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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Cooperative Charting Program

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).




The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).


Written comments must be submitted on or before November 29, 2004.


Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Ken Forster, 301-713-2737, ext 130.

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I. Abstract

NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) produces the official nautical charts of the United States. As part of its efforts to keep the charts up-to-date, NOS has a Memorandum of Agreement with both the United States Power Squadrons and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary that provides for members to submit chart correction data to NOS.

II. Method of Collection

The paper form (77-5) for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is available to download on the following website:​cgauxweb/​home_​frame_​955a.htm. A Web version is being used for the United States Power Squadrons.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0648-0022.

Form Number: Form 77-5.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; individuals or households.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,000.

Estimated Time Per Response: 3 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 45,000.

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

Comments are invited on: (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

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Dated: September 22, 2004.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-21970 Filed 9-29-04; 8:45 am]