Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved Information Collection: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, 54096-54098 [E7-18637]

Download as PDF 54096 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 183 / Friday, September 21, 2007 / Notices West. The selected alternative consists of two (2) travel lanes in each direction with a center turn lane, shoulders which include a bike lane, curb, gutter and sidewalk. Final actions taken under: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321–4351]; FederalAid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109]; Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303]. FHWA NEPA documents: FEIS dated August 15, 2006 and ROD dated February 22, 2007. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Issued on: September 14, 2007. Walter C. Waidelich, Jr., Division Administrator, Salt Lake City, Utah. [FR Doc. E7–18620 Filed 9–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2007–28230] Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved Information Collection: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice; request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval and invites public comment. The FMCSA requests approval to revise and renew an ICR entitled, ‘‘Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program’’ (MCSAP). The information required consists of grant application preparation, quarterly reports and electronic data documenting the results of driver/vehicle inspections performed by the States. We must receive your comments on or before November 20, 2007. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES DATES: You may submit comments identified by any of the following methods. Please identify your comments by the FMCSA Docket Number FMCSA– 2007–28230. ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:17 Sep 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 • Web site: https://dms.dot.gov. Follow instructions for submitting comments to the Docket. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Docket: For access to the Docket Management System (DMS) to read background documents or comments received, go to https://dms.dot.gov at any time or to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The DMS is available electronically 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want notification of receipt of your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope, or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets 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 on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit https://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John E. Kostelnik, Office of Safety Programs, State Programs Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–366–5721; e-mail: Jack.kostelnik@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Sections 401 through 404 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA) (Pub. L. 97–424) established a program of financial assistance to the States to implement programs to enforce: (a) Federal rules, regulations, standards, and orders applicable to commercial motor vehicle safety; and (b) compatible State rules, regulations, standards and orders. This grant-in-aid program is known as the Motor Carrier Safety PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Assistance Program (MCSAP). Section 402(c) of the STAA requires that the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary), on the basis of reports submitted by the States and the Secretary’s own inspections, make a continuing evaluation of the manner in which each State is carrying out its approved safety enforcement plan. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA–21) further revised the MCSAP to broaden its purpose beyond enforcement activities and programs by requiring participating States to assume greater responsibility for improving motor carrier safety. TEA–21 required States to develop performance-based plans reflecting national priorities and performance goals, revised the MCSAP funding distribution formula, and created a new incentive funding program. As a result, States are given greater flexibility in designing programs to address national and State goals of reducing the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU) amended 49 U.S.C. 31102(b)(1) to modify and augment the conditions a State must meet to qualify for basic program funds under the MCSAP. The statute requires a State to document in the State Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP) its commitment to meet the following additional conditions: • Deploy technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of CMV safety programs; • Include, in both the training manual for the licensing examination to drive a non-CMV and the training manual for the licensing examination to drive a CMV, information on best practices for driving safely in the vicinity of noncommercial and commercial motor vehicles; • Conduct comprehensive and highly visible traffic enforcement and CMV safety inspection programs in high-risk locations and corridors; and • Except in the case of an imminent or obvious safety hazard, ensure that an inspection of a vehicle transporting passengers for a motor carrier of passengers is conducted at a station, terminal, border crossing, maintenance facility, destination, or other location where a motor carrier may make a planned stop. Additionally, SAFETEA–LU provided that States may use a portion of MCSAP basic grant funds to conduct documented enforcement of State traffic laws—both laws and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of CMVs and laws and regulations E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 183 / Friday, September 21, 2007 / Notices relating to non-CMVs, when necessary to promote the safe operation of CMVs. Section 4106 amended 49 U.S.C. 31102(c) to provide that a State may use a portion of MCSAP grant funds to conduct documented enforcement of State traffic laws—both laws and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of CMVs and laws and regulations relating to non-CMVs, when necessary to promote the safe operation of CMVs. In order for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to evaluate program effectiveness, it is necessary for the State to provide and maintain information concerning past, present and future program activity. The Final Rule that revised Part 350 (MCSAP) to comply with the