Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports, 44083-44084 [2014-17821]

Download as PDF rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 29, 2014 / Notices of any domestically produced vehicle on the market that meets the FHWA’s Buy America requirement to have all its iron and steel be manufactured exclusively in the U.S. For example, the Chevrolet Volt, which was identified by many commenters in a November 21, 2011, Federal Register Notice (76 FR 72027) as a car that is made in the U.S., is comprised of only 45 percent of U.S. and Canadian content according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Part 583 American Automobile Labeling Act Report Web page (http://www.nhtsa.gov/ Laws+&+Regulations/ Part+583+American+Automobile+ Labeling+Act+(AALA)+Reports). Moreover, there is no indication of how much of this 45 percent content is U.S.manufactured (from initial melting and mixing) iron and steel content. In accordance with Division A, section 122 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–284), FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a waiver on its Web site at (http:// www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/ contracts/waivers.cfm?id=97) on June 23. The FHWA received 11 comments in response to the publication. Three commenters supported granting a waiver on the basis that the waiver would allow important air quality improvement and bridge inspection projects to move forward. Eight commenters disagreed with the need for the waiver and provided general statements that U.S. tax dollars should go toward domestic labor and materials that help create jobs; however, none of these commenters identified a vehicle that complies with the FHWA requirement that steel and iron materials are manufactured domestically. A representative of the Alliance for American Manufacturing suggested that a domestic content standard for vehicles purchased or retrofitted using FHWA funds be implemented for programs funded by FHWA. This commenter noted that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) both apply domestic content standards to vehicles and require assembly in the United States. In response to this comment, the FHWA recognizes the use of domestic content requirements by FTA and FRA; however, their statutory and regulatory authority are different. The FHWA does not have a domestic content standard. Based on FHWA’s conclusion that there are no domestic manufacturers that can produce the vehicles and vehicle components identified in this notice in such a way that steel and iron VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:02 Jul 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 materials are manufactured domestically, and after consideration of the comments received, FHWA finds that application of the FHWA’s Buy America requirements to these products is inconsistent with the public interest (23 U.S.C. 313(b)(1) and 23 CFR 635.410(c)(2)(i)). However, FHWA believes that it is in the public interest and consistent with the Buy America requirements to impose the condition that the vehicles and the vehicle components be assembled in the U.S. Requiring final assembly to be performed in the U.S. is consistent with past guidance to the FHWA Division Offices on manufactured products (see Memorandum on Buy America Policy Response, Dec. 22, 1997, http:// www.fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin/ contracts/122297.cfm). A waiver of the Buy America requirement without any regard to where the vehicle is assembled would diminish the purpose of the Buy America requirement. Moreover, in today’s economic environment, the Buy America requirement is especially significant in that it will ensure that Federal Highway Trust Fund dollars are used to support and create jobs in the U.S. This approach is similar to the partial waivers previously given for various vehicle projects. Thus, so long as the final assembly of the 30 vehicle projects (including sedans, vans, pickups, SUVs, trucks, buses, street sweepers, and tractors) and vehicle components (such as exhaust controls and auxiliary power units) occurs in the U.S., applicants to this waiver request may proceed to purchase these vehicles and equipment consistent with the Buy America requirement. In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110– 244), FHWA is providing this notice of its finding that a public interest waiver of Buy America requirements is appropriate on the condition that the vehicles and vehicle components identified in the notice be assembled in the U.S. The FHWA invites public comment on this finding for an additional 15 days following the effective date of the finding. Comments may be submitted to FHWA’s Web site via the link provided to the waiver page noted above. Authority: (23 U.S.C. 313; P.L. 110–161, 23 CFR 635.410) PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44083 Issued on: July 21, 2014. Gregory G. Nadeau, Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–17787 Filed 7–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. FAA–2013–0684] Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 12, 2013, vol. 78, no. 155, pages 48925– 48926. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included a mandate to begin collection of operational data from Air Ambulance operators. The Act mandates that not later than 2 years after the date of enactment, and annually thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, a report containing a summary of the data collected. The FAA received a total of 17 responses to the request for public comment. Based on the comments, the FAA has made adjustments in the reporting requirements, frequency of reporting and the format for submission. Specifically, the linkage among the registration number, time of day, flight time, IFR flight time, and base has been removed. Reporting requirements have changed from a ‘‘per flight’’ basis to an aggregate basis. Additionally, the reporting requirement has been reduced from a quarterly report to an annual report. SUMMARY: Written comments should be submitted by August 28, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy DePaepe at (405) 954–9362, or by email at: Kathy.DePaepe@faa.gov. DATES: E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1 44084 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 145 / Tuesday, July 29, 2014 / Notices rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–XXXX Title: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this collection. Type of Review: Clearance of a new information collection. Background: The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandates that all helicopter air ambulance operators must begin reporting the number of flights and hours flown, along with other specified information, during which helicopters operated by the certificate holder were providing helicopter air ambulance services. See 49 U.S.C. 44731. The helicopter air ambulance operational data provided to the FAA will be used by the agency as background information useful in the development of risk mitigation strategies to reduce the currently unacceptably high helicopter air ambulance accident rate, and to meet the mandates set by Congress. Upon approval of this information collection the FAA intends to amend helicopter air ambulance operators’ Operations Specifications to require submission of the data, mandated by Congress, to the FAA. The FAA notes that prior to issuance of this notice representatives from the Flight Standards Service, Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention, and the Office of the Chief Counsel met with representatives from the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) to discuss the FAA’s approach to this data collection. Meetings were held on October 15, 2012 and May 17, 2013. On June 28, 2013 AMOA submitted a response to the FAA discussing its view of the method to collect the data being pursued by the FAA. A copy of that letter has been placed in the docket and will be considered by the agency. Respondents: 73 helicopter air ambulance certificate holders. Frequency: Information is collected annually. