Agency Information Collection Activities; National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports, 36762-36765 [2021-14832]

Download as PDF 36762 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Madonna Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2021–14847 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–NWRS–2021–N162; FXRS12630900000–201–FF09R81000; OMB Control Number 1018–0102] Agency Information Collection Activities; National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service, we), are proposing to revise an existing collection of information. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 13, 2021. 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: PRB (JAO/3W), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803 (mail); or by email to Info_ Coll@fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018–0102 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 PRA and 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 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. As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 burdens, we are again soliciting comments from the public and other Federal agencies on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following: (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) How might the agency 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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of response. 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: The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (Administration Act; 16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, consolidated all refuge units into a single National Wildlife Refuge System (system). It also authorized us to offer visitor and public programs, including those facilitated by commercial visitor and management support services, on lands of the system when we find that the activities are appropriate and compatible with the purpose(s) for which the refuge was established and the system’s mission. The Refuge Recreation Act of 1962 (Recreation Act; 16 U.S.C. 460k–460k–4) allows the use of refuges for public recreation when it is not inconsistent or does not interfere with the primary purpose(s) of the refuge. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA; 16 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) provides specific authorization and PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 guidance for the administration and management of national wildlife refuges within the State of Alaska. Its provisions provide for the issuance of permits under certain circumstances. We issue special use permits for a specific period as determined by the type and location of the management activity or visitor service provided. These permits authorize activities such as: • Agricultural activities (haying and grazing, 50 CFR 29.1 and 29.2). • Beneficial management tools that we use to provide the best habitat possible on some refuges (50 CFR 30.11, 31.14, 31.16, and 36.41). • Special events, group visits, and other one-time events (50 CFR 25.41, 25.61, 26.36, and 36.41). • Recreational visitor service operations (50 CFR 25.41, 25.61, and 36.41). • Guiding for fishing, hunting, wildlife education, and interpretation (50 CFR 25.41 and 36.41). • Commercial filming (43 CFR 5, 50 CFR 27.71) and other commercial activities (50 CFR 29.1 and 36.41). • Building and using cabins to support subsistence or commercial activities (in Alaska) (50 CFR 26.35 and 36.41). • Research, inventory and monitoring, and other noncommercial activities (50 CFR 26.36 and 36.41). We use three forms to collect applicant information: • FWS Form 3–1383–G (General Activities Special Use Application). • FWS Form 3–1383–C (Commercial Activities Special Use Application). • FWS Form 3–1383–R (Research and Monitoring Special Use Application). The information we collect helps ensure that: (1) Applicants are aware of the types of information that may be needed for permit issuance; (2) requested activities are appropriate and compatible with the purpose(s) for which the refuge was established and the system’s mission; and (3) the applicant is eligible or is the most qualified applicant to receive the special use permit. We may collect the necessary information in a non-form format (through discussions in person or over the phone, over the internet, by email, or by letter). In some instances, respondents will be able to provide information verbally. Often, a simple email or letter describing the activity will suffice. For activities that might have a large impact on refuge resources (e.g., commercial visitor services, research, etc.), we may require applicants to provide more detail on operations, techniques, and locations. E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 36763 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices Because of the span of activities covered by special use permits and the different management needs and resources at each refuge, respondents may not be required to answer all questions. Depending on the requested activity, refuge managers have the discretion to ask for less information than appears on the forms. However, refuge managers must not ask for more or different information. We issue permits for a specific period as determined by the type and location of the use or service provided. We use these permits to ensure that the applicant is aware of the requirements of the permit and his/her legal rights. Refuge-specific special conditions may be required for the permit. We identify conditions as an addendum to the permit. Most of the special conditions pertain to how a permitted activity may be conducted and do not require the collection of information. However, some special conditions, such as activity reports, before and after site photographs, or data sharing, would qualify as an information collection, and we have included the associated burden below. We also use FWS Form 3–1384, ‘‘Bid Sheet—National Wildlife Refuge System’’ to streamline collection of the necessary pre-award information from applicants during bidding processes to conduct economic uses on Service lands, such as livestock, harvesting hay and stock feed, or removing timber (50 CFR 29.21). This form simplifies the pre-award selection/bidding process for bidders and for refuge staff by enabling them to understand what information the refuge needs in order to select bids for economic use, and, therefore, reduces the time and burden for the public and Service staff in the preaward selection bidding process. This form is customizable to the individual economic use being awarded. We will use the Commercial Special Use Permit (FWS Form 3–1383–C) as the actual award document that will outline the terms and conditions of the economic use on Service lands. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Proposed Revisions to This Information Collection With this submission, we are proposing the following revisions to the existing information collection: Activity Reports/Associated Document Requirements In addition to the previously approved activity report criteria, the Service will also collect data associated with client use days and their fees. The Service has also updated the reporting rate for permits issued for both Commercial Use and Research to reflect current 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 system: 3–1383–G, 3–1383–C, 3–1383–R, and 3–1384. Once these forms are automated in the new ePermits system, we anticipate a reduction in the amount of time necessary for an applicant to apply for a permit and perform regular actions related to that permit (e.g., amend, renew, report). Through the ePermits account registration, we will track and be able to more accurately report the number of small business applicants, along with the type of business (forprofit, farm, not-for profit). This information will allow the Service to be more responsive in identifying the possibility of additional burden reduction on small businesses. We also plan to eliminate the necessity for physical mail-in applications (though this will remain an option for those who either don’t have access to the internet or prefer to use mail-in applications), thus further Annual number of respondents Requirement General Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–G): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reducing public burden. With ePermits, an applicant will be able to establish an account and apply for multiple permits through a single interface. The system allows the applicant to track all their applications, permits and permit-related actions, as well as all communications between Service staff and the permittee/ applicant within the same interface, significantly reducing the burden on the government to process these applications and manage permit-related actions. The decrease in submissions of paper-based forms is expected to reduce the government cost of administering and processing permit applications. Amendments and Renewals Through our review of the special use permitting process in preparation for automation in the ePermits system, we discovered that we need to account for amendments to and renewals of special use permits separately from the initial applications, because amendments/ renewals have time burdens that are different from those of the initial submissions. The revised burden table below includes our initial estimates for amendments and renewals. Title of Collection: National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports, 50 CFR 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, & 36. OMB Control Number: 1018–0102. Form Number: FWS Forms 3–1383–G, 3–1383–C, 3–1383–R, and 3–1384. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and households; businesses and other for-profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; farms; and State, local, or tribal governments. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency of Collection: On occasion for applications; annually or on occasion for reports. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $259,500 for fees associated with applications for commercial use activities ($100.00 × an estimated 2,595 applications (individuals and private sector respondents only)). Total annual responses 1,142 609 152 E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 1,142 609 152 13JYN1 Completion time per response (hours) 0.5 0.5 0.5 Total annual burden hours * 571 305 76 36764 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices Annual number of respondents jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Requirement ePermits—General Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–G): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Amendments—General Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–G): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Amendments—General Special Use Application (Form 3–1383– G): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Renewals—General Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–G): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Renewals—General Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–G): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Commercial Activities Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–C): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits—Commercial Activities Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–C): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Amendments—Commercial Activities Special Use Application (Form 3– 1383–C): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Amendments—Commercial