60-day notice of information collection under review: 2009 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories.
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for “sixty days” until April 27, 2010. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.
If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Christine Eith, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 810 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531 (phone: 202-305-4559).
Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:
—Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
—Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
—Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
—Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
Overview of this information collection:
(1) Type of Information Collection: Reinstatement, with change, of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired.
(2) Title of the Form/Collection: 2009 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories.
(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: The form number is CFCL-09, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice.
(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Respondents will represent Federal, State, and local governments. This information collection is a census of public crime laboratories that perform forensic analyses on criminal evidence. Start Printed Page 8994The information will provide statistics on laboratories' capacity to analyze forensic crime evidence, the number, types, and sources of evidence received per year, and the number, types, and cost of analyses completed.
(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that 400 respondents will complete each form within approximately 3 hours.
(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: There are an estimated 1,200 total annual burden hours associated with this collection.
If additional information is required contact: Lynn Bryant, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530.Start Signature
Dated: February 23, 2010.
Department Clearance Officer, PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.
[FR Doc. 2010-4048 Filed 2-25-10; 8:45 am]
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