Proposed Information Collection; Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE), 35391-35392 [2015-15035]

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[FR Doc. 2015–14835 Filed 6–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FW–HQ–ES–2015–N120; 4500030113] Proposed Information Collection; Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE) Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: 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 SUMMARY: other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2015. 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 August 18, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail); or hope_grey@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 hope_ grey@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 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, March 28, 2003) encourages the development of conservation agreements/plans and provides certainty Number of respondents asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Activity about the standard that an individual conservation effort must meet in order 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. To assist us in evaluating a formalized conservation effort under PECE, we collect information such as conservation plans, monitoring results, or progress reports. 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. The PECE policy is posted on our Candidate Conservation Web site at http://www.fws.gov/ endangered/esa-library/pdf/PECEfinal.pdf. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0119. Title: Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE). Service Form Number: None. Type of Request: Extension of a 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 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 Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:33 Jun 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 III. Comments We invite comments concerning this information collection on: PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 35392 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 118 / Friday, June 19, 2015 / Notices • 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: June 15, 2015. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2015–15035 Filed 6–18–15; 8:45 am] 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 email: (OIRA_SUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov); or by fax (202) 395–5806; and identify your submission with ‘OMB Control Number 1028–0087 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program’. Please also forward a copy of your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648–7195 (fax); or gs-info_collections@usgs.gov (email). Please reference ‘OMB Information Collection 1028–0087: National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program’ in all correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betty Adrian at (303) 202–4828 or by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 975, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, or by email at badrian@usgs.gov. You may also find information about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 4310–55–P I. Abstract DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey [USGS—GX15GL00DT7ST00] Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of revision of a currently approved information collection (1028– 0087). AGENCY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) 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 ICR. This collection is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015. DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB must receive them on or before July 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:33 Jun 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 This notice concerns the collection of information that is sufficient and relevant to evaluate and select proposals for funding under the NGGDPP. We will accept proposals from State geological surveys requesting funds to (1) inventory, assess, and preserve the condition of geoscientific collections and individual physical samples, (2) create metadata for individual samples and collections, (3) create or update digital infrastructure, including data migration to contemporary formats to assure data are not lost due to recording media degradation or changing data recording formats or software programs; and (4) rescue data at risk. Financial assistance will be awarded annually on a competitive basis following the evaluation and ranking of State proposals by a review panel composed of representatives from the Department of the Interior, State geological surveys, academic institutions, and the private sector. To submit a proposal, respondents must complete a project narrative and submit the application via www.grants.gov. Grant recipients must complete a final technical report at the end of the project period. Narrative and report guidance is available through http://datapreservation.usgs.gov and at www.grants.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Data OMB Control Number: 1028–0087. Form Number: not applicable. Title: National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP). Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Respondent Obligation: Voluntary, but necessary to receive benefits. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Description of Respondents: All State Geological Surveys will have the opportunity to apply for matching Federal funds. Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 59 (32 applications and 27 reports). Estimated Time per Response: We estimate that it will take 42 hours per person to fill out and submit an application requesting financial assistance and provide a final report. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,324 burden hours. We expect to receive approximately 32 applications. It takes each applicant approximately 38 hours to complete the narrative and to present supporting documents. This includes the time for project conception and development, proposal writing and reviewing, and submitting the proposal application through Grants.gov (totaling 1,324 burden hours). We anticipate awarding 27 grants per year. The award recipients must submit a final report. We estimate that it will take approximately 4 hours to complete the requirement for the final report (totaling 108 hours). Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ‘‘Non-Hour Cost’’ Burden: There are no ‘‘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 the OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obliged to respond. Comments: On March 24, 2015, we published a Federal Register notice 80 FR 15631 announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval and soliciting comments. The comment period closed on May 26, 2015. We received no comments. III. Request for Comments We again invite comments concerning this ICR as to: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 118 (Friday, June 19, 2015)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-15035]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FW-HQ-ES-2015-N120; 4500030113]


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 August 31, 2015. 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 August 18, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS BPHC, 5275 
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or hope_grey@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 hope_grey@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 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, March 28, 2003) encourages the 
development of conservation agreements/plans and provides certainty 
about the standard that an individual conservation effort must meet in 
order 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. To assist us in evaluating 
a formalized conservation effort under PECE, we collect information 
such as conservation plans, monitoring results, or progress reports. 
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. The PECE policy is 
posted on our Candidate Conservation Web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/PECE-final.pdf.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0119.
    Title: Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making 
Listing Decisions (PECE).
    Service Form Number: None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a 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
                    Activity                         Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                                                    respondents      responses       response      burden 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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    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

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;

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     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: June 15, 2015.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-15035 Filed 6-18-15; 8:45 am]
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