Agency Information Collection Activities; Documenting, Managing, and Preserving Department of the Interior Museum Collections Housed in Non-Federal Repositories

Published date10 May 2024
Record Number2024-10215
Citation89 FR 40502
CourtInterior Department
Federal Register, Volume 89 Issue 92 (Friday, May 10, 2024)
[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 92 (Friday, May 10, 2024)]
                [Pages 40502-40503]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2024-10215]
                Office of the Secretary
                [245D0102DM. DS62400000. DLSN00000.000000. DX62401; OMB Control Number
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Documenting, Managing,
                and Preserving Department of the Interior Museum Collections Housed in
                Non-Federal Repositories
                AGENCY: Office of Acquisition and Property Management, Interior.
                ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.
                SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we,
                the Office of Acquisition and Property Management, Office of the
                Secretary, Department of the Interior are proposing to renew an
                information collection with revisions.
                DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
                July 9, 2024.
                ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request
                (ICR) by mail to Rochelle Bennett, Office of Acquisition and Property
                Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, MS 4262-
                MIB, Washington, DC 20240; or by email to [email protected].
                Please reference OMB Control Number 1084-0034 in the subject line of
                your comments.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
                about this ICR, contact Rochelle Bennett by email at
                [email protected], or by telephone at 202-513-7564.
                Individuals in the United States who are deaf, deafblind, hard of
                hearing, or have a speech disability may dial 711 (TTY, TDD, or
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                outside of the United States should use the relay services offered
                within their country to make international calls to the point-of-
                contact in the United States.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction
                Act of 1995 (PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), all
                information collections require approval under the PRA. We may not
                conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection
                of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
                 As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent
                burdens, we invite the public and other Federal agencies 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.
                 We are especially interested in public comment addressing the
                 (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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request
                to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 Department of the Interior (DOI) manages an estimated
                75 million museum objects and over 92 thousand linear feet of archives
                in trust for the American public. This diverse collection consists of
                archaeological artifacts, archives, biological specimens, ethnographic
                objects, fine arts, geological specimens, historic objects, and
                paleontological specimens owned and managed by DOI bureaus and offices
                (bureaus). Although the majority of DOI museum collections are housed
                in DOI bureau facilities, at least 10 percent are located at more than
                1,000 non-Federal repositories, primarily state and tribal
                institutions, museums, and university departments. Most of DOI museum
                collections housed in non-Federal repositories resulted from projects
                on Federal lands, and include objects from the disciplines of
                archaeology, biology, geology, and paleontology, as well as associated
                project documentation (archives or associated records).This information
                collection request is directed to these non-Federal repositories that
                house DOI museum collections.
                 DOI museum collections cared for in non-Federal repositories are
                established as Federal property under Federal law. Permits and other
                agreements for the collection of artifacts and specimens from public
                lands managed by DOI further affirm Federal ownership. Federal
                regulations and DOI policy require that all permittees (authorized
                individuals) conducting research or performing compliance activities on
                DOI-managed lands must ensure that any retained museum objects and
                archives collected or generated during a project are: (1) accessioned
                and cataloged according to DOI standards in the Interior Collection
                Management System (ICMS), its successor the Museum Collection
                Management System (MCMS), or another collection management system from
                which the necessary data can be imported into ICMS or MCMS; and (2)
                housed in an appropriate museum repository that meets professional and
                DOI museum standards. These requirements help to establish and maintain
                accountability, as well as ensure the collections' long-term
                preservation, protection, and availability for access and use.
                 Upon request by DOI bureaus, voluntary submittal of the information
                identified below from non-Federal repositories supports DOI's
                management of its museum collections, as well as compliance with the
                Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) where
                applicable.DOI bureaus may request information within the following
                 (1) Museum records created to manage DOI museum collections, such
                as accession, catalog, inventory, loan, and deaccession records, and
                backups of collection management systems or other software/programs.
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                 (2) Associated records/archives generated by the activity of
                collecting and analyzing DOI museum collections. (NEW)
                 (3) Access and use of DOI museum collections, such as use requests,
                analyses, physical and virtual exhibits, online catalogs and finding
                aids, presentations, and publications resulting from use. (NEW)
                 (4) Objects newly identified as under DOI ownership and possible
                Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) human
                remains or cultural items in DOI museum collections. (NEW)
                 (5) Improved management and care recommendations, including
                considerations for Duty of Care requirements consistent with NAGPRA.
                 (6) Reports of damaged, deteriorated, missing, or stolen objects.
                 (7) Core management and planning documents, such as scope of
                collection statement, emergency management, integrated pest management,
                security, and housekeeping plans. (NEW)
                 (8) Partnerships, funding, or commercial sponsorships that may
                involve DOI museum collections. (NEW)
                 (9) Facility Checklist for Spaces Housing DOI Museum Property
                (Checklist) to capture current environmental, security, and other
                management controls in place to document and safeguard DOI museum
                collections and provide recommendations for improvements. (EXISTING)
                 (10) Input on Collections from Lands Administered by the U.S.
                Department of the Interior that are Located at Non-Federal Facilities
                (Input Form) to query a limited range of information about the
                repository, scope and types of DOI museum collections in the
                repository, DOI bureaus with which the collections are associated,
                status of documentation and NAGPRA compliance, and availability of
                objects and archives for research and other uses. (EXISTING)
                 The expanded categories of information identified above provide a
                more accurate representation of the information that DOI bureaus may
                ask non-Federal repositories to voluntarily provide on DOI museum
                collections. The proposed changes in this information collection
                request also include elimination of the three instruction sheets for
                accession, catalog, and inventory information included in previous
                iterations, as that information is captured in a revised category
                identified above.
                 Title of Collection: Documenting, Managing, and Preserving
                Department of the Interior Museum Collections Housed in Non-Federal
                 OMB Control Number: 1084-0034.
                 Form Number: None.
                 Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
                 Respondents/Affected Public: Museums; academic, cultural, and
                research institutions; and state, tribal, and local agencies and
                 Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 900.
                 Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 900.
                 Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from less than 1
                hour to 80 hours, depending on activity.
                 Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 12,550.
                 Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
                 Frequency of Collection: Maximum of once per year per collection
                instrument, and likely less frequently.
                 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.).
                Megan Olsen,
                Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management.
                [FR Doc. 2024-10215 Filed 5-9-24; 8:45 am]
                BILLING CODE 4334-63-P

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