The Department of Commerce will submit the following information
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for
review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. We invite the
general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and
continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of
our information collection requirements and minimize the public's
reporting burden. Public comments were previously requested via the
Federal Register on March 30, 2020 (85 FR 17532) during a 60-day
comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public
Agency: Office of Facilities and Environmental Quality, Office of
Title: The Environmental Questionnaire and Checklist (EQC).
OMB Control Number: 0690-0028.
Form Number(s): CD-593.
Type of Request: Regular submission (an extension of a current
Number of Respondents: 1,000.
Average Hours per Response: 3 hours.
Burden Hours: 3,000.
Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of a currently
approved information collection. The National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) and the Council on Environmental Quality's
(CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508)
require that federal agencies complete an environmental analysis for
all major federal actions significantly affecting the environment.
Those actions may include a federal agency's decision to fund non-
federal projects under grants and cooperative agreements, including
infrastructure projects. In order to determine NEPA compliance
requirements for a project receiving Department of Commerce (DOC)
bureau-level funding, DOC must assess information which can only be
provided by the applicant for federal financial assistance (grant).
The Environmental Questionnaire and Checklist (EQC) provides
federal financial assistance applicants and DOC staff with a tool to
ensure that the necessary project and environmental information is
obtained. The EQC was developed to collect data concerning potential
environmental impacts that the applicant for federal financial
assistance possesses and to transmit that information to the Federal
reviewer. The EQC will allow for a more rapid review of projects and
facilitate DOC's evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of a
project and level of NEPA documentation required. DOC staff will use
the information provided in answers to the questionnaire to determine
compliance requirements for NEPA and conduct subsequent NEPA analysis
as needed. Information provided in the questionnaire may also be used
for other regulatory review requirements associated with the proposed
project, such as the National Historic Preservation Act.
Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or
Tribal Government; Federal Government, etc.
Frequency: One-time; Annually.
Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,200 in mailing costs ($6
x approximately 200 respondents who choose to mail rather than email
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.
This information collection request may be viewed at
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the Department of
Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.
Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information
collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of
this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.
Find this particular information collection by selecting "Currently
under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments" or by using the search
function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB
Control Number 0690-0028.