congressionally-mandated provisions of TEA–21 was published in the Federal Register (65 FR 15092) on March 21, 2000. Part 350 is currently being revised to implement the changes to the MCSAP made by SAFETEA–LU. The State’s grant application, known as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP) must contain the information required by 49 CFR 350.201, 350.211 and 350.213. This information is necessary to enable the FMCSA to determine whether a State meets the statutory and administrative criteria to be eligible for a grant. It is necessary that a State’s work activities and accomplishments be reported so that the FMCSA can monitor and evaluate a State’s progress under its approved plan and make the determinations and decisions required of 49 CFR 350.205 and 350.207. The FMCSA is required to determine whether each State’s efforts meet the intended objectives of its plan. In the event of nonconformity with any approved plan and failure on the part of a State to remedy deficiencies, the FMCSA is required to take action to cease Federal participation in that State’s plan. This information collection supports the DOT Strategic Goal of Safety (i.e., reducing commercial truck-related fatalities by providing financial and technical support to State CMV enforcement efforts). The FMCSA uses the information in the CVSP to determine whether a State has the necessary resources and authority to undertake the program intended by Congress. After a grant has been awarded to a State, a continuing and final evaluation of the State’s activities is performed to determine whether continued funding is appropriate and if revisions in the State’s CVSP should be made. A quarterly report in narrative form is submitted by the States to provide the VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:17 Sep 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 minimum necessary information to assist in appropriate monitoring of a State’s performance, compared to its CVSP, and to permit the FMCSA to determine whether the effort of a State is cost efficient and whether Federal assistance should be continued. In addition, inspection data and reports are submitted electronically by the inspecting officer from the field to the FMCSA at the time of completion of the inspection. SAFETEA–LU provides that States may now conduct traffic enforcement activities against non-CMVs to promote the safe operation of CMVs. The States have been routinely conducting traffic enforcement activities on CMVs and have been reimbursed, provided an appropriate inspection was conducted at the time. Previously, non-CMV traffic enforcement was not an eligible MCSAP activity for reimbursement so the States have not captured activity levels for this type of enforcement. It is anticipated that the number of non-CMV enforcement activities conducted by the States will be minimal since SAFETEA– LU limits the amount of MCSAP grant funding that can be used for non-CMV traffic enforcement activities to no more than five percent of the basic amount the State receives annually. The quarterly report is created by the State and submitted to the FMCSA using inspection data and other information. The collection of uniform data permits analysis and comparison of State programs and facilitates program administration and reporting; e.g., comparison of the data from a single State to the national average, equipment violation and out-of-service trends, etc. The FMCSA routinely uses quarterly report information to measure individual and collective State program accomplishment and to assist with future program development. Description of MCSAP forms: a. Form MCSAP–1, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program: The MCSAP–1 form is submitted with the CVSP grant application. It specifies the name of the applicant agency, the amount applied for, and contains the signatures of the responsible State authorities. b. Form MCSAP–2, Grant Agreement: The MCSAP–2 form is the grant agreement that specifies the total amount of the State Program, the State and Federal participating shares, the period of the grant, and the signatures of the responsible State official and the FMCSA Division Administrator. The reverse side of the MCSAP–2 contains the ‘‘General Provisions For the Agreement.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54097 c. Form MCSAP–2A, Grant Amendment for Fiscal Year: The MCSAP–2A form is used to modify the terms of the grant. It is used to increase or decrease the amount of the grant, or to extend the period of the grant. It contains the signatures of the responsible State official and the FMCSA Division Administrator. In addition, the following documents are provided as part of the CVSP package: a. State Training Plan (optional format): This document is a request for commercial vehicle training courses. It is used by the FMCSA’s National Training Center to more effectively schedule training courses to meet the needs of State enforcement agencies. b. State Certification: The CVSP must contain a State Certification signed by the Governor, the State Attorney General, or other specially designated State official. The Certification contains requirements of conditions that must be met by the State to receive MCSAP grant funds. Virtually all (99%) of the information required by the MCSAP grant program is submitted electronically. This includes over three million inspection reports, which are uploaded electronically from laptop computers at inspection sites in the field to the FMCSA annually. The near-universal use of laptops for submitting these inspection reports has resulted in a dramatic cut of the time burden. The annual CVSPs require signed certifications by State personnel and are not, therefore, electronically transmitted. The FMCSA is the only Federal agency given authority to enforce safety regulations applicable to commercial trucks and buses in interstate commerce. The type of information to be gathered from the States through this information collection is unique to the MCSAP. No duplication was identified through the rulemaking process to implement relevant sections of SAFETEA–LU. The legislative requirement is that grants be extended to the States predicated on annual submission of CVSPs. The FMCSA has determined that although monthly or bimonthly reports are not needed, a semiannual report would not be sufficiently frequent to allow for timely evaluation and changes in State program direction. Therefore, quarterly reports were determined to be the most appropriate, considering burden and Federal need. If the reports were submitted less frequently, the FMCSA would be unable to exercise appropriate oversight and E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 54098 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 183 / Friday, September 21, 2007 / Notices administration of the program as envisioned by the Congress. Title: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. OMB Control Number: 2126–0010. Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information collection. Respondents: State MCSAP lead agencies and local agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 [50 States + Puerto Rico + District of Columbia = 52]. Estimated Time per Response: 80 hours per grant application preparation; 8 hours per quarterly report preparation; and 1 minute per inspection and data upload. Expiration Date: November 30, 2007. Frequency of Response: 1 grant application annually; 4 quarterly reports annually; and approximately 3 million total inspection and data uploads annually. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 12,280 hours. The methods used to calculate the hours necessary to prepare grant applications, upload data, and prepare quarterly reports are based on interviews with the State and Federal personnel charged with those responsibilities. The information required to prepare the applications for grants and the subsequent reports is based on general information ordinarily maintained by the States in the general course of business, and only simple computations are required to determine burden hours. The grant applications and reports are submitted by the 50 States, four Territories, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Each entity submits one grant request and four quarterly reports per year. In addition, about three million total inspection reports are uploaded each year. This figure reflects only 20 percent of the total estimated annual hours to perform the activities because MCSAP reimburses 80 percent of the eligible costs incurred in the administration of an approved plan as set forth in 49 CFR 350.303, 350.309 and 350.311. Labor hours are estimated and an average hourly rate for professional personnel is applied. The four territories of American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are funded at 100 percent; therefore they are not included in the computation of the annual burden. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FMCSA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:17 Sep 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued on: September 14, 2007. Terry Shelton, Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology. [FR Doc. E7–18637 Filed 9–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2007–29254] Minimum Age for Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) in Interstate Commerce: Jcrane, Inc. (Jcrane), Application for Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FMCSA announces that it has received from Jcrane, Inc. (Jcrane) an application for an exemption from provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that require an individual who operates a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) of 10,001 or more pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) in interstate commerce to be a minimum of 21 years of age. The exemption would allow Jcrane’s employees who are not yet 21 years of age to legally operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Jcrane states that the granting of the exemption would allow the company to better train crane operators and therefore increase overall safety. The FMCSA requests public comment on Jcrane’s application for exemption. Comments must be received on or October 22, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT DMS Docket Number FMCSA–2007–29254 using any of the following methods: If filing comments by September 27, 2007, please use: • Web site: https://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Department of Transportation Docket Management System electronic docket site. No electronic submissions will be accepted DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 between September 28, 2007, and October 1, 2007. If filing comments on or after October 1, 2007, use: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, you can file comments using the following methods: • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 202–493–2251. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to https:// dms.dot.gov until September 27, 2007, or the street address listed above. The DOT docket may be offline at times between September 28 through September 30 to migrate to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS). On October 1, 2007, the internet access to the docket will be at https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. Privacy Act: Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https://www.dms.dot.gov or https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of DOT’s dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, or other entity). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477, Apr. 11, 2000). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations: Telephone: 202–366–4009. E-mail: MCPSD@fmcsa.dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (Pub. L. 105–178, 112 Stat. 107, June 9, 1998) amended 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from motor carrier safety regulations. Under its regulations, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28230]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved 
Information Collection: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA 
announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) 
described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review 
and approval and invites public comment. The FMCSA requests approval to 
revise and renew an ICR entitled, ``Motor Carrier Safety Assistance 
Program'' (MCSAP). The information required consists of grant 
application preparation, quarterly reports and electronic data 
documenting the results of driver/vehicle inspections performed by the 
States.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before November 20, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by any of the following 
methods. Please identify your comments by the FMCSA Docket Number 
FMCSA-2007-28230.
