Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Financial Assistance Applicants, 33210-33211 [2018-15192]

Download as PDF 33210 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES vessel surveys and when using a remotely operated vehicle to study brumating behavior. Up to 540 green, 40 hawksbill, 210 Kemp’s ridley, and 130 loggerhead sea turtles would be captured, annually, by hand, or dip, tangle, or strike net, marked, biologically sampled (blood, tissue, scute), tagged (flipper and passive integrated transponder [PIT]), measured, weighed, and photographed prior to release. A subset of captured sea turtles would receive a satellite tag or a combination of an acoustic and archival tag and a subset of green sea turtles would be lavaged prior to release. The permit would be valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. File No. 22123: Jeffrey Schmid, Ph.D., Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102, proposes to continue long-term in-water studies of sea turtles inhabiting the Charlotte Harbor and Ten Thousand Islands estuarine complexes on the southwest coast of Florida to determine species composition, abundance, sizeclass distribution, migration patterns, growth, habitat preference, and site fidelity. Up to 60 Kemp’s ridley and 30 loggerhead sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), transported to and temporarily held in a facility for opportunistic fecal collection, photographed, measured, and weighed prior to release. A subset of captured Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles also would receive a satellite tag or radio and sonic tags prior to release. Up to 20 green sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), photographed, measured, weighed, and receive a satellite tag or radio and sonic tags prior to release. Up to five hawksbill sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), photographed, measured, and weighed prior to release. The permit would be valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. Dated: July 12, 2018. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–15196 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 16, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG336 International Whaling Commission; 67th Meeting; Announcement of Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces the date, time, and location of the public meeting being held prior to the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Because the meeting will address U.S. positions, any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale conservation policy may participate, but NOAA reserves the authority to inquire about the interests of any person who appears at the meeting and to determine the appropriateness of that person’s participation. SUMMARY: The public meeting will be held August 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910, in the Spring Room. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn Doherty, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, NOAA Fisheries (phone: (301) 427–8385 or email: Carolyn.Doherty@noaa.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce is responsible for discharging the domestic obligations of the United States under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946. The U.S. IWC Commissioner has responsibility for the preparation and negotiation of U.S. positions on international issues concerning whaling and for all matters involving the IWC. The U.S. IWC Commissioner is staffed by the Department of Commerce and assisted by the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, the Marine Mammal Commission, and other U.S. Government agencies. Additional information about the IWC meeting, including a draft agenda for the meeting, is posted on the IWC Secretariat’s website at https://iwc.int/ iwc67. NOAA will a hold public meeting to discuss the tentative U.S. positions for the September 2018 IWC meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil. Because the meeting will address U.S. positions, the DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 substance of the meeting must be kept confidential. Any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale conservation policy may participate, but NOAA reserves the authority to inquire about the interests of any person who appears at the meeting and to determine the appropriateness of that person’s participation. In particular, persons who represent foreign interests may not attend. Persons deemed by NOAA to be ineligible to attend will be asked to leave the meeting. These stringent measures are necessary to protect the confidentiality of U.S. negotiating positions. The August 7, 2018, meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Spring Room of the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carolyn Doherty, Carolyn.Doherty@ noaa.gov or (301) 427–8385, by July 23, 2018. Dated: July 12, 2018. Christopher W. Rogers, Acting Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–15237 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Financial Assistance Applicants National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 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 September 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Notices Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at pracomments@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Frank M. Sprtel, (301) 628– 1641 or frank.sprtel@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract This request is for a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection through the Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Financial Assistance Applicants (Questionnaire). This Questionnaire is used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect information about proposed activities for the purpose of complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (‘‘NEPA,’’ 42 U.S.C. 4321–4370) and other environmental compliance requirements associated with proposed activities. NEPA requires federal agencies to complete an environmental analysis for all major federal actions, including funding non-federal activities through federal financial assistance awards where federal participation in the funded activity is expected to be significant. The Questionnaire is used in conjunction with NOAA Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO will indicate the specific questions to which an applicant must respond in one of three ways: (1) The applicable questions are inserted directly into the NOFO with reference to the OMB Control Number (0648–0538) for this form; (2) the NOFO will specify which questions (e.g., 1, 2) an applicant must answer, with the entire OMBapproved Questionnaire attached to the NOFO; or (3) applicants to be recommended for funding will be required to answer relevant questions from the Questionnaire. The federal program officer will determine which questions are relevant to each specific applicant. Answers must be provided before the application can be submitted for final funding approval. This Questionnaire has been revised to (1) remove repetitive questions; (2) revise specific questions to use plain language; and (3) add questions that would be helpful to a wider range of NOAA programs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 16, 2018 Jkt 244001 II. Method of Collection The information may be submitted electronically or on paper (faxed or mailed). III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0538. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Business or other for profit organizations; individuals or households; not-for-profit institutions; state, local, or tribal government; and Federal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 736. Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,030. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. 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 also will become a matter of public record. Dated: July 12, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–15192 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NW–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration BroadbandUSA Webinar Series National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meetings— monthly webinars. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33211 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), as part of its BroadbandUSA program, will host a series of webinars on a monthly basis to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. The Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series will provide an ongoing source of information on a range of topics and issues being addressed by BroadbandUSA, including but not limited to best practices for improving broadband deployment, digital inclusion, workforce skills, and egovernment. SUMMARY: BroadbandUSA will hold the webinars from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Wednesday of every month, beginning October 17, 2018 and continuing through September 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: This is a virtual meeting. NTIA will post the registration information on its BroadbandUSA website https://broadbandusa.ntia. doc.gov under Events. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine Sloan, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4872, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–8231; email: broadbandusawebinars@ ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002; email press@ ntia.doc.gov. DATES: NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program serves as a trusted and neutral strategic advisor, collaborating with federal, state and local government, and industry leaders working to advance smart city and broadband initiatives designed to attract new employers, create quality jobs, improve educational opportunities, increase health outcomes and advance public safety. BroadbandUSA convenes workshops on a regular basis to bring stakeholders together to discuss ways to improve broadband policies, share best practices, and connect state and local stakeholders to other federal agencies and funding sources for the purpose of expanding broadband infrastructure and adoption throughout America. Experts from NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program are available to provide technical assistance and to connect stakeholders with additional resources, such as best practices, guides and program models. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 137 (Tuesday, July 17, 2018)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-15192]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Environmental 
Compliance Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration Federal Financial Assistance Applicants

