[Federal Register: April 30, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 84)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Submission of Paperwork Reduction Act Request to Office of
Management and Budget
AGENCIES: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior.
SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request
for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Form 4432, Verification of Indian
Preference for Employment in the BIA and the Indian Health Service
(IHS), OMB Control Number 1076-0160, has been submitted to the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The BIA is now seeking comments on the
DATES: Written comments must be submitted by May 30, 2008.
ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent directly to the Desk Officer
for the Department of the Interior, by facsimile at (202) 395-6566 or
you may send an e-mail to: OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov. Send a copy of
your comments to Daisy West, Chief, Division of Tribal Government
Services, Office of Indian Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop 4513-MIB,
Washington, DC 20240; telephone (202) 513-7641.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Colliflower, (202) 513-7627.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A 60-day notice for public comments was
published in the Federal Register on January 29, 2008. No comments were
received on the workload burden or the form itself (OMB Control No.
1076-0160) during this public comment period.
The purpose of the Indian Preference Form is to encourage qualified
Indians to seek employment with the BIA and the IHS by offering
preferential treatment to qualified candidates of Indian heritage. BIA
collects information under the proposed regulations to ensure
compliance with Indian preference hiring requirements. The information
collection relates only to individuals applying for employment with the
BIA and the IHS. The tribe's involvement is limited to verifying
membership information submitted by the applicant. The collection of
information allows certain persons who are of Indian descent to receive
preference when appointments are made to vacancies in positions with
the BIA and IHS as well as in any unit that has been transferred intact
from the BIA to a Bureau or office within the Department of the
Interior or the Department of Health and Human Services and that
continues to perform the functions formerly performed as part of the
BIA and IHS. You are eligible for preference if (a) You are a member of
a federally recognized Indian tribe; (b) you are a descendant of a
member and you were residing within the present boundaries of any
Indian reservation on June 1, 1934; (c) you are an Alaska Native; or
(d) you possess one-half degree Indian blood derived from tribes that
are indigenous to the United States. The information is submitted in
order to retain a benefit, namely, preference in employment with the
BIA and IHS.
II. 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 BIA, indicating whether the
information will have practical utility;
(b) The accuracy of the BIA's estimate of the burden (including the
hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information, including
the validity of the methodology and assumption 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.
The Office of Management and Budget has up to 60 days to approve or
disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days;
therefore, comments submitted in response to this notice should be
submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure their maximum
consideration. Our practice is to make comments, including names and
home addresses of respondents, available for public review during
regular business hours. Before including your address, phone number, e-
mail address or other personally identifiable information, be advised
that your entire comment--including your personally identifiable
information--may be made public at any time. While you may request that
we withhold your personally identifiable information, we cannot
guarantee that we will be able to do so. We do not consider anonymous
comments. All comments from representatives of businesses or
organizations will be made public in their entirety.
Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person
is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless a
currently valid OMB control number is displayed. You may request copies
of the information collection forms and our submission to OMB from the
person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.
Title: Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA
and IHS, 25 CFR 5.
Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Description of respondents: Qualified Indians who are seeking
preference in employment with the BIA and IHS. Approximately a total of
5,000 applications for preference in employment are received annually
by the BIA field offices.
Frequency: On occasion as needed.
Estimated completion time: The average burden of submitting an
Indian Preference Form is 30 minutes including time for reviewing
instructions, searching data sources and assembling the information
Total Annual Burden: 5,000 x \1/2\ hour = 2,500 hours.
Estimated cost: There are no costs to consider, except postage and
the cost of duplicating the original verification form. The form will
be used by an applicant to seek documentation of Indian descent or
membership from either a tribal official or the BIA.
Dated: April 25, 2008.
Sanjeev ``Sonny'' Bhagowalia,
Chief Information Officer--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E8-9526 Filed 4-29-08; 8:45 am]
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