Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) and Junior Duck Stamp Contests, 36759-36762 [2021-14847]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments, of the following collection of information on April 13, 2021 (86 FR 19276). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Comments Invited In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation will be made available at http:// www.reginfo.gov upon its submission to OMB. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to— (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement 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; (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 using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Information Collection Requirement Title: TSA Customer Comment Tools. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. OMB Control Number: 1652–0030. Forms(s): NA. Affected Public: Travelling public. Abstract: The TSA Contact Center (TCC) continues to serve as the main portal of communication for the traveling public. The public may contact the TCC via email or phone to request information, file a complaint—general or Civil Rights and Liberties, compliment, or provide general feedback. With over one million contacts per year, it is crucial for TSA to have the ability to capture this information. TSA’s online submission forms are readily available from the Customer Service portion of tsa.gov. The online forms are easy to use and offer several dropdown menu choices to reduce the burden on the public and increase the quality of data for TSA. Currently, there are four options for the online forms: Complaint and Compliment, Request for Assistance, Request for Information, and Security Issues. The online forms are easy to use and offer several dropdown menu choices to reduce the burden on the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 public and increase the quality of data for TSA. TCC provides a receipt to any person who submits an online form. TSA is revising the information collection, moving from four online forms to six electronic forms. The online form Complaint and Compliment has been broken into two separate distinct online forms. TSA PreCheckTM has been pulled out of the drop down menu of Complaint and given its own online form. Request for Assistance online form has been renamed TSA Cares. The 6 online forms are as follows: • Complaint—passengers may provide a complaint regarding their experiences with TSA security procedures. Passengers may also use this form to file Disability or Civil Rights and Civil Liberties complaints. • TSA PreCheck—passengers may share concerns about not receiving TSA PreCheck on their boarding pass or other concerns. • Compliment—passengers may share how TSA exceeded their expectations. • Request for Information— passengers may submit an inquiry about TSA policies and procedures, such as traveling with medical conditions, prohibited & permitted items, security screening and more. • TSA Cares—passengers may request assistance through the TSA screening checkpoint. • Security Issue—passengers may identify and report suspicious activities and threats. The TCC provides a receipt to any person who submits an electronic form or email to TSA as required by 49 CFR 1503.3(a). Also, TSA is changing the name of OMB control number 1652–0030 from ‘‘TSA Customer Comment Card’’ to ‘‘TSA Customer Comment Tools’’ to more accurately represent the information collection. In addition, TSA is making non-substantive changes to the paper comment card, updating the appearance—font, TSA insignia and spacing. Number of Respondents: An estimated 88,352 respondents annually. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 7,518 hours annually. Christina A. Walsh, TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2021–14886 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–05–P PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36759 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–HQ–MB–2021–N170; FF09M13200/ 201/FXMB12330900000; OMB Control Number 1018–0172] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) and Junior Duck Stamp Contests Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 12, 2021. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by clicking on the link ‘‘Currently under Review— Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/3W), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail); or by email to Info_Coll@ fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018–0172 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358–2503. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. You may also view the information collection request (ICR) at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 36760 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices 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. On March 4, 2021, we published in the Federal Register (86 FR 12707) a notice of our intent to request that OMB approve this information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on May 3, 2021. We received one comment in response to that notice, expressing concern that the programs were morally wrong because they supported wildlife hunting. The comment did not address the information collection requirements, so no response is required. 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. 