2018-08189. Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey  

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    AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of information collection; request for comment.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are proposing to renew an information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 21, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or by email to Info_Coll@fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018-0019 in the subject line of your comments.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request additional information about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358-2503. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 Start Printed Page 17430information was published on October 13, 2017 (82 FR 47763). We received one comment in response to that notice but it did not address the information collection requirements. No changes to the information collection were made as a result of this comment.

    We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the Service; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Service enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Service minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology.

    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: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712) and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a-754j-2) designate the Department of the Interior as the primary agency responsible for:

    • Managing migratory bird populations frequenting the United States, and
    • Setting hunting regulations that allow for the well-being of migratory bird populations.

    These responsibilities dictate that we gather accurate data on various characteristics of migratory bird populations.

    The North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey is an essential part of the migratory bird management program. State, Federal, Provincial, local, and tribal conservation agencies conduct the survey annually to provide the data necessary to determine the population status of the woodcock. In addition, the information is vital in assessing the relative changes in the geographic distribution of the woodcock. We use the information primarily to develop recommendations for hunting regulations. Without information on the population's status, we might promulgate hunting regulations that:

    • Are not sufficiently restrictive, which could cause harm to the woodcock population, or
    • Are too restrictive, which would unduly restrict recreational opportunities afforded by woodcock hunting.

    The Service, State conservation agencies, university associates, and other interested parties use the data for various research and management projects.

    Title of Collection: North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0019.

    Form Number: FWS Form 3-156.

    Type of Review: Renewal of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: State, Provincial, local, and Tribal employees.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 808.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 808.

    Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 1.75 hours to 1.88 hours, depending on activity.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,515.

    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Frequency of Collection: Annually.

    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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    Dated: April 16, 2018.

    Madonna Baucum,

    Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-08189 Filed 4-18-18; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 4333-15-P

Document Information

Published:
04/19/2018
Department:
Interior Department
Agency:
Fish and Wildlife Service
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice of information collection; request for comment.
Document Number:
2018-08189
Dates:
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 21, 2018.
Pages:
17429-17430 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
FWS-HQ-MB-2018-N052, FXMB123109WEBB0-167-FF09M25100, OMB Control Number 1018-0019
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2018-08189.pdf