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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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ACTION:

30-Day Notice of Information Collection under Review: National Security Entry-Exit Registration System; File No. OMB-34.

The Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is contained in the preamble of the INS proposed rule No. 2216-02 (RIN 1115-AG7) which was published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2002 at 67 FR 40581. The publication allowed for a 60-day public comment period. Comments were received and were reconciled in the final rule published in the Federal Register on August 12, 2002 at 67 FR 52584.

The INS intends to request an extension of this information collection. Therefore, the purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until April 2, 2003. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer, 725—17th Street, NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20530.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information should address one or more of the following four points:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate 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;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of This Information Collection

(1) Type of Information Collection: Extensions of a previously approved information collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: National Security Entry-Exit Registration System.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: No Agency Form Number; File No. OMB-34, Inspections Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or Households. INS regulations are amended to require certain nonimmigrant aliens to make specific reports to the INS upon arrival; approximately 30 days after arrival; every 12 months after arrival; upon certain events, such as change of address, employment or school; and at the time they leave the United States.Start Printed Page 10035

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 140,000 responses at 30 minutes per response.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 70,000 annual burden hours.

If you have additional comments, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please contact Richard A. Sloan 202-514-3291, Director, Regulations and Forms Services Division, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 4304, 425 I Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536. Additionally, comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time may also be directed to Mr. Richard A. Sloan.

If additional information is required contact: Mr. Robert B. Briggs, Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Information Management and Security Staff, Justice Management Division, 601 D Street, NW., Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: February 26, 2003.

Richard A. Sloan,

Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-4910 Filed 2-28-03; 8:45 am]

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