Agency Information Collection Activities: Regulation on Agency Protests, 22152-22153 [2014-09011]

Download as PDF 22152 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices This information collection under the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) is necessary in order to implement applicable parts of the FAR (48 CFR). The four forms under this collection of information request are used by offerors, contractors, and the general public to comply with requirements in contracts awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The four forms are DHS Form 0700–01, Cumulative Claim and Reconciliation Statement; DHS Form 0700–02, Contractor’s Assignment of Refund, Rebates, Credits and Other Amounts; DHS Form 0700–03, Contractor’s Release; and DHS Form 0700–04, Employee Claim for Wage Restitution. These four forms will be used by contractors and/or contract employees during contract administration. The information will be used by DHS contracting officers to ensure compliance with terms and conditions of DHS contracts and to complete reports required by other Federal agencies such as the General Services Administration and the Department of Labor. If this information is not collected, the DHS could inadvertently violate statutory or regulatory requirements and the DHS’s interest concerning inventions and contractor’s claims would not be protected. There has been an increase in the estimated annual burden hours previously reported for this collection. An adjustment in annual burden is necessary at this time in the amount of 902 actions and hours. The initial annual burden was based on a lower number of contract actions which related to the fact that DHS was a new agency with consolidated acquisition procedures, processes, and policies. Although, there is an increase in the estimated burdened hours, there is no change in the information being collected. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments which: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Analysis Agency: Office of Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, DHS. Title: Various Contract Related Forms That Will Be Included in the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation. OMB Number: 1600–0002. Frequency: On Occasion. Affected Public: Private sector. Number of Respondents: 9537. Estimated Time per Respondent: 1 hours. Total Burden Hours: 9537. Dated: April 16, 2014. Margaret H. Graves, Deputy Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–09012 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–9B–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Agency Information Collection Activities: Regulation on Agency Protests Office of Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, DHS. ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; Extension without Change, 1600–0004. AGENCY: The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, will submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 20, 2014. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1. ADDRESSES: Written comments and questions about this Information Collection Request should be forwarded to the Office of the Chief Procument Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, DHS Attn.: Camara Francis, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3114, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Washington, DC 20528, Camara.Francis@hq.dhs.gov, 202–447– 5904. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); 48 CFR Chapter 1 provides general procedures on handling protests submitted by contractors to federal agencies. This regulation provides detailed guidance for contractors doing business with acquisition offices within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement the FAR. FAR Part 33.103, Protests, Disputes, and Appeals prescribe policies and procedures for filing protests and for processing contract disputes and appeals. DHS will not be asking for anything outside of what is already required in the FAR. Should anything outside the FAR arise, DHS will submit a request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. The prior information collect request for OMB No. 1600–004 was approved through May 31, 2014 by OMB in a Notice of OMB Action. The information being collected will be obtained from contractors as part of their submissions whenever they file a bid protest with the Department’s Components. The information will be used by DHS officials in deciding how the protest should be resolved. Failure to collect this information would result in delayed resolution of agency protests. According to Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), the number of protest has increased each year over the past two years in annual respondent and burden hours. This increase in current protest activity is not the result of a deliberate program change, but from a new estimate of actions that are not controllable by the Federal government. Although, the number of protest has increased, there has not been any change in the information being collected. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments which: 1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Analysis Agency: Office of Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, DHS. Title: Regulation on Agency Protests. OMB Number: 1600–0004. Frequency: Annually. Affected Public: Private Sector. Number of Respondents: 95. Estimated Time per Respondent: 2 hours. Total Burden Hours: 190. Dated: April 16, 2014. Margaret H. Graves, Deputy Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–09011 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [USCG–2014–0207] Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget Coast Guard, DHS. Sixty-day notice requesting comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting approval of an extension to the following collection of information: 1625–0073, Alteration of Unreasonably Obstructive Bridges. Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Before submitting this ICR to OIRA, the Coast Guard is inviting comments as described below. DATES: Comments must reach the Coast Guard on or before June 20, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number [USCG–2014–0207] to the Docket Management Facility (DMF) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following means: (1) Online: http:// www.regulations.gov. (2) Mail: DMF (M–30), DOT, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. (3) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. (4) Fax: 202–493–2251. To ensure your comments are received in a timely manner, mark the fax, to attention Desk Officer for the Coast Guard. The DMF maintains the public docket for this Notice. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents mentioned in this Notice as being available in the docket, will become part of the docket and will be available for inspection or copying at Room W12–140 on the West Building Ground Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find the docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Copies of the ICR(s) are available through the docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Additionally, copies are available from: Commandant (Cg–612), Attn Paperwork Reduction Act Manager, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE., Stop 7710, Washington, DC 20593– 7710. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Anthony Smith, Office of Information Management, telephone 202–475–3532, or fax 202–372–8405, for questions on these documents. Contact Ms. Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, 202–366–9826, for questions on the docket. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation and Request for Comments This Notice relies on the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. An ICR is an application to OIRA seeking the approval, extension, or renewal of a Coast Guard collection of information (Collection). The ICR contains information describing the Collection’s purpose, the Collection’s likely burden on the affected public, an explanation of the necessity of the Collection, and other important information describing the Collection. There is one ICR for each Collection. The Coast Guard invites comments on whether these ICRs should be granted based on the Collections being necessary for the proper performance of Departmental functions. In particular, the Coast Guard would appreciate comments addressing: (1) The practical utility of the Collections; (2) the PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22153 accuracy of the estimated burden of the Collections; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of information subject to the Collections; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the Collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. In response to your comments, we may revise these ICRs or decide not to seek approval of revisions of the Collections. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We encourage you to respond to this request by submitting comments and related materials. Comments must contain the OMB Control Number of the ICR and the docket number of this request, [USCG–2014–0207], and must be received by June 20, 2014. We will post all comments received, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov. They will include any personal information you provide. We have an agreement with DOT to use their DMF. Please see the ‘‘Privacy Act’’ paragraph below. Submitting comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number [USCG– 2014–0207], indicate the specific section of the document to which each comment applies, providing a reason for each comment. You may submit your comments and material online (via http://www.regulations.gov), by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online via www.regulations.gov, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the DMF. We recommend you include your name, mailing address, an email address, or other contact information in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. You may submit your comments and material by electronic means, mail, fax, or delivery to the DMF at the address under ADDRESSES; but please submit them by only one means. To submit your comment online, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and type ‘‘USCG– 2014–0207’’ in the ‘‘Search’’ box. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 76 (Monday, April 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22152-22153]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09011]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


