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ACTION:

Notice.

The Department of defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C Chapter 35).

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all comments received by January 26, 2005.

Title, Form, and OMB Number: Personnel Security Investigation Projection for Industry Survey; DSS Form 232; OMB Control Number 0704-0417.

Type of Request: Extension.

Number of Respondents: 12,117.

Responses Per Respondent: 1.

Annual Responses: 12,117.Start Printed Page 77234

Average Burden Per Response: 75 minutes.

Annual Burden Hours: 15,146.

Needs and Uses: Executive Order (EO) 12829, “National Industrial Security Program (NISP),” stipulates that the Secretary of Defense shall serve as the Executive Agent for inspecting and monitoring the contractors, licensees, and grantees who require or will require access to classified information; and for determining the eligibility for access to classified information of contractors, licensees, and grantees and their respective employees. EO 12829 also authorizes the Executive Agent to issue, after consultation with affected agencies, standard forms that will promote the implementation of the NISP.

Under the NISP, the Defense Security Service is responsible for conducting personnel security investigation of employees of those cleared contractor entities under its security cognizance. In the past, DSS has relied on historical data for agency budget projections regarding the numbers of personnel security investigations required by cleared contractor entities; however, historical data did not provide a particularly accurate or credible estimate of such workload. In this collection of information, DSS requests the voluntary assistance of the Facility Security Officers of cleared contractor entities to provide projections of the numbers and types of personnel security investigation required. The data will be incorporated into DDS' budget submissions.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense assigned DSS responsibility for the following types of investigation within industry:

a. A Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).

b. National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check (NACLC).

c. SSBI Periodic Reinvestigation (SSBI-PR or TS-PR).

In accordance with 5200.2-R, DSS is also responsible for conducting TS-PRs every 5 years, SECRET-PRs every 10 years and CONFIDENTIAL-PRs every 15 years. In addition, under specified circumstances, DSS is required to conduct SSBIs, NACLCs and National Agency Checks (NACs) for sensitive positions that do not require personnel security clearances.

Representative of various industry associations, the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee (NISPPAC), the Military Services, various elements of the Department of Defense and other Federal Government Agencies are aware of the annual survey.

Affected Public: Business or other for profit and not-for-profit institutions.

Frequency: Annually.

Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

OMB Desk Officer: Mr. Lewis Oleinick.

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to Mr. Oleinick at the Office of Management and Budget, Desk Officer for DoD, Room 10236, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

DOD Clearance Officer: Ms. Patricia Toppings.

Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Ms. Toppings, WHS/ESCD/Information Management Division, 1225 South Clark Street, Suite 504, Arlington, VA 22202-4326.

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Dated: December 15, 2004.

Patricia L. Toppings,

Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 04-28124 Filed 12-23-04; 8:45 am]

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