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OMB Approval Number 1004-0114; Information Collection Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has sent a request to extend the current information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C.. 3501 et seq.). On January 15, 2003, the BLM published a notice in the Federal Register (68 FR 2071) requesting comment on this information collection. The comment period ended on March 17, 2003. BLM received no comments. You may obtain copies of the collection of information and related forms and explanatory material by contacting the BLM Information Collection Clearance Officer at the telephone number listed below.

The OMB must respond to this request within 60 days but may respond after 30 days. For maximum consideration your comments and suggestions on the requirement should be directed within 30 days to the Office of Management and Budget, Interior Department Desk Officer (1004-0114), at OMB-OIRA via facsimile to (202) 395-6566 or e-mail to Oira Please provide a copy of your comments to the Bureau Information Collection Clearance Officer Start Printed Page 66480(WO-630), Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office, 7450 Boston Blvd., Springfield, Virginia 22153.

Nature of Comments: We specifically request your comments on the following:

1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper functioning of the BLM including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. The accuracy of our estimates of the information collection burden, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions we use;

3. Ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information we collect; and

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

Title: Recreation of Location Notices and Annual Filings for Mining Claims, Mill Sites, and Tunnel Sites; Payment of Location and Maintenance Fees and Service Charges. (43 CFR parts 3730, 3810, 3820, 3830, and 3850).

OMB Approval Number: 1004-0114.

Bureau Form Number: 3830-2 and 3830-3.

Abstract: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) collects an dudes the information to determine whether or not mining claimants have met statutory requirements. Mining claimants must record location notices of certificates of mining claims, mill sites, and tunnel sites with BLM within 90 days of their location. Claimants who do not pay the maintenance fee must make an annual filing by December 30. The mining claim or site is forfeited by operation of law if claimants fail to record the mining claim or site or to submit an annual filing when required.

Frequency: Once for notices and certificates of location, notice of intent to locate mining claims, and payment of location fees. Once each year for annual filing, payment of maintenance fees, or filing of waivers. As needed for recording of amendments to a previously recorded notice or certificate of location or transfer of interest.

Description of Respondents: Individuals, groups, or corporations.

Estimated Completion Time: Eight minutes for each document or payment (one hour for a Deferment Petition)

Annual Responses: 236,852.

Application Fee Per Response: We charge $10 for each new claims, $5 each for all other mining claims documents, and $25 for each notice of intent to locate mining claims and petitions for deferment of assessment work.

Annual Burden Hours: 31,585.

Bureau Clearance Officer: Michael Schwartz, (202) 452-5033.

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Dated: September 5, 2003.

Michael H. Schwartz,

Bureau of Land Management, Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-29580 Filed 11-25-03; 8:45 am]