Proposed Information Collection; National Park Service President's Park National Christmas Tree Music Program Application


Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 148 (Monday, August 3, 2015)

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 148 (Monday, August 3, 2015)


Pages 46046-46047

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office

FR Doc No: 2015-18935



National Park Service


Proposed Information Collection; National Park Service President's Park National Christmas Tree Music Program Application

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. We 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.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before October 2, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive (Room 2C114, Mail Stop 242), Reston, VA 20192 (mail); or (email). Please include ``1024-New NPS Lost and Found Report'' in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Katie Wilmes, National Park Service, 1100 Ohio Drive SW., Rm 344, Washington, DC 20242; or via email:


  1. Abstract

    The National Park Service (NPS) Organic Act of 1916 (Organic Act) (54 U.S.C. 100101 et seq.) gives the NPS broad authority to regulate the use of the park areas under its jurisdiction. Consistent with the Organic Act, as well as the Constitution's Establishment Clause which mandates government neutrality and allows the placement of holiday secular and religious displays, the National Christmas Tree Music Program's holiday musical entertainment may include both holiday secular and religious music. To ensure that any proposed music selection is consistent with the Establishment Clause, and presented in a prudent and objective manner as a traditional part of the culture and heritage of this annual holiday event, it must be approved in advance by the NPS.

    The NPS National Christmas Tree Music Program at President's Park is intended to provide musical entertainment for park visitors during December on the Ellipse, where in celebration of the holiday season, visitors can observe the National Christmas Tree, visit assorted yuletide displays, and attend musical presentations. Each year, park officials accept applications from musical groups who wish to participate in the annual National Christmas Tree Program. The NPS utilizes Form 10-942, ``National Christmas Tree Music Program Application'' to accept applications from the public for participation in the program. Park officials utilize the following information from applicants in order to select, plan, schedule, and contact performers for the National Christmas Tree Program:

    Contact name, phone number, and email.

    Group Name and location (city, state).

    Preferred performance dates and times.

    Music selections/song list.

    Equipment needs.

    Number of performers.

    Type of group (choir, etc.).

    Acknowledgement of the musical entertainment policy.

  2. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1024--New.

    Title: National Christmas Tree Music Program Application.

    Service Form Number(s): NPS Form 10-942.

    Type of Request: Collection in use without approval.

    Description of Respondents: Local, national, and international bands, choirs, or dance groups.

    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.



    Estimated completion Estimated

    Activity annual number time per total annual

    of responses response (min) burden hours


    NPS Form 10-942, ``National Christmas Tree Music Program 75 5 6.25



    Totals...................................................... 75 .............. 6.25


    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.


    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:

    Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;

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    The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information;

    Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents.

    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 made publicly available at any time. While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done.

    Dated: July 27, 2015.

    Madonna L. Baucum,

    Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.

    FR Doc. 2015-18935 Filed 7-31-15; 8:45 am