Federal Register: February 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 26)
DOCID: FR Doc 03-3085
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DOCUMENT ID: [I.D. 020303H]
ACTION: Agency information collection activities:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Estuary Restoration Act Database
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2003.
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on [[Page 6418]]
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 10413 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed collection; comment request,
Collection of estuary habitat restoration project information (e.g., location, habitat type, goals, status, monitoring information) will be undertaken in order to populate a restoration project database mandated by the Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) of 2000. The Estuary Restoration Act Database is to contain information for estuary habitat restoration projects funded through the ERA as well as nonERA project data that meet quality control requirements and data standards established under the Act. The database is intended to provide information to improve restoration methods, provide the basis for required reports to Congress, and track estuary habitat acreage restored. It will be accessible to the public via Internet for data queries and project reports. Recipients of ERA funds will be required to submit specific information on habitat restoration projects into the ERA Database through an interactive Web site available over the Internet. Projects that are not funded through the ERA can be voluntarily entered into the database by project managers. Other federal agency and private grant programs may also require recipients to enter project information in the ERA database.
II. Method of Collection
Project managers will electronically submit estuary restoration project information via NOAA's Estuary Restoration Act Database Web site. The Web site will contain a userfriendly data entry interface for project managers to enter and submit project information to the ERA database. The data entry interface will consist of a series of screens, containing several pulldown menus and text boxes, where users can enter specific project information (e.g. location, acreage restored, contacts, monitoring information). To facilitate the collection of information through the data entry interface, NOAA Fisheries will provide worksheets containing database fields that can be downloaded and printed from the Web site. These worksheets can be used by project managers to guide information collection, and can then serve as a reference as project managers enter project information over the Web site. The reporting forms will also be available in paper format to be sent to project managers as necessary.
The collection of estuary habitat restoration project information
will be undertaken in a multiphased approach. Project information will
first be obtained from existing federal databases, and later from other
existing state and regional databases. For projects funded through the
Estuary Restoration Act, project managers will be required to enter
project information into the database as part of their funding
agreement. Submission of project information to the ERA Database may
also be required by other public and private restoration financial
assistance programs. For other projects implemented by notforprofit
institutions (primary), state, local, tribal governments, businesses
and other forprofit organizations, project information can be entered
into the database on a voluntary basis. Since database information will
be provided by a wide range of respondents, data will be reviewed using
a detailed quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program prior to
being made available to the public. This QA/QC process will also ensure
compliance with the Data Quality Act (Section 515). Projects entered
into the ERA Database can be updated as new information is obtained but
must be updated at least annually for use in database queries and reports.
OMB Number: None.
Form Number: None.
Type of Review: Regular submission.
Affected Public: Notforprofit institutions; state, local, and
tribal governments; the Federal government; and business or other for
profit organizations (limited to organizations in the above categories engaging in estuary habitat restoration).
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,000.
Estimated Time Per Response: One hour per report. This is assuming
that most information needed for the database has already been obtained
or is known. Projects in the database must be updated at least
annually. Information originally collected and submitted for a project does not need to be collected again to update the project.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000.
Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: None.
IV. Request for Comments
Comments are invited on: (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Dated: January 31, 2003.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 033085 Filed 2603; 8:45 am]
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Becky Allee, NMFS Restoration Center, 1315 EastWest Highway, F/HC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (or via Internet at email@example.com).