Affected Public:General Public.
Respondent Obligation:The recovery report is voluntary. Reporting of banding information is required using the BANDIT software. The Permit application and renewal form are required to obtain or retain benefits.
Frequency of Collection:On occasion.
Estimated Number and Description of Respondents:94,700 individuals encountering a banded bird and volunteer bird banders.
Annual Burden Hours:21,068 hours (50 hours for permit applications, 19 hours for renewal applications, 2,999 hours for banding recovery reports, and 18,000 hours for theBanditsoftware).
Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden:We estimate the time to complete each form is: 30 minutes for the Permit Application form, 2 minutes for Bird Banding Permit renewal form, 2 minutes for Recovery Report form, and 4.5 hours for theBanditsoftware.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden:We have not identified any“non-hour cost” burdens associated with this collection of information.
Public Disclosure Statement:The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Comments:We are soliciting comments as to: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Please note that the comments submitted 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: November 20, 2012.
Chief, Bird Banding Lab, USGS.