     Web site: https://dms.dot.gov. Follow instructions for 
submitting comments to the Docket.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Docket: For access to the Docket Management System (DMS) to read 
background documents or comments received, go to https://dms.dot.gov at 
any time or to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The DMS is 
available electronically 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you 
want notification of receipt of your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope, or postcard or print the acknowledgement 
page that appears after submitting comments online.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets 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 on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit https://dms.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John E. Kostelnik, Office of Safety 
Programs, State Programs Division, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-
5721; e-mail: Jack.kostelnik@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Background: Sections 401 through 404 of the Surface Transportation 
Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA) (Pub. L. 97-424) established a program of 
financial assistance to the States to implement programs to enforce: 
(a) Federal rules, regulations, standards, and orders applicable to 
commercial motor vehicle safety; and (b) compatible State rules, 
regulations, standards and orders. This grant-in-aid program is known 
as the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). Section 402(c) 
of the STAA requires that the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary), 
on the basis of reports submitted by the States and the Secretary's own 
inspections, make a continuing evaluation of the manner in which each 
State is carrying out its approved safety enforcement plan.
    The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) further 
revised the MCSAP to broaden its purpose beyond enforcement activities 
and programs by requiring participating States to assume greater 
responsibility for improving motor carrier safety. TEA-21 required 
States to develop performance-based plans reflecting national 
priorities and performance goals, revised the MCSAP funding 
distribution formula, and created a new incentive funding program. As a 
result, States are given greater flexibility in designing programs to 
address national and State goals of reducing the number and severity of 
commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents.
    The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation 
Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) amended 49 U.S.C. 
31102(b)(1) to modify and augment the conditions a State must meet to 
qualify for basic program funds under the MCSAP. The statute requires a 
State to document in the State Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP) 
its commitment to meet the following additional conditions:
     Deploy technology to enhance the efficiency and 
effectiveness of CMV safety programs;
     Include, in both the training manual for the licensing 
examination to drive a non-CMV and the training manual for the 
licensing examination to drive a CMV, information on best practices for 
driving safely in the vicinity of noncommercial and commercial motor 
vehicles;
     Conduct comprehensive and highly visible traffic 
enforcement and CMV safety inspection programs in high-risk locations 
and corridors; and
     Except in the case of an imminent or obvious safety 
hazard, ensure that an inspection of a vehicle transporting passengers 
for a motor carrier of passengers is conducted at a station, terminal, 
border crossing, maintenance facility, destination, or other location 
where a motor carrier may make a planned stop.
    Additionally, SAFETEA-LU provided that States may use a portion of 
MCSAP basic grant funds to conduct documented enforcement of State 
traffic laws--both laws and regulations designed to promote the safe 
operation of CMVs and laws and regulations

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relating to non-CMVs, when necessary to promote the safe operation of 
CMVs. Section 4106 amended 49 U.S.C. 31102(c) to provide that a State 
may use a portion of MCSAP grant funds to conduct documented 
enforcement of State traffic laws--both laws and regulations designed 
to promote the safe operation of CMVs and laws and regulations relating 
to non-CMVs, when necessary to promote the safe operation of CMVs.
