Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for Investment Assistance, 20503-20504 [E7-7832]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 79 / Wednesday, April 25, 2007 / Notices complaint activity. The proposed form is an update of a previously approved collection. The revisions update the room and fax numbers for the submission of complaints, make collection of the complainant’s Social Security Number optional, clarify the information requested about the organizational and geographic location where the complaint arose, and provide space for complainants and representatives to supply e-mail addresses. II. Method of Collection A paper form, signed by the complainant or his or her designated representative, must be submitted by mail or delivery service, in person, or by facsimile transmission. III. Data OMB Number: 0690–0015. Form Number: CD–498. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 400. Estimated Time Per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 200. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $156. IV. Request for Comments cprice-sewell on PRODPC61 with NOTICES 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: April 19, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–7834 Filed 4–24–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–BP–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:21 Apr 24, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economic Development Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for Investment Assistance Economic Development Administration (EDA), 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 June 25, 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 for copies of the information collection described in this notice should be directed to Kenneth M. Kukovich, EDA PRA Liaison, Office of Management Services, Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce, HCHB Room 7227, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4965; email: kkukovich@eda.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA will fulfill its mission by fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity through investments in infrastructure development, capacity building and business development in order to attract private capital investments and higherskill, higher-wage jobs to regions experiencing substantial and persistent economic distress. EDA’s investments generally take the form of grants or cooperative agreements with eligible recipients. To effectively administer and monitor its economic development assistance programs, EDA collects certain information from applicants for, and recipients of, EDA investment assistance. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20503 Beginning November 7, 2003, all federal agencies are required to post their grant opportunity announcements at www.grants.gov. In FY 2007, the Office of Management and Budget required all federal agencies to post applicable financial assistance applications at www.grants.gov, enabling applicants to submit applications electronically through the Web site. For most of its economic development programs, EDA requires eligible applicants to submit a completed Pre-Application for Investment Assistance (Form ED–900P, OMB Control No. 0610–0094). Once the appropriate EDA regional office considers the ED–900P, it may invite the applicant to submit the full Application for Investment Assistance (Form ED– 900A, OMB Control No. 0610–0094). This is the first year that EDA is able to receive pre-applications submitted electronically through www.grants.gov, which has alerted the agency to problems with its two-step application process. The www.grants.gov portal does not support the use of a pre-application followed by a subsequent application. The current process is burdensome and difficult, if not impossible, to implement on www.grants.gov because EDA’s current pre-application package consists of Forms ED–900P and SF–424 (Application for Financial Assistance), and various attachments and exhibits which the applicant must include to complete the submission. If EDA later invites the applicant to submit a full application, the applicant must download the application (Form ED– 900A) from EDA’s Web site at http:// www.eda.gov, and re-submit the Form SF–424. Hence, the current process is duplicative, inefficient and timeconsuming for the applicant. EDA’s solution to this problem is to create a single-step application for investment assistance by combining into one application pertinent information requested from the applicant in the preapplication and application. The singlestep application will remove the need for some of the additional attachments currently required in the pre-application and will allow the applicant to use electronically fillable forms that can be posted on www.grants.gov. This solution requires no new system development work on EDA’s existing grants management system, so it does not conflict with the Grants Management Line of Business initiative, begun in Spring 2004. This initiative seeks to develop a government-wide solution to support end-to-end grants management activities that promote citizen access, customer service, and agency financial and E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 20504 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 79 / Wednesday, April 25, 2007 / Notices technical stewardship. Rather, EDA’s single-step application will make www.grants.gov a single access point for eligible applicants to electronically find and apply for its competitive grant opportunities. This information collection is necessary to determine the applicant’s eligibility for investment assistance under EDA’s authorizing statute, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3121 et seq.), and regulations (13 CFR Chapter III); the quality of the proposed scope of work to address the pressing economic distress of the region in which the proposed project will be located; the merits of the activities for which the investment assistance is requested; and the ability of the eligible applicant to carry out the proposed activities successfully. II. Method of Collection Paper or electronically. cprice-sewell on PRODPC61 with NOTICES III. Data OMB Number: 0610–0094. Form Number: EDA–900A. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State and local governments; Indian tribes; institutions of higher education; non-profit institutions; business or other for-profit organizations; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 875. Estimated Time Per Response: 40 hours (current burden for forms ED– 900P and ED–900A is 46 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 35,000. 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:21 Apr 24, 2007 Jkt 211001 Dated: April 19, 2007. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E7–7832 Filed 4–24–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651, as amended by Pub. L. 106– 36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301), we invite comments on the question of whether instruments of equivalent scientific value, for the purposes for which the instruments shown below are intended to be used, are being manufactured in the United States. Comments must comply with 15 CFR 301.5(a)(3) and (4) of the regulations and be filed within 20 days with the Statutory Import Programs Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce. Applications may be examined between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in room 2104, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Docket Number: 07–014. Applicant: U.S. Department of Commerce— National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model Quanta Series. Manufacturer: FEI Company, The Netherlands. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used to image, measure and characterize moisture containing, wet, biological, semiconductor, energetic materials, nano-materials and composites, explosive materials and other nonconductive non-vacuum compatible materials. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: March 30, 2007. Docket Number: 07–015. Applicant: VA Puget Sound Health Care System, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model JEM–1011. Manufacturer: JEOL, Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used to investigate cancer, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other pathologic processes commonly diagnosed in veterans. Electron microscopy specimens will include tissues and cells from humans or experimental animal models. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: March 28, 2007. Docket Number: 07–018. Applicant: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, 1880 Pratt Drive, MC 0493, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model Quanta 600 FEG. Manufacturer: FEI Company, Brno, Czech Republic. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used to investigate biological samples, hydrated materials, and other specimens that have a high vapor pressure. As a part of a campuswide, open user facility, it will be used in basic research studies of organic, inorganic, natural and synthetic materials (e.g. metals, ceramics, minerals, electronic materials, polymers, bio-materials). Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: March 30, 2007. Docket Number: 07–019. Applicant: University of Utah, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, John A. Moran Eye Center, 65 Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model JEM–1400. Manufacturer: JEOL Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used to generate a complete network map of the mammalian retina, against which changes triggered by disease or experimental intervention can be gauged. This work has taken on new importance as inherited or acquired retinal degenerations are now known to heavily impact retinal wiring and neuronal survival. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: April 2, 2007. Docket Number: 07–020. Applicant: University of Rhode Island, Department of Chemical Engineering, 219 Morrill Science Building, Kingston, RI 02881. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model JEM–2100. Manufacturer: JEOL, Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used to study soft and hard nanoscale materials. The properties of the materials and phenomena to be investigated are size, shape and composition. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: April 9, 2007. Docket Number: 07–021. Applicant: The University of Texas at Austin, Purchasing Office, 2200 Comal Street, Austin, TX 78722. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model JEM–1400. Manufacturer: JEOL Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used for several different types of experiments which will be aimed at understanding the structural basis of learning and memory and/or neuropathological conditions. These E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 79 (Wednesday, April 25, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20503-20504]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-7832]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Economic Development Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for 
Investment Assistance

