Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review: Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers, 4635-4636 [2015-01533]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 18 / Wednesday, January 28, 2015 / Notices with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: The Board is, by statute, responsible for the economic regulation of freight rail carriers and certain other carriers operating in interstate commerce. This form is used by persons doing business before the Board who wish to open an account with the Board to facilitate their payment of filing fees; fees for the search, review, copying, and certification of records; and fees for other services rendered by the Board. An account holder is billed on a monthly basis for payment of accumulated fees. Data provided is also used for debt collection activities. The application form requests information as required by OMB and U.S. Department of Treasury regulations for the collection of fees. This information is not duplicated by any other agency. 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[Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: (800) 877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Under 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, Federal agencies are required, prior to submitting a collection to OMB for approval, to provide a 60-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Jan 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. Dated: January 23, 2015. Raina S. White, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2015–01569 Filed 1–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35898] R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC, and R. J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC—Continuance in Control Exemption—R. J. Corman Railroad Company/Carolina Lines, LLC R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC (RJC-Group) and R. J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC (RJCRC) (collectively, Applicants) have filed a verified notice of exemption pursuant to 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) to continue in control of R. J. Corman Railroad Company/Carolina Lines, LLC (RJC-Carolina), a noncarrier, upon RJC-Carolina’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in R. J. Corman Railroad/ Carolina Lines—Acquisition & Operation Exemption—Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad, Docket No. FD 35897, in which RJC-Carolina seeks Board approval under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire and operate two interconnected rail lines totaling approximately 74.9 miles in North Carolina and South Carolina (the Line). RJC-Carolina also seeks to acquire one mile of incidental, local trackage rights at or near Whiteville, N.C. Applicants state that they intend to consummate the proposed transaction on or about February 11, 2015, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed). Applicants represent that: (1) RJCCarolina will not connect with any other railroad directly or indirectly controlled by Applicants; (2) the transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would result in such a connections; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4635 transactions under 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions to stay must be filed no later than February 4, 2015 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35898, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Robert A. Wimbish, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606– 2832. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: January 23, 2015. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Raina S. White, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2015–01552 Filed 1–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Bureau Of Transportation Statistics [Docket ID Number DOT–OST–2014–0031] Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review: Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST–R), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. ACTION: Notice AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved collection. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 4636 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 18 / Wednesday, January 28, 2015 / Notices collection of information was published on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 68953). The Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce submitted comments in support of the continuation of the data collection. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by February 27, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Gorham, Office of Airline Information, RTS–42, Room E34–414, OST–R, BTS, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001, Telephone Number (202) 366–4406, Fax Number (202) 366–3383 or EMAIL jeff.gorham@dot.gov. Comments: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725–17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: OST Desk Officer. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Approval No. 2138–0013 Title: Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers. Form No.: BTS Form 41. Type Of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Large certificated air carriers. Number of Respondents: 63. Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours per schedule, an average carrier may submit 90 schedules in one year. Total Annual Burden: 22,680 hours. Needs and Uses: Program uses for Form 41 data are as follows: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Mail Rates The Department of Transportation sets and updates mainline Alaska mail rates based on carrier aircraft operating expense, traffic and operational data. Form 41 cost data, especially fuel costs, terminal expenses, and line haul expenses are used in arriving at rate levels. DOT revises the established rates based on the percentage of unit cost changes in the carriers’ operations. These updating procedures have resulted in the carriers receiving rates of compensation that more closely parallel their costs of providing mail service and contribute to the carriers’ ability to continue providing service. Submission of U.S. Carrier Data to ICAO As a party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the United States is obligated to provide the International Civil Aviation Organization with financial and statistical data on operations of U.S. air carriers. Over 99 percent of the data filed with ICAO is extracted from the carriers’ Form 41 reports. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:51 Jan 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 Carrier Fitness Fitness determinations are made for both new entrants and established U.S. carriers proposing a substantial change in operations. A portion of these applications consists of an operating plan for the first year (14 CFR part 204) and an associated projection of revenues and expenses. The carrier’s operating costs, included in these projections, are compared against the cost data in Form 41 for a carrier or carriers with the same aircraft type and similar operating characteristics. Such a review validates the reasonableness of the carrier’s operating plan. Form 41 reports, particularly balance sheet reports and cash flow statements, play a major role in the identification of vulnerable carriers. Data comparisons are made between current and past periods in order to assess the current financial position of the carrier. Financial trend lines are extended into the future to analyze the continued viability of the carrier. DOT reviews three areas of a carrier’s operation: (1) The qualifications of its management team, (2) its disposition to comply with laws and regulations, and (3) its financial posture. DOT must determine whether or not a carrier has sufficient financial resources to conduct its operations without imposing undue risk on the traveling public. Moreover, once a carrier is operating, DOT is required to monitor its continuing fitness. Senior DOT officials must be kept fully informed as to all current and developing economic issues affecting the airline industry. In preparing financial conditions reports or status reports on a particular airline, financial and traffic data are analyzed. Briefing papers may use the same information. Pending Rulemaking On July 15, 2011, the Department published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to collect certain Form 41 revenue information on airline-imposed fees in a more detailed manner (see 76 FR 41726). Many air carriers have adopted a la carte pricing with separate fees for certain optional services that use to be included in the ticket price. Carriers currently report excess baggage fees, reservation cancellation fees and miscellaneous operating revenues. The proposed rule would require carriers to report, (1) itinerary related fees, (2) seating assignment fees, (3) baggage fees broken down between first and second checked bags, carry-on bags and other bags, (4) unaccompanied minor/ passenger assistance fees, and (5) other fees. The Department wants to make PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 airline pricing more transparent to consumers and airline analysts. Administrative Issues The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note) requires a statistical agency to clearly identify information it collects for non-statistical purposes. BTS hereby notifies the respondents and the public that BTS uses the information it collects under this OMB approval for non-statistical purposes including, but not limited to, publication of both Respondent’s identity and its data, submission of the information to agencies outside BTS for review, analysis and possible use in regulatory and other administrative matters. Issued in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2015. William Chadwick Jr., Director of the Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. [FR Doc. 2015–01533 Filed 1–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Proposed Collections; Comment Requests Departmental Offices, Treasury. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the revision of an information collection that is proposed for approval by the Office of Management and Budget. The Office of International Affairs within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning Treasury International Capital Form D, Report of Holdings of, and Transactions in, Financial Derivatives Contracts with Foreign Residents. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before March 30, 2015 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Dwight Wolkow, International Portfolio Investment Data Systems, Department of the Treasury, Room 5422, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington DC 20220. In view of possible delays in mail delivery, please also notify Mr. Wolkow by email (comments2TIC@treasury.gov), FAX SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Bureau Of Transportation Statistics

