Agency Information Collection Activities; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports-Management Authority, 56466-56468 [2019-22964]

Download as PDF 56466 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 22, 2019 / Notices Washington, DC 20529–2140, telephone number 202–272–8377 (This is not a toll-free number. Comments are not accepted via telephone message). Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS Contact Center at 800–375–5283 (TTY 800–767–1833). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments You may access the information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS–2007–0024 in the search box. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of http://www.regulations.gov. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Oct 21, 2019 Jkt 250001 e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension, Without Change, of a Currently Approved Collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: Form I–360; USCIS. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. The Form I–360 may be used by an Amerasian; a widow or widower; a battered or abused spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; a battered or abused parent of a U.S. citizen son or daughter; or a special immigrant (religious worker, Panama Canal company employee, Canal Zone government employee, U.S. government employee in the Canal Zone; physician, international organization employee or family member, juvenile court dependent; armed forces member; Afghanistan or Iraq national who supported the U.S. Armed Forces as a translator; Iraq national who worked for the or on behalf of the U.S. Government in Iraq; or Afghan national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. Government or the International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] in Afghanistan) who intend to establish their eligibility to immigrate to the United States. The data collected on this form is reviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to determine if the petitioner may be qualified to obtain the benefit. The data collected on this form will also be used to issue an employment authorization document upon approval of the petition for battered or abused spouses, children, and parents, if requested. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigration (Form I–360); Iraqi & Afghan Petitioners is 2,874 and the estimated hour burden per response is 3.1 hours; the estimated total number of respondents for the information collection Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigration (Form I–360); Religious Workers is 2,393 and the estimated hour burden per response is 2.35 hours; the estimated total number of respondents PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for the information collection Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigration (Form I–360); All Others is 14,362 and the estimated hour burden per response is 2.1 hours. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 44,693 hours. (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $2,404,430. Dated: October 16, 2019. Samantha L Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2019–22983 Filed 10–21–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2019–0091; FXES11140100000–190–FF01E00000] Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan; Receipt of Applications for Incidental Take Permits; Klamath, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Wasco, and Sherman Counties, Oregon Correction In notice document 2019–21631, appearing on pages 53164 through 53167, in the issue of Friday, October 4, 2019 make the following corrections: 1. On page 53165, in the first column, in the DATES section, on the thirteenth line, ‘‘6 a.m. to 8 p.m.’’ should read ‘‘6 to 8 p.m.’’ 2. On the same page, in the same column, in the same section, on the fifteenth line, ‘‘6 a.m. to 8 p.m.’’ should read ‘‘6 to 8 p.m.’’ [FR Doc. C1–2019–21631 Filed 10–21–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1300–01–D DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–IA–2019–N116; FXIA16710900000–190–FF09A30000; OMB Control Number 1018–0093] Agency Information Collection Activities; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports— Management Authority AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 22, 2019 / Notices Notice of information collection; request for comment. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 23, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request by mail to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: JAO/1N, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail); or by email to Info_Coll@ fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018–0093 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_ Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358–2503. 