Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request, 39331-39334 [E8-15495]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. This Notice also lists the following information: Title of Proposal: Management Review of Public Housing Projects. OMB Control Number: 2577-Pending. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: On September 19, 2005 (70 FR 54983), HUD published a final rule amending the regulations of the Public Housing Operating Fund Program at 24 CFR part 990, which was developed through negotiated rulemaking. Part 990 provides a new formula for distributing operating subsidy to public housing agencies (PHAs) and establishes requirements for PHAs to convert to asset management. Subpart H of the part 990 regulations (§§ 990.255 to 990.290) establishes the requirements regarding asset management. Under § 990.260(a), PHAs that own and operate 250 or more dwelling rental units must operate using an asset management model consistent with the subpart H regulations. However, for the current fiscal year, that regulation is superseded by Section 225 of Title II of Division K of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Pub. L. 110–161 (approved December 26, 2007). Under that law, PHAs that own or operate 400 or fewer units may elect to transition to asset management, but they are not required to do so. To support the transition to asset management and align HUD oversight with asset management, a new management review format is required to review PHAs on a project level, rather than PHA-wide. The forms are modeled after the asset management model consistent with the management norms in the broader multifamily industry. Agency form numbers: Forms HUD– 5834, HUD–5834–A, and HUD–5834–B. Members of affected public: Public housing agencies. Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents: For form HUD–5834, Management Review of Public Housing Projects, there are 3,282 respondents annually with one response per respondent. Average time per response is .95 hours and the total burden hours are 3,118 hours. For form HUD–5834–A, Tenant File Review, there are 821 respondents annually with one response per respondent. Average time per response is .50 hours and the total burden hours are 410.50 hours. For form HUD–5834–B, Upfront Income Verification Review, there are 821 respondents annually with one response per respondent. Average time per VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 response is .50 hours and the total burden hours are 410.50 hours. Status of the proposed information collection: New collection. Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: June 26, 2008. Bessy Kong, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives. [FR Doc. E8–15508 Filed 7–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service [Docket No. MMS–2008–MRM–0009] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010– 0073). AGENCY: SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 220. This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements. The previous title of this ICR was ‘‘30 CFR Part 220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases, § 220.010 NPSL capital account, § 220.030 Maintenance of records, § 220.031 Reporting and payment requirements, § 220.032 Inventories, and § 220.033 Audits.’’ The new title of this ICR is ‘‘30 CFR Part 220, OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting.’’ There are no forms associated with this information collection. Submit written comments on or before August 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments by either FAX (202) 395–6566 or e-mail (OIRA_Docket@omb.eop.gov ) directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (OMB Control Number 1010– 0073). DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39331 Please submit copies of your comments to MMS by the following methods: • Electronically go to http:// www.regulations.gov. In the ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ column, enter ‘‘MMS– 2008–MRM–0008’’ to view supporting and related materials for this ICR. Click on ‘‘Send a comment or submission’’ link to submit public comments. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. All comments submitted will be posted to the docket. • Mail comments to Armand Southall, Regulatory Specialist, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010–0073 in your comments. • Hand-carry comments or use an overnight courier service. Our courier address is Building 85, Room A–614, Denver Federal Center, West 6th Ave. and Kipling Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010–0073 in your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Armand Southall, telephone (303) 231– 3221, or e-mail armand.southall@mms.gov. You may also contact Mr. Southall to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR and (2) the regulations that require the subject collection of information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 220, OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting. OMB Control Number: 1010–0073. Bureau Form Number: None. Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for matters relevant to mineral resource development on Federal lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary is responsible for managing the production of minerals from Federal lands and the OCS, collecting royalties and other mineral revenues from lessees who produce minerals, and distributing the funds collected in accordance with applicable laws. The MMS performs the mineral revenue management functions for the Secretary. The MMS collects and uses this information to determine all allowable direct and allocable joint costs incurred during the lease term, appropriate overhead allowance permitted on these costs under § 220.012, and allowances for capital recovery calculated under § 220.020. The MMS also collects this information to ensure royalties or net E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 39332 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices profit share payments are accurately valued and appropriately paid. This ICR affects only oil and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on the OCS. Applicable legal citations pertaining to mineral leases include Public Law 97–451—Jan. 12, 1983 (Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982); Public Law 104–185—Aug. 13, 1996 (Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996), as corrected by Public Law 104– 200—Sept. 22, 1996; the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 1923); and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1353). These citations can be viewed at http:// www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ PublicLawsAMR.htm. Title 30 CFR part 220 covers the net profit share lease (NPSL) program and establishes reporting requirements for determining the net profit share base and calculating net profit share payments due the Federal Government for the production of oil and gas from OCS leases. Net Profit Share Leases (NPSL) Bidding System To encourage exploration, development, and production of oil and gas lease resources on submerged Federal lands on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), regulations were promulgated at 30 CFR part 260—Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. Part 260, subpart B establishes the bidding systems that MMS may use to offer and sell Federal leases. Specific implementation regulations for the NPSL bidding system are promulgated at § 260.110(d) of part 260, subpart B. The MMS established the NPSL bidding system to balance a fair market return to the Federal Government for the lease of its public lands with a fair profit to companies risking their investment capital. The system provides an incentive for early and expeditious exploration and development and provides for sharing the risks by the lessee and the Federal Government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates a fixed capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee recovers costs of exploration and development from production revenues, along with a reasonable return on investment. NPSL Capital Account Payment Reporting Under § 220.031(b), the lessee report and pay NPSL payment due the Federal Government beginning with the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account not later than 60 days following the end of each month. The Federal Government does not receive a profit share payment from an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. The credit balance is multiplied by the net profit share rate (30 to 50 percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due the Federal Government. The MMS requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for each lease, which transfers to a new owner when sold. Following the cessation of production, lessees are also required to provide either an annual or a monthly report to the Federal Government, using data from the capital account. NPSL Inventories The NPSL lessees must notify MMS of their intent to perform an inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable materiel. NPSL Audits When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify MMS. When MMS calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-operators on the lease. These requirements are located at § 220.033. Summary This collection of information is necessary in order to determine when net profit share payments are due and to ensure royalties or net profit share payments are properly valued and appropriately paid. The MMS will request OMB’s approval to continue to collect this information. Not collecting this information would limit the Secretary’s ability to discharge his/her duty and may also result in loss of royalty payments. Proprietary information submitted to MMS under this collection is protected, and there are no questions of a sensitive nature included in this information collection. Frequency: Annually, monthly, and on occasion. Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 6 lessees. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Hour’’ Burden: 1,046 hours. All six lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are in producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of capital accounts at § 220.010(a) and capital account annual reporting at § 220.031(a) are necessary only during non-producing status of a lease, we included only one response annually for these requirements, in case a new NPSL is established. We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of business, which are considered usual and customary. The following chart shows the estimated annual burden hours by CFR section and paragraph. RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS Citation 30 CFR 220 Reporting & recordkeeping requirement Number of annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours Part 220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases § 220.010 NPSL capital account 220.010(a) ............................... (a) For each NPSL tract, an NPSL capital account shall be established and maintained by the lessee for NPSL operations * * *. 1 1 1 1 6 6 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES § 220.030 Maintenance of records 220.030(a) and (b) .................. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 (a) Each lessee * * * shall establish and maintain such records as are necessary * * *. Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 39333 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS—Continued Citation 30 CFR 220 Reporting & recordkeeping requirement Number of annual responses Hour burden Annual burden hours § 220.031 Reporting and payment requirements 220.031(a) ............................... (a) Each lessee subject to this part shall file an annual report during the period from issuance of the NPSL until the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account * * *. 1 1 1 220.031(b) ............................... (b) Beginning with the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account, each lessee * * * shall file a report for each NPSL, not later than 60 days following the end of each month * * *. 13 72 1 936 220.031(c) ............................... (c) Each lessee subject to this Part 220 shall submit, together with the report required * * * any net profit share payment due * * *. 220.031(d) ............................... (d) Each lessee * * * shall file a report not later than 90 days after each inventory is taken * * *. (e) Each lessee * * * shall file a final report, not later than 60 days following the cessation of production * * *. 220.031(e) ............................... Burden hours covered under § 220.031(b). 8 6 48 4 6 24 1 6 6 § 220.032 Inventories 220.032(b) ............................... (b) At reasonable intervals, but at least once every three years, inventories of controllable materiel shall be taken by the lessee. Written notice of intention to take inventory shall be given by the lessee at least 30 days before any inventory is to be taken so that the Director may be represented at the taking of inventory * * *. § 220.033 Audits 220.033(b)(1) .......................... (b)(1) When nonoperators of an NPSL lease call an audit in accordance with the terms of their operating agreement, the Director shall be notified of the audit call * * *. 2 6 12 220.033(b)(2) .......................... (b)(2) If DOI determines to call for an audit, DOI shall notify the lessee of its audit call and set a time and place for the audit * * *. The lessee shall send copies of the notice to the nonoperators on the lease * * *. 2 6 12 220.033(e) ............................... (e) Records required to be kept under § 220.030(a) shall be made available for inspection by any authorized agent of DOI * * *. The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined that the audit process is exempt from the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because MMS staff asks non-standard questions to resolve exceptions. Total Burden .................... ................................................................................................. ........................ jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 1(6 110 1,046 NPSL reports × 12 months = 72 reports). Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-hour’’ Cost Burden: We have identified no ‘‘nonhour cost’’ burdens. Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ) provides that an agency 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. Comments: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) requires each agency ‘‘* * * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information * * *.’’ VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. To comply with the public consultation process, we published a notice in the Federal Register on PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 October 2, 2007 (72 FR 56090), announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day comment period. We received no comments in response to the notice. If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by August 8, 2008. Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to this notice E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 39334 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ InfoColl/InfoColCom.htm . We will also make copies of the comments available for public review, including names and addresses of respondents, during regular business hours at our offices in Lakewood, Colorado. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz, (202) 208–7744. Dated: May 6, 2008. Shirley M. Conway, Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management. [FR Doc. E8–15495 Filed 7–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service [Docket ID: MMS–2008–OMM–0032] MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010–0164 (Damage Caused by Hurricanes), Extension of a Collection; Submitted for Office of Management and Budget Review; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of an extension of an information collection (1010–0164). jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. The information collection request concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 250, Subpart I, Platforms and Structures, Notice to Lessees and Operators—Damage Caused by Hurricane(s). This request covers damage due to any hurricane(s) that may occur in the Gulf of Mexico over the next 3 years. DATE: Submit written comments by September 8, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 Standards Branch at (703) 787–1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulation and the Notice to Lessees and Operators that requires the subject collection of information. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods listed below. • Electronically: go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Under the tab More Search Options, click Advanced Docket Search, then select Minerals Management Service from the agency drop-down menu, then click submit. In the Docket ID column, select MMS– 2008–OMM–0032 to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials available for this rulemaking. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s User Tips link. The MMS will post all comments. • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 381 Elden Street, MS–4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817. Please reference Information Collection 1010– 0164 in your subject line and mark your message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in your message text. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart I, Platforms and Structures, Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL)—Damage Caused by Hurricane(s). OMB Control Number: 1010–0164. Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq. and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and natural gas resources in a manner which is consistent with the need to make such resources available to meet the Nation’s energy needs as rapidly as possible; to balance orderly energy resource development with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; preserve and maintain free enterprise competition; and ensure that the extent of oil and natural gas resources of the OCS is assessed at the earliest practicable time. Section 43 U.S.C. 1332(6) states that PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ‘‘operations in the outer Continental Shelf should be conducted in a safe manner by well-trained personnel using technology, precautions, and techniques sufficient to prevent or minimize the likelihood of blowouts, loss of well control, fires, spillages, physical obstruction to other users of the waters or subsoil and seabed, or other occurrences which may cause damage to the environment or to property, or endanger life or health.’’ To carry out these responsibilities, Minerals Management Service (MMS) issues regulations to ensure that operations in the OCS will meet statutory requirements; provide for safety and protect the environment; and result in diligent exploration, development, and production of OCS leases. In addition, we also issue NTLs that provide clarification, explanation, and interpretation of our regulations. These NTLs are used to convey purely informational material and to cover situations that might not be adequately addressed in our regulations. The latter is the case for the information collection required in the NTL. Because of the unusual nature of this information collection, issuing a temporary NTL is the appropriate means to collect the information. The subject of this information collection request (ICR) is an NTL titled, Damage Caused by Hurricane(s) to be issued to lessees and operators in the MMS Gulf of Mexico OCS (GOM) Region after a hurricane occurs. This ICR deal with damage to facilities due to any hurricane(s) that may occur in the GOM. Once this ICR is approved by OMB, MMS will reissue the NTL for each new future hurricane that impacts operations in the GOM with MMS inserting the appropriate hurricane name, longitudes, and dates of submittal, etc. Currently, there are over 4,000 facilities/structures in the GOM OCS. The MMS anticipates that potential major hurricanes may impact 40 percent or more of the platforms in the GOM (1,600 facilities) during any one event. For example, in 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita combined affected approximately 2,900 OCS facilities— only 10 facilities were affected by both storms; they each followed different paths and had their own specific meteorological anomalies (deviation or departure from the normal phenomena of the atmosphere). It needs to be stressed that the information we collect under this NTL is information that a prudent lessee/operator would prepare in the event of a major hurricane. The primary authority for this submission is 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart I, Platform and Structures, information collection E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

