The purpose of the Regular Clearance Process is to allow for information collection requests that are not within the scope of the current Generic Processes (i.e., NPS Programmatic Clearance Process, Fast-Track Qualitative Feedback, and Customer Satisfaction Surveys). This applies to both basic and applied research.
Before conducting any type of survey (i.e.,interview, questionnaires, focus-groups, etc) the PRA requires that Federal agencies complete the review and approval process. It can take anywhere from 6-9 months, depending on the number of requests currently in process and the data collection subject matter. This estimate includes the 60-day and 30-day public comment periods and the 60 days OMB has to review and act upon each submission.
Steps for Preparing and Submitting a Request
- The PI and the primary NPS contact will prepare a draft 60-day Federal Register Notice.
- The PI will prepare an information collection request (ICR) package. A complete package should contain the following items in the order listed:
- Supporting Statement A & B (see Instructions for completing these statements)
- Copies of all the necessary attachments. These attachments can include data collection instruments (e.g., questionnaires, surveys, instructions, scripts, etc)
- Reference materials related to the collection (e.g., studies substantiating the need for the collection)
- Copies of documents published as a result of previous collection efforts
- Draft 30-Day Federal Register Notice
- The NPS Information Collections Review Coordinator will conduct a technical review of the collection.
- The NPS Information Collections Review Coordinator will submit the proposed collection for review and approval to the DOI.
- Upon DOI approval, the 30-day Federal Register notice will be published concurrent with its submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Last updated: January 12, 2017