Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request, 27164-27166 [2019-12289]

Download as PDF 27164 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / Notices information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to the points of contact in the khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Title of Collection: Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Application Data. OMB Number: 3145–NEW. Overview of this Information Collection: The Division of Mathematical Sciences within the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Science Foundation will use the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Application Forms mentioned in the solicitation. Instructions on how to complete the application forms are provided at the program web page. All scientists submitting proposals to the solicitation will be asked to complete an electronic version of the Application Forms. The data collected on the forms does not duplicate that collected elsewhere in the same manner in the proposal. The information consists of PI’s current institution and position, (expected) doctoral degree date and institution, proposed fellowship institution and mentoring scientist, reference letter writers, and Mathematics Subject Classification codes. Use of the Information: The data collected will be used to greatly reduce NSF staff workload in the merit review process. Burden on the Public: The Directorate estimates that an average of 30 minutes is expended for each proposal submitted. An estimated 250 proposals will be submitted and 125 public burden hours annually. Expected Respondents: Individuals. Estimated Number of Responses: 250. Estimated Number of Respondents: 250. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 125 hours. Frequency of Responses: Annually. Dated: June 5, 2019. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2019–12179 Filed 6–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jun 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request National Science Foundation. Submission for OMB review; comment request. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register, and 136 comments were received from eight different institutions/individuals, along with one comment from one institution/ individual on the Financial Data Collection Tool for Major Facilities. NSF is forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. DATES: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received by July 11, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725 17th Street NW, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to splimpto@ nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays). Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling 703–292–7556. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to the points of contact in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Summary of Comments on the National Science Foundation’s Major Facilities Guide: The draft Major Facilities Guide and Financial Data Collection Tool for Major Facilities were made available for review by the public on the NSF website at https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/lfo/lfo_ documents.jsp. In response to the Federal Register notice published December 21, 2018, at 83 FR 65757, NSF received 136 comments from 8 different institutions/individuals on the Major Facilities Guide and 1 comment on the Financial Data Collection Tool for Major Facilities from 1 institution/individual. A summary of the comments on the Major Facilities Guide follows: • 48 requested further guidance on project management controls and NSF oversight processes and procedures for major facilities and mid-scale projects; • 20 requested clarification on the processes and requirements associated with cost and contingency through the various stage of the facility lifecycle; • 24 requested clarification on the guidance for cybersecurity programs for major facilities; • 6 requested clarifications on guidance for mid-scale projects; • 8 requested clarifications of requirements during the various stages of the facility lifecycle; • 8 provided general observations; and • 22 provided editing recommendations such as typos and sentence structure. The full comments and NSF’s response may be found via: http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain and https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/lfo/lfo_ documents.jsp. NSF is moving forward with submitting the information collection request to OMB. Title of Collection: Major Facilities Guide. OMB Number: 3145–0239. Overview of this Information Collection: The National Science E:\FR\FM\11JNN1.SGM 11JNN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / Notices Foundation Act of 1950 (Pub. L. 81–507) set forth NSF’s mission and purpose: ‘‘To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. * * *’’ The Act authorized and directed NSF to initiate and support: • Basic scientific research and research fundamental to the engineering process; • Programs to strengthen scientific and engineering research potential; • Science and engineering education programs at all levels and in all the various fields of science and engineering; • Programs that provide a source of information for policy formulation; and • Other activities to promote these ends. Among Federal agencies, NSF is a leader in providing the academic community with advanced instrumentation needed to conduct state-of-the-art research and to educate the next generation of scientists, engineers and technical workers. The knowledge generated by these tools sustains U.S. leadership in science and engineering (S&E) to drive the U.S. economy and secure the future. NSF’s responsibility is to ensure that the research and education communities have access to these resources, and to provide the support needed to utilize them optimally and implement timely upgrades. The scale of advanced instrumentation ranges from small research instruments to shared resources or facilities that can be used by entire communities. The demand for such instrumentation is very high, and