Activities Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–C): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Renewals—Commercial Activities Special Use Application (Form 3–1383– C): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Renewals—Commercial Activities Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–C): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–R): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits—Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (Form 3– 1383–R): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Amendments—Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (Form 3– 1383–R): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Amendments—Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–R): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Renewals—Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (Form 3– 1383–R): Individuals ................................................................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total annual responses Completion time per response (hours) Total annual burden hours * 1,143 610 153 1,143 610 153 0.33 0.33 0.33 377 201 50 114 61 15 114 61 15 0.25 0.25 0.25 29 15 4 114 61 15 114 61 15 .2 .2 .2 23 12 3 228 122 30 228 122 30 .33 .33 .33 75 40 10 228 122 30 228 122 30 .25 .25 .25 57 31 8 797 500 54 797 500 54 4 4 4 3,188 2,000 216 798 500 54 798 500 54 3.75 3.75 3.75 2,993 1,875 203 80 50 5 80 50 5 1 1 1 80 50 5 80 50 5 80 50 5 0.75 0.75 0.75 60 38 4 160 100 27 160 100 27 2 2 2 320 200 54 160 100 27 160 100 27 1 1 1 160 100 27 104 201 67 104 201 67 5 5 5 520 1,005 335 105 202 68 105 202 68 4.75 4.75 4.75 499 960 323 10 20 7 10 20 7 1.5 1.5 1.5 15 30 11 10 20 7 10 20 7 1.25 1.25 1.25 13 25 9 21 21 2 42 E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 36765 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices Annual number of respondents Requirement Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Renewals—Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (Form 3–1383–R): Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Bid Sheet—National Wildlife Refuge System (Form 3–1384): Private Sector ........................................................................................... ePermits—Bid Sheet—National Wildlife Refuge System (Form 3–1384): Private Sector ........................................................................................... Amendments—Bid Sheet—National Wildlife Refuge System (Form 3–1384): Private Sector ........................................................................................... ePermits Amendments—Bid Sheet—National Wildlife Refuge System (Form 3–1384): Private Sector ........................................................................................... Activity Reports/Associated Document Requirements: Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits—Activity Reports/Associated Document Requirements: Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Amendments—Activity Reports/Associated Document Requirements: Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. ePermits Amendments—Activity Reports/Associated Document Requirements: Individuals ................................................................................................. Private Sector ........................................................................................... Government .............................................................................................. Totals ................................................................................................. Total annual responses Completion time per response (hours) Total annual burden hours * 40 14 40 14 2 2 80 28 21 40 14 21 40 14 1 1 1 21 40 14 125 125 1 125 125 125 .75 94 13 13 0.33 4 13 13 0.25 3 1,122 730 198 1,122 730 198 3 3 3 3,366 2,190 594 1,122 730 198 1,122 730 198 2 2 2 2,244 1,460 396 2 23 5 2 23 5 0.33 0.33 0.33 1 8 2 2 23 5 2 23 5 0.25 0.25 0.25 1 6 1 13,903 13,903 ........................ 27,919 * Rounded 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.). SUMMARY: Madonna Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 2021–14832 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Bureau of Indian Affairs jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES [212A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] Indian Gaming; Approval of TribalState Class III Gaming Compact in the State of South Dakota Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. Notice. ACTION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 The compact takes effect on July 13, 2021. DATES: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, paula.hart@bia.gov, (202) 219–4066. Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), Public Law 100– 497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by 25 CFR 293.4, all compacts and amendments are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The Compact allows for an unlimited number of roulette tables, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AGENCY: This notice publishes the approval of the class III gaming compact between the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation (Tribe) and the State of South Dakota (State). PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 crap tables, and keno devices. The Compact is approved. Bryan Newland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–14833 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [212D0102DR/DS5A300000/ DR.5A311.IA000118] Office of Indian Economic Development, Tribal Tourism Grant Program (TTGP), Part of the NATIVE Act Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED), Division of Economic Development (DED), solicits proposals from Indian SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-NWRS-2021-N162; FXRS12630900000-201-FF09R81000; OMB Control 
Number 1018-0102]