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 History of the Federal Duck Stamp On March 16, 1934, Congress passed, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 signed, the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act (16 U.S.C. 718–718k). Popularly known as the Duck Stamp Act, it required all waterfowl hunters 16 years or older to buy a stamp annually. The revenue generated was originally earmarked for the Department of Agriculture, but 5 years later was transferred to the Department of the Interior and the Service. In the years since its enactment, the Federal Duck Stamp Program has become one of the most popular and successful conservation programs ever initiated. Today, some 1.5 million stamps are sold each year, and as of 2017, Federal Duck Stamps had generated more than $1 billion for the preservation of more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the United States. Numerous other birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have similarly prospered because of habitat protection made possible by the program. An estimated one-third of the Nation’s endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges preserved by Duck Stamp funds. Moreover, the protected wetlands help dissipate storms, purify water supplies, store flood water, and nourish fish hatchlings important for sport and commercial fishermen. History of the Duck Stamp Contest Jay N. ‘‘Ding’’ Darling, a nationally known political cartoonist for the Des Moines Register and a noted hunter and wildlife conservationist, designed the first Federal Duck Stamp at President Roosevelt’s request. In subsequent years, noted wildlife artists submitted designs. The first Federal Duck Stamp Contest was opened in 1949 to any U.S. artist who wished to enter, and 65 artists submitted a total of 88 design entries. Since then, the contest has been known as the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Art (Duck Stamp) Contest and has attracted large numbers of entrants. The Duck Stamp Contest (50 CFR part 91) remains the only art competition of its kind regulated by the U.S. Government. The Secretary of the Interior appoints a panel of noted art, waterfowl, and philatelic authorities to select each year’s winning design. Winners receive no compensation for the work, except a signed pane of their stamps; however, winners retain the copyright to their artwork and may sell the original and prints of their designs, which are sought by hunters, conservationists, and art collectors. For the Duck Stamp Contest, the Service selects five or fewer species of waterfowl each year; each entry must employ one of the Service-designated PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 species as the dominant feature (defined as being in the foreground and clearly the focus of attention). In 2020 a permanent theme was established, and participants are currently also required to include a mandatory waterfowl hunting accessory or waterfowl hunting scene within their design. These may include objects such as hunting dogs, waterfowl decoys, waterfowl hunters and scenes illustrating the theme ‘‘celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage.’’ Designs may also include national wildlife refuges as the background of habitat scenes, noneligible species, or other scenes that depict uses of the stamp for conservation and collecting purposes. Entries may be in any media, except for photography or computer-generated art. Designs must be the contestants’ original hand-drawn creation and may not be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, or from images in any format published on the internet. History of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (Junior Duck Stamp Program) began in 1989 as an extension of the Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp. The national Junior Duck Stamp art contest started in 1993, and the first stamp design was selected from entries from eight participating States. The program was recognized by Congress with the 1994 enactment of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act (16 U.S.C. 719). All 50 States, Washington DC, and 2 of the U.S. Territories currently participate in the annual contest. The Junior Duck Stamp Program introduces wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. It crosses cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic boundaries to teach greater awareness and guide students in exploring our nation’s natural resources. It is the Service’s premier conservation education initiative. The Junior Duck Stamp Program includes a dynamic art-and-sciencebased curriculum. This nontraditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and the arts. The program teaches students across the nation conservation through the arts, using scientific and wildlife observation principles to encourage visual communication about what they learn. Four curriculum guides, with activities and resources, were developed for use as a year-round study plan to assist E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 36761 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices students in exploring science in real-life situations. Modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the annual Junior Duck Stamp Art and Conservation Message Contest (Junior Duck Stamp Contest) was developed as a visual assessment of a student’s learning and progression. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest encourages partnerships among Federal and State government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, businesses, and volunteers to help recognize and honor thousands of teachers and students throughout the United States for their participation in conservation-related activities. Since 2000, the contest has received more than 530,000 entries. The winning artwork from the national art contest serves as the design for the Junior Duck Stamp, which the Service produces annually. This $5 stamp has become a much sought after collector’s item. One hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of Junior Duck stamps goes to support recognition and environmental education activities for students who participate in the program. More than $1.25 million in Junior Duck Stamp proceeds have been used to provide recognition, incentives, and scholarships to participating students, teachers, and schools. The Program continues to educate youth about land stewardship and the importance of connecting to the natural world. Several students who have participated in the Junior Duck Stamp Program have gone on to become fulltime wildlife artists and conservation professionals; many attribute their interest and success to their early exposure to the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Who Can Enter the Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp Contests The Duck Stamp Contest is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and resident aliens who are at least 18 years of age by June 1. Individuals enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 may participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest. All eligible students are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program annual art and conservation message contest as part of the program curriculum through public, private, and homeschools, as well as through nonformal educational experiences such as those found in scouting, art studios, and nature centers. Entry Requirements Each entry in the Duck Stamp Contest requires a completed entry form and an entry fee. Information required on the entry form includes: • ‘‘Display, Participation & Reproduction Rights Agreement’’ certification form; • Basic contact information (name, address, phone numbers, and email address); • Date of birth (to verify eligibility); • Species portrayed and medium used; and • Name of hometown newspaper (for press coverage). Each entry in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest requires a completed entry form that requests: • Basic contact information (name, address, phone numbers, and email address); • Age/grade (to verify eligibility and so they may be judged with their peers); • Parent’s name and contact information (email address and phone numbers); • Whether the student has a Social Security or VISA immigration number or is a foreign exchange student (to verify eligibility to receive prizes); • Title, species, medium/style used, and conservation message associated with the drawing; Total number of annual respondents jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Activity Average number of submissions each • Basic contact information for their teacher and school (name, address, phone numbers, school/studio/ organization/troop name, and email address); and • Certification of authenticity. Students in grades 7 through 12 and all national level students are also required to include citations for any resources they used to develop their designs. We use this information to verify that the student has not plagiarized or copied someone else’s work. The Service also translates entry forms into other appropriate languages to increase the understanding of the rules and what the parents and students are signing. Title of Collection: Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) and Junior Duck Stamp Contests. OMB Control Number: 1018–0172. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: Annually. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $53,000 annually (entry fees of $125 plus an average of $15 for mailing costs, for an estimated 200 annual submissions to the Federal Duck Stamp Contest). There are no fees associated with the Junior Duck Stamp Contest submissions. We estimate the mailing costs associated with entering submissions to the Junior Duck Stamp contest to be approximately $25,000 annually. Most of the student entries are mailed directly by schools, who utilize the bulk mail option, thereby reducing the amount of postage and packages received. Total number of annual responses Average completion time per response (min) Total annual burden hours * Duck Stamp Program Contest Entry Form Individuals ..................................................................... Junior Duck Stamp Program Contest Entry Form Individuals ..................................................................... 200 1 200 7 23 25,000 1 25,000 ** 20 8,333 Totals ............................................................................ 25,200 1 25,200 ........................ 8,356 * Rounded. ** Burden for Junior Duck Stamp Program entry form is longer since both the parents and teacher must sign the form, and the student must provide references. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 respond to a collection of information PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 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

