Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Rail Transportation Security, 27630-27631 [2014-10996]

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27630-27631]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10996]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Transportation Security Administration

[Docket No. TSA-2006-26514]


Intent To Request Renewal From OMB of One Current Public 
Collection of Information: Rail Transportation Security

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: 60-Day notice.

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SUMMARY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites 
public comment on one currently approved Information Collection Request 
(ICR), Office of Management and Budget

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(OMB) control number 1652-0051, abstracted below that we will submit to 
OMB for renewal in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). 
The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its 
expected burden. The collection involves the submission of contact 
information of Rail Security Coordinators (RSCs) and alternate RSCs 
from freight railroad carriers; shippers and receivers of certain 
hazardous materials; passenger railroad carriers, including each 
carrier operating light rail or heavy rail transit service on track 
that is part of the general railroad system of transportation and rail 
transit systems. Also, these persons are required to report significant 
security concerns, including security incidents, suspicious activity, 
and any threat information. In addition, freight railroad carriers and 
the affected shippers and receivers of hazardous materials are required 
to document the transfer of custody of certain hazardous materials.

DATES: Send your comments by July 14, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be emailed to TSAPRA@dhs.gov or delivered to 
the TSA PRA Officer, Office of Information Technology (OIT), TSA-11, 
Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh at the above 
address, or by telephone (571) 227-2062.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is 
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it 
displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation is available 
at http://www.reginfo.gov. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and 
approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting 
comments to--
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement 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;
    (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 using appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

Information Collection Requirement

    TSA collects and uses contact information for rail security 
officials under 49 CFR part 1580 (the Rail Transportation Security 
Rule) to enhance the security of the Nation's rail systems. The Rail 
Transportation Security Rule requires freight railroad carriers, 
certain rail hazardous materials shipper and receiver facilities, 
passenger railroad carriers, and rail mass transit systems to designate 
and submit contact information for a RSC and at least one alternate RSC 
to TSA.
    Section 1580.103 of the Rail Transportation Security Rule requires 
freight railroad carriers, shippers, and receivers in a High Threat 
Urban Area (HTUA) that handle certain categories and quantities of 
hazardous materials set forth in sec. 1580.100(b), known as ``rail 
security-sensitive materials'' (RSSM), to provide location and shipping 
information on rail cars under their physical custody and control to 
TSA upon request. The specified categories and quantities of RSSM cover 
explosive materials, materials poisonous by inhalation, and radioactive 
materials.
    The Rail Transportation Security Rule requires a secure chain of 
physical custody for rail cars containing RSSM which, in turn, requires 
freight railroad carriers and certain hazardous materials shippers, and 
receivers of RSSM to document the transfer of custody of certain rail 
cars in writing or electronically and to retain these records for a 
minimum of 60 days. Specifically, 49 CFR 1580.107 requires 
documentation of the secure exchange of custody of rail cars containing 
RSSM between: A rail hazardous materials shipper and a freight railroad 
carrier; two separate freight railroad carriers, when the transfer of 
custody occurs within an HTUA or outside of an HTUA but the rail car 
may subsequently enter an HTUA; and a freight railroad carrier and a 
rail hazardous materials receiver located within an HTUA. The 
documentation must uniquely identify that the rail car was attended 
during the transfer of custody, including car initial and number; 
identification of individuals who attended the transfer (names or 
uniquely identifying employee number); location of transfer; and date 
and time the transfer was completed.
    This Rail Transportation Security Rule also requires freight 
railroad carriers, certain rail hazardous materials shipper and 
receiver facilities, passenger railroad carriers, and rail mass transit 
systems to report to TSA significant security concerns, which include 
security incidents, suspicious activities, and threat information. See 
49 CFR 1580.105 and 1580.203.
    The total burden for this collection is approximately 54,023 hours.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on May 8, 2014.
Christina A. Walsh,
TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology.
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