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Agency Requests for Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection(s): Title XI Obligation Guarantees

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Maritime Administration, DOT.


Notice and request for comments.


The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13.


Written comments should be submitted by June 23, 2014.


You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. DOT-MARAD-2014-0064] through one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
  • Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.
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Norman Serlin, 202-366-8159, Office of Marine Financing, MAR-720, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, 20590.

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OMB Control Number: 2133-0018.

Title: Title XI Obligation Guarantees—46 CFR 298.

Form Numbers: MA-163 and MA-163A.

Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection.

Background: In accordance with the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is authorized to execute a full faith and credit guarantee by the United States of debt obligations issued to finance or refinance the construction or reconstruction of vessels. In addition, the program allows for financing shipyard modernization and improvement projects. The information to be collected will be used to evaluate an applicant's project and capabilities, make the required determinations, and administer any agreements executed upon approval of loan guarantees.

Respondents: Individuals/businesses interested in obtaining loan guarantees for construction or reconstruction of vessels as well as businesses interested in shipyard modernization and improvements.

Number of Respondents: 10.

Frequency: Annually.

Number of Responses: 10.

Total Annual Burden: 1500.

Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the Department's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for the Department to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

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Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1:93.

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Date: April 15, 2014.

Julie P. Agarwal,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2014-09049 Filed 4-22-14; 8:45 am]