Notice of Request for Approval To Collect New Information: Confidential Close Call Reporting System, 24913-24914 [E6-6348]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 81 / Thursday, April 27, 2006 / Notices Issued on April 20, 2006. Warren E. Hoemann, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–6352 Filed 4–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research and Innovative Technology Administration [Docket No.: RITA–2006–24566] Notice of Request for Approval To Collect New Information: Confidential Close Call Reporting System Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of section3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) intends to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a new information collection effort in railroad yards. This data collection effort is in support of a five-year research study aiming at improving rail safety by analyzing information on close calls and other unsafe occurrences in the rail industry. The study is conducted by the Office of Human Factors in the Federal Railroad Administration and is designed to identify safety issues and propose corrective actions based on voluntary reports of close calls submitted to BTS. This collection is necessary because data on close calls are not normally reported to the railroad carriers or the Federal Railroad Administration. DATES: Comments must be received by June 26, 2006. ADDRESSES: You can mail or handdeliver comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Dockets Management System (DMS). You may submit your comments by mail or in person to the Docket Clerk, Docket No. RITA–2006–24566, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Comments should identify the docket number; paper comments should be submitted in duplicate. The DMS is open for examination and copying, at the above address, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your written comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped postcard with the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:13 Apr 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 following statement: ‘‘Comments on Docket RITA–2006–24566.’’ The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the delivery of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we recommend that persons consider an alternative method (the Internet, fax, or professional delivery service) to submit comments to the docket and ensure their timely receipt at U.S. DOT. You may fax your comments to the DMS at (202) 493– 2251. If you wish to file comments using the Internet, you may use the DOT DMS Web site at http://dms.dot.gov. Please follow the online instructions for submitting an electronic comment. You can also review comments on-line at the DMS Web site at http://dms.dot.gov. Please note that anyone is able to electronically search all comments received into our docket management system by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; pages 19477– 78) or you may review the Privacy Act Statement at http://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Demetra V. Collia, RTS 31, Room 3430, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366– 1610; Fax No. (202) 493–0568; e-mail: demetra.collia@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Data Confidentiality Provisions: The confidentiality of Close Calls data is protected under the BTS confidentiality statute (49 U.S.C. 111(k) and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–347, Title V). In accordance with these confidentiality statutes, only statistical and nonidentifying data will be made publicly available through reports. Further, BTS will not release to FRA or any other public or private entity any information that might reveal the identity of individuals or organizations mentioned in close call reports. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. The Data Collection The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35; as amended) and 5 CFR part 1320 require each Federal agency to obtain OMB approval to initiate an information collection PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24913 activity. BTS is seeking OMB approval for the following BTS information collection activity: Title: Confidential Close Call Reporting System. OMB Control Number: 2139–NEW. Type of Review: Approval of data collection. Respondents: Employees of selected (pilot) railroad sites. Number of Respondents: 350 (per annum). Estimated Time per Response: 0.50 hours. Frequency: Intermittent for 5 years. (Reports are submitted when there is a qualifying event, i.e., a close call occurs within a pilot site. The frequency of such event is estimated to be approximately one per day.) Total Annual Burden: 175.00 hours. II. Background Collecting data on the nation’s transportation system is an important component of BTS’s responsibility to the transportation community and is authorized in BTS statutory authority (49 U.S.C. 111(c)(1) and (2) and 49 U.S.C. 111(c)(5)(j)). BTS and FRA share a common interest in promoting rail safety based on better data. To that end, FRA’s Office of Research and Development is sponsoring the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) Demonstration Project to investigate the effectiveness of such system in improving rail safety. A close call represents a situation in which an ongoing sequence of events was stopped from developing further, preventing the occurrence of potentially serious safety-related consequences. This might include the following: (1) Events that happen frequently, but have low safety consequences; (2) events that happen infrequently but have the potential for high consequences (e.g., a train in dark territory proceeds beyond its authority); (3) events that are below the FRA reporting threshold (e.g., an event that causes a minor injury); and (4) events that are reportable to FRA but have the potential for a far greater accident than the one reported (e.g., a slow speed collision with minor damage to the equipment and no injuries.) Employees involved in a close call will be asked to fill out a questionnaire which will be made available on the Web and at their work site and mail it to