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Download as PDF 39700 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 134 / Thursday, July 13, 2006 / Notices reports*30 minutes/60 = 175 hours). 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. ADDRESSES: The agency seeks public comments on its proposed information collection. Comments should address whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725– 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: BTS Desk Officer. Issued in Washington, DC on this 6th day of July, 2006. William Bannister, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Advanced Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. [FR Doc. E6–11034 Filed 7–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research and Innovative Technology Administration Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Collection of Data for Program Evaluation Research & Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. ACTION: Notice. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval for a new information collection related to the evaluation of a five-year demonstration/research program on voluntary reporting of close calls and near misses in the rail environment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:46 Jul 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 published on May 10, 2006 (71 FR 27313) and the comment period ended on July 9, 2006. The 60-day notice produced no comments. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by August 14, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Demetra V. Collia, Room 3430, RITA, BTS, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Telephone (202) 366–1610, Fax (202) 493–0568 or e-mail demetera.collia@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Collection of Data for Program Evaluation. Type of Request: Approval of a new information collection. OMB Control Number: New. Affected Public: Workers in the railroad industry. Number of Respondents: 1200. Number of Responses: 1200. Total Annual Burden: 600 hours (Average estimate of 30 minutes to complete the survey resulting in a total of 600 hours). Abstract: Collecting data on the nation’s transportation system is an important component of BTS’ 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)). Further, BTS and FRA share a common interest in promoting rail safety based on better data. In recognition of the need for new approaches to improving safety, the FRA has initiated a research program called the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS). The C3RS is designed to identify safety issues and propose corrective actions based on voluntary reports of close calls submitted to BTS. BTS will collect reports on close calls and near misses 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). BTS is seeking a separate OMB approval for the collection of close call reports (71 FR 24913, April 27, 2006) which does not involve the evaluation of the reporting system. While C3RS is being implemented with the participation of the FRA, railroad labor, and railroad management, there are legitimate questions about whether it is being implemented in the most effective way, and whether it will have its intended effect. Further, even if C3RS is successful, it will be necessary to know PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 if it is successful enough to implement on a wide scale. To address these important questions, the FRA is implementing a formative evaluation to guide program development, a summative evaluation to assess impact, and a sustainability evaluation to determine how C3RS can continue after the test period is over. BTS will collect, process, and analyze the survey data for the evaluation of C3RS. Employees of selected railroad sites (pilot sites) will be asked to fill out a questionnaire which will be made available to them at town hall meetings and mail back to BTS. Data will be collected from the entire population of affected workers (estimate 1200 or less). The survey will ask respondents to provide information on: (a) Beliefs about rail safety; (b) issues and personal concerns related to implementation of safety programs in their work environment; (c) knowledge and views on voluntary reporting of unsafe events; and (d) opinions and observations about the operation of C3RS at their work site. It is estimated that the survey will take no more than 30 minutes to complete for a maximum total burden of 600 hours (1200 respondents*30 minutes/60 = 600 hours). The agency seeks public comments on its proposed information collection. Comments should address whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725– 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: BTS Desk Officer. ADDRESSES: Issued in Washington, DC, on this 6th day of July, 2006. William Bannister, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research and Advanced Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. [FR Doc. E6–11035 Filed 7–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 134 (Thursday, July 13, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Research and Innovative Technology Administration


Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; 
Collection of Data for Program Evaluation

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) described below is being forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval for a new 
information collection related to the evaluation of a five-year 
demonstration/research program on voluntary reporting of close calls 
and near misses in the rail environment. The ICR describes the nature 
of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal 
Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the 
following collection of information was published on May 10, 2006 (71 
FR 27313) and the comment period ended on July 9, 2006. The 60-day 
notice produced no comments.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by August 14, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Demetra V. Collia, Room 3430, 
RITA, BTS, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Telephone (202) 366-1610, Fax (202) 493-0568 
or e-mail demetera.collia@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Collection of Data for Program Evaluation.
    Type of Request: Approval of a new information collection.
    OMB Control Number: New.
    Affected Public: Workers in the railroad industry.
    Number of Respondents: 1200.
    Number of Responses: 1200.
    Total Annual Burden: 600 hours (Average estimate of 30 minutes to 
complete the survey resulting in a total of 600 hours).
    Abstract: Collecting data on the nation's transportation system is 
an important component of BTS' 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)). Further, BTS and FRA 
share a common interest in promoting rail safety based on better data. 
In recognition of the need for new approaches to improving safety, the 
FRA has initiated a research program called the Confidential Close Call 
Reporting System (C\3\RS). The C\3\RS is designed to identify safety 
issues and propose corrective actions based on voluntary reports of 
close calls submitted to BTS. BTS will collect reports on close calls 
and near misses 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). BTS is seeking a separate 
OMB approval for the collection of close call reports (71 FR 24913, 
April 27, 2006) which does not involve the evaluation of the reporting 
system.
    While C\3\RS is being implemented with the participation of the 
FRA, railroad labor, and railroad management, there are legitimate 
questions about whether it is being implemented in the most effective 
way, and whether it will have its intended effect. Further, even if 
C\3\RS is successful, it will be necessary to know if it is successful 
enough to implement on a wide scale. To address these important 
questions, the FRA is implementing a formative evaluation to guide 
program development, a summative evaluation to assess impact, and a 
sustainability evaluation to determine how C\3\RS can continue after 
the test period is over. BTS will collect, process, and analyze the 
survey data for the evaluation of C\3\RS.
    Employees of selected railroad sites (pilot sites) will be asked to 
fill out a questionnaire which will be made available to them at town 
hall meetings and mail back to BTS. Data will be collected from the 
entire population of affected workers (estimate 1200 or less). The 
survey will ask respondents to provide information on: (a) Beliefs 
about rail safety; (b) issues and personal concerns related to 
implementation of safety programs in their work environment; (c) 
knowledge and views on voluntary reporting of unsafe events; and (d) 
opinions and observations about the operation of C\3\RS at their work 
site. It is estimated that the survey will take no more than 30 minutes 
to complete for a maximum total burden of 600 hours (1200 
respondents*30 minutes/60 = 600 hours).

ADDRESSES: The agency seeks public comments on its proposed information 
collection. Comments should address whether the information will have 
practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology. Send comments to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: BTS Desk Officer.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on this 6th day of July, 2006.
William Bannister,
Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Research 
and Advanced Technology Administration, U.S. Department of 
Transportation.
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