Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 8686 [2016-03574]

Download as PDF 8686 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 34 / Monday, February 22, 2016 / Notices Dated: February 16, 2016. Wanda Cain, Chief of Staff, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–03496 Filed 2–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Limits on Application of ESA Take Prohibitions. OMB Control Number: 0648–0399. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 301. Average Hours per Response: 20 hours for a road maintenance agreement or for a tribal plan; 5 hours for a diversion screening limit project or for a report of aided, salvaged, or disposedof salmonids. 30 hours for an urban development package; 10 hours for an urban development report. Burden Hours: 935. Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq.) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to adopt such regulations as it ‘‘deems necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of’’ threatened species. Those regulations may include any or all of the prohibitions provided in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA, which specifically prohibits ‘‘take’’ of any endangered species (‘‘take’’ includes actions that harass, harm, pursue, kill, or capture). The first salmonid species listed by NMFS as threatened were protected by virtually blanket application of the section 9 take prohibitions. There are now 22 separate Distinct Population Segments (DPS) of west coast salmonids listed as threatened, covering a large percentage of the land base in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NMFS is obligated to enact necessary and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:03 Feb 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 advisable protective regulations. NMFS makes section 9 prohibitions generally applicable to many of those threatened DPS, but also seeks to respond to requests from states and others to both provide more guidance on how to protect threatened salmonids and avoid take, and to limit the application of take prohibitions wherever warranted (see 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005, 71 FR 834, January 5, 2006, and 73 FR 55451, September 25, 2008). The regulations describe programs or circumstances that contribute to the conservation of, or are being conducted in a way that limits impacts on, listed salmonids. Because we have determined that such programs/circumstances adequately protect listed salmonids, the regulations do not apply the ‘‘take’’ prohibitions to them. Some of these limits on the take prohibitions entail voluntary submission of a plan to NMFS and/or annual or occasional reports by entities wishing to take advantage of these limits, or continue within them. The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information collection. Affected Public: State, local and tribal governments; business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Annually or on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: February 17, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–03574 Filed 2–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2014–0025] Policy on No-Action Letters; Information Collection Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Final Policy Statement. AGENCY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a final policy statement on No-Action Letters (Policy), which is intended to further objectives under section 1021 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (DoddFrank Act). DATES: The Bureau released this Policy Statement on its Web site on February 18, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Quan, Senior Advisor to the Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at (202) 435–7678. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview In specifying the purposes, objectives, and functions of the Bureau in section 1021 of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress authorized the Bureau to exercise its authorities for the purpose of ensuring that markets for consumer financial products and services operate transparently and efficiently to facilitate access and innovation.1 Pursuant to its authority, the Bureau is finalizing the Policy that is set forth in section VI below. Under the Policy, Bureau staff would, in its discretion, issue no-action letters (NALs) to specific applicants in instances involving innovative financial products or services that promise substantial consumer benefit where there is substantial uncertainty whether or how specific provisions of statutes implemented or regulations issued by the Bureau would be applied (for example if, because of intervening technological developments, the application of statutes and regulations to a new product is novel and complicated). The Policy is also designed to enhance compliance with applicable federal consumer financial laws. A NAL would advise the recipient that, subject to its stated limitations, the staff has no present intention to recommend initiation of an enforcement or supervisory action against the requester with respect to a specified matter. NALs would be subject to modification or revocation at any time at the discretion of the staff, and may be conditioned on particular undertakings by the applicant with respect to product or service usage and data-sharing with the Bureau. Issued NALs generally would be publicly disclosed. NALs would be non-binding on the Bureau, and would not bind courts or other actors who might challenge a NAL1 Section 1022(b)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the Director to prescribe rules and issue orders and guidance, as may be necessary or appropriate to enable the Bureau to administer and carry out the purposes and objectives of the Federal consumer financial laws, and to prevent evasions thereof. 12 U.S.C. 5512(b)(1). E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 34 (Monday, February 22, 2016)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: Limits on Application of ESA Take Prohibitions.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0399.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 301.
    Average Hours per Response: 20 hours for a road maintenance 
agreement or for a tribal plan; 5 hours for a diversion screening limit 
project or for a report of aided, salvaged, or disposed-of salmonids. 
30 hours for an urban development package; 10 hours for an urban 
development report.
    Burden Hours: 935.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a currently 
approved information collection.
    Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et. seq.) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to 
adopt such regulations as it ``deems necessary and advisable to provide 
for the conservation of'' threatened species. Those regulations may 
include any or all of the prohibitions provided in section 9(a)(1) of 
the ESA, which specifically prohibits ``take'' of any endangered 
species (``take'' includes actions that harass, harm, pursue, kill, or 
capture). The first salmonid species listed by NMFS as threatened were 
protected by virtually blanket application of the section 9 take 
prohibitions. There are now 22 separate Distinct Population Segments 
(DPS) of west coast salmonids listed as threatened, covering a large 
percentage of the land base in California, Oregon, Washington and 
Idaho. NMFS is obligated to enact necessary and advisable protective 
regulations. NMFS makes section 9 prohibitions generally applicable to 
many of those threatened DPS, but also seeks to respond to requests 
from states and others to both provide more guidance on how to protect 
threatened salmonids and avoid take, and to limit the application of 
take prohibitions wherever warranted (see 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005, 
71 FR 834, January 5, 2006, and 73 FR 55451, September 25, 2008). The 
regulations describe programs or circumstances that contribute to the 
conservation of, or are being conducted in a way that limits impacts 
on, listed salmonids. Because we have determined that such programs/
circumstances adequately protect listed salmonids, the regulations do 
not apply the ``take'' prohibitions to them. Some of these limits on 
the take prohibitions entail voluntary submission of a plan to NMFS 
and/or annual or occasional reports by entities wishing to take 
advantage of these limits, or continue within them.
    The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply 
to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements 
regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information 
collection.
    Affected Public: State, local and tribal governments; business or 
other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Annually or on occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. 
Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections 
currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    Dated: February 17, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-03574 Filed 2-19-16; 8:45 am]
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