Marine Mammals; File No. 25885

CourtNational Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Citation86 FR 67036
Publication Date24 November 2021
Record Number2021-25718
67036
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[RTID 0648–XB398]
Review and Comment of National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration Tribal Consultation
Policy and Procedures
AGENCY
: National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice; request for information.
SUMMARY
: On January 26, 2021, the
White House issued a Presidential
Memorandum on Tribal Consultation
and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation
Relationships that reaffirmed Executive
Order 13175 on Consultation and
Coordination with Indian Tribal
Governments (2000) and the associated
Presidential Memorandum on Tribal
Consultation released in November
2009. In response, NOAA is requesting
review of its policy and procedures to
implement these directives. NOAA is
seeking comment from federally
recognized Indian Tribes and other
interested parties on its policies and
guidance documents for government-to-
government consultation with federally
recognized Indian Tribes.
DATES
: Federally recognized Indian
Tribes and interested persons are
invited to submit comments by January
24, 2022.
ADDRESSES
: Responses should be
submitted via email to heather.sagar@
noaa.gov. Include ‘‘NOAA Tribal
Consultation Policy’’ in the subject line
of the message.
Instructions: Response to this request
for information (RFI) is voluntary. Email
attachments will be accepted in plain
text, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF
formats only. Each individual or
institution is requested to submit only
one response. NOAA may post
responses to this RFI, without change,
on a Federal website. It is, therefore,
requested that no business proprietary
information, copyrighted information,
or personally identifiable information be
submitted in response to this RFI. Please
note that the U.S. Government will not
pay for response preparation, or for the
use of any information contained in the
response.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Heather Sagar, heather.sagar@noaa.gov,
(301) 427–8019.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: On
January 26, 2021, the White House
issued a Presidential Memorandum on
Tribal Consultation and Strengthening
Nation-to-Nation Relationships. The
Memorandum requires the Secretary of
Commerce to submit to the Director of
the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB), a detailed plan of actions the
agency will take to implement the
policies and directives of Executive
Order (E.O.) 13175 (2000) and the
Presidential Memorandum on Tribal
Consultation issued in November 2009.
This request for information will inform
NOAA’s contributions to the
Department of Commerce (DOC) plan.
NOAA’s mission is to understand and
predict changes in climate, weather,
oceans, and coasts, to share that
knowledge and information with others,
and to conserve and manage coastal and
marine ecosystems and resources.
NOAA has established policies and
guidance to provide for meaningful and
timely input from federally recognized
Indian Tribes into NOAA’s decision-
making process on policy matters that
have tribal implications. In addition,
NOAA offers its employees training and
other guidance to support a consistent,
effective, and proactive approach to
conducting government-to-government
consultations with federally recognized
Indian Tribes under E.O. 13175, the
DOC Department Administrative Order
218–8 Consultation and Coordination
with Indian Tribal Governments (2014),
and the DOC Tribal Consultation and
Coordination Policy (78 FR 33331; June
4, 2013).
While much of NOAA’s existing
policy and guidance has been developed
in consultation with federally
recognized Indian Tribes, NOAA
recognizes that these documents could
benefit from a review and update. As
part of its effort to implement the
January 26, 2021 Presidential
Memorandum, NOAA is requesting
comments from Tribal Nations, Tribal
officials, members of the public, and
other interested parties to help identify
appropriate updates or revisions to the
following existing NOAA policies and
guidance documents, which facilitate
NOAA’s implementation of E.O. 13175:
(1) Tribal Consultation Handbook titled
NOAA Procedures for Government-to-
Government Consultation With
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and
Alaska Native Corporations (2013); (2)
NOAA Administrative Order 218–8
titled Policy on Government-to-
Government Consultation with
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and
Alaska Native Corporations (Reaffirmed
in 2018); and (3) a traditional ecological
knowledge (TEK) guidance currently
titled NOAA Fisheries and National
Ocean Service Guidance and Best
Practices for Engaging and
Incorporating Traditional Ecological
Knowledge in Decision-Making (2019).
NOAA proposes revisions to its Tribal
Consultation Handbook to reflect
lessons learned and improved practices
to better facilitate meaningful and
effective tribal consultations. NOAA
also proposes minor revisions to
Administrative Order 218–8 to reflect
necessary updates since its issuance in
2014. We are also seeking comments on
the existing TEK Guidance, which has
not been previously made available for
public comment. Though the TEK
Guidance is only currently implemented
by NOAA Fisheries and the National
Ocean Service, NOAA is now extending
the applicability of the TEK Guidance to
all NOAA Offices. NOAA is interested
in whether updates or revisions are
appropriate for this TEK Guidance,
including terminology. Updates or
revisions to NOAA’s Tribal Consultation
Handbook, Administrative Order, and
TEK Guidance will be informed by the
input we receive from federally
recognized Indian Tribes, the public,
and other interested parties.
In addition, NOAA plans to hold two
consultation webinars with federally
recognized Indian Tribes on these
policies and guidance documents on
January 10 and January 11, 2022.
All three documents and additional
information about the webinars can be
found at this NOAA website: https://
www.noaa.gov/legislative-and-
intergovernmental-affairs/noaa-tribal-
resources-updates.
