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30-Day Notice and Request for Comments; New Collection, 1670-NEW: Communications Assets Survey and Mapping Tool

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AGENCY:

Emergency Communications Division (ECD), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION:

Information collection; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

DHS CISA ECD will submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DHS previously published this information collection request (ICR) for a 60-day public comment period. 0 comments were received by DHS. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.

DATES:

Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until September 3, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to OMB Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security and sent via electronic mail to dhsdeskofficer@omb.eop.gov. All submissions must include the words “Department of Homeland Security” and the OMB Control Number 1670-NEW—Communications Assets Survey and Mapping Tool.

Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public through relevant websites. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you send an email comment, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the internet. Please note that responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments that may be made available to the public notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kendall Carpenter at 703.705.6376 or at Kendall.Carpenter@HQ.DHS.GOV.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The CISA ECD, formed under Title XVIII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. 571 et seq., as amended, is required to develop and maintain the Nationwide Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The vision of the NECP is to ensure emergency response personnel can communicate as needed, on demand, and as authorized. To achieve this vision, ECD provides the Communications Assets and Survey Mapping (CASM) Tool. The CASM Tool is the primary resource nationwide for the emergency communications community to inventory and share asset and training information for the purpose of planning public safety communications operability and interoperability.

DHS provides the CASM Tool as a secure and free nationwide database to contain communications capabilities for use by Federal, State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) emergency personnel. CASM allows Federal employees and SLTT Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC) to inventory emergency communication equipment and resources. The information entered is voluntary and used by SWIC to support tactical planning and coordination during emergencies. DHS does not utilize the information entered into CASM. DHS only provides, maintains, and stores the information entered in the CASM database and only has administrative access to the information entered. All information is collected via electronic means. The CASM registration and database tool is available online via https://casm.dhs.gov/​. Users can also access and enter information via the CASM Resource Finder mobile app.

This is a new information collection.

OMB is particularly interested in comments that:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information 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 of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or Start Printed Page 37907other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

Title of Collection: Communications Assets Survey and Mapping Tool.

OMB Control Number: 1670-NEW.

Frequency: Annually.

Affected Public: State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments.

Number of Annualized Respondents: 56.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 0.08 or 0.5 hours.

Total Annualized Burden Hours: 341 hours.

Total Annualized Respondent Opportunity Cost: $14,161.

Total Annualized Respondent Out-of-Pocket Cost: $0.

Total Annualized Government Cost: $2,200,000.

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David Epperson,

Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2019-15953 Filed 8-1-19; 8:45 am]

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