Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; State and Local Implementation Grant Program Closeout Documentation, 8049-8050 [2016-03139]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 31 / Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / Notices Comments on the applications should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Physical comments should be sent to 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and electronic comments should be sent to ITP.Laws@noaa.gov. Instructions: NMFS is not responsible for comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. Comments received electronically, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25megabyte file size. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel or Adobe PDF file formats only. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to the Internet at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental/research.htm without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben Laws, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Availability An electronic copy of the Navy’s application may be obtained by visiting the Internet at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental/construction.htm. The Navy is concurrently releasing a draft Environmental Assessment, prepared pursuant to requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, for the conduct of the construction projects. A copy of the draft EA, which would also support our proposed rulemaking under the MMPA, is available at the same Web site. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) if certain findings are made and regulations are issued. Incidental taking shall be allowed if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) affected and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Feb 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 taking for subsistence uses, and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such taking are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: ‘‘any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment].’’ Summary of Request On January 19, 2016, NMFS received an adequate and complete application from the Navy requesting authorization for take of marine mammals incidental to waterfront construction conducted by the Navy. The requested regulations would be valid for five years, from July 12, 2017, through July 11, 2022. The Navy plans to conduct work necessary to maintain existing waterfront structures as well as to construct new structures at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA (NSB Kings Bay). The proposed action may incidentally expose marine mammals occurring in the vicinity to elevated levels of underwater sound, thereby resulting in incidental take, by Level B harassment only. Therefore, the Navy requests authorization to incidentally take marine mammals. Specified Activities To ensure the Navy can continue its mission of supporting the Fleet Ballistic Missile System and Trident Submarine Program, the Navy proposes to repair (including direct repairs and repairs by component replacement) in-water structures at NSB Kings Bay, construct a new Transit Protection System Operational Support Facility, and extend the existing Layberth Pier. These repairs, upgrades, and new construction would (1) address critical damage and mission and safety requirements, (2) limit further deterioration and increase the useful life of the structures, and/or (3) upgrade infrastructure to meet requirements of new submarine technology. Construction will include PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8049 use of impact and vibratory pile driving, including installation and removal of steel, concrete, and timber piles. Information Solicited Interested persons may submit information, suggestions, and comments concerning the Navy’s request (see ADDRESSES). NMFS will consider all information, suggestions, and comments related to the request during the development of proposed regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals by the Navy, if appropriate. Dated: February 11, 2016. Perry F. Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–03213 Filed 2–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; State and Local Implementation Grant Program Closeout Documentation National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 18, 2016. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instruments and instructions should be sent to Michael Dame, Telecommunications Policy Specialist, Office of Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4078, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email at mdame@ntia.doc.gov). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1 8050 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 31 / Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act, Pub. L. 112– 96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012)) was signed by the President on February 22, 2012. The Act meets a long-standing priority of the Administration, as well as a critical national infrastructure need, to create a single, interoperable, nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) that will, for the first time, allow police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety officials to effectively communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions. Public safety workers have long been hindered in their ability to respond in a crisis situation because of incompatible communications networks and often outdated communications equipment. The Act establishes the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA and authorizes it to take all actions necessary to ensure the design, construction, and operation of the NPSBN, based on a single, national network architecture. FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, ensuring nationwide standards for the use of and access to the network; issuing open, transparent, and competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) to build, operate, and maintain the network; encouraging these RFPs to leverage, to the maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial wireless infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and overseeing contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and maintain the network. The Act also charges NTIA with establishing the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) to assist state, regional, tribal, and local jurisdictions with identifying, planning, and implementing the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate the infrastructure, equipment, and other architecture associated with the NPSBN to satisfy the wireless broadband and data services needs of their jurisdictions. The SLIGP program office awarded $116.5 million in grant funds to 54 active state and territorial recipients between July 2013 and June 2014. Moreover, the Act’s framework contemplates that FirstNet will coordinate its activities with state, regional, tribal, and local governments and imposes a statutory requirement that FirstNet consult with these entities as it takes all actions necessary to build, deploy, and operate the NPSBN. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Feb 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Specifically, the Act requires FirstNet to consult with state, regional, tribal, and local governments about the distribution and expenditure of any amounts required to carry out its responsibilities, including (i) The construction of a core network and any radio access network build-out; (ii) placement of towers; (iii) coverage areas of the network; (iv) adequacy of hardware, security, reliability, and resiliency requirements; (v) assignment of priority to local users and selection of entities seeking network access; and (vi) training needs of local users. Additionally, the Act specifies that these required consultations are to occur between FirstNet and the single point of contact that the state was required to designate in its application for grant funds under SLIGP or that the governor has since designated. Thus, progress in meeting FirstNet’s responsibilities under the Act, including its required consultations, is inextricably linked to SLIGP. FirstNet must rely on NTIA to utilize SLIGP as the principal means to facilitate its required consultations. At the same time, without funding assistance from SLIGP, the states would lack the resources to consult effectively with FirstNet and provide it with information needed for it to proceed with the design and construction of a NPSBN in an effective and timely manner, as required by the Act. SLIGP recipients’ periods of performance will end either on December 31, 2017, January 31, 2018, or February 28, 2018, depending on when the award was made. Following the award end date, grantees will be required to complete grant closeout activities within 90 days. The purpose of closeout is to capture a final account of grantee activities and how these activities contributed to overall program goals. To ensure effective grant oversight and management, SLIGP developed a closeout report form for recipients to complete as part of postaward monitoring and closeout activities at the end of the period of performance. The closeout form serves as a summary of grant-funded recipient activities over the entire award period and ensures that recipients comply with all necessary closeout procedures. The closeout form will ask recipients to aggregate their cumulative progress toward program priority areas identified in their quarterly performance progress reports (PPRs), namely stakeholders engaged, broadband conferences attended, staff hired, contracts executed, governance meetings held, outreach materials disseminated, and overall progress toward FirstNet-determined data collection activities. Recipients PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will also be asked to report on their cumulative expenditures throughout the period of performance in each object class category, including personnel, fringe, travel, equipment, materials/ supplies, contractual, construction, other, and indirect costs. NTIA will use the collection of information to ensure that SLIGP grant recipients are effectively monitored and evaluated against the core purposes of the program established by the Act. The publication of this notice allows NTIA to begin the process to obtain the approval for the standard three years. II. Method of Collection Paper format. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission; new collection. Affected Public: State, regional, local, and tribal government organizations. Frequency: Once (at the end of the period of performance). Number of Respondents: 54. Average Time per Response: Final closeout report, 25 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,350 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $52,623. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental PRA Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03139 Filed 2–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 17, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8049-8050]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03139]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; State and Local 
Implementation Grant Program Closeout Documentation

