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Intent To Request Extension From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Sensitive Security Information Threat Assessments

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AGENCY:

Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION:

60-day notice.

SUMMARY:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public comment on one currently approved Information Collection Request (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652-0042, abstracted below that we will submit to OMB for an extension in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The collection involves TSA determining whether the party or representative of a party seeking access to sensitive security information (SSI) in a civil proceeding in Federal district court, or a prospective bidder seeking access to SSI for the purpose of perfecting a proposal in response to a TSA request for proposal, may be granted access to the SSI.

DATES:

Send your comments by January 24, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be emailed to TSAPRA@tsa.dhs.gov or delivered to the TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Christina Walsh at the above address, or by telephone (571) 227-2062.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation is available at http://www.reginfo.gov. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to—

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Information Collection Requirement

OMB Control Number 1652-0042; Sensitive Security Information Threat Assessment. TSA is seeking to renew the ICR, control number 1652-0042, for the maximum three-year period in order to continue compliance with sec. 525(d) of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 (Pub. L. 109-295, 120 Stat 1355, 1382, Oct. 4, 2006), as reenacted, and to continue the process TSA developed whereby a party seeking access to SSI in a civil proceeding in Federal district court who demonstrates a substantial need for relevant SSI in the preparation of the party's case, and who is unable without undue hardship to obtain the substantial equivalent of the information by other means, may request that the party or party's representative be granted conditional access to the SSI at issue in the case. The procedures also apply to witnesses retained by a party as experts or consultants and court reporters that are required to record or transcribe testimony containing specific SSI and do not have a current security threat clearance required for access to classified national security information as defined by E.O. 12958 as amended. The procedure is also used by a prospective bidder who is seeking to Start Printed Page 85244submit a proposal in response to a request for proposal by TSA. The prospective bidder may request certain SSI to perfect their bid. Applicants seeking access to SSI in Federal district court litigation and the bidder will be required to complete TSA Form 2211 in order to have a security threat assessment completed before they can receive the requested SSI.

In order to determine if the individual may be granted access to SSI for this purpose, TSA will conduct a threat assessment that includes: (1) A fingerprint-based criminal history records check (CHRC), (2) a name-based check to determine whether the individual poses or is suspected of posing a threat to transportation or national security, including checks against terrorism, immigration, or other databases TSA maintains or uses; and (3) a professional responsibility check (for attorneys and court reporters).

TSA will use the information collected to conduct the security threat assessment for the purpose of determining whether the provision of such access to the information for the proceeding presents a risk of harm to the Nation. The results of the security threat assessment will be used to make a final determination on whether the individual may be granted access to the SSI at issue in the case or to perfect a bid to be submitted to TSA. TSA estimates that the total annual hour burden for this collection will be 127 hours, based on an estimated 127 annual respondents and a one-hour burden per respondent.

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Dated: November 18, 2016.

Joanna Johnson,

TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.

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[FR Doc. 2016-28294 Filed 11-23-16; 8:45 am]

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