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).