is growing rapidly, along with the pace of discovery. For major facilities and shared infrastructure, the need is particularly high. This trend is expected to accelerate in the future as increasing numbers of researchers and educators rely on such major facilities, instruments, and databases to provide the reach to make the next intellectual leaps. NSF currently provides support for facility construction from two accounts: The Major Research Equipment and Facility Construction (MREFC) account, and the Research and Related Activities (R&RA) account. The MREFC account, established in FY 1995, is a separate budget line item that provides an agency-wide mechanism, permitting directorates to undertake major facility projects are roughly $70M or greater. Smaller projects continue to be supported from the R&RA Account. Facilities are defined as shared-use infrastructure, instrumentation and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jun 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 equipment that are accessible to a broad community of researchers and/or educators. Facilities may be centralized or may consist of distributed installations. They may incorporate large-scale networking or computational infrastructure, multi-user instruments or networks of such instruments, or other infrastructure, instrumentation and equipment having a major impact on a broad segment of a scientific or engineering discipline. Historically, awards have been made for such diverse projects as accelerators, telescopes, research vessels and aircraft, and geographically distributed but networked sensors and instrumentation. The growth and diversification of major facility projects require that NSF remain attentive to the ever-changing issues and challenges inherent in their planning, construction, operation, management and oversight. Most importantly, dedicated, competent NSF and awardee staff are needed to manage and oversee these projects; giving the attention and oversight that good practice dictates and that proper accountability to taxpayers and Congress demands. To this end, there is also a need for consistent, documented requirements and procedures to be understood and used by NSF program managers and awardees for all such major projects. Use of the Information: Facilities are an essential part of the science and engineering enterprise, and supporting them is one major responsibility of the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF makes awards to external entities— primarily universities, consortia of universities or non-profit organizations—to undertake construction, management and operation of facilities. Such awards frequently take the form of cooperative agreements. NSF does not directly construct or operate the facilities it supports. However, NSF retains responsibility for overseeing their development, management and successful performance. The Major Facilities Guide is intended to: • Provide step-by-step guidance for NSF staff and awardees to carry out effective project planning, management and oversight of major facilities while considering the varying requirements of a diverse portfolio; • Clearly state the policies, processes and procedures pertinent at each stage of a facility’s life cycle from development through construction, operations, and termination; and • Document and disseminate ‘‘good practices’’ identified over time so that NSF and awardees can carry out their responsibilities more effectively. PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27165 This version of the Major Facilities Guide (previously referred to as the Large Facilities Manual) reflects changes in terminology to align with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) terminology; adds a section for guidance on mid-scale research infrastructure projects; updates NSF policy on research infrastructure, roles and responsibilities for NSF staff, divestment stage, earned value management, cybersecurity, and property management; and clarifies cost estimating requirements. The Guide does not replace existing formal procedures required for all NSF awards, which are described in the, Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Instead, it draws upon and supplements it for the purpose of providing detailed guidance on NSF policy and procedures related to the planning and management of Major Facilities. All facilities projects require merit and technical review, as well as approval of certain deliverables. The level of review and approval varies substantially from standard grants, as does the level of oversight needed to ensure appropriate and proper accountability for federal funds. The requirements, recommended procedures and best practices presented in the Guide apply to any facility significant enough to require close and substantial interaction with the Foundation and the National Science Board. This Guide will be updated periodically to reflect changes in requirements, policies and/or procedures. Award Recipients are expected to monitor and adopt the requirements and best practices included in the Guide which are aimed at improving management and oversight of major facilities projects and at enabling the most efficient and costeffective delivery of tools to the research and education communities. The submission of proposals and subsequent project documentation to the Foundation related to the development, construction and operations of Major Facilities is part of the collection of information. This information is used to help NSF fulfill this responsibility in supporting meritbased research and education projects in all the scientific and engineering disciplines. The Foundation also has a continuing commitment to provide oversight on facilities development and construction which must be balanced against monitoring its information collection so as to identify and address any excessive reporting burdens. NSF has approximately twenty-four (24) Major Facilities in various stages of E:\FR\FM\11JNN1.SGM 11JNN1 27166 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / Notices development, construction, operations and