[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 89 (Monday, May 10, 2010)]
[Pages 25853-25854]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-10998]



[EPA-R05-OW-2009-0932; FRL-9148-9; EPA ICR No. 2379.01; OMB Control 
Number 2005-NEW]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Great Lakes Accountability System

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection 
Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval. This is a request for a new information 
collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of 
the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before June 9, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-R05-OW-
2009-0932, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method) or by mail to: Environmental Protection Agency, Great 
Lakes National Program Office, Attn: Rita Cestaric, 77 W. Jackson 
Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60604, and (2) OMB at: Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 

National Program Office, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 
60604; telephone number: (312) 886-6815; fax number: (312) 697-2014; e-
mail address: [email protected] or Marcia Damato, USEPA, Great 
Lakes National Program Office, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, 
Illinois 60604; telephone number: (312) 886-0266; fax number: (312) 
582-5862; e-mail address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB 
for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 
1320.12. On January 5, 2010 (75 FR 362), EPA sought comments on this 
ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d) and received one set of comments which 
is addressed in this ICR. Any additional comments on this ICR should be 
submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under docket ID 
number EPA-R05-OW-2009-0932, which is available for public viewing 
online at http://www.regulations.gov and in person viewing at the EPA 
Great Lakes National Program Office, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 
Chicago, Illinois 60604. Materials are available for viewing from 8:30 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays; 
telephone number (312) 886-6815.
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at http://www.regulations.gov, to submit or view public comments, access the 
index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those 
documents in the docket that are available electronically. Once in the 
system, select ``docket search,'' then key in the docket ID number 
identified above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public 
comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made 
available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov as EPA 
receives them and without change, unless the comment contains 
copyrighted material, confidential business information (CBI), or other 
information whose public disclosure is restricted by statute. For 
further information about the electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Great Lakes Accountability System.
    ICR Numbers: EPA ICR No. 2379.01, OMB Control No. 2005-NEW.
    ICR status: This ICR is for a new information collection activity. 
An Agency 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations 
in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when 
approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and are displayed either by 
publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such 
as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The 
display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is 
consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: In 2010, EPA, in concert with its Federal partners, will 
begin implementation of a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) 
that was included in the Department of the Interior, Environment, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-88). The GLRI 
will invest funds in programs and projects strategically chosen to 
target the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes 
    The legislation calls for increased accountability for the GLRI and 
directs EPA to implement a process to track, measure, and report on 
progress. As part of this process, Federal and non-Federal entities 
receiving GLRI funds will be required to submit detailed information on 
GLRI projects as part of their funding agreement. Recipients will be 
required to provide information on the nature of the activity, 
responsible organization, organizational point of contact, resource 
levels, geographic location, major milestones and progress toward GLRI 
goals. The information is necessary to provide an accurate depiction of 
activities, progress, and results. Information will be updated on a 
quarterly basis.
    A Web-based Great Lakes Accountability System (GLAS) will be the 
primary mechanism for collecting information on GLRI activities. GLAS 
will be available at http://restore.glnpo.net:8080/glas/login.htm. The 
Web-site will contain a user-friendly data entry interface for 
recipients to enter and submit project information directly into the 
GLAS. The data entry interface consists of a series of screens 
containing pull-down menus and text boxes, where users can enter 
project specific information. The GLAS will provide the necessary 
information for reports to the President and Congress and will be 
accessible to the public via Internet.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 33 
hours per project for State, local and Tribal governments, and 41.1 
hours per project for non-governmental organizations. Burden means the 
total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to 
generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or 
for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review 
instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and 
systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any 
previously applicable instructions and requirements which have 
subsequently changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a 
collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the 
collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the 
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 
Funding Recipients.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 594 (463 State, local and Tribal 
governments, 131 non-government organizations).
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 20,663 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs: $1,212,164. This includes an 
estimated annual labor cost of $1,212,164.00 and no capital investment 
or maintenance and operational costs.

    Dated: May 3, 2010.
John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
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