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Forest Service, USDA.


Notice, request for comment.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection; Financial Information Security Request Form.


Comments must be received in writing on or before June 25, 2007 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.


Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Financial Management, Mail Stop 1149, Forest Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1149.

Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 703-605-5117 or by e-mail to:

The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service, Rosslyn Plaza, Building C, 1601 N. Kent Street, Arlington, VA during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 703-605-4767 to facilitate entry to the building.

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Vanetta Williams, Financial Management, 703-605-4767. Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

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Title: Financial Information Security Request Form.

OMB Number: 0596-0204.

Expiration Date of Approval: 9/30/2007.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: The majority of the Forest Service's financial records are in databases stored at the National Finance Center (NFC). The Forest Service uses employees and contractors to maintain these financial records. The employees and contractors must have access to NFC to perform their duties.

The Forest Service uses an electronic form, FS-6500-214—Financial Information Security Request, to apply to NFC for access for a specific employee or contractor. Due to program management decisions and budget constraints, it has been determined that contractors will need to complete and submit the form. No Forest Service employees are available to complete and submit the form requesting contractor access to NFC.

The contractor and the Forest Service Lotus Notes Database provide the information necessary to complete form FS-6500-214. The contractor verifies completion of two courses within the last year: Privacy Act Basics and IT (Information Technology) Security. The contractor then enters the Lotus Notes short name assigned by the Forest Service. Using the Lotus Notes short name, the screen is populated with information that the contractor can change if incorrect: Name, work email, work telephone number, and job title. The contractor checks the box for a nonfederal employee and provides the expiration date of the contract. The contractor then selects the databases and actions needed. Based on the database(s) selected, the contractor provides additional information regarding the financial systems, work location, access scope, etc. Once the form is submitted to the client security officer, a one-page agreement automatically prints, which the contractor and client security officer sign. The agreement is a certification statement that acknowledges the contractor's recognition of the sensitive nature of the information and agrees to use the information only for authorized purposes. The information collected is shared with those managing or overseeing the financial systems used by the Forest Service, this includes auditors.

Estimate of Annual Burden: 10 minutes.

Type of Respondents: Contracted employees.

Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 50.

Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 150.

Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval.

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Dated: April 20, 2007.

Hank Kashdan,

Deputy Chief, Business Operations.

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[FR Doc. E7-8027 Filed 4-25-07; 8:45 am]