[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 132 (Tuesday, July 12, 2022)]
[Pages 41347-41348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-14824]



U.S. Geological Survey

[GX22DK40GUK0100; OMB Control Number 1028-0097]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Water Resources 
Research Act Program--State Water Resources Research Institute Annual 
Base Grant, National Competitive Grants, and Reporting

AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the U.S. 
Geological Survey (USGS) is proposing to renew an information 

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
September 12, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request 
(ICR) by mail to U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections 
Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by 
email to [email protected]. Please reference OMB Control 
Number 1028-0097 in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact the Water Resources Research Act Program 
Manager by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 502-
413-7699. Individuals in the United States who are deaf, deafblind, 
hard of hearing, or have a speech disability may dial 711 (TTY, TDD, or 
TeleBraille) to access telecommunications relay services. Individuals 
outside the United States should use the relay services offered within 
their country to make international calls to the point-of-contact in 
the United States. You may

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also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the PRA, 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 format.
    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 USGS; (2) will this information be processed and used 
in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how 
might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS 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 personally identifiable information 
(PII) in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--
including your PII--may be made publicly available at any time. While 
you can ask us in your comment to withhold your PII from public review, 
we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Abstract: The USGS Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) program 
issues an annual announcement to solicit applications for 
noncompetitive State Water Resources Research Program annual base 
grants authorized by section 104(c) and for the national competitive 
grant program authorized by section 104(g) of the Water Resources 
Research Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-242), as amended [42 U.S.C. 10303(c)].
    Annual base grants may support research and information transfer 
projects as well as administration projects that advance the 
institutes' overall administration and objectives; these research 
projects are generally selected in a competitive statewide 
solicitation, peer review, and selection process designed and conducted 
by each institute. National competitive grants (104g) focus on water 
problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of 
concern only to a single state and which relate to specific program 
priorities identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior, as 
delegated to the USGS) and the institutes.
    The State Water Resources Research Institutes were established 
under Section 104(a) of the Act [42 U.S.C. 10303(a)]. There are 54 
Water Resources Research Institutes, one in each state, the District of 
Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The 
Institutes cooperate with the USGS in establishing total programmatic 
direction, reporting on the activities of the institutes and associated 
researchers, as well as coordinating and facilitating regional research 
and information and technology transfer.
    Title of Collection: Water Resources Research Act Program--State 
Water Resources Research Institute Annual Base Grant, National 
Competitive Grants, and Reporting.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-0097.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Universities.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 54.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 54.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: 80 hours.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 4,320 hours.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, nor is a person 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).

Tanja Williamson,
WRRA Acting Program Manager, U.S. Geological Survey.
[FR Doc. 2022-14824 Filed 7-11-22; 8:45 am]