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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; National Urban Search and Rescue Response System

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, 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 revision of a currently approved information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning the Urban Search and Rescue Response System information collection.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before August 7, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

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

(1) Online. Submit comments at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID FEMA-2015-0015. 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 8NE, Washington, DC 20472-3100.

(3) Facsimile. Submit comments to (202) 212-4701.

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 http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of www.regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Catherine Deel, Program Specialist, FEMA, Response Directorate, Operations Division, at (202) 212-3796. You may contact the Records Management Division for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 212-4701 or email address: FEMA-Information-Collections-Management@fema.dhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 303 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), 42 U.S.C. 5144, authorizes the President of the United States to form emergency support teams of Federal personnel to be deployed to an area affected by major disaster or emergency. Section 403(a)(3)(B) of the Stafford Act provides that the President may authorize Federal Agencies to perform work on public or private lands essential to save lives and protect property, including search and rescue and emergency medical care, and other essential needs. The Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) codified the Urban Search and Rescue in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as amended), stating:

There is in the Agency [FEMA] a system known as the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System (US&R).

The information collection activity authorized under the Omnicircular, 2 CFR part 200, is the collection of program and administrative information from US&R Sponsoring Agencies relating to readiness and response cooperative agreement awards.

Collection of Information

Title: National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.

Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved information collection.

OMB Number: 1660-0073.

FEMA Forms: FEMA Form 089-0-10, Urban Search Rescue Response System Narrative Statement Workbook; FEMA Form 089-0-11, Urban Search Rescue Response System Semi-Annual Performance Report; FEMA Form 089-0-12, Urban Search Rescue Response System Amendment Form; FEMA Form 089-0-14, Urban Search Rescue Response System Task Force Self-Evaluation Scoresheet; FEMA Form 089-0-15, Urban Search Rescue Response System Task Force Deployment Data; FEMA Form 089-0-26, Vehicle Support Unit Purchase/Replacement/Disposal Justification.

Abstract: The information collection activity is the collection of financial, program and administrative information for US&R Sponsoring Agencies relating to readiness and response Cooperative Agreement awards.

Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government.

Number of Respondents: 28.

Number of Responses: 210.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 392 hours.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours and Costs

Type of respondentForm name/form No.Number of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal number of responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total annual burden (in hours)Average hourly wage rateTotal annual respondent cost
State, Local or Tribal Government (US&R Task Forces)FEMA Form 089-0-10, A thru I: Narrative Statement Workbook281284112$42.94$4,809.28
State, Local or Tribal Government (US&R Task Forces)Semi-Annual Performance Report/FEMA Form 089-0-1128256211242.944,809.28
State, Local or Tribal Government (US&R Task Forces)Amendment Form/FEMA Form 089-0-122825615642.942,404.64
State, Local or Tribal Government (US&R Task Forces)Self-Evaluations/FEMA Form 089-0-142812825642.942,404.64
State, Local or Tribal Government (US&R Task Forces)Task Force Deployment Data/FEMA Form 089-0-152812812842.941,202.32
State, Local or Tribal Government (US&R Task Forces)Vehicle Support Unit Purchase/Replacement/Disposal Justification Form/FEMA Form 089-0-261411422842.941,202.32
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Total2821039216,832.48
Note: The “Avg. Hourly Wage Rate” for each respondent includes a 1.4 multiplier to reflect a fully-loaded wage rate.

Estimated Cost: The estimated annual cost to respondents for the hour burden is $16,832.48. There are no annual costs to respondents' operations and maintenance costs for technical services. There are no annual start-up or capital costs. The cost to the Federal Government is $79,665.90.

Comments

Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption above. 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: May 29, 2015.

Janice Waller,

Director, Records Management Division, Mission Support, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 2015-13969 Filed 6-5-15; 8:45 am]

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