    In order for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 
(FMCSA) to evaluate program effectiveness, it is necessary for the 
State to provide and maintain information concerning past, present and 
future program activity. The Final Rule that revised Part 350 (MCSAP) 
to comply with the congressionally-mandated provisions of TEA-21 was 
published in the Federal Register (65 FR 15092) on March 21, 2000. Part 
350 is currently being revised to implement the changes to the MCSAP 
made by SAFETEA-LU. The State's grant application, known as the 
Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP) must contain the information 
required by 49 CFR 350.201, 350.211 and 350.213. This information is 
necessary to enable the FMCSA to determine whether a State meets the 
statutory and administrative criteria to be eligible for a grant. It is 
necessary that a State's work activities and accomplishments be 
reported so that the FMCSA can monitor and evaluate a State's progress 
under its approved plan and make the determinations and decisions 
required of 49 CFR 350.205 and 350.207. The FMCSA is required to 
determine whether each State's efforts meet the intended objectives of 
its plan. In the event of nonconformity with any approved plan and 
failure on the part of a State to remedy deficiencies, the FMCSA is 
required to take action to cease Federal participation in that State's 
plan.
    This information collection supports the DOT Strategic Goal of 
Safety (i.e., reducing commercial truck-related fatalities by providing 
financial and technical support to State CMV enforcement efforts).
    The FMCSA uses the information in the CVSP to determine whether a 
State has the necessary resources and authority to undertake the 
program intended by Congress. After a grant has been awarded to a 
State, a continuing and final evaluation of the State's activities is 
performed to determine whether continued funding is appropriate and if 
revisions in the State's CVSP should be made. A quarterly report in 
narrative form is submitted by the States to provide the minimum 
necessary information to assist in appropriate monitoring of a State's 
performance, compared to its CVSP, and to permit the FMCSA to determine 
whether the effort of a State is cost efficient and whether Federal 
assistance should be continued. In addition, inspection data and 
reports are submitted electronically by the inspecting officer from the 
field to the FMCSA at the time of completion of the inspection.
    SAFETEA-LU provides that States may now conduct traffic enforcement 
activities against non-CMVs to promote the safe operation of CMVs. The 
States have been routinely conducting traffic enforcement activities on 
CMVs and have been reimbursed, provided an appropriate inspection was 
conducted at the time. Previously, non-CMV traffic enforcement was not 
an eligible MCSAP activity for reimbursement so the States have not 
captured activity levels for this type of enforcement. It is 
anticipated that the number of non-CMV enforcement activities conducted 
by the States will be minimal since SAFETEA-LU limits the amount of 
MCSAP grant funding that can be used for non-CMV traffic enforcement 
activities to no more than five percent of the basic amount the State 
receives annually.
    The quarterly report is created by the State and submitted to the 
FMCSA using inspection data and other information. The collection of 
uniform data permits analysis and comparison of State programs and 
facilitates program administration and reporting; e.g., comparison of 
the data from a single State to the national average, equipment 
violation and out-of-service trends, etc.
    The FMCSA routinely uses quarterly report information to measure 
individual and collective State program accomplishment and to assist 
with future program development.
    Description of MCSAP forms:
    a. Form MCSAP-1, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program: The 
MCSAP-1 form is submitted with the CVSP grant application. It specifies 
the name of the applicant agency, the amount applied for, and contains 
the signatures of the responsible State authorities.
    b. Form MCSAP-2, Grant Agreement: The MCSAP-2 form is the grant 
agreement that specifies the total amount of the State Program, the 
State and Federal participating shares, the period of the grant, and 
the signatures of the responsible State official and the FMCSA Division 
Administrator. The reverse side of the MCSAP-2 contains the ``General 
Provisions For the Agreement.''
    c. Form MCSAP-2A, Grant Amendment for Fiscal Year: The MCSAP-2A 
form is used to modify the terms of the grant. It is used to increase 
or decrease the amount of the grant, or to extend the period of the 
grant. It contains the signatures of the responsible State official and 
the FMCSA Division Administrator.
