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60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

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National Park Service, National Capital Parks—Central.


Notice and request for comments.


Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on an extension of a currently approved collection (OMB #1024-0021). The NPS specifically requests comments on: (1) The need for the information being collected, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the validity and accuracy of the reporting burden estimate; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

The NPS requests comments on an application form that allows the Park Programs Division of National Capital Parks—Central to process requests from individuals and organizations to hold public gatherings on NPS property. These public gatherings consist of special events and demonstrations that the NPS is charged with regulating to insure protection of cultural and natural resources within NPS property. The NPS will use the information you submit to determine whether or not to make modifications to the application form. Once the NPS makes any modifications that it may decide to adopt, the NPS plans to submit a proposed collection of information package to OMB with a request that OMB approve the package and reinstate the OMB clearance number. You may obtain copies of the application from the source listed below (see the “Send To Comments” section).


Public comments on the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) will be accepted on or before March 9, 2004.

Send Comments To: Richard Merryman, National Capital Region, 1100 Ohio Dr., Rm. 128, SW., Washington, DC 20242. Phone: 202-619-7225, Fax: 202-401-2430. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments using several methods. You may mail comments to the postal address given here. You may fax your comments to the fax number given. You may also hand-deliver comments to the address given here. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entity.Start Printed Page 1598

To Request Printed Copies of the Documents Contact: Richard Merryman, National Capital Region, 1100 Ohio Dr., Rm. 128, SW., Washington, DC 20242. Phone: 202-619-7225, Fax: 202-401-2430.

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Title: National Park Service, National Capital Region Application for a Permit to Conduct a Demonstration or Special Event in Park Areas and a Waiver of Numerical Limitations on Demonstrations for White House Sidewalk and/or Lafayette Park.

Departmental Form Number: None.

OMB Number: 1024-0021.

Expiration Date: 04/30/04.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Description of Need: The information collection responds to the statutory requirement that the NPS preserve park resources and regulate the use of units of the National Park System. The information to be collected identifies: (1) Those individuals and/or organizations that wish to conduct a public gathering on NPS property in the National Capital Region, (2) the logistics of a proposed demonstration or special event that aid the NPS in regulating activities to insure that they are consistent with the NPS mission, (3) potential civil disobedience and traffic control issues for the assignment of United States Park Police personnel, (4) circumstances which may warrant a bond to be assigned to the event for the purpose of covering potential cost to repair damage caused by the event.

Description of Respondents: Respondents are those individuals or organizations that wish to conduct a special event or demonstration on NPS property within the National Capital Region.

Estimated average number of annual respondents: 4,200.

Estimated average burden hours per response: .5 hours.

Estimated annual reporting burden: 2,100 hours.

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Dated: December 4, 2003.

Leonard E. Stone,

Acting National Park Service Information and Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-406 Filed 1-8-04; 8:45 am]