Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Preliminary Land Acquisition Tracking Processes

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 68 (Tuesday, April 9, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 68 (Tuesday, April 9, 2019)]
[Pages 14130-14132]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-06944]
Fish and Wildlife Service
[FWS-R3-NWRS-2018-N128; FF09R50000 18X FVRS84510900000; OMB Control
Number 1018-New]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service Preliminary Land Acquisition Tracking Processes
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 a new information
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
May 9, 2019.
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 [email protected]; 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 [email protected]. Please reference OMB
Control Number 1018-New in the subject line of your comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information
Collection Clearance Officer, by email at [email protected], or by
telephone at (703) 358-2503. You may also view the ICR at
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
    We published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment
period soliciting comments on this collection of information on July
11, 2018 (83 FR 32138). We received no comments in response to that
    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 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.
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    Abstract: Information collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (in support of the land acquisition program) is required under
applicable statutes, Department of Justice regulations, Departmental
and Service policies, and best business practices. In addition, the
land acquisition program facilitates Secretarial Orders 3356 and 3366
by tracking land acquisitions that have potential to support public
hunting, fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation, and access
related thereto. Authorities for the collection of realty-related
information include:
     Regulations of the Attorney General Governing the Review
and Approval of Title for Federal Land Acquisitions (2016);
     Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property
Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (42 U.S.C. 4601);
     National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act of 1966 (16
U.S.C. 668dd);
     Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act (16
U.S.C. 718d);
     Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 715-715r, as
     Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended
(16 U.S.C. 460l);
     Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C.
     Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986 (16 U.S.C. 3901);
     Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended (16 U.S.C.
    The Service tracks information collected from landowners as part of
the preliminary land acquisition process. Information collected by the
Service as part of the preliminary land acquisition process may include
the following:
     Initial Requests--Initial request to consider property, to
include such items as:
    [cir] Identifying information for the legal property owner(s), such
--Name of primary property owner, along with spouse and/or co-owner(s)
whose names appear on the current deed to the property under review;
--Marital status;
--Other names used; and
--Contact information to include telephone numbers, personal email
addresses, and mailing/home addresses.
    [cir] Financial information, to include Social Security Numbers
(necessary for final payment transaction).
    [cir] Property description, to include such information as:
--Property name,
--Legal description, and
--Introductory information.
     Permission to Inspect and Appraise (FWS Form 3-2471)--
Collects information about the property owner and location, and grants
permission to enter and inspect the property for real estate
acquisition purposes. Inspection may include, but is not limited to:
    [cir] Appraisal Valuations;
    [cir] Boundary survey;
    [cir] Hazardous materials examination (contaminant survey); and
    [cir] Physical examination of any structures on the property.
    We do not use FWS Forms 3-2471 in projects that are under Memoranda
of Understanding (MOU), Memoranda of Agreement (MOA), Cooperative
Agreements, some donation partnerships, and other special cases.
     Waiver of Appraisal Requirement (nonform-letter)--Per 49
CFR 24.102(c)(2), a willing-seller landowner may release the Service
from the obligation of obtaining an appraisal for: (1) Land donations
and (2) certain land acquisitions where the anticipated value is low
and the valuation problem is uncomplicated.
    Unless delivered in person, both the Permission to Inspect and
Appraise (FWS Form 3-2471) and the Waiver of Appraisal Requirement will
contain a cover letter referred to as the Access Permission Letter. The
Access Permission Letter does not request any information but is used
to explain the form or waiver process.
    Information is collected and protected in accordance with the
Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Freedom of Information Act (5
U.S.C. 552). We will maintain the information in a secure System of
Records (Real Property Records, FWS-11; 64 FR 103, dated May 2, 1999).
We gather Social Security numbers and banking information to assist
with electronic payments and preparation of the required Internal
Revenue Service Forms 1099.
    Title of Collection: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Preliminary
Land Acquisition Tracking Processes.
    OMB Control Number: 1018-New.
    Form Number: 3-2471.
    Type of Review: Existing collection in use with an OMB Control
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals/households, private
sector, and State/local/Tribal governments participating in realty
transactions with the Service.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
                                  Average number  Average number  Average number    completion       Estimated
           Requirement               of annual     of responses      of annual       time per      Annual burden
                                    respondents        each          responses       response         hours *
Initial Requests:
    Individuals.................             129               1             129              .5              65
    Private Sector..............              78               1              78               1              78
    Government..................              13               1              13               2              26
Permission to Inspect and
    Individuals.................              57               1              57              .5              29
    Private Sector..............              24               1              24              .5              12
    Government..................               4               1               4               2               8
Waiver of Appraisal Requirement:
    Individuals.................               3               1               3              .5               2
    Private Sector..............              56               1              56              .5              28
    Government..................               9               1               9               2              18
        Totals..................             373  ..............             373  ..............             266
* Rounded.
    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 4, 2019.
Madonna Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
[FR Doc. 2019-06944 Filed 4-8-19; 8:45 am]