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Annual National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Announcement

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AGENCY:

U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION:

Request for public comments on proposed information collection submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

SUMMARY:

The proposal to extend the collection of information described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Copies of the proposed collection of information and related forms may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance office at the phone number listed below. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection, but may respond after 30 days; therefore public comments should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure maximum consideration. Comments and suggestions on the proposal should be made directly to the Desk Office for the Interior Department, OMB-OIRA, via e-mail to OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov or via facsimile to (202) 395-6566, and to the Bureau clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192.

Specific public comments are requested as to:

1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the bureau, including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used:

3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

4. How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.

Title: Annual National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Announcement.

OMB approval number: 1028-0051.

Abstract: Respondents submit proposals to support research in earthquake hazard assessments and earthquake occurrence. This information will be used as the basis for selection and award of projects meeting the program objectives. Final reports of research findings are required on each selected performances.

Bureau form number: None.

Frequency: Annual proposals, final reports.Start Printed Page 64291

Description of respondents: Educational institutions, profit and non-profit organizations, individuals, and agencies of local or State governments.

Annual responses: 300.

Annual burden hours: 12,000 hours.

Bureau clearance officer: Fred Travnicek, 703-648-7231.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elizabeth Lemersal, U.S. Geological Survey, MS905 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192, (703) 648-6717.

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Dated: October 26, 2006.

John Haines,

Acting, Associate Director for Geology, U.S. Geological Survey.

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[FR Doc. 06-8996 Filed 10-31-06; 8:45 am]

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