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Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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AGENCY:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice with comment period.

SUMMARY:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project titled Application for Permit to Import Biological Agents and Vectors of Human Disease into the United States, Application for Permit to Import or Transport Live Bats, and Application for Permit to Import Infectious Human Remains into the United States (OMB Control No. 0920-0199). The purpose of this data collection is to support Section 361 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act and to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the States or possessions, or from one State or possession into any other State or possession.

DATES:

CDC must receive written comments on or before December 21, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2020-0199 by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Jeffrey M. Zirger, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. CDC will post, without change, all relevant comments to Regulations.gov.

Please note: Submit all comments through the Federal eRulemaking portal (regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact Jeffrey M. Zirger, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7118; Email: omb@cdc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to the OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments that will help:

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 other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

5. Assess information collection costs.

Proposed Project

Import regulations for infectious biological agents, infectious substances, and vectors (42 CFR 71.54) (OMB Control No. 0920-0199, Exp. 4/30/Start Printed Page 669882021)—Revision—Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264), as amended, authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make and enforce such regulations as are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the States or possessions, or from one State or possession into any other State or possession. Part 71 of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations (Foreign Quarantine) sets forth provisions to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable disease from foreign countries into the United States. Subpart F—Importations—contains provisions for the importation of infectious biological agents, infectious substances, and vectors (42 CFR 71.54); requiring persons that import these materials to obtain a permit issued by the CDC.

The Application for Permit to Import Biological Agents, Infectious Substances and Vectors of Human Disease into the United States form is used by laboratory facilities, such as those operated by government agencies, universities, and research institutions to request a permit for the importation of biological agents, infectious substances, or vectors of human disease. This form currently requests applicant and sender contact information; description of material for importation; facility isolation and containment information; and personnel qualifications. CDC plans to revise this application to:

(1) Remove question 10 “Will the permittee be the courier of the imported biological agent?” from Section A since it is the same question found in section C, question 1.

(2) Add example to section F, question 2 for clarity to read, “Protective Clothing (e.g., laboratory coat).”

These revisions will not affect the burden hours.

The Application for Permit to Import or Transport Live Bats form is used by laboratory facilities such as those operated by government agencies, universities, research institutions, and for educational, exhibition, or scientific purposes to request a permit for the importation, and any subsequent distribution after importation, of live bats. This form currently requests the applicant and sender contact information; a description and intended use of bats to be imported; and facility isolation and containment information. CDC does not plan to revise this application.

The Application for Permit to Import Infectious Human Remains into the United States is used by facilities that will bury/cremate the imported cadaver and educational facilities to request a permit for the importation and subsequent transfers throughout the U.S. of human remains or body parts that contains biological agents, infectious substances, or vectors of human disease. This form will request applicant and sender contact information; facility processing human remains; cause of death; biosafety and containment information; and final destination(s) of imported infectious human remains. CDC does not plan to revise this application.

Annualized burden hours were calculated based on data obtained from CDC import permit database on the number of permits issued on annual basis since 2015, which is 2,000 respondents. The total estimated burden for the data collection is 1,098. There is a decrease in burden from 1,355 hours to 1,098 hours to reflect the implementation of the Electronic Import Permit Program portal (eIPP) which has decreased the time required to enter information.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
Applicants Requesting to Import Biological Agents, Infectious Substances and VectorsApplication for Permit to Import Biological Agents, Infectious Substances and Vectors of Human Disease into the United States2,000130/601,000
Applicants Requesting to Import Biological Agents, Infectious Substances and VectorsApplication for Permit to Import Biological Agents, Infectious Substances and Vectors of Human Disease into the United States-Subsequent Transfer380110/6063
Applicants Requesting to Import Live BatsApplication for a Permit to Import Live Bats3120/601
Applicants Requesting to Import Infectious Human Remains into the United StatesApplication for Permit to Import Infectious Human Remains into the United States100120/6033
Total1,098
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Jeffrey M. Zirger,

Lead, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2020-23248 Filed 10-20-20; 8:45 am]

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