    In addition, the following documents are provided as part of the 
CVSP package:
    a. State Training Plan (optional format): This document is a 
request for commercial vehicle training courses. It is used by the 
FMCSA's National Training Center to more effectively schedule training 
courses to meet the needs of State enforcement agencies.
    b. State Certification: The CVSP must contain a State Certification 
signed by the Governor, the State Attorney General, or other specially 
designated State official. The Certification contains requirements of 
conditions that must be met by the State to receive MCSAP grant funds.
    Virtually all (99%) of the information required by the MCSAP grant 
program is submitted electronically. This includes over three million 
inspection reports, which are uploaded electronically from laptop 
computers at inspection sites in the field to the FMCSA annually. The 
near-universal use of laptops for submitting these inspection reports 
has resulted in a dramatic cut of the time burden. The annual CVSPs 
require signed certifications by State personnel and are not, 
therefore, electronically transmitted.
    The FMCSA is the only Federal agency given authority to enforce 
safety regulations applicable to commercial trucks and buses in 
interstate commerce. The type of information to be gathered from the 
States through this information collection is unique to the MCSAP. No 
duplication was identified through the rulemaking process to implement 
relevant sections of SAFETEA-LU.
    The legislative requirement is that grants be extended to the 
States predicated on annual submission of CVSPs. The FMCSA has 
determined that although monthly or bimonthly reports are not needed, a 
semiannual report would not be sufficiently frequent to allow for 
timely evaluation and changes in State program direction. Therefore, 
quarterly reports were determined to be the most appropriate, 
considering burden and Federal need. If the reports were submitted less 
frequently, the FMCSA would be unable to exercise appropriate oversight 
and

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administration of the program as envisioned by the Congress.
    Title: Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0010.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Respondents: State MCSAP lead agencies and local agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52 [50 States + Puerto Rico + 
District of Columbia = 52].
    Estimated Time per Response: 80 hours per grant application 
preparation; 8 hours per quarterly report preparation; and 1 minute per 
inspection and data upload.
    Expiration Date: November 30, 2007.
    Frequency of Response: 1 grant application annually; 4 quarterly 
reports annually; and approximately 3 million total inspection and data 
uploads annually.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 12,280 hours.
    The methods used to calculate the hours necessary to prepare grant 
applications, upload data, and prepare quarterly reports are based on 
interviews with the State and Federal personnel charged with those 
responsibilities. The information required to prepare the applications 
for grants and the subsequent reports is based on general information 
ordinarily maintained by the States in the general course of business, 
and only simple computations are required to determine burden hours. 
The grant applications and reports are submitted by the 50 States, four 
Territories, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Each entity 
submits one grant request and four quarterly reports per year. In 
addition, about three million total inspection reports are uploaded 
each year.
    This figure reflects only 20 percent of the total estimated annual 
hours to perform the activities because MCSAP reimburses 80 percent of 
the eligible costs incurred in the administration of an approved plan 
as set forth in 49 CFR 350.303, 350.309 and 350.311. Labor hours are 
estimated and an average hourly rate for professional personnel is 
applied. The four territories of American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin 
Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are funded 
at 100 percent; therefore they are not included in the computation of 
the annual burden.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FMCSA's performance; (2) the accuracy 
of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the 
collected information. The agency will summarize or include your 
comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 
collection.

    Issued on: September 14, 2007.
Terry Shelton,
Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology.
 [FR Doc. E7-18637 Filed 9-20-07; 8:45 am]
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