Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; State and Local Implementation Grant Program Application Documentation and Reporting Requirements, 9889-9890 [2013-03091]

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[FR Doc. 2013–03148 Filed 2–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; State and Local Implementation Grant Program Application Documentation and Reporting Requirements National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 2013. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instruments and instructions should be sent to Laura M. Pettus, Program Specialist, Office of tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Feb 11, 2013 Jkt 229001 Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4878, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email at lpettus@ntia.doc.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act, Pub. L. 112– 96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012).) (Act) was signed by the President on February 22, 2012. The Act meets a long-standing priority of the Administration, as well as a critical national infrastructure need, to create a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network (PSBN) that will, for the first time, allow police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety officials to effectively communicate with each other across agencies and jurisdictions. The Act establishes the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and authorizes it to take all actions necessary to ensure the design, construction, and operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network (PSBN), based on a single, national network architecture. FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, ensuring nationwide standards for the use of and access to the network; issuing open, transparent, and competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) to build, operate, and maintain the network; encouraging these RFPs to leverage, to the maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial wireless infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and overseeing contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and maintain the network. The Act also charges NTIA with establishing the State and Local Grant Implementation Program (SLIGP) to assist State, regional, tribal, and local jurisdictions with identifying, planning, and implementing the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate the infrastructure, equipment, and other architecture associated with the nationwide PSBN to satisfy the wireless broadband and data services needs of their jurisdictions. The Act directed NTIA, in consultation with FirstNet, to establish programmatic requirements for SLIGP by August 22, 2012. NTIA met the Act’s directive by issuing a Notice that PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9889 described the scope of allowable activities that SLIGP will fund, defined eligible costs, and discussed prioritizing grants for activities that ensure coverage in rural as well as urban areas. Because the appointment of the FirstNet Board occurred on August 20, 2012, NTIA had only just started to consult with the Board on the SLIGP requirements at the time it issued the Notice on August 21, 2012. As a result, NTIA did not announce procedures for the submission of grant applications in the August 21 Notice nor did it begin accepting grant applications at that time. Instead, NTIA announced that, subject to the activities of FirstNet, it intended to release a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and open the application window during the first quarter of calendar year 2013. Moreover, the Act’s framework contemplates that FirstNet will closely coordinate its activities with State, regional, tribal, and local governments and imposes a statutory requirement that FirstNet consult with these entities as it takes all actions necessary to build, deploy, and operate the nationwide PSBN. Specifically, the Act requires FirstNet to consult with State, regional, tribal, and local governments about the distribution and expenditure of any amounts required to carry out its responsibilities, including (i) The construction of a core network and any radio access network build-out; (ii) placement of towers; (iii) coverage areas of the network; (iv) adequacy of hardware, security, reliability, and resiliency requirements; (v) assignment of priority to local users and selection of entities seeking network access; and (vi) training needs of local users. Additionally, the Act specifies that these required consultations are to occur between FirstNet and the single point of contact that the State is required to designate in its application for grant funds under SLIGP. Thus, progress in meeting FirstNet’s responsibilities under the Act, including its required consultations, is inextricably linked to the establishment of SLIGP. FirstNet must rely on NTIA to establish SLIGP as the principal means to facilitate its required consultations. At the same time, without funding assistance from SLIGP, the States will lack the resources to consult effectively with FirstNet and provide it with information needed for it to proceed with the design and construction of a nationwide PSBN in an effective and timely manner, as required by the Act. In order to meet these objectives, DOC/NTIA requested an emergency review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This request was approved on January 7, 2013; approval E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 9890 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 29 / Tuesday, February 12, 2013 / Notices ends on July 31, 2013. The publication of this notice allows NTIA to begin the process to extend the approval for the standard three years. II. Method of Collection Electronically via grants.gov, and paper format. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0660–0038. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: State, regional, local, and tribal government organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 56. Estimated Time Per Response: Application, 10 hours; Quarterly report, 4 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,456. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments 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 (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 6, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–03091 Filed 2–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary DoD Board of Actuaries; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting DoD. Meeting notice. AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Feb 11, 2013 Jkt 229001 Under the provision of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.150, the Department of Defense announces that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the DoD Board of Actuaries will take place. SUMMARY: July 18, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and July 19, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: 4800 Mark Center Drive, Conference Room 4, Level B1, Alexandria, VA 22350. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Ludwig at the Defense Human Resource Activity, DoD Office of the Actuary, 4800 Mark Center Drive, STE 06J25–01, Alexandria, VA 22350–4000. Phone: (571) 372–1993, Email: Kathleen.Ludwig@osd.pentagon.mil. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to review DoD actuarial methods and assumptions to be used in the valuations of the Education Benefits Fund, the Military Retirement Fund, and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Fund, in accordance with the provisions of Section 183, Section 2006, Chapter 74 (10 U.S.C. 1464 et. seq), and Section 1175 of Title 10. Agenda: Education Benefits Fund (July 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 1. Briefing on Investment Experience 2. September 30, 2012, Valuation Proposed Economic Assumptions* 3. September 30, 2012, Valuation Proposed Methods and Assumptions—Reserve Programs* 4. September 30, 2012, Valuation Proposed Methods and Assumptions—Active Duty Programs* 5. Developments in Education Benefits Military Retirement Fund (July 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) 1. Briefing on Investment Experience 2. September 30, 2012, Valuation of the Military Retirement Fund* 3. Proposed Methods and Assumptions for September 30, 2013, Valuation of the Military Retirement Fund* 4. Proposed Methods and Assumptions for December 31, 2012, Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) Fund Valuation* 5. Recent and Proposed Legislation * Board approval required Public’s accessibility to the meeting: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 102–3.140 through 102–3.165, and the availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Seating is on a first come basis. The Mark Center is an annex of the Pentagon. Those without a valid DoD Common Access Card must contact Kathleen Ludwig at 571–372– 1993 no later than June 14, 2013. Failure to make the necessary arrangements will result in building access being denied. It is strongly recommended that attendees plan to arrive at the Mark Center at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Committee’s Designated Federal Officer or Point of Contact: Persons desiring to attend the DoD Board of Actuaries meeting or make an oral presentation or submit a written statement for consideration at the meeting must notify Kathleen Ludwig at (571) 372–1993, or Kathleen.Ludwig@osd.pentagon.mil, by June 14, 2013. Dated: February 6, 2013. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2013–03051 Filed 2–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary DoD Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Board of Actuaries; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting DoD. Meeting notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.150, the Department of Defense announces that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the DoD Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Board of Actuaries will take place. DATES: Friday, August 2, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: 4800 Mark Center Drive, Conference Room 18, Level B1, Alexandria, VA 22350. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Kathleen Ludwig at the Defense Human Resource Activity, DoD Office of the Actuary, 4800 Mark Center Drive, STE 06J25–01, Alexandria, VA 22350–4000. Phone: (571) 372–1993, Email: Kathleen.Ludwig@osd.pentagon.mil. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 29 (Tuesday, February 12, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9889-9890]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03091]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; State and Local 
Implementation Grant Program Application Documentation and Reporting 
Requirements

