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Renewal of Approved Information Collection; Control Number 1004-0153

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


60-Day notice and request for comments.


In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites public comments on, and plans to request approval to continue, the collection of information from owners of surface estates who apply for underlying Federally-owned mineral interests. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has assigned control number 1004-0153 to this information collection.


Please submit comments on the proposed information collection by April 13, 2015.


Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or electronic mail.

Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW., Room 2134LM, Attention: Jean Sonneman, Washington, DC 20240.

Fax: To Jean Sonneman at 202-245-0050.

Electronic mail:

Please indicate “Attn: 1004-0153” regardless of the form of your comments.

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Brenda Wilhight at 202-912-7346. Persons who use a telecommunication device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, to leave a message for Ms. Wilhight.

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OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521, require that interested members of the public and affected agencies be given an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d) and 1320.12(a)). This notice identifies an information collection that the BLM plans to submit to OMB for approval. The Paperwork Reduction Act provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor 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.

The BLM will request a 3-year term of approval for this information collection activity. Comments are invited on: (1) The need for the collection of information for the performance of the functions of the agency; (2) the accuracy of the agency's burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the information collection burden on respondents, such as use of automated means of collection of the information. A summary of the public comments will accompany our submission of the information collection requests to OMB.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The following information pertains to this request:

Title: Conveyance of Federally-Owned Mineral Interests (43 CFR part 2720).

OMB Control Number: 1004-0153.

Summary: The respondents in this information collection are owners of surface estates who apply for underlying Federally-owned mineral estates. The BLM needs to conduct the information collection to determine if the applicants are eligible to receive title to the Start Printed Page 7631Federally-owned minerals lying beneath their lands. When certain specific conditions have been met, the United States will convey legal title to the Federally-owned minerals to the owner of the surface estate.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

Description of Respondents: Owners of surface estates who apply for underlying Federally-owned mineral estates.

Estimated Annual Responses: 13.

Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 13.

Estimated Annual Non-Hour Costs: $650.

The following table details the individual components and respective annual hour burdens of this information collection request:

A. Type of responseB. Number of responsesC. Hours per responseD. Total hours (Column B × Column C)
Conveyance of Federally-Owned Mineral Interests—Businesses414
Conveyance of Federally-Owned Mineral Interests—Individuals818
Conveyance of Federally-Owned Mineral Interests—State/Local/Tribal Governments111
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Jean Sonneman,

Information Collection Clearance Officer, Bureau of Land Management.

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[FR Doc. 2015-02740 Filed 2-10-15; 8:45 am]