[Docket No. MMS-2008-MRM-0009]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information 
collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0073).

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we 
are notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information 
collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork 
requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR part 220. This notice also 
provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork 
burden of these regulatory requirements. The previous title of this ICR 
was ``30 CFR Part 220--Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit 
Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases, Sec.  
220.010 NPSL capital account, Sec.  220.030 Maintenance of records, 
Sec.  220.031 Reporting and payment requirements, Sec.  220.032 
Inventories, and Sec.  220.033 Audits.'' The new title of this ICR is 
``30 CFR Part 220, OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting.'' There are 
no forms associated with this information collection.

DATES: Submit written comments on or before August 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments by either FAX (202) 395-6566 or e-
mail (OIRA_Docket@omb.eop.gov ) directly to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department 
of the Interior (OMB Control Number 1010-0073).
    Please submit copies of your comments to MMS by the following 
methods:
     Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
``Comment or Submission'' column, enter ``MMS-2008-MRM-0008'' to view 
supporting and related materials for this ICR. Click on ``Send a 
comment or submission'' link to submit public comments. Information on 
using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, 
submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the 
comment period, is available through the site's ``User Tips'' link. All 
comments submitted will be posted to the docket.
     Mail comments to Armand Southall, Regulatory Specialist, 
Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 
25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010-0073 
in your comments.
     Hand-carry comments or use an overnight courier service. 
Our courier address is Building 85, Room A-614, Denver Federal Center, 
West 6th Ave. and Kipling Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please 
reference ICR 1010-0073 in your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Armand Southall, telephone (303) 231-
3221, or e-mail armand.southall@mms.gov. You may also contact Mr. 
Southall to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR and (2) the 
regulations that require the subject collection of information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: 30 CFR Part 220, OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting.
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0073.
    Bureau Form Number: None.
    Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is 
responsible for matters relevant to mineral resource development on 
Federal lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary is 
responsible for managing the production of minerals from Federal lands 
and the OCS, collecting royalties and other mineral revenues from 
lessees who produce minerals, and distributing the funds collected in 
accordance with applicable laws. The MMS performs the mineral revenue 
management functions for the Secretary.
    The MMS collects and uses this information to determine all 
allowable direct and allocable joint costs incurred during the lease 
term, appropriate overhead allowance permitted on these costs under 
Sec.  220.012, and allowances for capital recovery calculated under 
Sec.  220.020. The MMS also collects this information to ensure 
royalties or net