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Requests for additional information 
or copies of the information collection instruments and instructions 
should be sent to Laura M. Pettus, Program Specialist, Office of 
Telecommunications and Information Applications, National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4878, Washington, DC 20230 
(or via email at lpettus@ntia.doc.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act, Pub. 
L. 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012).) (Act) was signed by the President on 
February 22, 2012. The Act meets a long-standing priority of the 
Administration, as well as a critical national infrastructure need, to 
create a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband 
network (PSBN) that will, for the first time, allow police officers, 
fire fighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other 
public safety officials to effectively communicate with each other 
across agencies and jurisdictions. The Act establishes the First 
Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority 
within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) and authorizes it to take all actions necessary to ensure the 
design, construction, and operation of a nationwide public safety 
broadband network (PSBN), based on a single, national network 
architecture.
    FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, ensuring nationwide 
standards for the use of and access to the network; issuing open, 
transparent, and competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) to build, 
operate, and maintain the network; encouraging these RFPs to leverage, 
to the maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial 
wireless infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and 
overseeing contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and 
maintain the network.
    The Act also charges NTIA with establishing the State and Local 
Grant Implementation Program (SLIGP) to assist State, regional, tribal, 
and local jurisdictions with identifying, planning, and implementing 
the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate the 
infrastructure, equipment, and other architecture associated with the 
nationwide PSBN to satisfy the wireless broadband and data services 
needs of their jurisdictions.
    The Act directed NTIA, in consultation with FirstNet, to establish 
programmatic requirements for SLIGP by August 22, 2012. NTIA met the 
Act's directive by issuing a Notice that described the scope of 
allowable activities that SLIGP will fund, defined eligible costs, and 
discussed prioritizing grants for activities that ensure coverage in 
rural as well as urban areas. Because the appointment of the FirstNet 
Board occurred on August 20, 2012, NTIA had only just started to 
consult with the Board on the SLIGP requirements at the time it issued 
the Notice on August 21, 2012. As a result, NTIA did not announce 
procedures for the submission of grant applications in the August 21 
Notice nor did it begin accepting grant applications at that time. 
Instead, NTIA announced that, subject to the activities of FirstNet, it 
intended to release a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and open the 
application window during the first quarter of calendar year 2013.
    Moreover, the Act's framework contemplates that FirstNet will 
closely coordinate its activities with State, regional, tribal, and 
local governments and imposes a statutory requirement that FirstNet 
consult with these entities as it takes all actions necessary to build, 
deploy, and operate the nationwide PSBN. Specifically, the Act requires 
FirstNet to consult with State, regional, tribal, and local governments 
about the distribution and expenditure of any amounts required to carry 
out its responsibilities, including (i) The construction of a core 
network and any radio access network build-out; (ii) placement of 
towers; (iii) coverage areas of the network; (iv) adequacy of hardware, 
security, reliability, and resiliency requirements; (v) assignment of 
priority to local users and selection of entities seeking network 
access; and (vi) training needs of local users.
    Additionally, the Act specifies that these required consultations 
are to occur between FirstNet and the single point of contact that the 
State is required to designate in its application for grant funds under 
SLIGP. Thus, progress in meeting FirstNet's responsibilities under the 
Act, including its required consultations, is inextricably linked to 
the establishment of SLIGP. FirstNet must rely on NTIA to establish 
SLIGP as the principal means to facilitate its required consultations. 
At the same time, without funding assistance from SLIGP, the States 
will lack the resources to consult effectively with FirstNet and 
provide it with information needed for it to proceed with the design 
and construction of a nationwide PSBN in an effective and timely 
manner, as required by the Act.
    In order to meet these objectives, DOC/NTIA requested an emergency 
review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This request was 
approved on January 7, 2013; approval

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ends on July 31, 2013. The publication of this notice allows NTIA to 
begin the process to extend the approval for the standard three years.

 II. Method of Collection

    Electronically via grants.gov, and paper format.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0660-0038.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved information collection).
    Affected Public: State, regional, local, and tribal government 
organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Application, 10 hours; Quarterly 
report, 4 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,456.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    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 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: February 6, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-03091 Filed 2-11-13; 8:45 am]
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