Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The public may inspect comments received on the World Wide Web at
The appropriate official of each participating county will be requested to report the amount of title III funds expended in the applicable year in these categories as specified in the Act:
1. To carry out authorized activities under the Firewise Communities program.
2. To reimburse the participating county for emergency services performed on Federal land and paid for by the participating county.
3. To develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination with the appropriate Secretary.
The information collection will identify the participating county and the year in which the expenditures were made, and include the name, title, and signature of the certifying official, and the date of the certification. The certification will include a statement that all expenditures were for uses authorized under section 302(a) of the Act and that the proposed uses were published and had a 45-day comment period and were submitted to the appropriate Secure Rural Schools Act resource advisory committee(s), if any, as described in Section 302(b) of the Act.
Beginning with the certification due on February 1, 2013, the information collection also will request the county to certify the amount of title III funds received since October of 2008 that has not been obligated as of September 30 of the previous year. This collection is necessary in the certification due on February 1, 2014, to determine the amount of title III funds that must be returned to the U.S. Treasury under section 304(b) of the Act. Collection of this information in 2013 is consistent with a recent audit of county uses of title III funds by the Government Accountability Office (
In summary, the February 1, 2013 information collection will certify title III funds expended in calendar year 2012 and the amount of title III funds not obligated as of September 30, 2012. The February 1, 2014 information collection will certify title III funds expended in calendar year 2013 and the amount of title III funds not obligated as of September 30, 2013.
The determination of who is the appropriate certifying official is at the discretion of the county and borough and will vary depending on county or borough organization. For unorganized boroughs in Alaska and for participating counties in Vermont, a state official may provide the information
The information will be collected in the form of conventional correspondence such as a letter and, at the respondent's option, attached tables, or similar graphic display. The Forest Service provides an optional form for the convenience of respondents. At the respondent's discretion, the information may be submitted by hard copy and/or electronically scanned and included as an attachment to electronic mail.
Under the Act, the first response was required by February 1, 2010 for funds expended in 2009. Responses are required by February 1 following each year title III funds are expended. The Act requires title III funds to be obligated by September 30, 2013 or be returned to the U.S. Treasury, therefore, the funds are likely to be expended or returned in 2014 and the final certification of expenditures could be made by February 1, 2015.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are also authorized to participate in this information collection because BLM administers Federal lands in western Oregon covered by the Act. The information will be reviewed by the appropriate Secretary, or designee, to verify that participating counties have certified that funds were expended as authorized in the Act and to identify amounts not obligated by September 30 of the previous year. The information also may be used by the DOI because it is relevant to its Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval.