Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the USGS Water Use Data and Research Program, 8989-8990 [2016-03704]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices 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—New National Spatial Data Infrastructure—Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP)’. 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—New: National Spatial Data Infrastructure— Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP) in all correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brigitta Urban-Mathieux, Federal Geographic Data Committee Office of the Secretariat, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 590, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703–648– 5175 (phone); or burbanma@usgs.gov (email). You may also find information about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract Respondents are submitting proposals to acquire funding for projects to help build the infrastructure necessary for the geospatial data community to effectively discover, access, share, manage, and use digital geographic data. The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) consists of the technologies, policies, organizations, and people necessary to promote cost-effective production, and the ready availability and greater utilization of geospatial data among a variety of sectors, disciplines, and communities. Specific NSDI areas of emphasis include: Metadata documentation, clearinghouse establishment, geospatial data framework development, standards implementation, and geographic information system (GIS) organizational coordination. We will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) via Grants.gov. The incoming proposals will be reviewed and scored based on the responses to the questions in the RFP. No questions of a ‘‘sensitive’’ nature are asked. We intend to release the project abstracts and names of the primary investigators for awarded/funded projects only. II. Data OMB Control Number: 1028—NEW. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 Title: National Spatial Data Infrastructure—Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP). Type of Request: Approval of new information collection. Respondent Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Frequency of Collection: This is an annual offer. Description of Respondents: General public, State and Local governments, Tribal nations. Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 60. Estimated Time per Response: Application: 35 hours; Interim and Final reports: 5 hours each. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,350 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. Comments: On 08/07/2015, we published a Federal Register notice (80 FR 47512) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval and soliciting comments. The comment period closed on 10/06/2015. 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, 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 comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your personal mailing address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personally identifiable information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us and the OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8989 information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Director, Federal Geographic Data Committee, Core Science Systems. [FR Doc. 2016–03680 Filed 2–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. Geological Survey [GX16CC00G1S3000] Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the USGS Water Use Data and Research Program U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, USGS Water Use Data and Research Program. AGENCY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to the 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. DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB must receive them on or before March 24, 2016. 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 email: (OIRA_SUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov); or by fax (202) 395–5806; and identify your submission with ‘OMB Control Number 1028–NEW USGS Water Use Data and Research 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–NEW: USGS Water Use Data and Research Program’ in all correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melinda Dalton, Water Availability and Use Science Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 1770 Corporate Drive, Suite SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8990 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices 500, Norcross, GA 30095 (mail); 678– 924–6637 (phone); or msdalton@ usgs.gov (email). You may also find information about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The USGS is authorized under SECURE Water Act Section 9508 to assist state water resource agencies with improving their water use data collection activities. USGS has implemented the Water Use Date and Research program (WUDR), to work with state water agencies in gathering and analyzing their data, and assists this effort via cooperative agreements. WUDR will be used to improve the collection and reporting of water-use categories by state agencies, including categories of water use that were previously collected by the USGS National Water Use Information program but discontinued due to limited resources. This collection will also be used in reports to Congress on water resources in the nation. Grant funds will be announced and awarded as part of a competitive process that will be guided, annually, by a technical committee whose members will include representatives from the stakeholder community as well as USGS. Water Use Data and Research Program funds will be coordinated with a single agency in each State. Collaboration and coordination with USGS personnel will be required as part of the Grants program. Data must be stored electronically and made available at the 8-digit hydrologic-unit code (HUC–8) and county level in formats appropriate for existing USGS databases. Additionally, methods used for data collection (estimated values, coefficients, etc.) and a description of data quality assurance and control will be required. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Data OMB Control Number: 1028—NEW. Title: USGS Water Use Data and Research Program. Type of Request: Approval of new information collection. Respondent Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Description of Respondents: State water-resource agencies that collect water-use data. Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: We expect 52 respondents to read and complete the application. We expect 15 respondents to submit a midterm progress report and a final technical report. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 Estimated Time per Response: We estimate that it will take 40 hours to prepare the proposal. This includes time to complete the project narrative and to provide any other relevant supporting documents. We estimate that it will take 12 hours in total to prepare the midterm and final reports. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,260 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 OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obliged to respond. Comments: On July 23, 2015, we published a Federal Register notice (80 FR 43792) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval and soliciting comments. The comment period closed on September 21, 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, 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 comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your personal mailing address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personally identifiable information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us and the OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. Sonya Jones, Program Coordinator, Water Availability and Use Science Program. [FR Doc. 2016–03704 Filed 2–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4338–11–P PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY910000 L16100000 XX0000] Notice of Public Meeting; Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meeting is scheduled for, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christian Venhuizen, Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Coordinator, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009; telephone 307–775–6103; email cvenhuizen@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 10member RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior on a variety of management issues associated with public land management in Wyoming. Planned agenda topics for the March meeting (see DATES) include discussions on fees for the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center and the Rock Springs RMP revision and follow-up to previous RAC meetings. On Thursday, March 10, the meeting will begin with a public comment period, at 8 a.m. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. If there are no members of the public interested in speaking, the meeting will move promptly to the next agenda item. The public may also submit written comments to the RAC by emailing cvenhuizen@blm.gov, with the subject line ‘‘RAC Public Comment’’ or by submitting comments during the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 23, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8989-8990]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03704]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

