Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 18668-18671 [2013-07042]

Download as PDF 18668 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES James R. Petre (MD) Gary W. Pope (AK) Zeljko Popovac (VT) Jerald W. Rehnke (MN) James R. Rieck (CA) Alvaro F. Rodriguez (TX) Raymond E. Royer (MN) Richie J. Schwendy (IL) Jesse J. Sutton (IN) Bill J. Thierolf (NE) Janusz Tyrpien (FL) The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file and retains a copy of the certification on his/her person while driving for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. Each exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. Basis for Renewing Exemptions Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application for additional two year periods. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 27 applicants has satisfied the entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirements (57 FR 57266; 63 FR 66226; 64 FR 16517; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 66286; 66 FR 13825; 66 FR 17994; 67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 10300; 68 FR 10301; 68 FR 13360; 68 FR 15037; 68 FR 19596; 69 FR 62741; 70 FR 2701; 70 FR 7546; 70 FR 12265; 70 FR 14747; 70 FR 16886; 70 FR 16887; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 180; 72 FR 1050; 72 FR 7111; 72 FR 9397; 72 FR 11425; 72 FR 11426; 72 FR 12665; 72 FR 18726; 73 FR 20245; 73 FR 38497; 73 FR 48271; 73 FR 75806; 73 FR 76440; 73 FR 78421; 73 FR VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 78422; 74 FR 6211; 74 FR 8302; 74 FR 9329; 74 FR 11991; 75 FR 69737; 75 FR 72869; 75 FR 77942; 75 FR 79079; 76 FR 1499; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 7894; 76 FR 8809; 76 FR 9856; 76 FR 9865; 76 FR 11215; 76 FR 12216; 76 FR 15360; 76 FR 17483; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 20078). Each of these 27 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. Request for Comments FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a particular driver’s safety record and determine if the continuation of the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit comments by April 26, 2013. FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition announcing its decision to exempt these 27 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register publications. Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver. Issued on: March 19, 2013. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–07105 Filed 3–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA 2013–0002–N–7] Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Federal Railroad Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below. DATES: Comments must be received no later than May 28, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on any or all of the following proposed activities by mail to either: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Safety, Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS–21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590, or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD–20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA to acknowledge receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard stating, ‘‘Comments on OMB control number ____.’’ Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493– 6216 or (202) 493–6497, or via email to Mr. Brogan at Robert.Brogan@dot.gov, or E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / Notices to Ms. Toone at Kim.Toone@dot.gov. Please refer to the assigned OMB control number in any correspondence submitted. FRA will summarize comments received in response to this notice in a subsequent notice and include them in its information collection submission to OMB for approval. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS–21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–6292) or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD– 20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law. 104–13, § 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to provide 60-days notice to the public for comment on information collection activities before seeking approval for reinstatement or renewal by OMB. 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.10(e)(1), 1320.12(a). Specifically, FRA invites interested respondents to comment on the following summary of proposed information collection activities regarding (i) Whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the activities will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of FRA’s estimates of the burden of the information collection activities, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (iii) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (iv) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)(I)-(iv); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(I)-(iv). FRA believes that soliciting public comment will promote its efforts to reduce the administrative and paperwork burdens associated with the collection of information mandated by Federal regulations. In summary, FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (i) reduce reporting burdens; (ii) ensure that it organizes information collection requirements in a ‘‘user friendly’’ format to improve the use of such information; and (iii) accurately assess the resources expended to retrieve and produce information requested. See 44 U.S.C. 3501. Below are brief summaries of three currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA: Title: Stencilling Reporting Mark on Freight Cars. OMB Control Number: 2130–0520. Abstract: Title 49, Section 215.301 of the Code of Federal Regulations, sets forth certain requirements that must be followed by railroad carriers and private car owners relative to identification marks on railroad equipment. FRA, railroads, and the public refer to the stencilling to identify freight cars. Form Number(s): N/A. Affected Public: Businesses. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Respondent Universe: 728 railroads. Total Estimated Responses: 25,000 stencilled/repainted freight cars. