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Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT).




In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting the information collection requests (ICRs) below for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.


Comments must be received no later than April 10, 2015.


Submit written comments on any or all of the following proposed activities by mail to either: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Safety, Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590, or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA to acknowledge receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard stating, “Comments on OMB control number ____ .” Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6216 or (202) 493-6497, or via email to Mr. Brogan at, or to Ms. Toone at Please refer to the assigned OMB control number in any correspondence submitted. FRA will summarize comments received in response to this notice in a subsequent notice and include them in its information collection submission to OMB for approval.

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Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13, sec. 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to provide 60-days notice to the public for comment on information collection activities before seeking approval for reinstatement or renewal by OMB. 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.10(e)(1), 1320.12(a). Specifically, FRA invites interested respondents to comment on the following summary of proposed information collection activities regarding (i) whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the activities will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of FRA's estimates of the burden of the information collection activities, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (iii) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (iv) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)(i)-(iv); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(i)-(iv). FRA believes that soliciting public comment will promote its efforts to reduce the administrative and paperwork burdens associated with the collection of information mandated by Federal regulations. In summary, FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (i) Reduce reporting burdens; (ii) ensure that it organizes information collection requirements in a “user friendly” format to improve the use of such information; and (iii) accurately assess the resources expended to retrieve and produce information requested. See 44 U.S.C. 3501.

Below is a brief summary of currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: Inspection and Maintenance of Steam Locomotives (Formerly Steam Locomotive Inspection).

OMB Control Number: 2130-0505.

Abstract: The Locomotive Boiler Inspection Act (LBIA) of 1911 required Start Printed Page 7073each railroad subject to the Act to file copies of its rules and instructions for the inspection of locomotives. The original LBIA was expanded to cover the entire steam locomotive and tender and all its parts and appurtenances. This Act then requires carriers to make inspections and to repair defects to ensure the safe operation of steam locomotives. The collection of information is used by tourist or historic railroads and by locomotive owners/operators to provide a record for each day a steam locomotive is placed in service, as well as a record that the required steam locomotive inspections are completed. The collection of information is also used by FRA Federal inspectors to verify that necessary safety inspections and tests have been completed and to ensure that steam locomotives are indeed “safe and suitable” for service and are properly operated and maintained.

Number(s): FRA-1, FRA-2, FRA-3, FRA-4, FRA-5, FRA-19.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 82 Steam Locomotive Owners/Operators.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion; annually.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
230.6—Waivers82 owners2 waiver letters1 hour2 hours.
230.12—Conditions for movement—Non-Complying Locomotives82 owners/operators10 tags6 minutes1 hour.
230.14—31 Service Day Inspection—Notifications82 owners/operators 82 owners/operators120 reports 120 notifications860 minutes 5 minutes1,720 hours 10 hours.
230.15—92 Service Day Inspection—Form 182 owners/operators120 reports980 minutes1,960 hours.
230.16—Annual Inspection—Form 3—Notifications82 owners/operators 82 owners/operators120 reports 120 notifications24.5 hours 5 minutes2,940 hours 10 hours.
230.17—1,472 Service Day Inspection—Form 482 owners/operators12 forms500.5 hours6,006 hours.
230.6—Waivers82 owners2 waiver letters1 hour2 hours.
230.12—Conditions for movement—Non-complying Locomotives82 owners/operators10 tags6 minutes1 hour.
230.20—Alteration Reports—Boilers—Form 1982 owners/operators5 reports3 hours15 hours.
230.21—Steam Locomotive Number Change82 owners/operators1 document2 minutes.033 hour.
230.33—Welded Repairs/Alterations—Written Request to FRA for Approval—Unstayed Surfaces82 owners/operators 82 owners/operators5 letters 3 letters2 hours 2 hours10 hours 6 hours.
230.34—Riveted Repairs/Alterations82 owners/operators2 requests2 hours4 hours.
230.49—Setting of Safety Relief Valves82 owners/operators10 tags60 minutes10 hours.
230.96—Main, Side, and Valve Motion Rods82 owners/operators1 letter8 hours.8 hours.
230.13—Daily Inspection Reports—Form 282 owners/operators3,650 reports60 minutes3,650 hours.
230.17—1,472 Service Day Inspection—Form 382 owners/operators12 reports15 minutes3 hours.
230.18—Service Day Report: Form 582 owners/operators150 reports15 minutes38 hours.
230.19—Posting of Copy—Form 1 & 382 owners/operators300 forms5 minutes25 hours.
230.41—Flexible Stay Bolts with Caps82 owners/operators20 entries120 hours2,400 hours.
230.46—Badge Plates82 owners/operators3 reports2 hours6 hours.
230.47—Boiler Number82 owners/operators1 stamping60 minutes1 hour.
230.75—Stenciling Dates of Tests and Cleaning82 owners/operators50 tests30 minutes25 hours.
230.98—Driving, Trailing, and Engine Truck Axles—Journal Diameter Stamped82 owners/operators1 stamp15 minutes.25 hours.
230.116—Oil Tanks82 owners/operators30 stencils30 minutes15 hours.

