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Dated: April 5, 2007. Deborah J. Spero, Acting Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. E7–6820 Filed 4–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. cprice-sewell on PRODPC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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 a proposed continuing information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning the renewal of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Biennial Report forms (FEMA Form 81–28, FEMA Form 81–29, FEMA Form 81–29A). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 44 CFR 59.22(b)(2), FEMA requires that communities participating in the NFIP submit an annual or biennial report describing the progress made during the year in the implementation and enforcement of floodplain management regulations. Currently, FEMA has determined that this data will be collected on a biennial reporting cycle and the data collection is now referred to as the Biennial Report. As a supplement to the Biennial Report, FEMA has been mandated under section 575 of the National Flood Insurance VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:09 Apr 10, 2007 Jkt 211001 123101 123102 093003 033104 063004 093004 033105 093005 063006 063007 Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994 to assess the need to revise and update all floodplain areas and flood risk zones identified, delineated, or established under section 1360 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP Biennial Report enables FEMA to meet its regulatory requirement under 59.22(b)(2). It also enables FEMA to be more responsive to the on-going changes that occur in each participating community’s flood hazard area. These changes include, but are not limited to, new corporate boundaries, changes in flood hazard areas, new floodplain management measures, and changes in rate of floodplain development. It is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of the community’s floodplain management activities. The evaluation is accomplished by analyzing information provided by the community, such as the number of variances and floodplain permits granted by each community in relationship to other information contained in the Biennial Report, as well as other data available in FEMA’s Community Information System (CIS). The Biennial Report also provides an opportunity for NFIP participating communities to request technical assistance in implementing a floodplain management program. FEMA regional offices use this information as a means to know which communities need support and guidance. In addition, the NFIP Biennial Report is one of the tools used to assist FEMA in meeting its regulatory requirement under section 575 of the NFIRA. A ‘‘yes’’ answer to Items A–D in section I of the report will provide the basis for FEMA to follow-up by contacting the community for clarification and/or elaboration regarding changes and activities occurring in a community’s flood hazard area. This information will be used in ranking and prioritizing one community’s mapping needs against all other communities in the NFIP and for determining how the limited flood hazard mapping funds are allocated for map updates. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Underpayments (percent) Corporate overpayments (Eff. 1–1–99) (percent) Overpayments (percent) 7 6 5 4 5 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 5 4 5 4 5 6 7 8 6 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 6 7 Collection of Information Title: The National Flood Insurance Program Biennial Report. Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved collection. OMB Number: 1660–0003. Form Numbers: FEMA Form 81–28, FEMA Form 81–29, FEMA Form 81– 29A. Abstract: The NFIP Biennial Report enables FEMA to meet its regulatory requirement under 44 CFR 59.22(b)(2). It also enables FEMA to be more responsive to the on-going changes that occur in each participating community’s flood hazard area. These changes include, but are not limited to, new corporate boundaries, changes in flood hazard areas, new floodplain management measures, and changes in rate of floodplain development. It is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of the community’s floodplain management activities. The evaluation is accomplished by analyzing information provided by the community, such as the number of variances and floodplain permits granted by each community in relationship to other information contained in the Biennial Report, as well as other data available in FEMA’s CIS. The Biennial Report also provides an opportunity for NFIP participating communities to request technical assistance in implementing a floodplain management program. FEMA regional offices use this information as a means to know which communities need support and guidance. The NFIP Biennial Report is one of the tools used to assist FEMA in meeting its regulatory requirement under section 575 of the NFIRA. Affected Public: The respondents are State, local or tribal governments, farms, individuals or households, business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions representing the estimated 20,500 United States and United States territorial communities that are participating members of the NFIP. The NFIP requires that communities E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 18267 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 69 / Wednesday, April 11, 2007 / Notices participating in the NFIP submit an annual or biennial report describing the progress made during the year in the implementation and enforcement of floodplain management regulations. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The estimated total annualized burden hours for the Biennial Report are 24,501 burden hours. ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents Frequency of responses * Burden hours per respondent Annual responses Total annual burden hours (A) Project/activity (survey, form(s), focus group, worksheet, etc.) (B) (C) (D) = (A × B) (E) = (C × D) FF 81–28 ................................................................... FF 81–29 ................................................................... FF 81–29A ................................................................. 5,930 12,224 2,346 0.5 0.5 0.5 2.0 3.0 0.2 2,965 6,112 1,173 5,930 18,336 235 Total .................................................................... 20,500 .......................... .......................... .......................... 