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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 December 4, 2007.

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 Ms. Gina Christodoulou, Office of Support Systems Staff, 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 2130-0500.” Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6265 or (202) 493-6170, or via e-mail to Mr. Brogan at robert.brogan@dot.gov, or to Ms. Christodoulou at gina.christodoulou@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 Ms. Gina Christodoulou, Office of Support Systems Staff, RAD-43, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6139). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Pub. L. 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.

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CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
225.9—Telephone Reports of Certain Accidents/Incidents and Other Events685 railroads500 phone reports15 minutes125$5,000
225.11—Reporting of Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents—Form FRA F 6180.54685 railroads3,000 forms2 hours6,000240,000
225.12—Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Reports Alleging Human Factor as Cause—Form FRA F 6180.81685 railroads1,400 forms15 minutes35014,000
—Part I Form FRA F 6180.78 (Notices)685 railroads1,000 notices + 4,100 copies10 minutes + 3 minutes37214,880
—Joint Operations685 railroads100 requests20 minutes331,320
—Late Identification685 railroads20 attachments + 20 notices15 minutes10400
—Employee Statement Supplementing Railroad Accident Report (Part II Form FRA 6180.78)Railroad employees75 statements1.5 hours1135,198
—Employee Confidential LetterRailroad employees10 letters2 hours20920
225.13—Late Reports685 railroads50 amended rpts. + 40 copies1 hour + 3 minutes522,080
225.17—Doubtful Cases; Alcohol or Drug Involvement: Narrative Reports to FRA685 railroads80 reports30 minutes401,600
—Appended reports required by § 219.209(b)685 railroads5 reports30 minutes3120
225.19—Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Accident/Incident Report—Form FRA F 6180.57685 railroads3,000 forms2 hours6,000240,000
—Death, Injury, or Occupational Illness (Form FRA F 6180.55a)685 railroads12,000 forms20 minutes4,000160,000
225.21—Railroad Injury and Illness Summary: Form FRA F 6180.55685 railroads8,220 forms10 minutes1,37054,800
225.21—Annual Railroad Report of Employee Hours and Casualties, By State—Form FRA F 6180.56685 railroads685 forms15 minutes1716,840
225.21/25—Railroad Employee Injury and/or Illness Record—Form FRA F 6180.98685 railroads18,000 forms60 minutes18,000828,000
—Copies of Forms to Employees685 railroads540 form copies2 minutes18828
225.21—Initial Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Record—Form FRA F 6180.97685 railroads13,000 forms30 minutes6,500299,000
225.21—Alternative Record for Illnesses Claimed to Be Work Related—Form FRA F 6180.107685 railroads300 forms15 minutes753,000
225.25 (h)—Posting of Monthly Summary685 railroads8,220 lists16 minutes2,19287,680
225.27—Retention of Records685 railroads1,900 records2 minutes632,520
225.33—Internal Control Plans—Amendments685 railroads25 amendments14 hours35014,000
225.35—Access to Records and Reports15 railroads400 lists20 minutes1335,320
—Subsequent Years4 railroads16 lists20 minutes5200
225.37—Magnetic Media Transfer and Electronic Submission8 railroads96 transfers10 minutes16640
—Electronic Submission: Batch Control Forms (6180.99) and Form FRA F 6180.55685 railroads200 forms3 minutes10400
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Total Responses: 77,002.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 46,021 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 September 28, 2007.

D.J. Stadtler,

Director, Office of Financial Management, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. E7-19678 Filed 10-4-07; 8:45 am]

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