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60-Day Notice of Intent To Request Clearance of Information Collection, Commercial Use Authorizations Annual Reporting Requirement, Opportunity for Public Comment

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National Park Service, Interior.




In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3507) the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comment on a request for the information collection requirements of NPS Commercial Use Authorization Annual Reporting Requirement. The Authorization is a result of Section 418 of the National Park Omnibus Act of 1998 that gave the NPS legislative authority to issue Commercial Use Authorizations to persons to provide commercial services to visitors and to report their activities to the NPS annually. This is a new information collection.


Public comments will be accepted until June 10, 2002.


Send comments to Cynthia Orlando, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Room 7311, Washington, DC 20240. Fax: (202) 565-1224. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.

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Contact Cynthia Orlando at (202) 208-1214 or fax to (202) 565-1224.

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Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105-591, authorizes the NPS to issue commercial use authorizations to persons to provide commercial services to visitors of areas of the National Park System. When proposed regulations are finalized it will assure that all NPS commercial use authorizations are issued or solicited and awarded consistently and that the private sector will be aware of NPS authorizing procedures and reporting requirements. That information includes a statement of gross receipts for the prior year's activities and other information that the Director may require including without limit, visitor use statistics and resource impact assessments. There is no specified format for providing that information to the NPS. Without such information, the NPS would be unable to assess the impact of commercial use authorizations on the resources and, in the case of in-park commercial use authorizations, would be unaware when a permittee exceeded the $25,000 limitation in annual gross receipts.

Estimated annual number of respondents: 3,500.

Estimated annual number of responses: 3,500.

Estimated average burden hours per response: 1 hour.

Estimated frequency of response: The collection information must be provided once by each commercial use authorization holder at the end of each year.

Estimated annual reporting burden: 3,500 hours per year.

The NPS specifically invites public comments as to:

a. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Service, including whether the information will have practical utility;

b. The accuracy of the Service's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

c. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

d. How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, Start Printed Page 17438mechanical, or other forms of information technology.

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Richard Cripe,

Acting Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.

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[FR Doc. 02-8579 Filed 4-9-02; 8:45 am]