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 18,750 hours. Status: Regular Review. OMB Control Number: 2130–0523. Title: Rear-End Marking Devices. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses. 18669 Form Number(s): N/A. Abstract: The collection of information is set forth under 49 CFR part 221 which requires railroads to furnish a detailed description of the type of marking device to be used for the trailing end of rear cars in order to ensure rear cars meet minimum standards for visibility and display. Railroads are required to furnish a certification that the device has been tested in accordance with current ‘‘Guidelines For Testing of Rear End Marking Devices.’’ Additionally, railroads are required to furnish detailed test records which include the testing organizations, description of tests, number of samples tested, and the test results in order to demonstrate compliance with the performance standard. Respondent Universe: 728 railroads. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Total Estimated Responses: 4. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 39 hours. Status: Regular Review. Title: Locomotive Certification (Noise Compliance Regulations). OMB Control Number: 2130–0527. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses. Form Number(s): N/A. Abstract: Part 210 of title 49 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) pertains to FRA’s noise enforcement procedures which encompass rail yard noise source standards published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA has the authority to set these standards under the Noise Control Act of 1972. The information collected by FRA under Part 210 is necessary to ensure compliance with EPA noise standards for new locomotives. Respondent Universe: 2 Locomotive Manufacturers. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Respondent universe Total annual responses Average time per response 210.27—New Loco. Certification—Requests for Information. —Identification of Locomotives .................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES CFR section 4 Locomotive Manufacturers. 4 Locomotive Manufacturers. 4 Locomotive Manufacturers. 4 requests .................... 30 minutes ................... 2 790 badges/plates ........ 30 minutes ................... 395 790 recorded measurements. 3 hours ......................... 2,370 210.31—Operation Standards—Measurement of Loco. Noise Emissions. Total Estimated Responses: 1,582. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 2,767 hours. Status: Regular Review. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 Title: Grade Crossing Signal System Safety Regulations. OMB Control Number: 2130–0534. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total annual burden hours Abstract: FRA believes that highwayrail grade crossing (grade crossing) accidents resulting from warning system failures can be reduced. Motorists lose E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 18670 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / Notices faith in warning systems that constantly warn of an oncoming train when none is present. Therefore, the fail-safe feature of a warning system loses its effectiveness if the system is not repaired within a reasonable period of time. A greater risk of an accident is present when a warning system fails to activate as a train approaches a grade crossing. FRA’s regulations require railroads to take specific responses in the event of an activation failure. FRA uses the information to develop better solutions to the problems of grade crossing device malfunctions. With this information, FRA is able to correlate accident data and equipment malfunctions with the types of circuits and age of equipment. FRA can then identify the causes of grade crossing system failures and investigate them to determine whether periodic maintenance, inspection, and testing standards are effective. FRA also uses the information collected to alert railroad employees and appropriate highway traffic authorities of warning system malfunctions so that they can take the necessary measures to protect motorists and railroad workers at the grade crossing until repairs have been made. Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.83. Affected Public: Businesses. Frequency of Submission: On occasion; record keeping. Reporting Burden: CFR section Respondent universe Total annual responses Average time per response 234.7—Telephone Notification ............................ 234.9—Grade crossing signal system failure reports. 234.105.106/107—Notification to train crew and highway traffic control authority. 234.109—Record Keeping .................................. 728 railroads ................ 728 railroads ................ 8 phone calls ................ 600 reports ................... 15 minutes ................... 15 minutes ................... 2 150 728 railroads ................ 24,000 notifications ...... 15 minutes ................... 6,000 728 railroads ................ 12,000 records ............. 10 minutes ................... 2,000 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total Estimated Responses: 36,608. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 8,152 hours. Status: Regular Review. OMB Control Number: 2130–0535. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses. Form Number(s): N/A. Abstract: Section 20139 of Title 49 of the United States Code required FRA to issue rules, regulations, orders, and standards for the safety of maintenanceof-way employees on railroad bridges, including for ‘‘bridge safety equipment’’ such as nets, walkways, handrails, and safety lines, and requirements for the use of vessels when work is performed on bridges located over bodies of water. FRA has added 49 CFR part 214 to establish minimum workplace safety standards for railroad employees as they apply to railroad bridges. Specifically, section 214.15(c) establishes standards and practices for safety net systems. Safety nets and net installations are to be drop-tested at the job site after initial installation and before being used as a fall-protection system; after major repairs; and at six-month intervals if left at one site. If a drop-test is not feasible and is not performed, then a written certification must be made by the railroad or railroad contractor, or a designated certified person, that the net does comply with the safety standards of this section. FRA and State inspectors use the information to enforce Federal regulations. The information that is maintained at the job site promotes safe bridge worker practices. