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Download as PDF 50140 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 165 / Monday, August 25, 2008 / Notices Information Collection Activity; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. Program Manual, please contact Ms. Laiza N. Otero at (202) 566–2209 or via e-mail at lotero@eac.gov. You may also view the proposed collection instrument by visiting the EAC’s Web site at http:// www.eac.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has submitted the following information collection request (Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on February 2, 2008, at 73 FR 6494. The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received on this information collection; however, modifications were made to improve and clarify the information collection based on comments submitted to a request for substantive comments (73 FR 6495) and internal review of the document. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until September 24, 2008. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 24, 2008. Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection must be sent to: OMB Reviewer: Alexander T. Hunt, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395–7316. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the EAC’s Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES2 ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 Title: Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual. OMB Number: Pending. Type of Review: Regular submission. Needs and Uses: Section 231(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 (42 U.S.C. § 15371(b)) requires that the EAC provide for the accreditation and revocation of accreditation of independent, non-federal laboratories qualified to test voting systems to Federal standards. Generally, the EAC considers for accreditation those laboratories evaluated and recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) pursuant to HAVA Section 231(b)(1). However, consistent with HAVA Section 231(b)(2)(B), the Commission may also vote to accredit laboratories outside of those recommended by NIST upon publication of an explanation of the reason for any such accreditation. In order to meet its statutory requirements under HAVA § 15371(b), the EAC has developed the EAC’s Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program. The procedural requirements of the program are established in the proposed information collection, the EAC Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual. Although participation in the program is voluntary, adherence to the program’s procedural requirements is mandatory for participants. The procedural requirements of this Manual will supersede any prior laboratory accreditation requirements issued by the EAC. This manual shall be read in conjunction with the EAC’s Voting System Testing and Certification Program Manual (OMB 3265–0004). Affected Public: Voting system test laboratories. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8. Total Annual Responses: 8. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 200 hours. Thomas R. Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. [FR Doc. E8–19066 Filed 8–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–KF–P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Procedural Manual for the Election Assistance Commission’s Voting System Test Laboratory Program United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Notice; Publication of Voting System Test Laboratory Program Manual. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is publishing a procedural manual for its Voting System Test Laboratory Program. This program sets the administrative procedures for laboratories to obtain and maintain accreditation to test voting systems under the EAC’s Voluntary Testing and Certification Program. The program is mandated by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) at 42 U.S.C. 15371. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Hancock, Director, Voting System Certification, Washington, DC, (202) 566–3100, Fax: (202) 566–1392. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background HAVA requires that the EAC certify and decertify voting systems through testing conducted by accredited laboratories. Section 231(a)(1) of HAVA (42 U.S.C. 15371) specifically requires the EAC to ‘‘* * * provide for the testing, certification, decertification and recertification of voting system hardware and software by accredited laboratories.’’ To meet this obligation, the EAC has created a voluntary program to test voting systems to Federal voting system standards by accredited laboratories. The Voting System Test Laboratory Program Manual sets the procedures for the test laboratories to follow in order to receive and maintain accreditation as well as procedures for the documentation and publication of testing information. In creating the Laboratory Manual the EAC sought input from experts and stakeholders. Specifically, the EAC conducted meetings with representatives from the voting system test laboratories and from the voting system manufacturing community. Additionally, the EAC sought input from the public. A draft version of the EAC Voting System Test Laboratory Program Manual was published with a request for public comment on February 4, 2008. (73 FR 6495). The public comment period was open until 5 p.m. EST on April 4, 2008. While previous notice and public comment period were not required by law, all comments received were considered in the drafting of this final administrative manual. E:\FR\FM\25AUN2.SGM 25AUN2

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Information Collection Activity; Proposed Information Collection; 
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Information Collection Activity; Proposed Information Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has submitted the 
following information collection request (Voting System Test Laboratory 
Accreditation Program Manual) to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was previously 
published in the Federal Register on February 2, 2008, at 73 FR 6494. 
The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were 
received on this information collection; however, modifications were 
made to improve and clarify the information collection based on 
comments submitted to a request for substantive comments (73 FR 6495) 
and internal review of the document. The purpose of this notice is to 
allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are 
encouraged and will be accepted until September 24, 2008. This process 
is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Comments are invited on: 
(a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
information collection on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 24, 
2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed 
information collection must be sent to:
    OMB Reviewer: Alexander T. Hunt, Office of Management and Budget, 
Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 
395-7316.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this 
proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the EAC's Voting 
System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual, please contact Ms. 
Laiza N. Otero at (202) 566-2209 or via e-mail at lotero@eac.gov. You 
may also view the proposed collection instrument by visiting the EAC's 
Web site at http://www.eac.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual.
    OMB Number: Pending.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Needs and Uses: Section 231(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) 
of 2002 (42 U.S.C. Sec.  15371(b)) requires that the EAC provide for 
the accreditation and revocation of accreditation of independent, non-
federal laboratories qualified to test voting systems to Federal 
standards. Generally, the EAC considers for accreditation those 
laboratories evaluated and recommended by the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology (NIST) pursuant to HAVA Section 231(b)(1). 
However, consistent with HAVA Section 231(b)(2)(B), the Commission may 
also vote to accredit laboratories outside of those recommended by NIST 
upon publication of an explanation of the reason for any such 
accreditation. In order to meet its statutory requirements under HAVA 
Sec.  15371(b), the EAC has developed the EAC's Voting System Test 
Laboratory Accreditation Program. The procedural requirements of the 
program are established in the proposed information collection, the EAC 
Voting System Test Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual. Although 
participation in the program is voluntary, adherence to the program's 
procedural requirements is mandatory for participants. The procedural 
requirements of this Manual will supersede any prior laboratory 
accreditation requirements issued by the EAC. This manual shall be read 
in conjunction with the EAC's Voting System Testing and Certification 
Program Manual (OMB 3265-0004).
    Affected Public: Voting system test laboratories.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8.
    Total Annual Responses: 8.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 200 hours.

Thomas R. Wilkey,
Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
[FR Doc. E8-19066 Filed 8-22-08; 8:45 am]
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