Dated: November 17, 2021.
Richard W. Spinrad,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and
Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration
[RTID 0648–XB610]
Marine Mammals; File No. 25885
AGENCY
: National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice; receipt of application.
SUMMARY
: Notice is hereby given that
Peter Thielen, D. Eng., Johns Hopkins
University, Applied Physics Laboratory,
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel, MD
20723 has applied in due form for a
permit to import, export, and receive
marine mammal parts for scientific
research.
DATES
: Written, telefaxed, or email
comments must be received on or before
December 27, 2021.
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ADDRESSES
: The application and related
documents are available for review by
selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public
Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ box on
the Applications and Permits for
Protected Species (APPS) home page,
https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then
selecting File No. 25885 from the list of
available applications. These documents
are also available upon written request
via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@
noaa.gov.
Written comments on this application
should be submitted via email to
NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please
include File No. 25885 in the subject
line of the email comment.
Those individuals requesting a public
hearing should submit a written request
via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@
noaa.gov. The request should set forth
the specific reasons why a hearing on
this application would be appropriate.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Shasta McClenahan, Ph.D. or Jennifer
Skidmore, (301) 427–8401.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
subject permit is requested under the
authority of the Marine Mammal
Protection Act of 1972, as amended
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the
regulations governing the taking and
importing of marine mammals (50 CFR
part 216), the Endangered Species Act of
1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531
et seq.), the regulations governing the
taking, importing, and exporting of
endangered and threatened species (50
CFR parts 222–226), and the Fur Seal
Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151
et seq.).
The applicant proposes to import,
export, and receive marine mammal
parts for scientific research to develop
advanced genomic characterization
capability for detection of marine
mammal species using environmental
DNA. Unlimited parts or cell lines from
up to 224 individual cetaceans and 106
individual pinnipeds, excluding walrus,
may be obtained in year one, and parts
or cell lines from up to 40 individual
cetaceans and pinnipeds, excluding
walrus, may be obtained annually in
years two through five of the project.
The requested duration of the permit is
five years.
In compliance with the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial
determination has been made that the
activity proposed is categorically
excluded from the requirement to
prepare an environmental assessment or
environmental impact statement.
Concurrent with the publication of
this notice in the Federal Register,
NMFS is forwarding copies of the
application to the Marine Mammal
Commission and its Committee of
Scientific Advisors.
Dated: November 19, 2021.
Amy Sloan,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation
Division, Office of Protected Resources,
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[Docket No.: ED–2021–SCC–0139]
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Submission to the Office of
Management and Budget for Review
and Approval; Comment Request;
Eligibility of Students at Institutions of
Higher Education for Funds Under the
CARES Act
AGENCY
: Office of Postsecondary
Education (OPE), Department of
Education (ED).
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is
proposing an extension without change
of a currently approved collection.
DATES
: Interested persons are invited to
submit comments on or before
December 27, 2021.
ADDRESSES
: Written comments and
recommendations for proposed
information collection requests should
be sent within 30 days of publication of
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/
do/PRAMain. Find this information
collection request by selecting
‘‘Department of Education’’ under
‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check
‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’
checkbox. Comments may also be sent
to ICDocketmgr@ed.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: For
specific questions related to collection
activities, please contact Karen Epps,
(202) 377–4851.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
Department of Education (ED), in
accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C.
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general
public and Federal agencies with an
opportunity to comment on proposed,
revised, and continuing collections of
information. This helps the Department
assess the impact of its information
collection requirements and minimize
the public’s reporting burden. It also
helps the public understand the
Department’s information collection
requirements and provide the requested
data in the desired format. ED is
soliciting comments on the proposed
information collection request (ICR) that
is described below. The Department of
Education is especially interested in
public comment addressing the
following issues: (1) Is this collection
necessary to the proper functions of the
Department; (2) will this information be
processed and used in a timely manner;
(3) is the estimate of burden accurate;
(4) how might the Department enhance
the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and (5) how
might the Department minimize the
burden of this collection on the
respondents, including through the use
of information technology. Please note
that written comments received in
response to this notice will be
considered public records.
Title of Collection: Eligibility of
Students at Institutions of Higher
Education for Funds under the CARES
Act.
OMB Control Number: 1840–0857.
Type of Review: Extension without
change of a currently approved
collection.
Respondents/Affected Public: State,
Local, and Tribal Governments; Private
Sector; Individual or Households.
Total Estimated Number of Annual
Responses: 16,016,491.
Total Estimated Number of Annual
Burden Hours: 1,306,588.
Abstract: The U.S. Department of
Education is requesting clearance of this
extension information collection request
to allow for outreach to institutions of
higher education to meet the
requirements of the Coronavirus Aid,
Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Act, Public Law 116–136 (March 27,
2020). This will help to ensure that the
distribution of the CARES Act funds is
managed by institutions in accordance
with the clarification discussed in the
Final Rule. This information collection
was previously approved as an
emergency by the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) on May 11, 2021;
this extension to the collection has no
change to the current form.
Dated: November 18, 2021.
Kate Mullan,
PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and
Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division,
Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of
Planning, Evaluation and Policy
Development.
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