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(Explanatory note: The Paperwork Reduction Act requires that every federal

agency must obtain permission from the White House Office of Management

and Budget to seek information from the general public. This process is known

as "Information Clearance Request" and the agency must renew its request

every three years. and In justifying the collection of information, the

agency must show that the information is needed by the agency to do its

work, whether the information is useful, and how to enhance quality and

utility. They also have to ask the public about the burden of submitting

the inforamtion and ways to reduce that burden).

 

SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we

are notifying the public that we will submit to OMB an extension of a

currently approved information collection (IC) for the ``North American

Breeding Bird Survey, (1 USGS form).'' As required by the Paperwork

Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to

reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public

and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this

IC. This collection is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2012.

 

DATES: Submit written comments by May 1, 2012.

 

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments concerning the IC to the USGS to

the Information Collection Clearance Officer, Shari Baloch, U.S.

Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192

(mail); 703-648-7199 (fax); or smbaloch@usgs.gov (email). Reference

Information Collection 1028-0079 in the subject line.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Pardieck at (301) 497-5843

(phone); kpardieck@usgs.gov (email); or 12100 Beech Forest Road,

Laurel, Maryland, 20708 (mail).

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

 

I. Abstract

 

Respondents supply the U.S. Geological Survey with avian population

data for more than 600 North American bird species. The raw survey

data, resulting population trend estimates, and relative abundance

estimates will be made available via the Internet and through special

publications, for use by Government agencies, industry, education

programs, and the general public. We will protect information from

respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act

(5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and

under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197, ``Data and information to be made

available to the public or for limited inspection.'' Responses are

voluntary. No questions of a ``sensitive'' nature are asked.

 

II. Data

 

Title: North American Breeding Bird Survey.

OMB Control Number: 1028-0079.

Form Number: 840.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondent Obligation: Voluntary.

Frequency: Annually.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately

1,600 individuals skilled in avian identification will participate.

Estimated Number of Responses: 2600.

Annual Burden Hours: 28,600.

Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: We

estimate the public reporting burden averages 11 hours per response.

This includes the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and

maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the information.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden:

Mileage costs are on average $55.50 per response. This includes an

approximate 100-mile round trip for data collection.

Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.)

provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of

information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number and

current expiration date.

 

III. Request for Comments

 

We invite comments concerning this IC on:

 

(a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the

agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful;

(b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed

collection of information;

 

© ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected;

 

and (d) ways to minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use

of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

 

Please note that any comments submitted 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 publically available at anytime.

While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal

identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that

will be done.

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