Information Collection for Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants; Comment Request, 48282-48283 [E9-22782]

Download as PDF sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 48282 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 22, 2009 / Notices response. This includes summarizing accomplishments for the past year’s funded efforts. The currently approved ‘‘hour’’ burden for this collection is 12,300 hours. We do not expect the total burden for this process to change as a result of this request. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-Hour Cost’’ Burden: We have not identified any ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this 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 you are not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond. Comments: We are soliciting comments as to: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. To comply with the public process, we publish this Federal Register notice announcing that we will submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60 day public comment period. USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Phadrea Ponds 970– 226–9445. Dated: September 16, 2009. William S. Leith, Associate Program Coordinator. [FR Doc. E9–22689 Filed 9–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4311–AM–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:23 Sep 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Information Collection for Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants; Comment Request AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection. SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, is seeking comments on a proposed information collection related to grants provided under the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP). Indian tribes whose lands are held in trust or restricted status may be considered for grants for energy and mineral development projects under the EMDP if they provide certain information as part of an application. Once an application is accepted, the Indian tribe must then submit reports regarding the progress of their project. This notice requests comments on the information collection associated with the application and progress reports. DATES: Submit comments on or before November 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: Mail or hand-carry comments to Darryl Francois, Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Room 20—South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20245, fax (202) 208–4564; e-mail: Darryl.Francois@bia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Francois, Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. Telephone (202) 219–0740. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide grants to Indian tribes for energy development. See 25 U.S.C. 3502. IEED administers and manages the EMDP. Congress appropriates funds to EMDP on a year-to-year basis. When funding is available, IEED may solicit proposals for energy and mineral development projects from Indian tribes whose lands are held in trust or restricted fee by the Federal government. Tribes may use the contracting mechanism established by the Indian Self-Determination Act or may receive the grant money through PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 adjustments to their funding from the Office of Self-Governance. See 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq. The projects may be in the areas of exploration, assessment, development, feasibility, or market studies. Indian tribes that would like to apply for an EMDP grant must submit an application that includes certain information, and must assist IEED by providing information in support of any National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses. A complete application must contain the following elements. • A current, signed tribal resolution that: (1) Authorizes the energy and mineral development project for the appropriate fiscal year; (2) describes the commodity or commodities to be studied; (3) states that the tribe is willing to consider developing any potential energy or mineral resources discovered; (4) describes how the tribe prefers to have the energy or mineral program conducted (i.e., through the sole utilization of IEED in-house professional staff, in conjunction with professional tribal staff, through private contractors, or through other appropriate means); and (5) states that the tribe will consider public release of information obtained from the energy and mineral development study upon request from IEED. • A proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products that will be accomplished within the fiscal year for which funding is requested, including: Æ Overview, including the elements of the proposed study, reasons why the proposed study is needed, total requested funding, responsible parties for technical exaction and administration, and tribal point of contact for the project; Æ Technical summary of the project, including whether the request will begin a new study or continue a study and the duration of the study, a description of any known energy and/or mineral deposit, reference to any existing mineral exploration information, and a description of any environmental or cultural sensitive areas; Æ Project objective, goals and scope of work; Æ Deliverable products, such as technical data and maps; and Æ Resumes of key personnel. • A detailed budget estimate, including contracted personnel costs, travel estimates, data collection and analysis costs, and other expenses. IEED requires this information to ensure that it provides funding only to those projects that meet the goals of the E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 22, 2009 / Notices sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES EMDP and the purposes for which Congress provides the appropriations. Once a tribe has been accepted into the EMDP, the tribe must also submit quarterly reports, which are one- or twopage documents summarizing events, accomplishments, problems and/or results in executing the project. Each report is due two weeks after the end of the fiscal quarter. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on proposed information collection requests. IEED is proceeding with this public comment period as the first step in obtaining an information collection clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Each clearance request contains (1) Type of review, (2) title, (3) summary of the collection, (4) respondents, (5) frequency of collection, (6) reporting and record keeping requirements. II. Request for Comments IEED requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways we could enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents, such as through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that an agency may not sponsor or request, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it has a valid OMB Control Number. It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personally identifiable information, be advised that your entire comment— including your personally identifiable information—may be made public at any time. While you may request that we withhold your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. III. Data OMB Control Number: 1076–0XXX. Type of Review: New. Title: Energy and Mineral Development Program Grant Solicitation. VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:23 Sep 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 Brief Description of Collection: Indian tribes that would like to apply for an EMDP grant must submit an application that includes certain information. A complete application must contain a current, signed tribal resolution that provides sufficient information to authorize the project and comply with the terms of the grant; a proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products; and a detailed budget estimate. IEED requires this information to ensure that it provides funding only to those projects that meet the goals of the EMDP and purposes for which Congress provides the appropriation. Upon acceptance of an application, a tribe must then submit one- to two-page quarterly progress reports summarizing events, accomplishments, problems and/or results in executing the project. Approximately 55 tribes apply each year, but IEED accepts approximately 18 of those applications each year. Respondents: Indian tribes with trust or restricted land. Number of Respondents: 55 applicants per year; 18 project participants each year. Estimated Time per Response: 40 hours per application; 1.5 hours per progress report. Frequency of Response: Once per year for applications; 4 times per year for progress reports. Total Annual Burden to Respondents: 2,308 hours (2,200 for applications and 108 for progress reports). Dated: September 16, 2009. Alvin Foster, Acting Chief Information Officer—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E9–22782 Filed 9–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4M–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request for the USGS Mine, Development, and Mineral Exploration Supplement AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of an extension of an information collection (1028–0060). 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) for the extension of the currently approved paperwork requirements for the USGS PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48283 Mine, Development, and Mineral Exploration Supplement. This collection consists of one form and this notice provides the public an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this form. We 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. DATES: You must submit comments on or before October 22, 2009. ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior via e-mail to OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov or fax at 202–395–5806; and identify your submission as 1028–1060. Please also submit a copy of your written comments to Phadrea Ponds, USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer, 2150–C Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526– 8118 (mail); 970–226–9230 (fax); or pponds@usgs.gov (e-mail). Use OMB Control Number 1028–0060 in the subject line. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shonta E. Osborne at 703–648–7960 or by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, 985 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192. I. Supplementary Information Abstract: Respondents supply the U.S. Geological Survey with domestic production, exploration, and mine development data for nonfuel mineral commodities. The data obtained from this canvass are used by Government agencies, Congressional offices, educational institutions, research organizations, financial institutions, consulting firms, industry, and the public. They provide essential mining, exploration, and development information to make domestic ore resource analyses. Tabulations of volumetric data concerning domestic mining operations’ use of land can be used to compare the total volume of earth disturbed with the actual crude ore mined and the resulting marketable product. These data are an indicator of the future mining outlook. This information will be published as an Annual Report for use by Government agencies, industry, academia, and the general public. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1028–0060. Title: Mine, Development, and Mineral Exploration Supplement. E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1