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-MB-2021-N170; FF09M13200/201/FXMB12330900000; OMB Control 
Number 1018-0172]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Federal 
Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) and Junior 
Duck Stamp Contests

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 (PRA), 
we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing to 
renew an information collection with revisions.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 12, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by clicking on the link ``Currently under 
Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function. 
Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/
PERMA (JAO/3W), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); 
or by email to [email protected]. Please reference OMB Control Number 
1018-0172 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, by email at [email protected], or by 
telephone at (703) 358-2503. Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 
assistance. You may also view the information collection request (ICR) 
at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) 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

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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.
    On March 4, 2021, we published in the Federal Register (86 FR 
12707) a notice of our intent to request that OMB approve this 
information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 
days, ending on May 3, 2021. We received one comment in response to 
that notice, expressing concern that the programs were morally wrong 
because they supported wildlife hunting. The comment did not address 
the information collection requirements, so no response is required.
    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. 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

History of the Federal Duck Stamp

    On March 16, 1934, Congress passed, and President Franklin D. 
Roosevelt signed, the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act (16 U.S.C. 718-
718k). Popularly known as the Duck Stamp Act, it required all waterfowl 
hunters 16 years or older to buy a stamp annually. The revenue 
generated was originally earmarked for the Department of Agriculture, 
but 5 years later was transferred to the Department of the Interior and 
the Service.
    In the years since its enactment, the Federal Duck Stamp Program 
has become one of the most popular and successful conservation programs 
ever initiated. Today, some 1.5 million stamps are sold each year, and 
as of 2017, Federal Duck Stamps had generated more than $1 billion for 
the preservation of more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat in 
the United States. Numerous other birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and 
amphibians have similarly prospered because of habitat protection made 
possible by the program. An estimated one-third of the Nation's 
endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges 
preserved by Duck Stamp funds. Moreover, the protected wetlands help 
dissipate storms, purify water supplies, store flood water, and nourish 
fish hatchlings important for sport and commercial fishermen.

History of the Duck Stamp Contest

    Jay N. ``Ding'' Darling, a nationally known political cartoonist 
for the Des Moines Register and a noted hunter and wildlife 
conservationist, designed the first Federal Duck Stamp at President 
Roosevelt's request. In subsequent years, noted wildlife artists 
submitted designs. The first Federal Duck Stamp Contest was opened in 
1949 to any U.S. artist who wished to enter, and 65 artists submitted a 
total of 88 design entries. Since then, the contest has been known as 
the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Art (Duck 
Stamp) Contest and has attracted large numbers of entrants.
    The Duck Stamp Contest (50 CFR part 91) remains the only art 
competition of its kind regulated by the U.S. Government. The Secretary 
of the Interior appoints a panel of noted art, waterfowl, and 
philatelic authorities to select each year's winning design. Winners 
receive no compensation for the work, except a signed pane of their 
stamps; however, winners retain the copyright to their artwork and may 
sell the original and prints of their designs, which are sought by 
hunters, conservationists, and art collectors.
    For the Duck Stamp Contest, the Service selects five or fewer 
species of waterfowl each year; each entry must employ one of the 
Service-designated species as the dominant feature (defined as being in 
the foreground and clearly the focus of attention). In 2020 a permanent 
theme was established, and participants are currently also required to 
include a mandatory waterfowl hunting accessory or waterfowl hunting 
scene within their design. These may include objects such as hunting 
dogs, waterfowl decoys, waterfowl hunters and scenes illustrating the 
theme ``celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage.'' Designs may also 
include national wildlife refuges as the background of habitat scenes, 
non-eligible species, or other scenes that depict uses of the stamp for 
conservation and collecting purposes. Entries may be in any media, 
except for photography or computer-generated art. Designs must be the 
contestants' original hand-drawn creation and may not be copied or 
duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, or 
from images in any format published on the internet.

History of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program 
(Junior Duck Stamp Program) began in 1989 as an extension of the 
Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp. The national Junior Duck 
Stamp art contest started in 1993, and the first stamp design was 
selected from entries from eight participating States. The program was 
recognized by Congress with the 1994 enactment of the Junior Duck Stamp 
Conservation and Design Program Act (16 U.S.C. 719). All 50 States, 
Washington DC, and 2 of the U.S. Territories currently participate in 
the annual contest.
    The Junior Duck Stamp Program introduces wetland and waterfowl 
conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. It 
crosses cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic boundaries to teach 
greater awareness and guide students in exploring our nation's natural 
resources. It is the Service's premier conservation education 
initiative.
    The Junior Duck Stamp Program includes a dynamic art-and-science-
based curriculum. This nontraditional pairing of subjects brings new 
interest to both the sciences and the arts. The program teaches 
students across the nation conservation through the arts, using 
scientific and wildlife observation principles to encourage visual 
communication about what they learn. Four curriculum guides, with 
activities and resources, were developed for use as a year-round study 
plan to assist

