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Agency Request for Emergency Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget

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Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT).




FRA hereby gives notice that it has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency processing under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). FRA requests that OMB authorize the collection of information identified below on or before October 31, 2005, for a period of 180 days after the date of issuance of this notice in the Federal Register. A copy of this individual ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling FRA's clearance officers, Robert Brogan (telephone number (202) 493-6292) or Victor Angelo (telephone number (202) 493-6470; these numbers are not toll-free), or by contacting Mr. Brogan via facsimile at (202) 493-6270 or Mr. Angelo via facsimile at (202) 493-6170, or via e-mail by contacting Mr. Brogan at or by contacting Mr. Angelo at Comments and questions about the ICR identified below should be directed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for FRA.

Title: FRA Emergency Order No. 24, Notice No. 1. Start Printed Page 61496

Reporting Burden

Emergency order item No.Respondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
(1)—Instruction On Railroad Operating Rule—Operation of manual main track in non-signal territory685 Railroads; 100,000 employees100,000 instruction sessions60 minutes100,000$4,700,000.
—Instruction Records685 Railroads100,000 records2 minutes3,333126,654.
(2) Hand-Operated Main Track Switches—Confirmation of Switch Position6,000 Dispatchers60,000 verbal confirmations30 seconds50020,500.
—Review of SPAF by Train Dispatcher6,000 Dispatchers15,000 reviews10 seconds421,974.
(3) Switch Position Awareness Form (SPAF)100,000 employees20,000 forms3 minutes1,00047,000.
(4) Job Briefings100,000 employees60,000 briefings1 minute1,00047,000.
(5) Radio Communication—Crewmember communication with engineer100,000 employees60,000 verbal communications15 seconds25011,750.
—Notation of Inoperable Radio on SPAF900,000 Crew members500 form entries5 seconds3141.
(6) Operational Tests and Inspections685 RailroadsBurden Covered Under OMB No. 2130-0035Burden Covered Under OMB No. 2130-0035Burden Covered Under OMB No. 2130-0035Burden Covered Under OMB No. 2130-0035.
(7) Distribution of Emergency Order—Copies to Employees685 Railroads; 100,000 Employees100,000 copies2 seconds562,128.
—Written Receipt and Acknowledgment of Copy685 Railroads; 100,000 Employees100,000 receipts + 100,000 records1 second + 1 second562,380.
(8) Relief—Petitions For Special Approval685 Railroads10 petitions60 minutes10380.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Respondent Universe: 685 Railroads; 100,000 Railroad Employees.

Frequency of Submission: One-time; On occasion.

Total Responses: 715,510.

Total Annual Estimated Burden: 106,250 hours.

Status: Emergency Review.

Description: FRA has determined that public safety compels the issuance of Emergency Order No. 24 and necessitates this collection of information in order that railroads modify their operating rules and take certain other actions necessary to ensure that their employees who operate hand-operated main track switches in non-signaled territory restore the switches to their proper (normal) position after use. The Emergency Order is intended to reduce the risk of serious injury or death both to railroad employees and the general public.

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.

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2005.

Belinda Ashton,

Acting Director, Office of Budget, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. 05-21250 Filed 10-21-05; 8:45 am]