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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices occur in association with activities necessary for the construction of the residential development. The site includes approximately 180 acres of suitable upland habitat for the California tiger salamander. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the covered species and mitigation for unavoidable loss of occupied upland habitat through the purchase of mitigation credits at a Service-approved conservation bank. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLIDC00000.17XL1109AF.L16200000.MG0 000.241A0; 4500110251] Notice of Public Meeting, Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council, Idaho October 27, 2017 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: Our Preliminary Determination The Service has made a preliminary determination that issuance of the incidental take permit is neither a major Federal action that will significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; NEPA), nor will it individually or cumulatively have more than a negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP. The Service considers the impacts of the project on the California tiger salamander to be minor as the affected habitat is moderate to low quality and does not provide connectivity between breeding ponds. Therefore, the permit qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NEPA. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. Public Availability of Comments 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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: October 5, 2017. Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2017–22091 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coeur d’Alene District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Coeur d’Alene District RAC will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 3:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the BLM Coeur d’Alene District Office, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Endsley, Coeur d’Alene District, Idaho, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815, (208) 769– 5004. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact Ms. Endsley by calling the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (800) 877–8339. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with Ms. Endsley. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Idaho. The meeting agenda will include updates from the Cottonwood and Coeur d’Alene Field Offices; presentations from the Nez Perce/Clearwater and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests regarding potential new recreation fees and/or increased fee rates; information on vegetation treatment projects and recreation enhancements. Additional agenda topics or changes to the agenda will be announced in local news releases. More information is available at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/get_ involved/resource_advisory/coeur_d_ alene_district.html. RAC meetings are SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47573 open to the public. A public comment period will be available on October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the meeting. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, please 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. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation, should contact the BLM as provided above. Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4–2. Linda Clark, BLM Coeur d’Alene District Manager. [FR Doc. 2017–22047 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GG–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Natural Resources Revenue [Docket No. ONRR–2011–0006; DS63644000 DR2000000.CH7000 189D0102R2; OMB Control Number 1012–0009] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension. AGENCY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), are proposing to renew an information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit your written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please mail a copy of your comments to Mr. Armand Southall, Regulatory Specialist, ONRR, P.O. Box 25165, MS 64400, Denver, Colorado 80225–0165, or by email to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 47574 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices Armand.Southall@onrr.gov. Please reference ‘‘OMB Control Number 1012– 0009’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on technical issues, contact Mr. Roman Geissel, Deputy Program Manager, Audit and Compliance Management (ACM), ONRR, at (303) 231–3226, or email to Roman.Geissel@ onrr.gov. For other questions, contact Mr. Armand Southall, at (303) 231– 3221, or email to Armand.Southall@ onrr.gov. You may also contact Mr. Southall to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the ICR and (2) the regulations that require us to collect the information. You may view the ICR at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain and select ‘‘Information Collection Review,’’ then select ‘‘Department of the Interior’’ in the drop-down box under ‘‘Currently Under Review.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. We published a notice, with a 60-day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information, in the Federal Register on May 5, 2017 (82 FR 21261). We received the following comments in response to the notice: ‘‘The burden hour estimate of 2,400 hours annually for the current 14 lessees of producing NPSLs is a reasonable estimate. The instructions on the handling of NPSLs are clear. The recordkeeping requirements are easy to understand. The reporting format follows the standard ONRR–2014 format so it’s easy to understand.’’ Once again, we are soliciting comments on this ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of ONRR; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of the burden accurate; (4) how might ONRR enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information collected; and (5) how might ONRR minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information, in your comment(s), you should be aware that your entire comment—including PII— may be made available to the public at any time. While you may ask us, in your comment, to withhold your PII from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Abstract: The Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior is responsible for collecting royalties from lessees who produce minerals from leased Federal and Indian lands and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Under various laws, the Secretary’s responsibility is to manage mineral resource production on Federal and Indian lands and the OCS, collect the royalties and other mineral revenues due, and distribute the funds collected. ONRR performs the royalty management functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out the Department’s responsibility. We have posted those laws pertaining to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands and the OCS at http://www.onrr.gov/Laws_R_D/ PubLaws/default.htm. I. General Information ONRR collects and uses this information to determine all allowable direct and allocable joint costs and credits under § 1220.011 incurred during the lease term, appropriate overhead allowance permitted on these costs under § 1220.012, and allowances for capital recovery calculated under § 1220.020. ONRR also collects this information to ensure that royalties or net profit share payments are accurately valued and appropriately paid. This ICR affects only oil and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on the OCS. II. Information Collections Title 30 CFR part 1220 covers the net profit share lease (NPSL) program and establishes reporting requirements for determining the net profit share base under § 1220.021 and calculating the net profit share payments due to the Federal government for the production of oil and gas from leases under § 1220.022. A. NPSL Bidding System To encourage exploration and development of oil and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on the OCS, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promulgated regulations at 30 CFR part 560—Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BOEM also promulgated specific implementing regulations for the NPSL bidding system at § 560.202(d). BOEM established the NPSL bidding system to balance a fair market return to the Federal government for the lease of its public lands with a fair profit to companies risking their investment capital. The system provides an incentive for early and expeditious exploration and development and provides for sharing the risks by the lessee and the Federal government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates a fixed capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee recovers costs of exploration and development from production revenues, along with a reasonable return on investment. B. NPSL Capital Account The Federal government does not receive a profit share payment from an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. Lessees multiply the credit balance by the net profit share rate (30 to 50 percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due to the Federal government. ONRR requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for each lease under § 1220.010, which transfers to a new owner when sold. Following the cessation of production, lessees are also required to provide either an annual or a monthly report to the Federal government, using data from the capital account until the lease is terminated, expired, or relinquished. C. NPSL Inventories The NPSL lessees must notify BOEM of their intent to perform an inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable materiel under §§ 1220.032 and 1220.031, respectively. D. NPSL Audits When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify ONRR. When ONRR calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-operators on the lease. These requirements are located at § 1220.033. III. OMB Approval The information we collect under this ICR is essential in order to determine when net profit share payments are due and to ensure that lessees properly value and pay royalties or net profit share payments. We are requesting OMB approval to continue to collect this information. Not collecting this information would limit the Secretary’s ability to discharge E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 47575 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices fiduciary duties and may also result in the inability to confirm the accurate royalty value. ONRR protects the proprietary information received and does not collect items of a sensitive nature. IV. Data Title: OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting, 30 CFR part 1220. OMB Control Number: 1012–0009. Bureau Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Businesses. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 14 lessees. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 267. Estimated Completion Time per Response: 9 hours. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 2,451 hours. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Frequency of Collection: Annually, monthly, and on occasion. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None. All fourteen lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are in producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of capital accounts at § 1220.010(a) and capital account annual reporting at § 1220.031(a) are necessary only during the non-producing status of a lease, ONRR included only one response annually for these requirements, in case a new NPSL is established. We have not included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal course of business that are considered usual and customary. The following table shows the estimated annual burden hours by CFR section and paragraph. RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS Citation 30 CFR Part 1220 Number of annual responses Hour burden Reporting & recordkeeping requirement Annual burden hours Part 1220—Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases § 1220.010 1220.010(a) ................ (a) For each NPSL tract, an NPSL capital account shall be established and maintained by the lessee for NPSL operations . . . § 1220.030 1220.030(a) and (b) .... NPSL capital account 1 1 1 14 14 Maintenance of records (a) Each lessee . . . shall establish and maintain such records as are necessary . . . § 1220.031 1 Reporting and payment requirements 1220.031(a) ................ (a) Each lessee subject to this part shall file an annual report during the period from issuance of the NPSL until the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account . . . 1 14 14 1220.031(b) ................ (b) Beginning with the first month in which production revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account, each lessee . . . shall file a report for each NPSL, not later than 60 days following the end of each month . . . 13 1 168 2,184 1220.031(c) ................. (c) Each lessee subject to this Part 1220 shall submit, together with the report required . . . any net profit share payment due . . . 1220.031(d) ................ (d) Each lessee . . . shall file a report not later than 90 days after each inventory is taken . . . (e) Each lessee . . . shall file a final report, not later than 60 days following the cessation of production . . . 1220.031(e) ................ § 1220.032 1220.032(b) ................ 8 14 112 4 14 56 1 14 14 Inventories (b) At reasonable intervals, but at least once every three years, inventories of controllable materiel shall be taken by the lessee. Written notice of intention to take inventory shall be given by the lessee at least 30 days before any inventory is to be taken so that the Director may be represented at the taking of inventory . . . § 1220.033 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Burden hours covered under § 1220.031(b). Audits 1220.033(b)(1) ............ (b)(1) When nonoperators of an NPSL lease call an audit in accordance with the terms of their operating agreement, the Director shall be notified of the audit call . . . 2 14 28 1220.033(b)(2) ............ (b)(2) If DOI determines to call for an audit, DOI shall notify the lessee of its audit call and set a time and place for the audit . . . The lessee shall send copies of the notice to the nonoperators on the lease . . . 2 14 28 VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 47576 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 196 / Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Notices RESPONDENTS’ ESTIMATED ANNUAL BURDEN HOURS—Continued Citation 30 CFR Part 1220 Reporting & recordkeeping requirement Hour burden 1220.033(e) ................ (e) Records required to be kept under § 1220.030(a) shall be made available for inspection by any authorized agent of DOI . . . 267 2,451 NPSL reports × 12 months = 168 reports). An agency 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. ONRR Information Collection Clearance Officer: Armand Southall (303) 231–3221. Authority The authorities for this action are the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978 (43 U.S.C. 1337) and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). Gregory J. Gould, Director for Office of Natural Resources Revenue. [FR Doc. 2017–22011 Filed 10–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4335–30–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [MMAA104000; OMB Control Number 1010– 0082; Docket ID: BOEM–2018–0016] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; 30 CFR 581, Leasing of Minerals Other Than Oil, Gas, Sulphur in the Outer Continental Shelf Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at SUMMARY: asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Annual burden hours The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined that the audit process is exempt from the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because ONRR staff asks non-standard questions to resolve exceptions. Total Burden ..................................................................................................................................................... 1 (14 Number of annual responses VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:35 Oct 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to Information Collection Clearance Officer, Anna Atkinson, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM–DIR, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or by email to anna.atkinson@boem.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1010– 0082 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Anna Atkinson, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis by email, or by telephone at 703–787–1025. You may also view the ICR at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. A Federal Register notice with a 60day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on April 14, 2017 (82 FR 18008). No comments were received. We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of BOEM; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might BOEM enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might BOEM minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 including through the use of information technology? Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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. Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (Act), as amended (43 U.S.C. 1334 and 43 U.S.C. 1337(k)), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to administer the provisions relating to the leasing of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and to prescribe such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out such provisions. Additionally, the Act authorizes the Secretary to implement regulations to grant to qualified persons, offering the highest cash bonuses on the basis of competitive bidding, leases of any mineral other than oil, gas, and sulphur. This applies to any area of the OCS not then under lease for such mineral upon such royalty, rental, and other terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe at the time of offering the area for lease. Regulations at 30 CFR part 581 implement these statutory requirements. There has been no leasing activity on the OCS for minerals other than oil, gas, or sulphur under these regulations for several years, and BOEM has not received information under this Part of its regulation. However, there is potential for a person, entity, or company to request that minerals other than oil, gas, or sulfur be offered for lease. Therefore, we are renewing OMB approval for this information collection. BOEM will use the information required by 30 CFR part 581 to determine if statutory and regulatory E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of Natural Resources Revenue

