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NPS seeks to update its survey forms over the next year

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The National Park Service (NPS) is opening a new public comment period on its public survey forms. NPS is asking permission from the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for a one-year extension of permission to use its Programmatic Review and Clearance Process for NPS-Sponsored Public Surveys. The process makes it easier for NPS to get approval from OMB to get permission to do the surveys. NPS announced the matter on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

NPS is taking public comments until Sept. 29. It opened a previous public comment period in May but nobody wrote. Send your thoughts to OMB Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at
OIRASubmission@omb.eop.gov, fax at 202-395-5806. Refer to OMB Control Number 1024-0224. Send a copy to Phadrea Ponds, information collection coordinator, NPS, 1201 Oakridge Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525, phadreaponds@nps.gov. Contact Ponds if you have any questions.

Authority for the form technically expires Aug. 31. During the coming year, NPS wants to expand the Pool of Known Questions. NPS staff have complained that the pool is more than 20 years old and out of date. NPS plans a series of workshops to update the questions and topics of its surveys.

NPS surveys about 53,500 people a year. It asked professionals to review the surveys. They suggested NPS expand the topics to include matters such as “interpretation and education.”

NPS wants public comments about what information is necessary, how to make it easier for respondents, how much time it will take to complete a survey, etc. All comments will become part of a public record.

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