[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 191 (Wednesday, October 2, 2019)]
[Page 52530]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-21423]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

[190A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G; OMB Control Number 1076-

Agency Information Collection Activities; Indian Child Welfare 
Act (ICWA) Proceedings in State Court

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, 
the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are proposing to renew an 
information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
December 2, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request 
(ICR) by mail to the Mrs. Evangeline M. Campbell, 1849 C Street NW, 
Mail Stop 3645, Washington, DC 20240; fax: (202) 513-208-5113; email: 
[email protected]. Please reference OMB Control Number 1076-
0186 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Mrs. Evangeline M. Campbell, (202) 513-7621.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and 
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact 
of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information 
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired 
    We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described 
below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the 
following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper 
functions of the BIA; (2) will this information be processed and used 
in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how 
might the BIA enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (5) how might the BIA minimize the 
burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use 
of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. 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 us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Abstract: The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA or Act), 25 U.S.C. 
1901 et seq., imposes certain requirements for child custody 
proceedings that occur in State court when a child is an ``Indian 
child.'' The regulations, primarily located in Subpart I of 25 CFR 23, 
provide procedural guidance for implementing ICWA, which necessarily 
involves information collections to determine whether the child is 
Indian, provide notice to the Tribe and parents or Indian custodians, 
and maintain records. The information collections are conducted during 
a civil action (i.e., a child custody proceeding). While these civil 
actions occur in State court, and the U.S. is not a party to the civil 
action, the civil action is subject to the Federal statutory 
requirements of ICWA, which the Secretary of the Interior oversees 
under the Act and general authority to manage Indian affairs under 25 
U.S.C. 2 and 9.
    Title of Collection: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Proceedings in 
    OMB Control Number: 1076-0186.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals/households and State/
Tribal governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 7,556.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 98,069.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 15 minutes to 
12 hours, depending on the activity.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 301,811.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Annual Non-hour Burden Cost: $309,630.
    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 authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq).

Elizabeth K. Appel,
Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action--Indian 
[FR Doc. 2019-21423 Filed 10-1-19; 8:45 am]