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Total Estimated Responses: 6. Total Estimated Annual Burden: 1 hour. Status: Regular Review. Title: Railroad Police Officers. OMB Control Number: 2130–0537. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Railroads and States. Form(s): None. Abstract: Under 49 CFR part 207, railroads are required to notify states of all designated police officers who are discharging their duties outside of their respective jurisdictions. This requirement is necessary to verify proper police authority. Total Estimated Responses: 70. Total Annual Estimated Burden Hours: 181 hours. Status: Regular Review. Title: Foreign Railroads’ ForeignBased (FRFB) Employees Who Perform Train or Dispatching Service in the United States. OMB Control Number: 2130–0555. Abstract: The collection of information is used by FRA to Total annual burden hours determine compliance of FRFB train and dispatching service employees and their employers with the prohibition against the abuse of alcohol and controlled substances. Because of the increase in cross-border train operations and the increased risk posed to the safety of train operations in the United States, FRA seeks to apply all of the requirements of 49 CFR part 219 to FRFB train and dispatching service employees. The basic information— evidence of unauthorized use of drugs and alcohol—is used by FRA to help prevent accidents/incidents by screening FRFB who perform safetysensitive functions for unauthorized drug or alcohol use. FRFB train and dispatching service employees testing positive for unauthorized use of alcohol and drugs are removed from service, thereby enhancing safety and serving as a deterrent to other FRFB train and dispatching service employees who might be tempted to engage in the unauthorized use of drugs or alcohol. Form Number(s): None. Respondent Universe: 2 Railroads. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Affected Public: Foreign-Based Railroads and Their Employees. Reporting Burden: CFR section Respondent universe Total annual responses Average time per response 219.4—Recognition of Foreign Railroads’ Workplace Testing Programs: Petitions to Agency. —Comments on Petition .............................. 2 railroads .................... 1 petition ...................... 10 hours ....................... 10 2 railroads/public .......... 2 hours ......................... 4 219.403/405—Evaluation by Substance Abuse Professional. 2 railroads .................... 2 comments + 2 comment copies. 3 reports/referrals ......... 2 hours ......................... 6 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Total annual burden hours Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / Notices 18671 CFR section Respondent universe Total annual responses Average time per response 219.405(c)(1)—Report by a Co-worker ............... 219.609—Notice by Employee Asking to be Excused from Random Alcohol Testing. 219.903—Retention of Urine Drug Testing Records. 2 railroads .................... 200 employees ............. 1 report ......................... 2 excuses ..................... 5 minutes ..................... 15 minutes ................... .08 .5 2 railroads .................... 80 records .................... 5 minutes ..................... 7 Total Responses: 91. Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 28 hours. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties that it may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2013. Rebecca Pennington, Chief Financial Officer, Federal Railroad Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–07042 Filed 3–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2013–0002–N–8] Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Federal Railroad Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice and Request for Comments mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collection and their expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on January 9, 2013. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 26, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS–21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 25, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–6292), or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD– 20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.) The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104–13, § 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue two notices seeking public comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.12. On January 9, 2013, FRA published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment on ICRs that the agency was seeking OMB approval. 78 FR 1930. FRA received no comments in response to this notice. Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30-day notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507 (b)–(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30-day notice informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. The summaries below describe the nature of the information collection requirements (ICRs) and the expected burden. The revised requirements are being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by the PRA. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Designation of Qualified Persons. OMB Control Number: 2130–0511. PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Total annual burden hours Type of Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses. Form(s): N/A. Abstract: The collection of information is used to prevent the unsafe movement of defective freight cars. Railroads are required to inspect freight cars for compliance and to determine restrictions on the movements of defective cars. Annual Estimated Burden: 40 hours. Title: Passenger Equipment Safety Standards. OMB Control Number: 2130–0544. Type of Request: Extension with change of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Businesses. Form(s): N/A. Abstract: The information gained from daily inspections is used to detect and correct equipment problems so as to prevent collisions, derailments, and other occurrences involving railroad passenger equipment that cause injury or death to railroad employees, railroad passengers, or to the general public; and to mitigate the consequences of any such occurrences, to the extent that they cannot be prevented. The information provided promotes passenger train safety by ensuring requirements are met for railroad equipment design and performance; fire safety; emergency systems; the inspection, testing, and maintenance of passenger equipment; and other provisions for the safe operation of railroad passenger equipment. Annual Estimated Burden: 4,434,206 hours. Addressee: Send comments regarding these information collections to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 Seventeenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; Attention: FRA Desk Officer. Comments may also be sent via email to OMB at the following address: oira_submissions@omb.eop.gov. Comments are invited on the following: Whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of FRA, including whether the E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket No. FRA 2013-0002-N-7]


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment 
Request

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its 
implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 
hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently 
approved information collection activities. Before submitting these 
information collection requirements for clearance by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on 
specific aspects of the activities identified below.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than May 28, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on any or all of the following 
proposed activities by mail to either: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of 
Safety, Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 
20590, or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, 
Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 
35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA to acknowledge 
receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed 
stamped postcard stating, ``Comments on OMB control number --------.'' 
Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-
6216 or (202) 493-6497, or via email to Mr. Brogan at 
Robert.Brogan@dot.gov, or

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to Ms. Toone at Kim.Toone@dot.gov. Please refer to the assigned OMB 
control number in any correspondence submitted. FRA will summarize 
comments received in response to this notice in a subsequent notice and 
include them in its information collection submission to OMB for 
approval.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning 
and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 
New Jersey Ave. SE., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 
(202) 493-6292) or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information 
Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey 
Ave. SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-
6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
Public Law. 104-13, Sec.  2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised 
at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 
1320, require Federal agencies to provide 60-days notice to the public 
for comment on information collection activities before seeking 
approval for reinstatement or renewal by OMB. 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 
5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.10(e)(1), 1320.12(a). Specifically, FRA 
invites interested respondents to comment on the following summary of 
proposed information collection activities regarding (i) Whether the 
information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly 
execute its functions, including whether the activities will have 
practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of FRA's estimates of the burden 
of the information collection activities, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (iii) ways 
for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
being collected; and (iv) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of 
information collection activities on
    the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). See 
44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)(I)-(iv); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(I)-(iv). FRA 
believes that soliciting public comment will promote its efforts to 
reduce the administrative and paperwork burdens associated with the 
collection of information mandated by Federal regulations. In summary, 
FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (i) 
reduce reporting burdens; (ii) ensure that it organizes information 
collection requirements in a ``user friendly'' format to improve the 
use of such information; and (iii) accurately assess the resources 
expended to retrieve and produce information requested. See 44 U.S.C. 
3501.
    Below are brief summaries of three currently approved information 
collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as 
required under the PRA:
    Title: Stencilling Reporting Mark on Freight Cars.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0520.
