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Notice of Intent To Request Approval From the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a Public Collection of Information; Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee Records Retention

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AGENCY:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

TSA invites public comment on the information collection requirement described in this notice, which will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection would require the retention of certain information Start Printed Page 3939necessary for TSA to help set the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF), including information about air carriers' and foreign air carriers' costs related to screening passengers and property in calendar year 2000.

DATES:

Send your comments by March 29, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be mailed or delivered to Conrad Huygen, Privacy Act Officer, Information Management Programs, TSA-17, Office of Finance and Administration, Transportation Security Administration HQ, Floor 4, West Building, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-4220.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For Paperwork Reduction Act issues: Conrad Huygen at the above address or by telephone at (571) 227-1954; facsimile (571) 227-2912. For other issues: Randall Fiertz, Director, Office of Revenue, Transportation Security Administration Headquarters, West Building, Floor 5, TSA-14, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22202; e-mail: TSA-Fees@dhs.gov, telephone: (571) 227-2323.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information, unless it displays a valid OMB control number. Therefore, in preparation for submission for OMB clearance of the information collection discussed in this notice, TSA solicits comments in order to—

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement 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;

(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.

Background

To help defray TSA's costs of providing civil aviation security services, and as authorized by 49 U.S.C. 44940, TSA published in the Federal Register on February 20, 2002, an interim final rule adding part 1511 to the Transportation Security Regulations, which imposed a fee known as the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) on certain air carriers and foreign air carriers. See 67 FR 7926, as codified at 49 CFR part 1511. The amount of ASIF collected by TSA from the carriers, both overall and per carrier, is based upon the carriers' aggregate and individual costs, respectively, for screening passengers and property in calendar year 2000. 49 U.S.C. 44940(a)(2)(B)(i), (ii).

In conjunction with the issuance of part 1511, TSA requested OMB approval to collect information necessary for TSA to establish the ASIF, including information about the carriers' individual and aggregate costs related to screening passengers and property in calendar year 2000. This information collection included submissions to TSA of data on the carriers' screening-related costs and also of independent audits of that data. On February 28, 2002, TSA published in the Federal Register a notice that OMB had approved the required collection and submission of this information under control number (2110-0002). See 67 FR 9355.

Purpose of Information Collection

Under Part 1511, carriers must retain any and all documents, records, or information related to the amount of the ASIF, including all information applicable to the carrier's calendar year 2000 security costs and information reasonably necessary to complete an audit. The information collection proposed under this notice is intended to apply to the retention requirement of 49 CFR 1511.9. This requirement includes retaining the source information for the calendar year 2000 screening costs reported to TSA; the calculations and allocations performed to assign costs submitted to TSA; information and documents reviewed and prepared for the required independent audit; the accountant's working papers, notes, worksheets, and other relevant documentation used in the audit; and, if applicable, the specific information leading to the accountant's opinion, including any determination that the accountant could not provide an audit opinion.

Description of Information Collection

The information collection, submission, and retention requirement applies to each air carrier and foreign air carrier that incurred costs for the screening of passengers and property in calendar year 2000. It is estimated that the 195 respondent air carriers and foreign air carriers will each on average incur $330.60 annually, which includes $180.60 in records storage related costs and $150 in labor costs for 6 hours of records identification and management at $25 per hour. Based on these estimates, the aggregate total for all air carriers will be $64,467 during the first year. In subsequent years, each air carrier will incur $104.60 per year, which includes $54.60 in records storage and $50 in labor costs for 2 hours of records management at $25 per hour. For each subsequent year, the total burden for 195 air carriers is estimated at $20,397 per year. Thus, the annual average burden related to this requirement for all respondents combined over a three-year period is at a cost of $35,087. The subject records may be used by TSA to make determinations regarding security-related costs in calendar year 2000, including conducting reviews and otherwise ensuring compliance with part 1511.

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Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on January 21, 2004.

Susan T. Tracey,

Chief Administrative Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-1616 Filed 1-26-04; 8:45 am]

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