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Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Federal Railroad Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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 for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.

DATES:

Comments must be received no later than February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

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 Mr. Victor Angelo, Office of Support Systems, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA Start Printed Page 74104to acknowledge receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard stating, “Comments on OMB control number 2130-0500''. Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6265 or (202) 493-6170, or E-mail to Mr. Brogan at robert.brogan@fra.dot.gov, or to Mr. Angelo at victor.angelo@fra.dot.gov. 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.

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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 Victor Angelo, Office of Support Systems, RAD-20, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6470). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law No. 104-13, section 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) the 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 currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: Accident/Incident Reporting and Recordkeeping.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0500.

Abstract: The collection of information is due to the railroad accident reporting regulations set forth in 49 CFR part 225 which require railroads to submit monthly reports summarizing collisions, derailments, and certain other accidents/incidents involving damages above a periodically revised dollar threshold, as well as certain injuries to passengers, employees, and other persons on railroad property. Because the reporting requirements and the information needed regarding each category of accident/incident are unique, a different form is used for each category.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.54; 55; 55A; 56; 57; 78; 81; 97; 98; 99; 107.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 685 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost (dollars)
225.9—Telephone Reports of Certain Accidents/Incidents and Other Events685 railroads500 phone reports15 minutes125 hours$4,750
225.11—Reporting of Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents—Form FRA F 6180.54685 railroads3,000 forms2 hours6,000 hours228,000
225.12—Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Reports Alleging Human Factor as Cause—Form FRA F 6180.81685 railroads1,000 forms15 minutes250 hours9,500
Part I Form FRA F 6180.78 (Notices)685 railroads1,000 notices + 4,100 copies10 minutes + 3 minutes372 hours14,136
Joint Operations685 railroads100 requests20 minutes33 hours1,254
Late Identification685 railroads20 attachments + 20 notices15 minutes10 hours380
Employee Statement Supplementing Railroad Accident Report (Part II Form FRA 6180.78)Railroad employees75 statements1.5 hours113 hours4,972
Employee Confidential LetterRailroad employees10 letters2 hours20 hours880
225.13—Late Reports685 railroads50 amended rpts. + 40 copies1 hour + 3 minutes52 hours1,976
225.17—Doubtful Cases; Alcohol or Drug Involvement: Narrative Reports to FRA685 railroads80 reports30 minutes40 hours1,520
Appended reports required by § 219.209(b)685 railroads5 reports30 minutes3 hours114
225.19—Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Accident/Incident Report—Form FRA F 6180.57685 railroads3,000 forms2 hours6,000 hours228,000
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Death, Injury, or Occupational Illness (Form FRA F 6180.55a)685 railroads12,000 forms20 minutes4,000 hours152,000
225.21—Railroad Injury and Illness Summary—Form FRA F 6180.55685 railroads8,220 forms10 minutes1,370 hours52,060
225.21—Annual Railroad Report of Employee Hours and Casualties, By State—Form FRA F 6180.56685 railroads685 forms15 minutes171 hours6,498
225.21/25—Railroad Employee Injury and/or Illness Record—Form FRA F 6180.98685 railroads18,000 forms60 minutes18,000 hours792,000
Copies of Forms to Employees685 railroads540 form copies2 minutes18 hours792
225.21—Initial Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Record—Form FRA F 6180.97685 railroads13,000 forms30 minutes6,500 hours286,000
225.21—Alternative Record for Illnesses Claimed to Be Work Related—Form FRA F 6180.107685 railroads300 forms15 minutes75 hours2,850
225.25 (h)—Posting of Monthly Summary685 railroads8,220 lists16 minutes2,192 hours83,296
225.27—Retention of Records685 railroads1,900 records2 minutes63 hours2,394
225.33—Internal Control Plans—Amendments685 railroads25 amendments14 hours350 hours13,300
225.35—Access to Records and Reports15 railroads400 lists20 minutes133 hours5,054
Subsequent Years4 railroads16 lists20 minutes5 hours190
225.37—Magnetic Media Transfer and Electronic Submission8 railroads96 transfers10 minutes16 hours608
Electronic Submission: Batch Control Forms (6180.99) and Form FRA F 6180.55685 railroads200 forms3 minutes10 hours380

Total Responses: 76,602.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 45,921 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.

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

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Issued in Washington, DC on December 7, 2005.

D.J. Stadtler,

Director, Office of Budget, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. E5-7288 Filed 12-13-05; 8:45 am]

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