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Information Collection; Request for Extension

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AGENCY:

National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of request for a currently approved information collection.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Park Service (NPS) is announcing its intention to request an extension of a currently approved information collection (OMB Control #1204-0029) under 36 CFR part 51 relating to Concessioner Annual Financial Reports. The collection described below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information request describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden and cost.

DATES:

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 by May 12, 2004, in order to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior, (OMB #1024-0029), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, via facsimile at (202) 395-6566, or via e-mail at OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov. Also, send a copy of your comments to Cynthia L. Orlando, Concession Program Manager, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW. (2410), Washington, DC 20240, or electronically to cindy_orlando@nps.gov. All comments will become a matter of public record. Copies of the proposed Information Collection Request can be obtained from Erica Smith-Chavis, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW. (2410), Washington, DC 20240.

For Further Information or a copy of the Study Package Submitted for OMB Review Contact:

Erica Smith-Chavis, 1849 C Street, NW. (2410), Washington, DC 20240.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Concessioner Annual Financial Report.

OMB Control Number: 1024-0029.

Expiration Date of Approval: February 29, 2004.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection.

Abstract: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 4 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) require that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 13200.8(d)). NPS has submitted a request to OMB to renew approval of the collection of information contained in Concessioner Annual Financial Reports. NPS is requesting a 3-year term of approval for this information collection activity.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection of information is 1024-0029, and is identified in 36 CFR part 51. As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice soliciting comments on these collections of information was published on November 19, 2003 (Page 65311). No comments were received. This notice provides the public with an additional 30 days in which to comment on the following information collection activity:

The regulations at 36 CFR part 51 primarily implement Title IV of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-391 or the Act), which requires that the Secretary of the Interior exercise authority in a manner constituent with a reasonable opportunity for a concessioner to realize a profit on his operation as a whole commensurate with the capital invested and the obligations assumed. It also requires that franchise fees be determined with consideration to the opportunity for net profit in relation to both gross receipts and capital invested. The financial information being collected is necessary to provide insight into and knowledge of the concessioner's operation so that this authority can be exercised and franchise fees determined in a timely manner and without an undue burden on the concessioner.

Bureau Form Number: 10-356, 10-356a, 10-356b.

Frequency of Collection. Annually.

Description of Respondents: National Park Service concessioners.

Total Annual Responses: 500.

Estimate of Burden: Approximately 7 hours per response.

Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,800.

Total Non-hour Cost Burden: None.

Send comments on (1) the need for the collection of information for the performance of the functions of the agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; (4) and ways to minimize the information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the information, to the following address. Please refer to OMB control number 1024-0029 in all correspondence.

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 may also be circumstances in which we would withhold from the record a respondent's Start Printed Page 19231identify, 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 entirety.

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Dated: February 26, 2004.

Leonard E. Stowe,

NPS Information Collection Clearance Officer, Washington Administrative Program Center.

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[FR Doc. 04-8164 Filed 4-9-04; 8:45 am]

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