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Agency Information Collection Activities: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security.


60-day notice and request for comments; extension of an existing collection of information: 1651-0132.


As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on an information collection requirement concerning the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). This request for comment is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)).


Written comments should be received on or before June 8, 2009, to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Attn: Tracey Denning, Room 3.2.C, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20229.

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Requests for additional information should be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Attn:. Tracey Denning, Room 3.2.C, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Start Printed Page 16229Washington, DC 20229, Tel. (202) 344-1429.

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CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)). The comments should address: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) the annual costs burden to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information (a total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection:

Title: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

OMB Number: 1651-0132.

Form Number: None.

Abstract: DHS has developed alternate procedures to comply with WHTI for U.S. and Canadian citizen children through age 18, traveling with public or private school groups, religious groups, social or cultural organizations, or teams associated with youth sport organizations that arrive at U.S. sea or land ports-of-entry. In lieu of requiring a passport, these children will be permitted to present an original or a copy of a birth certificate (rather than a passport), when the groups are under the supervision of an adult affiliated with the organization (including a parent of one of the accompanied children who is only affiliated with the organization for purposes of a particular trip) and when all the children have parental or legal guardian consent to travel. For purposes of this alternative procedure, an adult would be considered to be a person age 19 or older, and a group would consist of two or more people.

Current Actions: There are no changes to the information collection. This submission is being made to extend the expiration date.

Type of Review: Extension (without change).

Affected Public: Individuals.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,500.

Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 6,500.

Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,625.

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Dated: April 1, 2009.

Tracey Denning,

Agency Clearance Officer, Customs and Border Protection.

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[FR Doc. E9-8132 Filed 4-8-09; 8:45 am]