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 6 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 588 hours. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:02 Jul 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. The supplementary materials placed in the docket may be read at http:// www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2014. Albert R. Spence, FAA Assistant Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP–110. [FR Doc. 2014–17821 Filed 7–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Commercial Air Tour Limitations in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 2, 2014, vol. 79, no. 85, page 25171. The FAA uses the information gathered from Grand Canyon National Park air tour operators to monitor their compliance with the Federal regulations. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Written comments should be submitted by August 28, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy DePaepe at (405) 954–9362, or by email at: Kathy.DePaepe@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–0653. Title: Commercial Air Tour Limitations in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this collection. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: Each operator seeking to obtain or in possession of an air carrier operating certificate must comply with the requirements of 14 CFR Part 135 or part 121, as appropriate. Each of these operators conducting air tours in the Grand Canyon National Park must additionally comply with the collection requirements for that airspace. The FAA will use the information it collects and reviews to monitor compliance with the regulations and, if necessary, take enforcement action against violators of the regulations. Respondents: Approximately 14 air operators. Frequency: Information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 44 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 40 hours. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. DATES: E:\FR\FM\29JYN1.SGM 29JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 145 (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-17821]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0684]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; 
Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air 
Ambulance Operator Reports

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA 
invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. 
The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting 
comments on the following collection of information was published on 
August 12, 2013, vol. 78, no. 155, pages 48925-48926. The FAA 
Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included a mandate to begin 
collection of operational data from Air Ambulance operators. The Act 
mandates that not later than 2 years after the date of enactment, and 
annually thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and 
the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, a 
report containing a summary of the data collected. The FAA received a 
total of 17 responses to the request for public comment. Based on the 
comments, the FAA has made adjustments in the reporting requirements, 
frequency of reporting and the format for submission. Specifically, the 
linkage among the registration number, time of day, flight time, IFR 
flight time, and base has been removed. Reporting requirements have 
changed from a ``per flight'' basis to an aggregate basis. 
Additionally, the reporting requirement has been reduced from a 
quarterly report to an annual report.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by August 28, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy DePaepe at (405) 954-9362, or by 
email at: Kathy.DePaepe@faa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    OMB Control Number: 2120-XXXX
    Title: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports
    Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this 
collection.
    Type of Review: Clearance of a new information collection.
    Background: The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandates 
that all helicopter air ambulance operators must begin reporting the 
number of flights and hours flown, along with other specified 
information, during which helicopters operated by the certificate 
holder were providing helicopter air ambulance services. See 49 U.S.C. 
44731. The helicopter air ambulance operational data provided to the 
FAA will be used by the agency as background information useful in the 
development of risk mitigation strategies to reduce the currently 
unacceptably high helicopter air ambulance accident rate, and to meet 
the mandates set by Congress. Upon approval of this information 
collection the FAA intends to amend helicopter air ambulance operators' 
Operations Specifications to require submission of the data, mandated 
by Congress, to the FAA.
    The FAA notes that prior to issuance of this notice representatives 
from the Flight Standards Service, Office of Accident Investigation and 
Prevention, and the Office of the Chief Counsel met with 
representatives from the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) to 
discuss the FAA's approach to this data collection. Meetings were held 
on October 15, 2012 and May 17, 2013. On June 28, 2013 AMOA submitted a 
response to the FAA discussing its view of the method to collect the 
data being pursued by the FAA. A copy of that letter has been placed in 
the docket and will be considered by the agency.
    Respondents: 73 helicopter air ambulance certificate holders.
    Frequency: Information is collected annually.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 6 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 588 hours.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of 
Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 
20503.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) 
ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of 
the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include 
your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 
collection.
    The supplementary materials placed in the docket may be read at 
http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions 
for accessing the docket or go to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of 
the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2014.
Albert R. Spence,
FAA Assistant Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises 
Business Services Division, ASP-110.
[FR Doc. 2014-17821 Filed 7-28-14; 8:45 am]
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