Agency Information Collection Activities; National Wildlife 
Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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 
revise an existing collection of information.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
September 13, 2021.

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: PRB (JAO/3W), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls 
Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or by email to [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 1018-0102 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 PRA and 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)(1), 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.
    As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burdens, we are again soliciting comments from the public and other 
Federal agencies on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are 
especially interested in public comment addressing the following:
    (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection 
of information, including the validity of the methodology and 
assumptions used;
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) How might the agency 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, e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of response.
    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: The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 
1966 (Administration Act; 16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), as amended by the 
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, consolidated 
all refuge units into a single National Wildlife Refuge System 
(system). It also authorized us to offer visitor and public programs, 
including those facilitated by commercial visitor and management 
support services, on lands of the system when we find that the 
activities are appropriate and compatible with the purpose(s) for which 
the refuge was established and the system's mission. The Refuge 
Recreation Act of 1962 (Recreation Act; 16 U.S.C. 460k-460k-4) allows 
the use of refuges for public recreation when it is not inconsistent or 
does not interfere with the primary purpose(s) of the refuge. The 
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA; 16 U.S.C. 3101 
et seq.) provides specific authorization and guidance for the 
administration and management of national wildlife refuges within the 
State of Alaska. Its provisions provide for the issuance of permits 
under certain circumstances.
    We issue special use permits for a specific period as determined by 
the type and location of the management activity or visitor service 
provided. These permits authorize activities such as:
     Agricultural activities (haying and grazing, 50 CFR 29.1 
and 29.2).
     Beneficial management tools that we use to provide the 
best habitat possible on some refuges (50 CFR 30.11, 31.14, 31.16, and 
36.41).
     Special events, group visits, and other one-time events 
(50 CFR 25.41, 25.61, 26.36, and 36.41).
     Recreational visitor service operations (50 CFR 25.41, 
25.61, and 36.41).
     Guiding for fishing, hunting, wildlife education, and 
interpretation (50 CFR 25.41 and 36.41).
     Commercial filming (43 CFR 5, 50 CFR 27.71) and other 
commercial activities (50 CFR 29.1 and 36.41).
     Building and using cabins to support subsistence or 
commercial activities (in Alaska) (50 CFR 26.35 and 36.41).
     Research, inventory and monitoring, and other 
noncommercial activities (50 CFR 26.36 and 36.41).
    We use three forms to collect applicant information:
     FWS Form 3-1383-G (General Activities Special Use 
Application).
     FWS Form 3-1383-C (Commercial Activities Special Use 
Application).
     FWS Form 3-1383-R (Research and Monitoring Special Use 
Application).
    The information we collect helps ensure that: (1) Applicants are 
aware of the types of information that may be needed for permit 
issuance; (2) requested activities are appropriate and compatible with 
the purpose(s) for which the refuge was established and the system's 
mission; and (3) the applicant is eligible or is the most qualified 
applicant to receive the special use permit.
    We may collect the necessary information in a non-form format 
(through discussions in person or over the phone, over the internet, by 
email, or by letter). In some instances, respondents will be able to 
provide information verbally. Often, a simple email or letter 
describing the activity will suffice. For activities that might have a 
large impact on refuge resources (e.g., commercial visitor services, 
research, etc.), we may require applicants to provide more detail on 
operations, techniques, and locations.

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Because of the span of activities covered by special use permits and 
the different management needs and resources at each refuge, 
respondents may not be required to answer all questions. Depending on 
the requested activity, refuge managers have the discretion to ask for 
less information than appears on the forms. However, refuge managers 
must not ask for more or different information.
    We issue permits for a specific period as determined by the type 
and location of the use or service provided. We use these permits to 
ensure that the applicant is aware of the requirements of the permit 
and his/her legal rights. Refuge-specific special conditions may be 
required for the permit. We identify conditions as an addendum to the 
permit. Most of the special conditions pertain to how a permitted 
activity may be conducted and do not require the collection of 
information. However, some special conditions, such as activity 
reports, before and after site photographs, or data sharing, would 
qualify as an information collection, and we have included the 
associated burden below.
    We also use FWS Form 3-1384, ``Bid Sheet--National Wildlife Refuge 
System'' to streamline collection of the necessary pre-award 
information from applicants during bidding processes to conduct 
economic uses on Service lands, such as livestock, harvesting hay and 
stock feed, or removing timber (50 CFR 29.21). This form simplifies the 
pre-award selection/bidding process for bidders and for refuge staff by 
enabling them to understand what information the refuge needs in order 
to select bids for economic use, and, therefore, reduces the time and 
burden for the public and Service staff in the pre-award selection 
bidding process. This form is customizable to the individual economic 
use being awarded. We will use the Commercial Special Use Permit (FWS 
Form 3-1383-C) as the actual award document that will outline the terms 
and conditions of the economic use on Service lands.

