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Office of Policy, Private Sector Office, DHS.


30-Day Notice and request for comments; Reinstatement without change of a previously approved information collection OMB Control Number 1601-0003.


The Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary, Office of Policy, Private Sector Office will submit this reinstatement without change for the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The Private Sector Office is soliciting comments concerning the reinstatement without change to a previously approved information collection, Welcome to the United States Survey. DHS previously published this information collection request (ICR) in the Federal Register on January 31, 2008 at 73 FR 5861, for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received by DHS. The purpose of this notice is to allow additional 30-days for public comments.


Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until May 19, 2008. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.


Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to Nathan Lesser, Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and sent via electronic mail to or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments which:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

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If additional information is required contact: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Private Sector Office, Jenny Randall (202) 282-9801, this is not a toll free number.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary, Office of Policy, Private Sector Office, in conjunction with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Research Triangle Institute, International, will interview foreign visitors entering the United States at four southern border ports of entry, three northern border ports of entry and four airport ports of entry. This survey will measure how CBP is serving the American public with vigilance and integrity, while providing courteous and helpful treatment to visitors, immigrants and travelers. Additionally, this survey will further the Rice-Chertoff Initiative as has been announced by evaluating the two model airports (Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA, and Houston International Airport, Houston, TX) for baseline information as well as how welcomed foreign visitors feel upon entering the United States and interacting with a DHS Customs and Border Protection officer.


Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary, Office of Policy, Private Sector Office.

Title: Welcome to the United States Survey.

OMB Number: 1601-0003.

Frequency: One-time collection.

Affected Public: Foreign visitors into the United States.

Number of Respondents: 939 respondents.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 5 minutes per response.

Total Burden Hours: 78.22 annual burden hours.

Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.

Total Burden Cost (operating/maintaining): None.

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Dated: April 10, 2008.

Charles Armstrong,

Acting, Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. E8-8505 Filed 4-17-08; 8:45 am]