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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Oil and Gas Leasing: National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Notice of Information Collection; request for comment.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are proposing to renew an information collection.


Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 29, 2020.


Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection renewal (ICR) should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to​public/​do/​PRAMain . Find this particular information collection by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function. Please provide a copy of your comments to Faith Bremner, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW, Room 2134LM, Washington DC 20240; or by email to Please reference Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1004-0196 in the subject line of your comments.

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To request additional information about this ICR, contact Wayne Svejnoha at telephone: 907-271-4407, or email: Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance. You may also view the ICR at​public/​do/​PRAMain. You may also view the ICR at​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format.

A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on April 9, 2020 (85 FR 19954). No comments were received.

As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burdens, we are again soliciting comments from the public and other Federal agencies on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following:

(1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;

(2) The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 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) How might the agency 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 response.

Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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.

Abstract: This control number enables the BLM to obtain the information it Start Printed Page 38922needs to meet its responsibilities under the relevant legal provisions of the National Petroleum Reserves Production Act.

Title of Collection: Oil and Gas Leasing: National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska.

OMB Control Number: 1004-0196.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Respondents/Affected Public: Participants in the oil and gas leasing program within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 21.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 21.

Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 80 hours, depending on the activity.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 220.

Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

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Faith Bremner,

Senior Regulatory Analyst.

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[FR Doc. 2020-13894 Filed 6-26-20; 8:45 am]