termination. Facilities undergoing a major upgrade may be classified in both design or construction and operations at the same time. Two to four (2 to 4) new awards are made approximately every five (5) years based on science community infrastructure needs and availability of funding. Among the twenty-four major facilities, there are approximately seven (7) facilities annually that are either in development or construction. These stages require the highest level of reporting and management documentation per the Major Facilities Guide. NSF estimates there will be four (4) mid-scale projects in progress at a given time. Burden on the Public: The Foundation estimates that approximately five (5) Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) are necessary for each major facility project in design or construction to respond to NSF performance and financial reporting and project management documentation requirements on an annual basis; or 10,400 hours per year. The Foundation estimates approximately one and half (1.5) FTE for a major facility in operations to respond to NSF performance and financial reporting on an annual basis; or 3,120 hours per year. For mid-scale projects, the Foundation estimates approximately one (1) FTE is necessary for each mid-scale project to respond to NSF project management documentation requirements on an annual basis; or 2,080 hours per year. With seven (7) major facilities in design or construction and twenty-one (21) in operations and four (4) mid-scale projects, this equates to roughly 150,000 public burden hours annually. Dated: June 6, 2019. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2019–12289 Filed 6–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. MC2019–146 and CP2019–162; MC2019–147 and CP2019–163] New Postal Products Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing for the Commission’s consideration concerning negotiated service agreements. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jun 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 DATES: Comments are due: June 13, 2019. Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Docketed Proceeding(s) I. Introduction The Commission gives notice that the Postal Service filed request(s) for the Commission to consider matters related to negotiated service agreement(s). The request(s) may propose the addition or removal of a negotiated service agreement from the market dominant or the competitive product list, or the modification of an existing product currently appearing on the market dominant or the competitive product list. Section II identifies the docket number(s) associated with each Postal Service request, the title of each Postal Service request, the request’s acceptance date, and the authority cited by the Postal Service for each request. For each request, the Commission appoints an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in the proceeding, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505 (Public Representative). Section II also establishes comment deadline(s) pertaining to each request. The public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s) can be accessed via the Commission’s website (http:// www.prc.gov). Non-public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s), if any, can be accessed through compliance with the requirements of 39 CFR 3007.301.1 The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s request(s) in the captioned docket(s) are consistent with the policies of title 39. For request(s) that the Postal Service states concern market dominant product(s), applicable statutory and regulatory requirements include 39 U.S.C. 3622, 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR part 3010, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. For request(s) 1 See Docket No. RM2018–3, Order Adopting Final Rules Relating to Non-Public Information, June 27, 2018, Attachment A at 19–22 (Order No. 4679). 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Docket No(s).: MC2019–147 and CP2019–163; Filing Title: USPS Request to Add Priority Mail Contract 531 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing Materials Under Seal; Filing Acceptance Date: June 5, 2019; Filing Authority: 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR 3020.30 et seq., and 39 CFR 3015.5; Public Representative: Christopher C Mohr; Comments Due: June 13, 2019. This Notice will be published in the Federal Register. Stacy L. Ruble, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–12252 Filed 6–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL SERVICE Product Change—Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule’s Competitive Products List. DATES: Date of required notice: June 11, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Reed, 202–268–3179. 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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the 
following information collection requirement to OMB for review and 
clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second 
notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal 
Register, and 136 comments were received from eight different 
institutions/individuals, along with one comment from one institution/
individual on the Financial Data Collection Tool for Major Facilities. 
NSF is forwarding the proposed submission to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of 
this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

DATES: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured 
of having their full effect if received by July 11, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science 
Foundation, 725 17th Street NW, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and 
Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science 
Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email 
to [email protected]. Individuals who use a telecommunications device 
for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service 
(FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a 
week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).
    Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection 
of information unless the collection of information displays a 
currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential 
persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such 
persons are not required to respond to the collection of information 
unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of 
the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology should be addressed to the points 
of contact in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

Summary of Comments on the National Science Foundation's Major 
Facilities Guide:

    The draft Major Facilities Guide and Financial Data Collection Tool 
for Major Facilities were made available for review by the public on 
the NSF website at https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/lfo/lfo_documents.jsp. In 
response to the Federal Register notice published December 21, 2018, at 
83 FR 65757, NSF received 136 comments from 8 different institutions/
individuals on the Major Facilities Guide and 1 comment on the 
Financial Data Collection Tool for Major Facilities from 1 institution/
individual. A summary of the comments on the Major Facilities Guide 
follows:
     48 requested further guidance on project management 
controls and NSF oversight processes and procedures for major 
facilities and mid-scale projects;
     20 requested clarification on the processes and 
requirements associated with cost and contingency through the various 
stage of the facility lifecycle;
     24 requested clarification on the guidance for 
cybersecurity programs for major facilities;
     6 requested clarifications on guidance for mid-scale 
projects;
     8 requested clarifications of requirements during the 
various stages of the facility lifecycle;
     8 provided general observations; and
     22 provided editing recommendations such as typos and 
sentence structure.
    The full comments and NSF's response may be found via: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain and https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/lfo/lfo_documents.jsp. NSF is moving forward with submitting the 
information collection request to OMB.
    Title of Collection: Major Facilities Guide.
    OMB Number: 3145-0239.
    Overview of this Information Collection: The National Science

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Foundation Act of 1950 (Pub. L. 81-507) set forth NSF's mission and 
purpose:
    ``To promote the progress of science; to advance the national 
health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. * * 
*''
    The Act authorized and directed NSF to initiate and support:
     Basic scientific research and research fundamental to the 
engineering process;
     Programs to strengthen scientific and engineering research 
potential;
     Science and engineering education programs at all levels 
and in all the various fields of science and engineering;
     Programs that provide a source of information for policy 
formulation; and
     Other activities to promote these ends.
    Among Federal agencies, NSF is a leader in providing the academic 
community with advanced instrumentation needed to conduct state-of-the-
art research and to educate the next generation of scientists, 
engineers and technical workers. The knowledge generated by these tools 
sustains U.S. leadership in science and engineering (S&E) to drive the 
U.S. economy and secure the future. NSF's responsibility is to ensure 
that the research and education communities have access to these 
resources, and to provide the support needed to utilize them optimally 
and implement timely upgrades.
    The scale of advanced instrumentation ranges from small research 
instruments to shared resources or facilities that can be used by 
entire communities. The demand for such instrumentation is very high, 
and is growing rapidly, along with the pace of discovery. For major 
facilities and shared infrastructure, the need is particularly high. 
This trend is expected to accelerate in the future as increasing 
numbers of researchers and educators rely on such major facilities, 
instruments, and databases to provide the reach to make the next 
intellectual leaps.
    NSF currently provides support for facility construction from two 
accounts: The Major Research Equipment and Facility Construction 
(MREFC) account, and the Research and Related Activities (R&RA) 
account. The MREFC account, established in FY 1995, is a separate 
budget line item that provides an agency-wide mechanism, permitting 
directorates to undertake major facility projects are roughly $70M or 
greater. Smaller projects continue to be supported from the R&RA 
Account.
    Facilities are defined as shared-use infrastructure, 
instrumentation and equipment that are accessible to a broad community 
of researchers and/or educators. Facilities may be centralized or may 
consist of distributed installations. They may incorporate large-scale 
networking or computational infrastructure, multi-user instruments or 
networks of such instruments, or other infrastructure, instrumentation 
and equipment having a major impact on a broad segment of a scientific 
or engineering discipline. Historically, awards have been made for such 
diverse projects as accelerators, telescopes, research vessels and 
aircraft, and geographically distributed but networked sensors and 
instrumentation.
    The growth and diversification of major facility projects require 
that NSF remain attentive to the ever-changing issues and challenges 
inherent in their planning, construction, operation, management and 
oversight. Most importantly, dedicated, competent NSF and awardee staff 
are needed to manage and oversee these projects; giving the attention 
and oversight that good practice dictates and that proper 
accountability to taxpayers and Congress demands. To this end, there is 
also a need for consistent, documented requirements and procedures to 
be understood and used by NSF program managers and awardees for all 
such major projects.