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students in exploring science in real-life situations.
    Modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the annual Junior 
Duck Stamp Art and Conservation Message Contest (Junior Duck Stamp 
Contest) was developed as a visual assessment of a student's learning 
and progression. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest encourages partnerships 
among Federal and State government agencies, nongovernmental 
organizations, businesses, and volunteers to help recognize and honor 
thousands of teachers and students throughout the United States for 
their participation in conservation-related activities. Since 2000, the 
contest has received more than 530,000 entries.
    The winning artwork from the national art contest serves as the 
design for the Junior Duck Stamp, which the Service produces annually. 
This $5 stamp has become a much sought after collector's item. One 
hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of Junior Duck stamps goes 
to support recognition and environmental education activities for 
students who participate in the program. More than $1.25 million in 
Junior Duck Stamp proceeds have been used to provide recognition, 
incentives, and scholarships to participating students, teachers, and 
schools. The Program continues to educate youth about land stewardship 
and the importance of connecting to the natural world. Several students 
who have participated in the Junior Duck Stamp Program have gone on to 
become full-time wildlife artists and conservation professionals; many 
attribute their interest and success to their early exposure to the 
Junior Duck Stamp Program.

Who Can Enter the Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp Contests

    The Duck Stamp Contest is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and 
resident aliens who are at least 18 years of age by June 1. Individuals 
enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 may participate in the Junior 
Duck Stamp Contest. All eligible students are encouraged to participate 
in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program annual art and 
conservation message contest as part of the program curriculum through 
public, private, and homeschools, as well as through nonformal 
educational experiences such as those found in scouting, art studios, 
and nature centers.

Entry Requirements

    Each entry in the Duck Stamp Contest requires a completed entry 
form and an entry fee. Information required on the entry form includes:
     ``Display, Participation & Reproduction Rights Agreement'' 
certification form;
     Basic contact information (name, address, phone numbers, 
and email address);
     Date of birth (to verify eligibility);
     Species portrayed and medium used; and
     Name of hometown newspaper (for press coverage).
    Each entry in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest requires a completed 
entry form that requests:
     Basic contact information (name, address, phone numbers, 
and email address);
     Age/grade (to verify eligibility and so they may be judged 
with their peers);
     Parent's name and contact information (email address and 
phone numbers);
     Whether the student has a Social Security or VISA 
immigration number or is a foreign exchange student (to verify 
eligibility to receive prizes);
     Title, species, medium/style used, and conservation 
message associated with the drawing;
     Basic contact information for their teacher and school 
(name, address, phone numbers, school/studio/organization/troop name, 
and email address); and
     Certification of authenticity.
    Students in grades 7 through 12 and all national level students are 
also required to include citations for any resources they used to 
develop their designs. We use this information to verify that the 
student has not plagiarized or copied someone else's work. The Service 
also translates entry forms into other appropriate languages to 
increase the understanding of the rules and what the parents and 
students are signing.
    Title of Collection: Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and 
Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) and Junior Duck Stamp Contests.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0172.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $53,000 annually (entry 
fees of $125 plus an average of $15 for mailing costs, for an estimated 
200 annual submissions to the Federal Duck Stamp Contest). There are no 
fees associated with the Junior Duck Stamp Contest submissions. We 
estimate the mailing costs associated with entering submissions to the 
Junior Duck Stamp contest to be approximately $25,000 annually. Most of 
the student entries are mailed directly by schools, who utilize the 
bulk mail option, thereby reducing the amount of postage and packages 
received.

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                                                                                      Average
                                   Total number   Average number   Total number     completion     Total annual
            Activity                 of annual    of submissions     of annual       time per     burden hours *
                                    respondents        each          responses    response (min)
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Duck Stamp Program Contest Entry
 Form
    Individuals.................             200               1             200               7              23
Junior Duck Stamp Program
 Contest Entry Form
    Individuals.................          25,000               1          25,000           ** 20           8,333
                                 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Totals......................          25,200               1          25,200  ..............           8,356
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* Rounded.
** Burden for Junior Duck Stamp Program entry form is longer since both the parents and teacher must sign the
  form, and the student must provide references.

    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.

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    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]
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