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Executive Office for Immigration Review; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comments Requested

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30-Day notice of information collection under review: reinstatement, without change, of a previously approved collection for which approval Start Printed Page 77290has expired; application for suspension of deportation.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on October 4, 2002, Volume 67, Number 193, Pages 62265-62266, allowing for a 60 day comment period.

The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments until January 16, 2003. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer, Washington, DC 20530. Additionally, comments may be submitted to OMB via facsimile to (202) 395-5806.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed colleciton of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(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 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 responses.

Overview of this information collection:

(1) Type of Information Collection: Reinstatement, without change, of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired.

(2) Title of the Form/Colleciton: Application for Suspension of Deportation.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form Number EOIR-40, Executive Office for Immigration Review, United States Department of Justice.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract Primary: Individuals or households. Other: None.

Abstract: This form is used by certain deportable aliens to apply for suspension of deportation pursuant to former section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and 8 CFR 240.56 (2002).

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 2,000 responses per year at 5 hours, 45 minutes per response.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 11,500 hours annually.

If additional information is required contact: Mr. Robert B. Briggs, Department Clearance Officer, Information Management and Security Staff, Justice Management Division, United States Department of Justice, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: December 11, 2002.

Robert B. Briggs,

Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 02-31662 Filed 12-16-02; 8:45 am]

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