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Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comments; Renewed Approval of Five Information Collections

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AGENCY:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the five information collections which are summarized below under Supplementary Information. We are required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 to publish this notice in the Federal Register.

DATES:

Please submit comments by May 15, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

You may mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590; telefax comments to 202/493-2251; or submit electronically at http://dmses.dot.gov/​submit. All comments should include the docket number in this notice's heading as well as the OMB control number referencing the specific information collection that is being addressed. All comments may be examined and copied at the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Start Printed Page 15317through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you desire a receipt you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or, if you submit your comments electronically, you may print the acknowledgment page.

PUBLIC COMMENTS INVITED:

You are asked to comment on any aspect of these information collections, including: (1) Whether the proposed collections are necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that burdens could be minimized, including use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of these information collections.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Title: Voucher for Federal-aid Reimbursements.

OMB Control Number: 2125-0507 (Expiration Date: September 30, 2001).

Abstract: The Federal-aid Highway Program includes provisions for the reimbursement to States for expenditure of State funds for eligible Federal-aid highway projects. The Voucher for Work Performed Under Provisions of the Federal-Aid and Federal Highway Acts, As Amended (Form PR-20) is utilized by the States to provide project financial data regarding the expenditure of State funds and to request progress payments from the FHWA.

Respondents: 50 State Transportation Departments, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: Approximately 11,800 vouchers per year. Each voucher requires an estimated 30 minutes completion time. The total annual burden for all respondents is estimated to be 5,910 hours.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Debbie Barger, 202-366-2877, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Budget and Finance, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

2. Title: Develop and Submit Utility Accommodation Policies.

OMB Control Number: 2125-0514 (Expiration Date: September 30, 2001).

Abstract: State Departments of Transportation are required to develop and submit to FHWA a policy statement on the authority of utilities to use and occupy highway rights-of-way; the State's authority to regulate such use; and the policies and/or procedures employed for accommodating utilities within the rights-of-way of Federal-aid highway projects. Upon FHWA's approval of the policy statement, the State DOT may take any action required in accordance with the approved policy statement without case-by-case review by the FHWA. In addition, the utility accommodation policy statements that have been approved previously by the FHWA are periodically reviewed by the State DOTs to determine if updating is necessary to reflect policy changes.

Respondents: 52 State Transportation Departments, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Frequency: Once initially, then updates for review as required at the States' discretion.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: The average burden for updating an existing policy is 280 hours per response. The estimated total annual burden, based upon an estimated 10 updates per year, is 2,800 hours.

For Further Information Contact: Mr. Paul Scott, 202-366-4104, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Infrastructure Core Business Unit, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

3. Title: Eligibility Statement for Utility Adjustments.

OMB Control Number: 2125-0515 (Expiration Date: September 30, 2001).

Abstract: State Departments of Transportation are required to submit to the FHWA a statement which establishes the State DOT's legal authority or obligation to pay for utility adjustments. The FHWA has previously reviewed and approved these eligibility statements for each State DOT. The statements are used as a basis for Federal-aid reimbursement in utility relocation costs under the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 123. Updated statements may be submitted for review at the States' discretion where circumstances have modified (for example, a change in State statute) the extent to which utility adjustments are eligible for reimbursement by the State or those instances where a local State DOT's legal basis for payment of utility adjustments differs from that of the State.

Respondents: 52 State Transportation Departments, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Frequency: Once initially, then updates for review as required at the States' discretion.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: The average burden for preparing and submitting an updated eligibility statement is 36 hours per response. The estimated total annual burden, based upon 5 updated eligibility statements per year, is 180 hours.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Paul Scott, 202-366-4104, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Infrastructure Core Business Unit, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

4. Title: Certificate of Enforcement of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax.

OMB Control Number: 2125-0541 (Expiration Date: September 30, 2001).

Abstract: Title 23, United States Code, Section 141(d), provides that a State's apportionment of funds under 23 U.S.C. 104(b)(5) shall be reduced in an amount up to 25 percent of the amount to be apportioned during any fiscal year beginning after September 30, 1984, if vehicles subject to the Federal heavy vehicle use tax are lawfully registered in the State without having presented proof of payment of the tax. The annual certification by the State Governor or designated official regarding the collection of the heavy vehicle use tax serves as the FHWA's primary means of determining State compliance. The FHWA has determined that an annual certification of compliance by each State is the least obtrusive means of administering the provisions of the legislative mandate. In addition, States are required to retain for one year Schedule 1, Form 2290, (or other suitable alternative provided by regulation). FHWA periodically conducts compliance reviews to determine if the annual certification is adequate to ensure effective administration of 23 U.S.C.141(d).

Respondents: 51 State Transportation Departments, including the District of Columbia.

Frequency: Annually.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: The average burden to submit the certification and retain required records is 12 hours per respondent. The estimated total annual burden is 612 hours.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Gloria Williams, 202-366-5032, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Policy Service Business Unit, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

5. Title: Indian Reservations Roads, Program Administration Survey.

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Abstract: The FHWA and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) jointly administer the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program. Surveys are conducted of federally recognized tribes to provide feedback regarding their satisfaction with the IRR Program. The collected information is used by the FHWA and the BIA to improve the administration of the IRR program. This survey gathers information from the tribes to assess: (1) Overall levels of understanding of the IRR program; (2) involvement in the IRR program; and (3) satisfaction with the IRR program administration and accomplishments. In addition, the survey allows tribes to propose recommendations for improving the operation and administration of the IRR program.

Respondents: Approximately 561 federally recognized tribes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: It is estimated that each response requires 30 minutes. The surveys are conducted approximately every 2 years (280 biannual burden hours); 140 annual burden hours.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Robert Sparrow, 202-366-9483, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Lands Highway Core Business Unit, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Electronic Access: Internet users may access all comments received by the U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, by using the universal resource locator (URL): http://dms.dot.gov. It is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Please follow the instructions online for more information and help. An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded using a modem and suitable communications software from the Government Printing Office Electronic Bulletin Board Service at telephone number 202-512-1661. Internet users may reach the Federal Register's home page at http://www.nara.gov/​fedreg and the Government Printing Office's database at http://www.access.gpo.gov/​nara.

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Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

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Issued on: March 12, 2001.

James R. Kabel,

Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division.

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[FR Doc. 01-6505 Filed 3-15-01; 8:45 am]

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