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 are soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (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 the Service; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Service 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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Oct 21, 2019 Jkt 250001 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: All of the laws, treaties, and regulations administered by the Service that authorize activities requiring permits authorize such permits in 50 CFR 13 (General Permit Requirements). The requirements in 50 CFR part 13 are in addition to any other permit regulations that may apply to a specific circumstance and are outlined in other sections of our regulations. The Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) use a system of permits and certificates to help ensure that international trade is legal and does not threaten the survival of wildlife or plant species in the wild. Permits under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) ensure that activities are consistent with the intent and purposes of the ESA and MMPA. Permitted activities under the Bald and Golden Eagle Act (BGEPA) must be compatible with the preservation of the eagle, and Lacey Act (injurious wildlife) permits are issued when the Service finds the activity will not be harmful to either the health or welfare of humans. Prior to the import or export of species listed under the MMPA, BGEPA, Lacey Act, WBCA, ESA, and/or CITES, the Management Authority and Scientific Authority must make appropriate determinations and issue the appropriate documents. Section 8A of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) designates the Secretary of the Interior as the U.S. Management Authority and U.S. Scientific Authority for CITES. The Secretary delegated these authorities to the Service. Before a country can issue an export permit for CITES Appendix I or II specimens, the CITES Scientific Authority of the exporting country must determine that the export will not be detrimental to the species, and the Management Authority must be satisfied that the specimens were acquired legally. For the export of Appendix III specimens, the Management Authority must be satisfied that the specimens were acquired legally (CITES does not require findings from the Scientific Authority). Prior to the importation of Appendix I specimens, both the Scientific Authority and the Management Authority of the importing country must make required findings. PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56467 The Scientific Authority must also monitor trade of all species to ensure that the level of trade is sustainable. Article VIII(3) of the CITES treaty states that participating parties should make efforts to ensure that CITES specimens are traded with a minimum of delay. Section XII of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP13) recommends use of simplified procedures for issuing CITES documents to expedite trade that will have no impact, or a negligible impact, on conservation of the species involved. All Service permit applications are in the 3–200 series of forms, each tailored to a specific activity based on the requirements for specific types of permits. We collect standard identifier information for all permits, such as the name of the applicant and the applicant’s address, telephone and fax numbers, tax identification number, and email address. Standardization of general information common to the application forms makes the filing of applications easier for the public, as well as expediting our review of applications. The information that we collect on applications and reports is the minimum necessary for us to determine if the applicant meets/continues to meet issuance requirements for the particular activity. Respondents submit application forms periodically as needed; submission of reports is generally on an annual basis. We examined applications in this collection, focusing on questions frequently misinterpreted or not addressed by applicants. We have made clarifications to many of our applications to make it easier for the applicant to know what information we need and to accommodate future electronic permitting. We have subdivided our application Form 3– 200–37 (tentatively into seven forms: Forms 3–200–37a through 3–200–37g) because it has become lengthy and cumbersome for the applicant to read through in order to find the appropriate activity for which they need a permit. Use of these forms will: • Reduce burden on applicants. • Improve customer service. • Allow us to process applications and complete reviews quickly. Proposed Revisions to This Information Collection With this submission, we are proposing the following revisions to the existing information collection: Transfer of Forms to OMB Control No. 1018–0092 We will request OMB approval to transfer the below-listed forms currently E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1 56468 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 22, 2019 / Notices approved by OMB under this information collection (OMB Control No. 1018–0093) into OMB Control No. 1018–0092, ‘‘Federal Fish and Wildlife Applications and Reports—Law Enforcement; 50 CFR 13 and 14’’: • FWS Form 3–200–44, ‘‘Permit Application Form: Registration of an Agent/Tannery under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA),’’ and • FWS Form 3–200–44a, ‘‘Registered Agent/Tannery Bi-Annual Inventory Report.’’ The Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in the Alaska Region uses the information collected on FWS Form 3–200–44 to register qualified agents and tanneries for polar bear (Ursus maritimus), walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), and northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) under the MMPA. This registration facilitates the transfer of marine mammal specimens taken by Alaska Natives for the purposes of subsistence or creation of authentic Native handicraft articles and clothing. As such, it is more appropriate that these forms be transferred to, and approved by OMB under, OMB Control No. 1018–0092, ‘‘Federal Fish and Wildlife Applications and Reports— Law Enforcement; 50 CFR 13 and 14.’’ Biannually (twice a year) on or before the 10th day of January and July, we require that the permittee submit to us FWS Form 3–200–44a, containing detailed activities of each registered agent or registered tannery for each transaction related to Polar bear, walrus, and northern sea otter. If no transactions occurred, the permittee must submit a negative report. The associated estimated annual burden of Forms 3– 200–44/44a is 45 responses and 42 burden hours. If OMB approves this revision request, we will revise OMB Control No. 1018–0092 to add those two forms to avoid duplication of burden. International Reporting Requirements Additionally, with this submission, we will submit to OMB for approval the information collection requirements associated with international reporting requirements specified in 50 CFR 13.21(5), 50 CFR 17.22(b)(v), 50 CFR 17.31(b)(v), 50 CFR 18.30(c)(2), 50 CFR 23.6, and 50 CFR 23.33(b). These reporting requirements are associated with the findings we must make under the various laws, treaties, and regulations administered by the Service. This may include consultation on sustainable use, population data, management practices, and verification of information received from other sources. The Service does not provide a form for this collection; rather, we request specific information based on VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Oct 21, 2019 Jkt 250001 the most current data we hold, in order to enable us to update or clarify that data. We estimate the annual burden associated with the international reporting requirements to be 24 responses and 192 burden hours. There is no nonhour burden cost associated with the international reporting requirements. ePermits Initiative The Service’s new ‘‘ePermits’’ initiative is an automated permit application system that will allow the agency to move towards a streamlined permitting process to reduce public burden. Public burden reduction is a priority for the Service; the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; and senior leadership at the Department of the Interior. The intent of the ePermits initiative is to fully automate the permitting process to improve the customer experience and to reduce time burden on respondents. This new system will enhance the user experience by allowing users to enter data from any device that has internet access, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. It will also link the permit applicant to the Pay.gov system for payment of the associated permit application fee. We anticipate including the following Service forms in the ePermits initiative: 3–200–19 through 3–200–37, 3–200–39 through 3–200–43, 3–200–46 through 3– 200–53, 3–200–58, 3–200–61, 3–200–64 through 3–200–66, 3–200–69, 3–200–70, 3–200–73 through 3–200–76, 3–200–80, and 3–200–85 through 3–200–88. Title of Collection: Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports—Management Authority; 50 CFR 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23. OMB Control Number: 1018–0093. Form Numbers: FWS Forms 3–200–19 through 3–200–37, 3–200–39 through 3– 200–43, 3–200–46 through 3–200–53, 3– 200–58, 3–200–61, 3–200–64 through 3– 200–66, 3–200–69, 3–200–70, 3–200–73 through 3–200–76, 3–200–80, and 3– 200–85 through 3–200–88. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals; biomedical companies; circuses; zoological parks; botanical gardens; nurseries; museums; universities; antique dealers; exotic pet industry; hunters; taxidermists; commercial importers/exporters of wildlife and plants; freight forwarders/ brokers; and State, tribal, local, and Federal governments. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 6,315. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 8,224. PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 43.5 hours, depending on activity. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 6,833. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: On occasion or annually, depending on activity. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $552,336 for costs associated with application processing fees, which range from $0 to $250. There is no fee for reports. Federal, tribal, State, and local government agencies and those acting on their behalf are exempt from processing fees. 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. The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Dated: October 17, 2019. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22964 Filed 10–21–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R4–ES–2019–N145; FXES11140400000–178–FF04EF2000] Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink and Blue-Tailed Mole Skink; Polk County, FL; Categorical Exclusion Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from Sunbeam Properties, Inc. (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink and blue-tailed mole skink incidental to construction in Polk County, Florida. We request public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as ‘‘low-effect,’’ categorically excluded under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1