BTS. The close call questionnaire will request the respondent to provide information such as: (1) Name and contact information; (2) time and location of the incident; (3) a short description of the event; (4) contributing factors to the close call; and (5) any other information that might be useful E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 24914 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 81 / Thursday, April 27, 2006 / Notices in determining a root cause of such event. BTS will collect close call reports submitted by railroad employees, develop an analytical database containing the reported data and other pertinent information, and protect the confidentiality of these data through its own statute (49 U.S.C. 111(i)) and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA). The database will be a valuable tool to railroad carriers and the FRA in their effort to identify safety issues and provide corrective measures before an accident occurs. Voluntary reporting of close calls to a confidential system can provide a tool to identify and correct weaknesses in railroad safety systems before an accident actually occurs. The C3RS demonstration project will foster a voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment to communicate safety concerns. Through the analysis of close calls the FRA and the railroad community will receive information about factors that may contribute to unsafe events and the error recovery mechanisms that prevented an adverse consequence from occurring. Such information can be used to develop new training programs, identify root causes of potentially adverse events, assess risk and allocate resources to address those risks more efficiently. The database will also provide other users such as rail safety researchers with valuable information regarding precursors to safety risks and contribute to research and development of intervention programs aimed at preventing accidents and fatalities. III. Request for Comments rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES BTS requests comments on any aspects of these information collections, including: (1) The accuracy of the estimated burden; (2) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (3) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the information collected, including additional use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Issued in Washington, DC on April 20, 2006. William Bannister, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Innovative Technology Administration. [FR Doc. E6–6348 Filed 4–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:13 Apr 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request April 20, 2006. The Department of Treasury has submitted the following public information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling the Treasury Bureau Clearance Officer listed. Comments regarding this information collection should be addressed to the OMB reviewer listed and to the Treasury Department Clearance Officer, Department of the Treasury, Room 11000, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before May 30, 2006 to be assured of consideration. Financial Management Service OMB Number: 1510–0037. Type of Review: Extension. Title: Voucher for Payment of Awards. Form: FMS form 5135. Description: Awards certified to Treasury are paid annual as funds are received from foreign governments. Vouchers are mailed to award holders showing payments due. Award holders sign vouchers certifying that he/she is entitled to payment. Respondents: Individuals or households. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 700 hours. Clearance Officer: Jiovannah Diggs, (202) 874–7662, Financial Management Service, Room 144, 3700 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782. OMB Reviewer: Alexander T. Hunt, (202) 395–7316, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. Michael A. Robinson, Treasury PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E6–6316 Filed 4–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–35–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Departmental Offices—Office of International Investment; Proposed Collection; Comment Request Notice and request for comments. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Office of International Investment within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the information collection provisions of the Regulations Pertaining to Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers by Foreign Persons, 31 CFR 800.402. Written comments should be received on or before June 26, 2006 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Gay Sills, Director, Office of International Investment, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220— (202) 622–1860. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Jack Dempsey, Economist, Office of International Investment, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220—(202) 622– 1860; or Francine McNulty Barber, Senior Counsel, Department of the Treasury, Room 2014, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20220—(202) 622–1947. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Regulations Pertaining to Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers by Foreign Persons. OMB Number: 1505–0121. Abstract: The information request in this proposed collection is contained in 31 CFR 800.402. The information collected under these regulations is used by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an inter-agency committee chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and comprised of the Secretaries of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Assistants to the President for National Security, National Economic Policy, and Science and Technology. The President has delegated to CFIUS the President’s authority under section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to determine the effects on the national security of acquisitions proposed or pending after the date of enactment (August 23, 1988) by or with foreign persons that could result in foreign control of persons engaged in DATES: E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1