24,501 * The response frequency to the Biennial Report is used just once every two years. Therefore, 0.5 was used for the table above. Estimated Cost: The estimated annual cost of the collection of the Biennial Report forms is estimated to be $457,180. Comments: Written comments are solicited to (a) Evaluate whether the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Comments must be submitted on or before June 11, 2007. Interested persons should submit written comments to Chief, Records Management and Privacy, Information Resources Management Branch, Information Technology Services Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Room 609, Washington, DC 20472. ADDRESSES: cprice-sewell on PRODPC61 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Rachel Sears, Program Specialist, Risk Reduction Branch, at telephone number (202) 646–2977 for additional information. You may contact the Records Management Branch for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 646–3347 or e-mail address: FEMA-InformationCollections@dhs.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:09 Apr 10, 2007 Jkt 211001 Dated: April 2, 2007. John A. Sharetts-Sullivan, Chief, Records Management and Privacy Information Resources Management Branch, Information Technology Services Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. E7–6788 Filed 4–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–12–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–1687–DR] Alabama; Amendment No. 3 to Notice of a Major Disaster and Related Determinations Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster for the State of Alabama (FEMA–1687–DR), dated March 3, 2007, and related determinations. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 30, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2705. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that, in a letter dated March 30, 2007, the President amended the cost sharing arrangements regarding Federal funds provided under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5206 (the Stafford Act), in a letter to R. David Paulison, Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, as follows: I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the State of Alabama PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 resulting from severe storms and tornadoes on March 1, 2007, is of sufficient severity and magnitude that special cost-sharing arrangements are warranted regarding Federal funds provided under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5206 (the Stafford Act). Therefore, I amend my declaration of March 3, 2007, to authorize Federal funds for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 100 percent of total eligible costs, for a period of up to 48 hours. This adjustment to State and local cost sharing applies only to Public Assistance costs and direct Federal assistance eligible for such adjustments under applicable law. The Stafford Act specifically prohibits a similar adjustment for funds provided to States for Other Needs Assistance (Section 408) and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Section 404). These funds will continue to be reimbursed at 75 percent of total eligible costs. This cost share is effective for the designated period at any time for which Category A and B costs are eligible under the President’s major disaster declaration. (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund Program; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services Program; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance; 97.048, Individuals and Households Housing; 97.049, Individuals and Households Disaster Housing Operations; 97.050 Individuals and Households ProgramOther Needs, 97.036, Public Assistance Grants; 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.) R. David Paulison, Under Secretary for Federal Emergency Management and Director of FEMA. [FR Doc. E7–6818 Filed 4–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 69 (Wednesday, April 11, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18266-18267]
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[FR Doc No: E7-6788]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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 a proposed continuing information collection. In 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks 
comments concerning the renewal of FEMA's National Flood Insurance 
Program's (NFIP) Biennial Report forms (FEMA Form 81-28, FEMA Form 81-
29, FEMA Form 81-29A).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under 44 CFR 59.22(b)(2), FEMA requires that 
communities participating in the NFIP submit an annual or biennial 
report describing the progress made during the year in the 
implementation and enforcement of floodplain management regulations. 
Currently, FEMA has determined that this data will be collected on a 
biennial reporting cycle and the data collection is now referred to as 
the Biennial Report. As a supplement to the Biennial Report, FEMA has 
been mandated under section 575 of the National Flood Insurance Reform 
Act (NFIRA) of 1994 to assess the need to revise and update all 
floodplain areas and flood risk zones identified, delineated, or 
established under section 1360 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 
1968. The NFIP Biennial Report enables FEMA to meet its regulatory 
requirement under 59.22(b)(2). It also enables FEMA to be more 
responsive to the on-going changes that occur in each participating 
community's flood hazard area. These changes include, but are not 
limited to, new corporate boundaries, changes in flood hazard areas, 
new floodplain management measures, and changes in rate of floodplain 
development. It is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of the 
community's floodplain management activities. The evaluation is 
accomplished by analyzing information provided by the community, such 
as the number of variances and floodplain permits granted by each 
community in relationship to other information contained in the 
Biennial Report, as well as other data available in FEMA's Community 
Information System (CIS). The Biennial Report also provides an 
opportunity for NFIP participating communities to request technical 
assistance in implementing a floodplain management program. FEMA 
regional offices use this information as a means to know which 
communities need support and guidance.
    In addition, the NFIP Biennial Report is one of the tools used to 
assist FEMA in meeting its regulatory requirement under section 575 of 
the NFIRA. A ``yes'' answer to Items A-D in section I of the report 
will provide the basis for FEMA to follow-up by contacting the 
community for clarification and/or elaboration regarding changes and 
activities occurring in a community's flood hazard area. This 
information will be used in ranking and prioritizing one community's 
mapping needs against all other communities in the NFIP and for 
determining how the limited flood hazard mapping funds are allocated 
for map updates.

