Proposed Information Collection; Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE), 70748-70749 [2011-29387]

Download as PDF 70748 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 15, 2011 / Notices Number 1615–0026 in the subject box. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques, or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of an existing information collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: Form I–526. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Businesses. This form is used by the USCIS to determine if an alien can enter the U.S. to engage in commercial enterprise. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 3,742 responses at 1 hour and 15 minutes (1.25 hours) per response. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 4,678 annual burden hours. If you need a copy of the information collection instrument, please visit the Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/ . We may also be contacted at: USCIS, Regulatory Products Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529–2020, telephone number (202) 272–8377. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Nov 14, 2011 Jkt 226001 Dated: November 9, 2011. Sunday Aigbe, Chief, Regulatory Products Division, Office of the Executive Secretariat, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [FR Doc. 2011–29493 Filed 11–14–11; 8:45 am] Proposed Information Collection; Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE) BILLING CODE 9111–97–P Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Central and Western Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2012–2017 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior. AGENCY: Call for Information and Nominations; Correction. ACTION: On March 15, 2011, BOEM (formerly the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) published a notice in the Federal Register (76 FR 14040), entitled ‘‘Call for Information and Nominations.’’ This document describes a correction to the sale numbers that were identified in the Call. As previously published, the sale numbers contained an error that will prove to be misleading. SUMMARY: Section 2—Purpose of Call, Should Be Changed to the Following Sale Numbers Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale 229, 227, 233, 231, 238, 235, 246, 241, 248, 247, Sale year Western GOM .......... Central GOM ............ Western GOM .......... Central GOM ............ Western GOM .......... Central GOM ............ Western GOM .......... Central GOM ............ Western GOM .......... Central GOM ............ 2012 2013 2013 2014 2014 2015 2015 2016 2016 2017 This correction is effective immediately. DATES: Mr. Carrol Williams, BOEM, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394, telephone (504) 736–2803. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: October 25, 2011. Tommy P. Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. [FR Doc. 2011–29487 Filed 11–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FWS–R9–ES–2011–N236; FF09E50000– FXES11170900000–B3] Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Lease sale, planning area Fish and Wildlife Service We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2012. 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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by January 17, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042–PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ‘‘1018–0119’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or (703) 358– 2482 (telephone). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) specifies the process by which we can list species as threatened or endangered. When we consider whether or not to list a species, the ESA requires us to take into account the efforts being made by any State or any political subdivision of a State to protect such species. We also take into account the efforts being made by other entities. States or other entities often formalize conservation efforts in conservation agreements, conservation plans, management plans, or similar documents. The conservation efforts recommended or called for in such documents could prevent some species E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 70749 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 15, 2011 / Notices from becoming so imperiled that they meet the definition of a threatened or endangered species under the ESA. The Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE) (68 FR 15100) encourages the development of conservation agreements/plans and provides certainty about the standard that an individual conservation effort must meet for us to consider whether it contributes to forming a basis for making a decision about the listing of a species. PECE applies to ‘‘formalized conservation efforts’’ that have not been implemented or have been implemented but have not yet demonstrated if they are effective at the time of a listing decision. Under PECE, formalized conservation efforts are defined as conservation efforts (specific actions, activities, or programs designed to eliminate or reduce threats or otherwise improve the status of a species) identified in a conservation agreement, conservation plan, management plan, or similar document. The development of such agreements/plans is voluntary. There is no requirement that the individual conservation efforts included in such documents be designed to meet the standard in PECE. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0119. Number of respondents Activity Title: Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE). Service Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: Primarily State, local, or tribal governments. However, individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations could develop agreements/plans or may agree to implement certain conservation efforts identified in a State agreement/ plan. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Completion time per response (hours) Number of responses Total annual burden hours Original Agreement .......................................................................................... Monitoring ........................................................................................................ Reporting ......................................................................................................... 4 7 7 4 7 7 2,000 600 120 8,000 4,200 840 Totals ........................................................................................................ 18 18 ........................ 13,040 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Comments We invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, email 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 review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Nov 14, 2011 Jkt 226001 Dated: November 7, 2011. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2011–29387 Filed 11–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R9–MB–2011–N238; 91100–3740– GRNT–7C] Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Migratory Birds and Wetlands Conservation Grant Programs Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2011. 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. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB. DATES: You must submit comments on or before December 15, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB– OIRA at (202) 395–5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042–PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ‘‘1018–0100’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or (703) 358– 2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 1018–0100. Title: Migratory Birds and Wetlands Conservation Grant Programs. Service Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: Domestic and foreign individuals, businesses and other for-profit organizations; E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 220 (Tuesday, November 15, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70748-70749]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-29387]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-ES-2011-N236; FF09E50000-FXES11170900000-B3]


Proposed Information Collection; Policy for Evaluation of 
Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on May 31, 2012. 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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by January 17, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-PDM, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0119'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or (703) 
358-2482 (telephone).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.) specifies the process by which we can list species as threatened 
or endangered. When we consider whether or not to list a species, the 
ESA requires us to take into account the efforts being made by any 
State or any political subdivision of a State to protect such species. 
We also take into account the efforts being made by other entities. 
States or other entities often formalize conservation efforts in 
conservation agreements, conservation plans, management plans, or 
similar documents. The conservation efforts recommended or called for 
in such documents could prevent some species

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from becoming so imperiled that they meet the definition of a 
threatened or endangered species under the ESA.
    The Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making 
Listing Decisions (PECE) (68 FR 15100) encourages the development of 
conservation agreements/plans and provides certainty about the standard 
that an individual conservation effort must meet for us to consider 
whether it contributes to forming a basis for making a decision about 
the listing of a species. PECE applies to ``formalized conservation 
efforts'' that have not been implemented or have been implemented but 
have not yet demonstrated if they are effective at the time of a 
listing decision.
    Under PECE, formalized conservation efforts are defined as 
conservation efforts (specific actions, activities, or programs 
designed to eliminate or reduce threats or otherwise improve the status 
of a species) identified in a conservation agreement, conservation 
plan, management plan, or similar document. The development of such 
agreements/plans is voluntary. There is no requirement that the 
individual conservation efforts included in such documents be designed 
to meet the standard in PECE.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0119.
    Title: Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making 
Listing Decisions (PECE).
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Primarily State, local, or tribal 
governments. However, individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit 
organizations could develop agreements/plans or may agree to implement 
certain conservation efforts identified in a State agreement/plan.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

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                                                                                    Completion
                                                     Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                    Activity                        respondents      responses       response      burden hours
                                                                                      (hours)
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Original Agreement..............................               4               4           2,000           8,000
Monitoring......................................               7               7             600           4,200
Reporting.......................................               7               7             120             840
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals......................................              18              18  ..............          13,040
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III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, 
email 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 review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Dated: November 7, 2011.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-29387 Filed 11-14-11; 8:45 am]
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