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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-IA-2019-N116; FXIA16710900000-190-FF09A30000; OMB Control 
Number 1018-0093]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Federal Fish and 
Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports--Management Authority

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to 
renew an information collection with revisions.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
December 23, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection request by 
mail to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, MS: JAO/1N, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 
22041-3803 (mail); or by email to [email protected]. Please reference 
OMB Control Number 1018-0093 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, by email at [email protected], or by 
telephone at (703) 358-2503.

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 are soliciting comments on the proposed information collection 
request (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 the Service; (2) will this 
information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the 
estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(5) how might the Service 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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. 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: All of the laws, treaties, and regulations administered 
by the Service that authorize activities requiring permits authorize 
such permits in 50 CFR 13 (General Permit Requirements). The 
requirements in 50 CFR part 13 are in addition to any other permit 
regulations that may apply to a specific circumstance and are outlined 
in other sections of our regulations.
    The Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA) and the Convention on 
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 
(CITES) use a system of permits and certificates to help ensure that 
international trade is legal and does not threaten the survival of 
wildlife or plant species in the wild. Permits under the U.S. 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act 
(MMPA) ensure that activities are consistent with the intent and 
purposes of the ESA and MMPA. Permitted activities under the Bald and 
Golden Eagle Act (BGEPA) must be compatible with the preservation of 
the eagle, and Lacey Act (injurious wildlife) permits are issued when 
the Service finds the activity will not be harmful to either the health 
or welfare of humans. Prior to the import or export of species listed 
under the MMPA, BGEPA, Lacey Act, WBCA, ESA, and/or CITES, the 
Management Authority and Scientific Authority must make appropriate 
determinations and issue the appropriate documents. Section 8A of the 
Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) designates the 
Secretary of the Interior as the U.S. Management Authority and U.S. 
Scientific Authority for CITES. The Secretary delegated these 
authorities to the Service.
    Before a country can issue an export permit for CITES Appendix I or 
II specimens, the CITES Scientific Authority of the exporting country 
must determine that the export will not be detrimental to the species, 
and the Management Authority must be satisfied that the specimens were 
acquired legally. For the export of Appendix III specimens, the 
Management Authority must be satisfied that the specimens were acquired 
legally (CITES does not require findings from the Scientific 
Authority). Prior to the importation of Appendix I specimens, both the 
Scientific Authority and the Management Authority of the importing 
country must make required findings. The Scientific Authority must also 
monitor trade of all species to ensure that the level of trade is 
sustainable.
    Article VIII(3) of the CITES treaty states that participating 
parties should make efforts to ensure that CITES specimens are traded 
with a minimum of delay. Section XII of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. 
CoP13) recommends use of simplified procedures for issuing CITES 
documents to expedite trade that will have no impact, or a negligible 
impact, on conservation of the species involved.
    All Service permit applications are in the 3-200 series of forms, 
each tailored to a specific activity based on the requirements for 
specific types of permits. We collect standard identifier information 
for all permits, such as the name of the applicant and the applicant's 
address, telephone and fax numbers, tax identification number, and 
email address. Standardization of general information common to the 
application forms makes the filing of applications easier for the 
public, as well as expediting our review of applications.
    The information that we collect on applications and reports is the 
minimum necessary for us to determine if the applicant meets/continues 
to meet issuance requirements for the particular activity. Respondents 
submit application forms periodically as needed; submission of reports 
is generally on an annual basis. We examined applications in this 
collection, focusing on questions frequently misinterpreted or not 
addressed by applicants. We have made clarifications to many of our 
applications to make it easier for the applicant to know what 
information we need and to accommodate future electronic permitting. We 
have subdivided our application Form 3-200-37 (tentatively into seven 
forms: Forms 3-200-37a through 3-200-37g) because it has become lengthy 
and cumbersome for the applicant to read through in order to find the 
appropriate activity for which they need a permit. Use of these forms 
will:
     Reduce burden on applicants.
     Improve customer service.
     Allow us to process applications and complete reviews 
quickly.

Proposed Revisions to This Information Collection

    With this submission, we are proposing the following revisions to 
the existing information collection:

Transfer of Forms to OMB Control No. 1018-0092

    We will request OMB approval to transfer the below-listed forms 
currently

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approved by OMB under this information collection (OMB Control No. 
1018-0093) into OMB Control No. 1018-0092, ``Federal Fish and Wildlife 
Applications and Reports--Law Enforcement; 50 CFR 13 and 14'':
     FWS Form 3-200-44, ``Permit Application Form: Registration 
of an Agent/Tannery under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA),'' 
and
     FWS Form 3-200-44a, ``Registered Agent/Tannery Bi-Annual 
Inventory Report.''
    The Service's Office of Law Enforcement in the Alaska Region uses 
the information collected on FWS Form 3-200-44 to register qualified 
agents and tanneries for polar bear (Ursus maritimus), walrus (Odobenus 
rosmarus), and northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) under the 
MMPA. This registration facilitates the transfer of marine mammal 
specimens taken by Alaska Natives for the purposes of subsistence or 
creation of authentic Native handicraft articles and clothing. As such, 
it is more appropriate that these forms be transferred to, and approved 
by OMB under, OMB Control No. 1018-0092, ``Federal Fish and Wildlife 
Applications and Reports--Law Enforcement; 50 CFR 13 and 14.''
    Biannually (twice a year) on or before the 10th day of January and 
July, we require that the permittee submit to us FWS Form 3-200-44a, 
containing detailed activities of each registered agent or registered 
tannery for each transaction related to Polar bear, walrus, and 
northern sea otter. If no transactions occurred, the permittee must 
submit a negative report. The associated estimated annual burden of 
Forms 3-200-44/44a is 45 responses and 42 burden hours. If OMB approves 
this revision request, we will revise OMB Control No. 1018-0092 to add 
those two forms to avoid duplication of burden.

International Reporting Requirements

    Additionally, with this submission, we will submit to OMB for 
approval the information collection requirements associated with 
international reporting requirements specified in 50 CFR 13.21(5), 50 
CFR 17.22(b)(v), 50 CFR 17.31(b)(v), 50 CFR 18.30(c)(2), 50 CFR 23.6, 
and 50 CFR 23.33(b). These reporting requirements are associated with 
the findings we must make under the various laws, treaties, and 
regulations administered by the Service. This may include consultation 
on sustainable use, population data, management practices, and 
verification of information received from other sources. The Service 
does not provide a form for this collection; rather, we request 
specific information based on the most current data we hold, in order 
to enable us to update or clarify that data. We estimate the annual 
burden associated with the international reporting requirements to be 
24 responses and 192 burden hours. There is no nonhour burden cost 
associated with the international reporting requirements.

ePermits Initiative

    The Service's new ``ePermits'' initiative is an automated permit 
application system that will allow the agency to move towards a 
streamlined permitting process to reduce public burden. Public burden 
reduction is a priority for the Service; the Assistant Secretary for 
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; and senior leadership at the Department of 
the Interior. The intent of the ePermits initiative is to fully 
automate the permitting process to improve the customer experience and 
to reduce time burden on respondents. This new system will enhance the 
user experience by allowing users to enter data from any device that 
has internet access, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. It will 
also link the permit applicant to the Pay.gov system for payment of the 
associated permit application fee.
    We anticipate including the following Service forms in the ePermits 
initiative: 3-200-19 through 3-200-37, 3-200-39 through 3-200-43, 3-
200-46 through 3-200-53, 3-200-58, 3-200-61, 3-200-64 through 3-200-66, 
3-200-69, 3-200-70, 3-200-73 through 3-200-76, 3-200-80, and 3-200-85 
through 3-200-88.
    Title of Collection: Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications 
and Reports--Management Authority; 50 CFR 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 
21, 23.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0093.
    Form Numbers: FWS Forms 3-200-19 through 3-200-37, 3-200-39 through 
3-200-43, 3-200-46 through 3-200-53, 3-200-58, 3-200-61, 3-200-64 
through 3-200-66, 3-200-69, 3-200-70, 3-200-73 through 3-200-76, 3-200-
80, and 3-200-85 through 3-200-88.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals; biomedical 
companies; circuses; zoological parks; botanical gardens; nurseries; 
museums; universities; antique dealers; exotic pet industry; hunters; 
taxidermists; commercial importers/exporters of wildlife and plants; 
freight forwarders/brokers; and State, tribal, local, and Federal 
governments.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 6,315.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 8,224.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 
43.5 hours, depending on activity.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 6,833.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion or annually, depending on 
activity.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $552,336 for costs 
associated with application processing fees, which range from $0 to 
$250. There is no fee for reports. Federal, tribal, State, and local 
government agencies and those acting on their behalf are exempt from 
processing fees.
    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.
    The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    Dated: October 17, 2019.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-22964 Filed 10-21-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P