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 18, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at jjessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instruments and instructions 
should be sent to Michael Dame, Telecommunications Policy Specialist, 
Office of Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4078, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email 
at mdame@ntia.doc.gov).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act, Pub. 
L. 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012)) was signed by the President on 
February 22, 2012. The Act meets a long-standing priority of the 
Administration, as well as a critical national infrastructure need, to 
create a single, interoperable, nationwide public safety broadband 
network (NPSBN) that will, for the first time, allow police officers, 
fire fighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other 
public safety officials to effectively communicate with each other 
across agencies and jurisdictions. Public safety workers have long been 
hindered in their ability to respond in a crisis situation because of 
incompatible communications networks and often outdated communications 
equipment. The Act establishes the First Responder Network Authority 
(FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA and authorizes it to 
take all actions necessary to ensure the design, construction, and 
operation of the NPSBN, based on a single, national network 
architecture.
    FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, ensuring nationwide 
standards for the use of and access to the network; issuing open, 
transparent, and competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) to build, 
operate, and maintain the network; encouraging these RFPs to leverage, 
to the maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial 
wireless infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and 
overseeing contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and 
maintain the network.
    The Act also charges NTIA with establishing the State and Local 
Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) to assist state, regional, tribal, 
and local jurisdictions with identifying, planning, and implementing 
the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate the 
infrastructure, equipment, and other architecture associated with the 
NPSBN to satisfy the wireless broadband and data services needs of 
their jurisdictions. The SLIGP program office awarded $116.5 million in 
grant funds to 54 active state and territorial recipients between July 
2013 and June 2014.
    Moreover, the Act's framework contemplates that FirstNet will 
coordinate its activities with state, regional, tribal, and local 
governments and imposes a statutory requirement that FirstNet consult 
with these entities as it takes all actions necessary to build, deploy, 
and operate the NPSBN. Specifically, the Act requires FirstNet to 
consult with state, regional, tribal, and local governments about the 
distribution and expenditure of any amounts required to carry out its 
responsibilities, including (i) The construction of a core network and 
any radio access network build-out; (ii) placement of towers; (iii) 
coverage areas of the network; (iv) adequacy of hardware, security, 
reliability, and resiliency requirements; (v) assignment of priority to 
local users and selection of entities seeking network access; and (vi) 
training needs of local users.
    Additionally, the Act specifies that these required consultations 
are to occur between FirstNet and the single point of contact that the 
state was required to designate in its application for grant funds 
under SLIGP or that the governor has since designated. Thus, progress 
in meeting FirstNet's responsibilities under the Act, including its 
required consultations, is inextricably linked to SLIGP. FirstNet must 
rely on NTIA to utilize SLIGP as the principal means to facilitate its 
required consultations. At the same time, without funding assistance 
from SLIGP, the states would lack the resources to consult effectively 
with FirstNet and provide it with information needed for it to proceed 
with the design and construction of a NPSBN in an effective and timely 
manner, as required by the Act.
    SLIGP recipients' periods of performance will end either on 
December 31, 2017, January 31, 2018, or February 28, 2018, depending on 
when the award was made. Following the award end date, grantees will be 
required to complete grant closeout activities within 90 days. The 
purpose of closeout is to capture a final account of grantee activities 
and how these activities contributed to overall program goals. To 
ensure effective grant oversight and management, SLIGP developed a 
closeout report form for recipients to complete as part of post-award 
monitoring and closeout activities at the end of the period of 
performance. The closeout form serves as a summary of grant-funded 
recipient activities over the entire award period and ensures that 
recipients comply with all necessary closeout procedures. The closeout 
form will ask recipients to aggregate their cumulative progress toward 
program priority areas identified in their quarterly performance 
progress reports (PPRs), namely stakeholders engaged, broadband 
conferences attended, staff hired, contracts executed, governance 
meetings held, outreach materials disseminated, and overall progress 
toward FirstNet-determined data collection activities. Recipients will 
also be asked to report on their cumulative expenditures throughout the 
period of performance in each object class category, including 
personnel, fringe, travel, equipment, materials/supplies, contractual, 
construction, other, and indirect costs.
    NTIA will use the collection of information to ensure that SLIGP 
grant recipients are effectively monitored and evaluated against the 
core purposes of the program established by the Act. The publication of 
this notice allows NTIA to begin the process to obtain the approval for 
the standard three years.

II. Method of Collection

    Paper format.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission; new collection.
    Affected Public: State, regional, local, and tribal government 
organizations.
    Frequency: Once (at the end of the period of performance).
    Number of Respondents: 54.
    Average Time per Response: Final closeout report, 25 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,350 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $52,623.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they will also become a matter of public record.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental PRA Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-03139 Filed 2-16-16; 8:45 am]
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