Agency Information Collection Activities; State Water Resources Research Institute Program Annual Application, National Competitive Grants, and Reporting

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 150 (Monday, August 5, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 150 (Monday, August 5, 2019)]
[Pages 38039-38040]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-16653]
Geological Survey
[GX19DK40FGUK0100; OMB Control Number 1028-0097]
Agency Information Collection Activities; State Water Resources
Research Institute Program Annual Application, National Competitive
Grants, and Reporting
AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we,
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing to renew an information
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
October 4, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request
(ICR) by mail to U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections
Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by
email to [email protected]. Please reference OMB Control
Number 1028-0097 in the subject line of your comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
about this ICR, contact Earl Greene by email at [email protected] or by
telephone at 571-332-4184.
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 are 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 USGS; (2) will this information be processed and used
in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how
might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS minimize the
burden of this collection on the respondents, including
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through the use of information technology.
    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.
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Resources Research Act
(WRRA) program issues an annual announcement to solicit applications
for the noncompetitive State Water Resources Research Program annual
grants authorized by section 104(c) and for the national competitive
grant program authorized by section 104(g) of the Water Resources
Research Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-242), as amended [42 U.S.C. 10303(c)].
    Annual grants (104c) may contain research and information transfer
projects as well as an administration project describing the institutes
overall administration and objectives. The research projects are
generally selected in a competitive statewide solicitation, peer
review, and selection process designed and conducted by each institute.
National competitive grants (104g) will focus on water problems and
issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only
to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities
identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior) and the
    The State Water Resources Research Institutes were established
under Section 104(a) of the Act [42 U.S.C. 10303(a)]. There are 54
Water Resources Research Institutes, one in each state, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The
Institutes are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources
(NIWR). NIWR cooperates with the USGS in establishing total
programmatic direction, reporting on the activities of the institutes,
coordinating and facilitating regional research and information and
technology transfer.
    Title of Collection: State Water Resources Research Institute
Program Annual Application, National Competitive Grants, and Reporting.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-0097.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Universities.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 54.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 54.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: 80 hours.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 4,320 hours.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
    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.).
Earl Greene,
Program Coordinator, Water Resources Research Act.
[FR Doc. 2019-16653 Filed 8-2-19; 8:45 am]