Federal Railroad Administration, DOT.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements (ICRs) for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Comments must be received no later than May 28, 2002.
Submit written comments on any or all of the following proposed activities by mail to either: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Safety, Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW, Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590, or Ms. Dian Deal, Office of Information Technology and Productivity Improvement, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW, Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA to acknowledge receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard stating, “Comments on OMB control number 2130-0533.” Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6265 or (202) 493-6170, or e-mail to Mr. Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Ms. Deal at email@example.com. Please refer to the assigned OMB control number in any correspondence submitted. FRA will summarize comments received in response to this notice in a subsequent notice and include them in its information collection submission to OMB for approval.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW, Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Dian Deal, Office of Information Technology and Productivity Improvement, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW, Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6133). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Pub. L. 104-13, sec. 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to provide 60-days notice to the public for comment on information collection activities before seeking approval for reinstatement or renewal by OMB. 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.10(e)(1), 1320.12(a). Specifically, FRA invites interested respondents to comment on the following summary of proposed information collection activities regarding (i) whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the activities will have practical utility; (ii) Start Printed Page 14767the accuracy of FRA's estimates of the burden of the information collection activities, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (iii) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (iv) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)(I)-(iv); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(I)-(iv). FRA believes that soliciting public comment will promote its efforts to reduce the administrative and paperwork burdens associated with the collection of information mandated by Federal regulations. In summary, FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (i) Reduce reporting burdens; (ii) ensure that it organizes information collection requirements in a “user friendly” format to improve the use of such information; and (iii) accurately assess the resources expended to retrieve and produce information requested. See 44 U.S.C. 3501.
Below is a brief summary of the currently approved ICRs that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:
Title: Qualifications For Locomotive Engineers.
OMB Control Number: 2130-0533.
Abstract: Section 4 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 1988 (RSIA), Public Law 100-342, 102 Stat. 624 (June 22, 1988), later amended and re-codified by Public Law 103-272, 108 Stat. 874 (July 5, 1994), required that FRA issue regulations to establish any necessary program for certifying or licensing locomotive engineers. The collection of information is used by FRA to ensure that railroads employ and properly train qualified individuals as locomotive engineers and designated supervisors of locomotive engineers. The collection of information is also used by FRA to verify that railroads have established required certification programs for locomotive engineers and that these programs fully conform to the standards specified in the regulation.
Affected Public: Businesses.
Respondent Universe: 685 railroads.
Frequency of Submission: On occasion; annually; tri-annually.
|CFR Section||Respondent universe||Total annual responses||Average time per response||Total annual burden hours||Total annual burden cost|
|240.9—Waivers||685 railroads||5 waivers||1 hour||5||$170|
|240.101/103—Certification Prog||685 railroads||10 programs||200 hours/40 hours||1,840||62,560|
|240.101/103—Cert. Prog.—Final Rev||685 railroads||10 reviews||1 hour||10||340|
|240.105(a)—Selection Criteria for DSLEs.||685 railroads||10 reports||1 hour||10||490|
|240.105(b)—DSLE Approval Plan—Amendments.||685 railroads||75 amendments||1 hour||75||2,550|
|240.111—Duty to Furnish Data on Prior Safety Conduct—Car Drvr.||685 railroads||400 calls||10 minutes||67||3,149|
|240.1111—Driver's License Data||13,333 candidates||13,333 requests||15 minutes||3,333||156,651|
|240.111/App. C—RR Notification to candidate—NDR Match||685 railroads||267 requests||30 minutes||134||5,427|
|240.111(g)—Notice to RR of Absence of License.||40,000 candidates||4 letters||15 minutes||1||47|
|240.111/App. C—Written Response from candidate on Driver's Lic Data.||685 railroads||40 comments||15 minutes||10||470|
|240.113—Notice to RR Furnishing Data on Prior Safety Conduct—Diff. RR.||13,333 candidates||534 requests/resp||15 min./30 min||200||7,671|
|240.115—Candidate's Comments on Prior Saf. Conduct Data.||13,333 candidates||133 responses||30 minutes||67||3,149|
|240.117—Criteria—Oper. Rules Compl. Data.||685 railroads||3 violations/appeals||12 hours||36||1,764|
|240.121—Criteria—Vision/Hearing Acuity Data—New Railroads.||10 railroads||10 copies||15 minutes||3||102|
|240.121—Criteria—Vision/Hearing Acuity Data—Cond. Certification.||685 railroads||17 reports||1 hour||17||578|
|240.121—Criteria—Vision/Hearing Acuity Data—Not Meeting Standards.||685 railroads||10 notifications||15 minutes||3||141|
|240.201/221—List of Certified Loco. Engineers.||685 railroads||685 updates||15 minutes||171||5,814|
|240.201/221—List of Qualified DSLEs||685 railroads||685 updates||15 minutes||171||5,814|
|240.201/223/301—Loco. Engineers Certificate.||40,000 candidates||13,333 certificates||5 minutes||1,111||37,774|
|240.201/223—List of Des. Persons Authorized to Sign DSLE Certificate.||685 railroads||20 lists||15 minutes||5||170|
|240.205—Data to EAP Counselor||685 railroads||267 records||5 minutes||22||1,034|
|240.207—Medical Certificate||40,000 candidates||13,333 certificates||70 minutes||15,555||528,870|
|240.209/213—Written Test||40,000 candidates||13,333 tests||2 hours||26,666||906,644|
|240.211/213—Perf. Test||40,000 candidates||13,333 tests||2 hours||26,666||906,644|
|240.215—Record Keeping—Loc. Eng||685 railroads||13,333 records||10 minutes||2,222||75,548|
|240.219—Denial of Certification||13,333 candidates||150 letters/resp.||1 hour||150||6,075|
|240.219—Denial of Certification—Notices.||685 railroads||75 notifications||1 hour||75||2,550|
|240.227—Canadian Certification Data||Canadian railroads||200 certifications||15 minutes||50||1,700|
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|240.229—Requirement For Joint Operations Territory.||685 railroads||184 calls||5 minutes||15||705|
|240.303—Annual Op. Monitoring Obs||40,000 candidates||40,000 tests||2 hours||80,000||3,920,000|
|240.303—Annual Operational Observ||40,000 candidates||40,000 tests||1 hour||40,000||1,960,000|
|240.305—Eng. Notification of Non-Qualification.||40,000 candidates||10 notifications||5 minutes||1||47|
|240.305—Engineer Notice of Loss of Qualification.||40,000 candidates||2 letters||30 minutes||1||47|
|240.307—Rev. of Certification—Notice of Eng. Disqualification.||685 railroads||500 letters||1 hour||500||17,000|
|240.309—RR Oversight Resp.—RR Annual Review.||42 railroads||42 reviews||80 hours||3,360||188,160|
|240.309—RR Oversight Resp||15 railroads||10 annotations||15 minutes||3||147|
|240.401—Engineer Appeal to FRA||40,000 Engineers||97 petitions||12 hours||1,164||54,708|
|240.405—RR's Response to Appeal||685 railroads||97 responses||6 hours||582||28,518|
|240.407—Request For a Hearing||685 railroads and 40,000 Engineers.||16 Hearing requests||30 minutes||8||376|
|240.411—Appeals||685 railroads and 40,000 Engineers.||2 Appeal notices||2 hours||4||94|
Total Responses: 164,568.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 204,313 hours.
Status: Regular Review.
Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties that it may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC on March 19, 2002.
Kathy A. Weiner,
Director, Office of Information Technology and Support Systems, Federal Railroad Administration.
[FR Doc. 02-7351 Filed 3-26-02; 8:45 am]
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