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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 August 15, 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 25, Washington, DC 20590, or Mr. Victor Angelo, Office of Support Systems, RAD-43, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA to acknowledge receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard stating, “Comments on OMB control number______.” Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6230 or (202) 493-6170, or e-mail to Mr. Brogan at robert.brogan@dot.gov, or to Mr. Angelo at victor.angelo@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 25, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Victor Angelo, Office of Support Systems, RAD-43, 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 104-13, § 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 are brief summaries of the three currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: State Safety Participation Regulations and Remedial Actions.

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Abstract: The collection of information is set forth under 49 CFR part 212, and requires qualified state inspectors to provide various reports to FRA for monitoring and enforcement purposes concerning state investigative, inspection, and surveillance activities regarding railroad compliance with Federal railroad safety laws and regulations. Additionally, railroads are required to report to FRA actions taken to remedy certain alleged violations of law.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.33/61/67/96/96A/109/110/111/112.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: States and Railroads.

Reporting Burden:

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per response (hours)Total annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
Application For Participation15 States15 updates2.538$1,748
Training Funding Agreement30 States30 agreements1301,380
Inspector Training Reimbursement30 States300 vouchers130012,600
Annual Work Plan30 States30 reports1545020,700
Inspection Form (Form FRA F 6180.96)30 States18,000 forms0.254,500189,000
Violation Report—Motive, Power, and Equipment Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.109)19 States200 reports480033,600
Violation Report—Operating Practices Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.67)13 States40 reports41606,720
Violation Report—Hazardous Materials Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.110)14 States100 reports440016,800
Violation Report— Hours of Service Law (F 6180.33)13 States21 reports4843,528
Violation Report—Accident/Incident Reporting Rules (Form FRA F 6180.61)17 States10 reports4401,680
Violation Report—Track Safety Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.111)17 States158 reports463226,544
Violation Report—Signal and Train Control Regulations (Form FRA F 6180.112)17 States100 reports440016,800
Remedial Actions Reports573 Railroads5,048 reports0.251,26280,768
Violation Report Challenge573 Railroads1,010 challenges11,01064,640
Delayed Reports573 Railroads505 reports0.525316,192

Total Responses: 25,567.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 10,359 hours.

Status: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Title: Certification of Glazing Materials.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0525.

Abstract: The collection of information is set forth under 49 CFR part 223, which requires the certification and permanent marking of glazing materials by the manufacturer. The manufacturer is also responsible for making available test verification data to railroads and FRA upon request.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 5 Manufacturers.

Reporting Burden:

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per response (hours)Total annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
223.17—Identification of Equipped Locomotives, Passenger Cars, and Cabooses—Stenciling4 Manufacturers200 stencilings0.2550$1,500
223.17—Appendix A—Requests for Glazing Certification Information5 Manufacturers10 requests0.25390
—Material Identification: Marked Units of Glazing5 Manufacturers25,000 pieces0.002521,560
—New Manufacturers: Testing and Verification Data5 Manufacturers1 Test1414

Total Responses: 25,211.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 119 hours.

Status: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Title: Hours of Service Regulations.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0005.

Abstract: The collection of information is due to the railroad hours of service regulations set forth in 49 CFR part 228 which require railroads to collect the hours of duty for covered employees, and records of train movements. Railroads whose employees have exceeded maximum duty limitations must report the circumstances. Also, a railroad that has developed plans for construction or reconstruction of sleeping quarters (subpart C of 49 CFR part 228) must obtain approval of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) by filing a petition conforming to the requirements of sections 228.101, 228.103, and 228.105.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.3.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 687 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

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CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per response (hours)Total annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
228.11—Hours of Duty Records632 railroads27,375,000 recds.0.033/0.1672,962,500$103,687,500
228.17—Dispatchers of Train Movements150 Dispatch Offices54,750 records6328,50011,497,500
228.19—Monthly Reports of Excess Service300 railroads1,800 reports23,600126,000
228.103—Construction of Employee Sleeping Quarters632 railroads1 petition1616560
45 U.S.C. 61-641—Hours of Service Act15 railroads12 petitions101204,200

Total Responses: 27,431,563.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 3,294,736 hours.

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 June 12, 2006.

D.J. Stadlter,

Director, Office of Budget, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. E6-9402 Filed 6-15-06; 8:45 am]

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