Agency Information Collection Activities: Regulation on Agency 
Protests

AGENCY: Office of Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and 
Legislation Office, DHS.

ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; Extension without 
Change, 1600-0004.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Chief 
Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, will 
submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35).

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 20, 
2014. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and questions about this Information 
Collection Request should be forwarded to the Office of the Chief 
Procument Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation Office, DHS 
Attn.: Camara Francis, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the 
Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3114, Washington, DC 20528, 
Camara.Francis@hq.dhs.gov, 202-447-5904.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); 48 
CFR Chapter 1 provides general procedures on handling protests 
submitted by contractors to federal agencies. This regulation provides 
detailed guidance for contractors doing business with acquisition 
offices within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement 
the FAR. FAR Part 33.103, Protests, Disputes, and Appeals prescribe 
policies and procedures for filing protests and for processing contract 
disputes and appeals.
    DHS will not be asking for anything outside of what is already 
required in the FAR. Should anything outside the FAR arise, DHS will 
submit a request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. 
The prior information collect request for OMB No. 1600-004 was approved 
through May 31, 2014 by OMB in a Notice of OMB Action.
    The information being collected will be obtained from contractors 
as part of their submissions whenever they file a bid protest with the 
Department's Components. The information will be used by DHS officials 
in deciding how the protest should be resolved. Failure to collect this 
information would result in delayed resolution of agency protests.
    According to Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), the number of 
protest has increased each year over the past two years in annual 
respondent and burden hours. This increase in current protest activity 
is not the result of a deliberate program change, but from a new 
estimate of actions that are not controllable by the Federal 
government. Although, the number of protest has increased, there has 
not been any change in the information being collected.
    The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in 
comments which:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the

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use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

Analysis

    Agency: Office of Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and 
Legislation Office, DHS.
    Title: Regulation on Agency Protests.
    OMB Number: 1600-0004.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Private Sector.
    Number of Respondents: 95.
    Estimated Time per Respondent: 2 hours.
    Total Burden Hours: 190.

    Dated: April 16, 2014.
Margaret H. Graves,
Deputy Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-09011 Filed 4-18-14; 8:45 am]
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