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profit share payments are accurately valued and appropriately paid. 
This ICR affects only oil and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on 
the OCS.
    Applicable legal citations pertaining to mineral leases include 
Public Law 97-451--Jan. 12, 1983 (Federal Oil and Gas Royalty 
Management Act of 1982); Public Law 104-185--Aug. 13, 1996 (Federal Oil 
and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996), as corrected 
by Public Law 104-200--Sept. 22, 1996; the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 
(30 U.S.C. 1923); and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 
1353). These citations can be viewed at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_
R_D/PublicLawsAMR.htm.
    Title 30 CFR part 220 covers the net profit share lease (NPSL) 
program and establishes reporting requirements for determining the net 
profit share base and calculating net profit share payments due the 
Federal Government for the production of oil and gas from OCS leases.

Net Profit Share Leases (NPSL) Bidding System

    To encourage exploration, development, and production of oil and 
gas lease resources on submerged Federal lands on the Outer Continental 
Shelf (OCS), regulations were promulgated at 30 CFR part 260--Outer 
Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. Part 260, subpart B establishes 
the bidding systems that MMS may use to offer and sell Federal leases. 
Specific implementation regulations for the NPSL bidding system are 
promulgated at Sec.  260.110(d) of part 260, subpart B. The MMS 
established the NPSL bidding system to balance a fair market return to 
the Federal Government for the lease of its public lands with a fair 
profit to companies risking their investment capital. The system 
provides an incentive for early and expeditious exploration and 
development and provides for sharing the risks by the lessee and the 
Federal Government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates a fixed 
capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee recovers 
costs of exploration and development from production revenues, along 
with a reasonable return on investment.

NPSL Capital Account Payment Reporting

    Under Sec.  220.031(b), the lessee report and pay NPSL payment due 
the Federal Government beginning with the first month in which 
production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account not later 
than 60 days following the end of each month.
    The Federal Government does not receive a profit share payment from 
an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; 
that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. 
The credit balance is multiplied by the net profit share rate (30 to 50 
percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due the 
Federal Government.
    The MMS requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for 
each lease, which transfers to a new owner when sold. Following the 
cessation of production, lessees are also required to provide either an 
annual or a monthly report to the Federal Government, using data from 
the capital account.

NPSL Inventories

    The NPSL lessees must notify MMS of their intent to perform an 
inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable 
materiel.

NPSL Audits

    When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify 
MMS. When MMS calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-
operators on the lease. These requirements are located at Sec.  
220.033.

Summary

    This collection of information is necessary in order to determine 
when net profit share payments are due and to ensure royalties or net 
profit share payments are properly valued and appropriately paid.
    The MMS will request OMB's approval to continue to collect this 
information. Not collecting this information would limit the 
Secretary's ability to discharge his/her duty and may also result in 
loss of royalty payments. Proprietary information submitted to MMS 
under this collection is protected, and there are no questions of a 
sensitive nature included in this information collection.
    Frequency: Annually, monthly, and on occasion.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 6 lessees.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 1,046 
hours.
    All six lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are in 
producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of capital 
accounts at Sec.  220.010(a) and capital account annual reporting at 
Sec.  220.031(a) are necessary only during non-producing status of a 
lease, we included only one response annually for these requirements, 
in case a new NPSL is established. We have not included in our 
estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of 
business, which are considered usual and customary. The following chart 
shows the estimated annual burden hours by CFR section and paragraph.