    Abstract: Title 49, Section 215.301 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations, sets forth certain requirements that must be followed by 
railroad carriers and private car owners relative to identification 
marks on railroad equipment. FRA, railroads, and the public refer to 
the stencilling to identify freight cars.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.
    Respondent Universe: 728 railroads.
    Total Estimated Responses: 25,000 stencilled/repainted freight 
cars.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 18,750 hours.
    Status: Regular Review.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0523.
    Title: Rear-End Marking Devices.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Abstract: The collection of information is set forth under 49 CFR 
part 221 which requires railroads to furnish a detailed description of 
the type of marking device to be used for the trailing end of rear cars 
in order to ensure rear cars meet minimum standards for visibility and 
display. Railroads are required to furnish a certification that the 
device has been tested in accordance with current ``Guidelines For 
Testing of Rear End Marking Devices.'' Additionally, railroads are 
required to furnish detailed test records which include the testing 
organizations, description of tests, number of samples tested, and the 
test results in order to demonstrate compliance with the performance 
standard.
    Respondent Universe: 728 railroads.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Responses: 4.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 39 hours.
    Status: Regular Review.
    Title: Locomotive Certification (Noise Compliance Regulations).
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0527.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Abstract: Part 210 of title 49 of the United States Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) pertains to FRA's noise enforcement procedures which 
encompass rail yard noise source standards published by the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA has the authority to set 
these standards under the Noise Control Act of 1972. The information 
collected by FRA under Part 210 is necessary to ensure compliance with 
EPA noise standards for new locomotives.
    Respondent Universe: 2 Locomotive Manufacturers.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

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           CFR section             Respondent universe       responses             response        burden hours
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210.27--New Loco. Certification--  4 Locomotive         4 requests.........  30 minutes.........               2
 Requests for Information.          Manufacturers.
    --Identification of            4 Locomotive         790 badges/plates..  30 minutes.........             395
     Locomotives.                   Manufacturers.
210.31--Operation Standards--      4 Locomotive         790 recorded         3 hours............           2,370
 Measurement of Loco. Noise         Manufacturers.       measurements.
 Emissions.
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    Total Estimated Responses: 1,582.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 2,767 hours.
    Status: Regular Review.
    Title: Grade Crossing Signal System Safety Regulations.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0534.
    Abstract: FRA believes that highway-rail grade crossing (grade 
crossing) accidents resulting from warning system failures can be 
reduced. Motorists lose

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faith in warning systems that constantly warn of an oncoming train when 
none is present. Therefore, the fail-safe feature of a warning system 
loses its effectiveness if the system is not repaired within a 
reasonable period of time. A greater risk of an accident is present 
when a warning system fails to activate as a train approaches a grade 
crossing. FRA's regulations require railroads to take specific 
responses in the event of an activation failure. FRA uses the 
information to develop better solutions to the problems of grade 
crossing device malfunctions. With this information, FRA is able to 
correlate accident data and equipment malfunctions with the types of 
circuits and age of equipment. FRA can then identify the causes of 
grade crossing system failures and investigate them to determine 
whether periodic maintenance, inspection, and testing standards are 
effective. FRA also uses the information collected to alert railroad 
employees and appropriate highway traffic authorities of warning system 
malfunctions so that they can take the necessary measures to protect 
motorists and railroad workers at the grade crossing until repairs have 
been made.
    Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.83.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion; record keeping.
    Reporting Burden:

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                                                            Total annual       Average time per    Total annual
           CFR section             Respondent universe       responses             response        burden hours
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234.7--Telephone Notification....  728 railroads......  8 phone calls......  15 minutes.........               2
234.9--Grade crossing signal       728 railroads......  600 reports........  15 minutes.........             150
 system failure reports.
234.105.106/107--Notification to   728 railroads......  24,000               15 minutes.........           6,000
 train crew and highway traffic                          notifications.
 control authority.
234.109--Record Keeping..........  728 railroads......  12,000 records.....  10 minutes.........           2,000
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    Total Estimated Responses: 36,608.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 8,152 hours.