AGENCY: Economic Development Administration (EDA), 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 June 25, 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 
for copies of the information collection described in this notice 
should be directed to Kenneth M. Kukovich, EDA PRA Liaison, Office of 
Management Services, Economic Development Administration, Department of 
Commerce, HCHB Room 7227, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20230; telephone: (202) 482-4965; e-mail: kkukovich@eda.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    EDA's mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by 
promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions 
for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA will fulfill its 
mission by fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity 
through investments in infrastructure development, capacity building 
and business development in order to attract private capital 
investments and higher-skill, higher-wage jobs to regions experiencing 
substantial and persistent economic distress. EDA's investments 
generally take the form of grants or cooperative agreements with 
eligible recipients. To effectively administer and monitor its economic 
development assistance programs, EDA collects certain information from 
applicants for, and recipients of, EDA investment assistance.
    Beginning November 7, 2003, all federal agencies are required to 
post their grant opportunity announcements at www.grants.gov. In FY 
2007, the Office of Management and Budget required all federal agencies 
to post applicable financial assistance applications at www.grants.gov, 
enabling applicants to submit applications electronically through the 
Web site. For most of its economic development programs, EDA requires 
eligible applicants to submit a completed Pre-Application for 
Investment Assistance (Form ED-900P, OMB Control No. 0610-0094). Once 
the appropriate EDA regional office considers the ED-900P, it may 
invite the applicant to submit the full Application for Investment 
Assistance (Form ED-900A, OMB Control No. 0610-0094). This is the first 
year that EDA is able to receive pre-applications submitted 
electronically through www.grants.gov, which has alerted the agency to 
problems with its two-step application process. The www.grants.gov 
portal does not support the use of a pre-application followed by a 
subsequent application. The current process is burdensome and 
difficult, if not impossible, to implement on www.grants.gov because 
EDA's current pre-application package consists of Forms ED-900P and SF-
424 (Application for Financial Assistance), and various attachments and 
exhibits which the applicant must include to complete the submission. 
If EDA later invites the applicant to submit a full application, the 
applicant must download the application (Form ED-900A) from EDA's Web 
site at http://www.eda.gov, and re-submit the Form SF-424. Hence, the 
current process is duplicative, inefficient and time-consuming for the 
applicant.
    EDA's solution to this problem is to create a single-step 
application for investment assistance by combining into one application 
pertinent information requested from the applicant in the pre-
application and application. The single-step application will remove 
the need for some of the additional attachments currently required in 
the pre-application and will allow the applicant to use electronically 
fillable forms that can be posted on www.grants.gov. This solution 
requires no new system development work on EDA's existing grants 
management system, so it does not conflict with the Grants Management 
Line of Business initiative, begun in Spring 2004.
    This initiative seeks to develop a government-wide solution to 
support end-to-end grants management activities that promote citizen 
access, customer service, and agency financial and

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technical stewardship. Rather, EDA's single-step application will make 
www.grants.gov a single access point for eligible applicants to 
electronically find and apply for its competitive grant opportunities.
    This information collection is necessary to determine the 
applicant's eligibility for investment assistance under EDA's 
authorizing statute, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 
1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3121 et seq.), and regulations (13 CFR 
Chapter III); the quality of the proposed scope of work to address the 
pressing economic distress of the region in which the proposed project 
will be located; the merits of the activities for which the investment 
assistance is requested; and the ability of the eligible applicant to 
carry out the proposed activities successfully.

II. Method of Collection

    Paper or electronically.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0610-0094.
    Form Number: EDA-900A.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State and local governments; Indian tribes; 
institutions of higher education; non-profit institutions; business or 
other for-profit organizations; individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 875.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 40 hours (current burden for forms ED-
900P and ED-900A is 46 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 35,000.
    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: April 19, 2007.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E7-7832 Filed 4-24-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-24-P