriculum vitae. NOAA is seeking to collect this information from potential peer reviewers who are not government employees when conducting a peer review pursuant to the PRB. The number of peer reviews conducted pursuant to the PRB each year will vary, but for illustrative purposes, NOAA currently has thirty-nine peer review plans posted on the Department of Commerce Peer Review Agenda, indicating that for a six-month period in FY 2006, thirty-nine agency reports had recently been completed, were presently undergoing, or were planning to begin peer review. The information collected in the conflict of interest disclosure is essential to NOAA’s compliance with the OMB PRB, and helps to ensure that government studies are reviewed by independent, impartial peer reviewers. II. Method of Collection Forms may be downloaded from the Internet and are fillable and signable electronically or manually. They may be submitted, along with the Curriculum Vitae, via e-mail or regular mail. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 300. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 150. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. 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: December 5, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–20882 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–12–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 101706E] Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Black Abalone Research Surveys at San Nicolas Island, Ventura County, CA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Dr. Glenn VanBlaricom (Dr. VanBlaricom) for the take of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to the assessment of black abalone populations at San Nicolas Island (SNI), CA. DATES: Effective from December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007. ADDRESSES: A copy of the IHA and the application are available by writing to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225, or by telephoning the contact listed here. A copy of the application containing a list of references used in this document may be obtained by writing to this address, by telephoning the contact listed here (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or online at: https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental.htm. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713–2289, ext. 166. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses, and that the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ’’...an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA established an expedited process by E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Confidential 
Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Prospective Non-Federal Government 
Peer Reviewers of Government Science Documents

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce.

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 February 6, 
2007.

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 e-mail 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 Tom Gleason, (301) 713-2367 x 158, Tom.Gleason@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued government-wide 
guidance to enhance the practice of peer review of government science 
documents. OMB's Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review 
(``Peer Review Bulletin'' or PRB) (available at

[[Page 71136]]

https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda/fy2005/m05-03.pdf) establishes 
minimum peer review standards for influential scientific information 
that Federal agencies intend to disseminate. The Peer Review Bulletin 
also directs Federal agencies to adopt or adapt the National Academy of 
Sciences (NAS) policy for evaluating conflicts of interest when 
selecting peer reviewers who are not Federal government employees 
(federal employees are subject to Federal ethics requirements). For 
peer review purposes, the term ``conflicts of interest'' means any 
financial or other interest which conflicts with the service of the 
individual because it could: (1) Significantly impair the individual's 
objectivity; or (2) create an unfair competitive advantage for any 
person or organization.
    NOAA has adapted the NAS policy and developed two confidential 
conflict disclosure forms which the agency will use to examine 
prospective reviewers' potential financial conflicts and other 
interests that could impair objectivity or create an unfair advantage. 
One form is for peer reviewers of studies related to government 
regulation and the other form is for all other influential scientific 
information subject to the Peer Review Bulletin. The forms include 
questions about employment as well as investment and property interests 
and research funding. Both forms also require the submission of 
curriculum vitae.
    NOAA is seeking to collect this information from potential peer 
reviewers who are not government employees when conducting a peer 
review pursuant to the PRB. The number of peer reviews conducted 
pursuant to the PRB each year will vary, but for illustrative purposes, 
NOAA currently has thirty-nine peer review plans posted on the 
Department of Commerce Peer Review Agenda, indicating that for a six-
month period in FY 2006, thirty-nine agency reports had recently been 
completed, were presently undergoing, or were planning to begin peer 
review. The information collected in the conflict of interest 
disclosure is essential to NOAA's compliance with the OMB PRB, and 
helps to ensure that government studies are reviewed by independent, 
impartial peer reviewers.

II. Method of Collection

    Forms may be downloaded from the Internet and are fillable and 
signable electronically or manually. They may be submitted, along with 
the Curriculum Vitae, via e-mail or regular mail.

III. Data

    OMB Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 300.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 150.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

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: December 5, 2006.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
 [FR Doc. E6-20882 Filed 12-7-06; 8:45 am]
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