Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request, 2091-2092 [E9-575]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2009 / Notices Principal Meridian, Colorado, were accepted on December 22, 2008. Randall M. Zanon, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Colorado. [FR Doc. E9–514 Filed 1–13–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service [Docket No. MMS–2008–MRM–0019] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control Number 1010– 0162). SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements under the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of the regulatory requirements. This ICR is titled ‘‘Accounts Receivable Confirmations.’’ DATES: Submit written comments on or before February 13, 2009. 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 1010–0162). Please submit copies of your comments to MMS by one of the following methods: • Electronically go to http:// www.regulations.gov. In the ‘‘Comment or Submission’’ column, enter ‘‘MMS– 2008–MRM–0019’’ 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 Hyla Hurst, Regulatory Specialist, Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:01 Jan 13, 2009 Jkt 217001 Management, P.O. Box 25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010–0162 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 St., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010–0162 in your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hyla Hurst, telephone (303) 231–3495, or email hyla.hurst@mms.gov. You may also contact Hyla Hurst to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR, (2) any associated forms, and (3) the regulations that require the subject collection of information. Title: Accounts Receivable Confirmations. OMB Control Number: 1010–0162. Bureau Form Number: None. Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for mineral resource development on Federal and Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary is required by various laws to manage mineral resource production on Federal and Indian lands and the OCS, collect the royalties and other mineral revenues due, and distribute the funds in accordance with those laws. Applicable laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands are posted on our Web site at http:// www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ PublicLawsAMR.htm. The Secretary also has a trust responsibility to manage Indian lands and seek advice and information from Indian beneficiaries. The MMS performs the minerals revenue management functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out the Department’s trust responsibility for Indian lands. When a company or an individual enters into a lease to explore, develop, produce, and dispose of minerals from Federal or Indian lands, that company or individual agrees to pay the lessor a share in an amount or value of production from the leased lands. The lessee is required to report various kinds of information to the lessor relative to the disposition of the leased minerals. Such information is generally available within the records of the lessee or others involved in developing, transporting, processing, purchasing, or selling of such minerals. The information collected includes data necessary to ensure that the royalties are accurately valued and appropriately paid. Every year, under the CFO, the Department’s Office of Inspector General, or its agent (agent), audits the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2091 Department’s financial statements. The Department’s goal is to receive an unqualified opinion. Accounts receivable confirmations are a common practice in the audit business. Due to continuously increasing scrutiny on financial audits, third-party confirmation on the validity of MMS financial records is necessary. Companies submit financial information on Form MMS–2014, Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance (OMB Control Number 1010–0140, expires November 30, 2009) and on Form MMS–4430, Solid Minerals Production and Royalty Report (OMB Control Number 1010– 0120, expires December 31, 2010). As part of CFO audits, the agent requests, by a specified date, third-party confirmation responses confirming that MMS accounts receivable records agree with royalty payor records, for the following items: Customer identification; royalty/invoice number; payor-assigned document number; date received; original amount reported; and remaining balance due MMS as of a specified date. In order to meet this requirement, MMS must mail letters on MMS letterhead, signed by the Deputy Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management, to royalty payors selected by the agent at random, asking them to respond to the agent, confirming the accuracy and/or validity of selected royalty receivable items and amounts. Verifying the amounts reported and the balances due requires time for research and analysis by payors. This collection does not require proprietary, trade secret, or other confidential information not protected by agency procedures. No items of a sensitive nature are collected. The requirement to respond is voluntary. The MMS is requesting OMB’s approval to continue to collect this information. Failure to collect this information would limit the Secretary’s ability to discharge the duties of the office. Failure to collect this information could be considered a scope limitation for CFO audits. Frequency: Annually. Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 100 Federal and Indian oil and gas and solid mineral royalty payors. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Hour’’ Burden: 25 hours. We estimate that each response will take 15 minutes for payors to complete. There are no additional recordkeeping costs associated with this information collection. We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 2092 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2009 / Notices business and considered usual and customary. Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-hour’’ Cost Burden: We have identified no ‘‘non-hour’’ cost burden associated with the collection of information. 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: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires each agency to ‘‘* * * publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register * * * 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 April 29, 2008 (73 FR 23269), 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 February 13, 2009. Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to this notice at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/ FRNotices/FRInfColl.htm. We also will post all comments, including names and addresses of respondents, at http:// www.regulations.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment— including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:01 Jan 13, 2009 Jkt 217001 available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208–7744. Dated: December 4, 2008. Greg Gould, Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management. [FR Doc. E9–575 Filed 1–13–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service (MMS) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Central Planning Area (CPA) Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 208 AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior. ACTION: Final Notice of Sale (NOS) 208. SUMMARY: On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the MMS will open and publicly announce bids received for blocks offered in CPA Oil and Gas Lease Sale 208, pursuant to the OCS Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331–1356, as amended) and the regulations issued thereunder (30 CFR Part 256). The Final Notice of Sale 208 Package (Final NOS 208 Package) contains information essential to bidders, and bidders are charged with the knowledge of the documents contained in the Package. DATES: Public bid reading for the CPA Oil and Gas Lease Sale 208 will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Louisiana Superdome, 1500 Sugarbowl Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112. The lease sale will be held in the St. Charles Club Room on the second floor (Loge Level). Entry to the Superdome will be on the Poydras Street side of the building through Gate A on the Ground or Plaza Level, and parking should be available at Garage 6. All times referred to in this document are local New Orleans times, unless otherwise specified. ADDRESSES: Bidders can obtain a Final NOS 208 Package containing this Notice of Sale and several supporting and essential documents referenced herein from the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region Public Information Unit, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, (504) 736–2519 or (800) 200–GULF, or via the MMS GOM Homepage Address on the Internet at: http://www.gomr.mms.gov. Filing of Bids: Bidders must submit sealed bids to the Regional Director PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (RD), MMS Gulf of Mexico Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on normal working days, and from 8 a.m. to the Bid Submission Deadline of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, the day before the lease sale. If bids are mailed, please address the envelope containing all of the sealed bids as follows: Attention: Supervisor, Sales and Support Unit (MS 5422), Leasing Activities Section, MMS Gulf of Mexico Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394. Contains Sealed Bids for CPA Oil and Gas Lease Sale 208 Please Deliver to Ms. Nancy Kornrumpf, 6th Floor, Immediately Please note: Bidders mailing bid(s) are advised to call Ms. Nancy Kornrumpf immediately after putting their bid(s) in the mail at (504) 736–2726. If the RD receives bids later than the time and date specified above, he will return those bids unopened to bidders. Should an unexpected event such as flooding or travel restrictions be significantly disruptive to bid submission, the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region may extend the Bid Submission Deadline. Bidders may call (504) 736– 0557 or access our Web site at: http:// www.gomr.mms.gov for information about the possible extension of the Bid Submission Deadline due to such an event. Areas Offered for Leasing: The MMS is offering for leasing in CPA Oil and Gas Lease Sale 208, all blocks and partial blocks listed in the document ‘‘List of Blocks Available for Leasing’’ included in the Final NOS 208 Package. All of these blocks are shown on the following leasing maps and Official Protraction Diagrams (OPD’s): Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Maps—Louisiana Map Numbers 1 through 12 (These 30 Maps Sell for $2.00 each) LA1 West Cameron Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA1A West Cameron Area, West Addition (Revised February 28, 2007) LA1B West Cameron Area, South Addition (Revised February 28, 2007) LA2 East Cameron Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA2A East Cameron Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3 Vermilion Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3A South Marsh Island Area (Revised November 1, 2000) LA3B Vermilion Area, South Addition (Revised November 1, 2000) E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 9 (Wednesday, January 14, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2091-2092]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-575]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