[Docket No. ONRR-2011-0006; DS63644000 DR2000000.CH7000 189D0102R2; OMB 
Control Number 1012-0009]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; OCS Net Profit 
Share Payment Reporting

AGENCY: Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of extension.

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SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we, 
the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), are proposing to renew 
an information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
November 13, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit your written comments on this information 
collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk 
Officer for the Department of the Interior by email to 
OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please 
mail a copy of your comments to Mr. Armand Southall, Regulatory 
Specialist, ONRR, P.O. Box 25165, MS 64400, Denver, Colorado 80225-
0165, or by email to

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Armand.Southall@onrr.gov. Please reference ``OMB Control Number 1012-
0009'' in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on technical issues, 
contact Mr. Roman Geissel, Deputy Program Manager, Audit and Compliance 
Management (ACM), ONRR, at (303) 231-3226, or email to 
Roman.Geissel@onrr.gov. For other questions, contact Mr. Armand 
Southall, at (303) 231-3221, or email to Armand.Southall@onrr.gov. You 
may also contact Mr. Southall to obtain copies, at no cost, of (1) the 
ICR and (2) the regulations that require us to collect the information. 
You may view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain and 
select ``Information Collection Review,'' then select ``Department of 
the Interior'' in the drop-down box under ``Currently Under Review.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and 
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact 
of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information 
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired 
format.
    We published a notice, with a 60-day public comment period 
soliciting comments on this collection of information, in the Federal 
Register on May 5, 2017 (82 FR 21261). We received the following 
comments in response to the notice: ``The burden hour estimate of 2,400 
hours annually for the current 14 lessees of producing NPSLs is a 
reasonable estimate. The instructions on the handling of NPSLs are 
clear. The recordkeeping requirements are easy to understand. The 
reporting format follows the standard ONRR-2014 format so it's easy to 
understand.''
    Once again, we are soliciting comments on this ICR that is 
described below. We are especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the 
proper functions of ONRR; (2) will this information be processed and 
used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of the burden accurate; 
(4) how might ONRR enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the 
information collected; and (5) how might ONRR minimize the burden of 
this collection on the respondents, including through the use of 
information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your Personally Identifiable 
Information (PII), such as your address, phone number, email address, 
or other personal identifying information, in your comment(s), you 
should be aware that your entire comment--including PII--may be made 
available to the public at any time. While you may ask us, in your 
comment, to withhold your PII from public view, we cannot guarantee 
that we will be able to do so.
    Abstract: The Secretary of the United States Department of the 
Interior is responsible for collecting royalties from lessees who 
produce minerals from leased Federal and Indian lands and the Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS). Under various laws, the Secretary's 
responsibility is to manage mineral resource production on Federal and 
Indian lands and the OCS, collect the royalties and other mineral 
revenues due, and distribute the funds collected. ONRR performs the 
royalty management functions and assists the Secretary in carrying out 
the Department's responsibility. We have posted those laws pertaining 
to mineral leases on Federal and Indian lands and the OCS at http://www.onrr.gov/Laws_R_D/PubLaws/default.htm.

I. General Information

    ONRR collects and uses this information to determine all allowable 
direct and allocable joint costs and credits under Sec.  1220.011 
incurred during the lease term, appropriate overhead allowance 
permitted on these costs under Sec.  1220.012, and allowances for 
capital recovery calculated under Sec.  1220.020. ONRR also collects 
this information to ensure that royalties or net profit share payments 
are accurately valued and appropriately paid. This ICR affects only oil 
and gas leases on submerged Federal lands on the OCS.

II. Information Collections

    Title 30 CFR part 1220 covers the net profit share lease (NPSL) 
program and establishes reporting requirements for determining the net 
profit share base under Sec.  1220.021 and calculating the net profit 
share payments due to the Federal government for the production of oil 
and gas from leases under Sec.  1220.022.

A. NPSL Bidding System

    To encourage exploration and development of oil and gas leases on 
submerged Federal lands on the OCS, the Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management (BOEM) promulgated regulations at 30 CFR part 560--Outer 
Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing. BOEM also promulgated specific 
implementing regulations for the NPSL bidding system at Sec.  
560.202(d). BOEM established the NPSL bidding system to balance a fair 
market return to the Federal government for the lease of its public 
lands with a fair profit to companies risking their investment capital. 
The system provides an incentive for early and expeditious exploration 
and development and provides for sharing the risks by the lessee and 
the Federal government. The NPSL bidding system incorporates a fixed 
capital recovery system as a means through which the lessee recovers 
costs of exploration and development from production revenues, along 
with a reasonable return on investment.

B. NPSL Capital Account

    The Federal government does not receive a profit share payment from 
an NPSL until the lessee shows a credit balance in its capital account; 
that is, cumulative revenues and other credits exceed cumulative costs. 
Lessees multiply the credit balance by the net profit share rate (30 to 
50 percent), resulting in the amount of net profit share payment due to 
the Federal government.
    ONRR requires lessees to maintain an NPSL capital account for each 
lease under Sec.  1220.010, which transfers to a new owner when sold. 
Following the cessation of production, lessees are also required to 
provide either an annual or a monthly report to the Federal government, 
using data from the capital account until the lease is terminated, 
expired, or relinquished.

C. NPSL Inventories

    The NPSL lessees must notify BOEM of their intent to perform an 
inventory and file a report after each inventory of controllable 
materiel under Sec. Sec.  1220.032 and 1220.031, respectively.

D. NPSL Audits

    When non-operators of an NPSL call for an audit, they must notify 
ONRR. When ONRR calls for an audit, the lessee must notify all non-
operators on the lease. These requirements are located at Sec.  
1220.033.

III. OMB Approval

    The information we collect under this ICR is essential in order to 
determine when net profit share payments are due and to ensure that 
lessees properly value and pay royalties or net profit share payments.
    We are requesting OMB approval to continue to collect this 
information. Not collecting this information would limit the 
Secretary's ability to discharge

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fiduciary duties and may also result in the inability to confirm the 
accurate royalty value. ONRR protects the proprietary information 
received and does not collect items of a sensitive nature.

