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Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of renewal of a currently approved collection (OMB No. 1006-0006).

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment: Certification Summary Form and Reporting Summary Form for Acreage Limitation, 43 CFR part 426 and 43 CFR part 428, OMB Control Number: 1006-0006. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.

DATES:

Your comments must be received on or before August 4, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

You may send comments regarding the burden estimate, or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, via facsimile to (202) 395-6566 or e-mail to OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov. A copy of your comments should also be directed to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attention: D-5300, PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For further information or a copy of the proposed forms contact Stephanie McPhee, D-5300, PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007; or by telephone: (303) 445-2897.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Certification Summary Form and Reporting Summary Form for Acreage Limitation, 43 CFR part 426 and 43 CFR part 428.

Abstract: The summary forms in this information collection are to be used by district offices to summarize individual landholder (direct or indirect landowner or lessee) and farm operator certification and reporting forms as required by the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA), 43 CFR part 426 and 43 CFR part 428. This information allows the Bureau of Reclamation (we, our, or us) to establish water user compliance with Federal reclamation law.

Changes to the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA) Forms and the Instructions to Those Forms

Proposed changes were made to the current Form 7-21SUMM-C, Form 7-21SUMM-R, the corresponding tabulation sheets, and the corresponding instructions prior to the 60-day comment period initiated by the notice published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2005 (70 FR 5222, Feb. 1, 2005). Those changes were designed to increase the respondents' understanding of the summary forms, the instructions to the summary forms, and what information is required to be submitted to Reclamation. Comments resulting from the 60-day comment period consisted of minor language additions, deletions, and revisions to specific areas of certain summary forms. Such additions, deletions, and revisions reflected in language found in current RRA directives and/or in other places within the current summary forms. Changes based on the comments received were made when the changes resulted in increased clarity and increased correctness of the summary forms and the corresponding instructions. All other changes that were made are editorial or typographical in nature. The proposed revisions to the summary forms will be included starting in the 2006 water year.

Draft of a New Form

As part of Reclamation's ongoing acceptance of users' comments on the RRA forms, Reclamation received a request to devise a way to more efficiently track limited recipients that hold less than 40 acres (i.e., those that are below the RRA forms submittal threshold and thus do not submit standard RRA forms) and the full-cost and excess land held by such limited recipients. In an effort to address this comment Reclamation proposed a draft of a new form, “Tabulation H of Limited Recipients That Hold Less Than 40 Acres, and Full-Cost Landholders and Excess Landowners That Are Below the RRA Forms Submittal Threshold.” This draft form was presented for public comment during the 60-day comment period initiated by the Federal Register notice published on February 1, 2005 (70 FR 5222, Feb. 1, 2005). Nearly all of the public comments received with regard to the proposed new form expressed opposition to the form. Therefore, the proposed new form will not be implemented for use in the 2006 or future water years, and the proposed new form is not included as part of the forms presented for comment during this 30-day comment period.

Frequency: Annually.

Respondents: Contracting entities that are subject to the acreage limitation provisions of Federal reclamation law.

Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 238.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.25.

Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 298.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 11,900 hours.

Estimate of Burden for Each Form: Start Printed Page 38708

Form No.Estimated No. of respondentsFrequency of responseTotal annual responsesBurden hours per responseTotal burden hours
7-21SUMM-C and tabulation sheets1981.25248409,900
7-21SUMM-R and tabulation sheets401.2550402,000
Total2381.2529811,900

Comments

Comments are invited on:

(a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of our functions, including whether the information will have practical use;

(b) The accuracy of our burden estimate for the proposed collection of information;

(c) Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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. Reclamation will display a valid OMB control number on the RRA forms. A Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2005 (70 FR 5222, Feb. 1, 2005). A list of the comments received and our responses to those comments will be sent to: (1) All districts, (2) all commenters, and (3) OMB with the ICR; it is also available from us upon request.

OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove this information collection, but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public comment should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure maximum consideration.

Department of the Interior practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from public disclosure, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which we would withhold a respondent's identity from public disclosure, 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. 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 disclosure in their entirety.

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Dated: June 17, 2005.

Roseann Gonzales,

Director, Office of Program and Policy Services.

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[FR Doc. 05-13145 Filed 7-1-05; 8:45 am]

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