    Use of the Information: Facilities are an essential part of the 
science and engineering enterprise, and supporting them is one major 
responsibility of the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF makes 
awards to external entities--primarily universities, consortia of 
universities or non-profit organizations--to undertake construction, 
management and operation of facilities. Such awards frequently take the 
form of cooperative agreements. NSF does not directly construct or 
operate the facilities it supports. However, NSF retains responsibility 
for overseeing their development, management and successful 
performance. The Major Facilities Guide is intended to:
     Provide step-by-step guidance for NSF staff and awardees 
to carry out effective project planning, management and oversight of 
major facilities while considering the varying requirements of a 
diverse portfolio;
     Clearly state the policies, processes and procedures 
pertinent at each stage of a facility's life cycle from development 
through construction, operations, and termination; and
     Document and disseminate ``good practices'' identified 
over time so that NSF and awardees can carry out their responsibilities 
more effectively.
    This version of the Major Facilities Guide (previously referred to 
as the Large Facilities Manual) reflects changes in terminology to 
align with the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) 
terminology; adds a section for guidance on mid-scale research 
infrastructure projects; updates NSF policy on research infrastructure, 
roles and responsibilities for NSF staff, divestment stage, earned 
value management, cybersecurity, and property management; and clarifies 
cost estimating requirements. The Guide does not replace existing 
formal procedures required for all NSF awards, which are described in 
the, Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Instead, it 
draws upon and supplements it for the purpose of providing detailed 
guidance on NSF policy and procedures related to the planning and 
management of Major Facilities. All facilities projects require merit 
and technical review, as well as approval of certain deliverables. The 
level of review and approval varies substantially from standard grants, 
as does the level of oversight needed to ensure appropriate and proper 
accountability for federal funds. The requirements, recommended 
procedures and best practices presented in the Guide apply to any 
facility significant enough to require close and substantial 
interaction with the Foundation and the National Science Board.
    This Guide will be updated periodically to reflect changes in 
requirements, policies and/or procedures. Award Recipients are expected 
to monitor and adopt the requirements and best practices included in 
the Guide which are aimed at improving management and oversight of 
major facilities projects and at enabling the most efficient and cost-
effective delivery of tools to the research and education communities.
    The submission of proposals and subsequent project documentation to 
the Foundation related to the development, construction and operations 
of Major Facilities is part of the collection of information. This 
information is used to help NSF fulfill this responsibility in 
supporting merit-based research and education projects in all the 
scientific and engineering disciplines. The Foundation also has a 
continuing commitment to provide oversight on facilities development 
and construction which must be balanced against monitoring its 
information collection so as to identify and address any excessive 
reporting burdens.
    NSF has approximately twenty-four (24) Major Facilities in various 
stages of

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development, construction, operations and termination. Facilities 
undergoing a major upgrade may be classified in both design or 
construction and operations at the same time. Two to four (2 to 4) new 
awards are made approximately every five (5) years based on science 
community infrastructure needs and availability of funding. Among the 
twenty-four major facilities, there are approximately seven (7) 
facilities annually that are either in development or construction. 
These stages require the highest level of reporting and management 
documentation per the Major Facilities Guide. NSF estimates there will 
be four (4) mid-scale projects in progress at a given time.
    Burden on the Public: The Foundation estimates that approximately 
five (5) Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) are necessary for each major 
facility project in design or construction to respond to NSF 
performance and financial reporting and project management 
documentation requirements on an annual basis; or 10,400 hours per 
year. The Foundation estimates approximately one and half (1.5) FTE for 
a major facility in operations to respond to NSF performance and 
financial reporting on an annual basis; or 3,120 hours per year. For 
mid-scale projects, the Foundation estimates approximately one (1) FTE 
is necessary for each mid-scale project to respond to NSF project 
management documentation requirements on an annual basis; or 2,080 
hours per year. With seven (7) major facilities in design or 
construction and twenty-one (21) in operations and four (4) mid-scale 
projects, this equates to roughly 150,000 public burden hours annually.

    Dated: June 6, 2019.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2019-12289 Filed 6-10-19; 8:45 am]
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