Proposed Revisions to This Information Collection

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

Activity Reports/Associated Document Requirements

    In addition to the previously approved activity report criteria, 
the Service will also collect data associated with client use days and 
their fees. The Service has also updated the reporting rate for permits 
issued for both Commercial Use and Research to reflect current 
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 system: 3-1383-G, 3-1383-C, 3-
1383-R, and 3-1384.
    Once these forms are automated in the new ePermits system, we 
anticipate a reduction in the amount of time necessary for an applicant 
to apply for a permit and perform regular actions related to that 
permit (e.g., amend, renew, report). Through the ePermits account 
registration, we will track and be able to more accurately report the 
number of small business applicants, along with the type of business 
(for-profit, farm, not-for profit). This information will allow the 
Service to be more responsive in identifying the possibility of 
additional burden reduction on small businesses.
    We also plan to eliminate the necessity for physical mail-in 
applications (though this will remain an option for those who either 
don't have access to the internet or prefer to use mail-in 
applications), thus further reducing public burden. With ePermits, an 
applicant will be able to establish an account and apply for multiple 
permits through a single interface. The system allows the applicant to 
track all their applications, permits and permit-related actions, as 
well as all communications between Service staff and the permittee/
applicant within the same interface, significantly reducing the burden 
on the government to process these applications and manage permit-
related actions. The decrease in submissions of paper-based forms is 
expected to reduce the government cost of administering and processing 
permit applications.

Amendments and Renewals

    Through our review of the special use permitting process in 
preparation for automation in the ePermits system, we discovered that 
we need to account for amendments to and renewals of special use 
permits separately from the initial applications, because amendments/
renewals have time burdens that are different from those of the initial 
submissions. The revised burden table below includes our initial 
estimates for amendments and renewals.
    Title of Collection: National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit 
Applications and Reports, 50 CFR 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, & 36.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0102.
    Form Number: FWS Forms 3-1383-G, 3-1383-C, 3-1383-R, and 3-1384.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and households; businesses 
and other for-profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; farms; and 
State, local, or tribal governments.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion for applications; annually or 
on occasion for reports.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $259,500 for fees 
associated with applications for commercial use activities ($100.00 x 
an estimated 2,595 applications (individuals and private sector 
respondents only)).

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                                                                                    Completion
                                                   Annual number   Total annual      time per      Total annual
                   Requirement                    of respondents     responses       response     burden hours *
                                                                                      (hours)
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General Special Use Application (Form 3-1383-G):
    Individuals.................................           1,142           1,142             0.5             571
    Private Sector..............................             609             609             0.5             305
    Government..................................             152             152             0.5              76

