WAPA issues a call for applications as part of its project-specific marketing plans. It uses the Applicant Profile Data form to collect information and to determine an entity’s eligibility and ultimately, which entity will receive an allocation of Federal power. The information WAPA proposes to collect is voluntary.
The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501-3521, requires federal agencies to obtain the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval before collecting certain information from the public (such as information on forms, general questionnaires, and surveys). Once approved, OMB issues the agency a control number. OMB requires federal agencies to renew their OMB control numbers every three years.
WAPA’s current OMB control number, 1910-5136, for its Applicant Profile Data form (APD) expires on November 30, 2020.
Opportunities for public comment
60-day Public comment period - CLOSED July 21, 2020
WAPA intends to extend the APD form under the OMB control number to November 30, 2023. The proposed extension includes only ministerial changes, listed below. This would be the fourth extension of WAPAs current OMB control number for its APD form. This public process only determines the information that WAPA will collect from an entity desiring to apply for a Federal power allocation.
NOTE: This process determines the format and content of the APD and is NOT a call for applications.
WAPA is seeking comments on this proposed information collection extension related to:
- whether the extended collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility
- the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used
- ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected
- ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated electronic, mechanical or other collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
By July 21, 2020 , the public should email or mail comments
Chris Magee, Records and Information Management Program Manager
Western Area Power Administration
PO Box 281213
Lakewood, CO 80228
Or via email to
Please refer to Paperwork Reduction Act Information Collection as the subject of your comments.
60-day Public Comment period closed – one comment received
The comment period for WAPA’s 60-day FRN has closed as of July 21, 2020.
The following comment was received a day out of time, on July 22, 2020.
Comment: The comment raised a concern that some of the information requested on the form may be critical infrastructure information but WAPA does not indicate how CII would be recognized or how it would be protected.
Response: Applicants do not need to include Critical Electrical Infrastructure Information (CEII) when submitting an applicant profile data form. However, to the extent an applicant chooses to include CEII and wishes to have that information protected, the applicant will need to request protection of that information in accordance with the Department of Energy’s CEII regulations at 10 CFR Part 1004.
30-day Public comment period – 30 day Federal Register Notice - comment period open through November 6, 2020
The process for extending a clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act also requires a 30-day Federal Register Notice (FRN), which serves as the public’s opportunity to provide comments to OMB regarding the Department of Energy/WAPA’s information collection request.
The 30-day Federal Register Notice (hyperlink the Federal Register Notice to the same attachment that was just added) was published October 7, 2020. The comment period is open through November 6, 2020. As specified in the Federal Register Notice, comments should be submitted as follows:
Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to 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.
How to use the applicant data form
When WAPA announces a power marketing plan, and if an applicant is interested in requesting an allocation of federal power, the applicant would use this form to voluntarily provide the information WAPA needs to determine an entity's eligibility.
For more information, refer to the specific power marketing plan from which you are interested in receiving a federal power allocation.
Proposed changes to the applicant data form
WAPA proposes the following changes to the applicant data form.
Change short form of Western Area Power Administration from “Western" to “WAPA". This change will properly reflect the short form name WAPA uses.
Add a request for contact information for any billing agent or representative. Specifically, on item 1.j., “Describe the entity/organization that will interact with WAPA on contract and billing matters" add “(include contact person, email and telephone number). This change will assist WAPA staff in more quickly identifying the appropriate contact information for any billing agent or representative.
Add WAPA mail code to mailing address for hard copies of completed APD Form. By adding the WAPA mail code, APD forms submitted via mail will can be delivered more quickly.
WAPA also has prepared the form to be a fillable Word or Adobe PDF document and will provide the applicant with instructions for submitting with an electronic signature. This will help decrease the burden of printing and mailing. WAPA will still accept paper or faxed copies as well.
The proposed applicant data form is available for review in three forms.
The WAPA contact information in the form will be updated as appropriate for the applicable region, for each future call for applications.
If you have questions about the form or the public process, contact:
Erin Green, Power Marketing and Energy Services Specialist
Western Area Power Administration
P.O. Box 281213
Lakewood, CO 80228-8213
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