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        Citation 30 CFR 220           Reporting & recordkeeping     Hour burden       annual       Annual burden
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Part 220--Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas
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220.010(a).........................  (a) For each NPSL tract, an               1               1               1
                                      NPSL capital account shall
                                      be established and
                                      maintained by the lessee
                                      for NPSL operations * * *.
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                                      Sec.   220.030 Maintenance of records
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220.030(a) and (b).................  (a) Each lessee * * * shall               1               6               6
                                      establish and maintain
                                      such records as are
                                      necessary * * *.
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                                Sec.   220.031 Reporting and payment requirements
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220.031(a).........................  (a) Each lessee subject to                1               1               1
                                      this part shall file an
                                      annual report during the
                                      period from issuance of
                                      the NPSL until the first
                                      month in which production
                                      revenues are credited to
                                      the NPSL capital account *
                                      * *.
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220.031(b).........................  (b) Beginning with the                   13          72 \1\             936
                                      first month in which
                                      production revenues are
                                      credited to the NPSL
                                      capital account, each
                                      lessee * * * shall file a
                                      report for each NPSL, not
                                      later than 60 days
                                      following the end of each
                                      month * * *.
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220.031(c).........................  (c) Each lessee subject to    Burden hours covered under Sec.   220.031(b).
                                      this Part 220 shall
                                      submit, together with the
                                      report required * * * any
                                      net profit share payment
                                      due * * *.
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220.031(d).........................  (d) Each lessee * * * shall               8               6              48
                                      file a report not later
                                      than 90 days after each
                                      inventory is taken * * *.
220.031(e).........................  (e) Each lessee * * * shall               4               6              24
                                      file a final report, not
                                      later than 60 days
                                      following the cessation of
                                      production * * *.
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                                           Sec.   220.032 Inventories
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220.032(b).........................  (b) At reasonable                         1               6               6
                                      intervals, but at least
                                      once every three years,
                                      inventories of
                                      controllable materiel
                                      shall be taken by the
                                      lessee. Written notice of
                                      intention to take
                                      inventory shall be given
                                      by the lessee at least 30
                                      days before any inventory
                                      is to be taken so that the
                                      Director may be
                                      represented at the taking
                                      of inventory * * *.
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                                              Sec.   220.033 Audits
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220.033(b)(1)......................  (b)(1) When nonoperators of               2               6              12
                                      an NPSL lease call an
                                      audit in accordance with
                                      the terms of their
                                      operating agreement, the
                                      Director shall be notified
                                      of the audit call * * *.
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220.033(b)(2)......................  (b)(2) If DOI determines to               2               6              12
                                      call for an audit, DOI
                                      shall notify the lessee of
                                      its audit call and set a
                                      time and place for the
                                      audit * * *. The lessee
                                      shall send copies of the
                                      notice to the nonoperators
                                      on the lease * * *.
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
220.033(e).........................  (e) Records required to be   The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined
                                      kept under Sec.             that the audit process is exempt from the
                                      220.030(a) shall be made    Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because MMS
                                      available for inspection    staff asks non-standard questions to resolve
                                      by any authorized agent of  exceptions.
                                      DOI * * *.
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    Total Burden...................  ...........................  ..............             110           1,046
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\1\(6 NPSL reports x 12 months = 72 reports).

    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-hour'' Cost 
Burden: We have identified no ``non-hour cost'' burdens.
    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ) 
provides that an agency 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.
    Comments: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 
3506(c)(2)(A) requires each agency ``* * * to provide notice * * * and 
otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies 
concerning each proposed collection of information * * *.'' Agencies 
must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to 
perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) 
evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) 
minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    To comply with the public consultation process, we published a 
notice in the Federal Register on October 2, 2007 (72 FR 56090), 
announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The 
notice provided the required 60-day comment period. We received no 
comments in response to the notice.
    If you wish to comment in response to this notice, you may send 
your comments to the offices listed under the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. The OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the 
information collection but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to 
ensure maximum consideration, OMB should receive public comments by 
August 8, 2008.
    Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to 
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at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/InfoColl/InfoColCom.htm . We will 
also make copies of the comments available for public review, including 
names and addresses of respondents, during regular business hours at 
our offices in Lakewood, Colorado. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including 
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee 
that we will be able to do so.
    MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz, (202) 
208-7744.

    Dated: May 6, 2008.
Shirley M. Conway,
Acting Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.
[FR Doc. E8-15495 Filed 7-8-08; 8:45 am]
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