[Docket No. MMS-2008-MRM-0019]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information 
collection (OMB Control Number 1010-0162).

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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 the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) an information collection request (ICR) to 
renew approval of the paperwork requirements under the Chief Financial 
Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). This notice also provides the public a 
second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of the regulatory 
requirements. This ICR is titled ``Accounts Receivable Confirmations.''

DATES: Submit written comments on or before February 13, 2009.

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 1010-0162).
    Please submit copies of your comments to MMS by one of the 
following methods:
     Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
``Comment or Submission'' column, enter ``MMS-2008-MRM-0019'' 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 Hyla Hurst, Regulatory Specialist, 
Minerals Management Service, Minerals Revenue Management, P.O. Box 
25165, MS 302B2, Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference ICR 1010-0162 
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 St., Denver, Colorado 80225. Please reference 
ICR 1010-0162 in your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hyla Hurst, telephone (303) 231-3495, 
or e-mail hyla.hurst@mms.gov. You may also contact Hyla Hurst to obtain 
copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR, (2) any associated forms, and (3) 
the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Accounts Receivable Confirmations.
    OMB Control Number: 1010-0162.
    Bureau Form Number: None.
    Abstract: The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is 
responsible for mineral resource development on Federal and Indian 
lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Secretary is required 
by various laws to manage mineral resource production on Federal and 
Indian lands and the OCS, collect the royalties and other mineral 
revenues due, and distribute the funds in accordance with those laws. 
Applicable laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian 
lands are posted on our Web site at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/
PublicLawsAMR.htm.
    The Secretary also has a trust responsibility to manage Indian 
lands and seek advice and information from Indian beneficiaries. The 
MMS performs the minerals revenue management functions and assists the 
Secretary in carrying out the Department's trust responsibility for 
Indian lands.
    When a company or an individual enters into a lease to explore, 
develop, produce, and dispose of minerals from Federal or Indian lands, 
that company or individual agrees to pay the lessor a share in an 
amount or value of production from the leased lands. The lessee is 
required to report various kinds of information to the lessor relative 
to the disposition of the leased minerals. Such information is 
generally available within the records of the lessee or others involved 
in developing, transporting, processing, purchasing, or selling of such 
minerals. The information collected includes data necessary to ensure 
that the royalties are accurately valued and appropriately paid.
    Every year, under the CFO, the Department's Office of Inspector 
General, or its agent (agent), audits the Department's financial 
statements. The Department's goal is to receive an unqualified opinion. 
Accounts receivable confirmations are a common practice in the audit 
business. Due to continuously increasing scrutiny on financial audits, 
third-party confirmation on the validity of MMS financial records is 
necessary. Companies submit financial information on Form MMS-2014, 
Report of Sales and Royalty Remittance (OMB Control Number 1010-0140, 
expires November 30, 2009) and on Form MMS-4430, Solid Minerals 
Production and Royalty Report (OMB Control Number 1010-0120, expires 
December 31, 2010).
    As part of CFO audits, the agent requests, by a specified date, 
third-party confirmation responses confirming that MMS accounts 
receivable records agree with royalty payor records, for the following 
items: Customer identification; royalty/invoice number; payor-assigned 
document number; date received; original amount reported; and remaining 
balance due MMS as of a specified date. In order to meet this 
requirement, MMS must mail letters on MMS letterhead, signed by the 
Deputy Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management, to royalty 
payors selected by the agent at random, asking them to respond to the 
agent, confirming the accuracy and/or validity of selected royalty 
receivable items and amounts. Verifying the amounts reported and the 
balances due requires time for research and analysis by payors.
    This collection does not require proprietary, trade secret, or 
other confidential information not protected by agency procedures. No 
items of a sensitive nature are collected. The requirement to respond 
is voluntary.
    The MMS is requesting OMB's approval to continue to collect this 
information. Failure to collect this information would limit the 
Secretary's ability to discharge the duties of the office. Failure to 
collect this information could be considered a scope limitation for CFO 
audits.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: 100 Federal and 
Indian oil and gas and solid mineral royalty payors.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: 25 
hours.
    We estimate that each response will take 15 minutes for payors to 
complete. There are no additional recordkeeping costs associated with 
this information collection. We have not included in our estimates 
certain requirements performed in the normal course of

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business and considered usual and customary.
    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-hour'' Cost 
Burden:
    We have identified no ``non-hour'' cost burden associated with the 
collection of information.
    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: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires each agency to 
``* * * publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register * * * 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 April 29, 2008 (73 FR 23269), 
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 
February 13, 2009.
    Public Comment Policy: We will post all comments in response to 
this notice at http://www.mrm.mms.gov/Laws_R_D/FRNotices/
FRInfColl.htm. We also will post all comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, at http://www.regulations.gov. Before 
including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 
208-7744.

    Dated: December 4, 2008.
Greg Gould,
Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management.
[FR Doc. E9-575 Filed 1-13-09; 8:45 am]
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