Frequency of Collection:On occasion. During the Spring and Fall seasons when phenology is changing quickly, we recommend respondents make observations twice per week.
Estimated Number and Description of Respondents:In addition to those users already registered, we expect an additional 1,027 users will register each year. These respondents are members of the public, registered withNature's Notebook.
Estimated Annual Responses:501,130.
Estimated Annual burden hours:17,032.
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden:We estimate the non-hour cost burden to be $3.34 per respondent. This cost applies to new observers and includes material used to mark sites or plants during the first observation. Marking helps to ensure reporting consistency for future observations.
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:To comply with the public consultation process, on August 10, 2012, we published aFederal Registernotice (77 FR 47867) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day public comment period, which ended October 9, 2012. In response to ourFederal RegisterNotice, we received onecomment, which consisted of a general invective about the U.S. Government and did not pertain to this information collection. We again invite comments concerning this information collection on: (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. 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 26, 2012.
Deputy Associate Director, Ecosystems Mission Area.