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[FR Doc No: E6-6348]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Research and Innovative Technology Administration

[Docket No.: RITA-2006-24566]


Notice of Request for Approval To Collect New Information: 
Confidential Close Call Reporting System

AGENCY: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and 
Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of section3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the 
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) intends to request the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a new information collection 
effort in railroad yards. This data collection effort is in support of 
a five-year research study aiming at improving rail safety by analyzing 
information on close calls and other unsafe occurrences in the rail 
industry. The study is conducted by the Office of Human Factors in the 
Federal Railroad Administration and is designed to identify safety 
issues and propose corrective actions based on voluntary reports of 
close calls submitted to BTS. This collection is necessary because data 
on close calls are not normally reported to the railroad carriers or 
the Federal Railroad Administration.

DATES: Comments must be received by June 26, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You can mail or hand-deliver comments to the U.S. Department 
of Transportation (DOT), Dockets Management System (DMS). You may 
submit your comments by mail or in person to the Docket Clerk, Docket 
No. RITA-2006-24566, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh 
Street, SW., Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Comments should 
identify the docket number; paper comments should be submitted in 
duplicate. The DMS is open for examination and copying, at the above 
address, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your 
written comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard 
with the following statement: ``Comments on Docket RITA-2006-24566.'' 
The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to 
you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the delivery 
of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we recommend that 
persons consider an alternative method (the Internet, fax, or 
professional delivery service) to submit comments to the docket and 
ensure their timely receipt at U.S. DOT. You may fax your comments to 
the DMS at (202) 493-2251.
    If you wish to file comments using the Internet, you may use the 
DOT DMS Web site at http://dms.dot.gov. Please follow the online 
instructions for submitting an electronic comment. You can also review 
comments on-line at the DMS Web site at http://dms.dot.gov.
    Please note that anyone is able to electronically search all 
comments received into our docket management system by the name of the 
individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment if submitted 
on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may 
review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register 
published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; pages 19477-78) or 
you may review the Privacy Act Statement at http://dms.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Demetra V. Collia, RTS 31, Room 3430, 
Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Innovative Technology 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 
366-1610; Fax No. (202) 493-0568; e-mail: demetra.collia@dot.gov. 
Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Data Confidentiality Provisions: The confidentiality of Close Calls 
data is protected under the BTS confidentiality statute (49 U.S.C. 
111(k) and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical 
Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-347, Title V). In 
accordance with these confidentiality statutes, only statistical and 
non-identifying data will be made publicly available through reports. 
Further, BTS will not release to FRA or any other public or private 
entity any information that might reveal the identity of individuals or 
organizations mentioned in close call reports.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. The Data Collection

    The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35; as 
amended) and 5 CFR part 1320 require each Federal agency to obtain OMB 
approval to initiate an information collection activity. BTS is seeking 
OMB approval for the following BTS information collection activity:
    Title: Confidential Close Call Reporting System.
    OMB Control Number: 2139-NEW.
    Type of Review: Approval of data collection.
    Respondents: Employees of selected (pilot) railroad sites.
    Number of Respondents: 350 (per annum).
    Estimated Time per Response: 0.50 hours.
    Frequency: Intermittent for 5 years. (Reports are submitted when 
there is a qualifying event, i.e., a close call occurs within a pilot 
site. The frequency of such event is estimated to be approximately one 
per day.)
    Total Annual Burden: 175.00 hours.

II. Background

    Collecting data on the nation's transportation system is an 
important component of BTS's responsibility to the transportation 
community and is authorized in BTS statutory authority (49 U.S.C. 
111(c)(1) and (2) and 49 U.S.C. 111(c)(5)(j)). BTS and FRA share a 
common interest in promoting rail safety based on better data. To that 
end, FRA's Office of Research and Development is sponsoring the 
Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) 
Demonstration Project to investigate the effectiveness of such system 
in improving rail safety.
    A close call represents a situation in which an ongoing sequence of 
events was stopped from developing further, preventing the occurrence 
of potentially serious safety-related consequences. This might include 
the following: (1) Events that happen frequently, but have low safety 
consequences; (2) events that happen infrequently but have the 
potential for high consequences (e.g., a train in dark territory 
proceeds beyond its authority); (3) events that are below the FRA 
reporting threshold (e.g., an event that causes a minor injury); and 
(4) events that are reportable to FRA but have the potential for a far 
greater accident than the one reported (e.g., a slow speed collision 
with minor damage to the equipment and no injuries.)
    Employees involved in a close call will be asked to fill out a 
questionnaire which will be made available on the Web and at their work 
site and mail it to BTS. The close call questionnaire will request the 
respondent to provide information such as: (1) Name and contact 
information; (2) time and location of the incident; (3) a short 
description of the event; (4) contributing factors to the close call; 
and (5) any other information that might be useful

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in determining a root cause of such event.
    BTS will collect close call reports submitted by railroad 
employees, develop an analytical database containing the reported data 
and other pertinent information, and protect the confidentiality of 
these data through its own statute (49 U.S.C. 111(i)) and the 
Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 
2002 (CIPSEA). The database will be a valuable tool to railroad 
carriers and the FRA in their effort to identify safety issues and 
provide corrective measures before an accident occurs.
    Voluntary reporting of close calls to a confidential system can 
provide a tool to identify and correct weaknesses in railroad safety 
systems before an accident actually occurs. The C3RS 
demonstration project will foster a voluntary, cooperative, non-
punitive environment to communicate safety concerns. Through the 
analysis of close calls the FRA and the railroad community will receive 
information about factors that may contribute to unsafe events and the 
error recovery mechanisms that prevented an adverse consequence from 
occurring. Such information can be used to develop new training 
programs, identify root causes of potentially adverse events, assess 
risk and allocate resources to address those risks more efficiently. 
The database will also provide other users such as rail safety 
researchers with valuable information regarding precursors to safety 
risks and contribute to research and development of intervention 
programs aimed at preventing accidents and fatalities.

III. Request for Comments

    BTS requests comments on any aspects of these information 
collections, including: (1) The accuracy of the estimated burden; (2) 
ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected 
information; and (3) ways to minimize the collection burden without 
reducing the quality of the information collected, including additional 
use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

    Issued in Washington, DC on April 20, 2006.
William Bannister,
Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research 
and Innovative Technology Administration.
 [FR Doc. E6-6348 Filed 4-26-06; 8:45 am]
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