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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested

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60-day notice of information collection under review: report of theft or loss of controlled substances—DEA Form 106.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for “sixty days” until December 27, 2004. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments, especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Patricia M. Good, Chief, Liaison and Policy Section, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537.

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 a currently approved collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Report of Theft or Loss of Controlled Substances—DEA Form 106.

(3) Agency Form Number, if Any, and the Applicable Component of the Department of Justice Sponsoring the Collection: Form Number: DEA Form 106. Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, 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. Other: Not-for-profit, State, local or tribal government. Abstract: Title 21 CFR 1301.74(c) and 1301.76(b) require DEA registrants to complete and submit DEA-106 upon discovery of a theft or significant loss of controlled substances. This provides accurate accountability and allows DEA to monitor substances diverted for illicit purposes.

(5) An Estimate of the Total Number of Respondents and the Amount of Time Estimated for an Average Respondent To Respond: DEA estimates that 5,659 registrants submit 8,310 forms annually for this collection. DEA estimates that each response takes 30 minutes.

(6) An Estimate of the Total Public Burden (in Hours) Associated With the Collection: DEA estimates this collection has a public burden of 4,155 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, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: October 20, 2004.

Brenda E. Dyer,

Department Clearance Officer, Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 04-23904 Filed 10-25-04; 8:45 am]

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