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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 currently approved collection (OMB No. 1006-0023).

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: Limited Recipient Identification Sheet and Trust Information Sheet, 43 CFR part 426, OMB Control Number: 1006-0023. As a result of Reclamation's activities to fully implement the acreage limitation provisions applicable to public entities (43 CFR 426.10 and the Act of July 7, 1970, Pub. L. 91-310), a new “Public Entity Information Sheet” (Form 7-2565) has been developed for approval as part of this information collection. 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: Limited Recipient Identification Sheet, Trust Information Sheet, and Public Entity Information Sheet for Acreage Limitation, 43 CFR part 426 and the Act of July 7, 1970, Public Law 91-310.

Abstract: Identification of limited recipients—Some entities that receive Reclamation irrigation water may believe themselves to be under the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA) forms submittal threshold and consequently, may not submit the appropriate RRA form(s). However, some of these entities may in fact have a different RRA forms submittal threshold than what they believe it to be due to the number of natural persons benefitting from each entity. In addition, some entities that are exempt from the requirement to submit RRA forms due to the size of their landholdings (directly and indirectly owned and leased land) may in fact be receiving Reclamation irrigation water for which the full-cost rate must be paid because the entity first started to receive Reclamation irrigation water deliveries after October 1, 1981 [43 CFR 426.6(b)(2)]. The information obtained through completion of the Limited Recipient Identification Sheet allows the Bureau of Reclamation (we, our, or us) to establish entities' compliance with Federal reclamation law. The Limited Recipient Identification Sheet is disbursed at our discretion.

Trust review—We are required to review and approve all trusts [43 CFR part 426.7(b)(2)] in order to ensure trusts meet the regulatory criteria specified in 43 CFR part 426.7. Land held in trust generally will be attributed to the beneficiaries of the trust rather than the trustee if the regulatory criteria are met. When we become aware of trusts with a relatively small landholding (40 acres Start Printed Page 38709or less), we may extend to those trusts the option to complete and submit for our review the proposed Trust Information Sheet instead of actual trust documents. If we find nothing on the completed, Trust Information Sheet that would warrant the further investigation of a particular trust, that trustee will not be burdened with submitting trust documents to us for in-depth review. The Trust Information Sheet is disbursed at our discretion.

Acreage limitation provisions applicable to public entities—Land farmed by a public entity can be considered exempt from the application of the acreage limitation provisions provided the public entity meets certain criteria pertaining to the revenue generated through the entity's farming activities (43 CFR 426.10 and the Act of July 7, 1970, Pub. L. 91-310). We are required to ascertain whether or not public entities that receive Reclamation irrigation water meet such revenue criteria regardless of how much land the public entities hold (directly or indirectly own or lease) [43 CFR 426.10(a)]. In order to minimize the burden on public entities, standard RRA forms are submitted by a public entity only when the public entity holds more than 40 acres, which makes it difficult to apply the revenue criteria as required to those public entities that hold less than 40 acres. A new “Public Entity Information Sheet” (Form 7-2565) has been developed for approval as part of this information collection. The information obtained through completion of Form 7-2565 allows us to establish compliance with Federal reclamation law for those public entities that hold less than 40 acres and thus do not submit a standard RRA form because they are below the RRA forms submittal threshold. In addition, for those public entities that do not meet the exemption criteria, we must determine the proper rate to charge for Reclamation irrigation water deliveries. There is anticipated to be a very minimal increase in burden hours resulting from the addition of this form because of the very limited type of landholders that can use this form (i.e., only those public entities that hold less than 40 acres). The Public Entity Information Sheet is disbursed at our discretion and will be effective starting in the 2006 water year. Because of the addition of this proposed new form to this information collection, we also propose that the title of this information collection be changed to “Forms for Certain Landholders That Hold Less Than 40 Acres for Acreage Limitation.” This change in title will allow us to capture the purpose of the forms in this information collection without listing lengthy form names.

Changes to the RRA forms and the instructions to those forms.

Several proposed changes were made to the current forms, and the proposed new form, prior to the 60-day comment period initiated by the notice published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2005 (70 FR 5221, Feb. 1, 2005). Those changes were designed to increase the respondents' understanding of the forms and how to complete them. Comments resulting from the 60-day comment period consisted of minor language revisions and layout revisions to specific areas of the forms. Changes based on the comments received were made when the changes resulted in increased clarity and increased correctness of the forms and the corresponding instructions. All other changes that were made are editorial or typographical in nature. The proposed revisions to the forms will be included starting in the 2006 water year.

Frequency: Generally, these forms will be submitted once per identified entity, trust, or public entity. Each year, we expect new responses in accordance with the following numbers.

Respondents: Entity landholders, trusts, and public entities identified by Reclamation that are subject to the acreage limitation provisions of Federal reclamation law.

Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 425.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.00.

Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 425.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 52 hours.

Estimate of Burden for Each Form:

Form No.Estimated number of respondentsFrequency of responseTotal annual responsesBurden estimate per form (in minutes)Total burden hours
Limited Recipient Identification Sheet1751.00175515
Trust Information Sheet1501.00150512
Public Entity Information Sheet1001.001001525
Total4251.0042552

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 “Limited Recipient Identification Sheet,” the “Trust Information Sheet,” and the “Public Entity Information Sheet.” 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 5221, 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 Start Printed Page 38710from 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.

Roseanne Gonzales,

Director, Office of Program and Policy Services.

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