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Criminal Division; Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested

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Action: 30-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Short-Form Registration Statement of Individuals (Foreign Agents).

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. This information collection was previously published in the Federal Register Volume 69, Number 62, on page 16952 on March 31, 2004, allowing for a 60 day comment period.

The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days for public comment until August 30, 2004. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item contained in this notice, especially the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, 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 collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

—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;

—Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

—Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

—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: Extension of currently approved information collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Short-form Registration Statement of Individuals (Foreign Agents).

(3) The agency form number and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: Form CRM-156. Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions, and individuals or households. The form is used to register foreign agents as required under the provisions of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 611, et seq. Rule 202 of the Act requires that a partner, officer, director, associate, employee and agent of a registrant who engages directly in activity in furtherance of the interests of the foreign principal, in other than a clerical, secretarial, or in a related or similar capacity, file a short-form registration statement.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents is 523 who will complete a response within 25 minutes.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The estimated total public burden associated with this information collection is 224 hours annually.

If additional information is required contact: Brenda E. Dyer, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Patrick Henry Building, 601 D Street, NW., Suite 1600, Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: July 23, 2004.

Brenda E. Dyer,

Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 04-17262 Filed 7-28-04; 8:45 am]

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