U.S. Geological Survey

[GX16CC00G1S3000]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on 
the USGS Water Use Data and Research Program

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, USGS Water Use Data and 
Research Program.

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SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that 
we have submitted to the 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.

DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB 
must receive them on or before March 24, 2016.

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 email: 
(OIRA_SUBMISSION@omb.eop.gov); or by fax (202) 395-5806; and identify 
your submission with `OMB Control Number 1028-NEW USGS Water Use Data 
and Research 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-NEW: USGS Water Use Data and Research Program' in all 
correspondence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melinda Dalton, Water Availability and 
Use Science Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 1770 Corporate Drive, 
Suite

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500, Norcross, GA 30095 (mail); 678-924-6637 (phone); or 
msdalton@usgs.gov (email). You may also find information about this ICR 
at www.reginfo.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The USGS is authorized under SECURE Water Act Section 9508 to 
assist state water resource agencies with improving their water use 
data collection activities. USGS has implemented the Water Use Date and 
Research program (WUDR), to work with state water agencies in gathering 
and analyzing their data, and assists this effort via cooperative 
agreements. WUDR will be used to improve the collection and reporting 
of water-use categories by state agencies, including categories of 
water use that were previously collected by the USGS National Water Use 
Information program but discontinued due to limited resources. This 
collection will also be used in reports to Congress on water resources 
in the nation. Grant funds will be announced and awarded as part of a 
competitive process that will be guided, annually, by a technical 
committee whose members will include representatives from the 
stakeholder community as well as USGS. Water Use Data and Research 
Program funds will be coordinated with a single agency in each State. 
Collaboration and coordination with USGS personnel will be required as 
part of the Grants program. Data must be stored electronically and made 
available at the 8-digit hydrologic-unit code (HUC-8) and county level 
in formats appropriate for existing USGS databases. Additionally, 
methods used for data collection (estimated values, coefficients, etc.) 
and a description of data quality assurance and control will be 
required.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1028--NEW.
    Title: USGS Water Use Data and Research Program.
    Type of Request: Approval of new information collection.
    Respondent Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Description of Respondents: State water-resource agencies that 
collect water-use data.
    Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: We expect 52 
respondents to read and complete the application. We expect 15 
respondents to submit a mid-term progress report and a final technical 
report.
    Estimated Time per Response: We estimate that it will take 40 hours 
to prepare the proposal. This includes time to complete the project 
narrative and to provide any other relevant supporting documents. We 
estimate that it will take 12 hours in total to prepare the mid-term 
and final reports.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,260 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 OMB approves a collection of 
information, you are not obliged to respond.
    Comments: On July 23, 2015, we published a Federal Register notice 
(80 FR 43792) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for 
approval and soliciting comments. The comment period closed on 
September 21, 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, 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 comments submitted in response to this notice are 
a matter of public record. Before including your personal mailing 
address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable 
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire 
comment, including your personally identifiable information, may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us and the OMB 
in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from 
public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done.

Sonya Jones,
 Program Coordinator, Water Availability and Use Science Program.
[FR Doc. 2016-03704 Filed 2-22-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4338-11-P