    Status: Regular Review.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0535.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Abstract: Section 20139 of Title 49 of the United States Code 
required FRA to issue rules, regulations, orders, and standards for the 
safety of maintenance-of-way employees on railroad bridges, including 
for ``bridge safety equipment'' such as nets, walkways, handrails, and 
safety lines, and requirements for the use of vessels when work is 
performed on bridges located over bodies of water. FRA has added 49 CFR 
part 214 to establish minimum workplace safety standards for railroad 
employees as they apply to railroad bridges. Specifically, section 
214.15(c) establishes standards and practices for safety net systems. 
Safety nets and net installations are to be drop-tested at the job site 
after initial installation and before being used as a fall-protection 
system; after major repairs; and at six-month intervals if left at one 
site. If a drop-test is not feasible and is not performed, then a 
written certification must be made by the railroad or railroad 
contractor, or a designated certified person, that the net does comply 
with the safety standards of this section. FRA and State inspectors use 
the information to enforce Federal regulations. The information that is 
maintained at the job site promotes safe bridge worker practices.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Responses: 6.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 1 hour.
    Status: Regular Review.
    Title: Railroad Police Officers.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0537.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Railroads and States.
    Form(s): None.
    Abstract: Under 49 CFR part 207, railroads are required to notify 
states of all designated police officers who are discharging their 
duties outside of their respective jurisdictions. This requirement is 
necessary to verify proper police authority.
    Total Estimated Responses: 70.
    Total Annual Estimated Burden Hours: 181 hours.
    Status: Regular Review.
    Title: Foreign Railroads' Foreign-Based (FRFB) Employees Who 
Perform Train or Dispatching Service in the United States.
    OMB Control Number: 2130-0555.
    Abstract: The collection of information is used by FRA to determine 
compliance of FRFB train and dispatching service employees and their 
employers with the prohibition against the abuse of alcohol and 
controlled substances. Because of the increase in cross-border train 
operations and the increased risk posed to the safety of train 
operations in the United States, FRA seeks to apply all of the 
requirements of 49 CFR part 219 to FRFB train and dispatching service 
employees. The basic information--evidence of unauthorized use of drugs 
and alcohol--is used by FRA to help prevent accidents/incidents by 
screening FRFB who perform safety-sensitive functions for unauthorized 
drug or alcohol use. FRFB train and dispatching service employees 
testing positive for unauthorized use of alcohol and drugs are removed 
from service, thereby enhancing safety and serving as a deterrent to 
other FRFB train and dispatching service employees who might be tempted 
to engage in the unauthorized use of drugs or alcohol.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Respondent Universe: 2 Railroads.
    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.
    Affected Public: Foreign-Based Railroads and Their Employees.
    Reporting Burden:

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                                                            Total annual       Average time per    Total annual
           CFR section             Respondent universe       responses             response        burden hours
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219.4--Recognition of Foreign      2 railroads........  1 petition.........  10 hours...........              10
 Railroads' Workplace Testing
 Programs: Petitions to Agency.
    --Comments on Petition.......  2 railroads/public.  2 comments + 2       2 hours............               4
                                                         comment copies.
219.403/405--Evaluation by         2 railroads........  3 reports/referrals  2 hours............               6
 Substance Abuse Professional.

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219.405(c)(1)--Report by a Co-     2 railroads........  1 report...........  5 minutes..........             .08
 worker.
219.609--Notice by Employee        200 employees......  2 excuses..........  15 minutes.........              .5
 Asking to be Excused from Random
 Alcohol Testing.
219.903--Retention of Urine Drug   2 railroads........  80 records.........  5 minutes..........               7
 Testing Records.
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    Total Responses: 91.
    Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 28 hours.
    Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.
    Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), 
1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties that it may not 
conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, a 
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2013.
Rebecca Pennington,
Chief Financial Officer, Federal Railroad Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-07042 Filed 3-26-13; 8:45 am]
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