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[FR Doc No: E9-22782]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Information Collection for Energy and Mineral Development Program 
Grants; Comment Request

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of 
Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), in the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs, is seeking comments on a proposed 
information collection related to grants provided under the Energy and 
Mineral Development Program (EMDP). Indian tribes whose lands are held 
in trust or restricted status may be considered for grants for energy 
and mineral development projects under the EMDP if they provide certain 
information as part of an application. Once an application is accepted, 
the Indian tribe must then submit reports regarding the progress of 
their project. This notice requests comments on the information 
collection associated with the application and progress reports.

DATES: Submit comments on or before November 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Mail or hand-carry comments to Darryl Francois, Department 
of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Room 
20--South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, 
DC 20245, fax (202) 208-4564; e-mail: Darryl.Francois@bia.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Francois, Department of the 
Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. Telephone 
(202) 219-0740.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizes the Secretary of the 
Interior to provide grants to Indian tribes for energy development. See 
25 U.S.C. 3502. IEED administers and manages the EMDP. Congress 
appropriates funds to EMDP on a year-to-year basis. When funding is 
available, IEED may solicit proposals for energy and mineral 
development projects from Indian tribes whose lands are held in trust 
or restricted fee by the Federal government. Tribes may use the 
contracting mechanism established by the Indian Self-Determination Act 
or may receive the grant money through adjustments to their funding 
from the Office of Self-Governance. See 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq. The 
projects may be in the areas of exploration, assessment, development, 
feasibility, or market studies. Indian tribes that would like to apply 
for an EMDP grant must submit an application that includes certain 
information, and must assist IEED by providing information in support 
of any National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses. A complete 
application must contain the following elements.
     A current, signed tribal resolution that: (1) Authorizes 
the energy and mineral development project for the appropriate fiscal 
year; (2) describes the commodity or commodities to be studied; (3) 
states that the tribe is willing to consider developing any potential 
energy or mineral resources discovered; (4) describes how the tribe 
prefers to have the energy or mineral program conducted (i.e., through 
the sole utilization of IEED in-house professional staff, in 
conjunction with professional tribal staff, through private 
contractors, or through other appropriate means); and (5) states that 
the tribe will consider public release of information obtained from the 
energy and mineral development study upon request from IEED.
     A proposal describing the planned activities and 
deliverable products that will be accomplished within the fiscal year 
for which funding is requested, including:
    [cir] Overview, including the elements of the proposed study, 
reasons why the proposed study is needed, total requested funding, 
responsible parties for technical exaction and administration, and 
tribal point of contact for the project;
    [cir] Technical summary of the project, including whether the 
request will begin a new study or continue a study and the duration of 
the study, a description of any known energy and/or mineral deposit, 
reference to any existing mineral exploration information, and a 
description of any environmental or cultural sensitive areas;
    [cir] Project objective, goals and scope of work;
    [cir] Deliverable products, such as technical data and maps; and
    [cir] Resumes of key personnel.
     A detailed budget estimate, including contracted personnel 
costs, travel estimates, data collection and analysis costs, and other 
expenses.
    IEED requires this information to ensure that it provides funding 
only to those projects that meet the goals of the

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EMDP and the purposes for which Congress provides the appropriations.
    Once a tribe has been accepted into the EMDP, the tribe must also 
submit quarterly reports, which are one- or two-page documents 
summarizing events, accomplishments, problems and/or results in 
executing the project. Each report is due two weeks after the end of 
the fiscal quarter.
    The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 provides an opportunity for 
interested parties to comment on proposed information collection 
requests. IEED is proceeding with this public comment period as the 
first step in obtaining an information collection clearance from the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Each clearance request contains 
(1) Type of review, (2) title, (3) summary of the collection, (4) 
respondents, (5) frequency of collection, (6) reporting and record 
keeping requirements.

II. Request for Comments

    IEED requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The 
necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including 
the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways we could 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (d) ways we could minimize the burden of the collection 
of the information on the respondents, such as through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Please note that an agency may not sponsor or request, and an 
individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it 
has a valid OMB Control Number.
    It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for 
review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before 
including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other 
personally identifiable information, be advised that your entire 
comment--including your personally identifiable information--may be 
made public at any time. While you may request that we withhold your 
personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that we will 
be able to do so.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1076-0XXX.
    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Energy and Mineral Development Program Grant Solicitation.
    Brief Description of Collection: Indian tribes that would like to 
apply for an EMDP grant must submit an application that includes 
certain information. A complete application must contain a current, 
signed tribal resolution that provides sufficient information to 
authorize the project and comply with the terms of the grant; a 
proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products; 
and a detailed budget estimate. IEED requires this information to 
ensure that it provides funding only to those projects that meet the 
goals of the EMDP and purposes for which Congress provides the 
appropriation. Upon acceptance of an application, a tribe must then 
submit one- to two-page quarterly progress reports summarizing events, 
accomplishments, problems and/or results in executing the project. 
Approximately 55 tribes apply each year, but IEED accepts approximately 
18 of those applications each year.
    Respondents: Indian tribes with trust or restricted land.
    Number of Respondents: 55 applicants per year; 18 project 
participants each year.
    Estimated Time per Response: 40 hours per application; 1.5 hours 
per progress report.
    Frequency of Response: Once per year for applications; 4 times per 
year for progress reports.
    Total Annual Burden to Respondents: 2,308 hours (2,200 for 
applications and 108 for progress reports).

    Dated: September 16, 2009.
Alvin Foster,
Acting Chief Information Officer--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E9-22782 Filed 9-21-09; 8:45 am]
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