Total Estimated Responses: 4,868.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 18,866 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Control of Alcohol and Drug Use in Railroad Operations.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0526.

Abstract: The information collection requirements contained in pre-employment and “for cause” testing regulations are intended to ensure a sense of fairness and accuracy for railroads and their employees. The principal information—evidence of unauthorized alcohol or drug use—is used to prevent accidents by screening personnel who perform safety-sensitive service. FRA uses the information to measure the level of compliance with regulations governing the use of alcohol or controlled substances. Elimination of this problem is necessary to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities of the nature already experienced and further reduce the risk of a truly catastrophic accident.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.73, 6180.74, 6180.94A, 61880.94B.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 4 Railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
219.7—Waivers100,000 workers2 letters2 hours4 hours
219.9(b)(2)—Responsibility for compliance450 railroads2 requests1 hour2 hours
219.9(c)—Responsibility for compliance450 railroads10 docs/contracts2 hours20 hours
219.11(d)—General conditions for chemical tests450 railroads30 forms2 minutes1 hour
219.11(g) Training—Alcohol and Drug—Programs: New Railroads—Training5 railroads 50 railroads5 programs 50 training classes3 hours 3 hours15 hours 150 hours
219.23(d)—Notice to Employee Organizations5 railroads5 notices1 hour5 hours
219.104/219.107—Removal from Covered Svc.—Hearing Procedures450 railroads 450 railroads500 form letters 50 requests2 minutes 2 minutes17 hours 2 hours
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219.201(c) Good Faith Determination450 railroads2 reports30 minutes1 hour
219.203/207/209—Notifications by Phone to FRA450 railroads104 phone calls10 minutes17 hours
219.205—Sample Collection and Handling—Form covering accidents/incidents450 railroads 450 railroads400 forms 100 forms15 minutes 10 minutes100 hours 17 hours
219.209(a)—Reports of Tests and Refusals450 railroads80 phone reports2 minutes3 hours
219.209(c)—Records—Tests Not Promptly Conducted450 railroads40 records30 minutes20 hours
219.211(b) & (c)—Analysis and follow-up—MRO450 railroads8 reports15 minutes2 hours
219.401/403/405—Voluntary referral and Co-worker report policies5 railroads5 report policies20 hours100 hours
219.405(c)(1)—Report by Co-worker450 railroads450 reports5 minutes38 hours
219.403/405—SAP Counselor Evaluation450 railroads700 reports30 minutes350 hours
219.601(a)—RR Random Drug Testing Programs—Amendments/Revisions5 railroads 450 railroads5 programs 20 revision1 hour 1 hour5 hours 20 hours
219.601(b)(1)—Random Selection Procedures—Drug450 railroads5,400 documents4 hours21,600 hrs.
219.601(b)(4); 219.601(d)—Notices to Employees—New Railroads—Employee Notices—Tests5 railroads 5 railroads 450 railroads100 notices 5 notices 25,000 notices30 seconds 10 hours 1 minute1 hour 50 hours 417 hours
219.603(a)—Specimen Security—Notice By Employee Asking to be Excused from Urine Testing20,000 employees20 doc. excuses15 minutes5 hours
219.607(a)—RR Random Alcohol Testing Programs—Amendments to Approved Program5 new railroads 450 railroads5 programs 20 revision8 hours 1 hour40 hours 20 hours
219.901/903—Retention of Breath Alcohol Testing Records; Retention of Urine Drug Testing—Summary Report of Breath Alcohol/Drug Test450 railroads 450 railroads100,500 records 200 reports5 minutes 2 hours8,375 hours 400 hours

Total Responses: 133,818.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 31,797 hours.

Status: Extension without Change of a Currently Approved Collection.

Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties that it may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2015.

Erin McCartney,

Budget Director.

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[FR Doc. 2015-02528 Filed 2-6-15; 8:45 am]