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Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service Mental Health Certification

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Transportation Security Administration, DHS.




The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public comment on one currently approved information collection requirement (ICR) abstracted below that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The collection requires applicants for the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal positions to complete a certification form regarding their mental history.


Send your comments by August 20, 2007.


Comments may be mailed or delivered to Joanna Johnson, Communications Branch, Business Management Office, Operational Process and Technology, TSA-32, Transportation Security Administration, 701 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-4220.

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Joanna Johnson at the above address, or by telephone (571) 227-3651 or facsimile (571) 227-3588.

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Comments Invited

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. The ICR documentation is available at In preparation for OMB review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is inviting comments 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 using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Information Collection Requirement

OMB approved TSA's emergency processing of this information collection and assigned it OMB control number 1652-0043. See the Federal Register notice published on December 5, 2006 (71 FR 70524). TSA now seeks to renew this collection for the maximum three-year period under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 44917, TSA has authority to provide for deployment of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) on passenger flights and provide for appropriate training, supervision, Start Printed Page 34033and equipment of FAMs. In furtherance of this authority, TSA policy requires that applicants for the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal positions meet certain medical standards, including Federal Aviation Administration second-class airman standards as outlined in 14 CFR part 67.

The TSA modifications to these standards include a psychological evaluation determining that individuals do not have an established medical history or clinical diagnosis of psychosis, neurosis, or any other personality or mental disorder that clearly demonstrates a potential hazard to the performance of FAM duties or the safety of self or others. As part of the psychological evaluation, applicants are required to complete a certification form regarding their mental health history and provide an explanation for anything they cannot certify. Applicants will be asked whether they can certify various statements including that they have never been removed from work for medical or psychological reasons. Applicants submit this certification form directly to the FAMs Medical Program via fax, electronically by scanning the document, by mail, or in person. Any explanations received will generally require further review and follow-up by a contract psychologist or psychiatrist. This certification is carefully geared to capitalize on other elements of the assessment process, such as personal interviews, physical task assessment, background investigation, as well as the other components of the medical examination and assessment. The estimated annual reporting burden is 10,000 hours based on an estimated 10,000 respondents.

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Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on June 13, 2007.

Fran Lozito,

Director of Business Management Office,Operational Process and Technology.

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[FR Doc. E7-11819 Filed 6-19-07; 8:45 am]