[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 22 (Tuesday, February 3, 2015)]
[Pages 5774-5775]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01880]

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Office of the Secretary

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Proposed New Information Collection: OMB Control Number 1084-
XXXX--Documenting, Managing and Preserving Department of the Interior 
Museum Collections Housed in Non-Federal Repositories

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Office of Acquisition and Property 

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Office of Acquisition and Property Management, Office of the Secretary, 
Department of the Interior announces a proposed programmatic public 
information collection and seeks public comments on the provisions 

DATES: OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information 
collection request, but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public 
comments should be submitted to OMB by March 5, 2015, in order to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Send your written comments by facsimile (202) 395-5806 or 
email ([email protected]) to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: 
Department of the Interior Desk Officer (1085-XXXX). Also, please send 
a copy of your comments to Steven Floray, Office of Acquisition and 
Property Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street 
NW., MS 4262-MIB, Washington, DC 20240, fax 202-513-7634, or by 
electronic mail to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the information 
collection request, any explanatory information and related forms, 
contact Steven Floray via the information provided in the ADDRESSES 
section above. You may also review the information collection request 
online at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.


I. Abstract

    This notice is for a new information collection.
    The Department of the Interior (DOI) owns and manages over 185 
million artifacts, scientific specimens, and documents in trust for the 
American public--a collection size that rivals the Smithsonian 
Institution. This diverse collection consists of archaeological 
artifacts, archives, art, biological specimens, ethnographic objects, 
geological specimens, historic objects, and paleontological specimens 
that are held by ten of DOI's bureaus and offices. The majority of 
DOI's collections are housed in bureau facilities; however, over ten 
percent (more than 19 million objects and 11,000 cubic feet of objects) 
are housed by at least 839 non-Federal repositories, the majority of 
which are museums associated with, or departments of, U.S. colleges and 
universities. Most are scientific collections from the disciplines of 
archaeology, biology, geology, and paleontology and include associated 
archival records.
    DOI museum collections, regardless of where they are housed, must 
be managed according to preservation, documentation, educational, and 
other requirements in the public interest. These requirements are 
mandated by a number of Federal laws, regulations, and policies, 
notably: Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities of 1906 
(Antiquities Act) (16 U.S.C. 431-433); Historic Sites Act of 1935 (16 
U.S.C. 461-467); Management of Museum Properties Act of 1955, as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 18f); National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.); Archeological and Historic 
Preservation Act of 1974, as amended (16 U.S.C. 469-469l-2); 
Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, as amended (16 U.S.C. 
470aa-mm); Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 
1990 (25 U.S.C. 3001-3013); Paleontological Resources Preservation Act 
(PRPA); Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological 
Collections (36 CFR part 79); and the Department of the Interior 
Departmental Manual, Part 411: Identifying and Managing Museum Property 
(411 DM).
    411 DM, which implements the Federal laws and regulations noted 
above, requires the following information be collected, used, and 
retained by all bureaus that hold ownership of museum collections: 
Facility Checklist for Spaces Housing DOI Museum Property; catalog 
records; accession records; and inventories of museum collections. 
These requirements apply to all DOI museum collections regardless of 
each collection's location (DOI facility or non-DOI facility) or the 
personnel that accomplished the work (DOI staff, contractors, partners, 
cooperators, agencies, institutions, or similar organizations 
associated with the Department).

II. Data

    (1) Title: Documenting, Managing and Preserving Department of the 
Interior Museum Collections Housed in Non-Federal Repositories
    OMB Control Number: 1084-XXXX.
    Current Expiration Date: To be Determined.
    Type of Review: This notice is for a new information collection.
    Affected Entities: Museums; academic, cultural, and research 
institutions; and, state or local agencies and institutions.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 900.
    Frequency of response: Maximum of once per year per collection 
instrument, and likely less frequently.
    (2) Annual reporting and record keeping burden.
    Total Annual Reporting per Respondent: 2 hours 20 minutes.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,100 hours.
    (3) Description of the need and use of the information: The purpose 
of this information collection is to ensure compliance with all Federal 
laws, regulations and Departmental policy pertaining to the 
documentation, management, and preservation of DOI museum collections 
housed in non-Federal repositories, and to meet the DOI's associated 
stewardship responsibilities to the American public. This information 
collection consists of five separate instruments:
    (a) Facility Checklist for Spaces Housing DOI Museum Property. The 
Facility Checklist for Spaces Housing DOI Museum Property (Checklist) 
is used to assess and evaluate exhibit, storage, and administrative 
office spaces that house DOI museum collections to ensure compliance 
with the requirements of DOI policy.
    (b) Catalog records of DOI museum objects, including certain DOI 
required data: accession number; catalog number; discipline and 
classification; object or scientific name; unit acronym and/or 
identifier; controlled property status; item count or quantity; current 
location; description; condition; date cataloged; cataloger; and, other 
required discipline-specific information related to scientific 
collections and archives, such as provenience, collector, collection 
site, date and number, and archival scope, content, organization or 
    (c) Accession records of DOI museum objects and collections, 
including certain DOI required data: Accession number; source and 

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information; date received; date accessioned; accession type; 
description; project name; item total by discipline; catalog status; 
and, any catalog numbers in the accession.
    (d) Inventories of DOI museum collections, including certain DOI 
required data: object found; item count; location; condition; date of 
inventory; and inventory method.
    (e) Input on U.S. Department of the Interior Collections Housed at 
Non-Federal Facilities, which includes: the estimated number of DOI 
collections at the facility, if applicable; accession numbers of DOI 
collections; number of catalog records for DOI collections; type of 
museum catalog database used, if applicable; existence of DOI NAGPRA 
collections; inventory status; and research use. The information will 
be used by DOI to determine if DOI collections are located at the 
respondents' facilities, the nature of the collections, quantities, 
issues of complexity, and any other related factors.
    (4) As required under 5 CFR 1320.8(d), a Federal Register notice 
soliciting comments on the information collection was published on 
March 14, 2014 (79 FR 14525). No comments were received. This notice 
provides the public with an additional 30 days in which to comment on 
the proposed information collection activity.

III. Request for Comments

    The Department of the Interior invites comments on:
    (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information will have practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
collection and the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    ``Burden'' means the total time, effort, or financial resources 
expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide 
information to or for a federal agency. This includes the time needed 
to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize 
technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and 
verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and 
disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able 
to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to 
complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or 
otherwise disclose the information.
    All written comments, with names and addresses, will be available 
for public inspection. If you wish us to withhold your personal 
information, you must prominently state at the beginning of your 
comment what personal information you want us to withhold. We will 
honor your request to the extent allowable by law. If you wish to view 
any comments received, you may do so by scheduling an appointment with 
Property & Acquisition Management at the contact information provided 
in the ADDRESSES section. Valid picture identification is required for 
entry into the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20240.
    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 Office of Management and Budget control number.

    Dated: January 27, 2015.
James G. McCaffery, III,
Acting Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management.
[FR Doc. 2015-01880 Filed 2-2-15; 8:45 am]