U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.
Notice of an extension of an information collection (1028-0062).
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we will submit to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements for “Industrial Minerals Surveys, (38 USGS forms).” This notice provides the public an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of these forms.
Submit written comments by June 16, 2008.
You may submit comments on this information collection to the Department of the Interior, USGS, via:
- E-mail: email@example.com. Use Information Collection Number 1028-0062 in the subject line.
- Fax: (703) 648-7069. Use Information Collection Number 1028-0062 in the the subject line.
- Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; USGS Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, Reston, VA 20192. Please reference Information Collection 1028-0062 in your comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Scott F. Sibley at (703) 648-4976. Copies of the forms can be obtained at no cost by contacting the USGS clearance officer at the phone number listed below.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title: Industrial Minerals Surveys.
OMB Control Number: 1028-0062.
Form Number: Various (38 forms).
Abstract: Respondents supply the U.S. Geological Survey with domestic production and consumption data on nonfuel mineral commodities. This information will be published as chapters in Minerals Yearbooks, monthly Mineral Industry Surveys, annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, and special publications, for use by Government agencies, industry, education programs, and the general public.
We will protect information considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR 250.197, “Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection.” Responses are voluntary. No questions of a “sensitive” nature are asked. We intend to release data collected on these 38 forms only in a summary format that is not company-specific.
Frequency: Monthly, Quarterly, Semiannually, and Annually.
Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 15,990 producers and consumers of industrial minerals. Respondents are canvassed for one frequency period (e.g., monthly respondents are not canvassed annually).
Estimated Number of Responses: 18,336.
Annual Burden Hours: 12,637.
Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden: The currently approved “hour” burden for these 38 forms is 11,716 hours. We estimate the public reporting burden averages 15 minutes to 2 hours per response. This includes the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the information.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden: We have not identified any “non-hour cost” burdens associated with this collection of information.
Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.
Comments: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) requires each agency “* * * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information * * *” Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is Start Printed Page 20708useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
To comply with the public consultation process, we publish this Federal Register notice announcing that we will submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provides the required 60-day public comment period.
USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Alfred Travnicek, 703-648-7231.Start Signature
John H. DeYoung, Jr.,
Chief Scientist, Minerals Information Team.
[FR Doc. E8-7991 Filed 4-15-08; 8:45 am]
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