IV. Data

    Title: OCS Net Profit Share Payment Reporting, 30 CFR part 1220.
    OMB Control Number: 1012-0009.
    Bureau Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Businesses.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 14 lessees.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 267.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: 9 hours.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 2,451 hours.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually, monthly, and on occasion.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    All fourteen lessees report monthly because all current NPSLs are 
in producing status. Because the requirements for establishment of 
capital accounts at Sec.  1220.010(a) and capital account annual 
reporting at Sec.  1220.031(a) are necessary only during the non-
producing status of a lease, ONRR included only one response annually 
for these requirements, in case a new NPSL is established. We have not 
included in our estimates certain requirements performed in the normal 
course of business that are considered usual and customary. The 
following table shows the estimated annual burden hours by CFR section 
and paragraph.

                                                       Respondents' Estimated Annual Burden Hours
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                                                                                                                             Number of
        Citation 30 CFR Part 1220                      Reporting & recordkeeping requirement                Hour burden       annual       Annual burden
                                                                                                                             responses         hours
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                Part 1220--Accounting Procedures for Determining Net Profit Share Payment for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leases
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                                                          Sec.   1220.010 NPSL capital account
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1220.010(a).............................  (a) For each NPSL tract, an NPSL capital account shall be                    1               1               1
                                           established and maintained by the lessee for NPSL operations
                                           . . .
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                                                         Sec.   1220.030 Maintenance of records
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1220.030(a) and (b).....................  (a) Each lessee . . . shall establish and maintain such                      1              14              14
                                           records as are necessary . . .
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                                                   Sec.   1220.031 Reporting and payment requirements
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1220.031(a).............................  (a) Each lessee subject to this part shall file an annual                    1              14              14
                                           report during the period from issuance of the NPSL until the
                                           first month in which production revenues are credited to the
                                           NPSL capital account . . .
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1220.031(b).............................  (b) Beginning with the first month in which production                      13         \1\ 168           2,184
                                           revenues are credited to the NPSL capital account, each
                                           lessee . . . shall file a report for each NPSL, not later
                                           than 60 days following the end of each month . . .
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1220.031(c).............................  (c) Each lessee subject to this Part 1220 shall submit,                 Burden hours covered under Sec.
                                           together with the report required . . . any net profit share                    1220.031(b).
                                           payment due . . .
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1220.031(d).............................  (d) Each lessee . . . shall file a report not later than 90                  8              14             112
                                           days after each inventory is taken . . .
1220.031(e).............................  (e) Each lessee . . . shall file a final report, not later                   4              14              56
                                           than 60 days following the cessation of production . . .
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                                                               Sec.   1220.032 Inventories
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1220.032(b).............................  (b) At reasonable intervals, but at least once every three                   1              14              14
                                           years, inventories of controllable materiel shall be taken by
                                           the lessee. Written notice of intention to take inventory
                                           shall be given by the lessee at least 30 days before any
                                           inventory is to be taken so that the Director may be
                                           represented at the taking of inventory . . .
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                                                                 Sec.   1220.033 Audits
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1220.033(b)(1)..........................  (b)(1) When nonoperators of an NPSL lease call an audit in                   2              14              28
                                           accordance with the terms of their operating agreement, the
                                           Director shall be notified of the audit call . . .
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1220.033(b)(2)..........................  (b)(2) If DOI determines to call for an audit, DOI shall                     2              14              28
                                           notify the lessee of its audit call and set a time and place
                                           for the audit . . . The lessee shall send copies of the
                                           notice to the nonoperators on the lease . . .
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1220.033(e).............................  (e) Records required to be kept under Sec.   1220.030(a) shall    The Office of Regulatory Affairs determined
                                           be made available for inspection by any authorized agent of       that the audit process is exempt from the
                                           DOI . . .                                                       Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 because ONRR
                                                                                                           staff asks non-standard questions to resolve
                                                                                                                            exceptions.
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    Total Burden........................................................................................................             267           2,451
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\1\ (14 NPSL reports x 12 months = 168 reports).

    An agency 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.
    ONRR Information Collection Clearance Officer: Armand Southall 
(303) 231-3221.

Authority

    The authorities for this action are the Outer Continental Shelf 
Lands Act Amendments of 1978 (43 U.S.C. 1337) and the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.).

Gregory J. Gould,
Director for Office of Natural Resources Revenue.
[FR Doc. 2017-22011 Filed 10-11-17; 8:45 am]
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