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ePermits--General Special Use Application (Form
 3-1383-G):
    Individuals.................................           1,143           1,143            0.33             377
    Private Sector..............................             610             610            0.33             201
    Government..................................             153             153            0.33              50
Amendments--General Special Use Application
 (Form 3-1383-G):
    Individuals.................................             114             114            0.25              29
    Private Sector..............................              61              61            0.25              15
    Government..................................              15              15            0.25               4
ePermits Amendments--General Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-G):
    Individuals.................................             114             114              .2              23
    Private Sector..............................              61              61              .2              12
    Government..................................              15              15              .2               3
Renewals--General Special Use Application (Form
 3-1383-G):
    Individuals.................................             228             228             .33              75
    Private Sector..............................             122             122             .33              40
    Government..................................              30              30             .33              10
ePermits Renewals--General Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-G):
    Individuals.................................             228             228             .25              57
    Private Sector..............................             122             122             .25              31
    Government..................................              30              30             .25               8
Commercial Activities Special Use Application
 (Form 3-1383-C):
    Individuals.................................             797             797               4           3,188
    Private Sector..............................             500             500               4           2,000
    Government..................................              54              54               4             216
ePermits--Commercial Activities Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-C):
    Individuals.................................             798             798            3.75           2,993
    Private Sector..............................             500             500            3.75           1,875
    Government..................................              54              54            3.75             203
Amendments--Commercial Activities Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-C):
    Individuals.................................              80              80               1              80
    Private Sector..............................              50              50               1              50
    Government..................................               5               5               1               5
ePermits Amendments--Commercial Activities
 Special Use Application (Form 3-1383-C):
    Individuals.................................              80              80            0.75              60
    Private Sector..............................              50              50            0.75              38
    Government..................................               5               5            0.75               4
Renewals--Commercial Activities Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-C):
    Individuals.................................             160             160               2             320
    Private Sector..............................             100             100               2             200
    Government..................................              27              27               2              54
ePermits Renewals--Commercial Activities Special
 Use Application (Form 3-1383-C):
    Individuals.................................             160             160               1             160
    Private Sector..............................             100             100               1             100
    Government..................................              27              27               1              27
Research and Monitoring Special Use Application
 (Form 3-1383-R):
    Individuals.................................             104             104               5             520
    Private Sector..............................             201             201               5           1,005
    Government..................................              67              67               5             335
ePermits--Research and Monitoring Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-R):
    Individuals.................................             105             105            4.75             499
    Private Sector..............................             202             202            4.75             960
    Government..................................              68              68            4.75             323
Amendments--Research and Monitoring Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-R):
    Individuals.................................              10              10             1.5              15
    Private Sector..............................              20              20             1.5              30
    Government..................................               7               7             1.5              11
ePermits Amendments--Research and Monitoring
 Special Use Application (Form 3-1383-R):
    Individuals.................................              10              10            1.25              13
    Private Sector..............................              20              20            1.25              25
    Government..................................               7               7            1.25               9
Renewals--Research and Monitoring Special Use
 Application (Form 3-1383-R):
    Individuals.................................              21              21               2              42

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    Private Sector..............................              40              40               2              80
    Government..................................              14              14               2              28
ePermits Renewals--Research and Monitoring
 Special Use Application (Form 3-1383-R):
    Individuals.................................              21              21               1              21
    Private Sector..............................              40              40               1              40
    Government..................................              14              14               1              14
Bid Sheet--National Wildlife Refuge System (Form
 3-1384):
    Private Sector..............................             125             125               1             125
ePermits--Bid Sheet--National Wildlife Refuge
 System (Form 3-1384):
    Private Sector..............................             125             125             .75              94
Amendments--Bid Sheet--National Wildlife Refuge
 System (Form 3-1384):
    Private Sector..............................              13              13            0.33               4
ePermits Amendments--Bid Sheet--National
 Wildlife Refuge System (Form 3-1384):
    Private Sector..............................              13              13            0.25               3
Activity Reports/Associated Document
 Requirements:
    Individuals.................................           1,122           1,122               3           3,366
    Private Sector..............................             730             730               3           2,190
    Government..................................             198             198               3             594
ePermits--Activity Reports/Associated Document
 Requirements:
    Individuals.................................           1,122           1,122               2           2,244
    Private Sector..............................             730             730               2           1,460
    Government..................................             198             198               2             396
Amendments--Activity Reports/Associated Document
 Requirements:
    Individuals.................................               2               2            0.33               1
    Private Sector..............................              23              23            0.33               8
    Government..................................               5               5            0.33               2
ePermits Amendments--Activity Reports/Associated
 Document Requirements:
    Individuals.................................               2               2            0.25               1
    Private Sector..............................              23              23            0.25               6
    Government..................................               5               5            0.25               1
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
        Totals..................................          13,903          13,903  ..............          27,919
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* Rounded

    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.).

Madonna Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-14832 Filed 7-12-21; 8:45 am]
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