[Docket ID Number DOT-OST-2014-0031]


Agency Information Collection: Activity Under OMB Review: Report 
of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air 
Carriers

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology 
(OST-R), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT.

ACTION: Notice

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently 
approved collection. The ICR describes the nature of the information 
collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 
60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following

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collection of information was published on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 
68953). The Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce 
submitted comments in support of the continuation of the data 
collection.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by February 27, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Gorham, Office of Airline 
Information, RTS-42, Room E34-414, OST-R, BTS, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, Telephone Number (202) 366-4406, Fax 
Number (202) 366-3383 or EMAIL jeff.gorham@dot.gov.
    Comments: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503, Attention: OST Desk Officer.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    OMB Approval No. 2138-0013
    Title: Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large 
Certificated Air Carriers.
    Form No.: BTS Form 41.
    Type Of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents: Large certificated air carriers.
    Number of Respondents: 63.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours per schedule, an average 
carrier may submit 90 schedules in one year.
    Total Annual Burden: 22,680 hours.
    Needs and Uses: Program uses for Form 41 data are as follows:

Mail Rates

    The Department of Transportation sets and updates mainline Alaska 
mail rates based on carrier aircraft operating expense, traffic and 
operational data. Form 41 cost data, especially fuel costs, terminal 
expenses, and line haul expenses are used in arriving at rate levels. 
DOT revises the established rates based on the percentage of unit cost 
changes in the carriers' operations. These updating procedures have 
resulted in the carriers receiving rates of compensation that more 
closely parallel their costs of providing mail service and contribute 
to the carriers' ability to continue providing service.

Submission of U.S. Carrier Data to ICAO

    As a party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the 
United States is obligated to provide the International Civil Aviation 
Organization with financial and statistical data on operations of U.S. 
air carriers. Over 99 percent of the data filed with ICAO is extracted 
from the carriers' Form 41 reports.

Carrier Fitness

    Fitness determinations are made for both new entrants and 
established U.S. carriers proposing a substantial change in operations. 
A portion of these applications consists of an operating plan for the 
first year (14 CFR part 204) and an associated projection of revenues 
and expenses. The carrier's operating costs, included in these 
projections, are compared against the cost data in Form 41 for a 
carrier or carriers with the same aircraft type and similar operating 
characteristics. Such a review validates the reasonableness of the 
carrier's operating plan.
    Form 41 reports, particularly balance sheet reports and cash flow 
statements, play a major role in the identification of vulnerable 
carriers. Data comparisons are made between current and past periods in 
order to assess the current financial position of the carrier. 
Financial trend lines are extended into the future to analyze the 
continued viability of the carrier. DOT reviews three areas of a 
carrier's operation: (1) The qualifications of its management team, (2) 
its disposition to comply with laws and regulations, and (3) its 
financial posture. DOT must determine whether or not a carrier has 
sufficient financial resources to conduct its operations without 
imposing undue risk on the traveling public. Moreover, once a carrier 
is operating, DOT is required to monitor its continuing fitness.
    Senior DOT officials must be kept fully informed as to all current 
and developing economic issues affecting the airline industry. In 
preparing financial conditions reports or status reports on a 
particular airline, financial and traffic data are analyzed. Briefing 
papers may use the same information.

Pending Rulemaking

    On July 15, 2011, the Department published a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to collect certain Form 41 revenue 
information on airline-imposed fees in a more detailed manner (see 76 
FR 41726). Many air carriers have adopted a la carte pricing with 
separate fees for certain optional services that use to be included in 
the ticket price. Carriers currently report excess baggage fees, 
reservation cancellation fees and miscellaneous operating revenues. The 
proposed rule would require carriers to report, (1) itinerary related 
fees, (2) seating assignment fees, (3) baggage fees broken down between 
first and second checked bags, carry-on bags and other bags, (4) 
unaccompanied minor/passenger assistance fees, and (5) other fees. The 
Department wants to make airline pricing more transparent to consumers 
and airline analysts.

Administrative Issues

    The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency 
Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note) requires a statistical agency to 
clearly identify information it collects for non-statistical purposes. 
BTS hereby notifies the respondents and the public that BTS uses the 
information it collects under this OMB approval for non-statistical 
purposes including, but not limited to, publication of both 
Respondent's identity and its data, submission of the information to 
agencies outside BTS for review, analysis and possible use in 
regulatory and other administrative matters.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2015.
William Chadwick Jr.,
Director of the Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation 
Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and 
Technology.
[FR Doc. 2015-01533 Filed 1-27-15; 8:45 am]
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