Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) administers the following financial assistance programs in whole or in part. We award most financial assistance as grants, but cooperative agreements are possible if the Federal Government will be substantially involved in carrying out the project. You can find a description of most programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) or on our Web site at
Some grants are mandatory and receive funds according to a formula set by law or policy. Other grants are discretionary and we award them based on a competitive process. Mandatory grant recipients must give us specific, detailed project information during the application process so that we may ensure that projects are eligible for the mandatory funding, are substantial in character and design, and comply with all applicable Federal laws. All grantees must submit financial and performance reports that contain information necessary for us to track costs and accomplishments and according to schedules and rules in 43 CFR 12. The Office of Management and Budget has approved our collection of information for applications and performance reports for these programs and assigned OMB Control Nos. 1018-0109 and 1018-0147.
Currently, grantees send written performance reports to the Service. We extract information and enter data into the Federal Assistance Information Management System (FAIMS). However, FAIMS will be decommissioned on October 1, 2012, and we intend to replace it with a new electronic system for data collection (Wildlife Tracking and Reporting Actions for the Conservation of Species (Wildlife TRACS)) by January 1, 2013. Wildlife TRACS will allow us to take advantage of newer technology and give grantees direct access to enter data and accomplishments. We will train State, tribal, commonwealth, territory, and District of Columbia personnel to use the new system, and we will also lend technical and administrative support. Allowing applicants and grantees to enter information directly into Wildlife TRACS will provide more accurate reporting and allow us to process grant funds more efficiently. We will continue to enter information in Wildlife TRACS for some grantees or programs; e.g., those who do not have sufficient technology or grant programs with minimal participation.
We plan to collect additional information not covered by our current OMB approvals. In addition, our current approvals do not cover data entry in Wildlife TRACS by applicants and grantees. We will request that OMB assign a new control number to cover these actions.
For mandatory grant program applications and amendments, we plan to collect:
• Geospatial entry of project location.
• Project status (active, completed, etc.).
• Project leader contact information.
• Partner information.
• Goals, including output measures and desired future values.
• Plan information (for projects connected to plans).
For all WSFR grant program reports, we plan to collect:
• Geospatial entry of action location.
• Action status (active, completed, etc.).
• Information beyond summary of land costs and title vesting evidence (for land acquisition projects).
• Current year data point(s) on trend line graph if there are 3 or more years (for survey projects).
• Estimated costs, by action.
• Effectiveness measures (mandatory for State Wildlife Grants).
The table below shows the additional time that will be required to obtain and enter the information when we implement Wildlife TRACS. We expect that this time will decrease as grantees become familiar with the system. We also expect to reduce the burden currently approved under OMB Control Nos. 1018-0109 and 1018-0147 for reports. When grantees directly enter reporting information into Wildlife TRACS, they will not be required to submit written reports.
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;
• 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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. 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.