Collection of Information

    Title: The National Flood Insurance Program Biennial Report.
    Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved 
collection.
    OMB Number: 1660-0003.
    Form Numbers: FEMA Form 81-28, FEMA Form 81-29, FEMA Form 81-29A.
    Abstract: The NFIP Biennial Report enables FEMA to meet its 
regulatory requirement under 44 CFR 59.22(b)(2). It also enables FEMA 
to be more responsive to the on-going changes that occur in each 
participating community's flood hazard area. These changes include, but 
are not limited to, new corporate boundaries, changes in flood hazard 
areas, new floodplain management measures, and changes in rate of 
floodplain development. It is also used to evaluate the effectiveness 
of the community's floodplain management activities. The evaluation is 
accomplished by analyzing information provided by the community, such 
as the number of variances and floodplain permits granted by each 
community in relationship to other information contained in the 
Biennial Report, as well as other data available in FEMA's CIS. The 
Biennial Report also provides an opportunity for NFIP participating 
communities to request technical assistance in implementing a 
floodplain management program. FEMA regional offices use this 
information as a means to know which communities need support and 
guidance. The NFIP Biennial Report is one of the tools used to assist 
FEMA in meeting its regulatory requirement under section 575 of the 
NFIRA.
    Affected Public: The respondents are State, local or tribal 
governments, farms, individuals or households, business or other for-
profit, not-for-profit institutions representing the estimated 20,500 
United States and United States territorial communities that are 
participating members of the NFIP. The NFIP requires that communities

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participating in the NFIP submit an annual or biennial report 
describing the progress made during the year in the implementation and 
enforcement of floodplain management regulations.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The estimated total annualized 
burden hours for the Biennial Report are 24,501 burden hours.

                                                                   Annual Burden Hours
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                                                                        Number of       Frequency of     Burden hours        Annual        Total annual
                                                                       respondents     responses \*\    per respondent     responses       burden hours
  Project/activity (survey, form(s), focus group, worksheet, etc.)  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           (A)              (B)              (C)         (D) = (A x B)    (E) = (C x D)
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FF 81-28...........................................................            5,930              0.5              2.0            2,965            5,930
FF 81-29...........................................................           12,224              0.5              3.0            6,112           18,336
FF 81-29A..........................................................            2,346              0.5              0.2            1,173              235
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    Total..........................................................           20,500  ...............  ...............  ...............          24,501
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\*\ The response frequency to the Biennial Report is used just once every two years. Therefore, 0.5 was used for the table above.

    Estimated Cost: The estimated annual cost of the collection of the 
Biennial Report forms is estimated to be $457,180.
    Comments: Written comments are solicited to (a) Evaluate whether 
the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(d) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses. Comments must be submitted on or before June 
11, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons should submit written comments to Chief, 
Records Management and Privacy, Information Resources Management 
Branch, Information Technology Services Division, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Room 609, Washington, DC 20472.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Rachel Sears, Program 
Specialist, Risk Reduction Branch, at telephone number (202) 646-2977 
for additional information. You may contact the Records Management 
Branch for copies of the proposed collection of information at 
facsimile number (202) 646-3347 or e-mail address: FEMA-Information-
Collections@dhs.gov.

    Dated: April 2, 2007.
John A. Sharetts-Sullivan,
Chief, Records Management and Privacy Information Resources Management 
Branch, Information Technology Services Division, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. E7-6788 Filed 4-10-07; 8:45 am]
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