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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on September 5, 2013 (78 FR 54722).


Comments must be submitted on or before January 6, 2014.


Comments should be directed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer.

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Otto Matheke, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel (NCC-111), (202) 366-5263, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Title: Confidential Business Information.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Form Number: This collection of information uses no standard forms.

OMB Control Number: 2127-0025.

Frequency: Submission of information pursuant to this regulation will depend on the frequency with which a given entity, such as a manufacturer of motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment, submits information and a request that the agency hold the information confidential, generally pursuant to Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4).

Affected Public: This collection of information would apply to any person who seeks to have the agency treat as confidential information submitted to the agency either voluntarily or pursuant to a mandatory information request issued by the agency. Thus, the collection of information could apply to any of the entities over which the agency exercises regulatory authority. Recent trends lead the agency to estimate that NHTSA will receive approximately 460 requests for confidential treatment in 2014 and subsequent years. Large manufacturers make the vast majority of requests for confidential treatment.

Abstract: NHTSA's Confidential Business Information (CBI) rule, coupled with case law, has governed the submission of requests for confidential treatment of information for over 20 years.

Estimated Annual Burden: Using the above estimate of approximately 460 requests for confidentiality per year, with an estimated eight hours of preparation to collect and provide the information, at an assumed rate of $24.15 per hour, the annual estimated cost of collecting and preparing the information necessary for 460 complete requests for confidential treatment is about $88,872 (8 hours of preparation × 460 requests × $24.15). Adding in a postage cost of $2,576 (460 requests at a cost of $5.60 for postage (priority flat rate envelope from USPS)), we estimate that it will cost $91,448 per year for persons to prepare and submit the information necessary to satisfy the confidential business information provisions of 49 CFR Part 512.

Requesters are not required to keep copies of any records or reports Start Printed Page 73238submitted to us. As a result, the cost imposed to keep records would be zero hours and zero costs.

Number of Respondents: We estimate that there will be approximately 460 requests per year.

Summary of the Collection of Information: Any entity seeking confidential treatment for information submitted to the agency will be required to request confidential treatment from the agency and to justify that request. To obtain confidential treatment of submitted information, the submitting entity must comply with the requirements in NHTSA's CBI regulation and satisfy the requirements for one of the exemptions provided under the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552(b).


Send comments, within 30 days, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention NHTSA Desk Officer.

Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

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Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.95.

O. Kevin Vincent,

Chief Counsel.

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[FR Doc. 2013-29045 Filed 12-4-13; 8:45 am]