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Request for Public Comments on Proposed Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

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The proposal is extend the collection of information described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Copies of the proposed collection of information and related forms may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed below. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection, but may respond after 30 days; therefore public comments should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure maximum consideration. Comments and suggestions on the proposal should be made directly to the Desk Officer for the Interior Department, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503, and to the Bureau Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, telephone (703) 648-7313.

Specific public comments are requested as to:

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

2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used:Start Printed Page 59306

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

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

Title: Annual National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Announcement.

OMB Approval Number: 1028-0051.

Abstract: Respondents submit proposals to support research in earthquake hazards and earthquake prediction essential to mitigate earthquake losses. This information will be used as the basis for selection and award of projects meeting the program objectives.

Bureau Form Number: None.

Frequency: Annual proposals, annual or final reports.

Description of Respondents: Educational institutions, profit and non-profit organizations, individuals, and agencies of local or State governments.

Annual Responses: 370.

Annual Burden Hours: 12,800 hours.

Bureau Clearance Officer: John Cordyack, 703-648-7313.

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Dated: June 28, 2002.

P. Patrick Leahy,

Associate Director for Geology.

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[FR Doc. 02-23847 Filed 9-19-02; 8:45 am]