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
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 September 17, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental

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Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet 
at [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Frank M. Sprtel, (301) 628-1641 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for a revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection through the Environmental Compliance 
Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
Federal Financial Assistance Applicants (Questionnaire). This 
Questionnaire is used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) to collect information about proposed activities 
for the purpose of complying with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(``NEPA,'' 42 U.S.C. 4321-4370) and other environmental compliance 
requirements associated with proposed activities. NEPA requires federal 
agencies to complete an environmental analysis for all major federal 
actions, including funding non-federal activities through federal 
financial assistance awards where federal participation in the funded 
activity is expected to be significant. The Questionnaire is used in 
conjunction with NOAA Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
    The NOFO will indicate the specific questions to which an applicant 
must respond in one of three ways: (1) The applicable questions are 
inserted directly into the NOFO with reference to the OMB Control 
Number (0648-0538) for this form; (2) the NOFO will specify which 
questions (e.g., 1, 2) an applicant must answer, with the entire OMB-
approved Questionnaire attached to the NOFO; or (3) applicants to be 
recommended for funding will be required to answer relevant questions 
from the Questionnaire. The federal program officer will determine 
which questions are relevant to each specific applicant. Answers must 
be provided before the application can be submitted for final funding 
approval.
    This Questionnaire has been revised to (1) remove repetitive 
questions; (2) revise specific questions to use plain language; and (3) 
add questions that would be helpful to a wider range of NOAA programs.

II. Method of Collection

    The information may be submitted electronically or on paper (faxed 
or mailed).

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0538.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
currently approved information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for profit organizations; 
individuals or households; not-for-profit institutions; state, local, 
or tribal government; and Federal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 736.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,030.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

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 also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: July 12, 2018.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
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