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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.




The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a new information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning applications for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. The SAFER program provides funding for the hiring of new firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.


Comments must be submitted on or before September 9, 2013.


To avoid duplicate submissions to the docket, please use only one of the following means to submit comments:

(1) Online. Submit comments at under Docket ID FEMA-2013-0025. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

(2) Mail. Submit written comments to Docket Manager, Office of Chief Counsel, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 840, Washington, DC 20472-3100.

All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act notice, which is available by clicking on the Privacy Notice link on the homepage of

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William Dunham, Fire Program Specialist, Grant Program Directorate, 202-786-9813. You may contact the Records Management Division for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 646-3347 or email address:

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The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.), as amended authorizes FEMA to comprise the submission of applications for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants. The information collected is grant application information that is necessary to assess the needs of the applicants as well as the benefits to be obtained from the use of funds. The information collected through the program's application is the minimum necessary to evaluate grant applications and is necessary for FEMA to comply with mandates delineated in the law. SAFER applications were previously collected under ICR No. 1660-0054. It is now necessary for SAFER to have its own, new collection.

Collection of Information

Title: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants.

Type of Information Collection: New collection.

FEMA Forms: FEMA Form 080-4, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) (General Questions All Applicants); FEMA Form 080-4a, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Hiring of Firefighters Application (Questions and Narrative); FEMA Form 080-4b, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Application (Questions and Narrative)

Abstract: FEMA uses this information to ensure that FEMA's responsibilities under the legislation can be fulfilled accurately and efficiently. The information will be used to objectively evaluate each of the anticipated applicants to determine which of the applicants' proposals in each of the activities are the closest to the established program priorities.

Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government, and Not-for-Profit Institutions.

Number of Respondents: 3,200.

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Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 26,190.

Estimated Cost: There are no record keeping, capital, start-up, or maintenance costs associated with this information collection.


Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption. Comments are solicited to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) 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; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) 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 submission of responses.

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Dated: June 21, 2013.

Loretta Cassatt,

Records Management Branch, Mission Support Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 2013-16467 Filed 7-8-13; 8:45 am]